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ATTENTION! Free Fan Fest In LA July 11, Before Herrera-Lundy

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SPECIAL FREE FAN FIESTA CELEBRATION FEATURING LIVE MUSIC, FOOD TRUCKS, GOLDEN BOY FIGHTERS, BEER GARDEN AND MORE AT THE LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA ON JULY 11

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALISTS PAUL GONZALES AND HENRY TILLMAN TO ATTEND SPECIAL FAN MEET AND GREET

ALSO, LUIS SANCHEZ JOINS UPDATED CARD READY TO BATTLE MICHAEL PEREZ IN CO-MAIN EVENT

Tickets Still Available for Herrera vs. Lundy! Buy Yours Today!

LOS ANGELES (July 2) – Golden Boy Promotions! is excited to announce a special Fan Fiesta at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on Saturday,July 11 that will kick off an electrifying night of boxing before Mauricio Herrera vs. Hank Lundy. The daytime public celebration invites fans to come out and partake in pre-event festivities featuring meet-and greets with Golden Boy fighters and autograph signings, live music, food trucks, a special Corona-sponsored beer garden, and much more, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the front entrance of the arena facing Figueroa St. in downtown Los Angeles.

The pre-celebration will kick off a highly anticipated night of fights featuring a main event 10-round super lightweight bout for the vacant NABF title between Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) and “Hammerin” Hank Lundy” (25-4-1, 12 KOs), as well as exhilarating bouts matching up some of the fastest-rising talent in the sport today.

As a special added bonus, fans will be able to meet boxing legends and Olympic Gold Medalists Paul Gonzales and Henry Tillman, both returning to the same arena where they won their gold medals at the 1984 Olympics, who will be on hand to sign autographs.

The pre-celebration is open to the public and fans planning to attend the fights are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at www.lacoliseum.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and by calling 800-745-3000.

Joining the updated card, previously announced fighter Michael “The Artist” Perez (22-1-2, 10 KOs) will now face new opponent Luis Sanchez (17-3-1, 5 KOs) of Cancun, Mexico, replacing Sharif Bogere who withdrew due to injury during training camp, in a 10-round co-main event to battle for the vacant NABO Lightweight title. Also, new to the undercard, Irish power puncher and Los Angeles transplant Jason Quigley (6-0, 6 KOs) will now face Tom “Hitman” Howard (8-3, 4 KOs) of Trenton, MI in a non-televised six-round super middleweight bout; and undefeated boxer Zachary Ochoa (11-0, 5 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York, will kickoff the night facing a yet-to-be-announced opponent in a non-televised six-round super lightweight fight.

Hailing from Cancun, Mexico, Luis Sanchez made a strong professional debut in July 2011, winning his first bout against Alejandro Rodriguez in Yucatan, Mexico. He continued to keep an undefeated status while accumulating eight more wins before facing tough opponent Winston Campos who beat him with a technical knock out in April 2012. Sanchez has racked up an impressive record boasting recent wins over Adan Mares and Alfonso Torres in 2015, and in 2014, over Miguel Beltran Jr., Adrian Padron, Jesus Cruz Bibiano, and Luis Gonzalez.

Born in Trenton Michigan, but now residing in Biloxi, Mississippi, Tom Howard rose through the amateur ranks winning the Alabama Golden Gloves tournament. Howard made his professional debut in September 2012 defeating Philip Soriano. After experiencing his first pro loss in his second fight against Donald Ward, Howard won his next seven fights. His most recent two fights against Todd Manuel and Eric Bossler resulted in losses, and on July 11, Howard will return to the ring eager to claim his first victory in 2015.

Zachary Ochoa, the 23-year-old fighter hailing from Brooklyn, New York, has already accrued an impressive record staying undefeated since his professional debut at the age of 19 in 2011. One of the most promising prospects in the sweet science today, Ochoa has continuously triumphed over formidable opponents, boasting recent wins over Moises Rios, Engelberto Valenzuela, Jose Miguel Castro, and Luis Alberto Cervantes.

Herrera vs. Lundy is a 10-round super lightweight bout for the vacant NABF title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with CES Boxing and sponsored by Corona Extra and Mexico, Live It To Believe It! Doors open at 4:00 pm PT and the first bell rings at 4:15 p.m. PT. The HBO Latino Boxing telecast begins at 11:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT).

Tickets priced at $10, $25, $50 and $100, plus applicable taxes and service charges, and are available for purchase at www.lacoliseum.com, www.ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster locations and by calling 800-745-3000.

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2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura

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The WBC World Super Featherweight title bout between Francisco Vargas and Takashi Miura came on one of the biggest boxing stages of 2015, as the bout served as the HBO pay-per-view’s co-main event on November 21st, in support of Miguel Cotto vs Saul Alvarez.

Miura entered the fight with a (29-2-2) record and he was making the fifth defense of his world title, while Vargas entered the fight with an undefeated mark of (22-0-1) in what was his first world title fight. Both men had a reputation for all-out fighting, with Miura especially earning high praise for his title defense in Mexico where he defeated Sergio Thompson in a fiercely contested battle.

The fight started out hotly contested, and the intensity never let up. Vargas seemed to win the first two rounds, but by the fourth round, Miura seemed to pull ahead, scoring a knock-down and fighting with a lot of confidence. After brawling the first four rounds, Miura appeared to settle into a more technical approach. Rounds 5 and 6 saw the pendulum swing back towards Vargas, as he withstood Miura’s rush to open the fifth round and the sixth round saw both men exchanging hard punches.

The big swinging continued, and though Vargas likely edged Miura in rounds 5 and 6, Vargas’ face was cut in at least two spots and Miura started to assert himself again in rounds 7 and 8. Miura was beginning to grow in confidence while it appeared that Vargas was beginning to slow down, and Miura appeared to hurt Vargas at the end of the 8th round.

Vargas turned the tide again at the start of the ninth round, scoring a knock down with an uppercut and a straight right hand that took Miura’s legs and sent him to the canvas. Purely on instinct, Miura got back up and continued to fight, but Vargas was landing frequently and with force. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in to stop the fight at the halfway point of round 9 as Miura was sustaining a barrage of punches.

Miura still had a minute and a half to survive if he was going to get out of the round, and it was clear that he was not going to stop fighting.

A back and forth battle of wills between two world championship level fighters, Takashi Miura versus “El Bandido” Vargas wins the 2015 Fight of the Year.

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Jan 9 in Germany – Feigenbutz and De Carolis To Settle Score

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This coming Saturday, January 9th, the stage is set at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany for a re-match between Vincent Feigenbutz and Giovanni De Carolis. The highly anticipated re-match is set to air on SAT.1 in Germany, and Feigenbutz will once again be defending his GBU and interim WBA World titles at Super Middleweight.

The first meeting between the two was less than three months ago, on October 17th and that meeting saw Feigenbutz controversially edge De Carolis on the judge’s cards by scores of (115-113, 114-113 and 115-113). De Carolis scored a flash knock down in the opening round, and he appeared to outbox Feigenbutz in the early going, but the 20 year old German champion came on in the later rounds.

The first bout is described as one of the most crowd-pleasing bouts of the year in Germany, and De Carolis and many observers felt that the Italian had done enough to win.

De Carolis told German language website RAN.DE that he was more prepared for the re-match, and that due to the arrogance Feigenbutz displayed in the aftermath of the first fight, he was confident that he had won over some of the audience. Though De Carolis fell short of predicting victory, he promised a re-vamped strategy tailored to what he has learned about Feigenbutz, whom he termed immature and inexperienced.

The stage is set for Feigenbutz vs De Carolis 2, this Saturday January 9th in Offenburg, Germany. If you can get to the live event do it, if not you have SAT.1 in Germany airing the fights, and The Boxing Channel right back here for full results.

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2015 Knock Out of the Year – Saul Alvarez KO’s James Kirkland

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On May 9th of 2015, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez delivered a resonant knock-out of James Kirkland on HBO that wins the 2015 KO of the Year.

The knock-out itself came in the third round, after slightly more than two minutes of action. The end came when Alvarez delivered a single, big right hand that caught Kirkland on the jaw and left him flat on his back after spinning to the canvas.Alvarez was clearly the big star heading into the fight. The fight was telecast by HBO for free just one week after the controversial and disappointing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight, and Alvarez was under pressure to deliver the type of finish that people were going to talk about. Kirkland was happy to oblige Alvarez, taking it right to Alvarez from the start. Kirkland’s aggression saw him appear to land blows that troubled the young Mexican in the early going. Alvarez played good defense, and he floored Kirkland in the first round, displaying his power and his technique in knocking down an aggressive opponent.

However, Kirkland kept coming at Alvarez and the fight entered the third round with both men working hard and the feeling that the fight would not go the distance. Kirkland continued to move forward, keeping “Canelo” against the ropes and scoring points with a barrage of punches while looking for an opening.

At around the two minute mark, Alvarez landed an uppercut that sent Kirkland to the canvas again. Kirkland got up, but it was clear that he did not have his legs under him. Kirkland was going to try to survive the round, but Alvarez had an opportunity to close out the fight. The question was would he take it?

Alvarez closed in on Kirkland, putting his opponent’s back to the ropes. Kirkland was hurt, but he was still dangerous, pawing with punches and loading up for one big shot.

But it was the big shot “Canelo” threw that ended the night. Kirkland never saw it coming, as he was loading up with a huge right hand of his own. The right Alvarez threw cracked Kirkland in the jaw, and his eyes went blank. His big right hand whizzed harmlessly over the head of a ducking Alvarez, providing the momentum for the spin that left Kirkland prone on the canvas.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez went on to defeat Miguel Cotto in his second fight of 2015 and he is clearly one of boxing’s biggest stars heading into 2016. On May 9th Alvarez added another reel to his highlight film when he knocked out James Kirkland with the 2015 “Knock Out of the Year”.

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