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Rosie Perez and Al Bernstein To Host Nev. Boxing Hall of Fame Gala






Saturday, August 8, at Caesars Palace

Floyd Mayweather, Lennox Lewis, Marvelous Marvin Hagler,

Felix Trinidad, Marco Antonio Barrera, Roger Mayweather,

Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Sugar Ray Leonard

Confirmed To Attend Star-Studded Event!

Remaining Gala Tickets Available


LAS VEGAS, NV (July 29, 2015) — Rich Marotta, the president and chief executive officer of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, announced Wednesday that Academy Award-nominated actress Rosie Perez and International Boxing Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Bernstein will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction dinner on Saturday, August 8, at Caesars Palace.

Remaining Tickets for the August 8 induction ceremony are $300, $175 and $75 and are fully tax deductible as the NVBHOF is an IRS 501 (c)3 charity. They can be purchased online at the Hall’s website,

Perez, who is returning for her second year as the event’s MC, is a diehard boxing fan. She served as a co-host for the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, “The View,” and she starred in several popular films. She earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her role in “Fearless.”

She also starred in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” and Andrew Bergman’s “It Could Happen to You.” She made her directorial debut with the documentary film, “Yo Soy Boricua Pa’que Tu Lo Sepas!” It was a featured film at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival.

Perez made a return to Broadway this past year as she starred in Larry David’s “Fish in the Dark.”

The past year proved very busy for Rosie Perez as she returned to Broadway for the highly-successful Fish in the Dark with Larry David and was also co-hosting ABC’s Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show, The View.

Throughout her career, Perez has been a vocal activist for a number of causes and serves as the Artistic Board Chair for Urban Arts Partnership. Rosie details her childhood upbringing and career in her book, “Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair).”

A Las Vegas resident, the popular Bernstein was a member of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s star-studded inaugural induction class in 2013.

Bernstein is a familiar face for boxing fans, first as the analyst for ESPN’s boxing series and currently as the analyst for Showtime Championship Boxing.

A former journalist who has a rich history in radio, Bernstein has appeared in many movies and on television. His movie credits include, “Rocky V,” “Streets of Gold,” and “Play It to the Bone.” He has made two guest appearances on the HBO series “Arli$$,” and appeared in the Showtime movie “Paradise” and the HBO movie “Glory Days.”

In 1980, Bernstein wrote his first book, called “Boxing for Beginners,” an instructional/historical book on boxing. His most recent book is “30 Years, 30 Undeniable Truths about Boxing, Sports and TV,” a lighthearted, but enlightening look back at his 30 years in broadcasting

Bernstein has now moved onto the Internet and hosts an online show, “Al Bernstein’s Boxing Hangouts,” which fans can see by going to It gives him a chance to talk boxing and provide programming for boxing fans around the globe.

Marotta also announced that Crystina Poncher, an analyst for Top Rank Boxing and Turner Sports, will serve as a roving reporter for the evening. She’ll interview inductees, members of their families and whatever other celebrities she may find.

In addition to her boxing duties, Poncher serves as a host, reporter and correspondent for the NFL Network and She previously worked for Fox, Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket.

Among the honorees for the 2015 event who have confirmed they will attend in person are former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis; ex-middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler; former middleweight, super welterweight and welterweight champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad, former linear featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera, ex-light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and former super lightweight champ Roger Mayweather.

Boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather, will be honored as the Nevada Fighter of the Year, and will be presented the award by legendary Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard.

The Hall was founded in 2013 by Marotta, a noted boxing broadcaster. Its chief operating officer is Michelle Corrales-Lewis, whose late husband, Diego Corrales, was an inaugural inductee into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame.



2015 Fight of the Year – Francisco Vargas vs Takashi Miura



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



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



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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