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Upcoming fights feature Mayweather-Berto

NEW YORK (September 4, 2015) – Boxing’s newest way to back up fight predictions, as well as to earn bragging fights and cash winnings, is to register and play Throwdown Fantasy Boxing online at www.ThrowdownFantasy.com.

The upcoming game, highlighted by the Mayweather vs. Berto pay-per-view card, features five world title fights among the 11 matches (see below) for Sept. 11-12, showcasing nine reigning or past world champions in tremendous televised match-ups from three different North American sites.

“We are very excited to have another quality group of fights for our upcoming games,” Throwdown Fantasy Boxing founder Nic Canobbio said. “It’s always exciting when Floyd Mayweather fights and now fight fans have a way of making some real ‘Money’ by putting their boxing knowledge to the test.”

There are three easy ways to play: 1. Using the $25,000 salary cap, five fighters from the game group are selected; 2. Scoring may be tracked in real time, earning points for wins, knockouts and CompuBox statistics, 3. Scoring the most points wins. Most games last a week and each has multiple winners.

Fighters receive points based for how they perform, rewarding each style of boxing, and CompuBox fight statistics are available for research at www.ThrowdownFantasy.com.

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This weekend’s action kicks-off Friday night at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto with the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series on Spike TV, headlined by a 12-round world light heavyweight title fight between defending WBC World Champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (26-1, 21 KOs) and upset-minded challenger Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KOs).

Also The Ring magazine and lineal 175-pound champion, Haiti-native Stevenson is a Canadian fan favorite who lives in Montreal. Karpency, fighting out of Adah, Pennsylvania, hopes to parlay his stunning upset by decision last October of “Bad” Chad Dawson, who, ironically, Stevenson defeated in 2013 by first-round knockout to originally capture his world title belt. In the 10-round co-feature, 2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence (17-0, 14 KOs) – recognized as the future of the welterweight division – faces the toughest test of his young professional career, South African invader Chris “The Heat” Van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs).

On the same night at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, two-time Mexican OlympianOscar Valdez (17-0, 14 KOs) faces challenger Chris “The Hitman” Avalos (26-3, 19 KOs) in the 10-round main event.

Headlining on the live truTV broadcast, Valdez is in the latest wave of standout Mexican fighters, while Lancaster, California’s Avalos has an experience advantage having fought Chris Frampton for a world title earlier this year in a losing effort. The 10-round co-feature showcases sons of famous former boxers as defending USBA junior middleweight champion Jesse Hart (17-0, 14 KOs), of Philadelphia, puts his crown on the line versus Aaron Pryor, Jr. (19-8-1, 12 KOs), of Cincinnati. Hart is trained by Philly great, “Cyclone” Hart, while Pryor is the son of Hall-of-Famer Aaron “Hawk Pryor.

Saturday afternoon switches to Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut with PBC on NBC. In the 10-round main event against Australian middleweight Michael “Pretty Boy” Zerafa (17-1, 9 KOs), former WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) risks a planned All-Brooklyn title fight this December against WBA “regular” champion Daniel Jacobs.

Quillin has everything to lose and Zerafa, who will be making his U.S. pro debut, is all in with nothing to lose. Ageless IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs), of Detroit, defends his title against favored No. 1 contender Jermall Charlo (21-0, 16 KOs), of Houston, in the 12-round co-feature.

The weekend concludes Saturday night at MGM Grand in Las Vegas with an explosive Showtime PPV card, featuring three world title fights in the four-fight Throwdown Fantasy Boxing group.

WBC and WBA super welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr.(48-0, 26 KOs) faces two-time world welterweight champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) in the 12-round headliner, which Mayweather claims will be the last of his incredible career.

Mayweather, fighting once again at home in Las Vegas, with a victory will tie the late, great Rocky Marciano for the greatest record upon retirement. Whether or not Mayweather will come back to break the record remains debatable, but 2004 Haitian Olympian Berto, who fights out of Winter Haven, Florida, vows to silence his many critics.

WBC super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) defends his title belt in a Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry fight, respectively, against the same opponent he took it from, five-time, two division world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs) in a potential war that isn’t expected to last the full 12 rounds like their first fight did this past April.

Former IBF junior middleweight champion and Las Vegas native, Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (27-7, 12 KOs), and 2004 U.S. Olympian Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan (21-2, 16 KOs) square off in an interesting 10-round bout. Smith starred in the original The Contenders reality television show, while the Armenian-born, Glendale, California resident Martirosyan is a past world title challenger.

Rounding out this week’s Game Group fights is a 10-round super featherweight throwdown between three-time, two-division world champion Jhonny Gonzalez(58-9, 49 KOs), the Mexican knockout artist, and Puerto Rican Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (25-4, 16 KOs) in another powerful ethnic rivalry match up.

New players who sign up now receive FREE entry into Throwdown Fantasy Boxing’s monthly Freeroll game.  Throwdown Fantasy also provides a $250 free roll that players may enter using Throwdown Points (3 free entire upon registration) and $25.00 free game. Signing up and playing is free. People have the opportunity to register and play for free and then move onto paid games.

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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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