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DIBELLA ENTERTAINMENT & 50 CENT’S SMS PROMOTIONS MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL QUICK QUOTES

ANNOUNCE ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS CARD MARCH 1 AT THE MGM GRAND AT FOXWOODS

New York, NY (1/24/13) – Earlier today Lou DiBellaof DiBella Entertainment and 50 Centof SMS Promotions hosted an international media conference call to discuss the upcoming ESPN Friday Night Fights card on March 1, at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. In the main event, SMS Promotions IBF Featherweight Champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (35-1, 21KO’s) looks to defend his title against Cuban Olympian and IBF #3 rated Luis Franco (11-1, 7KO’s). In the televised co-feature, former amateur standout and now top-ten rated junior middleweight contender Willie Nelson (19-1-1, 11KO’s) squares off against Michael Medina (26-3-2, 19KO’s) in a 10-round showdown for Nelson’s NABF junior middleweight title. The Nelson-Medina bout is promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions.  Both bouts will be aired on ESPN‘s Friday Night Fights beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Below are some quick notes from the call. A complete transcript of the call will be available tomorrow.

LOU DIBELLA:

 “DiBella Entertainment and 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions are presenting a great night of fights live from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods that will be televised by ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, on March 1. Doors open at 6:30pm and the first fight will take place at 7:00pm. ESPN goes live at 9:00PM EST. In the main event, the popular Australian boxer and IBF featherweight champion, Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib, defending his title against Cuban Olympian and the IBF #3-rated featherweight Luis Franco. In the co-feature, you have Willie Nelson defending his NABF junior middleweight title against Michael Medina. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be promoted in association with Rumble Time Promotions. Tickets go on sale next week and are affordably priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40. Contact the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Box Office for more information.”

50 CENT:

“This is exciting for me. Of course, you’ll see some of my friends from music culture at this event. This is my first event co-promoting from the ground up. Yes, I had Yuriorkis Gamboa fighting on the Pacquiao undercard, but this is the first time that SMS is involved with the entire production and going through the entire process.  You’re going to see a really good night of entertainment. Dib and Franco will be on their A-game. Dib has been training more than usual for this fight. We are putting a lot of energy into promoting this event.”

BILLY DIB:

“I want to thank Foxwoods, Lou DiBella, SMS Promotions and ESPN. I’m coming out to not just to win but to make a serious statement. I believe I’m going to knock Franco out.”

LUIS FRANCO:

“I’d like to thank my management team for getting me to this point, Lou DiBella and SMS Promotions for this opportunity, and of course Foxwoods and ESPN. I’m ecstatic to be a part of his 50 Cent’s first show. Whatever Dib has to say to me, he can say to me on the night of the fight.”

SCOTT BUTERA (PRESIDENT/CEO OF FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO):

We are very excited to host this great event. We feel that with the added prominence of 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, it will be a spectacular night. I can promise everyone that the crowd will be robust. We’re very proud to be participating in this event.”

DOUG LOUGHREY (ESPN DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING):

“We have a great conversion of brands here with 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. We are in the 15th year of Friday Night Fights, and now with ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, a lot of our viewers speak both English and Spanish. We’re looking for an exciting night on March 1. We’re talking about a total of 57-8 knockouts between the fighters in the co-feature and main event. It’s now up to the combatants to come forward and provide a great night of action.”

Tickets are priced at $200, $100, $75 and $40 and will be available for purchase next week through the MGM Grand Foxwoods Box Office by calling 1 (800) 200-2882

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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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