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Oliveira-Adriel final press conference quotes & official weights from Brazil

SAO PAULO, Brazil (March 24, 2011) – The final press conference and official weigh-in for tomorrow night’s “International Boxing Challenge pro-am boxing show, featuring the Interim WBC Latino Super Middleweight title fight between unbeaten Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs) and undefeated Argentinean prospect Abel Nicolas “El Princdipito” Andriel (10-0, 2 KOs), was held this morning in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 10-round main event between Oliveira and Adriel, which is believed to be the first battle of undefeated boxers from archrivals Brazil and Argentina, will be streamed free starting at 9 PM/ET by going to www.MichaelOliveira.com.

OFFICIAL WEIGHTS

Professionals

MAIN EVENT – 10 ROUNDS – INTERIM WBC LATINO SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

Michael Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs), Miami, Florida, USA by way of Sao Paulo, Brazil 167 ½ lbs. (75.9 kgs.)

vs.

Abel Nicolas Adriel (10-2, 2 KOs), Pigue, Buenos Aires, Argentina 163 ½ lbs. (74.1 kgs.)

MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS

Douglas Ataibe (pro debut), Sao Paulo, Brazil, Brazil 155 ½ lbs. (70.5 kgs.)

vs.

Valdevan Pereira (5-4, 4 K)s), Sao Paulo, Brazil 158 ¼ lbs. (71.8 kgs.)

Amateurs (weighing-in tomorrow)

119 POUNDS – 3 ROUNDS

Adauto Silva, Brazilian National Boxing Team, Para, Brazil

vs.

Jackson Junior, Brazilian National Boxing Team, Bahia, Brazil

Gilson Barros, Brazilian National Boxing Team, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

vs.

Jefferson Silva, Brazilian National Boxing Team, Para, Brazil

FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES

Michael Oliveira: “Thanks (Team Adriel) for coming here to my home country and giving me this opportunity to expand. May the best man win.”

“Our rivalry (Brazil vs. Argentina) is a factor but not the main factor. Both of us want to prove that our country is better…not just in soccer.”

“I’ve trained hard and given it my all. Now only God knows what will happen.”

Abel Nicolas Adriel:”I’m very happy to be here. I feel strong for this fight. It’s important for me to be part of this event and a great opportunity for my career.”

“Michael is a very good fighter, so it’s going to be a good fight. Both of us are still developing and this fight is good for both or out careers.”

“I am very confident and fully prepared to win. I’ve trained two months for this fight. I’m looking forward to winning the title and bringing it home to Argentina.”

Carlos Oliveira, promoter of event and Michael (also his father): “We were here last November and I said back then that we were here to stay. Our goal is to get professional boxing back in Brazil. There is a lot of talent here in sports, not just in soccer.”

“We’re working here with a new generation of boxers, professionals and amateurs. Brazil will host the World Cup (soccer) in 2014 and the (Summer) Olympics in 2016. We are part of that process.”

“I thank TV Global and our sponsors for their support and believing in us. We have proven ourselves to be professionals.”

FACT SHEET

NAME: “International Boxing Challenge” Pro-Am Boxing

DATE: Friday, March 25, 2011

VENUE: Mauro Pinheiro Gymnasium, Sao Paulo, Brazil

PROMOTER: MO Productions

TICKETS: FREE GENERAL ADMISSION

TELEVISION: Live on TV Globo Network, SporTV cable, GloboEsporte and TV Globo International

(FREE STREAMING OUTSIDE OF BRAZIL OF OLIVEIRA-ADRIEL STARTING AT 9 PM/ET AT www.MichaelOliveira.com

INFORMATION: Doors open at 6:30 PM/GMT, first bout at 7:30 PM/GMT)…go on line to www.MichaelOliveira.com for additional information

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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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