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CONTENDER CLASH: Jesse Brinkley To Fight Pete Quillin

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JESSE BRINKLEY VS. PETER QUILLIN PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

April 1st, 2011. Reno — A press conference was held at the Eldorado Hotel Casino on Tuesday afternoon for the highly anticipated April 29th super-middleweight bout between Yerington, NV’s Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) and Brooklyn, NY’s Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (23-0, 17 KOs).

Jesse Brinkley discussed what this fight means to him in the wake of his loss against IBF super-middleweight champion, Lucian Bute.

“I never thought I would be back here without the world title. Let’s just start out by saying that the loss was a disappointment to me. I haven’t gotten over that loss.”

“I want to be back to the world championship level. I want to fight for another world title. I’m here to fight Peter Quillin because I believe he is the type of fighter that if you beat him you are right back at the HBO/Showtime level.”

“After the fight with Lucian, I have a lot of questions that need to be answered. I need to know what it is like to go to war again with a young lion.”

Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin focused on the fact that this fight is a big step up in his career.

“Come April 29th, you’re going to see Kid Chocolate and Jesse Brinkley get it on. You have to take opportunities when they come. I want the world to  see me as a bona fide champion.”

“I know Jesse is going to be tough. I want to be 24-0 after this fight. If the knockout comes, then I will go home with a big knockout, but if not, I will settle for a big win.”

“This is a great fight for boxing fans.” Says Robert Diaz, matchmaker for Golden Boy Promotions. “We have high expectations for Peter Quillin, and we think that his style matches up perfectly to beat Jesse Brinkley.”

Let’s Get It On Promotions’ Tommy Lane spoke in more detail about the main event.

“After the Bute fight in the dressing room, Jesse came to Terry and me and asked ‘When can we go back and rock Reno?’”

“It's a fight that Jesse can win, and should win. But it’s the type of fight where each guy is the gate-keeper to the other’s career. It is a fight  that is very consequential.”

Let’s Get It On Promotions’ Terry Lane, discussed how this card is a kick off to the Cinco De Mayo celebration.

“We invite the Mexican and Mexican-American community to this fight on April 29th to help begin their Cinco De Mayo festivities. Boxing is so entrenched in the Mexican culture.”

Continuing with the Cinco De Mayo theme, undercard details were announced at  Tuesday’s press conference. Returning to fight in Northern Nevada for  the third time is “El Negro Mexicano” “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (12-2-2)
from Las Vegas, NV. Smith will fight in a six round bout. It was also announced that decorated amateur “Chuy” Elizondo from Carson City, NV will make his pro debut on the undercard. Undefeated super-middleweight
Carlos Gaytan from Reno (2-0-1, 1 KO) will also be on the undercard in a four round bout.

What is being billed as a special attraction bout, former two-time University of Nevada, Reno collegiate welterweight boxing champion, Thomas Gennaro, will be making his pro debut on April 29th. Gennaro, who has thrived in a long standing Northern Nevada boxing tradition, is excited to be fighting as a professional.

“This has been something that has crawled inside me and I need to do. April 29th, I’m going to come out and let it shine.”

“I’m ready to get back in the ring in front of Reno and make this happen. I’m ready to rock!”

As a side note, and some fun boxing trivia, famed boxing writer Michael Marley once fought for the University of Nevada Boxing team. So did Mills Lane, who was the 1960 collegiate welterweight champion.

Brinkleyvs. Quillin will be held at the Reno Events Center in Downtown Reno. The fight will be televised on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo series. Check local listings. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting the Silver Legacy or Reno Events Center box office  during hours of operation. Prices are $33.25, $63.25, and $103.25. Doors open at 6pm, first bell at 7pm. The card is being presented by Don Chargin Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, Let’s Get It On Promotions, PR Entertainment, The Eldorado Hotel Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and The Circus Circus Hotel Casino.

All bouts subject to change.

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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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