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Counting Down To Vitali-Adamek…Who Do Ya Like?

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151Press Conference Wroclaw, Poland, Regional Center for Business Tourism 

Vitali Klitschko:
“I like Poland.  I've been here many times.  I've lived here before.  I have a lot of friends here.  I have many good memories linked with Poland, they're positive.  It just worked out that now I'll be fighting a Polish boxer.  The most important thing to me will be the result.  What more can I say?  I think that it'll be a positive moment that will represent our countries.  To quote Nelson Mandela: 'Sport has the strength to change the world'.”

“You are a bad boxer if you don't wish to win a world title.  Tomasz has a chance to become one.  In this situation the only questions can be: Is this too important for him?  Is it too late?  It's never too early,  never too late.  He got his chance and he definitely has a chance if he wants it.   The question is though, if I will let him take that chance.”

“He's (Adamek) not an easy opponent, good technique, good condition, and a big heart to boxing, strong character and a strong desire to win.  Those are the most important elements in boxing.”

Reporter: Your fight with Adamek will be in Wroclaw, Poland on September 10, with  approximately 40,000 fans.  The Ukraine and Germans will come but there will be a dominance of Poles.  Do you worry about a loud uproar for Adamek? 

“I'll repeat one more time that boxing fans are there to watch the fight.  I understand that Tomasz will have a huge fan base.  For me that's not the first time.  I've fought in Germany against a German, in America against an American, in Britain against a Brit.  So now that I'm fighting in Poland against a Pole, it makes no difference.  The ring is always the same.”

Tomasz Adamek:

“I fight differently than I used to.  I take a lot less hits, I'm more balanced.  If you have a knack to box I think it's impossible not to keep learning.  Everything is possible.  You have to have faith and never give up.  If you give up, you'll never win.”

“In both Heavyweight and Cruiserweight they all said I was too small, and now it's (heavyweight) a hard weight class. As he (Vitali) gets older he's trying to do impossible things. I have shown that with determination you can win.  I have a great trainer who taught me a lot since I started working with Andrew and they used to pound me.  This lets me know that you can always beat the strongest people.”

Reporter: In one of your last interviews, you said Vitali is getting older.  Do you foresee maybe by the 7th or 8th round that he will become winded?  “If I keep pushing a highpace then definitely because he is a bigger and taller guy so he tires faster.  I have to keep changing my position while striking.  This is what I'll be working on with Roger.  I'll be working on being fast.  This is an area where I'll be able to beat him.”

Reporter: In boxing you say that if you want to tire someone out, you hit them hard, is this true with Klitscko?   “Absolutely.  I'll have to work up and down.  He's a big guy.  We're working on that.  I have a good trainer.”

“I'll definitely have to keep a low position so I can get away from some serious strikes.  That's the key.  The rest you'll have to wait until September 10th to see.  I have to represent myself well for Poland and the rest of the world.”

“If I take on a challenge I'm going to put 120% into it. I invite you all to the fight on September 10th.  You can watch it live in the stadium, or on TV. Best wishes to all..”

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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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