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“Boom Boom” Mancini Visited Boxing Hall of Fame

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Int’l Boxing Hall of Fame

Canastota, New York

RAY “BOOM BOOM” MANCINI

STEPS BACK INTO MSG RING

Promoting The Good Son in Canastota, Mancini revisits famous ring

CANASTOTA, NY – AUGUST 6, 2013 – On August 1st former WBA lightweight champion of the world Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini visited the Boxing Hall of Fame to promote his new film The Good Son. In addition to media interviews, touring the Hall of Fame Museum, signing autographs and posing for photos with fans, Mancini had the unique opportunity to step back into the Madison Square Garden ring where he successfully defended his world title 30 years ago.

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“Boom Boom” Mancini In The MSG Ring

After 82 years of use (1925-2007), the world famous boxing ring from Madison Square Garden was retired in September 2007. It was then shipped 270 miles north to Canastota to be assembled one last time and is now on permanent display in the Hall.

“We are so proud to have the MSG ring here in Canastota for fans and fighters alike to enjoy,” said Hall director Edward Brophy. “And what a thrill it was to have ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini back in the ring where he made history by defending his lightweight title in a great fight.”

Moments before stepping between the ropes of the legendary ring, Mancini said, “For every little leaguer you dream of playing in Yankee Stadium. For every fighter you dream of fighting at the Garden.”

In his third title defense (September 15, 1983), then 22-year old Mancini met undefeated #1 contender Orlando Romero (30-0-1) from Peru in a scheduled 15-round bout.

“I was at ringside for the Roberto Duran vs. Davey Moore fight at Madison Square Garden and it was an unbelievable fight. That’s the night I told my manager Dave Wolf that I have to fight here. That fight was June 16th and I fought there September 15th,” remembered Mancini.

The fight was a pitched battle and after eight rounds of back and forth action, Mancini was leading on two scorecards (77-76 and 79-77), while the third scorecard had the fight even (77-77).

At the close of the round Mancini was bleeding from a cut over his left eye.

“My whole thing was to get into the later rounds. I just started to feel like I was taking over because I hit him with body shots and heard him grunting and groaning. But at the end of the eighth round I get cut. Next thing you know blood is coming down and I looked at him and said, ‘I have to end this,’” recalled Mancini.

And end it he did. The Youngstown, OH native came out aggressively in the ninth stanza intent on ending the bout and a smashing left hook sent the tough contender crashing to the canvas. The referee counted him out at the 1:56 mark of the round. The victory raised Mancini’s record to 27-1

“Romero was a strong and determined fighter. Fighting a fighter from another country is always the most difficult because what they lack in talent they make up for in heart, desire and determination. Plus they are fighting for more than themselves, they are fighting for the respect and honor of their country. And those are the most difficult fights. Also, he was a southpaw and those are the hardest type of guys to fight,” said Mancini.

In addition to adding his name to the incredible roster of legendary fighters who defended their crown in the world’s most famous arena, fighting in the Garden had extra special meaning for Mancini. His father, 1940s lightweight contender Lenny “Boom Boom” Mancini, fought in the same ring four times against the likes of Marty Servo, Leo Rodak and Rocky Castellani. The elder Mancini was seated at ringside to watch his son defend his championship.

“When they told me I was going to fight in the same ring as my father, I got chills. This is the man I wanted to be like, who was everything I wanted to be as a fighter and as a man, and here I am fighting in the same ring he fought in!” said Mancini.

Mancini was in Canastota as part of the publicity tour for his new film, The Good Son, which tells the story of Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, who wasn’t merely the lightweight boxing champion – he was a national sports hero, personifying blue-collar toughness. His vow to win the championship for his father, the original “Boom Boom”, captivated the country. The film includes appearances by fellow Youngstowner Ed O’Neill (Modern Family), Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard and actor and pugilist Mickey Rourke.

The Good Son is available to rent through SnagFilms on VOD (Video on Demand) via cable and satellite providers and iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-good-son/id664335309). There will also be a theatrical run in New York and Los Angeles and additional select theaters nationwide on August 9th.

For more information on The Good Son visit www.snagfilms.com/thegoodson, www.twitter.com/snagfilms and www.twitter.com/thegoodsondoc

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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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