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BRONER: “You Can’t Talk About Boxing Without Bringing Up Broner”

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ADRIEN “THE PROBLEM” BRONER WASHINGTON, D.C. MEDIA WORKOUT QUOTES & PHOTOS

ADRIEN BRONER, Former Three-Division World Champion

“This fight is huge for me. Everyone wants to see what Adrien Broner is going to do next after this devastating loss I took in the early part of my career. I know why everyone has their eyes glued to me.

“Floyd is going to do what he’s always done, stay on top and get a victory. Everyone one knows what I’m going to do in my comeback fight.

“Being on this undercard means a lot it mean a lot. It means a lot to know I play a big part in boxing. It is great to be on this card.

“In this era, you can’t talk about boxing without bringing up Adrien Broner.

“I’ve been training my ass off. You never know what you’re going to come in here and do. A lot of fighters have repetitive workouts. In our camp here, [at the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Washington, D.C.] you never know what you’re going to do day in and day out. I come prepared and train my ass off.

“I am the CEO of Band Camp. It’s a positive movement with music and boxing. Everyone has a role and we are moving up.

“This is my first fight on pay-per-view and after my performance on May 3rd you will be seeing me on pay-per-view more often so get used to this.

“Carlos Molina is a hell of a fighter and he is going to come to fight. He’s going to come to kick my ass because I’m sure as hell going to come to kick his.

“I’m trying to have some fun. I will be pretty, fresh, fly and still flashy.

“People want to know if the loss [against Marcos Maidana] has humbled me and of course it has. If I would have won that Maidana fight people would be calling me an asshole. People still call me that, but now I thank God that he slowed me down in my tracks even though it is still a heavy and fast train. Right now, Denzel Washington couldn’t stop this train.

“People will always have their opinions on how hard you trained, especially when they only see you on fight night. Boxing is all hard work. I don’t care what level you’re on.

“I talk to Floyd all the time, he’s a big brother and a mentor. Why not fight on his undercard? I’m helping him and he’s helping me. It’s a lovely thing, who would have ever thought we’d be fighting on the same card?

“You never know what to expect from an opponent until you hit that ring, but I can tell you that I will be victorious and it will be in a spectacular way.

“‘THE MOMENT’ is one of the biggest fights in boxing history and why not pay back my big brother and fight on his card?

“When Floyd beats Maidana, it is going to be the same as the other opponents who have lost. It would still be a big fight for me to fight Maidana.”

MIKE STAFFORD, Broner’s Trainer

“Behind good losses always come a good win and next Saturday night Adrien’s going get an excellent win.

“Sugar Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali, even Bernard Hopkins. All these guys took losses but they came back and were victorious. We just have to get back to a world championship shot again.

“Camp is going well. He looks just as good as he did for the Maidana fight, he just has to maintain his weight at 147. He was at 139, so he had to eat more. Now he doesn’t have to eat as much.

“I was surprised by the way Adrien got hit by Maidana. He’d been hit in the past, but I was surprised that Maidana hit him like that.

“Everyone wants to fight Floyd for the money. If Maidana had lost to Adrien his career would have been done, but if Maidana loses to Floyd, he will still have plenty of guys to fight. The timing was right for Maidana. After his victory over Adrien, Floyd noticed him and realized that it would be a good fight.”

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“THE MOMENT: Mayweather vs. Maidana,”is a 12-round world championship unification bout for Mayweather and Maidana’s respective 147-pound titles. This is the third fight of Mayweather’s lucrative multi-fight deal withShowtime Networks Inc. THE MOMENT is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O’Reilly Auto Parts and AT&T.In the co-main event, AmirKhanfaces LuisCollazoin a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC silver welterweight world title. The pay-per-view undercard also features a 10-round junior welterweight fight between Adrien Broner and Carlos Molina as well as a 10-round super middleweight bout featuring J’Leon Love vs. Marco Antonio Periban. The event will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) will be available in Spanish via secondary audio programming (SAP).

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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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