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Hopkins Thinks It’s 50-50 We See A Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

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Bernard Hopkins is thinking, hoping, that he set a precedent when he took on a task which proved to be too unwieldy to tame: the Krusher.

Kovalev, the Russian hamerfist, was too strong, too quick, too fast, and too on target with strategy for the master, who’d been testing the imminent nature of time, at age 49 plus. But even though Hopkins lost a wide UD12, his rep didn’t get muddied. In fact, it looked to me at Gleason’s on Wednesday that he was attracting more love, more folks asking for selfless, than I’d seen before.

A loss in a certain manner, to a certain personality, will do that sometimes. If and when Floyd Mayweather loses, and if he acts suitably humbled afterwards, watch the love which will flow his way. It will be something to behold…

Hey…on the subject of Mr. Mayweather. I asked Hopkins if he thinks maybe his role modeling, his decision to invite the stiffest of tests, and enter the ring an underdog in the eyes of Father Time, if not all the oddsmakers, might impact Floyd. Might his decision to tangle with Kovalev be part of a movement which will result in Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao coming to the table, and successfully negotiating a Super Fight?

“As far as with Pacquiao and Mayweather, I think smart business people with understanding will come to their minds to do what it takes to make the fight happen,” he said, while main eveners Gabriel Rosado and David Lemieux chatted with media. “I think it’s a lot at stake financially, and a lot at stake historically in boxing. Like anything else, the role playing, and the foreplay, has wound down, and now it’s real talk, and real business.  What’s it been, four or five years on whether they’re going to fight or not fight, I think it’s coming to a head, whether it’s going to be, or not,” he continued.

Hopkins brought up an element I have talked about, the power of the voice of the fan, amplified now with the growth of direct messaging, of social media. “One key thing is the fans have the power, know why, because at that level of pay per view, and you banking on getting certain numbers, so everybody is happy, first it’s the networks, they want to recoup some of their money, if not all, and they definitely want to make a profit, for the bonus…when you got people turning off those TVs, and not buying those pay per views, they’re sending a message.”

Yes, he might well have been thinking of the Pacquiao-Algieri PPV from Nov. 22…

“They’re sending a message that we’d rather see you fight this person than that person, then we’re going to show our power and our voice by not buying the fight. And so the fans are catching on. The fans should never be underestimated…even though some people in boxing do. I don’t…because I know that they really are the power brokers when it comes to whether you can sell a fight…and the fans are now saying to Floyd, and the boxers that call themselves the best, ‘Listen, you can fight whoever you want to fight, Amir Khan and anybody else, and all these good fighters working to be great…but we’re gonna show you, what you’re expecting to get 1.2, 1 million viewers, we’re not gonna give you that. So when you see a fight happens and you see they don’t run out put out the numbers, that tells you the fight didn’t do well.” Er, yes, he was I think thinking about the PacAlgieri deal..

“Breaking even is not doing well in business. I got over fifty properties in Philadelphia. I know about breaking even, it’s nothing you celebrate. You’re not totally bummed out, but you’re not celebrating.

So, will IT happen? “I believe the (Maywweather vs. Pacquiao) fight has a fifty fifty chance of happening,” Hopkins said, “based on some personal agendas that need to get cleared up, and just do the fight. Because I believe that Pacquiao wants the fight, to fight Mayweather, and I believe that Mayweather wants to fight Pacquiao, to prove that he could beat him now, and he could’ve beat him way before. I want to see the fight, I wanted to see the fight four years ago, three years ago, and I want to see the fight even now. And I really believe it’s gonna happen.”

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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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