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King Still Kicking, His Boxer Reps Fri. at D Las Vegas Hotel

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It isn’t meant as a slam, not at all. But this Don King is like a cockroach. So resilient! Such hardiness! He’s 84, has been prematurely buried time and again…and he’s still in the game, still repping a few guys, and still, when you compare and contrast, a potent promoter.

No, it’s not his heyday…he’s faded and he picks his spots.

But DK, who is now aligned with Al Haymon, has a kid in the ring Friday night, and don’t foget, his Amir Imam is now a Showtime favorite.

Here is a release which went out touting King’s kid, Trevor Bryan, and his fight Friday night, on Showtime:

Don King Productions & the D Las Vegas Presents

Outdoor Boxing at the DLVEC, August 28

Joey “Tank” Dawejko: I fought a few weeks ago and knocked the guy out in thirty-one seconds. I am looking forward to this fight and I respect all the guys on this card but I feel this is my show even though I am the opener on ShoBox, I am taking the show – I am ready to go.

Decarlo Perez: This is a life-changer. This is my opportunity, my moment to shine. The Olympian thing was a great experience but I beat two Olympians already. Now I am able to come out and show the crowd what I can do. I am here and I am ready to fight and show everybody there is no one better in the division.

Juan Ubaldo Cabrera: I am sure my opponent is in great shape because I am in tremendous shape. And I am going to give a heck of a show.

Don King: We are very delighted to be here this morning, this afternoon or whatever time it is. It is D time. What time is it? D time. Before I bring you the main event, I want to bring you the man who had the plan to revitalize downtown Las Vegas. His name is Derrick and they call him ‘the D’ and we are the Double D – Derrick and Don in a partnership in downtown Las Vegas. So now I bring to you the man who made it possible and I am delighted to be in partnership with him for the betterment of our city and the center of all sports in the world, Las Vegas.

Derrick Stephens: We are going to have a great night on Friday night. I have been a boxing fan all my life. When we bought the county courthouse and tore it down to build an events center, one of the foremost thoughts in my mind centered around Don King. Don made fights. I got to see the outdoor matches at Caesars Palace – twenty-five years ago – Bowe-Holyfield, fan man, the whole deal. I just love outdoor boxing and I am glad I am able to bring outdoor boxing to downtown Las Vegas – right downtown. Thank you to Don, all the fighters and all of you people coming out.

Derric “El León” Rossy: I want to thank the D for hosting this event. I want to thank Trevor for taking this fight. It’s going to b a great fight. This whole card is going to be great. I promise you my fight is going to be a great fight and I hope you all come down to watch.

Sal Musimeci (Rossy Manager): This is going to be a great fight. Neither one of them knows how to take a step back. It’s what we call a fight in a phone booth.

Don King: This is a great fight card. You know what they say in boxing – you give the people what they want and they will respond. Now on the other side, we have a young American heavyweight trained by world-renowned trainer Stacey McKinley. This is a young man who has the desire to be heavyweight champion. He is the Dream Maker. He is fulfilling the dream. And Mr. Rossi is the Dream Breaker. This is, for me, giving the opportunity to, whether it is man or woman, great joy. Trevor is ahead of his time, he is undefeated and he is going to demonstrate his talents for world review. This is for you, the masses, to come in here and to deal with what is real. I am going to bring this man up here and we are dedicating this whole fight card to giving women their rights. We can talk about that a little later but right now we are talking about a fight – and the fight is for freedom, rights and equality, so here is the Dream Maker Trevor Bryan.

Trevor “The Dream” Bryan: Hello everybody. This is a great venue. I would like to bring up my coach Stacey McKinley and I will come back on.

Stacey McKinley: Don King is bringing back boxing to downtown Las Vegas. He brought back Mike Tyson, who I had the privilege of working with for over ten years, to Las Vegas. A lot of other heavyweight champions have worked with Don and he is on the road to doing it again. They called me and asked about Trevor fighting Derric Rossy and I thought about it and you know Trevor is a special prospect, he is a young man, he is 15-0 and he can fight. You get to a point and you’ve got to prove yourself. We took this fight knowing it is going to be a tough fight but I think my fighter has everything it takes to beat him, and we are going to beat him in, how long? Not long – by the seventh round this fight will be all over with – in the history books.

Trevor “The Dream” Bryan: My name is Trevor “The Dream” Bryan – Let’s go Champ. We are finally here now. Thanks ShoBox for putting on this great fight. You people are about to watch this great fight on August 28. I am here, from Albany, New York and it has been a long journey – I am a young prospect coming up and I am ready to fight. Derric, you call yourself the Dream Breaker, but you know what? I promise you a war and you be ready for that. I tell you what – we came here to take this title back to Albany, New York. We are here to set the sea on fire. This is The Dream baby and it’s going down – Let’s Go Champ.

LAS VEGAS – This Friday, August 28, outdoor boxing will return to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) with “Heavyweight Extravaganza.” Fight week events kick off tomorrow, August 25 with numerous “Open to the Public” offerings including media workouts, final press conference and an official weigh-in leading up to this weekend’s world-class bout.

Promising up-and-coming heavyweight Trevor Bryan (15-0, 11 KOs) will put his unblemished record on the line when he faces his toughest opponent to date, the more experienced Derric Rossy (30-9, 14 KOs), in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

Two-time Dominican Republic Olympian Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (23-0, 16 KOs), will face Decarlo Perez (14-3-1, 5 KOs), of Atlantic City, N.J., in the 10-round super middleweight co-main event of this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation

In the opening bout of the telecast, Samoa’s 6-foot-2 heavyweight Natu Visinia (11-1, 9 KOs) of Tacoma, Wash., will face 5-foot-10 Joey Dawejko (14-4-2, 7 KOs), of Philadelphia, in an eight-round matchup.

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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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