By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com
Picking the greatest boxers of all time, from different countries around the world, was really an easy and fun task. Over the years I have researched this topic at great length and interviewed many people. I have spoken to the older generations of fans and fighters who personally saw many of the boxers fight that were before my time. Their expertise and the input they offered was invaluable.
For each fighter my main basis for ranking them was the height, peak, prime, and pinnacle of their careers regardless of weight or eras in which they fought. The level of their competition played a huge factor, but not necessarily their ring record. Alphabetically by geographic area/country, here are my picks, with the runners up included:
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The story about last Saturday Night’s fight was that Miguel Cotto simply lacked the fire power to defeat Saul Canelo Alvarez; and while the fight was closer than the scorecards, the reality was that the decision was hardly controversial.
Beginning in the second round, Cotto’s jabs and boxing skills opposed Canelo’s occasional bursts of power. Canelo landed a left to Cotto’s body followed by a right to the head while Cotto pumped the jabs, some of which were slipped by Alvarez.
*** FLASHBACK ~ this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on January 15, 2013
IN MEMORY OF– on November 21, 2015 Bob Foster passed away, may his soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord … R.I.P. (4-27-38 / 11-21-15)
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian
I consider myself truly blessed to have seen over the past fifty years all the boxing greats. I have written various articles ranking different boxers in their primes, but I feel compelled to write now about a division in boxing that hardly anyone ever talks about – light heavyweight.
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Las week Tim Bradley fought Brandon Rios and this would be his first fight with Ted Atlas, who returned as a trainer after years in the broadcast booth. Atlas goal was to have Bradley use the ring and fight from angles as oppose to sit in front of his opponent and play warrior. Bradley has always been a good boxer but he also shown to be a tough fighter who didn’t mind getting into fire fight. This strategy didn’t always work out in his favor even in victory as his tough victory over Ruslan Providnikov showed in which Bradley survived knockdowns to win a close decision.
My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with his short video links regarding upcoming fights.
Here’s a look at the WBC middleweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds, Miguel Cotto (40-4 / 33 by KO) vs. Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1 / 32 by KO) airing on HBO/PPV, Saturday, November 21, 2015 from the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
In a WBO welterweight title fight Timothy Bradley (33-1-1 / 13 by KO) was simply brilliant under the watchful eye of new trainer Teddy Atlas scoring a 9th round knockout win over Brandon Rios (33-3-1 / 24 by KO) at the Thomas Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Rios was one dimensional, plodding straight forward and stepping right into the quicker, more accurate punches of Bradley.
On November 28, this month, our local Santa Barbara boxer Henry Calles (1-0-2) has his upcoming fight in Los Angeles, California against Lucius Johnson (2-0) in a middleweight / super middleweight bout at a catch weight of 165 pounds and scheduled for four rounds. NOTE: middleweights fight at 160 lbs. and super middleweights fight a 168 – so this fight is in between and agreed upon by both fighters.