World Championship Fights – The First on TV

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

Television has brought many fights into our homes over the past 70 years, and the number of those bouts is impressive.

Here’s a look at the first world championship fights to be televised in each of the eight major weight divisions back when most of us weren’t even born … now that is amazing!

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Canada’s Robert Cleroux Beat Chuvalo Twice

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 26, 2014
 
Bob Cleroux 1969

 

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

 
No doubt the most well known heavyweight to come out of Canada is George Chuvalo. For a while Lennox Lewis called it his home and Trevor Berbick made his mark but George is still #1 in Canada. Nevertheless there is a very overlooked heavyweight contender from the 1960’s who at one time was closing in on a world title shot. His name was Robert Cleroux. The fact is that “Big Bob” had a trilogy of bouts with Chuvalo for the Canadian heavyweight title. Cleroux won two of those contests.
 
Cleroux was born on February 23,1938. He joined the punch for pay ranks in 1957 after winning the Montreal Golden Gloves title in 1956. At 6’1” and weighing over 200 pounds, he was a fairly big heavyweight in his era. He won twelve of his first thirteen contests. Only a draw with Eddie Vick stained his record. He beat Eddie in a return go. Vick would go on to fight the likes of Tommy “Hurricane” Jackson. Chuck Wepner, Jeff Merritt and Bob Foster twice during his career. Bob invaded New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1959 and suffered his first loss. An eight round decision to veteran Buddy Turman.
 
Cleroux would regroup to win nine in a row including a decision over Willie Besmanoff and a five round kayo against Roy “Cut-N-Shoot” Harris. In 1960 he won a close and hard fought split decision over Chuvalo to capture the Canadian crown. Later in the year he would drop a twelve round verdict to George losing the title. In between those two battles, Bob halted Turman in two rounds to gain a measure of revenge.
 

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Winter 2018 Edition)

As we head into 2018, I want to wish everybody the best of health and a prosperous New Year!

As your website publisher, I will continue to give you my best in boxing with honesty and credibility as my top priorities.

A small group of people that help make this website a success and I would sincerely like to acknowledge them here: Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Lead Assistant), Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer / Historian), Steve Corbo (Guest Posts and Proof Reader), Harold Lederman HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), and in memory of Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) who was the first contributor to my website upon its beginning in July 2007, may his soul rest peacefully in heaven with Lord.

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2017

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

I have assembled my “personal” choices in boxing for the past year 2017 in five major categories, and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2017. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!

 

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:  Vasyl Lomachenko / WBO Super Featherweight Champion 

vs. Jason Sosa (RTD 9) April 8, 2017 / vs. Miguel Marriaga (RTD 7) August 5, 2017 /

Guillermo Rigondeaux (RTD 6) December 9, 2017

*****  Runner Up’s:

***** Terence Crawford  

*****  Andre Ward 

 

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RING TRIVIA – Answers

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This began back when I was a kid in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to educate myself. It’s now my pleasure to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone. On a quarterly basis I post five (5) multiple choice questions – March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.

 

 

1 ) What are the only two nations to make a clean sweep (gold medals in all weight classes) in the history of the Olympic games in boxing competition?

a) USA and BritainCORRECT ANSWER

b) USA and France 

c) USA and Russia

d) USA and Germany

 

2) The World Boxing Council (WBC) was founded on February 14, 1963 – in what country?

a) Philippines

b) Spain

c) Japan

d) MexicoCORRECT ANSWER 

 

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Pages From The Scrapbook

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Recently I brought a new category to my website, which is “Pages From The Scrapbook”.

A lot of my fan base don’t know that back in the seventies, eighties, and nineties that I was a boxing beat writer for my local newspaper the Santa Barbara News Press, doing fight predictions and  also a guest reporter on local radio for all major fights.

I am delighted to bring some of these article features that I wrote for your viewing.

I learned quite a bit in the journalism field back in my younger days that have helped me to be the best I can producing  dmboxing.com  for all.

Featured here is my pre-fight  article on the Wilfredo Benitez vs. Roberto Duran WBC junior middleweight championship – dated January 29, 1982.

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Let’s Get a Boxing Movie

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on December 12, 2012

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer 

Since this is the holiday season you may have some time off of work to relax and watch a few movies. There are several classic boxing movies that are available at your local video store to fill a void left by a lack of live boxing action. I’m going to list some of my favorites that you may find entertaining. “Gentleman Jim”, the story of James J. Corbett is my personal favorite. Errol Flynn is great as Corbett and Ward Bond is even better as John L. Sullivan. Next up would be Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano in “Somebody Up There Likes Me”. Then Robert DeNiro in the story of Jake LaMotta titled “Raging Bull”.

Robert Ryan is a hard luck, aging but proud fighter in “The Set Up”. Charles Bronson plays a bare knuckle battler and James Coburn is his fast talking manager in “Hard Times”.  More than a boxing movie, with a great cast like Marlon Brando, Rod Stieger and Lee J. Cobb, is “On The Waterfront”. It gave us Brando’s character, Tommy Malloy’s unforgetable line,”I coulda’ been a contender”.

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Saunders by Unanimous Decision Over Lemieux

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

In a match of the classic boxer vs. the classic puncher WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0 / 12 by KO) completely dominated David Lemieux (38-4 / 33 by KO) in a twelve round one-sided bout on Saturday night in Lemieux’s home town of Laval, Quebec, Canada.

It was a fight made to order for Saunders who made his first trip for a fight over the Atlantic Ocean from his home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. As a southpaw, he used an excellent lead right hand jab along with outstanding footwork and was impressive in every phase of the fight.

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