Shields by Unanimous Decision Over Hammer

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

On Saturday night April 13, 2019 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Claressa Shields fought Christina Hammer in a battle of the two best female middleweights in the world with the winner being the undefeated unified champion.  Hammer started fast in the first round boxing and her jab effectively took the round; but in the second round, it was Shields who dominated as she nailed Hammer with a left hook in the first minute and over the last minute, connected on a right hand.

The third round was closer than the second but it was a Shields round as she connected on the bigger shots and her excellent defense allowed her to slip punches.  The fourth round was another round where Shields used her brawling style to force Hammer to move away but Hammer didn’t punch back effectively.

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Lomachenko by 4th Round Knockout … Retains WBA/WBO Lightweight Title Belts

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America … contributor to since 2008

Anthony Crolla faced Vasiliy Lomachenko in a battle for Lomachenko’s lightweight title belts. I wouldn’t use the word battle as Lomachenko chased Crolla throughout the bout, rarely in trouble. Crolla had very little answers and did very little in punching back. Using body shots along with jabs, Lomachenko dominated the action from the first round.  At the end of the third round, Lomachenko landed a combination that was counted as a knockdown as the rope kept Crolla from hitting the canvas. After an eight count, the bell ended the fight. Crolla was Lomanchenko’s punching bag.

Lomachenko ended the bout with a right hand hook from his southpaw position as Crolla hit the canvas face first. Lomachenko is now 14-1 with 11 knockouts but this record is even more impressive since he has fought the best in his division.  I doubt any fighter has as impressive a list of opponents over their first fifteen fights as Lomachenko who started his career fighting Jose Ramirez who was 25-3 and a title contender, winning by a knockout.

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Oddities in Boxing

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Boxing has certainly had its share of odd events. In no particular order of preference here are ten that have always stood out to me.

1 – November 6, 1993 / Las Vegas, Nevada … Holyfield vs. Bowe II, a fan James Miller lands by parachute into the ring during round 7 causing a 21 minute delay in their heavyweight championship fight.

2 – December 4, 1912 / Paris, France … Georges Bernard fell asleep at the end of the sixth round during his middleweight title fight with Billy Papke.

3 – September 13, 1975 / Caracas, Venezuela Luis Etaba defeated Rafael Lovera by 4th round knockout to win WBC junior flyweight title, only to learn afterwards Lovera had never fought a professional fight before and only fought that one fight in his career.

4 – December 13,  1887 … “Nonpareil” Jack Dempsey retained his middleweight title by knockout in the 45th round over John Reagan. The bout took place in two rings. It Started in Huntington, Long Island and after the ring was flooded by nearby river, in the 8th round, both fighters boarded a tug boat and continued their bout 20 miles away in another ring.

5 – January 15, 1977 /  Las Vegas, Nevada … Howard Smith wins a 10 round decision over Henry Clark. In round one, the original referee (Ferd Hernandez) suffered a epileptic seizure causing a fifteen minute delay before new referee (Richard Greene) was brought and the fight resumed. On a side note, prior to becoming a referee, Fred Hernandez boxed professionally and once scored a 10 round split decision win over an aging 44 year old Sugar Ray Robinson in 1965.

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Boxers Who Have Never Been Knocked Out

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

There are many boxers who have retired having never been knocked out in their respective careers.

The most logical rating formula for compiling such a list would be to judge them according to the quality and level of their competition, or by their total number of fights.

However, I have chosen to rate each on their greatness as a fighter; how I see them pound-for-pound at the height, peak, prime, pinnacle of their great careers.

Arguably, you could move them around, changing the order as you wish; but this likely would be the group at the top of most lists.

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RING TRIVIA for March 2019 – 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 is the real birth name of legendary hall of fame boxing trainer Jackie McCoy?

a – Warren Spaw —– CORRECT ANSWER ***

b – Billy Jack

c – Bud Lee

d – Ozzie Smith

2 – What former heavyweight contender on January 25, 2009 graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Temple University?

a – Henry Tillman

b – Randall “Tex” Cobb —– CORRECT ANSWER ***

c – Gerry Cooney

d – Dave Zyglewicz

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The Gio Express Rolls On … Cabrera Mioletti Now 16-0

Photo: Mike Blair /

By Steve Corbo

The “Gio Express” made another stop, Saturday night, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, in a 10 round main event presented by Brian Halquist Productions. This was Halquist’s “Battle At The Boat 120” and the feature bout pitted Super Featherweights Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera Mioletti (16-0-0 w/7 KOs) Chicago, Illinois taking on Recky Dulay (11-5-0 w/8 KOs) Philippines.

Although scheduled for 10 rounds “Gio” made it an early night, first picking apart Dulay with crisp jabs and counter punching, as Dulay tried to close the distance and landed some shots of his own. In the third round Gio began battering him with power shots, which resulted in Dulay remaining on the stool and not coming out for the fourth round. He had enough of the “Gio Express”. In another dominant performance by “Gio” this one goes down in the record books as his 16th win, via a TKO in the 3rd round.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Spring 2019 Edition)

Spring is here and once again it’s time to say thank you for making this website one of your choices in boxing.

It is my pleasure and I treasure the opportunity to provide the best of boxing as I know it.

A small elite group of people that help enhance and whom I would like to acknowledge are: 

Bob Quackenbush (Lead Assistant / Proof Reader); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer / Boxing Historian); Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America); Steve Corbo (Boxing Writer / Proof Reader); Harold Lederman (Hey Harold / Retired HBO World Championship Boxing); Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner / Glove2Glove). [ Note: Rusty was the first to contribute to dmboxing in July 2007. May his friendship and lovely memory live forever. R.I.P. ]

I want to say an extra thank you for those that have purchased my dmboxing products. My newest blue long sleeve t-shirt (see photo above) has sold well and is available at the cost of $20.00 and that includes FREE shipping. To view all of my products, go to the Categories section on this website and click on Products. Ordering is easy; just send a check, NO cash please, and desired size to: David Martinez Boxing, 810 Coronel Street, Santa Barbara, California 93109 and upon receipt your order will be promptly processed. May I add a special thank you to my website t-shirt model, Holly.

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Spence by One-Sided Decision over Garcia … Retains IBF Welterweight Title

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, and has contributed to with expertise since 2008

Errol Spence Jr. dominated this bout and the only real close round was the second round. Spence won all rounds on all cards and quite frankly, Mikey Garcia was great lightweight, but he is not a true welterweight.  He simply got out boxed and the second round was the only round which you could make an argument that he won but the judges didn’t even give him that.

Mikey Garcia is a great lightweight but he could not make the jump to welterweight and now he is considering going back to lightweight or junior welterweight. 

Spence had the size advantage and he used it effectively as he controlled the distance between both fighters.   The compubox numbers told the whole story as Spence landed 345 of 1082 punches and nailed 51% of his power shots.  Spence connected on triple the power shots than Garcia got credit for connecting all of his punches!  Garcia was merely a punching bag.

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