Christmas 2019 … t-shirt

With Christmas less than a month away, now is the time to think about some gift giving for yourself and to others on your holiday list.

My official website t-shirt is blue in color with long sleeves … just in time for the upcoming winter months!

It is available at the cost of $20.00 and as a bonus I am including FREE shipping to anywhere in the United States mailing zones. Plus, with each purchase, a FREE complimentary 2020 calendar will be included with your order.

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Wilder by KNOCKOUT over Ortiz – 7th Round

By Tom Doneslon / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Wilder needed one punch to erase a four-round deficit on two of the judges’ scorecard and a two-round deficit on the other card.  (I had it 59-55 and many others had it 60-54.)  Ortiz seemed in control and connected on counter punches as it would appear that Wilder hesitated to throw punches. In their first fight, Ortiz stunned Wilder in the sixth round and like in this fight, was ahead on the scorecards when Wilder stopped him. Ortiz had the power to stop Wilder and Wilder understood that, so he played it safe.

When looking at the Compubox data, the actual connect rates were close. Going into the seventh round, Ortiz only connected on three more punches, but he had a 20-8 advantage in power punches through six rounds.  Interesting enough, Ortiz only landed more punches in three of the first six rounds and Wilder landed more punches in two of those rounds with both landing two punches in the fourth round.   Ortiz was winning rounds, but he was not dominating the fight.  He succeeds in keeping Wilder off balance and never allowing Wilder to set on his punches, in particular his right hand.

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Gene Aguilera – My Friend!

*** FLASHBACK *** this article originally appeared on on March 16, 2016 … please note that Gene officially retired from the banking business after 37 years this past March 29, 2019 and is enjoying family, friends, and life as he knows it best!

Gene & David

By David Martinez /

I met Gene Aguilera a few years ago and consider his friendship to be a blessed gift from Heaven.

I had heard about Gene years prior through mutual friends. However, when he contacted me directly in early 2015 to inform me he would be my presenter at my induction into the WBC Legends Hall of Fame, I could tell by the enthusiasm in his voice that he was not only sincerely happy for me, but also happy in my honor.

My attraction to Gene is simple; he is a kind and giving human being.

Gene is a true boxing expert. As a kid, he grew up living in the historic boxing scene and attended many of the great fights in Los Angeles.

Gene & Maria

He is the author of one the best boxing books on the market today, “Mexican American Boxing in Los Angeles.” This publication is a must for any boxing fan, especially ones who grew up and/or live in the southern California area.

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Pariah: The Lives and Death of Sonny Liston

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

Showtime special on Sonny Liston, Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston, reveals the various controversy and conspiracy theories surrounding Liston career and death.  Liston, like Joe Frazier, George Foreman and even Larry Holmes were overshadowed by Muhammad Ali and his talent has often been ignored and never truly appreciated.   He was not just a powerful puncher or brawler, but he had good boxing skills to go with that awesome power. 

The problem with Liston is that the truth about his life often overshadowed his skills in the boxing ring and often led to various conspiracy stories.  There is no doubt of his connection to organized crime and his rise to prominence occurred during the time in which Mob controlled boxing and he did work for the mob as an enforcer outside the ring.

During the 50’s, mob control of the boxing became part of congressional investigation and Liston connection to the mob became part of the hearing.  This did two things.  It first delayed his shot at a title as Cus D’Amato had a good reason to keep Liston from fighting Patterson despite Liston defeating top contenders. The second thing is that reinforce Liston as a villain.

As the 1950’s ended and the 60’s begin, the Civil Rights movement was in full swing, challenging the racism existed and the documentary made it clear that many in the Civil Rights movement didn’t want Liston as a representative of their movement, a man perceived as a thug by much of American. Floyd Patterson was the polite gentleman who many viewed as a role model plus he was the heavyweight champion.

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Golden Boy Promotions Brings Two Title Fights to Upcoming Show – Orange County, California

Roy Englebrecht and the entire Fight Club OC crew are honored to welcome Golden Boy Promotions Thursday Night Fights to The Hangar on Thursday, December 5th. With two great title fights and the show being streamed live on DAZN and the world will see what a great fight venue The Hangar is. Doors to the event open at 5pm with first bout set for 5:15pm.

Canadian 140-pound contender Yves Ulysse Jr. (18-1, 9 KOs) will return to the ring against tough Venezuelan puncher Ismael Barroso (21-3-2, 20 KOs) to fight defend his WBA Gold Super Lightweight Title in the 12-round main event of Thursday Night Fights on Dec. 5 at the Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. The fights will be streamed live DAZN, and on Facebook Watch via the Golden Boy Fight Night Page beginning at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone and at 7:00 p.m. West Coast Time Zone. The series will also be available on regional sports networks around the nation.

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Current Champions

Every 3 months on a quarterly basis, in February, May, August, and November offers this feature – the current Boxing Champions in each weight division.  They are shown in their respective world title belt organization, with their native country, and each champion’s professional ring record listed in following format: win-loss-draw-no contest (knockout wins) and the date of winning their title.

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Inoue By Decision Over Donaire – Wins World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) Bantamweight Final and Unifies WBA/IBF Titles

By David Martinez /

In a bout which is certainly a candidate for Fight of the Year, three-weight divisional and IBF champion Naoya Inoue (19-0 / 16 by KO) defeated four-weight divisional and WBA super champion Nonito Donaire (40-6 / 26 by KO) in a twelve round unanimous decision on Thursday, November 7, 2019.

The fight was action packed from start to finish with both fighters giving hard fought performances with a crowd of over 20,000 witnessing at the Super Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The 26 year old Japanese fighter Inoue overcame major adversity with a cut over his right eye from a left hook in the second round and was rocked solid with a right hand in round nine by the 36 year old Filipino Donaire.

It was clear that Inoue was faster and the harder hitter, but the veteran Donaire was savvy, using an educated right hand, and was not intimidated making it a very competitive fight.

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Don Fraser – R.I.P.

By David Martinez /

The boxing world was saddened to learn long time boxing icon Don Fraser passed away on October 30, 2019. He was 92 years old.

Don was a special man, and truly a giving human being to all who knew him.

I first met Don thirty years ago at the old Spaghetti Factory in Hollywood, California, when he hosted weekly boxing luncheons at that historic location.

I was so honored to be his close friend. Through the years we conversed frequently by phone, and he would often send me boxing trivia questions for my website.

Don was a great mentor to many and I consider him to be the “Mr. Boxing” of his era. His accomplishments in the world of boxing included promoter, matchmaker, publicist, writer, corner man, Executive Officer for the California Athletic Commission, President Golden State Boxer’s Association, and more recently, he was President and Founder of the California Boxing Hall of Fame. A position from which he retired in December 2018.

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Canelo by “KO” over Kovalev, 11th Round, to Win WBO Light Heavyweight Title

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and contributor to since 2008

Sergey Kovalev has been a different fighter since the first half of the first Andre Ward fight when he looked powerful, even knocking Ward down.  Ward changed strategy and went inside Kovalev while nailing his body with shots. While you can argue who won that fight , it was close and Kovalev wore down in the second half of that fight.  In their second battle, Ward  stopped Kovalev in their second fight with a similar strategy of hitting the body and from that point, Kovalev was a different fighter.

Against Canelo Alvarez, he fought as much not to lose as oppose to win.  He threw 70 plus punches per round while Alvarez threw on only 30 punches per round and going into the eleventh round, the number of punches connected were even as both landed  an average of 11 punches per round.   Alvarez landed a higher percentage and connected on more than double of power shots while nearly 78% of Kovalev punches were jabs.  63% of Alvarez punches were power shots and interesting this may have influenced scoring at ringside. Some like Dan Rafel had Kovalev up by three rounds going into the ninth round while Kevin Iole had the oppostive score.

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