Ring 10 of New York … 9th Annual Gala / Fundraiser Event 2019

Boxing fans, mark this date down for a great event and for a great cause. Ring 10 of New York’s 9th Annual Gala/Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2019, from 11am to 4 pm, at the fabulous Marina Del Rey, 1 Marina Drive, Bronx, NY.

Tickets are $135 with ticket prices increasing to $150 after September 1st. This event will sell out!

Enjoy brunch, cocktail hour, coffee, and dessert… including top shelf open bar with a live and silent auction of boxing memorabilia. 99% of all funds raised will go towards helping ex-fighters in need of assistance.

A great lineup of six outstanding award honorees will be featured – Shelly Finkel, Ted Sares, Mickey Ward, Andre Rozier, Steve Willis, and Mark Taffet.

Also, invited attendees include: Michael Nunn, Thomas Hearns, Buster Douglas, Gerald McClellan, Tim Witherspoon, and many other champions.

Make checks payable to Ring 10 and send to Matt Farrago, 14123 85th Road, Apt. 1F, Briarwood, NY 11435. Don’t miss out and hope to see you there.

Billy Papke

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

One of the most underrated middleweights, and one that had a quadrilogy of memorable bouts with Stanley Ketchel, was William Herman Papke.

Born in Spring Valley, Illinois on September 17, 1886, he was the son of German immigrants, and was nicknamed  the “Kewanee Thunderbolt” and the “Illinois Thunderbolt”.

He was as tough as nails and a true competitor in the ring, winning the world middleweight championship during his career.

The four-bout series with Ketchel was one of the most grueling collection of fights in middleweight history.

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Orange County, California – Upcoming Fight Card

On August 22nd, The Fight Club OC show will once again take over The Hangar at the OC Fair and Event Center! This August card will showcase the culmination of the first ever female Flyweight MMA tournament that started last April! The stacked card will also see the return of Fight Club OC fan favorite Malcolm McAllister! All the action happens in beautiful Costa Mesa, CA with tickets available at www.socafights.com, All seats priced at the low, low price of $60 with some tickets available in our new Grandstands for only $50 a Seat!

Headlining this card will be the final bout in the first ever, female, flyweight tournament between Fullerton’s Laura Gallardo 1-0 and Los Angeles’s Natalie Morgan 1-0! These two warriors beat the odds to vanquish their two opponents, and now they meet in a 3 round MMA war to determine who is the Fight Club OC Flyweight Champion!

Long Beach’s hometown hero in Malcolm McAllister 9-3 (8KOs) returns to Fight Club OC and he’s better than ever as he goes up against Victorville’s Rowdy Montgomery 5-2-1 (4KOs)! “Mac” has been away for awhile and Montgomery would love nothing more than to make his homecoming as Rowdy as possible! Scheduled for 6 rounds this middleweight contest could very well end at any time…

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Pages From The Scrapbook #12

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

This edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” features my article titled “The Time is Now for Reunification” – dated April 23, 1998 – regarding the need in boxing for single champions in every division, especially heavyweight.

As we know it today, boxing has certainly not bought into that concept due to promoters and the various governing organizations solely controlling their own champions.

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Current Champions

Every 3 months on a quarterly basis, in February, May, August, and November dmboxing.com 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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Pernell Whitaker (R.I.P.)

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On July 14, 2019 the boxing world lost one of their finest. Pernell Whitaker was killed when he was hit by a car in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Whitaker, originally nick-named “Sweet Pete”, later changed by the media to “Sweet Pea”, was by all accounts truly one of the greatest boxers to ever lace on a pair of gloves, having won world titles in four different weight divisions: lightweight (135), junior welterweight (140), welterweight (147), and junior middleweight (154). 

He won a gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games, and again gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He began a stellar professional career that same year and accumulated an outstanding ring record of 40 wins, 4 losses, one draw, and one no-contest, with 17 by knockout.

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Pacquiao “Split Decision” Over Thurman

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

Tom Brady, though past the age of 40, can still sling a football for the Patriots and may still be the best quarterback in the NFL, and a 40 year old Manny Pacquiao showed that he can still win a tough fight against an undefeated younger opponent. This was a close fight in which Keith Thurman reversed his usual M.O. of being a fast starter and often finding himself in pitched battles over the second half of fights.  Part of the reason for that was Pacquiao, who came out smoking, moved side to side while landing his jab which set up a right-hand hook that sent Thurman down in the first round.

Pacquiao dominated the early rounds and I had him winning the first three. Thurman’s jab was ineffectual throughout the bout and that is one of his key weapons.  By winning the early rounds, Pacquiao had a nice lead on the scorecards going into the second half.  In the fifth round, the Pac-Man nailed Thurman with vicious body shots. 

From the sixth, the momentum seemed to change as Thurman connected on power shots.  In the ninth round, Thurman forced Pacquiao briefly onto the ropes but Pacquiao landed a vicious left to Thurman’s body at the two-minute mark of the tenth round that hurt Thurman and forced him to retreat. This disrupted Thurman’s momentum and allowed Pacquiao to regain control of the fight. Both fighters landed a flurry of punches in the final round but Pacquiao won the round and clinched his victory.

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Tiger Flowers

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

Theodore “Tiger” Flowers was the first African-American to become middleweight champion. Born on August 5, 1895 in Camille, Georgia, Flowers’ nickname, “The Georgia Deacon”, was most appropriate because he always carried his own Bible with him. A deeply religious man, he would recite a passage from Psalm 144 before every bout.

Flowers began his professional career in 1918 at the age of twenty-three and was actually introduced to boxing while working at the shipyards in Philadelphia during World War I when he wandered into a gym that was owned by former light heavyweight champion Philadelphia Jack O’Brien.

O’Brien was not prejudiced and allowed all colors and creeds to train in his gym, and he became very impressed with Flower’s natural talent, encouraging him to become a prize fighter.

A southpaw, Flowers won his first 25 bouts before losing by a sixth round knockout to Panama Joe Gans in August 1921. After four successful wins, he would meet Gans in a rematch four months later in December and would lose again by a fifth round knockout.

In 1922, Flowers engaged in 20 bouts, mostly wins, but did suffer knockout losses to Kid Norfolk, Lee Anderson, Sam Langford, and the Jamaica Kid, followed by another knockout loss to Kid Norfolk.

In 1923, Flowers had sixteen bouts with a record of 13 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. His only losses were by stoppage to Kid Norfork and Fireman Jim Flynn.

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