Dub Harris – World Boxing Hall of Fame

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

I want to tell you about a man for whom I, and many others, have the utmost respect – Maurice “Dub” Harris.

I first met Dub in November 1996, when I was introduced to him by Deborah Sutherland- Hocamp.  At that time, Dub was president of the World Boxing Hall of Fame and Deborah was Vice President and Advisor.  That October, Deborah had heard me doing play-by-play  commentary for a boxing show broadcast on KVEN-AM Ventura radio with Barry Turnbull and, knowing Barry, she later asked him “Who is this guy David Martinez who knows so much about boxing?”

The rest is now history and, as it turned out, meeting Dub began a huge chapter in my life and in my passion for boxing.  Dub interviewed me at his Los Angeles (Commerce), California office.  Although nervous, I was confident during the interview, and he immediately, on that day, on the spot, welcomed me into the organization, asking me to start officially in January 1997 as a member of the Board of Directors.

Dub told me something at that initial interview that I will never forget, and I applied it to the fullest during my ten year (1997-2007) tenure in the World Boxing Hall of Fame.  The quote was “Don’t ever let me down, Martinez.”  I must admit, that single phrase prompted me to become the best I could be while serving in the World Boxing Hall of Fame and that quote still motivates me to this day.

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Pages From The Scrapbook

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

In this edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” features my pre-fight article piece on the Larry Holmes vs. Trevor Berbick / WBC heavyweight championship – dated April 10, 1981. 

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

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Mesa SummerFest 2016 Event

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 23, 2016 

 

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This past Sunday, August 21, 2016 it was simply a pleasure to be a part of the Mesa SummerFest 2016 right here in my home town of Santa Barbara, California. 

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I had my own booth set-up displaying my boxing memorabilia and collectibles and it was an honor to greet and talk boxing to the many that attended the event.

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Current Champions

Every three 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.

As of:  November 8, 2018 )

Heavyweight (200+ lb/90.7+ kg) 

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Anthony Joshua
Super champion
United Kingdom
22–0–0–0 (21)
April 29, 2017
Deontay Wilder
United States
40–0–0–0 (39)
January 17, 2015
Anthony Joshua
United Kingdom
22–0–0–0 (21)
April 9, 2016
Anthony Joshua
United Kingdom
22–0–0–0 (21)
March 31, 2018
vacant
Manuel Charr
Regular champion
Syria
31–4–0–0 (17)
November 25, 2017
Trevor Bryan
Interim champion
United States
20–0–0–0 (14)
August 11, 2018

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Jack Dempsey vs. Jess Willard … and Brief History

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

The Fight – Heavyweight Championship

Date – July 4, 1919

Site – Bay View Park Arena, Toledo, Ohio

Distance – Scheduled for 12 rounds

Knockdowns – Willard down seven times in Round 1

Result – 3rd round stoppage (KO3) as Willard called a halt after Round 3 ended

Attendance – 19,650

Purses – Willard $100,000 and Dempsey $27,500.

Promoters – Tex Rickard and Frank Flournoy

Known as “Kid Blackie” and “The Manassa Mauler”, Jack Dempsey was certainly one of the greatest heavyweights in the history of boxing.

Born William Harrison Dempsey on June 24, 1895 in Manassa, Colorado, he competed from 1914 to 1927 and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926 with five successful title defenses, against Billy Miske (KO3), Bill Brennan (KO12), Georges Carpentier (KO4), Tommy Gibbons (W15), and Luis Ángel Firpo (KO2), before losing the title to Gene Tunney (L10).  

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Jacobs Wins IBF Middleweight Title By Split Decision Over Derevyanchenko

By Tom Donelson

 Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, Tom has been with “dmboxing.com” with his expertise since 2008 through the recommendation by our mutual friend Ring Sports Magazine Editor Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) … Rusty was the first contributor to this website upon its beginning in July 2007 with his award winning column “In Rusty’s Corner”.

Danny Jacobs edged past former sparring mate and undefeated Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the IBF Middleweight title.  He won by a split decision as two judges had him winning 115-112 while Julie Lederman had Derevyanchenko winning 114-113, disagreeing with her father who had Jacobs winning by a wider margin than the judges.  I had 116-111.
 
Both fighters knew each other after sparring over 300 rounds and while Derevyanchenko came in with a 12-0 record but he also had 20 plus fights in the World Series of Boxing that did not count in his professional record.  Derevyanchenko was noted for the being an aggressive fighter but over the first half of the fight, Derevyanchenko showed restraint in his attack and with good reason.  Throughout the bout, Jacobs launched vicious body shots and it didn’t help Derevyanchenko that he went down from a flash knockdown on a Jacobs’clubbing right hand near the end of the first round.  Derevyanchenko did manage a combination in the second round that shook Jacobs up but from that point on, Jacobs showed overall better skills and ring generalship as he moved and gave himself angles to hit Derevyanchenko.  Derevyanchenko fought a competitive fight and many pundits had the fight closer than I did.  Each round was competitive including the first round, until Derevyanchenko hit the canvas at the end of round one. 
 

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Don Chargin – Outstanding Promoter and Matchmaker Passes Away – R.I.P.

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On September 29, 2018, Hall of Fame boxing promoter and matchmaker Don Chargin died at Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo, California, after a battle with lung and brain cancer, at the age of 90.

Don, his wife Lorraine, and First Lady of Boxing Aileen Eaton staged many memorable bouts on a weekly basis for 20 years (1964-1984) at the Olympic Auditorium, Sports Arena, and the Memorial Coliseum.

I didn’t know Chargin on a personal basis, but according to legendary Hall of Fame promoter Don Fraser, who was best of friends with Chargin, he was outstanding in all phases of boxing and a kind, wonderful human being.  The late TV and radio ringside announcer Jim Healy labeled him as “War a Week” Chargin for his excellent array of fights which were held on a regular basis.

Chargin promoted his first boxing card sixty-seven years ago on September 3, 1951, in San Jose, California;  the main event that night was Manuel Ortiz vs. Eddie Chavez in a lightweight bout.

One thing that Chargin and I agreed on was that the greatest fight staged at the Olympic Auditorium was Mando Ramos vs. Sugar Ramos, a ten round lightweight bout that packed the historic arena on August 6, 1970 – a night attending at ringside I will never forget.  

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Harold Lederman – HBO World Championship Boxing

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

When I heard the recent news that HBO will be dropping boxing from their format, my first thought was of my friend Harold Lederman.  Licensed as a Professional  Boxing Judge since 1967, and had established a reputation as one of the world’s top boxing judges before he joined HBO.  For the past 32 years Harold has been HBO’s “Unofficial Official” sitting ringside as part of HBO Boxing’s broadcast team.  He has also been kind enough to contribute to this website with his short video links called “Hey Harold”.

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