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.
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
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.
The “Gio Express” pulled out of Chicago on Wednesday Morning and landed Friday Night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington where undefeated super featherweight Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera Mioletti (17 -0 – 0 with 8 wins by KO) kept his perfect record intact by earning a unanimous decision, in a 10 round super featherweight bout, over previously unbeaten Luis Porozo (14-1-0 with 7 wins by KO). The official judges scores were 98 to 92 twice and 97 to 93. For Mioletti (129.5) this was the 11th time he fought on Promoter Brian Halquist’s Battle At The Boat. He and Porozo (129.5) opened the show as the first bout which was nationally televised on Showtime’s “Showbox: The Next Generation”.
In Porozo he faced an undefeated pro, who as an amateur was a member of the Ecuadorian Olympic Boxing Team and fought in 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. And, for the first couple of rounds there was no doubt Porozo came to fight. He dominated the action, scoring almost at will with lead right hands to the head of Mioletti. But as the fight progressed Mioletti’s superior skills came to the forefront as he took control by making the necessary adjustments to dominate Porozo. Despite his amateur pedigree and undefeated pro record, Porozo was content to run, throw wide, awkward, punches, hold and often seemed more intent on surviving than winning the fight. From the third round on Miloetti took control and never looked back.
I am delighted to say “Happy 12th Anniversary” this month to my website. The founding date was July 15, 2007. That was the day when I brought dmboxing.com to the world.
In these past twelve years I have been very honored to bring everybody boxing as I live it directly thought this website. I have published 1,618 assorted articles and features (which is an average of eleven publications per month) for your enjoyment.
My involvement in boxing goes back to 1961 and in these past 58 years the one single thing that brightly stands out is all the wonderful people I have had the pleasure to meet. This includes boxers, writers, various website associates, and the many other new friends that I have made.
The key group of people that have made this website the success it has been, and will continue to be, are: Bob Quackenbush (Lead Assistant / Proof Reader); Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer / Boxing Historian); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader); Steve Corbo (Guest Posts / Proof Reader); Don Fraser (California Boxing Hall of Fame founder & past president / Ring Trivia questions contributor); Harold Lederman (R.I.P. / Hey Harold! / HBO World Championship Boxing); and Rusty Rubin (R.I.P. / In Rusty’s Corner / Glove2Glove / first to contribute to this website).
that have modeled my products have
certainly added beauty, and although not professional models they have
contributed with class and charm.
The attractive website hat displayed in the photo above (thank you model Lydia) is a top selling product. It is embroidered with the official logo on the front and website address on the backside. It has an adjustable Velcro strap to fit all sizes. To order, send check or money order (NO cash please) in the amount of $18.50 to: David Martinez Boxing, 810 Coronel Street, Santa Barbara, California 93109 … and this includes FREE shipping to anywhere in the USA mail zones.
I also want to say thank you to all of you fans that have kindly supported this website with respect and loyalty. It’s your input that fuels me to be the best I can be in boxing.
*** FLASHBACK *** this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 17, 2013
By Edgar Gonzalez / Founder and Publisher of MyBoxingFans.com
C.J. Ross is the only judge that scored the Mayweather-Canelo fight as a draw, 114-114. The other two judges scored it for Mayweather 116-112 (Dave Moretti) and 117-111 (Craig Metcalfe), giving the pound-for-pound king a majority decision victory.
After the fight boxing expert Teddy Atlas went on ESPN and said Ross’ score was a travesty and suggested she was a criminal.
Everyone in the arena was shocked by C.J.’s call … including Floyd Mayweather who mouthed the words, “What the f***” when the announcer revealed he won on a majority decision and not unanimous.
This is not the first time Cynthia J. Ross has been in a controversy scoring.
Ross is the same judge who awarded a controversial split-decision victory to Timothy Bradley against Manny Pacquiao and she loves giving draws.
*** FLASHBACK *** this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on May 26, 2012 and February 10, 2016
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
I am often asked about boxing movies, and which one is the best. My personal best is Raging Bull, but a close second is one that nobody talks about except me and that movie is “The Set-Up” (1949) starring Robert Ryan.
The list of boxing movie’s is endless Raging Bull (1980), Rocky (1976), Gentleman Jim (1942), The Great White Hope (1970), Fat City (1972), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), The Harder They Fall (1956), Ali (2001), Cinderella Man (2005), Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962) are the ten at the top of most movie critic lists.
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 – in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.
1 – After retirement heavyweight champion Max Schmeling became
president of what distributorship in Hamburg, Germany?
a — 7 Up
b — Coca Cola —– CORRECT ANSWER ***
c — Pepsi
d — Royal Crown Cola
2 – Before becoming heavyweight champion, what semi-pro baseball
team offered John L. Sullivan a contract to play for them, but he declined?
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com
the most important piece of boxing writing was by John Graham Chambers in 1865,
a member of the Amateur Athletic Club in London, England.
Chambers wrote twelve rules to govern the conduct of boxing matches which would end the governed structure of bare-knuckle fighting.
John Sholto Douglas, eighth Marquis of Queensberry, was responsible for putting these rules into effect and gained fame with his sponsorship and by lending his name to the title. The new rules thus would supersede the Revised London Prize Ring Rules, which were written by Jack Broughton in 1743.
The first fight that applied Queensberry Rules was the heavyweight championship when Jim Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan in twenty-one rounds to win the title at the Olympic Club in New Orleans on September 7, 1892.
*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 27, 2015
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008 with much appreciated outstanding expertise
We have all heard of
Ali, Frazier and Foreman. Of Tyson and Holyfield. The lighter weight
classes have produced the likes of Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray
Leonard. Who will ever forget Duran, Pryor and Arguello? What about the “near misses”? The ones who in
this day of multi- fractured titles would almost surely have garnered a piece
of championship pie.
Let’s start with the big boys. Jerry Quarry failed in his first title try losing a debatable decision to underrated Jimmy Ellis. In his final title shot he was out gunned by “Smokin” Joe Frazier. He would later lose a rematch to Frazier as well as two bouts to Muhammad Ali. What if there were four titles available back then? The wins on Jerry’s resume are impressive to say the least. Floyd Patterson, Thad Spencer, Buster Mathis, Jack Bodell, Larry Middleton, Mac Foster, Ron Lyle and a one round blow out of Earnie Shavers. It would be very safe to say that Jerry was among the top four or five heavyweights of that era. Then it is also safe to assume that he would have copped at least a portion of title recognition.
It is very hard for me to believe that John Ruiz could have defeated Jerry.