Saying Goodbye to My Friend George Garcia ~ R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

This past week, I said my final goodbye to a wonderful human being and best of friends,  George Garcia. I was honored as a pallbearer and to speak about him at the funeral service. My focus was his kindness which, besides boxing, is what attracted me most and made us the true, everlasting  friends that we were for about the past twenty years.

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For Some, The Sun Did Not Shine

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
Contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008

 

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 Quarry-cropdecision 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.

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DM BOXING Tour Video

*** FLASHBACK ~ this article and video originally appeared for viewing on dmboxing.com in July 2012 … added are a few (8) still photos

I would like to share my collection of fifty years of boxing as dmboxing.com approaches its fifth year this month.  It’s been a pleasure to be able to provide you with boxing information and I would like to thank you for making this website one of your choices in boxing.
To view the video, chick on the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K1H_YwpoXo

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George Garcia – Funeral Arrangements

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Here’s the funeral arrangements for my best friend George Garcia who passed away last Thursday, August 13, 2015

***  Location:  Forest Lawn Covina Hills, 21300 Via Verde Drive, Covina, CA  91724

***  Date:  Tuesday, August 25, 2015

***  Viewing:  2pm

***  Service:  2:30pm

***  Burial:  3:30pm

***  Gathering of Family and Friends (5pm):  Geezers Restaurant, 12120 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Any additional information, I can help you – email is:  dmmcgn9@verizon.net

George Garcia R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

My dear best of friends George Garcia, age 60,  passed away peacefully at his home in Montebello, California on August 13, 2015 after his battle with cancer.  George was a special friend because he was giving and the kindest of people that I have ever known.

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We met about twenty years ago through the boxing circles.  He attended many World Boxing Hall of Fame banquets during my ten year (1997-2007) tenure on the Board of Directors.

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Tony Janiro

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

 

This article was a long time coming.  Over the years through my friends in the Youngstown Tony Janiroarea I have learned a lot about the rich boxing history in that region.  I was familiar with Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini but I knew little about his dad Lenny Mancini who passed on the “Boom Boom” moniker to his son.  I knew about hard hitting Harry Arroyo and the murderous body punching of Jeff Lampkin.  I was even able to witness live the tremendous boxing talent of Greg Richardson.  Through my friends I became aware of very special fighters of yesteryear like Tommy Bell, Red D’Amato and Sonny Horne.  So many more that I could mention.  One fighter I heard quite a bit about was a smooth boxing contender who as they say, “put asses in the seats”. He fought in an era when a multitude of rugged contenders roamed the ratings.  He met the best of them and had quite a career. His name was Tony Janiro.

 

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World Colored Heavyweight Championship

***** FLASHBACK ~ This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com in November 2012

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

Let me bring you a feature story that you will probably not read any where regarding, all together, the five best black heavyweights at the turn of the 20th century.

I got the idea when I over heard some mutual friends talking about the best black baseball players that never got the chance to play in the major leagues, and had to settle playing against each other in the old negro league.

I have rated many boxers in many categories throughout my over 50 years of boxing … on this website alone you will find that I have rated the best heavyweights, the best lightweights, the best Mexicans fighters, and now I will personally rate the best black heavyweights in a time period that but only one of them, Jack Johnson, had the opportunity to fight for the heavyweight championship.

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Carl Froch Retires

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Last month, at age 38, four-time super middleweight champion Carl Froch, from Nottingham, England, UK, has officially announced his retirement.

The British fighter enjoyed a successful career for fourteen years. His professional ring record stands at 33 wins and 2 losses, with 24 by knockout.

His only losses were to Mikkel Kessler in 2010, which he avenged three years later, and to Andre Ward in 2011 in the final of the Super Middleweight Six World Boxing Classic Tournament. The judges’ scores in the Ward fight were 115-113, 115-113, 118-110 … my unofficial scorecard was 117-111 for the winner Ward.

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