In a much anticipated light heavyweight unification fight between two undefeated champions, Artur Beterbiev (15-0 / 15 by KO) scored a tenth round KO over Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1 / 14 by KO) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.
Gvozdyk opened up round one impressively by using nonstop lateral movement and excellent combinations.
At the end of round one there was a call by referee Gary Rosato which ruled that Gvozdyk had gone down from a punch into the ropes. After a review on the TV replay it was ruled a push by Beterbiev and, thus, was not a knockdown.
In round two Beterbiev applied more forward pressure and stunned Gvozdyk a few times, gaining slight momentum.
In the third, Gvozdyk had a good round by landing nice crisp combinations, but Beterbiev took the shots and stayed content to just come forward with a few hard shots of his own.
Although I had Gvozdyk winning round four, Beterbiev hurt Gvozdyk with a solid right hand at the end of the round; but the bell rang before he could follow up with more damage.
Let’s take a look at the three current heavyweight champions, Deontay Wilder (WBC), Andy Ruiz Jr. (WBA/IBF/WBO), and Tyson Fury (lineal).
Deontay Wilder has held the WBC belt since 2015, and in doing so became the first American in nine years to hold the heavyweight title.
His ring record is an outstanding one: 41 wins, no losses, 1 draw, with 40 knockouts. Since winning the title he has had nine successful title defenses, with his next scheduled fight a rematch with top contender Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz, on November 23.
Wilder will certainly have his hands full with Ortiz, as it was Ortiz who was leading on the scorecards in their first fight before Wilder stopped him in the 10th round in March 2018.
Andy Ruiz Jr. is the surprise amongst the three champions, pulling off a huge upset while becoming the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent with his 7th round stoppage over previously unbeaten Anthony Joshua in June 2019.
His ring record is a good one: 33 wins, 1 loss, with 22 knockouts. He has a rematch set with Joshua scheduled on December 7, with the bout, of all places, being held in Saudi Arabia.
In a junior lightweight battle which was the walkout bout on Saturday night’s show in Chicago, two young Chicago prospects, 25 year old Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera-Mioletti and 23 year old Josh Hernandez, battled it out for ten rounds with Gio keeping his undefeated record intact by walking away with a hard fought, split decision victory.
Gio (18-0-0 with 7 KOs) tipped the scales at 131 while Hernandez (9–3 with 7 KOs) weighed in at an even 130. Both fighters came up through the ranks of Chicago’s amateur boxing scene and it promised to be a war from the get-go. By the time these two Chicago rivals stepped into the ring, most of the crowd, who had come to see Ukrainian superstar and undisputed cruiserweight champion, turned heavyweight, Oleksandr Usyk, had left Chicago’s Wintrust Arena. What a shame, because those who stayed behind saw an action packed, closely fought 10 round battle that may well have been the best fight of the night.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
On October 5, 2019 at Madison Square Garden, New York, Gennady Golovkin faced Sergey Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF middleweight championship. Golovkin began the fight dropping Derevyanchenko in the first round and a left hook open up a cut over Derenyuanchenko and it look like this could be an early night for GGG and visions of a third Canelo Alvarez-GGG fight.
Derenyuanchenko sensing time was running out, came out fighting in the third round as he hit Golovkin from angles including body shots. This round saw Derenyuanchenko sending a message, “I am not done yet.”
In this edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” features my pre-fight article piece – dated September 7, 1983 – on the Aaron Pryor vs. Alexis Arguello “rematch” for the WBA Junior Welterweight Championship.
This coming Thursday, October 10, 2019 Fight Club OC will return with our unique hybrid show consisting of pro boxing and pro MMA to The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center! This six bout event is sure to feature crushing KO’s, split-second submissions, and the kind of combat sports experience you won’t get anywhere else in the Orange County. The second to last Fight Club OC show of 2019 takes place on Thursday night in Costa Mesa, CA with tickets available at www.socafights.com
All seats can be had for the very low price of $60.
Headlining the boxing side will be Maywood’s Jose Casillas 2-0 (2KOs) vs. Lake Elsinore’s Jorge Porras 0-2-1. Do not let Porras record fool you! He is a crafty boxer and he promises to not be fazed by the heavy-handed Casillas. Their four round featherweight bout is expected to be a hotly contested war. Fight Club OC is known for its headliners closing the show and Casillas and Porras plan to follow in that rich tradition!
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
The Welterweight division is the most competitive division in boxing today with every top fighter nearly equal to each other and when the elites of the division fight each other, it is often a dog fight. On September 28, 2019 at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, Spence versus Porter was just like many of the key fights in the division over the past few years. It was a tight, tough event, not necessarily easy to score but in my view, the last two rounds determine the fight.
Spence is a technically sound fighter with all the classic tools that any boxer would want. He can box, move but he also has the power to stop an opponent. Porter is awkward fighter who bores in his opponent and throws punches from various angles and his punches are hard to always see coming. Both styles were on display and Spence found himself getting hit with punches he rarely got nailed with in past fights, but Porter also found that there were many moments in which Spence boxing skills diffuse his inside game. Another aspect of the fight was Spence ability to fight inside and this allowed to Spence to neutralize Porter. This showed up in the last two rounds.
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 – While living in Chula Vista (San Diego), California, Archie Moore had a swimming pool shaped like a boxing?
a – Ring
b – Speed bag
c – Glove *** CORRECT ANSWER
d – Medicine ball
2 – In boxing, the term “Third Man” refers to the?
a – Trainer
b – Corner man
c – Promoter
d – Referee *** CORRECT ANSWER
3 – In the movie “Somebody Up There Likes Me” starring Paul Newman as middleweight champion Rocky Graziano, what other actor was supposed to have a major role as a member of Rocky’s gang – but was reduced to a minor uncredited role?
The Fall season is here and once again it’s that time to say thank you to all for making this website one of your choices in boxing. It is my pleasure and I treasure the opportunity to provide the best of boxing as I know it to everyone.
A small team of people that help enhance dmboxing.com and whom I would like to acknowledge are: Bob Quackenbush (Lead Assistant / Proof Reader); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer / Boxing Historian); Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America); Steve Corbo (Boxing Writer / Proof Reader); Harold Lederman (R.I.P. / Hey Harold / HBO World Championship Boxing); and Rusty Rubin (R.I.P. / In Rusty’s Corner / Glove2Glove). [Note: Rusty was the first to contribute to dmboxing in July 2007].
The young ladies that have modeled my products over the years 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 Sandria) 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.
It has now been two months since we lost one the greatest boxers, Pernell Whitaker. He was a champion in four different weight divisions, and accumulated an outstanding professional record of 40 wins, 4 losses, one draw, and one no-contest, with 17 by knockout. Many have asked me where I rank him amongst the elite lightweights of all time. My ranking is at #6, with my top ten being (in order) Benny Leonard, Roberto Duran, Joe Gans, Tony Canzoneri, Jimmy McLarnin, Pernell Whitaker, Carlos Ortiz, Ike Williams, Freddie Welsh, and Battling Nelson.