By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America and contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008
Tyson Fury put on a show in Vegas on Saturday night and sent a message to the rest of the heavyweights. Fury faced Tom Schwarz, an undefeated German heavyweight. Schwarz was a heavy underdog but he probably thinking that maybe lightening would strike like it did Anthony Ruiz upset of Anthony Joshua. The different between the two is Ruiz had faced top competition whereas Schwarz had not faced any topflight competition and stayed in his native Germany to fight plus two fights in the Czech Republic. Fury threw jabs after the jabs at Schwarz as the German pursued Fury but not with effectiveness. Fury jabs were accurate, and he had no problem hitting his target with his jab. As the round progressed, the right hand followed the jab and he looked relaxed.
In the second round, Fury came out in a southpaw stance and Schwarz looked totally confused as he chased Fury, but he looked more like he was chasing a ghost. Fury unleashed the right jab with occasional right hook and straight left. Schwarz thought he had Fury trapped in the corner, but Fury managed to deflect or dodge every punch. Six punches came in Fury’s direction but Fury using his upper body, dodge every punch. A jab followed by a straight punch sent Schwarz down for a five count, but it was only a matter of time as Schwarz’s nose looked a bloody mess. Fury trapped Schwarz in the corner as time was running out of the round and landed multiple punches. Schwarz merely covered up and the referee stopped the fight.
This was a mismatch from the opening bell and Schwarz looked the part of an opponent, but Fury foot movement looked divine as he merely danced around the ring with no worry. He had no worry of being knocked out since he was barely touched. Against Schwarz, Fury had an easy time and certainly, he found out quickly that he had nothing to fear.
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com
Back when I was a kid in the fifties, I came across a magazine called The Referee that was either at my father’s barber shop or at the newsstands nearby.
It was in 1961 that I would start to obtain these magazines to educate myself with boxing and wrestling. It was mainly a west coast publication that was published to serve as a fight program with updates for the upcoming various events. It was available at fight venues as well as news-stands.
Although, I do not have every issue, the issues I have are certainly treasured collectables.
In this edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” is a featured column that ran on August 25, 1982. It was written by Dave Kohl, Sports Editor of the Santa Barbara, California, News Press on my behalf saying THANK YOU to a fan that sent me the original June 13, 1938 issue of Liberty Magazine which featured Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com
Born on March
3, 1883 in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, Canada was one of the all time greats in boxing, Sam Langford.
Langford was known as The Boston Tar Baby, and was not a big heavyweight in stature; he stood 5’7″ with a career weight range of 126 to 190 pounds. He was powerfully built with a waist of 32 inches, a chest of 44 inches, and a 74 inch reach.
Langford started his professional career as a featherweight in 1902. The following year, he defeated Joe Gans and drew with Jack Blackburn.
Langford is considered to be the greatest boxer to never have won a world title. On September 5, 1904, he fought welterweight champion Joe Walcott in a non-title bout that resulted in a 15 round decision draw. In that fight, Langford knocked Walcott down in round three and was well ahead after eight rounds before Walcott would come on to win the later 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 – After retirement heavyweight champion Max Schmeling became president of what distributorship in Hamburg, Germany?
a — 7 Up
b — Coca Cola
c — Pepsi Cola
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 Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
Anthony Joshua left the British Isles and made his first visit to Madison Square, once the mecca of boxing but still a venerable boxing location. His opponent Anthony Ruiz was four inches shorter and Joshua had an eight-inch reach advantage. Ruiz previous loss was a majority decision loss to Joseph Parker in Parker’s native New Zealand. Ruiz is hardly looking the part of the fit heavyweight with a flabby middle, but he had won 32 heavyweight fights and going into the fight, had 21 knockouts. Four weeks ago, Ruiz was told that he would be Joshua’s opponent as Jarrell Miller flunked drug tests. Joshua was the heavy favorite, and this was to be a tune up for a future Wilder fight, and coming to the Garden was his introduction to American fight fans.
Joshua’s job was simple, win big and start the countdown to a big fight with either Tyson Fury or Wilder. The first round was a feeling out round, as Joshua threw jabs; and the height and reach looked obvious. The sculptured, well-built Joshua looked the part of the Champion, but in the third round, the fight changed.
Joshua knocked Ruiz down early in the third round and all looked right with the world except Ruiz got back up. Joshua smacked a right hand to Ruiz’s jaw, but Ruiz moved forward and landed a right on Joshua, sending Joshua down. Ruiz turned into a battering ram as he kept nailing Joshua and one more big right sent Joshua down a second time. Joshua looked in serious trouble.
Ruiz kept the pressure up in the fourth round, but Joshua survived. In the fifth round, Joshua appeared to have weathered the storm and won the round with his jab and landed the best punch of the round with a left hook. In the second half of the sixth round, Ruiz let his hand loose and started to hurt Joshua.
It is not often that a fight promotion can celebrate 50 shows at one location, but come Thursday, June 13th Fight Club OC will celebrate its 50th show inside The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. And the number 50 has a special meaning as the evening will start early at 6pm with 50 cent hot dogs and 50 cent drinks served inside our all new SUMMER PARTY PATIO.
On June 13th tables and chairs will be placed around the Summer Party Patio for fans to relax, enjoy their hot dogs, have a drink, or smoke a cigar before the show begins. The Hangar doors will be open all the way to unveil not only our Cigar Lounge, but an area to get your photo taken with our Tecate Ring Card Girls and a place for fans to test drive the latest Super73 Electric Motorbikes. Even better, Super73 has agreed to give away a Super73 Z-1 to one lucky Fight Club OC fan at our December 5th show, and all you have to do is enter to win at any Fight Club OC show.
Fight Club OC’s June 13th show will kick your summer into high gear as SOCA Fights presents this six bout card that will feature blistering boxing and MMA action from the only hybrid boxing show in the land! Tickets are available at www.socafights.com with all seats priced at $60!
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
On Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, Deontay Wilder faced Dominic Breazeale for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight championship. It lasted all but 2 minutes and 10 seconds with Wilder starting fast and ending the fighting almost as quickly. Within the first minute, a Wilder right sent Breazeale reeling into the corner. Wilder effectively jabbed and even landed a hook. Breazeale did land one right hand but that did little to turn the tide.
Wilder shot out a left jab that Breazeale took a step back to avoid before Wilder threw a perfect right hand which nailed Breazeale, sending Breazeale tumbling down. The referee stopped the fight as Breazeale wobbled back to the ropes.
This was one of the most brutal right hands one has witnessed in the heavyweight division in a long time. These two minutes showed Wilder’s strength, improvement and weakness. The weakness is stepping straight back to avoid punches and the tendency to throw wild haymakers. The strength is his piston like jab and right hand. The improvement was his use of two left hooks.
week, I enjoyed Manny Pacquiao as guest on Fox Sports 1 “Undisputed” hosted
by Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.
Pacquiao, the former eight-division champion (61-7-2 / 39 by KO) and current WBA “Regular” Champion, made it very clear that he wants a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0 / 27 by KO), but he first has to take care of business in his upcoming July 20 welterweight showdown with unbeaten WBA Champion Keith Thurman (29-0 / 22 by KO) in Las Vegas.
At the age of 40, and Mayweather 42 years old, does anybody really want this match?
Their fight in May 2015 was the highest grossing PPV boxing event in history, and I doubt a rematch will even come close.
On the TV show, Pacquiao said “I still deserved the win, but respect the judges.” The judges scores were unanimous 116-112, 116-112, 118-110 … my scorecard was 9 to 3 in rounds, 117-111, for the winner Mayweather.