By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
Undefeated southpaw WBA / WBO junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0 / 9 by KO) scored a first round knockout over Sod Looknongyantoy (63-3-1 / 27 by KO) on Saturday night at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, S.A.P., China.
In the opening round, Looknongyantoy was shaken by a unintentional head butt and went down. As action resumed, Rigondeaux immediately applied pressure and landed a combination that dropped the challenger, as referee Mark Nelson stopped it at the 1:44 mark of the bout. Continue reading
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
When I think of women in boxing, the first lady that comes to my mind is Aileen Eaton. She was the legendary fight promoter at the historic Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles from 1942 to 1980. Her outstanding knowledge about fighters and the business of boxing earned her the first ever honor of a woman being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002. She is also an inductee in the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the California Boxing Hall of Fame.
I fully support women in boxing in any capacity and would like to bring to your attention a lady that is my friend – Sarah Cammann.
I met Sarah about five years ago while she was attending the University of California Santa Barbara. She would come into Duke’s Boxing every day for fitness, which led her into boxing. Owner Henry Calles opens his door and offers his expertise in the sport to all that come to Duke’s Boxing. From the moment Sarah entered the gym, we all “instantly” knew there was something special – very special – about her and this did manifest itself bigger than life right before our very eyes over the past years through her dedication.
Sarah has become more than just another person in the gym with her hard work and her nothing is too meaningless to help attitude. She trains and is involved in everything in and out of the gym. Most importantly, last year when Henry became a professional in the ring and we needed a Team Manager, there was no one who came to mind but Sarah to fulfill those business duties and to be a hands-on figure in the gym, both training for Henry and helping others in the gym as well.
She trains and boxes herself, and for a lady that is just 100 pounds strong – she is dynamite.
I can say so many positive things about Sarah in boxing, but what really stands out are her focus, loyalty, dependability and kindness in being willing to learn the trade of boxing. I might surmise this is brought on by her being an elementary school teacher and helping kids in her regular job.
For those who know Sarah, you will certainly agree with me that she is a wonderful human being. I consider myself blessed to have her in my life. Sarah’s growing knowledge in a sport she loves will only get brighter in the years to come – like a jewel in boxing!
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
He began his career in 1964 but it was not until 1973 that he crashed into the heavyweight ratings. In between were periods of inactivity and a multitude of meaningless bouts. He was a murderous, punching prospect that no worthy opponent wanted to chance his career against. By the time he got his “shot” at the big time, he was 21-1 with 16 kayos. He scored seven 1st round kayos and eight 2nd round stoppages. Yet up to this point his claim to fame was being a Muhammad Ali sparring partner. It is a shame that today very few remember Jeff “Candy Slim’ Merritt. True, his tenure as a mainstream contender was less than a year but oh what a reputation he had. Many at that time considered him the hardest puncher in the heavyweight division, bar none.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez facing Erislandy Lara featured two fighters at their peak and at best weight. Both fighters also featured two styles of making it to the top Alvarez been a professional since he was 15 and now nearly 24, he is now at the top of his game whereas Lara has spent much of formative years fighting amateur boxing at the highest levels for Cuba before making his run for freedom and America. Two fighters, approaching their careers in two different fashion, now fight in a statement fight that will determine their place in their careers and possibly boxing history. Continue reading
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association
The recent championship fight between Gary Russell and Vasyl Lomachenko brought up the question, how quickly should a prospect be brought through the ranks. After a successful amateur career, Russell team brought him along slowly before his championship bout with Lomachenko whereas this was Lomachenko third professional fight and his second shot at a championship. Lomachenko won and many, myself included, felt that Russell should have been challenged more before this bout.
In conversations with pundits, promoters and a world class trainer, I tried to answer the questions how fast does one take a prospect to the championship. Let’s begin with two fighters who both won their first title in their ninth fight, Guillermo Ridgondeaux and Davey Moore. So far, Ridgondeaux career is going strong but Moore’s career suffered a devastating defeat in his tenth fight when he faced Roberto Duran. Duran pummel Moore and Moore was never the same. Boxing writer David Martinez noted about “Like Rigondeaux, Lomachenko were rare top premier amateur. “ So sometimes, a fighter is totally unique athletic specie and both Rigondeaux and Lomachenko may just be that rare fighter where the rules don’t apply.
Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years and has offered his expertise to this website “dmboxing” since 2007
Short and sweet in this summer heat!
On July 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, it looks like a great card promoted by Golden Boy and shown on ShowTime PPV.
The fight is for the WBC/WBA super welterweight title and this is a fight card I would definitely buy (since I am limited to go in person).
Saul Canelo Alvarez, who suffered his only loss in 45 fights against Floyd Mayweather Jr., takes on dangerous southpaw Erislandy Lara who has only lost to Paul Williams by a very close decision.
Alvarez, who has been known to never turn down a fight is only 23 years old and boats a 43-1-1 record with 31 knockouts.
The Women’s National Golden Gloves is this week! My friend, Desiree D’Alessandro is putting a call out to anyone interested in supporting her ambition to win the national title!
This endeavor will not come cheap, with the 8-hour round-trip commute and gas expenses, hotel reservations, registration and licensing fees for her and her corner, and a rental vehicle for the week since her car recently died. Any support to help her make this dream come true would be greatly appreciated! Donations are currently being accepted at www.desiree-dalessandro.com.
Please share with others who might be interested in contributing!
please note – that Desiree is a dear friend and any help that we can give her will probably be more appreciated to me – than to her. She is such a hard working and dedicated human being – I just love her!
Thank you in advance for your support and contribution you might provide to her!
I know you have many choices in boxing – thank you for making this website one of them … dmboxing wishes everybody a safe and happy 4th of July 2014
As a special treat and some real “Fire Works” here’s three exiting rounds of boxing – one of my favorite fights – April 15, 1985 – World Middleweight Championship - Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns (to view clink onto video link below)
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association / contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008
On June 28, 2014 – HBO had a double header from Omaha with the first fight featuring Matt Korobov fighting Jose Uzcategui in a battle of undefeated Middleweights prospect looking for a possible title shot. In the first round, the first big punch came from Korobov straight left against Uzcategui. Korobov continued to follow through on his success with solid power punches but in the third round, Korobov started to slow down and looked fatigue even though he did land solid combinations throughout the third round.
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