Gene Aguilera – Upcoming Book Signing

By David Martinez /  

My friend Gene Aguilera has had numerous book signings of his two outstanding book publications over the years.

His first book “Mexican American Boxing in Los Angeles” was released in 2014 was a monster hit, and now he has released his second book “Latino Boxing In Southern California” … both publications are a must for your purchase and certainly make the perfect gift for any boxing fan!

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First Boxing Champions From Their Country

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Many have asked me this question:  Who were the first fighters from the different countries around the globe to be a title claimant to a world championship?  The fighters on this list were born in the country concerned, though some may have emigrated later to other lands.  Here listed are the major nations, the fighter, the year of winning their title, and the weight division of each champion.

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Current Champions

Every 3 months on a quarterly basis, in February, May, August, and November offers this feature – the current Boxing Champions in each weight division.  They are shown in their respective world title belt organization, with their native country, and each champion’s professional ring record listed in following format: win-loss-draw-no contest (knockout wins) and the date of winning their title.

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Kovalev Defeats Alvarez to Regain WBO Light Heavyweight Title … Valdez by “KO” over Tommasone

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) … contributor to dmboxing since 2008

Sergey Kovalev recaptured his WBO Light heavyweight title from Eleider Alvarez, who previously knocked the Russian light heavyweight down to win the title.  He managed to revenge only the second person who defeated him and did so in dominating form.  Kovalev began by winning the first two rounds, connecting on combinations while Alvarez slow in starting . 

In the fifth round, Kovalev looked in control but in the sixth, Alvarez got the better of exchanges with his right hand but the rest of the fight, it was Kovalev who looked strong and in the last round, Alvarez looked tired as he took big punches.  The key punch was a big right hand that nailed Kovalev in the sixth round, but Kovalev didn’t budge or appeared hurt. From that point, Kovalev took over the fight and won it easily.

The Compubox numbers tell the whole story as he connected on the double the punches, was consistently more active.  Kovalev landed 213 punches over those twelve rounds, whereas Alvarez landed only 111, less than 10 per round.

I had the fight 58 to 56 going to the second half and Andre Ward of ESPN had it 59 to 55.  The seventh round saw Kovalev pound Alvarez throughout the round and the rest of the fight was not much different.  Kovalev not only took control of the fight, he dominated every aspect of the fight as he jabbed and box effectively while landing solid body punches.  Alvarez simply couldn’t gain any momentum in the second half of the fight as Kovalev moved in with body shots before moving out boxing with effective jabs.  Alvarez rarely connected on a right hand and that was why Kovalev easily won. There was only one round that Alvarez landed more punches and that was eleven.  I gave the third and the sixth round due to Alvarez landed some big rights but those rounds could easily been given to Kovalev. While two judges had 116-112, this fight could have ranged from 117-111 to 120-108 in my view. I simply couldn’t find four rounds to even give Alvarez. 

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Orange County, California – Upcoming Fight Card

Eight years down and our ninth year of Fight Club OC shows begins on February 21, 2019 and TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW AT

To all the fans who have supported Fight Club OC shows over the years a huge thank you from Roy Englebrecht Promotions and for making the Fight Club OC shows “the most fun you can have on a Thursday night in Orange County”.

In 2019 fans will once again enjoy the only hybrid pro boxing show and martial arts regular scheduled show in the Southland but they will see the launch of our new Ringside Grandstands section. This will give The Hangar more of an arena look with three grandstand sections located in Section C under the video board that will accommodate 210 fans and increase capacity to 1,260 fans.

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Pages From The Scrapbook #9

By David Martinez /

In this edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” features my pre-fight article piece on Hector Camancho vs. Boza-Edwards / WBC Lightweight Championship and Livingstone Bramble vs. Edwin Rosario WBA Lightweight Championship – dated September 24, 1986.

Many of my current fan base don’t know that back in the seventies, eighties, and nineties, I was a boxing beat writer for my local newspaper, the Santa Barbara News Press, doing fight predictions. I also frequently did guest commentary on local radio for all major fights.

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Thurman Retains WBA Welterweight Title by Decision over Lopez

By David Martinez /

After a 22 month injury layoff, Keith Thurman (29-0 / 22 by KO) won a competitive fight against a game Josesito Lopez (36-8 / 19 by KO) by a twelve round majority decision at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Thurman dropped Lopez with a left hook towards the end of round two and easily won the first six rounds, before Lopez really came on in rounds seven and eight.  In those rounds Lopez completely dominated Thurman and was very effective with straight right hand leads, to win both those rounds.

Round nine was the best round of the fight as Thurman would start to take back control of the fight and pull away.

As the twelfth began, it was apparent that Lopez needed a knockout to win and even though he won that final round, it wasn’t enough on the judge’s scorecards.

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Pacquiao Wins Lopsided 12 Round Decision over Broner to Retain WBA “Regular” Welterweight Title

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Manny Pacquiao showed that at age 40, that he is still a very good and Adrien Broner is still a very good opponent against elite fighters as he did very little, allowed Pacquiao to set the pace, throw most of the punches and connect on most of the punches.  The most humorous aspect of the fight was at the end when Broner jumped on the rope and acted like he won the fight.   He easily lost the fight as the Compubox numbers showed. 

Pacquiao threw nearly double the punches than Broner, including twice as many power punches and nearly three times as many jabs.  Can’t win fights if you moving backwards, not throwing punches and incapable of hurting your opponent. 

In the seventh round was an example on why Pacquiao won this fight easily.  He chased Broner with jabs, forcing Broner to backpedal.  When Broner did land a punch, Manny simply pushed the issue and kept up the relentless pressure.   Manny landed a big flurry, hurting  Broner.   Broner try grabbed Pacquiao but Manny simply kept throwing haymakers and Broner just survived the round.

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The Gio Expess Rolls On: Cabrera Mioletti Now 15-0

By Steve Corbo

This boxing website picked Giovanni “Gio” Cabrera Mioletti as one of 2018’s top prospects! On Friday, January 11, 2019 he showed us why! In a 10 round main event presented by Brian Halquist Productions, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, Gio took out former world rated veteran Antonio Escalante in just 3 rounds.

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The undefeated Gio, fighting out of Chicago, Illinois tipped the scales 129.2 while Escalante, fighting out of El Paso, Texas, weighed in at 128.8, but that’s as close as the fight ever got! Before a packed house, Gio went to work from the opening bell. His movement and ring generalship clearly sent a message to Escalante, that this wasn’t going to be his night. In the second round Gio dropped the veteran with a crisp left hand on the button. Escalante got up and survived the round, but the writing was on the wall. In the third, southpaw Gio stepped on the gas and midway through the round used a right jab to set up a picture perfect combination, left uppercut followed by a right hook. Escalante staggered back and as he was about to hit the deck, Gio added another left hand for good measure. Escalante, again, managed to get up. However he was in no shape to continue and referee Bobby Howard  decided it was time to say goodnight to Mr. Escalente. The time was 1:48 of the third round. The win upped Gio’s record to 15-0 w/ 6 KOs while Escalante falls to 29-10 w/20  KOs.

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