Preview Look: Upcoming Wilder vs. Fury 2 … Heavyweight Showdown

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

This Saturday, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder is one of the few fights that is actually worth a PPV. In a day in which PPV in both MMA and boxing, there are many fights that are undeserving.  

Today’s heavyweight group is actually full of some actually good fighters at the top of the heavyweight division.  

Wilder is the Alabama masher, who can end a fight with one punch, something he showed against Luis Ortiz. In both Ortiz fight, he was behind on points, but he stopped Ortiz both times.  In their first fight, Ortiz even stunned Wilder and forced Wilder to actually survive.  

Against Fury, Wilder was consistently frustrated by Fury boxing skills.  Fury is an unusual fighter for even though he is 6’9”, he is a very good boxer who has good foot movement. Fury frustrated Wladimir Klitschko in their bout.  While many of us thought at the time, Klitschko age finally showed and certainly at the age of 40, there were times, he never seems to be able to pull the trigger.   While age played a factor in his loss, so did Fury boxing style which also frustrated Wilder as well.

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Current Champions

Every 3 months on a quarterly basis, in February, May, August, and November dmboxing.com 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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Mythical Match Up’s – The Heavyweights of Yesteryear

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

I have seen many mythical bouts where people predict “who would beat who” if they were to fight at the height, peak, prime, pinnacle of their careers regardless of the era.

So, I have chosen to go back in time with a select group of heavyweight champions from Muhammad Ali to John L. Sullivan; based solely on my personal opinion, I have put together a series of super fights.

Many of us boxing purests have a wide difference of opinions, and I truly respect that, and trust that my opinion might be respected, as well.

I have spoken to many of the top boxing historians throughout my fifty-nine years of involvement in the sport, and here are their lists of the best:

Nat Fleischer, founder and editor of Ring magazine ranks Jack Johnson, Jim Jeffries, Bob Fitzsimmons, Jack Dempsey, and Jim Corbett as his top five heavyweights.

Bert Sugar ranks Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Sam Langford, Muhammad Ali, and Jack Johnson as his top five heavyweights.

Al Nelson ranks Bob Fitzsimmons, Jim Jeffries, Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, and Gene Tunney as his top five heavyweights.

Hank Kaplan ranks Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Rocky Marciano, and George Foreman as his top five heavyweights.

BoxRec ranks Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Sam Langford, Muhammad Ali, and Jack Johnson as their top five heavyweights.

I sincerely respect these boxing historians, and BoxRec; certainly we have a  diverse series of opinions.

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Opening Night Of Fight Club Orange County, California – February 20th – Set To Explode With Entertainment Value!

Fight Club OC’s 10th Anniversary Year kicks off with a huge Boxing and MMA show on Thursday, February 20th in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. And if that wasn’t a reason to celebrate, check our our all new and updated website at www.socafights.com.  

Fight fans are in for a treat on February 20th as they will not only see three pro boxing bouts but also three pro MMA bouts inside the 24’x24’ hybrid ring, … win free pizza’s from Gina’s Pizza … rib dinners from Newport Rib Company … $200 in cash … great merchandise from the Kings & Legends booth….and free samples by Tong Jerky, the best beef jerky this side of Texas.

It all takes place on February 20th inside The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. Also new for 2020 we are going back to our 6pm door open time and sticking with the 7pm start time. Tickets for this Feb 20th show are available now at www.socafights.com with all tickets priced at $60.  

Season Seats with locations starting in the 3rd and 4th row, and free parking are on sale now by calling Drew at (949) 760-3131.  

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Jarret Hurd & Danny Garcia “By Unanimous Decision” Over Francisco Santana & Ivan Redkach – on Showtime

Santana vs. Hurd
Garcia vs. Redkach

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) … Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008 with outstanding input and expertise – Thank You!

Jarret Hurd is coming back after losing his title and his first loss to Julian Williams.  (Williams lost to Jeison Rosario a week ago in a surprise knockout.)   Hurd now is looking to regain his titles, and this was the first step to that goal in the Barclay Center in Brooklyn against Francisco Santana.   The first two rounds, Hurd showed discipline as he jabbed and box against Santana, who seemed to follow Hurd around the ring.

Hurd boxing style over the first four rounds bothered Santana, who seemed more of a sparring partner than a serious contender in the early rounds.   Halfway through the fifth round, Hurd starting to throw serious punches as Santana move consistently to his right. This move negated Santana best punch, his left hook but protected him against the Hurd upper cut.

As Hurd entered the second half of the round, he was winning the fight easily but looking awkward in adopting a more subdued boxing style as oppose to his more aggressive style.  He never seemed comfortable and his boxing instinct reined in, he never appeared to go for broke.  As the fight progressed, there was little drama until the last thirty seconds of the tenth and final round.  Hurd landed six big hooks that Santana took but Hurd landed the upper cut that sent Santana down for the eight count.  As Santana rose up, the fight had but five seconds left so Santana survived.

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ROCKY MARCIANO – Undefeated Heavyweight Champion

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

Rocky Marciano had forty-nine professional fights as a heavyweight with 49 wins, No Losses and No Draws. He never lost a professional fight and that is something many have tried to emulate without success.

Born Rocco Francis Marchegiano on September 1, 1923 in Brockton, Massachusetts, he was the eldest of six children whose parents were poor Italian immigrants. In 1943, during World War II, he was drafted into the US Army. He served overseas and was stationed in Wales with a Combat Engineer outfit. It was while finishing out his time in the service, at Ft. Lewis, Washington, that he started boxing and began to compile a winning record. Upon discharge, he returned home and began earning a living as a factory worker.

Although he was successful as an amateur boxer, Rocky’s first love was baseball and he had dreams of playing in the Major Leagues. He was known as a standout catcher on the baseball fields of Brockton and was good enough to earn a tryout with the Chicago Cubs organization. Fortunately for boxing … the Cubs didn’t feel he was major league caliber and sent him packing. It was then that he returned to boxing with a vengeance!

Rumor has it, “Rocky Marciano” was born one night when a ring announcer couldn’t pronounce Rocco Marchegiano! A quick change and the name stuck! Rechristened Rocky Marciano, he made his pro debut on March 17, 1947 and went undefeated in his first thirty-five fights scoring 31 of those wins by KO. Along the way he beat two up and coming big names in the heavyweight division, Roland LaStarza who had 37 Wins, No Losses and No Draws, until he stepped into the ring with Rocky and Rex Layne who had 34 Wins against only 1 Loss and 2 Draws.

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THE RING – A Boxing Venue, Not To Be Forgotten

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

Although  I wasn’t even born, nor were my parents, an old boxing venue that has always intrigued me is The Ring at Blackfriars, in London, England.

The building, built in 1783, was formerly a Nonconformist chapel and was octagonal in shape with the intent that no devils could hide in the corners. When it was no longer used as a place of worship, it was taken over by former Commonwealth British Empire lightweight champion Dick Burge and he transformed it into a boxing arena in May 1910. Several shows would take place there on a weekly basis.

Burge passed away a few short years later, on March 15, 1918, after contracting pneumonia at the age of 50. Before his death, he asked his wife Bella to ensure that their venue would be kept intact. She did, and kept the shows coming, which essentially resulted in her becoming the world’s first female boxing promoter.

Bella did an excellent job and was loved by the local community, where the pioneering lady promoter would earn the nickname “Bella of Blackfriars“.

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