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California Boxing Hall of Fame 2016

Come join a great boxing event – California Boxing Hall of Fame. This premier boxing event is a sell-out every year and is just three months away on October 22, 2016.

President Don Fraser and his board members do a wonderful job hosting, which honors current and past boxers and other boxing related personal for their outstanding accomplishments. The Posthumous Category honors and remembers the past.

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Hey Harold!

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My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with his short video links regarding upcoming fights.

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Here’s a look at the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight championship Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1 / 26 by KO)) vs. Isaac Chilemba (24-3 / 10 by KO) scheduled for 12 rounds, airing on HBO this Monday, July 11, 2016 from the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

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Anthony Joshua Retains Title by KO … Keith Thurman edges Shawn Porter in Epic WBA Welterweight Title Fight

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

British heavyweight and IBF champion Anthony Joshua may be the best heavyweight in the world and last weekend, he demolished Dominic Breazeale as he handed the American fighter his first loss.   Breazeale is a big fighter with a tough chin but he couldn’t match Joshua’s skills or hand speed.  Joshua, the former 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, showed his hand speed as he simply punched Breazeale at will.  As one boxing writer noted, Breazeale “seemed to react seconds after the punch has already connect on his face” and while he was able absorbed much of Joshua’s punches; one doesn’t win fights by absorbing the other guy punches but you need to punch the other guy.

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Breazeale never threatened Joshua throughout the bout before Joshua finally ended the bout with a knockout in the seventh round.

His mandatory challenger is another undefeated fighter, Joseph Parker but Joshua has plenty of options including the winner of Fury-Klitschko bout, Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz.   A bout with Parker will Joshua’s third straight bout with an undefeated fighter.   The heavyweight division is now exciting again.

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Ali – Frazier: Ghosts of Manila

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

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Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

(Excerpts from my book on black fighters, Boxing in the Shadow)
 

Fighters know how to suffer.  They demagnify pain and seldom talk about it.  Though some fighters have been called “bow-wows” within the sport, thresholds of pain are hard to detect in fighters….Eyes, nose, ears, larynx, kidneys, they all take horrific beatings.  But their faces tell where fighters have been, the potholes over which they had to rattle, from the small arenas with the single light bulb and a backed-up toilet in the dressing rooms to the flooding light of the big time”

 

Boxing heroes are usually defined less by the ease of their victories, than by their defeats and their various comebacks in the course of a career. Fighters are made through the brutal confines of their sport, in which they nearly see death approach, in which their blood is splattered; and yet they somehow persevere.  Brutality sells tickets, but more importantly, it seals one’s fame.   For Ali, Joe Frazier was his ticket to fame.

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Sonny Liston: Ali’s First Big Foil

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

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

(Excerpts from my book on black fighters, Boxing in the Shadow)

 

Ali jumped all over Liston after Ali sent Liston down in their second fight, yelling for him to get up. Jersey Joe Walcott, the referee, totally lost control as he tried to get Ali to a neutral corner.  Liston stayed on the canvas as Walcott tried to restrain Ali. Liston eventually got up as Walcott went to the corner to talk with Ring Magazine editor Nat Fleischer. Ali started nailing Liston with more shots.  Meanwhile Fleischer told Walcott that Liston should be counted out, so Walcott called the fight and gave the bout to Ali.  Years later, Liston told Sports Illustrated Mark Kram that he stayed down because, “Ali was a crazy man.”  The great intimidator was intimidated.

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Hey Harold!

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My good friend Harold Lederman at HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with his short video clips regarding upcoming fights.

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Here’s a look at the WBO super featherweight championship Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-3 / 17 by KO) vs. Vassyl Lomachenko (5-1 / 3 by KO) scheduled for 12 rounds, airing on HBO this Saturday, June 11, 2016 from the Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, NY

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International Boxing Hall of Fame 2016

Official Induction Ceremony Set For Sunday, June 12, 2016

CANASTOTA, NY – For boxers Lupe Pintor and Hilario Zapata, judge Harold Lederman, commissioner Marc Ratner, journalist Jerry Izenberg and broadcaster Col. Bob Sheridan, their day in the sun is rapidly approaching. On Sunday, June 12th they will join boxing’s immortals when they are officially inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

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“We are eagerly anticipating paying tribute to the incredible accomplishments of the members of the Class of 2016,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “We look forward to welcoming them to Canastota to take their place in the Hall of Fame.”

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