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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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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 WBC super featherweight championship Francisco Vargas ( 23-0-1 / 17 by KO) vs. Orlando Salido (43-13-3 / 30 by KO) scheduled for 12 rounds, airing on HBO this Saturday, June 4, 2016 from the StubHub Center, Carson, California.

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Charlo Twin Brothers Make History … Lara Wins Rematch

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

The Charlo twins made history as both brothers hold titles in the same weight class. Jermell Charlo faced John Jackson, the son of former boxer Julian Jackson for the vacant WBC title.  John Jackson came out boxing and Jermell Charlo ineffectually tried to cut off the ring but he kept getting nailed with quick combinations.   Charlo struggled to close the gap as Jackson provided a boxing lesson to the young Charlo.

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Charlo worked hard in closing the distance, using his jab and body shots and in the eighth round, he handed a right hand that nailed the left side of Jackson’s head.  Jackson reeled backward with his hands down and Charlo jumped on his wounded opponents and the referee stopped the fight.  It was a good thing for Charlo since at this point of the fight, Charlo was down on all three cards.

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His twin Jermall fought the tough Austin Trout, a slick boxer and former junior Middleweight title holder.   Over the first half of the bout, Charlo used his height and reach advantage as he showed good defense while landing the harder punches.   Charlo pressured Trout and every time Trout landed solid combinations, Charlo countered.

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Current Champions

 Every three months, dmboxing.com offers this feature – which is the current boxing champions in each weight division. They are shown in their respective recognized title belt organization.

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Each champion’s professional ring record is listed in the following format: win-losses-draws-no contest (knockouts wins) and date of winning title.

(as of May 17, 2016)

Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Tyson Fury
Unified champion
 United Kingdom
25–0–0–0 (18)
November 28, 2015
Deontay Wilder
 United States
36–0–0–0 (35)
January 17, 2015
Anthony Joshua
 United Kingdom
16–0–0–0 (16)
April 9, 2016
Tyson Fury
 United Kingdom
25–0–0–0 (18)
November 28, 2015
Tyson Fury
 United Kingdom
25–0–0–0 (18)
November 28, 2015
vacant
Luis Ortiz
Interim champion
 Cuba
25–0–0–2 (22)
October 17, 2015

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