By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
I cut my teeth on the sport of boxing in the mid-1960. At that time the sport was just coming out of a somewhat dreary period of champions although talented, they lacked charisma.
It was Cassius Clay, later to be Muhammad Ali that energized the sport and opened the door for a group of boxers who in the late 1960′s and early 1970′s established themselves and that time as a truly ” Golden Era ” in boxing.
By Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer) contributed to “dmboxing” since 2008
When you think of Mexican fighters it is usually a tough little hombre like a Ruben Olivares, Vincente Saldivar or Julio Cesar Chavez. More often then not the better boxers from Mexico scaled under 160lbs. In an exception to the rule during the mid 1960’s to the early 70’s this country produced a pretty fair heavyweight. He fought two world champions and nine others that attempted to win the heavyweight crown. His name was Manuel Ramos. Although he lost almost as many as he won, the names on his resume are quite impressive.
By Tom Donelson (Member BWAA)
Showtime last Saturday night featured Shawn Porter defending his welterweight title. The evening began with fireworks, as Jorge Linares disposed Ira Terry in two rounds.
Then Jason Gavern, a last second replacement against Deontay Wilder (who was originally scheduled to fight Bermane Stivine) in a fight that Wilder didn’t look sharp or motivated against tough guy Gavern. Gavern stayed on his feet for four rounds but after hitting the canvas twice and only being in shape for a five or six rounds; he retired in his corner. Wilder did not look impressive and this may have been due to Wilder knowing Gavern hardly to be a top tier fighter.
The upcoming California Boxing Hall of Fame is two months away, October 25, 2014, and hopefully boxing fans have gotten their tickets.
As a past recipient myself (2007), I encourage you to support this gala event honoring current and past personal for their accomplishments in boxing.
If you are interested in advertising in their program, please contact Advertising Director – Ray Maynez at (310) 800-8322 and he will be happy to assist you.
Ticket information – Don Fraser at (818) 761-4887
My friend, Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer and has covered the sweet science for more than 35 years. He has been part of the “dmboxing” team with his expertise since 2007 and he is much appreciated by all ~ thank you Rusty!
This week, from Carson Cal. and televised on ShowTime, a very interesting and probably very exciting boxing card.
The main event features two undefeated welterweights, Kell Brook from the United Kingdom will take on Shawn Porter.
Brook, is 28 and boast a record of 32-0 with 22 knockouts. It’s impressive but his list of foes do to qualify as a who’s who in the welterweight division. This fight will give him the recognition and acceptance that he belongs.
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
Danny Garcia faced Rod Salka in a ten round bout in which Garcia needed to win big just to restore his reputation after a controversial victory over Mauricio Herrera. One big story of the evening featured Daniel Jacob first shot at a title as he faced Jarrod Fletcher. Jacobs had already one big fight, that one with cancer and now he wanted to be the first cancer survivor to win a title. Jacobs nearly ended the fight in the first round as he nailed Fletcher with left hooks and right hand. Using a variety of punches landing in combinations that sent Fletcher down.
Fletcher proved tough as he survived the first round and make it a fight over the next three rounds. Fletcher stepped up the pace but there were times that Jacobs would turn it on and simply out class Fletcher. As Showtime Paul Malignaggi noted, Jacobs was the better fighter and when he wanted to, he simply took over the round. Jacobs held back at times but in the fifth round, it came to an end.
Fletcher came out aggressively and landed some combinations but with thirty seconds left, a Jacobs‘ right hand sent Fletcher reeling into the rope. A series of combinations sent Fletcher down with two seconds left. The fight ended as the referee stopped the fight but Fletcher didn’t complain. Jacobs now has a title to add to his victory over cancer.
Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years and has contributed to this website since 2007
Short and not-so sweet in this summer heat!
First, please sent out prayers for boxing good guy and my good friend Johnny “The Downey Flash” Ortiz. Johnny, who I have known for many years, is a compassionate human being.
His organs are shutting down and he’s in a hospice in Southern California. He’s a battler, but this one, even with our prayers, will be hard to overcome. Hang in there Johnny; a lot of great people are in your corner.
I also request prayers for the mother of Eva Futch (widow of Eddie), who is suffering from cancer. It would mean a lot to her to know that we’re all lining up as her entourage.***
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America
I am not sure what to make of last Saturday night fights in Vegas other to say Referee Vic Drakulich became the main story, not the fighters. You could easily make the case that Jesse Vargas won his fight but the judges favor the hometown fighter with scores he didn’t deserve. Vargas-Novikov was a close bout which I had in favor of Vargas, barely. However, Novikov could easily been rewarded the decision and I wouldn’t have complain simply because it was that close. The judges had it 118-111, 118-111 and 117-111 in favor of Vargas.
Danny Garcia headlines on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing on August 9, 2014
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By Tom Donelson
Contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Gennady Golovkin destroyed what everyone stated would be his toughest test in Daniel Geales in less in three rounds. Geales started boxing but by the third round, he was forced to stand his ground and fight. The last knockdown showed the power and the chin of Golovkin all in once as Geale nailed Golovkin with a perfect left hook but Golovkin simply shrugged off the shot and landed a perfect right that sent Geales sprawling to the canvas. There are very few fighters who have not only taken Geales shot perfectly delivered but be able to shoot a right hand immediately afterwards to end the fight.