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Book Review

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By Adam Pollack / Guest Post

Win By KO Publications is pleased to announce its publication of Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story, by James Curl, with a foreword by Jack Sharkey III.

When Jack Sharkey retired in 1936 after twelve years of boxing, he had carved out a career that was both exciting and controversial. But, despite having been the world heavyweight champion and enormously popular, sadly he is almost completely forgotten today…until now.

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Current Boxing Champions

The current champions, as of March 18, 2015,  in each weight division are listed below. Each champion’s professional boxing record is shown in the following format: wins–losses–draws–no contests (knockout wins) and the date they won title.

Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg)

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
23px Flag of Ukraine.svg Current Boxing Champions Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
July 2, 2011
Deontay Wilder
23px Flag of the United States.svg Current Boxing Champions United States
33–0–0–0 (32)
January 17, 2015
Wladimir Klitschko
23px Flag of Ukraine.svg Current Boxing Champions Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
April 22, 2006
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
23px Flag of Ukraine.svg Current Boxing Champions Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
February 23, 2008
Wladimir Klitschko
23px Flag of Ukraine.svg Current Boxing Champions Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
June 20, 2009
Ruslan Chagaev
23px Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Current Boxing Champions Uzbekistan
33–2–1–0 (20)
July 6, 2014

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Kovalev stops Pascal by “KO” retains light heavyweight title

PHOTO Montreal 1 Kovalev stops Pascal by KO retains light heavyweight title

By Tom Donelson (BWAA) Boxing Writers Association of America

Sergey Kolalev faced Jean Pascal in Pascal’s backyard, Montreal, for all of Kolalev light heavyweight belts.

Kolalev was coming off a big victory over Bernard Hopkins and now he was facing the awkward fighter, Pascal. Kolalev started to find the distance in the second round with big rights and forcing Pascal to retreat.  Kolalev continued to pressure in the third round but Pascal started to land big rights but with a minute left, Kolalev landed a big left hook that forced Pascal back to the rope to stop Pascal’s rally.   Kolalev landed another big left hook followed by a big right that sent Pascal almost through the rope, forcing the referee to issue an eight count and Pascal was saved only by the bell.

photo montreal 2 Kovalev stops Pascal by KO retains light heavyweight title

Kolalev started hard at the beginning of fourth round as he trapped Pascal and pounded him.  While Kolalev dominated the first part of the round but Pascal made a comeback down the stretch as he landed five big punches to send Kolalev reeling for the first time in the bout.  Pascal continued to pound with counters in the fifth round that forced Kolalev to occasionally retreat as he did over the second half of the fourth round. Pascal continued to land off balanced shots throughout the sixth round and ended the round with a big left hook.   HBO Lederman had the bout 58 to 55 at the halfway mark.

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Jean Claude Bouttier

Jean Jean Claude Bouttier

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

Contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008

To me Jean Claude Bouttier was one of the best fighters of a great era who never won a world title. He joins Pierre Fourrie, Yaqui Lopez, Bennie Briscoe, Hedgemon Lewis, Ernie  “Red ” Lopez, Armando Muniz and Ray Lampkin who were boxers fighting in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even some boxers who held a fragment of a title never got the recognition they deserved because of other dominant champions. Men like Rodrigo Valdez, Esteban DeJesus and Howard Winstone.

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Upcoming Fights

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

This weekend (NBC TV) Keith Thurman faces off against Robert Guerrero for what is called the interim WBA championship so I guess this is for a belt even though WBA also has Floyd Mayweather as the unified champion.  So who knows and who cares, the winner will receive a belt and be able to declare himself a champion.

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For Thurman, this could be his toughest fight as Guerrero has some of the best in the business and is one of the toughest fighters. Guerrero began his career as a boxer, thus the nick name “Ghost”, but as he moved up in weight; he changed his style from being a boxer to being a banger.  Guerrero has only two losses, one that he revenged against Gamaliel Diaz and to Floyd Mayweather.

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Golovkin by “KO” over Murray, retains WBA middleweight title

GGG 1 1024x679 Golovkin by KO over Murray, retains WBA middleweight title
By Tom Donelson / Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Martin Murray was supposed to give Golovkin competition for triple G’s title and for the first three rounds, he did.  Murray countered the advancing with Golovkin with solid rights and body shots while Golovkin was attempting to find ways around Murray defenses.   While it was obvious who was the more powerful puncher but Murray showed to be a tough fighter who could take GGG’s best.

GGG 2 300x186 Golovkin by KO over Murray, retains WBA middleweight title

Going into the fourth round, this was close but Golovkin turned the fight around and turn a close battle into a battle of survival for Murray.  Halfway through the round, Golovkin threw a haymaker that Murray avoided but as Murray was attempting to escape; Golovkin nailed him with a body shot that sent Murray down.  Murray survived the count but Golovkin attacked with ferocity and as the Triple G’s landed solid combinations, Murray simply knelt down to avoid more punishment.  He survived the round but from this point; Golovkin had control of the fight.

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Gina Rodriguez is a Winner!

tmb 173x173 rodriguez globes 12jan15 01 Gina Rodriguez is a Winner!

By Steve Corbo

She has been called “This Television Season’s It Girl”. She just won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress In A Television Series Musical Or Comedy”. She just had a full page picture of her, with her Golden Globe and that winning smile splashed across the pages of  People  Magazine! She’ll be on the cover of the March 2015 issue of Latina Magazine. Gina Rodriguez seems to be everywhere, riding high on a wave of success based on her portrayal of Jane Villanueva in the hit TV series “Jane The Virgin”. And quite frankly… it couldn’t happen to a nicer person! She’s bright, articulate, she hasn’t forgotten her roots and she’s a role model.  

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