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

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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.

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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!

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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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FIGHT CALENDAR for February 2015

Feb banner pic FIGHT CALENDAR for February 2015

Gennady Golovkin vs. Martin Murray / WBA middleweight championship / WBC interim middleweight championship / Saturday, February 21 / HBO from Monte Carlo

Stay posted every month to  David Martinez Boxing  for your complete boxing schedule

***** Feb. 5 (THURSDAY)

At Costa Mesa, Calif.: Mike Perez vs. Darnell Wilson, 8 rounds, heavyweights; Luis Mora vs. Dwain Victorian 5 rounds, junior welterweights; Gabe Lopez vs. Gustavo Lopez, 4 rounds, junior middleweights; Michael Hunter vs. Avery Gibson, 8 rounds, heavyweights

***** Feb. 6 (FRIDAY)

At Biloxi, Miss. (ESPN2/ESPN Deportes): Sergio Mora vs. Abie Han, 12 rounds, middleweights; Erickson Lubin vs. Rodolfo Quintanilla, 8 rounds, junior middleweights; Ahmed Elbiali vs. Dion Savage, 6 rounds, light heavyweights; Domonique Dolton vs. Juan Carlos Rojas, 8 rounds, junior middleweights; Stephen Lovett vs. James Johnson, 8 rounds, cruiserweights

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Book Review

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By Adam Pollack / Guest Post

 

Win By KO Publications is pleased to announce the publication of Tony Zale The Man of Steel  now available on amazon and other online book dealers.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Tony-Zale-Man-Steel-Thad/dp/0990370313/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421609907&sr=1-1&keywords=tony+zale+man+of+steel

In the 1940s, two-time world middleweight champion Tony Zale seemingly had it all. Battling colorful Rocky Graziano in The Ring magazine’s Fights of the Year in 1946 and 1947, “The Man of Steel” from Gary, Indiana, convincingly defeated him in their third and final contest in 1948. These bouts are acknowledged as among the most exciting trilogies in boxing history. Tony had hosts of adoring fans and supportive family, was married to a beautiful and talented woman, and had two little girls whom he adored.

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Jorge Ahumada … “Almost a Champion”

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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer (contributed to “dmboxing” since 2008)

In the early 1970′s he was the hottest light heavyweight in the world. He would eventually garner three shots at recognition as champion. All three would travel the true champiomship distance of fifteen rounds. In all three Jorge would come up short.
Jorge turned pro in 1968 in his native Argentina. In his home country he would meet future champion Victor Galindez four times. Jorge would win one by decision. On three occasions he was stopped by the great Galindez. They would meet again.

He split a pair of fights with the highly respected Avenamer Peralta. He also drew with the highly regarded Raul Loyola. When he decided to invade the US in the summer of 1973 he sported a 31-5-1 record. Little did he know the impact he would make when he hit New York City.

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Jose Legra … should he be in the Hall of Fame?

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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008

 

He was a two time world champion and a perennial contender for the featherweight title for more then a decade. In a fifteen year career he amassed 150 fights. He won 134 of them. At one point in his career he reeled off over 50 straight wins. Are these the credentials for a future Hall of fame inductee?

Born in Cuba in 1943, Legra turned pro in 1960. Although active, most of his early fights took place in Cuba and Mexico. He made his first appearance in Spain in 1963. It is there that he decided to live and ply his trade. He was tall, lean and very fast. He would befuddle his opponents with his grace and boxing skills. He would emerge as a serious threat for world honors.

In 1965 Legra took a big step up meeting future champion Howard Winstone of Wales. The vastly talented Winstone defeated young Jose over ten rounds. Legra would not lose again until 1969. Some 50+ bouts later. On his march to a title fight Legra would defeat the likes of Love Allotey, Rafiu King, Don Johnson, Yves Desmarets (for the EBU title) and Joe Tetteh. This led to a 1968 title shot against the newly crowned WBC featherweight titleholder, Howard Winstone. The rugged Winstone had failed no less then three times to dethrone the great Vincente Saldivar. All three were great battles. Finally when Saldivar retired Winstone was matched with Japan’s worthy Mitsunori Seki for the WBC version of the vacated crown. Winstone finally cashed in halting the game Seki in round nine. Now it was Legra’s turn. It was sweet revenge for Jose as he dropped Winstone twice in the first round and damaged Howard’s eye badly enough to force a stoppage in round five.

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Hey Harold!

 Hey Harold!

Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with his short videos regarding upcoming fights.  Here’s a look at Mike Alvarado vs. Brandon Rios “rubber match” 12 round welterweight bout – airing on HBO this Saturday night from Broomfield, Colorado.  Thank you Harold and wishing you “Happy Birthday” on January 26  – to my friend and a most well respected figure in boxing!

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(click onto link below for viewing video)

http://youtu.be/bWcI-Oiq4rk

Wilder wins WBC title

WBC title fight Wilder wins WBC title

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

Deontay Wilder won a unanimous decision but what impressed me was not his victory but the ease that he dominated the fight and showed himself to be a vastly improved fighter.  The first thing that was surprising was that the inexperienced Wilder showed more nuance in his fight game than the supposedly more experience Stiverne.  (While Wilder had more pro fights; Stiverne had fought the tougher fighters and had already been in two big events against Chris Arreola.)

Wilder used his longer reach and jab to set the real estate between the two fighters.  Stirvene, whose jab was an effective weapon against Arreola, fail to even effectively jab nor did he cut off the ring.  Repeatedly Wilder was able to escape and move away from the on charging Stirvene.  Stirvene attempted to walk Wilder down but he never attack the body of Wilder; which would have paid dividend in the later rounds against Wilder.  Instead, he rarely jabbed his way nor did he attack the body with much conviction or consistently. 

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