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Muhammad Ali / Part 4 of 6

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*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on October 10, 2010

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This is the fourth of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I will display these six articles and will also include photos of my collectables now through this month of July for viewing.

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

In part four of my six part series on Muhammad Ali, I will go back to almost the exact time when I started to follow boxing – 1961. It was June of that year and I just celebrated my thirteenth birthday and as a young boy, I eagerly anticipated every boxing match and its results, as I still do today.

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Deontay Wilder Retains WBC Title With “KO” Win Over Chris Arreola … Rigondeaux Wins Impressively

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0 / 36 by KO) retained his title with a stoppage after eight rounds when the corner of challenger Chris Arreola (36-5-1 / 31 by KO) called a halt to the bout at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday night shown on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Fox national television.

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After a slow first round Wilder was in command once using the jab against a squared up Arreola who was content to walk straight in without giving Wilder any angles.  At the end of round four Wilder dropped Arreola and had him out on his feet before the bell saved Arreola from being knocked out.

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Sergey Kovalev Retains Title By Decision Over Isaac Chilemba

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1 / 26 by KO) successfully defended his title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Isaac Chilemba (24-4-2 / 10 by KO) on Monday night July 11, 2016 at the DIVS Palace of Sports in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Kovalev wins the first three rounds by being a bit more effective and aggressive with his punches. Then he narrowly drops the fourth, the fifth and the sixth rounds to have the bout surprisingly even (on my scorecard) than most thought it would be at the half way mark.

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Muhammad Ali / Part 3 of 6

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*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 26, 2010

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This is the third of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I will display these six articles and will also include photos of my collectables now through this month of July for viewing.

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

In part three of my six part series on Muhammad Ali, I will give my personal views of three fights during his career that he emerged victorious – but by close margins and conceivably could of lost as well.

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Muhammad Ali / Part 2 of 6

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This is the second of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I will display these articles and will also include photos of my collectibles now through this month of July for viewing.

 

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

In the second installment of my six in a series, I will answer a question that is most often asked of me, with regards to Muhammad Ali. That question is which – when was Ali at the height of his career?

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First of all, I must say that it has been a blessing to witness the greatest heavyweight champion of this era fight throughout his career (1960- 1981). In my opinion, Ali was at his pinnacle from a stretch after the 1st Floyd Patterson ( November 1965) to his final defense against Zora Folley (March 1967) before he was stripped of the heavyweight title.

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RING TRIVIA — Answers

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I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This started when I was a young boy in 1961. I would pick the older generation and ask them questions about their era to expand my knowledge. I am delighted now to bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis . Five (5) questions appear in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month.

1 – In what championship fight did Sugar Ray Robinson donate all of his purse, except for one dollar, to the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund?

a)  Gene Fulmer

b)  Charley Fusari — CORRECT Answer

c)  Carl Olson

d)  Paul Pender

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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(Summer 2016 Edition)

 
As summer is now here, it is also a special time in my life because another “Happy Birthday” is here for me on June 25th.

My deep interest in boxing began back in 1961 and has been an integral part of my life since then. And the best thing about it is that I have met so many wonderful people.

I am truly delighted to bring my website to you with many categories for your viewing pleasure. And there are some people who kindly contribute to the success of this website, and to whom I would like to say thank you with the highest respect, as I treasure their involvement.

They are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Photo Editing and Proof Reader), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers Association), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Harold Lederman (HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!), Steve Corbo (Advisor and Guest Post), Adam Pollock (Book Reviews), and in memory of a man and a friend that we all miss, the former editor of Ring Sports Magazine – and in 2007,  my first contributor to this website – Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner) R.I.P.

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Joe Smith Jr. “Upset” KO Win Over Fonfara … Warren Wins Bantamweight Title

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Lightly regarded light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. (22-1 / 18 by KO) entered the ring last Saturday night on June 18, 2016 as huge underdog against top rated contender Andrzej Fonfara (28-4 / 16 by KO) .

The result was a first round knockout win for Smith in the main event attraction of the Premier Boxing Champions televised on NBC-TV card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Fonfara came into the fight winning three bouts (Doudou Ngumbu, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Nathan Cleverly) in a row and was in line for a rematch against WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, which he lost by unanimous 12 round decision in May 2014.

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Muhammad Ali / Part 1 of 6

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 5, 2010

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This is the first of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I will display these six articles and will also include photos of my collectibles now through the month of July A - 2for viewing.

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

I will start this part #1, by saying that the best closed circuit fight that I ever attended was with my late father, Daniel J. Martinez and two of my best friends, Al Garcia and Hector Ybarra, at the Santa Barbara, California “historic” Granada Theater. On March 8, 1971, we saw the most eagerly anticipated fight that I have ever been involved with in my 48 years in boxing … Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali.

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I was so excited come fight time that I left my work early on that Monday afternoon just to be sure I was the first one in line to get tickets and the best seats: front row center balcony. I got both to view the fight.

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Muhammad Ali – David Martinez Collection

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I was recently interviewed by NEWSCHANNEL 3 (ABC-TV) Santa Barbara, California regarding my Muhammad Ali collection and deep interest in boxing.

I am sharing that video link that aired on June 10. 2016.  I would like to thank KEYT Channel 3 Sports Director Mike Klan and News Anchor John Palminteri for their outstanding input on the newscast.

(click onto link below to view video)

Local Man has Incredible Muhammad Ali Collection