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Sugar Ramos – R.I.P.

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Boxing has lost a great champion. On September 3, 2017, Cuban featherweight Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos passed away in Mexico City from cancer complications. Born in Matanzas, Cuba, he was 75 years old.
 
Ramos is most remembered for two ring deaths, one inspiring a Bob Dylan song.  On March 21, 1963, Ramos and champion Davey Moore traded vicious punches in a scheduled 15 round featherweight title fight at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, that was witnessed by 26,142 in attendance.
 

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Rungvisai Wins by “KO” over Chocolatito on Triple-Header Super Flyweight Card on HBO

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com  

On Saturday night September 9, 2017 was a great night of boxing that featured three outstanding super flyweight bouts at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

The evening was headlined by WBC super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (44-4-1 / 40 by KO) who retained his title with a one-sided knockout win over Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (46-2 / 38 by KO).

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RING TRIVIA

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This began back when I was a kid in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to educate myself. It’s now my pleasure to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone. On a quarterly basis I post five (5) multiple choice questions – March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.

 

1 – What former lightweight champion had a rare feat of fighting three non-title bouts with three different welterweight champions?

a — Freddie Welsh

b — Lew Jenkins

c — Tony Canzoneri

d — Sammy Angott

 

2 – Former bantamweight champion Johnny Coulon had the distinction of having twice defended his title in twenty round bouts within a period of how many days?

a — 7 days

b — 10 days

c — 14 days

d — 20 days

 

3 – Mike Tyson had a cameo role in what movie?

a — Air Force One

b — Beverly Hills Cop 2

c — Coming To America

d — Dundee in Los Angeles

 

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Cotto Dominates Kamegai

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday night at the StubHub Center, Carson, California, Miguel Cotto (41-5 / 33 by KO) was  overwhelming in winning the vacant WBO junior middleweight title over Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-4-2 / 24 by KO). This was the easiest fight I have scored since Lennox Lewis defeated David Tua.

Although Kamegai came forward in this fight to add the action element, Cotto was just superb in his ring generalship and landed the bigger power shots.

Give the Japanese fighter credit for his heart, but he was simply outclassed and just made to order for Cotto.

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Pages From The Scrapbook

 

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

I am excited to bring  a new category to my website, which is “Pages from the Scrapbook”.

A lot of people don’t know that back in the seventies, eighties, and nineties I was a boxing beat writer and correspondent for my local newspaper, the Santa Barbara News Press.  Along with doing fight predictions and feature boxing stories, I also was a guest boxing reporter on local radio for all major fights. 

Starting this month and about every other month, I will display the original newspaper articles that I wrote for viewing.  I learned quite a bit in the journalism field back in my younger days that has guided me to be the producer of this website that I am today.

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Jimmy Barry

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

There is a boxer that nobody ever talks about these days. A boxer who seems to have been lost in the fog of time, but whom I rate as one of the finest to ever come out of Chicago! His name is Jimmy Barry. He was known as “Little Tiger” and this 5-feet-2 Irish kid was as good as they come.

Born on March 7, 1870 he started his professional boxing career in 1891, winning 27 straight without a loss, with 18 of those wins coming by knockout.  On December 5, 1893 he knocked out Jack Levy in 17 rounds to win the “100 pound Championship of America”.

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Classic Boxing Autographs – FOR SALE!

I was recently approached at dmboxing.com regarding the sale of a collection of historically

significant boxing autographs. A collection of this magnitude is seldom seen and seldom, if ever, becomes available for purchase.       

Here’s a complete list of the autographs and their descriptions:

SONNY LISTON (Signature on paper w/his picture and all best wishes from Sonny Liston – World Heavyweight Champion)

MAXIE ROSENBLOOM (Signature in book w/his picture that looks like cut out of a newspaper)

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Lomachenko Impressive – Stops Marriaga

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday night at the Micro Theater at LA Live, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1 / 7 by KO) successfully defended his title in a one-sided seventh round stoppage over Miguel Marriaga (25-3 / 21 by KO) in a match shown live on ESPN.

Lomachenko came out in a stalking mode in the opening rounds with good movement and a right jab from his southpaw stance.

In round three Lomachenko dropped Marriaga with a straight left for the first knockdown in the fight.

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Garcia Dominates Broner

 

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (37-0 / 30 by KO) moved up in weight to super lightweight and decisively beat Adrien Broner (33-3 / 24 by KO) in their super lightweight bout by a unanimous twelve round decision on Saturday night.

The fight was clearly controlled by Garcia from the start and he was text book throughout.  It seemed that when Broner would try to pick up the rhythm with his jab, Garcia would come back with solid exchanges.

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Owen Moran

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

When people ask me “who was the toughest and roughest boxer never to win a championship”, although I can think of many, my first response is Owen Moran.

Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom on October 4, 1884, he was one of England’s finest that fought as a flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight. His nickname was “The Fearless”.

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