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Bernard Hopkins – Ending a Career in Boxing

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 By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
 
Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2 / 32 by KO) will officially close out his brilliant career in boxing next week on December 17, 2016. 
 
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At the age of 51, Hopkins’ farewell fight will be against light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr.  (22-1 / 18 by KO). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at The Forum in Inglewood, California and will be televised on HBO.
 
 

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RING TRIVIA

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I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This began when I was a young boy in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask questions about their era to learn and expand my knowledge in boxing. I am delighted to now bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis. I post five multiple choice questions every March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the ending of each posting month.

(1) What fighter beat Chris Eubanks and Nigel Benn, both fighters twice, in his professional career?

a) Herol Graham

b) Sumbu Kalamby

c) Reggie Johnson

d) Steve Collins

(2) Who did the late boxing historian, editor, publisher, and founder of Ring Magazine, Nat Fleischer, rank the greatest flyweight boxer of all time?

a) Jimmy Wilde

b) Pancho Villa

c) Pascual Perez

d) Benny Lynch

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Lomachenko Easily Defends Title Over Walters

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

There have been wizards in boxing, one that immediately comes to mind is the great Benny Leonard. But today, Vasyl Lomachenko is just that – a wizard in boxing!

On Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Lomachenko (7-1 / 4 by KO) defended his WBO super featherweight title with a one-side seventh round stoppage over previously unbeaten Nicholas Walters (26-1-1 / 21 by KO).

Lomachenko, is a two two time Olympic gold medalist and a two division world champion as a professional.  He completely dominated the fight before the end came after seven rounds, with Walters calling it quits.

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Andre Ward Wins Light Heavyweight Title With Decision Over Sergey Kovalev

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Andre Ward (31-0 / 15 by KO) defeated Sergey Kovalev (30-1-1 / 26 by KO) by a close, but  unanimous, 12 round decision in Las Vegas on Saturday night  to capture the WBO/IBF/WBA light heavyweight title belts.

Kovalev led early – dropping Ward in round two – to take full command of the fight, but Ward came on midway in the fight to take control of the tempo and made it close on the scorecards.

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George Dixon – “Little Chocolate”

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
 
I recently took a vacation to eastern Canada and the New England area. One of the stops on the trip was Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada which I found to be an amazing place with lots of history.
 
When it comes to boxing history, I always think of one fighter from that area:  George Dixon.  People today think of “Little Chocolate” being Roman Gonzalez and Peter Quillin self-aor, for those that remember him, the great Cuban “Kid Chocolate” from the thirties. The first Chocolate was actually George Dixon – nicknamed “Little Chocolate.”
 
 Born in Halifax on July 29, 1870, Dixon was one of the greatest fighters of all time. He held the paperweight, bantamweight and featherweight world titles in a career than stretched 20 years, from 1886 to 1906.
 
Dixon only stood 5 feet 3 1/2 inches, but was a marvelous boxer with outstanding defensive skills, and a hard hitter with an incredibly long reach for his size.  He was the first black world champion in any weight class, while being the first ever Canadian-born boxing champion. He was also the first to win a championship in multiple weight classes and the first to regain a championship after losing it.
 

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WBC Legends of Boxing Museum 2016 Event

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Come join a great boxing event – The WBC Legends of Boxing Museum 2016 Hall of Fame!

This is a premier boxing hall of fame venue that honors boxers and other boxing related personnel for their outstanding accomplishments.

This years’ show will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00pm, at the American Sports University, 399 North “D” Street, San Bernardino, California 92404.  

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Gene Aguilera – Upcoming Book Signing

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

With Christmas less than two months away, a great gift idea for you boxing fans is my friend Gene Aguilera’s book, Mexican American Boxing In Los Angeles. 

This publication is truly a collector’s item for everyone and a must-have for those who grew up around boxing in the Southern California area.

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Johnny Ortiz … My Friend … My Best (Boxing) Friend

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 7, 2014 … In Loving Memory, I am re-posting in honor and respect to my friend Johnny Ortiz.

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On September 3, 2014, we laid to rest my best (boxing) friend – Johnny Ortiz, at All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Long Beach, California.

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Johnny Ortiz R.I.P.

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 10, 2104 … In Loving Memory, I am re-posting in honor and respect to my friend Johnny Ortiz … his funeral article will re-post next week (October 30) for viewing.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Where do I start to talk and grieve about my friend – my good friend – Johnny Ortiz, who passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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I met Johnny back in 1997 upon my arrival into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as a Director of the Board. I knew about Johnny prior to that because I would catch him at times when I was in the Los Angeles area and listened to his boxing radio talk show “Ringside with Johnny Ortiz”.

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*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on February 9, 2014

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There are many boxing websites on the internet out there and I truly appreciate that my website is one of your choices. My involvement in boxing goes back to 1961 and I consider my wealth of knowledge in the sport that I love to be the greatest gift that I can give my fan base.

I would like to introduce you to another boxing website that I fully support and to acknowledge its founder and publisher Edgar Gonzalez, for the outstanding job that he does. That website is myboxingfans.com

I finally connected with Edgar last month in Orange County, where he resides, for dinner and it was such a nice visit comparing notes on both our fine sites. It’s a fact that boxing has brought us together as friends and with mutual respect for each other.

When you are out there scrolling the many boxing sites, I encourage you to visit Edgar’s website and I know between both of us, your appetite for boxing will be served a full plate!