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Boxing Autographs

I was 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 these classic autographs and their descriptions:

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

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Jake LaMotta – R.I.P.

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On September 20, 2017 Jake La Motta, middleweight champion whose epic fights with Sugar Ray Robinson are legendary, passed away at the age of 95.

LaMotta was known as the Raging Bull and he fought in 106 bouts in a 14 year colorful brawling career. His Fame led to Martin Scorsese’s 1980 movie Raging Bull, that was nominated for eight Academy Awards and in which Robert DeNiro won best actor for his portrayal of LaMotta.

He fought, who I and top boxing historians consider the greatest fighter of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson six times – twice in a three week span in 1943.  LaMotta won only once, in their second fight which was a 10 round decision, giving Robinson his first loss after 40 straight wins.  This would be Robinson’s only loss in his first 132 professional fights. Their final fight was a grueling intriguing slugfest known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, in Chicago on February 14, 1951, in which LaMotta lost his middleweight title. Robinson won when the referee stopped the fight in the 13th round while LaMotta was hanging on the ropes, helpless and beaten. As the bout ended, LaMotta would say to Robinson “You didn’t put me down Ray, you didn’t put me down Ray!”

Although foes in the ring, he and Robinson were friends outside it. Robinson served as his best man in LaMotta’s sixth wedding.

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New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame 2017 Inductions

                           

                                                                                                                              

                                                               FOUNDED NOVEMBER 8, 1968                                                                                                                                President, Henry Hascup                                                                                                       59 Kipp Ave., Lodi, New Jersey 07644                                                                                                    hhascup@yahoo.com  –  www.njboxinghof.org                                                                                          Tel – 973-471-2458  –  Fax – 973-470-8301                                           

The 48th Annual Induction & Award Ceremonies for the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame will take place on Thursday, November 9th at the Venetian in Garfield, N.J. – Tickets @ $85                                                                                                                                              

                                                                               HONOREES      

         Sal Alessi                 Kenny Bogner          Clarence Coleman            Greg Everett                                         Anthony Hamm                Joey (Eye) Intrieri                   Johnny Molnar                                Bob Rooney Sr.            Marlon Starling                Adrian Stone               Paul Vegliante                                                                   

                                                                         POSTHUMOUSLY                                                                                                    Jimmy Cerello                     Oscar Goode                 Mike Mastandrea

Also, the NEW JERSEY BOXING HALL OF FAME will be honoring our Senior Amateur (Aadam Ali), Junior Olympic Amateur (Emmanuel Chance) & Pro Boxer of the Year (Derrick Webster) as well as the Amateur Official (Andrew Mustacchio) & Coach of the Year (Mike Rizzo), Plus our “2017 Man of the Year” (Chuck Wepner).

RING TRIVIA – Answers

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 —– CORRECT ANSWER

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 —– CORRECT ANSWER

d – 20 days

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George “KO” Chaney

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

The memory of a fighter that has disappeared in the boxing minds of today is that of George Chaney.

A fine record of eighty-six knockouts in a sixteen year career was an outstanding feat in itself, giving him the nickname “KO”.

Chaney was born in 1893, in Baltimore, Maryland of Irish decent. In his career he weighted 118 to 135 pounds and fought in the bantamweight, featherweight, and lightweight divisions. He stood 5 feet, one-and-half    inches, his professional career started in 1910 and ended 1925.

His southpaw style was as good as any boxer, which included hard hitting from either hand.

He fought the best that were around in his day which included Charley Goldman, Billy Herman, Al Delmont, Phil McGovern, Kid Williams, Young Britt, Johnny Dundee, John Kilbane, Rocky Kansas, Abe Attell, Lew Tendler, Philadelphia Pal Moore, Willie Ritchie, Danny Kramer just to name a few.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Fall 2017 Edition)

As we now enter the new Fall season, let me say once again how truly delighted I am to bring you the best in boxing with my website.

I thank you all that have written with comments and opinions. Your input fuels me to do my very best.

The key people that help make dmboxing.com a success are John Boitnott (WebMaster), Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Lead Assistant), Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association of America), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Steve Corbo (Guest Posts and Proof Reader), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Harold Lederman (HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!), and in his memory, Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) who was the first to contribute to this website upon its founding in July 2007; may your soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord.

Because many people have asked, for the record, my scorecard on the Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez middleweight title fight was 116-112, 8 rounds to 4 for GGG. I respect others opinions as well and I hope they will honor mine. I personally feel that judge Adalaide Byrd should be barred from judging any major fights of importance (period).

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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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