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Abel Fernandez – R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On May 3, 2016 a friend to many, former actor, and professional boxer, Abel Fernandez, passed away at the age of 85.

Abel played Native American Federal Agent William Youngfellow on the hit TV series, “The Untouchables” (1959-1963). The show’s star was Robert Stack, who played Eliot Ness.

Abel was born in East Los Angeles on July 14, 1930, and attended Belmont High School. At the young age of 16 he enlisted in the United States Army, where he became a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. While serving in the military, he won the Asiatic Forces middleweight championship.

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After his discharge in 1950, Abel won the Los Angeles Times Golden Gloves Tournament and was runner-up at the National Golden Gloves in Chicago. He later boxed professionally in the light heavyweight division from April 1950 to March 1953.

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Rocky Marciano

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I have had many ask me where I rate Rocky Marciano as a heavyweight champion. Could he have beaten Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, and Mike Tyson?

The answer is no to Johnson, Dempsey, and Ali; they would have beaten him.  And the answer is yes to Frazier, Holmes, and Tyson; he would have beaten them.  Also, had he met Joe Louis in his prime, I pick Louis to win.

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Henry Calles – Ending a Professional Career

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My friend, Henry Calles, officially ended his professional boxing career by announcing in March 2016 his retirement from the ring after a four bout and three year tenure.

Henry, a successful amateur boxer in his younger days, and owner of Duke’s Boxing & Fitness Gym in Isla Vista, California turned to his lifetime dream of becoming a professional boxer in the summer of 2013. At the age of 36, many including myself, knew it would be against the odds starting at such a late age. Most boxers at this age are considering retirement or have completed their careers. The key element in Henry’s favor was that he was a youthful, well preserved boxer at a late age.

Boxing is like no other sport, as your diet, lifestyle, and superior conditioning are most essential in your everyday life, with training usually six days a week. Trips to Ventura, Oxnard and Los Angeles for sparing sessions to achieve top quality is a must and a huge part of training.

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Here’s your complete dmboxing.com menu of products available for purchase. As a Spring 2016 special, I am offering a whopping 20 percent discount off the regular price of all products and this includes FREE shipping with your order to any location within the continental United States of America. This special discount is effective now and through the entire month of May 2016. I know you have many choices in boxing and I sincerely thank you for making this website one of them.

My friends that are kindly posing with these products are: Ronnie Essett (former outstanding amateur and professional boxer; North American Middleweight Champion; 2 Time National Amateur Champion; 3 Times World Challenger; Member 1984 USA Olympic Team; current Trainer at The Boxing District Gym, Los Angeles, CA 90019) … Samantha, Christine, Chenee, Cherish, Jenn, Holly, and Lauren.

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Official Website  White T-Shirt  / Short Sleeve — sizes are: small, (S), medium (M), large (L), extra large (XL), double extra large (2XL) – price $12.50 … discount price is $10.00

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on May 7, 2014

I remember watching the “Friday Night Fights” on TV with my father and friends back in the early sixties, seeing Rubin “Hurricane” Carter as a top middleweight contender.

On April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday, Rubin passed away at the age of 76 after suffering from prostate cancer.

Rubin was nicknamed “Hurricane” because of his ferocity and punching power. He never achieved the title of world champion, but is always remembered for stopping two-division champion Emile Griffith in the first round in 1963. He fought for the middleweight title in 1964, losing a unanimous 15 round decision to Joey Giardello. Rubin had a professional ring record of 27 wins, 12 losses, and 1 draw with 19 knockouts.

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Golovkin by Knockout … Gonzalez Goes the Distance … and Donaire Wins in the Philippines

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Gennady Golovkin (35-0 / 32 by KO) successfully defended his IBF/WBA, interim WBC middleweight championship belts  over Dominic Wade (18-1 / 12 by KO) on Saturday night in a televised HBO bout at the Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, California.

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Golovkin ended the fight with a knockout in the second round after sending Wade to the canvas for a third time in the fight with a vicious right hand. The knockout was his 22nd straight, dating back to 2008.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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(Spring 2016 Edition)

Once again I would like to express a big thank you to everyone out there who supports and has made this website the success that it is.

A small team of wonderful people contribute to this website, whom I would like to acknowledge. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Photo Editing and Proof Reader), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers of America), Harold Lederman (Hey Harold!), Steve Corbo (Guest Post Writer), Adam Pollock (Book Reviews), and in memory of a man I truly miss and respect, Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner) R.I.P.

The fan mail I get is great and I thank those who have written their opinions and given their input – which I honor and respect.

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RING TRIVIA – answers

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I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This started as a young boy in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask questions about their era to expand my knowledge. I am delighted to bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis. Five multiple choice questions are posted in March, June, September and December — with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month.

1)   How many times did Gene Tunney and Harry Greb fight?

a) 3

b) 4

c) 5 — is CORRECT answer

d) 6

2)  Who did Jake LaMotta defeat to win the middleweight championship?

a) Tony Zale

b) Rocky Graziano

c) Randy Turpin

d) Marcel Cerdan — is CORRECT answer

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