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Wilder Retains WBC Heavyweight Title With 5th Round “KO” Over Washington

By David Martinez /

On Saturday night February 25, 2017 Deontay Wilder (38-0 / 37 by KO), losing on all scorecards and all of the four rounds, came back to stop challenger Gerald Washington (18-1-1 / 12 by KO).

A right hand that followed with a left hook in the fifth round dropped Washington and when he rose, Wilder continued with a array of punches and landed a hard right hand as the bout was stopped at 1:45 of the round.

At the start and through four rounds Washington was focused and kept the pressure on Wilder at his pace. But it was clear that Wilder was not to be denied in the 5th defense of his WBC heavyweight championship belt and at his home, Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The bout was shown on national television on PBC-FOX.

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Broner Wins Split Decision Over Granados … Peterson Wins Title on Showtime

By David Martinez /

Adrien Broner (32-2 / 24 by KO) won a ten round split decision over Adrian Granados (18-5-2 / 11 by KO) in a scheduled super lightweight bout which was fought at welterweight as both fighters came in over the limit.  It took place on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

The fight was action packed with both men landing punches throughout. Granados was busier, with a higher total of 683 punches compared to Broner’s 403. But it was Broner who connected at the higher rate of 41 percent, to just 21 percent for Granados. Broner landed more effective punches which were more accurate and telling in the fight.

The judges scores were 97-93, 96-94 for Broner and 97-93 for Granados … my scorecard was 96-94, six rounds to four, for the winner Broner.

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Eddie Ramirez Stops Ryan Karl in Super Lightweight Battle of Unbeatens

By David Martinez /

On Thursday, February 2, 2017 two up and coming, undefeated, prospects met at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi in a super lightweight slugfest – Eddie Ramirez (16-0 / 11 by KO) won by TKO after Ryan Karl (13-1 / 9 by KO) after Karl didn’t answer the bell for the 10th and final round.

The bout was competitive, but it was Ramirez who had the edge using the jab and landing effective body shots against the aggressor Karl; who appeared over anxious at times and not landing the cleaner punches.

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Dub Harris R.I.P.

 Johnny Ortiz, Dub Harris, David Martinez
( photo taken October 18, 2002 )
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*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing on July 21, 2011 … In Memory of Dub Harris (R.I.P.) I am re-posting in his honor.


By David Martinez /

Last month the boxing world lost a friend, Maurice “Dub” Harris, who passed away peacefully on June 27, 2011 at the age of 94. He was a highly decorated veteran of the United States Army serving in both World War II and the Korean War.

Dub, along with Everett Sanders (original founder), Charlie Casas, and Gordon Del Faro, was one of the charter members of the World Boxing Hall of Fame that started in 1980. Dub served five terms as president (1982), (1985), (1989-1990), (1995-1996), (1997-1998). Dub remained active as Chairman of the Board and President’s Advisor until failing health in 2005 forced him to depart the World Boxing Hall of Fame after twenty five years of dedicated service with the goal to always strive for excellence.

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Showtime and HBO Fight Results

By David Martinez /

It was a huge night of boxing on Saturday, January 28, 2017 with outstanding bouts featured on both Showtime and HBO.

On Showtime – from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas – Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1 / 18 by KO) avenged his only career loss to previously unbeaten Carl Frampton (23-1 / 14 by KO) by a twelve round majority decision to recapture the WBA featherweight championship.

Santa Cruz adjusted very well in the rematch by landing well at a distance with his excellent jab.

It was a great fight as expected with both fighters giving it their all in every round.

The judges had it 115-113, 115-113, and 114-114 with Santa Cruz being the winner … my scorecard was a bit wider 116-112, 8 rounds to 4 for Santa Cruz.

In the semi-main event of the evening, Mickey Garcia (36-0 / 30 by KO) knocked out Dejan Zlaticannin (22-1 / 15 by KO) in round three to win the WBC lightweight championship.

Garcia from the opening bell was the dominant fighter and in charge. A tremendous uppercut followed by a right hand knocked out Zlaticannin cold as referee Tony Weeks waved the end of the bout at 2:21 of the third round.

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Henry Armstrong Foundation Pays Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

By David Martinez /

Please join me in support of the Henry Armstrong Foundation, Inc.

The mission of the foundation is to honor the legacy and spirit of one the greatest boxers of all time, triple champion Henry Armstrong. They strive to maintain improvement in quality of life for those who are less fortunate and to feed the poor in need.

They also provide scholarships to financially needy students and support youth through positive thinking mentoring.

Sponsors, volunteers and any donations are needed. For  information please contact Edward Scott, Jr., President / CEO, at email: or you can view the website at:

At the recent 32nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom Parade in Los Angeles on January 16, 2017, the Henry Armstrong Foundation was on hand with a decorated float and many supporters for the event. The celebration is the largest of its kind in the United States of America honoring Dr. King.

Here are a few photo shots of the parade taken off the TV coverage that was shown live by KABC Channel 7. Please note the larger photo above is courtesy of Tiffany Lam from Montero On Boxing (thank you, Tiffany). It is a great photo of Edward and Kimberly Scott; Edward is the grandson of Henry Armstrong.

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Why Mike Tyson is NOT in My Top Ten

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on September 8, 2008

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

I have rated many fighters in many different divisions, eras, and ethnic groups. One of my first ranking features that I posted on this Web site (see Archives / August 2007 or Rankings on menu to view) was my view of the top ten heavyweights of all time (i.e.) “Rating the Heavies”, in which I have gotten some criticism for not including Mike Tyson in my elite group.

First let me say that it is always a pleasure to write what I have seen in my 48 years of following boxing as a sport I deeply love. I have seen every heavyweight champion fight, either by living during his era, by film or by speaking with individuals who actually saw these champions fight, even at the turn of the 20th century. I respect everyone’s opinions and, of course, have mine to tell after having studied this very subject, giving a great degree of research on my part.

As I get older, the majority of people who have disputed that Tyson could have beaten Ali or Holmes if they fought in their primes are mostly people whom, if I asked, “Who was Cassius Clay?”, would not know the answer any more than they would know that George Reeves was the first Superman. This simply tells me that they never knew the fighter that beat a more feared man than Tyson ever was, that being Sonny Liston, and who also survived the biggest knock down in his career in the 1963 Henry Cooper fight, and all when he was Cassius Clay.

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Henry Armstrong Foundation, Inc.

By David Martinez /

I am in full support of the wonderful Henry Armstrong Foundation, Inc. with their mission of helping many human beings world-wide and, in doing so, keeping the legacy of one boxing’s greatest champions of all time – Henry Armstrong.  In his professional career Henry held the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight titles simultaneously, a feat that no boxer has ever done.

On January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California we are paying tribute to: Dr. Martin Luther King; The Greatest – Muhammad Ali; The former WBC President, Don José Sulaimán Chagnon; and The Great Henry Armstrong. This tribute will be in the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Kingdom Day Parade.  

The Foundation is seeking sponsors who would like to have their logos placed on the Henry Armstrong Foundation 32nd Annual MLK Parade Limited Edition T-shirts. For a sponsorship of $250, their logos can be placed on the back of the T-shirts. For a sponsorship of $500, their logos can be displayed on the Henry Armstrong Foundation float. Each sponsor will receive a tax write-off for their sponsorship.

For information kindly go to website:

Information contact is:

Edward Scott, Jr., President / CEO

To donate go to this website address:

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2016

By David Martinez /

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past year 2016 in the five major categories, and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2016. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Vasyl Lomachenko

Roman Martinez (KO 5)

June 11, 2016 / WBO Super Featherweight Championship

Madison Square Garden, New York

Nicholas Walters (RTD 7)

November 26, 2016 / WBO Super Featherweight Championship

Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada

*** Runner Up: Carl Frampton

Scott Quigg (SD 12)

February 27, 2016 / IBF and WBA Featherweight Championship

Manchester Arena, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Leo Santa Cruz (MD 12)

July 30, 2016 / WBA Featherweight Championship

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

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