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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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Andre Ward Wins Light Heavyweight Debut vs. Sullivan Barrera

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

After a 27 month layoff,  in his debut at 175 pounds, former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (29-0 / 15 by KO) dropped and completely dominated previously unbeaten Sullivan Barrera (17-1 / 12 by KO) to win a 12 round unanimous decision in their light heavyweight fight.  The bout was televised on HBO from the Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, on Saturday night.

The official scores were 117-109, 119-109, 117-108.  On my score card, Ward was the clear winner 118-108, ten rounds to one with one round even – a point was taken away from Ward for a low blow in round eight.

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The 25 Greatest Boxers of All Time

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

I have been asked by many who I consider the greatest boxers of all time. I have my top, dynamite-dozen (12), greatest “pound for pound” listed alphabetically in my bio in the menu section of this website since its inception in July 2007, but not in order by ranking.

In this article, I rank these great fighters at the absolute prime/height/peak/pinnacle of their careers. I am not concerned with who-beat-who, and there is no bias shown for favorite fighters.  For example, my two personal favorites are Marvin Hagler and Alexis Arguello; they were great but didn’t make the list.

The fighters that I have listed can be switched around to suit your ranking, but I truly believe that these twenty-five are in that first tier. The second tier of twenty-five includes, just to name a few, Hagler, Arguello, Sugar Ray Leonard, Aaron Pryor, Julio Cesar Chavez, Ruben Olivares, Carlos Zarate, George Dixon, Abe Attell, Jose Napoles, Terry McGovern, Bob Foster, Sandy Saddler, Fighting Harada, Flash Elorde and Tommy Ryan.

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Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries “FIGHT OF THE CENTURY”

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Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Image from original cigar box, circa 1900
(gift to David Martinez from Al Nelson, Boxing Historian, 1972)
 
***** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on July 2, 2010

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

July 4, 2010 will mark the 100th anniversary of Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries, “Fight of the Century”, for the heavyweight championship of the world.

Leading up to this fight, Jeffries won the title in 1899 against Bob Fitzsimmons and after defeating all challengers he retired undefeated in 1905. Johnson won the title in 1908 against Tommy Burns to become the first black fighter to win the coveted crown.

The build up to this fight was nothing less than controversial with a white champion coming out of a five-year retirement to try to win the title back from a black champion.

Scheduled for 45 rounds, the fight took place in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1910, with Tex Rickard as the promoter and referee. Prior to the fight, Rickard had invited United States president William Howard Taft to be the referee, but Taft declined.
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