I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This started when I was a young boy in 1961. I would pick the older generation and ask them questions about their era to expand my knowledge. I am delighted now to bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis . Five (5) questions appear in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month.
1 – In what championship fight did Sugar Ray Robinson donate all of his purse, except for one dollar, to the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund?
As summer is now here, it is also a special time in my life because another “Happy Birthday” is here for me on June 25th.
My deep interest in boxing began back in 1961 and has been an integral part of my life since then. And the best thing about it is that I have met so many wonderful people.
I am truly delighted to bring my website to you with many categories for your viewing pleasure. And there are some people who kindly contribute to the success of this website, and to whom I would like to say thank you with the highest respect, as I treasure their involvement.
They are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Photo Editing and Proof Reader), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers Association), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Harold Lederman (HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!), Steve Corbo (Advisor and Guest Post), Adam Pollock (Book Reviews), and in memory of a man and a friend that we all miss, the former editor of Ring Sports Magazine – and in 2007, my first contributor to this website – Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner) R.I.P.
Lightly regarded light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. (22-1 / 18 by KO) entered the ring last Saturday night on June 18, 2016 as huge underdog against top rated contender Andrzej Fonfara (28-4 / 16 by KO) .
The result was a first round knockout win for Smith in the main event attraction of the Premier Boxing Champions televised on NBC-TV card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
Fonfara came into the fight winning three bouts (Doudou Ngumbu, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Nathan Cleverly) in a row and was in line for a rematch against WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, which he lost by unanimous 12 round decision in May 2014.
*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 5, 2010
This is the first of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I will display these six articles and will also include photos of my collectibles now through the month of July for viewing.
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com
I will start this part #1, by saying that the best closed circuit fight that I ever attended was with my late father, Daniel J. Martinez and two of my best friends, Al Garcia and Hector Ybarra, at the Santa Barbara, California “historic” Granada Theater. On March 8, 1971, we saw the most eagerly anticipated fight that I have ever been involved with in my 48 years in boxing … Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali.
I was so excited come fight time that I left my work early on that Monday afternoon just to be sure I was the first one in line to get tickets and the best seats: front row center balcony. I got both to view the fight.
On June 4, 2016 boxing fans live at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and those watching on HBO witnessed a strong candidate for “Fight of the Year”. Francisco Vargas (23-0-2 / 17 by KO) vs. Orlando Salido (43-13-4 / 30 by KO) for the WBC super featherweight championship.
The fight was twelve rounds of toe-toe, non-stop action, with each fighter giving it their absolute best.
I had Vargas winning the early rounds, but midway in the fight you could just see Salido coming on and finishing the stronger of the two.
The fight was so close that the official decision was declared a draw . The scores were 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 for Vargas. My scorecard was Vargas 115-113, but a draw was justified for these two ring warriors.
I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This started when I was a young boy in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to expand my knowledge. I am delighted now to bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis. Five questions appear in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month.
1) In what championship fight did Sugar Ray Robinson donate all of his purse, except for one dollar, to the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund?
a) Gene Fulmer
b) Charley Fusari
c) Carl Olson
d) Paul Pender
2) Joe Frazier defended his heavyweight title against this opponent who required 32 stitches to his face after the bout?
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.
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.
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.