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RING TRIVIA – Answers

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This started back to when I was a kid in 1961. I would pick the minds of my older generation friends and ask them questions about their era to learn and educate myself. It’s now a delight to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone. On a quarterly basis I post five (5) multiple choice questions – in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month.
 
1 — On March 1, 1949 when Joe Louis announced his retirement, who won the vacated heavyweight title?
a) Ezzard Charles
b)Jersey Joe Walcott
c) Billy Conn
d) Rocky Marciano
CORRECT ANSWER — Ezzard Charles
 
2 — George Foreman won the Gold Medal in the heavyweight class at the Mexico City Olympic games – in what year?
a) 1964
b) 1966)
c) 1968)
d) 1970
*** CORRECT ANSWER — 1968

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Battling Siki

 
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
 
Battling Siki (1887-1925) was one of the most recognizable black boxers in the early twentieth century. He was the first African to win a world championship.
 
Born Amadou M’Barick Fall on September 16, 1897, Siki was taken from St. Louis, Senegal, French West Africa to live in Paris, France by an actress. He also carried the name Baye Phal, which is a Senegalese name corresponding to Louis.   
 
To begin his boxing career in 1912, he chose the fight name of Battling Siki as it is a Senegalese word which parents apply to their children such as “darling” in English or “cherie” in French. He stated “white men could easily remember such a name.”
 
Today, one can find his legacy in the name of popular rock group, a character in Xena – Warrior Princess, a hotel in his homeland of Senegal, and various professional wrestlers who have used Battling Siki as their stage name. He fought until 1914, then would serve in the French colonial forces under the name of Louis Phal or Bayne Phal. Bayne is a Senegalese name corresponding to Louis.
 
 

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Ward vs. Kovalev – RECAP

 
By Tom Donelson 
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Andre Ward faced Sergey Kovalev and like the first bout, this too ended in controversy.  Going into the eighth and decisive round, this was a tight fight according to many ringside observer.  (I had Kovalev up by one point but this was one of those fights with many close rounds which explains why Harold Lederman had Kovalev up by three points at the half way mark of the fight and others had it closer with Paul Malignaggi having it even.)
 
Kovalev took to the center of the ring in the opening rounds and used his jab to set distance and allow him to use his power shots. Both men didn’t land many punches and this was a tough one to score.
 
In the second round, Kovalev lands a nice right hand and his jab forced Ward off guard and kept Ward from effectively countering.  Just as in the first fight, Kovalev landed the heavy punches in the early rounds and Ward moved inside to land body shots and landed one low blow that garnered a warning.

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Henry Armstrong

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

One of my favorite boxers of all time is Henry Armstrong. He was born Henry Jackson on December 12, 1912, in Columbus, Mississippi.

Armstrong engaged in 62 amateur bouts, 58 of which he won before turning professional in 1931. He was knocked out in three rounds in his first pro fight, compiling a 1-3 record in his first four professional bouts. But all of that would change. He would go on to be the only boxer to hold three world championships simultaneously.

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Gene Aguilera

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On December 3, 2016 my friend Gene Aguilera was inducted into the WBC World Boxing Council Legends Hall of Fame. It was an extreme honor for me to be his presenter, and it was such a deserving honor for Gene. In prior years, with the World Boxing Hall of Fame and California Boxing Hall of Fame, I have been a presenter for Rodolfo Gonzalez (WBC lightweight champion); Ernie Terrell (WBA heavyweight champion); Eddie Perkins (WBA junior welterweight champion); Eddie Futch (arguably the greatest trainer of the 20th century); and Harold Lederman (HBO World Championship Boxing). But, it is Gene that is so very special in my heart because our roles were reversed – he was my presenter upon my induction on May 17, 2015.

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RING TRIVIA

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This goes back to 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 learn and educate myself. It’s now my pleasure to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone. On a quarterly basis I post five multiple choice questions – in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month.

 

 

1 – On March 1, 1949 when Joe Louis announced his retirement, who won  the vacated heavyweight title?

a) Ezzard Charles

b) Jersey Joe Walcott

c) Billy Conn

d) Rocky Marciano

  

2 – George Foreman won the Gold Medal in the heavyweight class at the Mexico City Olympic games – in what year?

a) 1964

b) 1966

c) 1968

d) 1970

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Spence Jr. Wins Welterweight Title Belt By Knockout Over Brook


 

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Errol Spence Jr. (22-0 / 19 by KO) traveled to Sheffield, England on Saturday night and dethroned champion Kell Brook (36-2 / 25 by KO) to win the IBF welterweight title.

It was a action packed fight, with both fighters giving it their best.

My scorecard had Brook winning four of the first six rounds, before Spence gained momentum.

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Crawford Dominates Diaz … Inoue Wins in Japan

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Terence Crawford (31-0 / 22 by KO) was nothing less than brilliant in his WBC/WBO super lightweight title defense over Felix Diaz (19-2 / 9 by KO) Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, the bout shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing.

Crawford was in complete control from the start before Diaz’ corner ended the one-sided bout at the end of round ten.

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Terry McGovern – Terrible Terry

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

At the turn of the 20th century, Brooklyn was becoming a thriving suburb of its own in the New York Metropolitan area.

It was the home of the Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island, the Trolley Dodgers National League baseball team, and was also the home of “Terrible” Terry McGovern who had migrated there from Johnstown, Pennsylvania at the age of six.

The first fight for the Irish-American kid was at Brooklyn’s Jackson Club in early 1897, an amateur bout that ended in a first round victory over Jack Shea. That event would officially launch a stellar career in boxing for the young McGovern who turned pro that same year.

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