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Klitschko over Jennings – retains title belts … Ali over Santana

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Wladimir Klitschko (64-3 / 54 by KO) successfully defended his IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight title belts for the 18th time in a row with a unanimous decision over Bryant Jennings (19-1 / 10 by KO) in a fight that was held in a sold out Madison Square Garden, New York and airing on HBO.

Klitschko used his lethal  jab to pile up points, as Jennings made it interesting in just lasting 12 rounds with the champion.  Jennings fought defensively for most of the fight with hands up high, but did have his moments by opening up and being first with his punches and becoming the aggressor.

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But at the end, Klitschko threw more and his jab was just right on target throughout the bout and there was never any doubt in what the out come was to be.

The judges scores were 116-111, 116-111, 118-109 for Klitschko, who had a point deducted in round 10 for excessive holding. … my unofficial scorecard was 117-110.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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(Spring 2015 Edition)

With The Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao mega fight here on the horizon, May 2nd, the boxing world is finally getting what they ordered – “pound for pound” the two best boxers in the world.

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As I look at mega fights of the past, the decade of the eighties was surely one of the greatest of my involvement in boxing this past half century.

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WBC Legends of Boxing Museum 2015 Event

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I was recently notified by the WBC (World Boxing Council) Legends of Boxing Museum that I have been selected to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.

WBC RatingsIn their letter they expressed, “That due to my enormous and phenomenal achievements in boxing, I have been selected to forever be enshrined.”   I am honored and it is always special when you are recognized by your peers in the sport you love dearly.

I have been involved in boxing since 1961, a kid that was drawn to boxing like a duck to water.  Boxing has been imbedded into my life for over a half a century and I have been blessed to have met so many wonderful people and to have witnessed so many great fights.  My website www.dmboxing.com is my pleasure to provide my wealth of knowledge in boxing to everyone interested.

The event will take place on Sunday, May 17, 2015, 11:00am, at the American Sports University located at 399 N. “D” Street, San Bernardino, CA 92404. For further information, please contact Jaime Ochoa (951) 378-9634 Jaime.ringleader@gmail.com or Angel Ochoa (951) 333-5739 Angel.ringleader@gmail.com

Garcia wins close decision over Peterson … Quillin vs. Lee declared a DRAW

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBA/WBC champion Danny Garcia (30-0 / 17 by KO) opened up an early lead against IBF champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1 / 17 by KO) and hung on dearly to win a majority 12 round decision in their super lightweight non-title bout at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York and aired on NBC-TV.

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Fighting at a catch weight of 143 pounds, Garcia won the early rounds, with Peterson early content staying on his toes and keeping his distance. In the later rounds Peterson turned things around and was the better puncher as Garcia tired.

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Hagler vs. Hearns – REVISITED

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

April 15th is approaching this coming week and most think of it as ‘Tax Day’, which is rightfully so. But, I think otherwise to April 15, 1985 – The Fight of the Year, The Round of the Year (round one), and The Fight of the Decade (eighties) – Marvin Hagler (60-2-2 / 50 by KO) vs. Thomas Hearns (40-1 / 34 by KO) for the ‘undisputed’ middleweight championship of the world at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

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Hagler, normally a slow starter, came out at the opening bell pinning Hearns to the ropes. Hearns threw a devastating right that stunned Hagler for a moment, as both began to trade power punches with knockout intentions. Hagler stunned Hearns with a hard left hand, becoming the aggressor, as the two continued to trade power punches. This vicious action continued, and suddenly Hagler developed a cut on his forehead, but that didn’t stop him as he pinned Hearns to the ropes and continued his assault, hurting Hearns as that blistering round ended.

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My friend, my best friend, Frankie Rivas ~ R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

It’s been six years since my friend, my best friend, Frankie Rivas, passed away.  The date of his passing was April 7, 2009.  I tearfully, but honorably, delivered the eulogy at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Santa Barbara, California, for his funeral service.  Frankie was involved in boxing as an amateur boxer, referee at many local boxing shows, and gave his support to the kids in boxing gyms in our community.  I have known Frankie since my childhood days and he  was the truest boxing fan I have ever known.  May his soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord … my friend, my best friend, Frankie Rivas.

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Stevenson dominates Bika to retain WBC light heavyweight title … Donaire by “KO” in the Philippines

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (26-1 / 21 by KO) scored a “lopsided” unanimous decision over Sakio Bika (32-7-3 / 21 by KO) in a bout shown nationally on CBS, from Quebec City, Canada.

Bika gave the champion some problems early, but Stevenson came on and dropped the challenger in round six, after a strong round prior. Then Stevenson scored another knock down in round nine. He suffered a bad cut over his right eye from a head butt in the final round, but it was never in doubt who the winner was to be when the fight ended after twelve championship rounds.

The judges scores were 115-111, 116, 110, 115, 110 … my unofficial score was 116-110, eight rounds to four for the winner Stevenson.

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RING TRIVIA ~ answers

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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 to bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis. Five questions will appear in March, June, September, and December – with the answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month. Continue reading

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Spring is in the air and has arrived … here’s your complete menu for all dmboxing products available for the season … I know you have many choices on the internet for boxing … as my way to thank you kindly for making this website one of  those choices … I am including FREE shipping on your purchase order to any location within the continental United States of America

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao … “My early prediction”

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Last month on February 20, 2015 it was made official that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (WBA/WBC welterweight champion) and Manny Pacquiao (WBO welterweight champion) would “finally” meet in a boxing ring after years of talk and speculation.

I have always contended that this bout would happen because of the large amount of money it will generate for all. So now this huge match is set for May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, on HBO and Showtime pay-per-view.

This fight is the most anticipated in boxing since Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali, March 8, 1971. That fight was billed as the “Fight of the Century” and it certainly was when two undefeated champions met in their primes for the “undisputed” heavyweight championship.

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