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At the Movies

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on May 26, 2012


By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

I am often asked about boxing movies, and which one is the best. My personal best is Raging Bull, but a close second is one that nobody talks about except me and that movie is “The Set-Up” (1949) starring Robert Ryan.

The list of boxing movie’s is endless Raging Bull (1980), Rocky (1976), Gentleman Jim (1942), The Great White Hope (1970), Fat City (1972), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), The Harder They Fall (1956), Ali (2001), Cinderella Man (2005), Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962) are the ten at the top of most movie critic lists.

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Kovalev dominates Pascal over seven rounds


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In a one-sided fight, WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1 / 26 by KO) completely walked through top contender and former champion Jean Pascal (30-4-1 / 17 by KO) over seven rounds to retain his title belts. The bout was televised on HBO from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Kovalev clearly dropped Pascal with a hard jab in round one, but it was ruled a slip by referee Michael Griffin. He battered Pascal in every round, before trainer Freddie Roach finally called it off, keeping Pascal from further punishment.

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Muhammad Ali – Happy Birthday!


*** FLASHBACK – This article originally appeared on on January 16, 2012 … Muhammad Ali’s birthday, his 74th was this past Sunday, January 17, 2016 … Here’s the article and some photos of a few items from my Ali collection.

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

This is the last of a six part series on Muhammad Ali. It has truly been my pleasure to share with you my personal accounts of THE GREATEST heavyweight champion in my era of boxing.

For those of you who have missed any of this special series, you can simply go to the menu on this website and click on the category, “Ali”, to view each part.

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So, in my final, part six, I will take you back to Saturday afternoon, March 5, 2005. The location was the Stevens Steak House, Commerce, California. The event was the annual California Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee ceremonies.

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Wilder by “KO” over Szpilka and Martin wins IBF Heavyweight Title

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Undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0 / 35 by KO) scored a devastating knockout in round nine over Artur Szpilka (20-1 / 15 by KO) on Saturday at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, televised on Showtime.

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Wilder delivered a right hand that sent the game challenger Szpilka down and out cold at 2 minutes, 24 seconds of the ninth round.  All three judges had Wilder ahead entering the round. Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 77-75 … my scorecard was a bit wider 79-73.

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The Greatest Lightweight

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on September 30, 2007

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

Who was the greatest lightweight ever? To answer that question, and I have been asked this many times the same, my answer remains the same – there were actually two of them and in my life time I had the pleasure of able to see one of them – Roberto Duran.

The other was way before my time and he was Benny Leonard who fought from 1911 to 1932, a superb boxer puncher who dominated the lightweight division in his era.

Roberto Duran (nickname Manos de Piedra – Hands of Stone) is undoubtedly the greatest lightweight (135 lb) champion of our time and, at the peak of his career, definitely ranks in the top 10 best pound-for-pound boxers ever.

He fought the best fighters such as Hiroshi Kobayashi, Ken Buchanan, Esteban DeJesus, Ishimatsu Suzuki, Ray Lampkin, Carlos Palomino, Sugar Ray Leonard, Wilfred Benitez, Pipino Cuevas, Davey Moore, Marvin Hagler,Thomas Hearns, Iran Barkley, Vinny Pazienza, Hector Camacho, and William Joppy – just to name a few.

In February 1968 Roberto Duran has his first professional fight and won thirty in a row leading up to his first title bout in June 1972, where he defeated Ken Buchanan for the WBA Lightweight championship. Duran made twelve successful title defenses before giving up his champion’s belt in February 1979 when he moved up in weight to the 147 pound welterweight class.
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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez


(Winter 2016 Edition)

Happy New Year 2016 to everyone!

It is always my honor to say thank you to the small group of people that make this website the success that it is. They are John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing); Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); Harold Lederman (Hey Harold!); Steve Corbo (Guest Posts); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader); and always “IN MEMORY OF” to Rusty Rubin, my first writer on this website in July 2007 (In Rusty’s Corner / Glove2Glove).

The top fights that I “personally” would like to see and that would be the best for boxing in 2016 (in order) are: Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez (middleweights), Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury (heavyweights), Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward (light heavyweights), Leo Santa Cruz vs. Vasyl Lomachenko (featherweights), Guillermo Rigondeaux, vs. Scott Quigg (super bantamweights), Roman Gonzalez vs. Carlos Cuadras (super flyweights), Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol (super lightweights), Naoya Inque vs. Kazuto Ioka (super flyweights), and Luis Ortiz vs. Alexander Povetkin (heavyweights).

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2015

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past year 2015 in the five major categories and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2015. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!



FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:  Gennady Golovkin

WBA Super World  / WBC interim / IBF middleweight champion (34-0 / 31 by KO)

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Three successful title defenses and unification win: Martin Murray (KO 11) February 21, Willie Monroe (KO 6) May 16, David Lemieux (KO 8) October 17

*** Runner Up – Canelo Alvarez

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RING TRIVIA ~ answers


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 October 1967 there was a proposed match, Muhammad Ali vs. Wilt Chamberlain. Had it taken place, who would have been Wilt’s trainer?

a)  Ray Arcel

b)  George Benton

c)  Cus D’Amato —– CORRECT ANSWER

d)  Eddie Futch

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International Boxing Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees

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I would like to personally congratulate my friend Harold Lederman on the recent announcement of his upcoming induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.


He is most deserving and in a comment upon receiving his induction news he stated:  “I’m so excited. It’s one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me. I’m so proud. It’s mind boggling. It’s so important to be elected into the Hall of Fame. I think this is wonderful. I’m so happy. It’s amazing.”

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Luis Ortiz stops Bryant Jennings and Walters vs. Sosa Result is a “Controversial” Draw

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WBA interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz (24-0 / 21 by KO) was impressive scoring a seventh round stoppage over Bryant Jennings (19-2 / 10 by KO) in their bout televised by HBO from the Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York.

Ortiz came out in the first round blazing with hard punches, battering Jennings at will.  Round two was Jennings best round of the fight as he was able to calculate his punches and keep Ortiz in close to avoid the hard hitting puncher. But after round two, it was all Ortiz who was most effective with his power punches and right jab in a southpaw stance.

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The end of the fight came in the seventh round when Ortiz caught Jennings with a uppercut that dropped him and he seemed out, but was up to beat the count.

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