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California Boxing Hall of Fame 2015

The upcoming California Boxing Hall of Fame is less than three months away, October 24, 2015, and hopefully boxing fans will come out in support for this great event.

President Don Fraser does a wonderful job hosting the gala event, which honors current and past boxers, and personal for their outstanding accomplishments in boxing.

The event begins at 11am with lunch to be served, to be followed shortly with induction ceremonies. The location is the Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 … phone (818) 755-5000 … tickets are priced at $50.00 (tax, tip included).

For information you may call Don Fraser (818) 761-4887 or contact by email: neicyrox@sbcglobal.net

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Kovalev by “KO” over Mohammedi … Pascal wins “disputed” decision over Gonzalez

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1 / 25 by KO) defended IBF/WBO/WBA his light heavyweight titles with ease over Nadjib Mohammedi (37-4 / 23 by KO) by a third round knockout.

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The bout was never in doubt from the opening bell, as the unbeaten Kovalev dominated every second of every minute of every round.  Kovalev dropped Mohammedi with a series of right hands in round two and finished him with right / left combination in round three.

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Ruslan Chagaev Retains WBA Title by “early” Knockout

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I am pleased to report that Steve Corbo, a guest writer who often contributes to this website, recently returned from Germany, where he was the Ring Announcer for a couple of title fights. The main event, on July 11, 2015,  was the WBA Heavyweight Championship Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1 / 21 KOs) vs. Francesco Pianeta (31-2-1 / 17 KOs) at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. 

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Best Punchers – The Heavyweights

*** FLASHBACK ~ This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com in June 2012

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Here is my list of the 15 best punchers in the heavyweight division from the start of the Marquis of Queensberry era, (i.e.) 1892 to the present.  A formula that I am using to help illustrate this for each boxer is to show their percentage of knockouts which is calculated by the number of wins they had with the number of knockouts in those wins.  This formula isn’t intended to determine the order in which I have placed them; the order also includes my opinion of them as punchers.

I am not concerned about “who beat who”, how many times they were knocked out themselves or the results if they would have fought each other.  Their physical size or if they were a world champion has no bearing – this is strictly based on strength of punching power with the opponents they fought.  Why isn’t Muhammad Ali on this list?  Personally, I would take Ali to beat any of these punchers on my list – but mostly by decision wins and not by knockouts.  When I write rankings of boxers in any capacity I always get disagreements and feedback, so please know that I respect your opinions, and hope you will respect mine.

#1) Joe Louis (66 wins / 52 by KO = 78.7 %) Heavyweight champion 1940-1949. Defended title a record 25 times. He was a smooth, deadly puncher with tremendous power in either hand. His combinations had perfect accuracy with overwhelming power.

#2) George Foreman (76 wins / 69 by KO = 90.7 %) Two time heavyweight champion 1973-1974 and 1994-1997. He is recognized as one of the hardest hitters ever in boxing in any weight division. He is forth on my list in the percentage category of knockouts.

#3) Sonny Liston (50 wins / 39 by KO – 78.0 %) Heavyweight champion 1962-1964. The most intimidating heavyweight ever, his left jab alone was so powerful that it knocked opponents out – the jab – and his left hook was nothing less than devastating.

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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 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) The catch phase “let’s get ready to rumble” that is used by ring announcer Michael Buffer, originated from what fighter?

a) Muhammad Ali  – ANSWER

b) George Foreman

c) Hector Camacho

d) Thomas Hearns

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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As this website enters its 8th year “officially” on July 15, I would like to say thank you to all the fan base that have come into dmboxing.com with their support. Without you the success of this website isn’t complete!

It is a true blessing to have a group of people that help with their best efforts to make this site what it is, and will continue to be. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing); Tom Donelson (Boxing Writers Association of America); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); Harold Lederman (HBO / Hey Harold!); Steve Corbo (Guest Post Writer): Adam Pollock (Book Reviews); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), and in memory of a man that is truly missed resting peacefully in heaven with God, Rusty Rubin. My dear friend Rusty was my first writer at the start of this website in July 2007, volunteering his award winning column, “In Rusty’s Corner.”

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Henry Calles fights to a “sensational” DRAW

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

After two months of serious training and a disappointing postponement of his fight scheduled for Simi Valley two weeks earlier, Henry Calles moved on to a larger venue and tougher opponent on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

The Hangar at The Orange County Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa, California, was the site.  The nine-bout fight card was attended by a standing room only crowd of 1600 plus fans. The card was promoted by Roy Englebrecht / Fight Club OC.

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The opponent for Henry would be local favorite Reece Bennett in a super middleweight bout, scheduled for four rounds.

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As a member of Team Duke’s working Henry’s corner, it was an honor for me to be in such good company for the fight along with trainers Oscar Gracia Sr., Oscar Gracia Jr., and team manager Sarah Cammann.

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RING TRIVIA

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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 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) The catch phase “let’s get ready to rumble” that is used by ring announcer Michael Buffer, originated from what fighter?

a) Muhammad Ali  

b) George Foreman 

c) Hector Camacho

d) Thomas Hearns

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Guerrero gets scare from Martinez … Cotto by “KO” over Geale to retain title

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Robert Guerrero (33-3-1 / 18 by KO) came on strong to win a ten round split decision over Aron Martinez (19-4-1 / 4 by KO) in their welterweight fight at the StubHub Center, Carson, California, in a bout televised nationally on NBC TV on Saturday, June 6.

Guerrero survived a fouth round knockdown right as round was ending. He rallied in the second half of the fight against a game Martinez who came to fight and decisively won the early rounds with harder, more damaging punches. Guerrero adjusted to fight from the outside, using his jab most effetely. Guerrero closed the show by winning the tenth and final round – to win a very close fight.

The judges scores were 97-92, 95-94 for Guerrero and 95-94 for Martinez … my unofficial scorecard was 95-94 for the winner Guerrero.

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

My favorite and the second best middleweight (160 lbs.) champion, next to Carlos Monzon, that I have seen in the past half century (50 years) in boxing is Marvin Hagler (62-3-2 / 52 by KO).

The greatest middleweight and “pound for pound” boxer EVER was Sugar Ray Robinson.

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A southpaw, Hagler threw a lead right hand jab that was absolutely and unbelievably devastating. His round one with Thomas Hearns and round six with John Mugabi were highlight reels for every boxing fan.

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