*** FLASHBACK ~ this article and video originally appeared for viewing on dmboxing.com in July 2012 … added are a few (8) still photos
Roy Englebrecht Promotions / Fight Club OC is staging another outstanding line-up of boxing on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at The Hangar, Orange County Fair Grounds, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 … for tickets, which are only $55.00, go online to: www.fightcluboc.com.
Here’s the funeral arrangements for my best friend George Garcia who passed away last Thursday, August 13, 2015
*** Location: Forest Lawn Covina Hills, 21300 Via Verde Drive, Covina, CA 91724
*** Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
*** Viewing: 2pm
*** Service: 2:30pm
*** Burial: 3:30pm
*** Gathering of Family and Friends (5pm): Geezers Restaurant, 12120 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Any additional information, I can help you – email is: email@example.com
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
My dear best of friends George Garcia, age 60, passed away peacefully at his home in Montebello, California on August 13, 2015 after his battle with cancer. George was a special friend because he was giving and the kindest of people that I have ever known.
We met about twenty years ago through the boxing circles. He attended many World Boxing Hall of Fame banquets during my ten year (1997-2007) tenure on the Board of Directors.
***** FLASHBACK ~ This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com in November 2012
Let me bring you a feature story that you will probably not read any where regarding, all together, the five best black heavyweights at the turn of the 20th century.
I got the idea when I over heard some mutual friends talking about the best black baseball players that never got the chance to play in the major leagues, and had to settle playing against each other in the old negro league.
I have rated many boxers in many categories throughout my over 50 years of boxing … on this website alone you will find that I have rated the best heavyweights, the best lightweights, the best Mexicans fighters, and now I will personally rate the best black heavyweights in a time period that but only one of them, Jack Johnson, had the opportunity to fight for the heavyweight championship.
Last month, at age 38, four-time super middleweight champion Carl Froch, from Nottingham, England, UK, has officially announced his retirement.
The British fighter enjoyed a successful career for fourteen years. His professional ring record stands at 33 wins and 2 losses, with 24 by knockout.
His only losses were to Mikkel Kessler in 2010, which he avenged three years later, and to Andre Ward in 2011 in the final of the Super Middleweight Six World Boxing Classic Tournament. The judges’ scores in the Ward fight were 115-113, 115-113, 118-110 … my unofficial scorecard was 117-111 for the winner Ward.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Recap from dmboxing.com
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.
*** FLASHBACK ~ This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com in June 2012
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.