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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Summer 2018 Edition)

It’s Summer time folks and I thank you for making my website one of your choices in boxing.  It is my absolute pleasure to provide the best of David Martinez Boxing that I can offer.

This month is my 11th anniversary; it was on July 15, 2007 that I first brought dmboxing.com full circle for all boxing fans world-wide.  In the eleven years, I have made an amazing 1,492 publications on this site, an average of 11 postings per month.  

To celebrate 11 years, I am offering my official website hat at $18.00.  The hat is an attractive blue in color, embroidered with website logo on front and website address on back side.  It has an adjustable Velcro strap, so one size fits all.

To order, send check (NO cash please) to: David Martinez Boxing, 810 Coronel Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 … as my anniversary offer, I am including FREE shipping to anywhere in the USA.

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Pages From The Scrapbook

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

This edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” features my pre-fight article piece on the Muhammad Ali vs. Trevor Berbick heavyweight bout – dated December 10, 1981.

Many of my current fan base don’t know that back in the seventies, eighties, and nineties, I was a boxing beat writer for my local newspaper, the Santa Barbara News Press, doing fight predictions.  I also appeared as a guest reporter on local radio for all major fights.

I learned quite a bit about the journalism field in my younger years that has helped me to be the best I can today in producing dmboxing.com for all.  I am delighted to bring back some of these old article features. 

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Saucedo Stops Zappavigna in Potential Fight and Round of the Year

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Alex Saucedo (28-0 / 18 by KO) stopped Lenny Zappavigna (37-4 / 27 by KO) in a sensational super lightweight fight.

Both boxers were cut in the bout and covered with blood like an old time Rocky movie.

Saucedo dropped Zappavigna in the third round, but Lenny amazingly fought back with a tremendous will to win.

In round four Zappavigna battled back fiercely non stop, with the round certainly a contender for Round of the Year.

Saucedo regained his composure and used his jab effectively to win round five.

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RING TRIVIA for June 2018 – Answers

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia.  This began back when I was a kid in 1961.  I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to educate myself.  It’s now my pleasure to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone.  On a quarterly basis I post five (5) multiple choice questions – March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.

1)  On December 14, 1978 Randy Shields fought David Madrid and won their welterweight bout TKO stoppage in round four, was because Madrid suffered a broken?

a) ankle — CORRECT ANSWER ***

b) wrist

c) nose

d) shoulder

 

2)  The referee for the first round knockout Mike Tyson win over Michael Spinks was?

a) Mills Lane

b) Larry Hazzard

c) Richard Steele

d) Frank Cappuccino — CORRECT ANSWER ***

 

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Jack Johnson Receives a Full Pardon from President Trump

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

On May 24, 2018, in the office of President Donald J. Trump, the late heavyweight champion Jack Johnson received a full posthumous pardon. 

Attending the signing were World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, former WBC/IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and actor Sylvester Stallone, who was very instrumental in the entire process of the pardon.

Trump’s action forgives Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, who was charged and convicted in 1913 by an all white jury for violating the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral purposes.”

Trump stated that Johnson’s imprisonment for traveling to another state with a white women “was a racially motivated injustice” and that Johnson’s prosecution and punishment came during a “period of tremendous racial tension in the United States.”

Johnson’s great-great niece, who attended the signing, had pressed for this pardon for many years, along with the support of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reed of Nevada, and former WBA/WBC/IBF heavyweight champion George Foreman.

Four months ago, I wrote an article piece regarding this very subject which was posted on dmboxing.com on February 22, 2018.  I am re-posting it now for viewing:

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Santa Cruz and Charlo win on Showtime … Crawford wins WBO Welterweight Title on ESPN+

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, before a capacity crowd of 12,505 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1 / 19 by KO) retained his WBA featherweight title with a unanimous twelve round decision over Abner Mares (31-3-1 / 15 by KO).

After winning the first two rounds, Mares would give it his best effort but Santa Cruz clearly won nine of the next ten rounds on my scorecard in an action packed bout.  The official judges scoring was: 117-111, 115-113, and 116-112.  My score card was 117-111 for the winner, Santa Cruz.

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Gene Aguilera – BOOK REVIEW

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

His first book was – OUTSTANDING. Now, his second book leaves me breathless, and I will say that it is also – OUTSTANDING!

Gene Aguilera’s publication of his newest book “LATINO BOXING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA” is now official, and it has been released to the general public.  This book is a must for all boxing fans and is a great read for all that have grown up in the Southern California area and have visited such legendary boxing venues as the Olympic Auditorium, Hollywood Legion Stadium, the Los Angeles Sports Arena, and the Forum.

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RING TRIVIA for June 2018

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia.  This began back when I was a kid in 1961.  I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to educate myself.  It’s now my pleasure to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone.  On a quarterly basis I post five (5) multiple choice questions – March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.

 

1)  On December 14, 1978 Randy Shields fought David Madrid and won their welterweight bout TKO stoppage in round four, was because Madrid suffered a broken?

a) ankle

b) wrist

c) nose

d) shoulder

 

2)  The referee for the first round knockout Mike Tyson win over Michael Spinks was?

a) Mills Lane

b) Larry Hazzard

c) Richard Steele

d) Frank Cappuccino

 

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Great Boxers Who Never Won a World Title

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

There are many boxers in all eras that never became world champions, and that were most deserving of a title.

Here is my personal list (in order) of the top thirty:

1)  Sam Langford / Heavyweight / 1902 -1926

2)  Charley Burley / Welterweight / 1936 – 1950

3)  Peter Jackson / Heavyweight / 1882 – 1899

4)  Harry Wills / Heavyweight / 1907-1932

5)  Jim Driscoll / Featherweight / 1901 – 1919

6)  Jerry Quarry / Heavyweight / 1965 – 1992

7)  Bennie Briscoe / Middleweight / 1962 – 1982

8)  Les Darcy / Middleweight / 1910 – 1916

9)  Herol Graham / Middleweight / 1978 – 1998

10)  Jimmy Bivins / Heavyweight / 1940 – 1955

11)  Cocoa Kid / Welterweight / 1929 – 1948

12)  Enrique Bolanos / Lightweight / 1941 – 1952

13)  George KO Chaney / Lightweight / 1910 – 1925

14)  Holman Williams / Middleweight / 1932 – 1948

15)  Packey McFarland / Lightweight / 1904 – 1915

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Russell Jr. vs. Diaz Jr. and Stevenson vs. Jack – Results

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Showtime Championship Boxing offered a televised doubleheader from two different location sights.

In the first bout from Oxon, Hill, Maryland, Gary Russell Jr. (29-1 / 17 by KO) retained his WBC featherweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Joseph Diaz Jr. (26-1 / 14 by KO).

Russell was superb, using quickness and lighting jabs.  Diaz applied pressure, but was not effective in countering the overall ring generalship of Russell Jr.

The official judges scoring was 115-113, 117-111, 117-111 … my scorecard was, 9 rounds to 3, 117-111 for the winner Russell Jr.

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