Category Archives: Boxing Books

Gene Aguilera – Upcoming Book Signing

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

With Christmas less than two months away, a great gift idea for you boxing fans is my friend Gene Aguilera’s book, Mexican American Boxing In Los Angeles. 

This publication is truly a collector’s item for everyone and a must-have for those who grew up around boxing in the Southern California area.

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Ali – Frazier: Ghosts of Manila

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

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Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

(Excerpts from my book on black fighters, Boxing in the Shadow)
 

Fighters know how to suffer.  They demagnify pain and seldom talk about it.  Though some fighters have been called “bow-wows” within the sport, thresholds of pain are hard to detect in fighters….Eyes, nose, ears, larynx, kidneys, they all take horrific beatings.  But their faces tell where fighters have been, the potholes over which they had to rattle, from the small arenas with the single light bulb and a backed-up toilet in the dressing rooms to the flooding light of the big time”

 

Boxing heroes are usually defined less by the ease of their victories, than by their defeats and their various comebacks in the course of a career. Fighters are made through the brutal confines of their sport, in which they nearly see death approach, in which their blood is splattered; and yet they somehow persevere.  Brutality sells tickets, but more importantly, it seals one’s fame.   For Ali, Joe Frazier was his ticket to fame.

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Sonny Liston: Ali’s First Big Foil

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
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Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

(Excerpts from my book on black fighters, Boxing in the Shadow)

 

Ali jumped all over Liston after Ali sent Liston down in their second fight, yelling for him to get up. Jersey Joe Walcott, the referee, totally lost control as he tried to get Ali to a neutral corner.  Liston stayed on the canvas as Walcott tried to restrain Ali. Liston eventually got up as Walcott went to the corner to talk with Ring Magazine editor Nat Fleischer. Ali started nailing Liston with more shots.  Meanwhile Fleischer told Walcott that Liston should be counted out, so Walcott called the fight and gave the bout to Ali.  Years later, Liston told Sports Illustrated Mark Kram that he stayed down because, “Ali was a crazy man.”  The great intimidator was intimidated.

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GENE AGUILERA – my friend!

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I met Gene Aguilera a few years ago and consider his friendship to be a blessed gift from Heaven.

I had heard about Gene years prior through mutual friends. However, when he contacted me directly in early 2015 to inform me he would be my presenter at my induction into the WBC Legends Hall of Fame, I could tell by the enthusiasm in his voice that he was not only sincerely happy for me, but also happy in my honor.

My attraction to Gene is simple; he is a kind and giving human being.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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(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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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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(Fall 2015 Edition)

Once again I would like to say thank you to all of you, the growing fan base that loyally supports dmboxing.com. Without you the success of this website isn’t possible!

It’s a 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 (Member 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 the Lord, Rusty Rubin. My dear friend Rusty was my first writer to come in at the start of this website in July 2007, volunteering his award winning column, “In Rusty’s Corner.”

I appreciate the many comments and fan mail that I receive concerning boxing and the features that I offer, and I certainly respect all opinions. My main goal is to provide my wealth of knowledge from over fifty years of boxing in a fair and honest manner to all. I strive to make credibility my highest priority.

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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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“The Fight”

The Fight

Chicago based ring announcer Steve Corbo, who has been a hit with audiences in Europe, recently recorded Luke Wordley’s top selling novel, “The Fight”.

At the top of the charts in Great Britain, “The Fight” has recently been released in the United States with the audio version being recorded by Corbo and released by Oasis Audio.

Two-time World Champion boxer, Nigel Benn, has enthusiastically endorsed “The Fight”. Reading the book this summer, he said: ‘I loved The Fight. I just couldn’t put it down. It is so realistic and true to life. I can’t recommend this book enough.’

Publishers Weekly reviewed “:The Fight” and said “Wordley has written a champion novel that will stand out in a crowded ring of contenders.”

Available at Amazon.com and book retailers throughout the United States.

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http://oasisaudio.com/author-reader/steve-corbo/    

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fight-Luke-Wordley/dp/1613756259/ref=reader_auth_dp

In Rusty’s Corner

Rusty Rubin is a veteran boxing writer

Okay Rusty, the election is over and the votes are in; it’s time to “man-up”!

Bet you’re thinking about the local and national elections, but in truth I’m talking about the election for the newest class for the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota.

The ballots had to be in by November 1, and in the interest of being true to my word (in boxing)? I could not vote for Mike Tyson.

As I wrote in this column a few weeks back, I cannot and will not, vote for anyone who has used performance enhancing drugs, unless that person goes into the Hall with an asterisk after his/her name.

It’s not that Tyson needs my vote. He’s a lock for the Hall on the first ballot, and deservedly so. Tyson won a lot of his fights on the fear of his ring foes, but he still deserves admittance to the IBHOF. But he should have the fact that he used these banned drugs registered on his record. Until the Hall of Fame does so, either via asterisk or other means, I’ll continue to vote for anyone proven to have used these substances.

In my mind, or what’s left of it, I have to believe that these PED drugs not only assist in the performance of the fighter, but also fool the fight fans as well.

For the record, I voted for Julio Cesar Chavez, and five others, who, to the best of our knowledge fought ‘clean’.

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Glove 2 Glove:

Sad to note the passing of Alan Rudkin, British bantamweight champ, who left us at age 68.

Also news that Johnny ‘Smiler’ Van Rensburg, 78, South African light and welterweight champion. Prayers are requested.
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Introducing: Rusty Rubin

I free-lance & write boxing feature stories & fight result articles for Ring Sports Magazine – so let it be my pleasure to introduce my good friend & editor-in-chief Rusty Rubin into my boxing website … hopefully you will enjoy his column & input – as I do each & every month!
David Martinez

Boxing Historian

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In Rusty’s Corner

Rusty Rubin is the editor-in-chief of Ringsports.com, the publication and website advisor, and is the author of three acclaimed boxing books!

‘Therapeutic’ and ‘helpful in dealing with a life threatening illness’, are the words that seem to be most used when readers write to me about “Woozel, Boxing and Me” (Authorhouse.com #31810). This book has been given 4½ stars at Amazon.com (read the reviews) and was awarded “Boxing Book of the Year, 2006” by 13thround.com.

Woozel, Boxing and Me is far more than just a compilation of many funny and true boxing stories, oddities and quotes. The book serves as a final tribute to the memory of Susiey Walker, my zany best friend of more than 25 years, who loved life and knew how to live it to the max. This book has helped many people deal with terminal illness and death, although that was never my overt intention in writing this book. I am now working on a follow up.

Wuz traveled and attended many West Coast boxing events with me and by so doing created many of those unforgettable moments with her positive, but often zany attitude and always bubbly personality. Sue passed away in Feb. 2004, at age 54, after a tough 5-year battle with colon cancer. Although she never got into the ring, She was a true fighter with the (body of a model and) the heart of a champion.

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