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Why Mike Tyson is NOT in My Top Ten

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 8, 2008


By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

I have rated many fighters in many different divisions, eras, and ethnic groups. One of my first ranking features that I posted on this Web site (see Archives / August 2007 or Rankings on menu to view) was my view of the top ten heavyweights of all time (i.e.) “Rating the Heavies”, in which I have gotten some criticism for not including Mike Tyson in my elite group.

First let me say that it is always a pleasure to write what I have seen in my 48 years of following boxing as a sport I deeply love. I have seen every heavyweight champion fight, either by living during his era, by film or by speaking with individuals who actually saw these champions fight, even at the turn of the 20th century. I respect everyone’s opinions and, of course, have mine to tell after having studied this very subject, giving a great degree of research on my part.

As I get older, the majority of people who have disputed that Tyson could have beaten Ali or Holmes if they fought in their primes are mostly people whom, if I asked, “Who was Cassius Clay?”, would not know the answer any more than they would know that George Reeves was the first Superman. This simply tells me that they never knew the fighter that beat a more feared man than Tyson ever was, that being Sonny Liston, and who also survived the biggest knock down in his career in the 1963 Henry Cooper fight, and all when he was Cassius Clay.

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Henry Armstrong Foundation, Inc.

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I am in full support of the wonderful Henry Armstrong Foundation, Inc. with their mission of helping many human beings world-wide and, in doing so, keeping the legacy of one boxing’s greatest champions of all time – Henry Armstrong.  In his professional career Henry held the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight titles simultaneously, a feat that no boxer has ever done.

On January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California we are paying tribute to: Dr. Martin Luther King; The Greatest – Muhammad Ali; The former WBC President, Don José Sulaimán Chagnon; and The Great Henry Armstrong. This tribute will be in the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Kingdom Day Parade.  

The Foundation is seeking sponsors who would like to have their logos placed on the Henry Armstrong Foundation 32nd Annual MLK Parade Limited Edition T-shirts. For a sponsorship of $250, their logos can be placed on the back of the T-shirts. For a sponsorship of $500, their logos can be displayed on the Henry Armstrong Foundation float. Each sponsor will receive a tax write-off for their sponsorship.

For information kindly go to website:  HenryArmstrongFoundation.org

Information contact is:

Edward Scott, Jr., President / CEO

scottedward1@aol.com

To donate go to this website address:

https://www.gofundme.com/hafdnmlkboxingfloat

(click on link below to view video)

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2016

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past year 2016 in the five major categories, and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2016. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Vasyl Lomachenko

Roman Martinez (KO 5)

June 11, 2016 / WBO Super Featherweight Championship

Madison Square Garden, New York

Nicholas Walters (RTD 7)

November 26, 2016 / WBO Super Featherweight Championship

Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada

*** Runner Up: Carl Frampton

Scott Quigg (SD 12)

February 27, 2016 / IBF and WBA Featherweight Championship

Manchester Arena, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Leo Santa Cruz (MD 12)

July 30, 2016 / WBA Featherweight Championship

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

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RING TRIVIA – Answers

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This began when I was a young boy in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask questions about their era to learn and expand my knowledge in boxing. I am delighted to now bring boxing trivia to my website to everyone. On a quarterly basis I post five multiple choice questions – in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.

(1) What fighter beat Chris Eubanks and Nigel Benn, both fighters twice, in his professional career?

a) Herol Graham

b) Sumbu Kalamby

c) Reggie Johnson

d) Steve Collins – is CORRECT ANSWER

(2) Who did the late boxing historian, editor, publisher, and founder of Ring magazine, Nat Fleischer, rank the greatest flyweight boxer of all time?

a) Jimmy Wilde – is CORRECT ANSWER

b) Pancho Villa

c) Pascual Perez

d) Benny Lynch

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Ryan O’Neal

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Recently I received a great gift from movie actor Ryan O’Neal.  It was a framed photo of him holding a photo of his love, Farrah Fawcett, who was sitting with former light heavyweight champion Jose Torres.

This all came about last month when I sent Ryan a copy of a original poster from my collection, one which I obtained from a fight that I attended on May 26, 1970.  That bout featured his boxer, welterweight sensation Hedgemon Lewis.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Winter 2016 Edition)

It’s the time of year to say…  Merry Christmas Everybody!

As we wind down 2016 and approach the new year of 2017, I want to say thank you to a group of people that make this website the huge success that it is. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reading and Photo Editing); Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); Harold Lederman (HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!); Steve Corbo (Guest Post and Advisor); Adam Pollock (Book Reviews); and Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader); and in memory of my friend Rusty Rubin, the former editor of Ring Sports Magazine, and the first contributor to dmboxing.com in July 2007 with his award winning column In Rusty’s Corner and Glove2Glove. May his soul rest peacefully in Heaven with God forever.

In appreciation of this wonderful group of people that help me so much with the website, I am giving them a special friendship gift for Christmas, my official dmboxing.com pen, to sincerely say thank you!

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Bernard Hopkins Loses Final Bout – Knocked Out of Ring by Joe Smith Jr.

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Joe Smith Jr. (23-1 / 19 by KO) scored a huge win Saturday night in knocking Bernard Hopkins (55-8-2 / 32 by KO) completely out of the ring at :53 seconds of the eighth round in their light heavyweight bout scheduled for twelve rounds.

The fight, billed as Hopkins final in his 28-year career, took place at The Forum in Inglewood, California and was televised by HBO World Championship Boxing.

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HBO and Showtime Fight Results

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

It was a big night of boxing on Saturday, December 10, 2016 with bouts featured on both HBO and Showtime.

On HBO – from the Century Link Center in Omaha, Nebraska – WBC/WBO super lightweight champion Terence Crawford (30-0 / 21 by KO) stopped John Molina Jr. (29-7 / 23 by KO) in the eighth round. The bout was as one-sided as they come with Crawford winning every round up to the end when referee Mark Nelson stepped in to stop further punishment at 2:32 of the round. Crawford’s title was not at stake because Molina didn’t make weight.

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Bernard Hopkins – Ending a Career in Boxing

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 By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
 
Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2 / 32 by KO) will officially close out his brilliant career in boxing next week on December 17, 2016. 
 
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At the age of 51, Hopkins’ farewell fight will be against light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr.  (22-1 / 18 by KO). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at The Forum in Inglewood, California and will be televised on HBO.
 
 

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RING TRIVIA

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I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This began when I was a young boy in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask questions about their era to learn and expand my knowledge in boxing. I am delighted to now bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis. I post five multiple choice questions every March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the ending of each posting month.

 

(1) What fighter beat Chris Eubanks and Nigel Benn, both fighters twice, in his professional career?

a) Herol Graham

b) Sumbu Kalamby

c) Reggie Johnson

d) Steve Collins

(2) Who did the late boxing historian, editor, publisher, and founder of Ring Magazine, Nat Fleischer, rank the greatest flyweight boxer of all time?

a) Jimmy Wilde

b) Pancho Villa

c) Pascual Perez

d) Benny Lynch

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