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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 questions about their era to expand my knowledge. Now I am delighted to bring boxing trivia to you on a quarterly basis on my website. Five questions appear in March, June, September, and December – with the answers to follow by the end of each month for viewing.

 

1) Who was the first boxer to defeat Roy Jones as a professional ?

a) Julian Jackson

b) Bernard Hopkins

c) James Toney

d) Montel Griffin – ANSWER

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Mickey Duff – R.I.P.

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By David Martinez

 

On March 22, 2014 boxing lost a true icon in the sport – Mickey Duff.  Although I did not know Mickey personally, he was highly respected for all of his dedication and accomplishments in boxing.  He was a matchmaker, manager, corner man, and promoter.
 
Born on June 7, 1929 in Krakow, Poland, he moved to England in the late 1930′s and focused on boxing.  He boxed as an amateur before turning professional at the young age of 15, posting a professional record of 33 wins, 8 losses, and 3 draws.
 
His involvement with boxers included 19 world champions including Jim Watt, Alan Minter, Barry McGuigan, John Coteh, Terry Downes, Howard Winstone, Maurice Hope, John Mugabi, Cornelius Boza Edwards, Lloyd Honeyghan, Frank Bruno and Joe Calzaghe.
 
May his soul rest peacefully in heaven with God.

RING TRIVIA

RT crop 1024x409 RING TRIVIAI 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 questions about their era to expand my knowledge. Now I am delighted to bring boxing trivia to you on a quarterly basis on my website. Five questions appear in March, June, September, and December – with the answers to follow by the end of each month for viewing.

1) Who was the first boxer to defeat Roy Jones as a professional ?

a) Julian Jackson

b) Bernard Hopkins

c) James Toney

d) Montel Griffin

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Canelo outclasses Angulo

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By David Martinez
 
In a match all about styles, Saul Canelo Alvarez (43-1-1 / 31 by KO) battered a game but outclassed Afredo Angulo (22-4 / 18 by KO) last Saturday night in their junior middleweight bout.
 
Canelo never was able to put down Angulo, but he hit him at will throughtout the fight with acurate combinations. Round 8 was the only round I had Angulo winning on my scorecard, and was the best round of the fight.
 
The end came 47 seconds into round 10, Canelo landed a hard left uppercut that prompted referee Tony Weeks to have seen enough and stepped in to hault the “one-sided” bout and under protest from Angulo.
 
The fight between the two Mexican boxers was shown via Showtime (pay-per-view) from the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
Canelo was guaranteed $1.5 million to $850,000 for Anguelo. The purses were adjusted because Canelo agreed to pay $100,000 to Angulo to raise the weight limit to 155 pounds from 154 because he could not make the contracted weight.
 

Fifty Years Ago

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By David Martinez

If you were around then, as I was, you know that it was fifty years ago this month that Cassius Clay (now known as Muhammad Ali) shocked the world by stopping Sonny Liston to win the World Heavyweight Championship.

The stoppage came after six complete rounds; but when the bell sounded to begin the seventh round Liston remained on the stool, not able to continue. The fight officially went into the record books as a seventh round knockout win for the young, brash confident 21 year old champion, Cassius Clay.

Liston was a 7 to 1 favorite that night and all the experts, myself included, picked him to retain his title.  February 25, 1964 was truly a memorable day in boxing history, one that will be remembered forever!

My Boxing Fans

By David Martinez

There are many boxing websites on the internet out there and I truly appreciate that my website is one of your choices. My involvement in boxing goes back to 1961 and I consider my wealth of knowledge in the sport that I love to be the greatest gift that I can give my fan base.Edgar 194x300 My Boxing Fans

I would like to introduce you to another boxing website that I fully support and to acknowledge its founder and publisher Edgar Gonzalez, for the outstanding job that he does. That website is myboxingfans.com

I finally connected with Edgar last month in Orange County, where he resides, for dinner and it was such a nice visit comparing notes on both our fine sites. It’s a fact that boxing has brought us together as friends and with mutual respect for each other.

When you are out there scrolling the many boxing sites, I encourage you to visit Edgar’s website and I know between both of us, your appetite for boxing will be served a full plate!

Gennady Golovkin retains middleweight title

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By David Martinez

There was another explosion this past weekend other than the Seattle Seahawks. Unbeaten Gennady Golovkin successfully defended his WBA middleweight title with a convincing 7th round knockout win over contender Osumanu Adama. The bout was held on Saturday night, February 1, 2014 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Golovkin dropped the Ghanaian fighter in rounds one, six and seven;  when, finally, referee Luis Pabon had seen enough, he wisely stopped the one-sided contest one minute and twenty seconds into round seven.

Golovkin defended his belt for the 10th time to improve to 29-0 with 26 by knockout.  Adama’s record dropped to 22-4.

Bradley vs. Pacquiao II

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By David Martinez  /  www.dmboxing.com

 

I learned earlier this week that the stage is all but set for the WBO welterweight championship, Timothy Bradley (31-0 / 12 by KO) vs. Manny Pacquiao (55-4-2 / 38 by KO), to settle their unfinished business on April 12, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
 
In their last fight, Bradley was awarded a controversial 12 round split decision on June 9, 2012, and just about everybody, myself included, thought Bradley was very fortunate to have been declared the winner.
 
Since then, Bradley has proven himself with his “2013 Fight of the Year” win over Ruslan Provodnikov, and a 12 round split decision over Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao had the knockout loss to Marquez in December 2012, and most recently won a convincing one-sided decision over Brandon Rios.
 
Both fighters are listed in my personal top (12) dozen “pound for pound” best in boxing, and this bout will prove what boxing needs to maintain - the best fighting the best!

The Boxing District

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By David Martinez

I have been to many gyms in my boxing days since 1961. How many in past fifty-plus years? Actually, I can’t count that high!

But – I was pleasantly surprised to arrive at the Boxing District Gym in Los Angeles a few months ago. There I was greeted with kindness, and I met trainer Ronnie Essett.S41A2510 300x199 The Boxing District

Ronnie is what I call the old school boxing trainer with as much expertise as you will find in any gym. He is a former 2-time National Amateur Champion, member of the 1984 USA Olympic Boxing Team, NABF middleweight champion, fought three times in world title bouts, and had a thirteen year S41A3894 300x199 The Boxing Districtsuccessful professional career posting a ring record of 27 wins, 6 losses, 2 draws with 16 knockouts. Aside from his boxing accomplishments, Ronnie is a wonderful human being and a true boxing icon in the sport.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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I want to start off the year 2014 to say how blessed I am to be providing this website to everyone. My wealth of boxing goes back to 1961, and this website was born on July 15, 2007, so boxing has been embedded in my life for over fifty years.

I always want to say THANK YOU to the small group of people that help me make this website what it is and will continue to be. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Photo Editing and Proof Reader); Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner); Tom Donelson (Boxing Writers Association); Dave Wilcox (Glove 2 Glove);  Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader). I have always said “a captain is as only as good as his crew” and this crew is beyond my belief in what they provide with their expertise.

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