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Henry Calles – upcoming fight

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

The return to the ring of our Team Duke’s boxer, Henry Calles,  will take place THIS Saturday, May 30th, in Simi Valley, California.

The super middleweight (168 pounds) bout is scheduled for 4 rounds against Brian True.  Other bouts will also be featured in this live show of professional boxing.

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A Santa Barbara, California native, Henry is ready and focused for this – his third pro fight.  Your support for Henry is much appreciated and hopefully we will see you at the fights.

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World Boxing Council (WBC) Legends Event is a KNOCKOUT!

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I was truly humbled to be an inductee this past Sunday, May 17, 2015, into the WBC Legends of Boxing Museum Hall of Fame. The “gala” event was attended by 350 people and took place at the American Sports University in San Bernardino, California with Bill Dempsey Young serving as Master of Ceremony.

WBC RatingsOur host in charge was Jamie Ochoa (Co-Chairman WBC LBM).  Other Executive Board Members  are: Jose Sulaiman (Life Time President), Mauricio Sulaiman (WBC President), Rudy Tellez (Chairman, WBC LBM), Angel Ochoa (Vice President WBC LBM), and Jill Diamond (Advisory Committee).

If I were to say THANK YOU a hundred times it would not be enough for such an honor, and for such a memorable day in my life that I will never ever forget.

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Besides myself, this year’s honorees were: Hedgemon Lewis, Blinky Rodriquez, Mack Kurihara, Alex Ramos, Joel De La Hoya, Thell Torrence, Victor Ortiz, Raul Perez, James Toney, Leobardo Ibarra, Gennady Golovkin, and actor Ryan O’Neal.

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Sergio Martinez to Retire

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 By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Former middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, 40, will officially announce his retirement from boxing by the end of this month due to a continuing knee problem.

Sergio Martinez t-shirtThe Argentine fighter enjoyed a successful career for eighteen years. He is the former WBC junior middleweight champion and Lineal WBC/WBO middleweight champion. His professional ring record stands at 51 wins, 3 losses, and 2 draws with 28 by knockout.

After holding the middleweight title for four years, in June 2014 Sergio was stopped by Miguel Cotto in round ten, which was the final fight of his career.

His most notable wins have been over Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Sergiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker, Matthew Macklin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Martin Murray.

In his last ten fights, Martinez fought opponents with a combined ring record of 335-12-2 … and seven of these bouts, going into the fight, were against opponents that had just one loss or less.

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WBC Legends of Boxing Museum Induction and Awards Ceremony

I would like to thank Publisher and Editor Alice San Andres – Calleja of the Santa Barbara based newspaper The Mesa Paper / May 2015 Edition for her (this) nice article feature.

The event is a week away and limited tickets remain sill available by contacting Jaime Ochoa (951) 378-9634 … other honorees include: Joel De La Hoya, Gennady Golovkin, Blinky Rodriguez, Victor Ortiz, Mack Kurhara, James Toney, Hedgemon Lewis, Ryan O’Neal, Raul Perez, Thell Torrance, Alex Ramos, and Leo Ibarra Bracamontes.

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Klitschko over Jennings – retains title belts … Ali over Santana

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Wladimir Klitschko (64-3 / 54 by KO) successfully defended his IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight title belts for the 18th time in a row with a unanimous decision over Bryant Jennings (19-1 / 10 by KO) in a fight that was held in a sold out Madison Square Garden, New York and airing on HBO.

Klitschko used his lethal  jab to pile up points, as Jennings made it interesting in just lasting 12 rounds with the champion.  Jennings fought defensively for most of the fight with hands up high, but did have his moments by opening up and being first with his punches and becoming the aggressor.

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But at the end, Klitschko threw more and his jab was just right on target throughout the bout and there was never any doubt in what the out come was to be.

The judges scores were 116-111, 116-111, 118-109 for Klitschko, who had a point deducted in round 10 for excessive holding. … my unofficial scorecard was 117-110.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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(Spring 2015 Edition)

With The Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao mega fight here on the horizon, May 2nd, the boxing world is finally getting what they ordered – “pound for pound” the two best boxers in the world.

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As I look at mega fights of the past, the decade of the eighties was surely one of the greatest of my involvement in boxing this past half century.

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WBC Legends of Boxing Museum 2015 Event

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I was recently notified by the WBC (World Boxing Council) Legends of Boxing Museum that I have been selected to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.

WBC RatingsIn their letter they expressed, “That due to my enormous and phenomenal achievements in boxing, I have been selected to forever be enshrined.”   I am honored and it is always special when you are recognized by your peers in the sport you love dearly.

I have been involved in boxing since 1961, a kid that was drawn to boxing like a duck to water.  Boxing has been imbedded into my life for over a half a century and I have been blessed to have met so many wonderful people and to have witnessed so many great fights.  My website www.dmboxing.com is my pleasure to provide my wealth of knowledge in boxing to everyone interested.

The event will take place on Sunday, May 17, 2015, 11:00am, at the American Sports University located at 399 N. “D” Street, San Bernardino, CA 92404. For further information, please contact Jaime Ochoa (951) 378-9634 Jaime.ringleader@gmail.com or Angel Ochoa (951) 333-5739 Angel.ringleader@gmail.com

Garcia wins close decision over Peterson … Quillin vs. Lee declared a DRAW

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBA/WBC champion Danny Garcia (30-0 / 17 by KO) opened up an early lead against IBF champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1 / 17 by KO) and hung on dearly to win a majority 12 round decision in their super lightweight non-title bout at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York and aired on NBC-TV.

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Fighting at a catch weight of 143 pounds, Garcia won the early rounds, with Peterson early content staying on his toes and keeping his distance. In the later rounds Peterson turned things around and was the better puncher as Garcia tired.

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Hagler vs. Hearns – REVISITED

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

April 15th is approaching this coming week and most think of it as ‘Tax Day’, which is rightfully so. But, I think otherwise to April 15, 1985 – The Fight of the Year, The Round of the Year (round one), and The Fight of the Decade (eighties) – Marvin Hagler (60-2-2 / 50 by KO) vs. Thomas Hearns (40-1 / 34 by KO) for the ‘undisputed’ middleweight championship of the world at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

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Hagler, normally a slow starter, came out at the opening bell pinning Hearns to the ropes. Hearns threw a devastating right that stunned Hagler for a moment, as both began to trade power punches with knockout intentions. Hagler stunned Hearns with a hard left hand, becoming the aggressor, as the two continued to trade power punches. This vicious action continued, and suddenly Hagler developed a cut on his forehead, but that didn’t stop him as he pinned Hearns to the ropes and continued his assault, hurting Hearns as that blistering round ended.

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My friend, my best friend, Frankie Rivas ~ R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

It’s been six years since my friend, my best friend, Frankie Rivas, passed away.  The date of his passing was April 7, 2009.  I tearfully, but honorably, delivered the eulogy at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Santa Barbara, California, for his funeral service.  Frankie was involved in boxing as an amateur boxer, referee at many local boxing shows, and gave his support to the kids in boxing gyms in our community.  I have known Frankie since my childhood days and he  was the truest boxing fan I have ever known.  May his soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord … my friend, my best friend, Frankie Rivas.

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