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Beterbiev stops Gvozdyk … Unifies WBC/IBF Light Heavyweight Titles

By David Martinez /

In a much anticipated light heavyweight unification fight between two undefeated champions, Artur Beterbiev (15-0 / 15 by KO) scored a tenth round KO over Oleksandr Gvozdyk (17-1 / 14 by KO) at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia.

Gvozdyk opened up round one impressively by using nonstop lateral movement and excellent combinations.

At the end of round one there was a call by referee Gary Rosato which ruled that Gvozdyk had gone down from a punch into the ropes. After a review on the TV replay it was ruled a push by Beterbiev and, thus, was not a knockdown.

In round two Beterbiev applied more forward pressure and stunned Gvozdyk a few times, gaining slight momentum.

In the third, Gvozdyk had a good round by landing nice crisp combinations, but Beterbiev took the shots and stayed content to just come forward with a few hard shots of his own.

Although I had Gvozdyk winning round four, Beterbiev hurt Gvozdyk with a solid right hand at the end of the round; but the bell rang before he could follow up with more damage.

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The Current Heavyweight Champions – Update!

David Martinez /

Let’s take a look at the three current heavyweight champions, Deontay Wilder (WBC), Andy Ruiz Jr. (WBA/IBF/WBO), and Tyson Fury (lineal).

Deontay Wilder has held the WBC belt since 2015, and in doing so became the first American in nine years to hold the heavyweight title.

His ring record is an outstanding one: 41 wins, no losses, 1 draw, with 40 knockouts. Since winning the title he has had nine successful title defenses, with his next scheduled fight a rematch with top contender Cuban southpaw Luis Ortiz, on November 23.

Wilder will certainly have his hands full with Ortiz, as it was Ortiz who was leading on the scorecards in their first fight before Wilder stopped him in the 10th round in March 2018.

Andy Ruiz Jr. is the surprise amongst the three champions, pulling off a huge upset while becoming the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent with his 7th round stoppage over previously unbeaten Anthony Joshua in June 2019.

His ring record is a good one: 33 wins, 1 loss, with 22 knockouts. He has a rematch set with Joshua scheduled on December 7, with the bout, of all places, being held in Saudi Arabia.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Fall 2019 Edition)

The Fall season is here and once again it’s that time to say thank you to all for making this website one of your choices in boxing. It is my pleasure and I treasure the opportunity to provide the best of boxing as I know it to everyone.

A small team of people that help enhance and whom I would like to acknowledge are: Bob Quackenbush (Lead Assistant / Proof Reader); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer / Boxing Historian); Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America); Steve Corbo (Boxing Writer / Proof Reader); Harold Lederman (R.I.P. / Hey Harold / HBO World Championship Boxing); and Rusty Rubin (R.I.P. / In Rusty’s Corner / Glove2Glove). [Note: Rusty was the first to contribute to dmboxing in July 2007].

The young ladies that have modeled my products over the years have certainly added beauty and, although not professional models, they have contributed with class and charm.

The attractive website hat displayed in the photo above (thank you model Sandria) is a top selling product. It is embroidered with the official logo on the front and website address on the backside. It has an adjustable Velcro strap to fit all sizes. To order, send check or money order (NO cash please) in the amount of $18.50 to: David Martinez Boxing, 810 Coronel Street, Santa Barbara, California 93109 … and this includes FREE shipping to anywhere in the USA mail zones.

It has now been two months since we lost one the greatest boxers, Pernell Whitaker. He was a champion in four different weight divisions, and accumulated an outstanding professional record of 40 wins, 4 losses, one draw, and one no-contest, with 17 by knockout. Many have asked me where I rank him amongst the elite lightweights of all time. My ranking is at #6, with my top ten being (in order) Benny Leonard, Roberto Duran, Joe Gans, Tony Canzoneri, Jimmy McLarnin, Pernell Whitaker, Carlos Ortiz, Ike Williams, Freddie Welsh, and Battling Nelson.

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RING TRIVIA for September 2019

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 – in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.

1 – While living in Chula Vista (San Diego), California, Archie Moore had a swimming pool shaped like a boxing?

a – Ring

b – Speed bag

c – Glove

d – Medicine ball

2 – In boxing, the term “Third Man” refers to the?

a – Trainer

b – Corner man

c – Promoter

d – Referee

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It’s Lomachenko in Dominant Win Over Campbell

By David Martinez /

Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1 / 10 by KO) added the vacant WBC title belt to his current WBA/WBO lightweight title belts, in defeating Luke Campbell (20-3 / 16 by KO) by a twelve round unanimous decision in an entertaining fight with 20,000 watching at the 02 Arena in London, England.

After a feel out first round, won by Campbell, Lomachenko would control every round thereafter, with some of those early rounds being close. Round five was defining for Lomachenko who won that round huge.

The British fighter Campbell certainly fought as well as he could and stunned Lomachenko in round seven, but the Ukranian fighter Lomachenko asserted himself and turned it around to finish the round strong.

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Jose Napoles (R.I.P.)

By David Martinez /

On August 16, 2019 the boxing world lost one of their finest. Jose Napoles, passed away at the age of 79. He was born in Santiago de Cuba, Oriente, Cuba on April 13, 1940.

Napoles earned the nick-name “Mantequilla”, Spanish for butter, because of his smooth style in the ring.

As an amateur Napoles was trained by his uncles and compiled an incredible record of 114 wins against only 1 loss! He turned professional in 1958 and in the early years campaigned as a featherweight (126), junior lightweight (130), lightweight (135) and junior welterweight (140).

After Fidel Castro banned professional boxing in 1961, Napoles fled Cuba the next year to continue his boxing career in Mexico City. Later he became a Mexican citizen.

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Billy Papke

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

One of the most underrated middleweights, and one that had a quadrilogy of memorable bouts with Stanley Ketchel, was William Herman Papke.

Born in Spring Valley, Illinois on September 17, 1886, he was the son of German immigrants, and was nicknamed  the “Kewanee Thunderbolt” and the “Illinois Thunderbolt”.

He was as tough as nails and a true competitor in the ring, winning the world middleweight championship during his career.

The four-bout series with Ketchel was one of the most grueling collection of fights in middleweight history.

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Pages From The Scrapbook #12

By David Martinez /

This edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” features my article titled “The Time is Now for Reunification” – dated April 23, 1998 – regarding the need in boxing for single champions in every division, especially heavyweight.

As we know it today, boxing has certainly not bought into that concept due to promoters and the various governing organizations solely controlling their own champions.

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