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Johnny Tapia documentary debuts on HBO December 16

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 By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

 

I want to alert you that HBO Sports will be presenting a compelling one hour documentary on former boxing champion Johnny Tapia.  Debuting on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and will also be shown on various dates though out  the month of December – check you local listings for air times.

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Tapia, born February 13, 1967, used boxing as a way out of his turbulent life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a five-time world champion in three different weight classes. Tormented as an adult by the brutal kidnapping and murder of his mother, which occurred when he was eight years old, Tapia suffered repeated moments of drug addiction and mental breakdowns. His nickname, Mi Vida Loca (“My Crazy Life”), reflected his intensity in the ring, and personal life.  He married his wife Teresa in 1994, who helped him regain control of his life in retirement before he succumbed to a heart attack in 2012.

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 In my involvement with with Johnny Tapia were during my ten year tenure (1997-2007) with the World Boxing Hall of Fame, which were pleasant and respectful. I found Teresa to be giving and caring human being that only wanted to love and help Johnny as his best friend – his best friend!
 

Klitschko retains title by “knockout” over Pulev

 Klitschko retains title by knockout over Pulev

By David Martinez / www.dmboxing.com

WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimar Klitschko (63-3 / 54 by KO) defended his title by fifth round knockout over challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-1 / 11 by KO) in Hamburg, Germany on November 15, 2014.

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Klitschko recorded three prior knockdowns in the “one-sided” fight before the final knockdown,  in round five, with a tremendous left hook to end the fight.

 Klitschko retains title by knockout over Pulev

It was a sensational performance by Klitschko, who retained his title for the 17th time in his second regin. He now stands just three defenses away from Larry Holmes for second place for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses at twenty. Joe Louis holds the record with twenty five .

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Rusty Rubin R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

When I think about the many friends I have met in over fifty years of being involved in boxing – one name surfaces to the top – Rusty Rubin.

This week, on Tuesday November 11, 2014, Rusty, age 72, passed away peacefully at his home in Reno, Nevada.

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I met Rusty back in the late nineties upon my entry into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as a Director of the Board.  He would always come to our annual banquet and we “instantly” became friends from that point forward in life.  I wrote articles for his RingSports Magazine and when I founded my website dmboxing.com in July 2007; he offered and was my first feature writer with his award winning column “In Rusty’s Corner”.

I respected this man so much for the beautiful human being that he was.  He was the only boxing publisher / writer / author that offered prayers to the sick and deceased with his offering “Glove 2 Glove” on a regular basis.

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Upon hearing about his death, I was stunned and numbed, with tears in my eyes.  He will be missed by many, but he is now resting peacefully in Heaven with God.

Rusty’s legacy will ALWAYS be remembered and never forgotten on my website, as I will keep his name embedded in the menu section under Categories for forever viewing.

ISLA VISTA SCREEN PRINTING

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

IV A 121x300 ISLA VISTA SCREEN PRINTING I must recognize my friends at Isla Vista Screen Printing for their outstanding service.  Co-owner’s Garrett Gerstenberger and Jose Cardoso offer top quality attire. If you are in the Santa Barbara, California area, a must is to stop in and say hello, and to view a wide selection of their custom clothing line.  BTW ~ Garrett’s birthday is next week on November 8, wishing him a pre-Happy Birthday.

I am delighted to say that they are the makers of the T-shirt apparel that you can purchase right here on my website.

They are conveniently located (next door to Duke’s Boxing Gym – who they also provide clothing apparel for) in the student community Isla Vista, nearby the University of California Santa Barbara:  6565 Trigo Road, Isla Vista, CA 93117 and can be reached by phone (805) 845-1333 … email address: islavistascreenprinting@yahoo.com or visit their website www.theIVSP.com

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For viewing of www.dmboxing.com t-shirts, go to the Categories section and click onto T-shirts and tank tops.

Eddie Futch (revisited)

By David Martinez
Boxing Historian

 

NOTE:  This article feature was originally posted two years ago … re-posting in honor and remembrance of the legendary boxing trainer Eddie Futch on the anniversary month of his passing … may his soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord.

 

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        October 10, 2012 will be the anniversary date of the passing of Eddie Futch. Eddie was born on August 9, 1911, in Hillsboro, Mississippi, and passed away on October 10, 2001. He was a man that I consider to be the best trainer in boxing in my era of the sport.

 

         He trained or managed twenty two world champions, which included Don Jordan, Hedgemon Lewis, Bob Foster, Joe Frazier, Virgil Hill, Ken Norton, Alexis Arguello, Michael Spinks, Trevor Berbick, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Wayne McCullough, Montell Griffin, Marlon Starling, and Mike McCallum, to name a few.

In Rusty’s Corner

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Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years.

For my wedding present to David Martinez, along with my congratulations and support, I offer this column.

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The fight is a challenging one to predict. The one thing we can say with reasonable certainty is that it will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 18.

This is a fight between the strong European power puncher Genedy Golovkin and veteran Marco Antonio Rubio.

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

1)  The largest purse Joe Louis received in his career was $625,916.00 in what rematch fight?

a)  vs. Jersey Joe Walcott

b)  vs. Max Schmeling

c)  vs. Arturo Godoy

d)  vs. Billy Conn ~ CORRECT ANSWER

2)  The first title fight that was sanctioned by the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) was?

a)  Leotis Martin vs. Sonny Liston ~ CORRECT ANSWER

b)  Mike Ayala vs. Romeo Anaya

c)  Donald Curry vs. Bruce Finch

d)  Michael Nunn vs. Curtis Parker

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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(Fall 2014 Edition)

Summer is gone and Fall is now in the air!

My involvement in boxing goes back to 1961 and my intent is to offer my wealth to you in the sport that I am passionate in exceeding to the highest of standards that I can provide on this website.

I am blessed to have a small group of people that help make this site what it is, and will continue to be. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing); Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner); Dave Wilcox (Glove 2 Glove); Tom Donelson (Boxing Writers Association of America); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); and Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader). They are as good as they get in what they provide with their expertise.

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RING TRIVIA

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

1)  The largest purse that Joe Louis received in his career was $625,916.00 in what “rematch” fight?

a)  vs. Jersey Joe Walcott

b)  vs. Max Schmeling

c)  vs. Arturo Godoy

d)  vs. Billy Conn

2)  The first title fight that was sanctioned by the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) was?

a)  Leotis Martin vs. Sonny Liston

b)  Mike Ayala vs. Romeo Anaya

c)  Donald Curry vs. Bruce Finch

d)  Michael Nunn vs. Curtis Parker

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