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Leo Santa Cruz wins majority decision over Abner Mares

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I have seen my share of fights that have taken place regarding who is the best fighter in the city Los Angeles between either two Mexican-born or American-born fighters that residing in the southern California area.  Mando Ramos vs. Raul Rojas, Jerry Quarry vs. Joey Orbillo, Bobby Chacon vs. Danny Lopez, Carlos Palomino vs. Armando Muniz,  Oscar De La Hoya vs. Shane Mosley are just a few that come to mind.

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Last Saturday another Los Angeles “natural” came to the Staples Center.  Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1 / 17 by KO) remained unbeaten with an impressive 12 round majority decision over Abner Mares (29-2-1 / 15 by KO).

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Saying Goodbye to My Friend George Garcia ~ R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

This past week, I said my final goodbye to a wonderful human being and best of friends,  George Garcia. I was honored as a pallbearer and to speak about him at the funeral service. My focus was his kindness which, besides boxing, is what attracted me most and made us the true, everlasting  friends that we were for about the past twenty years.

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DM BOXING Tour Video

*** FLASHBACK ~ this article and video originally appeared for viewing on dmboxing.com in July 2012 … added are a few (8) still photos

I would like to share my collection of fifty years of boxing as dmboxing.com approaches its fifth year this month.  It’s been a pleasure to be able to provide you with boxing information and I would like to thank you for making this website one of your choices in boxing.
To view the video, chick on the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K1H_YwpoXo

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George Garcia R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

My dear best of friends George Garcia, age 60,  passed away peacefully at his home in Montebello, California on August 13, 2015 after his battle with cancer.  George was a special friend because he was giving and the kindest of people that I have ever known.

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We met about twenty years ago through the boxing circles.  He attended many World Boxing Hall of Fame banquets during my ten year (1997-2007) tenure on the Board of Directors.

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World Colored Heavyweight Championship

***** FLASHBACK ~ This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com in November 2012

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

Let me bring you a feature story that you will probably not read any where regarding, all together, the five best black heavyweights at the turn of the 20th century.

I got the idea when I over heard some mutual friends talking about the best black baseball players that never got the chance to play in the major leagues, and had to settle playing against each other in the old negro league.

I have rated many boxers in many categories throughout my over 50 years of boxing … on this website alone you will find that I have rated the best heavyweights, the best lightweights, the best Mexicans fighters, and now I will personally rate the best black heavyweights in a time period that but only one of them, Jack Johnson, had the opportunity to fight for the heavyweight championship.

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Carl Froch Retires

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Last month, at age 38, four-time super middleweight champion Carl Froch, from Nottingham, England, UK, has officially announced his retirement.

The British fighter enjoyed a successful career for fourteen years. His professional ring record stands at 33 wins and 2 losses, with 24 by knockout.

His only losses were to Mikkel Kessler in 2010, which he avenged three years later, and to Andre Ward in 2011 in the final of the Super Middleweight Six World Boxing Classic Tournament. The judges’ scores in the Ward fight were 115-113, 115-113, 118-110 … my unofficial scorecard was 117-111 for the winner Ward.

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Kovalev by “KO” over Mohammedi … Pascal wins “disputed” decision over Gonzalez

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Sergey Kovalev (28-0-1 / 25 by KO) defended IBF/WBO/WBA his light heavyweight titles with ease over Nadjib Mohammedi (37-4 / 23 by KO) by a third round knockout.

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The bout was never in doubt from the opening bell, as the unbeaten Kovalev dominated every second of every minute of every round.  Kovalev dropped Mohammedi with a series of right hands in round two and finished him with right / left combination in round three.

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Ruslan Chagaev Retains WBA Title by “early” Knockout

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I am pleased to report that Steve Corbo, a guest writer who often contributes to this website, recently returned from Germany, where he was the Ring Announcer for a couple of title fights. The main event, on July 11, 2015,  was the WBA Heavyweight Championship Ruslan Chagaev (34-2-1 / 21 KOs) vs. Francesco Pianeta (31-2-1 / 17 KOs) at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. 

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Best Punchers – The Heavyweights

*** FLASHBACK ~ This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com in June 2012

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Here is my list of the 15 best punchers in the heavyweight division from the start of the Marquis of Queensberry era, (i.e.) 1892 to the present.  A formula that I am using to help illustrate this for each boxer is to show their percentage of knockouts which is calculated by the number of wins they had with the number of knockouts in those wins.  This formula isn’t intended to determine the order in which I have placed them; the order also includes my opinion of them as punchers.

I am not concerned about “who beat who”, how many times they were knocked out themselves or the results if they would have fought each other.  Their physical size or if they were a world champion has no bearing – this is strictly based on strength of punching power with the opponents they fought.  Why isn’t Muhammad Ali on this list?  Personally, I would take Ali to beat any of these punchers on my list – but mostly by decision wins and not by knockouts.  When I write rankings of boxers in any capacity I always get disagreements and feedback, so please know that I respect your opinions, and hope you will respect mine.

#1) Joe Louis (66 wins / 52 by KO = 78.7 %) Heavyweight champion 1940-1949. Defended title a record 25 times. He was a smooth, deadly puncher with tremendous power in either hand. His combinations had perfect accuracy with overwhelming power.

#2) George Foreman (76 wins / 69 by KO = 90.7 %) Two time heavyweight champion 1973-1974 and 1994-1997. He is recognized as one of the hardest hitters ever in boxing in any weight division. He is forth on my list in the percentage category of knockouts.

#3) Sonny Liston (50 wins / 39 by KO – 78.0 %) Heavyweight champion 1962-1964. The most intimidating heavyweight ever, his left jab alone was so powerful that it knocked opponents out – the jab – and his left hook was nothing less than devastating.

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

1) The catch phase “let’s get ready to rumble” that is used by ring announcer Michael Buffer, originated from what fighter?

a) Muhammad Ali  – ANSWER

b) George Foreman

c) Hector Camacho

d) Thomas Hearns

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