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Oddities in Boxing

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

Boxing has certainly had its share of odd events. In no particular order of preference here are ten that have always stood out to me.

1 – November 6, 1993 / Las Vegas, Nevada … Holyfield vs. Bowe II, a fan James Miller lands by parachute into the ring during round 7 causing a 21 minute delay in their heavyweight championship fight.

2 – December 4, 1912 / Paris, France … Georges Bernard fell asleep at the end of the sixth round during his middleweight title fight with Billy Papke.

3 – September 13, 1975 / Caracas, Venezuela Luis Etaba defeated Rafael Lovera by 4th round knockout to win WBC junior flyweight title, only to learn afterwards Lovera had never fought a professional fight before and only fought that one fight in his career.

4 – December 13,  1887 … “Nonpareil” Jack Dempsey retained his middleweight title by knockout in the 45th round over John Reagan. The bout took place in two rings. It Started in Huntington, Long Island and after the ring was flooded by nearby river, in the 8th round, both fighters boarded a tug boat and continued their bout 20 miles away in another ring.

5 – January 15, 1977 /  Las Vegas, Nevada … Howard Smith wins a 10 round decision over Henry Clark. In round one, the original referee (Ferd Hernandez) suffered a epileptic seizure causing a fifteen minute delay before new referee (Richard Greene) was brought and the fight resumed. On a side note, prior to becoming a referee, Fred Hernandez boxed professionally and once scored a 10 round split decision win over an aging 44 year old Sugar Ray Robinson in 1965.

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Boxers Who Have Never Been Knocked Out

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

There are many boxers who have retired having never been knocked out in their respective careers.

The most logical rating formula for compiling such a list would be to judge them according to the quality and level of their competition, or by their total number of fights.

However, I have chosen to rate each on their greatness as a fighter; how I see them pound-for-pound at the height, peak, prime, pinnacle of their great careers.

Arguably, you could move them around, changing the order as you wish; but this likely would be the group at the top of most lists.

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RING TRIVIA for March 2019 – ANSWERS

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

1 – What is the real birth name of legendary hall of fame boxing trainer Jackie McCoy?

a – Warren Spaw —– CORRECT ANSWER ***

b – Billy Jack

c – Bud Lee

d – Ozzie Smith

2 – What former heavyweight contender on January 25, 2009 graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Temple University?

a – Henry Tillman

b – Randall “Tex” Cobb —– CORRECT ANSWER ***

c – Gerry Cooney

d – Dave Zyglewicz

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Spring 2019 Edition)

Spring is here and once again it’s time to say thank you 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.

A small elite group of people that help enhance dmboxing.com 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 (Hey Harold / Retired HBO World Championship Boxing); Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner / Glove2Glove). [ Note: Rusty was the first to contribute to dmboxing in July 2007. May his friendship and lovely memory live forever. R.I.P. ]

I want to say an extra thank you for those that have purchased my dmboxing products. My newest blue long sleeve t-shirt (see photo above) has sold well and is available at the cost of $20.00 and that includes FREE shipping. To view all of my products, go to the Categories section on this website and click on dmboxing.com Products. Ordering is easy; just send a check, NO cash please, and desired size to: David Martinez Boxing, 810 Coronel Street, Santa Barbara, California 93109 and upon receipt your order will be promptly processed. May I add a special thank you to my website t-shirt model, Holly.

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Porter Ekes Out Decision Win Over Ugas

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter (30-2-1 / 17 by KO) successfully retained his title with 12 round split decision over Cuban Yordenis Ugas (23-4 / 11 by KO) on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Ugas found the mark in the early rounds using his jab effectively, with Porter having difficulty getting inside of Ugas long reach.

Round five saw both engage solid punches in the middle of the ring with Ugas backing up Porter to finish the round strong. Although two of the three judges gave Porter that round, I did not.

Rounds six , seven, and eight were close, and by all accounts were swing rounds either way; but it was Ugas who continued to beat Porter to the punch and simply out worked him.

Ugas stalked Porter in rounds nine and ten, as Porter developed a slight cut over his right eye.

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Hey Harold!

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I am still saddened that HBO boxing is off the TV air waves. Boxing is my life, and in my daily travels, I have many that ask me questions and give me opinions on the sport. Most recently, many have asked me this: do I miss HBO World Championship Boxing and why?

My easy answer to that is – without hesitation, of course – most definitely I do, as it has been a “main course” for me since its beginning broadcast in 1973. And the one thing that I truly and honestly miss is my friend Harold Lederman and his expert commentary.

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

1 – What is the real birth name of legendary hall of fame boxing trainer Jackie McCoy?

a – Warren Spaw

b – Billy Jack

c – Bud Lee

d – Ozzie Smith

2 – What former heavyweight contender on January 25, 2009 graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Temple University?

a – Henry Tillman

b – Randall “Tex” Cobb

c – Gerry Cooney

d – Dave Zyglewicz

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Dr. Joe Noriega – R.I.P.

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I was saddened to learn this past week that a dear friend of mine, past president and member of the executive VP board of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, Dr. Joe Noriega, passed away on February 18, 2019.

Joe was well known in the Los Angeles area for his outstanding work in the chiropractic field.

He is survived by his lovely wife Nelly, and sons Dr. Jess, and Chris.

May his soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord.

Funeral services will be held on March 9, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, California  90601.