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Joe Walcott

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on June 19, 2013 under the title: Barbados Joe Walcott – Burying the “Demon”

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

NOTE: Jim Amato has contributed to this website since 2008. His opinions and input are honest and of the highest level. His expertise in boxing is respected world wide to the highest degree. To view all of Jim’s articles – go to the Categories section and click onto his name.

For a boxer who had crossed gloves with the likes of Sam Langford, Joe Gans. Philadelphia, Jack O’Brien, Mysterious Billy Smith, Kid Lavigne, George Gardner, Dixie Kid, Rube Ferns, Tommy West, Dan Creedon, Honey Mellody and Joe Choynski, his was not a fitting end. Joe Walcott was born on March 13, 1873 in Barbados, British West Indies. On December 15, 1901 he stopped Rube Ferns in five rounds to capture the welterweight title. Ninety years later the man nicknamed the Barbados Demon was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Johnny Ortiz … My Friend … My Best (Boxing) Friend

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 7, 2014 … In Loving Memory, I am re-posting in honor and respect to my friend Johnny Ortiz.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

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On September 3, 2014, we laid to rest my best (boxing) friend – Johnny Ortiz, at All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Long Beach, California.

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Johnny Ortiz R.I.P.

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 10, 2104 … In Loving Memory, I am re-posting in honor and respect to my friend Johnny Ortiz … his funeral article will re-post next week (October 30) for viewing.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Where do I start to talk and grieve about my friend – my good friend – Johnny Ortiz, who passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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I met Johnny back in 1997 upon my arrival into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as a Director of the Board. I knew about Johnny prior to that because I would catch him at times when I was in the Los Angeles area and listened to his boxing radio talk show “Ringside with Johnny Ortiz”.

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MyBoxingFans

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on February 9, 2014

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

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There are many boxing websites on the internet out there and I truly appreciate that my website is one of your choices. My involvement in boxing goes back to 1961 and I consider my wealth of knowledge in the sport that I love to be the greatest gift that I can give my fan base.

I would like to introduce you to another boxing website that I fully support and to acknowledge its founder and publisher Edgar Gonzalez, for the outstanding job that he does. That website is myboxingfans.com

I finally connected with Edgar last month in Orange County, where he resides, for dinner and it was such a nice visit comparing notes on both our fine sites. It’s a fact that boxing has brought us together as friends and with mutual respect for each other.

When you are out there scrolling the many boxing sites, I encourage you to visit Edgar’s website and I know between both of us, your appetite for boxing will be served a full plate!

Mando Ramos – The Youngest Lightweight Champion

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on October 29, 2007

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I first met Armando (Mando) Ramos in the fall of 1969, when I drove to Santa Monica to watch him train at the Surf Rider Hotel in his preparation to defend his Lightweight title against Yoshiaki Numata.

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What I saw was, not a fighter in serious training. Earlier that year Ramos won the Lightweight Championship via knockout over Teo Cruz, to become the youngest to win the Lightweight title at the age of 20 years old.

But, to my surprise, I found trainer Jackie McCoy completely frustrated with Mando and his lack of concentration in the gym. He verbally chastised Mando and scowled at him for his poor training practices. That was my initial contact with Mando Ramos, which was like a teacher bawling out a student.

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Gaetan Hart vs. Cleveland Denny (1980)

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on March 19, 2014

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By Steve Corbo

NOTE:  Steve Corbo, is a veteran of more than 35 years in the boxing game, has been a co-host and color commentator for televised boxing events, as well as a professional boxing judge. He has worked with professional boxers in a variety of capacities, and has written several articles on boxing that have been published in various periodicals. He has made his mark as a top boxing ring announcer, especially in Europe, where he announced major WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO World Championship title bouts televised worldwide. Harold Lederman, Boxing Hall of Fame member and a part of HBO Boxing’s broadcast team, called Steve Corbo “one of the best boxing ring announcers in the entire world.” A Chicago native, Steve has also been heard as the backup PA announcer for the Chicago Blackhawks NHL hockey team.

 

I will always remember this fight because I was there, at ringside, close enough to reach out and touch Cleveland Denny. In the late 1970’s my friend Johnny Lira was the USBA Lightweight Champion and one of world’s top rated lightweights. In ’79 he lost in his bid to capture the WBA World Lightweight Title.

 

A year later, Ring Magazine had him rated #5 in the world , he was looking to get back into the mix and get another shot at the title. Johnny was going to fight Gaetan Hart on the undercard of Sugar Ray Leonard vs Roberto Duran, up in Montreal. The bout was scheduled for June 20,1980. But they weren’t able to make the fight and Cleveland Denny wound up in the ring facing Hart, instead of Lira. Johnny, myself and Mauro DiFiore decided to go up to Montreal anyway and see the show. What a show it was, taking place at the Olympic Stadium and in the same city where just four years earlier Sugar Ray Leonard won a Gold Medal in the 1976 Olympics. Johnny was on top of his game so we were with Angelo Dundee, Wilfredo Benitez, media guys like the dean of all boxing historians Hank Kaplan, etc. We were surrounded by boxing royalty. We had no tickets, but somebody hooked us up and we got in on some TV/Radio Press Passes! We had no assigned seats! I ended up sitting in Leonard’s corner, on a folding chair I picked up from someplace, next to Joe Frazier. We talked about his son Marvis, who was an amateur at the time, and had just won the National’s.

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Rusty Rubin R.I.P.

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on November 13, 2014

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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”.

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Jose Napoles – Was He Too Good For His Own Good?

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on October 7, 2008

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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

NOTE: Jim Amato has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008 . His opinions and input to this website are honest and of the highest level. His expertise in boxing is respected and is at the highest degree. To view all of Jim’s articles – go to Categories section & click onto Jim Amato.

The late 1960’s and early 1970’s produced some of the finest, most
dominant champions ever. While Ali, Frazier and Foreman were taking turns
ruling the heavyweights, other divisions found themselves under the
supreme rule of a certain superior boxer.

At light heavyweight “Bad” Bob Foster was the sheriff in town. When
Vincente Rondon disputed that fact he was gunned down in two rounds.

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Peter Jackson

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 24, 2012 

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

I agree with most boxing historians before me, that had Peter Jackson been born white, he would have been heavyweight champion in the John L. Sullivan era. In the late 1800’s Jackson never received a world title bout because of Sullivan’s refusal to fight black fighters, so racial prejudice was the only thing that kept Jackson from his chance to win the heavyweight crown.

Jackson was a true pioneer and the first black heavyweight, before Jack Johnson, that set the stage for the top recognition of the black boxers, which was before the turn of the 20th century.

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Muhammad Ali / Part 6 of 6

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*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on November 23, 2010

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This is the sixth of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I have displayed six articles and also included photos of my collectables for viewing.

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

This is the last of a six part series on Muhammad Ali.  It has truly been my pleasure to share with you my personal accounts of THE GREATEST heavyweight champion in my era of boxing.

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For those of you who have missed any of this special series, you can simply go to the menu on this website and click on the category, Ali , to view each part.

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