Category Archives: Heavyweights

Wilder vs. Fury DRAW … Gvozdyk stops Stevenson

By David Martinez /

Last Saturday night, there was another decision in a high-profile boxing match that had me wondering about the state of judging in professional boxing.  Are these judges in the pockets of the promoters or are they simply incompetent?

Just when I thought the Canelo win over Golovkin might take the cake as the worst decision in 2018, here comes Wilder and Fury.  

At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, before a packed house of 18,000 fans, undefeated WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0-1 / 39 by KO) and undefeated lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (27-01 / 19 by KO) fought to a split decision draw.

The official judge’s scores were, a ridiculous 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury, and 113-113 a draw … my scorecard was 8 rounds to 4.  I gave Wilder two 10-8 rounds due to the two knockdowns he scored, which totaled in points to 114-112 for Fury.

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Wilder vs. Fury is a Draw!

By Tom Donelson  / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury fought an entertaining fight in which most pundits viewed Fury as the winner.  This was not the controversial decision everyone made it out to be.  Many of the rounds were close and while Fury fought a good defensive battle, most of the rounds were decided by one punch or two.  The closet to dominant rounds according to Compubox numbers for Fury was the third in which he connected on 11 punches to 4 for Wilder and the tenth in which Wilder was credited with only one punch landed to Fury’s ten punches. Contrast those rounds to Wilder dominant rounds in the ninth and twelfth round in which he sent Fury down. 

Dan Rafel of ESPN had the fight in favor of Wilder 114-112 and I could easily see that decision and the 113 to 113 draw was equally reasonable since this card had Fury winning 7 rounds but when you lose two rounds by 10-8, which is negative four points for those rounds.  115 to 111 card was reasonable since that judge had Fury winning 9 rounds and that is not reach either.  Could you give Wilder 7 rounds as one judge in his scorecard 115-111?  Yes, you could since many of these rounds were simply too close and throughout the bout Wilder was the aggressor.  There is no doubt that the two knockdowns matter since on the 113-113 card, those two knockdowns matter as the judge gave two 10-8 rounds as he should have.  Those two knockdowns allowed Wilder to keep his version of the titles as if Fury had not been knockdown twice, he would have won the fight.

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Jack Dempsey vs. Jess Willard … and Brief History

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

The Fight – Heavyweight Championship

Date – July 4, 1919

Site – Bay View Park Arena, Toledo, Ohio

Distance – Scheduled for 12 rounds

Knockdowns – Willard down seven times in Round 1

Result – 3rd round stoppage (KO3) as Willard called a halt after Round 3 ended

Attendance – 19,650

Purses – Willard $100,000 and Dempsey $27,500.

Promoters – Tex Rickard and Frank Flournoy

Known as “Kid Blackie” and “The Manassa Mauler”, Jack Dempsey was certainly one of the greatest heavyweights in the history of boxing.

Born William Harrison Dempsey on June 24, 1895 in Manassa, Colorado, he competed from 1914 to 1927 and reigned as the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926 with five successful title defenses, against Billy Miske (KO3), Bill Brennan (KO12), Georges Carpentier (KO4), Tommy Gibbons (W15), and Luis Ángel Firpo (KO2), before losing the title to Gene Tunney (L10).  

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Joshua Retains Titles by 7th Round Stoppage over Povetkin

By David Martinez /

Last Saturday night in front of 80,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium, WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0 / 21 by KO) scored a seventh round knockout over former champion Alexander Povetkin (34-2 / 24 by KO).

Povetkin started off by winning rounds one and two, with Joshua apparently sustaining a broken nose.

However, the rounds wore on the 39 year old Povetkin started to show his age.

The beginning of the end came in round seven when Joshua connected with a huge left hook, followed by a big right hand which dropped Povetkin.  He managed to gather and get to his feet, when Joshua ended it with a brutal right hand that dropped Povetkin for a second time.  The fight was stopped at 1:59 of the 7th round.

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Tyson Fury and Bryant Jennings Win Heavyweight Bouts

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America
Last weekend, Tyson Fury won his match versus Francesco Pianeta but this was hardly a fight and more of a dance.  Fury actually looked fluid as he jabbed and then occasionally landed a power shot.  His jab objective was to define the real estate against Pianeta as his longer reach kept Pianeta off him.  Pianeta only threw 228 punches whereas Fury threw 394 jabs, most of which missed their target.  64% of Fury punches were jabs and while he nailed 44% of power shots, he never hurt Pianeta. 
Fury has been out of boxing due to depression for nearly three years since he upset Wladimir Klitschko in 2015.  He fought two fights in his combat with this first one coming against Sefer Seferi who lasted four rounds before his corner ended it.  Against Pianeta, Fury looked relaxed but he was not against an elite talented but a heavyweight who was beyond his prime as Seferi.

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Jack Root

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /
A highly successful boxer from the past was certainly Jack Root, born on May 26, 1876 in Frahelz, Bohemia, Czech Republic.
He was not only a top ranking middleweight, but he was the first to win the light heavyweight title.  This division came about in 1903 when Root’s manager, Lou Housman, conceived the idea that a weight class should be established between middleweight and heavyweight.

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Garcia vs. Easter – RECAP … Heavyweights Whyte vs. Parker in England

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Last weekend, Mikey Garica faced Robert Easter to unify portions of the lightweight title as two undefeated fighters faced off.  Easter provided a unique challenge as his reach and heights provided obstacles to the smooth boxing Garcia.  Garcia is a boxing technician with power but he needed to figure out how to get under the Easter’s reach.
Easter jab dominated the pace of the first two rounds as he used his height and reach to control the real estate between the two.  Garcia had very few success in penetrating Easter defense and lost the first two rounds.
The third round saw the fight changed as Garcia managed to land his own jab to counter the taller Easter’s jabbing strategy.  A right hand cross followed by left hook by Garcia sent Easter to the canvas and Garcia drew first blood. 

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Jack Johnson Receives a Full Pardon from President Trump

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

On May 24, 2018, in the office of President Donald J. Trump, the late heavyweight champion Jack Johnson received a full posthumous pardon. 

Attending the signing were World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, former WBC/IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and actor Sylvester Stallone, who was very instrumental in the entire process of the pardon.

Trump’s action forgives Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, who was charged and convicted in 1913 by an all white jury for violating the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral purposes.”

Trump stated that Johnson’s imprisonment for traveling to another state with a white women “was a racially motivated injustice” and that Johnson’s prosecution and punishment came during a “period of tremendous racial tension in the United States.”

Johnson’s great-great niece, who attended the signing, had pressed for this pardon for many years, along with the support of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reed of Nevada, and former WBA/WBC/IBF heavyweight champion George Foreman.

Four months ago, I wrote an article piece regarding this very subject which was posted on on February 22, 2018.  I am re-posting it now for viewing:

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Joshua Defeats Parker, Unifies WBA/IBF/WBO Heavyweight Belts

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America, and has contributed to since 2008.
Anthony Joshua faced Joseph Parker in yet another big heavyweight bout, occurring after three weeks fight when Deontay Wilder stopped Luis Ortiz in a thrilling bout that saw Wilder championship nearly derailed in the seventh round as Ortiz nearly knocked him out.  A tenth round knockout preserve his championship.
When I grew up, the heavyweight was the glorious division and from the Ali era through Lennox Lewis we saw two different golden era of the heavyweight division, the first being Ali era from 1964 through 1978 when Ali won his original title before Joe Frazier defeated him in the fight of the century before George Foreman won the title from Frazier.   When Ali defeated Frazier and Holmes began the heavyweight champion after Ali first retirement and defeated Ali in his comeback.  The first golden era ended when Holmes defeated Gerry Cooney and after a short break, the second golden era truly began when Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe fought for the Heavyweight championship with Mike Tyson.

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Wilder KO’s Ortiz – Retains WBC Heavyweight Title

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Every boxing champion finds that one moment when the belt is on the line and your opponent has you on the rope, it is that moment in which the boxer must dig deep to win or lose the belt.  In the seventh round, Deontay Wilder faced that moment with thirty second left in the round.  Over the previous two rounds, Wilder took control of the fight so it appeared as he knocked Luis Ortiz down in the fifth and dominated the sixth.  He was looking to end the fight and nailed Ortiz with a solid right but then out of nowhere, Ortiz landed a right hand hook from his southpaw stance and suddenly Wilder looked stunned as he reeled backward.  Ortiz jumped on Wilder with three solid lefts and Wilder attempted to wrap the Cuban fighter.  Wilder survived the barrage but it was obvious that as he went back to the corner, he was a battered fighter with his title in jeopardy. 

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