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Wilder Retains WBC Heavyweight Title With 5th Round “KO” Over Washington

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On Saturday night February 25, 2017 Deontay Wilder (38-0 / 37 by KO), losing on all scorecards and all of the four rounds, came back to stop challenger Gerald Washington (18-1-1 / 12 by KO).

A right hand that followed with a left hook in the fifth round dropped Washington and when he rose, Wilder continued with a array of punches and landed a hard right hand as the bout was stopped at 1:45 of the round.

At the start and through four rounds Washington was focused and kept the pressure on Wilder at his pace. But it was clear that Wilder was not to be denied in the 5th defense of his WBC heavyweight championship belt and at his home, Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The bout was shown on national television on PBC-FOX.

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What if ? … Joe Frazier vs. Ron Lyle

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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

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What happens when the unstoppable force meets the unmovable object? Let me rephrase that. What would have happened if Joe Frazier and Ron Lyle would have hooked up in the mid-1970’s?

It is too bad this fight was never made. It was discussed on occasion, but to the best of my knowledge no serious talks ever took place. What a shame. This would have been a thrill-a-minute battle for the fans. Each boxer had the tools and the style to offset the other’s skills.

Let’s start with Ron Lyle. George Foreman showed everyone that a big, strong heavyweight with a decent jab and a solid uppercut could keep Joe from getting inside, while also punishing him at long range. Frazier was game to the core, but Big George showed that Joe could be hurt. Lyle was no Willie Pep on his feet, but he had decent mobility for a man his size. He had a fairly quick jab with some pop to it. He threw a strong right hand but he needed room for it to gather steam. His best weapons on the inside if Frazier did get past his jab were a short left hook and a scorching uppercut. Also Ron was more then willing to stand in the trenches and swap body shots. He would have been quite a handful for Joe.

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Why Mike Tyson is NOT in My Top Ten

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

I have rated many fighters in many different divisions, eras, and ethnic groups. One of my first ranking features that I posted on this Web site (see Archives / August 2007 or Rankings on menu to view) was my view of the top ten heavyweights of all time (i.e.) “Rating the Heavies”, in which I have gotten some criticism for not including Mike Tyson in my elite group.

First let me say that it is always a pleasure to write what I have seen in my 48 years of following boxing as a sport I deeply love. I have seen every heavyweight champion fight, either by living during his era, by film or by speaking with individuals who actually saw these champions fight, even at the turn of the 20th century. I respect everyone’s opinions and, of course, have mine to tell after having studied this very subject, giving a great degree of research on my part.

As I get older, the majority of people who have disputed that Tyson could have beaten Ali or Holmes if they fought in their primes are mostly people whom, if I asked, “Who was Cassius Clay?”, would not know the answer any more than they would know that George Reeves was the first Superman. This simply tells me that they never knew the fighter that beat a more feared man than Tyson ever was, that being Sonny Liston, and who also survived the biggest knock down in his career in the 1963 Henry Cooper fight, and all when he was Cassius Clay.

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Peter Jackson

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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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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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Muhammad Ali / Part 5 of 6

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This is the fifth of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I will display these six articles and will also include photos of my collectables now through this month of July for viewing.

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

In part five of my six part series on Muhammad Ali, I would like to give you my personal view of ten incredible highlight facts during his boxing career:

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Muhammad Ali / Part 4 of 6

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This is the fourth of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I will display these six articles and will also include photos of my collectables now through this month of July for viewing.

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

In part four of my six part series on Muhammad Ali, I will go back to almost the exact time when I started to follow boxing – 1961. It was June of that year and I just celebrated my thirteenth birthday and as a young boy, I eagerly anticipated every boxing match and its results, as I still do today.

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Deontay Wilder Retains WBC Title With “KO” Win Over Chris Arreola … Rigondeaux Wins Impressively

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (37-0 / 36 by KO) retained his title with a stoppage after eight rounds when the corner of challenger Chris Arreola (36-5-1 / 31 by KO) called a halt to the bout at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday night shown on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) Fox national television.

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After a slow first round Wilder was in command once using the jab against a squared up Arreola who was content to walk straight in without giving Wilder any angles.  At the end of round four Wilder dropped Arreola and had him out on his feet before the bell saved Arreola from being knocked out.

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Muhammad Ali / Part 3 of 6

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This is the third of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I will display these six articles and will also include photos of my collectables now through this month of July for viewing.

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

In part three of my six part series on Muhammad Ali, I will give my personal views of three fights during his career that he emerged victorious – but by close margins and conceivably could of lost as well.

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Muhammad Ali / Part 2 of 6

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This is the second of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I will display these articles and will also include photos of my collectibles now through this month of July for viewing.

 

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

In the second installment of my six in a series, I will answer a question that is most often asked of me, with regards to Muhammad Ali. That question is which – when was Ali at the height of his career?

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First of all, I must say that it has been a blessing to witness the greatest heavyweight champion of this era fight throughout his career (1960- 1981). In my opinion, Ali was at his pinnacle from a stretch after the 1st Floyd Patterson ( November 1965) to his final defense against Zora Folley (March 1967) before he was stripped of the heavyweight title.

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