By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
Lets get straight to the point, this was a good and very entertaining fight. This is just what boxing and particularly the heavyweight division needed.
I picked Joshua to win, simply because of youth. But I knew the 41 year old Klitschko would be a true test for the young 27 year old champion.
By Tom Donelson / Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America. Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) was instrumental in connecting Tom to contribute his expertise to dmboxing.com in 2008 – Tom is truly respected and appreciated by all.
Wladimir Klitschko is nearing the end of his career and he will be facing Anthony Joshua, who may be the heir to the Klitschko brothers’ former control of the title. From 2004 until Tyson Fury upset in 2016 of Wladimir, the Klitschko’s brothers have owned a portion of the heavyweight title Wladimir won the WBO title in 2000 but lost his title with a upset knockout by Corrie Sanders in and after regaining the title, he lost it in yet another knockout lost to Lamon Brewster.
Wladimir reputation was a big fighter with a glass jaw but when he teamed up with Emanuel Steward who directed Lennox Lewis’ career to the top. From that point Wladimir along with his brother dominated the heavyweight as they beat one opponent after another. Wladimir has participated in 28 title bouts and winning 25 of them, a heavyweight record but for many pundits, Wladimir has never been granted his place as a elite heavyweight as he fought in what many view as a weak era of heavyweights but like Larry Holmes before him; Wladimir and his brother Vitali may get their due years later. Holmes was never consider one of the elites until years later when he proved competitive in his 40’s.
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
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.
(Joe Frazier and legendary trainer Eddie Futch … photo courtesy Eva Futch)
*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on January 14, 2011
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.
*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 8, 2008
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.
*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 24, 2012
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.