Category Archives: Heavyweights

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 / dmboxing.com

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 dmboxing.com 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 dmboxing.com 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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Jack Johnson Family Seeks Pardon

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

Jack Johnson was arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time and arguably one of the most despised African American sports figures of all time.

Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion, winning the title from Tommy Burns in 1908, at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the ring together.

On July 4, 1910 in Reno, Nevada, former undefeated heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries, who had retired in 1905, made a comeback in an attempt to regain the title from a black champion. This bout truly was “The Fight of the Century”!

Johnson would beat Jeffries, and continued beating white opponents and flaunting his affection for white women, even fleeing the country after an all white jury convicted him of “immorality” for one of his relationships. In 1913 he was convicted of violating the Mann Act which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

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Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries … FIGHT OF THE CENTURY

                                   

Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Image from original cigar box, circa 1900
(gift to David Martinez from Al Nelson, Boxing Historian, 1972, Jeffries Barn, Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA)
 
*** FLASHBACK – this article originally first appeared on dmboxing.com on July 2, 2010

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

July 4, 2010 will mark the 100th anniversary of Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries, “Fight of the Century”, for the heavyweight championship of the world.

Leading up to this fight, Jeffries won the title in 1899 against Bob Fitzsimmons and after defeating all challengers he retired undefeated in 1905. Johnson won the title in 1908 against Tommy Burns to become the first black fighter to win the coveted crown.

The build up to this fight was nothing less than controversial with a white champion coming out of a five-year retirement to try to win the title back from a black champion.

Scheduled for 45 rounds, the fight took place in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1910, with Tex Rickard as the promoter and referee. Prior to the fight, Rickard had invited United States president William Howard Taft to be the referee, but Taft declined.

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Wilder Defends WBC Heavyweight Title with 1st Round Knockout over Stiverne

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
Last week, it was Anthony Joshua who won with a ten round stoppage victory over Carlos Takam and this week it was Deontay Wilder turn as he faced Bermane Stiverne, the only fighter who went the distance with Wilder.  Before the main event, Adrian Granados faced Shawn Porter in a key welterweight division and Sergey Lipinets challenged Akirhiro Kondo for the IBF Junior Welterweight title vacated by Terrance Crawford, who went up to welterweight.
 

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Joshua stops Takam to Retain IBF/WBA Heavyweight Title Belts

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Anthony Joshua prepared to face French heavyweight Carlos Takam, knowing full well that a victory could propel him to a meeting with Deontay Wilder. For Joshua, this is one of those fights that prove to be instrumental in comparison as Takam has already lost to New Zealand undefeated Joseph Parker by decision and was knocked out by Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin three years ago. If Joshua stopped Takam, this could send a message that he is indeed the man and certainly, he is a popular heavyweight as he filled out a 78,000 stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
 
 

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Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko – RECAP

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.

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Joshua Defeats Klitschko by Knockout

 
 
 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
 
 
Anthony Joshua faced his toughest battle against Wladimir Klitschko who was fighting father time along fighting Joshua. For Klitschko, this was a legacy fight for to win would put him among the elites of boxing history as a three time champion of the division.  No fighter had won more heavyweight titles and fought in more than Klitschko who along with his brother dominated the heavyweight for much of this century. 
 
From 2004 to 2015, there was Klitschko at the top of the heavyweight division and Wladimir Klitschko attempted to win back his title in front of 90,000 British faithful in Wembley Stadium.  Joshua had the home ring advantage.  
 

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