By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
April 15th is approaching this coming week and most think of it as ‘Tax Day’, which is rightfully so. But, I think otherwise to April 15, 1985 – The Fight of the Year, The Round of the Year (round one), and The Fight of the Decade (eighties) – Marvin Hagler (60-2-2 / 50 by KO) vs. Thomas Hearns (40-1 / 34 by KO) for the ‘undisputed’ middleweight championship of the world at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.
Hagler, normally a slow starter, came out at the opening bell pinning Hearns to the ropes. Hearns threw a devastating right that stunned Hagler for a moment, as both began to trade power punches with knockout intentions. Hagler stunned Hearns with a hard left hand, becoming the aggressor, as the two continued to trade power punches. This vicious action continued, and suddenly Hagler developed a cut on his forehead, but that didn’t stop him as he pinned Hearns to the ropes and continued his assault, hurting Hearns as that blistering round ended.
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
Contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008
To me Jean Claude Bouttier was one of the best fighters of a great era who never won a world title. He joins Pierre Fourrie, Yaqui Lopez, Bennie Briscoe, Hedgemon Lewis, Ernie “Red ” Lopez, Armando Muniz and Ray Lampkin who were boxers fighting in the wrong place at the wrong time. Even some boxers who held a fragment of a title never got the recognition they deserved because of other dominant champions. Men like Rodrigo Valdez, Esteban DeJesus and Howard Winstone.
By Adam Pollack / Guest Post
Win By KO Publications is pleased to announce the publication of Tony Zale The Man of Steel … now available on amazon and other online book dealers.
In the 1940s, two-time world middleweight champion Tony Zale seemingly had it all. Battling colorful Rocky Graziano in The Ring magazine’s Fights of the Year in 1946 and 1947, “The Man of Steel” from Gary, Indiana, convincingly defeated him in their third and final contest in 1948. These bouts are acknowledged as among the most exciting trilogies in boxing history. Tony had hosts of adoring fans and supportive family, was married to a beautiful and talented woman, and had two little girls whom he adored.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
On October 18, 2014, Gennady Golovkin did to Marco Antonio Rubio what he has done to every other fighter he faced, he pounded Rubio into submission. This fight lasted less than six minutes and never really was in doubt despite Rubio coming into the fight overweight. Rubio weighed two pounds over the contracted weight and made no effort after the weigh in to try to lose the extra two pounds. Rubio figured the extra bulk would allow him to better withstand Triple G’s power but alas, it didn’t do Rubio much good.
Golovkin is the best Middleweight in the world today and so far, he has made the Middleweight division his personal fiefdom and the question is who can stand up to Golovkin? Miguel Cotto recently defeated Sergio Martinez but Cotto has his eyes on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and the big payday that comes with it, so Cotto is not going to fight Golovkin. And if he did, he would lose.
By David Martinez / www.dmboxing.com
Gennady Golovkin (31-0 / 28 by KO) added an 18th consecutive knockout to his resume on Saturday night making his Southern California (Carson, CA) debut by knocking out veteran Marco Antonio Rubio (59-7-1 / 51 by KO) in the second round retaining his WBA middleweight title.
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer
With all the recent hoopla for the respected Bernard Hopkins and his adding to the legacy of great Philly fighters…
Well here goes… The great city of Philadelphia has produced an array of world class middleweights over the years. Hopkins has brought great pride to the long line of Philly middlewights who came before him. Tough guys like Stanley ” Kitten ” Hayward, Eugene ” Cyclone ” Hart, Bobby ” Boogaloo ” Watts, Willie ” The Worm ” Monroe and possibly he toughest of them all, ” Bad ” Bennie Briscoe.
When people talk of Hopkins now they compare him to Stanley Ketchel, Harry Greb, Sugar Ray Robinson and his more recent contemporaries, Carlos Monzon and Marvin Hagler. Did someone forget a classy and fine middleweight named Rodrigo Valdez ?
Valdez was a world class fighter who suffered from the ” De Jesus ” syndrome. That is like the outstanding Esteban DeJesus was overshadowed in his career by the skill of Roberto Duran. So too was Rodrigo Valdez overshadowed by Monzon . Take Duran And Monzon out of the picture and DeJesus and Valdez mght be in the Hall Of Fame. Continue reading