Category Archives: Middleweights

Jake LaMotta – R.I.P.

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On September 20, 2017 Jake La Motta, middleweight champion whose epic fights with Sugar Ray Robinson are legendary, passed away at the age of 95.

LaMotta was known as the Raging Bull and he fought in 106 bouts in a 14 year colorful brawling career. His Fame led to Martin Scorsese’s 1980 movie Raging Bull, that was nominated for eight Academy Awards and in which Robert DeNiro won best actor for his portrayal of LaMotta.

He fought, who I and top boxing historians consider the greatest fighter of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson six times – twice in a three week span in 1943.  LaMotta won only once, in their second fight which was a 10 round decision, giving Robinson his first loss after 40 straight wins.  This would be Robinson’s only loss in his first 132 professional fights. Their final fight was a grueling intriguing slugfest known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, in Chicago on February 14, 1951, in which LaMotta lost his middleweight title. Robinson won when the referee stopped the fight in the 13th round while LaMotta was hanging on the ropes, helpless and beaten. As the bout ended, LaMotta would say to Robinson “You didn’t put me down Ray, you didn’t put me down Ray!”

Although foes in the ring, he and Robinson were friends outside it. Robinson served as his best man in LaMotta’s sixth wedding.

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Golovkin vs. Jacobs and Gonzalez vs. Srisaket … RECAP

 
 
 
By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008
 
 
“Triple GGG” Gennady Golovkin took on what may have been his toughest opponent, Daniel Jacobs but only for WBA and WBC but not IBF as Jacobs refused to do his morning weight in. (IBF rules stated that the fighter can only gain up to ten pounds following the official weight in.)  By refusing  the IBF, Jacobs could rehydrate to higher weight for an extra advantage over Golovkin.
 
Before these two fighters get it on, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez faced Thailand’s Srisaket Sor Rungvisai for Gonzalez, Super flyweight championship.  Over the first two rounds Rungvisai dominated with his power and even sent Gonzalez down for eight count near the end of the first round. 
 
 

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Golovkin by Decision Over Jacobs … Gonzalez Upset by Srisaket on HBO/PPV card

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBC/WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (37-0 / 34 by KO) retained his title belts with a hard fought unanimous twelve round decision over Daniel Jacobs (32-2 / 29 by KO) on Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York.

This was the first time in Golovkin’s eleven year career that he ever had to go the twelve round distance. Previous distance victories were eight rounders.

Golovkin started off in a slow paced manner before taking charge in round four, dropping Jacobs with two hard right hands. I gave Golovlin four of the first five rounds, with a 10-8 score for the knockdown in the fourth.

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Hey Harold!

My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing provides       dmboxing.com with his short video links regarding upcoming fights.

Here’s a look at Gennady Golovkin (36-0 / 33 by KO) vs. Daniel Jacobs (32-1 / 29 by KO) WBA/WBC/IBF middleweight championship – airing on HBO/PPV this Saturday, March 18, 2017 from Madison Square Garden, New York.

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Hey Harold!

My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides dmboxing.com with his short video links regarding upcoming fights.

Here’s a look at David Lemieux (36-3 / 32 by KO) vs. Curtis Stevens (29-5 / 21 by KO) middleweight fight, scheduled for 12 rounds – airing on HBO this Saturday, March 11, 2017 from the Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Verona, New York.  

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Bernard Hopkins – Ending a Career in Boxing

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 By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
 
Bernard Hopkins (55-7-2 / 32 by KO) will officially close out his brilliant career in boxing next week on December 17, 2016. 
 
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At the age of 51, Hopkins’ farewell fight will be against light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr.  (22-1 / 18 by KO). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at The Forum in Inglewood, California and will be televised on HBO.
 
 

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Golovkin and Gonzalez Win Big on HBO World Championship Boxing

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

Gennady Golvokin (36-0 / 33 by KO) successfully defended his WBC and IBF middleweight title belts (WBA belt was not at stake) with a fifth round stoppage over IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1 / 25 by KO) on Saturday night in front of over 19,000 fans at the 02 Arena in London, England.

In round one Golvokin staggered Brook with a perfect left hook to the liver, but Brook held on with outstanding movement and quickness to end the round.

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Canelo by “Knockout” over Khan

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to dmboxing.com since 2008

Amir Khan started his bout against the hard punching Canelo Alvarez with a solid right hand while using lateral movement over the first three minutes of their bout.  He landed a couple of four punch combinations to take the first round.   Khan boxing showed Alvarez that he was the faster, more technically skilled fighter.

Alvarez stalked his opponent in the second round and threw two big punches that missed the quicker Khan.  Alvarez wanted to impose his power and size against the smaller Khan and Alvarez even lifted up Khan in a clinch.  Alvarez went to the body in an effort to slow Khan down but Khan concluded the round with a series of combinations as he maneuvered Canelo into the advantageous positions.

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on May 7, 2014

I remember watching the “Friday Night Fights” on TV with my father and friends back in the early sixties, seeing Rubin “Hurricane” Carter as a top middleweight contender.

On April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday, Rubin passed away at the age of 76 after suffering from prostate cancer.

Rubin was nicknamed “Hurricane” because of his ferocity and punching power. He never achieved the title of world champion, but is always remembered for stopping two-division champion Emile Griffith in the first round in 1963. He fought for the middleweight title in 1964, losing a unanimous 15 round decision to Joey Giardello. Rubin had a professional ring record of 27 wins, 12 losses, and 1 draw with 19 knockouts.

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Golovkin by Knockout … Gonzalez Goes the Distance … and Donaire Wins in the Philippines

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Gennady Golovkin (35-0 / 32 by KO) successfully defended his IBF/WBA, interim WBC middleweight championship belts  over Dominic Wade (18-1 / 12 by KO) on Saturday night in a televised HBO bout at the Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, California.

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Golovkin ended the fight with a knockout in the second round after sending Wade to the canvas for a third time in the fight with a vicious right hand. The knockout was his 22nd straight, dating back to 2008.

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