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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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(Winter 2016 Edition)

Happy New Year 2016 to everyone!

It is always my honor to say thank you to the small group of people that make this website the success that it is. They are John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing); Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); Harold Lederman (Hey Harold!); Steve Corbo (Guest Posts); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader); and always “IN MEMORY OF” to Rusty Rubin, my first writer on this website in July 2007 (In Rusty’s Corner / Glove2Glove).

The top fights that I “personally” would like to see and that would be the best for boxing in 2016 (in order) are: Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez (middleweights), Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury (heavyweights), Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward (light heavyweights), Leo Santa Cruz vs. Vasyl Lomachenko (featherweights), Guillermo Rigondeaux, vs. Scott Quigg (super bantamweights), Roman Gonzalez vs. Carlos Cuadras (super flyweights), Terence Crawford vs. Viktor Postol (super lightweights), Naoya Inque vs. Kazuto Ioka (super flyweights), and Luis Ortiz vs. Alexander Povetkin (heavyweights).

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2015

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past year 2015 in the five major categories and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2015. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!

 

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FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:  Gennady Golovkin

WBA Super World  / WBC interim / IBF middleweight champion (34-0 / 31 by KO)

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Three successful title defenses and unification win: Martin Murray (KO 11) February 21, Willie Monroe (KO 6) May 16, David Lemieux (KO 8) October 17

*** Runner Up – Canelo Alvarez

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The Greatest Boxers From Each Country

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

Picking the greatest boxers of all time, from different countries around the world, was really an easy and fun task. Over the years I have researched this topic at great length and interviewed many people. I have spoken to the older generations of fans and fighters who personally saw many of the boxers fight that were before my time. Their expertise and the input they offered was invaluable.

For each fighter my main basis for ranking them was the height, peak, prime, and pinnacle of their careers regardless of weight or eras in which they fought. The level of their competition played a huge factor, but not necessarily their ring record.
Alphabetically by geographic area/country, here are my picks, with the runners up included:

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(Fall 2015 Edition)

Once again I would like to say thank you to all of you, the growing fan base that loyally supports dmboxing.com. Without you the success of this website isn’t possible!

It’s a blessing to have a group of people that help with their best efforts to make this site what it is, and will continue to be. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing); Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association of America); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); Harold Lederman (HBO / Hey Harold!); Steve Corbo (Guest Post Writer); Adam Pollock (Book Reviews); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), and in memory of a man that is truly missed resting peacefully in heaven with the Lord, Rusty Rubin. My dear friend Rusty was my first writer to come in at the start of this website in July 2007, volunteering his award winning column, “In Rusty’s Corner.”

I appreciate the many comments and fan mail that I receive concerning boxing and the features that I offer, and I certainly respect all opinions. My main goal is to provide my wealth of knowledge from over fifty years of boxing in a fair and honest manner to all. I strive to make credibility my highest priority.

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World Colored Heavyweight Championship

***** FLASHBACK ~ This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com in November 2012

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

Let me bring you a feature story that you will probably not read any where regarding, all together, the five best black heavyweights at the turn of the 20th century.

I got the idea when I over heard some mutual friends talking about the best black baseball players that never got the chance to play in the major leagues, and had to settle playing against each other in the old negro league.

I have rated many boxers in many categories throughout my over 50 years of boxing … on this website alone you will find that I have rated the best heavyweights, the best lightweights, the best Mexicans fighters, and now I will personally rate the best black heavyweights in a time period that but only one of them, Jack Johnson, had the opportunity to fight for the heavyweight championship.

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Best Punchers – The Heavyweights

*** FLASHBACK ~ This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com in June 2012

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Here is my list of the 15 best punchers in the heavyweight division from the start of the Marquis of Queensberry era, (i.e.) 1892 to the present.  A formula that I am using to help illustrate this for each boxer is to show their percentage of knockouts which is calculated by the number of wins they had with the number of knockouts in those wins.  This formula isn’t intended to determine the order in which I have placed them; the order also includes my opinion of them as punchers.

I am not concerned about “who beat who”, how many times they were knocked out themselves or the results if they would have fought each other.  Their physical size or if they were a world champion has no bearing – this is strictly based on strength of punching power with the opponents they fought.  Why isn’t Muhammad Ali on this list?  Personally, I would take Ali to beat any of these punchers on my list – but mostly by decision wins and not by knockouts.  When I write rankings of boxers in any capacity I always get disagreements and feedback, so please know that I respect your opinions, and hope you will respect mine.

#1) Joe Louis (66 wins / 52 by KO = 78.7 %) Heavyweight champion 1940-1949. Defended title a record 25 times. He was a smooth, deadly puncher with tremendous power in either hand. His combinations had perfect accuracy with overwhelming power.

#2) George Foreman (76 wins / 69 by KO = 90.7 %) Two time heavyweight champion 1973-1974 and 1994-1997. He is recognized as one of the hardest hitters ever in boxing in any weight division. He is forth on my list in the percentage category of knockouts.

#3) Sonny Liston (50 wins / 39 by KO – 78.0 %) Heavyweight champion 1962-1964. The most intimidating heavyweight ever, his left jab alone was so powerful that it knocked opponents out – the jab – and his left hook was nothing less than devastating.

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As this website enters its 8th year “officially” on July 15, I would like to say thank you to all the fan base that have come into dmboxing.com with their support. Without you the success of this website isn’t complete!

It is a true blessing to have a group of people that help with their best efforts to make this site what it is, and will continue to be. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing); Tom Donelson (Boxing Writers Association of America); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); Harold Lederman (HBO / Hey Harold!); Steve Corbo (Guest Post Writer): Adam Pollock (Book Reviews); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), and in memory of a man that is truly missed resting peacefully in heaven with God, Rusty Rubin. My dear friend Rusty was my first writer at the start of this website in July 2007, volunteering his award winning column, “In Rusty’s Corner.”

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2014

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past last year 2014 in the five major categories and “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2014.  Picks are solely my opinion, as I respect and welcome the opinions of others.

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FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Terence Crawford

WBO lightweight champion (25-0 / 17 by KO)

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three successful wins: Ricky Burns (UD 12) 3-1-14, Yuriorkis Gamboa (KO 9) 6-28-14, Raymundo Beltran (UD 12) 11-29-14

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***  Runner Up’s (in order) : Sergy Kovalev, Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Wladimir Klitschko, Carl Froch

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(Fall 2014 Edition)

Summer is gone and Fall is now in the air!

My involvement in boxing goes back to 1961 and my intent is to offer my wealth to you in the sport that I am passionate in exceeding to the highest of standards that I can provide on this website.

I am blessed to have a small group of people that help make this site what it is, and will continue to be. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing); Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner); Dave Wilcox (Glove 2 Glove); Tom Donelson (Boxing Writers Association of America); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); and Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader). They are as good as they get in what they provide with their expertise.

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(Spring / Summer 2014 Edition)

I am truly honored to be providing this website to everyone. My wealth in boxing goes back to 1961, and so boxing is truly embedded in my life. I am sharing a few photos for viewing of my collection in my over fifty years of boxing.

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I also want to say thank you to a group of people that help me make this website what it is and will continue to be. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Photo Editing and Proof Reader); Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner); Tom Donelson (Boxing Writers Association); Dave Wilcox (Glove 2 Glove); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); and Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader). I have always said “a captain is as only as good as his crew” and this crew is beyond my belief in what they provide with their expertise.

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I would also like to acknowledge the women that model my products; they are kind enough to do their part with providing beauty when I advertise my items for sale.collection 3

A new feature that has everyone talking is from Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing. He offers his expertise with short videos on upcoming fights and fighters. Coming next month for your viewing, Harold will offer a take on how to score – which he does best – in boxing.

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There are a few people (Adam Pollack, Steve Corbo and Armando Cabrera are at the top of the list) that have provided GUEST POSTS for this website. If there is anyone that would like to do so, I welcome your thoughts and opinions. You can send for approval “directly” to my email address: dmmcgn9@verizon.net

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On an event note – the 2014 California Boxing Hall of Fame Ceremonies will be held on October 18, at the Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA. For information regarding tickets for this event contact Don Fraser (818) 761-4887 or email address: neicyrox@sbcglobal.netcollection 4

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I know you have many choices in boxing, thank you for making this website one of them!

In closing, here’s my top 12 (dozen) “pound for pound” in boxing – as of May 27, 2014

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