***** FLASHBACK ~ This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com in November 2012
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.
*** FLASHBACK ~ This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com in June 2012
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.
(Summer 2015 Edition)
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.”
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.
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Terence Crawford
WBO lightweight champion (25-0 / 17 by KO)
three successful wins: Ricky Burns (UD 12) 3-1-14, Yuriorkis Gamboa (KO 9) 6-28-14, Raymundo Beltran (UD 12) 11-29-14
*** Runner Up’s (in order) : Sergy Kovalev, Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Wladimir Klitschko, Carl Froch
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com
I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past last year 2013 in the five major categories. Picks are solely my opinion, as I respect and welcome opinions of others.
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Floyd Mayweather Jr.
WBA welterweight champion and WBC junior middleweight champion
Showing no signs of aging in the ring, Floyd won both of his bouts in 2013 in dominating fashion over two highly touted opponents Robert Guerrero and Canelo Alvarez.
He remains the best “pound for pound” in the sport and I for see that not to change anytime in the near future.
Runner Up: Timothy Bradley
(Fall 2013 Edition)
On a quarterly basis I always want to take the time to say thank you to a group of people that help make this website the success that it has become since I brought it to you in July 2007.
These people are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader & Photo Editing), Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner), Dave Wilcox (Glove2Glove), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Phyllis Vincent (Proof Reader) and the many others who have contributed input with their article features and comments to this site. Johnny Ortiz and Steve Corbo are personal friends who offer their views and I respect both as they are pure boxing experts to the highest degree.
A thank you is also in order to John Palminteri (KEYT Newschannel 3 ABC-TV) for his outstanding photos and coverage on the recent Henry Calles professional fight at the Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California on August 16, 2013.
With the recent passing of Ken Norton, I want to acknowledge that he was trained by the legendary Eddie Futch, who also trained 21 other world champions. Eddie trained four of the five boxers that beat the great Muhammad Ali; they were Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick. The anniversary of Eddie’s death is next week on October 10th; we lost Eddie in 2001. I would like to offer a prayer for a man that I consider the best trainer in boxing in my lifetime, Eddie Futch.
(Spring 2013 Edition)
I would like to start by saying thank you for making this website one of your choices in boxing. It is my pleasure to share my passion for a sport I have been attached to since 1961. This website was started in 2007, and has received many more views than any of my expectations – thank you!
The people that contribute are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader / Photo Editing), Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner), Dave and Deborah Wilcox (Glove 2 Glove), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association), Steve Corbo (Boxing Expert / Writer), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Phyllis Vincent (Proof Reader). A captain is only as good as his crew and these people allow me to steer this ship with honor and expertise. The girls who pose with my products are all friends and are not professional models. They offer their time, and lend their beauty, to help in a kind way.
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian
I consider myself truly blessed to have seen over the past fifty years all the boxing greats. I have written various articles ranking different boxers in their primes, but I feel compelled to write now about a division in boxing that hardly anyone ever talks about – light heavyweight.
This weight class of 175 pounds was formed in 1903 and its inaugural champion was Jack Root. Before the cruiserweight division was formed in 1979, which was originally 190 pounds but has since been changed to 200 pounds, light heavyweight was the one just below the heavyweight division.
I started to watch boxing in 1961 and prior to then, the ten (not in order) greatest light heavyweights, in my opinion, were: Bob Fitzsimmons, Sam Langford, Harry Greb, Gene Tunney, Tommy Loughran, Maxie Rosenbloom, Billy Conn, Jimmy Bivins, Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore.