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The Best of 2013 in Boxing

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

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.

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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

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The Best of the Year 2012

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /


FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Juan Manuel Marquez

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The Mexican warrior wins mega fight IV vs. Manny Pacquiao in December by a spectacular knockout. The result gives Marquez his first definitive victory in his epic four-fight series against arguably one of the best in boxing today.  Marquez also recorded a one-sided win over Sergey Fedchenko in April to win the vacant interim junior welterweight title.

Runner Ups (in order): Nonito Donaire; Danny Garcia.

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“THE BEST OF 2011″

ward THE BEST OF 2011 My personal top choices in boxing for the year 2011 in the major categories
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

With two impressive one sided wins against Arthur Abraham ( May 14) and Carl Froch (Dec 17), Ward wins the coveted Super-Six Super Middleweight tournament. He stays undefeated (25-0) and is the regaining WBA / WBC Super Middleweight champion.

Runner Up: Jorge Arce

FIGHT OF THE YEAR: Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz (April 16)

Berto down in round one, Ortiz down in round two and both fighters down in round six … Ortiz wins WBC Welterweight title over previously unbeaten Berto by unanimous 12 round decision in a high energy paced fight.

Runners Up: Akira Yaegashi vs. Pornsawan Porpramook … Luis Concepcion vs. Hernan Marquez

ROUND OF THE YEAR: Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland / Round 1 (November 5)

This fight starts off right from the opening bell in non-stop action. Just thirty seconds into the round Angulo drops Kirkland with a counter right hand , as it appears Kirkland is done, he survives and as the round nears the end he delivers his own punch that drops Angulo – in a round for the ages.

Runners Up: Brandon Rios vs. Urbano Antillon / Round 1… Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz / Round 6


Fight of the Year and the Bogus Controversy

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by Adam Pollack

The Lamont Peterson – Amir Khan fight has to be considered fight of the year. Wonderful intense battle by two young elite prime warriors giving it their all. Some brutal blows were landed by both in 12 rounds of excellent high level combat. The speed, footwork, counters, body shots, uppercuts, blazing combinations, were all just wonderful. Kudos to both for showing us what a true championship fight is all about.

But what is all this talk of controversy? I saw no controversial fight. I saw no home cooking. Stop trying to make every big boxing fight out to be controversial or a fix. Stop trying to react emotionally, but instead look at matters in a fair and objective manner. It isn’t good for the sport to cast aspersions on that referee, nor are the criticisms of his point deductions fair. I respectfully disagree with HBO and those who say the referee was unfair.

First of all, neither knockdown of Peterson in the 1st round was a knockdown. The first was correctly called a slip and a trip. The second was a trip and a push. Right there, for the referee to call that a knockdown shows that he had no bias against Khan. In the heat of the moment, though, referees have to make snap judgments, and sometimes they get it wrong. Happens in the NBA, NFL and the like. Part of the sport. But honestly, watching it live, without the benefit of instant replay, I was not sure whether or not it was knockdown. You have to go with the referee’s judgment at that point.

As for the fouling, the referee was perfectly justified in taking points off of Khan. It is a violation of the rules to hold, to pull a man’s head down, and to push. Amir Khan did all three, and did all three of them incessantly, flagrantly, and despite repeated and consistent cautions throughout he bout by the referee to stop doing these things. You don’t need a referee to tell you to stop violating the rules or he’ll take points off. Every boxer is charged with knowledge of the rules, and every boxer knows that if you keep breaking the rules, you can get points taken off. The referee kept cautioning Khan, and yet he did not stop. If a referee does not take points off, then there is no reason for a fighter ever to obey the rules or listen to the cautions. No one whines and moans when a referee in the NFL calls a holding penalty, or illegal contact, etc. If you violate the rules, you get penalized. If you don’t want the penalty, don’t commit the penalty. And when there is a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer, no one says the official gave the other team the game. They say that player should not have done what he did, that he should modify his behavior in the future lest he might potentially cost his team the game.
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Thoughts on Khan and Fury

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Member of Boxing Writers Association & International Boxing Research Organization )


Zab Judah found himself with one more opportunity to win a big fight, this one from Amir Khan and become an elite fighter once again.  At the age of 33, Judah moved down in weight to the 140 pound division but Khan would be a big fight. As for Khan, he came into the fight as the younger and bigger fighter against an older but experienced boxer who has his share of big fights.  This fight happened because Tim Bradley chose not to fight Khan and Khan simply moved to the next best thing; Judah.


Khan began the first round by jabbing and looking for openings whereas Judah showed patience as Khan early jabs missed.  Khan long jab kept Judah a safe distance and where Judah did managed a right hook from his southpaw stance; he did very little offensively.


In the second round, Judah avoided many of Khan punches, but he did very little counter whereas Khan continued to control the real estate between his opponent.   By the third round, Khan physical feature started to take control but Judah managed to slip left hands but they had little effect on the bigger Khan.

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Thoughts on HBO and Showtime fights!

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( Member of Boxing Writers Association )

Paul Williams came off a two round knock out lost suffered at the hand of Sergio Martinez against Cuban fighter Erislandy Lara in a comeback fight.  For Williams, there would be no change in style against a fighter similar in style to Martinez.  As for Lara, the sixteen fight career did not fully show his boxing experience since he had fought 300 plus amateur fights.

The record will show a majority decision victory for Paul Williams but the reality was that Erislandy won the fight in the ring whereas Williams won it on scorecard.  In the first three rounds Erislandy score with his left easily as Williams seem to be continuously to be caught with the same punch over and over throughout the fight.

In the fourth and fifth round, it looked like Lara was tiring as Williams pressured the Cuban fighter.  Even in the sixth round, Lara mouth was open as Williams continued the pressure but Lara returned to what worked in the opening rounds as he hit Williams with those devastating left.

Lara got a second wind in the seventh round as he moved consistently in position to hit Williams with his left.  This continued throughout the next four rounds, the same thing continued to happen as Lara maneuvered himself beautifully allowing him to step away and fired away with those left but even his jab was more effective than Williams.  Williams was told by his corner that he needed a knockout and in the twelfth, he went for that knockout and while he threw ton of punches, he failed to stop Lara. Unknown to him and his corner, he had the judges on his side.

Williams and his corner used the same strategy that cost him the Martinez fight and his three losses were to southpaw.  While the HBO staff made the case that maybe we have seen the best of Williams, it could easily be style that conflicts with his own. Williams does not use his heights and fights like he is 5’9” instead of 6’2”.  Against southpaws, he is vulnerable to straight lefts over his right that he holds low.  Williams doesn’t have to fight since he has kept his money, invested wisely and lives simply.  On this night he looked like a shot fighter who survived a bad decision but it could simply be a case of wrong style.  As for his goal of fighting Sergio Martinez, there was nothing tonight to show that he could beat the Argentina champion in a rubber match.

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Klitschko wins the big one!

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By Tom Donelson

( Member of Boxing Writers Association and International Boxing Research Organization )


It was suppose to be the big heavyweight fight of the past decade and the big test for Wladimir Klitschko over the past seven years. Instead, the fight ended with a whimper with little action and only in the first minute of the last round did one see any excitement or doubts about who will win.  For the most part, it was classic Klitschko; reduce his opponent to survival mode.


The opening round set the pace for most of the fight as David Haye looked to maneuver for a big blow while Wladimir Klitschko used his jab to control the real estate.  Haye biggest problem was his inability to penetrate Klitschko’s defenses and his failure to use his own quick hands to jab his way inside; instead he leaped in with punches.


On occasions, he landed his overhand right enough times to produce a welt under Vladimir Klitschko’s left eye but he threw half as many punches and connected on half as many punches.  During the second half of the fight, Haye became less active and while Klitschko lost a point for pushing Haye down, Haye flopped in order to get another point deduction.  The referee even counted Haye for an eight count after Haye flopped in the eleventh round. The referee got tired of Haye’s tactic and figure that one way to get his attention was to deduct a point and let the record show he was knocked down.


There was only three rounds in the fight had any serious competition, the third round in which Haye showed some rhythm and connected on some solid rights and the fourth round in which Haye actually connected on more punches for the only round in the fight.

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Alvarez wins easily!

canelo Alvarez wins easily!By Tom Donelson

( Member Boxing Writers Association and International Boxing Research Organization )

This past Saturday, HBO boxing after Dark had an evening of knock out boxing as the card featured knock out artists in both bouts.  Adrien Broner came into the bout as an undefeated fighter with 16 knockouts in 20 wins against the tough Jason Litzau, who goes for broke.  In the second bout, Mexican sensation Camelo Saul Alvarez challenged British veteran Ryan Rhodes.

In the opening round of the first fight, Litzau and Broner posed more than fight as they felt each other out with little action until the last thirty seconds when Broner attacked with vicious combinations.  The Broner attacked began with a left hook that missed followed by a right that stunned Litzau.  The right hand paralyzed Litzau for a brief moment and Litzau did not quite know where he was; Broner added a solid right, left hook, a right upper cut that send Litzau eyes rolling back and then concluded with a left hook sending Litzau down along the rope.  The referee did not bother to count as it was self evident that Litzau was not going to get up.

In the main event, Rhodes and Alvarez exchanged a few polite punches before Alvarez exploded with some combinations near the end of the first round as he connected on a series of combinations with the right hand showing the most pop.  Alvarez showed patience in the second round as he waited to see what Rhodes, who jabbed tentatively as the memory of those stinging rights in the first round still fresh in his minds.  When Rhodes turned southpaw, he proved vulnerable to Alvarez’s right as Rhodes looked ineffectual.

Alvarez showed some defensive skills as he moved his head against Rhodes and avoided many of Rhodes’ punches.  Alvarez occasionally would attack and never feared his opponents’ power. Rhodes started to connect on a few punches in the third round but they had little effect.

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Boxing Results and Thoughts: Chavez wins a title

20110605froch400 Boxing Results and Thoughts: Chavez wins a titleBy Tom Donelson

( Member of Boxing Writers Association and International Boxing Research Organization )

Froch moves on

Carl Froch was one fight away from facing Andre Ward and being a part of the Super Six tournament final.  His opponent, Glen Johnson, was the ultimate road warrior and a fighter better than his record as he became one of the elite light heavyweights over the past decade.  At the age of 42, Glen Johnson still had enough talent to be a threat and his most recent victory over the younger Allan Green reminded the boxing world that he was still one of the best in the world.

In the opening bout, Mikkel Kessler fought a warm up fight against Mehdi Bouadla.  Bouadla pressed the action against the accomplished Kessler but halfway through the round, Kessler used his jab to set up combinations. Bouadla own jabs penetrated Kessler own defense as he kept the round close.

Bouadla defense made it difficult for Kessler in the second round as Kessler’s jab often fell short and when he got closer; he got counter by a Bouadla left hook. Kessler fought a better third round as ring rust from 14 months layoff started to evaporate and a Kessler right sent Bouadla down for an eight count. Bouadla spit his mouthpiece out to gain more time and the referee gave him a point deduction for delaying the fight.  Kessler continued his assault with multiple combinations.

Kessler began the fourth round by unleashing combinations and found a home with his right hand as Bouadla took some big shots as he tried to survive the round but with ten seconds left, another Kessler right sent Bouadla down, but Bouadla got up and wobbled back to his corner.

As the sixth round began, the first question was how did Bouadla survive to get his far as he got pasted over the past three rounds.  With a minute left, a Kessler left hook hurt Bouadla and this was followed by a second left hook along with a nasty right hand that sent Bouadla a third time.  Kessler finished up Bouadla with another combination and after hitting the canvas for the fourth time, Bouadla was finished.  Kessler won impressively and set himself for another big fight; maybe against Lucian Bute.

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