(Spring 2016 Edition)
Once again I would like to express a big thank you to everyone out there who supports and has made this website the success that it is.
A small team of wonderful people contribute to this website, whom I would like to acknowledge. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Photo Editing and Proof Reader), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers of America), Harold Lederman (Hey Harold!), Steve Corbo (Guest Post Writer), Adam Pollock (Book Reviews), and in memory of a man I truly miss and respect, Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner) R.I.P.
The fan mail I get is great and I thank those who have written their opinions and given their input – which I honor and respect.
The recent article, “The 25 Greatest Boxers of All Time,” was my personal look at some of the greatest fighters. I received many positive opinions with most paralleling, but not necessarily in the same order, with my choices.
I have been involved in boxing for 55 years, since 1961, and I have been blessed with the opportunity within my involvement to research and interview many individuals who actually lived in eras before my time. Three men who stand out that know boxing as well as anyone I have ever known, are boxing historians Al Nelson, Hank Kaplan, and Bert Sugar. Their expertise helped me draw my conclusions, this following much in-depth study on my own over the years.
In a couple of weeks I will post my dmboxing.com products available for purchase. It is a complete display of my t-shirts, coffee mugs, hats, and tank tops. Be sure to check this out, as I will be including a nice Spring 2016 discount and as always offer FREE shipping.
I am looking forward to lots of good upcoming fights in the future and if I had to single out one that personally ranks at the top of my list, it is Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward. This would be a tremendous fight between two undefeated light heavyweights. I was surprised to hear from many who have written off Ward based on his last fight. Styles make fights and this one would be no exception. Like George Foreman, who many thought was invincible prior to the Muhammad Ali fight, Kovalev has power. But it’s Ward who has the better defense, footwork, and ring generalship. Like Ali was in the Foreman fight, Ward will be the underdog. Kovalev is a beast and presents a huge challenge to Ward, though Ward has fought the better opposition. They match up well, same height (6’0″), with reach being about the same (72″), and Kovalev being just a year older at 33. I don’t see Ward losing by decision, and if Kovalev is to win, his best shot is by knockout or a stoppage. I hope this fight takes place, as boxing needs great match-ups like this.
Here’s a look at my top (12) dozen “Pound For Pound” boxers as of April 14, 2016:
1) Roman Gonzalez (44-0 / 38 by KO)
2) Gennady Golovkin (34-0 / 31 by KO)
3) Guillermo Rigondeaux (16-0 / 10 by KO)
4) Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1 / 26 by KO)
5) Andre Ward (29-0 / 15 by KO)
6) Terence Crawford (28-0 / 20 by KO)
7) Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2 / 38 by KO)
8) Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1 / 32 by KO)
9) Leo Santa Cruz (32-1-1 / 18 by KO)
10) Juan Francisco Estrada (32-2 / 24 by KO)
11) Shinsuke Yamanaka (25-0-2 / 17 by KO)
12) Timothy Bradley (33-2-1 / 13 by KO)
Honorable Mention (in order) the next six are: Danny Garcia, Vasyl Lomachenko, Naoya Inque, Takashi Uchiyama, Carlos Cuadras, Francisco Vargas