(Spring 2019 Edition)
Spring is here and once again it’s time to say thank you for making this website one of your choices in boxing.
It is my pleasure and I treasure the opportunity to provide the best of boxing as I know it.
A small elite group of people that help enhance dmboxing.com and whom I would like to acknowledge are:
Bob Quackenbush (Lead Assistant / Proof Reader); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer / Boxing Historian); Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America); Steve Corbo (Boxing Writer / Proof Reader); Harold Lederman (Hey Harold / Retired HBO World Championship Boxing); Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner / Glove2Glove). [ Note: Rusty was the first to contribute to dmboxing in July 2007. May his friendship and lovely memory live forever. R.I.P. ]
I want to say an extra thank you for those that have purchased my dmboxing products. My newest blue long sleeve t-shirt (see photo above) has sold well and is available at the cost of $20.00 and that includes FREE shipping. To view all of my products, go to the Categories section on this website and click on dmboxing.com Products. Ordering is easy; just send a check, NO cash please, and desired size to: David Martinez Boxing, 810 Coronel Street, Santa Barbara, California 93109 and upon receipt your order will be promptly processed. May I add a special thank you to my website t-shirt model, Holly.
I encourage all fan mail, questions, and your input. The many features I post are intended to be positive, historical, and documented to the highest degree of truth and value. Many have expressed enjoyment seeing the old article features I bring back in my Category called “Pages From The Scrapbook”. They are the original pieces from my early writing days in the seventies, eighties, and nineties, when I was a boxing writer for my local newspaper, the Santa Barbara News Press.
As all fight fans know, HBO dropped their boxing format last December 2018. I miss the whole show immensely and watched almost every telecast since its beginning in 1973.
I truly miss my friend Harold Lederman, who was a part of HBO for 32 years, since 1986, sitting ringside as their “Unofficial Official” with his scoring and expert commentary.
In the past few months I have received comments from many who feel the same regarding Harold. Here is just one response that I would like to share – from his loving sister Billie Lederman-Bauman:
I am so proud of my brother Harold… His extraordinary knowledge of boxing and its history as well as his wonderful sense of humor have contributed so much to the enjoyment of the boxing audience watching at home… It certainly is HBO’s loss …. Thank you for continuing to keep Harold in the reach of all those who love and admire him …
I would also like to commend Bill and Linda Dempsey for their hard work staging the National Boxing Hall of Fame. The 2019 class of inductees banquet is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th – for more information, go to the Category section on this website and click on Boxing Events or Hall of Fame. Also, their website is www.nationalboxinghalloffame.com
Here’s my ranking of the top “pound for pound” dozen (12) boxers:
(as of March 21, 2019)
1) Terence Crawford (34-0 / 25 by KO)
2) Vasiliy Lomachenko (12-1 / 9 by KO)
3) Oleksandr Usyk (16-0 / 12 by KO)
4) Gennady Golovkin (38-1-1 / 34 by KO)
5) Canelo Alvarez (51-1-2 / 35 by KO)
6) Errol Spence Jr. (25-0 / 21 by KO)
7) Naoya Inoue (17-0 / 15 by KO)
8) Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-4-1 / 41 by KO)
9) Leo Santa Cruz (36-1-1 / 19 by KO)
10) Mickey Garcia (39-1 / 30 by KO)
11) Anthony Joshua (22-0- / 21 by KO)
12) Donnie Nietes (42-1-5 / 23 by KO)
Honorable Mention: Miguel Berchelt, Kosei Tanaka, Wanheng Menayothin