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.
I have been involved in boxing since 1961 and it is my pleasure to be able to bring boxing to you as your producer and founder. I publish about twelve postings per month with features that I hope you enjoy and I thank each and every one of you for making this website one of yours choices as you search the internet for boxing.
On a closing note, for those of you that are here on the West Coast I hope to see you at the upcoming 2013 California Boxing Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday, October 19th. I am so honored to have be chosen to represent my friend Harold Lederman on his induction. He will not be able to attend the event due to his commitment to work a title fight that same evening for HBO World Championship Boxing. For additional information on this event please contact Don Fraser (818) 761-4887 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For the ending period of the month of September 2013, here are (in order) my top dozen “pound for pound” boxers in the world:
1) Floyd Mayweather ( 45-0 / 26 by KO )
2) Andre Ward ( 26-0 / 14 by KO )
3) Juan Manuel Marquez ( 55-6 / 40 by KO )
4) Sergio Martinez ( 51-2-2 / 28 by KO )
5) Wladimir Klitschko ( 60-3 / 51 by KO )
6) Guillermo Rigondeaux ( 12-0 / 8 by KO )
7) Timothy Bradley ( 30-0 / 12 by KO )
8) Vitali Klitschko ( 45-2 / 41 by KO )
9) Manny Pacquiao ( 54-5-2 / 38 by KO )
10) Carl Froch ( 31-2 / 22 by KO )
11) Adrien Broner ( 27-0 / 22 by KO )
12) Gennady Golovkin ( 27-0 / 24 by KO )
Honorable Mention: Danny Garcia, Nonito Donaire, Mike Alvarado, Mickey Garcia, Roman Gonzalez, and Leo Santa Cruz.