On a quarterly basis, I always write to thank and acknowledge the people that make this website the success that it is. My producer is John Boitnott, the main person who is simply my right hand man with his professional expertise regarding this website. Other key people are: Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner column), Tom Donelson (Boxing Correspondent Writer), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), and Ray Luna (Media Photographer). I am so grateful to have these wonderful people that contribute to this website in a positive manner.
My t-shirt, hat, and tank top products are a huge part of this website and the girls that pose wearing these items have all added a personal touch with their beauty and support.
As a boxing historian and avid collector for over fifty years, I strive to bring everyone the best in boxing in a most respectable and professional way. The fan mail that I receive is greatly appreciated and I respect your views and opinions.
One change on this website has been my RING TRIVIA, which had been monthly and is now offered quarterly in March, June, September, and December. I have added more questions (formerly three and now five) with the answers available for viewing sooner in a two-week time frame. I have always been fascinated with boxing trivia, and as a young boy growing up I would pick the minds of my older generation boxing friends to learn for myself the history of boxing that they knew and lived. When this website was born in July 2007, I knew that RING TRIVIA would be a main feature and I intend to keep it so.
On a personal note, many of my closest friends know that I have been helping kids in local gyms for many years – it is such an honor to help the youth. A gym that I go to here on a regular basis in the Santa Barbara, California area is Duke’s Boxing and Fitness. The owner, 34 year old Henry Calles, a former outstanding amateur boxer, does a great job with the kids that come into his gym. Mark Lee also adds a special touch with his expertise as a trainer and whom I’ve known since the early eighties when we contributed to another local gym. He now teaches the youth at a top level of boxing at Duke’s Boxing. For further information regarding the gym you can go to: www.dukesboxing.com
I get tons of fan emails and I enjoy reading all your opinions and answering many of your questions. In the past couple of years there has been one person that has surfaced to the top of that list. My friend Harold Lederman at HBO World Championship Boxing connected me with his friend Steve Corbo. Harold knew through boxing that we would “instantly” become friends and was he ever so right.
Steve lives in Chicago, knows and has lived boxing as long as me, and has become my number one boxing friend with his input and expertise. He does professional ring announcing for major boxing venues in Europe and sends me tape of his work and the fight action from these matches. Although we have never met in person, I certainly hope that we will one day, as I consider myself truly blessed to have Steve as my friend.
To answer a commonly asked question regarding the best heavyweight champions of all time, my opinion, in order, are: (1) Jack Johnson, (2) Muhammad Ali, (3) Joe Louis, (4) Jack Dempsey, (5) Rocky Marciano, (6) Gene Tunney, (7) James Corbett, (8) Larry Holmes, (9) Jim Jeffries, and (10) Ezzard Charles. And in no particular order the next set of five to round out my top fifteen are: Bob Fitzsimmons, Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier, Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson.
Now that the New Year 2012 has arrived, I will continue to offer you the best in boxing. Your support is much appreciated as you continue staying connected to dmboxing.com
(ABOVE PHOTO) Mark Lee (black trunks) and David Martinez (Referee)
… La Casa De La Raza Amateur Boxing Show, 1983 …
Santa Barbara, California / promoted by Art Carbajal