Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sport for more than 35 years and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2007.
Sometimes I wonder how I could analyze a fight closely and miss by a mile. It happens, but of late it’s happening to me more often than I’d like.
Two big fights on HBO this weekend and they both figure to be very exciting. The fights are from Corpus Christi, Texas and figure to add up to an exciting Saturday, (Nov. 9) night of television.
The main event for the WBO jr. middleweight title figures to be a barn burner, when Roman “Rocky” Martinez 27-1-2 (16) takes on Mikey Garcia 32-0 (27).
This figures to be a classic match-up between boxer Martinez and boxer-puncher Garcia.
Martinez, 30, is taller but it’s Garcia, 25, who has a slight reach advantage.
If Martinez uses his height to his advantage, and can find a way to keep Garcia off him, he can win the fight.
But I just don’t see it happening. Garcia is younger and seemingly more powerful. He has one punch knockout potential and if he gets inside, as I think he will, he will win this fight via the kayo route.
The semi-main has the potential to be a main event in its own right. Former Champs Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan clash in a ten-rounder.
Donaire, 30 years old, boasts a record of 31-2 (20), and is seven years younger than his southpaw foe.
Darchinyan, who seems to have slowed down of late, can still bang, as his 28 knockouts attests to.
Both fighters are 5’5 ½, with the Donaire having a big reach advantage.
This is not as easy a fight to pick as it may appear, but I’ll play the chalk and go with the younger Donaire to add to his impressive super bantamweight record.***
I’m still reaching out for help for my final tome, so if you have any stories of inspiration or miracles to help with my last book, speed them to me post-haste.
All help on your half will be much appreciated.
Most, if not all of us will or have seen cancer ravage some of our loved ones in our/their lifetime. The time has come to add your name to the fight against cancer. Don’t let this chance to help others and feel good about yourself, pass you by!
As for the book, 100% of the proceeds will be used in the ongoing fight against cancer, so please get the stories to me as soon as you can. It seems we’re quickly closing in on finding a cure for this dread disease, and I, like most of you, would love to see it in my lifetime.
I’m always on the lookout for new stories of miracles, faith, and inspiration, not necessarily boxing or religion related. One of my goals is to help inspire those who are in need and ready to give up, and to lend emotional support to this long fought effort, that God willing, will once and for all wipe out this dreaded disease.
For more information on how you can help, please read the bottom of this article.***
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Prayers requested for the soul South African jr. featherweight Stanford Ngobeshe, 51; Rocky Fumerelle of Ring 44, Buffalo, NY; Igor Frank; Frankie Leal, super bantamweight, 26; and Ron Marsh, heavyweight contender 70.
Please say prayers for the recovery of David Martinez, editor/owner of DMBoxing.com, who has some health issues of late.
Also in need of your prayers is Russian heavyweight Magomed Abdusada who was seriously injured in a recent fight.
I ask yet again for your prayers for a successful resolution to my wife Lois’ health problems as well as for good friend and neighbor Norma Davidson who is now recovering from surgery.
Also, Arizona referee Tony Zaino is ailing and can most certainly use your prayers.
Prayers and a special request goes out to long-time fight judge Harold Lederman who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and temporarily removed from his post at HBO. The special request is for you to e-mail or call HBO and ask that he be returned to his post as quickly as possible. Harold is an old friend who certainly deserves better treatment than this.
Gary Balleto, Charles Rainier and former champ Wilfredo Gomez have been ailing so prayers are requested.
There are reports that 71 year old great Muhammad Ali is not doing well.
Prayers for the return to health of outstanding boxing guys Alex “The Bronx Bomber” Ramos. Alex has done much to improve the welfare of retired boxers. Your prayers for him have worked in the past. Alex is still facing some serious obstacles.
Young ex-champ Paul Williams was involved in a motorcycle accident and needs your prayers for a full recovery. Reports indicate that he is doing okay.
Prayers also requested for the recovery of former champ Rocky Lockridge.
Tony Triem is also in need of your prayers, as is L.H. Dalton.
Also prayers for the recovery of outstanding Hall of Fame referee Mills Lane and Denis Wilcox.
Please say prayers for Phill Grazide of Santa Rosa, CA. a big supporter of amateur boxing, who is suffering the crippling effects of rheumatoid arthritis.
Also in need of prayers for the return to health is former champ Gerald McClellan, who is legally blind and confined to a wheelchair.
On behalf of all these great fighters who have risked their life and health in our great sport, we continue to thank you for your ongoing prayers. May the good Lord bless each and every one of you.***
Do you know of any people, boxing or otherwise, in need of spiritual uplifting and/or prayers? It’s absolutely free.
You can join Glove to Glove! It’s EASY! Just drop us a line.
Membership to our prayer group is always free to all and no one will ever contact you except for other prayer requests.
We never give out or sell out our membership list. I can almost assure you that your name or contact information will not suddenly appear on anyone’s mailing list. Why almost? Because there are hackers out there and every one is vulnerable.
In short, there is absolutely no obligation to join Glove2Glove. Every prayer request is most welcome and I know that all of the recipients will appreciate it.
Why? Because it’s healing to know that other people care, even people they don’t know, and to have the knowledge because God always listens!
To join the Glove2Glove prayer group, or just request much needed prayers, drop Dave Wilcox a line at email@example.com. Or contact me care of the website you’re reading this on.
Glove2Glove, which had been a long-time integral part of the recently defunct Ringsports.com magazine and website. It is a wonderful program that I wish to have continued a long after I have left the sport and this earth. I want to thank Dave and Deborah Wilcox, who have offered to take over the program and promised to continue it indefinitely. Their generous offer means a lot to me. We always welcome new members.***
Thanks and God bless.***
Rusty Rubin, is the award winning managing editor (of Ringsports.com) as well as now defunct Nevada Boxing and Ringsports Magazine.
He is also the acclaimed author of three highly acclaimed boxing books! “Woozel, Boxing and Me”, “Off the Canvas” and “Billy Soose, the Champion Time Forgot” co-authored by fellow scribe and friend Tom Donelson.
These three books are all available at Authorhouse.com, and all major book retailers. They are all more than worth the small purchase price, or contact me via this website for a personally autographed copy at a small extra shipping charge. Please know that all proceeds from these books will be used to fight cancer.
“I WOULD LIKE TO URGE THAT ALL MY MANY FRIENDS TO LIST THE FOLLOWING INFO ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE AS WELL AS YOUR E-MAIL.
“HAVING BEEN BLESSED WITH SO MANY GREAT AND CARING PEOPLE IN MY LIFE, I HAVE CHOSEN NOT TO GET INVOLVED WITH NETWORKING; I’M JUST TOO DAMN TIRED AND OLD FOR THAT, ALTHOUGH I KNOW IT’S FOR A GOOD CAUSE AND THAT NETWORKING IS THE BEST WAY TO GET THE WORDS OUT.
“HENCEFORTH, (or at least for the current quarter) ALL PROFITS FROM THE SALE OF ANY OR ALL OF MY BOOKS WILL GO TO THE SUSAN G. KOMAN FOUNDATION, AND BE USED TO FIND A CURE FOR BREAST CANCER.
“I ALSO PROPOSE A CHALLENGE TO ALL OTHER JOURNALISTS, BOXING OR OTHERWISE, TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO SUPPORT ME IN THIS EFFORT. IT’S ALSO A CHANCE TO CHANGE THE PUBLIC OPINION OF THE WORKING PRESS AND OUR SPORT, AS WELL AS DOING SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR WORLD.
“STORIES OF INSPIRATION AND MIRACLES ARE NEEDED: For my next book to inspire others and do our share to fight cancer. If you have any to share, send them to Rustyrubin@sbcglobal.net, and in the subject matter write the word miracle. Let’s all do our part to help find a permanent cure for this dread disease! Names will be withheld by request as it’s the stories of inspiration that are most important. Please feel free to pass this request along to others who have experienced life changing experiences.
Inspiration and stories of miracles do not have to be boxing or cancer related!
“Together we may be able to find a cure for cancer and result in a much needed knockout win for the sport of boxing.
“I now have some time to try to finish this latest work, which, God willing, will bring the world so much closer to finding a cure for cancer as well as improve the lives of others. Please send me your stories at firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Finally, “My 2013 New Year’s resolution, besides living long enough to finish this book was to spend the rest of my life by helping others, and I really need everyone’s help to do that. Just by putting a smile on someone’s face helps to heal, not to mention giving yourself an uplifting feeling.
Please step into the ring with me to add power to all the voices that are crying out for a cure for dread diseases.
Keep punching, always….Rusty