Showtime and HBO Fight Results

By David Martinez /

It was a huge night of boxing on Saturday, January 28, 2017 with outstanding bouts featured on both Showtime and HBO.

On Showtime – from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas – Leo Santa Cruz (33-1-1 / 18 by KO) avenged his only career loss to previously unbeaten Carl Frampton (23-1 / 14 by KO) by a twelve round majority decision to recapture the WBA featherweight championship.

Santa Cruz adjusted very well in the rematch by landing well at a distance with his excellent jab.

It was a great fight as expected with both fighters giving it their all in every round.

The judges had it 115-113, 115-113, and 114-114 with Santa Cruz being the winner … my scorecard was a bit wider 116-112, 8 rounds to 4 for Santa Cruz.

In the semi-main event of the evening, Mickey Garcia (36-0 / 30 by KO) knocked out Dejan Zlaticannin (22-1 / 15 by KO) in round three to win the WBC lightweight championship.

Garcia from the opening bell was the dominant fighter and in charge. A tremendous uppercut followed by a right hand knocked out Zlaticannin cold as referee Tony Weeks waved the end of the bout at 2:21 of the third round.

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Orange County, California – Upcoming Fight Card

Roy Englebrecht Promotions / Fight Club OC / next show is Thursday, February 16, 2017 / Doors open at 6:30pm / First Bout at 7:00pm / Location is The Hangar at the Orange County Fair Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 / Tickets are all priced at $60.00 / available at
         Undefeated light heavyweight MIKE LEE, (18-0, 10 KO’s), faces JUSTIN THOMAS, (18-1, 7 KO’s) on Thursday, February 16 in the eight round featured fight at FIGHT CLUB OC In The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.
         Lee is currently world ranked #12 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and #13 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
         Most recently Lee, a graduate of the Mendoza School of Business at the University of Notre Dame, won a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over Boston’s Chris Traietti on September 30, 2016 on the CBS Sports Network. With the victory Lee earned the IBF-USBA Light Heavyweight Title.
         Riding a six bout winning streak, Thomas will be making the first start of his 2017 campaign. Fighting four times in 2016, in his last start Thomas won an eight round decision over Austin Marcum on September 16, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
         “With almost identical records and 17 knockouts between them, we’ll see action from the opening bell in one of the best featured bouts we’ve had in our illustrious and long running FIGHT CLUB OC series”, said promoter ROY ENGLEBRECHT.
         As if this bout wasn’t enough, the February 16th show from top to bottom might be the strongest show in years!!!
      How about 8-0 Carlos Licona vs 3-3 Cesar Sustaita for the GBU Flyweight Championship Belt.
How about heavyweights Adam Stewart 2-0 vs 2-1 Cashton Young in a good four round bout.
         How about our first FEMALE MMA bout in years with Paola Ramirez facing Christina Marks in what could be a war!
         How about Lakewood’s 2-1 Matt Martinez vs LA’s Craig Plaskett in our second MMA bout.
         And in our opening bout of the night it will be LA’s Lawrence King vs Hawthorne’s Brian True.
         Tickets for the February 16th Opening Night of of FIGHT CLUB OC may be purchased on
         The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. 
          Roy Englebrecht Promotions


Hey Harold!


My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides with his short video links regarding upcoming fights.



Here’s a look at the Francisco Vargas (23-0-2 / 17 by KO) vs. Miguel Berchelt  (30-1 / 27 by KO) WBC super featherweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds — airing this Saturday, January 28, 2017 from the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California. Continue reading Hey Harold!

Henry Armstrong Foundation Pays Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.

By David Martinez /

Please join me in support of the Henry Armstrong Foundation, Inc.

The mission of the foundation is to honor the legacy and spirit of one the greatest boxers of all time, triple champion Henry Armstrong. They strive to maintain improvement in quality of life for those who are less fortunate and to feed the poor in need.

They also provide scholarships to financially needy students and support youth through positive thinking mentoring.

Sponsors, volunteers and any donations are needed. For  information please contact Edward Scott, Jr., President / CEO, at email: or you can view the website at:

At the recent 32nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Kingdom Parade in Los Angeles on January 16, 2017, the Henry Armstrong Foundation was on hand with a decorated float and many supporters for the event. The celebration is the largest of its kind in the United States of America honoring Dr. King.

Here are a few photo shots of the parade taken off the TV coverage that was shown live by KABC Channel 7. Please note the larger photo above is courtesy of Tiffany Lam from Montero On Boxing (thank you, Tiffany). It is a great photo of Edward and Kimberly Scott; Edward is the grandson of Henry Armstrong.

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Badou Jack (WBC) vs. James DeGale (IBF) Super Middleweight Unification Bout Ends in a Draw

By Tom Donelson  / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) and a contributor to since 2008.

Last Saturday (January 14, 2017) James DeGale and Badou Jack fought ta tough battle of attrition that ended in a majority draw.  This bout was close with DeGale dominating the early rounds and Jack controlling the second half of the bout.  For Jack, this was his second draw in a row but this bout was close with both fighters hitting the canvas once.

DeGale used angles to deliver sharp combinations over the first five rounds as Jack couldn’t cut the ring off effectively as DeGale often escape.  In the first round, a DeGale quick straight left sent Jack on the canvas in the first round. 

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Why Mike Tyson is NOT in My Top Ten

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on September 8, 2008

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

I have rated many fighters in many different divisions, eras, and ethnic groups. One of my first ranking features that I posted on this Web site (see Archives / August 2007 or Rankings on menu to view) was my view of the top ten heavyweights of all time (i.e.) “Rating the Heavies”, in which I have gotten some criticism for not including Mike Tyson in my elite group.

First let me say that it is always a pleasure to write what I have seen in my 48 years of following boxing as a sport I deeply love. I have seen every heavyweight champion fight, either by living during his era, by film or by speaking with individuals who actually saw these champions fight, even at the turn of the 20th century. I respect everyone’s opinions and, of course, have mine to tell after having studied this very subject, giving a great degree of research on my part.

As I get older, the majority of people who have disputed that Tyson could have beaten Ali or Holmes if they fought in their primes are mostly people whom, if I asked, “Who was Cassius Clay?”, would not know the answer any more than they would know that George Reeves was the first Superman. This simply tells me that they never knew the fighter that beat a more feared man than Tyson ever was, that being Sonny Liston, and who also survived the biggest knock down in his career in the 1963 Henry Cooper fight, and all when he was Cassius Clay.

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FIGHT CALENDAR for January 2017



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*** January 12 — THURSDAY ***

 At Paris:

Karim Guerfi vs. Stephane Jamoye, 12 rounds, for Guerfi’s European bantamweight title


*** January 13 — FRIDAY ***

 At Hialeah, Florida (PBC on Spike):

Erislandy Lara vs. Yuri Foreman, 12 rounds, for Lara’s WBA junior middleweight title

Anthony Dirrell vs. Norbert Nemesapati, 10 rounds, super middleweights

Miguel Cruz vs. Alex Martin, 8 or 10 rounds, welterweights

Juan Carlos Payano vs. Isao Gonzalo Carranza, 8 or 10 rounds, bantamweights

Joey Hernandez vs. Edwin Palacios, 6 rounds, middleweights

Dennis Galarza vs. Edgardo Rivera, 6 rounds, lightweights

At Puerto Maryn, Argentina

Omar Narvaez vs. Emmanuel Rodriguez, 12 rounds,  bantamweights 

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Henry Armstrong Foundation, Inc.

By David Martinez /

I am in full support of the wonderful Henry Armstrong Foundation, Inc. with their mission of helping many human beings world-wide and, in doing so, keeping the legacy of one boxing’s greatest champions of all time – Henry Armstrong.  In his professional career Henry held the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight titles simultaneously, a feat that no boxer has ever done.

On January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California we are paying tribute to: Dr. Martin Luther King; The Greatest – Muhammad Ali; The former WBC President, Don José Sulaimán Chagnon; and The Great Henry Armstrong. This tribute will be in the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Kingdom Day Parade.  

The Foundation is seeking sponsors who would like to have their logos placed on the Henry Armstrong Foundation 32nd Annual MLK Parade Limited Edition T-shirts. For a sponsorship of $250, their logos can be placed on the back of the T-shirts. For a sponsorship of $500, their logos can be displayed on the Henry Armstrong Foundation float. Each sponsor will receive a tax write-off for their sponsorship.

For information kindly go to website:

Information contact is:

Edward Scott, Jr., President / CEO

To donate go to this website address:

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Joe Walcott

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on June 19, 2013 under the title: Barbados Joe Walcott – Burying the “Demon”

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

NOTE: Jim Amato has contributed to this website since 2008. His opinions and input are honest and of the highest level. His expertise in boxing is respected world wide to the highest degree. To view all of Jim’s articles – go to the Categories section and click onto his name.

For a boxer who had crossed gloves with the likes of Sam Langford, Joe Gans. Philadelphia, Jack O’Brien, Mysterious Billy Smith, Kid Lavigne, George Gardner, Dixie Kid, Rube Ferns, Tommy West, Dan Creedon, Honey Mellody and Joe Choynski, his was not a fitting end. Joe Walcott was born on March 13, 1873 in Barbados, British West Indies. On December 15, 1901 he stopped Rube Ferns in five rounds to capture the welterweight title. Ninety years later the man nicknamed the Barbados Demon was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2016

By David Martinez /

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past year 2016 in the five major categories, and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2016. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Vasyl Lomachenko

Roman Martinez (KO 5)

June 11, 2016 / WBO Super Featherweight Championship

Madison Square Garden, New York

Nicholas Walters (RTD 7)

November 26, 2016 / WBO Super Featherweight Championship

Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada

*** Runner Up: Carl Frampton

Scott Quigg (SD 12)

February 27, 2016 / IBF and WBA Featherweight Championship

Manchester Arena, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Leo Santa Cruz (MD 12)

July 30, 2016 / WBA Featherweight Championship

Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

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