Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2014

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I have assembled my personal choices in boxing for the past last year 2014 in the five major categories and “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2014.  Picks are solely my opinion, as I respect and welcome the opinions of others.

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FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Terence Crawford

WBO lightweight champion (25-0 / 17 by KO)

 Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2014

three successful wins: Ricky Burns (UD 12) 3-1-14, Yuriorkis Gamboa (KO 9) 6-28-14, Raymundo Beltran (UD 12) 11-29-14

 Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2014

***  Runner Up’s (in order) : Sergy Kovalev, Naoya Inoue, Roman Gonzalez, Wladimir Klitschko, Carl Froch

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RING TRIVIA ~ answers

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This started when I was a young boy in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask questions about their era to expand my knowledge. Now I am delighted to bring boxing trivia to you on a quarterly basis on my website. Five questions appear in March, June, September, and December – with the answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month.

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1) In 1921, the National Boxing Association was established. It is the predecessor to what is known today as?

a) WBA ~ CORRECT ANSWER

b) WBC

c) IBF

d) WBO

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Current Boxing Champions

The current champions, as of December 29, 2014,  in each weight division are listed below. Each champion’s professional boxing record is shown in the following format: wins–losses–draws–no contests (knockout wins), and date they won title.

Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg

WBA WBC IBF WBO The Ring
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
23px Flag of Ukraine.svg Current Boxing Champions Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
July 2, 2011
Bermane Stiverne
23px Flag of Canada.svg Current Boxing Champions Canada
24–1–1–0 (21)
May 10, 2014
Wladimir Klitschko
23px Flag of Ukraine.svg Current Boxing Champions Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
April 22, 2006
Wladimir Klitschko
Super champion
23px Flag of Ukraine.svg Current Boxing Champions Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
February 23, 2008
Wladimir Klitschko
23px Flag of Ukraine.svg Current Boxing Champions Ukraine
63–3–0–0 (53)
June 20, 2009
Ruslan Chagaev
23px Flag of Uzbekistan.svg Current Boxing Champions Uzbekistan
33–2–1–0 (20)
July 6, 2014
Luis Ortiz
Interim champion
23px Flag of Cuba.svg Current Boxing Champions Cuba
22–0–0–1 (19)
September 11, 2014

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Book Review

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BOOK REVIEW: “TRIBUTES, MEMORIES AND OBSERVATIONS”

By Steve Canton

Forward by Al Berstein

My book, Steve Canton’s Tributes, Memories & Observations of the Sweet Science is out and doing exceptionally well in both the boxing and mainstream communities. Comprised of thirty-seven chapters, 370 pages and 550 pictures, it is a lifetime collection of boxing and human interest stories which takes the reader on an unforgettable and sometimes emotional journey seldom seen. It chronicles many of the lesser known boxers, and others associated with the sport, and details their contributions not only to boxing but to society as well. Included also are personal tributes to many well-known characters and observations and suggestions to improve the sport. For those interested in statistics a detailed boxing record of the fighters whose stories are told is included. Hall of Fame commentator Al Bernstein wrote the foreword.

“Steve Canton’s Tributes, Memories & Observations of the Sweet Science,” one of the best new books of the year!

“One of the best boxing books I have ever read … you won’t be able to put it down once you open the front cover.” - Harold Lederman, HBO Sports

“Canton, who has spent a lifetime in boxing as a boxer, trainer, cutman, promoter, commentator, writer and historian, draws on that experience with stories of great depth, detail and passion. A must read.” – Dan Cuoco, Director, International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO)

“Steve Canton is a true boxing person. His stories are from the heart and from experience. As a writer he is gifted. This book is a great read and highly recommended.” – Roy Jones Jr., All-time great boxing world champion

Get your personally signed book – Special price $25.00!

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Ernie Terrell R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On December 16, 2014 my friend, former WBA heavyweight champion Ernie Terrell, passed away at the age of seventy-five.

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I met Ernie while serving my tenure (1997-2007) with the World Boxing Hall of Fame. I was honored in October 2003, when Ernie was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, to be his presenter and to speak on his behalf on his outstanding ring career.

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Ernie was a gentleman of the highest level and he will be missed by his loved ones and the boxing family. May his soul rest peacefully in heaven with God.

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One of my first articles during the beginning stages of this website was on Ernie. I am delighted to bring back this article that was published on dmboxing.com August 2, 2007 for viewing now.

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Amir Khan wins big on Showtime … Timothy Bradley settles for a draw on HBO

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Amir Khan (30-3 / 19 by KO) looked absolutely brilliant scoring a lopsided 12 round decision over Devon Alexander (26-3 / 14 by KO) in their welterweight fight.

Khan was quicker and more accurate and out jabbed and out boxed Alexander. The scorecards were 119-109, 118-110, 120-108; with my unofficial score 119-109 (eleven rounds to one).

With the win, Khan puts himself in line for a “possible” bout with champion Floyd Mayweather.

On the undercard, WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman (24-0 / 21 by KO) retained his title with a 12 round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Leonard Bundu (31-1-2 / 11 by KO); and former three division champion Abner Mares (28-1-1 / 14 by KO) won by fifth round knockout over Jose Ramirez (25-5 / 15 by KO) in their featherweight fight.

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On the same night, at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, Timothy Bradley (30-1-1 / 12 by KO) and Diego Chaves (23-2-1 / 19 by KO) fought to a “controversial” draw in their welterweight fight.

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Roy Jones, Jr. “The Best Ever” at 168 pounds?

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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / Contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008

 

ROY DOLL pic 158x300 Roy Jones, Jr. The Best Ever at 168 pounds?Who was the best 168 pound boxer since the inception of the weight class in 1984. Many will favor Joe Calzaghe because of his numerous title defenses. It would be hard not to say Leonard or Hearns as their classic battle at 168 lbs. ended in a controversial draw. Really neither boxer spent a lot of time in this weight class to make a major impact. Well for my money I feel the most formidable super middleweight titleholder was Roy Jones Jr. In the two years he held the crown he made six successful defenses, all by knockout.

 

Roy won the title by defeating unbeaten James Toney. This much anticipated Super Bout took place on November 18, 1994. Toney had won the title in 1993 with an impressive stoppage of Iran Barkley. Entering the Las Vegas ring to face Jones, Toney sported a 44-0-2 record. The fight wasn’t even close. Jones scored a flash knockdown over Toney in the third round. Roy then proceeded to walk off with the title by scores of 119-108, 118-109 and 117-111.

 

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