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This was boxing at its best … when they came to fight … March 10, 1986 … World Middleweight Championship … one round says it all … (click on link below to view )
I cut my teeth on the sport of boxing in the mid-1960. At that time the sport was just coming out of a somewhat dreary period of champions although talented, they lacked charisma.
It was Cassius Clay, later to be Muhammad Ali that energized the sport and opened the door for a group of boxers who in the late 1960’s and early 1970′s established themselves and that time as a truly ” Golden Era ” in boxing.
The funeral date for, my friend, Johnny Ortiz is set for Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 1pm at location site: All Souls Catholic Cemetery, 4400 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807 … (562) 424-8601.
A closed casket visitation will be available prior to service from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
A church Mass will began at 1pm in the chapel and to be followed to the grave site for burial.
For anyone wishing to donate flowers, they can be ordered from the funeral home website www.allsoulsmortuary.com or as well as from any flower shop of your choice.
Flowers orders should be shipped by day prior – September 2 – at above location address.
Thank you for your “continuing” prayers for the soul of Johnny Ortiz, now resting peacefully, in heaven with the Lord!
World middleweight championship – Marvin Hagler vs. Tony Sibson – February 11, 1983
(click on to link below for viewing – full fight – running time approx. 51 minutes)
By Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer) contributed to “dmboxing” since 2008
When you think of Mexican fighters it is usually a tough little hombre like a Ruben Olivares, Vincente Saldivar or Julio Cesar Chavez. More often then not the better boxers from Mexico scaled under 160lbs. In an exception to the rule during the mid 1960’s to the early 70’s this country produced a pretty fair heavyweight. He fought two world champions and nine others that attempted to win the heavyweight crown. His name was Manuel Ramos. Although he lost almost as many as he won, the names on his resume are quite impressive.
By Tom Donelson (Member BWAA)
Showtime last Saturday night featured Shawn Porter defending his welterweight title. The evening began with fireworks, as Jorge Linares disposed Ira Terry in two rounds.
Then Jason Gavern, a last second replacement against Deontay Wilder (who was originally scheduled to fight Bermane Stivine) in a fight that Wilder didn’t look sharp or motivated against tough guy Gavern. Gavern stayed on his feet for four rounds but after hitting the canvas twice and only being in shape for a five or six rounds; he retired in his corner. Wilder did not look impressive and this may have been due to Wilder knowing Gavern hardly to be a top tier fighter.
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My friend, Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer and has covered the sweet science for more than 35 years. He has been part of the “dmboxing” team with his expertise since 2007 and he is much appreciated by all ~ thank you Rusty!
This week, from Carson Cal. and televised on ShowTime, a very interesting and probably very exciting boxing card.
The main event features two undefeated welterweights, Kell Brook from the United Kingdom will take on Shawn Porter.
Brook, is 28 and boast a record of 32-0 with 22 knockouts. It’s impressive but his list of foes do to qualify as a who’s who in the welterweight division. This fight will give him the recognition and acceptance that he belongs.