Lomachenko vs. Linares RECAP … Golovkin and Middleweight Division … Munguia vs. Ali Result

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Last weekend, Vasyl Lomachenko found himself in a fight going into the tenth round that was close with one judge having it two points lead for Lomanchenko, another scoring a two round lead for his opponent Jorge Linares with final judge seeing it a draw. 

Lomachenko has been a champion since his third fight and in his twelve fight, he has moved up in weight from featherweight to lightweight, and considering most fighters are nowhere near to an championship belt  in their twelve fights and Lomachenko having already won eight championship fights coming into this fight.  He came into this fight with Linares seven knock outs in row, with the last four fighters retired in their corner.   This was his first attempt at the lightweight title and Jorge Linares was the first fighter since the Russell match that prove competitive with Lomachenko.

Linares landed more power punches where Lomachenko landed more jabs and Lomachenko was more accurate in his punches but the number of punches were nearly equal.  Linares even sent Lomachenko down for a quick knockdown in the sixth round.  In the tenth, Lomachneko unleashed a five punch combinations that sent Linares down for good. 

The question now where Lomachenko go?  In the lightweight division, there are some good options to including fights with Ray Beltran and Mikey Garcia to unify portions of the lightweight titles. Lomachenko is one of those complete fighters who can box and slug and has eight knockouts in his twelve fights but these knockouts came against championship caliber fighters and not inflated by weak opponents.  So Lomachenko power is for real. 

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Lomachenko Stops Linares to Win Lightweight Title

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Madison Square Garden, New York, Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine made boxing history by becoming the fastest fighter to win three world titles in a record twelfth bout, winning the WBA lightweight championship in a 10th round TKO over defending champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela. The bout was aired live on ESPN.

Lomachenko (11-1 / 9 by KO) had to come off the deck, as Linares (44-4 / 27 by KO) dropped him late in round six with a perfect straight right hand.

This was the most anticipated bout to date in boxing and when two great fighters like these meet, it can develop into a fast, action packed fight – which is exactly what happened.

Lomachenko, moving up in weight, was the smaller of the two, with Linares the bigger and stronger.  It was evident to this writer, however, that the difference in the fight was the quickness of Lomachenko.

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The Best Fighters Without a Heavyweight Title – by Decade

The following article is a Guest Post from Darin Dobson who I met on Facebook.  I enjoy his boxing input; here he offers his opinion which I am delighted to post and share. Thank You Darin.   

Here are the best boxers in each era/decade who did not win the heavyweight championship of the world ( major version )
Bareknuckle – Samuel Elias
1900’s – Joe Choynski
1910’s – Sam Langford
1920’s – Young Stribling
1930’s – Tommy Farr
1940’s – Arturo Godoy
1950’s – Roland LaStarza
1960’s – Jerry Quarry
1970’s – Ron Lyle
1980’s – James Tillis
1990’s – Donovan Ruddock
2000’s – David Tua

Pages From The Scrapbook

Recently, I brought a new category to dmboxing.com which is “Pages From The Scrapbook”.

A lot of my fan base don’t know that back in the seventies, eighties, and nineties that I was a boxing beat writer for my local newspaper the Santa Barbara News Press, doing fight predictions and served as a guest reporter on local radio for all major fights.

I am delighted to bring some of these article features that I wrote for viewing.

I learned quite a bit in the journalism field back in my younger days than has helped me to be the best I can be producing this website. 

Featured here is my pre-fight article piece on the rematch – Michael Spinks vs. Larry Holmes, IBF heavyweight championship – dated April 19, 1986.

World Cup and Boxing Cross Paths

*** FLASHBACK  – This article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on June 10, 2010. The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia, and runs from June 14 through July 18.

By Bob Quackenbush / for dmboxing.com

Friday, June 11, 2010 marks the beginning of a month-long sporting event that is viewed by more people around the globe than any other, including the Olympic Games.  What is this event?  The World Cup soccer tournament.  Held every four years, this spectacle captivates audiences from Asia and Africa, to North and South America, and, of course, Europe.  People from all walks of life will be watching on everything from fuzzy-imaged old TV’s to the fanciest LCD/HD big screens, as well as in person at stadiums throughout the host nation which is South Africa.

Why would an article about soccer (or “football” as it is known in most of the world) show up on a boxing website?  The reason is that the two sports crossed paths over thirty-two years ago in a special way.  On October 1, 1977, the great Pele, generally acknowledged as the most outstanding soccer player of all time, was wrapping up his career at Giants Stadium playing his final game with the New York Cosmos of the old North American Soccer League.  A true ambassador of the sport, Pele, who had played his entire career for Santos F.C. of Brazil, and for the Brazilian National Team, came to the United States in 1975 to play for the Cosmos and to give the sport a “shot in the arm” in the USA. This match was his testimonial game, as the Cosmos faced his former club, Santos, with Pele playing one half for each team.

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Linares vs. Lomachenko … Upcoming “Super Bout”

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Next week, on Saturday, May 12th boxing will get a true candidate for Fight of the Year when WBO junior lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (10-1 / 8 by KO) moves up from 130 pounds to 135 pounds to challenge WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares  (44-3 / 27 by KO) in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds at Madison Square Garden, New York. The fight will air live on ESPN.

Lomachenko, 30, former Olympic Gold medalist from the Ukraine, accomplished a boxing record for the fewest fights to win titles in two weight divisions and now goes for number three against arguably his toughest opponent.

Linares, 32, a native of Venezuela, enters the fight on a 13 straight win streak dating back to 2012 and is, physically, the bigger of the two fighters.

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Showtime Championship Boxing: Broner and Vargas Draw; Davis and Charlo Win by KO

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America
On Saturday, April 21, 2018 from Barclay Center, Brooklyn, New York – undefeated Gervonta Davis faced Jesus Cuellar for the super featherweight WBA title as Davis attempted to regain his 130 belt and he simply pounded Cuellar from the opening bell.  Cuellar went down from body shots in the second round and during the third round, Davis mauled Cuellar on the rope, sending him down a second time.  When Davis knocked Cuellar down a third time, the referee stopped the fight.
Jermall Charlo knocked Hugo Centeno, Jr. down with a vicious left hook in the second round. Former 154 pound championship is now ready to challenge Triple G’ Golovkin and Saul Alvarez when Alvarez comes back from his suspension.  Charlo has won his first two fights at Middleweight with knock outs. 

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My Friends – Ernie Terrell and Frankie Rivas

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on April 5, 2013

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

The month of April has a special meaning for me both in a happy and sad way.

 ApTerrell-cropril 4th is my friend Ernie Terrell’s birthday. The former WBA heavyweight champion has to be one of my favorite boxer friends ever. I was honored, on the evening of October 16, 2003 when Ernie was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, to be his presenter.  I remember that night as if it was yesterday and I will always treasure that moment in time.  At the very top left hand side of the banner for this website, you will see the photo taken on his special night.

Frankie-cropApril 7th is the anniversary of the passing of my best friend Frankie Rivas.  In 2009 I tearfully, but honorably, delivered the eulogy at St. Raphael’s church for his funeral service.  As well as boxing as an amateur himself, Frankie was the truest boxing fan I have ever known.  He was always there with me as a referee or judge at many boxing shows in our community, and gave his support to the kids in local boxing gyms.  I have known Frankie since my childhood days and in memory of his death (I say), “May his soul rest in peace with the Lord in heaven”.