Why Carlos is “King”

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By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

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.

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Johnny Ortiz ~ Funeral Arrangements

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.

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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.

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Thank you for your “continuing” prayers for the soul of Johnny Ortiz, now resting peacefully, in heaven with the Lord!

Manuel Ramos – Mexican Heavyweight

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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.

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Brook edges Porter to win IBF welterweight title

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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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California Boxing Hall of Fame 2014

 California Boxing Hall of Fame 2014The upcoming California Boxing Hall of Fame is two months away, October 25, 2014, and hopefully boxing fans have gotten their tickets.

As a past recipient myself (2007), I encourage you to support this gala event honoring current and past personal for their accomplishments in boxing.

If you are interested in advertising in their program, please contact Advertising Director – Ray Maynez at (310) 800-8322 and he will be happy to assist you.

Ticket information – Don Fraser at (818) 761-4887

In Rusty’s Corner

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!

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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.

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Garcia stops Salka in second round

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By Tom Donelson

Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Danny Garcia faced Rod Salka in a ten round bout in which Garcia needed to win big just to restore his reputation after a controversial victory over Mauricio Herrera.  One big story of the evening featured  Daniel Jacob first shot at a title as he faced Jarrod Fletcher.  Jacobs had already one big fight, that one with cancer and now he wanted to be the first cancer survivor to win a title.   Jacobs nearly ended the fight in the first round as he nailed Fletcher with left hooks and right hand. Using a variety of punches landing in combinations that sent Fletcher down.

Fletcher proved tough as he survived the first round and make it a fight over the next three rounds.  Fletcher stepped up the pace but there were times that Jacobs would turn it on and simply out class Fletcher. As Showtime Paul Malignaggi noted, Jacobs was the better fighter and when he wanted to, he simply took over the round. Jacobs held back at times but in the fifth round, it came to an end.

Fletcher came out aggressively and landed some combinations but with thirty seconds left, a Jacobs‘ right hand sent Fletcher reeling into the rope.  A series of combinations sent Fletcher down with two seconds left.  The fight ended as the referee stopped the fight but Fletcher didn’t complain.  Jacobs now has a title to add to his victory over cancer.

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Johnny Ortiz R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Where do I start to talk and grieve about my friend – my good friend – Johnny Ortiz, who passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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I met Johnny back in 1997 upon my arrival into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as a Director of the Board. I knew about Johnny prior to that because I would catch him at times when I was in the Los Angeles area and listened to his boxing radio talk show “Ringside with Johnny Ortiz”.

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Upon meeting Johnny, we immediately bonded as loyal friends mainly due to our great love for boxing. I always considered Johnny a mentor and our bond took us to connecting by phone at least twice a week over the years just to check up on each other and say hello.

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Johnny has been featured on my website, we have done radio broadcasts together, taken trips to boxing matches, done things socially, and always sat together while never missing a monthly board meeting with the World Boxing Hall of Fame during our tenures with the organization.

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To try to explain Johnny’s life and what I know, would be like trying to explain how a nuclear powered submarine is built, and that would take me literally days and weeks and months to do.

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Just know that Johnny was a God fearing man, and what came first in his everyday life was serving the Lord. He was respected by his boxing peers, family, and friends.  He will be missed as he now takes his step into heaven.  Johnny Ortiz, my friend – my good friend – rest in peace!

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*** NOTE:  for many features regarding Johnny that are displayed on this website, go to menu under Categories and click onto Johnny Ortiz for viewing … funeral arrangements are pending with details available soon … any donations are great fully being accepted  by going onto website  http://www.gofundme.com/ctlkz4

(Photos Courtesy: George Garcia and David Martinez)