Hagler vs. Hearns – REVISITED

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

April 15th is approaching this coming week and most think of it as ‘Tax Day’, which is rightfully so. But, I think otherwise to April 15, 1985 – The Fight of the Year, The Round of the Year (round one), and The Fight of the Decade (eighties) – Marvin Hagler (60-2-2 / 50 by KO) vs. Thomas Hearns (40-1 / 34 by KO) for the ‘undisputed’ middleweight championship of the world at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

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Hagler, normally a slow starter, came out at the opening bell pinning Hearns to the ropes. Hearns threw a devastating right that stunned Hagler for a moment, as both began to trade power punches with knockout intentions. Hagler stunned Hearns with a hard left hand, becoming the aggressor, as the two continued to trade power punches. This vicious action continued, and suddenly Hagler developed a cut on his forehead, but that didn’t stop him as he pinned Hearns to the ropes and continued his assault, hurting Hearns as that blistering round ended.

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Hey Harold!

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My friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with his short videos regarding upcoming fights. Here’s a look at Terence Crawford vs. Thomas Dulorme, 12 rounds, for the “vacant” WBO junior welterweight title – airing on HBO Saturday, April 18, from Arlington, Texas. The co-feature same night coverage from Verona, New York will be Ruslan Provodonikov vs. Lucas Matthysse, 12 rounds, top rated junior welterweights.

(click onto links below for viewing)

 

https://youtu.be/N87-YkDeGeQ

https://youtu.be/OtwOzFhTVeU

My friend, my best friend, Frankie Rivas ~ R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

It’s been six years since my friend, my best friend, Frankie Rivas, passed away.  The date of his passing was April 7, 2009.  I tearfully, but honorably, delivered the eulogy at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, Santa Barbara, California, for his funeral service.  Frankie was involved in boxing as an amateur boxer, referee at many local boxing shows, and gave his support to the kids in boxing gyms in our community.  I have known Frankie since my childhood days and he  was the truest boxing fan I have ever known.  May his soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord … my friend, my best friend, Frankie Rivas.

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Stevenson dominates Bika to retain WBC light heavyweight title … Donaire by “KO” in the Philippines

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (26-1 / 21 by KO) scored a “lopsided” unanimous decision over Sakio Bika (32-7-3 / 21 by KO) in a bout shown nationally on CBS, from Quebec City, Canada.

Bika gave the champion some problems early, but Stevenson came on and dropped the challenger in round six, after a strong round prior. Then Stevenson scored another knock down in round nine. He suffered a bad cut over his right eye from a head butt in the final round, but it was never in doubt who the winner was to be when the fight ended after twelve championship rounds.

The judges scores were 115-111, 116, 110, 115, 110 … my unofficial score was 116-110, eight rounds to four for the winner Stevenson.

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Kell Brook retains title by “KO” … Gary Russell Jr. wins WBC featherweight title by “KO”

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By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

Kell Brook defended his  IBF welterweight championship against Jo Jo Dan in Great Britain.  Brook had yet to test defeat and his Romanian opponent was a southpaw, a style that Brook has not fought nearly in six years.   Brook got off to fast start as he nailed Dan from various angles in the opening round.    Brook sent Dan down with an upper cut within the first minute of the second round and Dan got back up; only to go down from another quick right.  Dan went into survival mode as he hold and threw punch from any angles from close in.  Brook nailed Dan with three big rights over the final two minutes but Dan survived.

Brook continued his assault as he unleashed power shots, in particular his right hand throughout the third and fourth round.   Late in the fourth round,  Brook’s right sent Dan down and Brook tried to finish the job.  Brook connected on power shots, forcing Dan to retreat.  At the 2:59 mark of the fourth round, a Brook left hook sent Dan down.  Dan wobbled back to his seat and his corner stopped the fight as they saw that he has taken enough punishment.

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RING TRIVIA ~ answers

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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 them questions about their era to expand my knowledge. I am delighted to bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis. Five questions will appear in March, June, September, and December – with the answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month. Continue reading

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Spring is in the air and has arrived … here’s your complete menu for all dmboxing products available for the season … I know you have many choices on the internet for boxing … as my way to thank you kindly for making this website one of  those choices … I am including FREE shipping on your purchase order to any location within the continental United States of America

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Book Review

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By Adam Pollack / Guest Post

Win By KO Publications is pleased to announce its publication of Jack Sharkey: A Heavyweight Champion’s Untold Story, by James Curl, with a foreword by Jack Sharkey III.

When Jack Sharkey retired in 1936 after twelve years of boxing, he had carved out a career that was both exciting and controversial. But, despite having been the world heavyweight champion and enormously popular, sadly he is almost completely forgotten today…until now.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao … “My early prediction”

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Last month on February 20, 2015 it was made official that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (WBA/WBC welterweight champion) and Manny Pacquiao (WBO welterweight champion) would “finally” meet in a boxing ring after years of talk and speculation.

I have always contended that this bout would happen because of the large amount of money it will generate for all. So now this huge match is set for May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, on HBO and Showtime pay-per-view.

This fight is the most anticipated in boxing since Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali, March 8, 1971. That fight was billed as the “Fight of the Century” and it certainly was when two undefeated champions met in their primes for the “undisputed” heavyweight championship.

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