Pacquiao Wins Welterweight Title With Unanimous Decision Over Vargas

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By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Manny Pacquiao decided to add one more title to his resume as he fought for Jessie Vargas WBO welterweight title.  Pacquiao was the favorite but at this stage in the PacMan’s career, age could become a factor. Pacquiao does have another day job as a Senator in the Philippine Congress and at 37, the speed and quickness can quickly disappear.

After a non-eventful first round, Pacquiao speed took hold as he nailed Vargas with right hooks and a straight left that sent Vargas down for an eight count in the second round.  Vargas looked more angry than hurt as he arose from the floor, but PacMan drew first blood. 

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Throughout the third and fourth round, Pacquiao aggression was having its effect as his combinations were fast and hard.  Vargas didn’t seem to have any answers.  During the sixth round, Vargas stood his ground as he landed big rights as he put distance between himself and Pacquiao.  Vargas found that as long as he kept Pacquiao at a distance, he could make this a competitive fight.   Vargas left jab proved effective and allowed him to connect with straight rights. 

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WBC Legends of Boxing Museum 2016 Event

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Come join a great boxing event – The WBC Legends of Boxing Museum 2016 Hall of Fame!

This is a premier boxing hall of fame venue that honors boxers and other boxing related personnel for their outstanding accomplishments.

This years’ show will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2016, 1:00pm, at the American Sports University, 399 North “D” Street, San Bernardino, California 92404.  

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FIGHT CALENDAR for November 2016

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Stay tuned every month to dmboxing.com for your complete boxing schedule

 

November 4, FRIDAY

             At Corona, Calif. (Showtime)

  • Taras Shelestyuk vs. Jaime Herrera, 10 rounds, welterweights
  • Constantin Bejenaru vs. Stivens Bujaj, 10 rounds, cruiserweights
  • Vitor Jones Freitas vs. Manuel Mendez, 8 rounds, lightweights

            At Los Angeles (Estrella TV)

  • Manuel Avila vs. Jose Ramirez, 10 rounds, featherweights
  • Emilio Sanchez vs. Diuhl Olguin, 8 rounds, junior featherweights
  • Pablo Ruiz Jr. vs. Francisco Dominguez, 6 rounds, junior featherweights
  • Luis Coria vs. Jan Bryand, 4 rounds, featherweights
  • Tenochtitlan Nava vs. Ricky Vasquez, 4 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Francisco Esparza vs. TBA, 4 rounds, featherweights

            At Las Vegas (UniMas)

  • Casey Ramos vs. Andy Vences, 10 rounds, junior lightweights
  • Alex Saucedo vs. Raymond Serrano, 8 rounds, welterweights
  • Jesse Hart vs. Andre Hernandez, 10 rounds, super middleweights
  • Steve Nelson vs.TBA, 4 rounds, light heavyweights
  • Xu Que vs. Fernando Fuentes, 6 rounds, featherweights
  • Joey Alday vs. Cesar Hernandez, 4 rounds, welterweights
  • Jose Gonzalez vs. Edgar Brito, 4 rounds, featherweights

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Gene Aguilera – Upcoming Book Signing

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

With Christmas less than two months away, a great gift idea for you boxing fans is my friend Gene Aguilera’s book, Mexican American Boxing In Los Angeles. 

This publication is truly a collector’s item for everyone and a must-have for those who grew up around boxing in the Southern California area.

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Johnny Ortiz … My Friend … My Best (Boxing) Friend

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 7, 2014 … In Loving Memory, I am re-posting in honor and respect to my friend Johnny Ortiz.

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On September 3, 2014, we laid to rest my best (boxing) friend – Johnny Ortiz, at All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Long Beach, California.

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Almost Champions – Part 3 of 3

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

NOTE: Jim Amato has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008. His opinions and input to this website are honest and to the highest level of expertise. To view all of Jim’s article pieces – go to Categories section and click onto Jim Amato.

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Clyde Gray was one of the finest boxers to come out of Canada in the 70’s. He gave the great Napoles one of his hardest fights but lost a decision in his first title challenge. Later he would meet Angel Espada for the WBA version of the title and again lose a decision. In his third and final attempt, Clyde was kayoed by Pipino Cuevas. Two other fine welterweights challenged Napoles on two different occasions but could not overcome this outstanding champion. They were Hedgemon Lewis and Ernie ” Red ” Lopez.

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Johnny Ortiz R.I.P.

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 10, 2104 … In Loving Memory, I am re-posting in honor and respect to my friend Johnny Ortiz … his funeral article will re-post next week (October 30) for viewing.

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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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*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on February 9, 2014

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

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There are many boxing websites on the internet out there and I truly appreciate that my website is one of your choices. My involvement in boxing goes back to 1961 and I consider my wealth of knowledge in the sport that I love to be the greatest gift that I can give my fan base.

I would like to introduce you to another boxing website that I fully support and to acknowledge its founder and publisher Edgar Gonzalez, for the outstanding job that he does. That website is myboxingfans.com

I finally connected with Edgar last month in Orange County, where he resides, for dinner and it was such a nice visit comparing notes on both our fine sites. It’s a fact that boxing has brought us together as friends and with mutual respect for each other.

When you are out there scrolling the many boxing sites, I encourage you to visit Edgar’s website and I know between both of us, your appetite for boxing will be served a full plate!

Almost Champions – Part 2 of 3

By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

NOTE: Jim Amato has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008. His opinions and input to this website are honest and to the highest level of expertise … to view all of Jim’s article pieces – go to Categories section and click onto Jim Amato.

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Bennie Briscoe may have been the ” Baddest ” middleweight to never win the title. He finally received a long overdue shot at ” King ” Carlos Monzon and almost pulled the upset when he hurt Monzon in the ninth round. Carlos rallied to win the decision. In a battle for the WBC version of the title Bennie was stopped by the vastly under rated Rodrigo Valdez. After Monzon twice edged Valdez and retired, Bennie met Valdez again for the vacant title and lost a decision. Another worthwhile 160 pound contender during the Monzon era was Jean Claude Bouttier. Carlos beat the Frenchman twice but held him in very high regard.

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Bobby Chacon R.I.P. (Revisited)

NOTE: This article was originally posted last month on September 10, 2016 … re-posting in honor and remembrance to a friend and great boxing champion of his recent passing … may his memory be with us all now and forever!

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On September 7, 2016, one of the most exciting, fan friendly boxers I have known, in my 55 years in boxing, passed away – two time featherweight champion Bobby Chacon. He was a friend to many, including myself, and was 64 years old at the time of his passing.

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Bobby engaged in some of the best fights of his era, during his brilliant career (1972-1988) 59 wins, 7 losses, one draw, with 47 wins by knockout. He fought all comers, to name a few: Tury Pineda,  Jose Luis Martin Del Campo, Frankie Crawford, Chucho Castillo, Ruben Olivares, Danny Lopez, Alfredo Marcano, Rafael Limon, Alexis Arguello, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Ray Mancini, Freddie Roach and Arturo Frias.

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Bobby’s fight vs. Danny Little Red Lopez at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, on May 24, 1974, can arguably be considered one of the greatest intracity rivalries in the history of boxing. I was ringside that night and witnessed a great fight, with Bobby winning by knockout in round nine. I remember sitting next to Bryant Gumbel who was working as a sports newscaster for KNBC channel 4 at the time. We both had two things in common – a love for boxing and being born in the same year.

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