(Fall 2014 Edition)
Summer is gone and Fall is now in the air!
My involvement in boxing goes back to 1961 and my intent is to offer my wealth to you in the sport that I am passionate in exceeding to the highest of standards that I can provide on this website.
I am blessed to have a small group of people that help make this site what it is, and will continue to be. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master); Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing); Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner); Dave Wilcox (Glove 2 Glove); Tom Donelson (Boxing Writers Association of America); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer); and Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader). They are as good as they get in what they provide with their expertise.
By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer / contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2008
It is not fun growing old. I am a product of my past. A victim of my era so to speak. I constantly bump heads with the young fans of today. They glorify Hopkins, Manny, Mayweather and the Klitschko brothers. Even from a decade or so before it’s all about Holyfield, Whitaker and a guy named Mike Tyson. They are all great fighters in their own right. Then you can go back a little farther. Now we’re talking Holmes, Duran, Hagler, Leonard, Hearns, Pryor, Michael Spinks and Benitez. How about Julio Cesar Chavez, Edwin Rosario and the great Salvador Sanchez ? Some great names and outstanding fighters.
The current champions, as of September 18, 2014, in each weight division are listed below. Each champion’s professional boxing record is shown in the following format: wins–losses–draws–no contests (knockout wins), and date they won title.
Heavyweight (200+ lb, 90.7+ kg)
By Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association of America)
When Floyd Mayweather faced Jose Luis Castillo in his rematch, he learned from their first encounter and out boxed him to win an easier victory in their second bout. The same thing happen last Saturday night as Mayweather learned all the right lesson from his first bout with Maidana and out boxed the Argentine for an easy victory.
Starting in the first found, Floyd jabbed and maneuver around the ring as he slipped Maidana’s punches. When Maidana fired up a one-two, Mayweather merely blocked the punches. Maidana attempt to jab his way in throughout the second round but Mayweather slipped them and he simply drilled Maidana with combinations. At the end of the round, he landed a solid right.
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 questions about their era to expand my own knowledge. Now I am delighted to bring you boxing trivia on a quarterly basis on my website. Five questions appear in March, June, September, and December – with the answers to follow for viewing at the end of each month of posting.
1) The largest purse that Joe Louis received in his career was $625,916.00 in what “rematch” fight?
a) vs. Jersey Joe Walcott
b) vs. Max Schmeling
c) vs. Arturo Godoy
d) vs. Billy Conn
2) The first title fight that was sanctioned by the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) was?
a) Leotis Martin vs. Sonny Liston
b) Mike Ayala vs. Romeo Anaya
c) Donald Curry vs. Bruce Finch
d) Michael Nunn vs. Curtis Parker
Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sweet science for more than 35 years and has contributed to “dmboxing.com” since 2007.
Once again, short and not-so sweet in this summer heat!
Marco Maidana, who almost beat undefeated Floyd Mayweather in their previous match, now takes on the multi time champion in a rematch at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 13.
A lot of folks thought Maidana had won their previous fight, although I was not one of them.
In their last battle, Maidana who is a puncher/brawler goaded Mayweather into a brawl, and Mayweather took the bait and decided to brawl with a brawler. That stupid decision almost cost him dearly.
All Mayweather had to do than, and now, is play hit and run and he’s going to give Maidana (and the fans) a very long night.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
This was night of fight of redemption and reclamation as three fighters fought to get their career going again, beginning with Andre Berto fighting Stephen Upsher.
Berto fought a strong first round as he landed combinations and this continued into the second round but Upsher landed three left hooks as he got Berto’s attention. Both fighters landed big punches against each other as Berto own defensive deficiency showed up.
Throughout the third and fourth round, Berto picked up the pace as he landed combinations at will while Upsher simply was contented to counter and never start any exchange. Halfway through the fight, Showtime had Berto up by three rounds to two and the sixth round showed the Upsher dilemma as he found himself on the defensive when he allowed Berto to attack but for brief moments when he allowed his hands to go; he nailed Berto with left hooks and straight rights.
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
On September 3, 2014, we laid to rest my best (boxing) friend – Johnny Ortiz, at All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Long Beach, California.
I was so respectfully honored to have been able to be a speaker and to be chosen as a pallbearer at the funeral
services for my friend.
I will miss Johnny beyond belief and please join me, and family, and friends in prayer for his soul “forever” and “forever” in heaven with God.
The Johnny Ortiz legacy will ALWAYS be connected and never forgotten on this website, by going to menu under Categories and click onto his name for viewing many features and also articles he contributed to www.dmboxing.com
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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
In a rare Saturday night ShoBox telecast on August 30, 2014, from Las Vegas, hard hitting Rogelio Medina (33-6 / 27 by KO) scored a huge upset by knocking out previously unbeaten and world ranked J’Leon Love (18-1 / 10 by KO) in their super middleweight fight.
The knockout came after Love missed with a left hand, as Medina connected with a series of vicious punches that dropped Love face-first to the canvas. Love attempted to get up but referee Tony Weeks stepped in and stopped the fight at 39 seconds into round three.
This fight was supposed to be a tune up for Love, but Medina came to fight and pulled off the upset win.