Orange County, California – Upcoming (ESPN) Fight Card

IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat (26-1, 13 KOs) will put his rating on the line against Bogdan Dinu (18-1, 14 KOs) in a 10-round showdown on Saturday, March 23 at The Hangar in Costa Mesa, Calif. In the co-feature, former world champions Jessie Magdaleno (25-1, 18 KOs) and Rico Ramos (30-5, 13 KOs) will clash in a 10-round featherweight bout with potential world title implications.

Tickets for this show are priced at $60. and $75. and can be purchased on line at

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Porter Ekes Out Decision Win Over Ugas

By David Martinez /

WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter (30-2-1 / 17 by KO) successfully retained his title with 12 round split decision over Cuban Yordenis Ugas (23-4 / 11 by KO) on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.

Ugas found the mark in the early rounds using his jab effectively, with Porter having difficulty getting inside of Ugas long reach.

Round five saw both engage solid punches in the middle of the ring with Ugas backing up Porter to finish the round strong. Although two of the three judges gave Porter that round, I did not.

Rounds six , seven, and eight were close, and by all accounts were swing rounds either way; but it was Ugas who continued to beat Porter to the punch and simply out worked him.

Ugas stalked Porter in rounds nine and ten, as Porter developed a slight cut over his right eye.

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Hey Harold!

By David Martinez /

I am still saddened that HBO boxing is off the TV air waves. Boxing is my life, and in my daily travels, I have many that ask me questions and give me opinions on the sport. Most recently, many have asked me this: do I miss HBO World Championship Boxing and why?

My easy answer to that is – without hesitation, of course – most definitely I do, as it has been a “main course” for me since its beginning broadcast in 1973. And the one thing that I truly and honestly miss is my friend Harold Lederman and his expert commentary.

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RING TRIVIA for March 2019

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia.  This began back when I was a kid in 1961.  I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to educate myself.  It’s now my pleasure to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone.  On a quarterly basis I post five (5) multiple choice questions – March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.

1 – What is the real birth name of legendary hall of fame boxing trainer Jackie McCoy?

a – Warren Spaw

b – Billy Jack

c – Bud Lee

d – Ozzie Smith

2 – What former heavyweight contender on January 25, 2009 graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Temple University?

a – Henry Tillman

b – Randall “Tex” Cobb

c – Gerry Cooney

d – Dave Zyglewicz

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Dr. Joe Noriega – R.I.P.

By David Martinez /

I was saddened to learn this past week that a dear friend of mine, past president and member of the executive VP board of the World Boxing Hall of Fame, Dr. Joe Noriega, passed away on February 18, 2019.

Joe was well known in the Los Angeles area for his outstanding work in the chiropractic field.

He is survived by his lovely wife Nelly, and sons Dr. Jess, and Chris.

May his soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord.

Funeral services will be held on March 9, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Hills Memorial Park, 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, California  90601.

Freddie Welsh

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

One of Britain’s greatest boxers, is certainly Freddie Welsh.  Born by the name Frederick Hall Thomas, on March 5, 1886, in Pontypridd, South Wales, United Kingdom.  Welsh started his professional career in 1905 in Philadelphia.  He would later win the lightweight championship by 20 round decision over Willie Ritchie on July 7, 1914.   He would go on to hold the title until 1917, when he then lost to Benny Leonard by knockout in 9 rounds.

After the Leonard fight, Welsh went on to serve in United States Army during World War I, and helped disabled veterans at Walter Reed Hospital.  After being discharged at the rank of captain, he returned to the ring after a three year layoff resumed his boxing career in December 1920 .

Welsh would only fight six bouts in 16 months winning four, with one draw and losing a 10 round decision in his final fight, and he would retire in April 1922.

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Santa Cruz by One-Sided Decision over Rivera … Retains WBA Featherweight Title

By Tom Donelson / Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America … contributor to since 2008

Leo Santa Cruz fought Rafael Rivera, who took the fight on a three week notice in his first shot at a title.

Rivera had a competitive first round as he launched combinations and body shots and looked sharp but it seemed to have little effect upon Santa Cruz.  Rivera is a good fighter up against a great fighter and after the second round, the great fighter took over.   Rivera had lost two of three his previous fights and was replacing Miguel Flores but this was supposed to be a tune up for Santa Cruz and it proved mostly that even though Rivera had his moment.

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