Amir Khan defeats Chris Algieri – is Mayweather next?

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29:  Chris Algieri punches Amir Khan during their Welterweight bout at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on May 29, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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

Chris Algieri has proven to be an adoptable fighter as he moved away from his usual boxing maneuvering and fought an attacking style against the favorite Amir Khan.  Algieri has fought three of the top fighters in the welterweight division defeating Ruslan Provodnikov in a close controversial decision and losses to both Khan and Pacquiao. Continue reading

FIGHT CALENDAR for June 2015

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Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale / WBC middleweight championship / June 6

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*** TUESDAY ~ June 2

At Bangkok, Thailand: Wanheng Menayothin vs. Jerry Tomogdan, 12 rounds, for Menayothin’s WBC strawweight title

*** THURSDAY ~ June 4

At Los Angeles (Fox Sports 1/Fox Deportes): Jayson Velez vs. Daniel Ramirez, 10 rounds, featherweights; Carlos Morales vs. Emmanuel Gonzalez, 8 rounds, junior featherweights; Christian Gonzalez vs. Darryl Hayes, 6 rounds, junior lightweights; Rafael Gramajo vs. Pablo Cupul, 4 rounds, junior featherweights; Pablo Rubio vs. Martin Regalado, 4 rounds, junior featherweights

At New York: Jarrell Miller vs. Damon McCreary, 8 rounds, heavyweights; Steve Martinez vs. TBA, 6 rounds, junior middleweights; Dimash Niyazov vs. Ariel Duran, 8 rounds, junior welterweights; Akil Aguste vs. Quincy Brown, 6 rounds, middleweights; Steve Geffrard vs. Eric George, 4 rounds, cruiserweights; Bakhtiyar Eyubov vs. Jason Thompson, 4 rounds, junior middleweights; Dewayne Zeigler vs. Jeremy Graves, 4 rounds, lightweights; Julian Sosa vs. TBA, 4 rounds, welterweights; Michael Stoute vs. TBA, 4 rounds, junior featherweights

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

My favorite and the second best middleweight (160 lbs.) champion, next to Carlos Monzon, that I have seen in the past half century (50 years) in boxing is Marvin Hagler (62-3-2 / 52 by KO).

The greatest middleweight and “pound for pound” boxer EVER was Sugar Ray Robinson.

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A southpaw, Hagler threw a lead right hand jab that was absolutely and unbelievably devastating. His round one with Thomas Hearns and round six with John Mugabi were highlight reels for every boxing fan.

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DeGale defeats Dirrell to capture IBF super middleweight title

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Member Boxing Writers Association of America

James DeGale and Andre Dirrell fought for the vacant IBF Super Middleweight title as part of the Premier Boxing Championship Memorial day special.  For Dirrell, this was a second shot at a title when he failed by a split decision to take Carl Froch’s title in the Super Six tournament.  Dirrell has been out of the public eye since he was injured when Arthur Abraham nailed him with an illegal punch that caused Abraham’s disqualification.  Meanwhile, Andre brother, Anthony, recovered from cancer, won a title and lost it.  While Andre Dirrell has won five straight fights, this was the bite at the apple since the Super Six tournament.

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Henry Calles – upcoming fight

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

The return to the ring of our Team Duke’s boxer, Henry Calles,  will take place THIS Saturday, May 30th, in Simi Valley, California.

The super middleweight (168 pounds) bout is scheduled for 4 rounds against Brian True.  Other bouts will also be featured in this live show of professional boxing.

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A Santa Barbara, California native, Henry is ready and focused for this – his third pro fight.  Your support for Henry is much appreciated and hopefully we will see you at the fights.

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World Boxing Council (WBC) Legends Event is a KNOCKOUT!

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I was truly humbled to be an inductee this past Sunday, May 17, 2015, into the WBC Legends of Boxing Museum Hall of Fame. The “gala” event was attended by 350 people and took place at the American Sports University in San Bernardino, California with Bill Dempsey Young serving as Master of Ceremony.

WBC RatingsOur host in charge was Jamie Ochoa (Co-Chairman WBC LBM).  Other Executive Board Members  are: Jose Sulaiman (Life Time President), Mauricio Sulaiman (WBC President), Rudy Tellez (Chairman, WBC LBM), Angel Ochoa (Vice President WBC LBM), and Jill Diamond (Advisory Committee).

If I were to say THANK YOU a hundred times it would not be enough for such an honor, and for such a memorable day in my life that I will never ever forget.

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Besides myself, this year’s honorees were: Hedgemon Lewis, Blinky Rodriquez, Mack Kurihara, Alex Ramos, Joel De La Hoya, Thell Torrence, Victor Ortiz, Raul Perez, James Toney, Leobardo Ibarra, Gennady Golovkin, and actor Ryan O’Neal.

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Sergio Martinez to Retire

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 By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Former middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, 40, will officially announce his retirement from boxing by the end of this month due to a continuing knee problem.

Sergio Martinez t-shirtThe Argentine fighter enjoyed a successful career for eighteen years. He is the former WBC junior middleweight champion and Lineal WBC/WBO middleweight champion. His professional ring record stands at 51 wins, 3 losses, and 2 draws with 28 by knockout.

After holding the middleweight title for four years, in June 2014 Sergio was stopped by Miguel Cotto in round ten, which was the final fight of his career.

His most notable wins have been over Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams, Sergiy Dzinziruk, Darren Barker, Matthew Macklin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and Martin Murray.

In his last ten fights, Martinez fought opponents with a combined ring record of 335-12-2 … and seven of these bouts, going into the fight, were against opponents that had just one loss or less.

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Boxing Starting to Find Its Way

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By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
Member Boxing Writers Association of America
Feature Writer for dmboxing.com since 2008

While much of the boxing world focusing on the aftermath of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, what is being missed are the young boxing stars making their marks.  Saul Alvarez is one of those stars and his three round demolition of James Kirkland showed a young fighter developing into a star.  Since his loss to Mayweather, he won three in a row, two knock out victories and a close split decision victory over Erislandy Lara.

Despite being 24 years old, he is now 45-1, with his only loss to Floyd Mayweather.  While many pundits are not sure how to rate Mayweather, one milepost to judge him will be the career of Alvarez.  If Alvarez becomes an elite fighter in his own right, this certainly enhances Mayweather’s own legacy as he defeated Alvarez when Alvarez was 22 years old and coming off impressive victory over Austin Trout.   Mayweather gave the bigger Alvarez a boxing lesson and Alvarez may be that fighter that years from now that will cement Mayweather’s own greatness to higher heights.

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