By David Martinez
Mikey Garcia (33-0 / 28 by KO), other than being knockdown in round two, was simply flawless winning by knockout over Rocky Martinez (27-2-2 / 16 by KO) to capture his second world title in a different weight division.
The former WBO featherweight champion Garcia fought a masterful fight breaking down Martinez as every round progressed. A left hook to the liver was the telling punch that put Martinez down at 56 seconds into round eight.
Rusty Rubin is an award winning boxing writer, covering the sport for more than 35 years and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2007.
Sometimes I wonder how I could analyze a fight closely and miss by a mile. It happens, but of late it’s happening to me more often than I’d like.
Two big fights on HBO this weekend and they both figure to be very exciting. The fights are from Corpus Christi, Texas and figure to add up to an exciting Saturday, (Nov. 9) night of television.
The main event for the WBO jr. middleweight title figures to be a barn burner, when Roman “Rocky” Martinez 27-1-2 (16) takes on Mikey Garcia 32-0 (27).
This figures to be a classic match-up between boxer Martinez and boxer-puncher Garcia.
By David Martinez
Unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0 / 25 by KO) successfully defended his title by stopping top rated challenger Curtis Stevens (25-4 / 18 by KO) after eight rounds. The bout was televised by HBO World Championship Boxing from the Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York.
The bout was one sided, as I had Golovkin winning every round up to the stoppage. Stevens was knocked down in round two and landed a few solid punches in rounds four and five, but Golovkin was never in any serious trouble and was in command throughout the fight.
This was the15th fight in a row, since 2008, in which Golovkin has won without needing to go the distance. It was his eighth successful title defense since winning the middleweight belt in 2010.
Golovkin reminds me of Kostya Tszyu with his style and Jeff Fenech with his aggression. His savageness in the ring is that of a young Roberto Duran when he ruled the lightweights.
On the horizon for Golovkin are super fights: Sergio Martinez (51-2-2 / 28 by KO) or Peter Quillin (30-0 / 22 by KO) at 160 pounds, and possibility moving up to 168 pounds to face Andre Ward (26-0 / 14 by KO) or Carl Froch (31-2 / 22 by KO). My feeling of him moving down to 154 pounds to fight Floyd Mayweather is unlikely; but wouldn’t that be an interesting match up!
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By David Martinez
On Saturday, October 19, 2013, I attended the California Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California. It was a spectacular event hosted by President Don Fraser and his staff.
I was honored and humbled to be there to represent my good friend Harold Lederman for his induction. Harold could not attend because of his commitment with HBO World Championship Boxing to cover the Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov WBO junior welterweight fight card in Denver, Colorado on that same date. It was special to me because it was Harold himself who requested I be there for him, to speak along with his long time friend Larona Ganaway.
I don’t think anybody in the house could say that they don’t know who Harold is, as Harold is certainly one of the best judges in our era of boxing. He knows the sport as well as anybody; he is fair, honest, and non-biased with his positive expertise on the air with HBO.
By David Martinez
48-year old Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2 / 32 by KO) continues to amaze the boxing world with his winning ways. Hopkins scored a 12 round unanimous decision over top rated contender Karo Murat (25-2-1 / 15 by KO) to retain his IBF light heavyweight title at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Murat came out fast in the early rounds, but it was Hopkins who was more the aggressor from round four throughout fight and was willing to trade with his younger 30-year old opponent. Hopkins did what he had to do to win and stated in a pre-fight interview that he badly wanted the knockout, but was satisfied with the win.
The official scorecards were 117-110, 119-108, 119-108, with Murat being deducted a point by referee Steve Smoger for hitting on the break in round seven, my scorecard was 116-111.
By Jim Amato
Senior Boxing Writer
Champion Ingemar Johansson vs. Sonny Liston was a fight that very well could have happened. After Ingo shocked Floyd Patterson to win the title in 1959, he was the “man.”
At this time Sonny was just beginning to establish himself as a heavyweight to be reckoned with. By the time Floyd and Ingo met again in June of 1960, Sonny had defeated Nino Valdez and Cleveland Williams twice. One month after Patterson – Johansson II, Sonny stopped the clever Zora Folley. Then two months later he outscored the classy Eddie Machen. There was little doubt that Sonny Liston would have to be dealt with.
Think about this: What if Ingemar would have won his 1960 bout with Patterson? There would have been no need for a 1961 rubber match with Floyd. Enter Sonny. He would have been the most logical contender. So how would a match between Johansson and Liston panned out in June of 1961?
By Tom Donelson
Member Boxing Writers Association & International Boxing Research Org.
Ruslan Provodnikov came close to winning a title when he had Tim Bradley down twice for his WBO welterweight title last march but Bradley survived the two knockdowns to win a close decision and maintained his title. Then the stone faced Provodnikov challenged Mike Alvarado for his WBO junior Welterweight title in Alvarado hometown of Denver.
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Rusty Rubin is an award winning world renowned boxing writer, covering the sport for more than 35 years and has been part of the dmboxing.com team since 2007. My only comment on the Bradley – Marquez fight last week is a shout out to Bradley who fought the type of fight that few if any of us would have expected. Congratulations to “Desert Storm”.
The big fight this week is on Oct. 19, and on HBO television. It’s from Denver, Colorado, the first fight from there ever on HBO and the first championship fight since September 2000. The bout, for the WBO light heavyweight title is between Denver native Mike Alvarado, 34-1-1 (23), who, at 33 years of age, takes on 29-year-old Ruslan Provodnikov or Russia.
Provodnikov comes in with a record of 22-2 with 15 knockouts, but one of those two loses was a unanimous decision to Tim Bradley.
Alvarado’s only loss came at the hands of Brandon Rios via the TKO route.