Johnny Tapia documentary debuts on HBO December 16

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 By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

 

I want to alert you that HBO Sports will be presenting a compelling one hour documentary on former boxing champion Johnny Tapia.  Debuting on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 and will also be shown on various dates though out  the month of December – check you local listings for air times.

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Tapia, born February 13, 1967, used boxing as a way out of his turbulent life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a five-time world champion in three different weight classes. Tormented as an adult by the brutal kidnapping and murder of his mother, which occurred when he was eight years old, Tapia suffered repeated moments of drug addiction and mental breakdowns. His nickname, Mi Vida Loca (“My Crazy Life”), reflected his intensity in the ring, and personal life.  He married his wife Teresa in 1994, who helped him regain control of his life in retirement before he succumbed to a heart attack in 2012.

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In my involvement with with Johnny Tapia were during my ten year tenure (1997-2007) with the World Boxing Hall of Fame, which were pleasant and respectful. I found Teresa to be giving and caring human being that only wanted to love and help Johnny as his best friend – his best friend!
 

Klitschko retains title by “knockout” over Pulev

 Klitschko retains title by knockout over Pulev

By David Martinez / www.dmboxing.com

WBO/WBA/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimar Klitschko (63-3 / 54 by KO) defended his title by fifth round knockout over challenger Kubrat Pulev (20-1 / 11 by KO) in Hamburg, Germany on November 15, 2014.

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Klitschko recorded three prior knockdowns in the “one-sided” fight before the final knockdown,  in round five, with a tremendous left hook to end the fight.

 Klitschko retains title by knockout over Pulev

It was a sensational performance by Klitschko, who retained his title for the 17th time in his second regin. He now stands just three defenses away from Larry Holmes for second place for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses at twenty. Joe Louis holds the record with twenty five .

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Hey Harold!

 Hey Harold!

My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with short videos regarding upcoming fights.  Here’s a look at Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri – WBO welterweight championship … airing on HBO/PPV “World Championship Boxing” this Saturday from Macau, China.

(click onto blue colored links below for viewing)

Hey Harold!: Manny Pacquiao (HBO Boxing): http://youtu.be/IZ-4dmUzj5c

Hey Harold!: Chris Algieri (HBO Boxing): http://youtu.be/yp2QZFgT1JI

The Olympic Auditorium: A Look Back at a Grand Venue (Part 2 of 2)

I am delighted to bring you a feature article that was published on dmboxing.com in August 2012, and is one of my favorites.  It is about a historic venue that I remember growing up as a kid; I attended many boxing and wrestling matches there.  My friend Bob Quackenbush captures it all in his excellent piece.  This is part two, as part one was just posted last week for your viewing.

By Bob Quackenbush / dmboxing.com

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Though boxing was the sport that put the Olympic Auditorium on the map, legions of young fans in the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s remember this place as the hallowed ground of Championship Wrestling.  Throughout the 1930’s, matches were held there regularly; but with the growth of television, later wrestlers such as Gorgeous George, Lou Thesz, Count Billy Varga, Freddie Blassie, the Destroyer, Mr. Moto, Mil Mascaras, Bobo Brazil, John “the Golden Greek” Tolos, Harold Sakata (who played the role of Odd Job in the movie “Goldfinger”), and Rocky Johnson (father of Duane “the Rock” Johnson) became household names.  Presided over by an actor-turned newscaster-turned sports announcer, the great Dick “Whoa Nellie” Lane, they were incredible shows in the pre-WWF days.

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Rusty Rubin R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

When I think about the many friends I have met in over fifty years of being involved in boxing – one name surfaces to the top – Rusty Rubin.

This week, on Tuesday November 11, 2014, Rusty, age 72, passed away peacefully at his home in Reno, Nevada.

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I met Rusty back in the late nineties upon my entry into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as a Director of the Board.  He would always come to our annual banquet and we “instantly” became friends from that point forward in life.  I wrote articles for his RingSports Magazine and when I founded my website dmboxing.com in July 2007; he offered and was my first feature writer with his award winning column “In Rusty’s Corner”.

I respected this man so much for the beautiful human being that he was.  He was the only boxing publisher / writer / author that offered prayers to the sick and deceased with his offering “Glove 2 Glove” on a regular basis.

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Upon hearing about his death, I was stunned and numbed, with tears in my eyes.  He will be missed by many, but he is now resting peacefully in Heaven with God.

Rusty’s legacy will ALWAYS be remembered and never forgotten on my website, as I will keep his name embedded in the menu section under Categories for forever viewing.

Hopkins loses lopsided decision to Kovalev in light heavyweight unification title fight

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By Tom Donelson / contributed to dmboxing.com since 2008

Member of Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA)

 Hopkins loses lopsided decision to Kovalev in light heavyweight unification title fight

Bernard Hopkins is the old man of boxing, a man who is nearly half a century age, trying one more time to cheat father time.  In Sergio Kovalev, he faced his one of his toughest opponent.  Before the main event, prospect Sadam Ali faced Argentina Carlos Abregu.  Abregu had only lost to Tim Bradley and would provide a test for Ali.

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The Olympic Auditorium: A Look Back at a Grand Venue (Part 1 of 2)

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I am delighted to bring you a feature article that was posted/published on dmboxing.com in August 2012, and is one of my favorites.  It is about a historic venue that I remember growing up as a kid; I attended many boxing and wrestling matches there.  My friend Bob Quackenbush captures it all in his excellent piece. This is part one, with part two to come next week for your viewing.

By Bob Quackenbush /  dmboxing.com

In the world of championship boxing, the arenas which host the bouts quite often become nearly as famous as the warriors which graced their canvas stages.  Those which come to mind are legendary venues such as Madison Square Garden in New York City, Cobo Arena in Detroit, the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, and more recently, the Las Vegas sites such as Caesar’s Palace, the MGM Grand, and Mandalay Bay.

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Book Review

Book Review: By Jim Amato / Senior Boxing Writer

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BOOK REVIEW ; “BECOMING TAZ” BY JEFF BUMPUS. INTRODUCTION BY PHIL RICE

In 1984 a young 140 pound fighter from the Midwest entered the ranks of professional boxers with the dream of becoming a world champion. He was a straight forward, no nonsense southpaw who would throw punches from bell to bell. In a nutshell, he was a crowd pleaser. It was this style that earned him several appearances on the ESPN and USA cable boxing networks. His name is Jeff Bumpus and he carried the nickname “The Tazmanian Devil”. He would eventually learn that his dream would not become reality.

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