Hands of Stone – Movie Review

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

I am reluctant to expose the full contents of the latest boxing movie, Hands of Stone, as my intent is not to spoil it for those of you that have not seen it yet. I will just touch the tip of it in this review.

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I was the first in line last Friday morning (11am) on the first day of release and the first showing at the theatre, so nobody could tell me anything about the movie before I could see it myself.  Although I pretty much knew the whole story in following Roberto Duran in the five decades (1968-2001) of his boxing career, I was anxious to see it.

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Peter Jackson

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 24, 2012 

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

I agree with most boxing historians before me, that had Peter Jackson been born white, he would have been heavyweight champion in the John L. Sullivan era. In the late 1800’s Jackson never received a world title bout because of Sullivan’s refusal to fight black fighters, so racial prejudice was the only thing that kept Jackson from his chance to win the heavyweight crown.

Jackson was a true pioneer and the first black heavyweight, before Jack Johnson, that set the stage for the top recognition of the black boxers, which was before the turn of the 20th century.

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Upcoming Fight Card – Orange County


Roy Englebrecht Promotions / Fight Club OC  next show is this Thursday, August 25, 2015 / Doors Open at – 6:30pm / First Bout – 7:05pm / Location Venue – The Hangar at the OC Fair & Events Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 / Tickets are all priced at $60.00 / Available at www.fightclub.com

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David Martinez and Gene Aguilera – Guest Appearances

My friend, Gene Aguilera, and I will  be appearing at two separate venues sharing our love for boxing.

I will be at the Mesa SummerFest 2016 on Sunday, August 21, 1:00 pm to 6:00pm, 1933 Cliff

Drive, Santa Barbara, California 93109.  It will be a booth/display set up in the Plaza sunken parking lot.

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I know you have many choices in boxing  and I truly respect the fact that you make this website one of them – thank you!

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Book Review

Pamama Al Brown

By Adam Pollack / Guest Post

Win By KO Publications is proud to announce the release of Black Ink, by Jose Corpas. Black Ink is the long overdue biography of Panama Al Brown, a boxer so unpopular, fans stormed the ring and nearly killed him in an attack that might be considered a hate crime today. Outside the ring, the leaders of the “Manly Art” were so determined not to have a gay boxing champion that they stripped him of his recognition, without an explanation. But Brown was too good, and eventually fought his way to become recognized as the first Latino world champion. In this riveting book, Jose Corpas makes sure Al Brown is never forgotten.


Andre Ward Defeats Alexander Brand … Sets Up Mega Fight with Kovalev in November

Andre Ward

By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (30-0 / 15 by KO) scored a twelve round “lopsided” decision over Alexander Brand (25-2 / 19 by KO) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California in a bout that was televised by HBO.

Ward was in command from the start to end and when a fighter wins every minute of every round it makes for a very non competitive “predictable” boring fight.

The judges scores were all the same 120-108 … my scorecard was 120-108 – twelve rounds to zero for the winner Ward.

So enough said – the bigger news is that this now sets up the long awaited showdown between two undefeated light heavyweights to finally meet – champion Sergey Kovalev  and Andre Ward, scheduled for November 19 on HBO/PPV from Las Vegas.