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Last Saturday Night, Boxing went around the world in five fights beginning with a pouring rainstorm in Buenos Aires. Sergio Martinez came home to the adulation of some 45,000 plus fans as he faced Martin Murray and although he was the overwhelming favorite, the 38 year old Martinez had just recovered from a knee surgery nor was Murray an easy fight.
Rusty Rubin has been a boxing writer for more than 30 years and is an award winning managing editor of Ringsports.com as well as the now defunct RingSports Boxing Magazine. Rusty is highly respected in boxing and has contributed to dmboxing.com since 2007.
I promised an old friend that I’d refrain from politics in this column, and I will. But it’s not political to call for the prayers of the victims and the families that suffered in the Boston Marathon bombing.
Because I’m picking three fights this week, I’ll keep things simple, if you want to help in my next endeavor to help find a cure for cancer, (no money involved), please read the bottom of this article.
By David Martinez
As many of my local friends know, I coach and workout on a regular basis at Duke’s Boxing in the Santa Barbara, California area of Isla Vista. Duke’s is owned by Henry Calles and is open to the public six days a week for boxing and fitness training.
Henry, a successful amateur himself, is turning professional this summer at the age of 36. I am honored to be a part of his team as a corner man. The team also consists of Mark Lee who serves as chief trainer, with Sarah Cammann as team manager.
On Saturday, April 13, 2013 our team traveled down to the Burbank (LA) area for a sparring session with Steve Harpst as our host. Steve is the Burbank Boxing Club coach; he and I have been friends for the past fifteen years as we spent time together on the Board of Directors of the World Boxing Hall of Fame.
I would like to share Henry’s sparring session in this video ( click onto link above ) and selected photos shot in Burbank. Henry went six straight rounds ( 3 minutes each round with a 30 second rest in between ) against two opponents.
When Henry ( height 6′ ) fights professionally, his weight will be 175 pounds, which is in the light heavyweight division.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association
It was one of those fights that could make boxing legends, two undefeated fighters with different styles at the peak of their career. Canelo Alvarez, a slugging hard punching Mexican, facing the slick boxing Austin Trout.
Who was the greatest fighter to come out of Argentina? Well pound for pound you would probably say Carlos Monzon or possibly Pascual Perez. You could make a case for Nicolino Locche too. Who was the biggest and baddest of all Argentine fighters? Many would say Luis “Angel” Firpo. I’ll go with Oscar “Ringo” Bonavena.
Hard work continues on my next book. I’m still hoping to find a few more boxing fans and others who can and will contribute to it with true stories of inspiration and miracles that they have experienced. All proceeds will go to help find a cure for cancer.
FYI, I do not have cancer and as far as I know, no one in my family has ever had it, so like many people, I’ve seen first-hand the ravages of this terribly ugly disease, but I’ve also been blessed far more than most, albeit not financially, but with many friends and loved ones who have always been by my side.
I’m simply asking the readers for stories of inspiration and miracles, not money. The stories that I’m seeking do not have to be boxing related or religion based, just honest experiences that you’ve had and want to share to help others. Your stories can help prolong and hopefully save many lives. Your name can be withheld by request as it’s the stories I need for the book.
By Tom Donelson / Member Boxing Writers Association
Nonito Donaire faced the undefeated and fellow 122 pound champion, the flashy Guillermo Rigondeaux. The opening round saw Rigondeaux nailed Donaire with two solid left as Donaire moved aggressively forward. Rigondeaux landed the harder blows as his left consistently hit Donaire and even landed a solid right hook against the Philippine flash. The pattern was set for the whole fight as Donaire played the bull and Rigondeaux, the matador who was forever tormenting the bull before final bell.
This popular panel game show ran on CBS-TV from 1950 to 1967. As a feature on dmboxing a different boxer will be displayed on a bi-monthly basis for viewing. This month is Archie Moore – the show was shot on August 16, 1959.
By Steve Corbo
On Saturday, March 30, 2013, I saw one heck of a great fight when Mike Alvarado went to war for a second time with Brandon Rios. Alvarado came away with a unanimous decision victory setting up a third meeting between these two warriors. I think a couple of things must have made this such a sweet victory for Alvarado. First, redemption! He avenged his loss five months ago and evened up the score. Second, he was a 4 to 1 underdog when he stepped into the ring and he beat the odds!
Coming up on April 27, 2013, down in Buenos Aires, Argentina, another fighter is going to step into the ring, an even bigger underdog than 4 to 1. Little known Martin Murray from St. Helens, Merseyside in the United Kingdom, will be squaring off against WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez, with Sergio’s Middleweight title on the line.
The month of April has a special meaning for me both in a happy and sad way.
April 4th is my friend Ernie Terrell’s birthday. The former WBA heavyweight champion has to be one of my favorite boxer friends ever. I was honored, on the evening of October 16, 2003 when Ernie was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, to be his presenter. I remember that night as if it was yesterday and I will always treasure that moment in time. At the very top left hand side of the banner for this website, you will see the photo taken on his special night.
April 7th is the anniversary of the passing of my best friend Frankie Rivas. In 2009 I tearfully, but honorably, delivered the eulogy at St. Raphael’s church for his funeral service. As well as boxing as an amateur himself, Frankie was the truest boxing fan I have ever known. He was always there with me as a referee or judge at many boxing shows in our community, and gave his support to the kids in local boxing gyms. I have known Frankie since my childhood days and in memory of his death (I say), “May his soul rest in peace with the Lord in heaven”.