David Auger-Villanueva

I was born in the Caribbean but grew up internationally. I've lived in Canada since 1974. I played just about every sport but was best at boxing. Fought in bareknuckles bouts, fight clubs, amateur, and pro. Married, father of four.

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Katie Taylor vs Miriam Gutierrez: Fight Preview

Katie Taylor

Bragging Rights: Katie Taylor Defends Against Miriam Gutierrez The “0” has to go! Undefeated, All World champion, Katie Taylor puts her multiple belts on the line tomorrow night at Wembley Arena, London. The undisputed Lightweight champ, the pride of Ireland, is that rare boxer, holding the WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF and Ring titles, simultaneously. Katie Taylor, 16 – 0, is already a two-weight, world champion and is the heavy favourite going into tomorrow’s festivities at an eye-popping – 8000! With …

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Monzon vs Hagler: Who Would Win?

Monzon vs Hagler

Hagler vs Monzon: Who Wins? You all want to really talk about a fantasy fight. I can’t think of one that would have been closer than between two of the greatest Middleweights of all time; the Argentinian, Carlos “Escopeta” (Shotgun) Monzon versus Brockton, Massachusetts own, Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Oh my! What a fight this would have been. These two greats are always ranked in the top-5 Middleweights of all-time, but for me, they are 1,2. Actually, let me correct that, …

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Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. The Greatest?

Is Floyd Mayweather The Greatest?

Floyd Mayweather – The Best Ever? Let me be clear; I’m no fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr. I don’t like what I’ve heard about him or from him as a man and I didn’t particularly care for his “defense-first” style of fighting. That having been said, Floyd Mayweather is the owner of a somewhat gaudy 50-0 record – okay, 49-0 if we subtract the abhorrent 50th fight against a non-boxer in his first-ever professional boxing match. At 49-0, we all …

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Lloyd “Ragamuffin Man” Honeyghan: In the Fight of His Life

Lloyd Honeyghan

The other day, I heard that former British boxer, Lloyd Honeyghan, was having some very serious medical issues and is in tough shape. This prompted me to think about his stellar career and I thought a retrospective on this once undisputed welterweight champion of the world was in order. Born in Jamaica, Lloyd Honeyghan joined his parents in England when he was but a boy of 9. He began boxing a couple of years later and proved throughout his rather …

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Evander Holyfield – The Real Deal

Evander Holyfield

Boxers have always had nicknames; sometimes chosen by themselves, sometimes bestowed upon them by the public or some other third party. The point of a nickname has either been to in some way highlight the intimidation factor of the boxer, or to help with the marketing of the fighter through the “catchiness” of the name. There’ve been some doozies, too. Jake “The Raging Bull” LaMotta, “Sugar” Ray Robinson, Seales, or Leonard, “Iron” Mike Tyson, or my personal favourite, the fictional, …

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Boxing Judges: Corrupt or Incompetent?

boxing judges

Are Boxing Judges Corrupt or Incompetent? First of all, let me say this. This article is probably no more than a couple of handfuls of judges. My experience has been that most boxing judges are honorable people and do their best to see and judge a fight fairly. However, there have been enough “stinkers of decisions” to at least make us pause to wonder about the integrity and/or competence of some boxing judges. Certain fights have just yielded outcomes that …

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“Morris Grant: The 5-10-1 World Champion”

Morris Grant

That there ever was a need to have something called “The World Colored Heavyweight Championship” speaks to the troubled past of the USA. It’s as distasteful now as it was then – perhaps moreso – but it’s also an indelible part of boxing history and ignoring it isn’t going to make it go away I thought it wise that we pay some homage to these fine men and fighters, whose achievements fade further into oblivion with each passing year. I …

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The “Bonecrusher”: James Odell Smith

James Bonecrusher Smith

One of my favourite sports memories has always been the unbridled joy on display from James “Bonecrusher” Smith after he knocked out then-champion Tim Witherspoon in the first round of their Dec. 12, 1986 WBA world title fight. The date was already etched in my memory because it was also my now, ex-wife’s birthday; so fight night was a big day in the Auger-Villanueva household. Smith walked around the ring after the fight, hands raised, huge smile on his face, …

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Benny Leonard: Always A Champion

Benny Leonard

If you sat down with a group of boxing fans under the age of say, 50, and began to talk about whether Benny Leonard really is a Top-10 all-time fighter, you’d probably have a cacophony of voices barking at you about how great “Sugar” Ray really was. Tell them you were talking about Benny Leonard though, and you might hear a lot of “Who’s that?” from the same group. But Benny Leonard most definitely belongs in the conversation about the …

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The Case For Rocky Marciano

Rocky Marciano

You wouldn’t think, not even for a second, that you would have to defend a world champion boxer who retired with an unblemished record of 49-0 (43 KO’s), but if it’s Rocky Marciano we’re talking about then yep, he needs to be defended. It’s ridiculous, but true. Marciano seems to have as many naysayers as he does fans. “He was too small”, “He never fought anybody in their prime”, “He’d get killed today”; etc. These, and many other like comments, …

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Who In The World Is Arnold Cream?

Arnold Cream

“Who in The World Is Arnold Cream?” Arnold Raymond Cream. Say that name in a room full of casual boxing fans and it probably wouldn’t cause so much as a ripple. But mention that same name in a group of vested fans and pundits alike, and you’ll hear at least a half dozen voices yell out appreciatively, “Jersey Joe Walcott” while the rest of the heads nod up and down with quiet admiration; perhaps tinged with a touch of nostalgia. …

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A Forgotten Olympian: Kennedy McKinney

Kennedy McKinney

Few signs are a better arbiter of a boxer’s pedigree and prospects than an Olympic gold medal. The sport is filled with world champions who have this prestigious accomplishment on their resume; Joe Frazier, Oscar De La Hoya, Ray Mercer, Lennox Lewis; the list goes on. Surprisingly though, not all Olympic gold medalists or even world champions for that matter, go on to achieve lasting fame. For some, when the venue lights fade, they seem to quietly blend in with …

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Doug DeWitt: Forgotten? Not A Chance!

Doug DeWitt

“Forgotten? Not A Chance!” Fame can be fleeting – especially in sports. Athletes are treated a bit like horses sadly; used by all at their peak, then, as their ability to win wanes, gradually put out to pasture until they are little more than an asterisk on a sports page; a note in Wikipedia. Former WBO World Middleweight Champion, Doug DeWitt, is a happy exception to this phenomenon. This beloved boxer of the ’80s and very early ’90s was different; …

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Across From Roberto Duran

Michael Culbert

Boxers never retire when they should. Even the best have a tendency to hang on for that one “last” fight – some for several “last” fights, as they embark on a sort of farewell tour for their fans – and hopefully, for their pocketbook. It doesn’t matter who the fighter is, they almost all hang on too long. Sadly, all these last fights usually end up achieving, is underlining for us all to see that the fighter is but a …

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Tyson Fury: On The Brink Of Greatness

Tyson Fury On The Brink Of Greatness

Tyson Fury: On The Brink Of Greatness Tyson Fury has a problem; a problem not of his making. He is the WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World yet boxing aficionados, pundits, and enthusiasts simply do not accord this man the respect one would expect. ‘The Furious One’ is the latest in a victim of good-to-very good boxers who don’t seem to be taken seriously by enough of the boxing community; and it’s neither fair, nor is it his fault. So …

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