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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Jimmy Wilde – The Tylorstown Terror

Jimmy Wilde

Jimmy Wilder – The Tylorstown Terror There are good boxing records, great boxing records and a few, absolutely other-worldly boxing records. Jimmy Wilde, the Welsh boxer who plied his trade in the first part of the 20th century, falls into this last category. (A caution to the reader. Record-keeping wasn’t the science during Jimmy’s active years, as it is today. I have consulted half a dozen different sources researching this article and it seems fair to say that there is …

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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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Rocky Marciano

Marvelous Marvin Hagler – How Do We Go On Without You?

Marvin Hagler

Marvelous Marvin Hagler R.I.P I had trouble sleeping last night. I had just returned from shopping yesterday when I heard it. Marvelous Marvin Hagler, one of my ultimate heroes, had passed. The news numbed me. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the idea of this great man being taken from us at only 66-years-old. I seldom cry but I welled up as the reality began to settle in. This all-time great boxer was gone. This all-time great sportsman was …

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Marvin Hagler

Lloyd Honeyghan “Ragamuffin Man” 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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The Relentless Evander Holyfield, Known as 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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Evander Holyfield

The Story of James Bonecrusher Smith

James Bonecrusher Smith

The “Bonecrusher”: James Odell 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, …

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James Bonecrusher Smith

Jersey Joe Walcott | The Unforgettable Boxing Legend

Jersey Joe Walcott

Who in The World Is Arnold Cream aka Jersey Joe Walcott? Arnold Raymond Cream aka Jersey Joe Walcott 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; …

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Jersey Joe Walcott

Musings of a Boxing Fanatic

Musings Of A Boxing Fanatic

Pacquiao/Ryan Garcia? There’s a lot of banter out there about a fight between Ryan Garcia and Manny Pacquiao. Bad idea for Garcia, in my opinion. I really think Manny would blow Ryan away. I’m not completely sold on Garcia. He’s good…really good…but Manny is very special. I mean, I know he’s 42-years-old and all, but the way Ryan got clocked by Luke Campbell set off a few alarm bells for me. Luke isn’t Manny, and if Ryan gets hit like …

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Musings Of A Boxing Fanatic

What If? “The Bear,” Sonny Liston vs “Iron” Mike Tyson

Sonny Liston

WHAT IF? “THE BEAR, SONNY LISTON VS ”IRON” MIKE TYSON I always knew that these fantasy fights I stage would be popular. I didn’t know that they’d be this popular though. I get a ton of requests to stage bouts. “Dave, what about Pep/Duran?” Or, “How about Louis/Ali?” But THE bout I get asked to stage the most is Sonny Liston vs Mike Tyson. There is just an absolute fascination with this one. Now, for me personally, I don’t have …

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Charr vs Bryan? Title Fight? What Is The WBA Thinking?

Charr Vs Bryan

CHARR VS BRYAN? TITLE FIGHT? WHAT IS THE WBA THINKING? Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m an old-timer. I liked it when boxing only had 8 divisions. I didn’t mind the addition of the Cruiserweight division as I didn’t really think of a boxer weighing in at 176 as a “heavyweight,” not by any means. I liked it when there was only one world champion per division. After all, we only have one world, right? Things sure …

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