FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez


(Summer 2016 Edition)

As summer is now here, it is also a special time in my life because another “Happy Birthday” is here for me on June 25th.

My deep interest in boxing began back in 1961 and has been an integral part of my life since then. And the best thing about it is that I have met so many wonderful people.

I am truly delighted to bring my website to you with many categories for your viewing pleasure. And there are some people who kindly contribute to the success of this website, and to whom I would like to say thank you with the highest respect, as I treasure their involvement.

They are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Photo Editing and Proof Reader), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers Association), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Harold Lederman (HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!), Steve Corbo (Advisor and Guest Post), Adam Pollock (Book Reviews), and in memory of a man and a friend that we all miss, the former editor of Ring Sports Magazine – and in 2007,  my first contributor to this website – Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner) R.I.P.

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Joe Smith Jr. “Upset” KO Win Over Fonfara … Warren Wins Bantamweight Title

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By David Martinez /

Lightly regarded light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. (22-1 / 18 by KO) entered the ring last Saturday night on June 18, 2016 as huge underdog against top rated contender Andrzej Fonfara (28-4 / 16 by KO) .

The result was a first round knockout win for Smith in the main event attraction of the Premier Boxing Champions televised on NBC-TV card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Fonfara came into the fight winning three bouts (Doudou Ngumbu, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Nathan Cleverly) in a row and was in line for a rematch against WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, which he lost by unanimous 12 round decision in May 2014.

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Ali – Frazier: Ghosts of Manila

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

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Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to since 2008

(Excerpts from my book on black fighters, Boxing in the Shadow)

Fighters know how to suffer.  They demagnify pain and seldom talk about it.  Though some fighters have been called “bow-wows” within the sport, thresholds of pain are hard to detect in fighters….Eyes, nose, ears, larynx, kidneys, they all take horrific beatings.  But their faces tell where fighters have been, the potholes over which they had to rattle, from the small arenas with the single light bulb and a backed-up toilet in the dressing rooms to the flooding light of the big time”


Boxing heroes are usually defined less by the ease of their victories, than by their defeats and their various comebacks in the course of a career. Fighters are made through the brutal confines of their sport, in which they nearly see death approach, in which their blood is splattered; and yet they somehow persevere.  Brutality sells tickets, but more importantly, it seals one’s fame.   For Ali, Joe Frazier was his ticket to fame.

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Muhammad Ali / Part 1 of 6

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on September 5, 2010

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This is the first of a six part series of my personal accounts of Muhammad Ali. In Memory of Ali, I will display these six articles and will also include photos of my collectibles now through the month of July A - 2for viewing.

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

I will start this part #1, by saying that the best closed circuit fight that I ever attended was with my late father, Daniel J. Martinez and two of my best friends, Al Garcia and Hector Ybarra, at the Santa Barbara, California “historic” Granada Theater. On March 8, 1971, we saw the most eagerly anticipated fight that I have ever been involved with in my 48 years in boxing … Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali.

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I was so excited come fight time that I left my work early on that Monday afternoon just to be sure I was the first one in line to get tickets and the best seats: front row center balcony. I got both to view the fight.

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Muhammad Ali – David Martinez Collection


I was recently interviewed by NEWSCHANNEL 3 (ABC-TV) Santa Barbara, California regarding my Muhammad Ali collection and deep interest in boxing.

I am sharing that video link that aired on June 10. 2016.  I would like to thank KEYT Channel 3 Sports Director Mike Klan and News Anchor John Palminteri for their outstanding input on the newscast.

(click onto link below to view video)

Local Man has Incredible Muhammad Ali Collection


Vargas – Salido Fight a War … Lomachenko Wins Title by Knockout Over Martinez


By David Martinez /

On June 4, 2016 boxing fans live at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and those watching on HBO witnessed a strong candidate for “Fight of the Year”.  Francisco Vargas (23-0-2 / 17 by KO) vs. Orlando Salido (43-13-4 / 30 by KO) for the WBC super featherweight championship.

The fight was twelve rounds of toe-toe, non-stop action, with each fighter giving it their absolute best.

I had Vargas winning the early rounds, but midway in the fight you could just see Salido coming on and finishing the stronger of the two.

The fight was so close that the official decision was declared a draw . The scores were 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 for Vargas.  My scorecard was Vargas 115-113, but a draw was justified for these two ring warriors.

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Sonny Liston: Ali’s First Big Foil

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)
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Author, Member of Boxing Writers Association of America

Contributor to since 2008

(Excerpts from my book on black fighters, Boxing in the Shadow)


Ali jumped all over Liston after Ali sent Liston down in their second fight, yelling for him to get up. Jersey Joe Walcott, the referee, totally lost control as he tried to get Ali to a neutral corner.  Liston stayed on the canvas as Walcott tried to restrain Ali. Liston eventually got up as Walcott went to the corner to talk with Ring Magazine editor Nat Fleischer. Ali started nailing Liston with more shots.  Meanwhile Fleischer told Walcott that Liston should be counted out, so Walcott called the fight and gave the bout to Ali.  Years later, Liston told Sports Illustrated Mark Kram that he stayed down because, “Ali was a crazy man.”  The great intimidator was intimidated.

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I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This started when I was a young boy in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to expand my knowledge. I am delighted now to bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis. Five questions appear in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month.

1)  In what championship fight did Sugar Ray Robinson donate all of his purse, except for one dollar, to the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund?

a)  Gene Fulmer

b)  Charley Fusari

c)  Carl Olson

d)  Paul Pender

2)  Joe Frazier defended his heavyweight title against this opponent who required 32 stitches to his face after the bout?

a)  Ron Stander

b)  Billy Daniels

c)  Tony Doyle

d)  Dave Zyglewicz

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Hey Harold!


My good friend Harold Lederman at HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides this website with his short video clips regarding upcoming fights.

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Here’s a look at the WBO super featherweight championship Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-3 / 17 by KO) vs. Vassyl Lomachenko (5-1 / 3 by KO) scheduled for 12 rounds, airing on HBO this Saturday, June 11, 2016 from the Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, NY

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Muhammad Ali – R.I.P.

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Nickname: The Greatest / aka Cassius Clay

Professional Ring Record: 56-5 / 37 by KO

Held Heavyweight Championship: 1964-1970, 1974-1978, 1978-1979

Famous Quote: “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”

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By David Martinez /

Muhammad Ali peacefully passed away due to respiratory complications in a Phoenix-area, Arizona hospital on June 3, 2016. He was 74 years old.

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