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Jack Root

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /
A highly successful boxer from the past was certainly Jack Root, born on May 26, 1876 in Frahelz, Bohemia, Czech Republic.
He was not only a top ranking middleweight, but he was the first to win the light heavyweight title.  This division came about in 1903 when Root’s manager, Lou Housman, conceived the idea that a weight class should be established between middleweight and heavyweight.

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Mikey Garcia Defeats Robert Easter Jr. to Unify Titles

By David Martinez /

In a lightweight unification bout between two undefeated boxers, WBC champion Mikey Garcia (39-0 / 30 by KO) won a unanimous twelve round decision over IBF champion Robert Easter Jr. (21-1 / 14 by KO) on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and was shown on Showtime.

After losing round one, Garcia picked up the pace and knocked Easter down in round three with a perfect right cross, left hook combination.  Easter would fight in the retreating mode with staying on the outside using a lengthy 8-inch reach jab to his advantage.

Easter did well enough to win rounds five and six – close on my card – but from the seventh round on Garcia would not lose another round.  Round nine was the most entertaining action round of the fight with Garcia and Easter going toe-to-toe.

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Munguia Retains WBO Title and Machado “Brilliant” over Mensah to Retain WBA Title on HBO

By David Martinez /

On Saturday, July 21, 2018 two bouts of importance took place on HBO from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.

WBO junior middleweight champion Jaime Munguia (30-0 / 25 by KO) successfully defended his title over Liam Smith (26-2-1 / 14 by KO) with a twelve round unanimous decision.

Smith was on target and won the first two rounds, but even after fighting his heart out he would not win another round in the fight.  Munguia was dominant and just too powerful; that was the difference.

Smith was certainly gutsy and definitely exposed Munguia’s defense. Munguia dropped Smith in round six with a left hook and after that, there would be no question as to the outcome of this fight.

The judges scores were 116-111, 119-110, 119-108 … Harold Lederman’s score was one-sided at 119-108 and my scorecard was 118-109.

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Pacquiao by “KO” Over Matthysse to Win WBA Welterweight Title

By David Martinez / 

On Saturday night, July 14, 2018 at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2 / 39 by KO) dominated and knocked out WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (39-5 / 36 by KO).

Pacquaio came out on fire in round one and never let up throughout the fight. He scored a knockdown in round three, and Matthysse took a knee in round five after a short punch to the temple by Pacquiao.

The beginning of the end was actually at the opening bell, as Manny ended this one-sided affair by dropping Lucas for a third time in round seven with a left uppercut. The time was 2:43.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Summer 2018 Edition)

It’s Summer time folks and I thank you for making my website one of your choices in boxing.  It is my absolute pleasure to provide the best of David Martinez Boxing that I can offer.

This month is my 11th anniversary; it was on July 15, 2007 that I first brought full circle for all boxing fans world-wide.  In the eleven years, I have made an amazing 1,492 publications on this site, an average of 11 postings per month.  

To celebrate 11 years, I am offering my official website hat at $18.00.  The hat is an attractive blue in color, embroidered with website logo on front and website address on back side.  It has an adjustable Velcro strap, so one size fits all.

To order, send check (NO cash please) to: David Martinez Boxing, 810 Coronel Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93109 … as my anniversary offer, I am including FREE shipping to anywhere in the USA.

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Pages From The Scrapbook

By David Martinez / 

This edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” features my pre-fight article piece on the Muhammad Ali vs. Trevor Berbick heavyweight bout – dated December 10, 1981.

Many of my current fan base don’t know that back in the seventies, eighties, and nineties, I was a boxing beat writer for my local newspaper, the Santa Barbara News Press, doing fight predictions.  I also appeared as a guest reporter on local radio for all major fights.

I learned quite a bit about the journalism field in my younger years that has helped me to be the best I can today in producing for all.  I am delighted to bring back some of these old article features. 

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Saucedo Stops Zappavigna in Potential Fight and Round of the Year

By David Martinez /

On Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Alex Saucedo (28-0 / 18 by KO) stopped Lenny Zappavigna (37-4 / 27 by KO) in a sensational super lightweight fight.

Both boxers were cut in the bout and covered with blood like an old time Rocky movie.

Saucedo dropped Zappavigna in the third round, but Lenny amazingly fought back with a tremendous will to win.

In round four Zappavigna battled back fiercely non stop, with the round certainly a contender for Round of the Year.

Saucedo regained his composure and used his jab effectively to win round five.

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RING TRIVIA for June 2018 – Answers

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia.  This began back when I was a kid in 1961.  I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to educate myself.  It’s now my pleasure to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone.  On a quarterly basis I post five (5) multiple choice questions – March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.

1)  On December 14, 1978 Randy Shields fought David Madrid and won their welterweight bout TKO stoppage in round four, was because Madrid suffered a broken?

a) ankle — CORRECT ANSWER ***

b) wrist

c) nose

d) shoulder


2)  The referee for the first round knockout Mike Tyson win over Michael Spinks was?

a) Mills Lane

b) Larry Hazzard

c) Richard Steele

d) Frank Cappuccino — CORRECT ANSWER ***


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Jack Johnson Receives a Full Pardon from President Trump

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

On May 24, 2018, in the office of President Donald J. Trump, the late heavyweight champion Jack Johnson received a full posthumous pardon. 

Attending the signing were World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman, former WBC/IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and actor Sylvester Stallone, who was very instrumental in the entire process of the pardon.

Trump’s action forgives Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, who was charged and convicted in 1913 by an all white jury for violating the Mann Act, which makes it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral purposes.”

Trump stated that Johnson’s imprisonment for traveling to another state with a white women “was a racially motivated injustice” and that Johnson’s prosecution and punishment came during a “period of tremendous racial tension in the United States.”

Johnson’s great-great niece, who attended the signing, had pressed for this pardon for many years, along with the support of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reed of Nevada, and former WBA/WBC/IBF heavyweight champion George Foreman.

Four months ago, I wrote an article piece regarding this very subject which was posted on on February 22, 2018.  I am re-posting it now for viewing:

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