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Jack Johnson Family Seeks Pardon

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Jack Johnson was arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time and arguably one of the most despised African American sports figures of all time.

Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion, winning the title from Tommy Burns in 1908, at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the ring together.

On July 4, 1910 in Reno, Nevada, former undefeated heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries, who had retired in 1905, made a comeback in an attempt to regain the title from a black champion. This bout truly was “The Fight of the Century”!

Johnson would beat Jeffries, and continued beating white opponents and flaunting his affection for white women, even fleeing the country after an all white jury convicted him of “immorality” for one of his relationships. In 1913 he was convicted of violating the Mann Act which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

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Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries … FIGHT OF THE CENTURY


Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Image from original cigar box, circa 1900
(gift to David Martinez from Al Nelson, Boxing Historian, 1972, Jeffries Barn, Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA)
*** FLASHBACK – this article originally first appeared on on July 2, 2010

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

July 4, 2010 will mark the 100th anniversary of Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries, “Fight of the Century”, for the heavyweight championship of the world.

Leading up to this fight, Jeffries won the title in 1899 against Bob Fitzsimmons and after defeating all challengers he retired undefeated in 1905. Johnson won the title in 1908 against Tommy Burns to become the first black fighter to win the coveted crown.

The build up to this fight was nothing less than controversial with a white champion coming out of a five-year retirement to try to win the title back from a black champion.

Scheduled for 45 rounds, the fight took place in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1910, with Tex Rickard as the promoter and referee. Prior to the fight, Rickard had invited United States president William Howard Taft to be the referee, but Taft declined.

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Paddy Duffy

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Irish-American Paddy Duffy was the first world welterweight champion.  He was born in Boston on November 12, 1864, just six years after the birth of  another great Irish-American, heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan.

Duffy started his career in 1884 at the age of nineteen, with a knockout win over Skin Doherty.  He would go on to win his first four bouts before fighting three straight six-round draws with Paddy Sullivan. In that same year, he would lose his only professional fight, a second round knockout set back to Jack C. McGee on December 19, 1884.  In 1885 he had only two fights, both knockout victories and both in Boston.

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Pages From The Scrapbook

By David Martinez /

Recently I brought a new category to my website, which is “Pages From The Scrapbook”.

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

I am delighted to bring some of these article features that I wrote for your viewing.

I learned quite a bit in the journalism field back in my younger days that have helped me to be the best I can producing  for all.

Featured here is my pre-fight  article on the Alexis Arguello vs. James Busceme,  WBC  lightweight championship and the Michael Spinks vs. Mustapha Wasaja, WBA light heavyweight championship and the Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Bruce Finch, WBC/WBA welterweight championship – dated February 13, 1982.

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Spence Jr. Dominates Peterson


By David Martinez /

Errol Spence Jr. (23-0 / 20 by KO) successfully defended his IBF welterweight title by stopping Lamont Peterson (35-4-1 / 17 by KO) after seven rounds of action in a nationally televised bout on Showtime, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night.

The performance from start to finish by Spence was nothing less than spectacular over a game Peterson.  He connected with clean combinations and was precise with his body shots.

Spence was issued a warning by referee Harvey Dock in round four after a series of punches that appeared low.

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Les Darcy

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

I can’t recall any Australian boxer, other than Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, and Johnny Famechon, that captured the hearts of people Down Under as did Les Darcy; he was the first.

Born in Woodville, New South Wales, on October 31, 1895, he began his boxing career as an amateur at the young age of fifteen. A year later, in 1910, he began a outstanding professional career.

He won his first sixteen fights before challenging a seasoned veteran, Bob Whitelaw, for the Australian welterweight title in 1913.  Darcy lost a twenty-round decision but, in a rematch the following year, he knocked out Whitelaw in five rounds.

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World Championship Fights – The First on TV

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Television has brought many fights into our homes over the past 70 years, and the number of those bouts is impressive.

Here’s a look at the first world championship fights to be televised in each of the eight major weight divisions back when most of us weren’t even born … now that is amazing!

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Winter 2018 Edition)

As we head into 2018, I want to wish everybody the best of health and a prosperous New Year!

As your website publisher, I will continue to give you my best in boxing with honesty and credibility as my top priorities.

A small group of people that help make this website a success and I would sincerely like to acknowledge them here: Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Lead Assistant), Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer / Historian), Steve Corbo (Guest Posts and Proof Reader), Harold Lederman HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), and in memory of Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) who was the first contributor to my website upon its beginning in July 2007, may his soul rest peacefully in heaven with Lord.

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Year in Review / The Best in Boxing 2017

By David Martinez / 

I have assembled my “personal” choices in boxing for the past year 2017 in five major categories, and my “pound for pound” ranking for the year ending 2017. Picks are solely my opinion, as I sincerely respect and welcome the opinions of others – thank you!


FIGHTER OF THE YEAR:  Vasyl Lomachenko / WBO Super Featherweight Champion 

vs. Jason Sosa (RTD 9) April 8, 2017 / vs. Miguel Marriaga (RTD 7) August 5, 2017 /

Guillermo Rigondeaux (RTD 6) December 9, 2017

*****  Runner Up’s:

***** Terence Crawford  

*****  Andre Ward 


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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 ) What are the only two nations to make a clean sweep (gold medals in all weight classes) in the history of the Olympic games in boxing competition?


b) USA and France 

c) USA and Russia

d) USA and Germany


2) The World Boxing Council (WBC) was founded on February 14, 1963 – in what country?

a) Philippines

b) Spain

c) Japan



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