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Pages From The Scrapbook


By David Martinez / 

I am excited to bring  a new category to my website, which is “Pages from the Scrapbook”.

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

Starting this month and about every other month, I will display the original newspaper articles that I wrote for viewing.  I learned quite a bit in the journalism field back in my younger days that has guided me to be the producer of this website that I am today.

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Jimmy Barry

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

There is a boxer that nobody ever talks about these days. A boxer who seems to have been lost in the fog of time, but whom I rate as one of the finest to ever come out of Chicago! His name is Jimmy Barry. He was known as “Little Tiger” and this 5-feet-2 Irish kid was as good as they come.

Born on March 7, 1870 he started his professional boxing career in 1891, winning 27 straight without a loss, with 18 of those wins coming by knockout.  On December 5, 1893 he knocked out Jack Levy in 17 rounds to win the “100 pound Championship of America”.

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Classic Boxing Autographs – FOR SALE!

I was recently approached at regarding the sale of a collection of historically

significant boxing autographs. A collection of this magnitude is seldom seen and seldom, if ever, becomes available for purchase.       

Here’s a complete list of the autographs and their descriptions:

SONNY LISTON (Signature on paper w/his picture and all best wishes from Sonny Liston – World Heavyweight Champion)

MAXIE ROSENBLOOM (Signature in book w/his picture that looks like cut out of a newspaper)

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Lomachenko Impressive – Stops Marriaga

By David Martinez /

On Saturday night at the Micro Theater at LA Live, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1 / 7 by KO) successfully defended his title in a one-sided seventh round stoppage over Miguel Marriaga (25-3 / 21 by KO) in a match shown live on ESPN.

Lomachenko came out in a stalking mode in the opening rounds with good movement and a right jab from his southpaw stance.

In round three Lomachenko dropped Marriaga with a straight left for the first knockdown in the fight.

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Garcia Dominates Broner


By David Martinez /

WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (37-0 / 30 by KO) moved up in weight to super lightweight and decisively beat Adrien Broner (33-3 / 24 by KO) in their super lightweight bout by a unanimous twelve round decision on Saturday night.

The fight was clearly controlled by Garcia from the start and he was text book throughout.  It seemed that when Broner would try to pick up the rhythm with his jab, Garcia would come back with solid exchanges.

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Owen Moran

By David Martinez /

When people ask me “who was the toughest and roughest boxer never to win a championship”, although I can think of many, my first response is Owen Moran.

Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom on October 4, 1884, he was one of England’s finest that fought as a flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight and lightweight. His nickname was “The Fearless”.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Summer 2017 Edition)

I am thrilled to say “Happy 10th Anniversary” to my website. July 15, 2007 was the founding birth date when I first brought you

In these past ten years I have been so honored and delighted to bring you boxing as I live it directly through this website. In the past ten years, I have published 1,363 assorted articles and features, which is an average of eleven publications a month for your enjoyment.

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I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This started back to when I was a kid in 1961. I would pick the minds of my older generation friends and ask them questions about their era to learn and educate myself. It’s now a delight to bring boxing trivia to my website for everyone. On a quarterly basis I post five (5) multiple choice questions – in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month.
1 — On March 1, 1949 when Joe Louis announced his retirement, who won the vacated heavyweight title?
a) Ezzard Charles
b)Jersey Joe Walcott
c) Billy Conn
d) Rocky Marciano
CORRECT ANSWER — Ezzard Charles
2 — George Foreman won the Gold Medal in the heavyweight class at the Mexico City Olympic games – in what year?
a) 1964
b) 1966)
c) 1968)
d) 1970

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Battling Siki

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /
Battling Siki (1887-1925) was one of the most recognizable black boxers in the early twentieth century. He was the first African to win a world championship.
Born Amadou M’Barick Fall on September 16, 1897, Siki was taken from St. Louis, Senegal, French West Africa to live in Paris, France by an actress. He also carried the name Baye Phal, which is a Senegalese name corresponding to Louis.   
To begin his boxing career in 1912, he chose the fight name of Battling Siki as it is a Senegalese word which parents apply to their children such as “darling” in English or “cherie” in French. He stated “white men could easily remember such a name.”
Today, one can find his legacy in the name of popular rock group, a character in Xena – Warrior Princess, a hotel in his homeland of Senegal, and various professional wrestlers who have used Battling Siki as their stage name. He fought until 1914, then would serve in the French colonial forces under the name of Louis Phal or Bayne Phal. Bayne is a Senegalese name corresponding to Louis.

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