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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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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 Wilfredo Benitez vs. Roberto Duran WBC junior middleweight championship – dated January 29, 1982.

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Saunders by Unanimous Decision Over Lemieux

By David Martinez /

In a match of the classic boxer vs. the classic puncher WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0 / 12 by KO) completely dominated David Lemieux (38-4 / 33 by KO) in a twelve round one-sided bout on Saturday night in Lemieux’s home town of Laval, Quebec, Canada.

It was a fight made to order for Saunders who made his first trip for a fight over the Atlantic Ocean from his home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. As a southpaw, he used an excellent lead right hand jab along with outstanding footwork and was impressive in every phase of the fight.

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Lomachenko Brilliant … Rigondeaux Quits!

By David Martinez /

The hype was certainly there for a much anticipated match-up between two decorated 2-time Olympic gold medalist  (southpaw) champions, but the hype wasn’t near the competitiveness of the fight itself.

WBO junior light champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (10-1 / 8 by KO) dominated previously unbeaten Guillermo Rigondeux (17-1 / 11 by KO) over six rounds before Rigondeux quit on the stool before the bell rang for the seventh round, reportedly due to a injured left hand.

A sold out crowd at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York and the millions watching on ESPN were treated to Lomachenko in perfection.

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Don Fraser – California Boxing Hall of Fame

By David Martinez /

It has been officially announced, Don Fraser will be retiring from his position as President and Founder of the California Boxing Hall of fame, at the end of this year.

Due to failing health issues Don has decided to step down from this position and will sell the rights to the Hall of Fame, for $2.500.00.

I consider Fraser to be “Mr. Boxing” and with over 65 years in boxing, he is recognized around rthe world as an icon in the sport!

Don was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005, and has worked in many capacities in boxing including, but not limited to: public relations, promoter, match maker, manager, publicist, writer, and executive officer of the California Athletic Commission.

Since its inception in 2001, the California Boxing hall of Fame has annually honored the champions of boxing with the greatest of respect and dignity. 

For further details, you may contact Don Fraser at (818) 761-4887 … thank you!