On June 4, 2007, I received a letter from the California Boxing Hall of Fame, President Don Fraser, that I would be inducted into the hall of fame on September 22 – the class of 2007.
I am truly honored, and I consider it very special when you are recognized by your own peers for such an award – my induction.
The list of inductees is very impressive:
Boxer Category includes Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Fernando Vargas, Albert Davila, Art Frias, Jimmy Harryman, Genaro Hernandez, Armando Muniz, and Cali Martinez.
Non-Boxer Category includes Richard Schaefer, Don Chargin, Lorraine Chargin, Dr. Michael De Luca, Frank Espinoza, Josie Arrey-Mejia, Carlos Avilas, Hank Nagamine, and Frank Baltazar, Sr.
Posthumous Category includes Henry Armstrong, Diego Corrales, Larry Soto, Howie Steindler, and Dynamite Jackson.
As a young man in my life – I will never forget what the late Boxing Historian Al Nelson told me, which was – learn your trade in boxing well and the gifts will come later.
September 22, 2007, will truly be a gift.
David Martinez / Boxing Historian