Category Archives: California Boxing Hall of Fame

FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Fall 2016 Edition)

As Fall is now here, it is time again to say thank you to a group of people that kindly contribute to this website. They are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing ), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Harold Lederman (HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!), Adam Pollock (Book Reviews), Steve Corbo (Advisor and Guest Post), and in memory of a man and a friend that we all miss, the former editor of Ring Sports Magazine – and at the birth of this website in July 2007, my first contributor – Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner and Glove2Glove). May his soul rest peacefully in Heaven with the Lord.


I also want to thank the lovely ladies that display my website products – these girls are not professional models but are my friends who add their beauty in contributing.
I have many that write to me with comments and questions or with personal concerns and I honor your input with the fullest respect.



Recently a boxer / friend, Bobby Chacon, passed away. Many have written in on his behalf with prayers and concern. This has to be the greatest tribute coming from his fans and peers in boxing. For those that might have missed my article piece on Bobby Chacon, R.I.P., published on this website September 10, 2016, I will repost it in memory of Bobby for viewing in three weeks. I also want to acknowledge some people that were a huge part of Bobby’s life in a loving, caring way: Rosie Legaspi, Mad Michael Donohue, and Laura Busic Carlson – thank you!


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California Boxing Hall of Fame 2016

Come join a great boxing event – California Boxing Hall of Fame. This premier boxing event is a sell-out every year and is just three months away on October 22, 2016.

President Don Fraser and his board members do a wonderful job hosting, which honors current and past boxers and other boxing related personal for their outstanding accomplishments. The Posthumous Category honors and remembers the past.

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California Boxing Hall of Fame 2015

The upcoming California Boxing Hall of Fame is less than three months away, October 24, 2015, and hopefully boxing fans will come out in support for this great event.

President Don Fraser does a wonderful job hosting the gala event, which honors current and past boxers, and personal for their outstanding accomplishments in boxing.

The event begins at 11am with lunch to be served, to be followed shortly with induction ceremonies. The location is the Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 … phone (818) 755-5000 … tickets are priced at $50.00 (tax, tip included).

For information you may call Don Fraser (818) 761-4887 or contact by email:

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California Boxing Hall of Fame 2014

CBHOF flyerThe upcoming California Boxing Hall of Fame is two months away, October 25, 2014, and hopefully boxing fans have gotten their tickets.

As a past recipient myself (2007), I encourage you to support this gala event honoring current and past personal for their accomplishments in boxing.

If you are interested in advertising in their program, please contact Advertising Director – Ray Maynez at (310) 800-8322 and he will be happy to assist you.

Ticket information – Don Fraser at (818) 761-4887

California Boxing Hall of Fame 2013



By David Martinez

On Saturday, October 19, 2013, I attended the California Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California. It was a spectacular event hosted by President Don Fraser and his staff.


I was honored and humbled to be there to represent my good friend Harold Lederman for his induction. Harold could not attend because of his commitment with HBO World Championship Boxing to cover the Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov WBO junior welterweight fight card in Denver, Colorado on that same date. It was special to me because it was Harold himself who requested I be there for him, to speak along with his long time friend Larona Ganaway.

I don’t think anybody in the house could say that they don’t know who Harold is, as Harold is certainly one of the best judges in our era of boxing. He knows the sport as well as anybody; he is fair, honest, and non-biased with his positive expertise on the air with HBO.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

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On a quarterly basis I always want to take the time to say thank you to a group of people that help make this website the success that it has become since I brought it to you in July 2007.

These people are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader & Photo Editing), Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner), Dave Wilcox (Glove2Glove), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Phyllis Vincent (Proof Reader) and the many others who have contributed input with their article features and comments to this site. Johnny Ortiz and Steve Corbo are personal friends who offer their views and I respect both as they are pure boxing experts to the highest degree.

Eddie FutchA thank you is also in order to John Palminteri (KEYT Newschannel 3 ABC-TV) for his outstanding photos and coverage on the recent Henry Calles professional fight at the Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California on August 16, 2013.

With the recent passing of Ken Norton, I want to acknowledge that he was trained by the legendary Eddie Futch, who also trained 21 other world champions. Eddie trained four of the five boxers that beat the great Muhammad Ali; they were Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick. The anniversary of Eddie’s death is next week on October 10th; we lost Eddie in 2001. I would like to offer a prayer for a man that I consider the best trainer in boxing in my lifetime, Eddie Futch.

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California Boxing Hall of Fame 2013


Tickets are going fast for the annual California Boxing Hall of Fame 2013 induction ceremonies. This year’s gala event will be held on Saturday, October 19th at 11am. The location is the Sportsmen’s Lodge, 12833 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA, tickets priced at $50.00, with lunch served.

Inductees include: George Foreman, Harold Lederman, Andre Ward, Abel Fernandez, Joey Giambra, Wayne McCullough, Loui Loy, Ron Sandate, Lamon Brewster, Chris Arreola, Wayne Thornton, Jack Hawn, Abner Mares, Tiger Smalls, Jose Portillo Lopez, Dr. Paul Wallace, and Frankie Santillan.

Posthumous inductees are: Carmen Basilio, Kenny Davis, Emanuel Steward, Fabela Chavez, Gil Clancy, and Ace Hudkins.

For information you may call Don Fraser (818) 761-4887 or email

I am looking forward to seeing you there and feel free to please introduce yourself as that would be my pleasure!

David Martinez / California Boxing Hall of Fame class 2007

Los Angeles Boxing Legends: Frank Baltazar, Sr.

Rick and Frank (September 22, 2007)
By Rick Farris
a former professional boxer and boxing historian )


By the end of WWII, a new era in Los Angeles boxing had taken life. In the eyes of California boxing historians, such as Gabriel “Hap” Navarro, former promoter and matchmaker at the legendary Hollywood Legion Stadium, the post war years thru the 1950’s, are considered the “Golden Era” of Los Angeles boxing.

At the time, L.A. headliners such as Enrique Bolanos, Manuel Ortiz, Art Aragon and dozens more, set box office records at the Olympic Auditorium, Hollywood Legion Stadium and Wrigley Field. In addition, the “City of Angeles” had a number of smaller clubs putting on regular shows, such as Ocean Park in Santa Monica, South Gate Arena and San Bernardino, to name a few.

A couple years after the war, a skinny 12-year-old would get his first taste of boxing from inside the ropes. This would be the birth of a life long journey for young Frank Baltazar, and it would take it’s first breath at the beginning of Los Angeles boxing’s toughest, most competitive era.

Today, six decades later, the skinny kid isn’t quite as skinny, and the thick black hair not quite as dark, as when we first met, however, Frank Baltazar Sr. looks pretty much the same. Frank’s handsome latino features contradict his seventy-plus years.

The first time I saw Frank was in the mid-1960’s, shortly after he’d hung up the gloves, after a sixteen year amateur career. Frank’s education in prizrfighting took place during the sports most glorious period in California, lessons learned in countless gyms, arenas and clubs thruout the Southland. His teachers were hardened “old school” veterans, and he practiced his skills in the ring, trading blows with some of the greats of the era
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