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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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Rusty Rubin R.I.P.

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on November 13, 2014

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By David Martinez /

When I think about the many friends I have met in over fifty years of being involved in boxing – one name surfaces to the top – Rusty Rubin.

This week, on Tuesday November 11, 2014, Rusty, age 72, passed away peacefully at his home in Reno, Nevada.


I met Rusty back in the late nineties upon my entry into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as a Director of the Board.  He would always come to our annual banquet and we “instantly” became friends from that point forward in life.  I wrote articles for his RingSports Magazine and when I founded my website in July 2007; he offered and was my first feature writer with his award winning column “In Rusty’s Corner”.

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Yamanaka Stops Moreno To Retain Title in Japan


By David Martinez /

Shinsuke Yamanaka (26-0-2 / 18 by KO) remained unbeaten by defeating top mandatory contender Anselmo Moreno (36-5-1 / 12 by KO) by seventh round stoppage to retain his WBC bantamweight title belt. The bout took place Friday at the EDION Arena in Osaka, Japan.

The Panamanian challenger came out fast in the opening round throwing punches from all angles,  but the southpaw champion stunned Moreno with a left cross and dropped him in slugfest first round.


The next two rounds were  action packed fight, and Moreno dropped Yamanaka with a surprising right hook in round four. Moreno would win round five.

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Golovkin and Gonzalez Win Big on HBO World Championship Boxing


By David Martinez / 

Gennady Golvokin (36-0 / 33 by KO) successfully defended his WBC and IBF middleweight title belts (WBA belt was not at stake) with a fifth round stoppage over IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (36-1 / 25 by KO) on Saturday night in front of over 19,000 fans at the 02 Arena in London, England.

In round one Golvokin staggered Brook with a perfect left hook to the liver, but Brook held on with outstanding movement and quickness to end the round.

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Bobby Chacon R.I.P.

By David Martinez /

On September 7, 2016, one of the most exciting, fan friendly boxers I have known, in my 55 years in boxing, passed away – two time featherweight champion Bobby Chacon. He was a friend to many, including myself, and was 64 years old at the time of his passing.


Bobby engaged in some of the best fights of his era, during his brilliant career (1972-1988) 59 wins, 7 losses, one draw, with 47 wins by knockout. He fought all comers, to name a few: Tury Pineda,  Jose Luis Martin Del Campo, Frankie Crawford, Chucho Castillo, Ruben Olivares, Danny Lopez, Alfredo Marcano, Rafael Limon, Alexis Arguello, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Ray Mancini, Freddie Roach and Arturo Frias.


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Bobby’s fight vs. Danny Little Red Lopez at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, on May 24, 1974, can arguably be considered one of the greatest intracity rivalries in the history of boxing. I was ringside that night and witnessed a great fight, with Bobby winning by knockout in round nine. I remember sitting next to Bryant Gumbel who was working as a sports newscaster for KNBC channel 4 at the time. We both had two things in common – a love for boxing and being born in the same year.

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Ring Trivia Photo

I have always been intrigued with boxing trivia. This started when I was a young boy in 1961. I would pick the minds of the older generation and ask them questions about their era to learn and expand my knowledge of boxing. I am delighted to now bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis. I post five questions every March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the ending of each posting month.


1 – The first professional boxing match ever televised was?

a)  Joe Louis vs. Arturo Godoy (1940)

b)  Jake LaMotta vs. Jimmy Reeves (1941)

c)  Jim Braddock vs. Tommy Farr (1938)

d)  Max Baer vs. Lou Nova (1939)

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Hands of Stone – Movie Review

Duran movie

By David Martinez /

I am reluctant to expose the full contents of the latest boxing movie, Hands of Stone, as my intent is not to spoil it for those of you that have not seen it yet. I will just touch the tip of it in this review.

Duran 1

I was the first in line last Friday morning (11am) on the first day of release and the first showing at the theatre, so nobody could tell me anything about the movie before I could see it myself.  Although I pretty much knew the whole story in following Roberto Duran in the five decades (1968-2001) of his boxing career, I was anxious to see it.

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Peter Jackson

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on August 24, 2012 

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

I agree with most boxing historians before me, that had Peter Jackson been born white, he would have been heavyweight champion in the John L. Sullivan era. In the late 1800’s Jackson never received a world title bout because of Sullivan’s refusal to fight black fighters, so racial prejudice was the only thing that kept Jackson from his chance to win the heavyweight crown.

Jackson was a true pioneer and the first black heavyweight, before Jack Johnson, that set the stage for the top recognition of the black boxers, which was before the turn of the 20th century.

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David Martinez and Gene Aguilera – Guest Appearances

My friend, Gene Aguilera, and I will  be appearing at two separate venues sharing our love for boxing.

I will be at the Mesa SummerFest 2016 on Sunday, August 21, 1:00 pm to 6:00pm, 1933 Cliff

Drive, Santa Barbara, California 93109.  It will be a booth/display set up in the Plaza sunken parking lot.

Summer Fest

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