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Billy Papke

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

One of the most underrated middleweights, and one that had a quadrilogy of memorable bouts with Stanley Ketchel, was William Herman Papke.

Born in Spring Valley, Illinois on September 17, 1886, he was the son of German immigrants, and was nicknamed  the “Kewanee Thunderbolt” and the “Illinois Thunderbolt”.

He was as tough as nails and a true competitor in the ring, winning the world middleweight championship during his career.

The four-bout series with Ketchel was one of the most grueling collection of fights in middleweight history.

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Pages From The Scrapbook #12

By David Martinez /

This edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” features my article titled “The Time is Now for Reunification” – dated April 23, 1998 – regarding the need in boxing for single champions in every division, especially heavyweight.

As we know it today, boxing has certainly not bought into that concept due to promoters and the various governing organizations solely controlling their own champions.

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Pernell Whitaker (R.I.P.)

By David Martinez /

On July 14, 2019 the boxing world lost one of their finest. Pernell Whitaker was killed when he was hit by a car in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Whitaker, originally nick-named “Sweet Pete”, later changed by the media to “Sweet Pea”, was by all accounts truly one of the greatest boxers to ever lace on a pair of gloves, having won world titles in four different weight divisions: lightweight (135), junior welterweight (140), welterweight (147), and junior middleweight (154). 

He won a gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games, and again gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He began a stellar professional career that same year and accumulated an outstanding ring record of 40 wins, 4 losses, one draw, and one no-contest, with 17 by knockout.

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Tiger Flowers

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Theodore “Tiger” Flowers was the first African-American to become middleweight champion. Born on August 5, 1895 in Camille, Georgia, Flowers’ nickname, “The Georgia Deacon”, was most appropriate because he always carried his own Bible with him. A deeply religious man, he would recite a passage from Psalm 144 before every bout.

Flowers began his professional career in 1918 at the age of twenty-three and was actually introduced to boxing while working at the shipyards in Philadelphia during World War I when he wandered into a gym that was owned by former light heavyweight champion Philadelphia Jack O’Brien.

O’Brien was not prejudiced and allowed all colors and creeds to train in his gym, and he became very impressed with Flower’s natural talent, encouraging him to become a prize fighter.

A southpaw, Flowers won his first 25 bouts before losing by a sixth round knockout to Panama Joe Gans in August 1921. After four successful wins, he would meet Gans in a rematch four months later in December and would lose again by a fifth round knockout.

In 1922, Flowers engaged in 20 bouts, mostly wins, but did suffer knockout losses to Kid Norfolk, Lee Anderson, Sam Langford, and the Jamaica Kid, followed by another knockout loss to Kid Norfolk.

In 1923, Flowers had sixteen bouts with a record of 13 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw. His only losses were by stoppage to Kid Norfork and Fireman Jim Flynn.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Summer 2019 Edition)

I am delighted to say “Happy 12th Anniversary” this month to my website. The founding date was July 15, 2007. That was the day when I brought to the world.

In these past twelve years I have been very honored to bring everybody boxing as I live it directly thought this website. I have published 1,618 assorted articles and features (which is an average of eleven publications per month) for your enjoyment.

My involvement in boxing goes back to 1961 and in these past 58 years the one single thing that brightly stands out is all the wonderful people I have had the pleasure to meet. This includes boxers, writers, various website associates, and the many other new friends that I have made.

The key group of people that have made this website the success it has been, and will continue to be, are: Bob Quackenbush (Lead Assistant / Proof Reader); Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America); Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer / Boxing Historian); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader); Steve Corbo (Guest Posts / Proof Reader); Don Fraser (California Boxing Hall of Fame founder & past president / Ring Trivia questions contributor); Harold Lederman (R.I.P. / Hey Harold! / HBO World Championship Boxing); and Rusty Rubin (R.I.P. / In Rusty’s Corner / Glove2Glove / first to contribute to this website).

The ladies that have modeled my products  have certainly added beauty, and although not professional models they have contributed with class and charm.

The attractive website hat displayed in the photo above (thank you model Lydia) is a top selling product. It is embroidered with the official logo on the front and website address on the backside. It has an adjustable Velcro strap to fit all sizes. To order, send check or money order (NO cash please) in the amount of $18.50 to: David Martinez Boxing, 810 Coronel Street, Santa Barbara, California 93109 … and this includes  FREE shipping to anywhere in the USA mail zones. 

I also want to say thank you to all of you fans that have kindly supported this website with respect and loyalty. It’s your input that fuels me to be the best I can be in boxing.

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At The Movies

*** FLASHBACK *** this article originally appeared on on May 26, 2012 and February 10, 2016

By David Martinez /

I am often asked about boxing movies, and which one is the best. My personal best is Raging Bull, but a close second is one that nobody talks about except me and that movie is “The Set-Up” (1949) starring Robert Ryan.

The list of boxing movie’s is endless Raging Bull (1980), Rocky (1976), Gentleman Jim (1942), The Great White Hope (1970), Fat City (1972), Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), The Harder They Fall (1956), Ali (2001), Cinderella Man (2005), Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962) are the ten at the top of most movie critic lists.

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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 – in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow by the end of each posting month for viewing.

1 – After retirement heavyweight champion Max Schmeling became president of what distributorship in Hamburg, Germany?

a — 7 Up

b — Coca Cola —– CORRECT ANSWER ***

c — Pepsi Cola

d — Royal Crown Cola

2 – Before becoming heavyweight champion, what semi-pro baseball team offered John L. Sullivan a contract to play for them, but he declined?

a — Cincinnati Red Stockings / CORRECT ANSWER ***

b — Louisville Colonels

c — Cleveland Spiders

d — Syracuse Stars

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The Marquis of Queensberry Rules

By David Martinez  / Boxing Historian /

Arguably, the most important piece of boxing writing was by John Graham Chambers in 1865, a member of the Amateur Athletic Club in London, England.

Chambers wrote twelve rules to govern the conduct of boxing matches which would end the governed structure of bare-knuckle fighting.

John Sholto Douglas, eighth Marquis of Queensberry, was responsible for putting these rules into effect and gained fame with his sponsorship and by lending his name to the title. The new rules thus would supersede the Revised London Prize Ring Rules, which were written by Jack Broughton in 1743.

The first fight that applied Queensberry Rules was the heavyweight championship when Jim Corbett knocked out John L. Sullivan in twenty-one rounds to win the title at the Olympic Club in New Orleans on September 7, 1892.

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Back when I was a kid in the fifties, I came across a magazine called The Referee that was either at my father’s barber shop or at the newsstands nearby.

It was in 1961 that I would start to obtain these magazines to educate myself with boxing and wrestling. It was mainly a west coast publication that was published to serve as a fight program with updates for the upcoming various events. It was available at fight venues as well as news-stands.

Although, I do not have every issue, the issues I have are certainly treasured collectables.


Pages From The Scrapbook #11

By David Martinez /

In this edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” is a featured column that ran on August 25, 1982. It was written by Dave Kohl, Sports Editor of the Santa Barbara, California, News Press on my behalf saying THANK YOU to a fan that sent me the original June 13, 1938 issue of Liberty Magazine which featured Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.

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