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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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Sam Langford

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Born on March 3, 1883 in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, Canada was one of  the all time greats in boxing, Sam Langford.

Langford was known as The Boston Tar Baby, and was not a big heavyweight in stature; he stood 5’7″ with a career weight range of 126 to 190 pounds. He was powerfully built with a waist of 32 inches, a chest of 44 inches, and a 74 inch reach.

Langford started his professional career as a featherweight in 1902. The following year, he defeated Joe Gans and drew with Jack Blackburn.

Langford is considered to be the greatest boxer to never have won a world title.  On September 5, 1904, he fought welterweight champion Joe Walcott in a non-title bout that resulted in a 15 round decision draw. In that fight, Langford knocked Walcott down in round three and was well ahead after eight rounds before Walcott would come on to win the later rounds.

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RING TRIVIA for June 2019

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

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

b — Louisville Colonels

c — Cleveland Spiders

d — Syracuse Stars

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao II

By David Martinez /

This past week, I enjoyed Manny Pacquiao as guest on Fox Sports 1 “Undisputed” hosted by Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe.

Pacquiao, the former eight-division champion (61-7-2 / 39 by KO) and current WBA “Regular” Champion, made it very clear that he wants a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0 / 27 by KO), but he first has to take care of business in his upcoming July 20 welterweight showdown with unbeaten WBA Champion Keith Thurman (29-0 / 22 by KO) in Las Vegas.

At the age of 40, and Mayweather 42 years old, does anybody really want this match?

Their fight in May 2015 was the highest grossing PPV boxing event in history, and I doubt a rematch will even come close.

On the TV show, Pacquiao said “I still deserved the win, but respect the judges.” The judges scores were unanimous 116-112, 116-112, 118-110 … my scorecard was 9 to 3 in rounds, 117-111, for the winner Mayweather.

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Harold Lederman – R.I.P.

By David Martinez /

I am saddened to report the passing of one of my best friends, HBO Boxing’s Harold Lederman. After battling cancer, Harold passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019. He was 79 years old.

Harold was truly a boxing icon. He was also a special friend and one of the kindest people I ever met.

We met over 20 years ago, during my tenure as Boxing Historian and Board Member for the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Since that time, we remained in close contact and I often shared his podcast videos, “Hey Harold” for my readers, on this website. We also even exchanged Christmas cards every year.

In October, 2013 Harold was inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame. Due to a commitment with HBO he was unable to attend his induction ceremony. I was so honored that he picked me to receive his induction award, in his absence.

Harold was licensed as a professional boxing judge in 1967, and established himself as one of the world’s top judges long before joining HBO in 1986.

He judged more than 100 world title fights on six continents, and in his 32 years of sitting ringside for HBO, judged over 1,000 fights as their “Unofficial Official”.

He retired as an active judge in 1999, but remained with HBO Boxing until they left the airwaves in December 2018.

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Estrada Captures WBC Super Flyweight Belt – Decision Over Rungvisai

By David Martinez /

On Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Los Angeles Forum in Inglewood, California, Juan Francisco Estrada  (39-3 / 26 by KO) won the WBC Super Flyweight title by a unanimous twelve round decision over Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (47-5-1 / 41 by KO).

Estrada lost narrowly to Rungvisai by decision back in February 2018, but on this night in their rematch he did not wait and dominated right from the opening bell. On my scorecard Estrada was far ahead after the first eight rounds by simply being on target in every phase of the art of boxing mechanics.

Knowing he was behind, Rungvisai made a fight of it by winning a few of the late rounds to make it interesting, but it was the overall superior performance of Estrada that imprinted his name on this fight.

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Danny Garcia RECAP and The Welterweight Division

By David Martinez /

On Saturday, April 20, 2019, FOX / PBC televised, from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, a ten round main event between former two division World Champion Danny Garcia (35-2 / 21 by KO) and Adrian Granados (20-7-2 / 14 by KO). On paper this looked to be an interesting comeback fight for Garcia as Granados is a tough customer, with an awaked style, who can spoil anybody’s evening! But once in the ring it turned into a lopsided shutout for Garcia. He won every round, dominating and dropping Granados three times en-route to a seventh round stoppage.

Garcia dropped Granados twice in the second round. First with a beautiful counter left hook midway through the round, and then, with a few second left in the round, dropped Granados with a straight right hand. In that second round, I saw Granados age before my eyes. The outcome of the fight as well as the ending of Granados career became clearly evident. Both were just a matter of time.

After that second round Granados never got on track and was dropped again in the fifth round from a left upper cut. All the while Garcia remained patient, kept his composure and simply delivered a dominating performance round after round.

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Oddities in Boxing

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Boxing has certainly had its share of odd events. In no particular order of preference here are ten that have always stood out to me.

1 – November 6, 1993 / Las Vegas, Nevada … Holyfield vs. Bowe II, a fan James Miller lands by parachute into the ring during round 7 causing a 21 minute delay in their heavyweight championship fight.

2 – December 4, 1912 / Paris, France … Georges Bernard fell asleep at the end of the sixth round during his middleweight title fight with Billy Papke.

3 – September 13, 1975 / Caracas, Venezuela Luis Etaba defeated Rafael Lovera by 4th round knockout to win WBC junior flyweight title, only to learn afterwards Lovera had never fought a professional fight before and only fought that one fight in his career.

4 – December 13,  1887 … “Nonpareil” Jack Dempsey retained his middleweight title by knockout in the 45th round over John Reagan. The bout took place in two rings. It Started in Huntington, Long Island and after the ring was flooded by nearby river, in the 8th round, both fighters boarded a tug boat and continued their bout 20 miles away in another ring.

5 – January 15, 1977 /  Las Vegas, Nevada … Howard Smith wins a 10 round decision over Henry Clark. In round one, the original referee (Ferd Hernandez) suffered a epileptic seizure causing a fifteen minute delay before new referee (Richard Greene) was brought and the fight resumed. On a side note, prior to becoming a referee, Fred Hernandez boxed professionally and once scored a 10 round split decision win over an aging 44 year old Sugar Ray Robinson in 1965.

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