Category Archives: David Martinez

George Garcia – R. I. P.

*** FLASHBACK – This article originally appeared on on August 16, 2015


By David Martinez /

My dear best of friends George Garcia, age 60,  passed away peacefully at his home in Montebello, California on August 13, 2015 after his battle with cancer.  George was a special friend because he was giving and the kindest of people that I have ever known.

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We met about twenty years ago through the boxing circles.  He attended many World Boxing Hall of Fame banquets during my ten year (1997-2007) tenure on the Board of Directors.

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Santa Cruz and Charlo win on Showtime … Crawford wins WBO Welterweight Title on ESPN+

By David Martinez / 

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, before a capacity crowd of 12,505 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Leo Santa Cruz (35-1-1 / 19 by KO) retained his WBA featherweight title with a unanimous twelve round decision over Abner Mares (31-3-1 / 15 by KO).

After winning the first two rounds, Mares would give it his best effort but Santa Cruz clearly won nine of the next ten rounds on my scorecard in an action packed bout.  The official judges scoring was: 117-111, 115-113, and 116-112.  My score card was 117-111 for the winner, Santa Cruz.

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Gene Aguilera – BOOK REVIEW

By David Martinez /

His first book was – OUTSTANDING. Now, his second book leaves me breathless, and I will say that it is also – OUTSTANDING!

Gene Aguilera’s publication of his newest book “LATINO BOXING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA” is now official, and it has been released to the general public.  This book is a must for all boxing fans and is a great read for all that have grown up in the Southern California area and have visited such legendary boxing venues as the Olympic Auditorium, Hollywood Legion Stadium, the Los Angeles Sports Arena, and the Forum.

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RING TRIVIA for June 2018

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


1)  On December 14, 1978 Randy Shields fought David Madrid and won their welterweight bout TKO stoppage in round four, was because Madrid suffered a broken?

a) ankle

b) wrist

c) nose

d) shoulder


2)  The referee for the first round knockout Mike Tyson win over Michael Spinks was?

a) Mills Lane

b) Larry Hazzard

c) Richard Steele

d) Frank Cappuccino


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Great Boxers Who Never Won a World Title

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

There are many boxers in all eras that never became world champions, and that were most deserving of a title.

Here is my personal list (in order) of the top thirty:

1)  Sam Langford / Heavyweight / 1902 -1926

2)  Charley Burley / Welterweight / 1936 – 1950

3)  Peter Jackson / Heavyweight / 1882 – 1899

4)  Harry Wills / Heavyweight / 1907-1932

5)  Jim Driscoll / Featherweight / 1901 – 1919

6)  Jerry Quarry / Heavyweight / 1965 – 1992

7)  Bennie Briscoe / Middleweight / 1962 – 1982

8)  Les Darcy / Middleweight / 1910 – 1916

9)  Herol Graham / Middleweight / 1978 – 1998

10)  Jimmy Bivins / Heavyweight / 1940 – 1955

11)  Cocoa Kid / Welterweight / 1929 – 1948

12)  Enrique Bolanos / Lightweight / 1941 – 1952

13)  George KO Chaney / Lightweight / 1910 – 1925

14)  Holman Williams / Middleweight / 1932 – 1948

15)  Packey McFarland / Lightweight / 1904 – 1915

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Russell Jr. vs. Diaz Jr. and Stevenson vs. Jack – Results

By David Martinez /

On Saturday, May 19, 2018, Showtime Championship Boxing offered a televised doubleheader from two different location sights.

In the first bout from Oxon, Hill, Maryland, Gary Russell Jr. (29-1 / 17 by KO) retained his WBC featherweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Joseph Diaz Jr. (26-1 / 14 by KO).

Russell was superb, using quickness and lighting jabs.  Diaz applied pressure, but was not effective in countering the overall ring generalship of Russell Jr.

The official judges scoring was 115-113, 117-111, 117-111 … my scorecard was, 9 rounds to 3, 117-111 for the winner Russell Jr.

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Lomachenko Stops Linares to Win Lightweight Title

By David Martinez /

On Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Madison Square Garden, New York, Vasyl Lomachenko of the Ukraine made boxing history by becoming the fastest fighter to win three world titles in a record twelfth bout, winning the WBA lightweight championship in a 10th round TKO over defending champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela. The bout was aired live on ESPN.

Lomachenko (11-1 / 9 by KO) had to come off the deck, as Linares (44-4 / 27 by KO) dropped him late in round six with a perfect straight right hand.

This was the most anticipated bout to date in boxing and when two great fighters like these meet, it can develop into a fast, action packed fight – which is exactly what happened.

Lomachenko, moving up in weight, was the smaller of the two, with Linares the bigger and stronger.  It was evident to this writer, however, that the difference in the fight was the quickness of Lomachenko.

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Pages From The Scrapbook

Recently, I brought a new category to which is “Pages From The Scrapbook”.

A lot of my fan base don’t know that back in the seventies, eighties, and nineties that I was a boxing beat writer for my local newspaper the Santa Barbara News Press, doing fight predictions and served as a guest reporter on local radio for all major fights.

I am delighted to bring some of these article features that I wrote for viewing.

I learned quite a bit in the journalism field back in my younger days than has helped me to be the best I can be producing this website. 

Featured here is my pre-fight article piece on the rematch – Michael Spinks vs. Larry Holmes, IBF heavyweight championship – dated April 19, 1986.

Linares vs. Lomachenko … Upcoming “Super Bout”

By David Martinez /

Next week, on Saturday, May 12th boxing will get a true candidate for Fight of the Year when WBO junior lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (10-1 / 8 by KO) moves up from 130 pounds to 135 pounds to challenge WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares  (44-3 / 27 by KO) in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds at Madison Square Garden, New York. The fight will air live on ESPN.

Lomachenko, 30, former Olympic Gold medalist from the Ukraine, accomplished a boxing record for the fewest fights to win titles in two weight divisions and now goes for number three against arguably his toughest opponent.

Linares, 32, a native of Venezuela, enters the fight on a 13 straight win streak dating back to 2012 and is, physically, the bigger of the two fighters.

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My Friends – Ernie Terrell and Frankie Rivas

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on on April 5, 2013

By David Martinez / 

The month of April has a special meaning for me both in a happy and sad way.

 ApTerrell-cropril 4th is my friend Ernie Terrell’s birthday. The former WBA heavyweight champion has to be one of my favorite boxer friends ever. I was honored, on the evening of October 16, 2003 when Ernie was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, to be his presenter.  I remember that night as if it was yesterday and I will always treasure that moment in time.  At the very top left hand side of the banner for this website, you will see the photo taken on his special night.

Frankie-cropApril 7th is the anniversary of the passing of my best friend Frankie Rivas.  In 2009 I tearfully, but honorably, delivered the eulogy at St. Raphael’s church for his funeral service.  As well as boxing as an amateur himself, Frankie was the truest boxing fan I have ever known.  He was always there with me as a referee or judge at many boxing shows in our community, and gave his support to the kids in local boxing gyms.  I have known Frankie since my childhood days and in memory of his death (I say), “May his soul rest in peace with the Lord in heaven”.