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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez


(Summer 2016 Edition)

As summer is now here, it is also a special time in my life because another “Happy Birthday” is here for me on June 25th.

My deep interest in boxing began back in 1961 and has been an integral part of my life since then. And the best thing about it is that I have met so many wonderful people.

I am truly delighted to bring my website to you with many categories for your viewing pleasure. And there are some people who kindly contribute to the success of this website, and to whom I would like to say thank you with the highest respect, as I treasure their involvement.

They are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Photo Editing and Proof Reader), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Tom Donelson (Author, Member Boxing Writers Association), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Harold Lederman (HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!), Steve Corbo (Advisor and Guest Post), Adam Pollock (Book Reviews), and in memory of a man and a friend that we all miss, the former editor of Ring Sports Magazine – and in 2007,  my first contributor to this website – Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner) R.I.P.

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Joe Smith Jr. “Upset” KO Win Over Fonfara … Warren Wins Bantamweight Title

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By David Martinez /

Lightly regarded light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. (22-1 / 18 by KO) entered the ring last Saturday night on June 18, 2016 as huge underdog against top rated contender Andrzej Fonfara (28-4 / 16 by KO) .

The result was a first round knockout win for Smith in the main event attraction of the Premier Boxing Champions televised on NBC-TV card at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

Fonfara came into the fight winning three bouts (Doudou Ngumbu, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Nathan Cleverly) in a row and was in line for a rematch against WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, which he lost by unanimous 12 round decision in May 2014.

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Vargas – Salido Fight a War … Lomachenko Wins Title by Knockout Over Martinez


By David Martinez /

On June 4, 2016 boxing fans live at the StubHub Center in Carson, California and those watching on HBO witnessed a strong candidate for “Fight of the Year”.  Francisco Vargas (23-0-2 / 17 by KO) vs. Orlando Salido (43-13-4 / 30 by KO) for the WBC super featherweight championship.

The fight was twelve rounds of toe-toe, non-stop action, with each fighter giving it their absolute best.

I had Vargas winning the early rounds, but midway in the fight you could just see Salido coming on and finishing the stronger of the two.

The fight was so close that the official decision was declared a draw . The scores were 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 for Vargas.  My scorecard was Vargas 115-113, but a draw was justified for these two ring warriors.

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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 expand my knowledge. I am delighted now to bring boxing trivia to my website on a quarterly basis. Five questions appear in March, June, September, and December – with the correct answers to follow for viewing by the end of each posting month.

1)  In what championship fight did Sugar Ray Robinson donate all of his purse, except for one dollar, to the Damon Runyon Cancer Fund?

a)  Gene Fulmer

b)  Charley Fusari

c)  Carl Olson

d)  Paul Pender

2)  Joe Frazier defended his heavyweight title against this opponent who required 32 stitches to his face after the bout?

a)  Ron Stander

b)  Billy Daniels

c)  Tony Doyle

d)  Dave Zyglewicz

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Muhammad Ali – R.I.P.

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Nickname: The Greatest / aka Cassius Clay

Professional Ring Record: 56-5 / 37 by KO

Held Heavyweight Championship: 1964-1970, 1974-1978, 1978-1979

Famous Quote: “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”

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By David Martinez /

Muhammad Ali peacefully passed away due to respiratory complications in a Phoenix-area, Arizona hospital on June 3, 2016. He was 74 years old.

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Abel Fernandez – R.I.P.


By David Martinez /

On May 3, 2016 a friend to many, former actor, and professional boxer, Abel Fernandez, passed away at the age of 85.

Abel played Native American Federal Agent William Youngfellow on the hit TV series, “The Untouchables” (1959-1963). The show’s star was Robert Stack, who played Eliot Ness.

Abel was born in East Los Angeles on July 14, 1930, and attended Belmont High School. At the young age of 16 he enlisted in the United States Army, where he became a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. While serving in the military, he won the Asiatic Forces middleweight championship.


After his discharge in 1950, Abel won the Los Angeles Times Golden Gloves Tournament and was runner-up at the National Golden Gloves in Chicago. He later boxed professionally in the light heavyweight division from April 1950 to March 1953.

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Rocky Marciano


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I have had many ask me where I rate Rocky Marciano as a heavyweight champion. Could he have beaten Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, and Mike Tyson?

The answer is no to Johnson, Dempsey, and Ali; they would have beaten him.  And the answer is yes to Frazier, Holmes, and Tyson; he would have beaten them.  Also, had he met Joe Louis in his prime, I pick Louis to win.

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Henry Calles – Ending a Professional Career

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By David Martinez /

My friend, Henry Calles, officially ended his professional boxing career by announcing in March 2016 his retirement from the ring after a four bout and three year tenure.

Henry, a successful amateur boxer in his younger days, and owner of Duke’s Boxing & Fitness Gym in Isla Vista, California turned to his lifetime dream of becoming a professional boxer in the summer of 2013. At the age of 36, many including myself, knew it would be against the odds starting at such a late age. Most boxers at this age are considering retirement or have completed their careers. The key element in Henry’s favor was that he was a youthful, well preserved boxer at a late age.

Boxing is like no other sport, as your diet, lifestyle, and superior conditioning are most essential in your everyday life, with training usually six days a week. Trips to Ventura, Oxnard and Los Angeles for sparing sessions to achieve top quality is a must and a huge part of training.

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Here’s your complete menu of products available for purchase. As a Spring 2016 special, I am offering a whopping 20 percent discount off the regular price of all products and this includes FREE shipping with your order to any location within the continental United States of America. This special discount is effective now and through the entire month of May 2016. I know you have many choices in boxing and I sincerely thank you for making this website one of them.

My friends that are kindly posing with these products are: Ronnie Essett (former outstanding amateur and professional boxer; North American Middleweight Champion; 2 Time National Amateur Champion; 3 Times World Challenger; Member 1984 USA Olympic Team; current Trainer at The Boxing District Gym, Los Angeles, CA 90019) … Samantha, Christine, Chenee, Cherish, Jenn, Holly, and Lauren.

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Golovkin by Knockout … Gonzalez Goes the Distance … and Donaire Wins in the Philippines

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Gennady Golovkin (35-0 / 32 by KO) successfully defended his IBF/WBA, interim WBC middleweight championship belts  over Dominic Wade (18-1 / 12 by KO) on Saturday night in a televised HBO bout at the Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, California.

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Golovkin ended the fight with a knockout in the second round after sending Wade to the canvas for a third time in the fight with a vicious right hand. The knockout was his 22nd straight, dating back to 2008.

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