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Oscar Mendoza – The Opportunity Arrives!

By David Martinez /

At our local Santa Barbara area boxing gym, Duke’s Boxing and Fitness, we have had many kids come in to learn boxing at its best.

In 2014 one of those kids, Oscar Mendoza walked in. At first he  just blended in with the others, but after a few months owner and former pro boxer Henry Calles and I noticed something special about Oscar. What stood out was his unbelievable dedication and work rate.

But, the thing that really got everybody was his willing to help others in the gym in a positive way to learn boxing. The amazing thing was that he was in the gym every day while working a full time job.

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Ancajas Retains Title Over Conlan by Knockout!

By David Martinez /

On Saturday, November 18, 2017 IBF super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas (28-1-1 / 19 by KO) retained his title by knockout over previously unbeaten Jamie Conlan (19-1- 11 by KO) in round six.

Ancajas traveled from his native country the Philippines to Belfast, Northern Ireland the home town to Conlan, to make his third title defense.

It was a one-sided affair, in which I gave every round to the Filipino fighter.

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Pages From The Scrapbook

By David Martinez /

Recently I brought a new category to my website, 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  also a guest reporter on local radio for all major fights.

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

I learned quite a bit in the journalism field back in my younger days that have helped me to be the best I can producing  for all.

Featured here are my pre-fight and my post-fight articles on the Larry Holmes vs. Renaldo Snipes WBC heavyweight championship – dated November 1, 1981 and November 8, 1981.


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Young Corbett III

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Young Corbett III was born Rafelle Capabianca Giordano in the Province of Protenza near Naples, Italy on May 27, 1905. His family emigrated to the United States when Corbett was only a couple of months old, settling in the Pittsburg area.

In 1909 the family moved to Fresno, California and that is where Corbett grew up. As a kid he attended local schools, sold newspapers and shined shoes.

At a young age he took up boxing at a local gym under the guidance of Buzz Martin, a professional boxer.

In the Fall of 1919 at the age of 14 and weighing 90 pounds, Corbett made his professional debut.  After his first five bouts he had a disappointing ring record of 1 win, 2 losses, and 2 draws, with one bout ending in a 4th round knockout loss. This did not discourage Corbett who fought as a southpaw. He fought almost on a monthly basis for the next 13 years, a total of over a 100 fights, against mostly average fighters with the most notable being Filipino great Ceferino Garcia whom he beat twice, both by 10 round decision.

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Greatest Boxer “Pound for Pound” EVER

*** FLASHBACK – This article originally appeared on on March 2, 2013


By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / 

I have been asked many times “who is the greatest boxer of all time in any weight division at the height of his career” and that answer is the easiest for me to come up with – Sugar Ray Robinson. I could go on and on about his career but I will go on record to say that at his pinnacle years he was clearly the best. I was fortunate to meet him at a local amateur boxing show in 1986 where I was a referee for the kids. It was truly a highlight that stands out in my over fifty years of being associated with the sport of boxing.

The photos I am including here, along with an excellent highlight video, are Sugar Ray with his wife Millie and my daughter Laura who was just 9 years old at the time. To shake his hand, get his photos and an autograph that evening will forever live in my mind. I am also including the Sugar Ray Robinson postage stamp which was introduced in April 2006. The only other boxer placed on a U.S. stamp is Joe Louis.

Sugar Ray Robinson is ranked the greatest boxer of all time by sportswriters, fellow boxers, trainers and historians. The phase “pound for pound” was invented by boxing experts just for him, when they compared fighters regardless of any weight. I use a famous quote from him when coaching kids at a local boxing gym which is “Rhythm is everything in boxing. Every move you make starts with your heart and that’s in rhythm or you’re in trouble”. That is simply the best quote I can think of that sums it up in boxing. Sugar Ray Robinson was born on May 3, 1921 and passed away on April 12, 1989. As an amateur he posted an outstanding ring record of 85-0 with 69 of those wins by knockout, and 40 being in the first round. He turned pro in 1940 at the age of 19 and by 1951 had a professional ring record of 128 – 1- 2 (1 no contest) with 84 by knockout. He held the welterweight title from 1946 to 1951, and won the middleweight title in 1951. He retired in 1952, only to comeback two and a half years later to re-capture the middleweight title in 1955. He was the first boxer to win a divisional world title five times and this was at a time when only one champion in each division was recognized.

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Boxing Autographs

I was approached at regarding the sale of a collection of historically significant boxing autographs.  A collection of this magnitude is seldom seen and seldom, if ever, becomes available for purchase.       

Here’s a complete list of these classic autographs and their descriptions:

SONNY LISTON (Signature on paper w/his picture and all best wishes from Sonny Liston – World Heavyweight Champion)

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Jake LaMotta – R.I.P.

By David Martinez /

On September 20, 2017 Jake La Motta, middleweight champion whose epic fights with Sugar Ray Robinson are legendary, passed away at the age of 95.

LaMotta was known as the Raging Bull and he fought in 106 bouts in a 14 year colorful brawling career. His Fame led to Martin Scorsese’s 1980 movie Raging Bull, that was nominated for eight Academy Awards and in which Robert DeNiro won best actor for his portrayal of LaMotta.

He fought, who I and top boxing historians consider the greatest fighter of all time, Sugar Ray Robinson six times – twice in a three week span in 1943.  LaMotta won only once, in their second fight which was a 10 round decision, giving Robinson his first loss after 40 straight wins.  This would be Robinson’s only loss in his first 132 professional fights. Their final fight was a grueling intriguing slugfest known as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, in Chicago on February 14, 1951, in which LaMotta lost his middleweight title. Robinson won when the referee stopped the fight in the 13th round while LaMotta was hanging on the ropes, helpless and beaten. As the bout ended, LaMotta would say to Robinson “You didn’t put me down Ray, you didn’t put me down Ray!”

Although foes in the ring, he and Robinson were friends outside it. Robinson served as his best man in LaMotta’s sixth wedding.

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


1 – What former lightweight champion had a rare feat of fighting three non-title bouts with three different welterweight champions?

a – Freddie Welsh

b – Lew Jenkins —– CORRECT ANSWER

c – Tony Canzoneri

d –  Sammy Angott


2 – Former bantamweight champion Johnny Coulon had the distinction of having twice defended his title in twenty round bouts within a period of how many days?

a – 7 days

b – 10 days

c – 14 days —– CORRECT ANSWER

d – 20 days

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George “KO” Chaney

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

The memory of a fighter that has disappeared in the boxing minds of today is that of George Chaney.

A fine record of eighty-six knockouts in a sixteen year career was an outstanding feat in itself, giving him the nickname “KO”.

Chaney was born in 1893, in Baltimore, Maryland of Irish decent. In his career he weighted 118 to 135 pounds and fought in the bantamweight, featherweight, and lightweight divisions. He stood 5 feet, one-and-half    inches, his professional career started in 1910 and ended 1925.

His southpaw style was as good as any boxer, which included hard hitting from either hand.

He fought the best that were around in his day which included Charley Goldman, Billy Herman, Al Delmont, Phil McGovern, Kid Williams, Young Britt, Johnny Dundee, John Kilbane, Rocky Kansas, Abe Attell, Lew Tendler, Philadelphia Pal Moore, Willie Ritchie, Danny Kramer just to name a few.

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FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Fall 2017 Edition)

As we now enter the new Fall season, let me say once again how truly delighted I am to bring you the best in boxing with my website.

I thank you all that have written with comments and opinions. Your input fuels me to do my very best.

The key people that help make a success are John Boitnott (WebMaster), Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Lead Assistant), Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association of America), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Steve Corbo (Guest Posts and Proof Reader), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Harold Lederman (HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!), and in his memory, Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) who was the first to contribute to this website upon its founding in July 2007; may your soul rest peacefully in heaven with the Lord.

Because many people have asked, for the record, my scorecard on the Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez middleweight title fight was 116-112, 8 rounds to 4 for GGG. I respect others opinions as well and I hope they will honor mine. I personally feel that judge Adalaide Byrd should be barred from judging any major fights of importance (period).

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