Category Archives: David Martinez

Chuck Davey

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

A fighter than has been lost in the shuffle in boxing has to be top welterweight contender Chuck Davey.

An amazing boxing master who was a four-time NCAA champion at Michigan State, he completed an amateur career of 93 victories in 94 fights.

Born October 1, 1925 in Detroit, he was a southpaw that won 45 of 50 fights in his professional career from 1949 through 1955. He was 16-0 in 1951 with 10 knockouts and was ranked the #1 welterweight contender.

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ESPN Fight Card – Good St. Patrick’s Show in New York

By David Martinez / 

In the first televised bout from the Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden, New York, Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0 /12 by KO) scored a 12 round unanimous decision over Mehdi Amar (34-6-2 / 16 by KO) to capture the vacant WBC interim light heavyweight championship belt.

Gvozdyk was in control throughout the bout against a game and tough Amar.  The official judges scoring was: 117-111, 116-112, 118-110 … my scorecard 10 rounds to 2, 118-110, for the winner Gvozdyk.

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A Great Fight … A Great Event

By David Martinez / 

I have enjoyed boxing for almost 60 years and I always enjoy a good fight.  Recently, I watched the video of a bout that took place a few years ago.  Felix Strum defended his WBA Super World Middleweight Title against Martin Murray.  The fight took place in Mannheim, Germany on December 2, 2011.  The ring announcer was Steve Corbo from Chicago, who did an outstanding job.  Hall of Fame referee Stanley Christodoulou was the third man in the ring. 

This is as fine an exhibition of the sweet science as you will ever see.  The fight was televised throughout the world, but it has never been televised in the USA.  Please Note: due to programming, there is no sound for 67 seconds during the playing of the German National Anthem.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy this video, compliments of 

Garcia Over Lipinets to Win 140 lb Belt … Valdez Retains Featherweight Title Over Quigg

By David Martinez / 

Unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia (38-0 / 30 by KO) moved up in weight to challenge unbeaten IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets (13-1 / 10 by KO) on Saturday night and won a unanimous 12 round decision.

Garcia now joins the elite company of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez as the only fighters in boxing history to win World Titles in four different weight classes, 126, 130, 135 and 140. 

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RING TRIVIA for March 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 – Jim Jeffries middle name is?

(a)  Joshua

(b)  Jason

(c)  Jonathon

(d)  Jackson


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Jack Johnson Family Seeks Pardon

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Jack Johnson was arguably one of the greatest boxers of all time and arguably one of the most despised African American sports figures of all time.

Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion, winning the title from Tommy Burns in 1908, at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the ring together.

On July 4, 1910 in Reno, Nevada, former undefeated heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries, who had retired in 1905, made a comeback in an attempt to regain the title from a black champion. This bout truly was “The Fight of the Century”!

Johnson would beat Jeffries, and continued beating white opponents and flaunting his affection for white women, even fleeing the country after an all white jury convicted him of “immorality” for one of his relationships. In 1913 he was convicted of violating the Mann Act which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

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Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries … FIGHT OF THE CENTURY


Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Image from original cigar box, circa 1900
(gift to David Martinez from Al Nelson, Boxing Historian, 1972, Jeffries Barn, Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA)
*** FLASHBACK – this article originally first appeared on on July 2, 2010

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

July 4, 2010 will mark the 100th anniversary of Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries, “Fight of the Century”, for the heavyweight championship of the world.

Leading up to this fight, Jeffries won the title in 1899 against Bob Fitzsimmons and after defeating all challengers he retired undefeated in 1905. Johnson won the title in 1908 against Tommy Burns to become the first black fighter to win the coveted crown.

The build up to this fight was nothing less than controversial with a white champion coming out of a five-year retirement to try to win the title back from a black champion.

Scheduled for 45 rounds, the fight took place in Reno, Nevada on July 4, 1910, with Tex Rickard as the promoter and referee. Prior to the fight, Rickard had invited United States president William Howard Taft to be the referee, but Taft declined.

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Paddy Duffy

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Irish-American Paddy Duffy was the first world welterweight champion.  He was born in Boston on November 12, 1864, just six years after the birth of  another great Irish-American, heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan.

Duffy started his career in 1884 at the age of nineteen, with a knockout win over Skin Doherty.  He would go on to win his first four bouts before fighting three straight six-round draws with Paddy Sullivan. In that same year, he would lose his only professional fight, a second round knockout set back to Jack C. McGee on December 19, 1884.  In 1885 he had only two fights, both knockout victories and both in Boston.

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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 is my pre-fight  article on the Alexis Arguello vs. James Busceme,  WBC  lightweight championship and the Michael Spinks vs. Mustapha Wasaja, WBA light heavyweight championship and the Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Bruce Finch, WBC/WBA welterweight championship – dated February 13, 1982.

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