By David Martinez
On Saturday, October 19, 2013, I attended the California Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City, California. It was a spectacular event hosted by President Don Fraser and his staff.
I was honored and humbled to be there to represent my good friend Harold Lederman for his induction. Harold could not attend because of his commitment with HBO World Championship Boxing to cover the Mike Alvarado vs. Ruslan Provodnikov WBO junior welterweight fight card in Denver, Colorado on that same date. It was special to me because it was Harold himself who requested I be there for him, to speak along with his long time friend Larona Ganaway.
I don’t think anybody in the house could say that they don’t know who Harold is, as Harold is certainly one of the best judges in our era of boxing. He knows the sport as well as anybody; he is fair, honest, and non-biased with his positive expertise on the air with HBO.
(Fall 2013 Edition)
On a quarterly basis I always want to take the time to say thank you to a group of people that help make this website the success that it has become since I brought it to you in July 2007.
These people are: John Boitnott (Web Master), Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader & Photo Editing), Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner), Dave Wilcox (Glove2Glove), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Phyllis Vincent (Proof Reader) and the many others who have contributed input with their article features and comments to this site. Johnny Ortiz and Steve Corbo are personal friends who offer their views and I respect both as they are pure boxing experts to the highest degree.
A thank you is also in order to John Palminteri (KEYT Newschannel 3 ABC-TV) for his outstanding photos and coverage on the recent Henry Calles professional fight at the Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California on August 16, 2013.
With the recent passing of Ken Norton, I want to acknowledge that he was trained by the legendary Eddie Futch, who also trained 21 other world champions. Eddie trained four of the five boxers that beat the great Muhammad Ali; they were Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick. The anniversary of Eddie’s death is next week on October 10th; we lost Eddie in 2001. I would like to offer a prayer for a man that I consider the best trainer in boxing in my lifetime, Eddie Futch.
THE GOOD SON: THE RAY MANCINI STORY
Ultra VOD on July 16 | In Theaters August 9th
DIRECTED BY | Jessie James Miller
PRODUCED BY | Chris Tavlarides and Jimmy Lynn
FEATURING | Sugar Ray Leonard, Mickey Rourke, and Ed O’Neill
SYNOPSIS | THE GOOD SON tells the story of Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini, who wasn’t merely the lightweight boxing champ – he was a national sports hero, personifying blue-collar toughness and tight ethnic family ties. His vow to win the championship for his father, the original “Boom Boom”, captivated the country. On the cusp of breakout celebrity, Ray fought Korean challenger Duk Koo Kim in an epic bout that left Kim in a fatal coma, and changed Mancini’s life and boxing itself. Now, 30 years later, Ray Mancini faces Kim’s fiancée and the son he never knew.
RUN TIME | 85 Minutes
THE GOOD SON includes appearances by fellow Youngstowner Ed O’Neill (Modern Family), boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, actor and pugilist Mickey Rourke and all of the surviving central characters. The project was developed and executive produced by Chris Tavlarides and Jimmy Lynn.
THE GOOD SON will be available to rent on Video on Demand via cable and satellite providers and iTunes on July 16th, followed by a theatrical opening in select theaters nationwide on August 9th. Gathr will handle theatrical distribution on behalf of SnagFilms.
For more information on THE GOOD SON visit www.snagfilms.com/thegoodson.
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(Summer 2013 Edition)
It’s that time of year again when good weather is upon us – Summer time. I am pleased to announce that I have added two new products representing my website. These products are a white V-neck short sleeve t-shirt and a white tank top. In 2007, I introduced my first product online, a long sleeve white t-shirt, which has now become a collector’s item. By popular requests from my fan base, I am going back to my original color of white for t-shirts and tank tops. Both of these new products display the official dmboxing.com logo on the front and the website address installed in smaller print for viewing across the upper back. I will advertise information for purchasing both products in the next couple of weeks, so be sure to stay tuned to this website for that.
Over the years I have supported and sponsored many young people in school activities and boxing events. Now I would like you to support me in a different kind of endeavor and help a young lady fulfill one of her dreams on her path to success. Her name is Marina Cardoso and I am asking my fan base to kindly give what you can to help her upcoming project. Any amount will be appreciated and to make it as simple as possible, any monies can be sent directly to me: David Martinez Boxing, Post Office Box 41536, Santa Barbara, CA 93140, and I will expedite directly to Marina.
Here’s a capsule bio on her project with before and after photos and I kindly thank you in advance for supporting me and in helping Marina.
In December 2007 I introduced my first product on this website and that was a white long sleeve logo t-shirt, which today is a collector’s item. Five years later, I am introducing my newest product, which is a coffee mug with my official logo design on it.
This is just in time for your upcoming Christmas gift giving, and to make this an attractive offer I am discounting this item 25% from the projected price of $9.50 to just $7.00 until December 25, 2012. I know you have many choices in boxing and so this is just my way to say thank you for making this website one of those choices. I am also offering FREE shipping to anywhere in the continental United States of America.
To order this product, send check or money order (NO cash) with your return address to:
David Martinez Boxing
Post Office Box 41536
Santa Barbara, CA 93140
Model: Jane ~ thank you!
(Summer 2012 Edition)
On a quarterly basis, I always like to write and say thank you to my fan base for making this website one of your choices in boxing. I would also like to say thank you to the people that help make this website the success that it is. They are: John Boitnott (Producer), Bob Quackenbush (Photo Editing and Proof Reader), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Nancy Cole (Proof Reader), Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner / Glove 2 Glove), Tom Donelson (Boxing Writer / Member Boxing Writers Association), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), and Adam Pollack (Guest Post Writer). These are the main core of people that I must acknowledge for the seemingly effortless roles they add to dmboxing.com
My t-shirt, hat, and tank top girls, who pose wearing my products, add a special touch as they contribute their beauty with class and respect. The product items are: white long sleeve polo t-shirt ($15.00) only available in one size (XL); Blue short sleeve t-shirt ($12.00) available in all sizes; Hat ($13.00) with Velcro strap to fit all; and tank top ($10.00) available in all sizes except (XL). Thank you to model (above photo) Adriana. To order any dmboxing.com products the mailing address is: Post Office Box 41536, Santa Barbara, California 93140
As a boxing historian, an avid collector and having endless passion for the sport for over fifty years, I want to continue to strive to bring you the best that I can in boxing in a most respectable and professional way. The fan mail I receive is much appreciated and I respect everyone’s opinions.
On a personal note, I am connected to many other boxing websites, in which I offer my comments and expertise in writing. One of these sites is run by my friend Edgar Gonzalez which is a great boxing site and one I fully support. Although it differs from mine, and no websites are alike, I encourage you to view Edgar at: myboxingfans.com
If there is anything that I can help or assist you with in boxing, please feel free to contact me through my personal email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a safe and wonderful summer and may God bless you!
(Spring 2012 Edition)
On a quarterly basis, I always write to say thank you to the core of people that help make this website the success that it is. I start with my producer John Boitnott, who is so devoted and trusting in putting my boxing expertise together to be viewed by our many fans. Other key people that are outstanding in their contributions are: Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers Association). These are people that help and have a positive role in dmboxing.com.
My t-shirt, hat, and tank top girls, who pose wearing my products, add a special touch as they contribute their beauty with class and respect.
My t-shirt supplier is Isla Vista Screen Printing. Garrett Gerstenberger and Jose Cardoso offer excellent workmanship in their products, and if anybody is interested in contacting them, you may do so at (805) 845-1333 or through their website at: www.theIVSP.com.
By David Martinez
The boxing world lost a legendary historian and writer this past Sunday. Bert Randolph Sugar passed away in Chappaqua, New York from cardiac arrest, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 74 years old.
My conversations with Bert started many years ago as we both knew another boxing historian, the late Al Nelson. Bert was an expert in boxing and his favorite topic was the golden age of the sport. His top 10 fighters of all time (in order) were Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong, Harry Greb, Jack Dempsey, Benny Leonard, Joe Louis, Mickey Walker, Sam Langford, Tony Canzoneri, and Muhammad Ali.
Bert was best known for being editor and publisher of Boxing Illustrated (1969-1973, 1988) and Ring magazine (1979-1983). He wrote more than eighty books and saw every major fight in the past 65 years. He was a colorful man and was ever present with his fedora and cigar.
Bert was inducted into the World Boxing hall of Fame in 1989 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2005.
He will be missed. May his soul rest in peace with the Lord.