Category Archives: Duke’s Boxing

Henry Calles fights to a “sensational” DRAW

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By David Martinez /

After two months of serious training and a disappointing postponement of his fight scheduled for Simi Valley two weeks earlier, Henry Calles moved on to a larger venue and tougher opponent on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

The Hangar at The Orange County Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa, California, was the site.  The nine-bout fight card was attended by a standing room only crowd of 1600 plus fans. The card was promoted by Roy Englebrecht / Fight Club OC.

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The opponent for Henry would be local favorite Reece Bennett in a super middleweight bout, scheduled for four rounds.

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As a member of Team Duke’s working Henry’s corner, it was an honor for me to be in such good company for the fight along with trainers Oscar Gracia Sr., Oscar Gracia Jr., and team manager Sarah Cammann.

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Henry Calles – upcoming fight

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By David Martinez /

The return to the ring of our Team Duke’s boxer, Henry Calles,  will take place THIS Saturday, May 30th, in Simi Valley, California.

The super middleweight (168 pounds) bout is scheduled for 4 rounds against Brian True.  Other bouts will also be featured in this live show of professional boxing.

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A Santa Barbara, California native, Henry is ready and focused for this – his third pro fight.  Your support for Henry is much appreciated and hopefully we will see you at the fights.

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By David Martinez / 

IV - AI must recognize my friends at Isla Vista Screen Printing for their outstanding service.  Co-owner’s Garrett Gerstenberger and Jose Cardoso offer top quality attire. If you are in the Santa Barbara, California area, a must is to stop in and say hello, and to view a wide selection of their custom clothing line.  BTW ~ Garrett’s birthday is next week on November 8, wishing him a pre-Happy Birthday.

I am delighted to say that they are the makers of the T-shirt apparel that you can purchase right here on my website.

They are conveniently located (next door to Duke’s Boxing Gym – who they also provide clothing apparel for) in the student community Isla Vista, nearby the University of California Santa Barbara:  6565 Trigo Road, Isla Vista, CA 93117 and can be reached by phone (805) 845-1333 … email address: or visit their website

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For viewing of t-shirts, go to the Categories section and click onto T-shirts and tank tops.

Sarah Cammann … A Jewel in Boxing

 By David Martinez /

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When I think of women in boxing, the first lady that comes to my mind is Aileen Eaton. She was the legendary fight promoter at the historic Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles from 1942 to 1980. Her outstanding knowledge about fighters and the business of boxing earned her the first ever honor of a woman being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2002. She is also an inductee in the World Boxing Hall of Fame and the California Boxing Hall of Fame.

SC - 2I fully support women in boxing in any capacity and would like to bring to your attention a lady that is my friend – Sarah Cammann.

I met Sarah about five years ago while she was attending the University of California Santa Barbara. She would come into Duke’s Boxing every day for fitness, which led her into boxing. Owner Henry Calles opens his door and offers his expertise in the sport to all that come to Duke’s Boxing. From the moment Sarah entered the gym, we all “instantly” knew there was something special – very special – about her and this did manifest itself bigger than life right before our very eyes over the past years through her dedication.SC - 3

Sarah has become more than just another person in the gym with her hard work and her nothing is too meaningless to help attitude. She trains and is involved in everything in and out of the gym. Most importantly, last year when Henry became a professional in the ring and we needed a Team Manager, there was no one who came to mind but Sarah to fulfill those business duties and to be a hands-on figure in the gym, both training for Henry and helping others in the gym as well.SC - 4

She trains and boxes herself, and for a lady that is just 100 pounds strong – she is dynamite.

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I can say so many positive things about Sarah in boxing, but what really stands out are her focus, loyalty, dependability and kindness in being willing to learn the trade of boxing. I might surmise this is brought on by her being an elementary school teacher and helping kids in her regular job.

SC - 7For those who know Sarah, you will certainly agree with me that she is a wonderful human being. I consider myself blessed to have her in my life. Sarah’s growing knowledge in a sport she loves will only get brighter in the years to come – like a jewel in boxing!


Calles wins The Rematch

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By David Martinez

On December 6, 2013, the Chumash Casino, in Santa Ynez, California showcased a terrific night of boxing. The entire card was filled with action and it was the night that Henry Calles won his light-heavyweight rematch (vs. Zlatko Ledic ) by a four round unanimous decision.

Calles won three of the four rounds  on my card (39-37 on points) as I viewed the fight at ringside working his corner.

At the opening bell, Calles came out on fire and twice came close to a first round knockout, winning that round big. He won rounds two and three, but there was concern about midway in round three, as Calles seemed to fade with his stamina. I would attribute that to maybe being over-trained, leaving the peak of his fitness in the gym. Just a week before the fight he was so pumped up that he stated “I’m so fired up I almost kicked my office door down today” which leads me to believe this was the case why Calles had his lapse in conditioning.

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Henry Calles TV News Story

Here’s a news video report on Santa Barbara boxer Henry Calles. This story aired Sunday night on KEYT-TV news. Great job by Senior Reporter John Palminteri of KEYT.  See you at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez this Friday for the bout!

[Click on the title (link) below, then click on “play” when the video appears]

Going Pro at 36 : A Fighter from Isla Vista’s Duke’s Boxing Shows Us We’re Never Too Old

The Rematch!

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The rematch for Henry Calles is set for Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California.

As many who have followed Team Duke’s, Henry made his professional debut this past August 16th and fought a four round draw with Zlatko Ledic.

Henry is currently right in the middle of training camp and our team of Sarah Cammann, Mark Lee and myself are right there every step of the way in preparing for our next task at hand.

The last fight was a four rounder and I remember quite well after the end of that bout, walking back to our dressing room with Henry. My exact words were “when we fight this guy again and we will because this was fight of the night here and they will want us back, we will go six rounds” …  Henry looked straight back into my eyes with the piercing eye of the tiger and after a slight hesitation said “yeah let’s do this again – yes”.

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Henry Calles’ Debut is a DRAW!

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A week after the fight, I have had more than enough time to digest our bout last Friday, August 16, 2013 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, and my feelings on Henry Calles’ debut is that it was a sweet thing; but the decision was disappointing to me.

Henry worked ten weeks to prepare for the fight and our Duke’s Boxing Team was right there each step of the way. Henry ran every day to achieve his superior conditioning and, personally, I am so proud of his performance in the ring; but a draw?

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Time Has Come Today

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By David Martinez 

Being a product of the sixties (my high school and Vietnam service days), a song that came from that era which I consider one of my favorites is “Time Has Come Today” by the Chambers Brothers. And for Team Duke’s, the time has certainly come today – actually, this coming Friday, August 16.  On that date, Henry Calles will be making his professional boxing debut.

I take great interest in this. Not only is Henry my friend, but I am a part of his team and I am honored to serve as a second in his corner. Our team consists of Mark Lee (trainer), Sarah Cammann (manager), and Laura Danhauer (registered nurse ringside).

Henry is owner of Duke’s Boxing and Fitness located in the Santa Barbara, California, suburb of Isla Vista. The fight card starts at 5:30pm at the Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California, 1-800-585-3737 or

IMG_4634 pic henryOn behalf of Team Duke’s, thank you for your support of Henry and we’ll see you at the fights!


Photos Courtesy: John Palminteri / Senior Reporter KEYT (ABC-TV) channel 3

Henry Calles Makes Pro Debut

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I am delighted to inform you that our local boxer, Henry Calles from Duke’s Boxing & Fitness Gym, is making his professional debut on August 16, 2013 at the Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California.

For viewing, I am displaying a short (under a minute) video (click on YouTube link below) of a recent training session of Henry working on the speed bag. Also, by going to “menu” on this website under Duke’s Boxing, you can see prior articles and videos of Henry.

Team Duke’s, the people closest to Henry (outside of his wife Veronica) that help him with important decisions and make it all work in and out of the ring are: Mark Lee (trainer), Sarah Cammann (manager), my daughter Laura Danhauer (registered nurse ringside), and myself as a second in his corner.

For those of you that live in the Santa Barbara/Southern California area that would like more information on Henry and tickets for the fight card at the Chumash, please contact our team manager at (714) 615-7711.

On behalf of our team, thank you for your positive support of Henry!