Category Archives: Duke’s Boxing

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!

By David MartinezIMG955129 Henry 1

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

HenryBy David Martinez

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!


Henry Calles / Duke’s Boxing

By David Martinez

As many of my local friends know, I coach and workout on a regular basis at Duke’s Boxing in the Santa Barbara, California area of Isla Vista. Duke’s is owned by Henry Calles and is open to the public six days a week for boxing and fitness training.

Henry, a successful amateur  himself, is turning professional this summer at the age of 36. I am honored to be a part of his team as a corner man. The team also consists of Mark Lee who serves as chief trainer, with Sarah Cammann as team manager.

On Saturday, April 13, 2013 our team traveled down to the Burbank (LA) area for a sparring session with Steve Harpst as our host. Steve is the Burbank Boxing Club coach; he and I have been friends for the past fifteen years as we spent time together on the Board of Directors of the World Boxing Hall of Fame.

I would like to share Henry’s sparring session in this video ( click onto link above ) and selected photos shot in Burbank.  Henry went six straight rounds ( 3 minutes each round with a 30 second rest in between ) against two opponents.

When Henry ( height 6′ ) fights professionally, his weight will be 175 pounds, which is in the light heavyweight division.

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Closing the Distance

I have met so many wonderful people in boxing over the years. Working with the younger generation at the gym is always a delight for me. As the kids grow up, come and go, and maneuver their way in life, I try to stay in touch. Though with some I seem to lose track, there is one young lady I will always keep in contact with: Desiree D’Alessandro. I have previously posted her on my website and would like to update on her current whereabouts. Desiree graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara this past June 2011 and has relocated to her home town of Tampa, Florida. She accomplished her schooling with a Master of Arts degree and has continued her boxing training with her busy work schedule. Below is a chapter I wrote for her (forthcoming) collective publication regarding her graduate studies and boxing while attending UCSB. I would like to share with you my chapter on UCSB boxing history and my involvement. Desiree and I have stayed in touch on a regular basis even though we live 3,000 miles part. Our maintained true friendship and communication closes the distance.


Boxing from David Martinez / Boxing Historian

My love for boxing started back in the early sixties and has been an integral part of my life for the last fifty years. I have written many boxing articles for various publications and reported for radio and television. I was the former director of the World Boxing Hall of Fame board, have refereed USA Boxing amateur bouts, and was the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award in boxing. I was inducted in to the California Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007, and I currently devote my time to working with local boxing gyms and maintaining my informative boxing website: Continue reading Closing the Distance