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My Boxing Past / Grand Memories

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

My interest in boxing goes back to 1961. For more than 60 years it has been my passion and an integral part of my life 번아웃 파라다이스. Over the years I have been privileged to know and learn from some of the most knowledgeable people in the fight game. However, if I had to name three whose experience and wisdom had the greatest impact on me, they would be as follows:

Al Nelson (Boxing Historian)

Millie Robinson (3rd Wife of Sugar Ray Robinson)

Jay Tunney (Son of Gene Tunney)

*** Al Nelson – I met in 1969 when he was the host and curator at the Jeffries Barn Boxing Museum at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California 한자 폰트 무료 다운로드. He taught me about fighters of his era which included, James J. Jeffries, Jack Johnson, Bob Fitzsimmons, Stanley Ketchel, Terry McGovern, plus many others, including one of his personal favorites, Jack Root 쏘우 3 다운로드.

Many times I drove the 200 plus miles, round-trip, from my home in Santa Barbara to the Jeffries Barn just to sit and talk with Al. This was such a delight as I absorbed so much from this kind and knowledgeable man 캠핑클럽 5회 다운로드. I will always remember when he told me Bob Fitzsimmons was the most underrated puncher he had ever seen.

Over the years he gave me many pieces of boxing memorabilia, including one of my most prized possessions 다운로드. In 1972 he gave me a cigar box cover (circa 1900) with an image of undefeated world heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries.

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Hagler vs. Hearns … REVISITED

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This article originally was published on on April 12, 2015

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

April 15th is approaching this coming week and most think of it as ‘Tax Day’, which is rightfully so 인공지능 다운로드. But, I think otherwise to April 15, 1985 – The Fight of the Year, The Round of the Year (round one), and The Fight of the Decade (eighties) – Marvin Hagler (60-2-2 / 50 by KO) vs 다운로드. Thomas Hearns (40-1 / 34 by KO) for the ‘undisputed’ middleweight championship of the world at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

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Hagler, normally a slow starter, came out at the opening bell pinning Hearns to the ropes 엔트리 코딩 다운로드. Hearns threw a devastating right that stunned Hagler for a moment, as both began to trade power punches with knockout intentions. Hagler stunned Hearns with a hard left hand, becoming the aggressor, as the two continued to trade power punches 다운로드. This vicious action continued, and suddenly Hagler developed a cut on his forehead, but that didn’t stop him as he pinned Hearns to the ropes and continued his assault, hurting Hearns as that blistering round ended 다운로드.

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David Martinez Interviewed By

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This article was originally published on on December 22, 2011

David Martinez was recently interviewed by David Tyler, boxing writer for 다운로드. We’ve been given permission to display that interview here. Enjoy!

David Tyler:  David, what qualifies someone as a boxing historian 동키콩 다운로드?
David Martinez:  Somebody that religiously, daily, every minute of their life, is passionately devoted to the sport of boxing.

DT:  How many years have you accumulated using your criteria as a historian 다운로드?
DM:  I have about 52 years.  It’s in my life, my DNA, that’s all I do.  My house is like a boxing museum.

DT:  I noticed that on your website is a posting of your top 12 boxers 엑자일 다운로드.  In alphabetical order:  Muhammad Ali, Henry Armstrong, Roberto Duran, Joe Gans, Harry Greb, Eder Jofre, Jack Johnson, Benny Leonard, Joe Louis, Carlos Monzon, Willie Pep, and Sugar Ray Robinson 컬투 쇼 다시 듣기 다운로드.  How did you decide these were the top 12?
DM:  That’s my personal opinion over 52 years. All of these fighters would be ‘all time’ greats.  My decisions were easy….let me give you an example from my top Heavyweights also on the website…. people question why I rate Jack Dempsey over Gene Tunney and bring up the fact that Tunney beat Dempsey twice.  I simply say this, ‘at the pinnacle of both of their careers, I believe that Dempsey was a better fighter than Tunney.’

DT:  James Corbett lost twice to James Jeffries.  Why do you rate Corbett higher than Jeffries?
DM:  Same logic…I think that at the pinnacle of his career, Corbett was a better fighter than Jeffries.  Here’s another example, I think that Joe Frazier was a better fighter than George Foreman at the pinnacle of his career even though Foreman beat him twice.

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Tyrone Everett

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This article originally appeared on on June 24, 2000

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

One of the best fighters that I have witnessed in my 59 years of involvement in boxing was junior lightweight Tyrone Everett 다운로드.

Unfortunately, these days his name is obscure and nobody talks much about him, let alone recalling many of his fights 프로듀스 x101 4화 다운로드.

Everett was born on April 18, 1953 in South Philadelphia 다운로드. He started his professional boxing career in September 1971 and would win all of his 34 bouts, propelling him to a world title match with Puerto Rican champion Alfredo Escalera on November 30, 1976 – Escalera’s 7th defense of the 130 pound title  다운로드.  Scheduled for 15 rounds, the fight took place at the Spectrum in Philadelphia for the WBC Super Featherweight Championship.  A crowd of 16,109 packed the Spectrum, which is still a record for the largest number of spectators at a Pennsylvania indoor boxing match 다운로드.

During the fight, Everett would show Escalera his artistic boxing skills, winning most of the rounds handily . Escalera’s best round was definitely the fifth as his signature right hand punches rocked the southpaw Everett. What was amazing, though, was that Everett stayed on the outside and boxed beautifully, never losing his composure in that round.

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Outdoor Wars … Legendary Bouts in Famous Stadiums (Part #2 of 2)


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By Bob Quackenbush /

In last week’s article, we looked at nine classic prize fights that were contested at well known outdoor stadiums.  In Chicago, it was Soldier Field and Comiskey Park; in New York, the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field; and in Washington D.C., Griffith Stadium.  

Yankee Stadium – 1923

This week, the spotlight will be on “The House that Ruth Built”, the legendary Yankee Stadium. Though the Bambino and his famous baseball teams were the star attraction at this venue, and the New York Giants football team was the gridiron tenant (1956-73), the sport of boxing brought in big names and big crowds, as well.  It was said that Yankee Stadium was Joe Louis’ personal fight club as he appeared there so many times (twelve times per BoxRec).  The stadium was actually prepared for the fight game as a concrete vault with radio lines permanently installed for broadcasters was buried in the ground under second base  다운로드.

Thirteen famous bouts highlight Part 2 of our look at famous prize fights in the great outdoors. [Reminder … this is not an exhaustive list, but a selection of some of the most famous bouts contested at this location.]

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Outdoor Wars … Legendary Bouts in Famous Stadiums (Part #1 of 2)


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By Bob Quackenbush /

In the world of boxing, indoor arenas are the venues that typically come to mind.  These locations with their traditional images of sweat, cigar smoke, and packed crowds close to the ring are what is envisioned when “prize fighting” is the topic of discussion.  Wonderful examples would be Philadelphia’s Blue Horizon, The Olympic Auditorium and Hollywood Legion Stadium in Los Angeles, and, on a larger scale, Madison Square Garden  다운로드.

Firpo versus Dempsey at the Polo Grounds by George Bellows

However, many title fights have been held in the “great outdoors” at facilities such as baseball and football stadiums  다운로드. Some even took place in temporary structures built for specific events, the most famous being the “Fight of the Century” between Jack Johnson and James Jeffries in Reno, Nevada, on July 4, 1910.  

Most of the famous outdoor bouts took place in New York City, with several more in Chicago.  There were others, too, but for the purposes of this article, the focus will be on the Big Apple and the Windy City, plus a fight in our nation’s capital.  Here’s a look at several well known contests held in some legendary outdoor venues from years gone by.  [Note: This is not an exhaustive list.]

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Shorty Padilla – Not To Be Forgotten

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

As a young boy back in the early 1960’s, I met an older man who intrigued me 다운로드. He would come in to get his haircuts at my father’s barber shop – his name was Tim Cobos.

He knew boxing very well from his era which started in the 1920’s 다운로드. I never forgot that he told me the three greatest boxers he had ever seen (I can’t remember the order) were Benny Leonard, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Joe Louis 능엄신주. Those were his greatest, but his favorite was a local Santa Barbara, California boxer, Albert Lopez Padilla, who was nicknamed Shorty.

Tim knew Shorty personally and attended many of his fights from 1946 to 1949 다운로드. Shorty fought at such Southern California venues as the historic Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium, Santa Monica Ocean Park Arena, San Diego Coliseum, San Bernardino Arena, Whittier Arena / Pico Rivera, and the Mission Arena in Santa Barbara 컴퓨터 바둑게임 다운로드.

Shorty was born in Pueblo, Colorado, on May 19, 1925, the youngest of four brothers and one sister. His family migrated from city to city to earn a living. They settled in Brawley for a time and in 1928 made their home in Goleta, California, a small community north of Santa Barbara.

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“Nobody Important Is Fighting”

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

The date was March 3, 1993, and the fight was between two superb boxers with a combined ring record of sixty-three wins and one loss: Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez (36-1 / 25 by KO) vs 위닝일레븐 2018 다운로드. Michael “Manitas De Piedra” Carbajal (27-0 / 15 by KO) for the WBC/IBF Junior Flyweight “unification” Championship from the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel 요괴워치 색칠공부 다운로드.

As I was gathering food and drinks to host the fight at my home, a friend Park Meiter, called to tell me that he was not coming because (quote) Nobody Important is Fighting 다운로드!

To this day, I have never forgotten that CLASSIC statement … I actually say that to the people who think boxing is a dead sport but ask me, “so when is the next big fight?”

In all my years of boxing, as I see it, somebody important is fighting and each fight is big … it’s just in my DNA when viewing boxing ahn lab 무료 다운로드.

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Rodolfo Gonzalez

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /  

When people ask me who are some of the nicest boxers that I have personally met – not in any particular order – the first group of fifteen that come to mind are Sugar Ray Robinson, George Foreman, Danny Lopez, Bobby Chacon, Ernie Terrell, Johnny Tapia, Diego Corrales, Jerry Quarry, Mando Ramos, Ruben Olivares, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Eddie Perkins, Vernon Forrest, and Ken Buchanan … but I must not leave out one other – Rodolfo “El Gato” Gonzalez Select2 download.

Gonzalez, the former WBC lightweight champion, is truly a gentleman. I was honored to be his presenter at his induction into the World Boxing Hall of Fame on October 18, 2003 피고인 1회 다운로드.

Gonzalez was actually born on a small farm owned by his grandparents near Tepatitlan Los Altos de Jalisco, Mexico on December 16, 1945 다운로드. He is one of eight children born to Florencio and Maria Luz Gonzalez. The family moved to Guadalajara when Rodolfo was a young child.

Growing up, Gonzalez had aspirations of becoming a bull fighter, El Matador, but that changed to boxing when he became intrigued with his boxer-cousin Jose Becerra, who was an outstanding bantamweight champion 다운로드.

With no amateur status, he started his professional career in November 1959, just six weeks shy of his 14th birthday, against less than moderate competition in Mexico 다운로드. A southpaw and tremendous body puncher, he won 51 of his first 52 bouts, all but one by knockout.

On February 15, 1963, in making his U.S. debut, he lost to Licho Guerrero in Los Angeles by tenth round stoppage.

That loss would become the start of the dark side of his career, not fighting again for nearly 3 years. Soon after the fight, he was diagnosed with liver cancer.

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Tommy Ryan


By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

One of the greatest boxers at the turn of the 20th century was certainly Tommy Ryan 다운로드. Born on March 31, 1870 in Redwood, New York by the name  Joseph Youngs, he later changed his name after running away from home at a young age.

He worked in lumber yard camps, where he learned his boxing skills 위기의 남자 다운로드. On January 1, 1887, at the age of 17, he turned professional and scored knockout wins in seventeen of his first eighteen fights.

In his career he would engage in a five fight series with the tough Mysterious Billy Smith, and after two draws, Ryan would win a 20-round decision in their third fight to capture Smith’s welterweight title on July 26, 1894 다운로드.

On January 18, 1895, Ryan defeated top contender Jack Dempsey (The Nonpareil) by a third round stoppage to retain his title.

Ryan would fight Smith again in their fourth encounter on May 27, 1895, but the police interfered in the eighteenth round and the result was ruled a draw 다운로드.

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