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Pages From The Scrapbook #23

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

This edition of “Pages From The Scrapbook” features an event that took place in May of 1974 in my hometown of Santa Barbara, California 인공지능 다운로드. These newspaper clippings are self explanatory when you follow them in order.

Many of my readers today don’t know that back in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, I was a boxing beat freelance writer for the Santa Barbara News Press, and these articles are what prompted the sports editor, Dave Kohl, to request my services and bring me in as their boxing man 다운로드.

As it turned out, this was certainly a wonderful blessing during that time of my young life, as I experienced the whole concept of journalism 엔트리 코딩 다운로드. It was that experience which guided me to be the best I could be in the production of my www.dmboxing website today.

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Arthur Mercante, Sr.

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

In my over sixty years of involvement in boxing, since 1961, I have truly been blessed to meet an array of boxers and other related members of the boxing circuit 왕은 사랑한다 다운로드. There are many that stand out, but let me single out one: Hall of Fame referee Arthur Mercante.

I met Mercante twenty years ago during my time as a Board of Directors member and Boxing Historian for the World Boxing Hall of Fame 전참시 다운로드. Arthur was such a gentleman … he was nothing less than a class act and truly respected at the highest level.

Mercante was born on January 20, 1920, in Brockton, Massachusetts, before later moving to New York at the age of seven 다운로드.

At the age of sixteen, he began boxing as an amateur and made it, as a welterweight, to the Golden Gloves finals in 1938. After graduating from New York University in 1942, he served four years in the Navy under former heavyweight champion Gene Tunney as a training and physical rehabilitation instructor, with one of his assignments to referee service bouts 다운로드.

After serving in the Navy, he refereed many amateur and college matches. He became a varsity boxing coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy radiant 무료 프로그램.

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James Figg

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

As I take you back in time, James Figg, in my estimation, was the first recognized heavyweight boxing champion and was the first to teach and promote boxing at a high level 자동차 주차 다운로드.

Born in 1695, in Thame, Oxfordshire, England, Figg was also an expert swordsman and fought with weapons including swords, quarterstaffs, and cudgels before attaining stardom in his bare knuckle championship boxing reign 다운로드.

By 1719, Figg defeated all challengers; and as those early years passed, he defeated top opponents Timothy Buck, Tom Stokes, Bill Flanders, and Chris Clarkson 다운로드. He also had a string of epic bouts with Edward Sutton, inclulding one in 1725 when Figg suffered his only career defeat.

Figg established a boxing academy in London which is now known as the Tottenham Court Road 다운로드. There he taught boxing skills and the combative techniques in using weapons.

Figg established his own amphitheatre in Oxford Road, a London arena which staged boxing matches 국문 이력서 양식. There he popularized sparring as public entertainment and also offered fencing exhibitions.

Figg also made public appearances at London’s Southwark Fair, Hyde Park, and other outdoor venues where he would take on all comers.

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Carlos Ortiz (R.I.P.)


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On June 13, 2022 the boxing world lost a great champion 스파크 다운로드. Carlos Ortiz passed away at the age of 85. He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on September 9, 1936.

Ortiz began his outstanding professional career in 1955 with a first round knockout over Harry Bell in New York 다운로드.

He suffered his first loss losing to Johnny Busso via 10 round split decision on June 27, 1958. Ortiz was 21 years old and held an undefeated ring record of 26-0 entering that bout 안드로이드 한영사전 다운로드. Three months later in September, Ortiz reversed his loss with a convincing 10 round decision win. Both Busso fights were held at Madison Square Garden, New York 다운로드.

After posting a ring record of 29 wins, 2 losses, and one no-decision, Ortiz met Kenny Lane for the vacant junior welterweight / super lightweight title in New York on June 12, 1959 다운로드. Lane had given Ortiz a 10 round loss prior, on December 31, 1958, but this time Ortiz would win by knockout after two rounds to become the second Puerto Rican world champion since Sixto Escobar did it more than thirty years before.

In 1960, Ortiz defended his 140 pound title twice, knocking out Battling Torres and taking a 15 round decision over Duilio Loi. Also in 1960, Ortiz and Loi met in a rematch and Ortiz lost a 15 round decision. Ortiz and Loi fought their rubber match on May 10, 1961, with Loi winning a 15 round decision.

In 1962, Ortiz moved down in weight to lightweight and challenged champion Joe Brown. On April 21, Ortiz won a 15 round decision over Brown to win his second world title, and I remember it well, watching the fight on TV with my father on that Saturday evening.

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Boxer’s – Gone Too Soon

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

When I think of super star singers that have died too young before reaching full stardom, the ones that I instantly think of (and there are more) would be Ritchie Valens (age 17), Buddy Holly (age 22), Selena Quintanilla (age 23), and The Notorious B.I.G windows 10 디스크 이미지. (age 24).

There are similar, tragic stories in the sport of boxing. Here is my personal list of the top five boxers (listed in order by their eras in the ring) who died at a very young age (ie, before twenty-five years of age) 다운로드. Each were great in their respective years in the ring, and arguably could have gone on to greater heights.

The five are Stanley Ketchel (age 24), Les Darcy (age 21), Pancho Villa (age 23), Tyrone Everett (age 24), and Salvador Sanchez (age 23) 다운로드. I want to mention Benny Parent who would certainly be a top choice by anyone in boxing; but my criteria here is before their 25th birthday – Parent was 25 upon his death 검은사막.

Stanley Ketchel / Born: September 14, 1886 / Died October 15, 1910 / Nickname:  Michigan Assassin 더 쉬프트 5 다운로드. Boxing Record: 51 wins, 4 losses, 4 draws, 1 no contest, 48 by KO / Middleweight Champion.

Ketchel died while training and working at Colonel R.P. Dickerson’s Two Bar Ranch in Conway, Missouri. He was shot in the chest by ranch hand Walter Dipley, who was allegedly jealous of his common-law wife who was attracted to Ketchel.

Boxing Historian Nat Fleischer, The Ring magazine founder and editor is quoted as saying: ”Stanley Ketchel is one of the greatest middleweights of all time, and I considered him to be unbeatable at the height of his career.”

Boxing Historian Al Nelson was extremely high on Ketchel and concurred with Fleischer, and he personally told me this during our visits in 1969, ’70, and ’71. Both Nelson and Fleischer lived in the Ketchel era. In my greatest middleweight ranking, I list Ketchel at #4, right behind Harry Greb, Carlos Monzon, and Tommy Ryan, and just ahead of Marvin Hagler and Mickey Walker. Note: Sugar Ray Robinson is ranked #1 over in my welterweight division.

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The Greatest Boxers From Each Country

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

Picking the greatest boxers of all time, from different countries around the world, was really an easy and fun task 다운로드. Over the years I have researched this topic at great length and interviewed many people. I have spoken to the older generations of fans and fighters who personally saw many of the boxers fight that were before my time. Their expertise and the input they offered was invaluable 다운로드.

For each fighter my main basis for ranking them was the height, peak, prime, and pinnacle of their careers regardless of weight or eras in which they fought 워크 래프트 1 다운로드. The level of their competition played a huge factor, but not necessarily their ring record.

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My Boxing Past / Grand Memories

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

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 dmboxing.com on April 12, 2015

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

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 doghouseboxing.com

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David Martinez was recently interviewed by David Tyler, boxing writer for www.doghouseboxing.com 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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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian / dmboxing.com

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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