Category Archives: R.I.P.

Johnny Ortiz … My Friend … My Best (Boxing) Friend

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on September 7, 2014 … In Loving Memory, I am re-posting in honor and respect to my friend Johnny Ortiz.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

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On September 3, 2014, we laid to rest my best (boxing) friend – Johnny Ortiz, at All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Long Beach, California.

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Johnny Ortiz R.I.P.

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on August 10, 2104 … In Loving Memory, I am re-posting in honor and respect to my friend Johnny Ortiz … his funeral article will re-post next week (October 30) for viewing.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Where do I start to talk and grieve about my friend – my good friend – Johnny Ortiz, who passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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I met Johnny back in 1997 upon my arrival into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as a Director of the Board. I knew about Johnny prior to that because I would catch him at times when I was in the Los Angeles area and listened to his boxing radio talk show “Ringside with Johnny Ortiz”.

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Bobby Chacon R.I.P. (Revisited)

NOTE: This article was originally posted last month on September 10, 2016 … re-posting in honor and remembrance to a friend and great boxing champion of his recent passing … may his memory be with us all now and forever!

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On September 7, 2016, one of the most exciting, fan friendly boxers I have known, in my 55 years in boxing, passed away – two time featherweight champion Bobby Chacon. He was a friend to many, including myself, and was 64 years old at the time of his passing.

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Bobby engaged in some of the best fights of his era, during his brilliant career (1972-1988) 59 wins, 7 losses, one draw, with 47 wins by knockout. He fought all comers, to name a few: Tury Pineda,  Jose Luis Martin Del Campo, Frankie Crawford, Chucho Castillo, Ruben Olivares, Danny Lopez, Alfredo Marcano, Rafael Limon, Alexis Arguello, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Ray Mancini, Freddie Roach and Arturo Frias.

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Bobby’s fight vs. Danny Little Red Lopez at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, on May 24, 1974, can arguably be considered one of the greatest intracity rivalries in the history of boxing. I was ringside that night and witnessed a great fight, with Bobby winning by knockout in round nine. I remember sitting next to Bryant Gumbel who was working as a sports newscaster for KNBC channel 4 at the time. We both had two things in common – a love for boxing and being born in the same year.

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Aaron Pryor – R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

This past week on October 9, 2016 boxing lost a great champion, Aaron Pryor, at the age of 61 due to heart failure.

Pryor won the WBA junior welterweight title from Antonio Cervantes on August 2, 1980. After ten successful WBA/IBF title defenses he briefly retired in 1985 with a undefeated record of 35 wins.

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I consider his first bout with Alexis Arguello on November 12, 1981 to be one of the greatest fights that I have ever witnessed in my 55 years in boxing. Being behind on two of the three scorecards, Pryor rallied to stop Arguello in the 14th round.

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Rusty Rubin R.I.P.

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on November 13, 2014

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

When I think about the many friends I have met in over fifty years of being involved in boxing – one name surfaces to the top – Rusty Rubin.

This week, on Tuesday November 11, 2014, Rusty, age 72, passed away peacefully at his home in Reno, Nevada.

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I met Rusty back in the late nineties upon my entry into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as a Director of the Board.  He would always come to our annual banquet and we “instantly” became friends from that point forward in life.  I wrote articles for his RingSports Magazine and when I founded my website dmboxing.com in July 2007; he offered and was my first feature writer with his award winning column “In Rusty’s Corner”.

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Bobby Chacon R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On September 7, 2016, one of the most exciting, fan friendly boxers I have known, in my 55 years in boxing, passed away – two time featherweight champion Bobby Chacon. He was a friend to many, including myself, and was 64 years old at the time of his passing.

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Bobby engaged in some of the best fights of his era, during his brilliant career (1972-1988) 59 wins, 7 losses, one draw, with 47 wins by knockout. He fought all comers, to name a few: Tury Pineda,  Jose Luis Martin Del Campo, Frankie Crawford, Chucho Castillo, Ruben Olivares, Danny Lopez, Alfredo Marcano, Rafael Limon, Alexis Arguello, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Ray Mancini, Freddie Roach and Arturo Frias.

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Bobby’s fight vs. Danny Little Red Lopez at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, on May 24, 1974, can arguably be considered one of the greatest intracity rivalries in the history of boxing. I was ringside that night and witnessed a great fight, with Bobby winning by knockout in round nine. I remember sitting next to Bryant Gumbel who was working as a sports newscaster for KNBC channel 4 at the time. We both had two things in common – a love for boxing and being born in the same year.

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Muhammad Ali – R.I.P.

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Nickname: The Greatest / aka Cassius Clay

Professional Ring Record: 56-5 / 37 by KO

Held Heavyweight Championship: 1964-1970, 1974-1978, 1978-1979

Famous Quote: “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee”

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

Muhammad Ali peacefully passed away due to respiratory complications in a Phoenix-area, Arizona hospital on June 3, 2016. He was 74 years old.

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Abel Fernandez – R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

On May 3, 2016 a friend to many, former actor, and professional boxer, Abel Fernandez, passed away at the age of 85.

Abel played Native American Federal Agent William Youngfellow on the hit TV series, “The Untouchables” (1959-1963). The show’s star was Robert Stack, who played Eliot Ness.

Abel was born in East Los Angeles on July 14, 1930, and attended Belmont High School. At the young age of 16 he enlisted in the United States Army, where he became a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne Division. While serving in the military, he won the Asiatic Forces middleweight championship.

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After his discharge in 1950, Abel won the Los Angeles Times Golden Gloves Tournament and was runner-up at the National Golden Gloves in Chicago. He later boxed professionally in the light heavyweight division from April 1950 to March 1953.

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com 

*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on May 7, 2014

I remember watching the “Friday Night Fights” on TV with my father and friends back in the early sixties, seeing Rubin “Hurricane” Carter as a top middleweight contender.

On April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday, Rubin passed away at the age of 76 after suffering from prostate cancer.

Rubin was nicknamed “Hurricane” because of his ferocity and punching power. He never achieved the title of world champion, but is always remembered for stopping two-division champion Emile Griffith in the first round in 1963. He fought for the middleweight title in 1964, losing a unanimous 15 round decision to Joey Giardello. Rubin had a professional ring record of 27 wins, 12 losses, and 1 draw with 19 knockouts.

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Bill Connell ‘aka’ Hot Dog Man / R.I.P.

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By David Martinez / dmboxing.com

My friend, everybody’s friend, Bill Connell ‘aka’ the Hot Dog Man, age 61,  passed away on February 5, 2016.

A New Jersey native, he moved to Carpinteria, California, in 1992 and opened up his “All American Surf Dog” hot dog cart stand just off the 101 freeway at the Bailard Avenue exit. He served hundreds on a daily basis and always with a smile and an open heart.

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