By David Martinez / Boxing Historian
I have been asked many times “who is the greatest boxer of all time in any weight division at the height of his career” and that answer is the easiest for me to come up with – Sugar Ray Robinson.
I could go on and on about his career but I will go on record to say that at his pinnacle years he was clearly the best.
I was fortunate to meet him at a local amateur boxing show in 1986 where I was a referee for the kids. It was truly a highlight that stands out in my over fifty years of being associated with the sport of boxing.
The photos I am including here, along with an excellent highlight video, are Sugar Ray with my daughter Laura who was just 9 years old at the time, as well as Ray with his wife Millie. To shake his hand, get his photo and an autograph that evening will forever live in my mind. I am also including the Sugar Ray Robinson postage stamp which was introduced in April 2006. The only other boxer placed on a U.S. stamp is Joe Louis.
Induction Ceremonies 2007
By Ray Cerda
Photos By George Garcia
On Saturday, September 22nd, with a standing room only crowd, over 500 people crowded into the Sportsman Lodge in Studio City, California to pay tribute to the 2007 class of inductees into the California Boxing Hall of Fame. The class was packed with a very impressive list of inductees that included Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley, Fernando Vargas, Albert Davila, Art Frias, Jimmy Harryman, Genaro Hernandez, Armando Muniz, and Cali Martinez.
The non-boxer category read the same with Richard Schaefer, Don and Lorraine Chargin, Dr. Michael De Luca, Frank Espinoza, Josie Arrey-Mejia, Carlos Avilas, Hank Nagamine, David Martinez, and Frank Baltazar, Sr.
Sugar Shane Mosley and David Martinez
In the posthumous category were Henry Armstrong, Diego Corrales, Larry Soto, Howie Steindler, and Dynamite Jackson.
by Ray Cerda
On Saturday, November 10th, the most anticipated fight of the year will take place, as Miguel Cotto will put his WBA world title on the line when he squares off against WBC Interim Champion Sugar Shane Mosley.