By David Martinez / Boxing Historian
Let me tell you about my friend, boxing photographer George Garcia.
But before I get into his professionalism as a boxing photographer,
let me first say what a wonderful friend he is to me.
Manny Pacquiao vs Erik Morales III (November 18, 2006), Photo By George Garcia
I met George Garcia a little over ten years ago at a Los Angeles
boxing show. Little did I know then that he would become not only a
true friend of mine, but also a person who I would know today as
one that would enhance my boxing website with some wonderful photography.
Shortly after meeting George, we attended several fight venues in
Las Vegas and in the local Los Angeles area. I have seen lots of
picture-taking people in my days as a journalist, but George, in
the short time that I have known him, has to rank as of the best
because of his true love for boxing.
In the last dozen years or so that I have known George, there is one
thing that stands out in my mind: he never asks for money from his
friends for his photographic services – or at least I haven’t been asked to
pay in the countless photo assignments he has done for me! That would
also include the photo of “yours-truly” at top of the site when you
first enter “David Martinez Boxing”, as well as the Halloween photo of
me wearing the wrestling mask which also appears in this website (to
my surprise, my producer, John Boitnott, decided to post this one when
he saw it on an e-mail which I sent to him and some other friends!).
At a recent boxing event of 600 people, I was inducted into the
California Boxing Hall of Fame. Before I got home the next day,
George had already sent me over 100 pictures of the event
for my personal viewing – now that’s dedication!
George Garcia/Boxing Photographer
George’s interest in photography started as a hobby when he was a
young boy, and in 1999 he became a professional photographer. George
has covered over 75 championship bouts, with more fights on the horizon.
George has been to cities such as Las Vegas, New York, Atlantic
City, Miami, Texas, Arizona, and Los Angeles, just to name a few,
and has done many other boxing projects such as various luncheons
and banquets, plus magazine shots that have appeared nationally.
He has also been a personal photographer for rising boxing star
Francisco “Panchito” Bojado, and has done outstanding work for West
Coast Boxing Entertainment, as well as Fox Sports AM 1150.
It’s such a pleasure to have a sincere professional like George Garcia
as a part of David Martinez Boxing, but most importantly – I have
certainly met a friend that loves his trade with a true passion.
Below you will see some photos from Georges’s extensive collection.
For more information, please feel free to contact George Garcia – the
boxing photographer you now know, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More excellent photos by George:
Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo (May 7, 2005)
Diego Corrales vs Jose Luis Castillo II (October 8, 2005)
Vitali Klitschko vs Danny Williams (December 11, 2004)
Oscar De La Hoya vs Fernando Vargas (September 14, 2002)
Ken Norton, Lucia Rijker, Joe Frazier, Boxing Benefit Fashion Show/Las Vegas (February 14, 2007)