*** FLASHBACK – this article originally appeared on dmboxing.com on April 5, 2013
By David Martinez / dmboxing.com
The month of April has a special meaning for me both in a happy and sad way.
April 4th is my friend Ernie Terrell’s birthday. The former WBA heavyweight champion has to be one of my favorite boxer friends ever. I was honored, on the evening of October 16, 2003 when Ernie was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, to be his presenter. I remember that night as if it was yesterday and I will always treasure that moment in time. At the very top left hand side of the banner for this website, you will see the photo taken on his special night.
April 7th is the anniversary of the passing of my best friend Frankie Rivas. In 2009 I tearfully, but honorably, delivered the eulogy at St. Raphael’s church for his funeral service. As well as boxing as an amateur himself, Frankie was the truest boxing fan I have ever known. He was always there with me as a referee or judge at many boxing shows in our community, and gave his support to the kids in local boxing gyms. I have known Frankie since my childhood days and in memory of his death (I say), “May his soul rest in peace with the Lord in heaven”.