Pages From The Scrapbook


By David Martinez / 

I am excited to bring  a new category to my website, which is “Pages from the Scrapbook”.

A lot of people don’t know that back in the seventies, eighties, and nineties I was a boxing beat writer and correspondent for my local newspaper, the Santa Barbara News Press.  Along with doing fight predictions and feature boxing stories, I also was a guest boxing reporter on local radio for all major fights. 

Starting this month and about every other month, I will display the original newspaper articles that I wrote for viewing.  I learned quite a bit in the journalism field back in my younger days that has guided me to be the producer of this website that I am today.

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Crawford Unifies Titles at 140 – Impressive “KO” Over Indongo

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Our mutual friend Rusty Rubin (R.I.P.) was instrumental in connecting Tom to in 2008

Terrance Crawford and Julius Indongo fought to unify all the belts in the 140 pound division with Crawford the heavy favorite.   Indongo may have been the underdog but he did defeat soundly Ricky Burns and knocked out Eduard Troyanovsky to win his share of the titles; so it would not have been out of ordinary for an upset to have occurred.  Crawford goal was to win the titles and then move up to the very crowded, talented 147 pounds but Indongo was the final obstacles and not the easy obstacles many thought going into the fight.

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Hey Harold!

My good friend Harold Lederman of HBO World Championship Boxing kindly provides with his short video clips regarding upcoming fights.

Here’s a look at Miguel Cotto ( 40-5 / 33 by KO) vs.  Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2 / 24 by KO) for the vacant WBO junior middleweight championship, scheduled for 12 rounds – airing on HBO this Saturday, August 26, 2017 from the StubHub Center, Carson, California.  

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Jimmy Barry

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

There is a boxer that nobody ever talks about these days. A boxer who seems to have been lost in the fog of time, but whom I rate as one of the finest to ever come out of Chicago! His name is Jimmy Barry. He was known as “Little Tiger” and this 5-feet-2 Irish kid was as good as they come.

Born on March 7, 1870 he started his professional boxing career in 1891, winning 27 straight without a loss, with 18 of those wins coming by knockout.  On December 5, 1893 he knocked out Jack Levy in 17 rounds to win the “100 pound Championship of America”.

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Orange County, California – Upcoming Fight Card


The Wait is OVER!
Fight Club OC Returns Aug 24th
With Non-Stop Action & Entertainment!

After a wait of over two months, because of the OC Fair’s 2017 run, it is time once again to crank up the mixed martial arts and boxing action for the next Fight Club OC show on Thursday, August 24th in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center.

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Classic Boxing Autographs – FOR SALE!

I was recently approached at regarding the sale of a collection of historically

significant boxing autographs. A collection of this magnitude is seldom seen and seldom, if ever, becomes available for purchase.       

Here’s a complete list of the autographs and their descriptions:

SONNY LISTON (Signature on paper w/his picture and all best wishes from Sonny Liston – World Heavyweight Champion)

MAXIE ROSENBLOOM (Signature in book w/his picture that looks like cut out of a newspaper)

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Lomachenko Impressive – Stops Marriaga

By David Martinez /

On Saturday night at the Micro Theater at LA Live, WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (9-1 / 7 by KO) successfully defended his title in a one-sided seventh round stoppage over Miguel Marriaga (25-3 / 21 by KO) in a match shown live on ESPN.

Lomachenko came out in a stalking mode in the opening rounds with good movement and a right jab from his southpaw stance.

In round three Lomachenko dropped Marriaga with a straight left for the first knockdown in the fight.

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Mikey Garcia vs. Adrien Broner RECAP … Victor Ortiz wins by KO!

By Tom Donelson (BWAA)

Author, Member Boxing Writers Association of America

Mikey Garcia dominated Adrien Broner last Saturday night with a technically sound performance.  Broner is the colorful fighter with the flashing combinations but it is Garcia who simply wins by being workmanlike. From the beginning and throughout the fight, Garcia jabbed his way inside Broner and then landed body shots that scored. From the very beginning, Garcia outworked and out hustled Broner.

Broner had his moment like the eighth round when he started with succession of combinations and over the last three rounds, he landed some big shots but he never landed with any consistency whereas Garcia would simply throw and land punches and as Garcia noted after fight, “I think that I controlled the fight in this early rounds and I kept the activity up … Broner is a great fighter and he has great skills but I was the superior fighter tonight.”

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