I would like to share my collection of fifty years of boxing as dmboxing.com approaches its fifth year this month. It’s been a pleasure to be able to provide you with boxing information and I would like to thank you for making this website one of your choices in boxing.
David made an appearance recently on DoghouseBoxing.com with another interview. Check it out here:
Adrien Broner / Eloy Perez Marcos Madiana / Devon Alexander
By David Tyler
Boxing expert, David Martinez is paying doghouse boxing another visit. This time to provide expert analysis of this Saturday’s fights on HBO at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
David Tyler : David, I am looking forward to Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark. I believe these are two quality fights. Your thoughts about this fight card?
David Martinez : The fight card will feature two very promising fights. I am impressed that HBO will start this year’s Boxing After Dark fights with four really good boxers.
DT : I like the Adrien Broner/ Eloy Perez match-up. One of these two guys will take a giant leap forward with an impressive victory. Agree?
DM : Certainly I would agree. Adrien Broner has a great opportunity to be one of boxing’s next superstars. Both of these fighters have undefeated records but Eloy Perez has two draws and one no-decision. As I examine the resumes of both fighters…it’s the knockout percentage that gets my attention. Broner has a 22-0 record with 18 knockouts. Perez has seven knockouts in 26 fights. We have discussed this before…on the surface it looks like one fighter has more power than the other guy…maybe that’s true but you really have to take a close look at the opponents and their records.
DT : So I shouldn’t take it for granted that Broner will score a knock out?
DM : Both of these fighters are very good…legitimate top 10 boxers in the Featherweight division. Perez needs to be very careful during the first two or three rounds. Broner brings a lot of raw power to the ring and it’s those early rounds that will dictate if Perez has enough boxing skills to avoid those punches and counter with some shots of his own. This will be a very competitive fight. Continue reading David is Interviewed on DoghouseBoxing.com!→
David was recently interviewed by David Tyler, boxing writer for www.doghouseboxing.com. We’ve been given permission to display that interview here. Enjoy!
David Tyler: David, what qualifies someone as a boxing historian?
David Martinez: Somebody that religiously, daily, every minute of their life, is passionately devoted to the sport of boxing.
DT: How many years have you accumulated using your criteria as a historian?
DM: I have about 52 years. It’s in my life, my DNA, that’s all I do. My house is like a boxing museum.
DT: I noticed that on your website is a posting of your top 12 boxers. In alphabetical order: Muhammad Ali, Henry Armstrong, Roberto Duran, Joe Gans, Harry Greb, Eder Jofre, Jack Johnson, Benny Leonard, Joe Louis, Carlos Monzon, Willie Pep, and Sugar Ray Robinson. How did you decide these were the top 12?
DM: That’s my personal opinion over 52 years. All of these fighters would be ‘all time’ greats. My decisions were easy….let me give you an example from my top Heavyweights also on the website…. people question why I rate Jack Dempsey over Gene Tunney and bring up the fact that Tunney beat Dempsey twice. I simply say this, ‘at the pinnacle of both of their careers, I believe that Dempsey was a better fighter than Tunney.’
DT: James Corbett lost twice to James Jeffries. Why do you rate Corbett higher than Jeffries?
DM: Same logic…I think that at the pinnacle of his career, Corbett was a better fighter than Jeffries. Here’s another example, I think that Joe Frazier was a better fighter than George Foreman at the pinnacle of his career even though Foreman beat him twice. Continue reading David Interviewed by DogHouseBoxing.com→
My personal top choices in boxing for the year 2011 in the major categories
By David Martinez / Boxing Historian
FIGHTER OF THE YEAR: Andre Ward
With two impressive one sided wins against Arthur Abraham ( May 14) and Carl Froch (Dec 17), Ward wins the coveted Super-Six Super Middleweight tournament. He stays undefeated (25-0) and is the regaining WBA / WBC Super Middleweight champion.
Runner Up: Jorge Arce
FIGHT OF THE YEAR: Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz (April 16)
Berto down in round one, Ortiz down in round two and both fighters down in round six … Ortiz wins WBC Welterweight title over previously unbeaten Berto by unanimous 12 round decision in a high energy paced fight.
Runners Up: Akira Yaegashi vs. Pornsawan Porpramook … Luis Concepcion vs. Hernan Marquez
ROUND OF THE YEAR: Alfredo Angulo vs. James Kirkland / Round 1 (November 5)
This fight starts off right from the opening bell in non-stop action. Just thirty seconds into the round Angulo drops Kirkland with a counter right hand , as it appears Kirkland is done, he survives and as the round nears the end he delivers his own punch that drops Angulo – in a round for the ages.
Runners Up: Brandon Rios vs. Urbano Antillon / Round 1… Andre Berto vs. Victor Ortiz / Round 6
How Kermit Cintron was granted a title shot to fight Saul Canelo Alvarez is beyond me, considering in 2010 and 2011 he had lost two of three coming into this fight; but on Saturday night at the Plaza Mexico in Mexico City, this bout took place, and was televised by HBO.
From the opening bell, Canelo was in complete control. In round four Canelo dropped Cintron with a right hand from which Cintron barely made it back to his corner as the bell sounded to end the round. A friend watching the fight with me said that Cintron’s corner never should have let him come out for round five. My only comment to that was that his corner should never have let him come out to this fight to begin with. The predictable end came at 2:53 of the fifth round, when referee Hector Afu stopped the bout with Canelo completely dominating the round and the fight.
Canelo retains his WBC junior middleweight championship and, at this point in his career, certainly needs to step up the competition at 154 pounds. After four rounds, my scorecard was 40-35 or 4 rounds to none in favor of Canelo.
I have met so many wonderful people in boxing over the years. Working with the younger generation at the gym is always a delight for me. As the kids grow up, come and go, and maneuver their way in life, I try to stay in touch. Though with some I seem to lose track, there is one young lady I will always keep in contact with: Desiree D’Alessandro. I have previously posted her on my website and would like to update on her current whereabouts. Desiree graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara this past June 2011 and has relocated to her home town of Tampa, Florida. She accomplished her schooling with a Master of Arts degree and has continued her boxing training with her busy work schedule. Below is a chapter I wrote for her (forthcoming) collective publication regarding her graduate studies and boxing while attending UCSB. I would like to share with you my chapter on UCSB boxing history and my involvement. Desiree and I have stayed in touch on a regular basis even though we live 3,000 miles part. Our maintained true friendship and communication closes the distance.
Boxing from David Martinez / Boxing Historian
My love for boxing started back in the early sixties and has been an integral part of my life for the last fifty years. I have written many boxing articles for various publications and reported for radio and television. I was the former director of the World Boxing Hall of Fame board, have refereed USA Boxing amateur bouts, and was the recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award in boxing. I was inducted in to the California Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007, and I currently devote my time to working with local boxing gyms and maintaining my informative boxing website: dmboxing.com. Continue reading Closing the Distance→
( a former professional boxer and boxing historian )
By the end of WWII, a new era in Los Angeles boxing had taken life. In the eyes of California boxing historians, such as Gabriel “Hap” Navarro, former promoter and matchmaker at the legendary Hollywood Legion Stadium, the post war years thru the 1950’s, are considered the “Golden Era” of Los Angeles boxing.
At the time, L.A. headliners such as Enrique Bolanos, Manuel Ortiz, Art Aragon and dozens more, set box office records at the Olympic Auditorium, Hollywood Legion Stadium and Wrigley Field. In addition, the “City of Angeles” had a number of smaller clubs putting on regular shows, such as Ocean Park in Santa Monica, South Gate Arena and San Bernardino, to name a few.
A couple years after the war, a skinny 12-year-old would get his first taste of boxing from inside the ropes. This would be the birth of a life long journey for young Frank Baltazar, and it would take it’s first breath at the beginning of Los Angeles boxing’s toughest, most competitive era.
Today, six decades later, the skinny kid isn’t quite as skinny, and the thick black hair not quite as dark, as when we first met, however, Frank Baltazar Sr. looks pretty much the same. Frank’s handsome latino features contradict his seventy-plus years.
The first time I saw Frank was in the mid-1960’s, shortly after he’d hung up the gloves, after a sixteen year amateur career. Frank’s education in prizrfighting took place during the sports most glorious period in California, lessons learned in countless gyms, arenas and clubs thruout the Southland. His teachers were hardened “old school” veterans, and he practiced his skills in the ring, trading blows with some of the greats of the era Continue reading Los Angeles Boxing Legends: Frank Baltazar, Sr.→
On a quarterly basis, I always write to thank and acknowledge the many people that make this website the success that it is. My producer, John Boitnott, is simply brilliant in putting my work together to be viewed by our many fans in a positive and professional manner. My other key people who do their part in outstanding fashion are: Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader and Photo Editing), Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader), Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner), Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer), Tom Donelson (Fight Correspondent Writer), Rick Farris (Free Lance Boxing Writer), and Ray Luna (Photographer). Without these people I would literally be a captain of a ship with no crew; their input is valued beyond belief and I am so grateful.
My t-shirt, hat, and tank top girls, who pose wearing my products, add a personal touch as they contribute their beauty and support to this website.
Next month you will see middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and later this year in December you will see Harold Lederman from HBO World Championship Boxing displaying my official “collector’s edition” white website t-shirt.
I would also like to thank my t-shirt suppliers, Garrett and Jose of Isla Vista Screen Printing, for their excellent work, friendship, and personal touch in making these garments. If you are interested in their services, they can be contacted at www.THEIVPS.com or call (805) 845-1333.
I would like to encourage my fan base to take a look at boxing historian Tony Triem’s website. He goes back years further than most boxing website’s that I have seen, with very interesting views. Tony and I have something in common; we both agree that Al Nelson and Hank Kaplin were the foremost boxing historians that we have ever met. Tony’s website address is http://members.cox.net/boxer561/ Continue reading FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez / Boxing Historian→