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Gasper “El Indio” Ortega


By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

I have been truly blessed and fortunate to have met the greatest of the greats in boxing since my involvement in the sport that started back in 1961 스플린터셀 다운로드.

Sugar Ray Robinson tops my list of the many, but I have to say that one of the nicest boxers I have had the pleasure to meet was certainly top welterweight contender Gasper Ortega 다운로드.

He had an amazing 44 fights televised nationally (great exposure in those days), and I remember as a young boy watching him many times on our black and white television set with my father in our living room 록맨9.

I remember seeing him enter the ring wearing an Indian head dress, as he was half Native American and half Mexican.

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Mario D’Agata

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

There have been many handicaps to boxers in the ring – one eye, broken nose, severe cuts, ankle sprain, etc, but I must say the most debilitating handicaps has to be a deaf mute  리모콘 어플.

Mario D’Agata, an Italian professional boxer, was the first and only world champion to be just that.

D’Agata was born on May 29, 1926 in Arezzo, Italy  영어책 다운로드. As a child he grew up with his disability, and was a prime target for teasing and taunting.  He would resort to prove himself by turning to street fighting to demonstrate his equality  7공주 mp3 다운로드.

At a young age his parents moved him from Tuscany to Rome seeking help from doctors for a cure. It was there that he saw a boxing poster hanging outside a gym  유안타증권 다운로드. He peeked into the gym and was drawn to amazement of the boxers at that moment watching them train with such grace and perfection.

At the age of 20 years old he began to fight in amateur bouts, and recorded 90 wins in his 110 bouts  다운로드.

D’Agata turned pro on October 14, 1950. After assembling a ring record of 22 wins, 3 losses, 2 draws, on September 26, 1953 he would win the Italian Bantamweight title over Gianni Zuddas.

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Jimmy Barry

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

There is a boxer that nobody ever talks about these days 우주좀비 다운로드. 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  ggpo.

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” 레인맨.

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40th Anniversary – FIGHT OF THE CENTURY

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian

As we approach this week in boxing, something that will forever live in the sport happened forty years ago: Muhammad Ali vs  e스토어. Joe Frazier – the FIGHT OF THE CENTURY. On March 8, 1971, the boxing world saw the most eagerly anticipated championship fight that I have ever been involved with in my fifty years in boxing 스미싱 다운로드.

The fight itself exceeded even its own promotional hype between two fighters unbeaten and having contrasting styles. They both had legitimate claims to the heavyweight title, Ali as lineal champion (31-0 / 25 by KO) and Frazier as the undisputed heavyweight champion (26-0 / 23 by KO)  kt biz say download. The guaranteed purses were 2.5 million dollars to each, then a record for a single prize fight.

I will always remember where I was on that Monday night, watching on closed circuit, at the historic Granada Theater, Santa Barbara, California  윈도우10 홈 다운로드.

The fight took place at Madison Square Garden, New York City, with a star studded audience. The ringside commentators were Don Dunphy and Archie Moore, and my late friend Arthur Mercante served as the referee 다운로드.

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Boxing – New Mexico

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

As my parents and many family members (uncles, aunts, and cousins) are from New Mexico, I have had people ask me which boxers are my favorites, or the best fighters, from that state 국내 지도.

As I rate them, my top three are Bob Foster, Johnny Tapia, and Art Aragon.

Also, Danny Romero and Austin Trout are the honorable mention picks that round out my top five; and I have certainly been blessed to have met them all 자기 소개서 양식 다운로드.


Ring Record: 56-8-1 / 46 by KO

Known as the Albuquerque, “Deputy Sheriff”, he was one of the greatest light heavyweight champions in boxing history 최고의 선물 다운로드. WBA / WBC world champion from 1968 to 1974.

Inducted into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame in 1983, the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1984 and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 1990 유튜브 mkv 다운로드.

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Remembering Three Icons of Boxing

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

In the past sixty-three years, starting in January 1961 when my taste and passion for boxing was ignited, I have met many boxers and other interesting people 레지던트 이블 파멸의 날.

There were three that intrigued me with their amazing knowledge of the history of the sport, and we became great friends whom I will never forget Ms office access download. They were (R.I.P.) Al Nelson, Don Fraser and Harold Lederman.


Al was curator of the Jeffries Museum Barn located at Knott’s Berry Farm 스토브리그 8회 다운로드. I came to know him through my friend, Gary Ballin, in the late 1960’s. Nelson was a living icon and boxing historian from the turn of the 20th Century in the Jim Jeffries, Jack Johnson, and Bob Fitzsimmons era ubuntu 16.04 lts. I would take it upon myself to make many visits, driving the 200 plus round-trip miles from my Santa Barbara home to visit him in Buena Park, California 공장초기화. He was certainly a wealth of boxing history, and I treasured the times with him and the education he gave me from his life experiences.

I remember a few highlights from our talks. He stated that Bob Fitzsimmons was the hardest puncher of his time, that Jim Corbett was a complete master in the ring and, although Jim Jeffries was his favorite, Jack Johnson at his prime was the best of the heavyweights.

Just before he passed away, Al gave me photos and booklets; but the greatest gift, besides his friendship, was an original cigar box cover circa 1900 with the image of undefeated heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries on it.

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Jack Dempsey Museum / Memory … REVISITED


Last month on October 9th, I published my article piece regarding the Jack Dempsey Museum – Memory 다운로드.

I was actually amazed how it attracted many, sharing my wonderful experience traveling to Manassa, Colorado in August of 1975 남이될수있을까 mp3. I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for those that responded to their liking.

For anyone that have might of missed it, and would like, the complete article and actual photos taken on that such memorable day 48 years ago, it can be viewed by clicking onto either Heavyweights or History in the Categories section on this website 카카오톡 api 다운로드.

I’m delighted to also share a few more photos from my personal Jack Dempsey collection!


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Jack Dempsey Museum, Manassa, Colorado / MEMORY

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

It was in August 1975, when traveling back to visit my relatives in various locations in the state of New Mexico, I ventured north for an unbelievable experience, a visit the birthplace of Jack Dempsey, Manassa, which is located in the southern part of Colorado, in the “San Luis” Valley 존 윅 3 다운로드.

Upon my arrival, I located a log cabin style house in the middle of town, that was actually moved to this city park location in July 1966, and was refurbished in honor of Jack Dempsey 윈도우 8.1 업데이트 수동 다운로드. The interior walls were lined with photos and mementos of Dempsey’s brilliant career.

The Curator there was so wonderfully nice and was amazed at my focus and interest, that he thinking I lived nearby, offered me a job there as a tour guide 다운로드. Then he did something that was truly amazing, removing the actual gloves from a display case that Dempsey wore in the Luis Angel Firpo fight (September 14, 1923) so I could wear them while posing for a picture 300 2 downloads.

Unfortunately, I had a misfortune happen regarding these photos 자기소개서 ppt 다운로드. In November 1983, while moving from my old house to my new house, it started to rain that day and the water got into the U-Haul trailer we

were towing and into my nicely framed photos. I cried and was so upset and disappointed beyond belief. The photo of me wearing those gloves was the one most damaged.

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Shorty Padilla – Not To Be Forgotten

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By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

As a young boy back in the early 1960’s, I met an older man who intrigued me 다운로드. He would come in to get his haircuts at my father’s barber shop – his name was Tim Cobos.

He knew boxing very well from his era which started in the 1920’s 매치포인트. I never forgot that he told me the three greatest boxers he had ever seen (I can’t remember the order) were Benny Leonard, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Joe Louis 다운로드. Those were his greatest, but his favorite was a local Santa Barbara, California boxer, Albert Lopez Padilla, who was nicknamed Shorty.

Tim knew Shorty personally and attended many of his fights from 1946 to 1949. Shorty fought at such Southern California venues as the historic Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium, Santa Monica Ocean Park Arena, San Diego Coliseum, San Bernardino Arena, Whittier Arena / Pico Rivera, and the Mission Arena in Santa Barbara.

Shorty was born in Pueblo, Colorado, on May 19, 1925, the youngest of four brothers and one sister. His family migrated from city to city to earn a living. They settled in Brawley for a time and in 1928 made their home in Goleta, California, a small community north of Santa Barbara.

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Jose Manuel Urtain vs. Jurgen Blin / Fight and Memory

By David Martinez / Boxing Historian /

Back in the mid-seventies, I met a wonderful older man, Emil DeLoreto, who at the time had been following my boxing articles when I was a boxing beat writer for my local newspaper, the Santa Barbara News Press 라이노 맥용 다운로드. Emil was much older than I, born in 1910, and he witnessed some of the great boxers in his days and would tell me about many of the fights that he attended npm 패키지.

One fight in particular was on June 20, 1970, in Barcelona, Spain, between Jose Manuel Urtain and Jurgen Blin.

The bout was a scheduled 15 round European Boxing Union (EBU) heavyweight championship fight, with Urtain defending his title that he won in April 1970 by knocking out West Germany’s Peter Weiland.  Coming into the fight, Urtain was undefeated with 28 straight wins and all 28 by knockout. Blin, however, would certainly be Urtain’s toughest opponent 다운로드.

As Emil described the fight, Urtain started fast and took the early lead with a constant barrage of hard punches 다운로드. Blin came into his own having a huge round 8, hurting Urtain and nearly knocking him out, as the German was looking strong.

Round 10 was exciting, as both fighters went down for counts of eight 다운로드. Urtain went down first by a smashing right hand punch to the jaw. Then it was Blin that dropped to the canvas as Urtain delivered a left and then a right cross to the head.

They both fought hard, with blood streaming down their faces as the bout ended, going the full 15 round distance.

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