FROM THE DESK OF: David Martinez

(Spring 2024 Edition)

The Spring season is officially now upon us and as I respectfully do on a quarterly basis, I want to say thank you to a small team of people that truly help make the success that it has been since the first publication on July 15, 2007. I would like to acknowledge these people, who are: Bob Quackenbush (Proof Reader / Photo Editing); Tom Donelson (Member Boxing Writers of America / BWAA); Kathy Kraft (Proof Reader); and Steve Corbo (Boxing Writer / Proof Reader) 검은사막.

There were three other people who are no longer with us (R.I.P.) that were so instrumental in their contributing to this website that I must mention and never forget them. They are: Rusty Rubin (In Rusty’s Corner / Glove2Glove); Harold Lederman (HBO World Championship Boxing / Hey Harold!); and Jim Amato (Senior Boxing Writer / Boxing Historian) 더 쉬프트 5 다운로드.

As seen in this edition, my official website hat is displayed. It is blue in color with embroidered logo on front, and website address on back. It has an adjustable Velcro strap to fit all sizes. To purchase this attractive product, kindly send $19.95 to:  David Martinez Boxing, 810 Coronel Street, Santa Barbara, California 93109 – AND – the price includes FREE shipping to all USA mailing zones 똥파리 다운로드.

Boxing has been a way of life for me, living it since 1961, and it is a complete honor to bring everyone my boxing world in honesty and with credibility being my intent. I welcome all input and comments and appreciate your support which simply fuels me to be the best that I can be to serve everybody. Be sure to mark your calendar for some upcoming major fights on the horizon:

(NOTE – listed bouts subject to change or cancellation)

April 20 / Devin Haney (31-0 / 15 by KO) vs 다운로드. Ryan Garcia (24-1 / 20 by KO)

May 4 / Canelo Alvarez (60-2-2 / 39 by KO) vs. Jaime Munguia (43-0 / 34 by KO)

May 6 / Naoya Inoue (26-0 / 23 by KO) vs. Luis Nery (35-1 / 27 by KO)

May 11 / Vasyl Lomachenko (17-3 / 11 by KO) vs. George Kambosos (21-2 / 10 by KO)

May 18 / Tyson Fury (34-0-1 / 24 by KO) vs 메탈슬러그 시리즈. Oleksandr Usyk (21-0 / 14 by KO)

May 25 / Josh Taylor (19-1 / 13 by KO) vs. Jack Catterall (28-1 / 13 by KO)

June 1 / Artur Beterbiev (20-0 / 20 by KO) vs. Dmitry Bivol (22-0 / 11 by KO)

June 22 / David Benavidez (28-0 / 24 by KO) vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk (20-1 / 16 by KO)

June 22 / Gervonta Davis (29-0 / 27 by KO vs. Frank Martin (18-0 / 12 by KO)

There are many who have contacted me with certain questions and offered their personal opinions, which I truly respect. Here I share five (5) questions that have been brought to my attention, with my answer in response to each:

#1 – Do you have any regrets that come to mind regarding your life in boxing?

ANSWER – Yes. The fact is that I have attended many great boxing venues to see fights live (to name a few – Olympic Auditorium, Santa Monica Civic, Inglewood Forum, Valley Music Center, Reseda Country Club, Los Angeles Sports Arena, LA Memorial Coliseum). However, the one venue that eluded me because I was too young was the Hollywood Legion Stadium, which closed down their boxing and wrestling shows in 1959.

#2 – Which was the first professional fight that you attended in person?

ANSWER – Prior to my birthday week, my uncle Peter treated me on Thursday, June 15, 1961, to the Danny Valdez vs. Tony Herrera fight for vacant USA California State Featherweight title, with Joey Olmos refereeing. Note: the next night, we attended wrestling matches (Freddie Blassie headlining) at the same venue – the historic Olympic Auditorium.

#3 – In a recent article piece, you stated your parents, uncles, aunts, and cousins were from New Mexico; were you also born there?

ANSWER – No. My parents migrated out west in the late 1940’s, and ended up in Santa Barbara, California, where I was born at Cottage Hospital.

#4 – You mentioned that there were three (3) boxers who, when you first saw them fight in person, completely mesmerized you; they were Harold Johnson, Hedgemon Lewis, and Michael Nunn. Who would you add to that list without hesitation?

ANSWER – Alexis Arguello, Jose Napoles, and Ruben Olivares.

#5 – Did you ever see Manuel Ortiz fight? What are your thoughts on how great he was, and why don’t you have him on your list of greatest Mexican-Born boxers?

ANSWER – I did not see Ortiz fight. My late uncles did and said he was one of the best boxers that they ever saw. I rank him in my top 10 bantamweights of all time and he wasn’t born in Mexico, but in Corona, California, USA. An interesting side note on Ortiz that is impressive… in a professional career of 131 fights spanning over 17 years, he was only stopped once.

It has It has been brought to my attention that the date and new location has been officially set for the Paul Banke BOXFAM  6th Annual Family BBQ. It will be on Saturday, August 3, 2024 at Memorial Park Azusa, 320 N. Orange Ave, Azusa, CA 91702.

The invitation extends for everyone to come enjoy this gathering of an amazing boxing family. It’s “pot luck” at the park – start time is 10am.  I attended last year and it was simply a fantastic, full day with excellent food, lots of vendors, and excellent conversations with many boxing greats. Hope to see you there this year!

My top 10 list of the of the greatest boxers of all time (in order) at the single height, peak, prime, pinnacle of their of careers, regardless who beat whom or who beat them, is Sugar Ray Robinson, Benny Leonard, Henry Armstrong, Willie Pep, Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Harry Greb, Roberto Duran, Joe Gans, and Sam Langford.

In closing, thanks to everyone for giving me the opportunity to share with you. It is my pleasure and much appreciated!

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  1. I knew Harold and Jim the best. I was introduced to Rusty through your old articles. RIP all. Great fights in store!

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