Denver Ed Martin
Global ID39956
birthdate 1881-09-10
height6′ 3½″   /   192cm
reach82″   /   208cm
aliasColorado Giant
country USA
residencePortland, Oregon, USA
birth placeDenver, Colorado, USA
won 23 (KO 17) + lost 9 (KO 8) + drawn 3 = 36
rounds boxed 191
Newspaper Decisions won 4 : lost : drawn 1
rounds boxed 28
Total Bouts 41 KO% 41.46

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dateopponentW-L-Dlast 6location
1921-11-18Harry Wills50-5-2
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USALKO110
time: 2:05
Wills defends his World 'colored' heavyweight title claim. Martin was down six times
1921-10-19Sgt. Ray Smith9-9-0
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USAWKO310
In the second round Martin had Smith down for a nine count, then was sent down himself for nine.
1921-09-21Tiny Jim Herman15-4-7
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USAWKO410
Herman was dropped in a delay reaction in a clinch after a right hand hit him in the solarplexus. His head hit the ringpost, but he was up immeadiately. He was knocked down again shortly thereafter, and Martin hit him as he was rising from the knockdown. This time he stayed down for the count.
1921-09-07Young Hector17-9-4
Arena, Milwaukie, Oregon, USAWKO210
1914-03-07Tom Cowler26-3-1
Steveston, British Columbia, CanadaLKO215
1913-07-03Ed Hagen6-4-0
Armory, Centralia, Washington, USADPTS66
referee: Biddy Bishop
This was "the fastest contest between big men ever seen in the state." Martin reportedly is managed by A. B. Duncan. Bishop is the referee for all bouts on this card. Two unidentified 125-pounders opened the show. Tacoma Daily News
1912-03-03White Hope
Washington, USADPTS44
This secretive bout was held in an "adjoining county." (Adjoining Pierce County. Prize-fighting was illegal in most parts of the state.) Martin's opponent refused to divulge his name, and thus was christianed the "White Hope" by the Tacoma Daily News. They boxed this Sunday bout on the turf with no ring.
1911-11-29Tommy Ryan84-2-11
Armory, Portland, Oregon, USAWNWS66
Ryan was described as the former Middleweight champion in the Portland Oregonian. Newspaper decision from Portland Oregonian
1911-02-22Ed Hagen1-3-0
Elks Club, Everett, Washington, USANCND66
1911-01-20Ed Hagen1-2-0
Empire Theatre, Seattle, Washington, USAWDQ34
Hagen repeatedly bunted Martin. Seattle Star
1909-07-16Gunboat Smith3-0-0
Arena, Seattle, Washington, USAWNWS44
Seattle Daily Times. This was a preliminary to a wrestling show. Smith, from the nearby navy yard, was "hailed as champion of the navy." Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Smith earned $20.00 and was absent without leave for this bout. He was gone a week before the Navy caught up to him, he was later quoted as saying. He served 10 days in the brig and lost three months' wages. March 28, 1913 Tacoma Daily News. (The July 16, 1909 Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported he had over-stayed his leave by only ten minutes before he was arrested.)
1909-01-19Dr B F Roller
Seattle Theater, Seattle, Washington, USADPTS66
January 11, 1909 Ogden Standard talks of a recent bout between these two. This could be a second bout, although more likely it confused one of their sparrings for a real match. Roller had been sparring with Martin for several weeks prior to this bout.
1909-01-02Cupid Smith
Pastime A.C., Tacoma, Washington, USAWTKO3
A "poorly managed" affair. This boxing show was called off and the admission fee returned to the few who attended. The popular Rowan brothers had been billed, but people in the know knew the "silent" brothers were scheduled to box in Port Townsend this evening. Also, Promoter J. B. Lavigne claimed to be Kid Lavigne's brother, but the potential audience knew this to be false, too. "This little misrepresentation injured the smoker considerably." However, the ring erected in the club caused those few in attendance to desire to see some sort of boxing. So they gathered together a purse totaling $21.00, for which the boxers agreed to fight. Smith quit. Tacoma Daily News.
1908-08-10Victor McLaglen3-0-0
Grand Theater, Aberdeen, Washington, USAWKO320
referee: Jim Arnold
After this bout ended, a local judge handed Martin a card, requesting that the boxer come see him the following day. Martin did as requested, out of curiosity. The judge told Martin that people in Aberdeen admired clean and honest boxers such as Martin was, and immediately had him fitted for a $50.00 suit of clothes -- paid by the jurist, which was soon-after shipped to Martin. Meanwhile, the referee of this bout, "Honest" Jim Arnold, a boxer himself, who had been training for a comeback, reportedly broke a blood vessel during or soon after this bout, and died Sept. 15 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Tacoma Daily News
1907-11-02Spike Kennedy
Coffroth's Arena, San Francisco, California, USAWTKO610
referee: Billy Roche
1907-02-28Sam McVea11-4-0
Sacramento, California, USALKO1620
1906-01-25Sam McVea8-4-0
San Diego, California, USALKO420
Martin down twice in the first round.
1904-11-01Frank Childs41-8-7
Exact date and location unknown.
1904-10-18Jack Johnson18-3-6
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USALKO220
Johnson defends world 'colored' heavyweight title.
"..Manager McCarey of the Century Athletic Club announced that he would offer a $15,000 guarantee for a match between Jeffries and Johnson..."

1904-08-12Sam McVea8-3-0
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWPTS1010
1903-09-15Sam McVea7-1-0
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USALKO1
time: 2:37
1903-06-10Bob Armstrong14-9-5
Tammany A.C., Boston, Massachusetts, USALKO312
referee: Dan Donnelly
1903-02-05Jack Johnson10-3-6
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USALPTS2020
referee: Harry Stuart
Johnson wins world 'colored' heavyweight title.
Johnson had Martin down 4 times in the 11th round, but couldn't finish him.

1902-12-11Bob Armstrong14-9-5
Pennsylvania A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
Martin defended the world 'colored' heavyweight title" The bout was fast from the start and both men narrowly escaped a knockout. The bell saved Armstrong in the third and fifth and Martin was floored six times in the fourth. Source: Philadelphia Item. The fight was held on December 11. No other results were reported.
1902-08-30Frank Craig40-20-3
Ginnetts Circus, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United KingdomWKO420x3
Martin defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
1902-08-16Frank Craig40-19-3
Ginnetts Circus, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United KingdomWTKO320x3
Martin defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
1902-07-25Bob Armstrong14-8-5
Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London, United KingdomWPTS1515x3
referee: Tom Scott
Martin defends world 'colored' heavyweight title
"Martin proved the cleverer and never gave his opponent a chance, being declared an easy winner on points at the close of the fifteenth round; Martin, it is announced, will challenge the winner of the Jeffries-Fitzsimmons fight in San Francsico." (Associated Press)
Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Saturday 26 July 1902

1902-06-25Sandy Ferguson18-4-8
National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London, United KingdomWTKO515x3
Ferguson was sent to the canvas four times in the fifth round before the referee decided he'd had enough.
BBBC Boxing Yearbook 2006

1902-02-24Frank Childs37-4-7
American A.C., Chicago, Illinois, USAWPTS66
Martin wins world 'colored' heavyweight title
1901-10-02Hank Griffin20-2-6
Hazard's Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, USAWKO720
1901-08-12Fred Russell12-6-2
Grand Opera House, Seattle, Washington, USAWDQ1020
referee: W. Curran
Martin had the better of almost every round despite Russell's roughhouse tactics, and dropped the latter for a count in the tenth. Russell dragged himself up on Martin and drove his knee into Martin's groin.
1901-07-17Denis Ike Hayes12-14-2
Opera House, Butte, Montana, USAWTKO24
Hayes not out for round 3
1900-08-31Yank Kenny9-8-1
Hercules A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO125
time: 1:30
After a wild exchange both swung for the head but Martin's blow got there first.
1900-08-20Jim Galvin
Hercules A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO125
Galvin susbsituted for Yank Kenny, who claimed the club failed to provide him with properly fitting gloves
1900-07-07Frank Skelley
Sampson A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWKO110
referee: J.J. Gabig
1900-03-23Bob Armstrong14-8-5
Industrial Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USADNWS66
The Philadelphia Item reported this to be a slow draw.
1900-01-27Klondike Haynes11-4-0
Nonpareil A.C., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USAWNWS66
This was Klondike's first fight in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Item reported that Martin beat him by a good margin.
1899-11-01Denis Ike Hayes11-10-1
Butte, Montana, USAWKO2
Source Matt Donnellson The Irish Champion Peter Maher
1899-08-25Walter Johnson4-2-4
Broadway A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO720
referee: Johnny White
1899-07-24Charley Stevenson12-3-0
Coney Island A.C., Brooklyn, New York, USAWTKO1415
time: 2:41
Referee Edwards of Yonkers stopped contest.[NY Sun]
1899-06-06Bob Armstrong11-7-5
Lenox A.C., New York, New York, USALKO220
time: 2:00


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