Fighting Bob Martin

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Name: Bob Martin
Alias: Fighting Bob Martin
Born: 1897-11-11
Birthplace: Albright, West Virginia, USA
Died: 1980-09-29 (Age:82)
Hometown: Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA
Height: 6′ 2½″   /   189cm
Boxing Record: click

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Fighting Bob Martin had four amateur bouts and three professional bouts. Reported pro bouts are as follows:

Oct 16, 1916 Exh 4 Harry Krohn at Cuyhuga Falls, OH Feb 3, 1917 ND 6 Al Slavin at Akron, OH Feb 26, 1917 KO 2 Ollie Wayne at Akron, OH

Above reported in Illustrated Boxing News, Sep 27, 1919

After the Armistice ending World War I, Martin won the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) Heavyweight Title while serving in France as a member of the U.S. military. He defeated Fay Keiser over ten 2-minute rounds for the AEF Title (April 26, 1919, in Paris, France).

Martin obtained his New York State boxing license on January 20, 1921.

By early 1924 he was banned from boxing in 18 states, due to his increased frailty from injuries he had received in two separate car crashes. These accidents had left him with partial paralysis of his left leg, forcing him to walk with a cane. It is believed that he became a West Virginia state trooper soon afterward.

Martin had nine children and twenty-three grandchildren. He retired to Cumberland, Maryland.

In 1962, before 350 fans at the Sheraton-Mayflower Hotel, Martin was inducted into the Summit County Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.


The Ring: January 1963 issue, page 58: "Bob Martin Honored," by Harold Walsh.