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"Denver" Ed Martin
(the "Colorado Giant")

BORN   September 10 1881; Denver, Colorado
HEIGHT 6-3 1/2 (Some sources report 6-6)
WEIGHT 203 lbs
MANAGERS H. X. Williams, George Moore, Frank Kelly

Martin was a strong and shifty competitor who carried a  stiff punch but did not possess a tough chin

Among those he defeated during his career were Sam McVea, Bob Armstrong, Frank Childs, John "Sandy" Ferguson, Hank Griffin, Victor McLaglen, Fred Russell, Frank Craig, Walter Johnson, Mike Queenan, "Mexican" Pete Everett and Yank Kenny 

1899
Jun  6 Bob Armstrong              New York, NY                     LK  2
          -Some sources report this bout held 4/05/99
Jul 21 Charley Stevenson          Brooklyn, NY                     TK 14
          -Some sources report 7/24/99
Aug 25 Walter Johnson             Brooklyn, NY                     TK  7

1897-1900
       Mike Queenan                                                KO  2
       Tom King (of Texas)                                         KO  6
       Bob Clayton (of Montana)                                    KO  2
       Tom Carey                                                   KO  2
       Earl Thompson                                               KO  1
       Bud Jackson                                                 KO  3
       "Mexican" Pete Everett                                      KO 14

1900
Jan 27 Klondike (John Haines)     Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Some sources report "LK 6"
Mar 23 Bob Armstrong              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
Jul  7 Frank Scully               Brooklyn, NY                     KO  1
          -Some sources report "Frank Skelly"
Aug 20 Yank Kenny                 Brooklyn, NY                    SCH   
          -This bout was scheduled but not held;
          Kenny refused to fight
Aug 20 Jim Galvin                 Brooklyn, NY                     TK  1
Aug 31 Yank Kenny                 Brooklyn, NY                     KO  1

1901
Jan 14 Gus Ruhlin                 Cincinnati, Oh                   EX  3
May    Gus Ruhlin                 Grand Rapids, Mi                 EX   
Aug 12 Fred Russell               Seattle, Wa                      WF 10
          -Some sources report "W 10" on 8/13/01
Sep 16 Gus Ruhlin                 San Francisco, Ca                EX   
Oct  2 Hank Griffin               Los Angeles, Ca                  KO  7
          -Some sources report 10/03/01
Oct 29 Gus Ruhlin                 San Francisco, Ca                EX   
Nov  2 Gus Ruhlin                 Redwood City, Ca                 EX   
Nov  5 Gus Ruhlin                 San Francisco, Ca                EX   
Nov 15 -Martin worked as a second for Gus Ruhlin (vs. Jim Jeffries) 
          in San Francisco, Ca
Nov    Denis "Ike" Hayes          Butte, MT                        TK  2

1902
Feb 24 Frank Childs               Chicago, Il                       W  6
          -Colored Heavyweight Championship of the World;
          Some sources report 10/25/02;
          Some sources report 1904
Jun 25 John "Sandy" Ferguson      London, Eng                      TK  5
Jul 25 Bob Armstrong              London, Eng                       W 15
Aug 16 Frank Craig                Newcastle, Eng                    W  3
          -Some sources report "TK 3"
Aug 30 Frank Craig                Newcastle, Eng                   KO  4
Dec 10 Bob Armstrong              Philadelphia, Pa                 ND  6
          -Armstrong knocked Martin down 5 times in the 4th round;
          Some sources report this bout held 12/11/02

1903
Feb  3 Jack Johnson               Los Angeles, Ca                   L 20
          -Colored Heavyweight Championship of the World;
          Some sources report 2/05/03
Jun 10 Bob Armstrong              Boston, Ma                       LK  3
Sep 15 Sam McVea                  Los Angeles, Ca                  LK  1

1904
Aug 12 Sam McVea                  Los Angeles, Ca                   W 10
Oct 18 Jack Johnson               Los Angeles, Ca                  LK  2
          -Colored Heavyweight Championship of the World

1906
Jan 25 Sam McVea                  San Diego, Ca                    LK  4

1907
Feb 28 Sam McVea                  Sacramento, Ca                   LK 16

1908
Aug 10 Victor McLaglen            Aberdeen, Wa                     KO  3

1907-1909
       Dr. B.F. Roller                                             EX   

1909
Jan  2 an unnamed opponent        Tacoma, Wa                       TK  3
Jul 16 Ed "Gunboat" Smith         Seattle, Wa                      ND  4
          -Some sources report "ND 6"

1911
Jan 20 Ed Hagen                   Seattle, Wa                      WF  3
          -Some sources report 1/23/11
Feb 22 Ed Hagen                   Everett, Wa                      ND  6 
Dec 14 Jack Leon                  Tacoma, Wa                        W   
          -This was a wrestling match

1912
Jan  1 Jack Leon                  Tacoma, Wa                      SCH   
          -This wrestling match was held; The outcome is not known
Apr 29 Emil Schock                Tacoma, Wa                      SCH   
          -This wrestling match was held; The outcome is not known
       an unnamed opponent        in Washington                     D  4
 
1913
Jul  3 Ed Hagen                   Centralia, Wa                     D  6 

1914
Mar  7 Tom Cowler                 Steveston, BC, Can               LK  2

1913-1915
          -Martin was the boxing instructor at a club in
          Seattle, Wa where he resided

1917-1920
          -Martin was a referee for both the Portland, Or
          and Milwaukie, Or boxing commissions

1921
Sep  7 Young Hector               Milwaukie, Ot                    KO  2 
Sep 21 "Tiny" Jim Herman          Milwaukie, Or                    KO  4 
Oct 19 Ray Smith                  Milwaukie, Or                    KO  3 
Nov 18 Harry Wills                Milwaukie, Or                    LK  1 
          -Some sources report "Portland, Or"

Undated (late 1920s)
          -Martin was trainer for "Young" George Dixon
          and other fighters in Portland, Or


*** Some Data Was Provided By Kevin Smith ***

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Record courtesy of Tracy Callis, Historian, International Boxing Research Organization
 
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