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Leotis Martin boxer

Leotis Martin image
Status inactive
Age 56
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 0½″/184cm
Reach 76″/193cm
Debut 1962-01-26
Born 1939-03-10
Death 1995-11-20
Nationality USA
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
bouts
36
won
31
lost
5
draw
0
bouts
36
won
31
lost
5
draw
0
Status inactive
Age 56
Division heavyweight
Height 6′ 0½″/184cm
Reach 76″/193cm
Debut 1962-01-26
Born 1939-03-10
Death 1995-11-20
Nationality USA
Residence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Martin was the 1960 Chicago and Intercity Golden Gloves 160-pound champion and the 1961 160-pound Intercity Golden Gloves Champion (alternate). He also was the United States National AAU 165-pound champion in 1960 and 1961.From February 1964, when Martin fought on the Liston-Clay world heavyweight championship fight undercard, to June 1967, Martin fought 15 times without suffering a defeat. This winning streak qualified him for the WBA heavyweight elimination championship series, after the organization had stripped Muhammad Ali of its world heavyweight crown when he refused induction into the United States Army. But even this win streak was laced with hard luck, On May 10, 1965, he faced Sonny Banks, then one of only two fighters to have knocked Muhammad Ali down for a count. Martin scored a ninth-round knockout over Banks. Martin's jubilation was short lived. Banks never recovered from the blows he received during the fight and died from his injuries.

Martin was the 1960 Chicago and Intercity Golden Gloves 160-pound champion and the 1961 160-pound Intercity Golden Gloves Champion (alternate). He also was the United States National AAU 165-pound champion in 1960 and 1961.From February 1964, when Martin fought on the Liston-Clay world heavyweight championship fight undercard, to June 1967, Martin fought 15 times without suffering a defeat. This winning streak qualified him for the WBA heavyweight elimination championship series, after the organization had stripped Muhammad Ali of its world heavyweight crown when he refused induction into the United States Army. But even this win streak was laced with hard luck, On May 10, 1965, he faced Sonny Banks, then one of only two fighters to have knocked Muhammad Ali down for a count. Martin scored a ninth-round knockout over Banks. Martin's jubilation was short lived. Banks never recovered from the blows he received during the fight and died from his injuries.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Dec. 6, 1969 Sonny Liston WWWWWW International Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas vacant NABF Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Nov. 18, 1969 Roger Russell DLLLLL Spectrum, Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 28, 1969 Wendell Newton LWWWLW Blue Horizon, Philadelphia WIN
KO
Feb. 26, 1969 Alvin Blue Lewis WWWWWL Olympia Stadium, Detroit WIN
Split-decision
Nov. 26, 1968 Alvin Blue Lewis LWWWWW Olympia Stadium, Detroit WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 7, 1968 Oscar Bonavena LWWWWW Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires LOSS
Unanimous decision
May 28, 1968 Thad Spencer WLWWWL Royal Albert Hall, Kensington WIN
Technical knockout
April 27, 1968 Henry Clark WWWWWW Coliseum Arena, Oakland LOSS
Majority decision
April 5, 1968 Karl Mildenberger LWWWLW Festhalle, Frankfurt WIN
KO
Nov. 27, 1967 Roger Russell WWWLWW Arena, Philadelphia LOSS
Split-decision
Aug. 5, 1967 Jimmy Ellis WWWWWW Astrodome, Houston LOSS
Technical knockout
June 6, 1967 Billy Daniels LLDDLW Sports Arena, Toledo WIN
Unanimous decision
May 29, 1967 Lee Carr LLLLWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO
May 6, 1967 Ulric Regis WLWLWL Port-of-Spain WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 26, 1967 Remington Dyantyi WLWWWD Baltiska Hallen, Malmo WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 3, 1967 Mariano Echevarria WWWWDL Gothenburg WIN
Corner retirement
Dec. 22, 1966 Roberto Davila LWWWLW Lima WIN
Points
Dec. 5, 1966 Amos Johnson WWWLLL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO
Dec. 6, 1965 Von Clay LLLLWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Points
Oct. 14, 1965 Curtis Bruce LWWWLL Hotel Philadelphia Auditorium, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
May 10, 1965 Sonny Banks WWLWWL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO
April 19, 1965 Don Warner DLLLLL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
KO
March 29, 1965 Earl Battles LWLWWL Philadelphia A.C., Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 22, 1965 Dave Bailey WLDLLL Philadelphia A.C., Philadelphia WIN
Unanimous decision
April 20, 1964 Dave Russell LLLLLL Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Points
Feb. 25, 1964 Allan Harmon WLDLLW Convention Center, Miami Beach WIN
Points
Sept. 30, 1963 Floyd McCoy LWWWDW Arena, Philadelphia LOSS
KO
July 22, 1963 Billy Johnson WLWL Convention Center, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
June 24, 1963 Johnny Alford LLLWLL Convention Hall, Philadelphia WIN
Points
May 6, 1963 Frank Davis LW Cambria A.C., Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
April 13, 1963 Monte McCoy WLWW Arena, Philadelphia WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 25, 1963 Buddy Moore LWLLW Cambria A.C., Philadelphia WIN
Points
Dec. 18, 1962 Joe Washington WWWWLL American Legion Arena, Reading WIN
Points
May 21, 1962 German Hernandez Alhambra A.C., Philadelphia WIN
KO
April 23, 1962 Bob Rutherford WW Alhambra A.C., Philadelphia WIN
KO
Jan. 26, 1962 Bobby Warthen WWW Kenwick Terrace, Sarnia WIN
Split-decision