Davey, Martinez to Meet Tonight: Vince is Favored in Stadium Scrap, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-26


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Davey, Martinez to Meet Tonight Vince Is Favored In Stadium Scrap TV Ten-Rounder Important To Future of Both Welters; Luther Rowlings vs. Brown The turning point in the careers of two of the nations most popular and talked-about welterweights is at hand in Chicago Stadium tonight when Chuck Davey and Vince Martinez meet in a 10-round bout. Martinez will rule favorite in the bout which will be televised at 9:00 CDT.j For Davey, the Martinez battle could make or break his chance, at a gate in Los Angeles which is expected to surpass 00,-000. That is his return match with Art Aragon, scheduled for July 1 in Wrigley Field. However, a loss to Martinez would be a knockout blow to any 00,000 gate. But Davey is so confident he can beat Martinez that he turned down a 5,000 guarantee for that fight and took a percentage, knowing beforehand that he would have to beat Vince to insure surpassing the guarantee. Martinez stakes his chance for a welterweight title shot on this fight. A victory over Davey, who holds wins over No. 1 contender, Carmen Basilio, and Chico Vejar, could insure Vince a title shot with Gavilan. In fact, his manager, Bill Daly, says that "he will be out for a shot at Gavilan "after we knock Davey out." Daly, manager of such former greats as Lee Savold, Fitzie Pruden and James J. Parker, is from the old school that feels a big guarantee to Gavilan would be enough of a lure to get the Kid in the ring. "Im willing to put up 00,000 for Vince to fight him," Daly says. Both Modern Type Fighters Both Martinez and Davey are the modern type fighter. Nofronly have they been built Tip with numerous television appearances, but they are industrious, hardworking boys who hope to make a future outside the ring. Davey once hoped to be a school teacher and holds a masters degree in education. He has since switched plans to become a radio-TV announcer. Martinez is a draftsman in an Eastern defense plant and also plays the trumpet. "I "would like to go into show business when I retire from boxing," Vince explains. Thus, two boys from the modern school of boxing meet in a fight that could he the most important non-title scrap of the year what with its many repercussions. Martinez has a record of 26 wins, three losses and 20 knockouts to his credit. He has knocked out such sluggers as Rocky Casillo, -Ronnie Harper, Tony Pellone and Don Williams. Although Davvey has 26 KOs to his credit in comparison to Martinez 20, the latter is considered more of a slugger. He has scored five knockouts in his last nine fights, while Davey lias knocked out only three men in his last 11 fights. Davey holds victories over Basilio, Vejar, Pruden, Ike Williams, Rocky Graziano and Gerald Dreyer. Luther Rawlings and Johnny Brown, both of Chicago, will meet in a 10-rounder -as an added attraction. The bout is the first of an elimination tourney to pick a state welterweight champ. Tonights card: Davey vs. Martinez, 10 rounds, 150 pounds. Rawlings vs. Brown, 10 rounds, 147 pounds. Gage vs. Thomas, six rounds, heavyweights. Adkins vs. Betts, six rounds, 140 pounds. Sarlo vs. Bartolomeo, four rounds, 150 pounds.

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