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Ring Record - Johnny Martino  

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JOHNNY MARTINO
1-7 / 0 KO
 YEAR DATE OPPONENT RESULT SITE VENUE RELICS
 1971 Oct. 21 Robert Ziegler (4 rds) W4 Philadelphia Blue Horizon  
 1972 Apr. 12 Nikita Tarhocker (4 rds) KO'd 3 Norristown, PA    
 1973 Oct. 22 Tyrone Taylor (4 rds) TKO'd 1 Philadelphia Spectrum  
 1974 May 22 Kid Samson (4 rds) KO'd 1 Philadelphia Spectrum  
 1975 Inactive Inactive -- -- --  
 1976 Inactive Inactive -- -- --  
 1977 Nov. 30 Reggie Jones (8 rds) L8 Newark, NJ Branch Brook Ice  
          Arena  
 1978 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1979 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1980 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1981 Jan. 22 Rusty Rosenberger (8 rd) KO'd 2 Totowa, NJ Ice World  
  Dec. 11 Sterling Quick (4 rds) KO'd 1 Philadelphia Arena  
 1982 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1983 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1984 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1985 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1986 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1987 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1988 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1989 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1990 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1991 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1992 Inactive -- -- -- --  
 1993 May 11 Henry Milligan (6 rds) KO'd 1 Philadelphia Blue Horizon  
             
 


Sometimes with club fighters like Martino, their official boxing records do not tell the entire story. Often these warriors are victims of  the clash between their own big dreams and the realities of the boxing business.

Guys like Martino usually do not have anyone looking out for them, resulting in their being over-matched and used on short notice. This certainly was the case with Johnny. Although he was not in the same class as the greats of Philadelphia history, he probably was a lot better than his pro record shows. 

In the gym, Martino faced a "who's who" of fine Philly fighters and visitors during his on-again / off-again boxing career. He sparred with Charles Brewer, Mike Rossman, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Buster Drayton, Tyrone Everett, Mike Everett, Don Fullmer, Kitten Hayward, Alfonso Hayman, Benny Amparo, Carlos Salinas, and Bobby 'Boogaloo' Watts. Although these were not official bouts by any means, guys like Johnny Martino want everyone to know that they were in the ring and held their own with such good opponents.

Club fighters are usually haunted by thoughts of what could have been if they just had a little more luck, ability, and opportunity.  And one can be certain that these guys would give anything to have just one more chance in the ring. 
 

 
           
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