REFEREE MARTY DENKIN ON “WALL OF FAME”

HALL OF FAME REFEREE A “GO TO” GUY

Father & Son Referees David and Marty Denkin

Father & Son Referees David & Marty Denkin


San Francisco, CA– When it comes to West Covina, CA, if you have a pot hole in your street, a street light that flickers at night, a howling dog at 4 AM, don’t call the Police or City Council. If you want something done, call the great facilitator Marty Denkin.

NOT TO MANY PLACES DENKIN HASN’T BEEN

Boxing referee and now judge Denkin has been to just about every country in the world that has boxing as either a referee, judge, or some instances a promoter. The lead official on a 1994 card promoted by Harold Smith in Macau, this before it became “Las Vegas on Steroids,” Denkin had the task of trying to keep everything calm seeing the Police had whisked away promoter Smith from the 5 star Oriental Mandarin hotel because of a riot that broke out at the fight arena.

MARTY HAS “ANOINTED” PROTEGES

There were other times when Denkin would reach out, but he tutored Jack Reiss, the ex-Fireman and now full time referee who got caught in an exchange between World 168 lb. champ Andre Ward and Edwin Rodriguez, he also did both Bermane Stiverne-Chris Arreola fights, the last Saturday. In the Ward-Rodriguez skirmish, Reiss, for the first time I ever witnessed, gave himself a Standing 8 Count of sorts after getting clipped by a punch.

RUSSELL AN “UPPER ECHELON” OFFICIAL

Denkin also mentored Pat Russell, the ex-DA Investigator from San Diego. Russell, I can first recall doing the debut of HBO Boxing After Dark main event in Summer 1996 at the L.A. Forum when Marco Antonio Barrera and Kennedy McKinney put on a thriller that was eventually won by Barrera. As far their personal health, if I had fighters, I’d feel safe putting my guy in with any of these three aforementioned referees.

MARTY CAN BE A HAM FOR THE CAMERAS!

That’s not really true, but Denkin is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and has appeared in a slew of movies and TV shows, most notably the story of Jake LaMotta aka “Raging Bull,” Rocky III & Rocky 5.

THIS IS THE “WALL OF FAME’

A referee from 1967 to 2003, Denkin is still a mainstay and judges a lot of high profile fight here in California and elsewhere. Having just celebrated his 80th birthday, we at RingTalk.com take this time to honor and add Marty “The Sheriff” Denkin to the “Wall of Fame.”

Pedro Fernandez

4 comments

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    Good On Ya Marty, 80, and still Good to Go… always enjoyed our trips across the Pond, with the Ali entourage in tow, and of course Harold… Have an old neighborhood kid, friend of yours, Marty Horowitz, NY. NY. in our Safety Harbor Boat Club. Marty & June, say ‘Ahoy Marty’, and are avid Sailors..in our crew. ‘Keep On Punching…All the Way to the Bell’..

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    Pedro thank you for the kind words. We had some good times, which will always be remembered.

  • Santa Cruz Jim
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    Jack Reiss is the best referee in boxing and Pat is his equal. Great mentoring job by Marty.
    Happy Birthday.

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    Loved hanging with Marty on our various trips!!!

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