May 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
HALL OF FAME REFEREE A “GO TO” GUY
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.”