Boxing community unites support for Martinez family

Boxing community unites support for Martinez family

By Marco Villarreal. CREATED May 26, 2012

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The boxing community has come together to support one of their own after losing a wife and daughter to a violent crime. Arturo Martinez was the true champ Saturday night as he showed up to a packed fundraiser meant to help him and his remaining two sons.

Family says this was not easy for him, but it was important for him to see all the people who love and care for him.

A jab here. A sidestep there. These amateur boxers are part of a bigger event focused entirely on the man sitting in the front row. Arturo Martinez.

"The day that Richard Steele told him that he was going to do this event, Arturo said I want to come," says his sister, Guadia Martinez-Seal.

Held at the Richard Steele Gym, this sparring benefit is raising money for what's left of the Martinez family. Back in April police say a man broke into the Martinez home and beat to death Arturo's wife and daughter with a hammer. The scars of his miraculous survival are still visible.

"The therapy it will be long. He will not be able to work, at least a year," says Martinez-Seal.

Some here just heard of the violent crime while others have known the Martinez for years.

"His son used to box for my club at first, and then when he opened up his own gym, he started boxing for his dad," says Richard Steele, a boxing trainer and friend of the family.

And while cupcakes and hot dogs help raise money for "Art" and his two sons this event is just as much a benefit for his fighting spirit. 

"And he came here, and his eyes have been really focused on the fighters," says Ken Seal, Arturo's brother-in-law.

"Everyone's here that's a part of boxing. They came here for this occasion," says Steele.

"I don't think there's anything that we can give him, anything that we can say that can comfort the pain on the inside. All we can do is clear a path so it's at least clear enough for him to comfort his two kids," says Seal.

His two kids are what fuels his fight now to recover both physically and emotionally. The support is not over. Friends and family say they will have more events like this one in the future. Arturo hopes to continue his rehabilitation and when he's done wants to open his boxing gym again.

Those who still wish to help out can do so by making donations to Bank of Nevada. The account name is "Construction Industry Charitable Foundation-to the benefit of Arturo Martinez," or can be sent to Electrical Union 357. 808 North Lamb Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89110.