Reggie Martin was born in Gaffney, SC in 1942. He began boxing in 1954 with the Gaffney team. There, he built a record of 61-12-1. The hard punching youngster was noted for his persistence, and put in the hard work to develop the self-confidence necessary to become a consistent winner.

Martin won many Golden Gloves Championships in both North and South Carolina and was co-winner of the Cherokee County, SC Best Athlete Award in 1956 & 1957. In 1958 he was crowned open bantamweight champion of North and South Carolina at the Carolinas Golden Gloves in Charlotte, NC. From there he would represent the Carolinas at the National Golden Gloves Finals in New York City. There he would loose a hairline decision to Ohio Champion, Julio Ruiz. Martin’s coach, Roy Turner, called him “a good boy in and out of the ring”.

The likeable Martin graduated from Limestone College, where he served as president of the men students, and was selected to Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. He was also a member of the Limestone College Hall of Fame in 1966, and was chosen to be in the 1971 Outstanding Young Men of America.

Father of two, Bryan and Susan, and Grandfather of four, Kendal, Michael, Caleb and Seth, Martin is currently a sales representative with Vaughn Belting in Spartanburg, SC. In 2005, Martin was inducted into the Carolinas Boxing Hall of Fame and in 2007, began serving on the board of directors.

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