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Add Frank Martin's name to Indiana's boxing lore.

The brawny 21-year-old man from Indianapolis placed his name in the history books Saturday night in Salt Lakle City with a skillful performance that earned him the 141-pound championship in the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions.

Frank MartinMartin, who had to win four grueling bouts in four nights, won the title with a 3-2 decision over Vergil Ortiz of Texas. In the process, he knocked Ortiz down in the opening round with a smashing head blow.

The victory brought Indiana it's first national champion since Darnell Wilson of Lafayette won the 156-pound title in 1993. The last Golden Gloves kingpin from Indianapolis was 156-pound Ronnie Essett in 1984. Four other Indianapolis boxers have won national crowns -- Marvin Johnson (1971-72), Sammy NeSmith (1971), Norman Goins (1970) and Eddie Beauford (1969).

Martin, a semifinalist in the 2015 Gloves tourney, fights for the Indy Boxing and Grappling Club, operated by Indianapolis policeman Pat McPherson. Martin's personal coach is Ike Boyd.

Dinner with Frank at St. Elmo's IndianapolisWinning the national Gloves title has been Martin's goal since he came so close a year ago. "I knew it would be a long, difficult process," said Martin, who won two other national tournaments last year. "I also knew that patience was a key to winning and I was patient all week."



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