Richard T. Slone
Born on February 21, 1975, Sergio Gabriel Martinez held the WBC super welterweight title from 2009 to 2010, the WBO middleweight title in 2010, the WBC middleweight title from 2010 to 2011 and 2012 to 2014, and The Ring magazine middleweight title between 2010 and 2014.
On June 13, 2015, he announced his retirement from boxing at the age of 40, with a record of 51-3-2, before fighting again in August 2020.
In 2011, Martínez had reached a career high ranking as the world’s #3 pound for pound active boxer, behind Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. In 2010 he received Fighter of the Year awards by both The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America.
He was only the second Argentinean to receive the prestigious award, the first being Carlos Monzon in 1972.
That year he received also The Ring’s Knockout of the Year for his rematch victory against Paul Williams. The WBC named him their Boxer of the Year in 2010 and 2012.
Richard T. Slone was commissioned to create the painting that would be used for the cover of the 86th Boxing Writers Association of America awards dinner.
Sold framed as shown on the image(s).
The outside dimensions are approx. 16×20 inches (40×50 cm).
It comes with a letter of authenticity from Slone Art Company, signed by the artist. The 86th annual BWAA awards dinner program is NOT included.
Serious inquiries only.
Slone has been the official artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame for over 20 years. His artwork has been used on the official posters and programs for most major boxing events in the last 15 years. He has been seen painting live on national television.
Internationally renowned, multi-award artist Richard T. Slone was born in 1974 in northern England. He is self-taught and will later combine his love of art with his ability as a boxer.
Slone would eventually pursue an offer to become a boxer under the guidance of boxing great Joe Frazier in Philadelphia.
After an amateur career, he will decide not to turn professional but instead focus on painting the sport he loves. The Ring magazine will give him his first published work. He would later say: “My experience in the ring adds to my paintings.”
It is obvious Slone is passionate about the sport. His artwork reflects the deep respect and admiration he has for the fighters. “The least I can do is to paint them”, he says. “Everyone admires a great fighter and as an artist it’s easy to be inspired by such.”
The interest and demand in Slone’s art has been exceptional over the past years. He has become popular with notable collectors including Bruno Mars, Hugh Hefner, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela and many more. His work can be seen on the covers of many magazines, including The Ring, and has been used by many companies and advertising agencies.
He is compared to American artist LeRoy Neiman, who was considered the leading sports artist in the world before his death in 2012.
Richard T. Slone is without any doubt the number one artist for boxing in activity.