December 6th, 2013 By John Signorella
HBO BATTLES SHOWTIME THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
New York, NY- A multitude of scraps are on the horizon this Saturday evening when rival networks HBO & Showtime go toe to toe offering stacked shows of intrigue. In other words fight fans: Let’s get readdddyyy to set your DVVVRRRRRRRSSSSSS! Due to enormity of “misunderstandings” about to transpire, below is my “Reader’s Digest” type (quick look) at what’s about to go down.
AS OFTEN THE CASE, SHOWTIME APPEARS TO HAVE THE BETTER CARD
The “suits” at Showtime have lined up a nice looking night at the fights with a solid quadruple header. The main event will showcase a turf war between welterweight (147) Brooklynites and former champions Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) and Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round crossroads showdown for a last shot at the big dance. In the co feature, welterweight IBF belt holder Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) will attempt to defend his trophy against talented, but untested pug Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) in a proposed 12 rounds of pound. The broadcast will also pit former light middleweight (154) champ Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs) opposite of one time title challenger Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) in a 12 or less round contest for the vacant WBA strap. In the curtain raiser, we’ll see recently crowned WBC super middleweight (168) strap carrier Sakio Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs) throwing hands with hard hitting first time title challenger Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KOs) in a slated 12 rounds of combat. The Party starts from Barclay Center, in Brooklyn, New York at 9:45 PM ET on Showtime.
Malignaggi v Judah: Both have faced the best of the best in the biz at their respective weights. I feel Paulie is the fresher of the two… and man!!! If only this guy (Paulie) had a punch, if he did; I feel he’d be one of the best in the world. For those that don’t know; Malignaggi is as tough as they come and is a solid craftsman at his game. All due respect to Zab for his excellent ability: a fierce passion of savagery which was on full display when he spanked Floyd Mayweather for a solid six rounds better then anyone had (or still has) to this point before ultimately tiring and losing down the stretch (L UD 12). Having said all that, I got Paulie on points in a nice looking battle between two awesome pros.
Alexander v Porter: I was starting to lose so faith in Devon before his last fight but much like what Timothy Bradley has done of late, Alexander has shown me a different look and has become more ascetically pleasing to watch instead of being a listless bore. Porter is a descent “poor mans” version of a young Shane Mosley and for whatever reason, he oddly has taken his time to get into a “big time” type fight. In consideration of all this, I’m calling for a poised boxing exhibition in a closely contested affair with a slight lean toward Devon over 12 rounds.
Trout v Lara: I like this fight, a lot. Both guys can punch and both guys have world class attributes. Trout’s coming off a lackluster performance against Saul Alvarez (L UD 12) and will definitely be gunning to gut the once beaten Lara. However, Erislandy has been one tough customer since that setback and has shown some newly discovered power in his already cemented repertoire. I like Lara by stoppage in this one, after 9.
Bika v Dirrell: I’m feeling Bika is really just holding the belt on loan and has seen better days. I expect Dirrell to quite frankly beat the hell out of him and win via KO under 6 frames.
HBO’s FINAL CARD TELECAST OF THE YEAR GOES THRICE BILLING
Considered by most to be a top ten “pound for pound” guy, WBO and WBA super bantamweight (122) kingpin Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) typifies HBO’s offering of fistic warfare against former bantamweight (118) champ Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KOs) in a scheduled 12 rounder. The co feature will have entertaining light middleweights (154) Glen Tapia (20-0, 12 KOs) and James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs) grinding it out in a possible 10 rounds of action. Kicking off the action, rugged middleweights (160) Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) and Lamar Russ (14-0, 7 KOs) will engage in a scheduled 10 round tiff. Coverage begins from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 9:45 PM ET on HBO.
Rigendaux v Agbeko: Should be an easy one for Rig’s. Don’t get me wrong, Agbeko is a season veteran of the game but is moving up in weight and has shown signs of being shop worn so this might be more about a pay day for him then actual career advancement as a boxer. I got Rigondeaux besting Joseph under 9 via TKO.
Tapia v Kirkland: Should be a good one. Looking to see what the streaky Kirkland has to offer and how Tapia deals with the step up in class. Most importantly, this fight could be very indicative to finding out if Kirkland is just another W.O.T. (waste of talent) on the block. Honestly, I think he is and I got Glen finishing him brutally early.
Macklin v Russ: Could be a fun encounter between two tough guy type middleweights. I’m thinking Macklin’s better experience leads him to a very fun to watch win…that is if the previous beating he just took from GGG didn’t ruin him permanently. Either way, don’t blink; this one has knockout written all over it.
December 5th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
SHOWTIME MAIN EVENT CARD FEATURES BROOKLYNITES PAST THEIR PEAK!Las, Vegas, NV- Zab Judah(42-0, 28 KOs) vs. Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs).Odds: Judah 9-5 favorite. I slightly lean towards Judah even though at 36 he is three years older. Judah does however possesses better speed and more power. Gave a good account of himself against 140 lb, champ Danny Garcia earlier this year. Judah has a suspect chin, but Paulie can’t punch. Zab is the safe bet on points. $50 dollars to win $Ojai.90.
STRONG & PACKED UNDERCARD FEATURES HARD LUCK CUBAN
Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) vs Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs). Odds: Even. Toss-up on paper. Slight edge goes to Lara. Both guys were dropped in their last bouts for the first time in their careers. Trout can’t punch, and Lara has more pop and sits down on his punches a bit. Both can box, but got to go with the Cuban Lara who has the better amateur pedigree. Wouldn’t bet money on it though.
ALEXANDER FACES QUESTION MARK IN PORTER
Devon Alexander(25-1, 14 KOS) vs Shawn Porter (22-0, 14 KOs). Odds:Alexander 3-1. Porter a live underdog here. Not sure which guy will show up. Not all that impressed by either guy, but Porter has some ability. Too many intangibles here. Pass on the bet. I expect Alexander to win a decision.If you can find odds, $20 clams on Porter to win $60 seems a fair risk.
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December 4th, 2013 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY-This weekend in a bout dubbed ‘The Battle For Brooklyn,’ Paulie ‘The Magic Man’ Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) and Zab ‘Super’ Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) will square off in a welterweight (147 lb) bout at the Barclay’s Center in the heart of the borough. Golden Boy, who promotes both Judah and Malignaggi has created a new boxing mecca of sorts, hosting a number of solid and great bouts there the past few years.
IS PAULIE-ZAB MATCH SIGNIFICANT BEYOND BROOKLYN?
This match up will certainly spark the interest of local Brooklynites and hard core fans alike, but is not significant in the division. This combined with respective twilight phases rapidly approaching in each fighters’ careers could signal the end for the loser on Saturday night and it’s very tough one to call.
MIGUEL COTTO OR AMIR KHAN COULD PICK A WINNER
Both Judah and Malignaggi have losses to Miguel Cotto and Amir Khan. Judah was stopped by both Cotto and Khan and Malignaggi was only stopped by Khan. Paulie fought Cotto to a decision loss with a broken Orbital bone while Judah complained of low blows against Cotto and Khan on READ MORE…
December 3rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– Whether or not you were enamored with the Saturday night HBO presentation, you have to say that 2013 is closing well. While a lot of that has to do with Floyd Mayweather domestically, Manny Pacquiao internationally, with Wladimir Klitschko continuing to win and drawing huge numbers in Europe and Asia. In between there was World champ Danny Garcia all but wrecking favored Lucas Matthysse at 140 lbs. Include Guillermo Rigondeaux and his easy spanking of Nonito Donaire
KOVALEV-STEVENSON “RIGHT EXAMPLE”
That being said, it’s almost a bad thing that both Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev won last weekend and may clash in a WBC/WBO unification match, a fight I believe will mean real star potential for the victor. Either way, whether the fiery Russian prevails or the slick Black Canadian wins, a star should be born! The “right example” I put at the top of the paragraph is that this is a more than just the unification of 175 lb. titles as promoters Kathy Duva of Main Events who has Kovalev, while Canadian Yvon Michel is with Stevenson, which is a big story that nobody seems to have realized, two promotional entities willing to fight one another and just let the chips (fighters) fall where they may.
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December 3rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
December 2nd, 2013 By Zak Attack
REFEREE DID NOT SAVE MAYNARD FROM UNDUE PUNISHMENT!
The stoppage looked a bit late to me, as Maynard was clearly out on his feet as the last few punches of Diaz landed and collapsed after what was to many, not just myself, a very tardy stoppage. Diaz takes a 2-1 lead in his fights with Maynard, previously scoring a third round submission and losing a controversial split decision to Maynard aka “The Bully.”
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December 2nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
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San Francisco, CA- Ring Talk Worldwide, the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, reviewed the Adonis Stevenson & Sergey Kovalov fights. Guests include John Signorella & and trainer of Gennady Golovkin and heavyweight Mike Perez, Abel Sanchez. was Abel Sanchez, meaning straight and to the point! House scribe John Signorella went over the weekend results and rated the boxing divisions from heavyweight down to 140 lbs. TO LISTEN to this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the Play button.
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December 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev were victorious in defending the WBC and WBO light heavyweight (175 lb.) titles respectively in what is supposed to set up a bout between the two in 2014. Both fights on the HBO presentation delivered and if these guys go at each other in March or April of next year, boxing fans should celebrate because this is what the game is all about, or supposed to be about, the best fighting the best.
SERGEY YET ANOTHER RUSSIAN KILLER!
Kovalev is the real deal, a true representation of the beast that he is. Now 23–0-1, 21 K0s, this after his second-round knockout of Ismayl Sillakh (21-2, 17KOs). Sillakh tried to box in the opening round but looked more like Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis than a prizefighter.
EX-CHAMP NATHAN CLEVERLY ON SERGEY: “HE HITS HARD”
The fight would not last long into round number two, 52 seconds only as Kovalev knocked him down twice. Stunned that Sillakh could even beat the count the first time, the WBO champion Kovalev smelled blood and went for the kill. After dropping Ismayl again, the champion stood over his fallen foe and mocked him.
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November 29th, 2013 By John Signorella
WINNERS TO UNIFY WBO & WBC BELTS AT 175
New York, NY- Season’s beatings fight fans! We have an intriguing light heavyweight (175) scrap on tap tomorrow night featuring hard hitting human wrecking ball WBC kingpin Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) in defense of his trophy against rugged one time title challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 12 or less rounds of pound contest. Live coverage from the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec, Canada begins at 10:15 PM ET on HBO.
MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU (& JUST ABOUT EVERY ELSE) DA F*** OUT!
Since his lone loss to Darnell Boone (L TKO 2), frantically passionate carnage infested menacing pug Adonis Stevenson has knocked out 9 of his last 10 opponents. Among the resume of the fallen victims he has strafed include a return knockout win over Darnell Boone (W KO 6) and more notably; stoppage wins against seasoned former champions Chad Dawson (W KO 1) and Tavoris Cloud (W TKO 7). Even more impressive; the aforementioned three beaten down pugs in Stevenson’s path of destruction have all been conquered within this year. Simply put, Stevenson busted out on the scene in emphatic fashion in 2013.
SECOND CHANCE OR NO CHANCE IN HELL?
In a closely contested failed bid at the title, Tony Bellew’s biggest claim to fame is showing that he’s got some intestinal fortitude by going 12 hard rounds against a former WBO light heavyweight belt holder and tough customer Nathan Cleverly (L MD 12). Other then that, Tony’s faired well against descent opposition (albeit mostly on his home turf in the United Kingdom) ,none the less; this guy has a solid chin and proven grit. READ MORE…
November 27th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– With Macau being the backdrop for the Manny Pacquiao rout of Brandon Rios, there were obviously stories to tell. One involves Manny Pacquiao’s (55–5, 38 KOs) next opponent, while another is talk about the seemingly impossible, I’m talking about the “Thrilla’ in Manila II,” Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao in the Philippines!
SOURCE USED TO WORK FOR HBO (WINK-WINK)
My source goes on to tell me that there are some businessmen, near billionaires, they want to do Mayweather-Manny in Manila next year. Now the first thing you are thinking is that Floyd won’t fight any further than a few miles from his house in Las Vegas. Not a road warrior by any means, Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) has always has always fought on American soil. Texas, Michigan, Atlantic City, California, Mississippi with Florida being the furthest he has ever fought as a pro from home.
FLOYD AIN’T GOING NOWHERE YOU SAY
So if you’re scratching your head at this point trying to figure out the direction in which I am going, if there’s one thing that impresses Floyd Mayweather it is money. Literally, “Money” is his middle name. So if some Filipino banker is willing to offer him a $100 million guarantee, this in addition the pay-per-view revenues, meaning Mayweather can make over $150 million for one fight, I think Floyd should take it with conditions.
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November 27th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
ERIC MARTIN STORY FROM THE ARCHIVES!South San Francisco, CA- Six years ago this week or last, I literally ran into Eric “The Prince” Martin for the last time. Running through the streets of this little city, a community a few miles south of The City by The Bay, Eric turned the corner at Grand & Maple. He was leaving the Physique Magnifique boxing gym. We talked, nothing major, exchanged holiday wishes and the next thing I know “The Prince” is dead. One of the worst eaters I ever knew, especially from an athletic point of view, Eric preferred McDonald’s over a filet, and in the end that would lead to his death. A type 2 Diabetic, that and complications from a tooth extraction brought Eric’s life to an end December 23, 2007 at the age of 48.
CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF GREAT BOXER SANS CONNECTIONS
Eric’s record is less than impressive. At the same time, he fought seven world champions, none of whom could stop the former San Francisco Police Dept. recruit, who left the academy to fight professionally. On any given night, he could be the best “boxer” in the world. The problem with Eric was two-fold. 1. He was a a great boxer who lacked the ability (punch or mean spirit) to finish guys. 2. That being said, he couldn’t sell tickets and his manager, the late Bill Mateo was about as straight as San Francisco’s Lombard St. Loyal to an ignorant fault, Martin wouldn’t listen to those of us (he was (8-2) that knew the game and cared, thus he stayed with Mateo and instantly became an underpaid opponent.
DIDN’T CRY WHEN BILL DIED
I mentioned Eric had fought seven guys who claimed world titles. Eric made the boxing world take note when he all but bi*ch slapped future World champ Lupe Aquino (22-1, 16 KOs) on the Larry Holmes-Marvis Frazier card in 1983 that resulted in an absurd draw. Not impressive physically, but always in shape, Eric needed four rounds to make the “house” judges realize he was in the fight, let alone winning it! Mateo, who died in 2005 from a heart attack, really had little regard for Eric, and like a guy in love with a crack addict, Martin put up with Mateo to a point where I might have wanted to end the manager’s life.
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November 25th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Ring Talk Worldwide, the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, went with the unbeaten, undisputed super middleweight (168 lb.) champion heavyweight boxer Andre Ward talking everything from Julio Cesar Chavez to light heavyweights, to currently being #2 to Floyd Mayweather. Ward is as articulate as they come and gets his points across well. Gennady Golovkin and the Klitschko bros. promoter Tom Loeffler was also part of the mix. Listen to this PARTICULAR program with Andre Ward by clicking on the black arrow in the gray box or the play button above.
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November 25th, 2013 By Jarrad Woods
San Francisco, CA- Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) looked like he hasn’t missed a step against a game (but limited) Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) in a comeback bout this weekend. In a near complete shutout, Manny was able to beat Rios to the punch, land multiple combos and move laterally to an easy points victory. He appeared unaffected by his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez and provided some needed inspiration for his fans and country, which is recovering feom a deadly storm. Pacquiao looked so well against Rios that he’s certainty going to have a few options if he continues to fight. Below are the best ones that come to mind.
THE “RUGGED” RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV
WBO 140 lb. guy Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) is a great option for Pacquiao and will provide another exciting bout to get Manny buzzing again. Ruslan, unlike several of Pacquiao’s opponents is coming off a solid KO ‘victory’ over Mike Alvarado and has a style that would compliment Manny’s well. This fight may be a bit risky, but not enough that it is unlikely to be considered. Both fighters share the same promotional banner (Top Rank) and this would appear to be one of the easiest fights to be made out of a short list of viable opponents. But Ruslan was spotted in Manny’s dressing room prior to him entering the ring against Rios, so it remains to be seen if these guys will become buddies or actually challenge each other in the near future.
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November 24th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- In the minds of many, Manny Pacquiao was the unbeatable boxer. He couldn’t lose, certainly not to hand picked Tim Bradley on points, and then by KO to Juan Manuel Marquez, but he did. That being said, Manny Pacquiao, in his first fight since Marquez looked stellar in the opening round against Brandon Rios.
PACQUIAO NEVER “LOST MOMENTUM”
The second stanza went to Pacquiao as the Filipino out landed Rios 4 or 5-1. Looking to work Pacquiao’s body, Rios did so with very limited success. With his “money” punch, the southpaw’s left cross was landing at will and dominated the session.
MANNY STARTED “BANKING” ROUNDS
The third was no different as Pacquiao simply kicked Brandon’s ass from bell to bell. The fourth, Rios had a five-punch body salvo interrupted by a Pacquiao assault, coupled with good footwork, fast hands, and an array of punches. When Rios had Pac in range, Pacquiao simply used his superior talent to befuddle the bigger Rios.
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November 23rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
BATTLE OF “THE JAWS” TONIGHT IN MACAU!
NO COUNTRY BACKS A FIGHTER LIKE PINOYS & PACQUIAO
Having watched other fighters raise national pride, Panama with Robert Duran, Nicaragua had the aforementioned Arguello, Britain for just about anybody that gets to the top of the ladder, Puerto Rico in days gone by with Tito Trinidad, Wilfredo Gomez and others, and of course, Mexico with Julio Cesar Chavez and the late Salvador Sanchez, each nation would block almost all business and consider them holidays. Still, there is no comparing any fan-base, be it in size or voice than the Manny Pacquiao fans I refer affectionately as “Pacnuts.” That being said, they are confident that Pacquiao will stop Brandon Rios, and start to regain the luster lost by the “sleep inducing” right hand of Juan Manuel Marquez.
DURAN’S MANAGER WEIGHS IN ON RIOS
One time Roberto Duran co-manager Hector Martinez, who only lost one fight in his life that included two Golden Glove titles, Senor Martinez calls his fellow Mexican-American Brandon Rios, “A ******* bum. Pete, are you crazy? He walks straight forward and will be a perfect opponent for come-backing Manny.” And then he continued, “Unless Manny’s all the way shot.”
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