AL HAYMON IS SUPERMAN

HAYMON CRITICS SEEK “KRYPTONITE”

Al Haymon

Al Haymon


San Francisco, CA- The most often question I get on boxing of late is, “Who is Al Haymon?” Having written for others to read now for some 44 years, I am usually one to respond with a quick spontaneous answer.

MANAGED “LATE” VERNON FORREST AT FIRST

But when it comes to the subject of the most powerful man in boxing bar none, I stumble, mumble and am somewhat lame in responding. The reason being, we don’t know a whole lot about the Harvard grad as his personal life is guarded like the gold at Fort Knox.

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RUSSELL JR TOPS WEEKEND RESULTS

RUSSELL STOPS SHOPWORN JHOHNNY GONZALEZ ON SHOWTIME

LAS VEGAS, NV- Looks like the odds makers were right. Featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr(26-1, 15 KOs) was just too young and too fast for the 33 year-old Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) Saturday night at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Gonzalez looked slow from the opening bell. showtime-logo-240-001Russell knocked the Mexican down in round three with a right hook. It appeared that Jhonny never fully recovered from that shot and was down again twice in round four as Russell claims the WBC featherweight title. Gary somewhat redeems himself from the listless performance last year against WBO championVasyl Lomachenko(3-1, 1 KO) losing a clear decision. While Lomachenko is the superior talent, Russell should be expected to do better in a rematch.

CLOSE BOUT GOES TO HOUSE FIGHTER

In the televised undercard Jermell Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) defeated Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1,21 KOs) by unanimous nod. Vanes pressed the action and landed the cleaner blows, yet the Al Haymon managed Charlo was awarded the victory by scores of 96-94 twice and an absurd 97-93.

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THE MAGIC OF MUHAMMAD ALI

NOT EVERYBODY CAN “TOUCH” PEOPLES LIVES

Muhammad Ali-Pedro Fernandez

Muhammad Ali-Pedro Fernandez


San Francisco, CA- Having been around some distinguished people in my tenure on this planet, from great entertainers, politicos that even included a head of state or two and there was Bobby Kennedy in a Market St. auto dealership that was turned into the RFK San Francisco headquarters in 1968, just days before being killed. Touched flesh with acting legend Steve McQueen, have introduced heads of State, still nobody equaled the company of Muhammad Ali.

LIKE TRAVELING WITH THE POPE!

Given the task by promoter Harold Smith of watching people approach the then three person entourage that included wife Lonnie and best friend/photographer Howard Bingham during a 1994 Chinese junket beginning in Macao. We had all been in Beijing the year before, Bob Arum included, as I was part of the TV team of Hugh Malay and Arnie Rosenthal that made sports history by airing, “The Brawl at The Wall” first boxing event in China since 1949.

WATCHED ALI FEED ORPHANAGE FOR A YEAR! Read more

TWO SHOWTIME BOXING CARDS SATURDAY

GONZALEZ DEFENDS IN VEGAS, BROOK IN UK

Jhonny "KO" Gonzalez

Jhonny “KO” Gonzalez


Las Vegas, NV- In 2013 former three time world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) silenced any and all critics. Viewed as a shot fighter, certainly past his prime, Johnny knocked out heavily favored WBC 126 lb. champ Abner Mares in what was a huge upset.

CAN JHONNY UPSET AL HAYMON’S GUY (AGAIN)?

Since stopping Mares, he has defended th WBC featherweight (126 lb.) title twice. The 33 year-old faces a formidable challenger on Saturday in former U.S. Olympian Gary Russell Jr.(25-1. 14 KOs), Live from the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

RUSSELL “CODDLED” ON WAY UP

The American, once a hot prospect has received criticism for facing weak opposition in building an undefeated mark. He lost a clear decision last year against two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KOs). This time Russell steps in against a veteran with formidable punching power. Ironically, the Mexican champion is the betting underdog here in town.

VANES DUMPS TRAINER AT WRONG TIME? Read more

ALI’S PEOPLE THREATENED SONNY LISTON

Cassius Clay, Sonny and Geraldine Liston

ALI-LISTON TRUTH REVEALED FINALLY

San Francisco, CA- Today we’re writing about something that has gone back and forth opinion wise since the 1960s and that is was either one or both of the Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston fights “fixed?” What I was told and read in the just released book entitled “Sonny Liston: The Real Story Behind the Ali-Liston Fights” is extremely insightful.

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WHY ALI NEVER FOUGHT TEOFILO STEVENSON

TEOFILO STEVENSON VS. MUHAMMAD ALI
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San Francisco, CA- Having watched Cuban fighters defect since the imposition of that oh-so successful U.S. embargo 50+ years ago, I always wondered why heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist Teofilo Stevensen (and later Felix Savon) never said “Adios” to Fidel Castro. Stevenson, the greatest Olympic heavyweight ever died in 2012 at the age of 60 from a heart attack related to his years of rapid-fire chain smoking.

PARTY, THE REAL PARTY WAS IN HAVANA!

In the late 1990s, working out of South Beach in Miami, FL, I had two free days on my itinerary and all we (the camera crew, etc.) kept talking about was wanting to go to Cuba. It would involve going to the Dominican Republic, before a 90 minute flight to the land of Fidel. As it turns out we never made it, but seeing I’ve been to 33 countries, Cuba is the forbidden fruit of travel I have yet to taste.

CUBAN AMATEUR TEAMS OWNED BOXING

The Cuban amateur boxing program is one of the best ever as they have snagged 34 Gold Medals, 19 Silver & 14 Bronze. Cuba’s Olympic success goes back to their debut at the 1900 Games when Ramon Fonst won the Gold and a Silver in “Fencing.” The Cuban teams would never win a medal outside of Fencing before 1948 and did not medal in boxing until 1972.

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LARRY MERCHANT UNPLUGGED RADIO

EX-HBO GODFATHER ON “RING TALK”

Mayweather vs Merchant

Mayweather vs Merchant

San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez went deep with Hall of Famer/Larry Merchant. One of the best guests in sport’s history, we can never get enough of Larry!

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

Go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” online be it live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart Radio app and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone and or Tablet.

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LISTEN RING TALK MMA & ZACK YOUNG

RONDA ROUSEY READY TO PISS BRAZIL OFF!

Ronda Rousey Mocking Opponents

Ronda Rousey Mocks Opponent

San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez talked UFC/MMA with Sports Overnight America Weekend Edition co-host Zack “Attack” Young who takes us through the world of MMA and the UFC which will include Ronda Rousey going to Brazil August 1 to defend her UFC 135 lb. title.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

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WILL THE EUROPEANS DOMINATE BOXING?

AMERICAN BOXING REBIRTH INVOLVES EX-SOVIETS

WBA 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin

WBA 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin


New York, NY- In recent times, notably since siblings Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko began dominating the heavyweight (200 lbs. +) division in the early 2000’s, there have also been a number of entertaining and marketable fighters coming out of Eastern Europe. Guys like cruiserweight Vassiliy Jirov, heavyweights Tomasz Adamek and Alexander Povetkin are being replaced by a new group of Eastern European fighters some of whom are becoming elite champions.

FORMER SOVIET BLOC FIGHTERS STEPPING UP

Currently there are champs of Eastern European descent at heavyweight (200 lbs +), cruiserweight (200 lbs), light heavyweight (175), super middleweight (168), middleweight (160) and featherweight (126). With the exception of interim super middleweight champ, Fedor Chudinov, all titleholders hold major belts and are household names with decent exposure on TV. Had Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov not been upset by Chris Algieri last year, he would also be mentioned on this list at junior welterweight (140). He will possibly get another chance at a title if he can get past Lucas Mattysse next month in New York.

STARS WITH SUPERSTAR POTENTIAL

Middleweight champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) and WBO light heavyweight (175) champion Sergey Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) are Read more

UFC FIGHT NIGHT FROM BRAZIL ON SATURDAY NIGHT

FORMER MIDDLEWEIGHT (185) TITLE CHALLENGER IN MAIN EVENT

Demian Maia

Demian Maia

Los Angeles, CA-  Demian Maia (19-6) of Brazil will headline UFC Fight Night- Maia vs. LaFlare from the Marancanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  His opponent will be undefeated Ryan LaFlare (11-0).  I give LaFlare the edge in this one, as Maia appears to have slipped.  I would not be surprised if Maia wins, as LaFlare is unproven, but I think Maia is in deline at 37.

SUICIDE BLONDE’S LAST UFC FIGHT?

If welterweight (170) Josh Koscheck (17-9) loses to home fighter Erick Silva (17-5, 1 NC) as I expect him to, it is unlikely he will remain in the UFC much longer.  He has lost 4 in a row, with 3 of those not going the distance.  Koscheck has had a longer UFC career, having debuted with the promotion back at The Ultimate Fighter 1 finale back in 2005, but is several years removed form his best.  Time to hang ‘em up, Kos.  He will make an excellent commentator in the near future. Read more

BLAME LOU DUVA FOR CHAVEZ-TAYLOR RESULT

ISHE SMITH “POPS OFF” KNOWING ONLY HALF STORY
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San Francisco, CA- Nothing irks me more about the Internet than how people bend history like it’s clay and mold it into a pile of s*it based on nothing but speculation, and sometimes in boxing, racial preference. Case and point, referee Richard Steele asked Meldrick Taylor twice to acknowledge him after getting knoxked down by Julio Cesar Chavez in the waning seconds of a fight some 25 years ago this month at the Las Vegas Hilton. After reading ex-Contender TV guy and IBF champion for a nanosecond, Ishe Smith’s dead wrong account on Facebook made me cringe because it was so contrary to reality!

MR. ISHE SMITH “MONDAY MORNING QB” TYPE

Ishe “Mr. Excitement” Smith says, “It was one of the worst stoppages in boxing history.” Was Mr. Smith there? No, but because he has a keyboard and access to You Tube, he’s thinks he’s a boxing historian when in reality Professor Fernandez is about to hand Ishe an F, and not based on his opinion, but rather his not knowing the facts involving those closing seconds of round 12.

BRUTAL BATTLE LIKE DIEGO CORRALES-JOSE CASTILLO I

When the 12th round started, Meldrick Taylor was up in the minds of most on the scorecards. Possessing that Philadelphia “gym” mentality, Taylor went to Chavez because cornerman Lou Duva told he needed the round to win, when as I said he was in front, at least on two cards anyway. Taylor gets floored with about 15 seconds left, I’m in row 5 center behind him Taylor as referee Richard Steele issued the 8 count. When he was done counting he TWICE asked Meldrick to acknowledge him (in order to continue).

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ARLEN “SPIDER” BYNUM TWO YEARS LATER

SPIDERMAN BOXED FROM 112 LBS. TO HEAVYWEIGHT

Arlen & Charlsie Bynum

Arlen & Charlsie Bynum


San Francisco, CA- There is nothing more painful than the day on the calendar that marks the passing of a loved one. That being said, Arlen “Spider” Bynum checked out of his room at the hotel of life two years ago March 25. Not the easiest guy always to get along with, if you didn’t argue with the left leaning Texan, then you weren’t his friend.

LANKY BIG MAN IMPOSING FIGURE TO SOME

While “Spider” could be the nicest and sweetest of men, piss him off and it’s not long before you realize you have shaken a nest of angry hornets. When I last saw him alone, it was a Thursday night at the Hospice. I told Arlen that many people loved him and that he deserved to go out a proud man. “His answer, I’m proud to have had friends like you,” which brought me to tears.

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GEORGE FOREMAN, HIV+ MORRISON FLASHBACK!

PPV CARD FEATURES FOREMAN & MORRISON

HIV+ Tommy Morrison-George Foreman

HIV+ Tommy Morrison-George Foreman


Chiba, Japan- Returning from an 18-month layoff, George Foreman, 253 lbs., Marshall, TX, failed to gain a knockout against shifty Crawford Grimsley, 235, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, winning a UD 12 as 3,240 spectators watched. Scored: 119-108, 116-112 & 117-111. The 47-year old Foreman, now 75-4, 62 KOs, was too slow and couldnt catch the younger Grimsley, 20-1, 18 KOs, who stayed out of danger for 12 rounds. Both fighters ended the fight bloodied but there were no knockdowns.

HIV+ TOMMY MORRISON ON CARD TOO

HIV-infected Tommy Morrison, 228, Jay, OK, didnt have time to bleed or cause a scare by whacking out late replacement Marcus Rhode, 250, St. Joseph, MO, who was down three times for a TKO ending at 1:38. Morrison now at 46-3-1, 40 KOs, Rhode 15-2, 15 KOs. MORE on Tommy Morrison Read more

LISTEN RING TALK MMA WITH KYLE KINGSBURY

RETIRED UFC FIGHTER PULLED “NO PUNCHES” ON STEROIDS

"King Kyle" Kingsbury

“King Kyle” Kingsbury


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez discussed the Steroid Epidemic in the UFC/MMA world with the opinionated but retired UFC fighter Kyle Kingsbury who expanded on the upset of Anthony Pettis at UFC 185. We looked at the upcoming UFC schedule and talked a little UFC gossip as well!

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

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