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RINGTALK RADIO GOES LIVE AT 11AM

April 19th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

BOXING’S LONGEST RUNNING RADIO PROGRAM

Bernard Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins

Show goes live at 11am for one hour. Preview of big boxing and MMA weekend, Bernard Hopkins vs Shumenov, and the UFC show on Fox this evening. To listen click here.

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CAN SHUMENOV RETIRE BERNARD “POPS” HOPKINS?

April 18th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

TIME FOR HOPKINS TO FIND A NEW VOCATION

Bernard Hopkins needs "Just for Men"

Bernard Hopkins Owns “Just for Men”

Las Vegas, NV- It seems as if Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins has been around the boxing game forever. With multiple championships in the 160 and 175 lb. divisions, the 49-year old current IBF light heavyweight champion (175) faces once beaten WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing. The Kazakhstan native’s short resume is deceiving as the current WBA beltholder won his title in his 10th professional fight, a Split Decision 12 over slick southpaw Gabriel Campillo in a rematch in 2010. He has defended that title five times but has had large gaps on inactivity. If Hopkins is truly slipping at 49, Shumenov has the busy punching style to send Bernard reeling into a long overdue retirement.

HOPKINS IS ALMOST 20 YEARS HIS SENIOR

The opinion of our Ringtalk radio host Pedro Fernandez, and HBO godfather Larry Merchant who aired on Ring Talk radio a few weeks ago is that “Popkins”(as he will be referred to here) ability to fight at the elite level at such an advanced age is an indictment on the level of boxing talent today in the division or lack thereof. Shumenov must not only win this bout, but do so in such a decisive manner to rid boxing of the “ancient” Philadelphia native. Hopkins has never been stopped in 64 fights. A definitive and conclusive win will put the Kazakh in the drivers seat for a potential unification showdown with WBC and lineal champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs), who must prevail in his Showtime debut May 24th.

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UFC ON FOX 11 SATURDAY NOTES & FOX SPORTS RESULTS

April 18th, 2014 By Zak Attack

HEAVYWEIGHTS TOP UFC ON FOX 11 SATURDAY 8 PM ET

Travis Browne-Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva

Travis Browne-Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva


Los Angeles, CA- The UFC comes back to Big Fox for UFC on Fox 11 Saturday (April 20). The event is headlined by a bout between heavyweights (265 limit) Fabricio Werdum (17-5-1) and Travis Browne (16-1-1) with the winner getting a shot at current champion Cain Velasquez‘ (13-1) belt in Mexico. At 6’7, Browne throws the best elbows in the division and is on quite a roll.

CHICKS TO GET BIG PUSH ON FOX

Bantamweights (135) Meisha Tate (13-5) and Liz Carmouche (9-4) will clash in a meeting of Ronda Rousey (9-0) leftovers. The fight with the most potential for excitement on the card is Donald Cerrone (22-6) and Edson Barboza (13-1). These lightweights (155) are both quite adept at striking but have also shown vulnerabilities.

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MANNY PACQUIAO NIXED FLOYD MAYWEATHER FIGHT

April 17th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

DON’T DISMISS ALEX ARIZA WHEN HE SPEAKS

Pacquiao & Alex Ariza

Pacquiao & Alex Ariza


San Francisco, CA- Nutrition guru and strength conditioning coach Alex Ariza has made quite a mark in his boxing tenure. He started getting props for his being with Manny Pacquiao during a period of time when the Filipino was making an historic romp
Wapakaman Would Never Run From Floyd

Wapakaman Would Never Run From Floyd

through a record number of weight divisions. “Double A” works with other fighters the likes of current WBO 130 lb. kingpin Mikey Garcia and Floyd Mayweather’s next handpicked foe Marcos Maidana.

ARIZA FITNESS HAS HAD SOME ISSUES

Ariza has had his share of red flags working behind the scenes and in the corner. It has been alleged Manny Pacquiao was on Steroids and because of Ariza’s position in the camp, fingers were pointed at him. During the Maidana upset win over Adrien Broner, it appeared to some that Ariza gave Maidana “smelling salts” to revive him between rounds. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. came up dirty, Brandon Rios tested positive in China last year with Ariza on hand. While this is not a pretty picture, so what. My feeling is that Ariza knows his stuff and that you don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

PACLAND FANATICS NOT KIND TO ALEX
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LENNOX LEWIS TO FREDDIE ROACH “RANDOM NOTES”

April 17th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

NO AMOUNT OF CASH COULD BRING LENNOX BACK

Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitshcko

Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitshcko


San Francisco, CA- Looking back on recent history, there’s only been one guy that I can recall that walked away from boxing at the right time and that was World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. After his cut-aborted life and death battle with a determined Vitali Klitschko, Lennox walked away.

LENNOX POST FIGHT DRESSING ROOM

I remember carrying an alphabet belt back to Lewis’ dressing room after he shutout David Tua over 12 rounds. If you really want to see what a fighter’s all about, be in his post fight dressing room and not have him realize anybody outside of his team was there. There were a few curse words, watching a proud Steward looked on as Lennox was pumped and it took him about 5-10 minutes to calm down. He took a urine test and moved on to the press conference with the Slowin’ Samoan David Tua.

EMANUEL STEWARD ON LENNOX LEWIS

The Kronk Gym Goldfather Emanuel Steward told me, “Lennox is smarter than your average fighter. Some fighters are not thinkers. Others think too much. But there are a few guys that have the right mindset to be a long reigning champion. About retirement, we all agreed that it was Lennox’s decision. I’m glad he stuck to it, he’s happy, got money, his health, a family and a great spot in boxing history.”

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WHAT DOES MANNY PACQUIAO VICTORY MEAN?

April 17th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods

MANNY PACQUIAO HAS DECISIONS TO MAKE

Manny "What Do I Do" Pacquiao

Manny “What Do I Do” Pacquiao


New York, NY- Newly crowned WBO welterweight (147 lb.) champ Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) clearly defeated Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) this past weekend and has placed himself back in the boxing mix. But will this win have significant implications in Manny’s remaining career? It could, but what matters most is what Manny chooses to do next. Although there aren’t any obvious strides in making a Floyd Mayweather bout, now does appear to be the best time for Manny to cash one more large check before he rides into the sunset. Is there really a point to do anything else?

BRADLEY LEFT TOOLS AT HOME

Tim Bradley was not a betting favorite but appeared determined and motivated enough to earn an undisputed victory over his rival. Although it was the right attitude, his methods proved to be flawed as he burnt himself out early looking to land a knockout punch, which is not something Bradley is known for. A better game plan would have been centered around boxing and out landing Manny, as Tim has the better defense and could have avoided additional punishment by playing it smart.

PACQUIAO BACK NEAR TOP OF ‘POUND FOR POUND’ LIST?

Some are speculating that Manny has now placed himself near the top of the ‘pound for pound’ lists. The Bradley win coupled with Andre Ward and Sergio Marinez’ inactivity, could conceivably place Manny at a top three to five slot in the minds of some. But given Martinez vs Miguel Cotto in June, the landscape could easily shift again shortly. For now, Manny can at the very least benefit from the perception that he’s still viable against the best in the division.

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ARCHIE MOORE SMARTER THAN MANNY PACQUIAO!

April 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

SAW ARCHIE MOORE LETTERS NOW IN HALL OF FAME

Paint On Side Of Pacquiao Bus

Paint On Side Of Pacquiao Bus

San Francisco, CA- In the late 1980s, the late Godfather of boxing writers Jack Fiske showed me a number of handwritten letters from then light heavyweight challenger Archie Moore. “The Old Mongoose” eloquently penned letters to boxing journalists around the world before Joey Maxim was “pressured” by the media to defend against Moore who won the title with a UD 15 in 1952.
Archie Moore

Archie Moore

ARCHIE (MANNY) BEING IGNORED BY MOB (MAYWEATHER)

Had Moore not taken the initiative, he would’ve never gotten the title shot regardless of who was champion. Moore wasn’t keen on the Mob (Blinky Palermo & Frankie Carbo) handling him. Knowing Moore was anti Mafia, Palermo and Carbo for years kept the title away from Moore who everybody knew was the uncrowned light heavyweight World champion. Archie kept winning and his being ignored continued until he got a pen and paper to write to journalists.

DESIGN A BUS WITH FLOYD’S KENTUCKY FRIED EMBLEM

With newspapers all but dead in today’s Internet driven media, that probably would not work for Pacquiao. But like Cassius Clay embarrassed Sonny Liston by driving his personalized bus up to Sonny’s house and throwing a bear trap on his lawn, following Sonny from here to there which annoyed Liston immensely as he had to answer to the media. Manny needs to think outside the box. The media was all over this and this helped Clay, later Ali, get the title fight that nobody thought he had a chance of winning.

LISTON GOT PISSED & THE FIGHT WAS MADE

Sonny was so taken aback and embarrassed that he agreed to fight the upstart loudmouth who called himself “The Greatest,” upset huge odds and the rest is sports history. When Manny Pacquiao said post fight Saturday that “The (telephone) line is open,” that was about as ineffective as a thermometer in hell.

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GOLDEN BOY & FOX SPORTS CHI-TOWN FIGHT RESULTS

April 15th, 2014 By Jason B. Nava

FOX SPORTS & OSCAR DE LA HOYA DO CHICAGO

Ronny Rios-Andrew Cancio

Ronny Rios-Andrew Cancio


Chicago, IL- It was an exciting night with boxing at the UIC Pavilion and broadcast on Fox Sports. The main event was a barn burner, filled with back and forth action between jr. lightweights (130 lb.) Ronny Rios (23-0. 10 KOs) and Andrew Cancio (15-3-2, 11 KOs). The two men stood in a phone booth and exchanged punches like a pair of “boxing” robots which made each round difficult to score.

RIOS FOUGHT “REAL” SMART

Although Cancio appeared to be physically stronger and the harder puncher, it was Rios’ more intelligent inside fighting, sharper jab, footwork, and quicker combinations that allowed him to keep his undefeated record intact despite running out of gas in the final two rounds.

VICTOR LOOKED GOOD UNTIL GASSING!

The cards read 97-93 (twice) and 96-94 all in his favor. 

“I’m not gonna lie, he did have a hard punch,” Rios admitted to reporters afterwards. “At first I felt like he was timid a little bit, like he wasn’t swinging on his punches and then I thought the first 8 rounds I thought I was winning clearly then I let him back into the late rounds. In like the 8th, 9th, 10th, that’s when I thought I let it get closer than what it should be.” 



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CANELO ALVAREZ-ERISLANDY LARA TOP TUESDAY NOTES

April 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

CANELO ALVAREZ TO ENGAGE ERISLANDY LARA

Canelo Alvarez & Jose Sulaiman (2013)

Canelo Alvarez & Jose Sulaiman (2013)


San Francisco, CA- Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will duel Erislandy
Erislandy Lara

Erislandy Lara

Lara
on July 12 so said a Tweet from Team Canelo on Monday. This is a “super fight” happening at a time of the year when big fights usually don’t happen, July. That being said, Ishe Smith -Lara ain’t happening. Some think Alvarez semi-ducked the Cuban a while back. That being said, it is a toss up as to who wins here. Give Canelo props in that they could go in other directions and the Mexican fans wouldn’t care and he’d still make bank!

MANNY LEFT IT UP TO FLOYD AGAIN…WILL HE EVER LEARN?

There is nothing quite like the buzz around here after a big fight as emails jump 5 fold from both foe and friend alike. Being just two days removed from Manny Pacquiao and his easily out boxing Tim Bradley over 12 not so memorable rounds. It was an easy fight to score and Pacquiao won clearly across the boards. If Manny wants the Floyd Mayweather fight he has to call Floyd on the phone person to person and not say “THE LINE IS OPEN” Make it a media event and see how Floyd handles it.

PAISANO BUSTED UP

Italy’s Frank Bulgioni (168 lb.) got broken down old school style Saturday night in the UK before being drilled by Sergey Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) who scored a TKO 6 over the most recent version of Rocky Balboa who is now 12-1, 9 KOs…DID THE B.B.B.C. SANCTION THIS FARCE? READ MORE…

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TOBY GIBSON LAST VEGAS REFEREE TO KILL SELF!

April 14th, 2014 By RingTalk

Toby Gibson's Last Fight

Toby Gibson’s Last Fight

TOBY GIBSON THIRD SUICIDAL REFEREE

Las Vegas, NV- Toby Gibson, a veteran Nevada boxing referee was found dead on November 24, 2008 in the garage of his home in Las Vegas by his wife. And while nobody is saying just how the 61-year old Gibson met a self induced demise, being an ex-S.F. Policeman, garage suicides usually mean hanging or carbon monoxide from a car. This was sad to see yet another Vegas referee go the suicide route. First there was Richard Green in 1983 and most recently Mitch Halpern in August

Mitch Halpern

Mitch Halpern

2000. Both Mitch and Green shot themselves in the head. Always quiet around me, muted would be a better definition as Green did not talk much. Having reffed Larry Holmes-Ali, Green never got over his involvement with the Ray Mancini-Deuk-Koo Kim fight less than a year prior to his death, a tragic event that ended Kim’s life.

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LISTEN RING TALK BOXING HOUR & PACQUIAO-BRADLEY REVIEW!

April 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao

Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured a Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley review with writer Kevin Perry who had picked Manny to beat Bradley.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29+ YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to Pacquiao-Bradley post fight and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button. If you are on a mobile device, try clicking link here to listen to podcast. If you are having issues please leave a comment. http://www.sportsbyline.com/broadcast/RingTalk/RT_041214.mp3

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FOX SPORTS BOXING TONIGHT FROM CHICAGO

April 14th, 2014 By Jason B. Nava

LOTS OF FISTIC HISTORY IN CHI-TOWN

"Sugar Ray" Robinson

“Sugar Ray” Robinson


Chicago, IL- This was once a boxing hot bed playing host to some of the biggest fights of the 20th century such as Gene Tunney’sLong Count” victory over Jack Dempsey, Sugar Ray Robinson’s decision over Carmen Basilio to even the score in their rivalry, as well as Robinson’s knockout of Bobo Olson to first gain the middleweight title and many more.

“MADHOUSE ON MADISON” SITE OF MANY

In the first half of the century everybody who was anybody fought here but when Jack Wertz, owner of Chicago Stadium aka the “Madhouse on Madison” (and former home of the NBA Bulls), closed the stadium to boxing the number of big fights in the Windy City declined. 

In recent years however there has been somewhat of a resurgence of major fights in the unofficial capital of the midwest.

CHICAGO BOXING ON THE REBOUND

It started in 2005 when Fernando Vargas defeated Javier Castillejo at the AllState Arena. Three years later Erik Morales dropped a decision to hometown kid David Diaz at the same venue and in 2009 Paulie Malignaggi and Juan Diaz took their rematch to the UIC Pavilion. The result has been a steady increase of smaller yet less significant (so far) cards around the Second City, mostly fueled by 8 Count Promotions. Of these the most notable has been Andrzej Fonfara’s TKO of Gabriel Campillo at the US Cellular Field on ESPN Friday Night Fights. 



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MANNY PACQUIAO DOMINATES TIM BRADLEY

April 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

MANNY PACQUIAO SHAKES GHOST OF TIM BRADLEY

Pacquiao Out Punching Bradley

Pacquiao Out Punching Bradley


San Francisco, CA- It was a night where “smoke & mirrors” were at work. First up, we need to recognize Manny Pacquiao dominating Tim Bradley with two 116-112 (8-4 rounds) scorecards and a 118-110 (10-2) tally. In just about every manner of pugilistic measure, Manny Pacquiao was a better fighter than Tim Bradley. Outside of that, it wasn’t Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns, but Manny clearly landed more telling punches than Bradley.

WHAT DOES BEATING BRADLEY SET UP?

With a record of 56-5-2, 38 KOs, Congressman Manny Pacquiao appears to be out of super fights unless you consider he and Juan Manuel Marquez for the 19th rime. Speaking of, JMM may have bitten off too much with a May fight with Mike Alvarado (time for a low back injury). Now I realize the brains at Top Rank think this is a winnable fight for Marquez, I’m not so sure he doesn’t get out boxed by the Colorado fighter. Were he to lose, Marquez vs Pacquiao would not have the market value it does would today.

SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT ANOTHER MARQUEZ FIGHT

From a fan’s perspective, should Juan win they need to make the 19th Pacquiao fight while it still smells like Downy treated clothes and not a used sock. As for Bradley, now 31-1, 12 KOs, that thumping Ruslan Provodnikov put on him is telling. Working behind some type of “mental block” Tim failed to really do anything but clown around defensively as if he were Roberto Duran, when the reality is that Tim was only in this fight because he got a gift the first time and beat Provodnikov on the official scorecards, but NOT the Neurological ones.

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LISTEN NOW RING TALK PAC-BRADLEY PREVIEW WITH PACMAN

April 12th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley

END OF PACQUIAO OR BRADLEY RUN AT HAND?

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured a Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao preview with writer Jarrad Woods backing Bradley and web czar Kevin Perry being of the opinion that Manny wins. We’ve also got some Manny Pacquiao audio.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29+ YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to the Pacquiao-Bradley preview and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

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BOXING ODDS SAY MANNY PACQUIAO OVER TIM BRADLEY

April 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bradley-Pacquiao II Tonight!

Bradley-Pacquiao II Tonight!


TIM BRADLEY-MANNY PACQUIAO II

Las Vegas, NV- MGM Grand (HBO PPV) WBO welterweight (147 lb) champion Timothy Bradley (31-0, 12 KOs) vs Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs). Odds/Prediction: Pacquiao 11-5. Don’t let numbers fool you. Unless Tim Bradley is “damaged” badly by the first Pacquiao encounter and the Ruslan Provodnikov fight, he should win here handily. Tim has the edge in age, size, mileage, speed, but not in power. Is the reported nixing of Random Drug Testing by Team Pac done out of desperation knowing a loss here and it’s over? Lean towards Bradley to upset applecart and retire Pacquiao UNLESS judges Michael Pernick, Glenn Trowbridge and Craig Metcalfe muck up!

CALIFORNIA KID SLIGHT FAVORITE

Jessie Vargas (23-0, 9 KOs) vs Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-0, 9 KOs) (WBA 140 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Vargas 7-5. Californian native in

2013 Robbery Victim Ray Beltran

2013 Robbery Victim Ray Beltran

“breakout” fight vs. live Russian southpaw. Close fight on paper and Vargas is house fighter. Wise guys all over Vargas.

BELTRAN ROBBED OF WBO BELT LAST YEAR

Raymundo Beltran (28-6, 17 KOs) vs Arash Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) (135 lbs) (WBO title eliminator) Odds/Prediction: Beltran 2 1/2 to 1. READ MORE…

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