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KP’s POUND FOR POUND BEST

August 21st, 2014 By Kevin Perry

DOES ANDRE WARD STILL DESERVE TO BE ON THE LIST?

1. Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs)

WBC and WBA welterweight champion 

Not on the top of his game anymore as evidenced by his majority win last time out against Marcos Maidana. Still he is the best fighter in the game until he gets beat.

2. Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs)

WBA supermiddleweight champion

Ward at this stage is semi-retired. He currently is consumed with on-going litigation with his promoter Dan Goossen. Ward has also filed a federal lawsuit against Gooosen claiming he violated the Muhammed Ali Act by not providing financial disclosure for some of his earlier fights. Goossen is firing back with a 10 million dollar defamation suit. As this thing gets uglier don’t expect to see Ward in any significant fights anytime soon. I added him here, but he has no fights scheduled this year.

Andre Ward-Fighting is Court more than ring.

Andre Ward-Fighting in court more than the ring.

3. Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs)

WBO and WBA super bantamweight champion

Technically gifted and great all around talent. Now that his contract with Top Rank is over, a significant fight with WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz looms on the horizen. Many claim of the Cubans boring style, but against the right opponent such as Santa Cruz should make for an entertaining affair.

4. Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs)

WBO welterweight champion

Has slipped a little in the last few years but has still picked up some notable wins since being stopped by Juan Manuel Marquez. Beat an undefeated Tim Bradley by a wide margin to get back his WBO welterweight title, and the fight before that he shut out Brandon Rios.  The Filipino congressman faces WBO junior welterweight belt-holder Chris Algieri in November in Macau, China.

5. Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs)

WBA middleweight champion READ MORE…

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LISTEN: LARRY MERCHANT ON RING TALK BOXING

August 20th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

EX-HBO GODFATHER MERCHANT TRULY IN “RARE FORM”

Floyd Mayweather-Larry Merchant

Floyd Mayweather-Larry Merchant


San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Hall of Fame writer and broadcaster Larry Merchant discussing boxing agent/manager/promoter Al Haymon and his possibly bolting from Showtime, this after imploding any bridge to HBO years ago. We also talked 175 lbs. and Floyd Mayweather too!

RINGSIDE WRITERS ON AS WELL!


Kevin Perry
was pit-side at the Big Knockout Boxing card Saturday in Vegas and Zak Young was ringside for Kell Brook-Shawn Porter in Carson, CA.

ONE HOUR BOXING & ONE HOUR MMA!

This edition of the Sunday two-hour edition starts at 11 AM PT. Hour one is boxing, hour two is all MMA. The Saturday one-hour program starts at 11 AM PT and combines boxing and MMA.

RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs on Saturday and Sunday at 11 AM PT LIVE. To listen to this particular program with Larry Merchant click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

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LISTEN “ZAK ATTACK” ON RING TALK MMA

August 20th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

MMA HOUR LOOKS AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT

UFC Heavyweight Champ Cain Velasquez

UFC Heavyweight Champ Cain Velasquez


San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez and writer Zak “Attack” Young went back and forth over the Ryan Bader win the night prior and the upcoming UFC schedule.

ONE HOUR BOXING & ONE HOUR MMA!

This edition of the Sunday two-hour edition starts at 11 AM PT. Hour one is boxing, hour two is all MMA. The Saturday one-hour program starts at 11 AM PT and combines boxing and MMA.

RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs on Saturday and Sunday at 11 AM PT LIVE. To listen to this particular program with Zak Young click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

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WBO KING WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO DEFENDS

August 20th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

WBO CHAMP IN TITLE FIGHT # 18

Wladimir Klitschko Not In Lennox Lewis' Shadow

Wladimir Klitschko Not In Lennox Lewis’ Shadow


San Francisco, CA- Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Wladimir Klitschko, after a century of the Sweet Science being controlled by American fighters, boxing is now a global phenomenon.

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION

Let’s take a look at World & WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs). Having been in the heavyweight mix since winning a Gold medal in 1996, the Wladimir of 2014 is not the same fighter that lost to Lamon Brewster, Ross Purity and the late Corrie Sanders.

TRUTH AFTER LOSING WAS LEARNING

No, since April 2004 Wladimir has shut everybody down and his critics up. And while he’s 38, Wlad has never ever taken a beating. In the 1998 Puritty fight, Klitschko simply ran out of gas after swinging for the fences for 11 rounds.

RIGHT HOOKS FAR MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE LEFT! READ MORE…

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ANTHONY DIRRELL TO CHALLENGE ANDRE WARD?

August 19th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young

DIRRELL IS NOW A CHAMPION

Can "The Dog" Dethrone Ward?

Can “The Dog” Dethrone Ward?


Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KO) picked up the WBC super middleweight title on Saturday night in Carson, CA with his unanimous decision win over veteran Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KO) in an ugly fight.  It is hard to look good against a spoiler like Bika, and Dirrell looked a bit lost in the first few rounds.  He found his rhythm and picked the veteran apart in the middle and late rounds to pick up a clear win.  Dirrell became a champion, and although he may deserve it after the work he has put in, that belt should be Andre Ward’s (27-0, 14 KO).

WARD MAY WANT THE BELT BACK

The WBC, which is not exactly the cleanest of organizations, decided to strip Ward of the belt he rightfully earned because of inactivity.  Because he did not lose his belt in the ring, Ward should be viewed as the rightful champion.  Andre vacated his “champion emiritus” status after the WBC stripped him last year.  This prevented him from being able to fight for the title, but Ward may decide to take on a new opponent like Dirrell to reaffirm his status as the best at 168.  Because Ward already beat Bika soundly, a rematch made no sense, but a fight with Dirrell would actually be a legitimate match up.

DIRRELL IS FAST AND POWERFUL  READ MORE…

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KELL BROOK BEATS SHAWN PORTER

August 17th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young

UNDERDOG TAKES IBF BELT BACK TO ENGLAND

"Special" Night For Kell Brook

“Special” Night For Kell Brook


Carson, CA- IBF welterweight (147) champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-1-1, 15 KO) lost his belt by majority decision to England’s Kell “Special K” Brook (33-0, 22 KO).  It was a very competitive fight in which Porter outworked Brook in several rounds but was also hit with nice crisp counters. 

BROOK STAYED FOCUSED ON TASK AT HAND

Kell fought on the outside and held on any time Porter got close.  It was not the prettiest way to win, but he got the nod on two of the cards (116-112 and 117-111), with one score being even (114-114).  Brook proved to be a little “special” after all.  Can he beat the elite of the division?  I am not so sure.  Regardless, it was a nice performance and a good win.  I am now 0-2 in predicting main events I attend at the Stub Hub Center.  Next time you want to bet on a main event at that venue, bet on the opposite of whoever I pick.

DIRRELL TOPS BIKA IN UGLY FIGHT

WBC super middleweight (168) titlist Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KO) lost his title to Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KO) after 12 rounds of wild action.  READ MORE…

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RYAN BADER WINS UFC FIGHT NIGHT

August 17th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON FOX SPORTS CHANNELS

Ross Pearson KO Gray Maynard

Ross Pearson KO Gray Maynard


San Francisco, CA- Although his people didn’t want to hear this, but had Ryan Bader not beaten Ovince St. Preux Saturday night in Banghor, MN, his tenure with the Ultimate Fighting Championships would have been relegated to that of a “gatekeeper.” You know, the guy you build other guys on.

DARTH VADER WENT BACK TO BASICS

On a two fight winning streak after losing in 2013 to recent UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (205 lb.) challenger Glover Texeria, Bader went back to his base. Initiating a pair of takedowns in the opening five-minute session of battle set the tone for the UFC Fight Night main event as he took his foe down nine out of 21 attempts.

ANOTHER UFC GUY USING BOXING

Once Darth Bader got his man to the ground he let go with his hands landing 77 strikes in five rounds. While Ovince Saint Preux was never in serious trouble, he was being clearly out worked. Ovince had a fair closing round, but the fight was never in question as to who was winning. Scores were 49-46, 49-46 & 48-47 for Bader who is now 18-4. Ovince declines to 16-6.
END OF GRAY MAYNARD UFC RUN READ MORE…

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BKB RINGSIDE REPORT CARD

August 17th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

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Rosado vs Vera

NEW FORMAT FORCES FIGHTERS TO ENGAGE

Las Vegas, NV- Big Knockout Boxing (BKB) made its debut Saturday night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The unique combat fighting format features traditional boxing in a 6 foot circular pit and features 2 minutes rounds. Main event was a pitch battle between rugged middleweights Brian Vera and Gabe Rosado. Rosado, a solid professional who lost in two world title opportunities in the last year and a half, stopped Vera, a solid journeyman. Vera is best known for losing a highly controversial decision to Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr last year.

ROSADO DELIVERS A KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR TYPE PUNCH ON VERA

The first couple rounds were fought at a measured pace, yet in round three, things began to flare up. Vera scored a flash knockdown in the round on an off balance Rosado. Gabe came back in the round with a much sharper well placed overhand right that dropped Vera.

Rosado Lands a Right

Rosado Lands a Right

It was evident in the remaining rounds that the smaller ring favored the quicker Rosado, who peppered Vera consistently with right hands and hooks. In the final stanza, Vera walked into a well timed right and fell face first into the canvas. He got up on wobbly legs and the referee stopped the bout.

DAVID ESTRADA AND EDDIE CAMINERO ENGAGE IN SLUGFEST

Former welterweight contender David Estrada made his BKB debut in a junior middleweight bout against the game and brave Eddie Caminero. READ MORE…

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UFC TONIGHT ON FOX SPORTS FROM MAINE

August 16th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young

UFC VET RYAN BADER IN “REAL” TOUGH

Los Angeles, CA- Light heavyweight (205) Ryan Bader (17-4) will go up against Ovince St. Preux (16-5) in main event of the UFC‘s very first card in the state of Maine.  UFC Fight Night:  Bader vs. St. Preux takes place on Saturday at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, MN.  Both men are near the top of the division but have lost when they faced the elite fighters of the division.  I am leaning towards Bader coming out on top but a win for St. Preux would not surprise me.  Main card will kick off at 7:00PM Pacific Time.

Will Bader Get The W?

Will Bader Get The W?

CO-MAIN EVENT “DO OR DIE” FOR GRAY MAYNARD

In the co-main event, Ross Pearson (15-7-0-1) takes on Gray Maynard (11-3-1-1) at lightweight (155).  Maynard is 1-3-1 in his last 5 fights and is coming off back-to-back TKO losses.  In his spare time, Gray is known to give incredibly thrilling interviews to our own Pedro Fernandez.  Pearson is 2-2-0-1, with one of those losses being a controversial split decision to Diego Sanchez (25-7).  Maynard seems to be on the decline, and I think Pearson has a bit more left in the tank at this point.  I’d favor Pearson to take the W.

UNDERCARD COULD INCLUDE ANOTHER “BOETSCH” UPSET 

Middleweights (185) Brad Tavares (12-2) and Tim Boetsch (17-7) will share the octagon in a solid match between mid-tier challengers.  It is never wise to completely write Boetsch off, as he has a history of pulling off upsets.  In this case, I think Tavares should win.  Rounding out the rest of the card are a welterweight (170) clash between Seth Baczynski (19-11) and Alan Jouban (9-2) and a heavyweight (265 limit) bout featuring Shawn Jordan (15-6) and Jack May (7-1).  Featherweight (145) Thiago Tavares (18 – 5 – 1)  will go against Robbie ‘Problems’ Peralta (18 – 4 ) in the opening bout of the main card.

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SHOWTIME CARD TOPPED BY SHAWN PORTER

August 15th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young

“SHOWTIME” RETURNS TO SHOWTIME

Shawn Porter (r)

Shawn Porter (r)


Los Angeles, CA- IBF welterweight (147) champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter (24-0-1, 15 KO) defends his belt against England’s Kell “Special K” Brook (32-0, 22 KO) on Saturday night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA. Of course, you can catch Showtime on the Showtime network, which puts on the best cards in boxing at the moment. This is a great fight for the fans, and either guy has a chance to pick up a nice W and put themselves in position for some big paydays down the line. That being said, expect Porter to serve up a “Special KO”.

“MUM” MAY NOT RECOGNIZE KELL AFTER

Brits, with the exception of Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO), normally have crumpets for chins, and I expect Kell to learn this the hard way on Saturday night. Porter is coming off a 12-round walloping of Devon Alexander (26-2, 14 KO) for the IBF strap and a 4-round demolition of veteran Paulie Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KO) that was by far the worst beating of the Brooklynite’s storied career.

PORTER SIZE & STRENGTH TRUMPS TALENT OF BROOK

Brook has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career, and has given most of his opposition “a good pasting”, if I may borrow some Brit slang. Porter, until recently, was just a fairly above-average welterweight. He seems to have turned a corner now, and would match up well with anyone in the world at his weight. The fact that Adrien “The Problem” Broner (28-1, 22 KO) was unable to put a dent in Malignaggi, and lost their fight in some fans eyes, speaks volumes about how strong Porter truly is.

CO-MAIN ALSO A TITLE FIGHT

Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KO) has done a nice job of keeping Andre Ward’s (27-0, 14 KO) WBC super middleweight (168) belt warm for him these last few fights. Ward of course dominated Bika a few years back, but was stripped of his belt because boxing loves to shoot itself in the foot every chance it gets. Regardless, Bika will defend Ward’s belt against the very talented Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KO).

REMATCH OF A FIGHT DIRRELL SHOULD HAVE WON READ MORE…

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LEAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FOR RINGTALK RADIO!

August 14th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

BOXING’S LONGEST RUNNING PROGRAM ALMOST REACHES 30

Leave questions or comments for our host Pedro Fernandez to read and answer on our show! Do you have something you want to say about the current state of boxing or MMA? You have a question for our host? Leave them below in the comments section. Ringtalk radio airs every Saturday and Sunday at 11am PST.

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IS KELL BROOK ANOTHER DONALD CURRY?

August 12th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

KELL BROOK “MAKE OR BREAK” VS. SHAWN PORTER

Kell Brook

Kell Brook


San Francisco, CA- First off, if your name was Ezekiel Brinsly, you might want to change it to Kell Brook. The #1 ranked IBF 147 lb. contender, I’ve watched develop on European TV. Fighting out of Sheffield, UK, Kell has shown a few flashes of potential greatness.

SHOWTIME FROM STUB HUB CENTER IN CARSON, CA

This is an “acid” test of sorts for the 32-0 with 22 KOs Brook who has fought the usual pedestrian suspects like Lovemore N’Dou and Carson Jones twice. His standout performance is a TKO 4 over Viacheslav Senchenko (37-2-24 KOs) in 2013.

CURRY TURNED OUT TO BE OVERRATED

As for mentioning former 147 & 154 lb champ Donald Curry (34-6, 25 KOs) and Kell in the same sentence, I do that because the Brit’s think Kell has “the goods,” much like the Yanks thought Curry would deliver in the 1980s. He didn’t and Curry was thwarted by Lloyd Honeyghan at 147 and was put to sleep by Mike McCallum in 1987 by a single left hook.

KELL & PORTER BOTH HAVE LOTS TO PROVE READ MORE…

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LOCAL GUY ROBIN WILLIAMS SUICIDE

August 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

WATCHED ROBIN WILLIAMS IN THE EARLY DAYS

Robin Williams

Robin Williams


San Francisco, CA- Iconic actor and comedian Robin Williams hung himself today in his Marin County home. An Oscar winning actor, Williams broke in as an Alien named Mork in the ABC show Mork & Mindy. Back in the day, it could be the Holy City Zoo, Other Cafe, the old Cobb’s Comedy Club in the Marina District, you never knew where and when a “buzzed” Robin Williams would drop in.

FAKE COCAINE STAND UP ACT WAS STOLEN

This was the case before and after Mork & Mindy made him a star. One night in nearby San Carlos at the razed Circle Star Theater, Williams opened for a musical act and as he left the circular stage, he was physically attacked by fellow comedian Steve Pearl and got punched a few times. You won’t read this anywhere else, but Pearl was livid that Robin went on TV with Johnny Carson and stole the high point of Pearl’s act, a powdered face ending.

NOT ONLY COMIC THAT STOLE JOKES

Not that Williams would need to steal material, but he did and the way Pearl’s career went up in flames after beating Robin up is something I can’t forget. READ MORE…

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LISTEN T RINGTALK BOXING HOUR-AUGUST 10TH

August 11th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

HOUR 1 FROM SUNDAY IS BOXING!

Boxing’s longest running radio program! We talk Showtimes card full of mismatches and Danny Gracia’s destruction of Rod Salka.
Ringtalk radio airs live every Saturday and Sunday at 11am PST. Two hours on Sunday. Hour 1 is boxing. To listen use browser above or link below.
http://www.sportsbyline.com/broadcast/RingTalk/RT_081014.mp3

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BOXING PROMOTER HAS SEX CHANGE

August 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

MALE BOXING PROMOTER NOW A WOMAN!

Frank Maloney

Frank Maloney


San Francisco, CA- Within the last year or so, boxing historian Ron Marshall brought up UK boxing promoter Frank Maloney. Having been on the front lines of the boxing business for some 20 years, Maloney had disappeared. Said Marshall, “I think he’s retired seeing (heavyweight) David Price got exposed.” Speaking of exposed, this week Frank introduced us to Kellie Maloney.

SEX CHANGE STUNS BOXING WORLD

Kellie Maloney

Kellie Maloney


Some were shocked when these pictures began flowing from England. BoxRec.com was the first boxing website to pull it up, and I have to say it was a shock. But then I got to thinking, that Maloney although he represented World heavyweight champion, Frank now Kellie, was a somewhat timid guy when he wasn’t on camera or stage.

LENNOX LEWIS WAS “THOUGHT TO BE” GAY

For years there were rumors flying about former undisputed World heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and his allegedly being Gay. Reporters took pot shots at Lewis because he was never seen with women. And that some even thought he spoke in a non mucho-macho tone. Kronk Gym Goldfather Emanuel Steward told me over drinks in Big Bear, CA that LL was straight. Then I interviewed a hooker who had been with Lennox and Mike Tyson, and she said he was quite the ladies man.

LENNOX TALKS ABOUT KELLIE ON FACEBOOK

I was just as shocked as anyone at the news about my former promoter and my initial thought was that it was a wind up. The great thing about life, and boxing, is that, day to day, you never know what to expect. This world we live in isn’t always cut and dried or black and white, and coming from the boxing fraternity, I can only imagine what a difficult decision this must be for Kellie (formerly Frank Maloney). However, having taken some time to read Kellie’s statements, I understand better what she, and others in similar situations, are going through. I think that ALL people should be allowed to live their lives in a way that brings them harmony and inner peace. I respect Kellie’s decision and say that if this is what brings about true happiness in her life, than so be it. (Lennox Lewis)

MAN TO WOMAN CHANGE QUITE A COMMITMENT READ MORE…

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