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RATING BOXINGS UPCOMING FIGHTS PART 1

August 26th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

2014 CALENDAR HAS BEEN LESS THAN STELLAR

Las Vegas, NV-Looking back at the first 8 months of the year and it’s hard to even think of any fights that were truly memorable. There were a few good ones, such as John Molina’s brave effort in a 11th round knockout loss to Lucas Matthysse, and Terrence Crawfords 9th round knockout win over Yuri Gamboa in defense of his WBO lightweight title. Besides those, especially at the elite level most fights have been somewhat dull as the favored fighter has generally won in fights he was  highly favored in. The difficulty of getting the best out there to fight the best has hurt the sport. Even then that doesn’t always guarantee an action packed contest. There are a few big fights on the horizon, one that stands out, the others with somewhat predictable outcomes.

 

Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana 2

Mayweather and Maidana

Mayweather and Maidana

WBA and WBC welterweight championship

September 13th, Showtime PPV

Grade C+

For the 70 plus dollar price tag, and the fact that all the entertainment value comes from the B side (Maidana) it just isn’t worth the purchase. Add to the fact that it only took Floyd six rounds to figure out the Argentine the last time. This fight should be one-sided and unless Maidana can pull off something dramatic, expect a technical but unexciting performance from Floyd. Not to say Floyd isn’t brilliant at what he does, it just isn’t entertaining.

 

Gennady Golovkin vs Marco Antonio Rubio

WBA middleweight championship

October 18th, HBO World Championship boxing

Grade B-

Since it’s tough for the power punching Golovkin to get big fights he gets a pass here. Rubio is a good and durable opponnent with height and power. Unfortunately he won’t be all that hard to find and will have to withstand a furious onslaught from the opening bell. Rubio will be such a heavy underdog who no one expects to win, so can’t give this a high grade. The B is mainly because “GGG” generates excitement in most of his fights as they rarely go the distance.

 

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KELL BROOK HAS SUPERSTAR POTENTIAL

August 25th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

EXPECT RECORD SETTING AMIR KHAN FIGHT IN 2015

Kell Brook

Kell Brook


San Francisco, CA- With the advent of the Internet came the ability to watch fights in other countries LIVE, something writers of a generation ago couldn’t even imagine. You used to rely on the boxing trade paper Boxing Update Magazine in the 80s. Before Virgil Thrasher put out Boxing Update & Flash Magazines (B.U. on the 10th, Flash 20 & 30th) unless you had a boxing writer locally the only news you got was from three

U.K. TV STAYED WITH THEIR GUYS

Amir Khan

Amir Khan

month old magazines.
Having been intrigued by the way the English have kept boxing domestic while US Networks like ESPN 2 just last week went with two fighters from abroad in the televised main event. Unlike America, the UK invested in the sport nationally and with boxers like the unbeaten (32-0, 22 KOs) Kell Brook of Sheffield, among others, it has paid off!

BROOK TOOK “GREEN” PORTER TO SCHOOL

Having turned 28 in May, most pundits expected Brook to be turned out by the heavy handed ex-IBF welterweight (147 lb.) Shawn Porter (21-1-1, 15 KOs) when it was the opposite that occurred. What I saw in Brook as he’s developed in the last ten fights or so, is that like Floyd Mayweather he figures fighters out quickly.

BROOK HAS MAYWEATHER-CASTILLO LIKE FIGHT

Like Mayweather in the Jose Luis Castillo fight where people were whispering afterwards, English pundits were doing the same as Brook struggled with Carson Jones (34-8-2). In 2012, Kell got a Majority Decision 12 as one judge thought the fight with the American was even.

PUBLIC & BROOK BOTH WANTED REMATCH READ MORE…

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UFC DOUBLE WEEKEND RESULTS

August 25th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young

Cung Le (9-3) May Want To Consider Retirement

Cung Le (9-3) May Want To Consider Retirement

TWO UFC FIGHT NIGHTS ON ONE DAY

At the Cotai Arena in Macau, China, China, middleweight (185) Michael Bisping (25-6) put a beating on Cung Le for nearly 4 full rounds before the contest was mercifully stopped.  This was the main event of the first UFC card that took place on Saturday, with the second headlined by Rafael Dos Anjos’ (22-7) upset knockout of former lightweight (155) champion Benson Henderson (21-4) at the Bok Center in Tulsa, OK.

THREE KNOCKOUTS ON TULSA UNDER CARD   

Welterweight (170) Jordan Mein (29-9) knocked out Mike Pyle (26-10-1) in just 71 seconds in the co-main event in Tulsa.  On the under card, middleweight Francis Carmont (22-10) suffered his third consecutive loss with a second round knockout at the hands of Thales Leites (24-4).  Featherweight (145) Max Holloway (10-3) welcomed Clay Collard (13-5, 1 NC) by knocking him out in the second round.

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G.G.G. GUY TOM LOEFFLER ON RING TALK

August 24th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

GOLOVKIN & KLITSCHKO PROMOTER TALKS “BIG FIGHTS”

Gennady Golovkin & Tom Loeffler

Gennady Golovkin & Tom Loeffler


San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez had one of boxing’s powerbrokers in K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler. Subjects included his clients Gennady Golovkin fighting in California later this year, World heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitscho, and a lot more.

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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.

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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.

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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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