APOLLO 1 DEATHS 48 YEARS LATER

AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS DIE DURING PRACTICE

Ed White, Virgil Grissom, Roger Chaffee

Ed White, Virgil Grissom Roger Chaffee

San Francisco, CA- When I was growing up it was the space program, NASA, National Aeronautics & Space Administration that provided the most compelling “Must See TV.” From Alan Sheppard’s first foray into space in 1961 aboard a Mercury capsule, to Edward White’s first space walk from a Gemini capsule, space truly was the “New Frontier.”

RUSH TO MOON CAUSED UNNECESSARY DEATH

On January 27, 1967, the aforementioned Edward White, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and Roger Chaffee, the crew of Apollo I died when a fire engulfed their spacecraft as they practiced on the ground in Florida. Having radio problems on the ground between the cockpit and the NASA control center, Grissom is heard saying shortly before the fire. “How can you get us to the moon when we can’t talk to one another on the ground.”

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MAYWEATHER-COTTO II “HAPPENING”

MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO BOUT NOT “HAPPENING”

Mayweather-Cotto Ditto!

Mayweather-Cotto Ditto!


San Francisco, CA- It became obvious to me when Canelo Alvarez decided to dance without Miguel Cotto, that the only way Cotto would allow this payday to get away was that he instead would land a rematch with Floyd Mayweather for Miguel’s lineal middleweight (160 lbs.) title. This has nothing to do with “fear” on either man’s part, rather it’s about dollars and sense. Oh, let me say it again, there will be NO Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in May period.18-mayweather-afpgt

EXPLAINING THE “SENSE”

Although I admire Puerto Rico’s Cotto, a fighter that at 140 & 147 lbs. fought so relaxed (under fire) he looked like he had burnt a blunt in the dressing room. But at 160 Cotto, isn’t likely to be as mellow as he worries with family and friends about his health. A family guy unlike Peter Griffin, Cotto said a couple of years ago that he wasn’t inclined to get in any “life or death” war, citing family concerns. Like TV’s Mr. Griffin, Floyd isn’t going to hurt or knock him out.

COTTO REMATCH FROM FLOYD’S PERSPECTIVE

As for Floyd’s sense of matters, Cotto is slow, semi-predictable and not likley to knock him out. Having had 12 rounds to figure the Puerto Rican out already, this fight has all the indications of being a carbon copy of Mayweather-Marcos Maidana II which registered a solid 2 of 10 on the entertainment scale. Mayweather will keep this fight in the center of the ring and win going away.

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ROC NATION SPORTS VS AL HAYMON

JAY-Z THROWS HIS (YANKEES) HAT INTO BOXING

Jay Z Helping To Bring Boxing Back To The Mainstream

Jay-Z

Los Angeles, CA- As many of you may know, rapper and very successful entrepreneur Shawn Carter, also known as “Jay-Z,” has recently become a boxing promoter.  Roc Nation Sports, a company that manages prominent athletes like the NBA’s Kevin Durant and the NFL’s Dez Bryant has begun promoting boxing cards.  Their first card took place on January 9 of this year at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The Fox Sports 1 broadcast of Throne Boxing was not a success in terms of ratings, and appears to have done circa 660,000 viewers. A powerful force in the world of entertainment, Roc Nation has the potential to shake up the world of pugilism.

ROC NATION ON A SIGNING SPREE

A merger with New Jersey based promoter Gary Shaw Productions has increased the Roc roster dramatically. Top lightweight (135 lbs.) Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs), junior welterweight (140) contender Thomas Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), and rising middleweight (160) Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) are now members of Roc Nation.  Heavyweight hope Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs), another new addition to Roc Nation, will challenge long-reigning Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KO) for the recognized heavyweight (200+) championship of the world at the Madison Square Garden on April 25.  

ANDRE WARD INKS PACT WITH JAY-Z

The crown jewel of the Roc Nation stable is lineal super middleweight (168) champion AndrE Ward (27-0, 14 KO).  Ward is ranked in the top 5 pound-for-pound by virtually every publication you can get your hands on, and is considered one of the best fighters of this generation.  Ward fought for years to get out of his promotional contact with Dan Goossen. It remains to be srrn as to whether he sacrificed any quality years of his prime as he moves forward with Jay-Z.  Under Roc Nation, fans should get a chance to see one of boxing’s best in the ring more frequently than of late.

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BRANDON RIOS WIN TOPS WEEKEND BOXING RESULTS

RIOS STOPS SHOT AND UNFOCUSED ALVARADO

Las Vegas, NV- It was clear from the opening bell that Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (33-4, 23 KOs) was either unprepared Saturday night or is just a plain shell of the fighter who won the rematch with Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) on HBO in 2013.

Rios (left) & Alvarado (right) going to Hell

Rios (left) & Alvarado (right) going to Hell

The native of Denver had the hometown advantage. Ironically fighting and training there is to his detriment. A week before the fight he was arrested for having a gun in his possession, a no no for a former felon.

ALVARADO LOST TWO IN A ROW PREVIOUSLY

While “Mile High” edged Rios by decision in the second go around, he took a beating in a 2013 stoppage loss to Ruslan Provodnikov and then was dominated in his next bout against Juan Manuel Marquez. Those two fights appeared to have erased any desire he had left to be a prizefighter. It showed up Saturday night as he was listless for the three round pasting he endured against Rios who was able to land 120 punches in just three stanzas. Unable to differentiate two fingers from four, the doctor advised the bout to be stopped.

TOP RANK PROSPECT NOT READY FOR THE ELITE

Super Middleweight prospect Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez (31-0, 24 KOs) failed to impress in his 10 round unanimous decision victory over Maxim Vlasov (32-2, 15 KOs). Read more

RUMBLE UPSETS GUS IN UFC ON FOX 14 MAIN EVENT

A.J. DEVASTATES SECOND LARGEST CROWD IN UFC HISTORY

Rumble Mauls "The Mauler"

Rumble Mauls “The Mauler”

Los Angeles, CA- Almost 30,000 Swedish fans at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden left heartbroken Saturday night after their guy was demolished by American light heavyweight (205) contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (19-4) in the UFC On Fox 14 main event.  Rumble took only two minutes and fifteen seconds to dispose of Alexander Gustafsson (16-3), and will be next in line for champion Jon Jones (21-1).

RUMBLE, YOUNG MAN, RUMBLE!

If we learned anything from the main event, we learned that Johnson’s power is for real.  Gus had never been stopped by strikes before and A.J. was able to finish him off once he had him hurt.  Truth be told, the stoppage may have been a little late, as Alex was clearly not able to defend himself effectively for the last several punches he ate while curled up in the fetal position.  It was a demoralizing loss for the swede, who cried in the cage after the fight.  I think he will be able to bounce back at the young age of 28, and I can see UFC matchmaker Joe Silva setting him up against Daniel Cormier (15-1) in the near future. Read more

UFC ON FOX 14 SATURDAY

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205 LBS.) TITLE ELIMINATOR MAIN EVENT

"The Mauler" Returns

“The Mauler” Returns

Los Angeles, CA- Number one contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2) takes on number three contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) in the main event of 2015’s first Big Fox UFC card on Saturday night.  The card will take place in Gus’ home country at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.  The Mauler may just need that home-field advantage, as he is sharing the octagon with one of his toughest opponents to date.  Rumble is on an 8-fight winning streak, including going 2-0 since his return to the UFC last year.   In the end, I think Gustafsson might be the best light heavyweight on the planet, so I think he carries the day here.  I recently re-watched Gustafsson’s fight with champion Jon Jones (21-1) for the fourth time and still had the Swede winning, despite the judges scoring the fight in favor of Jones.  A rematch between the two is one of the biggest fights out there, and I think we will see it by the end of the year.

“HENDO” MAY THINK ABOUT RETIREMENT AFTER CO-MAIN

Middleweight (185) Dan Henderson (30-12) is 44 years old and 1-4 in his last five fights.  The legend has nothing more to prove in mixed martial arts, and I do not think he gets past Gegard Mousasi (32-5-2) on Saturday.  Mousasi had a poor showing against rising contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (21-3, 1 NC) in his last fight, but I still think the former Strikeforce champion has more than enough to beat the faded veteran.  If he does, I think Henderson may retire from competition altogether or be cut by the UFC at the very least. Read more

MANY AMERICANS “DUMBER THAN DUMB”

IGNORANCE SEEMS TO RULE IN 2015
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San Francisco, CA- If you saw a lot of the posts that don’t make it to the Comments Section, you’d know why for they are nothing more than keyboard dribble. This may have a lot to do with the Text era of intended misspelling and the short thought world that is the product of Twitter. But as somebody that has worked on the Internet since 1991, I can see that the overall intelligence of people, at least here in the United States, is on the decline.

AMERICANS NOT THAT SMART BEFORE I.T. AGE

Now that would not be so alarming except that before the Twitter thang the average IQ of an American was 99. I’ve been tested at 128 and 134 respectively at different points of my life, but with 99 the average that means half of us are below that. And before you try and affix this to a specific racial group other than your own, don’t as I’m talking Whites, Blacks, Browns, Blue & Green.

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DID CONOR MCGREGOR EARN TITLE SHOT?

IS MCGREGOR WORTHY OF ALDO FIGHT?

Did McGregor Earn Shot With Talk Or Walk?

Did McGregor Get His Crack At Aldo With Talk Or Walk?

Los Angeles, CA-Conor McGregor (17-2, 5-0 UFC) has proven his talent in the Ultimate Fighting Championships thus far, but many question whether he is truly deserving of a scheduled May featherweight (145 lbs.) title fight with Jose Aldo (25-1).  While McGregor may not have as much experience in the UFC as other combatants, I feel he has the skills to seriously challenge the last remaining Brazilian champ.

UFC FEATHERWEIGHT RANKINGS
1 Chad Mendes (16-2, 7-2 UFC)
2 Frankie Edgar (18-4-1, 12-4-1 UFC)
3 Ricardo Lamas (15-3, 6-1 UFC)
4 Conor McGregor (17-2, 5-0 UFC)  McGregor went up from 5 to 4 after Saturday.
5 Cub Swanson (21-6, 6-2 UFC).  Swanson dropped from 4 to 5 after Saturday.
6 Dennis Bermudez (14-4, 7-2 UFC).  Bermudez went up to 6 from 7 after Saturday.
7 Dustin Poirier (16-4, 8-3 UFC).  Poirier dropped from 6 to 7 after Saturday.
8 Nik Lentz (25-6-2-1, 9-3-1-1 UFC)
9 Charles Oliveira (19-4-0-1, 7-4-0-1 UFC)
10 Jeremy Stephens (23-11, 10-10 UFC) Stephens went up to 10 from 11 after Saturday.
11 Clay Guida (31-15, 11-9 UFC).  Guida went up to 11 from 12 after Saturday.
12 Dennis Siver (22-10-0-1, 12-7-0-1 UFC).  Siver dropped from 10 to 12 after Saturday.
13 Max Holloway (11-3, 7-3 UFC)
14 Darren Elkins (16-5, 8-4 UFC)
15 Hacran Dias (22-3-1, 2-2 UFC)

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JERMAIN TAYLOR HAS LOST HIS MIND!

SOON TO BE JAILED JERMAIN TAYLOR HEADED FOR PRISON

Jermain Taylor bathing (1/20/15)

Jermain Taylor bathing (1/20/15)


San Francisco, CA- When I met the 2000 Olympic Team, at least the guys that Lou DiBella had signed soon after his HBO departure, the two that stood out for different reasons were the highly touted Silver medalist Ricardo Williams and Bronze medal winner Jermain Taylor.

JERMAIN & THE POLICE DATELINE

July 2011: Taylor accused of getting into a fight with his mother in Maumelle, AR. Taylor cited for busting out window of his mother’s car. No criminal charges pursued.

May 2012: Allegations of Taylor raping a woman in a hotel room in Maumelle. Police did not file charges.

August 2014: Taylor arrested at a shooting at his home in Pulaski County after supposedly shooting his cousin. Taylor was charged with aggravated assault and domestic battery. June trial date is set.

December 2014: Pulaski County Sheriff Deputies called to Jermain Taylor’s home after a caller reports that a brick was thrown through a car window.

January 19, 2015: Jermain Taylor arrested after an altercation on Wright Avenue. Taylor charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of marijuana. He pointed a gun at a family, allegedly because a five year old had dropped his title belt on the ground.

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PACQUIAO AND ARUM LYING! NO FLOYD TALKS!

LARRY MERCHANT EXPOSES ARUM & PACQUIAO

Bob Arum Negotiating With Self?

Bob Arum Negotiating With Self?


San Francisco, CA- While chatting with Larry Merchant on the Sunday edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the Godfather of HBO Boxing said that, “There has been no back and forth negotiation between Floyd Mayweather. Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum have been negotiating with themselves.”

BOB ARUM BEING DISINGENUOUS (YES) DISINGENUOUS

In other words, it appears Bob Arum has not been forthright with the media again. The man whose epitaph should read, “I was lying yesterday, but today I’m telling the truth,” his actual words, is saying the fight is all but done. You see while we’ve been hearing Manny had signed, a source on the inside told me, “It’s a double swerve. Arum is trying to create public sentiment against Floyd to force the fight. Telling people that 60-40 had been agreed to, it was all bulls*it.”

LIKELY MAYWEATHER-COTTO II PREDICTED WEEKS AGO

While linear middleweight (160 lbs.) champion Miguel Cotto has kept Canelo Alvarez tied up in negotiations, Cotto’s people are said to be trying to make Cotto-Mayweather II. If you missed the first fight, think of a slightly more polished Marcos Maidana in Cotto who wants to cash in especially against somebody that can’t hurt him. Swerve #2.

MAYWEATHER WILL BE IN AUSTRALIA

Floyd has said he will be in Australia at the end of January. To that, Anthony Mundine is saying Mayweather and he “might” fight. I don’t know how bad you want Mayweather to fight anybody when his fights are about as exciting as a fully clothed porno. There is no “Money” shot in Mayweather’s films…er fights.

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LISTEN RING TALK: LARRY MERCHANT ON PAC-FLOYD!

HBO GODFATHER LARRY MERCHANT “UNPLUGGED”

 "Stunned" Larry Merchant

“Stunned” Larry Merchant


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Hall of Fame journalist and broadcater Larry Merchant. Larry brought out that there are no ongoing nogotiations between Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao. There never have been. And he also spelled out Al Heymon’s deal with NBC. Merchant was all about Deontay Wilder.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 59: CONOR MCGREGOR WINS!

CONOR MCGREGOR GETS TITLE SHOT

McGregor Will Face Aldo Next

McGregor Will Face Aldo Next

Los Angeles, CA- After almost two years of trash talk, Conor McGregor (17-2) will finally get the title shot he promised.  Ever since he first entered the promotion back in April 2013, “Notorious” has said he would bring the featherweight (145) belt back to Ireland.  In Las Vegas this May, he will get the chance to back up his talk.

GAME SIVER NO MATCH FOR MCGREGOR

Dennis Siver (22-10, 1 NC) of Russia landed some decent strikes.  He even managed to drag Conor to the canvas for a few seconds.  Unfortunately, those were the only highlights on Fox Sports 1 for the Russian.  He spent most of 7 minutes getting busted up but the power and speed of McGregor’s strikes.  After being dropped with a body punch in round two and finished with some ground and pound, referee Herb Dean called an end to the contest at 1:54.

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WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING 17 RESULTS

JAKE SHIELDS CONTINUES WSOF COMEBACK

Jake Shields Adds Another "W" To His Collection

Jake Shields Adds Another “W” To His Collection

 Los Angeles, CA- The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV hosted WSOF17 on Saturday night with former UFC welterweights (170 lbs.) Jake Shields (31-7-1, 1 NC) and Brian Foster (22-7) in the main event.  Shields proved he was the better man by getting the Guillotine choke in 2:51.  After the win, Shields called out another UFC vet who is now the WSOF welterweight champ, Rousimar Palhares (17-6).

CO-MAIN DIFFERENT THAN ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED

Jonathan Nunez (5-1) failed the toughest test of his young career with a third round submission loss to Joe Condon (12-7).  It was a valiant effort by Nunez, but Condon simply had too much octagon savvy on the night.  I feel this may have been too much to ask of Nunez, as his original opponent Bryan Cobb (20-8) withdrew at the last second.  Still, this will be a good learning experience for the young man.  Bulgarian middleweight (185)  Krasimir Mladenov(12-0) took Canadian Brendan Kornberger’s (5-1) 0 with a unanimous win after three rounds.

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