ROUSEY DOMINATES AT UFC 184

UFC’S BIGGEST STAR SHINES BRIGHT AT STAPLES CENTER

Double R

Double R

Los Angeles, CA- UFC star “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (11-0) retained her bantamweight (135) belt and took “Alpha” Cat Zingano’s (9-1) zero in the process in the main event of UFC 184.  In just 14 seconds, Rousey submitted Zingano with on of her famous armbars.  Going in, many picked Zingano to win, but here at Ring Talk, we knew she was no match for the Rowdy one.  Rousey and Zingano become the first females to headline a UFC pay-per-view show.  With all of the extra eyes on her, Ronda put on perhaps her most impressive performance to date.

ROUSEY IS MUST-SEE TV

You may not realize it, but you are witnessing a special talent.  Enjoy Rousey while she is here, as I cannot see her remaining in the fight game for too long.  The Olympic judoka has charisma that transcends the appeal of mixed martial arts, and has undoubtedly brought new demographics to the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Read more

BELLATOR 134 RESULTS

NEW BRITISH BELLATOR CHAMP

Bellator British Invasion

Los Angeles, CA- At Bellator 143-British Invasion, British light heavyweight (205) Liam McGeary (10-0) became the new champion by defeating Emmanuel Newton (26-7-1) by unanimous decision.  McGeary was in control throughout, al;though Newton had his moments.  The giant 6’6″ fighter will be an interesting champion in the coming months.

KONGO FIGHT GOES THE DISTANCE

Cheick Kongo (22-10-2) of France lost a debatable split decision to Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal (15-4, 1 NC) of the United States in Mo’s heavyweight (265 limit) debut.  It was a close fight, but one that could end up leading to Kongo’s retirement.  At 39, I am really not sure what else he has to offer.  He has had a solid career, but losing to a guy who was not even that great fighting 60 pounds below seems like a bad sign for the veteran heavyweight. Read more

TYSON FURY WIN SECURES KLITSCHKO & MORE

“GIANT GYPSY” FURY BEATS LESSER GUY

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury


San Francisco, CA- If you look at this picture, can you believe Tyson Fury is only 26 years old? Forget the hair loss, he looks like a 6’7 bus driver with a midriff. That being said, Fury (24-0, 18 whacks) seemingly “pity patted” his way to a TKO 8 win, this after dropping 15-1 underdog Christian Hammer (17-4, 10 KOs) in round five at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

TYSON FURY CAN’T SING ALL THAT WELL

The #1 ranked WBO heavyweight contender, like the Elvis impersonator Tyson Fury or not, (and most people seemingly don’t) the “King of The Irish Gypsies” is now set to face World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs) after Wald takes out American Bryant Jennings in a few weeks. A Philadelphian, as Don King would say, “Jennings has two chances. Slim and none, and Slim just left town.” As for Fury, size is his only attribute for if he wasn’t 6’7. he’d be driving a bus and not fightin’ for the title.

“FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE” IN IBF TITLE TILT

In his native Belfast, Ireland, Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) made an initial defense of the IBF 122 lb. diadem look easy with a TKO 5 over top rated Californian Chris Avalos (25-3, 19 KOs) at the Odyssey Arena. Avalos, who talked as if were King Kong fought like much less as the shorter Frampton worked him over from the start. The referee halted matters with Avalos on unsteady pins in round five at 1:33.

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RONDA ROUSEY-CAT ZINGANO TOP UFC 184

PAIR OF FEMALE BOUTS TOP UFC 184

San Francisco, CA- In a battle of two unbeaten stars, the “Queen of MMA” aka Rhonda Rousey (9-0) will defend her UFC bantamweight (135 lbs) against the top rated Cat Zingano (also 9-0) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA as UFC 184 goes live on Pay Per View at 7 PM PT.

Cris "Look Like A Man" Santos

Cris “Look Like A Man” Santos


CYBORG SANTOS TRULY A “CYBORG”

Last night in El Lay, Cris “Cyborg” Santos, who has underwent a name change probably to escape her record of being a Steroid cheat (a cyborg is a fictional being with both organic and biomechatronic parts) who was popped by the California Commission a while back for Steroids. A chick in need of a shave by 5 PM, Cyborg waisted a girl named Charmaine Tweet in a Tweet that lasted just 46 seconds in defense of the Envicta FC 145 lb. (featherweight) title.

DANA WHITE WITNESSED CARNAGE

This is another example of the UFC being on top from a marketing point of view as Rousey-Cyborg is the biggest fight out there in women’s MMA, and it might be in all of MMA as I anticpate incredible if NOT record MMA/UFC Pay Per View numbers for Rousey-Cyborg, but only if Rhonda can get by a quite talented Zingano tonight. Although favored, anything can happen in MMA and Cat appears to be the best fighter Rousey has yet to face.

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BELLATOR 134 ON FRIDAY

WITNESS THE BRITISH INVASION

Bellator British Invasion

Bellator British Invasion

Los Angeles, CA- Bellator 143-British Invasion will rock the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, United States of America on Friday night.  Locking horns in the main event will be U.S. light heavyweight (205) Emmanuel Newton (25-7-1) and British light heavyweight Liam McGeary (9-0).  Newton will be defending his Bellator light heavyweight championship belt.  I expect Newton to pull out a win here, as he has fought the better guys.  McGeary has finished all of his foes, but I think Newton is on a different level.

CO-MAIN FEATURES FORMER UFC CONTENDER

Welterweight (170) Paul Daley (35-13-2) of England, who was cut by the UFC back in 2010, will look to keep his recent run in tact by beating Brazil’s Andre Santos (37-9).  I think The Brit will have enough to beat Santos, though he should be wary of the Brazilian’s submissions.  Santos has as astounding 22 submission victories. Read more

LISTEN RING TALK MMA WITH KYLE KINGSBURY

“KING KYLE” THE “KING OF MMA ANALYSIS”

Kyle "Triple K" Kingsbury

Kyle “Triple K” Kingsbury


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez “broke bread” with retired UFC fighter Kyle Kingsbury. The many failed Drug Tests (Steroids) were a big part of the conversation as well as the upcoming UFC schedule.

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20 YEARS SINCE GERALD MCCLELLAN TRAGEDY

TOUGH DAY IF YOU REMEMBER MCCLELLAN-BENN FIGHT

Ex-Middleweight Champ Gerald & Lisa McClellan

Ex-Middleweight Champ Gerald & Lisa McClellan


San Francisco, CA- It’s been 20 years to the day since then WBC middleweight (160 lbs) champion Gerald McClellan collapsed in a London ring while engaging Nigel Benn in a WBC super middleweigjht (168) title fight. In hindsight, there were a lot of factors contributing to the permanent injuries Gerald suffered that night. He cut a lot of weight. Couple that with the bad officiating and Benn’s constant fouling. To say that the referee’s performance played a critical role in Gerald suffering life altering injuries is still to this day an understatement of the greatest magnitude.

GERALD & EMANUEL BECAME ESTRANGED!

Nobody has ever talked about the circumstances surrounding manager/trainer Emanuel Steward and McClellan. Each time the Kronk Gym Goldfather and I brought up Gerald, there was always a pained look in Steward’s eye. But one night I pressed him and he put it like this. “It boiled down to money. People were talking to him, the wrong people. You don’t think that (Benn) fight would have continued after the first round, if I were there?”

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BOXING THRIVING AND DYING IN 2015

SETTING THE TABLE FOR YOU

Pedro Fernandez

Pedro Fernandez


San Francisco, CA- If I don’t preface this accordingly, you will think this is boasting, but let me expand. At a point and time, I went unbeaten for three straight years in the Northern California Golden Gloves and ended up with four G.G. championships.

TV EXPOSURE EXPANDING GREATLY IN 2015

If you look at the sport of boxing in general, it’s TV exposure hasn’t looked better in better than 25 turns of the Roman calendar than it will in 2015 as NBC, CBS, even SPIKE TV, they’re all going to air boxing on a regular basis.

MANY MILLIONS WATCHED FREE BOXING

There were times when Network TV could turn out 90 million viewers domestically as they did for Ali-Leon Spinks II in 1978. When the fights were being bid on by NBC, CBS and ABC, ABC’s Wide World of Sports was the undisputed network champ.

YOU COULDN’T ANSWER PHONE

And it wasn’t too long ago (pre-Internet) that West Coast fans could not answer the phone, and later the answering machine, because it was somebody like the late Johnny Bos telling you who won the fight that was live on East Coast Network TV (or USA Tuesday Night) that you hadn’t yet seen.

GODFATHER OF WRITERS “DEAD WRONG” ON LONGEVITY

Personal history and the Bos-man aside, the “big picture” of a sport Hall of Fame writer Jacob Finkelstein (Jack Fiske) predicted would essentially “be extinct” by 2020, hasn’t looked this good….maybe ever.

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GOLOVKIN WIN TOPS BOXING RESULTS

GGG REMAINS KING OF MIDDLEWEIGHTS (160)

Triple G

Triple G

Los Angeles, CA- WBA, IBO, and newly crowned WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) brutalized Martin Murray (29-2-1, 12 KOs) for just over 10 rounds on Saturday’s installment of HBO World Championship Boxing from the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  Murray landed his own shots at times, but did nothing to deter the relentless pressure of the champion.  Golovkin passed his toughest test yet, and rumors have been swirling that he carried Murray to get some rounds in.  If you ask me, I think he did start to carry his foe after knocking him down twice in round 4.  Gennady had Murray in serious trouble but took his foot off the gas to get some more ring time.  After all, his last fight did not even go two full rounds.

COTTO OR JCC JR. NEXT?

Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) won the lineal middleweight championship from a badly faded Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) who had only had one fight in about 18 months prior to facing Cotto.  Knee injuries derailed Martinez’ career, and he was a shell of his former self when he took on the Puerto Rican.  Now, Cotto appears unwilling to defend his title against GGG, who expressed interest in a unification match after stopping Murray.  Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., however, seems like he may be willing to take on the Kazakhstan bruiser. Read more

RING TALK BOXING FEATURES LARRY MERCHANT

FLOYD MANS UP TO CHALLENGE PACMAN
San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spoke with former HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant about the upcoming super fight Mayweather vs Pacquaio. Also reviewed “GGG” Gennady Golovkins impressive stoppage of Martin Murry.

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

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GERALD MCCLELLAN THE 1995 “DEATH MATCH”

BAD REFEREE TO BLAME FOR MCCLELLAN’S CONDITION

Middleweight Champ Gerald McClellan (1994)

Middleweight Champ Gerald McClellan (1994)


San Francisco, CA- One of the most tragic moments I ever witnessed was the night American WBC 160 lb. king Gerald McClellan nearly died as the result of bad officiating in a London fight with homegrown Nigel Benn shown on an HBO televised presentation. McClellan had knocked Benn out of the ring in round one and instead of being counted out, Benn was inexplicably allowed to continue.

“THE G MAN” REALLY WAS A “BEAST”

Sister Lisa & Gerald McClellan Today

Sister Lisa & Gerald McClellan Today

If McClellan were boxing today, the aforementioned nickname would surely apply as Gerald was a beast both as a boxer and a human being. The human being aspect involved a metamorphosis of sorts I will delve into shortly.

“THE G MAN” WAS A TAD TOO INTENSE

While truculent might best describe the fighter developed by the late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, truth is that Gerald was downright ornery at times when the Freeport, IL resident didn’t even need to have his “game” face on.

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EX-UFC KING FRANK MIR KO’S GIANT SILVA

FRANCISCO SANTOS MIR, III IS BACK

Farnk Mir Returnith!

Farnk Mir Returnith!


San Francisco, CA- When it comes to former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, it’s quite obvious after his one-punch knockout of Giant Silva, Sunday night that you, “Can teach an old dog new tricks.”

MIR IS A BLAST TO BE AROUND!

One of the great personalities in sports, Mir, a Las Vegas resident put himself back in the UFC top ten by halting the 3-1 favorite Silva in 1:43 before a sold out crowd of Brazilians who were so quiet after the TKO that you would have thought I hit my TV’s mute button.

SINK OR SWIM FIGHT & FRANK SWAM

Having lost four straight, the consensus among people was that Silva was going to steamroll Mir in this battle of 45-year olds seeing he has looked less than stellar before coming back tonight after a year layoff.

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MAYWEATHER VS PACQUIAO IS ON!

SUPER FIGHT BECOMES REALITY!

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is on for May 2nd at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather opens a near 3-1 favorite. PPV reportedly will be around 100 dollars for the HD broadcast. The debate now begins on who will win this mega-matchup that is considered the biggest fight in boxing history!

Mayweather-Pacquiao

Mayweather-Pacquiao

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ARCHIE MOORE UNDISPUTED KNOCKOUT KING!

GOT TITLE SHOT WITH LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN

Archie "NO B.S." Moore

Archie “NO B.S.” Moore


San Diego, CA-While on assignment recently in southern California, I was in the back of a limo cruising along the Archie Moore freeway. The all-time record holder in career knockouts with 131, turned professional in 1935. The biggest myth regarding Moore, who died at 81 in 1998, was that the last fight he had was against an undefeated upstart named Cassius Clay in 1962. Moore, having gone 186-23-11, would in March 1963 defeat Mike DiBiase, (TKO 3) and wrap up a 28-year professional run.

MEMORIES OF OLD MONGOOSE ARE SOMEWHAT MIXED

Many stories that are about Moore tend to stick to his career. This will delve into the times I spent in his presence. When I first saw Archie in person, he had already retired from boxing. Circa 1969, with San Franciscos Newmans Gym the backdrop, Moore, having had been invited by George Foremans manager, Dick Sadler, was on hand to offer a few tips to the recently crowned 1968 Olympic heavyweight champion. S.F. Examiner writer Eddie Muller Sr., the last boxing columnist to write five days a week sat with Moore for over an hour in Billy Newmans office.

DICK SADLER BROUGHT ARCHIE TO FRISCO IN 69

And while my father would have problems with dates, he wanted an autograph and to ask Archie about his 1959 knockdown fest with Yvon Durelle. Never getting the opportunity, Archie was rushed to a waiting car once Muller was done holding court. I had a question for Archie, that I would finally get an answer to some 27 years later. Did Roy Shire, then the local professional wrestling promoter. Did he fight Archie and knock him down? He laughed and said Shire, a decent wrestler and a better promoter was stopped on a cut in three. As a side note, Shire who died in the early 90s buried an untaxed $500,000 in cash in his backyard. When he dug it up years later, the paper money had turned to mush and the IRS taced him on it!

MOORE HAD A SHORT FUSE FOLKS! Read more

PART II: WHACKY PEOPLE OF NEWMAN’S GYM

Bob Halloran

Bob Halloran


PRETEND TO BE BOB HALLORAN FOR LAUGHS

San Francisco, CA- In the early 80s, I liked pulling Don Stewart’s chain by calling him from the pay phone in the gym and telling him that I was the great Bob Halloran’s producer and I wanted to do a phone interview with him from Miami. Being able to see Don from the phone booth, it was hysterical to watch him thinking he was doing an on-air interview with Halloran, who shot to fame as a Miami TV news reporter who had unlimited access to Muhamad Ali in the early part of both of their careers.

BUST INTO DON’S OFFICE SANS KNOCKING

I’d tell him that we needed to take a commercial break, at which time I would exit the phone booth and bust into his office. “Get outa’ here you hamburger, I’m on the phone with Bob Halloran.” I’d go back to the phone, finish the interview with some unwarranted comments about what a great boxing trainer he was before terminating the call. Don, who stood about 5’7, would emerge from the office like a man of Lebron James height. Over the years, we did this over a dozen times. I told Halloran about this, when he Las Vegas hotel magnate Steve Wynn’s right hand in the late 1980s over a cocktail and he cracked up.

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