WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO-BRYANT JENNINGS ODDS

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO FIGHT FROM BROOKLYN

Las Vegas, NV- Live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, WBO, WBA and IBF

Is this outcome inevitable?

Is this outcome inevitable?

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 58 KOs) defends his crown versus huge underdog and undefeated American challenger Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs).

ODDS

KLITSCHKO: 15-1

The 6’7, 39 year-old Klitschko has every advantage here except for age vs. Jennings who is a good athlete and decent fighter. As for the Ukrainian’s suposedly weak chin? IT won’t get tested by the inexperienced light puncher in Jennings. If Bryant was a volume guy he would have a chance, but he likes to hunt and peck from the outside and fights at a measured pace. Expect Bryant to go bye bye within 8 frames. Read more

JIMMY LESTER AND ANA REMEMBERED

QUICK LOOK BACK IN TIME

Jimmy Lester

Jimmy Lester

San Francisco, CA-I’m sitting here in a somewhat depressed state. The reasons are two-fold. A professional friend of mine for almost 20 years has Cancer spreading through her like fire in a skyscraper, meaning Cancer is jumping from floor to floor. Secondly Jimmy Lester, a San Francisco born prizefighter died here yesterday from a major heart attack. Because Ana Bustamante is not known to you fight fans, let me say that she is one of the most wonderful people I have ever known, and yet another example of bad Karma happening to a truly great person.

JIMMY LESTER DIED LONG AGO!

Although the death certificate will say September 9, 2006, the truth is Jimmy Lester has been all but dead for a few years now. Unable to speak, paralyzed from the waist down, Jimmy died hard. With nicknames like Bay View Bomber and Bay View Blaster as he fought out of SF’s Bay View district.

ANOTHER SAD LIFE AFTER RING WARS Read more

YOU FEELING MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO YET?

BIGGEST FIGHT IN HISTORY (SIGH) 8 DAYS AWAYFloyd-Mayweather-vs.-Manny-Pacquiao-fight

San Francisco, CA- After a jaunt around the Bay Area to talk boxing with purists, there is little chance of Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao doing anything other than breaking a number of financial records. Because at the end of the day this isn’t Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran I.

WHY IS THERE NO REAL FLOYD-MANNY BUZZ

Nobody seemed to be overly excited, not even slightly animated and on a scale of 1-10 the fight of the century (thus far) has not got the public striving for every word on the fight. Does that bode well for a anticipated 3.5 million PPV buys?

RESPONSE TO FIGHT IS QUEER

A lot of this has to do with Mayweather-Pacquiao being an event like the Grammy and Oscar awards rather than that of a recognized superfight. If you wanted to go, 500 tickets went on sale this week and reportedly were gone in 60 seconds.

MANNY PACQUIAO GIVES MGM “MIDDLE” FINGER Read more

UFC 186 ON SATURDAY

TUNE IN TO WITNESS HISTORY

Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson

Los Angeles, CA- If you decide to part with your $59.99 (or $49.99 for standard definition) on Saturday night, you may be a part of history.  You could be one of only three people to actually buy UFC 186.  That is an exclusive club, my friend.  You should save your cable bill and frame it.  Unless you are a Dish Network ssubscriber  Dish has decided not to air this card.  If you have another TV service, you can witness flyweight (125) champion Demetrious Johnson (21-2-1) win a decision over another no-hoper in Kyoji Horiguchi (15-1) in the main event.  Casual fans have no interest in the flyweight division, and this fight does not seem likely to bring any interest from the masses.

WHAT DID THE BELL CENTRE IN MONTREAL DO TO DESERVE THIS?

Sorry Canadian fans, but you are in for a pretty lousy card.  The co-main features the return of light heavyweight (205) star Quentin “Rampage” Jackson (35-11)!  He’s been past his best for about 5 years now, but the Bellator MMA lawsuit that threatened to keep him out of the octagon on Saturday has gone in the UFC’s favor for now.  Rampage should still have enough to defeat Fabio Maldonado (22-7), but who truly cares?  This is coming from one of the biggest Rampage fans you’ll meet, by the way. Read more

MMA WIZ DAVE MELTZER RING TALK

DAVE MELTZER KING OF MMA WRITERS

Dave "MMA Genius" Meltzer

Dave “MMA Genius” Meltzer


On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez and MMA’s iconic writer Dave Meltzer covered the bases on the UFC, UFC 186, Ronda Rousey and more. Truly a great radio guest on MMA is the creator of the Wrestling Observer newsletter.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

Go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” online be it live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart Radio app and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone and or Tablet.

CLICK TO LISTEN NOW

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RING TALK LARRY MERCHANT POST CHAVEZ

GODFATHER SUFFERED MORE LOSS THAN JR.

LISTEN NOW Larry Merchant

LISTEN NOW Larry Merchant


On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez and Hall of Famer Larry Merchant discussed a wide array of subjects, including some personal losses as well as JC Chavez Jr. and Al Heymon.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

Go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” online be it live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart Radio app and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone and or Tablet.

CLICK TO LISTEN NOW

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MAYWEATHER GREED HAS GONE TOO FAR

FANS HAVE TO PAY FOR MAYWEATHER VS PAC WEIGH-IN

Las Vegas, NV-In an unprecedented move,  it is rumored that “all” fans will have to pony up ten George Washington’s to see the fighters step on the scale. That’s right 10 bucks! As per tradition, weigh-ins have always been free to the public and media. In this case, the fans who don’t possess the exorbitant amount of dollars to pay for tickets to go to the fight (more on that later), this is their only chance to see the fighters first hand.

Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. guilty of greed?

Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. guilty of greed?

This trend first began when Floyd last fought Marcos Maidana. Tickets were sold and given away on the radio for some of the seats in the arena. The seats at the very top were free to the public. It’s possible that this money will be used for a charitable cause, but don’t bet on it!

TICKETS NOT YET ON SALE

The fight is less than three weeks away and tickets are still not available. This appears to be a ploy to drive up their market value. Rumors are that only a small number of these tickets will go on sale to the general public. The majority of the remaining tickets will be given to Floyd and his respective team (which includes adviser Al Haymon) to go and sell on the secondary market for big bucks.

OBVIOUS “BOTTOM LINE” SUPERCEDES ALL Read more

KICKING SAND AT JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.

RICH MEXICAN KID LACKS DEDICATION

"Young" Chavez Jr.

“Young” Chavez Jr.


San Francisco, CA- Just about everybody, including myself, did the Freddie Blassie act on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after he was routed by Andrzej Fonfara this past Saturday on Showtime.

SON OF A LEGEND ACT “STALE” FOR YEARS

Not only has his being Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s “son of a legend” act grown old, Jr. no longer has the momentum he once had on Bob Arum’s Top Rank plantation. in addition, his skill set is not where it should be after 50 professional fights.

RICH KID TOO WELL FED FOR SUCCESS

Having studied the kid early on, this at a time when he didn’t even shave regularly, I watched this rich Mexican kid work a room of media in San Jose, CA, circa his professional debut AND it was obvious to me that Jr. knew from the start that he could never come close to the heights of Julio Sr.

FATHER STARVED DURING PROFESSIONAL INFANCY Read more

LISTEN TO RING TALK BOXING APRIL 19TH

LARRY MERCHANT PREDICTS FONFARA WIN

Floyd-Pac 2 Weeks Away

Floyd-Pac 2 Weeks Away

On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez had Larry Merchant front and center with writer Kevin Perry reporting the fights on both HBO/Showtime. Mr.Perry also attended Floyd Mayweather’s media day as well.Former HBO analyst Larry Merchant was also one of our guests on Saturdays boxing hour.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

Go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” online be it live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart Radio app and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone and or Tablet.

CLICK TO LISTEN NOW

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FONFARA TKO CHAVEZ JR. TOPS BOXING RESULTS

CHAVEZ JR. GETS SPANKING FROM “NEW” DADDY

Chavez Whacked By Fonfara

Chavez Whacked By Fonfara


San Francisco, CA- Although Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has some ability, he cannot beat up bigger men as Andrzej Fonfara proved Saturday night when Fonfara from the start until the end, lit Chavez Jr. up like the White House Christmas Tree in a light heavyweight (special weight 172 lb.) contest at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA via Showtime.

“SON OF LEGEND” BEATEN UP BAD

Chavez’s only plus was Fonfara had a point taken for a “shoulder butt” by referee Jerry Cantu in the seventh. The Chavez Jr. low light for his devout Mexican fans was his whining to the referee because his own weight woes put him in with a natural bigger and obviously stronger guy.

LARRY MERCHANT PREDICTED UPSET

On “Ring Talk,” the Saturday edition, Larry Merchant picked Andrzej to upset Chavez Jr., taking into account the natural size (body mass) advantage Fonfara has and that he went the route with linear champ Adonis Stevenson in 2014. Post fight, the Hall of Famer said. “The fight went about the way I thought it would. At 160 he had a size advantage. What I can’t believe is that Jr. turned down a $10 million deal to fight Gennady Golovkin from Top Rank (Bob Arum).

AL HEYMON LOSES WITH CHAVEZ

Having cherry picked opponents for years, Chavez Jr., undisciplined, a middleweight (160) if he were semi-dedicated, had been as high as a rumored 215, before making 171 plus change Friday. Fonfara in the upset threw a wrench at a potential Chavez-Stevenson or any Chavez-Gennady Golovkin fight.

“BIG AL” HAD HOPES FOR SON OF LEGEND Read more

ROCKHOLD WIN TOPS UFC RESULTS

UPSET IN MAIN EVENT

luke rockhold

Luke Rockhold

Los Angeles, CA- From the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, the Ultimate Fighting Championships returned to Big Fox with UFC on FOX 15.  In the main event, Luke Rockhold (14-2) beat the brakes off Lyoto Machida (22-6) and choked him out in the second round.  Legal blows or not, it was clear Machida was not in any condition to win, and may be long in the tooth at 36.  It was an undeniably impressive performance by Rockhold, who will likely contend for the middleweight (185) championship in the near future.

JACARE REPEATS

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (22-3)won essentially a stay busy/fill network airtime fight versus Chris Carmozzi (20-10).  Having already submitted Carmozzi in 3:37 back in 2013, there was little Souza could gain from beating a guy who had gone 1-3 since that loss going into the rematch.  Still, Jacare managed to top his own performance by forcing Carmozzi to tap in 2:33. Read more

UFC ON FOX 15 SATURDAY NIGHT

UFC BACK ON THE BIG NETWORK

Machida-Rockhold

Machida-Rockhold

Los Angeles, CA- From the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, the Ultimate Fighting Championships return to Big Fox with UFC on FOX 15.  In the main event, Lyoto Machida (22-5)will defeat Luke Rockhold (13-2) in a bout that will likely decide the next middleweight (185) title challenger.  Rockhold is a solid fighter in his own right, but it is ulikely he will defeat the Brazilian veteran.  Look forward to a fan-friendly fight with a lot of intricate strikes landed.

CO-MAIN NOT SO APPETIZING

In another case of UFC cards being ruined by injuries, middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (21-3) will take on Chris Carmozzi (20-9), who is 1-4 in his last 5 including a first-round submission loss to Jacare back in 2013.  This is a terrible mismatch that should have never taken place.  Souza was originally scheduled to be destroyed by Yoel Romero (9-1), but that fight was called off due to a ligament and meniscus tear in his knee.  Carmozzi stepped in a week’s notice to save Dana White’s bacon, but it is hard to see him winning.  You cannot help but wonder if this is merely a setup for Carmozzi’s exit from the promotion. Read more

HBO HAS MATTHYSSE-PROVODNIKOV

HBO GOES UP AGAINST SHOWTIME

#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse

#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse


San Francisco, CA- Larry Merchant’s ex-employer, Home Box Office will Saturday air a live 140 lb. loser “leaves top five” bout between Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) and Ruslan Provodnikov.

MATTHYSSE FAVORED OVER “FACE” FIGHTER

Although I admire the grit and will of Provodnikov, the fact that Chris Algieri beat him is enough for me to think Lucas will trounce him. Seeing Ruslan (24-3, 17 KOs) is not afraid to “take a shot to throw a shot,” Lucas should batter him at will throughout.

WINNER TO CLASH FOR VACANT TITLE? Read more

CHAVEZ JR. TOPS SHOWTIME CARD

MEXICAN FANS ADORE JULIO JR.

Late Referee Toby Gibson & Chavez Jr.

Late Referee Toby Gibson & Slim Chavez Jr.

San Francisco, CA- When you talk Mexican boxing, the first name that comes up is that of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. As the late Jack Fiske and I watched the elder Chavez’s American debut, already like 32-0, Sr. steamrolled our local fall guy Jerry Lewis under Bobby Chacon-Bazooka Limon III in December 1982, we were both not all that impressed.

FAST FORWARD 23 CALENDAR TURNS

Now the focus south of the border is on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who sits atop a Showtime card Saturday with Andrzej Fonfara (26-3-1, 18 KOs). Although they are of the same bloodline, Jr.’s in a bad spot having to follow a father who is considered one of the best in history.

LITTLE AMATEUR BACKGROUND LIKE DAD

And while his record was padded early on, Chavez Jr. was learning his craft “on the job” fighting as often as could on Top Rank cards. But here we are some seven years later and “The Kid” is at a “crossroads” fight career wise.

MEXICAN PELVIC MISSIONARY IS JR. Read more

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