March 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- If you paid $60 bucks for the Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo card on Pay Per View, then I have to tell you that you got played and that I told you so earlier in the week on radio and in print that buying this was out of the question. I’m not saying that Alvarez and Angulo aren’t world class fighters for they are. But to ask that kind of money for a semi-main that saw #2 world ranked 122 lb. fighter and WBC champ Leo Santa Cruz pitch a shutout over a former 115 lb. titleholder Christian Mijares. The outcome was so easy to forecast that you could have mailed in the scorecards last week.
AND THE BOXING “CHALKBOARD’ ROLLED ON
But it might not have taken you until the third fight of four you realized you’d been hustled by Golden Boy Promotions. But one could see soon after the opening bell that Mijares had no chance to win here sans a loaded handgun. Another bout featuring native Venezuelan and Japanese resident Jorge Linares (36-3, 23 KOs) facing Japan native Nihito Arakawa (24-4-1, 16 KOs) was easy to predict. Arakawa was about as competitive with Linares as a Volkswagon would be with at the Indianapolis 500.
SCORING TOO CLOSE ON CANELO’S BROTHER LOSS
Last minute sub Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (29-3, 26 KOs) won a winner (UD 10) over Ricardo Alvarez (23-3-3, 13 KOs), Cabelo’s older brother who was given an 8 count in round 3 when he all but went through the ropes courtesy of a punch from the upstart Thompson. Alvarez would hit the deck in round 8 after being cracked with a right hand. Still, the scores read 97-91, 95-93, 95-93, all for Thompson. But truth be told, the fight wasn’t as close as the 97-91 score.
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March 8th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
SATURDAY BOXING & MMA
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March 7th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
WHITE HOPE OR JUST WHITE HYPE?
San Francisco, CA-When I was a wee lad, my old man used to read the twice-weekly San Francisco Chronicle column of the departed Hall of Fame writer Jack Fiske. One Tuesday column stated that heavyweight prospect Jerry Quarry would be sparring at the world renowned Herman-Newman’s Gym at 312 Leavenworth St. When we arrived a little after 4:30 PM, there was a guy at the front door, collecting 50 cents for adults, and a quarter for kids. This preceded a walk down a 40-foot darkened hallway, five steps into which you are instantly hit by the aroma of Newman’s Gym.
LIKE THOSE OLD FIGHT SCENES!
With old guys still smoking cigars, people had filled the bleachers, and the best description I can give you is that the smell of the gym was a putrid combination of body odor, liniments, and oh yeah, those cheap stinky cigars of taxi baron and fight manager Phil Rancatorre and a few others. From the first time I ever set foot in the joint, until it closed some 20 years later, that stale smell never changed.
GEORGE FOREMAN KO’D THREE GUYS IN THREE ROUNDS!
After watching George Foreman all but behead a trio of sparring partners in the smaller 15-square foot ring, one of three at Newman’s, my father had to explain to me that at the time George was an amateur and that Jerry was a contender. Circa 1967, Foreman, even though he was just a teenager, I came to the conclusion after watching them both spar, that George might kill Quarry were they to ever fight. George murdered his smaller than he spar mates because he didn’t like Quarry getting the attention.
FIRST TEACHER MACHEN FIRST BEAT QUARRY!
What I noticed most about Team Quarry was that none of them, not Jerry, nor his younger brother Mike ever wore headgear while sparring. With San Francisco heavyweight contender Eddie Machen on his last professional leg and had beaten Jerry a year prior for his lone loss, Eddie was being feted in the stands by the locals. Heavyweight contender or not, Jerry was no match for George even at 18 years old!
BIG GEORGE WAS A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW! READ MORE…
March 7th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
New York, NY- For those of you that aren’t so-called “baby-boomers,” you might not know that 43 years ago, March 8, 1971, the biggest fight in the history of boxing took place when Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali collided in Madison Square Garden for the undisputed World heavyweight championship. With both men laying claim to the throne and being unbeaten, the pressure on the fighters was incredible.
WORLDWIDE EVENT OF EPIC PROPORTIONS
This was the first of three fights between the two legends. Ali’s record stood at 31-0, (25 KOs). Frazier was the anointed champion after Ali was stripped for his refusing to fight in the Vietnam war. Joe was 26-0, 23 KOs. After putting some “hurt” on Ali in the 11th round, Frazier dropped Ali in the final (15th) round with his “patented” left hook.
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March 7th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco- The first time I saw Joe Frazier was when he replaced Buster Mathis, Sr., on the 1964 Olympic team and won the Gold medal in Tokyo, Japan. Already living in the shadow of then heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, it was a position Joe was in for life. Having watched Joe Frazier fight for the first time against Oscar Bonavena, Joe got dropped and was hurt badly by the late Argentine known as “Ringo.”
BEAT ON “OVER THE HILL” MACHEN
Joe’s next fight was with my initial boxing mentor Eddie Machen in 1966. Bonavena probably beat him, but Eddie was beaten on by Joe before being stopped in ten. This was a fight that promoter Don Chargin looks back on and regrets for he had Machen and made the fight with the then “green” Frazier due to Joe looking so bad against Bonavena.
BEING CHAMP AFTER ALI BOTHERED JOE
After winning the vacant New York heavyweight title, stripped from Muhammad Ali, Joe stopped the original 1964 Olympic heavyweight boxer Buster Mathis Sr. inside of 11 fistic frames. Two fights later, Frazier would lick “Ringo” Bonavena in a rematch. Joe went on and defended a portion of, and then the undisputed world heavyweight championship a total of nine times. Having been around Frazier on numerous occasions, you never knew just what Joe Frazier was going to show up. Would he be contrite or polite? That was always the question regarding Joe.
WORLD STOOD STILL FOR “THE FIGHT”
The first fight with Muhammad Ali on March 8, 1971, “The Fight of The Century” was the biggest sporting event in history to this day. The world came to a halt on March 8, 1971, when Joe Frazier was awarded a unanimous decision over the man born Cassius Clay. Both men got a record $2.5 million for the fight. With the win over Ali taking a lot out of both men, Joe stopped non-entities Ron Stander and Terry Daniels, this before turning down a reported $5 million for an Ali rematch.
JOE’S ATTITUDE DANCE TRIPPED HIM UP BIG TIME! READ MORE…
March 5th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
STORY OF RAY ROBINSON, ROBERTO DURAN & TOMMY HEARNS!
Las Vegas, NV- Having been a part of the game for longer than most of you have been alive, suffice to say that I have probably seen a bit more than you when it comes to professional prizefighting. Definitely not intending to slight anybody, I say this to you because of all the talk of late about the ultimate exclamation point in boxing, you know the knockout!
BACK THEN OLD ALADDIN HOTEL WAS HOME
But IN ORDER to the fight and the greatest punch I’ve ever seen connect, I’ll have to take you back to June 1984, Lenny “El Animal” Albert and I just checked into the Aladdin Hotel for Tommy Hearns-Roberto Duran. Renting a car, one that we wouldn’t use until we left for the airport three days later, I left it with the Valet. Getting a claim ticket, I inadvertently took the keys to the car with me. The car became a permanent fixture right in front of the hotel as we used a side door that was closer to Caesars Palace, the site of most of the great fights during boxing’s golden era.
HAD PEOPLE IN BOTH TRAINING CAMPS
With a Roberto Duran connection being his future co-manager Hector Martinez, and my knowing the Kronk Gym’s icon Emanuel Steward, I would try and get the inside scuttlebutt from both camps as they prepared to fight for the lineal World jr. middleweight (154 lbs.) championship Duran, the ex-lightweight (135) and welterweight (147) champion, although he had lost his last fight, a UD 15 to Marvin Hagler in November 1983, a blowout on paper turned into a competitive fight as Hagler was at times, schooled by the 32-year old Duran.
PEOPLE WERE SAYING DURAN WAS BEYOND DONE
After losing to Kirkland Laing on ESPN in 1981, Duran looked fat and slow over ten dreary rounds. His next significant outing was a January 1983 KO 4 of Mexico’s Pipino Cuevas, himself a former WBA (147) titleholder that had amassed seven defenses. A few weeks before Duran smoked Cuevas, Tony Ayala, then the #1 WBA 154 lb. contender was arrested for raping his neighbor New Years Eve 1983. With the win, although only seen on Closed Circuit TV with Jerry Quarry, the ex-heavyweight contender doing the commentary on the broadcast emanating from the L.A. Sports Arena, Roberto Duran was back! READ MORE…
March 5th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- In his first PPV as an A-side draw, former 154 lb. champ, Saul “Canelo’ Alvarez (42-1-1 30 KOs) is set to return and meet Alfredo ‘El Perro’ Angulo (22-3 18 KOs) in the ring on Saturday. With both Mexican pugilists coming off defeats, winning should have meaningful implications. The match could potentially solidify Canelo as a true rising star in boxing and inversely could add a significant win to Angulo’s resume, resulting in larger paydays and exposure.
CANELO LOSS VS. MAYWEATHER FORGOTTEN & FORGIVEN
There is little shame for the youthful Alvarez to have lost his first professional bout to the sports ‘numero uno’ athlete, Floyd Mayweather. Canelo did what he could to catch the slick and elusive Mayweather but came up short, as every other opponent before him did when they glanced at Floyd across the ring. Canelo accepted the defeat like a champ and now must prove if he can overcome the hurdle and continue on his trajectory to become one of the biggest names in the sport.
“EL PERO” (THE DOG) WILL BE LOOKING TO BITE!
Angulo in many ways is the perfect test for Canelo as he is rugged and will not go away quietly. He is known to slug and absorb punishment with some of the best in his division, and Canelo should have his hands full if Angelo is up for the challenge.
IS THERE ENOUGH “DOG” THERE TO DOG CANELO? READ MORE…
March 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Attorney Edward Moriarity may have been thinking “St. Valentines Day Massacre of Top Rank,” as the United States 9th District Court of Appeals in this California city was set to hear oral arguments in the case of “Yory Boy” Campas and Joe Diaz vs. Top Rank, et al on Valentines Day 2014. The Top Rank side of the ledger apparently decided against the Oral Arguments and both sides will now submit Written Briefs.
CAMPAS & DIAZ ESQUIRE “WON” BEFORE US SUPREME COURT
The attorney representing Diaz and Campas again is Edward Moriarity, who has won before the US Supreme Court and is considered one of the country’s “Super lawyers.” Moriarity, through the Freedom of Information Act and others, has documents that clearly illustrate that there truly was the “Ongoing Criminal Enterprise” that I said there was in the peak if the Operation Matchbox investigation.
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March 2nd, 2014 By Zak Attack
San Antonio, TX- Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) won a convincing decision in his rematch with Brian Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) in the man event on HBO. There was no real controversy here, as Chavez landed more often and seemed to have more power on his punches. Vera fought bravely and landed several good shots of his own, but it was not enough.
SCORES WERE FUNNY BUT “RIGHT GUY” WON
There was an unneeded point deduction by referee Rafael Ramos from Lomanchenko and one of the cards read “114-113 Chavez” after the son of the legend clearly won, thus at the end of the day the right man won this time. Chavez has never been my favorite fighter due to his lack of dedication and overall lack of respect for the sport of boxing, but he dd what he had to do and won in a manner that would not cause fret for anybody thinking about facing Julio Jr.
DOES CHAVEZ JR. HAVE A DEATH WISH?
Chavez, who now campaigns at super middleweight (168) after spending most of his career at jr. middle (154) and middleweight (160), may fight current middleweight destroyer Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO) in his next fight. If that fight does happen, “Triple G” will put a real beating on Chavez. The fight may go the full distance because of Jr.’s size, but it will be a brutal beating. He simply gets hit too much, and against GGG that would be a fatal career move.
LAURENCE COLE MORE LIKE PRO WRESTLING REFEREE READ MORE…
February 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
ESPN EMANATES FROM TORNADO-JUNCTION
Hammond, IN- Horseshoe Casino (ESPN 2) Raymond Gatica (13-2, 8 KOs) vs Sena Agbeko (15-0, 15 KOs) (160 lb.) Odds/Predictions: Have never seen either. Pass.
Donatas Bondorovas (18-4 -1, 6 KOs) vs Willie Monroe Jr. (15-1, 6 KOs) (160). Odds/Predictions: Monroe 7-5. Son of Willie Sr. who beat a pre-middleweight champ Marvin Hagler before losing rematch gets a light nod here. Call it nostalgia.
CANNOT BUY A BEER IN “DRY” SHOWTIME ARENA
Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort & Casino- Vladine Biosse (15-2, 7 KOs) vs J’Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) (168) Odds/Predictions: This looks close, too much to make a pick.
Mickey Bey Jr. (19-1, 9 KOs) vs Alan Herrera (32-5, 21 KOs) (135) Odds/Predictions: Bey 11-5. They are trying to make Bey something, thus he wins here. $110 to win $160.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
CHAVEZ-VERA FIGHT REMATCH AFTER ROBBERY READ MORE…
February 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- The call for rain in California has gotten to the point where 1990′s era heavyweight contender“Indian Joe” Hipp might be the “go to” guy for precipitation. (He really didn’t write that did he?) Oh well, it is storming outside, the first real punch of moisture we’ve had in 2014. That being said, isn’t it time for the first “Boxing Storm” of the year?
MARCH HAS QUANTITY & QUALITY
It will start with a fight best described as possible showers if the favored Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. wins. Should Brian Vera just outwork Chavez as he did last time and get the call, it’ll be a Tsunami of sorts for those blinded by the name and think he is a great fighter when Jr. is good at best.
SUPERSTAR ALERT ON HBO SATURDAY
On the same bill, two time Olympic champ Vasyl Lomenchenko, just 1-0, 1 KO, challenges seasoned Orlando Salido for the WBO 126 lb. belt. While Salido is boldly predicting a KO, I see it a fight of skills and Vasyl is just too good after going 396-1 as an amateur. Also on the bill, unbeaten San Franciscan Karim Mayfield (140) vs. Francisco Contreras
CANELO BACK AFTER MAYWEATHER HUMILIATION
A week later on March 8th, attention TV Pirates there’s a Mexican fiesta going down in Las Vegas as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Alfredo “Perro” Angulo go at 154 lbs. on Pay Per View. In this battle of middle of the road guys they might cause a fistic storm of sorts. But can you throw $70 bucks Hi Def at this in a gamble that it might be the Ali-Frazier of this time? With “Perro” in Spanish meaning dog, I think Canelo dogs Angulo.
ANYTHING OF NOTE UNDERNEATH?
Let’s look at the undercard and see if there’s any Thunder and Lightning. Looks like Leo Santa Cruz-Cristian Mijares (WBC 122), Omar Figueroa vs. Ricardo Alvarez (WBC 135)
Carlos Molina vs. Jermall Charlo (IBF 154). Are you feeling $70 clams here folks? Or just clammy? Pass! READ MORE…
February 26th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) will soon reach the midpoint in his lucrative 6 bout deal with CBS & Showtime when he faces Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) on the 3rd of May in Las Vegas. Although it appeared that Amir Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) was originally prepped to get the nod, some Mayweather detractors are of the opinion that Khan didn’t deserve the shot, being unproven at welterweight (147 lb.). Thus, to Khan’s dismay the tide shifted towards Maidana, despite a Mayweather poll on Floyd’s website that appeared to elect Khan as the fan favorite to face Floyd via popular vote. But with all hoopla aside, is a predictable Maidana really the the bigger threat between himself and Amir Khan?
MARCIS JUST MORE FODDER FOR FLOYD
If there is a typical opponent that Floyd has faced over the past few years and much of his career, it’s the slightly crude puncher. From Ricky Hatton to Shane Mosley and Victor Ortiz, many of Floyd’s recent bouts have materialized against fighter’s who’ve relied on power and aggression more than skill, speed or finesse to unseat Floyd from his perch atop boxing’s elite. Against Floyd, these types were easily beaten and or stopped. Only Mosley, the FASTEST of the aforementioned three managed to give Floyd a real run for his ‘Money’ namesake, and that was only in one round.
MAIDANA RESUME BETTER THAN AMIR KHAN? READ MORE…
February 25th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
MAYWEATHER FACES ANOTHER ONE-DIMENSIONAL FIGHTER IN MAIDANA
Las Vegas, NV- No one knows how to create a buzz better in the boxing game than Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs). He sent the boxing blogosphere on fire today when he announced via twitter that he would be facing Marcos Maidana (45-0, 31 Kos) on May 3rd on Showtime PPV.
Speculation had been going on for months, much of it by the British press that UK native and former 140lb champion Amir Khan (28-2, 19 KOs) would be Mayweather’s opponent in May. Over a month ago this website hosted a poll as well as a story asking for a Floydcott of Mayweathers proposed fight with Khan. Our poll mainly asked if fans should boycott Mayweather vs. Khan. 98% of voters agreed with a boycott of that fight. Mayweather’s website and others hosted a similar poll. Floyd asked fans who should he fight on May 3rd, “Maidana or Khan”? Overwhelmingly fans chose Maidana who had a upset win over Adrien Broner (27-1, 24 KOs) in a WBA welterweight title fight in December. The irony here is that neither opponent in the minds of most experts have much of a shot of pulling off the upset.
MAIDANA WILL TRY AND WILL FAIL!
The only intrigue here is that while Maidana is extremely limited(both in skill and speed) he will at least try to make a fight of it. Most importantly the Argentine fighter knows he can’t outbox Floyd, unlike the American’s last two foes;lets call them “Tweedle Dee” and “Tweedle Dumb”, also known as Canelo Alvarez (42-1, 30 KOs) and Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs). While both are decent boxers with some skills, the idea that they would even attempt to outbox the best boxer on the planet is illogical. One must add though that neither presented a style that would even begin to give Floyd trouble. READ MORE…
February 25th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
ROUSEY KNEE TO BODY PUNCTUATES LAS VEGAS CARD
San Francisco, CA- The most prolific fighter in the MMA world showed she could take more than one punch Saturday night at UFC 170 when in a clash of Olympians, Ronda Rousey stopped Sara McMann in the blink of an eye with a “Knee to The Liver” that felled McMann. There is little “feeling out” when Rousey is fighting with her 9 straight stoppages, 8 arm bars and the TKO 1 of McMann. This was Ronda taking some great shots, responding in kind and culminating with the Liver Kick. Some say the stoppage by referee Herb Dean was premature and that McMann deserves a return bout. I think Ronda’s booked until 2015, more later.
BATTLE OF OLYMPIANS TESTED ROUSEY CHIN
Rousey, a Bronze medal winner in Judo, McMann a Silver medalist in Wrestling, the pairing looked like a one-sided drubbing when it was announced. Not that Sara (7-1) wasn’t a good fighter, it’s just that the “Rowdy” one is thought to be the complete package when it comes to fighting. The judo, arm bar, now the striking. And oh, did I forget the tenacity of a grizzly bear.
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February 24th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
MEXICAN MONEY MACHINE ON HBO SATURDAY
San Francisco, CA- Word is “World Class” professional boxing returns to HBO Saturday night with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. facing Brian Vera in a rematch of a 2013 scrap in which Chavez got a much undeserved unanimous decision win.
CHAVEZ JR. NEED DISPLAY CHAVEZ SR. “EARLY” DISCIPLINE
Most pundits say that Jr. lost to Vera because of a lack of proper conditioning. They changed the weight, the date, HBO did everything they could to make the first fight happen when it should have been scrapped because Jr. failed to even make the “adjusted” weight. Having watched the kid fight, it’s not like he doesn’t have skills, it’s that he bangs girlfriends before fights, got caught with the benign drug Marijuana in his system, in addition to being suspended after a Diuretic that could have been used a “masking agent” for steroids was detected.
SAID TO BE IN BETTER SHAPE….BUT?
People feel that JC Jr. will come into this fight with a good camp behind him, and that will get him a deserved win over the pesky and smaller Vera. You cannot instill greatness, he or she has to do it for themselves. The bottom line here is that Chavez lacks the motivation and desire to be an upper echelon fighter.
AMATEUR ICON FACES WBO CHAMP IN FIGHT #2!
The semi-main event is the fight to watch! Only 1-0 as a professional, Vasyl Lomachenko, the two-time Olympic champ who went 396-1 fighting for trophies, takes on WBO 126 lb. tough guy Orlando Salido. Having stopped Juan Manuel Lopez twice, he was thrashed by Mikey Garcia, this before lumping up the openly Gay Orlando Cruz last time out.
NEAR PUGILISTIC PERFECTION ON TV SATURDAY
While some say Vasyl is lanky, an attribute in the amateurs, he doesn’t have a stickman like frame and I feel his body is well suited for the professional game. Why am I saying Vasyl rolls over the Mexican veteran with relative ease? Because guys that win go 396-1, three World titles, two Olympic Gold medals, folks guys this good don’t come along very often, thus I think we might be looking at an already great fighter.
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