November 21st, 2014 By Kevin Perry
MELISSA HERNANDEZ FIGHTS LAYLA MC CARTER AT ORLEANS CASINO TONIGHT
Ringtalk.com reporter Kevin Perry conducts this exclusive interview video with former world champion Melissa Hernandez (19-5-3, 6 KOs). The Puerto Rican, originally from the Bronx, now living in Miami faces Layla Mc Carter (35-15-5, 8 KOs) for the third time. They both fought at the Orleans twice in 2007, both gaining a victory a piece.
November 20th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
PEDRO GETS DOWN WITH PROMOTER OF GENNADY GOLOVKIN
K2 Promotions Managing Director Tom Loeffler gives Pedro the scoop on the company that he runs in this interview. K2 is owned by the Klitschko bothers Vitali and Wladimir. Pedro gets down to it the only way he knows how; with style!
November 20th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
Friday Night Fights, 1984 Olympic Boxing Team Reunion to come to Orleans Casino beginning November 21
LAS VEGAS – Presented by Platinum Entertainment in association with Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing, “Friday Night Fights” will be held at the Orleans Hotel & Casino on Friday, November 21. The main event will feature two former female World Champions: Layla “Amazing” McCarter of Las Vegas will square off against Miami’s Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez.
Next on the card is Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing’s own undefeated prospect, Eric “Baby Face” Johnson, of Baton Rouge, La. taking on Kenton Sippio-Cook of Austin. In addition to these high-octane fights, the 1984 Olympic Boxing Team will be honored at the event in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Olympic Games when they brought home an unprecedented 11 Olympic Boxing Medals (9 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze). Additional exciting bouts on the fight card will be announced closer to date.
Several lead-up events will be held on Thursday, November 20, in Salon G including the official Press Conference and a question & answer session for the 1984 Olympic Boxing Team at 4 p.m., and weigh-in for all fighters at 6 p.m. Both events are open to the public.
Friday Night Fights will be held in the Mardi Gras Ballroom. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 21, and the first bell is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $25, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.284.7777 or visiting http://www.orleanscasino.com/. READ MORE…
November 19th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
PACQUIAO-ALGIERI ON HBO PPV FROM MACAO
QUITE AN HISTORICAL RUN FOR PACMAN
Pacquiao has gone 24-3-1 after the Technical Draw with Sanchez in 2001. With alphabet titles at 112, 122, 126, 130, 135, 140, 147 & a catchweight clash for a 154 lb. belt. Simply put, Manny is the greatest fighter Asia has ever produced.
MANNY HAS BEEN AROUND
For the man born Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao on December 7, 1978, it is November 2014 and Manny is readying for Chris Algieri on Saturday in what is his 64th bout in a career that kicked off at 107 lbs. back in January 1995.
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November 16th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Whether or not you want to admit it or not, the era of Wladimir Klitschko, albeit in it’s final stages and after a somewhat shaky start, has been a run of dominance for a decade now. That’s right, World heavyweight champion Wladimir hasn’t lost a fight since March 2004.
UNEXPECTED LOSSES MADE KLITSCHKO SEARCH FOR REMEDY
When he started his ascent to the heavyweight throne there were lots of naysayers. Wlad had a bad chin, his endurance wasn’t good, he was uncoordinated. An Olympic champ in 1996, people were saying he fought sometimes like an amateur. After three inside the distance losses, running out of gas vs. the pedestrian Ross Purity, this before being hammered by the late Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster,
EMANUEL STEWARD MADE THE DIFFERENCE
The late Kronk Gym Goldfather Emanuel Steward is the sole reason Wladmir did not end up in the scrap heap. Steward told me one day, “There’s really no reason Wladimir Klitschko should ever lose a fight.” When I talked with Hall of Fame Larry Merchant hours after the Klitschko-Pulov fight in which Wlad dropped the Bulgarian four times in five rounds, Merchant had this to say. “Look, you’re not giving him his due. When he was coming up he fought like a welterweight because he had the ability to do so. That’s why he ran out of gas, not pacing himself. After getting cracked twice, Klitschko changed his style similar to brother Vitali.”
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November 12th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
RINGTALK INTERVIEW WITH GOLDENBOY CEO
Pedro Fernandez, host of Ringtalk radio worldwide interviews Oscar De La Hoya after the WBO convention dinner. The former world champion boxer was honored at the dinner. Pedro had the opportunity to pick the brain of the head of Golden Boy Promotions.They discussed some of the Golden Boy’s past, and also the future of his promotional company that is currently in a lawsuit against former CEO Richard Schaefer. First half of the video in Oscars speech after reciving the award, part two is the interview.Video by Kevin Perry
November 11th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
INDUSTRY HOSTS GET IN THE RING FOR A GREAT CAUSE ON VETERAN’S DAY
Tweet it: Industry hosts and #Veterans get in the ring for a great cause: @VNLFights @BBowlVegas on #VeteransDay.
LAS VEGAS: Derrick Harmon to host Vegas Nightlife Fights at the Brooklyn Bowl on November 11, 2014. Vegas Nightlife Fights will hold a fundraiser supporting wounded service members through Wounded Warrior Project™.
From business professionals, bartenders, servers and industry host alike, they are all part of VEGAS. Participants compete in 3/2-minute rounds in which they fight, entertain and most of all bring out the nightlife. Amongst 15 bouts, some highlights include Jack Finn, director for Senator Heller, Steve Cyr, infamous industry host, as well our own Veterans in the ring for this great event.
“Our mission is to create a different realm of nightlife, while bringing executives and industry personnel together (“in the ring”), to develop positive synergy while entertaining and creating memories. Vegas Nightlife Fights is Las Vegas’ premier industry boxing event dedicated to all who keep this city thriving.” -Derrick Harmon, President/CEO of Vegas Nightlife Fights.
Sponsors include Messner Reeves, LLP, Roy Jones Jr.’s Fight Academy, Recovery Solutions, Pinnacle Compounding, Big Dog’s Brewing Company, Harris Associates and The Law Offices of Saggese & Associates.
Free entry for Veterans: Please check for details on LucyVegas.com.
General admission is $27.50 at the door and $22.50 online at Brooklyn Bowl@The Linq. Doors open at 6pm. READ MORE…
November 11th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
PEDRO FERNANDEZ HOOKS UP WITH BRIT PROMOTER FRANK WARREN AT WBO CONVENTION
Frank Warren is one of the most notable promoters in UK history, promoting the likes of Naseem Hamed among others. His series Box Nation is highly successful. Pedro Fernadez picked the brain with one of the best in the business.
November 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Hall of Famers Joe Calzaghe, Larry Merchant and Joe Cortez in an hour that covered a vast array of subjects.
MERCHANT ON ALI-LISTON FIXED & HURRICANE CARTER
Unbeaten Calzaghe talked about his career and being WBO champion. Merchant expanded on the allegedly fixed fights between Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston. The ex-Philadelphia newspaper editor also opined on the Rubin “Hurricane” Carter situation. Did he do it? Joe Cortez was asked about three Las Vegas boxing referees who committed suicide in Richard Green, Mitch Halpern and Toby Gibson.
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November 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
TIME FOR HOPKINS TO VACATE SPOTLIGHT
NEVER CAUGHT ON WITH ANYBODY PERIOD
What I find unique about the support of the legendary Hopkins by African Americans is that there really is none as last night’s fight, a stones throw from Philly in Atlantic City drew less than 7,000 paid. Nobody looks forward to watching Hopkins fight (sic), nor does he have a the fan base one would associate with a fighter whose been a professional since the late 1980s. After beating Tito Trinidad in 2001, Hopkins became a household name in boxing even though he had won the middleweight title in 1994.
LAST B-HOP KO WAS OSCAR IN 2004
Beating Oscar De La Hoya was another mega-match Bernard was able to prevail by size alone. All of Hopkins’ superfights have featured the “superstar” opponent. And while Hopkins beat these guys, sometimes beating the man doesn’t make you the man with the fans. The real significant win on Hopkins post middleweight was his ruining Kelly “The Thirsty One” Pavlik in 2008 and his besting Jean Pascal in 2011.
HOPKINS NEVER “TRIED” TO WIN
The dismal performance against Sergey Kovalev surprised some as they really expected Bernard to win, something to me that bordered on delusional. Kovalev is the hardest puncher the near 50-year old Philadeplphian had ever faced and it showed from the first bell. I was cringing watching the unbeaten Russian beat on the future Hall of Famer who was never in the fight after the ref’s instructions.
B-HOP AT 50 “AN INDICTMENT OF BOXING” READ MORE…
November 7th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
HOPKINS FACES FIGHTER 18 YEARS HIS JUNIOR
BERNARD HOPKINS, WBA and IBF Light-heavyweight champion
RECORD-55-6-2, 32 KOs
SERGEY KOVALEV, WBO Light-heavyweight champion
RECORD-25-0-1, 23 KOs
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION
The signifigant factor here in favor of Hopkins is his jab. He has an almost 3 inch reach advantage. If he can control Kovalev with his jab from the outside and smother the Russian on the inside he has a chance. Kovalev just needs to fight like the younger man to win. He has the skill,athleticism and power to beat the 49 year old. Got to go with the younger man here. Must side with logic. Even though Kovalev has never gone past 8 rounds, not sure if Bernard has the reflexes to take him into deep water with out taking too much punishment early in the fight. A stubborn Hopkins is in a fight he didn’t need to take. He won’t get too much credit for beating Kovalev if he wins. People will cry that he was overrated. Bernard has a great chin, but just don’t see him making the distance here.
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November 6th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
WBO CONVENTION FEATURED UNBEATEN CHAMP
Las Vegas, NV- Retired and unbeaten Welshman Joe Calzaghe who went a remarkable 46-0, gave a speech after receiving an award from the World Boxing Organization at Caesar’s Palace last Thursday. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014. He defended the WBO 168 lb. title a record 21 times. Video by Kevin Perry.
November 6th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
LAS VEGAS NOT WHAT IT ONCE WAS!
MAFIA DAYS WERE GOOD
And while the majority of you have never spent time in Mob casinos and hotels, they treated you with class. Is Las Vegas better without Mafia influence is the desired topic of this discussion.
WIFE & KIDS IN THE STATION WAGON
The Mafia treated Mr. & Mrs. Visitor so good that repeat customers to my Mob hangout, the Stardust, would drive in from neighboring states, bring their kids, park outside their rooms in pre-21st century Las Vegas and gamble, spend time by the pool and just relax.
BATTLE OF THE BUFFETS
When the last remnants of the Mob were in power some 25 years ago, you were taken care of. Comps, comps, everybody had comps. While the casinos duked it out with prime rib specials well under a dime, the only less than $10 meal were at McDonalds and Panda Express.
AVERAGE GUY FELT LIKE A KING
The Mob guys that were in charge of casinos and the like, again, they had class and realized customer satisfaction was paramount. And still common sense tells me not to name those who ruled before Corporate America, a Mob slicker and more powerful that the Mafia, took aver.
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November 5th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- It was 1996, “Irish Pat” Lawlor and I were in a downtown gym when the subject of his recent fight with Joe Calzaghe came up. “Joe hit me the hardest I’ve ever been hit in my life.” Outside of the weekly British Boxing News, the media had not yet realized the potential of the man who would become the longest reining WBO and 168 lb. champion in history, but Pat Lawlor did.
RAN ROUGHSHOD OVR AMATEUR COMPETITION
After a stellar amateur run of British titles and a 110-10 record, the left handed fighter who would become the athletic pride of his native Wales turned professional with little fanfare in October 1993 with Paul Hanlon becoming the first name affixed to a professional boxing resume that would go unblemished for 15+ years.
CALZAGHE BUILT “BRICK BY BRICK”
It wasn’t a meteoric rise to stardom for the man who would not only become WBO king at 168 lbs., but the uncrowned King of Wales, as Team Calzaghe took the “old school” approach and slowly built a boxing dynasty that is unequaled in recent times.
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November 4th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
PEDRO HOOKS UP WITH REFEREE JOE CORTEZ AT WBO CONVENTION
Las Vegas, NV-Former Referee Joe Cortez has been a fixture in the boxing game for decades. He is one of the most experienced and respected in the sport of boxing. Now retired, he has become a mentor for upcoming boxing officials. Ringtalk got the chance to pick the brain of the Hall of Fame referee at the WBO convention that took place last week in Las Vegas at Caesars palace. The two discuss a number topics in regards to officiating. Video by Kevin Perry.