UPSET IN MAIN EVENT
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.
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
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UFC BACK ON THE BIG NETWORK
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 GOES UP AGAINST SHOWTIME
San Francisco, CA
#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse
- 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
MEXICAN FANS ADORE JULIO 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
SHAKEDOWN IN QUAKETOWN FIGHTS STELLAR
San Francisco, CA
- The beach town of Santa Cruz, a college community with UC Santa Cruz is famous for beaches, an iconic amusement park and for a couple of decades now, Santa Cruz has produced some of the world’s finest cannabis.
MADE ONE STOP ON WAY TO BIG SUR
Having just blown through there a fortnight ago, I said to the people I was driving with. “This place was an incredibly hot fight town in the 90s. Here and down the coast in Monterey, world champs Shane Mosley, James Paige, Stevie Johnston, Jerry Hoffman promoted them here.”
PROMOTER/ANNOUNCER & WIFE DID ANTHEM
The reason why I bring this up is the man who was promoting those Quake Town and Riot At The Hyatt cards, Jerry Hoffman has been forced back into boxing as he is counterpunching Glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.
RIGHT MEDICAL VENUE FOR 15 ROUND FIGHT
A longtime radio and TV veteran of the coastal communities, Jerry has got the Dr.’s at Stanford University working his corner. Research says the Mayo Clinic, UCLA or Stanford are the three best arenas for a confrontation with an unforgiving foe should you lose.
GODFATHER OF BOXING WRITERS DUG SANTA CRUZ Read more
ANDRE WARD & STALLONE IN ROCKY 7
San Francisco, CA
- Just when we thought the “Rocky
” franchise was over and had finally ran it’s course with the sixth installment titled “Rocky Balboa
,” a film which featured an old Rocky that was panned, you thought wrong.
FAST & FURIOUS HAS DONE SEVEN FLICKS
No, the Rocky franchise is much like the “Fast & Furious” as it keeps it going without the greatest of twisting and turning plots. Nor do these Rocky flicks have the hot young chicks or screeching hotrods either.
ROCKY 6 NOT INTRIGUING AS ALI-MARCIANO MOVIE
The plot of Rocky Balboa looked to be somewhat inspired by an actual exhibition that had occurred between Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali, that was then ran through a computer along with film footage of other heavyweight legends.
MARCIANO WAS IN “INCREDIBLE” SHAPE
This actual exhibition was actually an interesting story with Marciano losing 50 lbs. He trained harder for this 1969 movie than anytime previous in his life, wearing a hair piece, the Rock of a that generation had his unfortunate passing in a plane crash occur not long afterwards at age 46. Muhammad was trying to make a buck during the Vietnam War when he couldn’t work at his trade.
ROCKY 7 TO BE CALLED “CREED” Read more
VIDEO EXCLUSIVE BY RINGTALK
Las Vegas, NV-Yesterday an enthusiastic crowd of not only media, but a litany of fans awaited Floyd Mayweather’s arrival at Mayweather Boxing Club in the Chinatown section of Las Vegas. Zab Judah, David Hasselhoff and rapper Lil’ Kim also were in attendance.
Mayweather Media day
Floyd’s grand arrival was roughly minutes after 4pm. He initially fielded questions for boxing writers in the outside tent on what was an extremely windy day in Sin City.
He then went inside the gym and did video and audio interviews with the various media outlets. As much criticism as the brash sports star gets, he obviously loves the media attention but made sure to try his best to give as many one on one interviews as time allowed. He also got down on the pads and did mitt work and well as other various exercises. Mayweather faces Manny Pacquiao in the biggest money fight in boxing history on May 2nd.
EXCLUSIVE MAYWEATHER VIDEO BY K.P. Read more
1984 CONVERSATIONS WITH RAY ROBINSON
San Francisco, CA- In one of a number of conversations with the great Sugar Ray Robinson, Ray clearly indicated that he didn’t think much of then current middleweight (160 lbs.) champ Marvin Hagler. These conversations came six months after Hagler had narrowly defeated Roberto Duran. Ray. He used the term “great” to define two fighters at the time. One being Duran, the other his namesake Sugar Ray Leonard.
ROBINSON THE GREAT ON HAGLER’S GREATNESS?
When I specifically brought up the status of Hagler, Ray who finished a 24 year career in 1965 at 173-19-6, with 108 KOs put it like this. Hagler isn’t yet a great fighter. Duran is, even though he got knocked out last night (Tommy Hearns), a great fighter. He almost beat Hagler last time. Duran’s a little guy compared to Hagler. I think he was out of shape last night, but that punch (Tommy Hearns threw) was beautiful. Switching the subject back to Hagler, something that I realized you had to do with Robinson, who would die less than five years later from Alzheimer’s disease.
RAY STILL HAD HIS WITS ABOUT HIM
Ray continued, “Who did Hagler fight, other than Duran? The Englishman (Alan Minter) wasn’t much. None of the guys that Hagler has fought have been great fighters. And he barely beat a rising welterweight (lightweight) champion (Duran). Hagler comes in good shape, he can fight, and he’s a southpaw. I just don’t know if he’s a great fighter, yet.”
HARD LOOK AT MARVIN HAGLER Read more
GARCIA GETS BY LAMONT, BRONER NEXT!
San Francisco, CA
Danny Garcia: Fight @ 140 or strip him!
- There is nothing like watching fights on American Network TV and the two Premier Boxing Champion
cards on NBC
thus far, as well as the CBS
show of last Saturday, people are watching with NBC capturing the major demographics of 18-49 with both prime time shows.
SOME STARS WITH POTENTIAL FOR MORE
The stars have included Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Adonis Stevenson, Andy Lee, Peter Quillin, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. Having never been an ardent admirer of Peterson, I thought he performed admirably considering Garcia was supposed smoke Lamont like a Brookyln blunt.
RAZOR THIN MATCH WENT TO DANNY
The fight was so close that it boiled down to one round going in another direction and the decision could have instead of a MD 12 win for Garcia, would have been a draw or a Peterson win.
LEE & “THE COCOA KID” NEED REMATCH SOON
DOPE, MURDER, BOXING & VIDEO OF FIGHT
San Francisco, CA- Originally, this was entitled Cocaine, Boxing, Thug Life, the Murders of Robert Quiroga and “Kid Akeem” Anifowoshe, which brought back a lot of bad memories for people in boxing that knew both Akeem and Quiroga. A severely brain damaged Anifowoshe, 23-1, 18 KOs, died in 1994 attempting a comeback after deportation back to his native Nigeria. Before I go on, boxing did nothing for Akeem after he nearly died in that 1991 IBF title tilt with Quiroga. A broken young man in many ways turned to hustling Cocaine for which he was busted and deported.
NIGHT ROBERT QUIROGA WAS MURDERED
Robert and some friends had been drinking at a San Antonio tavern for a few hours late one night in 2004. They then grabbed a case of beer and headed for a friends house. Once there, the partying continued and Quiroga started jamming a member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, Robert Merla, because Merla stole a Scarface poster years earlier, taking it by threat of force. Felling humiliated, Merla left the party. He then lay in wait until Quiroga, who was drunk, exited the house some 15 minutes later.
ATTACKER STABBED QUIROGA SIX TIMES IN BACK! Read more
2ND NBC EVENT A SUCCESS!
Saturday night’s broadcast of Premier Boxing Champions that aired at 8:30 PM ET live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, won the ratings battle for the 18-49 demographic for their time slot. Al Haymon has made his mark thus far and silenced any critics, at least from a TV ratings perspective.
Danny Garcia vs Lamont Peterson(143lbs)
Result-Garcia via Majority Decision
Andy Lee vs Peter Quillin (160lbs)
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A & E TV ON CHAMP’S EXECUTION
San Francisco, CA
- A disturbing episode of the A & E TV
” brought me back to 1991 and one of the scintillating fights of the modern era. It was mid-Saturday afternoon on the left coast and the recently departed Cedric “I Was The Walrus” Kushner
was promoting a card on PPV for $14.95. The bill was topped by Robert Quiroga
defending his IBF
115 lb. belt against “Kid Akeem” Anifowoshe
in a San Antonio, TX battle that was the “Ring Magazine 1991 Fight of The Year.”
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STEVE LOPEZ WAS ONE BRAVE MAN
San Francisco, CA
- When Phoenix, AZ promoter Steve Lopez
was diagnosed with Stage 4 Throat Cancer
about five years ago, it looked as if he would be checking out of his room in the hotel of life shortly.
AMATEUR WRESTLER TOOK “BIG C” TO MAT
But that wasn’t the case as Steve refused to give in and battled Cancer in a manner that I am certainly not brave enough to do, to take “head on” the disease that took his life March 20. Having been a police officer and a fighter, I’ve seen people face death plenty of times, but none with the dignity of Steve.
CELL PHONE DISCONNECTED A BAD SIGN Read more
CRO COP EVENS THE SCORE
Gabriel Gonzaga Taking a Nap Courtesy of Cro Cop
Los Angeles, CA- At the Krakow Arena in Krakow, Poland, and live on UFC Fight Pass, UFC Fight Night featured the return of heavyweight (265 lb. limit) Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (31-11-2, 1 NC). Cro Cop successfully avenged his 2007 first-round KO loss to Gabriel Gonzaga (16-10) in the main event with a third round TKO victory.
While this fight was not the worst, it was not necessarily entertaining enough to warrant a rematch. Cro Cop will likely fight on, though it is difficult to see him beating the elites. Read more