LARRY MERCHANT LIVE “RING TALK” TODAY 2:05 PM ET

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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

San Francisco, CA At 2:05 PM ET / 11:05 AM PT, “Ring Talk” is LIVE as host Pedro Fernandez and Hall of Fame journalist Larry Merchant will spend the better part of the first of two hours talking past, present and future of boxing. All the boxing news you can digest!

AMANDA NUNES & TYRON WOODLEY ON MMA HOUR

We’ll hear from World bantamweight UFC champ Amanda Nunes as she challenges Valentina Schevenchenko on FOX TV Saturday night. Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley chimes in on race, bias and his fighting Stephan Thompson again. Tito Ortiz retires and a preview of the Bruce Lee “Special” with MMA legend Leo Fong and Malcolm Boutwell.

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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

We will probably go with a late sub as today’s guests are SUPPOSED to include Peter McNeely who was a victim of Mike Tyson in 1995. Mr. Party, we will see if he shows! The 2nd hour will be MMA as we go one on one with Bruce Lee’s training partner Leo Fong and wrap the UFC weekend.

HBO aired Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings, this in addition to Spike TV going with the Badou Jack nwin over Anthony Dirrell, the Mayweather-Pacquiao clash six days away, thus it’s a good time to talk fights! 11 AM PT!

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Johnny Taco

Johnny Taco


San Francisco, CA– Host Johnny Taco & his All Stars are all over the Sports World tonight adding humor and comedy to Sports Overnight America–Saturday Nights LIVE @ 10 PM PT. We’ll do the usual scores, interviews, have lotsa’ laughs, etc. But don’t be surprised if the Tacoman grills somebody’s ass in the process.

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RING TALK LIVE 11 AM PT BOXING VS. FOOTBALL!

BOXING & MMA LESS DANGEROUS THAN NFL

CONTACT SPORTS?

CONTACT SPORTS?


San Francisco, CA At 11 AM PT, “Ring Talk” AIRS LIVE with boxing with the bantamweight icon from Laredo, TX, none other than Orlando Canizales. At 118 lbs., the Mexican-American World champion holds the record for most title defenses, an astonishing feat! Host Pedro Fernandez will go into depth on the danger of Contact Sports, a subject no BOXING/MMA writer wants to touch.

EX-UFC CHAMP SMOKED ON FOX SPORTS 1

The MMA hour, or hour #2 will shake the rug in the world of MMA as well as Conor McGregor readies for lightweight king Rafael Dos Anos and UFC guys jumping to Bellator.

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HOWARD DAVIS JR. DEATH NOT SANS FIGHT

THE HOWARD DAVIS I REMEMBER

Howard Davis Jr.

Howard Davis Jr.

San Francisco, CA– When I learned that 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Howard Davis passed a few days ago from Lung Cancer, I was relieved….for both Howard and his family. Suffice to say there are a lot of ways to check out of this Hotel we call Life. But dying of Lung disorders, I’ve witnessed many, it is a painfully, incredibly horrific way to die.

TALKED VIA FACEBOOK AS GENARO “FACTOR” LOOMED

We clicked a little back and forth since the diagnosis, but I couldn’t push myself to ask for any of his limited time to talk or do radio. This had a lot to do with my interviewing Genaro Hernandez 36 hours or so prior to his being KO’d by guess who, yeah Cancer. I was in tears as Genaro acknowledged death was imminent. Like Howard Davis, Genaro didn’t smoke or drink.

DEATH WAS GONNA BE QUICK

While it was clear that the Grim Reaper had reserved a room for the 56 year old as the Stage 4 Diagnosis meant weeks and then on his last legs just a fortnight ago, I just couldn’t push myself to contact Howard. And much like Genaro and SHO Box announcer Nick Charles, Howard fought Cancer like the greatest of champions, something I’m not so sure this writer is man enough to do.

DAVIS’ PRO BOXING LIFE DEFINED BY TWO MATCHES Read more

WEIGHTS, HONESTY, BOXING 2015, AL HAYMON

DECLINE IN PPV BOXING GOOD OR BAD?

Roy Jones Again KO'd Brutally

Roy Jones Again KO’d Brutally


San Francisco, CA– Throughout the decades of prizefighting since the the Marquess of Queensbury rules were applied, because of the various weight limits, boxing was obviously one of the fairest of competitions. But when the “house” fighter shows up 11 lbs., yes Omar Figueroa was 11 lbs. over at the weigh in for Antonio DeMarco, you knew this could only be boxing in Texas, where there really are no rules.

ALL THREE 2015 BOXING PPV BROADCASTS….SUCKED..

The three big Pay Per Vier offerings of the year were the anti-climactic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao encounter, that Mayweather-Andre Berto yawn and the pedestrian Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto match. There were no knockdowns, nobody got staggered, these 36 stanzas were so lacking that not one round could be used as a “Trailer” to entice people/boxing fans in the same manner movies are introduced.

“KEEPIN’ IT REAL” WITH HAYMON

In his first full year, Al Haymon has put PBC cards on NBC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, BOUNCE TV, TRU TV, el al, and never once asked the fan to pay cash money to view boxing. If you watched the Haymon productions thus far, you could see he’s trying to get boxing back on the minds and in the mouths of Americans queer to the game. But it appears that Al has instead of cultivating new backers, he’s brought boxing fans (who hadn’t watched boxing in years) BACK into the fold by giving them TV on Network and various Cable Networks.

GONNA SINGLE OUT PBC “MATCHMAKING”

There were only two upsets of note in But thus far, it has been “Quantity over Quality” and his matchmaking, that is Al’s most glaring deficiency. I’m not implying he’s matching his “A” guys vs. “B” guys, but whomever is making the matches can’t seem to make “exciting” fights. Most of the time the records are close and rarely does an A fighter meet C- or D class opposition. But the excitement, where is the excitement?

GOOD MATCHMAKERS ENVISION THE FIGHT & IT’S POTENTIAL ENDINGS Read more

NBC HAS P.B.C. BOXING – ANTHONY JOSHUA IN UK

NBC CARD TOPPED BY OMAR FIGUEROA

Future Heavyweight King Anthony Joshua

Future Heavyweight King Anthony Joshua


San Francisco, CA– The stunning upset of Peter Quillin last Saturday by Danny Jacobs was “good” for both the boxing game and promoter Al Heyman’s Premier Boxing Champions. Boxing fans that have watched PBC evolve in 2015 on various Networks, Spike, ESPN, Fox, et al, have witnessed only two notable upsets. Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) turning out “trick” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and the aforementioned Quillin chillin’ by Mr. Jacobs.

LACK OF SUSPENSE & REAL FIGHTING DESIRED

Although I feel boxing is an entertaining, the “fight” and “suspense” in boxing is what folks want to see. That is hard to bring to play when the “favorites” are winning time and again and in less than Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns like form. If unbeaten jr. welterweight (140 lb.) Omar Figueroa wants to separate himself from the “pedestrian” performances of others, the Texan has a willing foe in Antonio DeMarco (31-5-1, 23 KOs) from South of The Border.

SAN ANTONIO IS A REAL FIGHT TOWN

Fighting at home in San Antonio, Figueroa (25-0-1, 18 KOs) a 25-year old with considerable skills with entertaining contests and will need to “smoke” former 135 lb. titleholder DeMarco like a New York blunt if he wants to get “over” big on TV. PBC needs a barnburner to get people to think about boxing over the holidays in expectation of PBC, et al boxing 2016. DeMarco, the 14-5 underdog looks a tad slower than Omar.

ARREOLA “LAST CHANCE” TO MAKE STATEMENT

Heavyweight “fringe” contender Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) of Southern California will meet once beaten Travis Kaufman (30-1, 22 KOs) of Reading, PN under Figueroa-DeMarco. Should the Mexican mauler fail, he will be a journeyman/name opponent from now on! PBC Boxing on NBC LIVE at 8:30 PM ET – 5:30 PM PT.

ANTHONY JOSHUA MEETS AMATEUR RIVAL DILLIAN WHYTE Read more

UFC 194 BETTER VALUE THAN FREE NBC BOXING?

TO PPV OR NOT THAT IS THE QUESTION?

(L-R) Opponents Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor staring each other down

(L-R) Opponents Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor staring each other down


San Francisco, CA– This Saturday’s UFC 194 is going straight up against free NBC boxing and Premier Boxing Champions presents champion Omar Figueroa on top. That being said, the UFC is putting forth their best two co-main events of the year, Jose Aldo-Conor McGregor & Chris Weidman-Luke Rockhold. Two unbeaten* champions and a pair of challengers that are not only coming to win, they have the ability to do so.

“SCARFACE” ALDO CURRENT BEST IN MMA

When it comes to Jose Aldo, the Brazilian is undefeated at 145 lbs. (MMA featherweight)
in 25 scraps. At 25-1, his lone loss was at ten lbs. heavier (155) at lightweight. The former WEC and reigning UFC champ is the ‘pound for pound’ best fighter in MMA period! That being said, Conor, the betting favorite is said to be Jo-say’s toughest foe in a decade of fighting.

CONOR BEATEN BY LESSER BUT BIGGER GUYS

His worthy adversary, the Irishman Conor McGregor has lost twice, both by submissions. But he has improved his game by becoming an even better Striker. His boxing skills and size, when you break it down, are his advantages here.

CONOR MIGHT BE 157 LBS. TODAY! Read more

RONDA ROUSEY CAN’T CHEW FOOD FOR MONTHS!

HOLLY HOLM CELEBRATES! RONDA ROUSEY NEEDING DENTURES?

Holm KO 2 Rousey

Holm KO 2 Rousey


San Francisco, CA– A day after Albuquerque, NM turned out in the thousands for hometown hero and UFC bantamweight (135 lb.) champ Holly Holm, honoring the native for her destruction of Ronda Rousey, the loser told ESPN Magazine that the kick “heard round” the world did a lot more than knock her unconscious.

ROUSEY MIGHT NEED MOST OF 2015 OFF!

“It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact,” Rousey said. If medical professionals are telling her it’ll be many months until her teeth are ready to bite hard into something, it might be that the air that we heard coming out of the Rousey balloon, (I maybe out on a limb here) but this looks to me like a balloon that cannot be re-inflated.

RONDA WILL “NEVER” BE THE SAME Read more

JACOBS CHILLIN’ QUILLIN NOTES & PODCASTS

AFTER BEATING DEATH, HUMANS NOT THAT IMPOSING

Danny "KO" Jacobs

Danny “KO” Jacobs


San Francisco, CA– Although knocking out previously unbeaten Peter Quillin was quite an accomplishment, it only added to the real story that had Danny Jacobs (31-1, 28 KOS) not KO’d the champion of evil, Cancer, there would have been no Quillin fight!

CANCER KILLER LEFT “NO DOUBT” IN MY MIND

Jacobs, a product of Brownsville now residing in Brooklyn, needed just 85 seconds to take the 12-5 betting favorite out. And while some will “squawk” about the referee’s stoppage, you didn’t hear a peep from Quillin. Never ultra-impressive, I felt Peter (32-1-1, 23 KOs) was smothered with undeserved accolades since day one. Larry Merchant had a “problem” with him not attempting to make weight vs. Andy Lee (Draw 12) two fights back. “The real Kid Chocolate is rolling over,” said Larry.

LEE-SAUNDERS VICTOR & BLACKS DISS GOLOVKIN

Jacobs has indicated he will seek the winner of the December 19th Andy Lee-Billy Joe Sanders WBO 160 lb. tilt in Manchester, UK. Interestingly enough, I didn’t see Jacobs calling out the people’s champion Gennady Golovkin. An overwhelming majority of boxing fans think “GGG” is the man. Another tidbit of interest, Black fans, a good number of them they are not yet sold on Golovkin.

WBC, ET AL TO FORCE “GGG” & CANELO? Read more

LISTEN RING TALK 12/6 QUILLIN NOW CHILLIN’

CANCER KING KOS PETER QUILLIN

Jacobs Wins "Black v. Black" in Black & White

Jacobs Wins “Black v. Black” in Black & White


San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 31+ years “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez looked at the upset of Peter Quillin by Danny Jacobs. Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Mike Tyson, a lot of names in the mix including Tyson Fury.

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PETER QUILLIN-DANNY JACOBS NOTES AND ODDS

TV BOXING & “RING TALK” GUESTS THIS WEEKEND

Jacobs-Quillin "Black v. Black" in Black & White

Jacobs-Quillin “Black vs. Black” in Black & White


San Francisco, CAPremier Boxing Champions, also known as Al Haymon Boxing, presents the “Battle of Brooklyn” as middleweight (160 lb.) residents Peter Quillin and Danny Jacobs do battle in a “Loser Leaves Town” match emanating from the City’s Barclays Center. The real “drama” here that trumps any other promotion is that Jacobs is an unlikely participant seeing he was diagnosed with a deadly form of Bone Cancer in 2011.

CANCER SURVIVOR SEEN AS “EASY MARK?”

The 30-1 (27 KOs) Jacobs is a great story. As if the resumption of a boxing career after beating the “Big C” wasn’t enough, his going 8-0 over sometimes pedestrian opposition since the 2012 return put him in the crosshairs of the unbeaten Quillin (32-0-1, 26 KOs) who think Danny, holder of a WBA title belt is an “easy” mark, a speed bump on the way to greatness.

LEE “TOOK THE AIR” OUT OF QUILLIN’S TIRES

When last seen in “prime” time, Quillin flopped in a 12-round draw with Andy Lee, a WBO title fight where he failed to make (try?) the weight (160). Although some are overly impressed with Quillin, I’m not. And while others like Jacobs here, it’s hard to really like “either” guy a lot. While most rate Peter a notch better than Jacobs, Danny is really an unknown commodity. We will know a lot more come Sunday morning. Current betting odds favor Quillin 12-5. As for unbeaten Gennady Golovkin, don’t expect the winner to challenge “Triple G.”

KLITSCHKO WANTS M AY”REMATCH”

Wladimir Klitschko (63-4, 53 KOs) is not taking the loss of the World heavyweight championship to Tyson Fury (25-0, 17 KOs) well. And while going 12 and losing to Fury certainly didn’t have the “smack” that his prior three losses, all KOs before March 2004, losing the title, it hurts.

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HARD HITTING BOXING NOTES LEAVE BRUISE

DID I EVER TELL YOU ABOUT THE TIME…

Don King

Don King


San Francisco, CA– Promoter Don King fell off a stage ten feet onto a concrete floor in Espana? I’ll finish with that story, but first….COTTO IGNORES HIMSELF TO FIGHT ON
154 & 160 lb. king Canelo Alvarez

154 & 160 lb. king Canelo Alvarez


Fresh off a 12 round spanking by Canelo Alvarez, multi-division champ Miguel Cotto is implying he’ll be boxing again in mid-2016. If you are related, or are a truly a fan of the classy Puerto Rican, this is not good news. When it comes to the residual damage from fighting, no one knows what you’ll be like in five or ten years. So like Global Warming, I prefer to side with caution and being financially set for two lifetime’s, Cotto should take another hard look at his lovely wife and kids.

“GGG’ TO GOAD COTTO IN YANKEE STADIUM?

While I do think there will be pressure on Canelo Alvarez to face Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in 2016, I think he will balk and that Cotto would likely instead face “GGG” in a sold out Yankee Stadium in 2016. Somehow Miguel detached himself from our conversation circa 2010 in Colombia, a chat in which he said, “family and health mean more than money.” NOT in 2015!

PACQUIAO GOING OUT AGAINST CRAWFORD

And while it is not “breaking news,” Manny Pacquiao’s swan song will be against Terence Crawford, the unbeaten Nebraska native and current WBO 140 lb. titleholder. This is probably NOT a fight Pacquiao can win. DID YOU ever think you’d see Manny Pacquiao being used as an “opponent?” Unless you’re dictating like recent retiree Joe Calzaghe or 50’s champ Rocky Marciano, the end is not so pretty.

MEN, YES MALE BOXERS NEED “STEP IT UP”

When you lace up gloves for money, pride or both, then you need to realize you are representing the entire sport each time you step into battle. Women, be it in boxing and MMA, they really prepare and fight their hearts out solely because they feel that as femVale fighters they have something to prove. (How many fat, outa’ shape chicks you see fighting?) Today’s male competitors should take note, as some are squandering opportunities at greatness and fortune by not going all out when the opportunity presents itself, especially seeing there is currently NO dearth of television exposure.

IMITATING FLOYD MAYWEATHER “NOT WISE”

Some fighters are thinking that seeing Floyd Mayweather can pitch a virtual “no-hitter” and make zillions, are under the impression they can as well. Mr. Mayweather is NOT THE RULE, he is THE EXCEPTION. If we had a dozen Floyd Mayweather type boxers dominating each division, boxing would need to be renamed “Gloved Fencing,” which is not nearly as entertaining as the art of true “Prize Fighting.”

MORE THOUGHTS OF “BOB” FOSTER Read more

SEX CHANGED BOXING PROMOTER MALONEY MUM!

TRANSFORMATION FROM MALE PROMOTER TO FEMALE PROMOTER

The "former" Frank Maloney

The “former” Frank Maloney


San Francisco, CA– Born in a City where Transexuals, Drag Queens and the like live among us sans degradation, I was at a stop light when I saw a chick crossing the street with a bump in her throat, that for some weird reason caused me to think of Frank Maloney, the British boxing promoter of longtime World heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, and his becoming a woman after 60 years on this planet as a male.
Kellie Maloney

Kellie Maloney

JENNER’S SWITCH “TOOK HEAT OFF” FRANK…ER…KELLIE

Had Bruce Jenner not “stroked” the media for months and then “stunned” the world by becoming Katelyn, Maloney’s switching teams and becoming Kellie Maloney would have gotten more press play. Here’s a stunner, Frank’s wife of 20 years Tracey, mother of two daughters said that she “wouldn’t have married him if I knew he wanted to be a woman.”

NEED SOME JOHN OLIVER HERE

Hold on, I need to switch identities and become Britain’s John Oliver of HBO fame. “No shit, you wouldn’t have married your husband if he told he wanted to become a woman. Excuse me Mrs. Maloney, Tracey, but who in the hell would marry a spouse seeking a sex change?” Although it was a little weird to see the new Kellie Maloney, especially seeing Frank wasn’t Rock Hudson handsome as a man, money talks and as an almost 63 year old female Kellie, well I wouldn’t date Kellie, but I’m picky!

LET’S JUST HOPE KELLIE IS HAPPY! Read more

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