CRAWFORD AND WALTERS TOP THE YEARS BEST

FEATHERWEIGHT NICHOLAS WALTERS BREAKS OUT FROM OBSCURITY 

Las Vegas, NV– One thing the sport of boxing immensely needs is exciting TV friendly fighters. Especially ones who are respectful and charismatic. WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) appears to have all the aforementioned qualities. The Jamaican born puncher who trains out of Panama had his first chance at the spotlight in 2014 and made the most of those opportunities.

Walters-photo credit-Boxrec.com

Walters-photo credit-Boxrec.com

In May he nearly decapitated former world champ Vic Darchinayn in China, and in October he stopped WBA champ and former four division world champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs).  Donaire, who was dropped twice, had never before tasted the canvas or been stopped.

OMAHA FIGHTER CRAWFORD BECOMES AN ATTRACTION

Who would have thought a year ago that Omaha, Nebraska would become a boxing hotbed? WBO lightweight king Terrence “Bud” Crawford, has pretty much smoked his recent competition. He competed in what was arguably the fight of the year for 2014.

He knocked down former champion Yuri Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) a total of four times in a barnburner of a fight in June.

Crawford beat up Gamboa

Crawford beat up Gamboa

Additionally he nearly sold out the Century Link Center in his hometown of Omaha. Earlier in the year he went to England and dethroned WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns(37-4-1, 11 KOs). One has to give Crawford the utmost respect. Most American fighters balk at going overseas, expecting to get an unfair verdict in a close bout. Fortunately the American completely dominated the fight. Last month he routed number 1 contender Ray Beltran (29-7-1) to cap off a stellar year in which most believe is a fighter of the year campaign.

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WALL OF FAME HONORS REFEREE ELMO ADOLPH

ONE OF FEW TRUE “HONEST” MEN IN BOXING

Elmo Adolph


San Francisco, CA– It is with a heavy and torn apart heart that I have to tell you that referee Elmo Adolph passed away earlier today while sleeping. This news was very painful to hear as Elmo and I had connections for over 20 years. When boxing got big in the south, especially when casinos became legal in places like Mississippi, Elmo Adolph was the “go to” guy and became the preeminent referee in the south.

BORN, EDUCATED AND PASSED IN LOUISIANA

Born in Destrehan, LA, Elmo graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1956. Elmo, and I will refer to my friend by his first name for the most part here, had been an amateur referee since 1964 and worked the 1988 South Korea Olympics. His professional tenure as a referee began in 1992, working over 1,000 professional matches that included 32 title fights. Over the years Elmo was the “third man” in fights involving Tommy Hearns, Larry Holmes, Hector Camacho, Roberto Duran, Roy Jones Jr., “Sugar Ray” Leonard in addition to Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson.

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COCAINE, BOXING, MURDER: PART 2

DOPE, MURDER & BOXING

Robert Quiroga

Robert Quiroga

VIDEO OF QUIROGA-AKEEM FIGHT AT END OF STORY

San Francisco, CA– The first installment of Cocaine, Boxing, Thug Life, the Murders of Robert Quiroga and “Kid Akeem” Anifowoshe, brought back a lot of bad memories for people in boxing that knew both Akeem and Quiroga. A severely brain damaged Anifowoshe, 23-1, 20 KOs, died in 1993 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, he 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.

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COCAINE, BOXING, MURDER PART I

Robert Quiroga

Robert Quiroga

San Francisco, CA– A disturbing episode of the A & E TV series “Gangland” 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 card 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.”

BACKGROUND MORE INTERESTING THAN GREAT FIGHT?

Prior to getting to the actual fight, we need to do a lot of background here as there is quite a story to tell about these two men, both whom are dead! Seeing Akeem was the challenger, we start with the Nigerian born pug who caught the eye of Ring Magazine getting an “honorable mention for 1987 Prospect of The Year.” Trained by the astute Miguel Diaz, Akeem was Las Vegas based.

“THE KID” AT 23 WAS 23 & 0!

Fighting through a slew of no-names as he sharpened his craft and increased his stamina, “Kid Akeem” was 23-0 with 18 KOs entering the June 15, 1991 clash in the hometown of the champion Quiroga. According to the bookmakers, the line went back and forth, but with Akeem’s Las Vegas roots and Billy Baxter backing, he emerged the slight betting favorite.

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WBO KOS ARIZONA’S JOHN MONTANO IN COURT

”KING JOHN” UNDEFEATED NO MORE!


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San Francisco, CA– Having for years railed against the “suspect” Arizona Boxing Commission and its figurehead John Montano, I can tell you that I wasn’t surprised when a jury in San Juan, Puerto Rico ruled that Montano misappropriated monies that belonged to the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) (NABO) North American Boxing Organization.

ONE TIME WBO HIERARCHY PUSHED FROM OFFICE

Once a WBO executive, Montano had been ousted from the WBO. Even so he continued to sanction fights under the NABO banner in 1996 & 97. After Montano ignored a series of “cease and desist” letters, this prompted the WBO/NABO to file suit against him. Montano countersued and the case has been in limbo since. The court ordered Montano, referee Ismael Fernandez and wife Virginia Pinto, pay the NABO/WBO an amount close to $200,000.

IN THE JUDGE’S OWN WORDS

Judge Ivone Diaz put the following in the court’s ruling: “The facts herein show, without any doubt, that John Montano had no right to use the name and initial letters of NABO, which is, at the same time, an affiliate of the WBO, as it was the property of the plaintiffs.”

”RING TALK” INSURED NO BACKROOM DEALS

As I prefaced earlier, Arizona, under Montano’s 30-year grip, has gone from being a mid-level player in boxing to a non-player. Ever since 2005 when we exposed Montano’s relationship/favoritism with Peter McKinn, once a promoter who fronted for Top Rank in Arizona, was brought to light the number of shows in the state have fallen off close to 75 %. I’m sorry that the people of Arizona, particularly boxing fans, have had to watch boxing go bye-bye. In my opinion, I point the finger at three people in Montano, McKinn, and Arizona Boxing Commissioner Mary “But Shot” Rose Wilcox.

PEDRO WAS ON THE GROUND IN ARIZONA

You see I’ve been to Arizona. And yes, that was me being detained by police at the request of Peter McKinn, this while walking a picket line in front of Montano’s office. I even got tossed from an Athletic Commission meeting because I stood before Mrs. Wilcox and told her the rules set forth by the state of Arizona state that she had to deliberate the status of Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas’ boxing license out loud and in public.

WILCOX ONCE WAS SHOT IN HER ASS!

Forcing Wilcox and crew to follow the letter of the law was fruitful seeing Campas was given back his boxing license. That has been the “lone” victory scored against the Arizona boxing regime. The folks I feel the most for here is those that have been denied the opportunity to enjoy boxing in Arizona as they had with Peter McKinn fronting, I think somebody had to force the issuE.

CANTANKEROUS DIAZ NOTHIN’ BUT GOOD INTENTIONS

Joe Diaz, Campas’ trainer and owner of the Top Level Boxing Gym in Phoenix, he has tried. But it takes big money to go after crooks slithering through the cracks of a`bureaucracy, especially at the state level. Mrs. Wilcox, a biatch in the truest sense of the word, ticked off a constituent of the Maricopa County Supervisor. He then produced a handgun and shot in the ass while she ran attempting to flee.

DO THE NUMBERS TELL A STORY HERE?

As for boxing in Arizona in general, other promoters have tried and had difficult times. For the record, when RingTalk.com sunk our teeth into Peter McKinn, John Montano, et al, it was 2005 and there were 23 shows. In 2008 there were eight!

Pedro Fernandez

Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman and four-time Golden Gloves champion. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.

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