MAFIA TACTICS BEING UTILIZED IN BOXING?

HAVE BLINKY OR CARBO COME BACK TO LIFE?

New York, NY– Boxing has it’s share of bottom-feeders, those who take inflated booking fees to line fighters, mostly opponents who live off the blood and work of both fighters and managers.

As we look back at this 2007 story, we do so because heavyweight Brian Mintothe latest bloodsucker ruling Sleazy Avenue puts his predecessors to shame. Allegedly he not only demands booking fees that often equal one-third the boxers purse, he does so with boxers he has under management contract. RingTalk.com has documents that illustrate Pat Nelson, a 38-year-old unemployed Youngstown resident, has taken tremendous amounts of side money off his own boxers.

BIG NAME BOXERS SAID TO BE SHORTED

Brian Minto, Billy Lyell, Joe Wyatt and 2004 Olympian Devin Vargas all have been in major fights the past year. All appear to have paid Nelson a managers share of their purses, as stipulated in their contracts with him. And all, unknown to them, had money skimmed off the top by Nelson, who demanded side money for the services of his boxers. Such actions not only rob boxers of their rightful purse money, but the boxers trainers take a reduced fee as well.

WHEN TAKING TOO MUCH ISTOO MUCH!, Nelson seems to have committed his deeds in the manner of a buccaneer, openly bragging about taking $25,000 off the top of Mintos purse from Mintos fight with Axel Schulz (a representative of Peter Kohls Universum Promotions has confirmed the secret side deal). When Lyell fought James Kirkland on Showtime, the boxer received $10,000. But the total purse was $15,000 Nelson arranged for a $5,000 side payment. Joe Wyatt was scheduled to fight Julio Garcia earlier this year. The purse total was $11,500, yet Nelson stipulated that only $8,000 be put on Wyatts contract for the fight. When Nelson attempted to sign Vargas with a promotional company, the Youngstown manager demanded a side payment as well.

WHAT HAPPENED TO FEDERAL BOXING LAWS?

Such actions are a blatant violation of federal law, specifically the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, which prohibits: A manager from having a direct or indirect financial interest in the promotion of a boxer, or from being employed by or receiving compensation or other benefits from a promoter, except for amounts received as consideration under the managers contract with the boxer.

NOT SOMEONE WITH “KOSHER” VERBIAGE

And Nelson gives those of a certain persuasion a verbal kick only a Nazi storm trooper would love. He has directed such remarks toward respected matchmaker Brad Goodman and top manager Cameron Dunkin, according to those interviewed. Those of a much-darker persuasion have been slammed as well.

WILL DUVA BE ANOTHER ONE TO SUE?

The resulting actions will land Nelson in court, perhaps multiple times. Promoter Dino Duva, who has a contract with Minto, has threatened to sue because Nelson took Minto to Germany while leaving Duva out of the negotiations (and money). Nelsons management partner with Minto, Felix DeAlisio of Baltimore, who invested tens of thousands of dollars in Minto, already has begun a lawsuit, as he was left out in the cold. Ohio boxing promoter Mike Powers has contacted a law firm about Nelsons booking of one of Powers boxers in Canada without Powerss consent.

BOXING (BOXERS) CLEARLY DESERVE BETTER

In addition to facing legal trouble, Nelsons actions also bring him in front of boxings court of public opinion. Will German promoters want to do business with a manager who brags of skimming purse money from his boxers on German shows? And, abouth those anti-(you know)remarks? Will U.S. promoters want to risk lawsuits from boxers under contract to Nelson if it can be proven their own manager violated the Muhammad Ali act? Time will tell.

Ring Talk News Service

Note: A number of sources and documents were utilized in the preparation of this story that was penned by a boxing insider. As for the headline Blinky & Carbo , Blinky Palermo and Frankie Carbo, they were two scoundrels who ran boxing in the 50s.

AMIR KHAN TO APPEAR ON “RING TALK”

PAKASTANNI-BRIT TO TALK FLOYD MAYWEATHER & MORE

San Francisco, CA– It appears Amir Khan will get the next fight with Floyd Mayweather. Training with Virgil Hunter of Andre Ward fame in the SF Bay Area, Khan has amazing skills for it was he whom many Brits felt would go on a Oscar De la Hoya-like run. After winning and losing championships at 140, Khan is now a welterweight and will fight Mayweather at 147 lbs.

FEW HAVE THE HANDS OF AMIR KHAN

People crack on Khan and say he has a bad chin. The same could have been said of Wladimir Kitschko, whom a lot of people wrote off after 3 chin-checking losses. But in came the late Emanuel Steward as trainer and Wlad hasn’t lost since early 2004. I was of the opinion that Khan was weight drained at 140 and that 147 and Hunter’s guidance give him a better shot of beating Floyd Mayweather than any of the guys he has fought in a long time.

YOU GOT QUESTIONS FOR AMIR KHAN?

Amir will appear on the Sunday edition of “Ring Talk,” which starts at 11 AM PT. You can leave questions below or call us on the toll free 800 Sports Byline Network line at 1-800-878-PLAY, that’s 1-800-878-7529. You can Tweet us at Twitter.com@RingTalk

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1975 SOUTH CITY CLASS REUNITES 483 MONTHS LATER

483 MONTHS FROM JUNE 1975 GRADUATION DATE

Anthony Peligrino (2014)

Anthony Peligrino (2014)


San Francisco, CA– The 40th reunion of the 1975 South San Francisco High School class was truly a jaunt down memory lane in a number of ways. First off, few people look like they did in high school. One guy whom I photographed for the 1974 yearbook in just his underwear, I didn’t put his face and that snapshot together until late in the evening when I saw the picture on the way out.

MR. PELIGRINO AND MR. ZUEBLER AT THE ELK’S

Twas’ a return to the Elk’s Club, a place I hadn’t been since I was honored by the Northern California Retired Boxers Assn. On that November 2001 evening, my late mother was present and our guest list included South City teachers Mr. Peligrino and Mr. Zuebler. When I took the dais, the first thing I did was ask everybody to, “Please give my mom, Mr. P & Mr. Z a big round of applause.”

PELIGRINO CONVINCED ME I COULD WRITE

Of the near dozen or so awards for my writing, be it a cover story of Essence Magazine or penning for Scotland’s #1 Sunday periodical, the Oakland Trib, the old Examiner, as well as the San Francisco Progress under a pen name while a member of the San Francisco Police Dept., I should have shared the awards and free trips to Japan, Spain, the UK and Hawaii with Anthony Peligrino, because sans Mr. P they would have never happened.

MR. P SAID “WRITE THE STORY” & MR. Z “DIDN’T WANT TO KNOW”

Ali & Pedro Fernandez (1994 China)

Ali & Pedro Fernandez (1994 China)

It was Mr. P who told me that I had a “duty” to expose the SSFHS administrator who was reportedly stopped four times and popped twice within 180 days for Drunk Driving. This was the guy chasing people around campus and disciplining them with impunity. The story begins with me being the Editor of The Warrior and we’re having lunch with Mr. Z in his typing class. Obvious to me, Mr. Zuebler didn’t want anything to do with this and probably wished he wasn’t there when I brought in the police reports.

ENDED UP TELLING MRS. WISNEWSKI OF “E WING”

It was one of the few times in my life where I had to keep a secret, and yet write about it. “Tease the story,” leaking out one drip per issue of the school papers. After two months and people asking, the bomb was dropped and this “Mr. Thirsty” ended up being driven to and from work (SSFHS campus) for a while.

WITH ADMINISTRATOR’S FACE ON FIRE, I THOUGHT “NOTHING OF IT”

There were a number of teachers who supported me, Mr. Jacobs for one. But talk about naive, seeing it was all true, I didn’t think for a second there would be “retaliation” from the “Thirsty” administrator or faculty. E wing’s Mrs. Wisnewski who supported me, I confided in her and she told me to talk to Mr. Peligrino.

REMEMBERING MR. COHEN “EXPECTORATING” IN MY FACE

The one teacher that did lash out at me was Science teacher Mr. Cohen. He gave me additional homework, sent me to Mr. Zaro, made my life hell because we both knew I needed the 5 Science credits to graduate in 12 weeks. Cohen got in my face, spitting as he talked and I shoved him away from my seated position which led to him ousting me.

BILL HUNTER “HAUNTED” BY CLASSES AFTER 1975

For better or worse, I got an extra period off and Bill Hunter, a gem of a counselor who was run off campus (harassed for his perceived sexuality) some years after our graduation, set me up with a Science correspondence course, thus my graduation was a guarantee.

Pete Fernandez, Al Bernstien, "Judge" Mills Lane

Pete Fernandez, Al Bernstien, “Judge” Mills Lane


“TOP SHELF” HERB & SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE

Some things change, some don’t. As the jocks sucked down a cocktail or two, the stoners were well represented at the Elk’s, albeit without the participation of the guy (he was there) who first brought Colombian Red to South City. In closing, the last time I saw Frank Verducci and Paul Bachtold, they were hamming it up for the camera at our graduation dance some 483 months ago. Saturday night, there they were, Frank & Paul together again shooting “gag” photographs wearing funny hats. Just like the mighty Stylistics tune of 1975, “Some Things Never Change.” Not the class of ’75. Truly a great evening!

Pedro Fernandez

Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman, licensed California Private Investigator and four-time Golden Gloves boxing champion, who also pens feature stories for the R & B band Tower of Power. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.

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UFC CZAR DANA WHITE IN “DEEP SHIT”

UFC PREZ IN HOT WATER?

Dana "Moneybags" White

Dana “Moneybags” White

Los Angeles, CA- According to UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, Dana White has been forced to use an iPhone so he can be tracked by an unknown authority. Rogan claims this investigation is related to the recent lawsuit levied on the UFC by its former employees, including Cung Le (9-3), Jon Fitch (26-7-1, 1 NC), Nate Quarry (12-4), and the Bay’s own Kyle Kingsbury (11-6, 1 NC). While the exact parameters of the investigation remain unclear, it is apparent that Mr. White is being probed on some serious matters.

WHITE FAMOUS FOR “BURNER” FLIP PHONE

Before being forced to upgrade to an iPhone, White used a flip phone with basic functions. In 2015, seemingly the only people who use those types of devices are drug dealers. So tell me why the the head of a billion dollar company was using a “burner” to conduct business? Drug dealers generally use these phones because they have no GPS and are harder for authorities to trace. The fact that White would choose to use a phone like this may surprise some, but given his character it seems like a logical occurrence.

DOES WHITE HAVE SOMETHING TO HIDE?

Speculation will no doubt swirl around the UFC president, but could he actually have some dark secrets? Only time will tell, but you can bet Mr. White will be less outspoken in the mear future than usual. He has yet to release a formal statement on this matter, and word has it the Fertitta bros., Frank and Lorenzo, UFC primary owners, have him on a short leash.  I do believe in reserving judgment until all of the facts trickle out, but I must admit my eyebrows are certainly raised.

JOE ROGAN’S EXACT WORDS ON DANA WHITE’S PROBLEMS

“He has an iPhone now. They make him use the iPhone because he’s under some investigation so they have to be able to track all of his shit because they’re getting sued. There’s a bunch of shit going on.”

WHITE’S MOM CALLS DANA “SON OF SATAN” Read more

SATURDAY NIGHT BOXING ODDS AND PICKS!

Saturday, August 29, 2015
SANTA CRUZ-MARES ON ESPN FROM STAPLES CENTER

Leo Santa Cruz

Leo Santa Cruz

Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center– (ESPN) Abner Mares (29-1-1, 15KOs) vs Leo Santa Cruz (30-0-1, 17KOs) (124 lbs.) ODDS/PREDICTION: Santa Cruz 2-1. Mares felled by Jhonny Gonzalez hook in only loss, might be “gun shy.” Tough call, thus NO Bet with lean to favorite.

WBC TITLE TIFF OPENS ESPN SHOW

Hugo Ruiz (35-2, 31KOs) vs Julio Ceja (29-1, 26KOs) (interim WBC 122 lb. title) ODDS/PREDICTION: Santa Cruz 2-1. Mares felled by Jhonny Gonzalez hook in only loss, might be “gun shy.”

MOSLEY-MAYORGA $49.99 PPV ACROSS TOWN AT FORUM

Ricardo Mayorga (31-8-1, 25KOs) vs Shane Mosley (47-9-1, 39KOs) ODDS/PREDICTION: Read more

6/13/15 LISTEN RING TALK & LARRY MERCHANT

GODFATHER ON AL HAYMON & JABS AT PACMAN

LISTEN NOW Larry Merchant

LISTEN NOW Larry Merchant


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez was joined by Larry Merchant who expanded on the “con” that was Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather, this in addition to me giving him the “Al Haymon” quiz.

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THE “AMERICAN DREAM” HAS DIED

Espedito "The American Dream" Martinez

Espedito Martinez


San Francisco, CA– If someone were to ask people outside of myself, they’d say the “American Dream” (Dusty Rhodes) died June 11. For me and some others, the real “American Dream” passed away June 13, 2015 in a local hospital. It took a Stroke to deck Espedito Martinez, a man of humble origin who went from driving a Taxi in Tijuana, to cruising The City in a classic mint Mercedes Benz convertible.

Many moons ago, Espedito, whom I only called Sir or Mr. Martinez in the 40+ years I knew him, told me about the struggle to get out of Mexico with wife Eleanor and first son Alfredo “Fast Freddie” Martinez. How he spent a few years in National City, a border town between TJ and San Diego. “That’s where Hector was born,” his second son. “Driving a taxi for little money, I knew I had to leave if I wanted a better life.”

Ending up in South San Francisco, CA, Espedito bought a house on Orange Ave and had his only daughter Rosie. Realizing that a Union job was the key to ascending the economic ladder in the then late 1950s, he ended up with a Teamster gig at the local trash company.

Hard working and far more intelligent than his basic schooling might indicate, Espedito and Eleanor saved some money and before you knew it, they had financial security outside of his work after purchasing a six unit apartment building when California property was probably worth 1/10th of what it is now. Read more

WHY MIGUEL COTTO IS A HEAVY FAVORITE SATURDAY

Betting Favorite Miguel Cotto

Betting Favorite Miguel Cotto


World middleweight (160 lb.) king Miguel Cotto returns to the ring on Saturday for the first time in a year to defend his freshly-won belt, and—unfortunately for boxing fans—Cotto will meet Daniel Geale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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The issue with the fight is not so much Geale, who is a hardworking, fast puncher. The issue is that Cotto, who has earned his stripes in the ring with the biggest names in boxing, simply outclasses Geale. Despite giving up a few inches in both height and reach, Cotto’s overall boxing technique and power is simply too much for Geale.

Premier betting site topbet has Cotto listed at -700 while Geale rests at +450. Lines on boxing matches can get more unbalanced than that, but this is entering the territory where sportsbooks in Vegas simply don’t want to take action on Cotto’s side.

If this fight goes the distance, that in itself will be considered a victory for Geale. Cotto is coming off five-straight victories via KO or TKO, and the power in both of his hands make him devastating in close. It doesn’t help that in Geale’s last loss, he didn’t get past the third round. Read more

RUSSELL JR TOPS WEEKEND RESULTS

RUSSELL STOPS SHOPWORN JHOHNNY GONZALEZ ON SHOWTIME

LAS VEGAS, NV– Looks like the odds makers were right. Featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr(26-1, 15 KOs) was just too young and too fast for the 33 year-old Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) Saturday night at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Gonzalez looked slow from the opening bell. showtime-logo-240-001Russell knocked the Mexican down in round three with a right hook. It appeared that Jhonny never fully recovered from that shot and was down again twice in round four as Russell claims the WBC featherweight title. Gary somewhat redeems himself from the listless performance last year against WBO championVasyl Lomachenko(3-1, 1 KO) losing a clear decision. While Lomachenko is the superior talent, Russell should be expected to do better in a rematch.

CLOSE BOUT GOES TO HOUSE FIGHTER

In the televised undercard Jermell Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) defeated Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1,21 KOs) by unanimous nod. Vanes pressed the action and landed the cleaner blows, yet the Al Haymon managed Charlo was awarded the victory by scores of 96-94 twice and an absurd 97-93.

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DOS ANJOS UPSETS PETTIS AT UFC 185

NEW LIGHTWEIGHT (155) CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

New Lightweight Champion

New Lightweight Champion

Los Angeles, CA– Two new champions were crowned at UFC 185 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.  In the main event, Rafael dos Anjos (24-7) dominated Anthony Pettis (18-3) to become the new UFC lightweight champion.  The Brazilian employed a strategy of taking Pettis down as many times as he could and keeping him there.  He won by scores of 50-45 on all three cards after 5 rounds.  Pettis had shown vulnerability to grappling in the past, but was the favorite going in.  It was not the type of fight that needs no immediate rematch.  Dos Anjos was the vastly superior fighter on the night, and Pettis will have to earn his way back up.

WHO IS NEXT IN LINE?

Up next for the new champ will likely be the winner of the upcoming UFC 187 bout between Donald Cerrone (26-7, 1 NC) and Khabib Numagomedov (22-0).  Dos Anjos has already beaten Cerrone, and I think Khabib will likely take a will over the American as well.  In a potential matchup with dos Anjos, I would also favor the Russian.  Khabib is one of the best kept secrets in the UFC.  Despite an impressive undefeated record, “Nurmy” has flown under the radars of many fans.  With grappling that looks better than dos Anjos on paper, Khabib looks like a real threat to the belt. Read more

AL HAYMON BIG NBC WIN, NFL & FIGHT NOTES

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS & NBC SCORE RATINGS VICTORIES

“Big Al” Haymon Method Of Paying Fighters


San Francisco, CA– Seeing that opening bout on NBC was a drama drought between Adrien Broner and John Molina, in other words not even remotely Hagler-Hearns, the numbers weren’t bad and the ratings got better as the program proceeded. The Keith Thurman-Robert Guerrero fight peaked at 4.2 million NBC homes.

NBC AIRS FIRST PRIMETIME BOXING IN 30 YEARS

Going prime time for the first time since 1985 and Larry Holmes vs. the late Carl “The Truth” Williams, Haymon had to be all smiles in his confines today which is a bigger secret than ex-VP Dick Cheney’s “Undisclosed Location” on Monday afternoon when he learned that the NBC Network Network numbers were #1 in the 18-49 demographic as well. Premier Boxing Champions gets premier numbers first time out!

UFC FIGHTER ROBBED AT GYM, CATCHES CROOKS AT WALMART

Omaha, Nebraska– Former UFC fighter Ryan Jensen (20-8) had his vehicle broken into by a couple who were caught on videotape outside the gym where he was inside teaching MMA. The crooks, their car, license plate, video of them both were viewed as they cleaned out the car. Anyway Jensen tracks his credit card online and find it’s being used at a nearby Walmart. Jensen drove to the store, found the pair and had to chase the male on foot.

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EX-UFC KING FRANK MIR KO’S GIANT SILVA

FRANCISCO SANTOS MIR, III IS BACK

Farnk Mir Returnith!

Farnk Mir Returnith!


San Francisco, CA– When it comes to former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, it’s quite obvious after his one-punch knockout of Giant Silva, Sunday night that you, “Can teach an old dog new tricks.”

MIR IS A BLAST TO BE AROUND!

One of the great personalities in sports, Mir, a Las Vegas resident put himself back in the UFC top ten by halting the 3-1 favorite Silva in 1:43 before a sold out crowd of Brazilians who were so quiet after the TKO that you would have thought I hit my TV’s mute button.

SINK OR SWIM FIGHT & FRANK SWAM

Having lost four straight, the consensus among people was that Silva was going to steamroll Mir in this battle of 45-year olds seeing he has looked less than stellar before coming back tonight after a year layoff.

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PART II: WHACKY PEOPLE OF NEWMAN’S GYM

Bob Halloran

Bob Halloran


PRETEND TO BE BOB HALLORAN FOR LAUGHS

San Francisco, CA– In the early 80s, I liked pulling Don Stewart’s chain by calling him from the pay phone in the gym and telling him that I was the great Bob Halloran’s producer and I wanted to do a phone interview with him from Miami. Being able to see Don from the phone booth, it was hysterical to watch him thinking he was doing an on-air interview with Halloran, who shot to fame as a Miami TV news reporter who had unlimited access to Muhamad Ali in the early part of both of their careers.

BUST INTO DON’S OFFICE SANS KNOCKING

I’d tell him that we needed to take a commercial break, at which time I would exit the phone booth and bust into his office. “Get outa’ here you hamburger, I’m on the phone with Bob Halloran.” I’d go back to the phone, finish the interview with some unwarranted comments about what a great boxing trainer he was before terminating the call. Don, who stood about 5’7, would emerge from the office like a man of Lebron James height. Over the years, we did this over a dozen times. I told Halloran about this, when he Las Vegas hotel magnate Steve Wynn’s right hand in the late 1980s over a cocktail and he cracked up.

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