UFC FIGHT NIGHT IN BRAZIL ON SUNDAY

FORMER HEAVYWEIGHT (265 LIMIT) CHAMPION MIR IN MAIN EVENT

Mir A Mere Shadow Of Former Self?

Mir A Mere Shadow Of Former Self?

Los Angeles, CA– From the Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Brazil, Frank Mir (16-9) takes on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-6-1, 1 NC) of Brazil in the main event of UFC Fight Night:  Bigfoot vs Mir.  You can catch all the action on Fox Sports 1 as Mir will attempt to snap a 4-fight losing streak.  I do not think Mir will break this streak versus Silva, a guy who was caught with performance-enhancing drugs in his system who will be fighting in a country notorious for lenient drug testing.  With or without steroids, I feel Silva is too young and too strong for the former champ, and may just be the final UFC opponent for Mir.

LIGHTWEIGHT PICK ‘EM IN CO-MAIN

Edson Barboza (15-2) has a great deal of skill, but not too much chin.  Michael Johnson (15-8) has a good chin, but
not as much skill as Barboza.  I lean toward Brazil’s Barboza in this fight, but would not be shocked if Johnson managed to land a shot and put Barboza away. Read more

SWEET SCIENCE & EVOLUTION

EVERY THEORY IS NOT FACT

New York, NY- Like the ongoing Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao debate, the classic debate that pits religion against science when arguing for or against the ‘Theory of Evolution‘ has its similarities. There are faith based ideals pushing arguments and observable facts as well. Both cite evidence, but can anything be proven as fact?

THEORY VS. FACT

The Theory of Evolution is a brilliant concept which explains the origin of species and a linear progression of mankind. It is generally accepted as fact by most scientists due to its relatively simple explanation and a strong pillar of support called adaptation. Adaptation is observable, factual and documented. We know for example that spending an excessive amount of time barefoot will result in harder and generally more calloused feet. We also know that living in elevated climates can increase and strengthen endurance due to the lungs adjusting to thicker air. But can we say with certainty that fish walked on land? That mankind is undoubtedly smarter than he ever was in the past? No, because ‘Evolution’, like the ‘Big Bang’ and ‘Relativity’ must be labeled as theories because they cannot be observed as fact. So in part, these beliefs are based on faith, acceptance of concepts and ideas that are not necessarily proven.

RELIGOUS HISTORY & FACT

When it comes to religion, there is reference material generally referred to as The Bible, Torah (and Dead Sea Scrolls) which either include, support or leave out material divided between old and new testaments. The Bible includes both testaments, while the Torah is generally the Old Testament of the biblical account. These are at times observable facts, due to a documented history by other groups and cultures writing down things that coincide with each other. The Romano-Jewish writer Titus Flavious Josephus, for example is said to account for the existence of ‘Jesus’ and documented other historical events generally believed to be true by Jews and Christians. But does everything in the Bible hold up to scientific facts? Many stories in the bible can be understood to be parables or allegories rather than fact. It’s illogical to think that Noah would not have been able to build an ark and house every species (male and female) of every living thing on the planet. But to some, it’s believed to be true based on faith.

WHY NO ONE IS RIGHT! Read more

SAN FRANCISCO BOXING LEGEND AL CITRINO

Al Citrino

“BIG AL” NOT A GUY TO MESS WITH
San Francisco, CA– Growing up in Herman-Newman’s Gym in the Tenderloin section of this City by The Bay, I ran met some individuals with unique and unequaled personalities. Today, we look back at at the career of Amadeo “Al” Citrino. Born here of Italian decent, Al was a “positive” fixture of San Francisco boxing from his professional debut in 1930 until he passed away in 1993.

BEAT ONE WORLD CHAMP, LOST TO ANOTHER

Not the tallest featherweight (126 lbs) by any means, Al stood about 5’6 and like a man he would later fight, the greater than great Henry Armstrong, lost his first professional fight which took place on May 7, 1930 at National Hall here. He would go unbeaten in 16 fights, that included two draws before losing again in 1931 at another San Francisco fight venue in Dreamland.

BOXING HAD “HOME COOKING” EVEN IN THE 1930’S

Al would engage in 15 more fights, again with a couple of draws before he lost two successive six round decisions to unheralded Pastor Galope and Joe Calder, both in the state of Washington, the only place Al fought in 13 years outside of California. Both fighters were from Washington, which made the wins losses via the result of “home cooking.” Al and Calder fought again here in 1935 and Al stopped him in two.

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25 YEARS SINCE TYSON KO’D BY BUSTER!

FEBRUARY 11, 1990: “KID DYNAMITE” IMPLODED
Douglas KO's Tyson
Pittsburgh, PA– I was just a sophomore in high school, hanging out in our basement TV room and planning to watch Dominique Wilkins, Larry Bird and others at the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk and Three Point Contests, back when those activities featured the game’s best and were must-see TV. The plan was to flip on HBO and catch “the Baddest Man on the Planet” (and that wasn’t just a nickname at that time) Mike Tyson (then 37-0, 33 KOs) quickly knock out James “Buster” Douglas, whom some generously referred to as an underdog, since that implied that he had a chance. After that brief respite, I would return to the All-Star festivities. Little did I know that I wouldn’t watch anymore basketball that night.

HINDSIGHT’S 20/20: NO ONE SAW THIS ONE COMING

In retrospect, the signs were there: Tyson’s mentor and father figure Cus D’Amato had passed away, and he’d replaced his under appreciated trainer Kevin Rooney and the rest of his team with hacks that seemed to spill over from his entourage and, infamously, Don King. His marriage had fallen apart, and personal problems mounted. He undertrained for Douglas and, though he still looked great, he seemed just a little soft and a lot distracted; clearly, he wasn’t taking Douglas seriously, but then again, did he need to?

“BUSTER” DOUGLAS: “I JUST WHIPPED HIS ___”

As it happened, the contest showed us the amazing possibilities when an uninspired, unmotivated favorite faces and inspired and motivated underdog, no matter the odds. (How any fighter can take another “lightly” – one of the false or ridiculous excuses we hear from sour grapes losers nowadays – makes you wonder after what happened in Tokyo that night.) A lean, conditioned Douglas kept his jab pumping in the champ’s face all night, repeatedly drilling “Iron Mike” with chopping rights behind it, round after round. A short Tyson uppercut in the eighth nearly bandaged the situation, though damage at that point had already been irreparably done. The Tyson puzzle had already been solved. More importantly, the fear factor had been vanquished. Bully the bully. Take the fight to him. Douglas regained control in the ninth, as Tyson barely survived the round.

TENTH ROUND: THE END OF TYSON AS WE KNEW HIM! Read more

GREATEST BOXERS OF SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco born Andre Ward

San Francisco born Andre Ward

#1 WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP JIM CORBETT

San Francisco, CA– The best fighter born and raised in the City by the Bay was James J. Corbett. Also known as Gentleman Jim, his career spanned from 1886 to 1903, while his hold on the World heavyweight championship began in 1892 and ended in 1897. With a final record of 12-4-4, with 5 KOs, Jim is ranked # 19 of all time in the International Boxing Research Organization. When he stopped champion John L. Sullivan (35-0-2) in 21 rounds on September 9, 1892 in New Orleans, LA, it was the first heavyweight title fight fought under the Marques of Queensbury rules with gloves.

CORBETT BEAT THE UNBEATABLE JOHN L, Some of Gentleman Jims highlights involved his winning in 27 rounds over Joe Choynski. The fight was held on a barge in Benicia, CA in 1889. Corbett also had a 61-round No Contest with Peter Jackson (41-1-3) in a fight that started at 9:28 PM and ended at 1:33 AM in May 1891. Ahead on points, Corbett was stopped in the 23rd round of a World heavyweight title fight by Jim Jeffries in 1900. Jim would fight Charley Kid McCoy (69-5-9) before rematching Jeffries three years later. Jim was 39 years old and lost via KO 10 in his final ring appearance on August 14, 1903. He died at 66 years of age in 1933.

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MARVIN HAGLER SOLD BELT TO SUGAR RAY

MARVIN HAGLER-RAY LEONARD

BLUE COLLAR GUY SOLD HIS SOUL

San Francisco, CA– If ever there was a fighter who exemplified the “blue collar” worker here in the United States it was one-time undisputed world middleweight (160 lbs) champion Marvin Hagler. Although he officially changed his name to “Marvelous,” having spent a decent amount of time around Marvin, the name “Marvelous” fit him about as well as a pair of shoes three sizes too big.

BEST AMATEUR AT HIS WEIGHT IN THE COUNTRY

Having won the National Golden Gloves title fighting out of Massachusetts some 30 years ago, a feat duplicated only once since by current super middleweight (168) contender Edwin Rodriquez, Hagler still broke into the professional ranks with little or no fanfare. Marvin would go 24-0-1, the draw coming to 1972 Olympian “Sugar Ray” Seales in 1974, this after besting the almost “blind” boxer by Majority Decision earlier in the same year. Having trained alongside Marvin at Johnny Tocco’s “Ringside Gym” leading up to the Thomas Hearns fight in 1985, I never found Marvin as self-confident as I did while training for Ray Leonard or Roberto Duran, who turned out to be the fighter that intimidated Hagler the most once they stepped between the ropes.

BEAT TWO GUYS THAT BEAT HIM!

To his credit, Mavin defeated “Boogaloo” Watts and Willie Monroe, the only two men who had beaten him prior to his sell out against Ray Leonard. I credit Marvin for he had great ability in the ring, but like many fighters, he wasn’t the smartest fighter I’ve ever met, although was perhaps the greediest! To his detriment, Hagler had cornermen in Pat and Goody Petronelli that I would have never used in my corner while winning seven amateur championships. Their lack of boxing acumen and common sense likely cost Hagler the 1987 fight, his last, against Ray Leonard. On a scale of 1-10, the Petronelli’s would score about a five in my judgement.

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APOLLO 1 DEATHS 48 YEARS LATER

AMERICAN ASTRONAUTS DIE DURING PRACTICE

Ed White, Virgil Grissom, Roger Chaffee

Ed White, Virgil Grissom Roger Chaffee

San Francisco, CA– When I was growing up it was the space program, NASA, National Aeronautics & Space Administration that provided the most compelling “Must See TV.” From Alan Sheppard’s first foray into space in 1961 aboard a Mercury capsule, to Edward White’s first space walk from a Gemini capsule, space truly was the “New Frontier.”

RUSH TO MOON CAUSED UNNECESSARY DEATH

On January 27, 1967, the aforementioned Edward White, Virgil “Gus” Grissom, and Roger Chaffee, the crew of Apollo I died when a fire engulfed their spacecraft as they practiced on the ground in Florida. Having radio problems on the ground between the cockpit and the NASA control center, Grissom is heard saying shortly before the fire. “How can you get us to the moon when we can’t talk to one another on the ground.”

GUS GRISSOM, ED WHITE & ROGER CHAFFEE Read more

MANY AMERICANS “DUMBER THAN DUMB”

IGNORANCE SEEMS TO RULE IN 2015
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San Francisco, CA– If you saw a lot of the posts that don’t make it to the Comments Section, you’d know why for they are nothing more than keyboard dribble. This may have a lot to do with the Text era of intended misspelling and the short thought world that is the product of Twitter. But as somebody that has worked on the Internet since 1991, I can see that the overall intelligence of people, at least here in the United States, is on the decline.

AMERICANS NOT THAT SMART BEFORE I.T. AGE

Now that would not be so alarming except that before the Twitter thang the average IQ of an American was 99. I’ve been tested at 128 and 134 respectively at different points of my life, but with 99 the average that means half of us are below that. And before you try and affix this to a specific racial group other than your own, don’t as I’m talking Whites, Blacks, Browns, Blue & Green.

“COKE & FRIES” AS FAR AS THEY GO? Read more

PACQUIAO AND ARUM LYING! NO FLOYD TALKS!

LARRY MERCHANT EXPOSES ARUM & PACQUIAO

Bob Arum Negotiating With Self?

Bob Arum Negotiating With Self?


San Francisco, CA– While chatting with Larry Merchant on the Sunday edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the Godfather of HBO Boxing said that, “There has been no back and forth negotiation between Floyd Mayweather. Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum have been negotiating with themselves.”

BOB ARUM BEING DISINGENUOUS (YES) DISINGENUOUS

In other words, it appears Bob Arum has not been forthright with the media again. The man whose epitaph should read, “I was lying yesterday, but today I’m telling the truth,” his actual words, is saying the fight is all but done. You see while we’ve been hearing Manny had signed, a source on the inside told me, “It’s a double swerve. Arum is trying to create public sentiment against Floyd to force the fight. Telling people that 60-40 had been agreed to, it was all bulls*it.”

LIKELY MAYWEATHER-COTTO II PREDICTED WEEKS AGO

While linear middleweight (160 lbs.) champion Miguel Cotto has kept Canelo Alvarez tied up in negotiations, Cotto’s people are said to be trying to make Cotto-Mayweather II. If you missed the first fight, think of a slightly more polished Marcos Maidana in Cotto who wants to cash in especially against somebody that can’t hurt him. Swerve #2.

MAYWEATHER WILL BE IN AUSTRALIA

Floyd has said he will be in Australia at the end of January. To that, Anthony Mundine is saying Mayweather and he “might” fight. I don’t know how bad you want Mayweather to fight anybody when his fights are about as exciting as a fully clothed porno. There is no “Money” shot in Mayweather’s films…er fights.

FLOYD NEED RETIRE OR MEET “GGG” Read more

LAST STAND FOR DON KING TONIGHT?

DON KING “LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM”

Don King

Don King


San Francisco, CA– In the past 40 years, if you’ve bet against promoter Don King you rarely have gone to the cashier’s window to pick up any winnings. That being said, with really nobody of note under contract except Bermain Stiverne, there is a lot more on the line tonight than just the WBC heavyweight title Stiverne is defending against Deontay Wilder.

KING GETS CHORUS OF REACTIONS

Some of you have left comments like, “The fight is worth watching seeing it will be Don King’s finale.” Interesting, but the “Teflon Don” has been on the ropes before, but then again he wasn’t 83 years old.

IS THE DONALD GOOD FOR BOXING?

Which brings me to the eternal question, no not What Is Hip, is Don King Good for Boxing? The answer to that depends on whom you talk to. Jack Newfield wrote a book, “The Life & Crimes of Don King” in 2003.

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MUHAMMAD ALI DEATH REPORTS UNTRUE

REPORTS SAY CHAMP “UNRESPONSIVE” IN AM

Ali, Ray Robinson, Joe Louis

Ali, Ray Robinson, Joe Louis


San Francisco, CA– Walking through Chinatown today, the TVs in a store were displaying a montage of Muhammad Ali pictures on screen. Seeing Ali’s 73rd birthday is tomorrow, the TV coverage is expected. Standing in line at the Post Office with a copy of the I Am Ali movie being sent to friend Lenny Williams, a lady abruptly says, “You know Ali is dead. It’s on the news, he was unresponsive when they tried to wake him up.”

RICHARD PRYOR TOLD ME THAT ONCE

Flashback to 1981-82 and comedian Richard Pryor working the Circle Star Theater in nearby San Carlos. When I asked Richard about Ali he said, “Ali is dead. That *****’s dead.” Pryor was referring to Ali the fighter after Larry Holmes, while this female was talking about Muhammad Ali the person!

FATHER TIME & HEALTH WOES

When you couple the time, 51 years after that brash 21-year old Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston and Ali’s health conditions for the past 30 years, you knew that one day, sooner rather than later, Muhammad Ali would indeed die.

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WBO CHIEF PACO VALCARCEL ON RING TALK

PACO ALWAYS A GREAT GUEST

San Francisco, CA– The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide 

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Paco Valcarcel, president of the WBO. They discussed recent fights, WBO champions, including the decision at the WBO Congress on Instant Replay in WBO fights.

SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio

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SPIKE TV AIRS BELLATOR 132 FRIDAY

BELLATOR KICKS OFF 2015 ON SPIKE TV

Patricio Pitbull

Patricio Pitbull

Los Angeles, CAThe Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA will host Bellator 132 , which will kick off a busy fight weekend of mixed martial arts.  In the main event, featherweight (145 lbs.) star Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (22-2) will defend his Bellator belt against Daniel Strauss (22-5).  Pitbull should win here, though Strauss is a solid challenger.

MORE FEATHERS DUEL IN CO-FEATURE

Georgi Karakhanyan (23-4-1) will lace them up versus Bubba Jenkins (8-1) in the chief support for the evening.  Karakhanyan has the experience advantage and will be favored here.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205) REMATCH ON THE CARD

Houston Alexander (16-10-1, 2 NC) will again face Virgil Zwicker (12-4-1) on the undercard.  I thought the draw these two battled to in the first bout should have been a win for Alexander, thus he wins the rematch.  As long as Alexander doesn’t do something stupid like losing a point for throwing a headbutt this time, he should win.

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THE MIKE TYSON STORY CONTINUES MONDAY

SERIES ON “IRON MIKE” RETURNITH MONDAY

Don King & Mike Tyson (1988)

Don King & Mike Tyson (1988)


San Francisco, CA– We will go back and conclude our multifaceted look at former World heavyweight champ Mike Tyson on Monday. Parts 1 through 5 are posted in link form here if you didn’t catch 1-5.
READ FIRST 5 SEGMENTS OF THE MIKE TYSON STORY

Mike Tyson Part 1: Mike Tyson Part 1

Mike Tyson Part 2: Mike Tyson Part 2

Mike Tyson Part 3: Cus D’Amato Mike Tyson Part 3

Mike Tyson Part 4: Mike Tyson Part 4

Mike Tyson Part 5: Mike Tyson Story Part 5

BOXING RETURNS TO NBC TV IN MARCH

AL HAYMON’S FIRST NBC SHOW “SOLID”

Al "Big Al" Haymon

Al “Big Al” Haymon

San Francisco, CA– The word from 30 Rockefeller Center in NYC on Thursday made the boxing world sit up and take note. The first major card on NBC of note in years will be on March 7 and features a great match in unbeaten welterweight Keith Thurman and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.

34 YEARS TO THE DAY OF ALI-FRAZIER 1

The bout will be held in the Mecca of boxing, the storied Madison Square Garden on March 7, which is the 44th anniversary of Joe Frazier beating Muhammad Ali in their memorable 1971 Garden clash AKA “The Fight.”
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“BIG AL” MAKES NETWORK TV REALITY TV

Before I get to the politics involved, meaning Mr. Al Haymon, this return to the Peacock Network is something every major promoter of the last quarter century has thought about and failed. That being said, it is the biggest thing to happen to the game in decades.

TITLE FIGHT FOR WBA INTERIM DIADEM

Thurman, 24-0, 21 whacks, current holder of an interim WBA 147 lb. diadem is rated by yours truly at #4 behind welterweight counterparts Floyd Mayweather, Kell Brook and #3 Amir Khan. In order to dissuade arguments at the moment, Manny Pacquiao is at #5.

THURMAN HAS YET TO REALLY BE HIT! Read more

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