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FRANK WARREN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

November 11th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

PEDRO FERNANDEZ HOOKS UP WITH BRIT PROMOTER FRANK WARREN AT WBO CONVENTION
Frank Warren is one of the most notable promoters in UK history, promoting the likes of Naseem Hamed among others. His series Box Nation is highly successful. Pedro Fernadez picked the brain with one of the best in the business.

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CALZAGHE, MERCHANT & CORTEZ ON RING TALK

November 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

JoeCortez_stills009HALL OF FAME REFEREE TALKS SUICIDE

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Hall of Famers Joe Calzaghe, Larry Merchant and Joe Cortez in an hour that covered a vast array of subjects.

MERCHANT ON ALI-LISTON FIXED & HURRICANE CARTER

Unbeaten Calzaghe talked about his career and being WBO champion. Merchant expanded on the allegedly fixed fights between Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston. The ex-Philadelphia newspaper editor also opined on the Rubin “Hurricane” Carter situation. Did he do it? Joe Cortez was asked about three Las Vegas boxing referees who committed suicide in Richard Green, Mitch Halpern and Toby Gibson.

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“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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BOXING MILITANT BERNARD HOPKINS SLAIN

November 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

TIME FOR HOPKINS TO VACATE SPOTLIGHT

Kovalev Has Hopkins In First Round

Kovalev Has Hopkins In First Round


San Francisco, CA- Having witnessed the militant movement of the Black Panther Party evolve in the S.F. Bay Area back in the day gives me a unique perspective on African American Americana per se. Blacks have their heros, the Mexicans blindly followed Julio Cesar Chavez, Manny Pacquiao is the Filipino God, Sweden did the same with heavyweight champ Ingemar Johannesson, you get the picture.

NEVER CAUGHT ON WITH ANYBODY PERIOD

What I find unique about the support of the legendary Hopkins by African Americans is that there really is none as last night’s fight, a stones throw from Philly in Atlantic City drew less than 7,000 paid. Nobody looks forward to watching Hopkins fight (sic), nor does he have a the fan base one would associate with a fighter whose been a professional since the late 1980s. After beating Tito Trinidad in 2001, Hopkins became a household name in boxing even though he had won the middleweight title in 1994.

LAST B-HOP KO WAS OSCAR IN 2004

Beating Oscar De La Hoya was another mega-match Bernard was able to prevail by size alone. All of Hopkins’ superfights have featured the “superstar” opponent. And while Hopkins beat these guys, sometimes beating the man doesn’t make you the man with the fans. The real significant win on Hopkins post middleweight was his ruining Kelly “The Thirsty One” Pavlik in 2008 and his besting Jean Pascal in 2011.

HOPKINS NEVER “TRIED” TO WIN

The dismal performance against Sergey Kovalev surprised some as they really expected Bernard to win, something to me that bordered on delusional. Kovalev is the hardest puncher the near 50-year old Philadeplphian had ever faced and it showed from the first bell. I was cringing watching the unbeaten Russian beat on the future Hall of Famer who was never in the fight after the ref’s instructions.

B-HOP AT 50 “AN INDICTMENT OF BOXING” READ MORE…

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HOPKINS VS KOVALEV:TALE OF THE TAPE & POLL

November 7th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

HOPKINS FACES FIGHTER 18 YEARS HIS JUNIOR

BERNARD HOPKINS, WBA and IBF Light-heavyweight champion

Lets hope Hopkins doesn't go out like this.

Lets hope Hopkins doesn’t go out like this.

AGE-49
HEIGHT-6’1
REACH-75′
RECORD-55-6-2, 32 KOs

SERGEY KOVALEV, WBO Light-heavyweight champion 
AGE-31
HEIGHT-6’0
REACH-72 1/2′
RECORD-25-0-1, 23 KOs

ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION

The signifigant factor here in favor of Hopkins is his jab. He has an almost 3 inch reach advantage. If he can control Kovalev with his jab from the outside and smother the Russian on the inside he has a chance. Kovalev just needs to fight like the younger man to win. He has the skill,athleticism and power to beat the 49 year old. Got to go with the younger man here. Must side with logic. Even though Kovalev has never gone past 8 rounds, not sure if Bernard has the reflexes to take him into deep water with out taking too much punishment early in the fight. A stubborn Hopkins is in a fight he didn’t need to take. He won’t get too much credit for beating Kovalev if he wins. People will cry that he was overrated. Bernard has a great chin, but just don’t see him making the distance here.

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JOE CALZAGHE HONORED BY WBO

November 6th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

WBO CONVENTION FEATURED UNBEATEN CHAMP

Las Vegas, NV- Retired and unbeaten Welshman Joe Calzaghe who went a remarkable 46-0, gave a speech after receiving an award from the World Boxing Organization at Caesar’s Palace last Thursday. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014. He defended the WBO 168 lb. title a record 21 times. Video by Kevin Perry.

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LAS VEGAS 2014 AND THE MAFIA

November 6th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

LAS VEGAS NOT WHAT IT ONCE WAS!

Tony Spilotro & Joe Pesci in Good Fellas'

Tony Spilotro & Joe Pesci as Tony in Casino


Las Vegas, NV- Have you ever gone somewhere that you’ve frequented in the past and well, something just doesn’t smell right? A recent trip to Las Vegas revealed that the Mafia running the town is no more. They may have went corporate as some say, but there are no guys with bent noses working in either the casino pits or offices.

MAFIA DAYS WERE GOOD

And while the majority of you have never spent time in Mob casinos and hotels, they treated you with class. Is Las Vegas better without Mafia influence is the desired topic of this discussion.

WIFE & KIDS IN THE STATION WAGON

The Mafia treated Mr. & Mrs. Visitor so good that repeat customers to my Mob hangout, the Stardust, would drive in from neighboring states, bring their kids, park outside their rooms in pre-21st century Las Vegas and gamble, spend time by the pool and just relax.

BATTLE OF THE BUFFETS

When the last remnants of the Mob were in power some 25 years ago, you were taken care of. Comps, comps, everybody had comps. While the casinos duked it out with prime rib specials well under a dime, the only less than $10 meal were at McDonalds and Panda Express.

AVERAGE GUY FELT LIKE A KING

The Mob guys that were in charge of casinos and the like, again, they had class and realized customer satisfaction was paramount. And still common sense tells me not to name those who ruled before Corporate America, a Mob slicker and more powerful that the Mafia, took aver.

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JOE CALZAGHE “RAREST” OF CHAMPS

November 5th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Joe Calzaghe

Joe Calzaghe

LEARNED OF JOE CALZAGHE AT NEWMAN’S GYM

San Francisco, CA- It was 1996, “Irish Pat” Lawlor and I were in a downtown gym when the subject of his recent fight with Joe Calzaghe came up. “Joe hit me the hardest I’ve ever been hit in my life.” Outside of the weekly British Boxing News, the media had not yet realized the potential of the man who would become the longest reining WBO and 168 lb. champion in history, but Pat Lawlor did.

RAN ROUGHSHOD OVR AMATEUR COMPETITION

After a stellar amateur run of British titles and a 110-10 record, the left handed fighter who would become the athletic pride of his native Wales turned professional with little fanfare in October 1993 with Paul Hanlon becoming the first name affixed to a professional boxing resume that would go unblemished for 15+ years.

CALZAGHE BUILT “BRICK BY BRICK”

It wasn’t a meteoric rise to stardom for the man who would not only become WBO king at 168 lbs., but the uncrowned King of Wales, as Team Calzaghe took the “old school” approach and slowly built a boxing dynasty that is unequaled in recent times.

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JOE CORTEZ EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

November 4th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

PEDRO HOOKS UP WITH REFEREE JOE CORTEZ AT WBO CONVENTION

Las Vegas, NV-Former Referee Joe Cortez has been a fixture in the boxing game for decades. He is one of the most experienced and respected in the sport of boxing. Now retired, he has become a mentor for upcoming boxing officials. Ringtalk got the chance to pick the brain of the Hall of Fame referee at the WBO convention that took place last week in Las Vegas at Caesars palace. The two discuss a number topics in regards to officiating. Video by Kevin Perry.

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SERGEY KOVALEV-BERNARD HOPKINS

November 4th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLES ON LINE SATURDAY

Bernard Hopkins

Bernard Hopkins


New York, NY- This weekend Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) and Sergey Kovalev (25-0-1 23 KOs) will face off to unify the major light heavyweight (175 lb.) titles in a match that will be defining for either mans career. Hopkins at 49 years of age could equal his feat of cleaning out the (160 lb.) middleweight division by beating all of the top opposition in his current division. Kovalev could finally grab a defining victory over a Hall of Fame opponent and begin his own course to that destination. Based on what’s at stake, who will push out the winning performance?

BERNARD HAS HUGE CHIPS ON SHOULDERS

One motivational factor which has surfaced for Hopkins, is the fact that he doesn’t feel he gets the credit he deserves. Hopkins is not mentioned on most published top pound for pound lists and is not the respected or iconic champion he’d like to be. Hopkins will also go into this bout as a reported 6-1 underdog. Hopkins believes a part of that has to do with his race. Hopkins recently stated, “If I were any of those names (European names)…I would be on every billboard…and every place to be”. While some may point out that Bernard isn’t always a crowd favorite in the ring, it is hard to imagine a white champion with his accomplishments being nothing less that an icon in and outside of the ring. Hopkins actually cried when he beat Kelly Pavlik in 2008 stating, “I’m tired of proving myself!”

KOVALEV MAYBE DRAGO, BUT B-HOP NOT EXACTLY ROCKY! READ MORE…

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STORY OF AN ICON OSCAR DE LA HOYA

November 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Oscar &  Millie Corretjer De La Hoya

Oscar & Millie Corretjer De La Hoya

QUARTER CENTURY WITH OSCAR

San Francisco, CA- When I first met Oscar De La Hoya circa 1989, he was a teenager in high school. Having heard nothing but accolades about De La Hoya by some amateur trainers, was he really that good? I got my answer at the Dame’ Boxing Club in the City of Angels when a 16 or 17-year old De La Hoya took apart world ranked lightweight (135 lb.) John Montes. This was greatness at work, at least that’s what I thought as Oscar boxed more like one of history’s greats Alexis Arguello, than a teenager from East Los Angeles.

LATE CECILIA DE LA HOYA USED TO ANSWER PHONE!

When calling for interviews on “Ring Talk” (now on the I Heart Radio Network) Oscar’s mother, the late Cecilia De La Hoya who was a Breast Cancer victim, used to answer the phone. Always polite, Oscar was a kid that would blush when told a dirty joke. The early radio helped De La Hoya get ready for the media blitz that would be his life after winning the 1992 Olympic Gold Medal at 132 lbs.

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LARRY MERCHANT ON RING TALK BOXING

November 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

NOBODY LIKE LARRY MERCHANT!

A "Stunned" Larry Merchant

A “Stunned” Larry Merchant


San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with writerKevin Perry, who talked about his taking the Assn. of Boxing Commissions test to judge boxing in the USA.

GODFATHER OF SPORTS NEWS STARTED IN PHILLY

This show also marked the return after a short hiatus of Hall of Famer Larry Merchant, who gives the listeners a perspective that you don’t get anywhere lese besides, “Ring Talk.”

RADIO 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

FREE I HEART RADIO AP TO LISTEN ONLINE OR ON THE GO!

You can go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart radio ap and take Ring Talk anywhere you go on your Smartphone or Tablet.

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KYLE KINGSBURY ON RING TALK MMA

November 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

“KING KYLE” KINGSBURY JUST BEING KYLE

Cris "Needs A Shave" Santos

Cris “Needs A Shave” Santos


San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez got a Envicta Fighting Championships #9 report from MMA writer Zak “Attack” Young. This show also marked the return after several weeks of UFC fighter “King Kyle” Kingsbury who puts forth expert commentary and blunt analysis like nobody else!

RADIO 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

FREE I HEART RADIO AP TO LISTEN ONLINE OR ON THE GO!

You can go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart radio ap and take Ring Talk anywhere you go on your Smartphone or Tablet.

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SERGEY KOVALEV TO BURY B-HOP

November 1st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

KOVALEV-HOPKINS COULD BE UGLY

Sergey Kovalev-Cedric Agnew

Sergey Kovalev-Cedric Agnew


San Francisco, CA- Although a significant number of you think Bernard Hopkins has a shot next week with Sergei Kovalev, this is the end of the road for the Philadelphian. The only question really is will Bernard “pass the torch” or “scorch the fight?” Having never been known to handle losing to white guys, remember Joe Calzaghe, this intangible could be a major factor in this WBO/IBF/WBA 175 lb. title clash.

HBO CAN PLAY “TAPS” FOR HOPKINS

On paper, let me rephrase that, in reality Bernard does not have a chance here. He is 50 years of age, regardless of how well he’s taken care of himself, he’s 50 and while I think B-Hop usually has a plan that is backed up by a tight defense of hands up, chin down, elbows in, feet in position most of the time, it isn’t enough to turn back the ferocity of the WBO champ Kovalev. What has worked in the past will not work today!

WILL BERNARD PULL THAT B-HOP CRAP? READ MORE…

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JOSE ALDO & UFC 179 RESULTS

October 31st, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young

UFC 179 MAIN EVENT A THRILLER

Jose "Scarface" Aldo

Jose “Scarface” Aldo

Los Angeles, CA- The rematch between UFC featherweight (145) champ Jose Aldo and Chad “Money” Mendez (16-2) was much more competitive the first, which ended in a first round knee-to-the-face knockout of Mendez by Aldo.  This one went the full five rounds.  Mendez managed to drop Jose in the first round, but was also dropped twice himself in the same stanza.  The second knockdown Mendez suffered was just after the bell, which is a bit of a gray area.  Still, it looked as though Aldo won the first round, the next two, and maybe gave up the last two to Mendez.  In the end, it was the 18th straight win for the Brazilian.  I personally scored it 49-46 for Aldo, which was the same as all three judges.

CO-MAIN EVENT MORE OF A SNOOZER 

The co-main was essentially a wrestling exhibition for light heavyweight contender Phil Davis (13-2, 1 NC), who repeatedly took down Glover Teixeira (22-4) en route to a unanimous decision win.  It was far from entertaining, and I give Phil Davis absolutely no chance of beating champion Jon Jones (20-1).  He deserves a title shot, but he would be thoroughly outclassed in every aspect of fighting by Jones.

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LISTEN TO RINGTALK RADIO BOXING HOUR

October 30th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

RINGTALK BOXING HOUR

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez and Kevin Perry who discussed the current state of boxing.

RADIO 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 at 5 PM PT.

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