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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WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING ON NBC TONIGHT

JAKE SHIELDS TOPS NBC SPORTS MMA CARD

Former Strikeforce Champ And UFC Title Challenger Continues Comeback Trail

Jake Sheilds

Los Angeles, CA- The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV will host WSOF17 which begins the year for the World Series of Fighting promotional company.  Welterweight (170 lbs.) Jake Shields (30-7-1, 1 NC) will face fellow UFC alum Brian Foster (22-6).  Shields had a 4-3 record with 1 no contest in the UFC, while Foster went 3-2.  Despite the large (in comparison to other fighters on the roster) paychecks Shields received for his fights with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, he was not known to be a particularly exciting fighter.  He should be victorious o Saturday, however, as he has faced a higher level of competition than Foster and has generally won.

SHIELDS A DRUG CHEAT?

It should be noted that Shields was suspended for six months after testing positive for an unnamed banned substance following UFC 150 back in 2012 and had his bout with Ed Herman (22-10, 1 NC) officially declared a “no contest.”  Shields apologized for testing positive for a substance banned by the Colorado Boxing Commission, but the identity of the substance was never revealed.  He has tested negative in the 4 fights since, but the positive  test is still worth mentioning.  If it were a substance like marijuana or another harmless substance in regards to competition, it seems Shields would be more forthright with that information.  As it stands, we cannot convict without sufficient evidence, but something smells fishy with Shields.

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WBO CHIEF PACO VALCARCEL ON RING TALK

PACO ALWAYS A GREAT GUEST

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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.

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SPIKE TV AIRS BELLATOR 132 FRIDAY

BELLATOR KICKS OFF 2015 ON SPIKE TV

Patricio Pitbull

Patricio Pitbull

Los Angeles, CA- The 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

MIKE TYSON PART 5: JAIL AND BEYOND

MIKE TYSON EMERGED AS MALIK ABDUL AZIZ

Malik Abdul Aziz AKA Mike Tyson

San Francisco, CA- It is March 1995, Mike Tyson has just been released from an Indiana prison for what this writer (with a law enforcement background) thought was a bogus rape conviction concocted by Desiree Washington in 1992. During his incarceration, Tyson converted to Islam and his name was now Malik Abdul Aziz. Complete with skull cap and Don King by his side, Mike Tyson looked a little soft from the s*it food they feed you in the joint. Even with an abundance of cash, the selection of prison grub was limited, thus the Cup of Noodles and Hostess Cup Cake diet turned the one time “Baddest Man on The Planet” into human Silly Putty.

FIVE MONTHS LATER TYSON CONTINUED NEVER COMPLETED COMEBACK!

This would be Mike Tyson’s second comeback, with the first being after he got drilled in Tokyo, Japan by 37-1 underdog Buster Douglas. What many of you didn’t know was that the man who captivated the sports world until Douglas was through! In August 1995, I was doing radio for Showtime PPV as Tyson’s first fight since losing to Desiree Washington was with “ham & egger” Peter McNeeley. The son of Tom McNeeley, Peter was less of a fighter than his journeyman father. Daddy McNelley’s, then 23-0, claim to fame was a 1961 World heavyweight title shot with Floyd Patterson that ended inside of four fistic stanzas.

PETER MCNEELY WAS RIGHT, BUT NOT SO BRIGHT! Read more

STAKES HEAVY IN STIVERNE-WILDER SATURDAY

AMERICAN HOPES REST ON DEONTAY WILDER

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Wilder-Stiverne-King

New York- This weekend could produce the first American born heavyweight (200 lbs+) titlehoder since Shannon Briggs, who briefly held the WBO strap in 2007. Since then all heavyweight titleholders have originated outside of US borders. But this could change with America’s Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32KOs) facing off against the current WBC champion Bermaine Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) of Canada and Haiti.

DON KING FIGHTER HAS “EXPERIENCE” EDGE

Both Wilder and Stiverne are solid fighters with similar resumes, although Stiverne who is promoted by Don King has the biggest single name on his resume in Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs). Arreola, a strong contender was on a quest to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent but was thhwarted inside the distance by Stiverne who made history himself becoming the first heavyweight champ of Hatian descent. This victory was further solidified when Stiverne repeated the act by defeating Arreola in the rematch via stoppage. Arreola claimed that a broken nose caused him to drop an initial decision loss to Stiverne, but Arreola was clearly outclassed the second time around.

WILDER FIGHTS DON’T LAST TOO LONG!

At 6’7, Deontay Wilder is among the tallest of the current Heavyweight challengers. His win and KO percentage is perfect, as he has won all of his fights by stoppage. Another telling stat is the fact that none of his bouts have gone past four rounds. On paper, he’s a monster and seems primed to offer a real challenge to linear champ Wladimir Klitschko, the man who holds all of the remaining major heavyweight titles. But he will only get a shot at unifying these titles if he can get past Stiverne, who should offer Wilder his toughest challenge.

CAN YANKEE IMPOSE SIZE & WILL? Read more

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MMA AND BOXING!

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San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez.
Boxing and MMA is covered every week!
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MIKE TYSON PART 4: “BOGUS” RAPE CASE?

Desiree Washington

Mike Tyson 1991 Mug Shot


“IRON MIKE” SERIES HAS IRKED SOME

San Francisco, CA- Having written for others to read for some 44 years or so, I have gotten to the point to I rarely where give a s*it about what people think about me or what I produce. That being said, for those of you that are going to go ballistic at my saying trainer Cus D’Amato and former World handball champion ( Mike Tyson co-manager) Jim Jacobs (both deceased) shared a studio apartment in New York City for five years. Gee, you would have thought I had called the Pope a faggot during a Catholic mass.

TYSON TRIES TO RECOVER FROM DOUGLAS LOSS!

After getting busted up by Buster Douglas in February, Mike Tyson needed to resurrect his boxing career and chose his amateur nemesis Henry Tillman to start anew. Tillman, who had some success at cruiserweight (then 190 lbs. & now 200) had twice beaten Tyson in the run up to the 1984 Olympics. Tillman would win the Gold beating Canada’s Willie D’Wit on points (Willie stopped Tillman as a professional). Mike stopped a scared looking Tillman in round one. From the third row, the fear was as apparent as Tyson’s insurmountable disdain for Henry.

EMBARRASSING NIGHT FOR PROFESSIONAL FIGHTER

Next up was Alex Stewart, who although he had an impressive record, was best known for losing a war with Evander Holyfield the year before. Alex’s record was manufactured by two guys best known for under developing Gerry Cooney. Dubbed the “Wacko Twins,” they are the late Mike Jones and Dennis Rappaport.

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MIKE TYSON STORY PART 3: CUS D’AMATO

CUS RESCUES TYSON FROM EARLY DEMISE

San Francisco, CA- Having done a ton of research in my time, Mike Tyson was probably one of the easiest subjects to write an expose on. When I first met Mike he was 17-years old, a former ghetto urchin who had been rescued when Cus D’Amato, a trainer who became prominent when he signed Floyd Patterson after the future two-time heavyweight champion had won the 1952 Olympics at 165 lbs. D’Amato is alleged to have stood up against the Mafia and refused to fight fighters connected to Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo.

Frankie "Mr. Gray" Carbo


MOB & MADISON SQUARE GARDEN RAN BOXING

Palermo and Carbo ran boxing with an iron fist from the 1940s until US Attorney General Robert Kennedy shut their operation down in the early 1960s. Carbo, a member of the Lucchese crime family, was charged with eight murders, which resulted only in only one conviction for Manslaughter after snuffing out a cab driver who refused to pay “protection money” in 1931. For that, Frankie got less than two years in the slam.

CUS WOULD NOT DEAL WITH MR. GRAY

When fighters or their managers got a call from Carbo, he used the alias “Mr. Gray.” Frankie would tell them how their upcoming fight(s) would end. If they did not comply with Mr. Gray’s directive, they would either end up maimed or in some instances dead.

MARCIANO’S PEOPLE AVOIDED MOB AS WELL

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THE MIKE TYSON STORY PART 2

PART ONE ENDED WITH KO OF CARL WILLIAMS

Mike Tyson In His Prime

San Francisco, CA- Having just dispatched Carl “The Truth” Williams and pushing his professional record to 37-0 with 33 KOs, Mile Tyson truly was recognized as the “Baddest Man on The Planet.” But being only 5’10, I always had my doubts regarding Tyson being able to remain champion. This had a lot to do with a face to face encounter he had with Michael Nunn in 1984 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.

VERBAL FIGHT TYSON DID NOT WIN!

While everybody was kicking back after a day of training, a large number of the eventual 1984 United States Olympic boxing team were sitting in a huge jacuzzi. As guys like to do, especially Black youth, there was a good old fashion “capping session” going on. This usually entails talking bad about one another, their sisters, girlfriends, and occasionally your mother.

THAT NIGHT MICHAEL NUNN WAS SECOND TO NONE!

Future World middleweight (160 lbs.) champion Michael “Second To” Nunn, then fighting at 165 lbs. in the amateur ranks was a skinny kid from Davenport, Iowa. With everybody hurling slurs and “capping” on one another, Tyson, not the most eloquent of the bunch said something about Nunn’s mother. I believe he stole a line from comedian Richard Pryor when he blurted out, “I knew your mama when she was hoeing.” This was the equivalent to calling Nunn’s mother a prostitute. Read more

LOOKS LIKE UFC KING JON JONES ON STEROIDS

“SMOKE & MIRRORS” ON COCAINE TESTS
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San Francisco, CA- What got lost in the story of UFC light heavyweight (205 lbs.) Jon Jones testing positive for Cocaine a month prior to his win last week over Daniel Cormier was the fact that JJ’s Testosterone level was .29 to 1. Ideally, Jones’s level should be about 4 or 5 to 1. Nobody tests that low unless they are like 90 years old, or have abused their bodies with Steroids to an extent where they cannot NO LONGER produce the hormone that is the driving force in the male body.

CHEATERS REWARDED WITH NOW BANNED T.R.T.

Fighters like Dan Henderson, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, these men did cheat and were rewarded for a while when the UFC was backing Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Last year the Nevada Athletic Commission jumped in and banned TRT use by athletes in combat sports. In short, this was “Legalized Steroids” and the UFC only woke up after Vitor beat UFC Prez Dana White’s friend Michael Bisping in incredible fashion.

DO THE MATH PLEASE

If an 80-year old man has 20% of the Testosterone, and an average man peaks at 5-1, then Jon Jones apparently has a LOWER Testosterone level than that a man entering his ninth decade of life.

JON JONES STORY IN ONE SENTENCE? Read more

MIKE TYSON STORY PART 1

FROM 1981 TO 1989

Mike Tyson At 19

TYSON LAST HEAVYWEIGHT CHILD PRODIGY

San Francisco, CA- When Mike Tyson burst upon the national boxing scene, it was as an amateur in 1984. Losing to eventual 1984 Olympic champ Henry Tillman, even though he had hurt and knocked Henry down. Tillman would eventually win the Olympic Gold. Prior, Tyson had competed in both the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympics and won the ’81 title at 201 lbs. Tyson had never lost in the Junior Olympics and also holds the quickest KO (8 seconds) in J.O. history. In addition, the prodigy won every bout in JO competition by KO.

D’AMATO THOUGHT MIKE “CINCH” TO BE CHAMP

Cus D’Amato,Tyson’s quasi father and trainer, Cus realized that Mike’s style was better suited for the professional boxing ranks and thus turned him professional in March 1985 with a KO 1 of Hector Mercedes. Mike would go on to stop his next 18 opponents before going the ten round distance with James “Quick” Tillis. Knocking Tillis down in the fourth, Tyson won with scores of 6-4 twice & 8-2 in Glen Falls, NY, this when New York still scored fights on the “rounds” basis.

NEXT FOR TYSON WAS “BLOOD” GREEN

In his next fight, Tyson would beat New Yorker Mitch “Blood” Green again points. A few years later, Tyson and Green would have their infamous late night street brawl outside a New York City clothing store which resulted in Tyson fracturing his hand. After recording six more KOs, the biggest name was that of Marvis Frazier, the son of deceased former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. Marvin lasted all but Read more

FOUL CHANGED LIFE OF FERNANDO VARGAS

LOSING IS NOT AN EASY THING

Trinidad-King-Vargas

Trinidad-King-Vargas


San Francisco, CA- With the exception of a rare draw, there is always a winner and a loser in combat sports. Although winning is seemingly everything, there aren’t but a few men who have never lost a professional fight. Those exceptions include ex-heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano and most recently super middleweight king Joe Calzaghe.

MARCIANO & CALZAGHE WERE “RAREST OF RARE”

Those two men never had to endure the emotional, forget about the physical aspect for a second, the emotional trauma of losing especially for the first time. In some instances, fighters can put their negative experiences in the rear view mirror and move on. There are others who are never ever the same.

FERNANDO DENIED POTENTIAL MILLIONS VIA FOUL

Fernando Vargas was fouled by Tito Trinidad after the Oxnard, CA native had hurt the Puerto Rican badly. It was one of those intentional low blows that was meant to inflict pain and discomfort in order to get Trinidad some much-needed rest.

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