November 24th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- In the minds of many, Manny Pacquiao was the unbeatable boxer. He couldn’t lose, certainly not to hand picked Tim Bradley on points, and then by KO to Juan Manuel Marquez, but he did. That being said, Manny Pacquiao, in his first fight since Marquez looked stellar in the opening round against Brandon Rios.
PACQUIAO NEVER “LOST MOMENTUM”
The second stanza went to Pacquiao as the Filipino out landed Rios 4 or 5-1. Looking to work Pacquiao’s body, Rios did so with very limited success. With his “money” punch, the southpaw’s left cross was landing at will and dominated the session.
MANNY STARTED “BANKING” ROUNDS
The third was no different as Pacquiao simply kicked Brandon’s ass from bell to bell. The fourth, Rios had a five-punch body salvo interrupted by a Pacquiao assault, coupled with good footwork, fast hands, and an array of punches. When Rios had Pac in range, Pacquiao simply used his superior talent to befuddle the bigger Rios.
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November 23rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
BATTLE OF “THE JAWS” TONIGHT IN MACAU!
NO COUNTRY BACKS A FIGHTER LIKE PINOYS & PACQUIAO
Having watched other fighters raise national pride, Panama with Robert Duran, Nicaragua had the aforementioned Arguello, Britain for just about anybody that gets to the top of the ladder, Puerto Rico in days gone by with Tito Trinidad, Wilfredo Gomez and others, and of course, Mexico with Julio Cesar Chavez and the late Salvador Sanchez, each nation would block almost all business and consider them holidays. Still, there is no comparing any fan-base, be it in size or voice than the Manny Pacquiao fans I refer affectionately as “Pacnuts.” That being said, they are confident that Pacquiao will stop Brandon Rios, and start to regain the luster lost by the “sleep inducing” right hand of Juan Manuel Marquez.
DURAN’S MANAGER WEIGHS IN ON RIOS
One time Roberto Duran co-manager Hector Martinez, who only lost one fight in his life that included two Golden Glove titles, Senor Martinez calls his fellow Mexican-American Brandon Rios, “A ******* bum. Pete, are you crazy? He walks straight forward and will be a perfect opponent for come-backing Manny.” And then he continued, “Unless Manny’s all the way shot.”
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November 22nd, 2013 By Kevin Perry
WILL THIS BE PACQUIAO’S LAST BOUT?
Las Vegas, NV- Sunday, live from Macau, China, Filipino star Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) faces a typical foe in Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) on HBO PPV. The two will fight Sunday morning to accommodate the American PPV audience, and the fight will air live here Saturday evening at 9pm EST. Rios, who currently resides in Oxnard, Ca is the perfect foil if he follows the script. He marches forward relentlessly, has average footwork, and is limited defensively. Unless Pacman is a shot fighter after his 6th round knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez (55-7-1, 40 KOs) last year, he should gobble up the Mexican American like a power pellet.
RIOS EXPOSED BY BOXING
While Rios is a good fighter, his limitations were exposed in his last fight against limited boxer- brawler Mike Alvarado (34-2, 23 KOs) in a 12rd unanimous decision loss, and a controversial split decision victory over Richard Abril (18-3-1, 8 KOs) last year . While no one is comparing Manny’s style to the defensive and technically sound Abril, the Filipino’s advantages in hand and footspeed are apparent, and the oddsmakers have Manny a clear favorite over the somewhat one-dimensional Rios.
Rios however is a good puncher, who throws in volume and has a wide array of punches including a stiff jab, left hooks and body shots. It should provide some good entertainment for the PPV audience regardless of the outcome. Manny would be best to not stand right in front of Rios to give him the opportunities he’s predictably looking for. While Manny is coming off of a knockout loss, Brandon has been in two brutal battles in a row against Alvarado in which he appeared hurt a number of times. The wear and tear of Rios should be considered a factor here as well even though at 27 he is several years younger than the 34 year old Filipino congressman.
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November 21st, 2013 By Jarrad Woods
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November 21st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– Fresh off his shutout win over Edwin Rodriguez, world super middleweight champion Andre Ward will appear this Saturday on the longest-running fight showing history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” at 11 AM PT. You can join us live on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network, I Heart Radio Network, American Forces Network or you can come to RingTalk.com and listen to the show live BY clicking here
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November 19th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
San Francisco, CA- This past Saturday evening undisputed World champion Andre Ward completely outclassed Edwin Rodriguez in a battle of undefeated super middleweights. It didn’t matter that Ward was coming off a 14 month layoff and going up against a fresh opponent who had fought three times within that span. Nor did it matter that Rodriguez failed to make the 168 pound weight limit and carried a size advantage going into the ring with the “Son of God”. Ward put on a brilliant boxing masterpiece and sustained his status as the pound for pound number two fighter in the world behind Floyd Mayweather.
ANDRE NEEDS SOMETHING TO SEPARATE HIMSELF FROM FLOYD
But the questions are being begged now: what can the 2004 Olympic Gold medalist do from here to further enhance his legacy? Can he go from being merely a well known fighter to a superstar? Will he ever reign supreme in the unofficial and controversial yet wonder inducing pound for pound rankings? Or will he always be in the backseat as long as Floyd Mayweather is active?
WARD HAS KNOCKED OVER EVERY BOWLING PIN AT 168
Andre Ward has cleaned out the super middleweight division like no one else has done to their weight class in a long time. There is simply no one left for him to fight. Ward’s team has spoken of a rematch with Carl Froch but the brash Brit could make much more money fighting on the other side of the pond against lesser opposition. A fight with WBA 160 lb. guy Gennady Golovkin is possible down the line but the bad ass from Kazakhstan is busy chasing Sergio Martinez in his attempt to be the “real” middleweight champ. There is the possibility that George Groves upsets Froch in their bout this Saturday but a win over the young and unproven Groves would do little to increase Ward’s standing in the eyes of the public.
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November 19th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Ring Talk Worldwide, the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, had unbeaten heavyweight boxer Bryant Jennings talking up his January 18 fight on HBO. We then go into the MMA weekend in this Saturday hour of Ring Talk that combines boxing and MMA. Listen to this PARTICULAR program by clicking on the black arrow in the gray box or the play button above.
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SHOW IS “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”
Listen either live or the replays, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” your inside look into the world of boxing and mixed mariar arts. As for the boast, remember, it ain’t bragging when you’re telling the truth!
November 18th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
ST PIERRE GETS GIFT OVER HENDRICKS
San Francisco, CA- Host Pedro Fernandez talks with MMA fighter Kyle Kingsbury about UFC 167. Georges St. Pierre gets gift decision over Johny Hendricks! We also talk the Bellator Fighting Championships, the big UFC 168 event, and of course, the not so well received scorecards that kept George St Pierre the UFC welterweight champion. We also talk declining UFC numbers on this the Sunday, November 17, 2013 edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years. Listen by hitting the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.
November 18th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
LISTEN TO BOXING HOUR OF RINGTALK RADIO!
San Francisco, CA- Writer Zak Young who was ringside for Andre Ward’s dominant 12 round nod over Edwin Rodriguez is the featured guest as we look to the future and the recent past in boxing. This is the Sunday, November 17, 2013 edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years. Listen by hitting the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.
November 18th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA–What can you say about Andre Ward, whether it’s against great opposition, or in the case of Edwin Rodriguez, poor opposition, the champ took Rodriguez school, beat on him, and in the end, Ward being the principal of pugilism that he is, expelled Rodriguez with 36 minutes of total dominance.
ANTI WARD BLOGS
There are those of you that think Andre Ward fights in a boring style, yet you still watch them, because he may be the very best there is right now period. Andre is by far the best athlete in boxing. In other words, “Ward could’ve excelled in many sports,” so says boxing historian Ron Marshall.
BEST TO PRO RANKS SINCE RAY LEONARD?
As the camera shot between rounds went to Ray Leonard, “Sugar Ray” Leonard that is, it’s like I told you many years ago, even before the Floyd Mayweather era evolved, Andre was the best amateur to turn professional since Leonard in 1976. For some it was hard to believe, if not unbelievable that I would make such a claim, but in the many years of watching this once skinny kid develop into an Olympic champion and then, not just an alphabet champion, the world super middleweight champion, who has never been in real danger of losing a fight.
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November 17th, 2013 By John Signorella
New York, NY- This Saturday night, the eyes of the combative sports world will be focused on the highly anticipated return of global superstar Manny Pacquiao‘s attempt to prove he’s still got the “goods” in a highly intriguing affair of consequence.
BIG TEST TO SEE WHAT PAC’S GOT LEFT
After being floored in emphatic and dramatic fashion in his last bout (more on that subject later), multidivisional champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) looks for redemption when he faces durable rugged former champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) over 12 or less rounds of welterweight (147) pound at the Cotai Arena Venetian Resort in Macao, China. Televised coverage begins at 9:00 PM ET on HBO PPV.
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November 17th, 2013 By Zak Attack
Ontario, CA- World champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) pitched a shutout against formerly undefeated Edwin Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KOs). From the opening bell, Ward landed crisp blows to the head, while Rodriquez was swinging at air for the most part. In round 4, referee Jack Reiss took 2 points from both fighters after getting tagged while trying to separate them. It was an unneeded move but had no bearing on a masterful performance by Ward. Scores were 118-106, 117-107, 116-108 for the king of the super middleweight (168) division.
RODRIGUEZ PUSHED REFEREE TO HIS LIMIT
Although nobody knows what is going on in someones mind, referee Reiss appeared beyond just irritated with Rodriguez and rightfully so. The Dominican fighter, forget the fact he didn’t make weight for a championship fight, committed foul after foul, before and after the deduction of points. He could have been DQ’d a number of times.
FORMER AMATEUR STANDOUT CLIMBING LADDER
Super middleweight contender Brandon Gonzalez (18-0-1, 10 KOs) won a unanimous decision after 10 over Jonathan Nelson (18-1, 8 KOs). Nelson started well and won the first two rounds on my card, but was soon bullied on the inside by the shorter Gonzalez and was handled for the most part in his first professional loss. Scores were 99-91 twice and 98-92.
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November 14th, 2013 By John Signorella
ANDRE WARD IS BACK!
New York, NY- Boxing’s epic 2013 schedule continues this weekend and is highlighted by an eagerly anticipated return of one of the sport’s best “pound for pound” pugs.
BUT DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
After a yearlong hiatus, WBA super middleweight champ (168) Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) puts his undefeated record and trophy on the line against unbeaten, but untested scrapper Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) in a proposed 12 rounds of pound at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Televised coverage begins at 10 PM ET on HBO.
As evident in his last several outings, (simply put): Andre Ward has displayed undeniable world-class ring generalship to the masses. Before entering Showtime’s highly acclaimed “Super Six Tournament”, Ward created a “buzz” in the biz when he dominated rugged two-time IBF title challenger Edison Miranda on points. After the drumming of Miranda, Andre captured his first world title in stunning fashion against former WBC belt holder Mikkel Kessler (W TD 11) and followed up that stellar showing with commanding performances resulting in victories over Allan Green (W UD 12) and former “Contender” TV series winner Sakio Biko (W UD 12). Ward then went on to dismantle and expose former titleholders and one-dimensional bullies Arthur Abraham (W UD 12) and Carl Froch (W UD 12) to finally win the “Super Six “ tourney. In the aftermath of being crowned as the best super middleweight pugilist on the planet, Andre was pitted opposite of, and destroyed former light heavyweight (175) belt holder Chad Dawson (W TKO 10). From his recent efforts of acclaim, Andre Ward has garnered mainstream appeal and is currently recognized among the elite “pound for pound” fighters in the world.
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November 13th, 2013 By Zak Attack
Los Angeles, CA- Undefeated super middleweight (168 lb.) monarch Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) takes on fellow unbeaten Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA on the next HBO broadcast this weekend. Ward is coming off a 14-month layoff, and La Bomba presents a worthy challenge.
WILL WARD EVEN BE NUMERO UNO?
Andre has proven time after time that he is one of the very best in the world, and Saturday night will once again reaffirm his status as the number 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport behind Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (45-0, 26 KO). It will be interesting to see how Ward looks after so much time off, but I expect the consummate professional hailing from Oakland, CA to shine brightly.
HBO MISSES THE BOAT AGAIN WITH JUST ONE FIGHT
In typical HBO fashion, Ward-Rodriguez will be the only one shown on the network. The undercard is decent enough, with Brandon Gonzalez (17-0-1, 10 KOs), who also trains under Ward’s Virgil Hunter, mixing it up at super middle with another undefeated fighter in Jonathan Nelson (18-0, 8KOs). Last time out, Gonzalez made easy work of Thomas Oosthuizen (22-0-2, 13 KOs) only to be given a draw on the cards. I expect Gonzalez, who is more experienced against top competition, to walk away with the W.
T.B.A. OR TO BE ANNOUNCED USUALLY MEANS TO BE ANNIHILATED
John Molina (26-3, 21 KO) is taking on Gary Russell, Jr.’s (23-0, 13 KOs) favorite opponent; the feared “T.B.A.” Looks like a showcase for Molina, so I would expect him to win and likely by KO with the power he possesses. Also on the card is Sergio Mora (24-3-2, 7 KO) battling Milton Nunez (26-8-1, 24 KO) in a middleweight (160) tilt. Mora is the much more seasoned veteran here, and will likely take a decision over a game Milton. John Signorella will have the complete look at the weekend of boxing late Thursday night here at RingTalk.com
November 12th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Although I was one of the voters in the recent poll that called for IBF 175 lb. champion Bernard Hopkins to retire, let me state my case and then explain my about face on the subject. Bernard Hopkins has been in boxing since the the President of the United States was Ronald Reagan seeing Hopkins’ pro dubut, a four round Majority Decision loss occurred on October 11, 1988 to fellow debutante Clinton Mitchell.
TAKING “EXPOSURE” FROM YOUNG FIGHTERS
My argument that Bernard Hopkins has been “stealing the play” away from younger and more “deserving” fighters. That slick matchmaking in my mind and less than stellar, yet supposedly world class opposition, I thought Hopkins was doing boxing an disservice by sticking around. And let’s be honest, Bernard Hopkins has not been in “epic” battles that fight fans will clamor for in 100 years.
SOME HOPKINS HISTORY OF NOTE
Now 48, Hopkins won hist first world title in 1995, this after looking lackluster vs Roy Jones Jr. in 1993. 18 years ago, Bernard’s foray into the upper echelon of boxing began with a Draw 12 before a rematch and win the second time around with a pedestrian fighter from Ecquador Segundo Mercado. Currently, Bernard is 54-6-2 (32 KOs) and has captured professional gold at 160 & 175 lbs. His loss to Joe Calzaghe at 175, Hopkins put Joe down in the opening round and then went into a shell before dropping a Decision 12 to the UK fighter.
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