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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!”

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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!

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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!

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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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EVER WANT TO BE A BOXING JUDGE?

October 30th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

WORLD BOXING  ORGANIZATION SCORES KNOCKOUT WITH JUDGING SEMINAR

Las Vegas, NV- Top boxing officials headed to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas this week for  the World Boxing Organization 27th annual convention. I was intrigued by the judging seminar of which I attended Wednesday. At the end of the seminar was a multiple choice test for potential or current officials who hadn’t taken the test within the last two years. It was hosted by the Association of Boxing Commissions who have developed a universal set of rules for boxing throughout the 50 states. The speaker was well respected judge Duane Ford, best known for judging numerous world championship fights.

 

VARYING DEGREES OF WINNING A ROUND

WBO Boxing Convention

WBO Boxing Convention

One of the most informative aspects of the seminar was the discussion of how to score a round.  Pro boxing in the US utilizes a 10 point must system, where the winner gets 10 points, the loser  9 or less, depending on various circumstances. Mr Ford discussed the varying degrees a fighter can win  a round. “Boxer A” can win a round by a “close” margin, “moderate,” “decisively” or in an “excessive decisive manner.” If “Boxer A” wins a round in what a judge perceives as “excessive decisive”, the judge may score that particular round as a 10-8 round. A round where a knockdown occurs generally is scored 10-8, but there are some circumstances where that is not the case.

 

SEMINAR A TOOL TO SHARPEN SKILLS OF OFFICIALS

Much of the half day seminar consisted of watching a round from various fights and scoring it. Of the several rounds observed, many consisted of various ebbs and flows in the action, as well as knockdowns and infractions. An infraction can occur from a foul, such as a low blow, or a headbutt. If a judge deems the low blow excessive, or the head butt intentional he or she can decide on an infraction, or point deduction. The amount of points is within his or her discretion, but generally one-point for the first infraction.
FOCUS IMPORTANT ASSET OF JUDGING
One of the important things emphasized was focus. A judge must focus every second on the action and what is going on during those three minutes. A judge needs to be confident with what he or she is observing. The most important feature that a judge must look at is whether or not a punch is “effective.” The main scoring criteria in professional boxing is “Clean Effective Punching.” A judges main goal is to determine which fighter is doing more damage in each round.
CONVENTION ATTENDED BY A NUMBER OF TOP OFFICIALS

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LISTEN RING TALK MMA ON UFC

October 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

ALDO RETAINS TITLE AT UFC 179

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez and MMA writer Zak “Attack” Young who discussed UFC 179, the results, and the upcoming UFC schedule including UFC 180.

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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 at 5 PM PT.

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NO JUDGES NEEDED FOR GOLOVKIN FIGHTS

October 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

NO DOUBTING THE GREATNESS OF GENNADY GOLOVKIN

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA- Having recently discussed the fact that there are few people left that refuse to fight WBA middleweight (160 lb.) kingpin Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs), let’s look at the middleweight (160 lb.) top 15 of BoxRec.com from GGG on down.

COTTO HAS “REAL” TITLE

WBC & linear champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) is a fighter that might just be undefeated if things were always on the “up & up” in the squared circle of combat. That initial fight with Antonio Margarito will always be suspect seeing he was caught trying to load his gloves with plaster of Paris blocks for Shane Mosley. There were also whispers about Manny Pacquiao’s alleged use of vitamins. Still, Cotto doesn’t have a lot left and he is not one to fight “to the death,” for family and faculties comes first. Turning 34 next week, Cotto will fight Canelo Alvarez and likely lose there. His ticket is punched One Way to retirement after the Alvarez encounter.

WBO CHAMP QUILLIN AKA “KID CHOCOLATE

WBO champ Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) is a good boxer who fought twice in 2013 and once this year with nothing pending. Inactivity can be the kiss of death and here’s 31-year old “Kid Chocolate” fighting less this year than Floyd Mayweather. Quillin will be in Las Vegas next week and I’ll be sure to ask why his face is on the side of milk cartons?

MARTINEZ THE CRIPPLE!

Think back, Sergio Gabriel Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) gets in the ring for Cotto fight wearing a steel knee brace on each leg and you knew right there that your bet was dead in the water. Now 38, Sergio should’ve stayed retired after getting in the ring looking like a victim of Polio. He apparently wants to fight again, but after Cotto, who wants to see him?

AN INDICTMENT OF BOXREC.COM RATINGS

Ranking ex-middleweight champ and 2000 Olympic Bronze medalist Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) next at #5 is an indictment of the BoxRec.com ratings. Sorry guys, but JT has been starched, I mean starched three times in scary knockouts. Jermain is also the guy that paid a hooker $2,500 for Oral Sex. Although I don’t find it even slightly wrong to pay for something you want if you can. But damn Jermain, you jacked up the rate of a blow job in Arkansas and the surrounding states from $20 to $2,500!

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BELLATOR MMA ON SPIKE TV NOTES

October 24th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young

BELLATOR LIVE FROM IOWA

Paul Bradley Beats UFC Vet In Bellator 129 Main Event

Paul Bradley (22-6, 1 NC) Beats UFC Vet In Bellator 129 Main Event

Los Angeles, CA- Bellator 129 brought some excitement to the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA last Friday night.  In the main event, welterweight (170) Paul Bradley won a unanimous decision over former UFC contender Josh “The Dentist” Neer (36-14, 1 NC).  Bradley improves on his solid record, which includes a brief stint in the UFC in which he went 0-2.  Bradley is now 2-1 with Bellator, and looks to be worthy of contending for the welterweight title at some point.

DRAW IN CO-MAIN 

Light Heavyweights (205) Houston Alexander (16-10-1, 2 NC) and Virgil Zwicker (12-4-1) battled to a Majority Draw after 3 rounds, with Alexander being ahead on the scorecards until losing a point for head-butting Zwicker from the top position.  It was a clearly intentional foul, which came pout of nowhere in a bout Alexander was winning.

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