A STORY OF LIES, DECEIPT, & AMERICAN LIVES!

A NON-BOXING, “GET REAL” SPIEL

Having taken the time to read all four million words in the 26 volumes thatcomprise the Warren Commission hearings, I came across this quote fromCommission member, and former CIA Director Allan Dulles, this in a Top Secretsession. Americans dont read. The historians read for therecord, but the masses dont. Asa student of U.S. history, I also remember reading about President HarryTruman saying, the buck stops here!

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KENNEDY ADMITTED THE BAY OF PIGS FIASCO!

In 1962, when the CIA screwed up in Cubas Bay of Pigsinvasion, an extremely embarrassed President Kennedy went before theAmerican public on live television and accepted responsibility. When PresidentNixon, a man that I considered a great leader, in the end, even he tookresponsibility for Watergate, and the cover up afterwards that destroyed hisadministration.

WHERE AM I WRONG IN THESE CHARGES?

Then, we have the case of President George Bush, who told us Americansemphatically that there were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq.That Iraq had purchased material from Niger that facilitated the building ofthese weapons, and that Saddam Hussein was sharing the sack with AlQaida. Wait, Im not done with the quotes of this great man, he also saidhe was going to hunt Osama Bin Laden down like a dog! He can run, buthe cant hide, said the U.S. President four, yes, four years ago! Itis almost accepted as fact that Osama, whose family has close business ties toBush, and his father, that he is in Pakistan tanning and planning his nextattack.

BUSH WANTS PANEL FOR NEW ORLEANS SLOW RESPONSE

All of these Presidential muck ups have been followed with investigations bypanels associated with government oversight, and or Congress itself. Most havebeen nothing more than pabulum for the American people to swallow on the eveningnews. When the 9-11 Commission was formed, it was only because thefamilies of the victims got a fire going on the web. The attention they drewbrought in the compromised mainstream media. If George Bush had his way, there would have been no 9-11 Commission. Andhe stated so publicly.

COMMISSION SAYS CIA, BUSH, & UNCLE TOM LIED!

Among other things, the 9-11 Commission said the CIA was at fault, thePresident was wrong, that there were NO WMDs and NO ties to Al Qaida, none!Even the acknowledged Uncle Tom of the White House, Colin Powell, hewent so far as to show us pictures of mobile chemical labs, that turnedout to be fabricated! The photos were made/created to convince you the Americanpeople, and the United Nations that Iraq had WMDs in transit! And Jim Crow,AKA Donald Dumsfeld, he said, we know exactly where they (WMDS)are.

IF OUR TROOPS ARE HEROS, SO ARE THE IRAGIS!

Now in a rational world, one would think that somebody would be heldaccountable for all of this. After all, the United States had invaded a nationon false pretenses. And in the process we killed many of its innocent people,and have paid a tremendous price both in American lives and dollars. And yet, tothis date, nobody has accepted a scintilla of responsibility on any of thesematters. As for the Iraqi military men that weve killed, as historytells us now, they were only protecting their homeland against an unwarrantedattack from a nation they had never harmed in the United States. Where am I wrong here?

NOT PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHEN ABROAD!

George Bush, the leader that he isnt, he never went before the Americanpeople and said, I was wrong when I (or my people) told you Iraq had WMDs,ties to Al Qaida, mobile labs, purchased uranium from Niger, etc. But neveronce did this man, who will go down in history as the biggest divider in thehistory of the office, admit such. As an American who travels abroad, I can tellyou the world, almost as a whole is disgusted with our President. Andunfortunately, this is brought to bear on American tourists.

SLAVERY, ALIVE & WELL IN NEW ORLEANS!

Can you imagine an American family household income of less than $8,000 ayear? OK, multiply that by 150,000, and you have a good portion of the citizenryof New Orleans living under the poverty line. How could people be thisdisadvantaged, and living in a modern American city in 2005? Its simple,theyre black and George Bush, and those before him too, could really careless. Over the weekend, Bush ordered the U.S. flag at half-mast for a deceased U.S.Supreme Court Justice. Only later did he add the honor to victims of HurricaneKatrina, and this was only after somebody threw it in the WhiteHouses face!

DID YOU KNOW THE LEVY WORK WAS PORK?

In the past few days, President Bush has said, this isnt the time topoint fingers. I guess he was talking about the reported $400 million hiscrew took from the Army Corp of Engineers, and diverted instead to thewar in Iraq, which was based on lies and mistruths. Millions of dollars for the levy went to the war that was based onfiction. And before you say this is a political rant, it isnt. This is astatement of reality based on facts.

BACK TO THE FIRST PARAGRAPH FOLKS I

Like Allan Dulles, the top spy in this country for decades said, Americansdont read. I hate to say it, but the majority of you get your information(or disinformation) from TV news. And for the simpleminded that think SeanHannity is anything less than an *sshole with a white wing agenda, go backto Friday night Fox and the spanking Sheppard Smith and Geraldo Rivera gavehim on air, while they were reporting the inhumane treatment of blacks at theconvention center. For that one act of insensitivity, Hannity should be *itch slapped, and then fired!

BACK TO THE FIRST PARAGRAPH FOLKS II

The head of the FEMAs Michael Brown slipped up big time Friday whenhe told CNNs Paula Zahn as of Thursday, the Federal Governmentdidnt even know of the (20,000!) people at the Convention Center. So, ifthis is the case, and Ive got the video, where does the buck stop? When I waswith the San Francisco Police Dept., it stopped at the Chiefs desk.When I worked for a corporation, it stopped with the CEO. In prioradministrations, Ive illustrated how Presidents have stepped up and acceptedresponsibility. In closing, in one of those intimate chats the Presidentadmittedly has with the higher power, God needs to tell him, littleGeorgie my son, the buck stops with you!

Pedro Fernandez

Contact the writer Pedro@RingTalk.com

TUESDAY MORNING & THE TV MAN COLUMN

NO MORE FRIDAYNIGHT FIGHTS TILL 2006

ESPN wrapped up its boxing season on Friday with a farless than stellar card on this the August 2nd edition of their FridayNight Fights.   Co-featuredon the card was the cant-miss prospect Lamont Peterson, who althoughpossessing very impressive boxing skills, is risking being labeled acant-punch prospect.   AlthoughPeterson, 14-0, (6 KOs) has the rare kind of ability that can mesmerize aneducated fan of the sweet science, his failure to dispatch a well-overmatchedopponent in his second straight ESPN appearance may have hadnon-purists checking out Cinemax After Dark.

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A LIGHTWEIGHT WINKY WRIGHT ON DISPLAY?

Peterson says he models his style on World jr. middleweight king WinkyWright, and it shows.   In 18televised rounds on ESPN since July, hes lost just onethree-minute session of battle, and that only on one judges card!  Peterson had been scheduled to face Lamar Murphy, one of therecognized gatekeepers for young lightweights and junior welterweights, but hepulled out at the last minute.   Murphy would have been a little more of a test forPetersons chin, surely more than was Robert Frankel, possessor of asingle KO!

DO BOXING BROTHERS MIRROR TENNIS SIBLINGS?

Manager Shelly Finkel, known for his ability to spot talent, is theman that serves as the guiding light for both Lamont, and his brother AnthonyPeterson.   Fighting off TV onthe same card, the now 13-0, (9 KOs) Anthony blasted out his opponent JorgeReyes inside of two. This is the kind of performance that is far more likelyto make an impression on the average fan.   Lamonthad better sit down on his punches, lest he become the Venus (Williams)to Anthonys Serena.

PETERSON SAGA CERTAINLY ONE OF PAIN & ANGUISH

Nonetheless, the life story of Lamont and Anthony Peterson is custom-made forTV, evidenced by the great package ESPN has featured three timesnow.   The brothers Peterson, theyhave risen from the bleakest poverty, having been abandoned to the streets aschildren.   When the boys couldntsneak into a basement to spend the night, they were sleeping over in the lobbyof the bus station, before current trainer Billy Hunter discovered themand became their surrogate father.  

THESE ARE TWO YOUNG MEN TO TAKE NOTE OF!

Their story, when contrasted to the men they are now humble, confident,bright, and engaging, would make them media darlings in any other sport.  Unfortunately, in what is todays game, its a shame that a fraudlike Butterbean Esch is one of the most heralded and recognizable namesin the sport, the public may never know this inspiring tale.

TIME TO KICK ESPN IN THE SHIN!

Speaking of morbidly obese heavyweights, its hard to believe MyBoxing Authority graced my screen with Alvin Manley for the secondtime in seven weeks.   Maybe itsbest Friday Night Fights is going into hiatus for a while, becauseanother viewing of Manley would likely induce vomiting in me.  Not because hes without skills, but the physique of the 270+ lb. pugis an inspiration toward bulimia.

SHOWTIME MAKES WITHWHAT WAS LEFT!

Showtime at least provided some TV-friendly rounds as part of itsever-disintegrating Saturday night show.   But it puts the show in perspective that the most outstandingmoment may have been newly minted IBF #2 heavyweight (speaking ofvomiting) Ray Austin enthusiastically thanking the wrong network.  Fresh off a split vote win over Owen Beck, Austin told Jim Grayhe wanted thank HBO for having me.  After quickly pointing out Were on Showtime, PeteRoses nemesis cleverly suggested Austin might have taken one punch toomany.   However, if Gray had beenREALLY sharp, he might have thought about the quality of the card beingbroadcast, and let the suggestion stand!

TV TEAM DID NOT SHILL EVEN SLIGHTLY!

Kidding aside, if thats the worst night of action your network throws outall year, youre doing all right.   Between Austins timely endorsement of Clevelands mayor,Guillermo Jones impromptu post-fight leg massage, and Becks dualflailing glove tape routine, even while it wasnt great, it was interesting.  Steve Albert and Al Bernstein did a great job all night ofputting these fights in their appropriate perspective, and not trying to shillthe unshillable.

HBO SMART TO REPLAYGOLDEN MOMENTS!

With most of the fight games sharp fans acknowledging HBOs non-PPVfare to be trailing Showtimes offerings over the last 18 months or so,HBO threw out replays of a few of their more memorable bouts this weekend on HBO2.   Floyd Mayweather-DiegoCorrales, Oscar De La Hoya-Fernando Vargas, and Arturo Gatti-Mickey WardI were all shown.   Its notuncommon to see HBO replays in support of a big pay-per-view, but itsnice to see fights like these once in a while just because.   One of the reasons you dont see a lot of HBO replays,is that the promoter, for the most part, owns the re-broadcast rights.

OCTOBER 15, THE CONTENDER RETURNITH!

A lot of boxing fans are wondering if ESPNs version of TheContender is going to appeal to more of the core fight fan?  The October 15 special Contender broadcast is going to go a longway toward answering those questions.   Willthe card resemble the NBC finals, with edited bouts, seven-round fights,a rap concert, and lousy commentary?   Orwill it look more like ESPNs April Pay-Per-View collaborationwith Main Events – in other words, a legitimate boxing show?  

FOX FEATURES GLENN JOHNSON SEPTEMBER 30

As of now, now decisions have been made as to what fight or fights will jointhe Glenn Johnson-George Jones light heavyweight scrap on Fox Sports.  As to the frequent past problems with incorrect times with TV listingsfor the Best Damn Boxing series, Fox pins the blame on theirregional staff.   Apparently thefight cards can change two or three times from their original announcements, andits up to the people at the regional networks to update the TV listings.

SHOWTIME MAKES BIG MOVE ON HBO PPV DATE!

Showtime announced during their Saturday night show that the ChrisByrd-DaVaryll   Williamson tilthas been added to the James Toney-Dominick Guinn card October 1st.  Lets hope we get a triple-header, and the RafaelMarquez-Silence Mabuza doesnt get bumped. As most insiders know, Silenceis a fast-fisted South African that can fight!

SHOWTIME (SHO BOX) GOING TO UK

Speaking of Showtime, they announced their next ShoBox card, with OssieDuran taking onNeil SinclairSeptember 23.   Someone from Englandwill have to tell me if that is a good fight or not.

WHERE IS SHOWTIME AT ON THISONE?

Unfortunately, a fight tailor-made for ShoBox is goingun-televised September 16th, with Ebo Elder taking on Lakva Sim in a WBA lightweight title eliminator.   The fight is taking place in Atlanta, so perhaps thetraditional 11 PM  startwas too hard to accomodate.   Elder,who participated in the best ShoBox fight everagainst Courtney Burtonlast year, was scheduled for a title bout with Juan Diaz in April before a Diazcut during training scratched that.   NowElder has to top the grueling Sim for the same opportunity.  Talk about a nasty cut!

Lou Ciaccia

Contact the writer LouCiaccia@yahoo.com

ERIK MORALES: THE BEST OF A GENERATION?

HBODOUBLEHEADER HIGHLIGHTS THE SPORTS BEST!

It is hard to fathom that we have had him for nearly a decade but theultimate warrior of boxing, Mexicos Erik Morales,has indeed been a presence for that long.   Hehas reigned at or near the top of every division from 122 to 130 since defeatingHall of Famer DanielZaragozain 1997 and has quietly amassed the sort of record that any fighter, in anygeneration, would be proud to have.   ,

FIRSTBARRERA WIN STARTED THE DOUBTS

It is harder still to fathom that when he was awarded a dubious decisionover fellow countryman MarcoAntonio Barerrain the first chapter of their epic trilogy, Morales was touted by some asoverrated.   History willbelittle those who knocked him, and will have to answer in the years ahead whenthe subject arises on just how his contemporaries could have considered such.

MORALESCASE FOR BEST AS STRONG AS ANY!

The answer to that query will be hard to come by.  Like Azumah Nelsona generation ago, Morales has been plagued by the curse of competitive fights,the depth of talent around him, and a tendency to fight at the level of hisfoes.   He also failed to emerge asthe ultimate victor in the feud that defines him (Barrera).  Despite that, his accomplishments rank with the greatest fighters of histime.   Barrera may hold two winsover him, but he holds wins over both of the men that defeated Marco in JuniorJones and MannyPacquiao.  

JULIOCESAR CHAVEZ SITTING IN ROW TWO?

Of the two Mexican greats, only Morales can say he holds at least onewin over every man hes faced.   Withtitle belts in three weight classes and aspirations for a fourth at 135, Moralesis amassing credentials that soon may surpass those of the standard bearer inMexican Boxing, JulioCesar Chavez.  So why then should Morales fans be nervous this Saturday in Los Angeleswhen Morales prepares for a December Pacquiao rematch against ZahirRaheem?

RAHEEMA POTENTIAL SPOILER!

Coming off of perhaps a career best performance against Pacquiao inMarch, Morales would seem more than primed to walk through the 1996 US OlympianRaheem.   However, his tendency tofight to the level of his foes could really come into play.   Raheem is a slick boxer and Morales has not faced many in hiscareer.   Were it not for theincompetent officiating (referee BobbyGonzalez)involved in Raheems sole loss to RockyJuarez,Raheem may well still be undefeated.   Healso will have the comfort of fighting at a weight more suitable for his bodyframe at 130-135 lbs. instead of 126 and the benefit of having been in far fewerwars (none) over the years than Morales (who cant seem to avoid them).  The only minus is that Raheems best foe (Juarez) doesnt even rankamong the five best foes of Morales career.  While this matchup, to be aired with its co-feature of Pacqiuao against HectorVelasquez,is well below what HBO subscribers have come to expect in terms of WorldChampionship Boxing quality, it does at least hold intrigue.  With millions on the line, Morales will need his A-game not only to stayon the road to December riches, but also along the path of history.

CRUSIERWEIGHTCONTINUES TO BUILD ITS NICHE!

With his decimation of former titlist Wayne Braithwaite (21-2,17 KOs) on Saturday night, Panamas GuillermoJones (33-3-2,26 KOs) has not only added a scalp, as he also pushed himself to no less thanthe #2 contender spot at 200 lbs.   Abattle between he and the fantastic fighting Frenchman, World ChampionJeanMarc Mormeck, would be a great way to finish 2005or start 2006.  Why not the #1 spot for Jones?   Thatis because the last man to defeat him, SteveCunningham, kept his undefeated record with a win over former IBFtitlistKelvin Davis on the untelevised undercard.  Along with long reigning WBOtitlistJohnny Nelson, and current all-action IBF titlistONeilBell,King Mormeck finds himself with four legitimate threats to his throne.  VasilyJirov, or the winner of AntonioTarver-Roy Jones III, thisthreesome could make a play at cruiserweight as well.  For fight fans who want to see competitive, world class fights,cruiserweight is as good as it gets.

24-KARATNOTEBOOK

2005 has shown the best and worst of Don King.  The risky, and successful, showings in February and April on Showtime (ZabJudah-Cory Spinks IIand Mormeck-Braithwaite) are the King at his best.  Owen Beck being on TV twice?   Thatsthe worst.   Beck has now lost in twoprominent undercard spots this year with Saturdays loss to RayAustin as porous as it was unmerited for TV.  Cunningham-Davis was an important fight that mattered but we missed itfor the dreck of   qualityheavyweights instead.   Bad showDonThe ESPN2main even on Friday between JuliusLongand eventual decision winner TerrySmithdid not suck.   In fact, it was  fun TV.   That said, if theywere welterweights, they wouldnt even have been on TVWhat is with peoplesaying the winner of Wladimir Klitschko-Samuel Peterwill emerge as the best young heavyweight?   Thats got to be HBO hypnotizing people.   If Peter doesnt win, it means we better hope CalvinBrock is the goods because otherwise there is no good young heavyIm downon heavyweights bad this weekWhy is Manny Pacquiao angling for Morales andnot titlists at 130?   If you everneeded a sign that the sanctioning body titles are becoming less worthy of evenwiping ones ass with, that ought to do itSpeaking of, WBCrepresentative MauricioSulaiman has promised to let me know why his boys do not have AntonioTarver or GlennJohnson intheir top ten at 175 lbs.

Cliff Rold

 

Note: 24-Karat Roldis not just the best young boxing writer on the planet.  He is also an award winning poet and recently received his Masters degreein US Foreign Policy at the American University in Washington DC.  He can be reached with your comments at 24KaratRold@Comcast.net

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DON KING’S HOMECOMING CARD SO-SO!

JONES HAD CHEST LIKE A PIRATE AT 54!

Cleveland, OH-When I saw that Guillermo Jones, once nearly the WBA 154 lb.titleholder, was fighting at 200 lbs (cruiserweight), it wasnt a shock seeingthe Panamanian looked anorexic (see sunken chest) while campaigning as a jr.middleweight. Coming into Saturday nights Showtime main event against2 Ω to 1 favorite (and former champion) Wayne Braithwaite, Jones hadgone 10-1-1 since losing the WBA strap back to Frances LaurentBoudouani in 1998.,

STOPPED DAVIS IN LESS THAN FOUR FULL!

Last time out, Jones upset the applecart when he stopped Kelvin Davis insideof four full heats. So, going into the fight with Braithwaite, people in theknow, they were sensing an upset! Jones, now 33 years old, he had vowed to knockthe fighter from Guyana out in the very first round. And, he almost did! True tohis boast, the 64 (yeah, he was 64 and154 lbs) Panamanian, he startplaying house music on Waynes chin. In fact, there were a couple ofinstances in which referee Jim Villers, he could have called the fight inthat opening stanza.

BRAITHWAITE LOOKED STONED FROM START!

You see, Braithwaite was looking like he was enjoying the effects of smokina blunt. In short, he simply didnt sense the urgency involved. With Jonessweeping the first two rounds, Braithwaite came back and won the third round byopening up on Jones from both sides (right and left handed). But in the fourth,with Braithwaite trying to seize the initiative, Jones stood his ground and wascatching, as he was throwing.

BIG TRUCK FIGHTS INSTEAD LIKE LUV PICKUP

In the middle of the round, the fighter from Panama came alive and beganbacking Big Truck Braithwaite into the ropes. Throwing, landing,and missing as well, Jones hurt Wayne and the fighter from Guyana wasntanswering back. Jones, 199 lbs., he just kept playing that house music onWaynes chin, this until referee Jim Villers stopped the contest.

REF WAS BEGGING BIG TRUCK TO SHIFT GEARS!

And before anybody says Jim Villers stopped it too soon, the referee wasscreaming at Wayne prior to the stoppage to throw punches! That was obvious tome, that if Wayne didnt throw back, that things would be stopped. Braithwaitecould not, or did not respond. Thus, Villers called it at 2:26 of round four.Jones is now 33-2-2, with KO #26. Braithwaite, 192 Ω, he is simply too light inthe pants to fight in the new 200 lb. (instead of 190) cruiserweightdivision. This was apparent against Mormeck, and now Jones.

MOM TRIED POWER MOVE ON KING DON!

Braithwaite lost the WBC title in April when WBA (and now World)champ Jean Mormeck nearly ran him out of the ring in a unification match.And interesting is that he is managed by his mother. I watched her fail to makea power play on promoter Don King, this by demanding, $1 milliona fight from now on. In February, Don tells her for that to happen, Waynemust win and win big! Since that confrontation in St. Louis, the Braithwaitesare 0-2 and should be contemplating another line of work. This seeing Wayne hasthe offensive drive of a garden snail.

KING MORMECK TO MEET PANAMANIAN PRINCE!

As Cliff 24-Karat Rold has driven home time and again, since2003, the cruiserweight division has come alive. Mormeck of France, he likeJones is 33 years old as well. On paper, the match is a close one with theFrenchman being favored. His professional log stands at 31-2, with 21 KOs. InApril, Mormeck routed Braithwaite to win unanimously after 12 rounds.

AUSTIN & BECK IN TYPICAL HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT!

Typical? You know, holding, hugging, looping punches, both guys with limitedgas in their tanks, in other words a typical heavyweight fight of thecurrent era. With Ray Austin in at 244 Ω, and Owen Beck weighing238 Ω, the numbers told the story. Simply put, these guys werent going to bethrowing much seeing they were both carrying extra kilos. Beck, a flabby fighterat best, he was beaten in a split decision by Austin, a guy that doesnt leavethe trough until all the hay is gone! With Frank Garza being allowed toreferee and judge, his 115-113 card went for the winner Austin. John Parish hadBeck up 115-113, and judge Michael Ancona, he was a bit off with hissheet reading 117-111 for Austin, who is now 23-3-3, (15 KOs). Beck loses forthe second straight time, and is 21-2, with 18 KOs.

EX-CHAMP TIMMY AUSTIN STARTS COMEBACK!

Ex-bantamweight king Tim Austin of Cincinnati, OH fought under Jones-Braithwaite.Inactive since dropping the 118 lb. honors to Rafael Marquez in February2003, boxing manager/promoter & all around good guy Peyton Sher, hehad first scheduled Austin on a May card. When that fell through, a chomping atthe bit Austin, the 34-year old southpaw had to wait until last night. Acrossthe ring from the 124 Ω lb. 1992 Olympian stood the pedestrian ReynaldoHurtado of Colombia. Less than five rounds into this eight, Hurtado, 126 Ω,had been down once in the third. This was prior to the second of two knockdownsin the fifth, after which the match was halted. Hurtado, all of 38, he declinedto 36-8-1, (27 KOs)

WHO IS STEVE CUNNINGHAM YOU ASK?

Another talented cruiserweight in action on Don Kings card was theunbeaten Steve Cunningham. Prior to this fight in Cleveland, the now 18-0Philadelphian had defeated the main event victor Guillermo Jones viasplit decision. Under Jones-Braithwaite, Cunningham, 196 Ω, went 12 rounds withKelvin Davis, 189 Ω, of Natchez, MS. After 36 minutes, Cunningham was aunanimous winner 118-110, & 117-111 twice. One time IBF king, thisbefore he tried a power play with Don King in February in St. Louis,Davis, like Braithwaite drops his second straight outing and is now 21-4-1, (16KOs).

 

Pedro Fernandez

Contact the writer RingTalk@Yahoo.com

SHOWTIME’S BANNER YEAR SLOWING DOWN A STEP?

2005, A YEAR FOR FIGHT FANS TO FONDLY RECALL?

Fresh off my first vacation in two years, theres nothing I want more than to dive into what is shaping up to be a stellar fall fight season.  Weve got the rubber match: AntonioTarver-Roy Jones III; THE rematch: Diego Corrales-Jose LuisCastillo II; and the Ukraine versus Africa (or African descent): WladimirKlitschko-Samuel Peter/Vitali Klitschko-Hasim Rahman.  Thats enough to get the barbershops rocking.  On the way to those destinations, we have some other weekends to getthrough and this Saturday is one that few seem to anticipate.  After a year that has seen Showtimeblow HBO(ifnot HBO PPV) out of the water, they seem to be putting on their second subpar showin the last three months.   All isnot as it seems.,

KINGMAKES LEMONADE FROM SLEW OF LEMONS!

Without much in the way of proof, King was able to wrangle thisSaturdays Showtimedate with the promise of ZabJudah-Sharmba Mitchell for Judahs World welterweighttitle.   Yeah, that didnt happen.  So then King slipped in a battle betweenWBOjr. middle whatever DanielSantos andsome dude who once wore the lowest form of World title, the WBAregular abuse of fighters for sanctioning fees title.  The opponent got an owwie so, yeah, that didnt happen.  Then it was going to be OwenWhatthe Heck is he doing on TV again Beckagainst Sergei Lyakovitch.  Sergei sadly also got an owwie so, yeah, that didnt happen either.  The only fight on the card that didnt fall out was a cruiserweightoff-television eliminator between former titlist WayneBraithwaiteand GuillermoJones.   And that ladies andgentlemen should have been the main event all along.

CRUSIERWEIGHTDIVISION HAS EARNED TOP BILLING!

The Panamanian, Jones (32-3-2, 25 KOs), is fresh off an upset winover former IBF titlist KelvinDavis andwill be a serious test for the Guyanan Braithwaite (21-1, 17 KOs).  Wayne was last seen losing a grueling battle for the World 200 lb. crown against Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck inApril, but that is not a sign of an unworthy fighter.  I have spent considerable time of late pointing out the two divisionsmost likely to serve up crowd-pleasing fare in the immediate future and as isoften the case, I have been right.   Supermiddleweight has delivered as has the cruiserweights.   While Jones and Braithwaite are not household names, they arewhat the sport needs to have household names again.   They are rugged, violent and fun to watch.  The winner will emerge as the top contender to Mormeck, and thecruiserweight division will move a step further from an ignominy that hasappeared endless since its founding.

JONES-BRAITHWAITE,BETTER THAN PEDRO THINKS?

Since the battle between JamesToneyand VasilyJirov in 2003, cruiserweights have left their blood and guts in the ringfight after fight.   This Saturdaywill be no different.   Last Saturdaywas no different either.   Duringthat night of bad heavyweights foisted on the viewing public, the fight thatleft folks talking was a cruiser war that saw ONeillBell escapewith his IBFbeltvia come from behind KO against SebastianRothman.  Rather than lament the fights that didnt come through, fight fans and DonKing should consider themselves lucky.  Judah-Mitchell wasnt gonna tear down the rafters down nor were anyof the other originally planned main events; Braithwaite-Jones can and likelywill.   Somebody is getting knockedout Saturday and we cant be sure who in a battle between two legitimate topten warriors.   Even when they lose in 2005, Showtimewins and promoter Don King gets to put on a show that will give him ample reasonto crow.                    

24-KARATNOTEBOOK

The undercard still sucks Saturday.  Owen Beck versus RayAustin is why I often record shows and use my fastforward button.   Beck, if notpromoted by King, would still be as unknown as he deserves to be.  Facing down Monte Barrett, andlosing in his only fight against a fighter ranked in the top forty is notimpressive and does not merit time on my screenHell, Barrett is stillsearching for his first win against a top ten guy in a legit rankings systemafter his dreadful show against Hasim Rahman last monthWhy is WBC PresidentJoseSulaiman concerned for RoyJones health against Antonio Tarver?  Isnt this the same guy that madean ancient JulioCesar Chavez the mandatory to KostyaTszyu, andthis after Chavez lost to WillyWise?   Jose,you arent upset that the last three fights worth money at 175 lbs. didntpay your whore organization any sanctioning fees are you?  The biggest scandal in the fight game right now is in the IBF, which has stripped featherweight champ JuanManuel Marquez because no one would bid on a mandatory they ordered, one that was onpar with the RickFrazier disasterthat the WBCand HBOforcedon us in 1999.   Why is MarianMuhammad still running the IBF?   Whatdid she do to earn that job besides once shared some sheets and a hairdresserwith promoter MuradMuhammad(who happens to be promoting the joke mandatory that Marquez was stripped over)?  Why are the Federal monitors not still in place at the IBF?   Hellwith it; I hope Marquez sues them out of existence!

Cliff Rold

Note: 24-KaratRold is not just the best young boxing writer on the planet.  He is also an award winning poet and recently received his Masters degreein US Foreign Policy at the American University in Washington DC.  He can be reached with your comments at 24KaratRold@Comcast.net

DEBUNKING BOXING’S OLDEST RULE

OLDEST ADAGE IN BOXING NOW MYTH

No matter whom you press on the matter, there is little doubt that thecurrent heavyweight division sucks. And seeing American big boys of world-classare about as hard to find as a needle in a haystack, what does this say aboutthe future of the game? I mean, the old verbiage, he who controls theheavyweight champion, controls boxing, for the most part that saying isno longer the case.,

TOP CAT WROTE HIS OWN RULES WITH RAY

The first non-heavyweight to really do things that eclipsed that of theheavyweight champion was Ray Charles Leonard. For a short period of timein the 80s, Ray was bigger than World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes.The fact that Mike Top Cat Trainer, a Washington DC attorney, wascalling all the shots, this rankled the boxing establishment. Oscar DeLa Hoya, for a period of time he was top dog. But he never bucked thesystem, not until he left promoter Bob Arum at the curb.

ROCK ALMOST REWROTE THE BOXING BOOK

The man that virtually broke the back of the boxing establishment, wasnone other than one Rock Newman. When Riddick Bowe won the Worldheavyweight championship in November of 1992 from Evander Who was still DaReal Deal Holyfield, a plan was hatched would if it worked, would havedestroyed the sanctioning bodies of boxing. The only thing that prevented Newmanfrom ending their stranglehold on the game of boxing, was Riddick Bowe himself!

BOWE, BEST HEAVYWEIGHT EVER FOR A MINUTE!

In November 1991, while seated outdoors at Caesars Palace in LasVegas, Bowe, then 23-0, (21 KOs) weighed in at 224 Ω lbs. With a lean torso,and the hunger of Brooklyn still ingrained in Bowe, he would KO (and break thejaw) of once beaten Rodolpho Marin. At 65, I imagined Bowe somedaybecoming better than even The Greatest, Muhammad Ali.

IT WAS DOWNHILL FROM THIS FIGHT FORWARD!

The 24-year old Bowe, he would never fight that light again in 19 subsequentoutings. It was at this point, I believe, that Riddick got off the beamthat wouldve made him the greatest heavyweight in history. Although theexplanations are many, the truth of the matter is that Riddick had an eatingdisorder. A clear illustration of this malady was Bowe having a separatekitchen built in his 20+ room mansion.

BOWES DECLINE SAVED THE ESTABLISHMENT

Although Bowe still appeared rock-solid to the railbirds, Newman couldsee the want in Riddick dissipating, this as his waistline expanded. Andthis circa 1992, or long before Riddicks boxing skills hopped a train out oftown. Said Newman recently. People called me a renegade. (I called him Mr.Implosion). But had I pulled off what I wanted to, had Bowe cooperated in 1992,I would have really rocked the establishment by throwing away all the belts.

BOWE HAD THE WORLD IN HIS HAND

Newman goes on. With Bowe beating Holyfield, he became the man, because hebeat the man. I went to Bowe, I said lets throw a press conference and getrid of all three (WBC-WBA-IBF) belts. The idea was to be thePeoples Champ. At first he seemed OK with it, then he told me that thebelts, that they meant something to him and he didnt want to dump them.

THE FAN MAN FIGHT SPELLED BAD LUCK

All that became moot when Bowe lost the rematch to Evander, this after a12-month reign and two defenses against two-softies in Jesse Ferguson andMichael Dokes. Simply put, even though Bowe was just 25 years old, he wasdone! Having already lost the battle of the bulge, he was shot! But you wouldhave never known that if you were to only look at Bowes record.

ON PAPER, RIDDICK WAS FLAWLESS FROM THEN ON

Officially, Bowe would never lose again. But he was clearly behind in both DQwins over Andrew Foul Pole Golota. And surely he lost his last(April 2004) fight against Billy Zumbrun. But incredibly, Californiajudges Lou Filippo, as well as Lil David Denkin, theygave the now 38-year old Bowe the fight 96-92. The not awed Ray Corona, hehad Zumbrun in front 95-93.

NEWMAN STEADFAST AGAINST BOWE FIGHTING

That April fight (approved in California by #2 guy Dean Louhis) gotripped from coast to coast for a couple of reasons. The first being Bowe lost.And second, at 285 lbs., what Commissioner in his right mind would have allowedthe speech-impaired Bowe to fight anyway? When I pressed Newman for the lateston Bowe, he said. I havent heard nothing in months. Even though Im afirm believer of individual rights, Commissions should step in and prevent Bowefrom his further getting hurt.

LISTEN TO RING TALK RADIO RIGHT NOW!

My Sunday night guests on Ring Talk Radio, the longest runningtalk show (19 years) in boxing history, they included IBF 130 lb. champ RobbieBomber Peden, Andre Wards trainer Virgil Hunt Hunter, andthe most prolific boxing manager in recent boxing history, if not of all time, ShellyFinkel talks about Manny Pacquiao, Fernando Vargas, Robert TheGhost Guerrero, and I even pressed him on the current status of an oldcharge in 1984 Olympic Gold Medallist Tyrell Biggs. Also, a SpecialGuest was comedian Earthquake, who does a number on Roy JonesJr. Hit this link http://universaltalknetwork.com/arch_ringtalk.htmland enjoy the two-hour show!  

Pedro Fernandez

Contact the writer RingTalk@Yahoo.com

Sunday Replay

LISTEN TO RING TALK RADIO RIGHT NOW!

My Sunday night guests on Ring Talk Radio, the longest running
talk show (19 years) in boxing history, they included IBF 130 lb. champ Robbie
Bomber Peden, Andre Wards
trainer Virgil Hunt Hunter, and
the most prolific boxing manager in recent boxing history, if not of all time, Shelly
Finkel
talks about Manny Pacquiao, Fernando Vargas, Robert The
Ghost Guerrero,
and I even pressed him on the current status of an old
charge in 1984 Olympic Gold Medallist Tyrell Biggs. A Special Guest
was comedian Earthquake, who does a number on Roy Jones Jr. Hit
this link http://universaltalknetwork.com/arch_ringtalk.html
and enjoy the show!

,

THE PINOY ON PHILIPPINE BOXING: JASON ANIEL

SUICO, VILORIA, BAUTISA, BOBBY, OH MY!

Filipino fight fans have dubbed the upcoming fall season as FilipinoFall, because some of the youngest and brightest Filipino contenders willtake part in significant fights come September and October. Not since 1998 to1999, when Luisito Espinosa, Gerry Penalosa, and Manny Pacquiaoheld the WBC titles for their respective divisions (126, 115, & 112lbs), has there been a collection of Filipino prizefighters with worldchampionship potential.,

On the undercard of the Double Trouble mega card, which willtake place September 10th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, ReyBoom Boom Bautista, a 19 year old, will face virtual walkover FelixFlores. Bautista (16-0, 12 KOs) has built a large fan following in thePhilippines because of his impressive record, and his ambitions to be successfulin the United States. Training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, FreddieRoach, trainer of Pacquiao, he has taken Bautista under his tutelage. Roachwill try to bring the bantamweight to another level, similar to Pacquiao.

SUPER V FINALLY GETSHIS CHANCE

After a disappointing delay back in May, Brian The Hawaiian PunchViloria will get his first crack at a world title against WBC 108 lb. king EricOrtiz. At 24-4-1 (16 KOs), Ortiz is from Mexico City and won the title bydefeating Jose Antonio Aguirre.   Viloria(17-0, 11 KOs), a 2000 U.S Olympian is a Filipino-American, who wasborn and raised in Hawaii. He is also trained by Roach. This Fil-Am willattempt be the first Hawaiian born to win world championship since another HawaiianPunch, Jesus Salud won the WBA 122 lb. belt in 1989. Thisis the only world title match on the Double Trouble card, and itwill be a clash between two young and hungry fighters.

SUICO NEARS WORLD TITLE SHOT

Randy Suico, currently ranked #2 by the WBC at 130, he willface former lightweight belt holder Javier Jauregui, this underneath the RobbiePeden-Marco Antonio Barrera unification at 130 show, September 17that the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and on HBO PPV. Suico (23-1,20KOs) suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Mzonke Fana in South Africa,after dropping Fana twice early and seriously hurting him in the final round.Jauregui (49-12-2, 34KOs) has faced some of the best fighters at his weight,and will be Suicos toughest fight to date. Suico, whos known for adevastating uppercut, allowed the fast-handed Fana to box circles around him, ashe looked like he had cement in both shoes. Since losing to Fana, Suico hasfought soft opposition. In this, his United States debut, he faces Jauregui wholost his last fight.

BOBBY LOOKING TO STEAL SHOW?

Bobby The Drama Setter Pacquiao will climb back into the ringagainst hardnosed former super featherweight boss Carlos FamousHernandez, this on the undercard of the Diego Corrales-Jose Luis Castillorematch. When the younger Pacquiao was scheduled to face Carlos Navarro,a fighter to stopped Luisito Espinosa and Agapito Sanchez in hislast two goes, very few gave him a legitimate chance. The ray of light (whichwas little to begin with) dimmed when Bobby slipped and slid around the ringduring the opening rounds against Navarro. In the midst of this, a hystericalsupporter had to be kicked out of Bobbys corner.

DRAMA SETTER IN A TOUGH SPOT!

However, like the Drama Setter he is, Pacquiao (25-11-3,11KOs) came back, this after wrapping tape around his shoes, dropped Carlosand forced Navarro to count himself out in a bizarre ending. That fight againstNavarro depicted the hot and cold boxing career Bobby has had. Without question,the Famous fight is his biggest thus far. Hernandez, (41-5-1, 24KOs),he lost his last fight, a war with Jesus Chavez. Carlos has a never saydie attitude in the ring, as he has faced two greats in Erik Morales and FloydMayweather Jr. One thing is clear, Hernandez wont run, and Bobby loves tokeep the fans on the edge of their seats.    

QUICK JABS

Former trainer of the year, Freddie Roach, has a handful to manage comeSeptember 10th. Not only will Freddie be in the corner of Viloria,but will handle Bautistas California debut. However, his biggest task at handto make sure Manny Pacquiao gets past Hector Velezquez, which will pavethe wave for a rematch with Erik Morales (should he defeat Zahir Raheem).These will definitely a tough task for the Eddie Futch pro Filipino-American fans wont get a chance to see Viloria or Bautista on U.S.television, since HBO will only feature the matches involving Pacquiaoand MoralesFans shouldnt forget about (105 lb) Rodel Mayol, whosranked number one by the WBC. Mayol has natural talents that can compareto Gerry Penalosa, who is often considered the best all around fighter of theBig Three (Espinosa, Penalosa, & Pacquiao). Other than Viloria, Mayolmay have the best chance of winning a belt this year.                                          

LISTEN TO RING TALK RADIO RIGHT NOW!

This past Sunday, Pedro Fernandez guests on Ring TalkRadio, the longest running talk show (19 years) in boxing history, theyincluded IBF 130 lb. champ Robbie Bomber Peden, Andre Wards trainerVirgil Hunt Hunter, and the most prolific boxing manager in recentboxing history, if not of all time, Shelly Finkel talks about MannyPacquiao, Fernando Vargas, Robert The Ghost Guerrero, and I evenpressed him on the current status of an old charge in 1984 Olympic GoldMedallist Tyrell Biggs. Also, a Special Guest was comedian Earthquake,who did a number on Roy Jones Jr. Hit this link http://universaltalknetwork.com/arch_ringtalk.htmland enjoy the two-hour show!  

Jason The Pinoy Aniel

Note: The writer is featured exclusively at www.RingTalk.com,and can be reached at Sportnjordan@gmail.com

BOXING’S TV MAN, THE DEBUT COLUMN OF LOU CIACCIA

CONTENDER FIGHTERS IN ENDLESSrnROUND ROBIN?

The announcement August 18th that The Contender wasrnreturning to television in the spring, this time to ESPN, was metrnwith generally positive reactions from boxing fans.  rnWhile far from perfect in its first season, most followers of the sweetrnscience seemed to warm to the Mark Burnett production, and there seemedrnto be genuine disappointment when NBC decided to throw in the towel afterrnonly one round.  ,

FIGHT FANS & SQUARES BOTHLIKED THE CONTENDER

Perhaps the biggest downer for fight fans was the fact that a show thatweekly drew 20 times the audience of the most recent generally recognizedheavyweight title fight, was considered a dismal failure by televisionstandards.   But the bitter realityis that the general public would rather see our former champions dance, thanwatch our current champions fight!

ESPN, A FAR BETTER CONTENDER LOFT!

So its ESPN to the rescue, in what would seem to be a betterhome than NBC ever was.   Despitethe oft-repeated complaints of relatively little actual boxing in each episode,The Contender would appear to be more at home beside Streetball andThe Season than it did between The Apprentice and The Which Fat PersonCan Lose The Most Weight show.   And we all immediately hoped that if ESPN coulddo half as much for boxing as it has for poker and stoners falling off ofskateboards, perhaps the sport would take its first steps back to publicconsciousness, if not respect.

THOUGHT MORA & CREW WOULDLEAVE

 I am a tad disappointed in theannounced Contender card to be carried October 15th onan ESPN network.   Inthe main event, Contender champion Sergio Mora will take on PeterManfredo, Jr. in the rematch the entire boxing world has been clamoring for,if by entire boxing world you mean nobody.   With their first fight roughly as competitive as WinkyWrights shutout of Tito Trinidad, you would think Your BoxingAuthority would be able to come up with something a little more compelling inone of what will be very few nods to the fight game between Labor Day and NewYears Day.   One would presume thatmost of the viewers now tuning in on ESPN instead of the Peacock are going to bea little more boxing-savvy than this match-up gives them credit for.

AND IF MANFREDO LOSES THRICE?

The biggest question is what will really be gained by matching these fightersagain.   Certainly a third straightloss for Peter Manfredo is going to severely damage what was a promising careerbefore he met Sylvester Stallone and started fighting five-round bouts.  And you would think a guy like Sergio Mora, with more personality thanpunch, would be aching to really capitalize on his 15 minutes of fame ratherthan overstay his welcome in the world of The Contender.  

REMEMBER WHEN THERE WERE MANY U.S.MEDALS?

Wouldnt it have been much better to have staged one of those old Nightof the Olympians type cards that we used to see (back when we had enoughmedal winners to fill a card), with a bunch of Olympians making their prodebuts? Why not schedule Manfredo, Mora and Alphonso Gomez, the threebiggest prospects participating on the October 15th show, in eight orten-round bouts with opponents from the real world.  Bring in three of the type of opponents ShoBox is always matchingwith prospects, guys with undefeated records built up in the Carolinas orDakotas.   In the best-case scenario,you end the night with three real prospects, rather than one or two who continueto chase Mark Burnetts round robin.   And even the downside can be a positive.  ShoBoxbrought in the undefeated Mike Arnaoutis aseasy fodder for the Tyson-esque Juan Urango, and twelve rounds latereveryone at Showtime had Arnaoutis-it is!  

GOMEZ, A REAL STAR IN THE MAKING

Thats the reason the most interesting fight of the night is fan favorite AlphonsoGomez against Jeff Fraza, the contender who developed chicken pox atthe sight of 160-pounders.   We get to see Gomez at his best weight, and we get to see himagainst an unknown quantity, the Mickey Ward-trained Fraza.  Of course Fraza is only an unknown if you missed his appearance on FridayNight Fights a year ago, an exhilarating come from behind knockout in thefinal round. But whoever wins this fight will have something to build on,because we will have seen something that seems new.

KADDOUR & GILBERT GO WITH GARY

Kudos to Ahmed Kaddour (who along with Joey Gilbert signed withpromoter Gary Shaw), who elected to fight and beat the undefeated MaxellTaylor on Showtime last month rather than risk a third loss fightingout of his weight class on the Contender carousel.  One hopes we see the talented Ishe Smith in a similar fight soon.    

SPEAKING OF

A Night of Olympians, Fox Sports gave us one August 18, in one ofthe strongest shows yet in their Best Damn Sports Show, Period boxingseries.   Eschewing the fascinationwith 1990s fighters like Michael Moorer, Montell Griffin andRiddick Bowe, Fox featured British heavyweight prospect AudleyHarrison, and the truly young U.S. Olympic medallists Andre Ward(Gold) and Andre Dirrell (Bronze).    All three men made their best televised showings to date, althoughHarrison continues to resemble an NBA game, in that the last two minutesof his performance is all you really want to see.

NUMBERS WERE NOT GOOD FOR GREAT SHOW!

Unfortunately, the ratings didnt bear out the quality of the card,garnering Fox Sports only a .31 household share (159,000 homes), thefirst Best Damn boxing card to score less than a .40.  Hopefully the September 30th card will fare much better, asformer light heavyweight king Glenn Johnson champ takes on fringecontender George Khalid Jones.   Johnson,2004s Fighter of the Year, is an older pug near the top of his game, notunlike 2003s Fighter of the Year James Toney, who drew a .76 in hisfight against Rydell Booker in 2004.  Boxing needs every televised outlet it can, and Fox Sports deserves to berewarded for improving its offerings.

SPEAKING OF

Mike Arnaoutis, the gutsy Greek returns totelevision September 2nd in a rare non-Showtime appearance as hetakes on Marteze Logan, a fighter who has been in with (and lost to) guyslike James Leija, Steve Forbes, and Emmanuel Clottey.  The fight will be televised on ESPN Deportes, sending mescrambling for the first time to see if I get that station (I dont).

SPEAKING OF

Showtime, doesnt it seem like theyrebeing punished by the pugilistic gods for some of their recent Pay Per Viewabominations?   First, the scheduledtitle bout between junior middleweight Daniel Santos and Jose Riverais cancelled due to an injury to Rivera, then the co-feature, a serviceablebattle between fringe heavyweight contenders Owen Beck and SergeiLyakhovich, is scrapped.   September3rds Showtime Championship Boxing is now headlined by acruiserweight title eliminator between Wayne Braithwaite andGuillermo Jones, while Beck takes on Ray Austin.  

YURI FOREMAN CARD SCRAPPED

On top of that, the ShoBoxbroadcast for September 2nd featuring Yuri Foreman versus IsmailArvin is no more, the entire card having been cancelled due to an injury toArvin.

Showtimedeserves better than that, since theyve given us some of the best boxingmemories of the past 12 months.   Toobad they cant work out a trade with ESPN Deportesfor the Mike Arnaoutis bout.

Lou Ciaccia

LouCiaccia@yahoo.com

THIS IS NOT BOXING! PEDROS ANTI-WAR RANT!

A LOT OF YOU CALLED ME UN-AMERICAN! In May 2003, I said in this space that there would be no “Weapons of Mass Destruction found in Iraq,” and that “oil prices would go through the roof!” As of today, NO WMDs, NO ties to Al Qaida, NO portable labs, NO uranium from Niger, not even a thimble full of anything remotely dastardly has been found! Oh, and even though we have control of the second biggest oil reserve in the world, Americans are paying more than TWICE as much for gasoline than we did when Bush, himself an oilman, came to office in January 2001. And do you think this is a mere coincidence? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GUY THAT DID 9-11?And in case you forgot, Osama Bin Laden is the man who flew planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, etc. And have you noticed, our President George Bush hasnt mentioned his name in over a year! This, the man who committed the greatest single act of terrorism in the history of the United States. And yet, Osama roams around Pakistan unbridled!, In short, I cant believe any sane American would criticize anti-war mom Cindy Sheehan for speaking her mind. This used to be America, a place where people could agree to disagree! And how about those grown men in Texas, all white by the way, that took to calling the mother of a dead U.S. soldier filthy names within earshot of a TV microphone?EVERYBODY (ME TOO) SUPPORTS THE TROOPS!To call anybody who questions the Iraq War unpatriotic is way off base. Some of us have read the Project for a New American Century, thus we know Dick Cheney, Condaleeza Rice, and Donald Rumsfeld, that they had a plan on paper to invade Iraq in the 90s, and to set up a huge military base. This Iraq war, it is a product of that blueprint. CANT GET BOTH SIDES ANYMORE!I am a radio talk show host, and I can tell you factually you Rush Vicodin Limbaugh, Bill OReilly, Sean Heil Hannity, that none of these guys shows will allow people with opinions other than theirs to speak on air. Thats why you never hear these men actually engaging the opposition. Rush, Bill, & Hannity, they just yell at anybody who disagrees, and at the same time they mute the caller! VIETNAM (DE JA VU) ALL OVER AGAIN!Being much older than most of you reading this, I remember President Lyndon Johnson coming to us and saying, remain patient, everything will be all right, etc., which is the same thing we hear now. The insurgency that in June was on its last breathe, this according to Lil Dick Cheney, wasnt! Cheney was dead wrong, because they were killing Americans at an even greater pace in August, than in June!UNHAPPY COMMANDER BACK TO IRAQ FOR 18 MONTHS!Lance Oliver, the Commander of a Boston Army unit about to be redeployed in Iraq for 18 months, he told it like it is. “Many in our country believe we should not be in Iraq, but a soldier does not ask these questions. We have our opinions, but that is not why we are here.ARABS ATTACKING US THROUGH OIL PRICING!In 1974, the oil shortage was likely caused by a ticked off Saudi Prince, this for giving the Israeli people weapons and aid. These recent dramatic rises in oil prices, my fellow Americans, this is an organized “terrorist” attack on the American economy by the Arabs! If it isnt, I invite you to prove me wrong, and Bush right! ANOTHER SOLDIER SAID THISBostons 19-year old Justin Deer says, I dont agree with the war, but Im in the military, and I was told to go. I just wish we were going to Afghanistan instead–theyre the ones who caused 343 NYC firefighters to die on 9/11.” Folks, the 9-11 Commission, the CIA, the National Security Agency, they are saying this war was a creation of the White House and George Bush. And this Bush, he is a man who admits to having regular conversations with a higher power (aka God).MY AUNT & THE CHURCH!My aunt Julie has been seen a lot. A devout Christian, shes very involved in the running of the church, including her leading the Thursday morning bible study. And yet she says it is ridiculous, (if not insane) that God has regular chats with our President Bush. “You dont think God would have told him a lie, that Weapons of Mass Destruction were in Iraq, and they werent do you?” And yes, Bush told author Bob Woodward that he talks to God! Well, I guess it took my 70-year old bible thumping aunt, a devout Christian at that, to expose our President as a nutcase. Was it cocaine use, or a dependence on other drugs, is that what compells the President to hold conversations with invisible beings? Need I say any friggen more?Pedro FernandezContact the writer RingTalk@Yahoo.com

Monday AM "Old-Fashioned" Fight Column

AUSSIE BOMBER SET TO EXPLODE ON BARRERA: Ifrnyou were under the impression that IBF 130 lb. kingpin Robbie Peden isrnnothing but a steppingstone for WBA counterpart Marco Antonio Barrera,rnthen you dont know the Australian fighter nicknamed Bomber.rnAnd while Robbie acknowledged the greatness of Barrera during a Ring TalkrnRadio appearance Sunday evening, Peden has the ring of a winner!, Training in St. Petersburg, FL, the 31-year old fighter would go to bed at or around 140rnlbs. Heres some tidbits from our radio interview that will be available forrnyou to listen to late Monday at www.RingTalk.comSaid Robbie when I asked him what Barrera did best? Barreras a warrior, nornquestion about that. I have sparred with him (Barrera) a number times. Simplernand to the point, when I asked what was the key to him beating Marco? Thernleft and the right hands! FINKEL ON DA LINE: Shelly Finkel, thernmost celebrated manager in boxing (I know that irks some, but its true) has arnSeptember 16 date (no TV) for his unbeaten NABF featherweight champion RobertrnThe Ghost Guerrero (15-0-1, 8 KOs). As for Fernando Vargas, Shellyrnseemed to hint that there would be at least one more bout, this prior to Vargasrnand Oscar De La Hoya going again in May of 2006. MILK-CARTON MALIK? WhenrnMalik Scott announced his intentions to turn professional, every managerrnout there knew the Philadelphian could fight a bit. Now 22-0, (10 KOs), Idrnsay its about time we see how good Malik is. Finkel is trying to get him Kirkrn44 D Johnson, who when last seen had breasts that rivaled that of PamelarnAnderson. As for Finkel, he currently has 11 fighters with combined recordsrnof 174-6-1. FINKEL ON ROCKY JUAREZ: I think there may have been arnlittle emotional lapse with In Jun Chi not being his opponent. KINGrnRETURNS TO CLEVELAND: Even though Cleveland is, and will always be home tornpromoter Don King, he hasnt promoted a whole lot of shows there. OnrnSeptember 3, the Donald comes at you with a card best described as,rnpugilistic road kill! The 115 lb. IBF champ Luis Perez isrnlooking for an opponent. 21-1, (17 KOs) Wayne Braithwaite of Guyana,a lanky but natural cruiserweight (190) will meet former WBA 154 lb.belt bearer Guillermo Jones (33-3-2) of Panama. Filling the Showtimernbill out is Owen Beck, Ray Austin, and the comeback of formerrnbantamweight champion Tim Austin. As a paid performer, Austin, now 34,rnwent 25-1Ã_1, with 22 early endings! Longtime fight manager/promoter/trainerrnand all around great guy Peyton Sher is working with Austin. Speaking ofrnPeyton, how com hes not in the Hall of Fame, not in New York or LosrnAngeles. Don Kings P.R. (and I dont mean Puerto Rican) guy Alan Hopper shouldrnwork on getting Peyton in!…MORALES-PACQUIAO TIX: The September 10 HBOrnChampionship Boxing show has two co-features involving Erik Morales-ZahirrnRaheem, & Manny Pacquiao-Hector Velazquez. As for the LIVE card,rnpresented by Top Rank, tickets are going well, and I wouldnt bernsurprised if 15,000 strong pack the Staples Center. Tickets at the arenarnor www.Ticketmaster.com As forrnPacquiaos foe Hector Velazquez, he is the Rick Flair of boxing.rnIn other words, hes the dirtiest player in the game! CORRALES-CASTILLOrnTICKETS GOING FASTER: The hottest ticket in boxing is the October 7,rnrematch between World lightweight champion Diego Corrales & Jose LuisrnCastillo. With their first go being the fight of the decade thus far,rnthe MGM Grand has seats for the October 7 show, as does www.Ticketmaster.comRATNER GOING TO STANFORD? It is true! Nevada Commission head MarcrnRatner has taken a job in Palo Alto, CA! Itll be a one-day gig as thernNevada employee by day, Ratner is an accomplished College Football Officialrnaside from boxingUFC 54 OFF DA HOOK! Chuck Liddells KOrnlast Saturday of Jeremy Horn brought a fantastic gate ($3 million) tornthe MGM Grand, and the PPV numbers werent bad either! PLUS, for thernfirst time ever, Zuffa Sports went up against boxing on HBO. Thisrnis good, if not great news for MMA fans, and bad for boxing. The reason being,rnone sport is gaining popularity, while the other struggles to surviveTherncomedian dubbed, Earthquake did a piece on boxing and Roy Jones.rnWith the exception of the N word, which I bleeped out, the piece takenrnfrom his HBO special had me laughing hours later! It will be part of thernSunday night (August 28) edition of Ring Talk Radio. WHEN I WAS BROKE! Backrnin the days of limited resources and adolescence, with old cars and the like,rnwell it wasnt uncommon for me or one of my crew members to push therncar, this the result of dead batteries, running out of gas, etc. That beingrnsaid, Virgil Hunter has 2004 Olympic Gold Medallist Andre Ward pushingrna huge car around a Hayward, CA parking lot. No word as to when Andre goes forrnwin #6!

Pedro Fernandez

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THE PINOY & HIS MAIL BAG

Subject: Should Morales Again Move Up?

 If Erik Morales decides to go up to lightweight (135rnlbs.), whom do you think Manny Pacquiao should be fighting? If he decidesrnto stay at 130 lbs. (super feather), again whom should he fight? If Manny goesrnback to featherweight (126 lbs., the same question applies?

 Mark Anthony Grejaldo

Iloilo City, Philippines

, Dear Mark,

 Its more than likely that after his re-match with Pacquiao, assumingrnboth win their fights this September 10th, Erik Morales will move up tornlightweight and attempt to win a fourth title in as many weight classes. Otherrnthan Marco Antonio Barrera, there isnt really any other fighter Pacquiaornshould face at 130. The ideal situation is for Pacquiao to handle his businessrnwith Morales and Barrera at 130. Then go back down to 126 and fight guys like RockyrnJuarez or future contenders like Robert The Ghost Guerrero.

 

Subject: Is Manny Too Small To Fight At 130?

 What is the future of Manny Pacquiao in the 130lb.rndivision? Aside from Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, whornamong the super feathers would give Manny fits?

 

Thanks  

Yekskcire

 

Dear Yek,

 

In terms of size, Pacquiao would be at a disadvantage against any other superrnfeatherweight. It would be a difficult fight for Pacquiao against any of thernchampions at 130, purely based on the size factor. Two guys in particular wouldrnmake real tough, but exciting fights against the Pac-Man. One is JorgernBarrios, the WBO kingpin, and the other is Robbie Peden, the IBFsboss. Both are rugged brawlers, who use their strengths on the inside to punishrntheir opponents for 12 rounds, or less!

 

Subject: Pacquiao On The Way Down?

 

You have been with Manny a lot of times before fights. Did you noticernsomething different in his actions or in his attitude the days leading to hisrnfight against Morales? Did he lose a lot of sleep and became moody? There is arnperiod of anyones career, experts call a peak or plateau. Do you think Manny isrnin this stage now, or is he in a slide down?

 

Mr. Box Office

 

Dear Mr. Box Office,

 

I arrived at MGM hotel the Friday before the fight. I only saw Pacquiao twicernthe day of the fight in his hotel room and I was present in the locker room asrnhe prepared for his fight. The only difference I saw, compared to other fights,rnwere that there were too many people in Pacquiaos room. Also, normally RodrnNazario would stay in the room across, or next to Pacquiao. So the visitors canrnstay in Nazarios room and not really disturb Manny. For the Morales fight,rnNazario stayed in a totally different floor. Its difficult to estimate wherernPacquiao is in his career, since hes achieved so much at only 26. Well getrna better picture this September in Pacquiaos comeback fight.  

 

Subject: Pacquiao, is he finished?

 

So you think its a fact or fiction that Pacquiao doesnt have therngenuine hunger of conquering and destroying the way he are used to do before thernMarco Antonio Barrera fight, since he already achieved his primary goal?  

 

Thanks a lot.

Rbm115

 

Dear Rbm115,

 

Its fiction to believe that Pacquiao lost his hungry to destroy. He hasrnjust fought better fighters and moved up to bigger weight classes. If Pacquiaornstayed at 122, hed still be champion, dominating that division. But Pacquiaornhas taken chances, some have paid off and some have not.

 

Subject: Future Filipino Champs?

 

Who has the best chance, in your opinion, to become a worldwide boxingrnsuperstar among these upcoming young Filipino boxers?

 

Randy Suico

Rodel Mayol

Rey Bautista

 

Also, please state the top five Asian boxers today in any weight class.

 

Thanks!

Sunny of Quezon City

 

I think Rey Bautista has star potential because hes so young, 19,rnand he has the experienced management ready to take Boom Boom tornthe top. Watching one of Rodel Mayols fights, I see great things fromrnthe strawweight (105 lbs). He has great footwork and lands accurate blows.rnHowever, its difficult for any strawweight to gain superstar statusrnbecause the very lower weight classes do not get any attention. With RandyrnSuico, hes in a deep division, with a lot of firepower. Hes positionedrnhimself well within the WBC rankings and is line for a title in thernfuture. I do still hope that Gerry Penalosa can get moving on his comeback. ThernTop five Asian boxer are (in no particular order): Manny Pacquiao, In JinrnChi, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, Katsunari Takayama, and Ratanachai SorrnVorapin.

 

Have a question? Send it to sportnjordan@gmail.com    

 

Jason The Pinoy Aniel

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CALIFORNIA BOXING, THE POWER & POLITICS

POWERBROKER DENKIN KOD AT PUBLIC MEETING

At a recent meeting of the California State Athletic Commission,rnformer referee and current judge Marty Denkin, long one of the (if notrnthe) most powerful man in state boxing, Denkin was KOd after thernthree-knockdown rule saved the now impotent Denkin from further damage andrnpublic humiliation. The man who put the head of the SoutheCalifornia Referees Assn. in check, this was none other than CommissionrnExecutive Officer Armando Garcia.,

ROCKY REF LUMPED UP LIKE ROCKY BALBOA

Now in his mid 70s, Denkin, who had prominent roles as referees in a bunchrnof Rocky movies, and of course in Raging Bull, I was told hernapproached Garcia and asked him to address his Southern Calif. Refs Assn.rnGarcia, he in turn politely refused. Undaunted to this pointrnanyway, Denkin began to press Armando both verbally and in writing. When thatrnfailed, Denkin tried to intimidate Garcia in an open Commission meeting when hernasked the Commission Chairman if he recognized the Southern Calif. RefsrnAssn.?

CHAIRMAN SAID HE RECOGNIZES MARTYS GROUP!

This is a move that Marty will go to his grave regretting, as what transpiredrnclearly showed Denkins lack of power in California today. With many of hisrncronies and lackeys in the house, Marty asked Garcia, himself one the bestrnreferees in boxing before taking his position in May, if the Executive Officerrnrecognized his association? Garcia, a former Miami Policeman said amongrnother things that. No. The group has been used to intimidate people, (when itrncomes to selecting officials for fights). And it has blackballed officials fromrnnorthern California.

WHO CALLED DENKINS CREW THE MAFIA?

To show you how serious Denkin was about his control of California boxing, Dr.rnSmith Ketchum was in Los Angeles at a card in which Denkin was an official.rnThere was some discussion, and Marty told Ketchum to call him, Godfather.rnWhen the MD tried to play it off Denkin went further. Im the Godfatherrnof the So Calif. Mafia! The fine Dr. repeated such in a recent phonerncall. Ketchum said Denkin was dead-serious. He added, Denkin and his people,rnI dont think theyre good for California boxing.

GARCIA JUST THE GUY CALIFORNIA NEEDED!

Having told you that Armando Garcia would not back down in thisrnfirefight (anticipated by yours truly) with Denkin, this is why I felt he wasrnthe far better candidate for the Executive Officer position than the guy whorndidnt get the gig Pat Russell. The reason being, Russell is joined atrnthe hip with Denkin. Thus, in my opinion he would never go against Denkin, thernman who has been instrumental in Russell becoming a world-class (but overlyrnbrave) referee.

ARMANDO CONFIRMED THAT & LUISITO STORY

Having heard of the dust up between Denkin and Garcia at the Commissionrnmeeting, I asked Garcia to confirm the aforementioned, and he did. On the LuisitornEspinosa saga, Garcia said that he, “never said” the Filipino could fight. “And seeing he was knocked out cold and into a state of unconsciousness in his last fight, I thought he should go through a battery of tests to determine whether orrnnot he should be fighting.”

FILIPINO TV IN COMMISSION OFFICE WEDNESDAY

Garcia, having just concluded an interview with Philippine TV, he went on tornsay. Somebody who claimed to Espinosas manager, a Joe Robles, herncalled me and said Espinosa needed the fight. He then said things that made me ask him why, if Espinosa is in the dire condition that Robles was claiming,rnthen why would he want him to fight?

SAD STORY OF LUISITO & THE CONTROLING EX-WIFE

Robles is telling people Luisito has a problem with thirst, that his wifernleft him and took the kids back to the Philippines, once his bank account wasrnempty. Having met Mrs. Marie Cherrie Espinosa, and worked around her arnnumber of times in the gym, her acting as manager was certainly a detriment tornLuisito the professional fighter. At the end of the day, if Espinosa wants tornfight again, hell have to take the MRI, and the other medical tests beingrnmandated in California.

THE “END OF THE ROAD” FOR LOUIE

Last I heard, the former King Louie didnt want to take thernbattery of exams. If thats the case, and I certainly hope it is, then www.RingTalk.comhas prevented another worn and weathered fighter from playing Russian roulette,rnand possibly getting killed. In case you didnt know, the fight that JoernRobles had arranged for the 38-year old Espinosa, who had been knocked out inrnfour of his last six fights, was with none other than the pugilistic equivalentrnof a piranha in former super feather and lightweight champion Lakva Sim.

 

Pedro Fernandez

 

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