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FRAZIER-FOREMAN TITLE CHANGE AS IT HAPPENED

Foreman Fells Frazier by Howard Cosell

Foreman Fells Frazier by Howard Cosell


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” Pedro Fernandez takes you back to 1973 and Howard Cosell calling the George Foreman-Joe Frazier I massacre. Also, Gennady Golovkin’s win Saturday was front and center with Kevin Perry as were a host of items and boxing news bites that you aren’t going to get anywhere else.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

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WHEN MAYWEATHER FIRST MET PACQUIAO

WATCHING MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO IN CHINA

Floyd Mayweather 2001

Floyd Mayweather 2001


Beijing, China– April of 2001 and I was a pencil-necked 15 year old high school freshman, I walked into World Gym in the Potrero Hill district of San Francisco with my brothers and father as was our daily post-school ritual at the time.

MANNY PACQUIAO A “BLEACHED BLOND”

On this day however, something was different. Training in the ring was a young unknown 22 year old Filipino fighter with dyed blond hair by the name of Manny Pacquiao who had yet to get with trainer Freddie Roach. “Killing it” on the mitts where his rapid hand speed and intensity were on display.

MANNY WANTED SOME SPARRING

Little brother and I frightfully, and now regrettably, declined. My dad, always the prankster convinced our elder brother that Manny was expecting to jump into the ring with my sibling who was visibly spooked and kept looking over at Manny and saying, “I don’t know if that’s a good idea.”

PACQUIAO PULLS OFF LAST MINUTE UPSET

A couple months later we were watching the undercard of an Oscar De La Hoya fight and the last minute replacement to fight the IBF 122 lb. champ from South Africa, Lehlo Ledwaba, entered the ring and we all said, “Holy Sheet! That’s the guy from the gym!”

HBO COULD NOT EVEN SAY “PACQUIAO” Read more

LISTEN LARRY MERCHANT & FINAL FLOYD-PAC

LARRY MERCHANT & KAIL BAXLEY

Larry Merchant

Larry Merchant

Ex-Amateur Champ Kail Baxley

Ex-Amateur Champ Kail Baxley


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez went deep with boxer and musician Kail Baxley, this before Larry Merchant gives us his final take on Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao, among other things.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting 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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NEW ROCKY 7 MOVIE WITH ANDRE WARD

ANDRE WARD & STALLONE IN ROCKY 7

Sly Stallone

Sly Stallone

San Francisco, CA– Just when we thought the “Rocky” franchise was over and had finally ran it’s course with the sixth installment titled “Rocky Balboa,” a film which featured an old Rocky that was panned, you thought wrong.

FAST & FURIOUS HAS DONE SEVEN FLICKS

No, the Rocky franchise is much like the “Fast & Furious” as it keeps it going without the greatest of twisting and turning plots. Nor do these Rocky flicks have the hot young chicks or screeching hotrods either.

ROCKY 6 NOT INTRIGUING AS ALI-MARCIANO MOVIE

The plot of Rocky Balboa looked to be somewhat inspired by an actual exhibition that had occurred between Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali, that was then ran through a computer along with film footage of other heavyweight legends.

MARCIANO WAS IN “INCREDIBLE” SHAPE

This actual exhibition was actually an interesting story with Marciano losing 50 lbs. He trained harder for this 1969 movie than anytime previous in his life, wearing a hair piece, the Rock of a that generation had his unfortunate passing in a plane crash occur not long afterwards at age 46.  Muhammad was trying to make a buck during the Vietnam War when he couldn’t work at his trade.

ROCKY 7 TO BE CALLED “CREED” Read more

NETWORK TV KEY TO BOXING GLORY

GARCIA GETS BY LAMONT, BRONER NEXT!

Danny Garcia: Fight @ 140 or strip him!

Danny Garcia: Fight @ 140 or strip him!


San Francisco, CA– There is nothing like watching fights on American Network TV and the two Premier Boxing Champion cards on NBC thus far, as well as the CBS show of last Saturday, people are watching with NBC capturing the major demographics of 18-49 with both prime time shows.

SOME STARS WITH POTENTIAL FOR MORE

The stars have included Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Adonis Stevenson, Andy Lee, Peter Quillin, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. Having never been an ardent admirer of Peterson, I thought he performed admirably considering Garcia was supposed smoke Lamont like a Brookyln blunt.

RAZOR THIN MATCH WENT TO DANNY

The fight was so close that it boiled down to one round going in another direction and the decision could have instead of a MD 12 win for Garcia, would have been a draw or a Peterson win.

LEE & “THE COCOA KID” NEED REMATCH SOON
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PEOPLE LIKE “GGG”-ANDRE WARD NEED STEP UP

TRULY GREAT FIGHTERS NOT AFRAID TO MOVE UP

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA– To some Marvin Hagler at 160 lbs. walked on water. His posse cites his number of defenses, etc Truth be told, Marvin fought a slew of OK middleweights before making both his rep and millions of dollars fighting smaller guys in Roberto Duran, Ray Leonard, John Mugabi, and Thomas Hearns.

FANS WANT “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS ANDRE WARD

Andre Ward

Andre Ward

The intent of this was not to knock the Marvelous one, but rather to prod the camps representing World middleweight (160 lb.) champion Gennady Golovkin and the World super middleweight (168) king Andre Ward. When I talk to “insiders” and those with some boxing acumen who realize this would unlike Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao, be a real super fight involving two unbeaten fighters at or near their primes.

GOLOVKIN “NOT ALL THAT” TO WARD Read more

ROC NATION SPORTS VS AL HAYMON

JAY-Z THROWS HIS (YANKEES) HAT INTO BOXING

Jay Z Helping To Bring Boxing Back To The Mainstream

Jay-Z

Los Angeles, CA– As many of you may know, rapper and very successful entrepreneur Shawn Carter, also known as “Jay-Z,” has recently become a boxing promoter.  Roc Nation Sports, a company that manages prominent athletes like the NBA’s Kevin Durant and the NFL’s Dez Bryant has begun promoting boxing cards.  Their first card took place on January 9 of this year at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The Fox Sports 1 broadcast of Throne Boxing was not a success in terms of ratings, and appears to have done circa 660,000 viewers. A powerful force in the world of entertainment, Roc Nation has the potential to shake up the world of pugilism.

ROC NATION ON A SIGNING SPREE

A merger with New Jersey based promoter Gary Shaw Productions has increased the Roc roster dramatically. Top lightweight (135 lbs.) Darleys Perez (32-1, 20 KOs), junior welterweight (140) contender Thomas Dulorme (22-1, 14 KOs), and rising middleweight (160) Tureano Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) are now members of Roc Nation.  Heavyweight hope Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs), another new addition to Roc Nation, will challenge long-reigning Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KO) for the recognized heavyweight (200+) championship of the world at the Madison Square Garden on April 25.  

ANDRE WARD INKS PACT WITH JAY-Z

The crown jewel of the Roc Nation stable is lineal super middleweight (168) champion AndrE Ward (27-0, 14 KO).  Ward is ranked in the top 5 pound-for-pound by virtually every publication you can get your hands on, and is considered one of the best fighters of this generation.  Ward fought for years to get out of his promotional contact with Dan Goossen. It remains to be srrn as to whether he sacrificed any quality years of his prime as he moves forward with Jay-Z.  Under Roc Nation, fans should get a chance to see one of boxing’s best in the ring more frequently than of late.

JAY-Z TO SUCCEED WHERE OTHERS HAVE FAILED? Read more

AMIR KHAN TO DEVOUR DEVON ALEXANDER

ONLY ONE BOUT LOOKS GOOD ON SHOWTIME

Marcos Maidana-Amir-Khan

Marcos Maidana-Amir-Khan


San Francisco, CA– There only appears to be one “competitive” fight on this Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing card emanating from Las Vegas. And that one match, the Amir Khan-Devon Alexander clash, it maybe competitive on paper, but in the ring it looks like a rout in the ring.

NOTHING GREAT ABOUT DEVON

Devon Alexander is dubbed “Alexander The Great” and not for a reason unassociated with his boxing skills that are a tad better than mediocre. Granted, he lost a Technical Decision 10 to Tim Bradley and had the IBF 147 lb. trinket he won afterwards taken away from Shawn Porter, who lost the belt to Kell Brook. Truth be told, Bradley has been less than stellar ever since they away his third arm, AKA his head!

KHAN LOOKS LIKE EASY PICK

Although some will point to his chin, I’d be willing to say that Amir Khan does everything better than Devon Alexander. At this point, I can actually hear some of you yelling, “What about his chin?” To that I think Khan’s chin was put in peril by his struggle to make 140 lbs. Now fighting at 147 with a new trainer in Virgil Hunter, the Alexander fight is an excellent opportunity to make a statement at welterweight.

ALEXANDER BEING A LEFTY A PLUS Read more

ANYBODY SEEN ANDRE WARD?

OLYMPIC & 168 LB. KING DISAPPEARED

Andre Ward

Andre Ward


San Francisco, CA– When Andre Ward won the 2004 Olympic Gold medal in Greece, it was truly the realization of a dream and the culmination of a lot of hard work sans any real financial backing. Truly going against the odds, Ward decided to compete in the Olympics at 178 and not at 165 lbs. This had to do with good friend Andre Dirrell fighting at 165.

POISED TO MOVE FLOYD OUT 3 YEARS AGO?

After dominating Carl Froch (now the hottest fighter at 168) and winning the Super Six Tourney in 2011, Ward seemed to in a position to make some superstar moves. But it didn’t happen and whether you want to blame his late promoter Dan Goossen or not, the injuries and time off because of such had a lot to do with Ward’s thwarted ascension to the the mythical ‘pound of pound’ crown said to be held by Floyd Mayweather.

ANDRE WARD KNOCKED DOWN IN COURT

Having been dropped a couple of times in court and by the California State Athletic Commission, Ward has been trying to leave Goossen-Tutor Promotions for a couple of years. The latest legal setback was this past August. Supposedly this is all about Goossen allegedly “cutting out” Antonio Leonard, a Texas based promoter who is tight with Ward’s management team headed by ex-music mogul James Prince.

TALKS REGARDING CONTRACT ONGOING Read more

WEEKEND WORLDWIDE BOXING RESULTS

Saturday, November 22 2014

PACMAN DRIBBLES ALGIERI LIKE BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Boxer of Weekend: Heavyweight Anthony Joshua

Most Valuable Boxer of Weekend: Heavyweight Anthony Joshua


Venetian Resort, Macao, ChinaManny Pacquiao UD 12 Chris Algieri (WBO 147 lb. title). Manny (57-5-2, 38 KOs) knocks down New Yorker Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) six times for win. Scores: 119-103 twice & 120-102.

OLYMPIC CHAMPS UNDERNEAH THE “MANNY SHOW”

Former Olympic champ (2x) WBO 126 lb. champ Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) UD 12 Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-2, 33 KOs) One knockdown in 12 rounds of domination. Scores were 120-107 thrice!

KING OF CHINA STILL UNBEATEN

Two-time Olympic champ Zou Shiming (6-0, 1 KO) UD 12 Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express (27-1-2, 12 KOS) of Thailand. (WBO 112 lb. eliminator) Four knockdowns by power short Zou who wins with scores of 119-106 twice & 120-103.

PROMOTER BARRY HEARNS HAS MARATHON CARD Read more

CANCER TAKES PROMOTER DAN GOOSSEN

RING TALK FAMILY OFFERS CONDOLENCES

Promoter Dan Goossen

Promoter Dan Goossen

Las Vegas, NVRingTalk.com is sad to report that Dan Goossen, head of Goossen-Tutor promotions has passed at the age of 64. Our prayers go out to their family. The Goossen family has been very kind to the Ring Talk staff going back to the days of Ten Goose Boxing and the Reseda Country Club venue where champions Michael Nunn and the Ruelas bros., Rafael & Gabriel, were showcased initially. Mr. Goossen will surely be missed.

Dan guided most recently WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, former welterweight champion Paul Williams, as well as former multi-division champ James Toney.

KP’s POUND FOR POUND BEST

DOES ANDRE WARD STILL DESERVE TO BE ON THE LIST?

1. Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs)

WBC and WBA welterweight champion 

Not on the top of his game anymore as evidenced by his majority win last time out against Marcos Maidana. Still he is the best fighter in the game until he gets beat.

2. Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs)

WBA supermiddleweight champion

Ward at this stage is semi-retired. He currently is consumed with on-going litigation with his promoter Dan Goossen. Ward has also filed a federal lawsuit against Gooosen claiming he violated the Muhammed Ali Act by not providing financial disclosure for some of his earlier fights. Goossen is firing back with a 10 million dollar defamation suit. As this thing gets uglier don’t expect to see Ward in any significant fights anytime soon. I added him here, but he has no fights scheduled this year.

Andre Ward-Fighting is Court more than ring.

Andre Ward-Fighting in court more than the ring.

3. Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs)

WBO and WBA super bantamweight champion

Technically gifted and great all around talent. Now that his contract with Top Rank is over, a significant fight with WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz looms on the horizen. Many claim of the Cubans boring style, but against the right opponent such as Santa Cruz should make for an entertaining affair.

4. Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs)

WBO welterweight champion

Has slipped a little in the last few years but has still picked up some notable wins since being stopped by Juan Manuel Marquez. Beat an undefeated Tim Bradley by a wide margin to get back his WBO welterweight title, and the fight before that he shut out Brandon Rios.  The Filipino congressman faces WBO junior welterweight belt-holder Chris Algieri in November in Macau, China.

5. Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs)

WBA middleweight champion Read more

ANTHONY DIRRELL TO CHALLENGE ANDRE WARD?

DIRRELL IS NOW A CHAMPION

Can "The Dog" Dethrone Ward?

Can “The Dog” Dethrone Ward?


Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KO) picked up the WBC super middleweight title on Saturday night in Carson, CA with his unanimous decision win over veteran Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KO) in an ugly fight.  It is hard to look good against a spoiler like Bika, and Dirrell looked a bit lost in the first few rounds.  He found his rhythm and picked the veteran apart in the middle and late rounds to pick up a clear win.  Dirrell became a champion, and although he may deserve it after the work he has put in, that belt should be Andre Ward’s (27-0, 14 KO).

WARD MAY WANT THE BELT BACK

The WBC, which is not exactly the cleanest of organizations, decided to strip Ward of the belt he rightfully earned because of inactivity.  Because he did not lose his belt in the ring, Ward should be viewed as the rightful champion.  Andre vacated his “champion emiritus” status after the WBC stripped him last year.  This prevented him from being able to fight for the title, but Ward may decide to take on a new opponent like Dirrell to reaffirm his status as the best at 168.  Because Ward already beat Bika soundly, a rematch made no sense, but a fight with Dirrell would actually be a legitimate match up.

DIRRELL IS FAST AND POWERFUL  Read more

GGG, SAUL, WARD, SERGEY DESTINED TO LOSE

San Francisco, CA- The headline is no tease, it’s reality based on boxing history. You remember the old adage, “a good big man beats a good little man.” With the exception of the few and far between, Henry Armstrong and Roberto Duran were two of the exceptions to this golden rule of boxing.

Are Canelo, GGG, Ward and Kovalev good enough to defy size and history? Let’s look at the 154 lb. champ Saul Alvarez who is 44-1-1, 31 KO’s and a youngster at 24. How would he match up with Gennady Golovkin, the people’s (and WBA) World middleweight (160) champion?

Ring Magazine recognizes Puerto Rican (39-4, 32 KOs) Miguel Cotto, who recently thrashed linear champ Sergio Martinez. Cotto-Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) is a mismatch, one in which Cotto would be punished in a manner near criminal.

Back to the fight at hand, Saul vs. GGG looks like a rout as Alvarez would be dismayed by the power and speed of Golovkin displaying what some say a style that has a lot of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez about it. (What do you think about that?) The brute force of GGG beating Canelo to the punch ends this one early for the Mexican mauler.

When it comes to Gennady Golovkin Read more

SHIMING TO SHINE ON HBO. RIGO RELEGATED TO UNIMAS

POLITICS IN FULL EFFECT SATURDAY ON HBO2

Las Vegas, NV– It’s official. Being a great fighter is not the criteria for getting an appearance on HBO. Should HBO just start showing club fighters on TV? Saturday they have made one step forward in that direction. Two time Olympic champion Zou Shiming (4-0, 1 KO), who in essence is still fighting at the club level as a pro, faces Luis De La Rosa (23-3-1, 13 KOs) in a flyweight (112lb) bout from Macau, China on Saturday afternoon (5pm ET/PT) on HBO. Rosa is your typical opponent with a decent record built up against the usual suspects.

Guillermo Rigondeaux

Guillermo Rigondeaux

In his last bout he stopped a foe that boasted a disgraceful 0-20 record. The bout before that the Columbian was kayoed in 2 rounds against Moises Fuentes(19-2, 10 KOs). The 33 year-old Shiming is a superstar in China and is expected to bring more attention and popularity to the sport in the Chinese market. Can he fight? Hard to tell with the level of foes he has faced thus far.

It is clear that the Freddie Roach trained Shiming has a long way to go in perfecting the professional style of boxing.  While HBO will be broadcasting this bout, WBA and WBO 122lb champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) fights on the undercard against Sod Kokietgym (63-2-1, 28 KOs). However his fight will be shown later in the evening on Unimas (11pm ET/PT), a spanish language network.

RIGO IN HIS LAST FIGHT UNDER TOP RANK

HBO has shown no interest in broadcasting the Cuban born Rigondeaux’s future fights. Labeled by a percentage of the boxing contingent as “boring”, his promoter Top Rank has had difficulty securing serious opponents for the Cuban. It’s obvious that after embarrassing one of their start clients in Filipino star Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) last year, the promoter wants to have nothing to do with him. He can be exciting against the right opponents, but his bout against Donaire was the definition of a chess match. Casual fans who watch boxing and view it purely as a blood sport, more than likely don’t appreciate the skills of the former two time Olympic Gold medalist.

UNKNOWNS MAKE HBO UNDERCARD

Instead of the pound for pound talent, the HBO undercard will feature  Mexico’s Gilberto Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs) against New Zealands Junior Talipeau (20-2-1, 7 KOs) in a super middleweight(168lb) contest.  Ramirez stopped former middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo in 5 rounds in his last outing. With universally recognized super middleweight(168lb) champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) on HBO’s payroll, its possible that Ramirez could become a potential opponent if he is successful on Saturday.

-Kevin Perry

 

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