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TUESDAY BOXING WRAP & MICHAEL JACKSON DADDY

KOVALEV MAKES YET ANOTHER STATEMENT

Sergey Kovalev Dropped Nadjib Mohammedi Four Times!

Sergey Kovalev Dropped Nadjib Mohammedi Four Times!


San Francisco, CA– Although some fights are billed as professional boxing, that only means guys are getting paid. That being said, there were a lot of chalk fights on Saturday beginning with a match Stevie Wonder bet big, sight unseen, between unbeaten WBA/IBF/WBO 175 lb. titleholder Sergey Kovalev and Nadjib Mohammedi (37-4, 23 KOs).

NO RIFLEMAN IN STANDS

Outside of a sniper’s rifle from the cheap seats at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Nadjib had no shot. With a trio of straight right hands all putting him down in round two, a two punch (right-left hook) combination finished him at 2:38 of round three. It was yet another dominant performance by the 28-0-1 (25 whacks) Russkie.

LOOKS LIKE ANDRE WARD-GENNADY GOLOVKIN IN 2016

Kovalev promoter Kathy Duva has indicated that World 168 lb. guy Andre Ward, represented by Roc Nation Sports, has indicated that Ward (28-0, 15 KOs) is angling for a Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) fight in early 2016 provided Golovkin gets by David Lemieux on October 17 when GGG” makes his Pay Per View baptism from New York.

KOVALEV SANS ANYBODY BUT WARD OR STEVENSON?

It looks as if Sergey is left with a weight jump and fight at 200 lbs. vs. WBA cruiserweight champ Beibut Shumenov (16-2, 10 KOs) who prevailed over 36-year old B.J. Flores via 12 round Unanimous Decision on NBCSN TV Saturday. Watching Flores’ debut in 2003, it’s been 12+ years and the amateur standout really hasn’t as a pro regardless of his 31-2-1, 20 KOs mark. Scores were 116-112 (8-4 rounds) on all three official scorecards.

ASSASSIN KOVALEV 5-1 FAVORITE WITH INSIDE DISTANCE HIT

Shumenov’s claim to fame is losing the WBA 175 lb. trinket to Bernard Hopkins, the geriatric champion fighter from Philadelphia that Kovalev beat the snot out of after Hopkins-Shumenov. Expecting Sergey to halt Beibut inside of a dime (ten rounds) regardless of weight or date.

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LISTEN ANDRE WARD 6/20 RING TALK

ANDRE WARD “NOT INTO” GGG TALK!

San Francisco born Andre Ward

Andre Ward


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez and World 168 lb. champion Andre Ward. Subjects covered included his estranged relationship with promoter his now deceased promoter Dan Goossen, 168 or 175 lbs., Genady Golovkin came up as did Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev.

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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ANDRE WARD WINS RETURN ON BET TV

WARD SHAKES OFF 19 MONTHS

Andre Ward

Andre Ward


Oakland, CA– The “House that Andre Built” wasn’t filled anywhere near capacity as Jay Zee and his Roc Nation Sports promotional group pitched their tent here for World 168 lb. champ Andre Ward in his first fight in nearly 19 months.

RUST EVIDENT EARLY

The 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, thought to be “rusty” was a tad off early on, as he pitched a shutout before stopping unheralded Paul Smith at 1:46 of round nine.

ANDRE GETS “EASY NIGHT” AT HOME

Utilizing his edge in hamdspeed, footwork and overall ability, who are we kidding, Ward clearly outclassed Smith through the first nine frames. The most excitement was a staredown between rounds eight and nine. Read more

NBC, CBS & BET BOXING PREVIEW

HAYMON & JAY ZEE PROMOTE WEEKEND FIGHTS

Al Haymon

Al Haymon

Jay Zee

Jay Zee


San Francisco, CA– For those of that think Al Haymon is the boxing equivalent of the anti-Christ, you know much like President Obama and his Health Care program. Relax, you’re getting more fights and on Network TV, meaning boxing fans, just like the millions that now have heath care, are the winners!

SPENCE FOE PULLED FOR BEING “WAY OVERWEIGHT”

Roberto Garcia could not make the 147 lb. limit and now the unbeaten lefty Errol Spence (16-0, 13 KOs) will face an Italian working out of Toronto, Canada Phil Lo Greco (26-1, 14 whacks).

WHO IS THIS CANADIAN/DIEGO?

Phil’s claim to fame is a near shutout loss to main eventer Shawn Porter 25 months ago. With one fight and win in March, the Paisan comes in at the last minute and a bit bigger than Spence. That being said, expect Spence to get out his paddle and spank Le Grego inside the route.

CBS EARLY SUNDAY AFTER NBC SATURDAY NIGHT Read more

LISTEN NOW DAVID LOPEZ ON RING TALK BOXING

LOPEZ IN NATIONAL TOURNEY NEXT WEEK

David Lopez

David Lopez


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” Pedro Fernandez was joined by Junior Olympic champion David Lopez who talked of Andre Ward and his reason for a catchweight fight June 20 vs. Paul Smith, Floyd Mayweather, in addition to talking about how inspirational his father has been.

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.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

Go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” online be it live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart Radio app and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone and or Tablet.

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KELL BROOK TOPS WEEKEND BOXING RESULTS

BROOK TAKES GLAVIN OUT IN SIX

Brook Drills Glavin

Brook Drills Glavin


San Francisco, CA– It was a great weekend of boxing as Kell Brook, the IBF titleholder eliminated 16-1 underdog Frankie Glavin inside of six rounds. After mastering the once beaten Glavin through five, Brook landed a right hand near the end of the sixth round that was followed by two uppercuts, prompting the referee to halt the beat down and save Gavin from further punishment.

BROOK BEST WELTERWEIGHT IN 2015?

Not a lot to write about in Brook-Gavin, but should any other 147 lb. fighter want to “walk the walk” with Brook, it might be off a plank as he looks to be the best in the weight division that features none other than Floyd Mayweather.

BATTLE OF BRITAIN NOT IMINENT

Promoter Eddie Hearn said that the proposed “Battle of Britain,” Kell Brook vs. Amir Khan doesn’t look likely as Khan seems intent on milking the PPV cash cow that only a Mayweather bout would provide. Funny, even though Brook has the title and the unbeaten record, it seems to the Pakistani-Brit, Khan who is in the drivers seat here.

KHAN HAS “WORK” FIGHT ON SPIKE TV FRIDAY

Amir won a 12 round unanimous nod over the always “game” Chris Algieri on Spike TV for Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions on Friday in Brooklyn, NY. No drama here, just Khan pitching a lot and Algieri catching.

JOSHUA CONTINUES KO STRING WITH #13 Read more

LISTEN NOW RING TALK GOLOVKIN, FRAZIER-FOREMAN

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”

“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.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

Go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” online be it live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart Radio app and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone and or Tablet.

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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.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

Go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” online be it live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart Radio app and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone and or Tablet.

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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.

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