March 19th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- This article is the first in what will be a series on some much needed improvements regarding the safety of boxing. This first installment looks at the current system of weighing fighters in the day prior to a fight.
THE NOW “FAKE” WEIGHT CLASSES
Having myself been a big jr. welter (140 lbs), while at the same time an undersized welter (147), nobody was more concerned at most of my weigh ins than yours truly. Once I weighed 143 and change for a welterweight bout in Las Vegas at the Showboat Hotel. Having hit the scale early in the week for the Golden Glove National Regionals, when I looked across the ring five days later at a 165 lb. Ernie Chavez, I thought, “That must be his brother.” After almost beheading me, southpaw Ernie would later rock Meldrick Taylor’s world before losing and then retiring soon thereafter.
ALMOST EVERYBODY NOW DOING WHAT ERNIE DID
With the exception of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and maybe Grandpa Nard’ Hopkins, just about every professional fighting today at the championship level (except heavyweights) is fighting at least one weight class lighter than what he should be. Example: Jorge Arce was under 112 lbs. for a flyweight title at the weigh in. Time and again Jorge would weigh over 125, sometimes as much as 128 + stepping into the ring. At the same time his foes were coming into the ring circa 115-118. Can you imagine what a ten pound advantage is at that weight?
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March 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
VIDEOTAPE OF “GREAT” FIGHT FOR YOUSan Francisco, CA- The stage was set. The grudge filled rivalry that is Mexico vs. Puerto Rico was in play here. In Lupe Pintor’s corner you will see WBC President Jose Sulaiman. Across the ring with champion Wilfredo Gomez was the great late Yamil Charde. Simply put, Yamil Charde was the Godfather of Puerto Rican boxing. The referee was the iconic Arthur Mercante Sr.
AMERICA’S VOICE OF BOXING, TV, MORE!
Introducing the fighters was the late Jimmy Lennon Sr. Being March 3, 1982, this was “old school” boxing at it’s best with Don King in his prime. Lennon Sr., a household face who appeared on countless television shows and feature films, his voice was pure Americana. Mr. Lennon, that’s what I called him, to everybody else he was just Jimmy, passed in 1992.
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March 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- We have talked about how Larry Holmes had a hard road to hoe in following Muhammad Ali. That being said, if there was ever a main event that could not live up to the semi-main, it was Thomas Hearns & Wilfred Benitez having to enter the ring after Wilfredo Gomez and Lupe Pintor. The exact date was December 3, 1982, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, with the wirehaired wonder Don King promoting this card at the Louisiana Superdome.
MEET LUPE PINTOR FOLKS
Before we get to the fight, let’s water the plant first. Lupe Pintor was a “rugged” Mexican fighter who went 12-1, 9 KOs in Mexico before coming to the Great Western Forum and meeting Albert Davila in February 1976. In a battle of bantamweights that would both go on to win World titles, Davila prevailed via unanimous decision.
INTER STABLE FIGHT WITH ZARATE
Losing a couple of decisions along the way, Pintor was matched with the great Carlos Zarate (54-1, 53 KOs, only loss to Gomez) in Las Vegas on June 3, 1978. I believe they were both managed by Cuyo Hernandez, and Zarate a top five P4P guy at the time was not going to re-sign with Hernandez. After 15 rounds, judges Harold Buck and Art Lurie both saw it 143-142 Pintor, while Bob Martin scored the fight, are you ready, 145-133 for Zarate. That’s 12-3 in rounds! Feeling he had been screwed, Carlos would retire and not fight again for seven years.
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November 27th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
ERIC MARTIN STORY FROM THE ARCHIVES!South San Francisco, CA- Six years ago this week or last, I literally ran into Eric “The Prince” Martin for the last time. Running through the streets of this little city, a community a few miles south of The City by The Bay, Eric turned the corner at Grand & Maple. He was leaving the Physique Magnifique boxing gym. We talked, nothing major, exchanged holiday wishes and the next thing I know “The Prince” is dead. One of the worst eaters I ever knew, especially from an athletic point of view, Eric preferred McDonald’s over a filet, and in the end that would lead to his death. A type 2 Diabetic, that and complications from a tooth extraction brought Eric’s life to an end December 23, 2007 at the age of 48.
CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF GREAT BOXER SANS CONNECTIONS
Eric’s record is less than impressive. At the same time, he fought seven world champions, none of whom could stop the former San Francisco Police Dept. recruit, who left the academy to fight professionally. On any given night, he could be the best “boxer” in the world. The problem with Eric was two-fold. 1. He was a a great boxer who lacked the ability (punch or mean spirit) to finish guys. 2. That being said, he couldn’t sell tickets and his manager, the late Bill Mateo was about as straight as San Francisco’s Lombard St. Loyal to an ignorant fault, Martin wouldn’t listen to those of us (he was (8-2) that knew the game and cared, thus he stayed with Mateo and instantly became an underpaid opponent.
DIDN’T CRY WHEN BILL DIED
I mentioned Eric had fought seven guys who claimed world titles. Eric made the boxing world take note when he all but bi*ch slapped future World champ Lupe Aquino (22-1, 16 KOs) on the Larry Holmes-Marvis Frazier card in 1983 that resulted in an absurd draw. Not impressive physically, but always in shape, Eric needed four rounds to make the “house” judges realize he was in the fight, let alone winning it! Mateo, who died in 2005 from a heart attack, really had little regard for Eric, and like a guy in love with a crack addict, Martin put up with Mateo to a point where I might have wanted to end the manager’s life.
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October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SECOND AND FINAL INSTALLMENT
San Francisco, CA- In Part I, I took you through the maze of bull s*it that led up to the October 2, 1980 match between unbeaten heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali. The morning of the fight, the Godfather of all boxing writers, Jack Fiske is milling about the lobby of Caesars Palace. Also working the circular bar in the lobby (fight headquarters in those days) was press legend Dick Young when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis (and two very unassuming bodyguards) approached the Big Apple columnist.
CAESARS PALACE LOBBY BAR WAS PLACE TO BE
Although the bar was open to the public, the ambiance was such that it made like a private setting. For some reason, only the most fanatical of fans would unknowingly breach the invisible circle of privacy that surrounds celebrities. Joe Frazier was there, as was Ken Norton, Joe Louis in a wheelchair, (all three have now passed) this less than six months away from the April 1981 death of the “Brown Bomber.”
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October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 WAS DAY “THE FIGHTER” DIED IN ALI
San Francisco, CA- The overweight man you see with a mustache here is Muhammad Ali in the late summer of 1980. After a two year hiatus from boxing after besting Leon Spinks in a 1978 rematch, promoter Don King, only eight years into promoting, convinced Muhammad to come back and fight unbeaten World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. Actually, Ali didn’t need much convincing as DK was offering him $8 million reasons to fight again.
CHAMPION WAS SECOND FIDDLE HERE
A former sparring partner of Ali, Larry can be seen beating Ali up in a Deer Lake, PA training session in the movie, “Ali: Brains, Skill, & Guts,” taped in 1974 as Ali prepped for his “Rumble in The Jungle” with George Foreman. Holmes, AKA “The Easton Assassin” was 31 years young and 35-0, 26 KOs.
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December 3rd, 2011 By RingTalk
IS SOUTHPAW AUSTIN TROUT THE “KING SALMON” AT 154? BOBBY GUNN SILENCING CRITICS?
San Francisco, CA- There are plenty of fish in the 154 lb. world. Waiting for the winner of Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito is WBA champion Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KOs). Trout appeared on the most recent Saturday edition of “Ring Talk,” as did Bare Knuckle Boxing champ Bobby Gunn, MMA expert Matt Grizzle and boxing writer Kevin Perry.
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While you listen to Trout talk about Steroids, he hints that Saul Alvarez has been taking something. “He’s the only guy I know who’s head has grown.” Listen to Saturday show now! READ MORE…
December 3rd, 2011 By RingTalk
Salt Lake City, UT- Although I am a law student, I do not have the legal background of promoter Bob Arum. I do not attend Harvard Law School nor have I ever worked as a U.S Attorney. But that does not mean I am not able to identify a misstatement of legal doctrine when I see it. Bob Arum said that he believes Antonio Margarito has been held responsible for loading his handwraps based on a strict liability theory. That is to say, that because they were his hands being wrapped, people do not believe it matters whether he knew they were wrapped illegally or not.
IN A CIVIL COURT CASE
In strict liability cases, even if a defendant did not behave negligently or have tortious intent, they could still be held responsible based on the theory that they are strictly liable for what happened on their facility. Stict liability theory is frequently invoked in cases involving defective or dangerous products. Mr. Arum would be on much stronger legal ground if this were actually the theory under which Margarito was condemned. But, what has taken place has not even involved an impermissible presumption that he had intent, let alone the wholesale evisceration of intent as a requirement to establish his guilt.
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December 1st, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
REMEMBER “JUST ONE FIGHT PLEASE?”
San Francisco, CA- My intention was not to quote promoter Bob Arum here, but I just did. That we’ll discuss later. In the spy business the ‘ultimate’ is being poisoned by a foreign spy. In boxing, it’s somebody loading up their boxing gloves. I’ll make this short but sweet. Nobody is “jamming up” Antonio Margarito on his being caught with a plaster of Paris pad in an already wrapped hand in January 2009, and that they found one more identical block in his trainer Javier Capetillo’s possession, this while starting to wrap his other hand for a fight with Shane Mosley at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.NOT GOING TO REHASH ENTIRE STORY
After one year had come and gone, Margarito wanted his license reinstated. Both California & Nevada said they would not. So Bob Arum pitched his Antonio Margarito-Manny Pacquiao fight to Jerry Jones of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Jones got Antonio licensed in Texas. All it would have taken is a phone call from Jerry’s people, and the Texas Boxing Commission, the majority would have OK’d Margarito to fight in Jerry’s house. Once Jones got involved, it was a done deal. When people like Jones call you, think J.W. Ewing in his prime, he of the returning Dallas show on CBS TV, only 1,000 times as powerful in Dallas, and Jerry Jones is real.
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December 1st, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
CLOSE FIGHTS ON TAP FOR BOXING FANS
Friday, December 2, 2011SAP Arena, Manheim, Germany
Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, CA
(Showtime) Anthony Dirrell (23-0, 20 KOs) vs. Renan St. Juste (23-2-1, 15 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Dirrell 7-5. Upset possible here as computer disses Dirrell and heralds St. Justice. Not going near this one with any coinage!
Chris Avalos (19-1, 15 KOs) vs. Jhonatan Romero (19-0, 12 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Avalos/Romero Even odds!
Dover Downs Casino, Dover, DE
Amir Mansour (15-0, 11 KOs) vs. Epifanio Mendoza (32-12-1, 28 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Amir 4-1. Mendoza usually a “test” opponent. I think Amir passes here and am willing to throw $1,600 on favorite to win $400.
Route 66 Casino, Albuquerque, NM
Holly Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) vs. Anne Mathis (24-1, 21 KOs) (World women’s title) Odds/Prediction: READ MORE…
June 27th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When I asked Donny Lalonde, then the WBC light heavyweight (175 lbs) champion why he was willing to fight “Sugar Ray” Leonard at 168 lbs., a weight he hadn’t seen in a couple of years, he said at the San Francisco Airport Hilton Hotel, “That’s the only way Ray will fight me.” Now while I’m the first to recognize that Manny Pacquiao is a “great” fighter, and let me add there is no doubt that sans the Pacman there would little if any real interest in the fight game right now.
CATCH WEIGHT FIGHTS & THE 400 LB. GORILLA IN ROOM
That being said, the crap Ray pulled on both Donny Lalonde and then again Thomas Hearns (162) in their 1989 rematch that ended in a draw, a fight Ray would later all but admit he lost, is the same s*it Manny is pulling on opponents by having them fight at unnatural weights. Throw out the Antonio Margarito fight, although it was a catch weight of 150 lbs., this for a 154 lb. paper title, as Margarito was a limited brawler who may have won all of his major bouts with “loaded” gloves. But Pac insisted Miguel Cotto scale 145, and rumors have it he will ask his next foe, one Juan Manuel Marquez, a featherweight who unlike Manny never really grew out of the 126 lb. weight class to weigh between 143 and 145!
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June 19th, 2011 By Manny Caballero
Caguas P.R- NO! After what Antonio Margarito (pictured) was caught trying to do vs. Shane Mosley, fight with a ‘plaster of Paris’ blocks already loaded into one hand wrap. A couple of weeks ago the talk was Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) facing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0, 30 KOs) or a rematch with Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs). The bout that got the blessing from promoter Bob Arum was Chavez vs. Cotto. He even stated that Jr. would be a better challenge for Cotto rather then Margarito, he even said that Margarito’s trainer Robert Garcia told him that Margarito should retire and that Margarito eye will never be the same after his fight with Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) seeing Manny broke his orbital socket bone.
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June 14th, 2011 By Manny Caballero
6] Miguel Cotto, (36-2, 29 KOs) Born 10-29-1980 from Caguas held belts at 140, 147l, and currently is the WBA 154 lb. champion. My opinion is that noth of those two losses are questionable. But, like what I said about Tito Trinidad, he got back on the horse after losing was never the same. Biggest moment KO Kelson Pinto (24-2, 22 KOs) in a six round TKO to win 140lb title. Worst defeat was to Antonio “Margacheato” Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs). The loss to Manny Pacquiao, even Cotto was blown away by the strength he possessed late in the fight, he has never accused Pac of using Steroids or Blood Doping. That being said, Cotto can still move up the list.
7] Hector Camacho, (79-6-3, 38KOs) born in Bayamon P.R in May 1962, “Macho” held titles at 130, 135, & 140. At the beginning Puerto Rican’s had disdain for him. I remember when Wilfredo Gomez was facing the ever-so capable fellow Rican Juan La Porte (40-17, 22 KOs) for the 126 title in 1984. Seeing this was the second time two fellow islanders fought for a belt, thus it was considered taboo, Camacho was in the La Porte corner and Gomez was calling him out. Now he’s loved. Biggest moment was a shutout over 15 rounds of Jose Luis Ramirez (102-9, 82KOs), this in 1985 when Camacho was probably the best ‘pound for pound’ in boxing. Worst moment was being drubbed by Julio Cesar Chavez (107-6-2, 86KOs) in 1992.
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June 9th, 2011 By John Signorella
New York, NY – To even the most “die hard” fan, this forthcoming weekend mainly consists of unknown “up and comers” looking to do there thing and make some noise. On the bright side, the hunger and desperation instilled within such fighters in these type of affairs usually result formula for fireworks. Let’s take a chronological look at the line up.
ESPN STARTS THE FIRE
As per usual, the popular fight series “ESPN Friday Night Fights” kicks off the boxing weekend. Each installment of the decorated series features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week’s card showcases heavy handed record padded Puerto Rican charge Kenny Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) pitted against hapless scrapper and loser of three straight Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs) over 10 or less rounds of jr middleweight (154) combat at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY, Friday at 9 PM ET on ESPN 2.
SHOWTIME OWNS THE WEEKEND WITH TWIN DOUBLE HEADERS
The critically acclaimed series “Shobox” delivers two explosive cards this weekend. First up: power punching madman Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) takes on vastly experienced cruiserweight (200) journeyman Matt Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs) over 10 proposed rounds of throw down from the Chumash Casino & Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Televised action begins with talented bantamweight (118) Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KOs) taking on unbeaten pug Khabir Suleymanov (11-0, 5 KOs) Friday at 11 PM ET. Action continues the next day as undefeated ruthless banger Luis Orlando Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) looks for his 8th straight knockout READ MORE…
June 6th, 2011 By Professor Chuck Marby
Las Vegas, NV- If you even pretend to be a fight fan, you have seen the YouTube clip from Fight Camp 360 on the Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosely” where Mosely supposedly wants to quit, and his trainer Nazeem Richardson won’t let him.
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