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.
SEVEN CHAMPS FROM 140-160 & NONE COULD DROP/STOP ERIC READ MORE…
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.”
SQUARES AFFECTED THE BETTING LINE BIG! READ MORE…
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.
IN THE HOUSE PAY PER VIEW NOT YET HAPPENING READ MORE…
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.
LISTEN TO SATURDAY SHOW NOW, WILL AIR SPECIAL SUNDAY SHOW @ 2 PM PT!
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.
IN CRIMINAL COURT, IT’S “BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT” READ MORE…
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.
EVERYBODY INVOLVED WITH PACQUIAO-MARGA-CHEATO MADE MONEY READ MORE…
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!
PAC NEEDS TO TACKLE 400 LB. GORILLA IN RING, NOT COURT! READ MORE…
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.
THEY GOT CHAVEZ JR. A PAPER TITLE & NOW WANT PIMP HIS NAME! READ MORE…
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.
8] Alfredo ”Salsero” Escalera READ MORE…
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.
SHANE SHOWED FEAR PRIOR IN HIS USE OF PED DRUGS READ MORE…
June 5th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
MY TWO GOOD FRIENDS STARTED THIS READ MORE…
June 1st, 2011 By Sin City Richey
1915: Mike Glover W 12 Matt Wells, Boston. Wins World Welterweight Title.
1928: Tommy Loughran W 15 Pete Latzo, Brooklyn. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
1935: Baltazar Sangchili W 15 Panama Al Brown, Valencia, Spain. Wins World Bantamweight Title. Sangchili ends the 6-year reign of the 5’ 11” Brown.
1941: Dean Chance born.
1963: Willie Pastrano W 15 Harold Johnson, Las Vegas. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title.
1964: Vicente Saldivar W 10 Ismael Laguna, Tijuana, MX.
1966: Fighting Harada W 15 Eder Jofre, Tokyo. Retains World Bantamweight Title. READ MORE…
May 27th, 2011 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- Jr. welterweight (140 lb.) champ, Amir Khan (25-1 17 KOs) is currently one of the U.K.’s biggest boxing stars and is scheduled to fight on July 23rd. But he is currently without an opponent as his championship counterpart Timothy Bradley has dropped out of the Khan sweepstakes to pursue other options. Khan, didn’t look great in his last fight against the game European, Paul McCloskey and probably needs better opponents and performances if he wants to continue to build his star power. Currently, the biggest name on Amir’s resume is a much less than prime Marco Antonio Barrera, and that wasn’t without controversy. The bottom line is he could really benefit with some fresher competition.JUDAH’S FAST HANDS LOOK TO EXPOSE KHAN
Zab Judah (41-6 28 KOs) is a good choice as he has been engaging in an ongoing Twitter ‘beef’ with Khan and has indicated interest in facing Khan next. Judah knows that with Bradley out of the picture there are still options that Khan’s promotional company, Golden Boy are considering. They include Robert Guerrero and even the faded Erik Morales. But, even as both opponents are recognizable to fans, they honestly don’t pose the same threat or excitement as Judah. They are neither natural Jr. welterweights nor necessarily bigger live gate options than Zab. Morales is also coming off a loss to Marcos Maidana so it’s likely that team Khan is only looking at him as another soft touch.
NEW YORK VET WOULD BOOST KHAN’S STOCK VALUE READ MORE…