AL HAYMON BOXING” STILL NOT ONE YEAR OLD! San Francisco, CA– When Hall of Fame journalist Larry Merchant and I were last year discussing Premier Boxing Champions’ Al Haymon getting into boxing, I think we both looked at it as possibly a gift from the boxing Gods. Here was a Harvard educated man with a great reputation in music, willing to carve out a new niche out for himself by putting boxing on FREE TV again. What could be better for the “die hard” fight fans and the fledgling sport itself?
IT IS “BIG AL’S” WORLD RIGHT NOW
With Haymon becoming numero uno, I thought things would be different, when little has changed really. We thought, here is a supposedly honest man who has an affliction for fighters and boxing, as “Big Al,” who got into the game managing the late Vernon Forrest, was going to bring in lots of new people, he hasn’t.
PBC HAS WENT WITH “ESTABLISHMENT” TYPES
No, instead of “Big Al” bringing in new people to the game, he has instead hired publicists, et al, that have been tools of the “Boxing Establishment” for decades. How loyal will they be at the end of the day? In addition, PBC seemingly accepts associations with people that are not a credit to humanity, let alone boxing. When this subject is broached to Haymon’s right hand Sam Watson, he puts his hands over his ears.
AL HAYMON COULD BE ANDY GRIFFITH OF BOXING
So while I was hoping Al Haymon could step in and be the Sheriff Andy Taylor of boxing,, you know the guy that gets everything done without involving negative people. And while I still have hope, that just hasn’t yet panned out.
BOXING NEEDS TO BE “WASHED”
Al has the power, the money, and the influence to control boxing, but does the Harvard grad have the intestinal fortitude and wherewithal to clean it up as well? And does he want to? The jury is still out!
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PACQUIAO MAY HAVE TO ANSWER (PAY?) FOR FIGHT FRAUD
Manny Pacquiao After Surgery & Check Clearing!
San Francisco, CA– When Manny Pacquiao arrived at the MGM Grand to face Floyd Mayweather on May 2, it was expected that both he and Mayweather were in good enough health to give their all. At the same time, when people plucked down a record $100 to view the much anticipated scrap on Pay Per View, they too thought they were buying a match involving healthy two-armed fighters.
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TOP RANK “FIGHT FIXING” FIGURE IN FIXED SATURDAY FIGHT
Jorge Kahwagi Has Breast Implants
San Francisco, CA– While working with agents of and representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on “Fixed Fights Emanating From The Top Rank Offices,” my probe took me to Mexico and a WBC title fight involving reputed Mexican drug kingpin turned politico Jorge Kahwagi and American Dwayne Swift.
FILM OF “FIXED SATURDAY FIGHT” AT END OF STORY
Possessing hours of undercover tapes recorded by Justice Dept. and FBI Agents, plots and schemes to “steal” money from fighters were some of the topics bantered about by Top Rank corporate officers. This cast included two Top Rank Vice President’s in Bruce Trampler and Sean Gibbons.
TAPES OF TOP RANK “CORPORATE CORRUPTION”
On the tape, a number of Top Rank employees and executives are essentially eating popcorn at Top Rank as they played fixed fights back on videotape, all the while these Top Rank guys offer commentary on “fight fixing.” In one instance, Trampler, Gibbons, et al, elaborate about having a plastic surgeon cut the eye of Kahwagi’s opponent Duane Swift prior to their 2004 fight in order to make this reputed drug baron look like Superman.
KAHWAGI BACK 10 YEARS AFTER PEDRO “RETIRED” HIM!
On Saturday, Kahwagi who has served in the Mexican Congress, returned to the ring in Cebu City, Philippines. The foil was fellow Mexican import Ramon Olivas (13-4, 9 KOS), who succumbed to Kahwagi in a mere :57 seconds. By the way, Kahwagi spent five figures (US) of late on male breast implants (see pecs).
PROMOTER FERNANDO BELTRAN EXPORTED FIXED FIGHT
People in Mexico who know a little about Kahwagi realize he “couldn’t lick a stamp if you wet his tongue .” With the FBI probe, some Mexican journalists reaching out to me on Kahwagi back then, there is no way Kahwagi, even with all his money and power could have pulled off a “tanked” fight like you are about to see AGAIN in Mexico.
BOXING CROOK MAKES “GREAT” COMEBACK
After being jettisoned from the Top Rank plantation, Sean Gibbons, up to his ears in fixed fights, Cocaine deals and corruption in general, after having had his taped plans to fix fights and steal additional monies made public by yours truly, Arum fired him and Sean ended up working for a California Indian tribe.
This was after I went public with Gibbon’s crimes against boxing, which were detailed in a report by the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office on boxing corruption. To show you how Bob Arum is as dirty as a porta’ potty here, after all the documentation of Gibbons fixing fights, medical exams, drugs, etc., Bob Arum hired him back with a raise and promotion!
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San Francisco, CA– It what is expected to be a “competitive-mismatch,” unbeaten welterweight sensation Keith Thurman will appear on ESPN in a “stay busy” fight against the better than pedestrian Luis Collazo.
“COMPETITIVE-MISMATCH” NOT AN OXYMORON
As long as the fight lasts, Keith Thurman will be pocketing rounds and Collazo will be “trying” to win until all the fight is taken out of him and he realizes boxing is a young man’s game and Thurman has the edge both in age, nine years and a better skill set.
UNBEATEN WBA KING DUBBED “THE FUTURE”
With Al Haymon of Premier Boxing Champions calling the shots for the (25-0, 21 KOs) WBA welterweight (147 lb.) titleolder from Clearwater, FL, the 5-1 betting favorite has silenced any detractors through eight years and 25 professional fights.
San Francisco, CA– News source TMZ quoting Top Rank boxing promoter Bob Arum says Arum is accusing fellow Harvard alumni Al Haymon of “monopolizing and rigging” boxing.
SUIT “CONTRARY” TO FIGHTER’S FEELINGS?
According to the suit, Top Rank claims Haymon has been using unsavory tactics to monopolize the boxing industry, including illegally blocking fights, blocking venues and freezing out other promoters, including Top Rank and Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports company.
Al “Top Dog” Haymon
ARUM LIKE THOSE GAY WEDDING FOES!
Going after Haymon here sort of reminds me of the folks that tried to block Gay weddings and Health Care. In the end, they were rebuffed by the Supreme Court.
San Jose, CA– Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” had a Friday night show on Spike TV in which Erislandy Lara retained a portion of the WBA 154 lb. title by pitching a 12 round shutout over journeyman Delvin Rodriquez. As is the case with Lara most of the time, he wins convincingly, but not on a level that anybody can call, “Entertaining.” The only real excitement came in round six when the Cuban national dropped Rodriquez in route to a 120-107 margin on all three cards.
CUBAN HAS RIGHT PITCH MAN IN LOUIS DE CUBAS SR.
Lara can boast a 22-2-2, 12 KOs record, but does mean anything at all when the fighter is dull and dreary? Lara called out everybody afterwards with the exception of Larry Holmes. With the WBA belt, Lara might make some real money, but in all likelihood it would be as an “opponent” with a title belt.
WALTERS FALLS SHORT ON WEIGHT, GETS NON-TITLE WIN
Nicolas Walters is no longer the WBA featherweight (titleholder) as he couldn’t make the 126 lb. limit and was stripped of his stile at the weigh in. Although he would go on to handily beat Miguel Mariaga (22-1, 14 KOs). The fact Walters couldn’t make weight while on the verge of becoming a significant player is not a positive sign.
San Francisco, CA– This photograph was part of the build up of the 1971 fight between then ex-champion Muhammad Ali and Wilt “The Stilt” Chamberlain. The event would be held in July 1971 at the Houston Astrodome and according to those involved, it was a “done” deal.
CHAMBERLAIN A 7′ FOOT “SEXUAL MONSTER”
The NBA legend wrote a book a claim to have bedded 10,000 women. And while some scoffed at those numbers, myself included, until I met Mark in 1992, who unlike Chamberlain who traveled from city to city for decades, had over 5,000 sexual encounters living in one place.
SEVEN FOOT BLACK MAN RARE SEXUAL COMMODITY
Knowing many musicians and athletes, guys that live on the road, some had a girlfriend or two, or three, in each city. That being said, I’ve recalculated my opinion on Wilt’s numbers and tend to think they were at least close to legit. I’ve also found out that his NBA nickname, “Wilt The Stilt” wasn’t necessarily about height.
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San Francisco, CA– Premier Boxing Champions and their leader Al Haymon continue to change boxing as we’ve known it since the Mafia lost it’s stranglehold with the jailing of Blinky Palermo and Frankie Carbo in the 60s. Within a few years boxing went from Mob control to that of a former United States Attorney and Harvard grad in promoter Bob Arum.
SINCE 1965 ARUM #1, 2 OR 3!
Bob Arum and his Top Rank firm promoted epic events, too many to list. With no real competition until the promotional birth of Don King in 1974, Arum and King have both worked together, sued one another, even had a physical altercation at Ray Leonard-Marvin
Face of Boxing Establishment Bob Arum
Hagler as I witnessed Bob deny Don access to the ring prior to the decision being announced.
AFTER 50 YEARS BOXING NEEDS “FACE LIFT”
Sans going into a screed on the pros and cons of Mr. Arum who has: 1) Admitted to Felonies, including Conspiracy, Bribery, Money Laundering. 2) Told Media, “Yesterday I was lying, today I’m telling the truth.” 3) In the biggest fight in history, co-promioter Arum was aware of the fact that an MRI taken a fortnight before Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao REVEALED that his guy Pacquiao had a “SEVERELY torn right rotator cuff muscle.” Suffice to say these actions are indicative of the need to change the smug face of the Boxing Establishment.
San Francisco, CA– The sport of boxing has been missing from the TV Guide of the American masses for almost a quarter century. While there are a plethora of reasons why boxing could not get on Network TV, the bottom line is the “Boxing Establishment,” which can easily be described as the games’s top 2% greatly flourished in a time when it’s audience was significantly shrinking.
NO NETWORK TV “INTENTIONAL” BY ARUM, ET AL?
Stop scratching your head and I’ll take you down the road of greed that kept the sport from Network TV and why people like promoters Bob Arum, Don King, et al, really didn’t care whether they had Network TV or not because they were pocketing millions on Pay Per View.
ARUM DIDN’T GET BOXING BACK ON FREE TV
Again, if you’re making hundreds of millions of dollars serving a minuscule percentage of the US population, why would Arum and company need to reach out to the masses? They didn’t need to and apparently didn’t want to put boxing on Network TV because “the boxing establishment” was getting fatter than the late Cedric Kushner in the 1980s sans any Network or free TV.
HAYMON & ARUM HAVE BITTER DIFFERENCES
Al Haymon and Bob Arum are Harvard graduates. That is where the comparisons stop. Haymon is a Black entrepreneur who made money promoting musical acts. Arum is a White ex-US Attorney General and admitted Felon who made his money in boxing and wedlock.
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South San Francisco, CA– While jogging weeks before his death, 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 where he was the “House” trainer. We talked, nothing major, exchanged wishes and the next thing I know “The Prince” is dead.
“SUPER SIZE ME” DIET KILLED “THE PRINCE”
One of the worst eaters I ever knew, especially from an athletic point of view, Eric preferred McDonald’s hands down 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
Uncrowned Champ Eric Martin
Eric’s record is less than impressive. At the same time, he fought seven world champions, none of whom could stop or drop the former San Francisco Police Dept. recruit who left the academy to fight professionally. On any given night, he could be and or beat the best “boxer” in the world. The problem with Eric was two-fold. 1. He was a great boxer who lacked the ability (punch or mean spirit) to finish guys. 2. That being said, Eric couldn’t sell tickets and his manager, the late Bill Mateo was about as straight as San Francisco’s Lombard St.
ERIC WAS PIMPED BY THEN MANAGER
Loyal to an ignorant fault, Martin wouldn’t listen to those of us that knew the game and cared, thus he stayed with Mateo and instantly became an underpaid opponent who would go anywhere and fight.
DIDN’T CRY WHEN BILL DIED
I mentioned Martin 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, resulting 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 role, if not his life.
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CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST ON DAVID A. AVILA San Francisco, CA– About ten years ago I got a hold of the Balco Laboratories Grand Jury transcripts. Balco, what’s Balco? That was the Burlingame, CA firm run by convicted millionaire Felon Victor Conte that supplied Performance Enhancing Drugs to athletes such as Olympic Gold Medalist Marion Jones, NFL’s Bill Romanowski and a number of MLB players that included home run king Barry Bonds. Jones was stripped of her Olympic medals and records in a number of Track & Field events. Bonds was essentially banished from baseball when the SF Giants let him go and no other MLB team showed any interest.
David. A. Avila
MOSLEY ON STEROIDS IN OSCAR REMATCH
Another athlete that testified before the San Francisco Federal Grand Jury was boxer Shane Mosley. Subpoenaed by the Justice Dept., the Pomona, CA native and former heralded lightweight (135 lb.) and welterweight (147) king admitted to using undetectable Anabolic Steroids dubbed “The Clear” & “The Creme.”
TOOK FOUR YEARS FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MENTION
Mosley’s testimony was NEVER reported by another news provider, be it newspaper, radio, magazine, TV news, people whom I assumed had access to the transcripts never mentioned Mosley and Steroids until Sports Illustrated. Having hinted for weeks at what I had, it was clear, like Operation Matchbox I was running solo. Thinking something like this might get you a phone call from the Boxing Writers of America, but no as they are part of The Boxing Establishment.
FACTS DAVID A. AVILA IGNORED
1) Shane Mosley had been ordered to testify here in San Francisco and granted immunity provided he were totally truthful. 2) Under oath Mosley admitted to using banned Anabolic Steroids and EPO (blood doping) provided by Conte. 3) During an investigation, Shane Mosley lied in writing and through his attorney when telling the Nevada State Athletic Commission he had taken NO Performance Enhancing Drugs when they asked. (Shane admitted in 2009 that he did just that in a video posted below.) 4) His urine test was “destroyed” by reps of the Nevada Commission shortly after the Oscar De La Hoya rematch of 2004. 5) Mosley even “beat the machine” as the future Hall of Famer was given a Lie Detector (Polygraph) test arranged by his attorney Judd Burstein and according to the results, the Lie Detector said Mosley was telling the truth in his denial of illegal drug usage, SOMETHING which he admitted to later under oath.
MOSLEY ADMITS STEROIDS & EPO ON VIDEOTAPE
A tit for tat lawsuit with the aforementioned Victor Conte forced Mosley to testify in 2009. In this videotaped deposition, Mosley admits to taking Anabolic Steroids, EPO and get this, he also acknowledged knowing EXACTLY what he was taking before he took it.
MGM GRAND AND GARY SHAW SNATCH PRESS CREDENTIAL
Mosley’s now ex-wife Jin “Ching-Ching” Mosley went to the MGM Grand’s Scott Ghertener and promoter Gary Shaw. On fight day, the press credentials for myself and Favio Flores were pulled for the Mosley-Winky Wright fight.
MOSLEY’S USE AVILA LIKE ATTACK HAMSTER!
A short time later, writer David Avila wrote a scathing story where both Mrs. Mosley and Shane’s father Jack Mosley called me everything but my name. They said not only that was I wrong, but that I was making the Grand Jury admissions up. Like a real journalist, (sic) Avila ate this crap up like popcorn at a movie, not realizing who had bought said popcorn.
AVILA’S PUTRID FAILURES AS JOURNALIST
Taking everything the Mosley’s said as gospel, Avila vilified and trashed me. But the reality is that everything I said or printed, turned out to be true as #’s 1-5 above clearly illustrate. But did David Avila ever print a retraction? Did he ever admit to being punked by the Mosley’s? No, like the people that stick by the JFK story that Oswald acted alone, Avila never bothered to look or investigate BEYOND ANYTHING the Mosley’s said.
DAVID A. AVILA TO “BOYCOTT” AL HAYMON SHOWS
Recently, I read that Avila was whining because he did not get a Press Credential for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight. He took it to the masses, voicing how he was so wronged. Ms. Avila, to call you a horrid failure as a journalist is not sufficient. You are a tool of the Boxing Establishment that was used to try and kill the messenger.
FAILED EVERY ASPECT OF JOURNALISTIC ETHICS
Never bothering to check the facts, David Avila failed to practice the most primitive of teachings learned in journalism. Having stated that my sources were aligned with the San Francisco Chronicle, this after writers Mark F. Wada and Lance Williams broke the Balco story before penning “Game Of Shadows.” They had the Mosley evidence only they didn’t use it.
CAN YOU BELIEVE DAVID AVILA?
Recently writing for the SweetScience.com, Avila could have picked up the phone and I would have read the Mosley testimony to him. But he didn’t care as long as this whining little bitch had access to Mosley, got his press credentials and post fight hot dogs. In closing, I don’t think David A. Avila was unwillingly punked by the Mosley’s, for he soon knew that bold out right lies were written under his byline and did nada. In closing, Avila is what he is, a weak tool who somebody bought a computer and thus David A. Avila became a urinal-ist.
WATCH/LISTEN AS MOSLEY ADMITS TO STEROIDS
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Las Vegas, NV– Bob Arum is the most powerful man in boxing! As the man behind the Top Rank promotional firm, Arum, a Harvard graduate in the late 1950s, became a United States Attorney under then Attorney General Robert Kennedy. While collecting tax money from a Sonny Liston heavyweight title defense circa 1962, Arum was bitten by the boxing bug. After the assassination of President John Kennedy, Arum felt the need to resign his position with the “G” and became a boxing promoter.
THIS “QUOTE” ON ARUM’S TOMBSTONE!
With Muhammad Ali his first client, Arum has been involved in big fights since the mid 1960s. His most famous quote is, “Yesterday I was lying, but today I’m telling the truth.”
MET WITH & SENT BRIBE MONEY TO LEE
In the mid 1990s, Arum committed a host of Felonies when he admittedly gave then IBF President Bob Lee over $100,000 as a “bribe” to allow George Foreman, then heavyweight champ, to fight Axel Schultz instead of a top contender. He accomplished this by laundering the money through Europe with then booking agent Stan Hoffman. Shortly thereafter, Arum admitted such in a US Dept. of Justice affidavit that was published here at RingTalk.com. The fallout saw Arum fined in a number of states, while unable to promote in Arizona.
San Francisco, CA– The plot thickens as more people band together to sue Manny Pacquiao over his entering a ring Saturday with Floyd Mayweather with only one arm. His NOT telling anybody, most notably the governing Nevada State Athletic Commission, that he had a severely torn right (shoulder) rotator cuff muscle is criminal in my mind!
CHANCE OF VICTORY “SLIM & NONE”
Going in, most people not drinking the Pinoy’s Kool Aid realized that a finely tuned and in condition Manny Pacquiao, in other words at his absolute best, was in an uphill battle with Mayweather, considered the far more skilled of the pair. Like Don King said, “His chances are Slim & none, and Slim just left town.”
HOOKS NEAR IMPOSSIBLE WITH SHOULDER CUFF TEAR
An MRI taken a fortnight ago revealed to Team Pacquiao (led by Freddie Roach) the severe tear on the (rotator cuff muscle) right shoulder of the Filipino. Pacquiao, a southpaw (left hander) utilizes the right hand to jab and throw hooks, a punch that requires the shoulder to throw an arching roundhouse (sort of) punch.
MANNY PACQUIAO LEFT TWO OF THREE WEAPONS IN LOS ANGELES
Normally, Manny Pacquiao throws double, sometimes triple jabs. His right jab, even if used to set up a left cross or gauge distance, is something Pac did not have. The right hooks that he utilized with skill and power prior were not part of Manny’s arsenal Saturday night.
THAT LEAVES MANNY WITH ONE HAND/WEAPON
All Manny had at 100 % was the left cross. Do you think celeb Mark Wahlberg, who bet $250,000 on Manny Pacquiao with Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy, P Diddy), do you think he would have wagered a quarter of a million dollars if he’d known of Pacquiao’s severely torn Rotator Cuff muscle? Can I get a resounding, “Hell No.”
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San Francisco, CA– A trainer or owner would not have entered a three-legged horse in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. And yet, in boxing’s version of the Kentucky Derby, Manny Pacquiao was just that a three-legged horse and the fact trainer Freddie Roach and company kept this under wraps after a Los Angles MRI seven days prior revealed such, to me this is nothing short of “Fight Fixing” and “Fraud.”
GOD’S CHILD PACQUIAO DECEIVED THE WORLD
Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran are the first of what could be thousands of plaintiffs, conceivably millions of people were duped into thinking Pacquiao was going to fight Mayweather in good physical condition. The plaintiffs feel that anyone who bought tickets, forked out pay per view fees or bet on the fight were deceived as the defendants “knew and had full knowledge and information that defendant Pacquiao had been seriously injured and was suffering from a torn rotator cuff.”
CONSPIRACY & FIGHT FIXING CHARGES APPLICABLE?
There were a group of individuals that knew Pacquiao had a “severe” injury to the jab and hooking arm, his right. Having had a slight tear, I know I had problems picking up a soda before I rehabbed the shoulder sans surgery. But the tear to Manny’s shoulder is so severe that surgery will keep him on the shelf for a year.
San Francisco, CA– With “The Fight” days away, the weekend prior to the mega event offered up one surprise in that Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) took the WBC 168 lb. strap from Anthony “Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) via Majority Decision 12. Simply put, the relatively unknown to some, a Black Swede forced the fight from the start until the end. Scores at ringside Hubert Minn 116-112, Rey Danseco 115-113 and Robert Hecko 114-114. As for Jack, a “work in progress,” he wants George Groves in the UK.
KLITSCHKO WINS AGAIN
Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) defended the World heavyweight title for the 19th time with a UD 12 over Bryant Jennings (19-1-1. 12 KOs) with the cards reading Max DeLuca 118-109, Steve Weisfeld 116-111, Robin Taylor 116-111. Giant Gypsy Tyson Fury is next as the fight goes to purse bids within 180 days…
CANCER KILLER PREVAILS
Now 29-1, 26 KOs, Daniel Jacobs, who has beaten Cancer, TKO 12 Caleb Truax (25-2-2, 15 KOs) in a WBA middleweight (160 lb.) contest (You thought “Triple G” was champ, right?)