WEIGHTS, HONESTY, BOXING 2015, AL HAYMON

DECLINE IN PPV BOXING GOOD OR BAD?

Roy Jones Again KO'd Brutally

Roy Jones Again KO’d Brutally


San Francisco, CA– Throughout the decades of prizefighting since the the Marquess of Queensbury rules were applied, because of the various weight limits, boxing was obviously one of the fairest of competitions. But when the “house” fighter shows up 11 lbs., yes Omar Figueroa was 11 lbs. over at the weigh in for Antonio DeMarco, you knew this could only be boxing in Texas, where there really are no rules.

ALL THREE 2015 BOXING PPV BROADCASTS….SUCKED..

The three big Pay Per Vier offerings of the year were the anti-climactic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao encounter, that Mayweather-Andre Berto yawn and the pedestrian Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto match. There were no knockdowns, nobody got staggered, these 36 stanzas were so lacking that not one round could be used as a “Trailer” to entice people/boxing fans in the same manner movies are introduced.

“KEEPIN’ IT REAL” WITH HAYMON

In his first full year, Al Haymon has put PBC cards on NBC, CBS, ESPN, FOX, BOUNCE TV, TRU TV, el al, and never once asked the fan to pay cash money to view boxing. If you watched the Haymon productions thus far, you could see he’s trying to get boxing back on the minds and in the mouths of Americans queer to the game. But it appears that Al has instead of cultivating new backers, he’s brought boxing fans (who hadn’t watched boxing in years) BACK into the fold by giving them TV on Network and various Cable Networks.

GONNA SINGLE OUT PBC “MATCHMAKING”

There were only two upsets of note in But thus far, it has been “Quantity over Quality” and his matchmaking, that is Al’s most glaring deficiency. I’m not implying he’s matching his “A” guys vs. “B” guys, but whomever is making the matches can’t seem to make “exciting” fights. Most of the time the records are close and rarely does an A fighter meet C- or D class opposition. But the excitement, where is the excitement?

GOOD MATCHMAKERS ENVISION THE FIGHT & IT’S POTENTIAL ENDINGS Read more

BOX NOTES: PACQUIAO-KHAN AND DURAN-BRONER?

SOME FANS & SCRIBES THINK BRONER IS BOXING GOD

Adrien "Still Got Problems" Broner

Adrien “Still Got Problems” Broner


San Francisco, CA– Today’s delusional fan would like you to believe that Roberto Duran, Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns and Adrian Broner, are on an even keel seing they all snagged gold rings in four different boxing weight divisions. To suggest that (31-2, 23 KOs) Broner, who stopped Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-2, 9 KOs) in round 12 of a WBA 140 lb. title tiff Saturday night on Showtime, be put in the same postal code as the aforementioned gladiators, is an indictment of the boxing game in 2015.

KHAN HAS PHYSICAL ADVANTAGES, MAYBE NOT MENTAL WITH MANNY

The talk of a Amir Khan-Manny Pacquiao bout is interesting in that it would pit rival promotional entities Top Rank (Team Pac) and Premier Boxing Champions (Team Khan). These two parties are at each other’s throat as Bob Arum and his Boxing Establishment are under siege as Haymon continues to stockpile talent.

TEENAGE PRODIGY KHAN HAS GREAT ABILITIES

Unfortunately Amir Khan, the great fistic technician that he is, the perception is he “cannot catch well.” That’s because Khan was KOd by Colombian banger Breidis Prescott and then World champion Danny Garcia. Truth be told, Khan was pushing his luck by straining to make 140 lbs., thus he was “never right” at jr. welterweight. Now as a welter (147), Amir has a chance to fight sans having to cut muscle to make weight.

AS PAC RUNS FOR SENATE, BOXING TO BE PHASED OUT

With Manny Pacquiao making more money than he can ever spend in the Floyd Mayweather loss, Pac is set. Once the fiercest flame in the boxing world, Manny’s heights have been reached and the flame has been reduced to a “pilot” light. His zenith was a period of time when people like Paulie Malignaggi labeled him a “cheat” and a user of Performance Enhancing Drugs. Regardless of Paulie’s claims, that peak, whether artificial or not, was better than three long years ago.

BOX NOTES: PACQUIAO-KHAN AND DURAN-BRONER

AL HAYMON BOXING NOT YET ANSWERING “DREAMS”

AL HAYMON BOXING” STILL NOT ONE YEAR OLD!
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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!

Pedro Fernandez

Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman and four-time Golden Gloves boxing champion, who also pens feature stories for the R & B band Tower of Power. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.

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AL HAYMON BOXING NOT YET ANSWERING “DREAMS”

FANS SUING PACQUIAO FOR FRAUD GET COURT DATE!

PACQUIAO MAY HAVE TO ANSWER (PAY?) FOR FIGHT FRAUD

Manny Pacquiao After Surgery & Check Clearing!

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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MANNY ASKED COMMISSION FOR “PAIN & STIFFNESS” SHOT Read more

EXCLUSIVE: FAKE WBC CHAMP RETURNS IN FIXED FIGHT

TOP RANK “FIGHT FIXING” FIGURE IN FIXED SATURDAY FIGHT

Jorge Kahwagi With Breast Implants

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.

OKLAHOMA REPORT LABELED GIBBONS “TOP BOXING CROOK”

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!

WHY TOP RANK DIDN’T GET POPPED FOR RICO ACT VIOLATIONS? Read more

KEITH THURMAN ON ESPN “SATURDAY”

“THRILLER” THURMAN IN PBC ESPN DEBUT

Keith Thurman

One of 21 Keith Thurman KO’s!


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.

DON’T EXPECT COLLAZO TO FOLD LIKE CHAIR Read more

BOB ARUM SUES AL HAYMON FOR FRAUD

    ESTABLISHMENT LAUNCHES FRIVOLOUS LAW SUIT
    Face of Boxing Establishment Bob Arum

    Face of Boxing Establishment Bob Arum

    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

    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.

    BOB SAYS AL PAYING “RIDICULOUS PURSES” Read more

WILDER, WALTERS & VERDEJO TOP BOXING RESULTS

SPIKE TV, HBO & SHOWTIME ALL HAD BOXING

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder


San Jose, CAAl 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.

QUESTIONS ARISE OVER WALTERS’ DEDICATION Read more

THE MUHAMMAD ALI-WILT CHAMBERLAIN FIGHT

FIGHT WOULD HAVE ECLIPSED ALL TV RECORDS

Ali-Chamberlain

Ali-Chamberlain


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.

ALI HAD THOUSANDS OF “LADY FRIENDS” AS WELL Read more

2015 MOST CRITICAL TIME IN BOXING HISTORY

CHANGE IS THE ENEMY OF “BOXING ESTABLISHMENT”

San Francisco, CAPremier 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

Smug Face of Boxing Establishment Bob Arum

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.

HAYMON BRINGS “CLEAN” MONEY INTO BOXING Read more

BOXING REBIRTH ON FREE TV THREATENED

“BOXING ESTABLISHMENT” PICKED YOUR POCKET

Al Haymon

Al Haymon


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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BOXER ERIC MARTIN TAKES ON SICILIAN MAFIA

ERIC MARTIN STORY FROM THE ARCHIVES!

Engels Pedroza-Carlos Padilla-Eric Martin

Engels Pedroza-Carlos Padilla-Eric Martin

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

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.

SEVEN CHAMPS FROM 140-160 & NONE COULD DROP/STOP ERIC Read more

PROMOTER BOB ARUM MAKES “WALL OF SHAME”

ARUM ON “WALL OF SHAME” SECOND TIME WITH PAC

Bob "Always Truthful" Arum

Bob “Always Truthful” Arum

Las Vegas, NVBob 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.

BOB NOW GETTING SUED WITH MANNY PACQUIAO Read more

MARK WAHLBERG JUST ONE MANNY PACQUIAO VICTIM

PACQUIAO SUED FOR FIGHT “FRAUD” IN TWO STATES!

God knows all, thus he allowed Manny to deceive people?

God allowed Manny Pacquiao to deceive people.


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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