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CAN SHUMENOV RETIRE BERNARD “POPS” HOPKINS?

April 18th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

TIME FOR HOPKINS TO FIND A NEW VOCATION

Bernard Hopkins needs "Just for Men"

Bernard Hopkins Owns “Just for Men”

Las Vegas, NV- It seems as if Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins has been around the boxing game forever. With multiple championships in the 160 and 175 lb. divisions, the 49-year old current IBF light heavyweight champion (175) faces once beaten WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing. The Kazakhstan native’s short resume is deceiving as the current WBA beltholder won his title in his 10th professional fight, a Split Decision 12 over slick southpaw Gabriel Campillo in a rematch in 2010. He has defended that title five times but has had large gaps on inactivity. If Hopkins is truly slipping at 49, Shumenov has the busy punching style to send Bernard reeling into a long overdue retirement.

HOPKINS IS ALMOST 20 YEARS HIS SENIOR

The opinion of our Ringtalk radio host Pedro Fernandez, and HBO godfather Larry Merchant who aired on Ring Talk radio a few weeks ago is that “Popkins”(as he will be referred to here) ability to fight at the elite level at such an advanced age is an indictment on the level of boxing talent today in the division or lack thereof. Shumenov must not only win this bout, but do so in such a decisive manner to rid boxing of the “ancient” Philadelphia native. Hopkins has never been stopped in 64 fights. A definitive and conclusive win will put the Kazakh in the drivers seat for a potential unification showdown with WBC and lineal champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs), who must prevail in his Showtime debut May 24th.

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WHAT DOES MANNY PACQUIAO VICTORY MEAN?

April 17th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods

MANNY PACQUIAO HAS DECISIONS TO MAKE

Manny "What Do I Do" Pacquiao

Manny “What Do I Do” Pacquiao


New York, NY- Newly crowned WBO welterweight (147 lb.) champ Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) clearly defeated Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) this past weekend and has placed himself back in the boxing mix. But will this win have significant implications in Manny’s remaining career? It could, but what matters most is what Manny chooses to do next. Although there aren’t any obvious strides in making a Floyd Mayweather bout, now does appear to be the best time for Manny to cash one more large check before he rides into the sunset. Is there really a point to do anything else?

BRADLEY LEFT TOOLS AT HOME

Tim Bradley was not a betting favorite but appeared determined and motivated enough to earn an undisputed victory over his rival. Although it was the right attitude, his methods proved to be flawed as he burnt himself out early looking to land a knockout punch, which is not something Bradley is known for. A better game plan would have been centered around boxing and out landing Manny, as Tim has the better defense and could have avoided additional punishment by playing it smart.

PACQUIAO BACK NEAR TOP OF ‘POUND FOR POUND’ LIST?

Some are speculating that Manny has now placed himself near the top of the ‘pound for pound’ lists. The Bradley win coupled with Andre Ward and Sergio Marinez’ inactivity, could conceivably place Manny at a top three to five slot in the minds of some. But given Martinez vs Miguel Cotto in June, the landscape could easily shift again shortly. For now, Manny can at the very least benefit from the perception that he’s still viable against the best in the division.

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GOLDEN BOY & FOX SPORTS CHI-TOWN FIGHT RESULTS

April 15th, 2014 By Jason B. Nava

FOX SPORTS & OSCAR DE LA HOYA DO CHICAGO

Ronny Rios-Andrew Cancio

Ronny Rios-Andrew Cancio


Chicago, IL- It was an exciting night with boxing at the UIC Pavilion and broadcast on Fox Sports. The main event was a barn burner, filled with back and forth action between jr. lightweights (130 lb.) Ronny Rios (23-0. 10 KOs) and Andrew Cancio (15-3-2, 11 KOs). The two men stood in a phone booth and exchanged punches like a pair of “boxing” robots which made each round difficult to score.

RIOS FOUGHT “REAL” SMART

Although Cancio appeared to be physically stronger and the harder puncher, it was Rios’ more intelligent inside fighting, sharper jab, footwork, and quicker combinations that allowed him to keep his undefeated record intact despite running out of gas in the final two rounds.

VICTOR LOOKED GOOD UNTIL GASSING!

The cards read 97-93 (twice) and 96-94 all in his favor. 

“I’m not gonna lie, he did have a hard punch,” Rios admitted to reporters afterwards. “At first I felt like he was timid a little bit, like he wasn’t swinging on his punches and then I thought the first 8 rounds I thought I was winning clearly then I let him back into the late rounds. In like the 8th, 9th, 10th, that’s when I thought I let it get closer than what it should be.” 



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LISTEN RING TALK BOXING HOUR & PACQUIAO-BRADLEY REVIEW!

April 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao

Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured a Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley review with writer Kevin Perry who had picked Manny to beat Bradley.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29+ YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to Pacquiao-Bradley post fight and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button. If you are on a mobile device, try clicking link here to listen to podcast. If you are having issues please leave a comment. http://www.sportsbyline.com/broadcast/RingTalk/RT_041214.mp3

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MANNY PACQUIAO DOMINATES TIM BRADLEY

April 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

MANNY PACQUIAO SHAKES GHOST OF TIM BRADLEY

Pacquiao Out Punching Bradley

Pacquiao Out Punching Bradley


San Francisco, CA- It was a night where “smoke & mirrors” were at work. First up, we need to recognize Manny Pacquiao dominating Tim Bradley with two 116-112 (8-4 rounds) scorecards and a 118-110 (10-2) tally. In just about every manner of pugilistic measure, Manny Pacquiao was a better fighter than Tim Bradley. Outside of that, it wasn’t Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns, but Manny clearly landed more telling punches than Bradley.

WHAT DOES BEATING BRADLEY SET UP?

With a record of 56-5-2, 38 KOs, Congressman Manny Pacquiao appears to be out of super fights unless you consider he and Juan Manuel Marquez for the 19th rime. Speaking of, JMM may have bitten off too much with a May fight with Mike Alvarado (time for a low back injury). Now I realize the brains at Top Rank think this is a winnable fight for Marquez, I’m not so sure he doesn’t get out boxed by the Colorado fighter. Were he to lose, Marquez vs Pacquiao would not have the market value it does would today.

SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT ANOTHER MARQUEZ FIGHT

From a fan’s perspective, should Juan win they need to make the 19th Pacquiao fight while it still smells like Downy treated clothes and not a used sock. As for Bradley, now 31-1, 12 KOs, that thumping Ruslan Provodnikov put on him is telling. Working behind some type of “mental block” Tim failed to really do anything but clown around defensively as if he were Roberto Duran, when the reality is that Tim was only in this fight because he got a gift the first time and beat Provodnikov on the official scorecards, but NOT the Neurological ones.

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LISTEN NOW RING TALK PAC-BRADLEY PREVIEW WITH PACMAN

April 12th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley

END OF PACQUIAO OR BRADLEY RUN AT HAND?

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured a Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao preview with writer Jarrad Woods backing Bradley and web czar Kevin Perry being of the opinion that Manny wins. We’ve also got some Manny Pacquiao audio.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29+ YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to the Pacquiao-Bradley preview and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

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LISTEN: LARRY MERCHANT ON RING TALK RADIO!

April 9th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

Mayweather vs Merchant

Mayweather vs Merchant

BROADCAST LEGEND MERCHANT DOES RING TALK

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured Hall of Fame journalist Larry Merchant. The ex-HBO Godfather talks about Deontay Wilder and how alik Scott was “Iffy.” Larry also answered this, “Is Bernard Hopkins having a title at 49, is that an indictment of the talent in boxing today? Listen and hear the great one’s response.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29 YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to Larry Merchant and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

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IF PACQUIAO BEATS BRADLEY, IS FLOYD NEXT?

April 7th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

INTERESTING VIDEO FROM A FEW YEARS BACK

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DON KING 40 YEARS AFTER RUMBLE IN JUNGLE

April 7th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Don King & Ali

Don King & Ali

KING STILL STANDING FOUR DECADES AFTER “RUMBLE”

San Francisco, CA- The English language could explain this no simpler. Ether you like Don King or you don’t. Having always found a way to pierce his shield, I used to love to challenge the guy his peeps used to refer to simply as “DK.” Now in his 82 turn of the Roman Calender, I simply call him Don. The Donald has been promoting fights since 1974 and the “Rumble In The Jungle” aka Muhammad Ali-George Foreman.

DON’S INITIAL PROMOTIONAL FORAY WAS BIG!Ali In Zaire

King who had had a piece of Earnie Shavers after doing his first wooing of a fighter when he wooed the hardest puncher in boxing history away from fellow Cleveland native Don Elbaum. But as a promoter, that cherry was popped with Ali-Foreman in Zaire, Africa. Don had gotten a reported $10 million for a site fee from President Mabutu who had great hopes of his country becoming the next French Riviera in tourism and that this fight would bring it priceless worldwide media exposure.

ZAIRE WAS A JUNGLE FOR SURE

But it wasn’t peaches and cream in Zaire leading up to the September 1974 match for a 24-year old Foreman as George was hated by the locals. His having a number of German Shepard dogs, a trait locals could only tie to the slave owners started George down the path of being the heel (bad guy) in this promotion.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS STORY ON BRAIN INJURIES IN MMA HAS HOLES

April 2nd, 2014 By Kevin Perry

INDEPENDENT STUDY ALLEGES THAT BRAIN INJURY RISK EXCEEDS THAT OF BOXING.

http://espn.go.com/mma/story/_/id/10690370/study-shows-mma-brain-injury-risk-higher-boxing

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DOES SERGEY KOVALOV HAVE THE GOODS?

April 1st, 2014 By Jarrad Woods

KOVALOV HYPE TRAIN REACHING PRE-BOARDING CAPACITY

Sergey Kovalov Out Classes Cedric Agnew

Sergey Kovalov-Cedric Agnew


New York, NY- WBO king Sergey Kovalev (24-0 22 KOs) did what was expected over the weekend and stopped a game but limited Cedric Agnew (26-1 13 KOs) in 7 rounds. This victory has lead to speculation by some that Kovalev is primed to go on a rampage through the light heavyweight (175 lb) division without taking names. Although Kovalev is a great puncher and a solid fighter, it’s likely that anyone on his bandwagon might only be on for a short ride for he still has more to prove.

RESUME OF RUSSIAN LACKING THUS FAR

By taking a close look at Kovalev resume, there isn’t much, besides KO power to suggest that he’s the best fighter at 175. The UBF’s ancient Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2 32 KOs), WBA guy Beibut Shumanov (14-1 9 KOs) and WBC (linear) champ Adonis Stevenson (23-1 20 KOs) are all threats who possess arguably better talent and with the exception of Shumanov, certainly have better resumes. So although Kovalev is a likeable and entertaining fighter, he’s currently more hype than substance considering whom he’s actually beaten. If guys like Tavoris Cloud, Chad Dawson, Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal are available, defeating the likes of a couple of them will add REAL credence to Kovalev’s record.

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LISTEN TO PROMOTER DON KING “UNPLUGGED” ON RING TALK

April 1st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

DON KING ON FIRE, HIS 40 YEARS & MUCH MORE

Don "Unplugged" King

Don “Unplugged” King

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured the “World’s Greatest Promoter” Mr. Don King himself. Don was incredible in this totally “Unplugged” as he talked Sivern-Arreola, Affordable Health Care, Women, Civil Rights and some more boxing.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29 YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to promoter Don King and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

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BOXING MANAGER MARLON SULLIVAN POPPED IN MURDER PLOT

March 30th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

SULLIVAN MURDER FOR HIRE: “I GOT A HUNDRED NIGGAS”

New Jersey Mugshot of Marlon Sullivan

New Jersey Mugshot of Marlon Sullivan


San Francisco, CA- Let me preface this with I’ve voted for the now all but defrocked California Senator Leland Yee, who this week was indicted by a San Francisco Federal Grand Jury for a slew of charges that included payoffs and smuggling large arms with the intent of overthrowing the Philippine Government. On Yee, when I
Reputed Mobster & Chinatown Godfather Ray "Shrimp Boy" Chow

Reputed Godfather Ray “Shrimp Boy” Chow

called his office with a problem it got done. Attached to the Lee case is one Marlon Sullivan, a San Francisco based Agent for a number of NFL players and jr. welterweight contender Karim Mayfield.

SULLIVAN NABBED IN JERSEY BUYING COKE

According to NJ.com the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force worked with the FBI and arrested 29-year-old Marlon Sullivan Monday morning while trying to buy 10 kilos of Colombian Dust (cocaine) from undercover FBI agents for $275,000. FBI Agents had Sullivan go to New Jersey and buy the drugs. Sullivan was going to stay in New Jersey and go to the Karim Mayfield fight some five days after his unexpected arrest. Held sans any bail or bond, Sullivan is awaiting extradition to California.

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SERGEY KOVALOV-CEDRIC AGNEW HBO REPORT

March 30th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

DULORME BESTS MAYFIELD IN HBO DIME

Still Unbeaten Sergey Kovalov

Still Unbeaten Sergey Kovalov

San Francisco, CA- If you were a friend or fan of Karim Mayfield, of which I am both, you had to be disappointed in that Karim gassed early against Thomas Dulorme. When you are the smaller fighter (see Joe Frazier) you have to be in condition to make the fight for 10 rounds. Instead Karim stayed on the outside early on and got rocked by the lanky Puerto Rican in the opener.

SAN FRANCISCAN LACKED “REAL” FIRE

Mayfield would bounce back in round 3 as if he were fighting according to a blueprint drawn in the gym. With only one fight in 2013, inactivity was going to be a problem I anticipated for the native San Franciscan. Down the stretch Karim would acquit himself and still not do enough to win some close rounds. At the end I thought it was a clear 6-4 or 96-94 for Dulorme who moves to 22-1, 14 KOs. Officially it went 98-92, 97-94 & 96-93 for the Puerto Rican Dulorme. Mayfield loses for the first time and is 18-1-1, 11 KOs.

SERGEY KOVALOV FAILS TO LOSE A ROUND

Let me start this off with any fighter who wears wrestling shoes in the ring to box is doing themselves a disservice. This has been confirmed time and again as wrestling shoes are made to put your weight on your heel, while a designed boxing shoe is all about digging your toes in the canvas when you punch.

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JC CHAVEZ-MELDRICK TAYLOR FIGHT 24 YEARS LATER

March 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

ONE SCARY NIGHT IN NORTH LAS VEGAS

Chavez-Taylor I

Chavez-Taylor I


San Francisco, CA- Having found there to be a shortage of Mexicans the night prior to Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor I, I ventured to North Las Vegas for Chavez fans on Friday night March 16, 1990. Even though this match was sold out, the fact there wasn’t a Chavez following in the lobby of the host hotel, the Las Vegas Hilton, was to me unusual. The trip to North Las Vegas was one that I’ll always remember. Upon entering this bar the cabby dropped me off at, I noticed fresh blood just outside the front door.

DON’T SAY CHAVEZ HAD ONE LOSS COVERED UP!

After conversing in broken Spanglish, I bought a couple of guys a beer as we discussed Julio Cesar Chavez, the so-called greatest Mexican fighter in history. Going through the Chavez resume, which at the time stood at 68 & ZIP was easy. But there was the fight in JC’s hometown of Culican, Mexico, a city controlled by Coke traffickers in which Chavez was disqualified and I’m told and the commission is said to have changed the result the next day. Remembering that puddle of blood at the bar’s entrance, I let my hosts tell Chavez history in their own way before backing out of the joint.

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