December 18th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young
LYOTO MACHIDA ON FOX SPORTS 1 SATURDAY
BARAO CAN MAKE 135 IN BRAZIL?
Renan Barao (32-2, 1 NC), recently considered one of the best fighters in the world, is on his own road to redemption after losing his title in embarrassing fashion to T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) this May, and then failing to make weight for a schedule rematch in August. Mitch Gagnon (12-2) does not look like much of a threat to Barao on paper, but it is difficult to determine which version of Renan will show up. If the version that was brutally beaten by Dillashaw en route to a 5th round TKO loss shows up, Barao may be in trouble.
CORMIER’S RAGDOLL CUMMINS RETURNS
Patrick Cummins (6-1) was thrown around the octagon effortlessly and TKO’d in just 1:19 by Daniel Cormier in his fight UFC fight, but the light heavyweight (205) has rebounded by winning two straight, including a UD 3 over Kyle Kingsbury (11-6, 1 NC). Antonio Carlos, Jr. (4-0) should taste defeat for the first time on Saturday, courtesy of Kingsbury. Preceding this bout will be a matchup between lightweights (155) Rashid Magomedov (17-1) and Elias Silverio (11-0) that seems to favor the Russian.
SPOTTY SILVA ATTEMPTS TO RIGHT THE SHIP READ MORE…
December 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
“TURD OF THE YEAR” CHOICE UNANIMOUS
AND YOU KEEP BUYING FLOYD’S BULL SPIT
If Floyd’s dissing Manny isn’t enough to make him boxing’s #1 turd ‘pound for pound,’ promising a great effort on his part and then running like a purse snatcher in the final round of Mayweather-Maidana II, a rematch we could have done without, that should convince you of Floyd’s being worthy od this award.
ROOKIE OF 2014 A GOLDEN HEAVYWEIGHT
Anthony Joshua snagged an Olympic Gold medal in 2012. As a professional with only ten fights (and ten KO’s), I haven’t seen a fighter with his skills, demeanor and fluidity in the heavyweight class in decades. Joshua appears to be the heir apparent to Wladimir Klitschko.
PROSPECT OF 2015 ON SHOWTIME THIS SATURDAY
154 lber. Julian Williams (19-0-1, 19 KOs) of Philly will be featured Saturday on Showtime vs. Edgar Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs). Handled by Stephen “Breadman” Edwards, Williams has shown good skills, an unchecked chin and superior ring generalship with everybody he’s been in with thus far.
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December 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) UD 12 Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs). Although nobody went down or was seriously hurt, Amir boxed circles around Alexander in what was an easily predictable outcome. Khan now readies for an all UK battle with IBF welterweight (147 lb.) guy Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) in mid 2015 in the biggest fights possibly in British history. Scores: 119-109 twice & 120-108.
THURMAN DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE GOODS
Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) UD 12 Leonard Bundu (31-1-2, 11 KOs). It looked like it might end early as Thurman dropped the 40-year-old 30 seconds in with a left hook. After that he ran a lot. Scores were 120-107 three times. (WBA 147 lb. title) Expert says, running like shoplifter chased by security guard makes Stock drop with win. It was the most boring shutout in recent memory
ORTIZ SNAGS FIRST WIN IN AGES
Victor Ortiz (30-5-1, 22 KOs) TKO 3 Manuel Perez (22-1-1, 4KOs) (147) Rout of game but vastly overmatched foe puts Ortiz in winner’s circle for first time in three years.
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December 13th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
WBA CHAMP ERISLANDY LARA WINS EASY
Las Vegas, NV-In the first defense, Erislandy Lara (20-2-2, 1 KOs) won impressively over Contender TV show veteran and former IBF titleholder Ishe Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) live from San Antonio, TX on a Friday night broadcast of Showtime boxing. The Cuban utilized his superior footwork to constantly frustrate Las Vegan Smith over twelve rounds. Easy bout to score as the southpaw from Cuba used that footwork to set traps and land accurate left hands.
Smith attempted to close the gap as he only appeared to have success when Lara’s back was on the ropes. The Showtime commentators constantly hinted at Lara’s perceived unappealing style of a “boxer/mover.” That being said, it will be tough for the Cuban to get big fights. Scores were 119-109 twice and 117-111. Smith had bruising around both eyes.
FLOYD INTERVIEWED ON SHOWTIME BROADCAST
In a huge disply of bravado, Floyd Mayweather blasted the Pacquiao camp in an interview with Steve Farhood. He made it clear that he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. He generally accused Bob Arum for fooling the public that he doesn’t want to fight, and instead claims that they have been ducking him for years.
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December 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
ONLY ONE BOUT LOOKS GOOD ON SHOWTIME
NOTHING GREAT ABOUT DEVON
Devon Alexander is dubbed “Alexander The Great” and not for a reason unassociated with his boxing skills that are a tad better than mediocre. Granted, he lost a Technical Decision 10 to Tim Bradley and had the IBF 147 lb. trinket he won afterwards taken away from Shawn Porter, who lost the belt to Kell Brook. Truth be told, Bradley has been less than stellar ever since they away his third arm, AKA his head!
KHAN LOOKS LIKE EASY PICK
Although some will point to his chin, I’d be willing to say that Amir Khan does everything better than Devon Alexander. At this point, I can actually hear some of you yelling, “What about his chin?” To that I think Khan’s chin was put in peril by his struggle to make 140 lbs. Now fighting at 147 with a new trainer in Virgil Hunter, the Alexander fight is an excellent opportunity to make a statement at welterweight.
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December 4th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
WBO PRESIDENT IS OUR FEATURED GUEST
San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide
with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Paco Valcarcel, president of the WBO. They discuss the weekends fights, including WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford’s big victory on HBO.
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November 25th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
VEGAS SERVICE INDUSTRY MEMBERS DUKE IT OUT ON VETERANS DAY
Las Vegas, NV-Derrick Harmon hosted Vegas Nightlife Fights at the Brooklyn Bowl on November 11, 2014. Vegas Nightlife Fights will held a fundraiser supporting wounded service members through the Wounded Warrior Project™.
From business professionals, bartenders, servers and industry host alike, they are all part of VEGAS. Participants competed in 3/2-minute rounds. Amongst 15 bouts, some highlights include Jack Finn, director for Senator Heller, Steve Cyr, infamous industry host, as well our own Veterans in the ring for this great event.
Video shot and edited by Kevin Perry for Ringtalk.com.
November 23rd, 2014 By Kevin Perry
AMERICAN FAILED TO WIN A ROUND
LAS VEGAS, NV- Undefeated Chris Algieri’s (20-1, 8 KOs) strategy backfired from the first round on versus WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs). Pacquaio, a multi-division champion, used feints and effective aggression to score six knockdowns, the most significant was a straight left in round 9. The Filipino star didn’t get the stoppage but won a one-sided 12 round decision.
UNSUCCESSFUL STRATEGY FROM THE YANKEE
Based on what Chris Algieri stated in the post fight interview, he was hoping to coast early and take it to Manny in the later rounds. Unfortunately with only 8 KOs on his ledger that outlook was ill-advised. The American appeared more intent on defense early in the fight, and as rounds went on he was in a hole on the scorecards. When he decided to open up after a clear deficit, thats when he began to get caught with punches. While some of the knockdowns weren’t severe, they scored. As the rounds pursued it was somewhat anti-climatic. Algieri possessed heart making to the final bell, but not much else.
BANGING THE DRUMS FOR FLOYD VS MANNY
So the real question here is will Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOS) and Manny Pacquaio finally engage in 2015? This bout is long overdue, but till this day there are obstacles to overcome. READ MORE…
November 20th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
PEDRO GETS DOWN WITH PROMOTER OF GENNADY GOLOVKIN
K2 Promotions Managing Director Tom Loeffler gives Pedro the scoop on the company that he runs in this interview. K2 is owned by the Klitschko bothers Vitali and Wladimir. Pedro gets down to it the only way he knows how; with style!
November 20th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
Friday Night Fights, 1984 Olympic Boxing Team Reunion to come to Orleans Casino beginning November 21
LAS VEGAS – Presented by Platinum Entertainment in association with Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing, “Friday Night Fights” will be held at the Orleans Hotel & Casino on Friday, November 21. The main event will feature two former female World Champions: Layla “Amazing” McCarter of Las Vegas will square off against Miami’s Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez.
Next on the card is Roy Jones, Jr. Boxing’s own undefeated prospect, Eric “Baby Face” Johnson, of Baton Rouge, La. taking on Kenton Sippio-Cook of Austin. In addition to these high-octane fights, the 1984 Olympic Boxing Team will be honored at the event in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Olympic Games when they brought home an unprecedented 11 Olympic Boxing Medals (9 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze). Additional exciting bouts on the fight card will be announced closer to date.
Several lead-up events will be held on Thursday, November 20, in Salon G including the official Press Conference and a question & answer session for the 1984 Olympic Boxing Team at 4 p.m., and weigh-in for all fighters at 6 p.m. Both events are open to the public.
Friday Night Fights will be held in the Mardi Gras Ballroom. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 21, and the first bell is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available starting at $25, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.284.7777 or visiting http://www.orleanscasino.com/. READ MORE…
November 16th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Whether or not you want to admit it or not, the era of Wladimir Klitschko, albeit in it’s final stages and after a somewhat shaky start, has been a run of dominance for a decade now. That’s right, World heavyweight champion Wladimir hasn’t lost a fight since March 2004.
UNEXPECTED LOSSES MADE KLITSCHKO SEARCH FOR REMEDY
When he started his ascent to the heavyweight throne there were lots of naysayers. Wlad had a bad chin, his endurance wasn’t good, he was uncoordinated. An Olympic champ in 1996, people were saying he fought sometimes like an amateur. After three inside the distance losses, running out of gas vs. the pedestrian Ross Purity, this before being hammered by the late Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster,
EMANUEL STEWARD MADE THE DIFFERENCE
The late Kronk Gym Goldfather Emanuel Steward is the sole reason Wladmir did not end up in the scrap heap. Steward told me one day, “There’s really no reason Wladimir Klitschko should ever lose a fight.” When I talked with Hall of Fame Larry Merchant hours after the Klitschko-Pulov fight in which Wlad dropped the Bulgarian four times in five rounds, Merchant had this to say. “Look, you’re not giving him his due. When he was coming up he fought like a welterweight because he had the ability to do so. That’s why he ran out of gas, not pacing himself. After getting cracked twice, Klitschko changed his style similar to brother Vitali.”
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November 12th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
RINGTALK INTERVIEW WITH GOLDENBOY CEO
Pedro Fernandez, host of Ringtalk radio worldwide interviews Oscar De La Hoya after the WBO convention dinner. The former world champion boxer was honored at the dinner. Pedro had the opportunity to pick the brain of the head of Golden Boy Promotions.They discussed some of the Golden Boy’s past, and also the future of his promotional company that is currently in a lawsuit against former CEO Richard Schaefer. First half of the video in Oscars speech after reciving the award, part two is the interview.Video by Kevin Perry
November 11th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
INDUSTRY HOSTS GET IN THE RING FOR A GREAT CAUSE ON VETERAN’S DAY
Tweet it: Industry hosts and #Veterans get in the ring for a great cause: @VNLFights @BBowlVegas on #VeteransDay.
LAS VEGAS: Derrick Harmon to host Vegas Nightlife Fights at the Brooklyn Bowl on November 11, 2014. Vegas Nightlife Fights will hold a fundraiser supporting wounded service members through Wounded Warrior Project™.
From business professionals, bartenders, servers and industry host alike, they are all part of VEGAS. Participants compete in 3/2-minute rounds in which they fight, entertain and most of all bring out the nightlife. Amongst 15 bouts, some highlights include Jack Finn, director for Senator Heller, Steve Cyr, infamous industry host, as well our own Veterans in the ring for this great event.
“Our mission is to create a different realm of nightlife, while bringing executives and industry personnel together (“in the ring”), to develop positive synergy while entertaining and creating memories. Vegas Nightlife Fights is Las Vegas’ premier industry boxing event dedicated to all who keep this city thriving.” -Derrick Harmon, President/CEO of Vegas Nightlife Fights.
Sponsors include Messner Reeves, LLP, Roy Jones Jr.’s Fight Academy, Recovery Solutions, Pinnacle Compounding, Big Dog’s Brewing Company, Harris Associates and The Law Offices of Saggese & Associates.
Free entry for Veterans: Please check for details on LucyVegas.com.
General admission is $27.50 at the door and $22.50 online at Brooklyn Bowl@The Linq. Doors open at 6pm. READ MORE…
November 11th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
PEDRO FERNANDEZ HOOKS UP WITH BRIT PROMOTER FRANK WARREN AT WBO CONVENTION
Frank Warren is one of the most notable promoters in UK history, promoting the likes of Naseem Hamed among others. His series Box Nation is highly successful. Pedro Fernadez picked the brain with one of the best in the business.
November 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
TIME FOR HOPKINS TO VACATE SPOTLIGHT
NEVER CAUGHT ON WITH ANYBODY PERIOD
What I find unique about the support of the legendary Hopkins by African Americans is that there really is none as last night’s fight, a stones throw from Philly in Atlantic City drew less than 7,000 paid. Nobody looks forward to watching Hopkins fight (sic), nor does he have a the fan base one would associate with a fighter whose been a professional since the late 1980s. After beating Tito Trinidad in 2001, Hopkins became a household name in boxing even though he had won the middleweight title in 1994.
LAST B-HOP KO WAS OSCAR IN 2004
Beating Oscar De La Hoya was another mega-match Bernard was able to prevail by size alone. All of Hopkins’ superfights have featured the “superstar” opponent. And while Hopkins beat these guys, sometimes beating the man doesn’t make you the man with the fans. The real significant win on Hopkins post middleweight was his ruining Kelly “The Thirsty One” Pavlik in 2008 and his besting Jean Pascal in 2011.
HOPKINS NEVER “TRIED” TO WIN
The dismal performance against Sergey Kovalev surprised some as they really expected Bernard to win, something to me that bordered on delusional. Kovalev is the hardest puncher the near 50-year old Philadeplphian had ever faced and it showed from the first bell. I was cringing watching the unbeaten Russian beat on the future Hall of Famer who was never in the fight after the ref’s instructions.
B-HOP AT 50 “AN INDICTMENT OF BOXING” READ MORE…