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.
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November 7th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
HOPKINS FACES FIGHTER 18 YEARS HIS JUNIOR
BERNARD HOPKINS, WBA and IBF Light-heavyweight champion
RECORD-55-6-2, 32 KOs
SERGEY KOVALEV, WBO Light-heavyweight champion
RECORD-25-0-1, 23 KOs
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION
The signifigant factor here in favor of Hopkins is his jab. He has an almost 3 inch reach advantage. If he can control Kovalev with his jab from the outside and smother the Russian on the inside he has a chance. Kovalev just needs to fight like the younger man to win. He has the skill,athleticism and power to beat the 49 year old. Got to go with the younger man here. Must side with logic. Even though Kovalev has never gone past 8 rounds, not sure if Bernard has the reflexes to take him into deep water with out taking too much punishment early in the fight. A stubborn Hopkins is in a fight he didn’t need to take. He won’t get too much credit for beating Kovalev if he wins. People will cry that he was overrated. Bernard has a great chin, but just don’t see him making the distance here.
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November 6th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
WBO CONVENTION FEATURED UNBEATEN CHAMP
Las Vegas, NV- Retired and unbeaten Welshman Joe Calzaghe who went a remarkable 46-0, gave a speech after receiving an award from the World Boxing Organization at Caesar’s Palace last Thursday. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2014. He defended the WBO 168 lb. title a record 21 times. Video by Kevin Perry.
November 5th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- It was 1996, “Irish Pat” Lawlor and I were in a downtown gym when the subject of his recent fight with Joe Calzaghe came up. “Joe hit me the hardest I’ve ever been hit in my life.” Outside of the weekly British Boxing News, the media had not yet realized the potential of the man who would become the longest reining WBO and 168 lb. champion in history, but Pat Lawlor did.
RAN ROUGHSHOD OVR AMATEUR COMPETITION
After a stellar amateur run of British titles and a 110-10 record, the left handed fighter who would become the athletic pride of his native Wales turned professional with little fanfare in October 1993 with Paul Hanlon becoming the first name affixed to a professional boxing resume that would go unblemished for 15+ years.
CALZAGHE BUILT “BRICK BY BRICK”
It wasn’t a meteoric rise to stardom for the man who would not only become WBO king at 168 lbs., but the uncrowned King of Wales, as Team Calzaghe took the “old school” approach and slowly built a boxing dynasty that is unequaled in recent times.
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November 4th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
PEDRO HOOKS UP WITH REFEREE JOE CORTEZ AT WBO CONVENTION
Las Vegas, NV-Former Referee Joe Cortez has been a fixture in the boxing game for decades. He is one of the most experienced and respected in the sport of boxing. Now retired, he has become a mentor for upcoming boxing officials. Ringtalk got the chance to pick the brain of the Hall of Fame referee at the WBO convention that took place last week in Las Vegas at Caesars palace. The two discuss a number topics in regards to officiating. Video by Kevin Perry.
October 19th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
NICHOLAS WALTERS STOPS NONITO DONAIRE IN SIX
A new star is born in the 126lb division. Jamaica’s Nicholas “Axe man” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) looks like the man to beat at featherweight after completely dominating and then knocking out then WBA featherweight king Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-3, 21 KOs) last night from the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA. The Filipino stunned the Jamaican at the end of round 2. Walters dropped Donaire in round 3. In the waning seconds of the sixth, a counter right hand dropped Nonito the final time and the bout was stopped. Walters is a TV action fighter that is a breath of fresh air to the sport of boxing. In the main event of the HBO card Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (31-0 28 KOs) stopped Marco Antonio Rubio in 2 rounds to bring his knockout streak to 18.
October 15th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- Former light welterweight (140 lb.) boxer Emanuel Augustus (38-34-6 20 KOs), born Emanuel Burton has been shot in the back of the head in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Monday and is on Life Support. This is unfortunate news as another pugilist has fallen victim to violence. Names like Vernon Forest, Hector Camacho and Arturo Gatti come to mind as fighters who have met their demise due to conflicts outside of the ring. Initially, I was hoping for a full recovery. A report that he is “brain dead” has been unconfirmed and there are no suspects.
ONCE HIT FOE WITH TWO HANDS AT SAME TIME!
Many of Augustus’ fights were unique due to his awkward and weird style in the ring. He often entertained with his jerky and slick style. It was problematic for some, but most solved the puzzle after a few rounds. He was able to land a handful of title shots but lost them all beside a WBO & IBF Intercontinental bout against John Thaxton, which he won by TKO.
STOOD IN WITH SOME TALENT
Augustus shared the ring and dropped bouts a host a names, including contests against Ruslan Provodnikov and Vernon Paris in 2010 & 2011. He also faced Mickey Ward and the late IBF 135 lb. champ Leavander Johnson, who died from brain injuries in a later bout.
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