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MANNY PACQUIAO SECOND TO MUHAMMAD ALI

LOOKING AT THE “BIG PICTURE” FOLKS

Pacquiao Hammers Rios

Pacquiao Hammers Brandon Rios

San Francisco, CA– I was thinking about it over the weekend.  Who has had a greater impact on the world stage than undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO)? Only one boxer:  Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO).

LIKE THE BEATLES FLOYD “CAN’T BUY ME LOVE”

Granted, Floyd may have a zillion times the amount of money Manny Pacquiao possesses, but it hasn’t bought or garnered Mayweather the international respect that has been bestowed on Pacquiao as both a boxer and a man. Especially not the latter.

LET ME BLOW FLOYD’S HORN, PLEASE

People don’t know that Floyd does charitable work that he doesn’t seek credit for. But being an elected Philippine Congressman is hard for anybody to top, let alone the native of Grand Rapids, MI, Mayweather. Even with that undefeated mark and a thousand championship belts, a lot of people scorn Mayweather and I don’t think the Pope would see him but he probably would make himself available for Manny.

“WATER COOLER” TALK CREDITS PACMAN

Manny had a string of fights, win, lose, or draw, that in the eyes of a good number of fans were more entertaining, and in two cases more damaging, than Mayweather’s wins.  Manny destroyed both Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley, while Floyd won decisions.

PACQUIAO HAS ALL THE DEMOGRAPHICS Read more

DEONTAY WILDER WIN IS GREAT FOR BOXING

WILDER IS THE NEW CHAMP

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder

Many questioned the chin of Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KO) before Saturday night.  Wilder answered those questions by taking some flush shots from one of the hardest punchers in the division in Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 22 KO).  Many questioned the stamina of Wilder before the Stiverne bout.  He had not gone past 4 rounds.  He went all twelve with Bermane, and won virtually every round.  Wilder captured the WBC heavyweight (200+) belt in the process.

WIDE DECISION WIN BETTER THAN A KNOCKOUT?

Wilder had a 100% knockout ratio before the contest, but saw it drop to about 96.96% versus the Haitian.  The scorecards were 118-108, 119-108, and 120-107 in favor of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama native.  He had Stiverne hurt on several occasions, but Bermane was tough and fought until the end.  Stiverne has never been knocked down, and the one stoppage loss on his record was highly questionable.  A quick knockout would have added to the legend of Wilder’s power, but a boxing lesson is even more impressive.  Stiverne was coming off back-to-back wins over Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KO), who was long considered America’s heavyweight hope.  Wilder has now taken that title from Arreola by defeating his conqueror.

LOUD-MOUTH FURY NEXT? Read more

THE MIKE TYSON STORY CONTINUES MONDAY

SERIES ON “IRON MIKE” RETURNITH MONDAY

Don King & Mike Tyson (1988)

Don King & Mike Tyson (1988)


San Francisco, CA- We will go back and conclude our multifaceted look at former World heavyweight champ Mike Tyson on Monday. Parts 1 through 5 are posted in link form here if you didn’t catch 1-5.
READ FIRST 5 SEGMENTS OF THE MIKE TYSON STORY

Mike Tyson Part 1: Mike Tyson Part 1

Mike Tyson Part 2: Mike Tyson Part 2

Mike Tyson Part 3: Cus D’Amato Mike Tyson Part 3

Mike Tyson Part 4: Mike Tyson Part 4

Mike Tyson Part 5: Mike Tyson Story Part 5

BOXING RETURNS TO NBC TV IN MARCH

AL HAYMON’S FIRST NBC SHOW “SOLID”

Al "Big Al" Haymon

Al “Big Al” Haymon

San Francisco, CA- The word from 30 Rockefeller Center in NYC on Thursday made the boxing world sit up and take note. The first major card on NBC of note in years will be on March 7 and features a great match in unbeaten welterweight Keith Thurman and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.

34 YEARS TO THE DAY OF ALI-FRAZIER 1

The bout will be held in the Mecca of boxing, the storied Madison Square Garden on March 7, which is the 44th anniversary of Joe Frazier beating Muhammad Ali in their memorable 1971 Garden clash AKA “The Fight.”
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“BIG AL” MAKES NETWORK TV REALITY TV

Before I get to the politics involved, meaning Mr. Al Haymon, this return to the Peacock Network is something every major promoter of the last quarter century has thought about and failed. That being said, it is the biggest thing to happen to the game in decades.

TITLE FIGHT FOR WBA INTERIM DIADEM

Thurman, 24-0, 21 whacks, current holder of an interim WBA 147 lb. diadem is rated by yours truly at #4 behind welterweight counterparts Floyd Mayweather, Kell Brook and #3 Amir Khan. In order to dissuade arguments at the moment, Manny Pacquiao is at #5.

THURMAN HAS YET TO REALLY BE HIT! Read more

STAKES HEAVY IN STIVERNE-WILDER SATURDAY

AMERICAN HOPES REST ON DEONTAY WILDER

Wilder-Stiverne-King

Wilder-Stiverne-King

New York- This weekend could produce the first American born heavyweight (200 lbs+) titlehoder since Shannon Briggs, who briefly held the WBO strap in 2007. Since then all heavyweight titleholders have originated outside of US borders. But this could change with America’s Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32KOs) facing off against the current WBC champion Bermaine Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) of Canada and Haiti.

DON KING FIGHTER HAS “EXPERIENCE” EDGE

Both Wilder and Stiverne are solid fighters with similar resumes, although Stiverne who is promoted by Don King has the biggest single name on his resume in Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs). Arreola, a strong contender was on a quest to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent but was thhwarted inside the distance by Stiverne who made history himself becoming the first heavyweight champ of Hatian descent. This victory was further solidified when Stiverne repeated the act by defeating Arreola in the rematch via stoppage. Arreola claimed that a broken nose caused him to drop an initial decision loss to Stiverne, but Arreola was clearly outclassed the second time around.

WILDER FIGHTS DON’T LAST TOO LONG!

At 6’7, Deontay Wilder is among the tallest of the current Heavyweight challengers. His win and KO percentage is perfect, as he has won all of his fights by stoppage. Another telling stat is the fact that none of his bouts have gone past four rounds. On paper, he’s a monster and seems primed to offer a real challenge to linear champ Wladimir Klitschko, the man who holds all of the remaining major heavyweight titles. But he will only get a shot at unifying these titles if he can get past Stiverne, who should offer Wilder his toughest challenge.

CAN YANKEE IMPOSE SIZE & WILL? Read more

MIKE TYSON PART 4: “BOGUS” RAPE CASE?

Desiree Washington

Mike Tyson 1991 Mug Shot


“IRON MIKE” SERIES HAS IRKED SOME

San Francisco, CA- Having written for others to read for some 44 years or so, I have gotten to the point to I rarely where give a s*it about what people think about me or what I produce. That being said, for those of you that are going to go ballistic at my saying trainer Cus D’Amato and former World handball champion ( Mike Tyson co-manager) Jim Jacobs (both deceased) shared a studio apartment in New York City for five years. Gee, you would have thought I had called the Pope a faggot during a Catholic mass.

TYSON TRIES TO RECOVER FROM DOUGLAS LOSS!

After getting busted up by Buster Douglas in February, Mike Tyson needed to resurrect his boxing career and chose his amateur nemesis Henry Tillman to start anew. Tillman, who had some success at cruiserweight (then 190 lbs. & now 200) had twice beaten Tyson in the run up to the 1984 Olympics. Tillman would win the Gold beating Canada’s Willie D’Wit on points (Willie stopped Tillman as a professional). Mike stopped a scared looking Tillman in round one. From the third row, the fear was as apparent as Tyson’s insurmountable disdain for Henry.

EMBARRASSING NIGHT FOR PROFESSIONAL FIGHTER

Next up was Alex Stewart, who although he had an impressive record, was best known for losing a war with Evander Holyfield the year before. Alex’s record was manufactured by two guys best known for under developing Gerry Cooney. Dubbed the “Wacko Twins,” they are the late Mike Jones and Dennis Rappaport.

“DEFECATION” IN THE RING? Read more

MIKE TYSON STORY PART 1

FROM 1981 TO 1989

Mike Tyson At 19

TYSON LAST HEAVYWEIGHT CHILD PRODIGY

San Francisco, CA- When Mike Tyson burst upon the national boxing scene, it was as an amateur in 1984. Losing to eventual 1984 Olympic champ Henry Tillman, even though he had hurt and knocked Henry down. Tillman would eventually win the Olympic Gold. Prior, Tyson had competed in both the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympics and won the ’81 title at 201 lbs. Tyson had never lost in the Junior Olympics and also holds the quickest KO (8 seconds) in J.O. history. In addition, the prodigy won every bout in JO competition by KO.

D’AMATO THOUGHT MIKE “CINCH” TO BE CHAMP

Cus D’Amato,Tyson’s quasi father and trainer, Cus realized that Mike’s style was better suited for the professional boxing ranks and thus turned him professional in March 1985 with a KO 1 of Hector Mercedes. Mike would go on to stop his next 18 opponents before going the ten round distance with James “Quick” Tillis. Knocking Tillis down in the fourth, Tyson won with scores of 6-4 twice & 8-2 in Glen Falls, NY, this when New York still scored fights on the “rounds” basis.

NEXT FOR TYSON WAS “BLOOD” GREEN

In his next fight, Tyson would beat New Yorker Mitch “Blood” Green again points. A few years later, Tyson and Green would have their infamous late night street brawl outside a New York City clothing store which resulted in Tyson fracturing his hand. After recording six more KOs, the biggest name was that of Marvis Frazier, the son of deceased former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. Marvin lasted all but Read more

DON KING ON RINGTALK RADIO!

KING 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 legendary boxing promoter, “the Wired Haired Wonder” Don King. If you

Don "Unplugged" King

Don “Unplugged” King

know anything about Don, he doesn’t disappoint in an interview!

SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio

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CRAWFORD AND WALTERS TOP THE YEARS BEST

FEATHERWEIGHT NICHOLAS WALTERS BREAKS OUT FROM OBSCURITY 

Las Vegas, NV- One thing the sport of boxing immensely needs is exciting TV friendly fighters. Especially ones who are respectful and charismatic. WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) appears to have all the aforementioned qualities. The Jamaican born puncher who trains out of Panama had his first chance at the spotlight in 2014 and made the most of those opportunities.

Walters-photo credit-Boxrec.com

Walters-photo credit-Boxrec.com

In May he nearly decapitated former world champ Vic Darchinayn in China, and in October he stopped WBA champ and former four division world champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs).  Donaire, who was dropped twice, had never before tasted the canvas or been stopped.

OMAHA FIGHTER CRAWFORD BECOMES AN ATTRACTION

Who would have thought a year ago that Omaha, Nebraska would become a boxing hotbed? WBO lightweight king Terrence “Bud” Crawford, has pretty much smoked his recent competition. He competed in what was arguably the fight of the year for 2014.

He knocked down former champion Yuri Gamboa (24-1, 17 KOs) a total of four times in a barnburner of a fight in June.

Crawford beat up Gamboa

Crawford beat up Gamboa

Additionally he nearly sold out the Century Link Center in his hometown of Omaha. Earlier in the year he went to England and dethroned WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns(37-4-1, 11 KOs). One has to give Crawford the utmost respect. Most American fighters balk at going overseas, expecting to get an unfair verdict in a close bout. Fortunately the American completely dominated the fight. Last month he routed number 1 contender Ray Beltran (29-7-1) to cap off a stellar year in which most believe is a fighter of the year campaign.

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“THE DRAGON” TOPS UFC FIGHT NIGHT

LYOTO MACHIDA ON FOX SPORTS 1 SATURDAY

Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida


Los Angeles, CA- Everybody agrees that Brazilain middleweight (185 lb.) contender Lyoto Machida gave champion Chris Weidman (12-0) the toughest fight of his career so far. The UD loss after 5 rounds of action may have been a setback for the veteran striker, but Machida can earn his way back to another crack at the belt.  The road to redemption starts Saturday, December 20 versus C.B. Dollaway (15-5).  Dollaway looks like the kind of fighter Lyoto normally eats for breakfast, so expect a highlight-reel finish here from the Jose Correa Arena in Bareuri, Sao Paolo, Brazil.

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.

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MAYWEATHER WINS 2014 TURD AWARD

“TURD OF THE YEAR” CHOICE UNANIMOUS

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather


San Francisco, CA- Unbeaten and nearly 38 years of age, Floyd Mayweather continues to be a dick! His pissing on Manny Pacquiao in the press over his financial dilemma and taunting him with a May 2 date on Showtime PPV with a reported 80-20 split, all I can say is that’s Floyd who says, “I offered him $40 million before he lost twice, he can’t expect the same money now.”

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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AMIR KHAN WIN TOPS BOXING RESULTS

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Amir Khan

Amir Khan


ALEXANDER NOT AT KHAN’S LEVEL

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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SHOWTIME FRIDAY: LARA DOMINATES SMITH

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.

Erislandy LaraAlvarez

Erislandy Lara

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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AMIR KHAN TO DEVOUR DEVON ALEXANDER

ONLY ONE BOUT LOOKS GOOD ON SHOWTIME

Marcos Maidana-Amir-Khan

Marcos Maidana-Amir-Khan


San Francisco, CA- There only appears to be one “competitive” fight on this Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing card emanating from Las Vegas. And that one match, the Amir Khan-Devon Alexander clash, it maybe competitive on paper, but in the ring it looks like a rout in the ring.

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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LISTEN TO RING TALK RADIO WITH PACO VALCARCEL!

WBO PRESIDENT IS OUR FEATURED GUEST

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide 

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

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.

SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio

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