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YOU FEELING MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO YET?

BIGGEST FIGHT IN HISTORY (SIGH) 8 DAYS AWAYFloyd-Mayweather-vs.-Manny-Pacquiao-fight

San Francisco, CA- After a jaunt around the Bay Area to talk boxing with purists, there is little chance of Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao doing anything other than breaking a number of financial records. Because at the end of the day this isn’t Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran I.

WHY IS THERE NO REAL FLOYD-MANNY BUZZ

Nobody seemed to be overly excited, not even slightly animated and on a scale of 1-10 the fight of the century (thus far) has not got the public striving for every word on the fight. Does that bode well for a anticipated 3.5 million PPV buys?

RESPONSE TO FIGHT IS QUEER

A lot of this has to do with Mayweather-Pacquiao being an event like the Grammy and Oscar awards rather than that of a recognized superfight. If you wanted to go, 500 tickets went on sale this week and reportedly were gone in 60 seconds.

MANNY PACQUIAO GIVES MGM “MIDDLE” FINGER Read more

KICKING SAND AT JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.

RICH MEXICAN KID LACKS DEDICATION

"Young" Chavez Jr.

“Young” Chavez Jr.


San Francisco, CA- Just about everybody, including myself, did the Freddie Blassie act on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after he was routed by Andrzej Fonfara this past Saturday on Showtime.

SON OF A LEGEND ACT “STALE” FOR YEARS

Not only has his being Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s “son of a legend” act grown old, Jr. no longer has the momentum he once had on Bob Arum’s Top Rank plantation. in addition, his skill set is not where it should be after 50 professional fights.

RICH KID TOO WELL FED FOR SUCCESS

Having studied the kid early on, this at a time when he didn’t even shave regularly, I watched this rich Mexican kid work a room of media in San Jose, CA, circa his professional debut AND it was obvious to me that Jr. knew from the start that he could never come close to the heights of Julio Sr.

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LARRY MERCHANT PREDICTS FONFARA WIN

Floyd-Pac 2 Weeks Away

Floyd-Pac 2 Weeks Away

On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez had Larry Merchant front and center with writer Kevin Perry reporting the fights on both HBO/Showtime. Mr.Perry also attended Floyd Mayweather’s media day as well.Former HBO analyst Larry Merchant was also one of our guests on Saturdays boxing hour.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

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MEDIA DAY WITH FLOYD MAYWEATHER

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE BY RINGTALK

Las Vegas, NV-Yesterday an enthusiastic crowd of not only media, but a litany of fans awaited Floyd Mayweather’s arrival at Mayweather Boxing Club in the Chinatown section of Las Vegas. Zab Judah, David Hasselhoff and rapper Lil’ Kim also were in attendance.

Mayweather Media day

Mayweather Media day

Floyd’s grand arrival was roughly minutes after 4pm. He initially fielded questions for boxing writers in the outside tent on what was an extremely windy day in Sin City.

He then went inside the gym and did video and audio interviews with the various media outlets. As much criticism as the brash sports star gets, he obviously loves the media attention but made sure to try his best to give as many one on one interviews as time allowed. He also got down on the pads and did mitt work and well as other various exercises. Mayweather faces Manny Pacquiao in the biggest money fight in boxing history on May 2nd.

EXCLUSIVE MAYWEATHER VIDEO BY K.P. Read more

NETWORK TV KEY TO BOXING GLORY

GARCIA GETS BY LAMONT, BRONER NEXT!

Danny Garcia: Fight @ 140 or strip him!

Danny Garcia: Fight @ 140 or strip him!


San Francisco, CA- There is nothing like watching fights on American Network TV and the two Premier Boxing Champion cards on NBC thus far, as well as the CBS show of last Saturday, people are watching with NBC capturing the major demographics of 18-49 with both prime time shows.

SOME STARS WITH POTENTIAL FOR MORE

The stars have included Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Adonis Stevenson, Andy Lee, Peter Quillin, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. Having never been an ardent admirer of Peterson, I thought he performed admirably considering Garcia was supposed smoke Lamont like a Brookyln blunt.

RAZOR THIN MATCH WENT TO DANNY

The fight was so close that it boiled down to one round going in another direction and the decision could have instead of a MD 12 win for Garcia, would have been a draw or a Peterson win.

LEE & “THE COCOA KID” NEED REMATCH SOON
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PBC POST FIGHT REPORT CARD

2ND NBC EVENT A SUCCESS!
Saturday night’s broadcast of Premier Boxing Champions that aired at 8:30 PM ET live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, won the ratings battle for the 18-49 demographic for their time slot. Al Haymon has made his mark thus far and silenced any critics, at least from a TV ratings perspective.

MATCHUPS
Danny Garcia vs Lamont Peterson(143lbs)
Result-Garcia via Majority Decision

Andy Lee vs Peter Quillin (160lbs)
Result-Draw

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ODDS AND PREDICTIONS FOR PBC ON NBC

BOXING ON PRIMETIME NBC TV SATURDAY

Las Vegas, NV- While the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight that will occur in May is supposed to be the “event” that’ll put boxing back into the mainstream,  Premier Boxing Champions, also known as “PBC,” might have a larger effect in the long-term. With professional prizefighting now back on network TV, boxing will be reaching a much larger audience. The question mark here is has Al Haymon been able to secure sponsors? Last Saturday’s show featured no commercials. With the high price tag of these shows he must get a return on his investment. While no one knows specifically where those returns are coming from, Mr. Haymon, a numbers cruncher with a Harvard background, knows what he’s doing.

GARCIA & PETERSON FIGHT AT 143 LBS Read more

SAVAGE DURAN VS PALAMINO VIDEO

DURAN “MOTIVATED” FOR PALAMINO

San Francisco, CA- This was essentially a title eliminator for the WBC 147 lb. (welterweight) title then held by Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran, the recognized lightweight (135) champion for years vs former WBC (147) titleholder Carlos Palamino at Madison Square Garden as part of a Don King Productions card under World heavyweight champion Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes‘ TKO 12 over Mike “Hercules” Weaver on June 22, 1979. Palamino’s corner featured LA’s Jackie McCoy and Benny Georgino while Roberto had East Coast guys Freddie Brown and Ray Arcel. Read more

NEVER FORGET CHUCK MINKER!

CHUCK MINKER WAS BOXING’S FACILITATOR
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San Francisco, CA- This is one of the great people I’ve known during my tenure in combat sports. A respected professional boxing judge, Chuck Minker was the Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission when Lung Cancer (He didn’t smoke) struck in 1992-1993, if my memory serves me correctly. An iconic figure in Nevada, Las Vegas is home of the Chuck Minker Sports Complex that’s located at the corner of Stewart Ave. and Mojave Road. There are people that you don’t ever forget, Chuck was one of those special individuals who bravely went “toe to toe” with the “Big C” and lost.

STEVENSON TOPS BOXING’S CBS RETURN

WBC CHAMPION FACES RUGGED BIKA

Las Vegas, NV- Al Haymon brings boxing back to national television for the second time this year on Saturday April 4th. His series Premier Boxing Champions makes its debut on CBS, airing at 3PM EST.

Stevenson KO's Dawson

Stevenson KO’s Dawson

The main event features WBC light-heavyweight (175 lb.) champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) against former WBC super-middleweight (168 lb.) titlist Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) live from the Pepsi Coliseum in Montreal. It is expected to be a safe defense for Stevenson, a Haitain now living in Montreal, as Bika is coming off a loss in a title losing effort to cancer survivor Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs).

TOUGH BIKA NOTHING BUT

Bika has been in a lot of rough fights and the 35 year old has plenty of mileage on his odometer. While he may be outgunned against a bigger puncher in Stevenson, Bika always comes to fight with his lunch pail in hand. He will give his best effort, unfortunately it probably won’t be enough.

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RUSSELL JR TOPS WEEKEND RESULTS

RUSSELL STOPS SHOPWORN JHOHNNY GONZALEZ ON SHOWTIME

LAS VEGAS, NV- Looks like the odds makers were right. Featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr(26-1, 15 KOs) was just too young and too fast for the 33 year-old Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) Saturday night at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Gonzalez looked slow from the opening bell. showtime-logo-240-001Russell knocked the Mexican down in round three with a right hook. It appeared that Jhonny never fully recovered from that shot and was down again twice in round four as Russell claims the WBC featherweight title. Gary somewhat redeems himself from the listless performance last year against WBO championVasyl Lomachenko(3-1, 1 KO) losing a clear decision. While Lomachenko is the superior talent, Russell should be expected to do better in a rematch.

CLOSE BOUT GOES TO HOUSE FIGHTER

In the televised undercard Jermell Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) defeated Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1,21 KOs) by unanimous nod. Vanes pressed the action and landed the cleaner blows, yet the Al Haymon managed Charlo was awarded the victory by scores of 96-94 twice and an absurd 97-93.

BROOKS RETURNS FROM KNIFE ATTACK AND CUTS UP MANDATORY Read more

TWO SHOWTIME BOXING CARDS SATURDAY

GONZALEZ DEFENDS IN VEGAS, BROOK IN UK

Jhonny "KO" Gonzalez

Jhonny “KO” Gonzalez


Las Vegas, NV- In 2013 former three time world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (57-8, 48 KOs) silenced any and all critics. Viewed as a shot fighter, certainly past his prime, Johnny knocked out heavily favored WBC 126 lb. champ Abner Mares in what was a huge upset.

CAN JHONNY UPSET AL HAYMON’S GUY (AGAIN)?

Since stopping Mares, he has defended th WBC featherweight (126 lb.) title twice. The 33 year-old faces a formidable challenger on Saturday in former U.S. Olympian Gary Russell Jr.(25-1. 14 KOs), Live from the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

RUSSELL “CODDLED” ON WAY UP

The American, once a hot prospect has received criticism for facing weak opposition in building an undefeated mark. He lost a clear decision last year against two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KOs). This time Russell steps in against a veteran with formidable punching power. Ironically, the Mexican champion is the betting underdog here in town.

VANES DUMPS TRAINER AT WRONG TIME? Read more

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RONDA ROUSEY READY TO PISS BRAZIL OFF!

Ronda Rousey Mocking Opponents

Ronda Rousey Mocks Opponent

San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez talked UFC/MMA with Sports Overnight America Weekend Edition co-host Zack “Attack” Young who takes us through the world of MMA and the UFC which will include Ronda Rousey going to Brazil August 1 to defend her UFC 135 lb. title.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

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BLAME LOU DUVA FOR CHAVEZ-TAYLOR RESULT

ISHE SMITH “POPS OFF” KNOWING ONLY HALF STORY
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San Francisco, CA- Nothing irks me more about the Internet than how people bend history like it’s clay and mold it into a pile of s*it based on nothing but speculation, and sometimes in boxing, racial preference. Case and point, referee Richard Steele asked Meldrick Taylor twice to acknowledge him after getting knoxked down by Julio Cesar Chavez in the waning seconds of a fight some 25 years ago this month at the Las Vegas Hilton. After reading ex-Contender TV guy and IBF champion for a nanosecond, Ishe Smith’s dead wrong account on Facebook made me cringe because it was so contrary to reality!

MR. ISHE SMITH “MONDAY MORNING QB” TYPE

Ishe “Mr. Excitement” Smith says, “It was one of the worst stoppages in boxing history.” Was Mr. Smith there? No, but because he has a keyboard and access to You Tube, he’s thinks he’s a boxing historian when in reality Professor Fernandez is about to hand Ishe an F, and not based on his opinion, but rather his not knowing the facts involving those closing seconds of round 12.

BRUTAL BATTLE LIKE DIEGO CORRALES-JOSE CASTILLO I

When the 12th round started, Meldrick Taylor was up in the minds of most on the scorecards. Possessing that Philadelphia “gym” mentality, Taylor went to Chavez because cornerman Lou Duva told he needed the round to win, when as I said he was in front, at least on two cards anyway. Taylor gets floored with about 15 seconds left, I’m in row 5 center behind him Taylor as referee Richard Steele issued the 8 count. When he was done counting he TWICE asked Meldrick to acknowledge him (in order to continue).

REASON MELDRICK “TWICE DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE” REFEREE Read more

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