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LISTEN LARRY HOLMES RING TALK 8/22/15

HOLMES FROM DEONTAY TO DONALD TRUMP

Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer

Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30 years, 11 months, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez and former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes talked on a variety of subjects. Larry and Pedro, friends for over 25 years, the friendship is evident each time Larry appears. In this show, we also covered elements of the MMA world and the scoops that abound.

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7-12 RING TALK: TYSON TRAINER AARON SNOWELL

SNOWELL WEIGHS IN ON AL HAYMON

Aaron Snowell - Mike Tyson

Aaron Snowell – Mike Tyson


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez ran with boxing news and results before bringing in former Mike Tyson trainer Aaron Snowell of Newark. Snowell talked about the Muhammad Ali Act and the “gray area” that he thinks will be resolved in Al Haymon’s favor, this as Bob Arum launches a lawsuit that could wind up illustrating the depth of “corporate corruption” at Top Rank. Unbeaten heavyweight Mike Wilson of Medford, Oregon was also part of the mix!

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BOXERS TRYING TO FLEE SLAVERY IN 2015

Boxers Can Leave Top Rank Plantation

Boxers FREE To Leave Top Rank Plantation

“NET PAY” OF BOXERS AKIN TO “SLAVERY”

San Francisco, CA– The most important part of being a professional of any kind is to “make money.” In the reality of things, title belts are such that very few fighters per capita will capture. In some instances, boxers are still getting paid $100 a round, a figure in place since for preliminary guys since the 1980s.

TITLE BELTS DON’T FEED YOUR FAMILY

Case in point, heavyweight Alex Stewart of the late 80s to early 90s, never fought for a title. And yet, the Jamaican who was guided by Gerry Cooney’s Whacko Twins Dennis Rappaport & Mike Jones, netted the upside of $2 million.

MOST IMPORTANT CONFLICT THAN ALI-FRAZIER

Although I have constituents on both sides of the fence, those siding with “The Boxing Establishment” and not Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions concept, what they fail to realize is that this current era of The Establishment have failed for 50 years to make things better for both the fighter and fans alike.

COTTO FLED TOP RANK PLANTATION & GOT PAID

Boxers Need Not Be 2015 Slaves

Boxers Need Not Be 2015 Slaves


On the subject of paying an upper echelon boxer adequately, we go to Miguel Cotto. After being with Bob Arum for better than 30 fights, Cotto says he made more money in his first two fights after leaving Top Rank, than he did in a decade plus with Arum. AGAIN, he made more money in just two fights on his own than he did in his entire carrer with Arum.

ALI LAW “WATERED DOWN” BY REID

One of the campaigns Bob Arum has continually funded over the years was outgoing Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, a former amateur boxer. People wonder why the law and the Assn. of Boxing Commissions is impotent when it comes to governing boxing in general, it’s because Reid stripped the enforcement from the bill.

GUYS STILL FIGHT FOR $100 BUCKS A ROUND IN 2015 Read more

QUESTIONS ON PROMOTERS & FIGHTERS 2015

FROM ALI-FOREMAN TO CAMEO ON AL HAYMON TV

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua


San Francisco, CA– Promoter Don King cut his promotional teeth on the “Rumble in The Jungle” in 1974. With Muhammad Ali thought to be far past his prime, going against a man that destroyed Ali’s arch rival Joe Frazier, world heavyweight champion George Foreman. Now when you see King on TV, quite often it’s in the corner of a guy given little or no chance.

TEENAGE GEORGE FOREMAN “MONSTER” IN SPARRING

Having watched Foreman in the teenage years, his learning how to box at Newman’s Gym here at 312 Leavenworth St., to the Golden Gloves, winning the 1968 Olympics, and two professional careers that were separated by more than a decade, my vantage point was one that few people alive today saw as this product of Houston, TX’s roughest Ward, grew from that of a pugilistic seedling to a two-time world heavyweight champion.

BACK TO DON KING

Leading a crowd that included Hungarian President Yanos Adler at the 2013 World Boxing Organization Congress in singing the Donald a “Happy Birthday,” I had some laughs with a man who over the years has

Don "Unplugged" King

Don “Unplugged” King

proven incredibly brilliant and resilient too. Obviously tired and looking a lot like the Keep (Bob) Hope Alive character skit on the In Living Color TV show. But I had seem him wane before, lose his mojo and come back.

ENOUGH TALENT TO GO AROUND?

The question is, with all the promoters, newcomers Al Haymon with 150 or so pugs under contract, Rap czar Jay Zee, Read more

WILDER, WALTERS & VERDEJO TOP BOXING RESULTS

SPIKE TV, HBO & SHOWTIME ALL HAD BOXING

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder


San Jose, CAAl Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” had a Friday night show on Spike TV in which Erislandy Lara retained a portion of the WBA 154 lb. title by pitching a 12 round shutout over journeyman Delvin Rodriquez. As is the case with Lara most of the time, he wins convincingly, but not on a level that anybody can call, “Entertaining.” The only real excitement came in round six when the Cuban national dropped Rodriquez in route to a 120-107 margin on all three cards.

CUBAN HAS RIGHT PITCH MAN IN LOUIS DE CUBAS SR.

Lara can boast a 22-2-2, 12 KOs record, but does mean anything at all when the fighter is dull and dreary? Lara called out everybody afterwards with the exception of Larry Holmes. With the WBA belt, Lara might make some real money, but in all likelihood it would be as an “opponent” with a title belt.

WALTERS FALLS SHORT ON WEIGHT, GETS NON-TITLE WIN

Nicolas Walters is no longer the WBA featherweight (titleholder) as he couldn’t make the 126 lb. limit and was stripped of his stile at the weigh in. Although he would go on to handily beat Miguel Mariaga (22-1, 14 KOs). The fact Walters couldn’t make weight while on the verge of becoming a significant player is not a positive sign.

QUESTIONS ARISE OVER WALTERS’ DEDICATION Read more

2015 MOST CRITICAL TIME IN BOXING HISTORY

CHANGE IS THE ENEMY OF “BOXING ESTABLISHMENT”

San Francisco, CAPremier Boxing Champions and their leader Al Haymon continue to change boxing as we’ve known it since the Mafia lost it’s stranglehold with the jailing of Blinky Palermo and Frankie Carbo in the 60s. Within a few years boxing went from Mob control to that of a former United States Attorney and Harvard grad in promoter Bob Arum.

SINCE 1965 ARUM #1, 2 OR 3!

Bob Arum and his Top Rank firm promoted epic events, too many to list. With no real competition until the promotional birth of Don King in 1974, Arum and King have both worked together, sued one another, even had a physical altercation at Ray Leonard-Marvin

Smug Face of Boxing Establishment Bob Arum

Face of Boxing Establishment Bob Arum

Hagler as I witnessed Bob deny Don access to the ring prior to the decision being announced.

AFTER 50 YEARS BOXING NEEDS “FACE LIFT”

Sans going into a screed on the pros and cons of Mr. Arum who has: 1) Admitted to Felonies, including Conspiracy, Bribery, Money Laundering. 2) Told Media, “Yesterday I was lying, today I’m telling the truth.” 3) In the biggest fight in history, co-promioter Arum was aware of the fact that an MRI taken a fortnight before Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao REVEALED that his guy Pacquiao had a “SEVERELY torn right rotator cuff muscle.” Suffice to say these actions are indicative of the need to change the smug face of the Boxing Establishment.

HAYMON BRINGS “CLEAN” MONEY INTO BOXING Read more

LISTEN RING TALK BOXING AARON SNOWELL

MIKE TYSON TRAINER DEEP IN KNOWLEDGE & HISTORY

Aaron Snowell

Aaron Snowell


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” Pedro Fernandez and boxing trainer turned community leader Aaron Snowell talked the game in a way the RT family can relate to. Mike Tyson’s trainer at the time of the Tokyo meltdown with Buster Douglas, Snowell has paid his dues.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

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BOXING REBIRTH ON FREE TV THREATENED

“BOXING ESTABLISHMENT” PICKED YOUR POCKET

Al Haymon

Al Haymon


San Francisco, CA– The sport of boxing has been missing from the TV Guide of the American masses for almost a quarter century. While there are a plethora of reasons why boxing could not get on Network TV, the bottom line is the “Boxing Establishment,” which can easily be described as the games’s top 2% greatly flourished in a time when it’s audience was significantly shrinking.

NO NETWORK TV “INTENTIONAL” BY ARUM, ET AL?

Stop scratching your head and I’ll take you down the road of greed that kept the sport from Network TV and why people like promoters Bob Arum, Don King, et al, really didn’t care whether they had Network TV or not because they were pocketing millions on Pay Per View.

ARUM DIDN’T GET BOXING BACK ON FREE TV

Again, if you’re making hundreds of millions of dollars serving a minuscule percentage of the US population, why would Arum and company need to reach out to the masses? They didn’t need to and apparently didn’t want to put boxing on Network TV because “the boxing establishment” was getting fatter than the late Cedric Kushner in the 1980s sans any Network or free TV.

HAYMON & ARUM HAVE BITTER DIFFERENCES

Al Haymon and Bob Arum are Harvard graduates. That is where the comparisons stop. Haymon is a Black entrepreneur who made money promoting musical acts. Arum is a White ex-US Attorney General and admitted Felon who made his money in boxing and wedlock.

CROCODILE TEARS REPLACED BY TEARS OF JOY/GREED Read more

EDDIE MAFUZ HONORED ON WALL OF FAME

BOXING LOST BORICUA GODFATHER IN EDDIE MAFUZ

Eddie Mafuz & Isaac Logart

Eddie Mafuz & Isaac Logart


New York, NY– Of all the obituaries I’ve written, (and as we get older it gets more often) having to tell the boxing world about the death of Eddie Mafuz in November 2005 was a very hard thing to do. Today we add Eddie to the Ring Talk “Wall Of Fame.”

EDDIE PART OF BOXING’S 98 %

Having known him for about 20 years, I would occasionally venture to New York City and from time to time I’d see Eddie and his late wife. The 80’ish Mafuz had been in boxing since the 1940s and could run off the records of some of the greats, and even the not so greats he was around.

MANAGER, CORNERMAN, IN THE GYM, EDDIE DID IT ALL!

Some people will say, Eddie who? But for those of us that have been around the ring more than once, Eddie Mafuz was a hell of a guy who passed away from a heart attack in 2005. Ironically Lydia Mafuz, Eddie’s granddaughter told me that he was at the Dr.s office for something routine. Suddenly, he collapsed and passed soon thereafter.

RELATIONSHIP WITH DON KING FOR 30+ YEARS Read more

SUGAR RAY ROBINSON ON MARVIN HAGLER

Ray Robinson

Ray Robinson

1984 CONVERSATIONS WITH RAY ROBINSON

San Francisco, CA– In one of a number of conversations with the great Sugar Ray Robinson, Ray clearly indicated that he didn’t think much of then current middleweight (160 lbs.) champ Marvin Hagler. These conversations came six months after Hagler had narrowly defeated Roberto Duran. Ray. He used the term “great” to define two fighters at the time. One being Duran, the other his namesake Sugar Ray Leonard.

ROBINSON THE GREAT ON HAGLER’S GREATNESS?

When I specifically brought up the status of Hagler, Ray who finished a 24 year career in 1965 at 173-19-6, with 108 KOs put it like this. Hagler isn’t yet a great fighter. Duran is, even though he got knocked out last night (Tommy Hearns), a great fighter. He almost beat Hagler last time. Duran’s a little guy compared to Hagler. I think he was out of shape last night, but that punch (Tommy Hearns threw) was beautiful. Switching the subject back to Hagler, something that I realized you had to do with Robinson, who would die less than five years later from Alzheimer’s disease.

RAY STILL HAD HIS WITS ABOUT HIM

Ray continued, “Who did Hagler fight, other than Duran? The Englishman (Alan Minter) wasn’t much. None of the guys that Hagler has fought have been great fighters. And he barely beat a rising welterweight (lightweight) champion (Duran). Hagler comes in good shape, he can fight, and he’s a southpaw. I just don’t know if he’s a great fighter, yet.”

HARD LOOK AT MARVIN HAGLER 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

RING TALK ALI-FRAZIER IN THEIR WORDS

FLOYD-PACMAN GOT NOTHING ON ALI-FRAZIER

Ali, King & Joe

Ali, King & Joe


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez went back in time and brought you the Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali rivalry in their own words! At times, it is ugly, but still an important point both in sports and American history.

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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AL HAYMON IS SUPERMAN

HAYMON CRITICS SEEK “KRYPTONITE”

Al Haymon

Al Haymon


San Francisco, CA– The most often question I get on boxing of late is, “Who is Al Haymon?” Having written for others to read now for some 44 years, I am usually one to respond with a quick spontaneous answer.

MANAGED “LATE” VERNON FORREST AT FIRST

But when it comes to the subject of the most powerful man in boxing bar none, I stumble, mumble and am somewhat lame in responding. The reason being, we don’t know a whole lot about the Harvard grad as his personal life is guarded like the gold at Fort Knox.

AL DOESN’T LIKE THE PUBLIC EYE Read more

LARRY HOLMES RIPS FOREMAN, KLITSCHKO’S

HOLMES CALLS FOREMAN “SICK” IN “LARRY UNPLUGGED”

Ex-Champ Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer

Ex-Champ Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer


Ring Talk (RT) – The Godfather of Easton, Pennsylvania is on the phone, we’re talking to Larry Holmes somewhere on the east coast.  How goes it Larry?
Larry Holmes (LH) – Let me make it clear I don’t own Easton, I own businesses.  I don’t want everybody calling me cause taxes keep going up. (laughing)

RT– 69-6 with 44 KOs, the heavyweight champion of the world who went 48-0 before losing to Michael Spinks.  His accomplishments are definite Hall of fame material, no question about it.  First off let’s get to some questions off the Internet.  The George Foreman fight, when Harold Smith and another guy tried to put it together in the 90’s, were you close.  How close did the fight come to reality?
LH– Very close, in fact one guy gave Foreman a million dollars and me half a million.  We took the money and signed an agreement.  But for one reason or another, the guy pulled out or George didn’t want to fight.  I wanted to fight but it never came off.  If there was ever a fight I wanted it’s that one. Read more

LISTEN RING TALK: LARRY MERCHANT ON PAC-FLOYD!

HBO GODFATHER LARRY MERCHANT “UNPLUGGED”

 "Stunned" Larry Merchant

“Stunned” Larry Merchant


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Hall of Fame journalist and broadcater Larry Merchant. Larry brought out that there are no ongoing nogotiations between Floyd Mayweather & Manny Pacquiao. There never have been. And he also spelled out Al Heymon’s deal with NBC. Merchant was all about Deontay Wilder.

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“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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