October 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 FIGHT A RING DEATH TO MANY
San Francisco, CA- The overweight man you see with a mustache here is Muhammad Ali in the late summer of 1980. After a two year hiatus from boxing, this after besting Leon Spinks in a 1978 rematch, promoter Don King (only eight years into promoting) convinced Muhammad to come back and fight unbeaten World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes on October 2, 1980, 34 years ago today. Actually, Ali didn’t need much convincing as DK was offering him $8 million reasons to fight again.
CHAMPION WAS SECOND FIDDLE HERE
A former sparring partner of Ali, Larry can be seen beating Ali up in a Deer Lake, PA training session in the movie, “Ali: Brains, Skill, & Guts,” taped in 1974 as Ali prepped for his “Rumble in The Jungle” with George Foreman. Holmes, AKA “The Easton Assassin” was 31 years young and 35-0, 26 KOs.
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September 24th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
RINGTALK.COM’S KEVIN PERRY & THE WBC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP
September 21st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
FORGET FLOYD, JUST REMOVE HIM FROM THOUGHTS
GOLOVKIN TO “RUB OUT” RUBIO ON HBO
So with another Mayweather “outing” in the rear view mirror, there is time to look at the other fighters from whom Mayweather’s taking press from. WBA middleweight (160 lb.) champ Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) faces Marco Antonio Rubio (59=6-1, 51 KOs) October 18 on HBO from Carson, CA. The old Don King adage applies here. “His (Rubio’s) chances are slim and none and slim just left town.” The big fight at 160 in 2015 will be GGG vs. the winner of the PPV gold mine that is the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez WBC & Ring Magazine middleweight title tiff.
“FILIPINO FLASH” IN WBA BOUT AT 126 UNDER GGG
Multi-division champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) duels Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) of Jamaica is the main support and the HBO co-feature. Last time out in May in Macau, Walters destroyed what was left of Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs). Donaire was wisely steered away from a Guillermo Rigondeaux rematch at 122
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September 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
FLOYD SUPERB IN REMATCH
MAYWEATHER-MAIDANA BREAKDOWN QUICKLY
Losing a point for pushing, accused of biting Mayweather’s hand, these are the tactics the Argentine was forced to adopt in order to try and defeat the guy people love to hate Floyd Mayweather. If Mayweather was serious about getting a knockout, he probably would not have ran the final round like he did. With the win in hand, Floyd knew the round was inconsequential when it came to winning the fight. Mayweather is now 47-0, 26 KOs, MM declines to 34-5, 31 KOs. Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao looks likely in 2015 should Manny beat Chris Algieri November 22.
“AVERAGE” ALFREDO ANGULO REDUCED TO THAT
Alfred Angulo was upset Saturday night by James De La Rosa in a 160 lb. bout. The former 154 lb. title challenger is finished after tasting the canvas in round two and eventually losing his third straight fight. Scores were wide at 98-90, 99-89 & 96-92. “AAA” now 23-5, 18 KOs. Upstart De La Rosa ascends to 23-3, 13 whacks.
SANTA CRUZ DISPATCHES STIFF!
When I refer to a fighter being a “stiff” it’s usually because he’s in way over his head with a fighter of greater ability as was the case when Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 15 KOs) drilled hapless Manuel Roman (17-2-3, 6 KOs) with a single left hand with a KO 2. Santa Cruz needs to face WBO and linear World champ Guillermo Rigondeaux in what is the best fight at 122 right now. WBA guy Scott Quigg might be waiting in the wings for either. READ MORE…
August 12th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
KELL BROOK “MAKE OR BREAK” VS. SHAWN PORTER
SHOWTIME FROM STUB HUB CENTER IN CARSON, CA
This is an “acid” test of sorts for the 32-0 with 22 KOs Brook who has fought the usual pedestrian suspects like Lovemore N’Dou and Carson Jones twice. His standout performance is a TKO 4 over Viacheslav Senchenko (37-2-24 KOs) in 2013.
CURRY TURNED OUT TO BE OVERRATED
As for mentioning former 147 & 154 lb champ Donald Curry (34-6, 25 KOs) and Kell in the same sentence, I do that because the Brit’s think Kell has “the goods,” much like the Yanks thought Curry would deliver in the 1980s. He didn’t and Curry was thwarted by Lloyd Honeyghan at 147 and was put to sleep by Mike McCallum in 1987 by a single left hook.
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May 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
LARRY HOLMES TALKS BERMANE STIVERNE
GENARO HERNANDEZ WAS ONE OF A KIND!
It’s been three years (next month) since a great man left us in ex-World 130 lb. champ Genaro Hernandez. We were going to play his last interview, but we instead went with accolades and birthday wishes! We also talked about Oscar De La Hoya, as he fights for control of his company with Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer. What’s Floyd Mayweather, slipping as he is, going to do next? Promoter Don King weighed in as well!
ONE HOUR BOXING & ONE HOUR MMA!
This edition of the Sunday MMA hour starts at 11 AM PT. Hour one is boxing, hour two is all MMA. The Saturday one-hour program starts at 11 AM PT and combines boxing and MMA.
RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”
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May 10th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING ON ESPN “ENTERTAINING”
TRIMMER WASN’T ENOUGH FIR MEXICAN-AMERICAN
Arreola came out and outworked Stiverne in rounds two, three, four and five. Operating behind a left jab, occasional hook and right hand, the fight was 4-1 Arreola entering round six. Looking a little “gassed” at the end of the fifth, Arreolla was winning. But his lack of head movement, keeping it in the
“zone” (the middle) as the now 24-1 Haitian could punch and hit Chris with his eyes closed, wasn’t beneficial.
ROUND SIX WAS ALL SHE WROTE!
That was what happened as Bermane (Ber-man) caught Arreola with a right hand as the Mexican-American was trying to force the fight and that was a “wrap” per se. Referee Jack Reiss allowed Arreola to continue, but he get dropped by “punches in bunches” again. Looking deep into Arreola’s eyes, referee Reiss let the fight go but when he realized Arreola was a “dead man walking,” stopped the fight. It wasn’t the prettiest stop ever made, but it was a correct move by the Southern California official.
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April 7th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- The English language could explain this no simpler. Ether you like Don King or you don’t. Having always found a way to pierce his shield, I used to love to challenge the guy his peeps used to refer to simply as “DK.” Now in his 82 turn of the Roman Calender, I simply call him Don. The Donald has been promoting fights since 1974 and the “Rumble In The Jungle” aka Muhammad Ali-George Foreman.
King who had had a piece of Earnie Shavers after doing his first wooing of a fighter when he wooed the hardest puncher in boxing history away from fellow Cleveland native Don Elbaum. But as a promoter, that cherry was popped with Ali-Foreman in Zaire, Africa. Don had gotten a reported $10 million for a site fee from President Mabutu who had great hopes of his country becoming the next French Riviera in tourism and that this fight would bring it priceless worldwide media exposure.
ZAIRE WAS A JUNGLE FOR SURE
But it wasn’t peaches and cream in Zaire leading up to the September 1974 match for a 24-year old Foreman as George was hated by the locals. His having a number of German Shepard dogs, a trait locals could only tie to the slave owners started George down the path of being the heel (bad guy) in this promotion.
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April 1st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
DON KING ON FIRE, HIS 40 YEARS & MUCH MORE
SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS
This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.
29 YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”
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March 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
VIDEOTAPE OF “GREAT” FIGHT FOR YOUSan Francisco, CA- The stage was set. The grudge filled rivalry that is Mexico vs. Puerto Rico was in play here. In Lupe Pintor’s corner you will see WBC President Jose Sulaiman. Across the ring with champion Wilfredo Gomez was the great late Yamil Charde. Simply put, Yamil Charde was the Godfather of Puerto Rican boxing. The referee was the iconic Arthur Mercante Sr.
AMERICA’S VOICE OF BOXING, TV, MORE!
Introducing the fighters was the late Jimmy Lennon Sr. Being March 3, 1982, this was “old school” boxing at it’s best with Don King in his prime. Lennon Sr., a household face who appeared on countless television shows and feature films, his voice was pure Americana. Mr. Lennon, that’s what I called him, to everybody else he was just Jimmy, passed in 1992.
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March 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- We have talked about how Larry Holmes had a hard road to hoe in following Muhammad Ali. That being said, if there was ever a main event that could not live up to the semi-main, it was Thomas Hearns & Wilfred Benitez having to enter the ring after Wilfredo Gomez and Lupe Pintor. The exact date was December 3, 1982, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, with the wirehaired wonder Don King promoting this card at the Louisiana Superdome.
MEET LUPE PINTOR FOLKS
Before we get to the fight, let’s water the plant first. Lupe Pintor was a “rugged” Mexican fighter who went 12-1, 9 KOs in Mexico before coming to the Great Western Forum and meeting Albert Davila in February 1976. In a battle of bantamweights that would both go on to win World titles, Davila prevailed via unanimous decision.
INTER STABLE FIGHT WITH ZARATE
Losing a couple of decisions along the way, Pintor was matched with the great Carlos Zarate (54-1, 53 KOs, only loss to Gomez) in Las Vegas on June 3, 1978. I believe they were both managed by Cuyo Hernandez, and Zarate a top five P4P guy at the time was not going to re-sign with Hernandez. After 15 rounds, judges Harold Buck and Art Lurie both saw it 143-142 Pintor, while Bob Martin scored the fight, are you ready, 145-133 for Zarate. That’s 12-3 in rounds! Feeling he had been screwed, Carlos would retire and not fight again for seven years.
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February 6th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
MAYWEATHER SENDS OUT TWEET AND ASKS FANS TO PICK HIS NEXT FIGHT
This week amidst bad publicity about a potential fight with former 140lb champion Amir Khan(28-3, 19 KOs), a fighter with no credentials whatsoever in the welterweight (147lb) division, WBC welterweight king and pound for pound superstar Floyd Mayweather asked his fans via twitter “Who should I fight? Amir Khan or Marcos Maidana (35-3, 30 KOs)?” Maidana is clearly the better opponent when you consider he’s actually had his last 5 bouts at welterweight.
However when you look closer, while Maidana certainly has earned the fight on the surface, he’s really no world beater to a certain extent. To put it mildly, he has no shot at beating Floyd. He will try, and that makes for what in essence would be a slaughter. Certainly a fighter who will fall right into the supreme counter punchers hands and make him look good. As effective as he was against Mayweather clone, or should I say “wannabe” Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) in a 12 round decision victory in December, Floyd won’t just be standing there to get hit. When he chooses to stay in the pocket against Maidana, expect the Argentiniean to be on the receiving end of hooks and right crosses.
MAYWEATHER POLL MISSING HIS OBVIOUS NEMESIS
If both Floyd and Manny Pacquiao(55-5-2, 38 KOs) win their next bouts, and thats no certainty (Manny must defeat Tim Bradley(31-0, 12 KOs) in their rematch in April), they certainly at the least need to enter some sort of negotiation. For as much as Goldenboy Promotions and Top Rank don’t appear to want to do any business together, Bob Arum and Don King could put their differences aside to negotiate a superfight if need be.
VIDEO:MANNY SAYS HIS LINES ARE OPEN 24/7!
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January 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
KING DON STILL HAS PLENTY OF CHARM & CHARISMASan Francisco, CA- This picture with promoter Don King taken in late August in of all places the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary, this at the 2013 WBO Congress. Having just led the crowd that included Hungarian President Yanos Ader in singing the Donald “Happy Birthday,” I thank Minnesota based and world class referee Mark Nelson for capturing this moment with the 82-year old icon that is Don King.
October 14th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
TRAINER OF STARS DEAN POWELL STEPPED IN FRONT OF TRAIN
San Francisco, CA- When I was in Budapest in August, the high point at the 26th annual World Boxing Organization Congress for me was introducing the Hungarian President Janos Ader. Sitting at a table with promoters Don King, Frank Warren, an interpreter, Dana Jamison of Don King Productions and and Warren’s #1 guy Dean Powell, this was obviously the VIP table whose food servers were either armed, searched and or escorted.
HUNGARIAN GOULASH JUST BEEF STEW
The dinner consisted of this great Hungarian goulash and duck. Well I’m no McDonald’s guy at home, but a Quarter Pounder with Swiss Cheese from the Mickey D’s near our Inter Continental Hotel, was looking a lot better three hours from now than the duck was right then and there.
WARREN BROUGHT POWELL UP WITH HIM
When I gave Frank Warren one of the WBO awards, it was his 47-year old matchmaker Dean Powell, whom I believe accompanied Frank to the stage. What has gone unreported here in the United States that was the death less than two weeks after I saw him in Hungary, trainer, matchmaker and Frank Warren’s right hand Dean Powell committed suicide on September 10 by stepping in front of a train at New Cross Gate station. I didn’t notice any US sites doing anything other than his obituary.
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October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SECOND AND FINAL INSTALLMENT
San Francisco, CA- In Part I, I took you through the maze of bull s*it that led up to the October 2, 1980 match between unbeaten heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali. The morning of the fight, the Godfather of all boxing writers, Jack Fiske is milling about the lobby of Caesars Palace. Also working the circular bar in the lobby (fight headquarters in those days) was press legend Dick Young when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis (and two very unassuming bodyguards) approached the Big Apple columnist.
CAESARS PALACE LOBBY BAR WAS PLACE TO BE
Although the bar was open to the public, the ambiance was such that it made like a private setting. For some reason, only the most fanatical of fans would unknowingly breach the invisible circle of privacy that surrounds celebrities. Joe Frazier was there, as was Ken Norton, Joe Louis in a wheelchair, (all three have now passed) this less than six months away from the April 1981 death of the “Brown Bomber.”
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