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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.

SHOW “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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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

MIKE TYSON PART 5: JAIL AND BEYOND

MIKE TYSON EMERGED AS MALIK ABDUL AZIZ

Malik Abdul Aziz AKA Mike Tyson

San Francisco, CA- It is March 1995, Mike Tyson has just been released from an Indiana prison for what this writer (with a law enforcement background) thought was a bogus rape conviction concocted by Desiree Washington in 1992. During his incarceration, Tyson converted to Islam and his name was now Malik Abdul Aziz. Complete with skull cap and Don King by his side, Mike Tyson looked a little soft from the s*it food they feed you in the joint. Even with an abundance of cash, the selection of prison grub was limited, thus the Cup of Noodles and Hostess Cup Cake diet turned the one time “Baddest Man on The Planet” into human Silly Putty.

FIVE MONTHS LATER TYSON CONTINUED NEVER COMPLETED COMEBACK!

This would be Mike Tyson’s second comeback, with the first being after he got drilled in Tokyo, Japan by 37-1 underdog Buster Douglas. What many of you didn’t know was that the man who captivated the sports world until Douglas was through! In August 1995, I was doing radio for Showtime PPV as Tyson’s first fight since losing to Desiree Washington was with “ham & egger” Peter McNeeley. The son of Tom McNeeley, Peter was less of a fighter than his journeyman father. Daddy McNelley’s, then 23-0, claim to fame was a 1961 World heavyweight title shot with Floyd Patterson that ended inside of four fistic stanzas.

PETER MCNEELY WAS RIGHT, BUT NOT SO BRIGHT! 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 STORY PART 3: CUS D’AMATO

CUS RESCUES TYSON FROM EARLY DEMISE

San Francisco, CA- Having done a ton of research in my time, Mike Tyson was probably one of the easiest subjects to write an expose on. When I first met Mike he was 17-years old, a former ghetto urchin who had been rescued when Cus D’Amato, a trainer who became prominent when he signed Floyd Patterson after the future two-time heavyweight champion had won the 1952 Olympics at 165 lbs. D’Amato is alleged to have stood up against the Mafia and refused to fight fighters connected to Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo.

Frankie "Mr. Gray" Carbo


MOB & MADISON SQUARE GARDEN RAN BOXING

Palermo and Carbo ran boxing with an iron fist from the 1940s until US Attorney General Robert Kennedy shut their operation down in the early 1960s. Carbo, a member of the Lucchese crime family, was charged with eight murders, which resulted only in only one conviction for Manslaughter after snuffing out a cab driver who refused to pay “protection money” in 1931. For that, Frankie got less than two years in the slam.

CUS WOULD NOT DEAL WITH MR. GRAY

When fighters or their managers got a call from Carbo, he used the alias “Mr. Gray.” Frankie would tell them how their upcoming fight(s) would end. If they did not comply with Mr. Gray’s directive, they would either end up maimed or in some instances dead.

MARCIANO’S PEOPLE AVOIDED MOB AS WELL

Knowing that Al Weill, the manager of Patterson’s heavyweight champion predecessor Rocky Marciano had kept his fighter 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

FOUL CHANGED LIFE OF FERNANDO VARGAS

LOSING IS NOT AN EASY THING

Trinidad-King-Vargas

Trinidad-King-Vargas


San Francisco, CA- With the exception of a rare draw, there is always a winner and a loser in combat sports. Although winning is seemingly everything, there aren’t but a few men who have never lost a professional fight. Those exceptions include ex-heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano and most recently super middleweight king Joe Calzaghe.

MARCIANO & CALZAGHE WERE “RAREST OF RARE”

Those two men never had to endure the emotional, forget about the physical aspect for a second, the emotional trauma of losing especially for the first time. In some instances, fighters can put their negative experiences in the rear view mirror and move on. There are others who are never ever the same.

FERNANDO DENIED POTENTIAL MILLIONS VIA FOUL

Fernando Vargas was fouled by Tito Trinidad after the Oxnard, CA native had hurt the Puerto Rican badly. It was one of those intentional low blows that was meant to inflict pain and discomfort in order to get Trinidad some much-needed rest.

VARGAS FELL VICTIM TO CATSUP! 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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You can go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart radio ap and take Ring Talk anywhere you go on your Smartphone or Tablet.

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MIKE TYSON TITLE RUN 28 YEARS LATER

COCAINE, REDD FOXX & THE TYSON CORONATION

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson


San Francisco, CA- The date of November 22nd to me is a daunting one for in real life back in 1963, President Kennedy was murdered and our system of Government has never been the same. On the positive side, November 22nd is also the date of the Mike Tyson heavyweight championship coronation in 1986 the Las Vegas Hilton promoted by Don King.
Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx

SCALPERS DIDN’T HAVE ANY SEATS

It was one of those fights where one thought you could pick up a pair of tickets from a scalper, but that wasn’t the case as Tyson-Berbick tickets were harder to get than a BJ on the moon. This was a special day in fistic history as the 20-year (+four months) Tyson made an indelible mark on the sport of prize fighting in not only being the youngest, but the most dominant champ since George Foreman’s first title run in the 70s.

IS WELTER KING KELL BROOK TYSON-LIKE?

Looking invincible in the ring, the question with Tyson is the same as it was with ex-middleweight king Michael Nunn, how long could he stay out of trouble outside of the ring. Because much like Nunn and his native Davenport, Iowa, the streets of New York presented lots of problems for Mike Tyson. The fight with Mitch Green outside of a 24-hour clothing store in Harlem that sold Superfly-like attire, was yet another instance where Mike was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Not as often as the thrice-stabbed IBF welterweight (147) king Kell Brook of the UK, but there were things that got “buried” and never came to the public’s attention.

TYSON MADE FOES **** ON THEMSELVES Read more

THE WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO ERA

Wladomr Klitschko

Wladomr Klitschko

KLITSCHKO BEING DISSED BY AMERICANS?

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.”

BOXING BEDTIME STORIES Read more

THE NIGHT “ALI THE FIGHTER” DIED IN VEGAS

10/2/1980 FIGHT A RING DEATH TO MANY

Ali Training For Larry Holmes

Muhammad Ali Training For Larry Holmes

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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