August 18th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SERGEY KOVALEV IS A BEAST!
San Francisco, CA- What can you say about the new WBO light heavyweight (175 lb.) champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) that I haven’t already said time and again? In today’s world the term “beast” is overused. That being said, Kovalev is more than a beast, especially in light of the four round destruction of Nathan Cleverly. There was no “cleverness” on the part of the new champion and or the now once-beaten native of the UK, Nathan Cleverly. No, it was pure violence being thrown at Cleverly by the new champion.
KOVALEV TEAMS WITH “DUVA DIVA” KATHY DUVA
There are things that you see in a fighter, some of which is “substance” and some is “flash.” As I watched Kovalev rise from that of a preliminary fighter, I saw punching power that you can’t teach somebody, they’re just born with it. Sergey hits people with such force that you can hear his punches making impact all the way up in the cheap seats. When he was clipping Cleverly, who had an iron chin prior to meeting the Russian born fighter promoted by Kathy Duva and Main Events, on the arms you could hear the “thud” when they landed. Truth be told, Cleverly (26-1, 12 KOs) is a good boxer.
LIKE A NAKED MAN AT A BASEBALL GAME!
Kovalev on the other hand, is going to run through the 175 lb. weight class like a streaker, leaving bodies in a clump, all the while onlookers will just be looking on astonished! If Sergey got in with Bernard Hopkins, that would drive nails into the door of Hopkins’ pugilistic casket. As for Cleverly, he need not retire, but truth be told after watching the Brit get dropped thrice, he couldn’t beat Kovalev if he had four hands and a lead pipe.
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February 24th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
PRICE (15-1, 13 KOS), ESPN’S 2012 PROSPECT OF THE YEAR, GETS DESTROYED BY HIS ELDER, THE 41 YEAR-OLD THOMPSON
The upset causes a huge shake up in the heavyweight division and boxing as a whole. The 6’8′ Price was being primed as a potential serious challenge to heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. One thing is for sure if you are a top prospect you don’t want to be named Dan Rafael of ESPN’s prospect of the year. It appears to be a curse. Of the last 12, only one lived up to the potential, 2002′s Miguel Cotto. 2003′s Jermain Taylor did manage to win the undisputed middleweight crown. However 2001 winner Francisco Bojoado(18-3, 12 KOs) was a disappointment as was 2008′s Victor Ortiz, 2005′s Joel Julio, 2006′s Andre Berto, and 2007′s Amir Khan. 2010′s Canelo Alvarez has had carefully selected opposition and 2011′s Gary Russell has yet to face a quality prospect or contender. If ESPN handed me the award I would just decline and hand it back!
January 11th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
BOTH NETWORKS RETURN IN 2013, WITH CROSSROADS FIGHTS IN THEIR MAIN EVENTS
Los Angleles, Ca-ESPN Friday Night Fights returns with a grudge match between two twice beaten lightweights (135lbs). John Molina Jr.(24-2, 19 KOs) of Covina, Ca comes back from an embarrassing first round TKO loss to WBC lightweight champ at the time, Antonio De Marco (28-3-1, 21 KOs), to face the inconsistent but dangerous Danny Williams (22-2, 18 KOs) in a ten round bout.Both are hard punchers, yet Williams has a huge advantage in speed. However the barometer here is their common foe. Williams lost a wide decision to lightweight contender Hank Lundy (22-2-1, 11 KOs) last year, but while Molina stopped Lundy in the 11th round in 2012, he trailed heavily on the scorecards. The Covina native struggles with speedy fighters, and while Williams is no world beater this is a tough fight to take after a stunning loss. Tough one to pick and looks even on paper. When you consider talks of already moving to 140lbs, you must believe the 5’10′ Molina struggles to get to 135. I think the ten round bout favors Williams and I pick him to take a close decision. Trainer Virgil Hunter’s middleweight prospect out of Sacramento, Ca, Brandon Gonzales, (16-0, 10 KOs) rounds out the card against tough journeyman spoiler Don Moutin (12-4-1, 10 KOs). Broadcast begins at 6PM PST.
SHOWBOX DEBUTS WITH SOLID SEASON OPENER!
Former WBA 122lb champion Rico Ramos(21-1, 11 Kos) of Southern California, faces untested featherweight prospect Ronny Rios (19-0, 9 KOs), of Santa Ana, Ca. Rios is a former national amateur champion, but Ramos has faced the better competition in the pros. Ramos appeared to lack confidence against the ultra clever former two time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux(11-0, 8 KOs) in his lone defeat, a TKO loss and title losing effort last year. Rios is no Rigondeaux, and can be somewhat methodical. This is a step up in class, however this is an extremely close fight that either guy can win. Considering Rios lack of firepower and the speed advantage for Ramos, I tend to go for the quicker fighter in a close match-up. Rios doesn’t seem to have the eraser or power to influence the judges in close rounds even if he’s the naturally bigger man. Expect Ramos to pull out a close and somewhat controversial decision. Broadcast starts at 8PM PST.
October 9th, 2012 By Kevin Perry
MERCHANT TALKS MANNY PACQUIAO VS. FLOYD MAYWEATHER
August 8th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
HARD TO SMILE ABOUT MUCH IN THE YEAR 2012
San Francisco, CA- The performance of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing team, the scurrilous decisions that have plagued the sport this year, Manny Pacquiao’s failure to fight Floyd Mayweather before he ended up on the wrong end of a decision, I can go on and on. It would be easy enough to end this with two sentences, but having pulled that one yesterday, it’s too soon to play that hand again. Having been a recognized orator for decades, it is rare when I don’t have something to say. But 2012, be it in boxing, or the world at large, there are few things worth smiling over.
BOXING & COUNTRY ON THE ROPES!
The economy, whether you want to blame George Bush for cutting taxes during two “unprovoked” wars, something that has been the opposite of the norm in the history of this country as every other President raised taxes during military conflicts except for “W,” who is about as smart as the kids he was with when planes hit World Trade Centers #1 & #2. While my well off friends are feeling great, my not so wealthy friends are in despair. Social programs like Social Security are in trouble, the U.S. is like #37 in the world when it comes to medical care, in other words, whether you want to admit or not, we live in a Fourth World Country when it comes to medicine.
BOXING RUNNING A DISTANT THIRD TO THE UFC & FAKE WRESTLING
That being fact, something my right wing friends cannot discount or dismiss, it’s hard to even focus on boxing if you are thinking about the big picture. Although some of you might not like this, boxing is running third to the Ultimate Fighting Championships and the faked game that is World Wrestling Entertainment. The reason why I’m as down as I am is that “Yory Boy” Campas retired last week after losing a fight in Australia last week to a guy that is anything but world class. To say that he was sodomized by the boxing establishment, most notably Top Rank, the Arizona Boxing Commission, and to a lesser extent HBO, would be a great understatement.
CAMPAS RETIRES WITH ONLY THE SHIRT ON HIS BACK! READ MORE…
June 20th, 2012 By Kevin Perry
DAN GOOSSEN’S TWO TV CARDS THIS WEEKEND!
Los Angeles, CA- Summer is finally upon us and as a special treat to boxing fans in the Southern California area there are two local cards, one on Friday and one Saturday night, both presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. ESPN Friday Night Fights broadcasts live from the San Jacinto, Ca at Soboba Casino, featuring talented prospect Mike Dallas Jr.(18-2-1, 7KOs) of Bakersfield, CA, trained by Virgil Hunter, against 31 fight veteran Javier Castro(27-4, 22 KOs) of Juarez, Mexico in a clash for the interim WBO Latino light welterweight (140 lb) title.
DALLAS HAS REBOUNDED WELL!
The Bakersfield native rebounded from a two fight losing streak to pound out a unanimous decision on ESPN in February over Miguel Gonzalez (20-3, 15 KOs). The talented boxer with a great amateur pedigree, lost a highly controversial decision loss to Mauricio Herrera(18-2, 7 KOs) in June of 2011. Castro is a big puncher who should test the whiskers of Dallas Jr., who was stopped in his first defeat to world ranked Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs). Both are eager to make a statement and advance their careers in this ten round scheduled attraction. Undefeated former amateur star Brandon Gonzales (15-0-1, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, CA should be totally dominant in the co-feature against unheralded Elie Augustama (AKA Willie Standup) (6-4 3 KOs).
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May 17th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Outside of Muhammad Ali’s 1974 comeback to dethrone George Foreman, Phoenix, AX trainer and gym owner Joe Diaz, the man Top Rank headed by Bob Arum tried to destroy both financially and emotionally, Joe is the “comeback” kid of the new millennium. His attending MD’s told the family Monday that Diaz is progressing well, this after a breathing tube was removed from his throat Monday.
“TRAMP’S HEART PALPITATIONS TO RESUME UPON READING THIS
Now while this might induce Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler to pop some more Valium, Bruce was one of the men that escaped prison time when “Operation Matchbox” was halted by Attorney General’s John Ashcroft’s office, this with the FBI wanting the case to go forward, in my mind few deserve a permanent rain cloud over their head more than “The Tramp.” But on the flip side, to us good guys, the Diaz comeback is the best news we could get. One week after major having major heart surgery, according to the MD’s, the toughest man in Arizona appears to be on the road to a full recovery.
FIGHT NEWS’ FREITAG JUST ONE OF TOP RANK’S MEDIA WHORESNow for Massa Bob Arum and his matchmaker Bruce Trampler, this is bad news. But in no way will this ever break Bob Arum financially, but it will show through this scandal the world what a piece of feces he and his media cohorts truly are. Besides the monetary settlement involving Diaz, now 70, boxer “Yory Boy Campas and others were hurt by the quite obvious conspiracy to *uck over Campas out of deserved money and screwing people out of their livelihood.
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March 11th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
Foxwoods Casino, Manshantucket, CT(HBO) Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) vs. Sergy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) (World 160 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Martinez 3.75 to 1. Champ has the goods. Ukranian will try, but he won’t win. Dropping $375 to win $100 on champ.
Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) vs. Craig McEwan (19-0, 10 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Lee 8-5. Would be more but TKO 7 loss to Brian Vera still fresh in my mind.
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
(PPV) Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) vs. Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs) (WBA 154 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: READ MORE…
March 4th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
WATCH, LISTEN, OR WATCH & LISTEN TO EMANUEL, SAMMY, RIZWANN
San Francisco, CA- Ring Talk,” airs this morning at 11:05 AM PT on “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history airing on the Sports Byline USA Radio Network Click for LIVE listening broadcast"Ring Talk" On Sports Byeline Broadcast Network
EMANUEL “MANNY” STEWARD TOPS GUEST LIST!
Often immitated, never duplicatd, host Pedro Fernandez’s guests include Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward. The Kronk Gym “Goldfather” will talk tonight’s fights, his current crop of fighters and more. We will also go into the March 1971 match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier and how the entire world stopped to watch a world heavyweight championship fight. “Slammin’ Sammy” on tonight’s two televised MMA cards and writer Rizwann Zahid, they both will be part of the mix.
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February 16th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Having known Nonito Donaire Sr. for quite a long time, I have found him to be a decent trainer who’s life evolved around his boxing sons, Nonito Jr. and his older brother Glenn. For those of you that have followed boxing longer than this Manny Pacquiao “rage” has run, you’d know that the father shopped these kids to just about every promoter and manager he could. When the subject of the fighting Donaire’s came up in a conversation with Hall of Fame promoter Don Chargin, he painted a different picture of Mr. Donaire, not one like Ward Cleaver of the “Leave it to Beaver” TV show of the 60s. I’ll get into that a bit later.
PAPA DONAIRE HATES THE FACT NONITO JR. IS A MAN NOW!
Having married a beautiful lady in his wife Rachael, herself a former Mixed Martial Arts champion in Tae Kwon Do, this is what pissed old man Donaire off as all of a sudden his married son wanted to make his own decisions. The father claims his assertive daughter in law drove a wedge between father and son and that Nonito should listen only to dad, instead of being a man that gets together with his wife to make decisions that affect their lives. Look, like her or not, Rachael isn’t some dumb broad sans education. She is extremely well spoken, knows something about boxing, and I feel has her husband’s best interests at hand when she says something.
RACHAEL DIDN’T FLEECE THE COUNTRY LIKE IMELDA MARCOS!
The way some of the media portray her, Mrs. Donaire is like the second coming of Imelda Marcos, the wife of the corrupt bastard that ruled the Philippines with an iron fist, Ferdinand Marcos from 1965 to 1989. She spent millions of dollars (smuggled out billions) amassing one of the biggest collection of ladies shoes (sounds like President Marcos had a foot fetish) in the world, the woman was the wife, in my opinion, of a murderer, as I feel deep in my heart that he had the father of the current president Ninoy Aquino, Benigno Aquino killed as he stepped off an airplane onto a Manila airport in 1983. As for Mrs. Marcos, she and her hubby ripped of the Philippine people of billions of dollars and never paid a price for it. All Rachael has done is stand by her man, yet she is scorned by many who believe the story conjured up by Nonito Sr.
DAD’S GREED HELD THE DONAIRE BROTHERS BACK! READ MORE…
February 9th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Harold “Ross Fields” Smith was a promoter so big that in the early 1980s he had more talent on contract than Don King and Bob Arum put together, took a select crew of individuals and Muhammad Ali on a six-city tour of the Peoples Republic of China in August 1994. This trip included writers like the late Jack Welsh of Las Vegas. But on the inside, it was Ali, wife Lonnie, promoter Smith, Ali photographer Howard Bingham and yours truly.
SMITH MADE MACAO HOTEL BRING IN AMERICAN CHEF
Smith promoted the first boxing event in China (March 1993) since Mao Tse Tung’s Communist takeover in 1949, dubbed the “Brawl at The Wall” in Beijing. As for the cuisine, the Chinese had no concept of cooking American food (think of runny scrambled eggs) and referee Gino Rodriguez, the Floridian almost died after eating uncooked pork. But one year later on this trip to Macao, Smith made sure we had an American cook.
GUMBAI WAS THE WORD OF THE NIGHT! READ MORE…
January 27th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
New York, NY – In a rare occurrence, weekend action is highlighted with a meaningful scrapbetween two young undefeated champions who are commendably stepping up their level of previously protected opposition to unify titles in one of boxing’s most talented weight classes.
SOMEBODY’S O HAS GOTTA GO
WBC belt holder Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) squares off against WBO strap carrier Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) over 12 scheduled light welterweight (140) rounds at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, Saturday at 10 PM ET on HBO.
WORKING AT PERFECTION
Unblemished against decent opposition, Devon Alexander has done everything asked of him and continues at his quest to impress. Throughout his seven-year career, Devon has virtually dominated every foe that has welcomed his challenge. Originally READ MORE…
January 25th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
HBO LOSES “ELVIS OF BOXING” TO SHOWTIME & CBS!
San Francisco, CA- When I called HBO a fortnight ago, I left a voicemail message asking one of the boxing suits, “Is HBO losing Manny Pacquiao?” The reason I put forth the question was that somebody reliable had tipped me off. Never got a response, so I dropped it and moved along. Then the great Tom Hauser, writer extraordinaire that he is, penned a piece at SecondsOut.com that confirmed the rumors of Pacman leaving HBO.
JEWISH CONNECTION RAN LOU DI BELLA OFF WITH LIES!
While some of you are perplexed with that sub title, it’s the truth. READ MORE…
January 16th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
Bethlehem, PA- 2011 is barely two weeks old, yet it’s making “big” waves as far as MMA news is concerned. One of the biggest, (no pun intended), news stories so far has been the upcoming/impending Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament. This tourney features eight of the world’s best heavyweight fighters, including two of the top five in champion Alistair Overeem and former number one pound for pound fighter Fedor Emelianenko.
LESNAR & SANTOS READY FOR TV FACE OFF
To counter this heavyweight bonanza, the UFC dropped a gargantuan bombshell themselves this past week. They announced that the coaches for the upcoming season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter‘ reality series would be number one heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Not only that, but they also stated the two will fight at the season finale and that the winner will get the next title shot against current champion Cain Velasquez.
SANTOS TO BATTLE BROCK FOR CAIN FIGHT!
While this move may make sense for a couple of reasons, business wise that is, it doesn’t make sense as far as the heavyweight title picture is concerned. Then again, when has common sense ever been a factor where dollars and cents are involved? The fact that Dos Santos (12-1, 8 KO’s, 3 subs) is riding a seven fight win streak, the last six in the UFC, and Lesnar (5-2, 2 KO’s, 2 subs) just lost his last fight against Velasquez means nothing when it comes to money; not to mention that Dos Santos has won as many fights in a row that Lesnar has in his MMA life.
A DIFFERENCE (OR MONOPOLY) BETWEEN UFC & BOXING BODIES? READ MORE…
December 27th, 2010 By Pedro Fernandez
TOCCO PRESENT WHEN EX-CHAMP LISTON WAS FOUND DEADSan Francisco, CA- Say what you want, but there are probably more dead people that I can respect than there are living. That being said, as 2011 nears I think about some of the people in boxing that are no longer with us. We will start in Las Vegas, where Johnny Tocco ran the “Ringside Gym” on the corner of Charleston & Main from the mid 50′s to the late 90′s.
LISTON, HE DIED IN HIS OWN HAND(S)?
He was a prince of a man who along with another “Sin City” alumni in the late Davey Pearl, were handling former heavyweight champ Sonny Liston at the time of his death. Reports had Liston dying from a Heroin overdose, folklore has him being murdered by the Mafia for refusing to throw the fight (his last) with Chuck Wepner, the same Wepner that Sylvester Stalone developed the Rocky movie character from. Truth be told, and I’m not trying to be funny here, but Liston was found on top of his made bed in his Las Vegas home with his underwear down around his ankles. More than likely Sonny Liston died from a Stroke he suffered while stroking it!
HOUSE WAS LOCKED FROM THE INSIDE
Sonny’s house was locked from the inside, no windows were open or unlocked, this according to his wife, who discovered the body on January 5, 1971 and a LVPD investigation that some say was a “cover up.” Because of the newspapers left on the stoop, it was estimated that Liston died on December 30 or 31, 1970. At the time of his death, Sonny was 50-4 with 39 KOs. Having beaten Wepner in June 1970, Sonny was trying to redeem himself after a brutal one-punch KO loss to Leotis Martin in 1969. Liston’s age was always suspect, as his death certificate stated he was 38. There are many who think Sonny was at least five years older.
JOHNNY’S GENETICS SOLD HIM A LIL’ SHORT
When Johnny Tocco died in 1997, he had just five days prior appeared with me on “Ring Talk Worldwide.” Having had a foot amputated due to Diabetic issues, Johnny was sad and feared he would never get back to the gym, even though he had sold it. READ MORE…