October 15th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- Former light welterweight (140 lb.) boxer Emanuel Augustus (38-34-6 20 KOs), born Emanuel Burton has been shot in the back of the head in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Monday and is on Life Support. This is unfortunate news as another pugilist has fallen victim to violence. Names like Vernon Forest, Hector Camacho and Arturo Gatti come to mind as fighters who have met their demise due to conflicts outside of the ring. Initially, I was hoping for a full recovery. A report that he is “brain dead” has been unconfirmed and there are no suspects.
ONCE HIT FOE WITH TWO HANDS AT SAME TIME!
Many of Augustus’ fights were unique due to his awkward and weird style in the ring. He often entertained with his jerky and slick style. It was problematic for some, but most solved the puzzle after a few rounds. He was able to land a handful of title shots but lost them all beside a WBO & IBF Intercontinental bout against John Thaxton, which he won by TKO.
STOOD IN WITH SOME TALENT
Augustus shared the ring and dropped bouts a host a names, including contests against Ruslan Provodnikov and Vernon Paris in 2010 & 2011. He also faced Mickey Ward and the late IBF 135 lb. champ Leavander Johnson, who died from brain injuries in a later bout.
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October 10th, 2014 By Jason B. Nava
PROSPECT HAS PEOPLE TALKING
San Francisco, CA- Lightweight Felix Verdejo is being groomed as boxing’s next Puerto Rican superstar and the call is no short order. Puerto Rican fight fans have long been some of the most passionate on the planet and with good reason.
KINGS FROM THE LAND OF BORICUA
From the careers of World champions Carlos Ortiz (135 lbs.) and Jose Torres (175) in the 60s, to the multi-division reigns of the Wilfreds (Benitez and Gomez) in the 70s and 80s, to Felix Trinidad’s gargantuan-like run at 147, 154, this before losing to then 160 lb. king Bernard Hopkins.
AND THEM CAME THE MAN NAMED COTTO!
Most recently the island country is basking in the outstanding career of linear World champ Miguel Cotto,
who carved out a reputation for his willingness to step in the ring with anyone. The picture is clear, historically Puerto Rico has birthed some of the best and most exciting fighters. Verdejo has a great cloud of witnesses who have paved the way for his career.
JUAN MA “CRASHED & BURNED”
But these are no easy shoes to fill. Just ask Juan Manuel Lopez who was himself being billed as the next face of Puerto Rican boxing before twice being starched by Orlando Salido (in addition to two other men including Mikey Garcia). Simply put at just 31 years old Juan Ma is already a shot fighter. With Miguel Cotto’s career coming to a close, now is the perfect time for Verdejo to begin establishing himself as the one to carry the torch for his nation.
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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 28th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
SCORING WAY TOO WIDE IN ABRAHAM-SMITH
YOU THOUGHT BOXING REALITY SHOWS WERE REAL!
The advent and proliferation of quasi-reality shows like the 24-7 HBO series and the All Access production of cable counterpart Showtime have led some of you to think the show’s were spontaneous. Floyd Mayweather said this week that his shows are for the most part staged. In other words, nothing’s real except you really being fooled!
FEEL LIKE A PPS (PAY PER SCREW) VICTIM?
1. Floyd promises you an exciting fight ending in knockout. 2. Runs like Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis the entire final round against B+ rated Marcos Maidana. 3. Afterwards says he could have stopped MM and didn’t. 4. Are you feeling “worked” yet? You, the PPV customer adding to the Mayweather wealth by continuing to believe his lying ass time and again. We must invoke the “FLOYDCOTT”.
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September 23rd, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
FLOYD HAS NO OTHER FOES & FANS HAVE NO MORE PATIENCE
PACQUIAO NOW A NECESSARY OPTION
Like clockwork, rumblings have resumed regarding a potential mega bout between Mayweather and his omnipresent rival, Manny Pacquiao. This bout has remained a fantasy, but talks have supposedly resumed behind closed doors. However, this info came from Bob Arum (who’s currently promoting Pacquiao) and Floyd has called the allegations false. With a few recent bouts signifying a thawing of tensions between networks and promoters, it is still possible that real negotiations are realistic this time around.
MONEY REALIZES “CHOICES” ARE SLIM
For the first time in a while however, Floyd was asked about facing Pacquiao after his recent bout on Showtime and his response seemed to offer some hope. Floyd responded, “If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, lets make it happen”. This is a different tone than in the past where Floyd has brushed Manny to the side particularly after he recorded two losses, one resulting in being knocked cold out by Juan Manuel Marquez. Manny has since rebounded well, but does mean the fight is actually on the horizon?
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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 18th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
LISTEN TO LARRY MERCHANT ON RINGTALK!
San Francisco, CA- Former HBO analyst Larry Merchant stops by and gives his thoughts on the Mayweather vs Maidana II that took place Saturday night from MGM grand in Las Vegas. Ring Talk airs every Saturday and Sunday at 11am PST. Sunday 2 hours. Hour one boxing. Hour 2 MMA. We can also be listened to on iheart Radio by downloading the free I Heart Radio app!
September 18th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
NAPOLES, DURAN, LEONARD, HEARNS ALL GREAT WELTERS
San Francisco, CA- For the life of me, I tried real hard to think of a fighter who was as good as the man who calls himself
“Money” in Floyd Mayweather. Going through the history of the welterweight (147 lb.) division and where to rate Floyd. No Ray Robinson, although unbeaten at 147 at like 48-0 before moving up to 160 (middleweight), that is where people rate the man born Walker Smith.
“THREE AMIGOS” NOT “THREE STOOGES”
Even though Floyd could beat middles today, the only other welterweights I would rate over Mayweather are Roberto Duran, the aforementioned Ray Leonard and Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns. I would say that these 3 men, all fellow opponents in the last golden era of boxing, the 1980s, would beat Floyd.
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September 16th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
YOU ALL BITCH ABOUT FLOYD AFTER
FLOYD HAS “PIMPED” YOU FANS OFF!
That being said, why is Floyd worth throwing down $70 bucks to watch? Time and again he keeps conning you by promising Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns-like excitement in soundbites pre-fight. The lead up is great, it’s after that first bell rings that any pugilistic erection you had goes limp.
LARRY MERCHANT SKIPPED THE CARD
After a couple of rounds, the writing was on the wall and referee Kenny Bayless wasn’t going to let Marcos Maidana fight inside. Tony Weeks reffed the first encounter and allowed them to fight in close.
REFEREE SPLIT THEM TOO FAST
All props to Bayless, but his being so quick to break was predicted prior by both manager Bob Spagnola and TV legend Larry Merchant.
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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…
September 10th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
MAY NEED VIAGRA TO “GET UP” SATURDAY
FIRST FIGHT CLOSE IN ROUNDS
The 12-round fight this past May was one in which Mayweather gave away a good many early rounds, such that after 12 sessions of battle I had it six-six in rounds meaning the bout I saw was a draw. Floyd got “touched” on occasion and both his detractors and Maidana’s backers were making like Marcos beat him up when he did not!
MOST UNCOMPETITIVE EVEN FIGHT EVER
When the world woke up the day after the initial Mayweather-Maidana encounter, people were saying that it looked like Floyd (46-0, 26 KOs) might “have slipped a bit” as the Argentine “touched” him facially more than anyone had in years, if ever! READ MORE…
September 10th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
MAYWEATHER VS MAIDANA FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE:LIVE AT 1PM PST
August 26th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
2014 CALENDAR HAS BEEN LESS THAN STELLAR
Las Vegas, NV-Looking back at the first 8 months of the year and it’s hard to even think of any fights that were truly memorable. There were a few good ones, such as John Molina’s brave effort in a 11th round knockout loss to Lucas Matthysse, and Terrence Crawfords 9th round knockout win over Yuri Gamboa in defense of his WBO lightweight title. Besides those, especially at the elite level most fights have been somewhat dull as the favored fighter has generally won in fights he was highly favored in. The difficulty of getting the best out there to fight the best has hurt the sport. Even then that doesn’t always guarantee an action packed contest. There are a few big fights on the horizon, one that stands out, the others with somewhat predictable outcomes.
Floyd Mayweather vs Marcos Maidana 2
WBA and WBC welterweight championship
September 13th, Showtime PPV
For the 70 plus dollar price tag, and the fact that all the entertainment value comes from the B side (Maidana) it just isn’t worth the purchase. Add to the fact that it only took Floyd six rounds to figure out the Argentine the last time. This fight should be one-sided and unless Maidana can pull off something dramatic, expect a technical but unexciting performance from Floyd. Not to say Floyd isn’t brilliant at what he does, it just isn’t entertaining.
Gennady Golovkin vs Marco Antonio Rubio
WBA middleweight championship
October 18th, HBO World Championship boxing
Since it’s tough for the power punching Golovkin to get big fights he gets a pass here. Rubio is a good and durable opponnent with height and power. Unfortunately he won’t be all that hard to find and will have to withstand a furious onslaught from the opening bell. Rubio will be such a heavy underdog who no one expects to win, so can’t give this a high grade. The B is mainly because “GGG” generates excitement in most of his fights as they rarely go the distance.
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June 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
GENARO WAS “STILL” HOPING FOR CURE
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June 6th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
HBO RETURNS TO SUMMER PAY PER VIEW
San Francisco, CA- If this was 2011, World middleweight (160 lb.) champion Sergio Martinez would be a prohibitive, say 3-1 favorite against Miguel Cotto. Now just hours before the pair duel in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd Saturday evening in New York City, the essentially unbeaten since 2003 Martinez is a slight betting choice at 7-5.
MARTINEZ FIGHTING IN CARLOS MONZON SHADOW
The current middleweight kingpin is 55-2-2, 28 KOs really hasn’t lost since a 2000 fight where he was stopped by Antonio Margarito, even though he was declared a Majority Decision 12 loser in a 2008 match with the retired (via motorcycle) Paul Williams that was the robbery of the year indeed. The Argentine is highly regarded at home, but few if anyone rates him higher than the late Carlos Monzon.
REMEMBER MARTINEZ-PAUL WILLIAMS HEIST?
After that, the Argentine native who learned boxing in Spain and now lives in Oxnard, CA, Sergio Martinez upset middleweight king Kelly Pavlik who flat out ran from the now paralyzed Williams and fought Martinez instead in 2009, was handily beaten over 12 rounds. In a rematch, Martinez flattened Paul Williams in round two.
BEAT UP “SO-SO” GUYS BEFORE J.C. CHAVEZ
After the Williams win Sergio went on a roll by defeating Matthew Macklin (TKO 11), Darren Barker (KO 11) and a TKO 8 over Serhiy Dzinziruk, yawn, yawn and yawn, all the while Martinez was being heralded as one of the top ‘pound for pound’ fighters in the world. But in hindsight, considering the fact that Mackin, Dzinziruk and Barker were fringe contenders at best, Martinez was overrated by myself and a majority of boxing pundits as well.
CHAVEZ LOSES 11 ROUNDS & ALMOST WINS
But the bubble burst in his near shutout over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2012 resulting in a leg injury he suffered in round 12, this while getting knocked down by Chavez and falling wrong. The injury brought about an eight month layoff preceded by surgery before a bout with the thought to be limited Martin Murray.
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