ONE SCARY NIGHT IN NORTH LAS VEGAS
San Francisco, CA
– Having found there to be a shortage of Mexicans the night prior to Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor I
, I ventured to North Las Vegas for Chavez fans on Friday night March 16, 1990. Even though this match was sold out, the fact there wasn’t a Chavez following in the lobby of the host hotel, the Las Vegas Hilton
, was to me unusual. The trip to North Las Vegas was one that I’ll always remember. Upon entering this bar the cabby dropped me off at, I noticed fresh blood just outside the front door.
DON’T SAY CHAVEZ HAD ONE LOSS COVERED UP!
After conversing in broken Spanglish, I bought a couple of guys a beer as we discussed Julio Cesar Chavez, the so-called greatest Mexican fighter in history. Going through the Chavez resume, which at the time stood at 68 & ZIP was easy. But there was the fight in JC’s hometown of Culican, Mexico, a city controlled by Coke traffickers in which Chavez was disqualified and I’m told and the commission is said to have changed the result the next day. Remembering that puddle of blood at the bar’s entrance, I let my hosts tell Chavez history in their own way before backing out of the joint.
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Ali Before The Bell
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.”
SQUARES AFFECTED THE BETTING LINE BIG! Read more
NEW YORK, NY— The harrowing events that shook the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15 rightfully triggered all sorts of emotional reaction a nation needs to release in the face of terrorism. Many questioned who the individuals were and followed along with the Boston Police scanner as the officers, cementing their position as the nation’s finest, chased Dzhokhar Tsarnaev down the typically scenic Memorial Drive. Others at home questioned why anyone would feel the need to commit such evil, and for those, Time Magazine Senior Editor Jeffrey Kruger presents this pleasant non-explanation: could Tamerlan Tsarnaev have had boxing-related brain damage, that would in no way have triggered his violent behavior?
ALL SIGNS POINT TO ISLAMIC EXTREMISM
In a piece titled “Did Damage Caused By Boxing Play a Role in the Boston Bombings?,” it takes little to no time to answer the titular question: no. The elder Tsarnaev’s defining characteristic, according to media coverage so far, is indeed that he partook in amateur boxing. All signs point to him being somewhat more respectable than a complete joke, and that’s where this line of investigation ends. The other lines of investigation include evidence that Tsarnaev and his younger brother were reading Al Qaeda’s propaganda rag Inspire (which famously printed an article titled “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” by “AQ Chef”), had linked to jihadist videos on YouTube, and that Tamerlan had gone off into Russia at some point to “visit his father,” whatever that means.
BLAMING BOXING WON’T MAKE HUMANITY BETTER
But nevermind the obvious correlation between consuming jihadist propaganda, falling off the international map for a few months, and returning to the United States to commit a senseless act of violence. Kluger wants to talk about boxing, and how boxing damages the brain. It is a noble topic, one well worth discussing, but why bother dragging a sport already so far in the mud into this mess of a case? Terror attacks do prompt frantic searches for logic where none exists, and perhaps the intention of the piece was to find a reason outside of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s natural-born evil to explain what had caused this tragedy. If boxing is to blame, maybe Kluger can go to bed at night still believing all human beings are born good.
ARTICLE ANSWERS ITSELF: ‘NO’ Read more
New York, NY
Austin Trout Wins The Year
– In politics, we define cultural shifts by game changing moments—the minute Theodore Roosevelt
decided to found the Bull Moose Party
; Ronald Reagan
refusing to exploit Walter Mondale
’s “youth and inexperience
;” President Obama’s race speech
. Boxing has these moments, too—and used to have them with far greater frequency. The fact that we have not had one since Lennox Lewis
(41-2-1, 32 KOs) fought Vitali Klitschko
(45-2, 41 KOs) tells you all you need to know about the so-called “death” of boxing. Rumors of boxing’s demise have always been greatly exaggerated, however, though never as soundly put to sleep as they were the night Austin Trout
(26-0, 14 KOs) retired Miguel Cotto
(37-4, 30 KOs).
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“STUCK WITH BOXING FOR MOST OF HOUR TWO
The "Thad Spencer" Story
San Francisco, CA– This hour of “Ring Talk” was bubbling over with energy and “house” writers Francis “The Fight Chick” Martel and Kevin “KP” Perry. I set them up to differ (see radio clash) on the Klitschko brothers, Wlad and Vitali. Speaking of Vitali, Frances had some “political scoop” on the co-heavyweight champion.
WENT OVER MANNY PACQUIAO GETTING PUT TO SLEEP!
We covered the fall of the great Manny Pacquiao, rained all over his fan base, and yet complimented Manny on his work outside the ting. In addition to the dynamic duo, Adam Heach, a writer who has penned a book entitled, “The Name of The Game” on heavyweight Thad Spencer and the 1960’s heavyweight division. To LISTEN NOW click on the Read more
New York, NY
Pacquiao's Prayers Didn't Work Last Night
— Stop me if you think you’ve heard this one before, but Manny Pacquiao
(54-5-2, 38 KOs) just isn’t that good. Pacquiao, who will be remembered as the greatest Filipino boxer to ever live despite being a contemporary of Nonito Donaire
(30-1, 19 KOs), got a taste of his own medicine last night when Juan Manuel Marquez
(55-6-1, 40 KOs) avenged his stolen victories with a knockout that left Pacquiao cold on the canvas for almost a minute. With Pacquiao’s career dead—finally, mercifully— boxing is ready to once again thrive.
A SPECTACLE FOR THE AGES
Last night’s was a spectacle for the ages—six rounds heavy on the drama, with several knockdowns, a rapidfire pace and an audience adorned with the brightest gems in America’s pop culture repertoire (well, ok, just Mitt Romney). Had his chin, indisputably Pacquiao’s best quality as a boxer, come through for him, he could have won this match. He, too, put Marquez down. But not hard enough, not as often, and certainly not with the force that Marquez finished the fight– a victory he dedicated to new Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto.
RETURN OF BOXING TO AMERICAN MAINSTREAM Read more
ENOUGH WITH THE OLD & SHOPWORN!
Austin Trout Upsets Miguel Cotto
New York, NY– Our sport sure has changed since my heyday on the pages of RingTalk.com Back then, now some several years ago, the boxing world was aflutter with its writers wondering whether the greatest Congressman to everstep into a ring, Manny Pacquiao would accept a challenge from the increasingly boring Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs); whether fighters with a lot of miles (rounds) like Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs), would finally retire; and whether WBA welter guy Paul Malignaggi (32-4, 7 KOs) wouldever stop badmouthing judges on live television. As you can tell from the events at Madison Square Garden last Saturday, everything is totally different now.
THE MORE THINGS CHANGE THE BETTER!
Boxing history moves at a glacial pace, and from this emanates much of its charm. Even in the face of captains of industry that insist on hijacking the narrative to convince the casual observer that they really, really care about underwhelming prospects that look good (hello & goodbye Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs), the cream of the sport rises to the top—or, in cases like Cotto or Shane Mosley—it stays there. Years pass and the stars continue burning, even when they are burned out. And often in those spectacular moments of defeat, new stars rise from the ashes.
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VICTOR CONTE HAS NEVER BEEN LABELED A LIAR!
Rodney King: Will Mosley Mirror This After Pacman Fight?
San Francisco, CA– Having sources in both the Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley training camps, I’m getting is rave reviews on both men for the most part. That being said, Pacquiao is a near 3-1 betting favorite in the Las Vegas sports books. But are those numbers warranted? Take into consideration that the last time Mosley looked super was when he was on Steroids & EPO for his second fight with Oscar De La Hoya. As for his stoppage of Antonio Margarito in 2009, I think that had more to do with the Mexican being caught before the fight after inserting a plaster of Paris-like block in his hand wrap in the dressing room at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. With the fight De La Hoya set at 154 lbs., ex-BALCO Lab guru told Victor told me me that Shane personally approached him and asked for EPO.
MOSLEY IS A CONFIRMED AND ADMITTED CHEATER!
According to Conte, Shane wanted the EPO, a blood doper that increases the red blood cells (oxygen) in him system between 35 and 45%, this meant Shane could train 45% harder, recover, and thus fight 45% harder, because he was moving up in weight to 154 for the De La Hoya rematch. As Conte watched the fight on TV, he credited the Steroids, and the EPO he had supplied Shane with, this Victor said enabled Shane to fight so hard in the late going of the 12-rounder. Weeks later, the FBI
got wind of this after finding Shane Mosley’s name in some of the BALCO Lab’s garbage they that had scoured through for almost a year. When the Feds went to the Nevada Commission,
they stated the results of Mosley’s post fight urine sample were destroyed, which was the norm I’m told seeing the original tests came back clean. It should also be noted that if Shane Mosley told you the sun was coming up tomorrow, you might want to doubt him after he passed a Polygraph (lie detector) test saying he never took Steroids, EPO, and the like, this seeing he later admitted to under oath, thus Shane confirmed he was both a cheat and a liar!
THE NEVADA TESTING METHODS WERE NOT ADEQUATE Read more
New York, NY– After consecutive weeks of solid cards featuring furious exchanges in compellingly entertaining high profile bouts; another tumultuous weekend of “misunderstandings” is upon us. As always, let’s first take a look at the storied attraction.
HBO CONTINUES TO BRING DA’ PAIN
In the sixth defense of his WBC welterweight (147) crown; Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) squares off against once promising contender Victor Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 KOs) over 12 or less rounds at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, Saturday at 9:45 PM ET on HBO.
MOVING ON PAST TRAGEDY
As a nine year unbeaten veteran of the sport; Haitian born champion Andre Berto had establish himself as one of the sport’s most promising talents. From his accomplishments; Andre found himself on the cusp of engaging in a bout that could have potentially boosted him to superstardom. However Read more
BUTE NOT JUST A BRUTE?
San Francisco, CA– Before I get into the unbeaten super middleweight IBF champ Lucien Bute, let me spend a sentence or two on challenger Brian Magee. Seeing I type about 30 words a minute, I’m not expecting the Irishman to last longer than 300 words. Overall, Magee is 34-3-1, 24 KOs.
CANADIAN A TRANSPLANTED ROMANIAN
Now that I’ve written off Magee and any chance of his winning Read more
DONAIRE NOT TAKING THE PACMAN PATH
San Francisco, CA– It is tough to talk Philippine boxing these days sans mentioning boxing’s king Manny Pacquiao. That being said, Nonito Donaire is looking to make a statement at 118 lbs., one that the Pacman never did in any weight class, and that is being the undisputed champion.
BOXREC.COM TOP TEN BANTAMS
According to BoxRec.com, Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) is head and shoulders above anybody else at 118. The #2 guy is IBF beltbearer Joseph Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) who lives in the Bronx by way of Africa. He is 4-1 in IBF title scraps, losing only to Yohnny Perez (20-1, 14 KOs) whom he beat in a recent rematch. He is slated to meet #4 Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) in April as part of Showtime’s 118 lb. tourney.
WBA CHAMP A LITTLE MORE THAN LUCKY?
Being a Panamanian or Venezuelan is seemingly an advantage when you are a WBA champ. That being said, Panamanian Anselmo Moreno (30-1, 10 KOs) has had eight WBA title tiffs, winning them all, with the last two being split decisions over nondescript Nehomar Cermeno (20-3, 12 KOs) Having not fought since last August, I’d make the “Filipino Flash” a 3-1 favorite over any of these guys.
WHAT ABOUT THAT DARCHINYAN GUY? Read more
NEAR TWO MONTH HOSPITAL STAY
Colonel Bob Sheridan
San Francisco, CA– The man that has televised more fights live than anybody in history, Colonel Bob Sheridan has been in and out (more in) of a Las Vegas hospital over the past two months. This is said to be from difficulty with a Pacemaker the Colonel had installed in late 2010. Having had four heart attacks, Bob Sheridan, who televised 900 world title fights (three or four with me) broke into the field when he televised the “Rumble in The Jungle,” Muhammad Ali’s upset of George Foreman from Zaire, Africa in 1974. His last fight was said to be in August 2010. We hope that the Colonel, a World Boxing Hall of Fame member that can make a dull fight sound exciting with his quips and high-energy broadcast mode, can get the health issue solved and be back behind the microphone soon.
SETTING RECORD STRAIGHT ON THE DONAIRE BREAK UP!
Nonito Donaire Sr.
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
MERCITO GESTA FIGHTING IN SAN FRANCISCO FRIDAY!
San Francisco, CA– With Manny Pacquiao being the “king of boxing,” other Filipino fighters with world championship skills are getting attention and at the same time taking the boxing world by storm. The newest Pinoy fighter that has people talking is lightweight (135 lbs) Mercito Gesta. Born in Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines, the unbeaten lightweight (135 lbs.) is being promoted by Hall of Fame promoter Don Chargin, an architect of world champions for over 60 years, and at 82, Chargin thinks Mercito has “the goods.”
HUNGRY & CRAVING WORLD TITLE SHOT
On Friday night, Gesta puts his unblemished record of 20-0 (10 KOs) on the line at San Francisco’s famed Fisherman’s Wharf, the Longshoreman’s Hall arena, in a ten round main event against Mexican mauler Genaro Trazancos (22-13, 13 KOs). The fight will be carried live on Telefutura TV, the Spanish TV network starting at 10 PM ET this Friday, February 18, 2011.
SIZZLING FIGHTER IN SEMI MAIN EVENT! Read more
WATCH, LISTEN, OR WATCH & LISTEN TO GENARO, AUSTIN, MERCITO
San Francisco, CA– Pedro Fernandez, as he always does on “Ring Talk,” will go “deep” with his often sometimes brutal honesty. All this happens this Saturday 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
AUSTIN & GENARO TOP IMPRESSIVE GUEST LIST!
Often immitated, never duplicatd, host Pedro Fernandez’s guests are new World champ Austin Trout, ailing ex-titleholder Genaro Hernandez, the hot new Filipino Mercito Gesta, and George Dodd, the head of the California Athletic Commission will join us in the studio. Rookie Joey Gamina is also slated to appear.
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