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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.

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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.”

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NO JUDGES NEEDED FOR GOLOVKIN FIGHTS

NO DOUBTING THE GREATNESS OF GENNADY GOLOVKIN

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA– Having recently discussed the fact that there are few people left that refuse to fight WBA middleweight (160 lb.) kingpin Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs), let’s look at the middleweight (160 lb.) top 15 of BoxRec.com from GGG on down.

COTTO HAS “REAL” TITLE

WBC & linear champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) is a fighter that might just be undefeated if things were always on the “up & up” in the squared circle of combat. That initial fight with Antonio Margarito will always be suspect seeing he was caught trying to load his gloves with plaster of Paris blocks for Shane Mosley. There were also whispers about Manny Pacquiao’s alleged use of vitamins. Still, Cotto doesn’t have a lot left and he is not one to fight “to the death,” for family and faculties comes first. Turning 34 next week, Cotto will fight Canelo Alvarez and likely lose there. His ticket is punched One Way to retirement after the Alvarez encounter.

WBO CHAMP QUILLIN AKA “KID CHOCOLATE

WBO champ Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) is a good boxer who fought twice in 2013 and once this year with nothing pending. Inactivity can be the kiss of death and here’s 31-year old “Kid Chocolate” fighting less this year than Floyd Mayweather. Quillin will be in Las Vegas next week and I’ll be sure to ask why his face is on the side of milk cartons?

MARTINEZ THE CRIPPLE!

Think back, Sergio Gabriel Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) gets in the ring for Cotto fight wearing a steel knee brace on each leg and you knew right there that your bet was dead in the water. Now 38, Sergio should’ve stayed retired after getting in the ring looking like a victim of Polio. He apparently wants to fight again, but after Cotto, who wants to see him?

AN INDICTMENT OF BOXREC.COM RATINGS

Ranking ex-middleweight champ and 2000 Olympic Bronze medalist Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) next at #5 is an indictment of the BoxRec.com ratings. Sorry guys, but JT has been starched, I mean starched three times in scary knockouts. Jermain is also the guy that paid a hooker $2,500 for Oral Sex. Although I don’t find it even slightly wrong to pay for something you want if you can. But damn Jermain, you jacked up the rate of a blow job in Arkansas and the surrounding states from $20 to $2,500!

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GENNADY GOLOVKIN, BOXING, BRAVERY

GENNADY GOLOVKIN “FEARED” BY MANY

WBA 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin

WBA 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin

San Francisco, CA– It has been known in boxing circles for quite a while that there are fighters out there that actually fear middleweight terror Gennady Golovkin, and this was before GGG humbled street urchin Marco Antonio Rubio Saturday night on HBO. It was his 28th KO, 18th straight, in an unblemished 31 fight career for the killer from Kazhakstan.

WHEN WILL OR HAS GGG PEAKED?

Although Team GGG will tell you that he hasn’t peaked yet, at 32 he’s somewhere close, if he hasn’t already. While I’m a believer in GGG, the “If” I had to throw in there for the sake of those trying to debunk what we know as fact that WBA middleweight (160 lb.) champion Gennady Golovkin is the most ducked fighter since…..Sonny Liston?

SONNY MADE PEOPLE S*IT ON THEMSELVES

Everybody that fought the former World heavyweight champion, from 1955 to 1964 and the first Muhammad Ali fight, they knew in advance that they had no chance with Liston, a fighter allegedly controlled by the Mafia. Citing Mob involvement, Patterson’s guru and future Mike Tyson mentor Cus D’Amato pushed this with Floyd and with writers alike to avoid Liston. But at the same time, the primes of both Zora Folley and Eddie Machen were coming and going and they weren’t Mob fighters.

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AMIR KHAN & ABEL SANCHEZ ON RING TALK!

AMIR KHAN & “GGG” TRAINER ABEL SANCHEZ

Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey

Amir Khan-Paul McCloskey


San Francisco, CA– The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez, spent some quality time with Amir Khan. One of two at 147 (IBF guy Kell Brook the other) with a shot at beating Floyd Mayweather, Khan even answers the question, “Is Floyd Mayweather a little bitch?” Training near San Francisco, Khan is quite a character and makes for a fantastic time. Gennady Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez stepped in for “GGG” who will instead appear Saturday (oCTOBER at 11 AM PT on “Ring Talk.” Sanchez chimes in on Golovkin and Ray Robinson.

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BOXING NOTES HAVE FLOYD IN REAR VIEW

FORGET FLOYD, JUST REMOVE HIM FROM THOUGHTS

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA– There was no need to get “nasty” over my appraisal of Floyd Mayweather through 47 professional outings. The Mayweather posse was rabid in responding to my feelings that Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran and Ray Leonard, all super champions of the 80’s, would have licked Floyd like a postage stamp.

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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G.G.G. GUY TOM LOEFFLER ON RING TALK

GOLOVKIN & KLITSCHKO PROMOTER TALKS “BIG FIGHTS”

Gennady Golovkin & Tom Loeffler

Gennady Golovkin & Tom Loeffler


San Francisco, CA– The longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez had one of boxing’s powerbrokers in K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler. Subjects included his clients Gennady Golovkin fighting in California later this year, World heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitscho, and a lot more.

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This Saturday one-hour program starts at 11 AM PT and combines boxing and MMA. The Sunday two-hour edition of Ring Talk also starts at 11 AM PT. Hour one is boxing, hour two is all MMA.

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KP’s POUND FOR POUND BEST

DOES ANDRE WARD STILL DESERVE TO BE ON THE LIST?

1. Floyd Mayweather (46-0, 26 KOs)

WBC and WBA welterweight champion 

Not on the top of his game anymore as evidenced by his majority win last time out against Marcos Maidana. Still he is the best fighter in the game until he gets beat.

2. Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs)

WBA supermiddleweight champion

Ward at this stage is semi-retired. He currently is consumed with on-going litigation with his promoter Dan Goossen. Ward has also filed a federal lawsuit against Gooosen claiming he violated the Muhammed Ali Act by not providing financial disclosure for some of his earlier fights. Goossen is firing back with a 10 million dollar defamation suit. As this thing gets uglier don’t expect to see Ward in any significant fights anytime soon. I added him here, but he has no fights scheduled this year.

Andre Ward-Fighting is Court more than ring.

Andre Ward-Fighting in court more than the ring.

3. Guillermo Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs)

WBO and WBA super bantamweight champion

Technically gifted and great all around talent. Now that his contract with Top Rank is over, a significant fight with WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz looms on the horizen. Many claim of the Cubans boring style, but against the right opponent such as Santa Cruz should make for an entertaining affair.

4. Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs)

WBO welterweight champion

Has slipped a little in the last few years but has still picked up some notable wins since being stopped by Juan Manuel Marquez. Beat an undefeated Tim Bradley by a wide margin to get back his WBO welterweight title, and the fight before that he shut out Brandon Rios.  The Filipino congressman faces WBO junior welterweight belt-holder Chris Algieri in November in Macau, China.

5. Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs)

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GGG, SAUL, WARD, SERGEY DESTINED TO LOSE

San Francisco, CA- The headline is no tease, it’s reality based on boxing history. You remember the old adage, “a good big man beats a good little man.” With the exception of the few and far between, Henry Armstrong and Roberto Duran were two of the exceptions to this golden rule of boxing.

Are Canelo, GGG, Ward and Kovalev good enough to defy size and history? Let’s look at the 154 lb. champ Saul Alvarez who is 44-1-1, 31 KO’s and a youngster at 24. How would he match up with Gennady Golovkin, the people’s (and WBA) World middleweight (160) champion?

Ring Magazine recognizes Puerto Rican (39-4, 32 KOs) Miguel Cotto, who recently thrashed linear champ Sergio Martinez. Cotto-Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) is a mismatch, one in which Cotto would be punished in a manner near criminal.

Back to the fight at hand, Saul vs. GGG looks like a rout as Alvarez would be dismayed by the power and speed of Golovkin displaying what some say a style that has a lot of Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez about it. (What do you think about that?) The brute force of GGG beating Canelo to the punch ends this one early for the Mexican mauler.

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GOLOVKIN VS GEALE ODDS AND POLL

PREDICTIONS AND POLL ON HBO FIGHTS ON SATURDAY!

Saturday, July 26th, Madison Square Garden

Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) vs Daniel Geale(30-2, 16 KOs).
For Golovkins WBA middleweight title.

Gennady Golovkin

Gennady Golovkin

ODDs-Golovkin 4-1 favorite.

Golovkin’s toughest test thus far. Former champion Geale is formidable, but lacks punching power, and defense is average. Would be surprised at a Geale win or a close fight. Aussie might be able to win a couple of rounds on grit and experience, but may get stopped late. “GGG” is looking for his 17th stoppage win in a row.

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HEAVYWEIGHT PROSPECTS CLASH IN 50/50 AFFAIR

Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs) vs Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs)

Heavyweights

ODDs– Jennings 7-5 favorite

Close fight but lean towards Jennings. Perez an unpredictable commodity after ending the career of Magomed Abdusalamov last year. Read more

MAYWEATHER SHUNS KHAN! WILL FIGHT MAIDANA MAY 3RD

MAYWEATHER FACES ANOTHER ONE-DIMENSIONAL FIGHTER IN MAIDANA

Las Vegas, NV– No one knows how to create a buzz better in the boxing game than Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs). He sent the boxing blogosphere on fire today when he announced via twitter that he would be facing Marcos Maidana (45-0, 31 Kos) on May 3rd on Showtime PPV.

Floyd Mayweather to fight Maidana

Floyd Mayweather to fight Maidana

Speculation had been going on for months, much of it by the British press that UK native and former 140lb champion Amir Khan (28-2, 19 KOs) would be Mayweather’s opponent in May. Over a month ago this website hosted a poll as well as a story asking for a Floydcott of Mayweathers proposed fight with Khan. Our poll mainly asked if fans should boycott Mayweather vs. Khan. 98% of voters agreed with a boycott of that fight. Mayweather’s website and others hosted a similar poll. Floyd asked fans who should he fight on May 3rd, “Maidana or Khan”? Overwhelmingly fans chose Maidana who had a upset win over Adrien Broner (27-1, 24 KOs) in a WBA welterweight title fight in December. The irony here is that neither opponent in the minds of most experts have much of a shot of pulling off the upset.

 

MAIDANA WILL TRY AND WILL FAIL!

The only intrigue here is that while Maidana is extremely limited(both in skill and speed) he will at least try to make a fight of it. Most importantly the Argentine fighter knows he can’t outbox Floyd, unlike the American’s last two foes;lets call them “Tweedle Dee” and “Tweedle Dumb”, also known as Canelo Alvarez (42-1, 30 KOs) and Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs). While both are decent boxers with some skills, the idea that they would even attempt to outbox the best boxer on the planet is illogical. One must add though that neither presented a style that would even begin to give Floyd trouble. Read more

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