February 16th, 2011 By John Signorella
New York, NY – Significant members of the media and hundreds of fans flocked to the exquisite Light House Ballroom at Chelsea Pier in New York City to witness globally recognized international pugilist icon Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) and highly decorated three division former champion Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) address the public in regard to their upcoming mega fight.
A MATTER OF CLASS
In a luxurious atmosphere, promoter Bob Arum verbally displayed his admiration toward both athletes, which in essence; became the theme of the day. In a refreshing change of pace from common pre fight build up, there was no trash talking, no altercations, no frills; just professionals that are all business about their sport. Such adequate was on display when legendary trainer Nazim Richardson showed respect for his fighter’s adversary stating; “if you don’t like Manny Pacquiao, you don’t like boxing…maybe you don’t like people in general”. Therafter, master trainer Freddie Roach mentioned that they are cognizant that Shane wasn’t “up” for his last opponent (Sergio Mora, draw 12) and they are expecting the best from Mosley’s vast repertoire come fight night. When both fighters hit the podium to offer their sound bytes, more of the same acknowledgement of appreciation toward each fighter was the evident. After the conference, a delicious luncheon was held where I was able to catch up with both combatants and their trainers to ask some questions regarding preparation for the fight. Here are the highlights from the interviews I conducted: READ MORE…
February 13th, 2011 By RingTalk
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…
February 11th, 2011 By RingTalk
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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February 10th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
Friday, February 11, 2011
World Memorial Hall, Osaka, Japan
Oleydong Sithsamerchai (35-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Kazuto Ioka (6-0), 4 KOs) WBC 105 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Oley 4-1. Based on nine title fights, a ton more experoence, it’s tough to go against Thailand here in Japan. This could end up being Japanese home cooking at its worst! Don’t bet it!
Bell Centre, Montreal, Canada
(ESPN 2) Antonin Decarie (24-1, 7 KOs) vs. Shamone Alvarez (21-3, 12 KOs) Odds/Prediction:Decarie 3 1/2 rto 1. Alvarez lost three of his last five, he ain’t winning here unless he pulls lightning out a bag!
Ionut Don Ion (27-1, 15 KOs) vs. Steve Forbes (35-8, 11 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Don Ion 2 1/2 to 1. Forbes is the “opponent” here. Stevie must win convincingly or expect to lose.
Bally’s Atlantic City, Atlantic City, NJ
(Showtime) Rico Ramos (18-0, 10 KOs) vs. Alejandro Valdez (23-4-3, 18 KOs) Odds/Prediction: READ MORE…
February 7th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
Bethlehem, PA- In the fight game, whether it’s boxing or mixed martial arts, no matter how dominant a champion is, there is always a challenger out there that poses a threat. The one guy that has some fans starting to believe, the champion may finally have met his match. Such was the case with UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort, or so we thought.
#1 SILVA WENT TO WORK
It took middleweight (185 lbs.) champion, Anderson ‘The Spider’ Silva, now (28-4, 16 KO’s 5 subs), a little over three minutes to quell any thoughts that he is not the number one pound for pound fighter in the world. Facing off against the one guy who finally had hands who were even more lethal than his in Vitor ‘The Phenom’ Belfort (19-9, 13 KO’s 2 subs), Silva (pictured above) didn’t need his hands at all. Instead, he used a front kick to the chin that was the proof is in the pudding.
BOTH WERE HEAVY HANDED PUNCHERS
With a very cautious start from two heavy-handed punchers, the first three minutes of the fight saw no action other than the fighters circling each other measuring striking distance. Then after a quick exchange that saw Silva fall, but able to get up right away, ‘The Spider’ threw a front kick from the back leg that caught Belfort flush on the chin, which all but had him out before he hit the mat. Silva, realizing his opponent was pretty much helpless, showed mercy in hesitating to pounce on him and hit him flush with a left and right hand before the referee jumped in to end it at 3:25 of the first round. Belfort must have thought Silva had eight legs like a spider because he never saw the kick coming.
THIS WAS A FIGHT WHERE MUTUAL RESPECT RULED! READ MORE…
February 5th, 2011 By Edwin Ayala
Friday, February 4, 2011
UNBEATEN ROOKIE USED SANTIAGO FOR BATTING PRACTICEUncasville, CT- Vladine Biosse (168 lbs.) Providence, RI KO 3 Santiago Samaniego (169), Miami, FL. Biosse (10-0, 4 KOs) keeps on improving and impressing as he hurts seasoned ex-titleholder Samaniego (37-12, 30 KOs) from Panama in each of the first two rounds, before sending him down for good at 2:27 of the third
THIS AYALA JUST COULDN’T PUNCH 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 26th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
MORALES SAYS ON FACEBOOK THAT “MARQUEZ FIGHT IS ON!”
San Francisco, CA- Although there are still a few kinks to ironed out, it appears a deal has been struck between Mexican boxers Juan Manuel Marquez (66-7, 43 KOs) and Erik Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) to fight April 9, at the MGM Grand. Morales is the last man to beat Manny Pacquiao, yet some feel Marquez beat him twice!
January 22nd, 2011 By RingTalk
January 21st, 2011 By Kevin Perry
Hollywood, CA- In what was a truly disgusting move to me, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has named linear and undisputed middleweight (160 lbs) king Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) the “Emeritus champion” of their sanctioning mob. Get ready to puke, interim champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) has been anointed the title of “Super champion”. When you consider that Martinez has only held the WBC belt for less than a year and hasn’t had a reasonable amount of time to make the mandatory defense against the unworthy interim guy, see this as yet another attempt by the WBC to generate more money for the struggling group.
DON’T FORGET THE WORLD OF BUNCO & ANARCHY!
The only thing worse than the WBC’s antics that put further scar the image of the sport of boxing, is the “trendsetting” World Boxing Association (WBA). Currently they have three world champions at middleweight. Their Super champion is Germany’s Felix Sturm (34-2-1, 14 KOs), regular champion is power puncher and 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) of Kazakstan, and interim champion is Hassan N’ Dam N’Jakim (25-0, 17 KOs) from Cameroon.
REALITY OF ANYBODY THAN SERGIO ABSURD! READ MORE…
January 19th, 2011 By John Signorella
AGED EX CHAMP SAYS HE STILL BELIEVES!
Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield started his career at light heavyweight and successfully moved up to dominate and unify all belts in the cruiserweight division when the bar was set at 190 lbs. Evander then catapulted to the heavyweight ranks and became the only fighter in fistic combat history to win a crown four times. At the highest weight on the scale, Holyfield fought virtually every great fighter of his era and has wins against and shared memorial wars with some of the best of the best. Usually pitted against his adversity as the smaller man, Evander was able to accomplish his success by portraying a high work rate of sustained activity which displayed an arsenal of blistering combinations while maintaining excellent hand and foot speed. Evander was also known for his tremendous boxing IQ, chin of granite, “sleeper” power, and a determined filled heart.
“V” IS 48 GOING ON 68 OR 38?
However, boxing is a young man’s sport READ MORE…
January 10th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
Dubai, Arab Emirates- Every since I’ve known Floyd Mayweather Sr., and that goes back some 30 years or so, he was always a “weird” guy. And when I mean weird, what I’m referring to his always trying to do his best to be an asshole of with a big mouth. As a fighter, I watched Ray Leonard beat him when Ray was climbing the 147 lb. ladder. All in all, Floyd Sr. was world class, but in the mode of “fringe” contender. He retired from boxing and within a few years was he was hustling rocks, meaning the elder Mayweather was a “mid level” drug dealer. When he tried to move up with a big score, Sr. was nailed in a multi-state drug trafficking charge that put him in Federal Prison for several years.
FAILED TO WIN THE BIG ONES!
When it comes to training fighters, Floyd has trained Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, to name just two of the several mean he was worked with in the last decade or so. A good motivator, a decent teacher, the problem some fighters had with Floyd while working with was his big mouth and that he would yell (berate) them in training. At the end of the day, Floyd got his fighters in good condition. Although Floyd is lauded as one the better conditioners in boxing, his success rate in big fights was dismal. READ MORE…
December 29th, 2010 By RingTalk
Philadelphia, PA- Bennie Briscoe, one of the best never to win a world title (when world titles meant something) and the man who presided over the last Golden Age of Boxing in Philadelphia (the 1970s) passed away Tuesday at 5.52pm EST. He had been in Temple University hospital for about a week before being moved to hospice. His wife Karen Briscoe, who I have been in contact with over the last two weeks, called me with the bad news. (Note: RT.com will do a feature on Briscoe in the coming days)
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December 10th, 2010 By Pedro Fernandez
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, WA
(Showtime) Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) vs. Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 20 KOs) (IBF 118 lb. belt) Odds/Prediction: Perez 11-5. Rematch here as Perez dropped Ghanian fighter in UD 12 title grab. Go with Perez here, but not with anything more than beer and pizza money, $110 to win $50 on the Mexican to retain. Agbeko did beat Vic Darchinyan UD in July 2009.
Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) vs. Abner Mares (20-0-1, 14 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Vic 9-5. As mentioned Vic licked in 2009, and of course KTFO on 7-7-07 by Nonito Donaire. Idea is to build Vic back up, unbeaten Mares will make him work. I like Abner’s style.
AMIR KHAN OR A MERE CON?
Mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas, NV
(HBO) Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) vs. Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) (WBA 140 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: READ MORE…
December 10th, 2010 By John Signorella
Newark, NJ- On a freezing Thursday night during the costly holiday season in a down economy, a decent sized crowd entered Newark’s famed Prudential Center in New Jersey to witness their newly adopted son, the “Pride of Poland” Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) throw hands with proven battle tested scrapper Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs).
ADAMEK ENTERTAINS AND CLOSES THE SHOW!
In his sixth fight at heavyweight, Tomasz Adamek, (much to the paid attendance liking), got himself involved in an action packed display of power punching combinations and empathically delivered a nasty barrage of shots to floor Maddalone midway through the fifth. A very brave Maddalone rose to his feet, however, only to get pummeled by more combinations of bad intent. In good judgement for their fighter’s safety, Maddalone’s corner stepped up into the ring to wave off the brutality at 2:17 of round five. READ MORE…