February 21st, 2014 By Kevin Perry
Las Vegas, NV-Here’s a look at this weekends action.
SHOBOX RETURNS AND ESPN TOURNEY BEGINS!
Friday February 21st
Angelo Santana (14-1, 11KOs) vs. Hank Lundy(23-1-1, 11 KOs) 135lbs
Inconsistency is the standard for Lundy. Looked great in his last fight against once beaten Olusegun Ajose(31-2). That fight was at 140lbs and he seemed rejuvnated. Not sure if the same Lundy shows up at 135. Santana coming off a stoppage loss, and Lundy appears to be the more experienced and better boxer of the two. Would pass on any bet here, as although Santana can punch,he was exposed in his last bout by a relative novice and now 15-1 Bahodir Mamadjonov, and Lundy just doesn’t always show up in proper condition.
Amir Iman (12-0, 11 KOs) vs Jared Robinson(14-0, 6 KOs) 140lbs
Don’t know know much about either fighter, but Iman’s KO record stands out. Hype machine should win against non puncher. Both have fought nothing but cream puffs and is a step up for both. Robinson has faced only three fighters with a winning record, building up a glossy record fighting in the south. Betting 20 dollars to win 60.
ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS(ESPN2)
Edgewater Casino, Laughlin Nevada
A who’s who of “who” splattered with foreign fighters, who have yet to receive any American exposure. If you can find a line on any of these fights or have even seen any of these guys fight, more power to you! A worthy watch to see if any real talent can develop or emerge from this tournament structure.
Fighters on the broadcast:
Yakubu Amidu 135 vs. Chris Rudd 135.5
Fedor Papazov 135 vs. Petr Petrov 134.5
Miguel Gonzalez 134 vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza 135
Fernando Carcamo 135.5 vs. Samuel Neequaye 135
ZOU SHIMING BACK ON HBO2
Saturday, February 22nd
5PM EST/5PM PST
Miguel Vasquez (33-3 13 KOs) vs Denis Shafikov (33-0-1 18 KOs)-IBF lightweight (135lb) championship.
Vasquez is the typical spoiler. Can move well and box. Shafikov is left-handed that in itself make this an interesting fight. It is assumed that the Russian has a good amateur pedigree, but expect the taller and longer Vasquez to control the fight from the outside and win a decision here. Don’t expect fireworks unless the Russian can get on the inside and impose his will. Vasquez is trademark for having a negative boxing style that makes for boring fights.
Zou Shiming (3-0, 0 KOs) vs. Yokthong Kokietgym (15-3, 11 KOs)
Not impressed much with Shiming, however he will be fighting in front of thousands of fans and hundreds of millions possibly on television in China. The 2 time Olympic Gold medalist and national hero is on the fast track to a world title, but does he have the ability to learn the pro game at age 31? I will give him this much; his slap and move style is somewhat entertaining to watch and while he has no power, he does throw a lot of punches. I don’t expect this to be a tough opponent, but his 11KO’s is eye opening and Shiming isn’t Floyd Mayweather when it comes to defense. Pass on the bet!Top Rank matchmakers rarely make a miscalculation, but just don’t think high enough of Zou to lay a wager, even considering the quality of opponnent.
January 22nd, 2014 By Kevin Perry
Las Vegas, NV- Seeing Manny Pacquiao beat Brandon Rios with ease in November, all the while looking better than he has in years, the same question arises. When will he face Floyd Mayweather? Who will win? After watching Floyd’s victory over Canelo Alvarez, although I believe he’ll be the betting favorite, I came to the conclusion that based on what I saw Floyd loses the “hypothetical” bout with Pacquiao.
NOTHING DIFFERENT FROM MAYWEATHER IN CANELO CLASH
Floyd was effective doing what he normally does. Intending no disrespect to Mayweather’s phenomenal skills, the performance was nothing all that special. He threw one and two punches at a time, some flutties, but mainly a right hand that had some snap although lacked power. Whenever he has been hit with anything resembling substance, Floyd went back looking to counter off the ropes. That he maybe staring to slip or one, I mean the guy’s been boxing since the early the first President George Bush was in office. Couple that with his back to the ropes would be a recipe for disaster against the Filipino superstar.
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January 6th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
2013 HAD MANY UPS AND DOWNS
Las Vegas, NV- First of all much props to Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) for fighting twice in 2013 and giving boxing fans the two biggest events of the year; both wins against highly regarded fighters Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs). Big thumbs down to judge CJ Ross for scoring the bout with Alvarez 114-114, as if boxing didn’t need anymore negative publicity. In the eyes of most, the 23 year-old Mexican failed to win more than one round. Praying that we will see none of Ms. Ross in 2014, at least not in a boxing or MMA arena.
HAVANA’S MIKE PEREZ LOOKS LIKE THE GOODS
Congratulations to Cuban heavyweight prospect Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOS) who put on a breakthrough performance over Magomed Abdulsalamov (18-1, 18 KOs) in the latter half of the year. It’s unfortunate that his victory was overshadowed by the tragedy theat ensued afterward with Abdusalamov fighting for his life. Thankfully he is out of a medically induced coma and is reportedly in ICU and beginning to recover from those injuries. Ringtalk wishes both fighters the best in 2014.
FIGHTERS WHO CHEAT NEED TO BE DISQUALIFIED!
In 2013 you saw fighters such as Mickey Bey Jr. (19-1, 10 KOs) and J’ Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) test positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs in wins. Both wins became no contests in record books. Both fighters were undefeated at the time. Both should have received a loss in my view in the record books. I wrote an article in 2013 where I stated that that was my opinion and I stand by it. I think something in the rule books needs to be changed. If a fighter is caught cheating he or she needs to be punished accordingly. I think a blemish in the rule books will move us one step forward to doing something about this problem. Hopefully commissions take notice in 2014 and do something about this. I will to my best to keep beating the horse on this issue.
OTHER SPORTS TRYING TO GET IT RIGHT
In other sports, mainly in Olympic competition if a competitor is caught cheating(using Peformance Enhancing Drugs) not only do they lose their medal and are DQ’d, the person or persons they beat are elevated in rank. Thus if you win a gold medal and you are caught, the silver medalist is elevated to the gold medal winner and so on. The punishments that have been dished out in boxing are joke. Only proper punishment can deter fighters from cheating;excessive penalties need to be dealt out. Whether that be excessive fines and or suspensions. Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs), who lost a wide decision to Manny Pacquaio (55-5-2, 38 KOs) in November in Macau, China, tested positive for a banned substance after his bout. He was levied a 5 month suspension by the Chinese commission.
Considering no one would expect Rios to return to the ring in that time span considering the beating he took, the fine has no effect on the boxers career whatsoever. Why even have testing if the fighters know they have nothing to lose as a result? The aforementioned Bey, was only punished for 3 months after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone. If boxing is even attempting to gain lost respect from the mainstream media it needs to get it’s act together in that regard.You are more likely to see a boxing headline when something negative happens in the sport than anytime there is positive news.
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January 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
FROM THE VAST “RING TALK” ARCHIVES
“HARLEM HAMMER” KILLS SAM KELLERMAN WITH HAMMER
Although there are certain parts of the story that remain unknown, Butler, known as the “Harlem Hammer,” used a hammer to beat Sam Kellerman, his friend and brother of boxing’s Max Kellerman to death in Sam’s Hollywood apartment. While rumors have swirled about what brought this on, Sam Kellerman’s body was found by firemen October 17, 2004.
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December 26th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Pedro Fernandez, host of the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” discussed a number of subjects including Saturday night results in two segments with Hall of Fame broadcaster Larry Merchant. Tacoma, Washington boxing & MMA promoter Brian Halquist talks about Philly fighter Zahir Raheem and his foray into promoting a series of MMA events fought in the cage.
RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”
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December 3rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– Whether or not you were enamored with the Saturday night HBO presentation, you have to say that 2013 is closing well. While a lot of that has to do with Floyd Mayweather domestically, Manny Pacquiao internationally, with Wladimir Klitschko continuing to win and drawing huge numbers in Europe and Asia. In between there was World champ Danny Garcia all but wrecking favored Lucas Matthysse at 140 lbs. Include Guillermo Rigondeaux and his easy spanking of Nonito Donaire
KOVALEV-STEVENSON “RIGHT EXAMPLE”
That being said, it’s almost a bad thing that both Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev won last weekend and may clash in a WBC/WBO unification match, a fight I believe will mean real star potential for the victor. Either way, whether the fiery Russian prevails or the slick Black Canadian wins, a star should be born! The “right example” I put at the top of the paragraph is that this is a more than just the unification of 175 lb. titles as promoters Kathy Duva of Main Events who has Kovalev, while Canadian Yvon Michel is with Stevenson, which is a big story that nobody seems to have realized, two promotional entities willing to fight one another and just let the chips (fighters) fall where they may.
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November 17th, 2013 By Zak Attack
Ontario, CA- World champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) pitched a shutout against formerly undefeated Edwin Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KOs). From the opening bell, Ward landed crisp blows to the head, while Rodriquez was swinging at air for the most part. In round 4, referee Jack Reiss took 2 points from both fighters after getting tagged while trying to separate them. It was an unneeded move but had no bearing on a masterful performance by Ward. Scores were 118-106, 117-107, 116-108 for the king of the super middleweight (168) division.
RODRIGUEZ PUSHED REFEREE TO HIS LIMIT
Although nobody knows what is going on in someones mind, referee Reiss appeared beyond just irritated with Rodriguez and rightfully so. The Dominican fighter, forget the fact he didn’t make weight for a championship fight, committed foul after foul, before and after the deduction of points. He could have been DQ’d a number of times.
FORMER AMATEUR STANDOUT CLIMBING LADDER
Super middleweight contender Brandon Gonzalez (18-0-1, 10 KOs) won a unanimous decision after 10 over Jonathan Nelson (18-1, 8 KOs). Nelson started well and won the first two rounds on my card, but was soon bullied on the inside by the shorter Gonzalez and was handled for the most part in his first professional loss. Scores were 99-91 twice and 98-92.
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November 14th, 2013 By John Signorella
ANDRE WARD IS BACK!
New York, NY- Boxing’s epic 2013 schedule continues this weekend and is highlighted by an eagerly anticipated return of one of the sport’s best “pound for pound” pugs.
BUT DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
After a yearlong hiatus, WBA super middleweight champ (168) Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) puts his undefeated record and trophy on the line against unbeaten, but untested scrapper Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) in a proposed 12 rounds of pound at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Televised coverage begins at 10 PM ET on HBO.
As evident in his last several outings, (simply put): Andre Ward has displayed undeniable world-class ring generalship to the masses. Before entering Showtime’s highly acclaimed “Super Six Tournament”, Ward created a “buzz” in the biz when he dominated rugged two-time IBF title challenger Edison Miranda on points. After the drumming of Miranda, Andre captured his first world title in stunning fashion against former WBC belt holder Mikkel Kessler (W TD 11) and followed up that stellar showing with commanding performances resulting in victories over Allan Green (W UD 12) and former “Contender” TV series winner Sakio Biko (W UD 12). Ward then went on to dismantle and expose former titleholders and one-dimensional bullies Arthur Abraham (W UD 12) and Carl Froch (W UD 12) to finally win the “Super Six “ tourney. In the aftermath of being crowned as the best super middleweight pugilist on the planet, Andre was pitted opposite of, and destroyed former light heavyweight (175) belt holder Chad Dawson (W TKO 10). From his recent efforts of acclaim, Andre Ward has garnered mainstream appeal and is currently recognized among the elite “pound for pound” fighters in the world.
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November 13th, 2013 By Zak Attack
Los Angeles, CA- Undefeated super middleweight (168 lb.) monarch Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) takes on fellow unbeaten Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA on the next HBO broadcast this weekend. Ward is coming off a 14-month layoff, and La Bomba presents a worthy challenge.
WILL WARD EVEN BE NUMERO UNO?
Andre has proven time after time that he is one of the very best in the world, and Saturday night will once again reaffirm his status as the number 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the sport behind Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (45-0, 26 KO). It will be interesting to see how Ward looks after so much time off, but I expect the consummate professional hailing from Oakland, CA to shine brightly.
HBO MISSES THE BOAT AGAIN WITH JUST ONE FIGHT
In typical HBO fashion, Ward-Rodriguez will be the only one shown on the network. The undercard is decent enough, with Brandon Gonzalez (17-0-1, 10 KOs), who also trains under Ward’s Virgil Hunter, mixing it up at super middle with another undefeated fighter in Jonathan Nelson (18-0, 8KOs). Last time out, Gonzalez made easy work of Thomas Oosthuizen (22-0-2, 13 KOs) only to be given a draw on the cards. I expect Gonzalez, who is more experienced against top competition, to walk away with the W.
T.B.A. OR TO BE ANNOUNCED USUALLY MEANS TO BE ANNIHILATED
John Molina (26-3, 21 KO) is taking on Gary Russell, Jr.’s (23-0, 13 KOs) favorite opponent; the feared “T.B.A.” Looks like a showcase for Molina, so I would expect him to win and likely by KO with the power he possesses. Also on the card is Sergio Mora (24-3-2, 7 KO) battling Milton Nunez (26-8-1, 24 KO) in a middleweight (160) tilt. Mora is the much more seasoned veteran here, and will likely take a decision over a game Milton. John Signorella will have the complete look at the weekend of boxing late Thursday night here at RingTalk.com
November 12th, 2013 By Zak Attack
Los Angeles, CA- Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) kept his career afloat for the moment with a 9th round TKO over Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs), a guy he had previously stopped in five rounds back on July 7, 2007. Despite earning the W over Vic, this was not an impressive performance by Nonito by any stretch.
ONCE SUPERSTAR NOW A QUESTION MARK
Once considered a top five ‘pound-for-pound’ talent by many in the boxing community, Donaire always looked quite limited in my opinion. Yes, he has good power. Yes, he does have some ability. Yes, he has carried these things with him as he has traversed weight classes, but “The Filipino Flash” has also carried his limitations. He has been overrated, which is something I know all about after putting Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14 KO) in my pound-for-pound top five shortly before he was starched in the first round by Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KO) this August.
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November 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Corpus Christi, TX- (HBO) Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) KO 8 Roman Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOS) (Wins WBO 130 lb. title) Martinez stunned everybody by dropping Mikey in the second, but that appeared to be his zenith as Garcia fought his way back and never let go until the end that was the result of a body shot from Garcia at the :57 second mark. Mikey shined, good mettle, but I wonder about that chin as the light punching Puerto Rican dropped him with a counter right.
TENTATIVE NONITO KO’S DARCHINYAN
Former multi-division champion Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) TKO 9 Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs) (126) Twas’ a rematch of July 7, 2007 KO win for Nonito, who looked uneasy and was losing on points before dropping Darchinyan with a left hook, this after he himself had eaten a Darchinyan uppercut. Up and wobbling, Darchinyan was getting battered about the ring until the referee had seen enough. Donaire has peaked and need be careful in selecting foes as he is ready for the taking. Time was 2:06.
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November 7th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Corpus Christi, TX- (HBO) Champion Roman Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOS) vs Mikey Garcia (32-0, 27 KOs) (WBO 130 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Garcia 14-5. Few people outside of Team Martinez are giving him a shot. Worthy champion and a quality fighter vs. next boxing superstar? Mikey Garcia is looking to impress, Roman to defend and leave champion. That being said, going with Garcia to be 33-0 come Sunday morning.
BATTLE OF UNBEATEN GO AFTER WBO 154 LB. TITLE
Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1, 21 KOs) vs Demetrius Andrade (19-0, 13 KOs) (WBO 154 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Vanos 3-1. One pundit considers this a mismatch with Vanes the easy to bet on favorite. In this battle of undefeated fighters, I’m going to sit on the fence (can go either way) with a ever-so slight lean towards Vanes.
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October 31st, 2013 By Kevin Perry
Las Vegas, NV- There is a certain mystique when it comes to Kazakhstan native, former Olympic Silver medalist and WBA middleweight champion (160 lb.) Gennady “GGG” Golovkin. With 24 stoppage wins in 27 bouts, “GGG” has truly taken the boxing world by storm.
G.G.G. KNOCKING OUT A GLOBAL REPUTATION
His bouts are exciting, and overall Gennady keeps fans wanting to see more. Saturday on HBO he takes on arguably his toughest foe to date in Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs). Stevens, a native of Brooklyn, NY talks a good game, but is he truly game for the fight?
STEVENS HAS LOSS TO JESSE BRINKLEY
The Brooklynite is a massive underdog, and for good reason. Jesse Brinkley (35-7, 22 KOs) of “The Contender” TV fame, beat him decisively in 2010, and he was also stopped by the always “comes to fights” journeyman Marcos Primera (19-15-2 at the time) in 2006. Stevens is a solid puncher, but there’s question marks about his chin, and Golovkin not only possesses power, but is extremely accurate both to the body and head.
LOOKING GOOD WITH PROMOTER KATHY DUVA
To be fair to Stevens, he has looked much better in his last few bouts which include three first round KO’s in three of his last four bouts. However one has to believe that some of that success has to do with the quality or lack of quality of the opposition.
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October 29th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– Every once in a while fighter comes along that can be easily described as, ”something special.” Gennady Golovkin is a man that can be described that way as he is set to defend the WBA middleweight (160 lb.) title against Curtis Stevens this Saturday night on HBO. In the words of historian Larry “The Lip” Albert, “Gennady Golovkin has the goods.”
STEVENS’ BIG MOUTH GOT HIM FAT PURSEAt 27–0, 24 KOs, Gennady has already cracked the top 10 in the ‘pound for pound’ list. Where you list him is your prerogative, but he has his place. Stevens, 25–3, 18 KOs, too has a place on the list, just not the top 10 pound for pound list, more like the top 10 bigmouth list. That’s what got him the fight with Gennady Golovkin, his having the audacity to call out the unbeaten Russian on television. While Stevens is a good fighter, greatness is not in this future, at least in my opinion.
GOLOVKIN ENGLISH GETTING BETTER
When Gennady Golovkin appeared a fortnight ago on “Ring Talk Worldwide,” my radio show for 29 years, Gennady agreed that the mouth of Stevens is better than that of Stevens the fighter. A man this not afraid to go to the body, Golovkin expects to KO Stevens, with no preference as to whether, “It is a body shot or head shot. He talks good, has a big mouth. He will see come fight time that he talks better than he fights.”
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October 20th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- I will preface each article this evening, on both the boxing card on HBO and the UFC 166 presentation, it was indeed a great night to be a fight fan. In the HBO main event, “Mr. Hard Luck” Ruslan Provodnikov, denied what looked like a deserved win against WBO 147 lb. champion Tim Bradley last time out, silenced a pro-Mike Alvarado audience in the now former WBO 140 lb. king’s hometown midway through the fight.
AGGRESSION & CLEAN PUNCHING
Opening strong, Ruslan won the opener with aggression, effective at that, and punches that made a statement as he was the puncher and Alvarado found that out early. Going into a boxing mode, Mike hoped he could stifle the always coming forward Russian.
ALVARADO HAS “HUGE STONES”
With things relatively close, the ninth round produced fireworks that saw “Ruslan the Russian” drop Mike Alvarado twice. Landing left hooks, preceded by left jabs, coupled with crunching right hands, you knew it was only a matter of time before Mr. Alvarado would succumb.
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