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QUESTIONS ON PROMOTERS & FIGHTERS 2015

FROM ALI-FOREMAN TO CAMEO ON AL HAYMON TV

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua


San Francisco, CA– Promoter Don King cut his promotional teeth on the “Rumble in The Jungle” in 1974. With Muhammad Ali thought to be far past his prime, going against a man that destroyed Ali’s arch rival Joe Frazier, world heavyweight champion George Foreman. Now when you see King on TV, quite often it’s in the corner of a guy given little or no chance.

TEENAGE GEORGE FOREMAN “MONSTER” IN SPARRING

Having watched Foreman in the teenage years, his learning how to box at Newman’s Gym here at 312 Leavenworth St., to the Golden Gloves, winning the 1968 Olympics, and two professional careers that were separated by more than a decade, my vantage point was one that few people alive today saw as this product of Houston, TX’s roughest Ward, grew from that of a pugilistic seedling to a two-time world heavyweight champion.

BACK TO DON KING

Leading a crowd that included Hungarian President Yanos Adler at the 2013 World Boxing Organization Congress in singing the Donald a “Happy Birthday,” I had some laughs with a man who over the years has

Don "Unplugged" King

Don “Unplugged” King

proven incredibly brilliant and resilient too. Obviously tired and looking a lot like the Keep (Bob) Hope Alive character skit on the In Living Color TV show. But I had seem him wane before, lose his mojo and come back.

ENOUGH TALENT TO GO AROUND?

The question is, with all the promoters, newcomers Al Haymon with 150 or so pugs under contract, Rap czar Jay Zee, Read more

SIGNORELLA PREVIEWS KHAN/ALGIERI TILT!

PBC on SPIKE

PBC on SPIKE

Las Vegas, NV – Boxing’s super busy schedule trudges forward this weekend with another installment of Al Haymon’s successful network time share fight series “Premiere Boxing Champions”.  This week’s card will be typified by an intriguing welterweight (147 lb.) scrap between two charismatic and world elite combatants when former two-time jr. welterweight (140) belt holder Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) faces former jr. welterweight strap carrier Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 12 or less rounds of throw down.  Live televised coverage begins FRIDAY at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York on Spike TV.

Khan (left) smashing an opponent with a deadly left hook

Khan (left) smashing an opponent with a deadly left hook

 

AMIR KHAN OR A MERE CON?

Going into his 19th professional bout against (at the time) unbeaten contender Breidis Prescott, the buzz was high for Amir to rise to the top of the game. Khan, however got starched by a right hand from Prescott and lasted just 54 seconds in the bout (L KO 1). Removed from the embarrassment against Prescott, Amir went on to win eight straight (3 KOs) and managed to pick up the WBA and IBF straps. That win streak was highlighted with victories over Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera (W TD 5), Paulie Malignaggi (W TKO 11), Zab Judah (KO 5) and Marcos Maidana (W UD 12). Read more

GGG STOPS MONROE IN SIX

GOLOVKIN EARNS 20TH STRAIGHT STOPPAGE

Las Vegas, NV
-In another dominant performance WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (33-0, 30 KOs) increases his status as one of the top fighters in the world.

Gennday "GGG" Golovkin

Gennday “GGG” Golovkin

In front of a raucous crowd Saturday night at the Forum in Los Angeles, it became clear that in stopping middleweight contender Willie Monroe (19-2, 6 KOs), that he not only solidified himself as a great fighter but also a bonafide attraction. The top fighters in or near the division will soon run out of excuses to avoid the fighter originally from Kazakhstan.

MONROE DOWN IN ROUND TWO

Round one was the usual feel out round with Golovkin stalking, but mostly analyzing his opponent. After measuring his foe in the first, Gennady knocked Monroe down twice in round two. He rose both times unsteady but showed tremendous heart in surviving the round.


GOLOVKIN CARRIES MONROE IN MIDDLE ROUNDS

According to Golovkin’s comments in the post fight interview, he carried Monroe in the middle rounds. Monroe landed a significant number of punches, in rounds four and five. Golovkin at times goaded his opponent to keep firing. In the fourth Monroe outlanded the Kazakh 33 to 30. However Monroe had a mere six KO’s and was never a threat to hurt Golovkin. Wanting to give his paying customers more than a three round blowout, he slightly took his foot off the gas.

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CANELO WIN TOPS WEEKEND BOXING RESULTS

CANELO USES KIRKLAND AS HUMAN PIÑATA

Las Vegas, NV– After last weeks “Fight of The Century” failed to live up to even the most minimal of expectations, Saturday was an opportunity for Mexico’s biggest star to make a statement.

Saul "Canelo" Alvarez

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez


In a live fight that was broadcast on HBO after the replay of Mayweather-Pacquiao, Canelo Alvarez put on a thrilling show in front of over 30,000 fans at Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas, home the Houston Astros. Canelo and James Kirkland went tit for tat for three brutal rounds. Fortunately for Canelo and his legions of fans, he was the one doing most of the pitching and the brave Kirkland most of the catching.

MEXICAN SCORES THREE KNOCKDOWNS

Kirkland put the pressure on early, putting Canelo’s back on the ropes. However, the Mexican weathered the storm and started countering James’ attack. A left hook followed by a right hand sent the Houston resident reeling backwards and then to the canvas. Kirkland survived the round and did some work in round two. In round three he soaked up shot after shot, Canelo was able to hit him with everything. An uppercut dropped James and he got up a second time. Canelo chopped him down a third time with a blistering overhand right that appeared to put Kirkland asleep KO 3. Alvarez ups his record to 45-1-1, 32 KOs while Kirkland drops to 32-2, 28 KOs.

 

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HBO, CBS, TRU TV & ESPN ODDS AND PREDICTIONS

CANELO-KIRKLAND BETTER THAN FLOYD-MANNY

Las Vegas, NV-It’s a huge weekend of boxing as prizefighting makes it’s way back on CBS, as well as HBO on Saturday. ESPN and TRU TV also host solid boxing cards on Friday night. Boxing isn’t dead, it’s blossoming and it’s obvious that people are placing too much emphasis on Mayweather vs Pacquiao.

Canelo Alvarez faces James Kirkland Saturday

Canelo Alvarez faces James Kirkland Saturday

Whether you thought the bout lived up to the hype or not, this weekend gives fans something to get excited about. Sometimes certain styles don’t mesh, but on HBO more than likely we will see one of the best fights of the year. Fortunately it will be featured directly after the Mayweather vs Pacquiao replay.

 

HBO Championship Boxing

SATURDAY(9PM ET/PT)

Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) vs James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs)

154 lbs. (Junior Middleweight)

Odds: Canelo 3.5-1 favorite

Fighters have a combined 59 KO’s. Looks like a barnburner on paper. Kirkland has been out of the ring since December 2013, and has switched trainers. Rumors are that Kirkland is taking the bout seriously and is in shape. Alvarez, a good counterpuncher with quick hands won’t have to look for Kirkland. His swarming high volume style should make for some heated exchanges. The question mark here is Kirkland’s chin. If he is able to take the best that Canelo has to offer, expect an upset here. Canelo is the sharper of the two with the better defense, but he may be in for a world of pain from James’ relentless attack. He is not known for posessing great stamina.

 

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON CBS

SATURDAY(4PM ET/1PM PT)

Omar Figueroa (44-1-1, 31 KOs) vs Ricky Burns (32-1, 28 KOs)

140 lbs. (Junior Welterweight)

Odds: Figueroa 2.5-1 favorite

Burns appears to be past it, but Omar has not fought the same level of opposition. Figueroa on the rise, and Burns is not. Good solid test for the Texan in his first fight at 140lbs. Should put on a good show and win a decision against the Brit.

 

TRU TV

FRIDAY(10PM PT/ET)

Glen Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) vs Michael Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs)

154 lbs. (Junior Middleweight)

Odds: Tapia 2-1

Soro an unknown commodity, but has a good record and has fought some good opposition. Fought for the WBO title in 2012 against Zaurbek Baysangurov (29-1, 21 KOs) giving a good account of himself for twelve rounds in the champions hometown. Friday he faces Tapia in his hometown of New Jersey. Looks like they are both on the same level. Should be a good fight. Can’t envision the Frenchman winning this bout on the cards. Tapia is a solid boxer puncher who has shown improvement since his lone loss to James Kirkland. Tapia by close decision with the winner becoming a serious contender in the 154lb division.

ESPN2

FRIDAY(9PM ET/6PM PT)

Amir Mansour (21-1, 16 KOs) vs Joey Dawejko (14-3-2, 7 KOs)

201+ lbs. (Heavyweight)

Odds: Mansour 4-1

Haven’t seen Dawejko, but was a good amateur, and at 24 appears to be on the rise. Mansour is 42, but a fresh 42 and is such a hard puncher, got to go with the him. Dawejko’s record is mediocre at best.

Kevin Perry

 

MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO A “SUPER” SNOOZER

FIVE YEARS FOR BOUT SANS DRAMA

Las Vegas, NV-Saturday night Floyd Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) notched what many will consider the most important victory of his career, keeping his undefeated record intact. Unfortunately the fight itself wasn’t memorable.

MAYWEATHER VS PACQUIAO

MAYWEATHER VS PACQUIAO

Both fighters will take their share of the blame. Predictably after the fight Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOS),a Filipino congressman and superstar, had excuses. “I hurt my shoulder”, said Pacquiao, in the post fight press conference, referring the an injury that he had suffered in training. Pacquiao also suggested that he thought he won the fight. Although he fought well in spots, judges Bert Clements and Dave Moretti appeared to have the correct scores of 116-112 or 8-4 in favor of Mayweather.

MAYWEATHER CLAIMED INJURIES AS WELL

MANNY HITS FLOYD

MANNY HITS FLOYD

Floyd Mayweather himself stated that he had hurt arms and injured hands going into the bout. It was clear that both fighters were closer to filing for Social Security than being near their prime. The fight showed the slippage in both fighters. In some cases that slippage can make for a great fight, here it made for one that was lackluster.

FLOYD CONTENT TO BOX, MANNY CONTENT TO WATCH

For all of Floyd Sr’s bravado before the fight that his son was going for a knockout was obviously just talk. While Floyd had trouble with Manny in a few rounds, he was mostly  controlling the action from the outside. When they got inside, he tied Manny up. Pacquiao came forward for the majority of the bout and with some early success but overall he couldn’t cut the ring off. In the later rounds when trying to mount an attack and trap Floyd on the ropes, Floyd was normally able to find the escape route back to the center of the ring. Mayweather, being the consummate defensive wizard, was content on just using his jab to control the action, but at no point in the fight did he attempt to sit down on his shots. What most people saw was an overpriced sparring match.

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WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO-BRYANT JENNINGS ODDS

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO FIGHT FROM BROOKLYN

Las Vegas, NV– Live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, WBO, WBA and IBF

Is this outcome inevitable?

Is this outcome inevitable?

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 58 KOs) defends his crown versus huge underdog and undefeated American challenger Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs).

ODDS

KLITSCHKO: 15-1

The 6’7, 39 year-old Klitschko has every advantage here except for age vs. Jennings who is a good athlete and decent fighter. As for the Ukrainian’s suposedly weak chin? IT won’t get tested by the inexperienced light puncher in Jennings. If Bryant was a volume guy he would have a chance, but he likes to hunt and peck from the outside and fights at a measured pace. Expect Bryant to go bye bye within 8 frames. Read more

MAYWEATHER GREED HAS GONE TOO FAR

FANS HAVE TO PAY FOR MAYWEATHER VS PAC WEIGH-IN

Las Vegas, NV-In an unprecedented move,  it is rumored that “all” fans will have to pony up ten George Washington’s to see the fighters step on the scale. That’s right 10 bucks! As per tradition, weigh-ins have always been free to the public and media. In this case, the fans who don’t possess the exorbitant amount of dollars to pay for tickets to go to the fight (more on that later), this is their only chance to see the fighters first hand.

Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. guilty of greed?

Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. guilty of greed?

This trend first began when Floyd last fought Marcos Maidana. Tickets were sold and given away on the radio for some of the seats in the arena. The seats at the very top were free to the public. It’s possible that this money will be used for a charitable cause, but don’t bet on it!

TICKETS NOT YET ON SALE

The fight is less than three weeks away and tickets are still not available. This appears to be a ploy to drive up their market value. Rumors are that only a small number of these tickets will go on sale to the general public. The majority of the remaining tickets will be given to Floyd and his respective team (which includes adviser Al Haymon) to go and sell on the secondary market for big bucks.

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LISTEN TO RING TALK BOXING APRIL 19TH

LARRY MERCHANT PREDICTS FONFARA WIN

Floyd-Pac 2 Weeks Away

Floyd-Pac 2 Weeks Away

On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez had Larry Merchant front and center with writer Kevin Perry reporting the fights on both HBO/Showtime. Mr.Perry also attended Floyd Mayweather’s media day as well.Former HBO analyst Larry Merchant was also one of our guests on Saturdays boxing hour.

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MEDIA DAY WITH FLOYD MAYWEATHER

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE BY RINGTALK

Las Vegas, NV-Yesterday an enthusiastic crowd of not only media, but a litany of fans awaited Floyd Mayweather’s arrival at Mayweather Boxing Club in the Chinatown section of Las Vegas. Zab Judah, David Hasselhoff and rapper Lil’ Kim also were in attendance.

Mayweather Media day

Mayweather Media day

Floyd’s grand arrival was roughly minutes after 4pm. He initially fielded questions for boxing writers in the outside tent on what was an extremely windy day in Sin City.

He then went inside the gym and did video and audio interviews with the various media outlets. As much criticism as the brash sports star gets, he obviously loves the media attention but made sure to try his best to give as many one on one interviews as time allowed. He also got down on the pads and did mitt work and well as other various exercises. Mayweather faces Manny Pacquiao in the biggest money fight in boxing history on May 2nd.

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MAYWEATHER VS PACQUIAO IS ON!

SUPER FIGHT BECOMES REALITY!

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is on for May 2nd at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather opens a near 3-1 favorite. PPV reportedly will be around 100 dollars for the HD broadcast. The debate now begins on who will win this mega-matchup that is considered the biggest fight in boxing history!

Mayweather-Pacquiao

Mayweather-Pacquiao

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NO VALENTINES LOVE FOR FLOYD OR MANNY

LEGENDARY FIGHTERS NEED TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

Las Vegas, NV– Neither Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao deserve any love from sports fans at this point of their careers. Negotiations for the one fight that basically every person who has the slightest interest in boxing wants to see has appeared to hit a brick wall. Currently the vacationing Mayweather claims that he is fighting on May 2nd at MGM Grand in Las Vegas regardless of the opponent. Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, has been giving increasingly contradictory comments to the press. The fighters claim they want to fight one another, but so far “No Cigar.”

The networks Showtime and HBO, who are to supposed to be partners in this deal have also given conflicting information. The public, while losing faith that this fight will come to fruition is also losing patience. Both sides just need to sit down and iron out a deal. One has to wonder if ego’s from both sides is what is preventing this deal from being worked out.

 

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BRANDON RIOS WIN TOPS WEEKEND BOXING RESULTS

RIOS STOPS SHOT AND UNFOCUSED ALVARADO

Las Vegas, NV– It was clear from the opening bell that Mike “Mile High” Alvarado (33-4, 23 KOs) was either unprepared Saturday night or is just a plain shell of the fighter who won the rematch with Brandon Rios (33-2-1, 24 KOs) on HBO in 2013.

Rios (left) & Alvarado (right) going to Hell

Rios (left) & Alvarado (right) going to Hell

The native of Denver had the hometown advantage. Ironically fighting and training there is to his detriment. A week before the fight he was arrested for having a gun in his possession, a no no for a former felon.

ALVARADO LOST TWO IN A ROW PREVIOUSLY

While “Mile High” edged Rios by decision in the second go around, he took a beating in a 2013 stoppage loss to Ruslan Provodnikov and then was dominated in his next bout against Juan Manuel Marquez. Those two fights appeared to have erased any desire he had left to be a prizefighter. It showed up Saturday night as he was listless for the three round pasting he endured against Rios who was able to land 120 punches in just three stanzas. Unable to differentiate two fingers from four, the doctor advised the bout to be stopped.

TOP RANK PROSPECT NOT READY FOR THE ELITE

Super Middleweight prospect Gilberto Ramirez Sanchez (31-0, 24 KOs) failed to impress in his 10 round unanimous decision victory over Maxim Vlasov (32-2, 15 KOs). Read more

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