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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October 10th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
IS JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ THE “BEST” OF MEXICO?
Las Vegas, NV- It’s interesting to ponder the ascension and the career of four division (126, 130, 135, 140 lb.) champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs). The master boxer from Mexico City turned 40 in August, and this Saturday he faces one of his toughest bouts against Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) in a quest to capture Tim’s WBO welterweight (147 lb.) title on HBO PPV. One would have never imagined that a fighter who lost a close decision to Chris John (48-0, 22 KOs)(regardless of what some experts say John won a close fight) in a WBA featherweight (126) bout in 2006 would still be fighting, albeit successfully as a welterweight. After finally earning that career defining victory over Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) in their fourth fight last December (KO6) the Mexican can now move on to other challenges. Losing two of the first three fights to the Filipino icon left a bad taste in his mouth, but now he’s received his vindication. In Bradley he is facing a completely different style, and one that has not been favorable to him in the past.
CAME UP SHORT AGAINST BOXERS
Marquez is by style a counterpuncher who excels against aggressive minded opponents. He looked great against volume punchers such as Juan Diaz and brawlers like Australian Michael Katsidis, but somewhat listless in bouts against boxers like Chris John, Floyd Mayweather, and Freddie Norwood. Bradley can either box or brawl and the 30 year old is expected to use that youth and enthusiasm to his advantage to cruise to a points victory.
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September 27th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
BETTING ON WEEKEND FIGHTS
San Francisco, CA- If I were a betting man… Wait a minute, I am a betting man… Let me rephrase that. If I had more money in my pocket I would divide it by three and put it up against the favorites this weekend. There’s a strong aroma of “Upset” in the air and if you don’t smell it, then I’ll describe it in detail to you.
CHAVEZ JR. JUST DOESN’T GIVE A S*IT!
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Brian Vera (HBO) Carson, CA. (12 rounds-165 lb.) The younger Julio Cesar Chavez was scheduled earlier this month for his first fight in about a year, pr since he was thoroughly outclassed by Sergio Martinez minus the foul fest final 180 seconds of the bout. But Chavez, whom no one has ever accused of living a spartan lifestyle, pulled out because of what looked like a paper cut on his right eyelid. A closer examination of his face in the picture posted on his Twitter account revealed what is perhaps the real reason for the delay: a double chin. The weight for this fight is contracted at 165 lbs. but rumors are already swirling that the Chavez camp is asking for the bout to take place at 173 lbs. instead.
JULIO’S SON HAS NO DISCIPLINE!
The son of the Mexican legend is making a grave mistake if he is not taking this camp seriously because his opponent this Saturday is the rough and rugged Texan Brian Vera, a proven upset specialist who boasts wins over plenty of guys he was supposed to lose to such as “The Contender” winner Sergio Mora, Serhiy Dzinziruk, and Andy Lee, protege of the late Emanuel Steward. Do not be shocked if Vera continues his overachieving ways against boxing’s spoiled Mexican princess. Odds: 7-1 for Chavez. Nava’s pick: Vera by Decision (if the judges don’t screw him) or late stoppage.
HBO ALSO HAS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT ENCOUNTER
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August 18th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SERGEY KOVALEV IS A BEAST!
San Francisco, CA- What can you say about the new WBO light heavyweight (175 lb.) champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) that I haven’t already said time and again? In today’s world the term “beast” is overused. That being said, Kovalev is more than a beast, especially in light of the four round destruction of Nathan Cleverly. There was no “cleverness” on the part of the new champion and or the now once-beaten native of the UK, Nathan Cleverly. No, it was pure violence being thrown at Cleverly by the new champion.
KOVALEV TEAMS WITH “DUVA DIVA” KATHY DUVA
There are things that you see in a fighter, some of which is “substance” and some is “flash.” As I watched Kovalev rise from that of a preliminary fighter, I saw punching power that you can’t teach somebody, they’re just born with it. Sergey hits people with such force that you can hear his punches making impact all the way up in the cheap seats. When he was clipping Cleverly, who had an iron chin prior to meeting the Russian born fighter promoted by Kathy Duva and Main Events, on the arms you could hear the “thud” when they landed. Truth be told, Cleverly (26-1, 12 KOs) is a good boxer.
LIKE A NAKED MAN AT A BASEBALL GAME!
Kovalev on the other hand, is going to run through the 175 lb. weight class like a streaker, leaving bodies in a clump, all the while onlookers will just be looking on astonished! If Sergey got in with Bernard Hopkins, that would drive nails into the door of Hopkins’ pugilistic casket. As for Cleverly, he need not retire, but truth be told after watching the Brit get dropped thrice, he couldn’t beat Kovalev if he had four hands and a lead pipe.
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August 1st, 2013 By Kevin Perry
WHAT CONSTITUTES A BORING PRIZEFIGHT?
Los Angeles, CA- Much controversy has been made due to HBO’s apparent ban of fights involving WBO and WBA junior featherweight (122 lb.) champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs).
Rigondeaux, a former two-time Olympic gold medalist who defected from his homeland of Cuba in 2007, dismantled and decisively beat pound for pound talent Nonito Donaire (31-2, 20 KOs) in a unification tilt in April of this year.
SOME LOVED RIGO, OTHERS DID NOT
It was a scintillating performance for some viewers to watch the mastery of the “sweet science” by the Cuban. For him to reduce Donaire, a Filipino American, to what amounts to a novice, was intriguing to watch for some. For many others, some who are members of the boxing media, the fight to say it mildly, was a “bore”. The differences in opinion here are vast, because to some, what constitutes a good fight is two guys who just close their eyes and throw caution to the wind and soak up loads of punishment for our entertainment. For others like myself, I can truly appreciate two guys who don’t throw a 100 punches a round, but have more of an economical approach to boxing. They may not throw a lot of punches, but like Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) and the aforementioned Cuban, each punch has a purpose, and there is a certain appreciation for many viewers to that style of boxing.
PERCEPTION OF “EXCITING” REAL ARGUMENT HERE
I would never be one to say that Rigondeaux is at the level of an Arturo Gatti in terms of entertainment value. However, it normally is the pairing and not necessarily the particular fighter that can make a bout exciting. Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs), a product of the renowned Cuban amateur system that teaches boxing rather than brawling, was in a back and forth battle against Alfredo Angulo (22-3, 18 KOs), in which he came back from two knockdowns to stop the rugged Mexican in the 10th round of a 154lb WBA interim title fight in June. Lara and most Cuban fighters are typically counter punchers and stylists, who wait on their opponents for an opening. It doesn’t always make for the most fan friendly fights, but with the right opponents in front of them, it can typically create the drama that fight fans crave.
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July 23rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
HAROLD LEDERMAN “UNPLUGGED” CHAT
San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, almost 29 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” featured an in depth conversation with boxing’s greatest good will ambassador Harold Lederman, the HBO “official but unofficlal” judge.
NICEST MAN IN BOXING BAR NONE!
A boxing official since 1967, Lederman is not afraid to voice his mind, be it on HBO itself, the departure of Larry Merchant, the addition of judge Steve Weisfeld to the HBO Boxing After Dark shows, to breaking down fighters and fights in a manner that makes his a favorite of both fans and radio hosts alike. TO LISTEN NOW click here READ MORE…