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HBO HAS MATTHYSSE-PROVODNIKOV

HBO GOES UP AGAINST SHOWTIME

#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse

#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse


San Francisco, CA- Larry Merchant’s ex-employer, Home Box Office will Saturday air a live 140 lb. loser “leaves top five” bout between Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) and Ruslan Provodnikov.

MATTHYSSE FAVORED OVER “FACE” FIGHTER

Although I admire the grit and will of Provodnikov, the fact that Chris Algieri beat him is enough for me to think Lucas will trounce him. Seeing Ruslan (24-3, 17 KOs) is not afraid to “take a shot to throw a shot,” Lucas should batter him at will throughout.

WINNER TO CLASH FOR VACANT TITLE? Read more

RING TALK & LARRY MERCHANT ON NBC BOXING

LARRY MERCHANT OFFERS HISTORY LESSON

 "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 spoke with Hall of Fame broadcaster Larry Merchant about the boxing debut on NBC TV. Larry also talked Ali-Frazier I some 44 years later, the Civil Rights movement and his working for a newspaper that took a black girl’s picture out of his article and left instead a blank box. Great stories about life and boxing, as time spent with Larry is priceless!

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

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SAN FRANCISCO BOXING LEGEND AL CITRINO

Al Citrino

“BIG AL” NOT A GUY TO MESS WITH
San Francisco, CA- Growing up in Herman-Newman’s Gym in the Tenderloin section of this City by The Bay, I ran met some individuals with unique and unequaled personalities. Today, we look back at at the career of Amadeo “Al” Citrino. Born here of Italian decent, Al was a “positive” fixture of San Francisco boxing from his professional debut in 1930 until he passed away in 1993.

BEAT ONE WORLD CHAMP, LOST TO ANOTHER

Not the tallest featherweight (126 lbs) by any means, Al stood about 5’6 and like a man he would later fight, the greater than great Henry Armstrong, lost his first professional fight which took place on May 7, 1930 at National Hall here. He would go unbeaten in 16 fights, that included two draws before losing again in 1931 at another San Francisco fight venue in Dreamland.

BOXING HAD “HOME COOKING” EVEN IN THE 1930’S

Al would engage in 15 more fights, again with a couple of draws before he lost two successive six round decisions to unheralded Pastor Galope and Joe Calder, both in the state of Washington, the only place Al fought in 13 years outside of California. Both fighters were from Washington, which made the wins losses via the result of “home cooking.” Al and Calder fought again here in 1935 and Al stopped him in two.

CLASH WITH HENRY ARMSTRONG SHOWED AL’S GRIT Read more

WBO CHIEF PACO VALCARCEL ON RING TALK

PACO ALWAYS A GREAT GUEST

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide 

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Paco Valcarcel, president of the WBO. They discussed recent fights, WBO champions, including the decision at the WBO Congress on Instant Replay in WBO fights.

SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio

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AL HAYMON NOW CONTROLS BOXING

LAMPLEY THROWING PUNCHES AGAIN

Al Haymon

Al Haymon


San Francisco, CA- HBO’s Jim Lampley took a shot at somebody a fortnight ago and NO this time it wasn’t his ex-wife or girlfriend. In jest, the North Carolina Tar Heel alumni facetiously named Al Haymon, “Boxing’s 2014 Man of The Year.”

NFL GAME BLURB SAYS BOXING BACK ON NBC

Less than two weeks later, NBC announces boxing is coming back to the Peacock Network during an NFL game they were presenting. Oh, and if you haven’t figured it out yet, Al Haymon is the man NBC has joined arms with in an attempt to bring prize fighting back to what they hope are the masses.

NETWORK TV AIRED BOXING ‘TILL CIRCA 1990

Most of you reading this don’t realize that boxing was featured on all three of the then major Networks in NBC, CBS and ABC’s Wide Word of Sports with the vast majority being Saturday and Sunday afternoon fights or championship fight replays from Closed Circuit and then Pay Per View shows.

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AMIR KHAN WIN TOPS BOXING RESULTS

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Amir Khan

Amir Khan


ALEXANDER NOT AT KHAN’S LEVEL

Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) UD 12 Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs). Although nobody went down or was seriously hurt, Amir boxed circles around Alexander in what was an easily predictable outcome. Khan now readies for an all UK battle with IBF welterweight (147 lb.) guy Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) in mid 2015 in the biggest fights possibly in British history. Scores: 119-109 twice & 120-108.

THURMAN DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE GOODS

Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) UD 12 Leonard Bundu (31-1-2, 11 KOs). It looked like it might end early as Thurman dropped the 40-year-old 30 seconds in with a left hook. After that he ran a lot. Scores were 120-107 three times. (WBA 147 lb. title) Expert says, running like shoplifter chased by security guard makes Stock drop with win. It was the most boring shutout in recent memory

ORTIZ SNAGS FIRST WIN IN AGES

Victor Ortiz (30-5-1, 22 KOs) TKO 3 Manuel Perez (22-1-1, 4KOs) (147) Rout of game but vastly overmatched foe puts Ortiz in winner’s circle for first time in three years.

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MIKE TYSON TITLE RUN 28 YEARS LATER

COCAINE, REDD FOXX & THE TYSON CORONATION

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson


San Francisco, CA- The date of November 22nd to me is a daunting one for in real life back in 1963, President Kennedy was murdered and our system of Government has never been the same. On the positive side, November 22nd is also the date of the Mike Tyson heavyweight championship coronation in 1986 the Las Vegas Hilton promoted by Don King.
Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx

SCALPERS DIDN’T HAVE ANY SEATS

It was one of those fights where one thought you could pick up a pair of tickets from a scalper, but that wasn’t the case as Tyson-Berbick tickets were harder to get than a BJ on the moon. This was a special day in fistic history as the 20-year (+four months) Tyson made an indelible mark on the sport of prize fighting in not only being the youngest, but the most dominant champ since George Foreman’s first title run in the 70s.

IS WELTER KING KELL BROOK TYSON-LIKE?

Looking invincible in the ring, the question with Tyson is the same as it was with ex-middleweight king Michael Nunn, how long could he stay out of trouble outside of the ring. Because much like Nunn and his native Davenport, Iowa, the streets of New York presented lots of problems for Mike Tyson. The fight with Mitch Green outside of a 24-hour clothing store in Harlem that sold Superfly-like attire, was yet another instance where Mike was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Not as often as the thrice-stabbed IBF welterweight (147) king Kell Brook of the UK, but there were things that got “buried” and never came to the public’s attention.

TYSON MADE FOES **** ON THEMSELVES Read more

BOXING MILITANT BERNARD HOPKINS SLAIN

TIME FOR HOPKINS TO VACATE SPOTLIGHT

Kovalev Has Hopkins In First Round

Kovalev Has Hopkins In First Round


San Francisco, CA- Having witnessed the militant movement of the Black Panther Party evolve in the S.F. Bay Area back in the day gives me a unique perspective on African American Americana per se. Blacks have their heros, the Mexicans blindly followed Julio Cesar Chavez, Manny Pacquiao is the Filipino God, Sweden did the same with heavyweight champ Ingemar Johannesson, you get the picture.

NEVER CAUGHT ON WITH ANYBODY PERIOD

What I find unique about the support of the legendary Hopkins by African Americans is that there really is none as last night’s fight, a stones throw from Philly in Atlantic City drew less than 7,000 paid. Nobody looks forward to watching Hopkins fight (sic), nor does he have a the fan base one would associate with a fighter whose been a professional since the late 1980s. After beating Tito Trinidad in 2001, Hopkins became a household name in boxing even though he had won the middleweight title in 1994.

LAST B-HOP KO WAS OSCAR IN 2004

Beating Oscar De La Hoya was another mega-match Bernard was able to prevail by size alone. All of Hopkins’ superfights have featured the “superstar” opponent. And while Hopkins beat these guys, sometimes beating the man doesn’t make you the man with the fans. The real significant win on Hopkins post middleweight was his ruining Kelly “The Thirsty One” Pavlik in 2008 and his besting Jean Pascal in 2011.

HOPKINS NEVER “TRIED” TO WIN

The dismal performance against Sergey Kovalev surprised some as they really expected Bernard to win, something to me that bordered on delusional. Kovalev is the hardest puncher the near 50-year old Philadeplphian had ever faced and it showed from the first bell. I was cringing watching the unbeaten Russian beat on the future Hall of Famer who was never in the fight after the ref’s instructions.

B-HOP AT 50 “AN INDICTMENT OF BOXING” Read more

LARRY MERCHANT ON RING TALK BOXING

NOBODY LIKE LARRY MERCHANT!

A "Stunned" Larry Merchant

A “Stunned” Larry Merchant


San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with writerKevin Perry, who talked about his taking the Assn. of Boxing Commissions test to judge boxing in the USA.

GODFATHER OF SPORTS NEWS STARTED IN PHILLY

This show also marked the return after a short hiatus of Hall of Famer Larry Merchant, who gives the listeners a perspective that you don’t get anywhere lese besides, “Ring Talk.”

RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

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SERGEY KOVALEV TO BURY B-HOP

KOVALEV-HOPKINS COULD BE UGLY

Sergey Kovalev-Cedric Agnew

Sergey Kovalev-Cedric Agnew


San Francisco, CA- Although a significant number of you think Bernard Hopkins has a shot next week with Sergei Kovalev, this is the end of the road for the Philadelphian. The only question really is will Bernard “pass the torch” or “scorch the fight?” Having never been known to handle losing to white guys, remember Joe Calzaghe, this intangible could be a major factor in this WBO/IBF/WBA 175 lb. title clash.

HBO CAN PLAY “TAPS” FOR HOPKINS

On paper, let me rephrase that, in reality Bernard does not have a chance here. He is 50 years of age, regardless of how well he’s taken care of himself, he’s 50 and while I think B-Hop usually has a plan that is backed up by a tight defense of hands up, chin down, elbows in, feet in position most of the time, it isn’t enough to turn back the ferocity of the WBO champ Kovalev. What has worked in the past will not work today!

WILL BERNARD PULL THAT B-HOP CRAP? Read more

JC CHAVEZ-MELDRICK TAYLOR FIGHT 24 YEARS LATER

ONE SCARY NIGHT IN NORTH LAS VEGAS

Chavez-Taylor I

Chavez-Taylor I


San Francisco, CA- Having found there to be a shortage of Mexicans the night prior to Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor I, I ventured to North Las Vegas for Chavez fans on Friday night March 16, 1990. Even though this match was sold out, the fact there wasn’t a Chavez following in the lobby of the host hotel, the Las Vegas Hilton, was to me unusual. The trip to North Las Vegas was one that I’ll always remember. Upon entering this bar the cabby dropped me off at, I noticed fresh blood just outside the front door.

DON’T SAY CHAVEZ HAD ONE LOSS COVERED UP!

After conversing in broken Spanglish, I bought a couple of guys a beer as we discussed Julio Cesar Chavez, the so-called greatest Mexican fighter in history. Going through the Chavez resume, which at the time stood at 68 & ZIP was easy. But there was the fight in JC’s hometown of Culican, Mexico, a city controlled by Coke traffickers in which Chavez was disqualified and I’m told and the commission is said to have changed the result the next day. Remembering that puddle of blood at the bar’s entrance, I let my hosts tell Chavez history in their own way before backing out of the joint.

TYSON HAD JUST BEEN BEATEN BY BUSTER Read more

#1 LIGHT HEAVY ADONIS STEVENSON SNATCHED FROM HBO!

WBC CHAMP WITH SIGNS WITH AL HAYMON!

Las Vegas, NV- HBO’s boxing woes continue as yet another one of the signature fighters Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) on the network has brokered a deal to fight his next bout on a May 24th Showtime broadcast vs. Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs).

SHOWTIME NABS ANOTHER STAR FROM HBO

HBO Boxing In 2014

HBO Boxing In 2014

In 2012, Home Box Office fell asleep and almost dared Floyd Mayweather to look elsewhere. Failing to match a $100 + million offer by Viacom/CBS/Showtime, they eventually would lose his services. According to various reports this situation was similar as HBO had the right to match whatever offer Showtime made. However with no contract in place and Stevenson now being advised by the most powerful man in boxing, Al Haymon, Stevenson, Big Al & Showtime have agreed on a deal that HBO didn’t feel it could match.

HBO NODS OUT & GETS JACKED!

The reality here though is while HBO had recently invested in both Stevenson, a Haitian living in Montreal, Canada and WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) who fights this Saturday on HBO, the Haitian was more interested in fighting Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) who fights exclusively on Showtime. Hopkins, while an experienced professional is almost 50 years old and appears to be an easier fight for more money. Stevenson and Kovalev both fought together on a doubleheader at the end of last year in an effort to build towards a light heavyweight unification bout in 2014 if both guys were successful in their bouts. Both won impressively.

“SUIT JOBS” IN JEOPARDY AT HBO? Read more

SERGEY KOVALOV IS THE CHARLES MANSON OF BOXING

Charles Manson

Charles Manson

“NATURAL BORN KILLER”

San Francisco, CA- There is nothing in boxing quite like a two-fisted assassin that is true to the tag. Somebody who is almost always in a seek & destroy mode while piling up points but always looking for an early ending. One boxer that fits that definition is WBO undefeated light heavyweight (175 lb.) champion Sergey Kovalov.

Sergey Kovalov Steps Over Another Corpse

Sergey Kovalov Steps Over Another Corpse

KOVALOV AN INCREDIBLE TALENT

Then under the father like tutor/trainer Abel Sanchez, I took note of Kovalov and watched him gain experience before leaving for Main Events and a new team. There are some guys that have such great physical and mental attributes that they are natural born killers. Again, this best describes Sergey Kovalov.

WBO KING IS ALWAYS CONVINCING!

Born in Russia, the 30-year old boxing superstar in the making, Sergey turned professional in July 2009 in the boxing hotspot of Greensboro, North Carolina. Stopping in South Carolina before making his way to the west coast, Kovalov, went 9-0 with 7 first round KOs and two in the second. A close Split Decision on the scorecards win over Darnell Boone (who knocked down World 168 lb. king Andre Ward) was rectified with a KO 2 of Boone in a rematch.

LISTEN TO WHAT NATHAN CLEVERLY SAID

When then undefeated ex-WBO king Nathan Cleverly sat down after the opening round with Kovalov he said, “He hits hard.” Downed twice before a TKO 4 ending, I couldn’t recall Cleverly ever being decked prior. The body language of Cleverly from that first break between rounds was so telling. He knew that he was not going to beat Kovalov (23-0-1, 21 KOs) that night without using a club.

KOVALOV-STEVENSON FIGHT NOW DEAD Read more

LISTEN: KARIM MAYFIELD BEAT THE MAN WHO BEAT THE MAN!

Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield

Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield

MAYFIELD BEAT MAURICIO HERRERA DECISIVELY

San Francisco, CA- In a segment of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, undefeated jr. welterweight contender Karim Mayfield, the “man who beat the man, who beat the man.” Most pundits seem to be on Mauricio Herrera’s side of the fence when it comes to who his fight with recognized World champ Danny Garcia.

SCORE CARDS WERE NOT CLOSE

That being said, 3 fights ago on Herrera’s ledger he dropped a unanimous nod to Karim (18-0-1, 11 KOs) with scored of 98-92 or 8-2 rounds, 97-93, 7-3 and 96-94, 6-4. Does Karim think Herrera beat Danny Garcia? Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalov, Karim expands on that and more.

KARIM IN HBO SEMI MAIN EVENT UNDER KOVALOV-AGNEW

The “Hard Hitta” from San Francisco’s Western Edition faces once beaten Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 KOs) in the HBO curtain raiser for Sergey Kovalov-Cedric Agnew this coming Saturday night Match 29 from Atlantic City.

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