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BRADLEY-VARGAS BEST FIGHT IN JUNE

BEST JUNE IN BOXING SINCE 1989?

Tim Bradley

Tim Bradley


San Francisco, CA– The month of June 2015 was both plentiful and historical in that NBC & CBS both had cards on air for the first June together in decades. In addition, Spike TV & Tru TV have also aired shows, all brought to you by Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Champions.

“IN SHOCK” BOXING ESTABLISHMENT WATCHING TV TOO?

Jessie Vargas

Jessie Vargas

Bob Arum’s Top Rank and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions have also put forth boxing events on HBO and Showtime. In all, June had some decent fights, but the best maybe yet to come as Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas have a scheduled 12 rounder at 147 lbs. Saturday on HBO.

TOP RANK MAIN EVENT A COIN TOSS?

Looking at the unbeaten Jessie Vargas of Coachella, CA, one can see that he has skills. The only drawback on the resume of the 26 year old is his number of knockouts, nine in 26 wins. In his most recent fight, Vargas turned back IBF 140 lb. guy Antonio Demarco on points.

EXPECT BRADLEY TO “WORK THE BODY” Read more

LISTEN RING TALK 6/21 LARRY MERCHANT

LARRY MERCHANT TALKED PORTER WIN & MORE
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San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez was joined by Larry Merchant who discussed the NBC card topped by Shawn Porter-Adrien Broner, Andre Ward’s return and his look at the fights and politics of boxing.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting 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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WILDER, WALTERS & VERDEJO TOP BOXING RESULTS

SPIKE TV, HBO & SHOWTIME ALL HAD BOXING

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder


San Jose, CAAl Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” had a Friday night show on Spike TV in which Erislandy Lara retained a portion of the WBA 154 lb. title by pitching a 12 round shutout over journeyman Delvin Rodriquez. As is the case with Lara most of the time, he wins convincingly, but not on a level that anybody can call, “Entertaining.” The only real excitement came in round six when the Cuban national dropped Rodriquez in route to a 120-107 margin on all three cards.

CUBAN HAS RIGHT PITCH MAN IN LOUIS DE CUBAS SR.

Lara can boast a 22-2-2, 12 KOs record, but does mean anything at all when the fighter is dull and dreary? Lara called out everybody afterwards with the exception of Larry Holmes. With the WBA belt, Lara might make some real money, but in all likelihood it would be as an “opponent” with a title belt.

WALTERS FALLS SHORT ON WEIGHT, GETS NON-TITLE WIN

Nicolas Walters is no longer the WBA featherweight (titleholder) as he couldn’t make the 126 lb. limit and was stripped of his stile at the weigh in. Although he would go on to handily beat Miguel Mariaga (22-1, 14 KOs). The fact Walters couldn’t make weight while on the verge of becoming a significant player is not a positive sign.

QUESTIONS ARISE OVER WALTERS’ DEDICATION Read more

SIGNORELLA PREVIEWS SPIKE, HBO, SHOWTIME CARDS

THREE CARDS BEING DEALT OUT, ONLY ONE SEEMS LEGIT

Premiere Boxing Champions

Premiere Boxing Champions

Las Vegas, NV- Boxing’s hot summer schedule continues to heat up! All the action begins this Friday with another installment of Al Haymon’s highly successful time share series “Premier Boxing Champions” on SPIKE TV. The main event will feature Cuba’s WBA jr. middleweight (154) strap carrier Erislandy Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) pitted against former two time world title challenger Delvin Rodriquez (28-7-4, 16 KOS). Coverage from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois begins at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT.

SOME THINK LARA’S LOSSES WERE SHAKY

Erislandy Lara has impressive wins over some very solid names in the business, however in his two biggest fights against Paul Williams (L UD 12), Canelo Alvarez (L MD 12); Lara fell victim to what many ringside experts felt to be unfair scoring. After his disappointment to Canelo, Erislandy went on to win his first championship against vapid and harmless pug Ishe Smith (W UD 12). With the exception of his war with Alfredo Angulo (W TKO 10), Lara’s defense minded feather fisted style isn’t very TV friendly, hence why he lacks any “household name” notability.

D ROD IN TWILIGHT OF PAINFUL CAREER Read more

MIGUEL COTTO KO OF AUSSIE TOP BOXING RESULTS

HBO GOES IN “PAPERED” BARCLAYS CENTER

Cotto Hammers Geale

Cotto Hammers Geale


Las Vegas, NVWorld linear and WBC 160 lb, champion Miguel Cotto TKO 4 Daniel Geale. After a year layoff and being the smaller of the two fighters, Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) beat on Geale (31-4, 16 KOs) as if the Aussie were drums enroute to a TKO 4. Two knockdowns in the fourth brought about the stop. Time was 1:28.

PUERTO RICAN COULD NOT SELL OUT NYC ARENA

The difference in skills were evident from the opening bell as Miguel, now a B+ boxer in his twilight, did what he was supposed in throttling Geale, a pedestrian pug from Australia with maybe a C+ skill set. In short, this fight serves as a scouting report in conjunction with two other interesting winners in fights that has transpired within the past month.

CHAMP TO GIVE UP BELT INSTEAD OF GGG? NOT NOW!

Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin all can box, brawl and bang. I want to acknowledge that I am in a vast minority here, but I think Cotto has galvanized his strengths with his left hook attacks especially the way he varied them to the body and the head in the past few scraps. It’s my belief that when he gets the arsenal flowing, he is a tough task for anyone within his weight range. All that being said, the WBC is pressuring Cotto to fight GGG, but he may instead dump the belt. A more liklely scenario involves 154 lb. champ Saul Alvarez in a two-weight class WBC title(s) fight at 154 with Cotto (160 champ) who was 153 plus change for Geale.

COTTO ON “LIFE & DEATH” WARS

Pedro Fernandez, having talked with Cotto in depth about “life and death” fights in Cartegena, Colombia a few years ago, Miguel coyly said he would “opt out” of anything like another Manny Pacquaio or Antonio Margrito 1 fight. Golovkin is King Kong to those guys. As for the papered house, meaning they gave away comps for a Cotto fight in NYC, the joint was packed compared to the Stub Hub Center.

SCARE FOR “GHOST” ON NBC FROM CARSON

Robert Guerrero's Drawing Power?

Ghosts In Audience for “The Ghost?”


Robert Guerrero Split Decision 12 Aaron Martinez. Regardless if it was a case of taking an opponent lightly or coming in too soon (three months) after losing a lopsided effort to unbeaten welter Keith Thurman, it was evident that after the first right hand Martinez (19-4-1, 4 KOs) landed in round one that Robert Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) was in for a rough fight.

“GREEN” MARTINEZ LOST SOME LATER ROUNDS

Luckily for Robert, the lack of world class experience in Martinez began to show as Aaron tired down the stretch of the fight apparently allowing the “house fighter” Guerrero to get the nod on two of three official cards.

NBC TV FIGHT CROWD LESS THAN 1,000 Read more

BOXER JERMAIN TAYLOR DEAD AT 36

BRAIN DEAD TAYLOR “STILL BREATHING”

Jermain Taylor Assault Victim

Jermain Taylor Assault Victim


San Francisco, CA– While 2000 Olympic Bronze medal winner and ex-middleweight (160 lb. champion Jermain Taylor is still breathing, he’s the equivalent of being brain dead at the age of 36. In the next paragraph, I’m going to go to a SportsNut.com article in which Jermain’s latest violent escapade was detailed.

CANNOT MAKE THIS KIND OF STUFF UP

“On May 13th while in rehab the Arkansas native (Taylor) beat the living crap out of a fellow patient. The victim says that he recognized Taylor and extended his arm for a hand shake when Jermain smacked his hand down. Before the guy even knew what was going on he says Taylor started pummeling him.”

LATE RODNEY KING DIDN’T LOOK THIS BAD!

The results of that beating are detailed in the accompanying photograph. Last year, Jermain shot up the 2014 Martin Luther King Parade in his hometown of Little Rock, AR in which a person was shot. Then he was picked up again on Weapons charges, but his money got him a stint in Re Hab and not jail time. This week Taylor was in court for the unprovoked Re Hab attack and unless they can “grease” somebody’s palm, it’s prison time or a mental ward for Taylor.

NEVER FORGET THAT DAY AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

In 2000, former HBO VP Lou DiBella left the cable giant to promote boxing on his own. Di Bella Entertainment was presenting the members of the 2000 Olympic team that he had signed to the media for the first time. Silver medalist and eventual convicted Cocaine trafficker Ricardo Williams Jr. was the guy getting interviewed while Taylor sat there unnoticed.

NEVER FORGET TAYLOR’S WORDS & WILL

“I’m going to make all these people, in time, make them all realize that Jermain Taylor is the best American fighter coming out of the Olympics. Someday, everybody will know who I am and what I’m made of.” 15 years later as he sits in a Little Rock jail cell awaiting a trial or a mental hospital commitment, I think Jermain made his point as just about everybody knows who and what he is now.

BOXER JERMAIN TAYLOR DEAD AT 36

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

BOXER ERIC MARTIN TAKES ON SICILIAN MAFIA

ERIC MARTIN STORY FROM THE ARCHIVES!

Engels Pedroza-Carlos Padilla-Eric Martin

Engels Pedroza-Carlos Padilla-Eric Martin

South San Francisco, CA– While jogging weeks before his death, I literally ran into Eric “The Prince” Martin for the last time. Running through the streets of this little city, a community a few miles south of The City by The Bay, Eric turned the corner at Grand & Maple. He was leaving the Physique Magnifique boxing gym where he was the “House” trainer. We talked, nothing major, exchanged wishes and the next thing I know “The Prince” is dead.

“SUPER SIZE ME” DIET KILLED “THE PRINCE”

One of the worst eaters I ever knew, especially from an athletic point of view, Eric preferred McDonald’s hands down over a filet, and in the end that would lead to his death. A type 2 Diabetic, that and complications from a tooth extraction brought Eric’s life to an end December 23, 2007 at the age of 48.

CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF GREAT BOXER SANS CONNECTIONS

Uncrowned Champ Eric Martin

Uncrowned Champ Eric Martin

Eric’s record is less than impressive. At the same time, he fought seven world champions, none of whom could stop or drop the former San Francisco Police Dept. recruit who left the academy to fight professionally. On any given night, he could be and or beat the best “boxer” in the world. The problem with Eric was two-fold. 1. He was a great boxer who lacked the ability (punch or mean spirit) to finish guys. 2. That being said, Eric couldn’t sell tickets and his manager, the late Bill Mateo was about as straight as San Francisco’s Lombard St.

ERIC WAS PIMPED BY THEN MANAGER

Loyal to an ignorant fault, Martin wouldn’t listen to those of us that knew the game and cared, thus he stayed with Mateo and instantly became an underpaid opponent who would go anywhere and fight.

DIDN’T CRY WHEN BILL DIED

I mentioned Martin had fought seven guys who claimed world titles. Eric made the boxing world take note when he all but bi*ch slapped future World champ Lupe Aquino (22-1, 16 KOs) on the Larry Holmes-Marvis Frazier card in 1983, resulting in an absurd draw. Not impressive physically, but always in shape, Eric needed four rounds to make the “house” judges realize he was in the fight, let alone winning it! Mateo, who died in 2005 from a heart attack really had little regard for Eric, and like a guy in love with a crack addict, Martin put up with Mateo to a point where I might have wanted to end the manager’s role, if not his life.

SEVEN CHAMPS FROM 140-160 & NONE COULD DROP/STOP ERIC Read more

WHEN MAYWEATHER FIRST MET PACQUIAO

WATCHING MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO IN CHINA

Floyd Mayweather 2001

Floyd Mayweather 2001


Beijing, China– April of 2001 and I was a pencil-necked 15 year old high school freshman, I walked into World Gym in the Potrero Hill district of San Francisco with my brothers and father as was our daily post-school ritual at the time.

MANNY PACQUIAO A “BLEACHED BLOND”

On this day however, something was different. Training in the ring was a young unknown 22 year old Filipino fighter with dyed blond hair by the name of Manny Pacquiao who had yet to get with trainer Freddie Roach. “Killing it” on the mitts where his rapid hand speed and intensity were on display.

MANNY WANTED SOME SPARRING

Little brother and I frightfully, and now regrettably, declined. My dad, always the prankster convinced our elder brother that Manny was expecting to jump into the ring with my sibling who was visibly spooked and kept looking over at Manny and saying, “I don’t know if that’s a good idea.”

PACQUIAO PULLS OFF LAST MINUTE UPSET

A couple months later we were watching the undercard of an Oscar De La Hoya fight and the last minute replacement to fight the IBF 122 lb. champ from South Africa, Lehlo Ledwaba, entered the ring and we all said, “Holy Sheet! That’s the guy from the gym!”

HBO COULD NOT EVEN SAY “PACQUIAO” Read more

LISTEN LARRY MERCHANT & FINAL FLOYD-PAC

LARRY MERCHANT & KAIL BAXLEY

Larry Merchant

Larry Merchant

Ex-Amateur Champ Kail Baxley

Ex-Amateur Champ Kail Baxley


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez went deep with boxer and musician Kail Baxley, this before Larry Merchant gives us his final take on Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao, among other things.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting 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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FONFARA TKO CHAVEZ JR. TOPS BOXING RESULTS

CHAVEZ JR. GETS SPANKING FROM “NEW” DADDY

Chavez Whacked By Fonfara

Chavez Whacked By Fonfara

San Francisco, CA– Although Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has some ability, he cannot beat up bigger men as Andrzej Fonfara proved Saturday night when Fonfara from the start until the end, lit Chavez Jr. up like the White House Christmas Tree in a light heavyweight (special weight 172 lb.) contest at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA via Showtime.

“SON OF LEGEND” BEATEN UP BAD

Chavez’s only plus was Fonfara had a point taken for a “shoulder butt” by referee Jerry Cantu in the seventh. The Chavez Jr. low light for his devout Mexican fans was his whining to the referee because his own weight woes put him in with a natural bigger and obviously stronger guy.

LARRY MERCHANT PREDICTED UPSET

On “Ring Talk,” the Saturday edition, Larry Merchant picked Andrzej to upset Chavez Jr., taking into account the natural size (body mass) advantage Fonfara has and that he went the route with linear champ Adonis Stevenson in 2014. Post fight, the Hall of Famer said. “The fight went about the way I thought it would. At 160 he had a size advantage. What I can’t believe is that Jr. turned down a $10 million deal to fight Gennady Golovkin from Top Rank (Bob Arum).

AL HEYMON LOSES WITH CHAVEZ

Having cherry picked opponents for years, Chavez Jr., undisciplined, a middleweight (160) if he were semi-dedicated, had been as high as a rumored 215, before making 171 plus change Friday. Fonfara in the upset threw a wrench at a potential Chavez-Stevenson or any Chavez-Gennady Golovkin fight.

“BIG AL” HAD HOPES FOR SON OF LEGEND Read more

HBO HAS MATTHYSSE-PROVODNIKOV

HBO GOES UP AGAINST SHOWTIME

#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse

#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse

San Francisco, CALarry 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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You can text IHR via your smart phone. Or go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart radio ap and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone or Tablet.

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