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AMIR KHAN WIN TOPS BOXING RESULTS

December 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

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

November 23rd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

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.

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BOXING MILITANT BERNARD HOPKINS SLAIN

November 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

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.

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LARRY MERCHANT ON RING TALK BOXING

November 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

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.”

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SERGEY KOVALEV TO BURY B-HOP

November 1st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

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!

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SERGEY KOVALEV TOPS WEEKEND ODDS/PREDICTIONS

July 31st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sergey Kovalev Steps Over Another Corpse

Sergey Kovalev Steps Over Another Corpse


Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, WA- (ESPN2)- Gabriel Campillo (23-6, 10 KOs) vs Thomas Williams Jr. (17-0, 12KOs) (175 lb.) Odds/Prediction: Williams 12-5. If Williams can’t beat aged Campillo, he’s not a worthy of being a contender. Putting down $120 to win $170.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (HBO)- Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs) vs Diego Gabriel Chavez (23-1, 19 KOs) (147) Odds/Prediction: Rios 5-2. Rios in spot where he needs to re-prove self. Dropping $500 to win $700 as I’m feeling Alex Arizza and Robert Garcia (combined) can improve Rios a tad.
Anton Novikov (29-0, 10 KOs) vs Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs) (WBA 140) Odds/Prediction: Vargas 3-1. “House” guy is supposed to win. BUT Anton is unbeaten as well. Time to rate Vargas will be after the fight. PASS!

Revel Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey - (HBO) Sergey Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) vs Blake Caparello (19-0, 1D 6KOs) (WBO 175 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Kovalev 5-1. READ MORE…

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JC CHAVEZ-MELDRICK TAYLOR FIGHT 24 YEARS LATER

March 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

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.

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#1 LIGHT HEAVY ADONIS STEVENSON SNATCHED FROM HBO!

March 25th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

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.

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SERGEY KOVALOV IS THE CHARLES MANSON OF BOXING

March 25th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

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.

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

March 22nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

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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BOXING NOT FAIR WITH CURRENT WEIGH INS

March 19th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Floyd Mayweather Is a TRUE Welterweight

Floyd Mayweather Is a TRUE Welterweight

WEIGHTY PROBLEMS IGNORED

San Francisco, CA- This article is the first in what will be a series on some much needed improvements regarding the safety of boxing. This first installment looks at the current system of weighing fighters in the day prior to a fight.

THE NOW “FAKE” WEIGHT CLASSES

Having myself been a big jr. welter (140 lbs), while at the same time an undersized welter (147), nobody was more concerned at most of my weigh ins than yours truly. Once I weighed 143 and change for a welterweight bout in Las Vegas at the Showboat Hotel. Having hit the scale early in the week for the Golden Glove National Regionals, when I looked across the ring five days later at a 165 lb. Ernie Chavez, I thought, “That must be his brother.” After almost beheading me, southpaw Ernie would later rock Meldrick Taylor’s world before losing and then retiring soon thereafter.

ALMOST EVERYBODY NOW DOING WHAT ERNIE DID

With the exception of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and maybe Grandpa Nard’ Hopkins, just about every professional fighting today at the championship level (except heavyweights) is fighting at least one weight class lighter than what he should be. Example: Jorge Arce was under 112 lbs. for a flyweight title at the weigh in. Time and again Jorge would weigh over 125, sometimes as much as 128 + stepping into the ring. At the same time his foes were coming into the ring circa 115-118. Can you imagine what a ten pound advantage is at that weight?

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WILFREDO GOMEZ-LUPE PINTOR GREATEST FIGHT PART II

March 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

benitezhearnsccposter0206San Francisco, CA- We have talked about how Larry Holmes had a hard road to hoe in following Muhammad Ali. That being said, if there was ever a main event that could not live up to the semi-main, it was Thomas Hearns & Wilfred Benitez having to enter the ring after Wilfredo Gomez and Lupe Pintor. The exact date was December 3, 1982, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, with the wirehaired wonder Don King promoting this card at the Louisiana Superdome.
MEET LUPE PINTOR FOLKS

Before we get to the fight, let’s water the plant first. Lupe Pintor was a “rugged” Mexican fighter who went 12-1, 9 KOs in Mexico before coming to the Great Western Forum and meeting Albert Davila in February 1976. In a battle of bantamweights that would both go on to win World titles, Davila prevailed via unanimous decision.

INTER STABLE FIGHT WITH ZARATE

Losing a couple of decisions along the way, Pintor was matched with the great Carlos Zarate (54-1, 53 KOs, only loss to Gomez) in Las Vegas on June 3, 1978. I believe they were both managed by Cuyo Hernandez, and Zarate a top five P4P guy at the time was not going to re-sign with Hernandez. After 15 rounds, judges Harold Buck and Art Lurie both saw it 143-142 Pintor, while Bob Martin scored the fight, are you ready, 145-133 for Zarate. That’s 12-3 in rounds! Feeling he had been screwed, Carlos would retire and not fight again for seven years.

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MONDAY MORNING BOXING NEWS AND BOOS!

January 26th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

"Chinny" Mikey Garcia

“Chinny” Mikey Garcia

MIKEY GARCIA SHIP HAS LEAKS!

San Francisco, CA- Let’s start this off with a fact: Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) has a “chin” issue! After being dropped by feather fisted Rocky Martinez in his last fight in which he garnered the WBO 130 lb. crown, and then having his knees buckled by Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday, another man’s whose power cannot by any means be confused with Earnie Shavers, the writing is on the wall. Sooner, more likely than later, Mikey Garcia is getting knocked out!

GAMBOA HAS BEEN DOWN AS WELL

There is ridiculous talk of Garcia vs. Yuri Gamboa, the sidelined unbeaten Cuban sensation whose reputation has been sullied seeing Performance Enhancing Drugs were supposedly mailed to his home, at 135 lbs. later this year. Although the unbeaten Gamboa is not yet 14 karat gold, he appears to be a tad better and more explosive than Garcia who thus far looks like Gold electroplate.

SAME FATE AS BRONER PREDICTED

For the life of me I can’t understand why these guys are not staying at natural weights, thus jumping divisions as did Adrien Broner, who got licked like a stamp by Marcos Maidana in late 2013. Two years ago Broner was fighting at 135 lbs. If Mikey moves up, he’s going down. He’d be smart to fight a slew of Latins and Mexicans, ones he knows he can beat, in their hometowns, seeing he has no real following of his own.

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LUCIEN BUTE, FLOYD MAYWEATHER BOYCOTT, MANNY PACQUIAO

January 20th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Lucien Bute-Librado Andrade

Lucien Bute-Librado Andrade

CANADA’S BUTE TOO SMALL FOR 175

San Francisco, CA- Lucien Bute has had a good run until late. Having ten IBF 168 lb. title defenses against guys most of you cannot name. In one defense, Librado Andrade, who according to boxing historian Ron Marshall was the victim of “Some Dickie Cole-like s*it” the first time when Andrade knocked Bute out with two seconds left in the final round and referee Marlon B. Wright stopped the count he says Bute could “Not have beaten,” all because Andrade was allegedly not close enough to the neutral corner. The fight was over.

BUTE HAS NOTHING TO BE ASHAMED OF!

Southpaw Bute, who was in control except for the last round, schooled Andrade in a rematch soon thereafter. The other guys on the Bute resume include wins over current WBC guy Sakio Bika, ancient ex-champ middleweight (160) William Joppy, with his most telling

Will Historians Make Floyd Cry Again?

Will Historians Make Floyd Cry Again?

win being a TKO 3 of Edison Miranda. Marshall says he can’t beat any of the top ten guys at 168 and is too small at 175. Having been stopped at 168 by Carl Froch, at the age of 33, being 31-2, 24 KOs, the Romanian born Canadian has had a great time and has been good for Canadian boxing, and to walk away now might be perfect pugilistic timing.

MAYEATHER MAY END UP ASHAMED OF FLOYD!

Most of you know I rode Manny Pacquiao like a plow horse over his refusal to adhere to Random Drug Testing some three years ago after Floyd Mayweather had agreed to Pacquiao’s demands for multi-million dollar penalties for every pound Floyd was over 147. Okay, that was then and now some 36 months later the time could not be better for the fight. Only Floyd doesn’t want it unless Manny Pacquiao takes peanuts for pay and at the same time kisses Mayweather’s ring hand.

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HBO PREVIEW MIKEY GARCIA VS JUAN CARLOS BURGOS

January 20th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

MIKEY GARCIA A GOOD FIGHTER, BUT DESTINED FOR GREATNESS?

Las Vegas, NV-WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) of Oxnard, CA appears to have “the goods” on the surface. He’s got decent speed, is a good puncher and has excellent technique. He also comes from a boxing family as his trainer and brother Robert Garcia is also a former world champion. Robert, a very good fighter himself did have a flaw and that was his chin! I am of the opinion that the perception that he’s headed for greatness is far too premature.

Mikey Garcia

Mikey Garcia

Unless you have a good chin you just won’t make for a long time at the elite level unless you possess unnatural gifts in the defense department. In my view this comes down to much more than skill. It comes down to natural gifts in speed and reflexes. After watching Garcia go down in his last bout against a limited brawler in Roman Martinez (27-2-1, 16 KOs), a fighter not known for his knockout power, there is a question mark in my mind on what this kids potential is. Saturday he fights Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs), a fighter that is being overlooked. Not that Garcia is underestimating his opponent. He comes off as extremely mature beyond his years. I believe though that if Burgos can take Mikey’s punches early, this becomes an extremely interesting and competitive fight.

MIKEY HAS “LEAKS” IN PUGILISTIC HULL

In Garcia’s 126 lb. title win over Orlando Salido, while he controlled the bout from the onset and knocked Salido down four times throughout, it’s hard to forget that after an accidental headbutt appeared to break his nose in the eighth round, Garcia and his corner appeared to lobby the ringside physician to stop the bout. READ MORE…

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