March 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San 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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January 26th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
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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January 20th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
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 tellingwin 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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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.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…
January 16th, 2014 By John Signorella
HBO GOES NORTH TO KICK OFF 2014 BOXING SEASON
New York, NY- “Mainstream” boxing (finally!) surfaces for the first time in 2014 this weekend and offers an intriguing battle pitting two former champions in a “crossroads” type clash for bragging rights in Canada and an eventual possible crack at a major title down the road. This Saturday night: former light heavyweight (175) champ Jean Pascal (27-2, 1 17 KOs) meets former super middleweight (168) strap carrier Lucian Bute (31-1, 24 KOs) in a slated 12 or less rounds of pound at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada on HBO at 10:15 PM ET.
PASCAL SEEKING WORLD RECOGNITION
Facing durable opposition, Pascal was unbeaten in 21 previous contests before lacing up the gloves with current IBF & WBA super middleweight (168) belt holder Carl Froch. In that affair; Froch handed Jean his first defeat (L UD 12). After the setback to Froch, Pascal regrouped, moved up a class in weight, and in a stellar performance against then unbeaten champion Adrian Diaconu, Pascal captured the light heavyweight crown (W UD 12). After picking up the WBC strap, Jean thrice defended his title. In his first defense, Pascal blasted out Silvio Branco (W TKO 10), then out pointed Adrian Diaconu in their rematch (W UD 12) and in his third title defense; managed to earn a technical decision victory over then undefeated former IBF champion Chad Dawson (W TD 11). Seeking bigger paydays and more notoriety READ MORE…
December 16th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
NOT TOO MANY GUESTS BETTER THAN HAROLD LEDERMANSan Francisco, CA- Without a doubt the most synonymous voice in televised boxing belongs to HBO judge Harold Lederman. We talk Maidana-Broner, Mayweather-Pacquiao, the Klitschko situation and more. “Ring Talk Worldwide” had Harold on the two-hour Sunday show (11 AM PT) with the first on boxing and the second hour of the Sports Byline Broadcast Network presentation delves into the world of MMA and the UFC. To listen TO THIS particular show hit the black arrow above or the play button.
December 6th, 2013 By John Signorella
HBO BATTLES SHOWTIME THIS SATURDAY NIGHT
New York, NY- A multitude of scraps are on the horizon this Saturday evening when rival networks HBO & Showtime go toe to toe offering stacked shows of intrigue. In other words fight fans: Let’s get readdddyyy to set your DVVVRRRRRRRSSSSSS! Due to enormity of “misunderstandings” about to transpire, below is my “Reader’s Digest” type (quick look) at what’s about to go down.
AS OFTEN THE CASE, SHOWTIME APPEARS TO HAVE THE BETTER CARD
The “suits” at Showtime have lined up a nice looking night at the fights with a solid quadruple header. The main event will showcase a turf war between welterweight (147) Brooklynites and former champions Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) and Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round crossroads showdown for a last shot at the big dance. In the co feature, welterweight IBF belt holder Devon Alexander (25-1, 14 KOs) will attempt to defend his trophy against talented, but untested pug Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) in a proposed 12 rounds of pound. The broadcast will also pit former light middleweight (154) champ Austin Trout (26-1, 14 KOs) opposite of one time title challenger Erislandy Lara (18-1-2, 12 KOs) in a 12 or less round contest for the vacant WBA strap. In the curtain raiser, we’ll see recently crowned WBC super middleweight (168) strap carrier Sakio Bika (32-5-2, 21 KOs) throwing hands with hard hitting first time title challenger Anthony Dirrell (26-0, 22 KOs) in a slated 12 rounds of combat. The Party starts from Barclay Center, in Brooklyn, New York at 9:45 PM ET on Showtime.
Malignaggi v Judah: Both have faced the best of the best in the biz at their respective weights. I feel Paulie is the fresher of the two… and man!!! If only this guy (Paulie) had a punch, if he did; I feel he’d be one of the best in the world. For those that don’t know; Malignaggi is as tough as they come and is a solid craftsman at his game. All due respect to Zab for his excellent ability: a fierce passion of savagery which was on full display when he spanked Floyd Mayweather for a solid six rounds better then anyone had (or still has) to this point before ultimately tiring and losing down the stretch (L UD 12). Having said all that, I got Paulie on points in a nice looking battle between two awesome pros.
Alexander v Porter: I was starting to lose so faith in Devon before his last fight but much like what Timothy Bradley has done of late, Alexander has shown me a different look and has become more ascetically pleasing to watch instead of being a listless bore. Porter is a descent “poor mans” version of a young Shane Mosley and for whatever reason, he oddly has taken his time to get into a “big time” type fight. In consideration of all this, I’m calling for a poised boxing exhibition in a closely contested affair with a slight lean toward Devon over 12 rounds.
Trout v Lara: I like this fight, a lot. Both guys can punch and both guys have world class attributes. Trout’s coming off a lackluster performance against Saul Alvarez (L UD 12) and will definitely be gunning to gut the once beaten Lara. However, Erislandy has been one tough customer since that setback and has shown some newly discovered power in his already cemented repertoire. I like Lara by stoppage in this one, after 9.
Bika v Dirrell: I’m feeling Bika is really just holding the belt on loan and has seen better days. I expect Dirrell to quite frankly beat the hell out of him and win via KO under 6 frames.
HBO’s FINAL CARD TELECAST OF THE YEAR GOES THRICE BILLING
Considered by most to be a top ten “pound for pound” guy, WBO and WBA super bantamweight (122) kingpin Guillermo Rigondeaux (12-0, 8 KOs) typifies HBO’s offering of fistic warfare against former bantamweight (118) champ Joseph Agbeko (29-4, 22 KOs) in a scheduled 12 rounder. The co feature will have entertaining light middleweights (154) Glen Tapia (20-0, 12 KOs) and James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs) grinding it out in a possible 10 rounds of action. Kicking off the action, rugged middleweights (160) Matthew Macklin (29-5, 20 KOs) and Lamar Russ (14-0, 7 KOs) will engage in a scheduled 10 round tiff. Coverage begins from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey at 9:45 PM ET on HBO.
Rigendaux v Agbeko: Should be an easy one for Rig’s. Don’t get me wrong, Agbeko is a season veteran of the game but is moving up in weight and has shown signs of being shop worn so this might be more about a pay day for him then actual career advancement as a boxer. I got Rigondeaux besting Joseph under 9 via TKO.
Tapia v Kirkland: Should be a good one. Looking to see what the streaky Kirkland has to offer and how Tapia deals with the step up in class. Most importantly, this fight could be very indicative to finding out if Kirkland is just another W.O.T. (waste of talent) on the block. Honestly, I think he is and I got Glen finishing him brutally early.
Macklin v Russ: Could be a fun encounter between two tough guy type middleweights. I’m thinking Macklin’s better experience leads him to a very fun to watch win…that is if the previous beating he just took from GGG didn’t ruin him permanently. Either way, don’t blink; this one has knockout written all over it.
November 27th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
ERIC MARTIN STORY FROM THE ARCHIVES!South San Francisco, CA- Six years ago this week or last, 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. We talked, nothing major, exchanged holiday wishes and the next thing I know “The Prince” is dead. One of the worst eaters I ever knew, especially from an athletic point of view, Eric preferred McDonald’s 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
Eric’s record is less than impressive. At the same time, he fought seven world champions, none of whom could stop the former San Francisco Police Dept. recruit, who left the academy to fight professionally. On any given night, he could be the best “boxer” in the world. The problem with Eric was two-fold. 1. He was a a great boxer who lacked the ability (punch or mean spirit) to finish guys. 2. That being said, he couldn’t sell tickets and his manager, the late Bill Mateo was about as straight as San Francisco’s Lombard St. Loyal to an ignorant fault, Martin wouldn’t listen to those of us (he was (8-2) that knew the game and cared, thus he stayed with Mateo and instantly became an underpaid opponent.
DIDN’T CRY WHEN BILL DIED
I mentioned Eric 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 that resulted 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 life.
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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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November 2nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Theater @ Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY- (HBO) Champion Gennady Golovkin (28-0, 25 KOs) TKO 8 Curtis Stevens (28-4-1, 18 KOs) (WBA/IBO 160 lb. titles) Although he didn’t cut through Curtis Stevens like a hot knife and butter, Gennady Golovkin, in control from the start, with two left hooks put Stevens down hard in round two. The Brooklyn native who talked a good talk, could not walk the walk, as most expected against the two heavy fists of the still unbeaten punching machine from Kazakhstan.
COULD HAVE GAVE CURTIS ROUND FIVE…
While one guy I was with for the fight thought Stevens won the opener, I gave him round five as it was extremely close, which was not the case as Golovkin stalked his prey for the most part with little apprehension. Going both to the body and head with hard meaningful punches, Golvkin may have wondered what was keeping Curtis up. The end came as the Stevens corner stopped the fight after round seven. The fighter did not object.
GOLOVKIN “OPEN FOR ANYBODY”
Having already said he would drop to 154 for Floyd Mayweather, WBA middleweight (160) champ Golovkin has also indicated me might be open for a move to 168, to face even Andre Ward, the recognized World super middleweight champ, or a battle with middleweight counterpart and linear champ Sergio Martinez. “I’m open for anybody,” said Golovkin post fight.
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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 18th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Saturday October 19, 2013FIRST “REAL” FIGHT IN DENVER IN IONS
First Bank Center, Denver, CO- Champion Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KOs) vs Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KOs) (WBO 140 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Provodnikov 8-5. Ruslan beat Tim Bradley in the minds of not just a few, but mostly everybody outside of the judges and Bradley. Alvarado lost to Brandon Rios, the suspected pigeon for Manny Pacquiao next month, and when you match that against the Provodnikov efforts of late, I’m leaning towards Ruslan. Willing to drop $1,600 to win $2,600.
BRADLEY-MARQUEZ TIP: SCORE EACH ROUND SANS ANY SOUND!
The Tim Bradley (31-0, 12 KOS) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) bout will be replayed tonight prior to Mike Alvarado vs Ruslan Provodnikov. Watch this fight with NO VOLUME please and you might come up 10-2, or 8-4 in rounds, 116-112 Bradley as I had it. I gave the close rounds to Marquez. As for Marquez, he whines READ MORE…
October 6th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
FREDDIE ROACH: OVERRATED OR TRULY GREAT?
San Francisco, CA- After Miguel Cotto easily dismantled game but outgunned Delvin Rodriguez on HBO this past Saturday evening, a friend of mine asked me, “What makes Freddie so good?” Of course he was referring to Cotto’s latest in a revolving door of trainers, Freddie Roach, the man who led Manny Pacquiao to a TKO victory over Cotto back in 2009. What my friend was insinuating was that it must have been Roach who was responsible for Cotto’s gargantuan performance after not looking good in two consecutive decision losses.
DON’T BE SO QUICK TO CREDIT ROACH
On the one hand my buddy did have a point. Freddie Roach is indeed a great trainer. Where he is understandably mistaken however, is in assuming that Roach is responsible for Cotto’s seemingly revitalized nature on Saturday. Although the owner and founder of Hollywood’s infamous Wild Card Boxing Gym did great work with Miguel for this training camp, we should be careful to give him too much credit.
DELVIN WAS PICKED TO WIN BY SOME!
Rodriguez is a solid fighter but he’s never been on the elite level of Cotto. In fact he was made to order for him this past weekend. He doesn’t carry too much pop in his punches, isn’t very physically strong (allowing Cotto to bully him to the ropes), has poor defense, never fought well going backwards, and of course he couldn’t handle the Puerto Rican’s power. Roach himself admitted throughout the buildup to this fight that he couldn’t do anything to change his pupil this late into his career, only focus on things he naturally excels at but perhaps has neglected recently.
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October 5th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
WRITER ALMOST PUT TO SLEEP BY KLITSCHKO
Lincoln, CA- As I watched the Wladimir Klitschko-Alexander Povetkin fight, er ,mismatch, I came away with two things that I think that are quite obvious. The first being, there needs to be a “super heavyweight” division. Secondly, to say Larry Holmes, Ali or George Foreman couldn’t beat the 6’7 Ukrainian and current World heavyweight champion is farcical. The holding of the much bigger champion was so blatant and prevalent that it zapped Povetkin’s strength, making yet another Klitschko fight a “stinker.”
SIZE IS THE ONLY REASON WLAD IS CHAMP!
Pushing, leaning, holding, this guy might be the best of today, sad as it is true, but Wladimir Klitschko is just not as good as he is big! There were other big guys who were lummox types, Primo Carnera for one, that were huge. The only difference is that Wladimir does have some “fencing” skills, notice I did not say boxing or fighting.
WLAD EITHER “SCARED” OR REALLY HAS “GLASS CHIN”
After nine, I had it 90-77 Klitschko, but there was nobody in my room here in Lincoln, some 25 miles from Sacramento, the California capital, saying anything other than, “This guy’s the champ?” They were watching Povetkin struggle against a guy who merely used his size to beat him. Although I did not see this going the 12-round route, as it did, it was like watching Porno with people wearing clothes, meaning this HBO broadcast could not get any more non-interesting.
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October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SECOND AND FINAL INSTALLMENT
San Francisco, CA- In Part I, I took you through the maze of bull s*it that led up to the October 2, 1980 match between unbeaten heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali. The morning of the fight, the Godfather of all boxing writers, Jack Fiske is milling about the lobby of Caesars Palace. Also working the circular bar in the lobby (fight headquarters in those days) was press legend Dick Young when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis (and two very unassuming bodyguards) approached the Big Apple columnist.
CAESARS PALACE LOBBY BAR WAS PLACE TO BE
Although the bar was open to the public, the ambiance was such that it made like a private setting. For some reason, only the most fanatical of fans would unknowingly breach the invisible circle of privacy that surrounds celebrities. Joe Frazier was there, as was Ken Norton, Joe Louis in a wheelchair, (all three have now passed) this less than six months away from the April 1981 death of the “Brown Bomber.”
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