New York, NY- Aside from the historic forth fight that is about to transpire this Saturday between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez ( you can read my preview and prediction by clicking this link: http://ringtalk.com/44-manny-pacquiao-juan-manuel-marquez ), that evening features a plethora of fistic warfare. Let’s take a brief look at what’s about to go down.
HBO PPV UNDERCARD (9 PM ET):
Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOS) meets Michael Farenas (34-3-4, 26 KOs) in a scheduled 12 rounder at jr. lightweight (130 lbs.)
Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) squares off against Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KOs) in a proposed 12 rounds of pound for Vazquez’s IBF lightweight (135) belt
Jersey Shore star Snooki promoted boxer Patrick Hyland (26-0, 12 KOs) stands opposite of Javier Fortuna (20-0, 15 KOs) in a slated 12 round featherweight (126) show
New York, NY - 2011‘s stacked boxing schedule of intrigue continues this weekend and is highlighted on Saturday by 46 year old Hall of Fame bound Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs) attempt to become the oldest fighter in history to capture a major world title when he challenges the durable WBC light heavyweight (175) champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) in a rematch of their 2010 draw. The bout will be contested over 12 rounds or less rounds at a sold out Bell Centre Arena in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, live on HBO at 10 PM ET.
SAME OLD, SAME…OLD?
For the better part of the past 22 years, Bernard Hopkins (while defiantly kicking ass in the process) has been calling out the biggest names in the sport. The boxing world took notice of the bombastic talents of Hopkins when he displayed a masterpiece performance against Felix Trinidad (W KO 12). After his artistic beat down over Trinidad, Bernard’s take no prisoners “back alley” brawling style had allowed him to go toe-to-toe with (and beat) world elite combatants such as Oscar De La Hoya (W KO 9), Antonio Tarver (W UD 12), Winky Wright (W UD 12) and Kelly Pavlik (W UD 12) with relative ease. On the contrary, as seen in performances where he had elected to fight in spurts against the likes of Joe Calzaghe (L UD 12) Jermain Taylor (L SD 12, L UD 12), and Roy Jones (L UD 12, in their first fight); Bernard has a tendency to become complaisant, over analyze his foe, and get out hustled. Coming into Saturday’s contest, Hopkins has seven wins against four losses and one draw in his last 12 bouts (1 KO). In his most recent bout, Bernard recovered from two early round knockdowns and fought valiantly en route to a hotly disputed 12 round draw against Jean Pascal. Read more
THE SHOW THAT IS OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED!
San Francisco, CA- The Saturday (4-23) edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running, 26 years, fight show in history, featured HBO’s resident Godfather Larry Merchant. As is the norm with Larry, he held nothing back. Also appearing was “Slammin’ Sammy” Perez doing his MMA thing.
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San Francisco, CA- The man who threatened my life after he bellowed, “I’m not going to jail, I’m not going anywhere,” Top Rank’s frontman in Arizona, Peter McKinn was told Friday afternoon by Superior Court Judge Arthur Anderson that he is indeed going to jail for his admitting to three out of five Felonies. Fitting for a man best described as Top Rank’s bitch in Arizona.
ARUM DENIED LICENSE FOR ADMITTING FELONIES
When I made available a copy of a mid 1990s US Justice Dept. affidavit in which TOP Rank CEO Bob Arum admitted to (1) Bribery, (2) Tax Evasion, (3 ) Money Laundering, this among other things, Arizona was the only state to refuse to license Top Rank. Thus, the need for Peter McKinn to “front” for Arum in Arizona.
Foxwoods Casino, Manshantucket, CT(HBO) Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) vs. Sergy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) (World 160 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Martinez 3.75 to 1. Champ has the goods. Ukranian will try, but he won’t win. Dropping $375 to win $100 on champ. Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) vs. Craig McEwan (19-0, 10 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Lee 8-5. Would be more but TKO 7 loss to Brian Vera still fresh in my mind.
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
(PPV) Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) vs. Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1, 23 KOs) (WBA 154 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Read more
San Francisco, CA- The man that has televised more fights live than anybody in history, Colonel Bob Sheridan has been in and out (more in) of a Las Vegas hospital over the past two months. This is said to be from difficulty with a Pacemaker the Colonel had installed in late 2010. Having had four heart attacks, Bob Sheridan, who televised 900 world title fights (three or four with me) broke into the field when he televised the “Rumble in The Jungle,” Muhammad Ali’s upset of George Foreman from Zaire, Africa in 1974. His last fight was said to be in August 2010. We hope that the Colonel, a World Boxing Hall of Fame member that can make a dull fight sound exciting with his quips and high-energy broadcast mode, can get the health issue solved and be back behind the microphone soon.
San Francisco, CA- Yeah, if I was Manny Pacquiao, I wouldn’t want Nonito Donaire on my undercards. Not before last night, and certainly not after! Philippine born Donaire pushed his record to 25-1, 19 KOS) with yet another classic left hook that defending champ Fernando Montiel could not recover from. I mean, we’re talking, bang, one shot heard around the world just like the 2007 Donaire KO of Vic Darchinyan. I’ve been trying to tell you all how good Donaire is. Yes, he is superior to Manny Pacquiao technically, but the Filipino boxing fan casts Nonito aside because Manny is a God. Well guess what, the Philippines has two boxing Gods, and Nonito Donaire is one of them!
Los Angeles, CA- In 2009, the current WBO/WBC bantamweight (118 lbs) champion, Mexico’s Fernando Montiel (44-2, 34KOs) stepped in the ring against awkward and rangy puncher Alejandro Valdez (23-5-3, 17 KOs). The 5’8′ 1/2 Valdez was knocked down in the first round. However in the second, Montiel was dropped by a vicious uppercut, but the referee somehow botched the call and did not administer the mandatory 8-count. Fernando who was cut in the first round (apparently by a punch), luckily escaped a potential loss in the third when the bout was stopped when the cut was made worse by legal blows. In effect, a technical draw was rendered as the fight did not exceed four rounds and the cut was ruled to be caused by an accidental foul.
PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES FAVOR “FILIPINO FLASH”
Based on the 5’4 Montiel’s apparent difficulty with fighters that are lanky and have a distinct height advantage, (think of his cautious spilt decision loss to the 5’7 1/2 Jhonny Gonzalez (47-7, 41 KOs) in 2006), he should have his hands full with the supremely skilled and dynamic potential Filipino superstar, by way of San Leandro CA, Nonito DonaireRead more
San Francisco, CA- In recent history, boxers like Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard, and a few select others have been guests of the President of the United States. Sometimes it was a photo op, other times there was actual dialogue between Ali and Gerald Ford. Now on February 15, Manny Pacquiao, the most popular boxer in the universe by far will have a one on one meeting with President Barack Obama at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
THE TWO WILL TALK BOTH BOXING & POLITICS!Read more
San Francisco, CA- Any typical California day is not a typical one if retired boxing promoter Harold Smith is involved. That being said, Harold is coming in from Asia on this mid 1990’s morning for an event that a Sacramento, CA auto dealer had put together with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, and Ken Norton. Four champions, a short parade, shaking hands at an autograph signing and a dinner. With the ex-champs signing and posing for paid fans and VIPs, the car dealer would get major free TV plugs as well as print and radio ads.
BUT THE LIVE VIP PARTY WASN’T LIKE STUDIO 54
Maybe it had to do with the fact that the car dealer’s rep, a Latino, who had rolled the dice on the promotion being a success, because it was and it wasn’t! People at the time were not beating down anybody’s doors to buy new cars, nor were there a mass of people who would pay to get a picture with the Fab Four. Still, all four got paid. Reason I know this is Ali didn’t complain afterwards. Larry Holmes and Joe Frazier, you wouldn’t have gotten them their sans money up front. And Ken Norton, he’d still be woofing about it today had he not be paid!
Fairfield, CA- Before a standing room only crowd at the Fairfield Sports Center, former nationally ranked amateur Brandon Gonzales of nearby Sacramento, went eight rounds with Lester Gonzalez Friday night to win with scores of 79-73 & 78-74. With Telefutura airing the show live, legendary promoter Don Chargin and Golden Boy Promotions, Gonzales went to 14-0 (10 KOs) and set up a February 11 fight at this same venue, or a larger site if one is available. The Cuban born Lester Gonzalez, now a Californian, had his moments, but he could sustain any offense and dropped to 11-2-1, 6 KOs.
Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, CanadaOdds/Prediction:
(Showtime) Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs) vs. Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) (World & WBC 175 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Jean 3-1. One wise guy tells me that Pascal walks through Bernard. Let’s put $900 down to win $300. Paul Malignaggi (27-4, 5 KOs) vs. Michael Lozada (39-6-1, 29 KOs) Odds/Prediction: Paulie 9-1. Michael Lozada has three straight wins vs. guys that are a combined 2-27-3. Need I say anymore?
Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
Marco Huck (29-1, 23 KOs) vs. Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) (WBO 200 lb. title) Odds/Prediction:Read more
Newark, NJ- On a freezing Thursday night during the costly holiday season in a down economy, a decent sized crowd entered Newark’s famed Prudential Center in New Jersey to witness their newly adopted son, the “Pride of Poland” Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) throw hands with proven battle tested scrapper Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs).
ADAMEK ENTERTAINS AND CLOSES THE SHOW!
In his sixth fight at heavyweight, Tomasz Adamek, (much to the paid attendance liking), got himself involved in an action packed display of power punching combinations and empathically delivered a nasty barrage of shots to floor Maddalone midway through the fifth. A very brave Maddalone rose to his feet, however, only to get pummeled by more combinations of bad intent. In good judgement for their fighter’s safety, Maddalone’s corner stepped up into the ring to wave off the brutality at 2:17 of round five. Read more
San Francisco, CA- Having gotten in a pissing contest with a blogger, I figured the best thing to do would be to take it to you, the people that make up the boxing fan base. Most of you know of Evander Holyfield’s 178 lb. Olympic 1984 finale, when he was disqualified for hitting Kevin Berry as the ref called for a break. The punch was already in motion when the official made the call, so disqualifying Evander, to me anyway, was just another chickens*it move made on the Yanks by the Olympic Committee.
RECEIVED & SIGNED FOR MANY STEROID ORDERS!Read more