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SIGNORELLA ON COTTO-GEALE & NBC TOO!

BOXING REBIRTH CONTINUES IN 2015 COMEBACK

HBO Boxing

HBO Boxing

Las Vegas, NV – Boxing’s hot summer schedule continues this weekend with a couple of cards being dealt out by pay and free T.V. The action will be highlighted by the return of WBC middleweight (160) champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) defending his crown against rugged Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs). Coverage from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York begins Saturday at 10:30 PM ET/ 7:30 PM PT on HBO.

IDLE PUERTO RICAN RETURNS VS. REAL MIDDLEWEIGHT

When we last saw Miguel Cotto, the Puerto Rican superstar was relentlessly assaulting former middleweight champion Sergio Martinez from the opening bell in route to a corner forced stoppage victory (W TKO 10). After (seemingly) turning in one of his best performances of his career against the once top “pound for pound” elite scrapper Martinez; Miguel has not fought in almost a year and this will be his first fight with promoter Jay Z’s company Roc Nation Sports, hence the call for facing “soft opposition” in choosing Geale.

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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

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SIGNORELLA ON BOXING RETURNITH
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San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” Pedro Fernandez welcomed back transplanted (NY to Vegas) staff writer

John Signorella

John Signorella

John Signorella. Never one to shy away from controversy, Mr. Tell It Like It Is meets Mr. Tell It Like It Is as Pedro and Johnny engage in some great radio going through the NBC fight results, Al Haymon and more!

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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.

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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.

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BOXING NOT FAIR WITH CURRENT WEIGH INS

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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SIGNORELLA ON JEAN PASCAL-LUCIEN BUTE!

HBO GOES NORTH TO KICK OFF 2014 BOXING SEASON

HBO BOXING IS BACK

HBO BOXING IS BACK

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

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM RINGTALK.COM

GREAT GREETINGS ONE & ALL!

San Francisco, CA– We here at RingTalk.com, and this is a “we” thing here as myself and a short roster of star writers, Las Vegan Kevin Perry, Zak “Attack” Young, who became a father this year, we call him Sig, John Signorella, newlywed Jarrad Woods, Jason Nava on occasion, this is the RingTalk.com core. That being said, Happy Holidays, as we tried to find a neutral day in order to cover all the different individually recognized dates of all of our readers worldwide. Thus, Pedro Fernandez and the crew wish everybody in existence one thing. Peace and happiness to you and yours.

SIGNORELLA ON HBO AND SHOWTIME BOXING RESULTS!

Tapia (left) Kirkland (right) Fight of the Year?

Tapia (left) Kirkland (right) Fight of the Year

New York, NY– After over 70 plus rounds of combined coverage between two networks (HBO & Showtime) that pitted 14 fighters standing opposite of each other in seven separate bouts, some changes and new evaluations have manifested in the sport of boxing, let’s take a look:

KIRKLAND & TAPIA STOLE THE SHOW AND MAYBE THE YEAR

Atlantic City, NJ– While (to me) the HBO card seemed weaker (on paper) then Showtime’s offering, the co-featured bout on their (HBO’s) air saw streaky middleweight (154) James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) against promising up and coming scrapper Glen Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs) go to Hell and back in amazing war of attrition. Despite being rocked early, Kirkland did what he does best and threw a huge volume of power shots to stop the very battered and beaten warrior Glen Tapia in an amazing contest which is (IMO) a leading candidate for “Fight of the Year“. (W Kirkland, TKO 6).

OTHER HBO RESULTS

Super Bantamweight (122) champ Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) easily defended his WBO & WBA belts via a points nod victory over a very limited representation of Joseph Agbeko (29-5, 22 KOS). Opening the show, scrappy middleweight (160) tough guy Mathew Macklin showed he still has some life in his very talent rich division by out working the game, but limited pug Lamar Russ (14-1, 7 KOs) over 12 rounds to a decision victory.

SHOWTIME CARD WENT ON FOR DAYS

Brooklyn, NY– Combining for a whopping total of 48 rounds (in rare form) Showtimes’ card failed to excite. Below are the particulars:
In a descent encounter of solid craft and sloppy wailing, Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs) and Sakio Bika (32-5-3, 21 KOs) battled to an uneventful draw. Afterwards, newly rewarded WBA super middleweight (154) champ Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs)  outclassed an oddly disinterested version of a once potentially promising future star in Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KOS).

BROOKLYN FANS WERE HAPPY AT END
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SIGNORELLA ON STEVENSON-KOVALEV FIGHTS ON HBO

WINNERS TO UNIFY WBO & WBC BELTS AT 175 

HBO Boxing

HBO Boxing

New York, NY– Season’s beatings fight fans! We have an intriguing light heavyweight (175) scrap on tap tomorrow night featuring hard hitting human wrecking ball WBC kingpin Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) in defense of his trophy against rugged one time title challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 12 or less rounds of pound contest. Live coverage from the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec, Canada begins at 10:15 PM ET on HBO.

MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU (& JUST ABOUT EVERY ELSE) DA F*** OUT!

Since his lone loss to Darnell Boone (L TKO 2), frantically passionate carnage infested menacing pug Adonis Stevenson has knocked out 9 of his last 10 opponents. Among the resume of the fallen victims he has strafed include a return knockout win over Darnell Boone (W KO 6) and more notably; stoppage wins against seasoned former champions Chad Dawson (W KO 1) and Tavoris Cloud (W TKO 7). Even more impressive; the aforementioned three beaten down pugs in Stevenson’s path of destruction have all been conquered within this year. Simply put, Stevenson busted out on the scene in emphatic fashion in 2013.

SECOND CHANCE OR NO CHANCE IN HELL?

In a closely contested failed bid at the title, Tony Bellew’s biggest claim to fame is showing that he’s got some intestinal fortitude by going 12 hard rounds against a former WBO light heavyweight belt holder and tough customer Nathan Cleverly (L MD 12). Other then that, Tony’s faired well against descent opposition (albeit mostly on his home turf in the United Kingdom) ,none the less; this guy has a solid chin and proven grit. Read more

SIGNORELLA ON MANNY PACQUIAO-JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ 4!

STORIED RIVALRY COMING TO END SATURDAY

War

New York, NY– For the fourth time in almost a decade, “pound for pound” elite fierce competitors Manny Pacquiao (53-4-2, 38 KOs) and Juan Manuel Marquez (54-5-1, 39 KOs) will once again battle over 12 or less welterweight (147) rounds at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday at 9 PM ET on HBO PPV.

 

MANNY’S PATH OF DESTRUCTION

Since his “coming out party” massacre against Marco Antonio Barrera (W TKO 11), Boxing Writers Association of America’s “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao is the first boxer in history to win a staggering eight world titles in eight different weight divisions. Considering the level of opposition he has faced: thrice scrapping with Erik Morales (L UD 12, W TKO 10, W KO 3), three times going to war against Juan Manuel Marquez (D 12, W SD 12), and by pounding out one sided drummings over world renowned pugilists such as Oscar De La Hoya (W TKO 8), Ricky Hatton (W KO 2), Miguel Cotto (W TKO 11), Joshua Clottey (W PTS 12), Antonio Margarito (W UD 12), and Shane Mosley (W UD 12), Manny’s ring endeavors have proven to be credible accolades in support of his status as an all-time great and living legend. Yes, even factoring in his last effort; a horridly scored 12 round controversial points loss to Timothy Bradley. Read more

SIGNORELLA ON “THE BEST IN BOXING”

Floyd Mayweather

New York, NY– In consideration of all the great fights of late, I felt obligated to pay tribute to the sport and give my “two cents” on who I feel are the elite pugilists on the planet. Hence, here’s my opinion of the best boxers in the world within the most meaningful and interesting weight classes. Let’s start with what I believe is the strongest division and take it from there.
Note: This is NOT a top ten list of each division; it’s a list of notable competitors that are worth mentioning among their respective ranks and an opinion on the best possible match up in them, followed by an overall “pound for pound” ranking system. Enjoy and share your thoughts.
Jr. Middleweight (154)
Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs)
Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs)
Saul Alvarez (41-0-1, 30 KOs)
Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KOs)
Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs)
Vanes Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 KOs)

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“INTENSE” BOXING WEEKEND HAS DAVID HAYE-DERECK CHISORA & AMIR KHAN!

Big weekend of scraps

New York, NY– Another action packed boxing weekend is upon us, as always first; let’s delve into the storied attraction!

HBO DELIVERS AN ENTICING 140 POUND TITLE TILT

In an intriguing light welterweight (140) unification tiff, WBA champ Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) meets WBC strap carrier Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) in a proposed 12 frame contest hosted at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, televised Saturday at 11 PM ET on HBO.

A MERE CON OR AMIR KHAN?

Three bouts removed from his exhilarating war against fierce scrapper Marcos Maidana in which Britain’s Amir Khan proved his “nay sayers” wrong in regard to his “heart” and chin, Khan returns to the spotlight for his sixth attempted title defense. Prior to his recent triumphs, Khan won his first 18 bouts, whacking out 14. Going into his 19th professional bout against unbeaten contender Breidis Prescott, the buzz was high for Amir to rise to prominence. However, Khan got starched by a right hand from Prescott and lasted just Read more

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