March 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
ONE SCARY NIGHT IN NORTH LAS VEGAS
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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March 19th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
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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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 26th, 2013 By John Signorella
New York, NY- What a year for Boxing! Whether it be a “household name” or an “average Joe”; most combatants gave it their all in the ring and didn’t disappoint. Simply put: 2013 was the most electrifying action packed fistic year of carnage the sport has seen since the economy was prosperous. I could spew more out adjectives mentioning all the great moments, rounds, fights, and great warriors involved in this savage year and go on for days. As much as I’d like to pay tribute to all of the maniacs who participated in madness that has transpired, the summary (of such) would suggest that I’d go on for weeks! Instead, here are my awards for 2013 followed by a look at the most intriguing divisions and the elite pugs within them:
Timothy Bradley UD 12 Ruslan Provodnikov
Ruslan Provodnikov TKO 10 Mike Alvarado READ MORE…
December 22nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
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.
December 12th, 2013 By John Signorella
DOES ADRIEN BRONER HAVE PROBLEM WITH MARCOS MAIDANA?
NEW YORK, NY- Closing out a stellar year with some savage pugilistic warfare; Showtime‘s set to deliver the last meaningful televised U.S. card on the calender in stunning fashion with a quadruple header of intrigue on Saturday, a show so stacked that it starts at 8 PM ET or 5 PT.
GOT 99 “PROBLEMS” BUT SNACKING AIN’T ONE!
Looking pudgy of late WBA welterweight champion (147 lb.) Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-0, 22 KOs) will meet former lightweight (135) belt holder and fierce punching mad man Marcos Maidana (34-3-0, 31 KOs) in a scheduled 12 rounds of pound at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
STYLES MAKES FIGHTS
On paper this fight is super alluring. Adrien Broner is a crafty boxer type dude with a solid skill set, and by knocking out 8 of his last 10 opponents; he shows that he has some pop in his shots. However, in his last contest against Paulie Malignaggi; Broner wasn’t able to turn Paulie’s lights out and ended up standing in front of Malignaggi more often then he should have (resulting in Adrien getting hit a ton) to earn a controversial split decision win. In reference to Broner’s weighty issues between fights, losing a ton of weight for each fight has caused many fighters, some of them great, to lose
“GRIT” IS CHALLENGER’S MIDDLE NAME
Marcos Maidana is a proven “nuts and guts” animal and has fought a higher level of competition than his counterpart. Since his lackluster performance and loss via Unanimous Decision 12 to Devon Alexander , Marcos is on a three fight knockout streak. His most current victim; Josesito Lopez helped showcase Maidana’s greatest performances to date when Marcos trashed the rugged brawler before scoring a TKO 6.
SIG’S PICK: Gonna be a fun one. Being the “showboat” that he his; Broner is gonna stand and try to trade with Maidana. Even though I feel Broner will box circles around him early, I believe Adrien’s gonna try to be all macho, make an unnecessary mistake and ultimately get drilled and KO’d to make my Christmas come early sometime around the 10th in a shocker. READ MORE…
December 8th, 2013 By John Signorella
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
November 29th, 2013 By John Signorella
WINNERS TO UNIFY WBO & WBC BELTS AT 175
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…
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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December 6th, 2012 By John Signorella
STORIED RIVALRY COMING TO END SATURDAY
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…
November 27th, 2012 By John Signorella
July 12th, 2012 By John Signorella
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…
June 24th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
OPINIONATED WRITER JOHNNY SIGNORELLA GOES INSIDE HEAD OF VICTOR ORTIZ
San Francisco, CA- With a few boxing cards, some controversy as well seeing Victor “The Dog” Ortiz barking his way out of another fight, this time against unheralded Josesito Lopez. We’ve got other results, upcoming bouts, and some news and a little gossip to talk about with our staff writer Johnny Signorella. There are plenty of MMA results to over as well as the UFC went Friday in New Jersey and Brazil on Saturday.
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June 15th, 2012 By John Signorella
New York, NY- After the horrid “show” that transpired last Saturday (in both decision and “combat”) boxing moves on and gets ready to begin a heated summer lineup of intriguing match ups. Lucky for us, this weekend’s main event has potential to be hot enough to burn down the barn. Let’s take a look.
CHAVEZ TO FACE TOUGHEST FOE!
IS “JUNIOR” THE GOODS OR JUST HYPE?
At the tender age of just 27 years old, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has already competed in 46 fights without knowing defeat. However, his level of opposition has left much to be desired. Since his professional debut in 2003, Chavez opponents have commonly been comprised of “C” class battlers with losing records. During that span Chavez went “life and death” with two (at best) “B” class fighters and barely crossed the finish line in each. To his credit, Chavez has displayed proven boxing ability; especially in the educated way he varies his punch selection. In addition, by recently hiring Hall of Fame bound boxer/trainer Freddie Roach, Chavez has shown a willingness to continue to learn his craft. At the end of the day, the acquisition of a legendary trainer can only help. Plus: Julio can bang some. READ MORE…
June 2nd, 2012 By Kevin Perry
“RING TALK” FEATURING AUSTIN TROUT & DAVE MELTZER
San Francisco, CA- Due to some technical difficulties this is a one-hour show in which we combined parts of the “Ring Talk Boxing Hour” and the “Ring Talk MMA Hour” and put them into one hour. WBA 154 lb. champion Austin Trout was my guest as he and I talked boxing news, results and upcoming fights, before I expanded on the world of the UFC/MMADave Meltzer, and all the news of the MMA world.