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.
SEVEN CHAMPS FROM 140-160 & NONE COULD DROP/STOP ERIC READ MORE…
October 11th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
ORLANDO CRUZ FIGHTS FOR WBO 126 LB. CROWN SATURDAY ON HBO PPV
Las Vegas, NV- Puerto Rican Orlando Cruz (20-2, 10 KOs) is the first active boxer to announce publicly that he is gay. He posted pictures on Twitter of his controversial rainbow colored boxing attire combined with the Puerto Rican flag to celebrate LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) pride. Featured in ABC News segment which is available by clicking in the box. Cruz faces Orlando Salido of Mexico in the co-main event of Tim Bradley vs Juan Manuel Marquez card.
October 10th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
IS JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ THE “BEST” OF MEXICO?
Las Vegas, NV- It’s interesting to ponder the ascension and the career of four division (126, 130, 135, 140 lb.) champion Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs). The master boxer from Mexico City turned 40 in August, and this Saturday he faces one of his toughest bouts against Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KOs) in a quest to capture Tim’s WBO welterweight (147 lb.) title on HBO PPV. One would have never imagined that a fighter who lost a close decision to Chris John (48-0, 22 KOs)(regardless of what some experts say John won a close fight) in a WBA featherweight (126) bout in 2006 would still be fighting, albeit successfully as a welterweight. After finally earning that career defining victory over Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) in their fourth fight last December (KO6) the Mexican can now move on to other challenges. Losing two of the first three fights to the Filipino icon left a bad taste in his mouth, but now he’s received his vindication. In Bradley he is facing a completely different style, and one that has not been favorable to him in the past.
CAME UP SHORT AGAINST BOXERS
Marquez is by style a counterpuncher who excels against aggressive minded opponents. He looked great against volume punchers such as Juan Diaz and brawlers like Australian Michael Katsidis, but somewhat listless in bouts against boxers like Chris John, Floyd Mayweather, and Freddie Norwood. Bradley can either box or brawl and the 30 year old is expected to use that youth and enthusiasm to his advantage to cruise to a points victory.
CAN MARQUEZ CATCH BRADLEY LIKE PACQUIAO? READ MORE…
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.”
SQUARES AFFECTED THE BETTING LINE BIG! READ MORE…
October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 WAS DAY “THE FIGHTER” DIED IN ALI
San Francisco, CA- The overweight man you see with a mustache here is Muhammad Ali in the late summer of 1980. After a two year hiatus from boxing after besting Leon Spinks in a 1978 rematch, promoter Don King, only eight years into promoting, convinced Muhammad to come back and fight unbeaten World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. Actually, Ali didn’t need much convincing as DK was offering him $8 million reasons to fight again.
CHAMPION WAS SECOND FIDDLE HERE
A former sparring partner of Ali, Larry can be seen beating Ali up in a Deer Lake, PA training session in the movie, “Ali: Brains, Skill, & Guts,” taped in 1974 as Ali prepped for his “Rumble in The Jungle” with George Foreman. Holmes, AKA “The Easton Assassin” was 31 years young and 35-0, 26 KOs.
IN THE HOUSE PAY PER VIEW NOT YET HAPPENING READ MORE…
January 7th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
RINGTALK.COM READERS PICK NONITO DONAIRE FOR FIGHTER OF THE YEAR!
Los Angeles, Ca-69% of voters picked Nonito Donaire
on the strength of his four solid victories in 2012, Juan Manuel Marquez came in second with 20% of votes, mainly due to his one punch knockout of Manny Pacquiao. Super middleweight king Andre Ward who was dominant in his 10th round TKO victory over current light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson was third with 6 percent of the tallies, but only fought once. Unified 140lb champ Danny Garcia placed fourth with 3 percent of votes. Austin Trout coming off his impressive victory of Miguel Cotto got only 1% of overall votes.
FANS CORRECTLY PICKED MARQUEZ OVER PACQUAIO, BUT BY AN EXTREMELY SLIGHT MARGIN
50% picked a Marquez victory, 48% for Pacquiao, 2 % guessed a draw.
WE HAVE SOME OF THE SMARTEST POLLSTERS ON THE WEB!
Ringtalk.com readers got it right again when 58% picked Austin Trout to defeat Miguel Cotto in December. 40% of the votes went to Cotto, with 2% predicting a draw. Thanks readers for participating in our polls, and for a great 2012. Look forward to a solid boxing year in 2013!
December 14th, 2012 By Kevin Perry
RING MAGAZINE PULLS A GAFF! BRONER RANKED #5 POUND FOR POUND?
Los Angeles, CA-The outrage continues against the well documented and somewhat tarnished Ring magazine and or Ringtv.com. Ratings chairman, former judge Chuck Giampa appears to be the fall guy here as no one seems to want to take responsibility for the rankings. I thought the magazine’s rankings were advised by a panel of writers. Now it appears to be a dictatorship. While the rankings are mythical, when a magazine is owned by Oscar De La Hoya, and the WBC lightweight (135lb) champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KOs)
is promoted by his company GoldenBoy Promotions, this is where things get a bit fishy. Ringtv.com rating Broner at #5 in their mythical pound for pound rankings doesn’t look good. While Broner is an amazing talent, the selection is not credible and without logic based on quality of opposition. Broner has only beaten two world class level fighters in Antonio De Marco (28-3-1, 21 KOs) and Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs). The win against De Marco was impressive but the victory over De Leon was a suspect close unanimous verdict that many thought was a gift in his first HBO appearance. By no means am I saying Giampa or his colleagues are being influenced by their boss, but when one person (Giampa) can have so much influence over their rankings, a ranking that many fans used to view with merit, should fans even be able to take the so-called experts who write for the magazine seriously? The biggest problem with pound for pound rankings however is that theres no set criteria. So in defense of the magazine I will try to give them the benefit of the doubt. Fans however seem incensed. Also some of the actions of the magazine and its owners within the last year or so have to be called into question. Who’s at fault and who’s has the authority over there is also a mystery. In my opinion the most credible rankings are the boxrec.com computerized rankings. A computer can have no bias, and as far as the divisional and pound for pound rankings they get as close to impartiality as it gets.
POONSAWAT FAILS MEDICAL, FIGHT VS RIGONDEAUX CANCELLED! READ MORE…
December 7th, 2012 By Kevin Perry
FILIPINO & MEXICAN GO HEAD TO HEAD IN ANOTHER EVEN SCRAP
Los Angeles, CA- It’s apparent that this bout didn’t need to happen. For Juan Manuel Marquez(54-6-1, 39 KOs) though it’s his opportunity to put a W in the win column against Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), From my perspective the Filipino Congressman is in a no win proposition. Unless you count the payday of course. Regardless of the naysayers, Manny has already won two of the previous bouts, albeit by a close margin.
The first bout in which Marquez was knocked down three times in the first round, only to comeback strong in the remaining rounds to salvage a draw, was marred in controversy. Judge Bert Clements, admittedly didn’t know that he could score a round 10-6, which would be the correct score for Pacquiao getting three knockdowns. Thus he scored it 10-7, which led to his 113-113 score. As much as people make of the closeness of that bout, it’s inconceivable that Marquez dominated enough of the remaining rounds to either win or make a case for a draw. The inadequate at best Guy Jutras, had the bout an incomprehensible 115-110, basically giving Marquez the benefit of the doubt in every close round. One must also consider that many referee’s would have stopped that bout after the third knockdown. In this case the “three knockdown” rule was waved and you have to give credit (or blame) referee Joe Cortez for this rivalry.
WILL A CLEAR VICTOR EMERGE THIS TIME? READ MORE…
November 13th, 2011 By Kevin Perry
WAS MARQUEZ ROBBED OF THE VICTORY?
Los Angeles, CA- In the mind of this writer whose in the minority, WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) squeezed out a close but clear decision victory over nemesis and huge underdog
Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) Saturday night on HBO PPV. Marquez arguably pulled off the upset of the year, although unfortunately was on the losing end on the judges scorecards. A majority decision loss, with judges scoring the bout 115-113 & 116-112 in favor of the Filipino, while the third judge called it even at 114-114, was deemed controversial by some, however like the first two bouts many rounds were close and since the underdog Marquez performed well above expectation, in my opinion this altered the perception of both the viewers at home and those relentlessly booing in the arena.
PACQUIAO A CLEAR UNDERDOG VERSUS FLOYD MAYWEATHER READ MORE…
November 11th, 2011 By Kevin Perry
IS MEXICAN UNDERDOG MARQUEZ MEXICAN TOAST FOR PACQUIAO?
Los Angeles, CA- Much has been debated on Saturday’s trilogy featuring Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) and
Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez(53-5-1, 39 KOs) for Pacquiao’s WBO (147 lbs) welterweight crown. According to our poll here on RingTalk.com that began earlier in the week, readers chimed in on their thoughts. 91.5% of those that participated in the poll agree that Pacquiao, who is believed to be as high as an 8-1 favorite in the sports books wins this fight. 6.5% have gone out on a limb and picked the 38 year old Marquez who went 0-1-1 in the first two meetings, the first being a disputed draw at 126lbs, and the second a close split decision victory for the Filipino congressman in their bout for the WBC 130lb crown in 2007. A paltry 2% predict a draw. This writer thinks Paquiao will leave no doubters this time around and win decisively. Expect the Mexican warrior to put up a valiant effort, but the referee will save him from further punishment around the end of the 8th round.
AGE, SIZE, WEIGHT, DIMINISHED SKILLS ALL IN PLAY READ MORE…
July 18th, 2011 By Professor Chuck Marbry
MAKING A POINT & ANSWERING YOUR EMAILS
Charlotte, NC- I had a reader ask me what was the most common mistake I see fighters making today. I thought, “I don’t have that much column space to answer that question.” But after mulling it over for a couple of weeks, I believe I have distilled it down to the manageable essentials. Here they are:
1. Get a real trainer/coach who knows what they are doing!
2. See number 1.
NOBODY IS TEACHING GUYS TO PUNCH CORRECTLY
But to honestly answer the readers question, when it comes to offense, I see too much arm punching. When you throw a punch (with the rare exceptions being certain jabs) you need to turn your whole body into the punch. The power of your punch begins in your legs and hips, travels through your torso and back, through your shoulders and out your arms and into your fists. Now, if you are slow afoot, punching a little slower will actually give you more power than trying to “out punch” your feet. Use your whole body and not just your arms to punch.
NOT EVERY SHOT NEED BE A HOME RUN READ MORE…
July 16th, 2011 By Edwin Ayala
Friday, July 15, 2011
FREE MARQUEZ STREAMING VIDEO ON INTERNET
Mexico City, MX- Juan Manuel Marquez, (138 lbs), Anaheim, CA TKO 1 Likar Ramos, (140), Barranquilla, Colombia. Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) in a “stay busy” fight against Ramos (24-4, 18 KOs) took longer to get to the ring than the fight did! In just 1:47 the fight was over after a perfectly thrown right landed on Ramos’ chin. Ramos was out cold for several scary minutes before coming to. Marquez is now slated to meet Manny Pacquiao in his next outing this November.
ESPN 2 BOXING DELIVERS ONE HELL OF A MAIN EVENT!
New York, NY- Pawel Wolak, (153), Mount Arlington, NJ Majority Draw 10 Delvin Rodriguez, (153.5), Danbury, CT. From the opening bell Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) and Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) laid it all on the line with a fury that had all in attendance on their feet! READ MORE…
July 16th, 2011 By RingTalk
STANDARD EXAMINER STORY TAKES BOXING SOUTH OF BORDER!
We thought this was an interesting article from the Standard Examiner site. Click for Boxing Fades In USA, Finds Heart In Mexico
July 8th, 2011 By Manny Caballero
Miami, FL- This past weekend was one of those I would have liked to be wrong and eat ten lbs. of “Crow.” But it didn’t happened, as Wladimir Klitschko, a physical giant did the same old thing he’s been doing for years, winning and yet hurting boxing. As for David Haye, like my mom used to say “Dogs that bark a lot, don’t bite much.” A sad indication of how poor the fight was that the introductions were far more entertaining than the fight.
TO WIN HAYE WOULD HAVE TO MAKE IT UGLY, HE MADE UGLIER IN LOSING
Going into this weekend’s heavyweight bout between Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) and David Haye (25- 2, 23 KOs), I was hoping to see one of the most exciting heavyweight fights in years. I might also add I was hoping for an upset even though my boxing acumen told me other wise. Looking at Wlad physical attributes and style of fighting the only way Haye would have had a chance was to fight an ugly fight. What I mean in ugly is the same way Max Baer (67-13, 52 KOs) took it to Primo Carnera (88-14, 72 KOs) in their 1934 championship bout held in Madison Square Garden. The gutsy Baer got inside and pummeled Primo by any means necessary. and
JETHRO BODIENE OF THE BEVERLY HILLBILLY’S WAS MAX BAER’S SON READ MORE…
June 27th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When I asked Donny Lalonde, then the WBC light heavyweight (175 lbs) champion why he was willing to fight “Sugar Ray” Leonard at 168 lbs., a weight he hadn’t seen in a couple of years, he said at the San Francisco Airport Hilton Hotel, “That’s the only way Ray will fight me.” Now while I’m the first to recognize that Manny Pacquiao is a “great” fighter, and let me add there is no doubt that sans the Pacman there would little if any real interest in the fight game right now.
CATCH WEIGHT FIGHTS & THE 400 LB. GORILLA IN ROOM
That being said, the crap Ray pulled on both Donny Lalonde and then again Thomas Hearns (162) in their 1989 rematch that ended in a draw, a fight Ray would later all but admit he lost, is the same s*it Manny is pulling on opponents by having them fight at unnatural weights. Throw out the Antonio Margarito fight, although it was a catch weight of 150 lbs., this for a 154 lb. paper title, as Margarito was a limited brawler who may have won all of his major bouts with “loaded” gloves. But Pac insisted Miguel Cotto scale 145, and rumors have it he will ask his next foe, one Juan Manuel Marquez, a featherweight who unlike Manny never really grew out of the 126 lb. weight class to weigh between 143 and 145!
PAC NEEDS TO TACKLE 400 LB. GORILLA IN RING, NOT COURT! READ MORE…