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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ON EVE OF JOHNNY TAPIA’S DEATH, PAUL WILLIAMS PARALYZED!
Paul "The Punisher" Williams
San Francisco, CA– Last night I got the call about the death of Johnny Tapia. Pronounced dead at least four times prior because of Drug overdoses, I thought to myself that Johnny’s “death wish” had finally been fulfilled. This morning, I have yet another tragedy to chronicle, and this while it’s not the end of Paul Williams’ life, his days of being a prizefighter or even walking again appear to be over. Paul was once the most avoided man in boxing until late 2010 when World middleweight (160 lb) champ Sergio Martinez knocked him out in such a devastating manner that the tall skinny kid from Georgia looked like he had fallen out of an airplane without a parachute and survived.
MOTORCYCLES & BOXERS HAVE NASTY RELATIONSHIPS
Five years ago earlier this month, Diego Corrales was killed on a motorcycle in Las Vegas, NV. In 1986, James Schuler, a once beaten middleweight contender, and just one week removed from getting drilled in one by Thomas Hearns was killed on a bike in Philadelphia. A fortnight ago, highly touted 168 lb. title contender Anthony Durrell escaped a motorcycle accident with only a severely broken leg and arm. The jury is out as to whether he can ever fight again.
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BERNARD HOPKINS FINALLY TOO OLD FOR CHAD DAWSON?
HBO Championship Boxing
New York, NY– 2012‘s stacked schedule of intrigue continues this weekend and is highlighted with 47-year-old “Hall of Fame” bound WBC light heavyweight (175) champion Bernard ‘the Executioner” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) attempt to defend his crown against former belt holder “Bad” Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) in a rematch of their dud from last year. Coverage from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey begins Saturday at 10:15 PM ET on HBO.
SAME OL’, SAME…OLD?
Before stinking out the joint due to a shoulder injury prompting a no contest verdict in his last bout against Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins became the oldest man in the history of “athletic” sports (sans golf) to win a championship. During that historic accomplishment, Hopkins showed the brilliance that highlighted his career by systematically dethroning former light heavyweight (175 lbs) belt holder Jean Pascal in a rematch of their original controversial scrap (Draw 12). Before establishing such accolade, for the better part of the past 23 years, Hopkins has been calling out the biggest names in the sport while most of the time defiantly kicking their ass in the process. The boxing world took notice of the bombastic talents of Hopkins when he displayed a masterpiece performance against Felix Trinidad (W KO 12). Read more
WITH KELLY PAVLIK A NO-SHOW, SHOWTIME CANCELS SHOW
New York, NY– In what was suppose to be another unusually busy summer weekend for the sport, due to yet another cancellation by former middleweight champion and admitted alcoholic Kelly Pavlik; mainstream action slows down a bit this weekend (thanks again Kelly as the entire Showtime card was scrapped). However, rest assured fight fans; the limited televised offering isn’t light on the punch.
Vernon Paris (right)
ESPN RESCUES THE WEEKEND
Each installment of the decorated series “ESPN Friday Night Fights” features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests, and competitive scraps. This week’s card showcases a ruckus twin bill as unbeaten “T.V. friendly” charge Vernon Paris (24-0, 14 KOs) squares off against slick light welterweight (140) craftsmen Tim Coleman (19-1-1, 5 KOS) in a scheduled 10 round main event. In the opener; undefeated featherweight (126) Art Hovhannisyan (14-0-1, 8 KOs) steps up his level of opposition when he enters the right against former champion Cristobal Cruz (39-12-2, 23 KOS) over 10 rounds or less.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS- PRESS RELEASE
Las Vegas, NV– Former world middleweight (160 lbs) champion and current World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1-rated super middleweight contender Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik’s professional boxing comeback took a wrong turn as Pavlik withdrew from his upcoming 10-round bout against Darryl Cunningham. The Pavlik-Cunningham bout was scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH, and was to be televised live on SHOWTIME as the main event of a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. Read more
BEST BOXER IN WORLD
San Francisco, CA- Even though he won by way of a shutout on my scorecard, Manny Pacquiao’s stock value dipped a little with his blanking of Shane Mosley. There was no fire in the usually fiery Filipino, except for when referee Kenny Bayless gaffed and called a Mosley push a Pacquiao knockdown in round ten. Outside of banging his gloves together once, the recognized king of boxing just didn’t have any fire in his belly. Of course, fighting Joshua “Handcuffed” Clottey, a weight drained has been in Antonio Margarito and the Tupac Shikur looking (meaning dead) Shane Mosley, none of these guys were expected to be competitive and they weren’t.
HAD REASONS FOR NOT LOOKING STELLAR
Complaining of leg cramps, it is hard not to still consider Manny boxing’s best and #1, with middleweight champ Sergio Martinez if not 1-A, or a close second. The only reason Martinez is able to hang with Pacquiao in the “pound for pound” ratings is that he has fought and beaten excellent competition in Paul Williams and Kelly Pavlik, while Pacman has faced, Larry (Clottey), Curly (Margarito) and Moe (Mosley), the equivalent of boxing’s Three Stooges. Had Pacman not been spoon fed the past year, there would no disputing his holding the “P4P” title.
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San Francisco, CA– Even before this past weekend, if you follow boxing then you knew that World middleweight (160 lbs.) champion Sergio Martinez was “the real deal.” Having lost two fights, one to Antonio Margarito some nine years ago, and the disputed call with Paul Williams in their initial encounter, Martinez should probably be hailed as the “new” king of boxing.
PAC SEEING MARTINEZ ROCKET PAST HIM?
Some writers, the ever so capable Ted Sares for one, have the (47-2-2, 26 KOs) Argentine living in Oxnard, CA, “numero uno” on the ‘pound for pound’ list. In his last three fights, Sergio busted up middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik, knocked Paul Williams, the man that Pavlik was ducking, into another time zone, this before besting an unbeaten Sergy Dzinziruk Saturday night.
SERGY LOSES FISTIC VIRGINITY
Dzinziruk claimed he had never been knocked down either as an amateur or pro, but Sergy (37-1, 23 KOs) went down five times, thrice in the final round at the hands of Martinez.
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Saturday, March 12, 2011
HBO CARD WITH FOUR SOUTHPAWS
Mashantucket, CT– Sergio Gabriel Martinez, (158.8 lbs), Oxnard, CA TKO 8 Serhiy Dzinziruk, (158.8), Hamburg, Germany. A cocky Martinez (46-2-2, 26 KOs) began showboating early but in doing so by controlling Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) with a steady diet of jabs. It was all Martinez as he started landing “punches in bunches” in round five, decking Dzinziruk with a three punch combination late in the round. More of the same in rounds six and seven as Dzinzirik had no answer for Martinez. The end came at 1:43 of the eighth after three telling knockdowns, five in total.
LEE COMES BACK FROM BRINK OF LOSS!
Andy Lee, (162.6), Detroit, MI TKO 10 Craig McEwen, (161.4), Hollywood, CA. After a feeling out first minute of round one, McEwen (18-1, 10 KOs) slowly began to take control with good punches to the body and head, stunning Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) in both rounds five and six. Lee came alive in rounds seven and eight taking them both as McEwen tired. Smelling blood in the water, Ireland’s Lee countered with shots knocking McEwen down with one late in round nine. Lee came out ready to end things in round ten and he did with a left hook at the 0:56 second mark.
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KO HIGHLIGHT OF 2011 THUS FAR!
Donaire's left hook on Montiel
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!
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New York, NY – Significant members of the media and hundreds of fans flocked to the exquisite Light House Ballroom at Chelsea Pier in New York City to witness globally recognized international pugilist icon Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) and highly decorated three division former champion Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) address the public in regard to their upcoming mega fight.
A MATTER OF CLASS
In a luxurious atmosphere, promoter Bob Arum verbally displayed his admiration toward both athletes, which in essence; became the theme of the day. In a refreshing change of pace from common pre fight build up, there was no trash talking, no altercations, no frills; just professionals that are all business about their sport. Such adequate was on display when legendary trainer Nazim Richardson showed respect for his fighter’s adversary stating; “if you don’t like Manny Pacquiao, you don’t like boxing…maybe you don’t like people in general”. Therafter, master trainer Freddie Roach mentioned that they are cognizant that Shane wasn’t “up” for his last opponent (Sergio Mora, draw 12) and they are expecting the best from Mosley’s vast repertoire come fight night. When both fighters hit the podium to offer their sound bytes, more of the same acknowledgement of appreciation toward each fighter was the evident. After the conference, a delicious luncheon was held where I was able to catch up with both combatants and their trainers to ask some questions regarding preparation for the fight. Here are the highlights from the interviews I conducted: Read more
NAVOA HAD GREAT WORK ETHIC
San Francisco, CA– Having watched some of the more incompetent California Boxing Inspectors commit gaffs that would have gotten them fired had somebody cared, inspector Richard Navoa was not one of them. Having watched his work in the corners for years, you knew that nobody was pulling any illegal crap when Richard was in charge.
COMPLICATIONS FROM LIVER TRANSPLANT?
That being said, Richard is reportedly fighting for his life in his West Sacramento, CA home. The causation appears to have something to do with a Liver transplant he received a few years ago. All in all, Rich is one of those good guys that deserve better! My heart, soul, and my greatest hope is to see Rich working a corner real soon. Get well my brother, you are both truly admired and respected.
Uncasville, CT– Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports is back in action Friday, February 4 as CES presents “Block Party” at the Mohegan Sun Arena here in Uncasville. The card will be headlined by Providence, R.I., super middleweight Vladine Biosse (9-0, 4 KOs) and New Haven, CT., super middleweight (168 lbs.) Elvin Ayala (20-5, 9 KOs) and Ledyard, CT resident Brian Macy (5-1, 2 KOs). Biosse will put his New England super middleweight title up for grabs against hard-punching veteran Samson Onyango (20-7, 13 KOs) in the eight round main event. Onyancgo is originally from Nairobi, Kenya and now fights out of Brockton, MA.
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CROOKED PROMOTER PETER MCKINN ABOUT TO BE UNDRESSED!
San Francisco, CA– For those of us that have followed the corruption involving ex-Arizona boxing chief John Montano, Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Wilcox and their failed attempt to destroy trainer Joe Diaz, “Yory Boy” Campas, and to a lesser extent myself, the days of smelling roses are forthcoming! You see, McKinn has a sentencing hearing on February 7 realting to all but the two Felonies he has not copped to! The reason McKinn has not come all the way clean is that as he admitted on tape, the putz is protecting the aforementioned Mary Rose Wilcox and her husband Earl Wilcox, a one-time advisor to Governor Janet Napolitano, from criminal prosecution for their procuring and then submitting fraudulent, defamatory and libelous documents to the Maricopa County Attorney’s office.
ARE THEY ALL GOING TO TAKE THE 5TH AMENDMENT?
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New York, NY
2008 A.P. Photo: Evander Holyfield
– This coming Saturday night, future Hall of Fame
inductee and ring legend Evander Holyfield
(43-10-2, 28 KOs) will face battle tested but often bested pug Sherman Williams
(34-11, 19 KOs) in a slated 10 round heavyweight main event from the Greenbrier Resort
in White Sulphur Springs
, West Virginia
. Televised coverage begins at 9 PM ET
AGED EX CHAMP SAYS HE STILL BELIEVES!
Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield started his career at light heavyweight and successfully moved up to dominate and unify all belts in the cruiserweight division when the bar was set at 190 lbs. Evander then catapulted to the heavyweight ranks and became the only fighter in fistic combat history to win a crown four times. At the highest weight on the scale, Holyfield fought virtually every great fighter of his era and has wins against and shared memorial wars with some of the best of the best. Usually pitted against his adversity as the smaller man, Evander was able to accomplish his success by portraying a high work rate of sustained activity which displayed an arsenal of blistering combinations while maintaining excellent hand and foot speed. Evander was also known for his tremendous boxing IQ, chin of granite, “sleeper” power, and a determined filled heart.
“V” IS 48 GOING ON 68 OR 38?
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