December 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
“TURD OF THE YEAR” CHOICE UNANIMOUS
AND YOU KEEP BUYING FLOYD’S BULL SPIT
If Floyd’s dissing Manny isn’t enough to make him boxing’s #1 turd ‘pound for pound,’ promising a great effort on his part and then running like a purse snatcher in the final round of Mayweather-Maidana II, a rematch we could have done without, that should convince you of Floyd’s being worthy od this award.
ROOKIE OF 2014 A GOLDEN HEAVYWEIGHT
Anthony Joshua snagged an Olympic Gold medal in 2012. As a professional with only ten fights (and ten KO’s), I haven’t seen a fighter with his skills, demeanor and fluidity in the heavyweight class in decades. Joshua appears to be the heir apparent to Wladimir Klitschko.
PROSPECT OF 2015 ON SHOWTIME THIS SATURDAY
154 lber. Julian Williams (19-0-1, 19 KOs) of Philly will be featured Saturday on Showtime vs. Edgar Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs). Handled by Stephen “Breadman” Edwards, Williams has shown good skills, an unchecked chin and superior ring generalship with everybody he’s been in with thus far.
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December 13th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
WBA CHAMP ERISLANDY LARA WINS EASY
Las Vegas, NV-In the first defense, Erislandy Lara (20-2-2, 1 KOs) won impressively over Contender TV show veteran and former IBF titleholder Ishe Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) live from San Antonio, TX on a Friday night broadcast of Showtime boxing. The Cuban utilized his superior footwork to constantly frustrate Las Vegan Smith over twelve rounds. Easy bout to score as the southpaw from Cuba used that footwork to set traps and land accurate left hands.
Smith attempted to close the gap as he only appeared to have success when Lara’s back was on the ropes. The Showtime commentators constantly hinted at Lara’s perceived unappealing style of a “boxer/mover.” That being said, it will be tough for the Cuban to get big fights. Scores were 119-109 twice and 117-111. Smith had bruising around both eyes.
FLOYD INTERVIEWED ON SHOWTIME BROADCAST
In a huge disply of bravado, Floyd Mayweather blasted the Pacquiao camp in an interview with Steve Farhood. He made it clear that he wants to fight Manny Pacquiao. He generally accused Bob Arum for fooling the public that he doesn’t want to fight, and instead claims that they have been ducking him for years.
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November 23rd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
Saturday, November 22 2014
PACMAN DRIBBLES ALGIERI LIKE BASKETBALL
OLYMPIC CHAMPS UNDERNEAH THE “MANNY SHOW”
Former Olympic champ (2x) WBO 126 lb. champ Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) UD 12 Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-2, 33 KOs) One knockdown in 12 rounds of domination. Scores were 120-107 thrice!
KING OF CHINA STILL UNBEATEN
Two-time Olympic champ Zou Shiming (6-0, 1 KO) UD 12 Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express (27-1-2, 12 KOS) of Thailand. (WBO 112 lb. eliminator) Four knockdowns by power short Zou who wins with scores of 119-106 twice & 120-103.
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November 23rd, 2014 By Kevin Perry
AMERICAN FAILED TO WIN A ROUND
LAS VEGAS, NV- Undefeated Chris Algieri’s (20-1, 8 KOs) strategy backfired from the first round on versus WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs). Pacquaio, a multi-division champion, used feints and effective aggression to score six knockdowns, the most significant was a straight left in round 9. The Filipino star didn’t get the stoppage but won a one-sided 12 round decision.
UNSUCCESSFUL STRATEGY FROM THE YANKEE
Based on what Chris Algieri stated in the post fight interview, he was hoping to coast early and take it to Manny in the later rounds. Unfortunately with only 8 KOs on his ledger that outlook was ill-advised. The American appeared more intent on defense early in the fight, and as rounds went on he was in a hole on the scorecards. When he decided to open up after a clear deficit, thats when he began to get caught with punches. While some of the knockdowns weren’t severe, they scored. As the rounds pursued it was somewhat anti-climatic. Algieri possessed heart making to the final bell, but not much else.
BANGING THE DRUMS FOR FLOYD VS MANNY
So the real question here is will Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOS) and Manny Pacquaio finally engage in 2015? This bout is long overdue, but till this day there are obstacles to overcome. READ MORE…
November 19th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
PACQUIAO-ALGIERI ON HBO PPV FROM MACAO
QUITE AN HISTORICAL RUN FOR PACMAN
Pacquiao has gone 24-3-1 after the Technical Draw with Sanchez in 2001. With alphabet titles at 112, 122, 126, 130, 135, 140, 147 & a catchweight clash for a 154 lb. belt. Simply put, Manny is the greatest fighter Asia has ever produced.
MANNY HAS BEEN AROUND
For the man born Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao on December 7, 1978, it is November 2014 and Manny is readying for Chris Algieri on Saturday in what is his 64th bout in a career that kicked off at 107 lbs. back in January 1995.
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October 10th, 2014 By Jason B. Nava
PROSPECT HAS PEOPLE TALKING
San Francisco, CA- Lightweight Felix Verdejo is being groomed as boxing’s next Puerto Rican superstar and the call is no short order. Puerto Rican fight fans have long been some of the most passionate on the planet and with good reason.
KINGS FROM THE LAND OF BORICUA
From the careers of World champions Carlos Ortiz (135 lbs.) and Jose Torres (175) in the 60s, to the multi-division reigns of the Wilfreds (Benitez and Gomez) in the 70s and 80s, to Felix Trinidad’s gargantuan-like run at 147, 154, this before losing to then 160 lb. king Bernard Hopkins.
AND THEM CAME THE MAN NAMED COTTO!
Most recently the island country is basking in the outstanding career of linear World champ Miguel Cotto,
who carved out a reputation for his willingness to step in the ring with anyone. The picture is clear, historically Puerto Rico has birthed some of the best and most exciting fighters. Verdejo has a great cloud of witnesses who have paved the way for his career.
JUAN MA “CRASHED & BURNED”
But these are no easy shoes to fill. Just ask Juan Manuel Lopez who was himself being billed as the next face of Puerto Rican boxing before twice being starched by Orlando Salido (in addition to two other men including Mikey Garcia). Simply put at just 31 years old Juan Ma is already a shot fighter. With Miguel Cotto’s career coming to a close, now is the perfect time for Verdejo to begin establishing himself as the one to carry the torch for his nation.
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October 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 FIGHT A RING DEATH TO MANY
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, this 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 on October 2, 1980, 34 years ago today. 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.
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September 28th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
SCORING WAY TOO WIDE IN ABRAHAM-SMITH
YOU THOUGHT BOXING REALITY SHOWS WERE REAL!
The advent and proliferation of quasi-reality shows like the 24-7 HBO series and the All Access production of cable counterpart Showtime have led some of you to think the show’s were spontaneous. Floyd Mayweather said this week that his shows are for the most part staged. In other words, nothing’s real except you really being fooled!
FEEL LIKE A PPS (PAY PER SCREW) VICTIM?
1. Floyd promises you an exciting fight ending in knockout. 2. Runs like Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis the entire final round against B+ rated Marcos Maidana. 3. Afterwards says he could have stopped MM and didn’t. 4. Are you feeling “worked” yet? You, the PPV customer adding to the Mayweather wealth by continuing to believe his lying ass time and again. We must invoke the “FLOYDCOTT”.
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September 23rd, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
FLOYD HAS NO OTHER FOES & FANS HAVE NO MORE PATIENCE
PACQUIAO NOW A NECESSARY OPTION
Like clockwork, rumblings have resumed regarding a potential mega bout between Mayweather and his omnipresent rival, Manny Pacquiao. This bout has remained a fantasy, but talks have supposedly resumed behind closed doors. However, this info came from Bob Arum (who’s currently promoting Pacquiao) and Floyd has called the allegations false. With a few recent bouts signifying a thawing of tensions between networks and promoters, it is still possible that real negotiations are realistic this time around.
MONEY REALIZES “CHOICES” ARE SLIM
For the first time in a while however, Floyd was asked about facing Pacquiao after his recent bout on Showtime and his response seemed to offer some hope. Floyd responded, “If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, lets make it happen”. This is a different tone than in the past where Floyd has brushed Manny to the side particularly after he recorded two losses, one resulting in being knocked cold out by Juan Manuel Marquez. Manny has since rebounded well, but does mean the fight is actually on the horizon?
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September 10th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
MAY NEED VIAGRA TO “GET UP” SATURDAY
FIRST FIGHT CLOSE IN ROUNDS
The 12-round fight this past May was one in which Mayweather gave away a good many early rounds, such that after 12 sessions of battle I had it six-six in rounds meaning the bout I saw was a draw. Floyd got “touched” on occasion and both his detractors and Maidana’s backers were making like Marcos beat him up when he did not!
MOST UNCOMPETITIVE EVEN FIGHT EVER
When the world woke up the day after the initial Mayweather-Maidana encounter, people were saying that it looked like Floyd (46-0, 26 KOs) might “have slipped a bit” as the Argentine “touched” him facially more than anyone had in years, if ever! READ MORE…
June 27th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
2004 GOLD MEDAL WINNER YURI GAMBOA FACES TERENCE CRAWFORD IN HIS HOMETOWN
Las Vegas, NV- Gaps of inactivity have hampered the ascension and career of former 126lb champion Yuriorkis Gamboa ( 23-0, 16 KOs). Now promoted by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, a superstar rapper and business entrepreneur, Gamboa faces his biggest test at 135lbs, WBO champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs) on Saturday.
Both have identical records but took completely different paths to achieve success. Crawford is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, where the bout will take place live on HBO. The naturally bigger man has tested the waters at 140lbs in one of his biggest victories, a one-sided rout over tough journeyman Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs). He earned the title in his last effort, a decisive victory over Ricky Burns (23-3-1, 11 KOs), beating him in Burn’s home country of Scotland. Gamboa on the other hand has only had 2 fights in the two previous years .
IS GAMBOA STILL A GREAT TALENT?
Question marks remain as the Cuban amateur star was a monster at 126lbs. Ultra explosive, fast, dynamic and powerful are a few words to describe how he chose to go about his business. After stopping Jorge Solis (41-2-2 at the time) in 4 one sided rounds in 2011, Solis declared that Gamboa was the hardest puncher he had ever faced. That’s remarkable when you consider that he was stopped by Manny Pacquiao almost four years earlier when Manny was on his tear through the same division. If Gamboa can still crack at 135lbs, this bout becomes even more interesting.
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June 6th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
HBO RETURNS TO SUMMER PAY PER VIEW
San Francisco, CA- If this was 2011, World middleweight (160 lb.) champion Sergio Martinez would be a prohibitive, say 3-1 favorite against Miguel Cotto. Now just hours before the pair duel in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd Saturday evening in New York City, the essentially unbeaten since 2003 Martinez is a slight betting choice at 7-5.
MARTINEZ FIGHTING IN CARLOS MONZON SHADOW
The current middleweight kingpin is 55-2-2, 28 KOs really hasn’t lost since a 2000 fight where he was stopped by Antonio Margarito, even though he was declared a Majority Decision 12 loser in a 2008 match with the retired (via motorcycle) Paul Williams that was the robbery of the year indeed. The Argentine is highly regarded at home, but few if anyone rates him higher than the late Carlos Monzon.
REMEMBER MARTINEZ-PAUL WILLIAMS HEIST?
After that, the Argentine native who learned boxing in Spain and now lives in Oxnard, CA, Sergio Martinez upset middleweight king Kelly Pavlik who flat out ran from the now paralyzed Williams and fought Martinez instead in 2009, was handily beaten over 12 rounds. In a rematch, Martinez flattened Paul Williams in round two.
BEAT UP “SO-SO” GUYS BEFORE J.C. CHAVEZ
After the Williams win Sergio went on a roll by defeating Matthew Macklin (TKO 11), Darren Barker (KO 11) and a TKO 8 over Serhiy Dzinziruk, yawn, yawn and yawn, all the while Martinez was being heralded as one of the top ‘pound for pound’ fighters in the world. But in hindsight, considering the fact that Mackin, Dzinziruk and Barker were fringe contenders at best, Martinez was overrated by myself and a majority of boxing pundits as well.
CHAVEZ LOSES 11 ROUNDS & ALMOST WINS
But the bubble burst in his near shutout over Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2012 resulting in a leg injury he suffered in round 12, this while getting knocked down by Chavez and falling wrong. The injury brought about an eight month layoff preceded by surgery before a bout with the thought to be limited Martin Murray.
SERGIO NEEDING BOXING VIAGRA NEAR 40? READ MORE…
May 21st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
“CHUBBY” RUIZ MORE EXCITING THAN MARQUEZ-ALVARADO
San Francisco, CA- My desire this weekend was to look to the future of boxing in semi-contender Andy Ruiz Jr., rather than praise Juan Manuel Marquez. I sold JM Marquez short as he schooled Mike Alvarado over 12 frames on HBO. And it wasn’t like I said he was going tio lose, I closed with, “Top Rank matchmakers don’t make many mistakes.” They didn’t.
THATY “OTHER” TOP RANK SHOW HAD MORE SPARKS
Before we get to the Forum card, Bob Arum promoted in both Inglewood and Fresno, CA aka “Raisin-ville USA” as the valley played host to a fight card involving the aforementioned undefeated (22-0, 16 KOs) Andy Ruiz Jr. When I tell people I think he’s the best “junior” in the heavyweight division they take it wrong. By “junior” I mean he has yet to be promoted to the “Senior” class of the heavyweight weight class.
“WELL ROUNDED” RUIZ LESS ROUNDED!
At one point and time, Andy looked like an obese guy risking a heart attack boxing at 290+ lbs. and all the while winning. With the prodding of Arum, et al to lose weight, he was 260 lbs. Saturday night in a TKO 2 over Manuel Quezada (22-9, 8 KOs). That being said, a trimmer Ruiz, who will never resemble Evander Holyfield, again flashed extremely fast hands, good footwork and punching power.
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May 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
OVER THE HILL MARQUEZ GETS FOE WITH WEIGHTY ISSUES
MARQUEZ AN ALMOST .500 FIGHTER OF LATE
WHAT MAKES JMM A “GREAT” FIGHTER?
All of this hyperbole about his being a “great” fighter is just that. Marquez is a good fighter, one that is usually well prepared for battle. But don’t confuse him for a knockout artist, a fighter that spews excitement like Marvin Hagler, no JMM is just a guy that happened to give Manny Pacquiao trouble. Outside of that, what has he done since losing his WBA 126 lb. strap to Chris John in 2006? Even though he bested an old and worn out Marco Antonio Barrera, Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz, the only real JMM “highlight reel” type of stuff is the Pacquiao fights.
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April 17th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
DON’T DISMISS ALEX ARIZA WHEN HE SPEAKS
Ariza has had his share of red flags working behind the scenes and in the corner. It has been alleged Manny Pacquiao was on Steroids and because of Ariza’s position in the camp, fingers were pointed at him. During the Maidana upset win over Adrien Broner, it appeared to some that Ariza gave Maidana “smelling salts” to revive him between rounds. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. came up dirty, Brandon Rios tested positive in China last year with Ariza on hand. While this is not a pretty picture, so what. My feeling is that Ariza knows his stuff and that you don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
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