WHERE IS BOXING 2015 IN SPORTS WORLD?

OTHER SPORTS FLAT OUT “KICKED ASS”

Steph Curry

Steph Curry

San Francisco, CA- Having watched Tom Brady take the Patriots to another Superbowl, forget Deflate-gate, the dominance of New England is obvious. Those Golden State Warriors, they beat up Labron James, this before going on a tear and breaking the most games won at the start (16-0) of a season. The World Series romp by Kansas City, clearly proved the Royals are the best team in baseball.

$64,000 QUESTION TO FIGHT FANS

Mayweather-Pacquiao Did Not Deliver

Mayweather-Pacquiao Did Not Deliver

That being said boxing fans, what was the “high” point of the 2015 boxing season. Where was the “orgasmic” moment in 2015 boxing? Truth be told, it didn’t exist. Floyd Mayweather pushed his log to 49-0 with points wins over Manny Pacquiao and Andre Berto. If a Martian or somebody from another planet that had never seen a fight, sneaked into see the Mayweather-Pacquiao event, he probably would not have came back for the Berto affair.

POWER BROKERS & EGOS “HOLDING” BOXING BACK

There are enough exciting boxers today to put forth a successful program consisting of boxing’s many ethnic groups that could catch on mainstream to an extent. But fans, that means warring factions must come together to make the best fights. Right now, Premier Boxing Champions czar Al Heyman has a good number of fighters under contract. But will his upcoming battles in court with promoters Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya, will that “short circuit” Heyman’s power grab?

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COTTO-ALVAREZ FIGHT ODDS AND PREDICTIONS

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cotto-Canelo

Cotto-Canelo


Las Vegas, NV– (HBO PPV) World linear middleweight (160 lb.) Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33KOs) vs Saul Alvarez (45-1-1, 32KOs) Catchweight @ 155 lbs. Odds/Prediction: Canelo 9-5. Favorite las LEAD feet. Unless he can pin Cotto on the ropes and keep him there, it’s a good fight, one that Cotto could win. That being said, “PASS” on pick.

Champion Takashi Miura (29-2-2, 22KOs) vs Francisco Vargas (22-0-1, 16KOs) (WBC 130 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Vargas 13-5. Miura can fight, but they (promoters) aren’t bringing him to Vegas to win.

Champion Lee Haskins (32-3, 14KOs) vs Randy Caballero (22-0, 3KOs) (IBF 118 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: Randy 9-5. California kid (house fighter) poised to grab title from gritty Brit.

Guillermo Rigondeaux (15-0, 10KOs) vs Drian Francisco (28-3-1, 22KOs) (122 lbs.) Odds/Prediction: Rigondeaux 3-1. Cuban National needs “work” fight to make 126 lb. clash with WBO 126 lb. guy Vasyl Lomachenko (5-1) in a clash of Olympic champions.

Lancashire, UKAnthony Crolla (29-4-3, 11KOs) vs Darleys Perez (32-1-1, 20KOs) (WBA 135 lb. title)

Niedersachsen, Germany– Champion Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29KOs) vs Martin Murray (31-2, 1D 14KOs) (WBO 168 lb. title) Odds/Prediction: AA 12-5. Murray is NO BUM and this is a toss up with AA getting home court advantage and size.

COTTO-ALVAREZ FIGHT ODDS AND PREDICTIONS

JOHNNY TACO 10 PM PT WILLIE MAYS & “BUSTER”

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“SAY HEY” KID & “TYSON KILLER” BUSTER DOUGLAS

Willie Mays "The Catch"

Willie Mays “The Catch”

San Francisco, CA– At 10 PM PT, the alter ego of ??…………??, Johnny Taco takes to the SportsByline & I Heart Radio airwaves with a hard look at the greatest baseball player of all time, talk about Willie Mays and his “control” over the Giants, things you’re not going to hear anywhere else. We will hear from Mays, in addition to six Hall of Fame baseball announcers break down #24, the “Say Hey Kid.”

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FANS SUING PACQUIAO FOR FRAUD GET COURT DATE!

PACQUIAO MAY HAVE TO ANSWER (PAY?) FOR FIGHT FRAUD

Manny Pacquiao After Surgery & Check Clearing!

Manny Pacquiao After Surgery & Check Clearing!


San Francisco, CA– When Manny Pacquiao arrived at the MGM Grand to face Floyd Mayweather on May 2, it was expected that both he and Mayweather were in good enough health to give their all. At the same time, when people plucked down a record $100 to view the much anticipated scrap on Pay Per View, they too thought they were buying a match involving healthy two-armed fighters.
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UNSOLVED MURDER OF BOXER SHOT IN NIGHT CLUB

WORLD RANKED CONTENDER SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES

Khetag Kozayev

Khetag Kozayev

San Francisco, CAWBC youth super-middleweight (168 lbs.) champion Khetag Kozayev was killed in 2010 in the capital of the Republic of North Ossetia in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus Region.

GUNMAN “TARGETED” BOXER ONLY

This wasn’t a robbery gone awry as the Republican Interior Ministry tried to imply when first reported that Kozayev was killed in a “robbery” at the Mirage nightclub in Vladikavkaz on a Saturday night in June 2010. The unbeaten boxer, just 19 years old and less than two years after turning professional, a guy some were calling a “sure thing.” was dead lying on the floor of a disco.

SUSPECT IDENTIFIED AND THEN….POOF!

“The suspect has been identified. He is likely to be detained during the day,” a spokesman for the ministry said. That was the last “press release” from the Russians on the matter. The suspect was never unveiled or identified to the foreign media. I’ve checked Russian news services and nada!

TOMORROW: “SOLVED” MOB KILLING OF SERGEI KOBOZEV

When Sergei Kobozev vanished like Jimmy Hoffa sans any clues whatsoever, he was 22-1, 17 whacks and the USBA cruiserweight (200 lb.) champion, we all presumed the Russian Mob had did it. Tomorrow at RingTalk.com we bring you some closure on this matter.

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UNSOLVED MURDER OF BOXER SHOT IN NIGHT CLUB

KEITH THURMAN ON ESPN “SATURDAY”

“THRILLER” THURMAN IN PBC ESPN DEBUT

Keith Thurman

One of 21 Keith Thurman KO’s!


San Francisco, CA– It what is expected to be a “competitive-mismatch,” unbeaten welterweight sensation Keith Thurman will appear on ESPN in a “stay busy” fight against the better than pedestrian Luis Collazo.

“COMPETITIVE-MISMATCH” NOT AN OXYMORON

As long as the fight lasts, Keith Thurman will be pocketing rounds and Collazo will be “trying” to win until all the fight is taken out of him and he realizes boxing is a young man’s game and Thurman has the edge both in age, nine years and a better skill set.

UNBEATEN WBA KING DUBBED “THE FUTURE”

With Al Haymon of Premier Boxing Champions calling the shots for the (25-0, 21 KOs) WBA welterweight (147 lb.) titleolder from Clearwater, FL, the 5-1 betting favorite has silenced any detractors through eight years and 25 professional fights.

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KELL BROOK TOPS WEEKEND BOXING RESULTS

BROOK TAKES GLAVIN OUT IN SIX

Brook Drills Glavin

Brook Drills Glavin


San Francisco, CA– It was a great weekend of boxing as Kell Brook, the IBF titleholder eliminated 16-1 underdog Frankie Glavin inside of six rounds. After mastering the once beaten Glavin through five, Brook landed a right hand near the end of the sixth round that was followed by two uppercuts, prompting the referee to halt the beat down and save Gavin from further punishment.

BROOK BEST WELTERWEIGHT IN 2015?

Not a lot to write about in Brook-Gavin, but should any other 147 lb. fighter want to “walk the walk” with Brook, it might be off a plank as he looks to be the best in the weight division that features none other than Floyd Mayweather.

BATTLE OF BRITAIN NOT IMINENT

Promoter Eddie Hearn said that the proposed “Battle of Britain,” Kell Brook vs. Amir Khan doesn’t look likely as Khan seems intent on milking the PPV cash cow that only a Mayweather bout would provide. Funny, even though Brook has the title and the unbeaten record, it seems to the Pakistani-Brit, Khan who is in the drivers seat here.

KHAN HAS “WORK” FIGHT ON SPIKE TV FRIDAY

Amir won a 12 round unanimous nod over the always “game” Chris Algieri on Spike TV for Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions on Friday in Brooklyn, NY. No drama here, just Khan pitching a lot and Algieri catching.

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BOXING REBIRTH ON FREE TV THREATENED

“BOXING ESTABLISHMENT” PICKED YOUR POCKET

Al Haymon

Al Haymon


San Francisco, CA– The sport of boxing has been missing from the TV Guide of the American masses for almost a quarter century. While there are a plethora of reasons why boxing could not get on Network TV, the bottom line is the “Boxing Establishment,” which can easily be described as the games’s top 2% greatly flourished in a time when it’s audience was significantly shrinking.

NO NETWORK TV “INTENTIONAL” BY ARUM, ET AL?

Stop scratching your head and I’ll take you down the road of greed that kept the sport from Network TV and why people like promoters Bob Arum, Don King, et al, really didn’t care whether they had Network TV or not because they were pocketing millions on Pay Per View.

ARUM DIDN’T GET BOXING BACK ON FREE TV

Again, if you’re making hundreds of millions of dollars serving a minuscule percentage of the US population, why would Arum and company need to reach out to the masses? They didn’t need to and apparently didn’t want to put boxing on Network TV because “the boxing establishment” was getting fatter than the late Cedric Kushner in the 1980s sans any Network or free TV.

HAYMON & ARUM HAVE BITTER DIFFERENCES

Al Haymon and Bob Arum are Harvard graduates. That is where the comparisons stop. Haymon is a Black entrepreneur who made money promoting musical acts. Arum is a White ex-US Attorney General and admitted Felon who made his money in boxing and wedlock.

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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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LISTEN LENNY WILLIAMS ON RING TALK BOX/MMA

LENNY WILLIAMS ON RING TALK

Lenny "Professor" Williams

Lenny “Professor” Williams


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” platinum recording artist and boxing historian of sorts, Lenny Williams and host Pedro Fernandez went back and forth on Mayweather-Pacquiao and Lenny has something to say about today’s fighters vs. those of the 1980s. UFC 187 and MMA headlines were also part of this Saturday one hour show.

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PROMOTER BOB ARUM MAKES “WALL OF SHAME”

ARUM ON “WALL OF SHAME” SECOND TIME WITH PAC

Bob "Always Truthful" Arum

Bob “Always Truthful” Arum

Las Vegas, NVBob Arum is the most powerful man in boxing! As the man behind the Top Rank promotional firm, Arum, a Harvard graduate in the late 1950s, became a United States Attorney under then Attorney General Robert Kennedy. While collecting tax money from a Sonny Liston heavyweight title defense circa 1962, Arum was bitten by the boxing bug. After the assassination of President John Kennedy, Arum felt the need to resign his position with the “G” and became a boxing promoter.

THIS “QUOTE” ON ARUM’S TOMBSTONE!

With Muhammad Ali his first client, Arum has been involved in big fights since the mid 1960s. His most famous quote is, “Yesterday I was lying, but today I’m telling the truth.”

MET WITH & SENT BRIBE MONEY TO LEE

In the mid 1990s, Arum committed a host of Felonies when he admittedly gave then IBF President Bob Lee over $100,000 as a “bribe” to allow George Foreman, then heavyweight champ, to fight Axel Schultz instead of a top contender. He accomplished this by laundering the money through Europe with then booking agent Stan Hoffman. Shortly thereafter, Arum admitted such in a US Dept. of Justice affidavit that was published here at RingTalk.com. The fallout saw Arum fined in a number of states, while unable to promote in Arizona.

BOB NOW GETTING SUED WITH MANNY PACQUIAO Read more

LISTEN RING TALK BOXING AFTER FLOYD-PACQUIAO

LOOKING AT MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO THE DAY AFTER

Mayweather-Pacquiao

Mayweather-Pacquiao


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez and staff writer Kevin Pery went back and forth on the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao 12-round ripoff! We also covered the vaunted 147 lb. weight class from #1 to 10.

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