March 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
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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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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February 11th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
“RING TALK RADIO” SHOW ON MMA & UFC SHOW ALL THE INS & OUTS!
San Francisco, CA- Having developed an new all UFC & MMA version of “Ring Talk Radio,” I bring the listeners up to date on results, news, upcoming fights, lots of UFC scoops and more! Jui Jitsu expert Matt “All Meat” Grizzle expanded on a number of topics that only a man with his expertise on the UFC & MMA in general could answer. READ MORE…
February 4th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Jui Jitsu expert and talented MMA scribe Matt “All Meat” Grizzle opened the new one hour edition of the “Ring Talk MMA/UFC” program with his review of last week’s Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) card that aired on FOX TV. Following Matt is the greatest mind and writer in Mixed Martial Arts, none other than writer Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AKA the Bible of the MMA & UFC world.
MELTZER IS A BREATHING COMPUTER OF SORTS
As close to a genius as they come, Dave Meltzer never disappoints the listeners as he rolls through the world of MMA like it were his personal rolodex. Covering Mixed Martial Arts from A to Z and beyond, Meltzer’s newsletter is my form of Heroin in print, that’s how addictive and informative it is. Not afraid to kick sand at somebody if need be, the usually mild mannered Clark Kent of MMA writers talked about boxer Andre Berto’s “torn bicep” injury and stated that guys that use Steroids are far more likely READ MORE…
January 21st, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
GINA CARANO FROM MMA TO LEADING ROLE IN “HAYWIRE”
San Francisco, CA- Gina Carano, the star of the just released movie and box office smash “Haywire” was front and center in our second hour of “Ring Talk” on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network. In case you didn’t know, the first hour that starts live each Saturday at 11 AM PT, is all about boxing. The second hour, which starts at 12 PM PT is dedicated to the world of MMA. In addition to Gina, Dave Meltzer READ MORE…
November 12th, 2011 By RingTalk
THE OTHER MAYWEATHER & WORLD CHAMP AUSTIN TROUT
San Francisco, CA- On the Saturday edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” World champion Austin “No Doubt: Trout, fresh off his KO win on ShoBox Friday night, said he is “suspicious” about Manny Pacquiao taking Performance Enhancing Drugs, in addition to his facing the winner of Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II.
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September 8th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
THIS SHOW KICKED ASS! NOW AVAILABLE IN ITUNES AND NEAR TOP OF PAGE IN BROWSER
San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” 26+ years, talk radio at it’s best, rocked the Sports Byline Broadcast Network airwaves, as well as Facebook.com’s Ustream “Live” TV channel, as it does each and every Saturday at 11 AM PT. Guests included writers, Kevin “KP” Perry on the lack of competitive fights on HBO, Professor Chuck Marbry did his thing on “Old School” boxing, and ex-MMA fighter Matt “All Meat” Grizzle explained that the impact the Ultimate Fighting Championships is having on the sport and business of boxing. READ MORE…
June 19th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
Bethlehem, PA- While the name of the game is mixed martial arts, and when the name of your promotion is Strikeforce, you anticipate some action in the form of, well striking. Although strikes, (punches, kicks, knees etc.), were not null and void last night in Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, they didn’t come in abundance either; especially not to the satisfaction of the Dallas, Texas crowd, which I’ll address in a minute.
SEMI FINALS ARE NEXT & WILL BE BETTER!
Nonetheless, the second round of quarterfinal match-ups have finally taken place, albeit four months later, and as expected Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett (pictured @ left) handled their business. However, it is the way they handled it that is being scrutinized, though I’m not exactly sure why? When you have two match-ups that feature a striker vs. grappler, the outcomes are to be expected.
STRIKEFORCE CHAMP NOW 10-0-1 IN LAST 11 SCRAPS
In the main event, Overeem (35-11, 14 KO’s 19 subs), the reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion, tried to do his part and finish his opponent Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1, 4 KO’s 8 subs), but READ MORE…
May 10th, 2011 By Kevin Perry
Los Angeles, CA- All of the outrage of Manny Pacquaio’s (53-3-2, 38 KOs) dominant decision victory over “Sweet and Low” Shane Mosley Saturday night on PPV is unwarranted. Anyone with half a brain that follows the sport knew that Mosley had little to no chance to be competitive, let alone pull off the upset. Those who thought Shane would be able to make a fight of this were dreaming!
ARCE MADE MANNY & FLOYD LOOK LIKE BE-ACHES
The fight itself was disappointing, but Manny won every round and at least appeared to try to finish off a fighter who was totally unwilling to engage. On a positive note, former light flyweight (108 lbs) and super fly (115) champion Jorge Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) put on a thrilling performance in winning the WBO 122lb title from unbeaten titleholder Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) by 12th round stoppage, a bout that those in attendence of my fight party really enjoyed. Purchasers who thought they somehow were heisted by the terrible main event deserved what they got. I paid my money for the PPV, but invited friends over and had a great time. Being in the company of friends and with the aid of alcohol made me forget how friggen dull the main event was. So if you expected Mosley to somehow to start throwing some 80 punches a round, when he normally outputs 40 to 50, that in his prime of a decade, you were either smokin’ some good weed or got caught up in the hype.
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March 29th, 2011 By RingTalk
LAME ASS ATTEMPT BY TOP RANK FELON TO AVOID INCARCERATION
February 16th, 2011 By John Signorella
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…
January 26th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
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?
What can John Montano say? “I used my position of authority and purposely f****ed over READ MORE…
January 22nd, 2011 By RingTalk
January 6th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- It has been five years since the great Eddie Mafuz passed in December 2005. A figure in boxing for better than half a century, Eddie spent a lot of time around promoter Don King. Not looking for confrontations, Mafuz was hip to the fact that Don was treacherous. But in boxing, sometimes you have to deal with fleas and Eddie knew it! Here is the link to a story on Eddie’s death Click for Eddie Mafuz story
January 2nd, 2011 By RingTalk
LONGEST RUNNING SHOW IN HISTORY ILLUSTRATES WHY!