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BLACK FLOYD FANS HAVE RONDA ROUSEY ISSUES

INTERNET WORLD CALLS THEM “FLOMOS”

Ronda Rousey-Floyd Mayweather

Ronda Rousey-Floyd Mayweather


San Francisco, CA– Last week I wrote about how after visiting with some Black guys I chew the boxing rag with on occasion, and how they seemed to “belittle” UFC female champion Ronda Rousey almost unanimously when she was brought up. It was as if Ronda had pissed in their beer.

HERBS, INCENSE, MUSIC, BUT NO FLEAS!

When I returned to the Berkeley Flea Market on Sunday, I approached the group with the Rousey naysayers. Some of the anti-RR contingent were playing drums, others sitting on the steps taking in the groove. After debating who was the best between Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns at (147 lb.) welterweight, the talk went to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

OLD SCHOOL TYPES NOT “SOLD” ON MAYWEATHER

When “Floyd” was passed around the circle, the group was seemingly divided between “old timers” and those under 30. Not surprisingly, the elders thought Leonard and Hearns were better than the Floyd Mayweather Jr. era, while the youngsters, a great majority of which were popping off sans ever seeing Hearns, Leonard or Roberto Duran fight, thought Floyd was superior.

WAITED UNTIL SHORTLY BEFORE “GREAT” MASSAGE

Although I wanted to bring up Ronda Rousey winning the “ESPY Best Fighter Award” right away, I felt in order to get the best, spontaneous response to my Ronda Rousey query, that I had to wait until the time was right.

THE DEFINITION OF FLOMO Read more

RING TALK 7/18 HENRY TILLMAN BEAT TYSON TWICE

Tillman Beats Tyson In Olympic Box Offs

Tillman Beats Tyson In Olympic Box Offs

HENRY TILLMAN & PEDRO RECALL “OLD DAYS”

San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez opened with boxing news, previews and results before bringing in a man who has a 2-1 record over Mike Tyson in 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Tillman. The Carson, CA gym owner talked about his journey from the California Youth Authority to winning the Gold in his native Los Angeles. Al Haymon came up, as did the only guy I avoided fighting, ex-WBO champ Zack Padilla. Lots of laughs, memories as Henry and Pedro go “deep” on a number of matters.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

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7-12 RING TALK: TYSON TRAINER AARON SNOWELL

SNOWELL WEIGHS IN ON AL HAYMON

Aaron Snowell - Mike Tyson

Aaron Snowell – Mike Tyson


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez ran with boxing news and results before bringing in former Mike Tyson trainer Aaron Snowell of Newark. Snowell talked about the Muhammad Ali Act and the “gray area” that he thinks will be resolved in Al Haymon’s favor, this as Bob Arum launches a lawsuit that could wind up illustrating the depth of “corporate corruption” at Top Rank. Unbeaten heavyweight Mike Wilson of Medford, Oregon was also part of the mix!

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

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BOXERS TRYING TO FLEE SLAVERY IN 2015

Boxers Can Leave Top Rank Plantation

Boxers FREE To Leave Top Rank Plantation

“NET PAY” OF BOXERS AKIN TO “SLAVERY”

San Francisco, CA– The most important part of being a professional of any kind is to “make money.” In the reality of things, title belts are such that very few fighters per capita will capture. In some instances, boxers are still getting paid $100 a round, a figure in place since for preliminary guys since the 1980s.

TITLE BELTS DON’T FEED YOUR FAMILY

Case in point, heavyweight Alex Stewart of the late 80s to early 90s, never fought for a title. And yet, the Jamaican who was guided by Gerry Cooney’s Whacko Twins Dennis Rappaport & Mike Jones, netted the upside of $2 million.

MOST IMPORTANT CONFLICT THAN ALI-FRAZIER

Although I have constituents on both sides of the fence, those siding with “The Boxing Establishment” and not Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions concept, what they fail to realize is that this current era of The Establishment have failed for 50 years to make things better for both the fighter and fans alike.

COTTO FLED TOP RANK PLANTATION & GOT PAID

Boxers Need Not Be 2015 Slaves

Boxers Need Not Be 2015 Slaves


On the subject of paying an upper echelon boxer adequately, we go to Miguel Cotto. After being with Bob Arum for better than 30 fights, Cotto says he made more money in his first two fights after leaving Top Rank, than he did in a decade plus with Arum. AGAIN, he made more money in just two fights on his own than he did in his entire carrer with Arum.

ALI LAW “WATERED DOWN” BY REID

One of the campaigns Bob Arum has continually funded over the years was outgoing Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, a former amateur boxer. People wonder why the law and the Assn. of Boxing Commissions is impotent when it comes to governing boxing in general, it’s because Reid stripped the enforcement from the bill.

GUYS STILL FIGHT FOR $100 BUCKS A ROUND IN 2015 Read more

PEOPLE, SEX, BOXING!

ADULT ENOUGH TO BROACH “NO-NOS”

Floyd Mayweather & Leonard Ellerbe

Floyd Mayweather & Leonard Ellerbe


San Francisco, CA– As somebody that favors himself as an American Constitutionalist and Historian of sorts, few things get past me. The recent Supreme Court rulings that legalized Same Sex marriage and Obamacare would not have been a shock had you studied US history.

SAN FRANCISCO BORN & RAISED

Born in what was then the last real bastion of liberalism, Northern California, I might be queer to some of you. A strange Hetero that has traveled the world extensively, my queerness is that I believe everyone should get food, an education and medical care.

BEING GAY AND PROFESSIONAL BOXING

When I was asked to “out” a professional boxer in the early part of this century, I told his people that the timing was not right. As it turns out, the fighter Orlando Cruz did come out in 2012, or a decade after this was first broached.

EMILE GRIFFITH & TYSON MANAGER? Read more

LISTEN RING TALK BOXING AARON SNOWELL

MIKE TYSON TRAINER DEEP IN KNOWLEDGE & HISTORY

Aaron Snowell

Aaron Snowell


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” Pedro Fernandez and boxing trainer turned community leader Aaron Snowell talked the game in a way the RT family can relate to. Mike Tyson’s trainer at the time of the Tokyo meltdown with Buster Douglas, Snowell has paid his dues.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

Go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” online be it live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart Radio app and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone and or Tablet.

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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.

CROCODILE TEARS REPLACED BY TEARS OF JOY/GREED Read more

FLASH MAGAZINE #85: FALL OF BUSTER DOUGLAS

FLASH MAGAZINE STORY FROM OCTOBER 1990

Buster Clipped By Evander

Buster Clipped By Evander


Columbus, OH-Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with my buddy John Johnson, who was Buster Douglas’ manager, and a former Ohio State assistant football coach. I’d been here before in April 1990 and penned a story on the then World heavyweight champ entitled: Buster Douglas: Different Man, Different Approach.

Well, he certainly had a different approach at the time. He had done numerous charity gigs and was putting his name behind a homeless shelter here in town dubbed, Make Room Columbus.

Then came the metamorphosis from champ to chump, and James Douglas forgot about the people of Columbus. He is now despised in the capital of Ohio. Mention his name and the people that do remember him wrinkle their noses in disgust. “He took the money and ate” said one Ohioan who knew Buster. You might remember the big hub bub James was getting saying he was naming another shelter after his mother who passed away while he was training for his monumental battle with Mike Tyson 11 months ago. Well in this case, he has at least purchased a lot. There has been no groundbreaking but James has told people he intends to fulfill his pledge.

Of course, he says that from his San Marcos island dwelling down in Florida. He is a wanted man of sorts due to the promises made and broken. A nearly 325 pound millionaire sits alone in his Florida villa having distanced himself from everybody but his accountant. Read more

25 YEARS SINCE TYSON KO’D BY BUSTER!

FEBRUARY 11, 1990: “KID DYNAMITE” IMPLODED
Douglas KO's Tyson
Pittsburgh, PA– I was just a sophomore in high school, hanging out in our basement TV room and planning to watch Dominique Wilkins, Larry Bird and others at the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk and Three Point Contests, back when those activities featured the game’s best and were must-see TV. The plan was to flip on HBO and catch “the Baddest Man on the Planet” (and that wasn’t just a nickname at that time) Mike Tyson (then 37-0, 33 KOs) quickly knock out James “Buster” Douglas, whom some generously referred to as an underdog, since that implied that he had a chance. After that brief respite, I would return to the All-Star festivities. Little did I know that I wouldn’t watch anymore basketball that night.

HINDSIGHT’S 20/20: NO ONE SAW THIS ONE COMING

In retrospect, the signs were there: Tyson’s mentor and father figure Cus D’Amato had passed away, and he’d replaced his under appreciated trainer Kevin Rooney and the rest of his team with hacks that seemed to spill over from his entourage and, infamously, Don King. His marriage had fallen apart, and personal problems mounted. He undertrained for Douglas and, though he still looked great, he seemed just a little soft and a lot distracted; clearly, he wasn’t taking Douglas seriously, but then again, did he need to?

“BUSTER” DOUGLAS: “I JUST WHIPPED HIS ___”

As it happened, the contest showed us the amazing possibilities when an uninspired, unmotivated favorite faces and inspired and motivated underdog, no matter the odds. (How any fighter can take another “lightly” – one of the false or ridiculous excuses we hear from sour grapes losers nowadays – makes you wonder after what happened in Tokyo that night.) A lean, conditioned Douglas kept his jab pumping in the champ’s face all night, repeatedly drilling “Iron Mike” with chopping rights behind it, round after round. A short Tyson uppercut in the eighth nearly bandaged the situation, though damage at that point had already been irreparably done. The Tyson puzzle had already been solved. More importantly, the fear factor had been vanquished. Bully the bully. Take the fight to him. Douglas regained control in the ninth, as Tyson barely survived the round.

TENTH ROUND: THE END OF TYSON AS WE KNEW HIM! Read more

LAST STAND FOR DON KING TONIGHT?

DON KING “LOVE HIM OR HATE HIM”

Don King

Don King


San Francisco, CA– In the past 40 years, if you’ve bet against promoter Don King you rarely have gone to the cashier’s window to pick up any winnings. That being said, with really nobody of note under contract except Bermain Stiverne, there is a lot more on the line tonight than just the WBC heavyweight title Stiverne is defending against Deontay Wilder.

KING GETS CHORUS OF REACTIONS

Some of you have left comments like, “The fight is worth watching seeing it will be Don King’s finale.” Interesting, but the “Teflon Don” has been on the ropes before, but then again he wasn’t 83 years old.

IS THE DONALD GOOD FOR BOXING?

Which brings me to the eternal question, no not What Is Hip, is Don King Good for Boxing? The answer to that depends on whom you talk to. Jack Newfield wrote a book, “The Life & Crimes of Don King” in 2003.

MADE JACK NEWFIELD SQUIRM AT MGM Read more

THE MIKE TYSON STORY CONTINUES MONDAY

SERIES ON “IRON MIKE” RETURNITH MONDAY

Don King & Mike Tyson (1988)

Don King & Mike Tyson (1988)


San Francisco, CA– We will go back and conclude our multifaceted look at former World heavyweight champ Mike Tyson on Monday. Parts 1 through 5 are posted in link form here if you didn’t catch 1-5.
READ FIRST 5 SEGMENTS OF THE MIKE TYSON STORY

Mike Tyson Part 1: Mike Tyson Part 1

Mike Tyson Part 2: Mike Tyson Part 2

Mike Tyson Part 3: Cus D’Amato Mike Tyson Part 3

Mike Tyson Part 4: Mike Tyson Part 4

Mike Tyson Part 5: Mike Tyson Story Part 5

MIKE TYSON PART 5: JAIL AND BEYOND

MIKE TYSON EMERGED AS MALIK ABDUL AZIZ

Malik Abdul Aziz AKA Mike Tyson

San Francisco, CA– It is March 1995, Mike Tyson has just been released from an Indiana prison for what this writer (with a law enforcement background) thought was a bogus rape conviction concocted by Desiree Washington in 1992. During his incarceration, Tyson converted to Islam and his name was now Malik Abdul Aziz. Complete with skull cap and Don King by his side, Mike Tyson looked a little soft from the s*it food they feed you in the joint. Even with an abundance of cash, the selection of prison grub was limited, thus the Cup of Noodles and Hostess Cup Cake diet turned the one time “Baddest Man on The Planet” into human Silly Putty.

FIVE MONTHS LATER TYSON CONTINUED NEVER COMPLETED COMEBACK!

This would be Mike Tyson’s second comeback, with the first being after he got drilled in Tokyo, Japan by 37-1 underdog Buster Douglas. What many of you didn’t know was that the man who captivated the sports world until Douglas was through! In August 1995, I was doing radio for Showtime PPV as Tyson’s first fight since losing to Desiree Washington was with “ham & egger” Peter McNeeley. The son of Tom McNeeley, Peter was less of a fighter than his journeyman father. Daddy McNelley’s, then 23-0, claim to fame was a 1961 World heavyweight title shot with Floyd Patterson that ended inside of four fistic stanzas.

PETER MCNEELY WAS RIGHT, BUT NOT SO BRIGHT! Read more

MIKE TYSON PART 4: “BOGUS” RAPE CASE?

Desiree Washington

Mike Tyson 1991 Mug Shot


“IRON MIKE” SERIES HAS IRKED SOME

San Francisco, CA– Having written for others to read for some 44 years or so, I have gotten to the point to I rarely where give a s*it about what people think about me or what I produce. That being said, for those of you that are going to go ballistic at my saying trainer Cus D’Amato and former World handball champion ( Mike Tyson co-manager) Jim Jacobs (both deceased) shared a studio apartment in New York City for five years. Gee, you would have thought I had called the Pope a faggot during a Catholic mass.

TYSON TRIES TO RECOVER FROM DOUGLAS LOSS!

After getting busted up by Buster Douglas in February, Mike Tyson needed to resurrect his boxing career and chose his amateur nemesis Henry Tillman to start anew. Tillman, who had some success at cruiserweight (then 190 lbs. & now 200) had twice beaten Tyson in the run up to the 1984 Olympics. Tillman would win the Gold beating Canada’s Willie D’Wit on points (Willie stopped Tillman as a professional). Mike stopped a scared looking Tillman in round one. From the third row, the fear was as apparent as Tyson’s insurmountable disdain for Henry.

EMBARRASSING NIGHT FOR PROFESSIONAL FIGHTER

Next up was Alex Stewart, who although he had an impressive record, was best known for losing a war with Evander Holyfield the year before. Alex’s record was manufactured by two guys best known for under developing Gerry Cooney. Dubbed the “Wacko Twins,” they are the late Mike Jones and Dennis Rappaport.

“DEFECATION” IN THE RING? Read more

MIKE TYSON STORY PART 3: CUS D’AMATO

CUS RESCUES TYSON FROM EARLY DEMISE

San Francisco, CA– Having done a ton of research in my time, Mike Tyson was probably one of the easiest subjects to write an expose on. When I first met Mike he was 17-years old, a former ghetto urchin who had been rescued when Cus D’Amato, a trainer who became prominent when he signed Floyd Patterson after the future two-time heavyweight champion had won the 1952 Olympics at 165 lbs. D’Amato is alleged to have stood up against the Mafia and refused to fight fighters connected to Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo.

Frankie "Mr. Gray" Carbo


MOB & MADISON SQUARE GARDEN RAN BOXING

Palermo and Carbo ran boxing with an iron fist from the 1940s until US Attorney General Robert Kennedy shut their operation down in the early 1960s. Carbo, a member of the Lucchese crime family, was charged with eight murders, which resulted only in only one conviction for Manslaughter after snuffing out a cab driver who refused to pay “protection money” in 1931. For that, Frankie got less than two years in the slam.

CUS WOULD NOT DEAL WITH MR. GRAY

When fighters or their managers got a call from Carbo, he used the alias “Mr. Gray.” Frankie would tell them how their upcoming fight(s) would end. If they did not comply with Mr. Gray’s directive, they would either end up maimed or in some instances dead.

MARCIANO’S PEOPLE AVOIDED MOB AS WELL

Knowing that Al Weill, the manager of Patterson’s heavyweight champion predecessor Rocky Marciano had kept his fighter Read more

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