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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March 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
NEVADA BOXING & MMA HEAD JOB UP FOR GRABSSan Francisco, CA- The Executive Officer of the Nevada State Athletic Commission is the position that Keith Kizer recently relinquished. The one he got from Marc Ratner who followed the late Chuck Minker in what maybe the most powerful position today in boxing and MMA.
KEITH KIZER & HIS TIME AS BOSS
As for Keith Kizer, some question his boxing acumen while I think overall he’s done a pretty good job. The only real knock I can give KK was his backing judge CJ Ross‘ after her atrocious 6-6 card after the Floyd Mayweather shutout of Canelo Alvarez. The passing on the KK watch of Testosterone Replacement Therapy, which just weeks ago was dumped by the Nevada Commission, was a mistake.
KIZER NOT AGAINST RANDOM DRUG TESTING
His stepping up and putting random testing in Alistair Overeem’s application for an MMA license in Nevada and then catching him “dirty” on Steroids leading to an almost one-year suspension, things like this went unnoticed. Over the years I’ve found KK always to be professional and oh-so super sensitive.
ONE OF THESE MEN WILL BE “THE MAN”
Robert Sean Bennett is a Nevada boxing judge & former FBI Agent. READ MORE…
October 5th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
WRITER ALMOST PUT TO SLEEP BY KLITSCHKO
Lincoln, CA- As I watched the Wladimir Klitschko-Alexander Povetkin fight, er ,mismatch, I came away with two things that I think that are quite obvious. The first being, there needs to be a “super heavyweight” division. Secondly, to say Larry Holmes, Ali or George Foreman couldn’t beat the 6’7 Ukrainian and current World heavyweight champion is farcical. The holding of the much bigger champion was so blatant and prevalent that it zapped Povetkin’s strength, making yet another Klitschko fight a “stinker.”
SIZE IS THE ONLY REASON WLAD IS CHAMP!
Pushing, leaning, holding, this guy might be the best of today, sad as it is true, but Wladimir Klitschko is just not as good as he is big! There were other big guys who were lummox types, Primo Carnera for one, that were huge. The only difference is that Wladimir does have some “fencing” skills, notice I did not say boxing or fighting.
WLAD EITHER “SCARED” OR REALLY HAS “GLASS CHIN”
After nine, I had it 90-77 Klitschko, but there was nobody in my room here in Lincoln, some 25 miles from Sacramento, the California capital, saying anything other than, “This guy’s the champ?” They were watching Povetkin struggle against a guy who merely used his size to beat him. Although I did not see this going the 12-round route, as it did, it was like watching Porno with people wearing clothes, meaning this HBO broadcast could not get any more non-interesting.
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September 18th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
KEITH KIZER’S STATEMENT, READ IT CLOSELY!
Las Vegas, NV- Keith Kizer, the main guy at the Nevada Athletic Commission said the following after the resignation of female boxing judge C.J. Ross. This was after he defended her during the media frenzy that accompanied her even score of the Floyd Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez rout. .
“DOUBLE K” SOUNDS LIKE A NEVADA POLITICIAN
“To her credit, she does not want to take away from the story, being what a dominant performance by Floyd Mayweather. So, she has asked us if she can take some time off. We’ve agreed.” Wait a second Keith, she scored it even, you backed her up and Saturday night and now you say, “It shows the type of person she is. Commission chair Bill Brady was very understanding and supportive. He agreed that that was a great avenue to take.” Only because she embarrassed the state, incompetency, that is what’s going on here. That’s why it was a, “great avenue to take.”
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September 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
WHO CAN IT BE NOW?
San Francisco, CA- Well, some of you might recognize this former NCAA welterweight champion. He was involved in boxing many years after he quit fighting.
August 13th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS OF BOXING
San Francisco, CA- What has gone unnoticed, at least from a media point of view, is the lack of Black involvement in boxing. Before you say wait a second, African-Americans are supreme in five of 17 weight classes. It used to be more. Support for the game by African American fans since the end of the Mike Tyson era, has almost evaporated to non-existence except of when Floyd Mayweather “appears.”
CRACK COCAINE TOOK GENERATION(S)
There are a few reasons, if not more that may begin to explain this phenomenon as to why Blacks have abandoned boxing. First of all, Crack Cocaine took away an entire generation, if not two groups of high-risk African-American youth. I watched it happen as towards the end of the 1980s.
BOTH NBA & NFL HAVE RECRUITMENT PLANS
There are so many other sports out there, but predominantly basketball and football, which are marketed with a future in mind. Boxing, rather the people that run it, are only concerned about how much profit they can make today. As was suggested here years ago, Mike Tyson might deserve some of the blame, as people READ MORE…
July 18th, 2013 By Zak "Attack" Young
WLAD HAS NO THREAT EXCEPT AGE!
Los Angeles, CA- Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) will retire in the next few years without putting any more blemishes on his professional record. He may have his naysayers, but there is no doubt Wlad is head and shoulders above any other heavyweight in the world. As the younger Klitschko begins wrapping up an extended reign, the division he leaves behind will be much more competitive to say the least.
KLITSCHKO’S OWN 21ST CENTURY
I do not believe there is a fighter out there currently who will be able to do what the Klitschko brothers have done for the better part of this millennium. There are decent contenders out there, but I see the lineal championship being passed around for a while before somebody has the skills and resume to take over.
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June 27th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
LOOK AT MIKE TYSON TODAY & THEN
San Francisco, CA- There never seems to be a shortage of interest when it comes to ex-World heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Whether it is his one man Broadway play that has gone national, his love for pigeons and reality TV, the overt disdain for admitted killer George Zimmerman, Mike Tyson, while he is no Colin Powell, reminds me of TV’s John Stewart sans a team of writers.
TYSON “NOT SO GREAT” AMATEUR FIGHTER
Having known Mike since 1984, he has morphed into several versions of Mike Tyson since. There was the “quiet” Tyson I met when we both amateur fighters with Olympic dreams, Mike’s one of reality, mine more a pipe dream, this is the Mike Tyson most people don’t know.
MIKE “SCARED” OPPONENTS INTO DEFEAT!
In the minds of many, Tyson, who lost his last fight to a hapless Kevin McBride in 2005, was nothing more than a uncouth, if not an outright savage brute. His thumping of the late Trevor Berbick in his first title bid in 1986 was preceded by Mike, with the exception of only Mitch Green and James Tillis who both lasted ten fistic frames, leaving a pile of crumpled bodies since his 1984 professional baptismal.
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April 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
MUHAMMAD ALI-JOE FRAZIER “GREATEST RIVALRY” IN HISTORY
YOU GET TO GO INSIDE JOE’S HEAD
To some Joe Frazier was a great fighter and a good man. In my opinion, an Olympic Gold medal and the World heavyweight championship combined are enough to be called “great.” But the Joe Frazier I remember was bitter, charged fans for autographs at events where other noted champions did not, and then there was Evander Holyfield-Vaughn Bean IBF title tiff in Atlanta back around the turn of the century. Working for Don King on the International TV, I went into Bean’s dressing room and both Frazier and Butch Lewis, Bean’s promoter were drunk!
MUHAMMAD ALI & JOE FRAZIER IN THEIR OWN WORDS
Besides Ali & Frazier, Robert Guerrero was a “hot” topic as well, and the manager of WBA champ Austin Trout, Bob Spagnola, a favorite on Ring Talk the guest list, Bob and I, we had a blast talking old school and new!
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March 19th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
RAP CZAR HORIZONTAL & SNORINGSan Francisco, CA- I know what you’re thinking, “this is not a boxing or MMA picture.” Technically, you are both right and wrong. This convicted Felon whose party garb was always fire engine red,” attempted to get me to interview him several years ago.
REMEMBER “VANILLA ICE” STORY!
Trying to establish a relationship at the time with Zab Judah, Suge Knight, CEO of Death Row Records was trying to become a boxing manager. I can recall early rap star Vanilla Ice and how Suge held him over a balcony by one leg and threatened to drop unless the first Caucasian rapper I can remember signed with Death Row Records. That being said, when I got a couple of calls from Suge’s people, I never returned them and they stopped after about three weeks.
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March 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
PATTERSON GETS NO LOVE FROM HISTORIANS
San Francisco, CA- Being a 1952 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world heavyweight champion, one would think that Floyd Patterson would get his just due with historians. But he doesn’t and the reason is Cus D’Amato, the man that would discover Mike Tyson some 30 years after Patterson, had Floyd in tough with Ingemar Johansson (splitting a pair of KOs) BUT not the major leading contenders Zora Foley to Eddie Machen fight a slew of no names.
When Floyd finally did step up to the plate it was against Sonny Liston. Everybody knew that Sonny would wreck Floyd and the heavyweight championship would once again be controlled by the Mafia. Knocked out by Sonny the first time in 55-8-1, 40 KOs. We had a good laugh together in Kansas City in 1995 after I cleared a restaurant going after James “Buster” Douglas’ trainer John Russell as he was telling people he was going to “hurt me” when he saw me. I was in California, he was in Ohio, he s*it his pants when he saw me in Kansas City.
CUS HELD FLOYD BACK DURING PRIME READ MORE…
March 5th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
Los Angeles, Ca- Watching the fights Saturday night, a double header on Showtime, a constant theme came up in my mind and I continually began to rant, “This guy is a 2008 Olympian and has been a professional for almost five years. Yet, he still hasn’t fought anyone remotely resembling a decent fighter or even one with a pulse. And this is a co feature?” I am obviously paraphrasing, still my frustrations with the boxing industry continues.
NEEDS FOE NOT ON LIFE SUPPORT!
For a guy with the amateur pedigree of Gary Russell Jr. (22-0, 13 KOs), one would think at this stage of his boxing tenure you’d expect a guy being featured in a co-main event to be facing a level of opponent warranted for his apparent talent level. Across the ring was Vyacheslav Gusev (20-3, 5 KOs), a former Muy Thai (kick boxer) who takes the word “pathetic” to a new low.
GUSEV SETS COMPUBOX RECORD! READ MORE…
February 5th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
AVA KNIGHT DOES HER THING AGAIN!
San Francisco, CA- The boxing hour of the Saturday edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide” featured the female Mexecutioner and undisputed World 112 lb. champ Ava Knight. Fresh off her latest win a fortnight ago in Mexico, Ava has now beaten five straight Mexican boxers on Mexican turf! Not a believer in drinking the water, Ava would be willing to entertain a mixed-sex match with a former male flyweight champion. TO LISTEN NOW READ MORE…
December 18th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
WHO HAD THE BEST 2012 FOR A BOXER?
San Francisco, CA- In our continuing series here at RingTalk.com, one that follows Frances “The Fight Chick” Martel and her calling for WBA 154 lb. champ Austin Trout to get the nod as “2012 Boxer of The Year.” Today we take in my perspective as to who should get top honors as the boxing year is all but over. That being said, World 122 lb. champ Nonito Donaire, World 168 lb. king Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs), the slayer of Manny Pacquiao (54-5-1, 38 KOs) one Juan Manuel Marquez, World 140 lb. titleholder Danny Garcia, they all deserve a look.
MISSED ONE MAYBE & NO KLITSCHKO!
Because of the lack of competition in the heavyweight division, the Klitschko bros. of Wlad and Vitali do not warrant consideration in my mind. Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 36 KOs) fought but once against Miguel Cotto, the same Puerto Rican (37-3, 31 KOs) that Austin Trout (26-0, 14 KOs) painted like a “Brown Picket Fence” a fortnight ago. Manny Pacquiao, now three years removed from his zenith, lost a decision in June to Tim Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs), this before being removed from his senses last week by Juan M. Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs). As for “2011 Fighter Of The Year” Ward, the fight against Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) was impressive, but being his lone outing takes the San Francisco born Ward out of the top slot. Australia’s IBF middleweight belt bearer Daniel Geale (28-1, 15 KOs) soundly whipped longtime WBA guy Felix Sturm (37-3-2, 17 KOs) in Germany! That gets him a mention.
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