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ORGANIZED STREET BOXING “THE NEW RAGE”

STREET CLASHES WERE PLEASANT SURPRISE

Kimbo Slice Had YouTube Start

Kimbo Slice Had YouTube Start


Hayward, CA– On my way home from King’s Gym recently, I saw a street fight that pitted two guys who looked as if they knew how to fight. They were going back and forth, hands were up, both using their jabs and taking good shots.

PARKED & WATCHED BY THE TACO TRUCK

After the skirmish, the two men shook hands, embraced and went their separate ways. At first, I didn’t realize what I had just witnessed until realizing both participants got paid. This fight was “street” sanctioned and the rules agreed to beforehand were: No ground fighting, kicking, butting, biting or low blows. If you knock your opponent down, he/she is allowed to get up.

EAST COAST WOMAN BEAT UP MEN

Street fights have grown in popularity to the point where one video on a YouTube.com-like forum did over 3 million views. And these are not relegated to one sex as “one on one” female fights are part of the carnival-like clashes. There was one YouTube clash that pitted man versus a woman.

CURRENT TEENAGERS COMBINE FIGHTS WITH SIDESHOWS

Having asked one of the seasoned (old) writers here at RingTalk.com what he knew about these fights, I was referred to a contact in Berkeley, CA. I called three numbers, two were disconnected and third went to Google voice mail where I left a message.

TEXT MESSAGE FROM BLANK SOURCE ARRIVES

Seeing I don’t train on Fridays, it’s a lazy day. With sparring set for Saturday at noon, I’m half asleep watching Roberto Duran fights on my PC when I get this blank text indicating a time and place. When I got to the intersection in the industrial area of an Alameda County city, it was bare.

FIGHTS NOT HELD ON MAIN ST.

Being a tad paranoid, thinking this might be some set up and I was about to be robbed or worse. Refusing to stop in this darkened area, I cruised the area for a couple minutes. Five minutes later, another text arrived with nothing but an address in an adjoining city.

SIDESHOWS ARE SIDESHOWS FOR FIGHTS

Arriving at the location which turned out to be a park in this East Bay college town, the fights, three were already made. One guy took action on one fighter, the other took bets for the other. Whomever scores the most knockdowns wins the fight.

FIVE MINUTE FIGHTS ON THE FRIDAY NIGHT CARD
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Two of the eight fighters I watched were skilled, had mouthpieces and were well conditioned. They both easily won their bouts in dominant fashion. The third fight, pitting two men sans any fighting ability stood and threw hands. A fourth bout was called at the 3:00 mark when the fighter vomited after a body shot.

FIGHTS BETTER THAN SOME ESPN MATCHES

Back in my car 37 minutes later, I thought the show was entertaining. Four-five minute fights, nobody was seriously hurt, the area was cleaned up and when I drove by the next day, there was no evidence indicating fights had taken place there the night before.

ANOTHER DON KING IN THE MAKING?

There was one guy who seemed to be in control. Promoter, matchmaker, ring announcer and referee, he wore a lot of hats. With a Lieutenant supervising the betting and payoffs, this “G” seemed to have everything under control. I wanted to approach him, but a mentor told me prior to leaving to “not ask questions.” A week removed, the fights were not bad!

A. Hanlett

ORGANIZED STREET BOXING “THE NEW RAGE”

MEN, MOSTLY BLACK, HAVE RONDA ROUSEY ISSUES

ROUSEY THREATENS STATUS OF SOME MEN

Mike Tyson & Ronda Rousey

Mike Tyson & Ronda Rousey


San Francisco, CA– Having had my finger on the pulse of the MMA world since shortly after the first UFC show in 1993, and the boxing game decades prior to that, I’ve never seen an athlete, excuse me, a female athlete get under the skin of the opposing sex as Ronda Rousey has.

LET’S TAKE A HARD LOOK AT RONDA

Just 28 years old, the UFC bantamweight (135 lb.) champion from Glendale, CA, while unbeaten in MMA at 11-0, nobody has lasted the distance, be it three-five minute round fights or the championship/main event route of five-five minute sessions of battle. The not hard to look at Miesha Tate lasted 10:58, or :58 seconds into round three.

“ROWDY ONE” NOT RESTING ON JUDO LAURELS

The first American woman to ever Medal in Olympic Judo, Rousey got the Bronze in 2008. She surrounds herself with a team of Armenian judo trainers and the legendary “King of Grappling & SubmissionGene Labell. Retired (unbeaten) female boxer Lucia Ryjker is Ronda’s striking coach.

ROUSEY WILL BE QUEEN OF SILVER SCREEN

Ronda has done movies, TV, made a slew of commercials and six months ago signed a seven $igure pact with Reebok. Her Hollywood future is certain while her continuing to fight is not. Right now, she is the hottest commercial name in combat sports, and that includes Floyd Mayweather, who because of whacking dames around (Domestic Violence) isn’t asked to plug products.

LAILA ALI COULDN’T FIGHT MUCH & YET….. Read more

UFC FIGHT WEEK 2015 NOTEBOOK

DID CONOR MCGREGOR PROVE HIMSELF?

McGregor Finishes Off Game Mendes

McGregor Finishes Off Game Mendes

Los Angeles, CA-The much-discussed Conor McGregor (18-2) got the biggest win of his career against Chad Mendes (17-3) on Saturday night, but just how much did it mean?  Mendes took the fight on about two weeks notice and seemed to gas out after about a round, but Conor was able to capitalize on the situation and defeat his opponent by TKO 2 at 4:57 of round two.  

MENDES OWNED CONOR WHILE GRAPPLING

Mendes is one of the best wrestlers in the featherweight (145 lb.) division and was able to take McGregor down 3 times on 4 attempts.  He was unable to avoid the thunderous left hand of the Irishman, which connected and dropped him before McGregor landed a few more to bring a swift end to the contest.

DID MENDES PEN BLUEPRINT ON BEATING CONOR? 

McGregor did not look so great on the ground, but was able to weather the storm and landed several hard body kicks to wear down the tough Mendes.  Frankie Edgar (19-4-1) may be a fighter who can exploit Conor’s grappling deficiencies.  

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JOSE ALDO HURT – UFC 189 BOUT IN PERIL

UFC KING ALDO “BANGED UP” IN TRAINING

Jose Aldo Out Of UFC 189

Jose Aldo Out Of UFC 189?


San Francisco, CA– The initial reports out of UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo’s training camp was that he suffered “cracked ribs” in training. Then, the injury was downgraded to “bruised ribs.”

ALDO VS MCGREGOR WAS “FIGHT OF 2015″

In case you’ve been under a MMA rock, you know that July 11 in Las Vegas, Ireland’s Conor McGregor is set to challenge Aldo for the 145 lb. belt in what is considered the biggest MMA bout of 2015.

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LISTEN RING TALK 6/21 LARRY MERCHANT

LARRY MERCHANT TALKED PORTER WIN & MORE
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San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez was joined by Larry Merchant who discussed the NBC card topped by Shawn Porter-Adrien Broner, Andre Ward’s return and his look at the fights and politics of boxing.

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6/14/15 RING TALK MMA HOUR & ZACK YOUNG

BADDEST DUDE IN UFC IS “NO MAS”

Werdum Connects On Cain

Werdum Connects On Cain


Larry Merchant

Larry Merchant

San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez was joined by MMA writer Zack Young who expanded on what the Velasquez loss means to the other heavyweights in the UFC.

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LISTEN RING TALK MMA ON UFC 188 & CAIN

DID UFC CHAMP BUY HIMSELF A TACO TRUCK?

Cain "Mr. Carbs" Velasquez

Cain “Mr. Carbs” Velasquez


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” Pedro Fernandez expanded on UFC 188 and the heavyweight title defense by champion Cain Velasquez. Although he has taken off the pounds, this is what he looked like before training camp. YIKES! Challenger Fabrice Werdum is primed and ready. But again is Cain?

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TUESDAY MORNING UFC NOTEBOOK

CONDIT RETURN A SUCCESS

Natural Born Killer Returns

Natural Born Killer Returns

Los Angeles, CA-Welterweight (170 lb.) contender Carlos Condit (30-8) survived a bit of a rocky first round to defeat Thiago Alves (21-10) in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Alves.  In the second round, Carlos punished Alves with vicious elbows that appeared to have broken Alves’ nose in a few places. The fans at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil had to feel a bit disappointed that the American destroyed their countryman so thoroughly.   The medical staff chose to end the fight after round two to prevent any further damage.

SO HOW ABOUT THE REST OF THE CARD?

While the main event was decent, the undercard really underwhelmed.  It was a card packed with prospects vying to be contenders, but no one truly shined.  After the excitement of last week’s UFC 187, which featured two title fights, this week felt like quite a letdown.   Read more

BOXER JERMAIN TAYLOR DEAD AT 36

BRAIN DEAD TAYLOR “STILL BREATHING”

Jermain Taylor Assault Victim

Jermain Taylor Assault Victim


San Francisco, CA– While 2000 Olympic Bronze medal winner and ex-middleweight (160 lb. champion Jermain Taylor is still breathing, he’s the equivalent of being brain dead at the age of 36. In the next paragraph, I’m going to go to a SportsNut.com article in which Jermain’s latest violent escapade was detailed.

CANNOT MAKE THIS KIND OF STUFF UP

“On May 13th while in rehab the Arkansas native (Taylor) beat the living crap out of a fellow patient. The victim says that he recognized Taylor and extended his arm for a hand shake when Jermain smacked his hand down. Before the guy even knew what was going on he says Taylor started pummeling him.”

LATE RODNEY KING DIDN’T LOOK THIS BAD!

The results of that beating are detailed in the accompanying photograph. Last year, Jermain shot up the 2014 Martin Luther King Parade in his hometown of Little Rock, AR in which a person was shot. Then he was picked up again on Weapons charges, but his money got him a stint in Re Hab and not jail time. This week Taylor was in court for the unprovoked Re Hab attack and unless they can “grease” somebody’s palm, it’s prison time or a mental ward for Taylor.

NEVER FORGET THAT DAY AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

In 2000, former HBO VP Lou DiBella left the cable giant to promote boxing on his own. Di Bella Entertainment was presenting the members of the 2000 Olympic team that he had signed to the media for the first time. Silver medalist and eventual convicted Cocaine trafficker Ricardo Williams Jr. was the guy getting interviewed while Taylor sat there unnoticed.

NEVER FORGET TAYLOR’S WORDS & WILL

“I’m going to make all these people, in time, make them all realize that Jermain Taylor is the best American fighter coming out of the Olympics. Someday, everybody will know who I am and what I’m made of.” 15 years later as he sits in a Little Rock jail cell awaiting a trial or a mental hospital commitment, I think Jermain made his point as just about everybody knows who and what he is now.

BOXER JERMAIN TAYLOR DEAD AT 36

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.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT RETURN OF CARLOS CONDIT

“NATURAL BORN KILLER” OR “NATURAL BORN OUT-POINTER”?

Natural Born Killer

Natural Born Killer

Los Angeles, CA-Welterweight (170 lb.) contender Carlos Condit (29-8) features in the starring role of UFC Fight Night:  Condit vs. Alves.  Condit is back for the first time since losing by knee injury to Tyron Woodley (15-3).  Across the cage from him will be Thiago Alves (21-9).  Alves is a solid fighter, but I do not think home country advantage at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil will be enough to defeat one of the best welterweights in the world.  Condit has been a point-fighter in recent years, but I think he will go back to his killer ways on Saturday night.

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CORMIER WIN TOPS UFC 187 RESULTS

CORMIER CRUSHES RUMBLE

DC

DC

Los Angeles, CADaniel “DC” Cormier (16-1) became the new UFC light heavyweight (205 lb.) champion by out-grappling Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (19-5) in the main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  Cormier was abe to survive a first-round knockdown to dominate “Rumble” on the ground.  After more than two rounds of vicious “ground and pound” that left Johnson visibly woozy, Cormier was able to secure a rear-naked choke that ended things in the third round (2:39).  Cormier has already been beaten by the real champion, Jon Jones (21-1), but Jones’ out of the cage struggles will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future.

WEIDMAN POUNDS OUT BELFORT

Middleweight (185) champion Chris Weidman (13-0) suffered a cut early in his bout with Vitor Belfort (24-11), but quickly took Belfort down and battered his face until referee Herb Dean called a stop to the contest at 2:53 of the opening round.  It was an easy night for the champ, aside from the cut.

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UFC 187 SATURDAY PITS CORMIER VS JOHNSON

VACANT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE ON LINE

Rumble, Young Man, Rumble

Rumble, Young Man, Rumble.

Los Angeles, CA– A new UFC light heavyweight (205 lb.) champion will be crowned on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV as Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (19-4) will take on Daniel Cormier (15-1) for the title left vacant by the stupidity of former champion Jon Jones (21-1).  For those who don’t know, the UFC stripped Jon Jones of his belt after Jones hit-and-ran a pregnant woman after he smashed into her in a rental SUV. The woman ended up with a broken arm and Jones ended up charged with a Felony and title-less.

WHICH CORMIER WILL SHOW UP?

Daniel Cormier is coming off his first loss as a professional fighter.  It was a fairly wide points loss to Jones that saw the former Olympian unable to out-wrestle the champion.  It was a demoralizing defeat in a high profile fight that had been hyped by the media for months.  There was a disdain shared for one another by the fighters.

WILL JONES LOSS AFFECT OLYMPIAN?

This animosity apparently started when Jon Jones said something to the effect of “Olympian, huh?  I bet I could take you down.”  Cormier, a man who has dedicated his life to wrestling, was offended at this notion.  He vowed to destroy Jones.  When his opportunity came, he was unable to capitalize.  Jones was the first to take Cormier down as a pro, and he left Cormier crying in the post-fight press conference following the event.  Cormier appeared a broken man.

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LISTEN NOW RING TALK GOLOVKIN, FRAZIER-FOREMAN

FRAZIER-FOREMAN TITLE CHANGE AS IT HAPPENED

Foreman Fells Frazier by Howard Cosell

Foreman Fells Frazier by Howard Cosell


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” Pedro Fernandez takes you back to 1973 and Howard Cosell calling the George Foreman-Joe Frazier I massacre. Also, Gennady Golovkin’s win Saturday was front and center with Kevin Perry as were a host of items and boxing news bites that you aren’t going to get anywhere else.

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