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MANNY PACQUIAO SECOND TO MUHAMMAD ALI

LOOKING AT THE “BIG PICTURE” FOLKS

Pacquiao Hammers Rios

Pacquiao Hammers Brandon Rios

San Francisco, CA– I was thinking about it over the weekend.  Who has had a greater impact on the world stage than undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather (47-0, 26 KO)? Only one boxer:  Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KO).

LIKE THE BEATLES FLOYD “CAN’T BUY ME LOVE”

Granted, Floyd may have a zillion times the amount of money Manny Pacquiao possesses, but it hasn’t bought or garnered Mayweather the international respect that has been bestowed on Pacquiao as both a boxer and a man. Especially not the latter.

LET ME BLOW FLOYD’S HORN, PLEASE

People don’t know that Floyd does charitable work that he doesn’t seek credit for. But being an elected Philippine Congressman is hard for anybody to top, let alone the native of Grand Rapids, MI, Mayweather. Even with that undefeated mark and a thousand championship belts, a lot of people scorn Mayweather and I don’t think the Pope would see him but he probably would make himself available for Manny.

“WATER COOLER” TALK CREDITS PACMAN

Manny had a string of fights, win, lose, or draw, that in the eyes of a good number of fans were more entertaining, and in two cases more damaging, than Mayweather’s wins.  Manny destroyed both Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley, while Floyd won decisions.

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DEONTAY WILDER WIN IS GREAT FOR BOXING

WILDER IS THE NEW CHAMP

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder

Many questioned the chin of Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KO) before Saturday night.  Wilder answered those questions by taking some flush shots from one of the hardest punchers in the division in Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 22 KO).  Many questioned the stamina of Wilder before the Stiverne bout.  He had not gone past 4 rounds.  He went all twelve with Bermane, and won virtually every round.  Wilder captured the WBC heavyweight (200+) belt in the process.

WIDE DECISION WIN BETTER THAN A KNOCKOUT?

Wilder had a 100% knockout ratio before the contest, but saw it drop to about 96.96% versus the Haitian.  The scorecards were 118-108, 119-108, and 120-107 in favor of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama native.  He had Stiverne hurt on several occasions, but Bermane was tough and fought until the end.  Stiverne has never been knocked down, and the one stoppage loss on his record was highly questionable.  A quick knockout would have added to the legend of Wilder’s power, but a boxing lesson is even more impressive.  Stiverne was coming off back-to-back wins over Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KO), who was long considered America’s heavyweight hope.  Wilder has now taken that title from Arreola by defeating his conqueror.

LOUD-MOUTH FURY NEXT? 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.

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MUHAMMAD ALI DEATH REPORTS UNTRUE

REPORTS SAY CHAMP “UNRESPONSIVE” IN AM

Ali, Ray Robinson, Joe Louis

Ali, Ray Robinson, Joe Louis


San Francisco, CA- Walking through Chinatown today, the TVs in a store were displaying a montage of Muhammad Ali pictures on screen. Seeing Ali’s 73rd birthday is tomorrow, the TV coverage is expected. Standing in line at the Post Office with a copy of the I Am Ali movie being sent to friend Lenny Williams, a lady abruptly says, “You know Ali is dead. It’s on the news, he was unresponsive when they tried to wake him up.”

RICHARD PRYOR TOLD ME THAT ONCE

Flashback to 1981-82 and comedian Richard Pryor working the Circle Star Theater in nearby San Carlos. When I asked Richard about Ali he said, “Ali is dead. That *****’s dead.” Pryor was referring to Ali the fighter after Larry Holmes, while this female was talking about Muhammad Ali the person!

FATHER TIME & HEALTH WOES

When you couple the time, 51 years after that brash 21-year old Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston and Ali’s health conditions for the past 30 years, you knew that one day, sooner rather than later, Muhammad Ali would indeed die.

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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

STAKES HEAVY IN STIVERNE-WILDER SATURDAY

AMERICAN HOPES REST ON DEONTAY WILDER

Wilder-Stiverne-King

Wilder-Stiverne-King

New York- This weekend could produce the first American born heavyweight (200 lbs+) titlehoder since Shannon Briggs, who briefly held the WBO strap in 2007. Since then all heavyweight titleholders have originated outside of US borders. But this could change with America’s Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32KOs) facing off against the current WBC champion Bermaine Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) of Canada and Haiti.

DON KING FIGHTER HAS “EXPERIENCE” EDGE

Both Wilder and Stiverne are solid fighters with similar resumes, although Stiverne who is promoted by Don King has the biggest single name on his resume in Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs). Arreola, a strong contender was on a quest to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent but was thhwarted inside the distance by Stiverne who made history himself becoming the first heavyweight champ of Hatian descent. This victory was further solidified when Stiverne repeated the act by defeating Arreola in the rematch via stoppage. Arreola claimed that a broken nose caused him to drop an initial decision loss to Stiverne, but Arreola was clearly outclassed the second time around.

WILDER FIGHTS DON’T LAST TOO LONG!

At 6’7, Deontay Wilder is among the tallest of the current Heavyweight challengers. His win and KO percentage is perfect, as he has won all of his fights by stoppage. Another telling stat is the fact that none of his bouts have gone past four rounds. On paper, he’s a monster and seems primed to offer a real challenge to linear champ Wladimir Klitschko, the man who holds all of the remaining major heavyweight titles. But he will only get a shot at unifying these titles if he can get past Stiverne, who should offer Wilder his toughest challenge.

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MIKE TYSON STORY PART 1

FROM 1981 TO 1989

Mike Tyson At 19

TYSON LAST HEAVYWEIGHT CHILD PRODIGY

San Francisco, CA- When Mike Tyson burst upon the national boxing scene, it was as an amateur in 1984. Losing to eventual 1984 Olympic champ Henry Tillman, even though he had hurt and knocked Henry down. Tillman would eventually win the Olympic Gold. Prior, Tyson had competed in both the 1981 and 1982 Junior Olympics and won the ’81 title at 201 lbs. Tyson had never lost in the Junior Olympics and also holds the quickest KO (8 seconds) in J.O. history. In addition, the prodigy won every bout in JO competition by KO.

D’AMATO THOUGHT MIKE “CINCH” TO BE CHAMP

Cus D’Amato,Tyson’s quasi father and trainer, Cus realized that Mike’s style was better suited for the professional boxing ranks and thus turned him professional in March 1985 with a KO 1 of Hector Mercedes. Mike would go on to stop his next 18 opponents before going the ten round distance with James “Quick” Tillis. Knocking Tillis down in the fourth, Tyson won with scores of 6-4 twice & 8-2 in Glen Falls, NY, this when New York still scored fights on the “rounds” basis.

NEXT FOR TYSON WAS “BLOOD” GREEN

In his next fight, Tyson would beat New Yorker Mitch “Blood” Green again points. A few years later, Tyson and Green would have their infamous late night street brawl outside a New York City clothing store which resulted in Tyson fracturing his hand. After recording six more KOs, the biggest name was that of Marvis Frazier, the son of deceased former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. Marvin lasted all but Read more

DIVERSE MONDAY BOXING NOTES

SCORING WAY TOO WIDE IN ABRAHAM-SMITH

Story Of Breasts Below

Story Of Breasts Below


San Francisco, CA- Although more folks thought Paul Smith beat Arthur Abraham Saturday in Deutschland than the other way around, the scores were off in this WBO 168 lb. affair. Spain’s Fernando Laguna gave Smith just one round and a 119-109 score. Hungarian Zoltan Enyedi and American Waleska Roldan saw it 117-111 for AA. Scoring boxing is not difficult except when a big fight involving one of the principals. Think Oscar De La Hoya-Felix Sturm. Speaking of Sturm, AA is set to dance with the winner of Sturm-Robert Steiglitz.

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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TIRED OF MAYWEATHER SCREWING FANS

YOU ALL BITCH ABOUT FLOYD AFTER

Stop The Bullshit With Floydcott

Stop The Bullshit With Floydcott


San Francisco, CA- Having been around since the days of the Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) championship coronation, I’m going to tell you that this is likely to offend Floyd Mayweather and his groupies.

FLOYD HAS “PIMPED” YOU FANS OFF!

That being said, why is Floyd worth throwing down $70 bucks to watch? Time and again he keeps conning you by promising Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns-like excitement in soundbites pre-fight. The lead up is great, it’s after that first bell rings that any pugilistic erection you had goes limp.

LARRY MERCHANT SKIPPED THE CARD

After a couple of rounds, the writing was on the wall and referee Kenny Bayless wasn’t going to let Marcos Maidana fight inside. Tony Weeks reffed the first encounter and allowed them to fight in close.

REFEREE SPLIT THEM TOO FAST

All props to Bayless, but his being so quick to break was predicted prior by both manager Bob Spagnola and TV legend Larry Merchant.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBERTO DURAN “GREATEST” EVER!

BIRTHDAY BOY BELONGS ON BOXING’S MT. RUSHMORE

Roberto Duran "Prime" July 1980

Roberto Duran “Prime” July 1980

Las Vegas, NV-Having been put on the spot time and again, there is little doubt in my mind that Roberto Duran, who turned 64 today was the greatest fighter I ever saw. And looking at the history of boxing, at least in the past 50 years, there has never been a fighter that can approach the accomplishments of “Manos Di Piedra.” Turning professional at 118 lbs. in February 1968, Duran, then 16 years old, would answer the bell 119 times. He would never officially retire, instead an auto accident made his July 2001 fight with Hector Camacho his last.

MINISTER OF RING MAYHEM

When he beat Ken Buchanan for the lightweight (135) title, the end was punctuated by an obvious low blow that some say referee Tony LoBianco simply ignored. And since this is a story on the career of “Hands of Stone” that is running on his 64rd birthday, there is curiosity as to why he never afforded Ken a rematch. Mad for decades, Buchanan and Duran have made up of sorts. At least that was the PR push being made when Roberto toured Scotland a five or so years ago.

KENNY HAD LEGIT BBEF FOR REMATCH

When I last talked with Buchanan circa 2003, the fiery Scot was to put it mildly still angry when the subject of Roberto came up. We were in the lobby of the Days Inn of Cantestota, NY, literally a stones throw from the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He had voiced the opinion that his being World champion in his native land meant a whole lot more than here in the U.S. “As for Duran, I saw a picture of the low blow here today, that I never saw before. The referee knew Duran fouled me. Still, he was the greatest fighter I ever fought, and of all-time as well. They (people) don’t realize that he moved way up in weight and unlike other people, he kept winning.

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JOE LOUIS VS MUHAMMAD ALI DEBATE NEVER DIES

#1 DREAM MATCH IN FISTIC HISTORY

Ali, Ray Robinson, Joe Louis

Ali, Ray Robinson, Joe Louis

New York, NY- Back when the New England Patriots undefeated Super Bowl march drawing comparisons to the all-time greatest teams, my mind turned to an my all-time dream fight between the two greatest heavyweights of them all, Joe Louis (69-3, 55 KOs) and Muhammad Ali (56-5, 37 KOs). Perhaps boxing’s two most important historical figures when it comes to African-American history, the end and beginning of their careers were separated by less than a decade (you wouldn’t know it from this circa 1963 photo). Changes among heavyweight champs over time have made certain fantasy matchups impossible to even consider such as Rocky Marciano (5’10, 185 lbs., 49-0, 43 KOs) vs Lennox Lewis (6’5, 245, 41-2-1, 32 KOs). However, only about an inch and ten pounds separated Louis and Ali thus the dream showdown is a worthy discussion. BROWN BOMBER VS. THE GREATEST

Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali I was billed as The Fight of the Century in large part because of the greatness of the combatants, but also due to the excitement and buildup as Ali had missed over three years of his prime from age 25 to 28 while “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier (32-4-1, 27 KOs) became the preeminent heavyweight. (Remember, Louis also lost an astonishing four years of his prime between ages 28 and 32 due to World War II. Note: I don’t do politics or religion, just boxing.) Imagine the pre-fight theatrics involved with Louis-Ali, with the “Louisville Lip” unsuccessfully trying to shake Louis’ quiet confidence. The self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. would undoubtedly in this fight be the, well goat.

FIGHT ALI USED TO DREAM ABOUT

I write this knowing full well that most would not agree with my winner here. The popular and easy pick would obviously be Louis, the most accomplished and record-holding champion in any division. The appropriately-named Brown Bomber’s knockout victims were KO’d so violently and quickly that it almost appeared as if his gloves were laced with ether or that they were faking. (Go ahead and watch back the knockouts of Billy Conn (64-12-1, 15 KOs) or Max Baer (68-13, 52 KOs), to name just two.) He patiently stalked his opponents, his right hand cocked as though it was holding a weapon and America waited for them to fall. Read more

RING TALK RADIO TRIBUTE TO GENARO HERNANDEZ, LORRAINE CHARGIN, NICK CHARLES!

“RING TALK BOXING” TRIBUTE SHOW

San Francisco, CA- This edition of Ring Talk Boxing” was not the easiest hour of radio I’ve done in in my almost three decades of radio. On this show, we paid tribute to important figures (and my friends) in the boxing world that have left us. With taped interviews, I take you back to former World champion Genaro Hernandez’s last interview a few days before losing a battle to Cancer in June 2011. When I first did this live, I broke up and produced tears.

NICK CHARLES WAS NEVER A “TALKING HEAD”

Having first met ex-CNN & Showtime announcer Nick Charles when he was with CNN in the 1980s, we would cross paths and bounce ideas off one another quite often. This interview was emotional as well, but hey this is live radio.

LORRAINE CHARGIN “LIKE THE MOB” SAID RUSSELL PELTZ

Our last guest was Don Chargin, the Hall of Fame promoter as “Ring Talk” noted it’s been two years (four now) since the “First Lady of Boxing,” the one and only Lorraine Chargin fell victim to Cancer. We ended the show with one of the funniest stories I’ve ever told in boxing. Here’s a hint, it had something to so with sex and an ex-champ! To LISTEN NOW Read more

MUHAMMAD ALI, MALAYSIA FLIGHT 370, AIR CHINA

HAVE OVER 30 STAMPS IN PASSPORT(S)

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali


San Francisco, CA- Having flown a vast number of foreign airlines in many jaunts around the globe, no airline will ever rank lower than Air China which is the official Chinese airline. The reason why I am bringing this up is that the missing Malaysian Airliner, a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 simply vanishes from the sky sans even a clue with a planeload of mainly Chinese nationals as the government in Malaysia is not playing dumb, they are dumb.

PRE-9-11 SECURITY WAS NON EXISTENT

It was 1993, pre 9-11 and airline security was lax, especially on non American flights. On our first trip to China in 1993, where I aired “Ring Talk Worldwide” from Beijing and did the first ever boxing TV broadcast from China dubbed, “The Brawl At The Wall” which was topped by a WBO title fight between champion Leonzar Barber and Mike Sedillo.

ALI, LONNIE & PEDRO IN EXECUTIVE CLASS

With our seats turned into beds, Muhammad Ali, wife Lonnie, myself and others were somewhere over the Pacific ocean and the “rush” of being with Ali would not allow me to sleep. That being said, I opened up the unlocked door to the cockpit and almost s*it in my pants. Why? Because all three men who were supposed to be flying the plane were instead sound asleep!

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EARNIE SHAVERS: THE HARDEST PUNCHER IN HISTORY!

VIDEOS PROVE CASE BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT

San Francisco, CA- Having been around the boxing block a time or two, opinions are rarely unanimous when it comes to prizefighting. One notion that is never dismissed and discounted is that Earnie Shavers was the hardest puncher in boxing history! Now 69 years old, “The Acorn” as Muhammad Ali nicknamed him prior to their 1977 15-round war in New York’s Madison Square Garden. At one point and time, Shavers who went 74-14-1, 68 KOs, scored 44 KOs in his first 47 fights. Shavers, a gentleman the three times I met and interviewed him, signed early on with then “manager” Don King and the Donald’s connections propelled Earnie’s rise in the heavyweight ratings.

BEFORE WE CONTINUE HERE IS ROUND 15 & SHAVERS POUNDING ALI

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