December 8th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
LOOKING AT THE “BIG PICTURE” FOLKS
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.
LET ME BLOW FLOYD’S HORN PLEASE
People don’t know that Floyd does a lot of charitable work that he doesn’t seek credit for. But being an elected Philippine Congressman, that’s hard to top for anybody, let alone the Grand Rapids, MI native Mayweather.
MORE “WATER COOLER” TALK ON PACMAN
That and Manny had a string of fights, win, lose, or draw, that in the eyes of a good number of fans, Pac’s wins were more entertaining and in two cases more damaging than Mayweather’s wins over notably Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley.
PACQUIAO HAS/HAD ALL THE DEMOS READ MORE…
October 21st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– There are a number of people who might find this ongoing series enlightening, others not so. But it was about people in boxing, some living, some not, you may not know much about. They won’t leave a Muhammad Ali-like mark on boxing, but they did or will leave one. How about Beto Martinez, Arizona trainer, cornerman, cut-man when needed back in the day. The premier Las Vegas matchmaker for seemingly most of the 20th century, one of a kind Mel “Red” Greb.
“POTATO PIE” WAS LIKE A PHD ON BOXING AND LIFE
Texas trainer Al “Potato Pie” Bolton was a man you learned something from each time you were alone with and or around. Las Vegas gym owner Johnny Tocco ran the Main St. Gym from like 1952 to 1993. But am not done when you when you spend time with individuals, obviously you have individual stories. But I’m inclined to write something on people that get very little penned about them. Former Nevada Commission head Chuck Minker is a man I miss dearly.
DAVEY PEARL INVENTED IN DRESSING ROOM INSTRUCTIONS
Unlike Al Gore who did not invent the Internet, Davey Pearl, referee of the first Ray Leonard–Thomas Hearns fight in 1981, is said to have been the first referee to give fighters instructions in their dressing room.
ONCE SUPER POWERFUL BOXING BOSS FLIES “UNDER RADAR”
Bob Halloran ran the sports at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe for a number of years, this after a long run in Miami as a sportscaster. Most of the early career black and white tape of Muhammad Ali, back when he was Cassius Clay, it was Halloran that was cutting the most video with Ali as he was a frequent visitor to the 5th Street gym. He later went on to run things for Steve Wynn at the Mirage and Bellagio hotels.
ALIANO GREW UP ON MONSEL SOLUTION
Eddie “The Clot” Aliano, just a name that popped up in my mind, one of many I’m trying to get written down and then do mini features on these folks, some living, some not. Rich Rose, who called the shots at Caesars when Halloran was stolen away by Wynn, was real palsy with the late Showtime boxing boss Jay Larkin.
THIS REFEREE WAS “HIS OWN MAN” 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.
KLITSCHKO SHOULD HAVE BEEN DISQUALIFIED READ MORE…
October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SECOND AND FINAL INSTALLMENT
San Francisco, CA- In Part I, I took you through the maze of bull s*it that led up to the October 2, 1980 match between unbeaten heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali. The morning of the fight, the Godfather of all boxing writers, Jack Fiske is milling about the lobby of Caesars Palace. Also working the circular bar in the lobby (fight headquarters in those days) was press legend Dick Young when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis (and two very unassuming bodyguards) approached the Big Apple columnist.
CAESARS PALACE LOBBY BAR WAS PLACE TO BE
Although the bar was open to the public, the ambiance was such that it made like a private setting. For some reason, only the most fanatical of fans would unknowingly breach the invisible circle of privacy that surrounds celebrities. Joe Frazier was there, as was Ken Norton, Joe Louis in a wheelchair, (all three have now passed) this less than six months away from the April 1981 death of the “Brown Bomber.”
SQUARES AFFECTED THE BETTING LINE BIG! READ MORE…
September 23rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
LARRY HOLMES ON KEN NORTON Y MAS!
San Francisco, CA- Former linear World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes was our featured guest in the “boxing hour” on the live Sunday at 11 AM PT show. This is the delayed version you can listen to by hitting the black arrow in the silver box above or hitting the Sunday, September 22, 2013 Podcast links above.
19 DEFENSES OF LINEAR TITLE
Larry, well he Is Larry Holmes, honest and as one can be and yet dropping hints here and there that the astute listener might be able to pick up on. We spent time on the recently passed Ken Norton, with whom Holmes engaged in a heavyweight fight for the ages, winning the WBC title from Norton in 15 rounds, some hellish, and beginning a title run that would last until 1985. Unlike other guests with whom you have to tip toe around, Holmes applauds Ali and Norton, not sugar coated either, but honest.
“RING TALK” & 29 YEARS OF RADIO PRESENCE
We air live Saturday and Sunday’s at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network, American Forces Network & the I Heart Radio Network. The “Kig Of Boxing “ Floyd Mayweather’s future was brought up, as well, Manny Pacquiao, Tyson Fury and David Haye were also subject matter in the “Ring Talk” boxing hour with Larry Holmes.
“RIBG TALK” MMA HOUR IS DIFFERENT ANIMAL
UFC 165, Jon Jones, were some of the subjects we covered in the “MMA Hour” which follows the boxing hour at Noon PT Sunday. This marks the 20th year that “Ring Talk” has covered MMA, UFC, Pride, etc., but the first UFC show was in 1993. As for the MMA hour, we brought you back with a Fedor Emelianenko fight, quick as a lot of them were, reached back to the call of ex-UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar’s professional debut. The guests were writer Zak Young and UFC fighter Kyle Kingsbury. That Podcast is available in the left margin as well. The “Ring Talk” MMA Hour, can be reached by clickig here. “Ring Talk” MMA Hour
September 19th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
KEN NORTON GOT BADLY NEEDED ASSURANCE
San Francisco, CA- Having just learned of the passing of Ken Norton, or as Howard Cosell referred to him, “Kenny Norton,“ I remember both the “bitter” and the “sweet” about Norton, who was anointed WBC champ in 1978, then lost in his first defense to Larry Holmes. For some of you, this story is part of a prior story I did about Norton, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Larry Holmes and promoter Ross Fields Sr. (Harold Smith).
STIRRING THE POT & GETTING A REACTION!
After a catered meal, it got so quiet with Ali, Larry, George, Ken, me, Harold, that you could have heard a mouse pee on a wad of cotton in the furthest corner of the room. It was then Muhammad says in not of his most powerful oratories, but one of the most significant, while looking Norton in the eye he said. ”That last fight champ, I think you got the better of it.”
ALI CONFESSION WAS HEART-WRENCHING TO KENNY
A tough guy on the exterior, I always thought Ken Norton was a blockhead ex-Marine when he turned out to be a man who because of the aura of Ali never got his propers, Ken’s eyes watered up as he and Ali hugged. This is what Ken Norton had lived for, it was better to him than winning the lottery. He had heard it directly from Ali himself! This remains one of my most poignant boxing memories.
PEDRO & KENNY DO NEW YEARS ON SOUTH BEACH READ MORE…
September 3rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
LOSER MUST LEAVE TOWN!
San Francisco, CA- There is nothing quite like a heavyweight fight involving intrigue. That being said, this Saturday Showtime Boxing emanating from Indio, CA and the Fantasy Springs Casino, will air heavyweights Chris Arreola and Seth Mitchell in a “loser leaves town” (and world nrankings) match.
MEXICAN-AMERICAN HAS BAD EATING HABITS
Arreola, who jokingly claimed on the “Ring Talk Boxing Hour” two years ago that he trains on beer and visits his dietician at the taco truck, has discipline issues. Fat one fight, sort of fat the next, slimmed down for a couple of scraps, and then back to being a fat boy.
AL HAYMON PRODUCT A FRAUD OR LATE BLOOMER?
Mitchell on the other hand is an Al Haymon sponsored heavyweight who in the minds of most knowledgeable pundits is a fraud! Mitchell, who turned pro at 25, is “learning on the job” and all you can take from his last three outings is that he isn’t a quick learner!
SETH MITCHELL: MAN WITH A GLASS JAW? READ MORE…
August 21st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
TOUGH TO RANK HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPS OF DIFFERENT ERAS
San Francisco, CA- Some of you will be surprised by my list of the top three heavyweight champions I’ve put together. My mentor, the great Jacob Finkelstein who became a Hall of Fame writer writing columns for 40+ years for the San Francisco Chronicle (using the pen name Jack Fiske) was of the opinion that this is an impossible task. Jack felt that you cannot compare fighters of different eras. That being said, I will go against the deceased Godfather of boxing scribes in this instance and rate the top three heavyweights of all time.
WHO WAS “THE GREATEST” HEAVYWEIGHT? READ MORE…
August 15th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
VLADIMIR PUTIN TO HOST MEGA-FIGHT
San Francisco, CA- World heavyweight (over 200 lbs.) boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) of the Ukraine will defend the WBO, IBF & IBO titles he holds on October 5 in Moscow, Russia against unbeaten Russian fighter and WBA heavyweight title bearer Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs).
KLITSCHKO TO “ICE” POVETKIN?
While I’m not saying the 33-year old Alexander Povetkin can’t fight, he can a little, but he’s been swimming in the shallow end of the heavyweight talent pool his entire career. At 37, Wladimir, whether or not you like his style, his mother, his brother, he is in magnificent condition for somebody that won Olympic Gold in 1996.
THERE IS NO “LEARNING TO SWIM” AT 33! READ MORE…
July 18th, 2013 By Zak Attack
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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July 17th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Having won the biggest professional boxing match in history by beating Muhammad Ali in 1971, then heavyweight champion Joe Frazier was the man who, like Kenny Norton, felt he never got the due he deserved. Today in segment two of the series, “Pedro & Boxing Greats” and will focus on an evening I spent with Joe Frazier in Atlanta, GA in 1998.
WIREHAIRED WONDER DON KING IN CHARGE
Working for KingVision TV, the Don King network that had varying audiences on PPV and Cable, King was throwing the Evander Holyfield-Vaughn Bean heavyweight title fight. With pre-fight and ringside interviews with King, Holyfield, Bean, as well as ex-pro wrestling superstar Bill Goldberg, ’twas a glitch free production from the TV team perspective.
JOE & BUTCH WERE “THIRSTY” IN DRESSING ROOM
But prior to, during, and after the Holyfield 12-round win over Bean, Joe Frazier and promoter Butch Lewis had been quenching their thirsts with beverages that were anything but soft. In the dressing room pre-fight to get a quote or two on camera for the live feed. Upon my entrance, there was Vaughn Bean, fat, lazy, calling him unmotivated would be a compliment.
VAUGHN BEAN “HEAVYWEIGHT CHALLENGER” NOT! READ MORE…
June 13th, 2013 By Zak Attack
BOXING ESPECIALLY HAZARDOUS FOR SENIORS
ERIK ”EL TERRIBLE” MORALES IS “TERRIBLE”
Erik Morales (52-9, 36 KOs) has been on a downward slide since beating Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) in 2005. He is 4-7 since winning a close decision against the Pacman, including two stoppage losses to the Filipino icon. Perhaps of greater concern is the fact that Morales compiled an impressive record of 47-2 prior to his first fight with Manny. His only two losses at that point were to fellow Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera (67-7, 44 KOs). Erik has not won since 2011 and is coming off back-to-back defeats (decision & KO) to World 140 lb. champ Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs). Rumors abound that Morales will next face Humberto Soto (61-8-2, 35 KOs). This is a winnable fight for Morales, but what happens if he does? More unneeded punishment?
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June 12th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
June 5th, 2013 By Zak Attack
FEW FIGHTERS WALK AWAY CHAMPION
San Francisco, CA- In combat sports, fighters who have built great legacies often carry on their careers a bit too long. Looking back, one can pinpoint the moment when they should have retired and kept their legacies completely intact rather than tarnishing them by taking too many beatings once they passed their primes. Not everyone gets to go out on top like
ROY JONES JR.
One of the best fighters of the 1990s, Roy Jones (56-8, 40 KOs) was simply electrifying in the ring. He made world class opponents look like complete amateurs with his blinding hand speed and quick reflexes. Unfortunately for Roy, speed and reflexes are the first things to go in a boxer. After taking the WBA heavyweight title from John Ruiz in 2003, Jones should have hung up the gloves for good. He accomplished a feat no middleweight had in a century, and it would have been the perfect end to a sterling professional career. Jones was never the same after dropping back down to light heavyweight, which showed in his next fight against Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs).
FIRST TARVER FIGHT CLEAR INDICATOR
Though Jones earned a unanimous decision victory, he clearly looked like he was past his prime. He was knocked out for the first time in his career in a rematch with Tarver, and has been stopped three other times since. Jones has now lost 7 of his last 16 bouts since defeating Ruiz, after compiling a record of 47-1 prior to fighting for the heavyweight belt. Four of those losses have been stoppages, with 3 of them being brutal knockouts that no fighter should ever experience. Roy Jones should have, and could have, retired with an impressive record of 48-1 with his lone loss coming by disqualification in a fight he was winning. Jones will likely be remembered as an all-time-great, but he will also be remembered for his tepid performances over the last ten years that have featured a mere shell of the formerly invincible pugilist.
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May 10th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
HISTORY LESSON OF THE BEST BLACK FIGHTERS OF ALL-TIME
Included are great ALI, LOUIS and some more obscure all-time greats from the late 1800′s to early 1900′s.