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NEW ROCKY 7 MOVIE WITH ANDRE WARD

ANDRE WARD & STALLONE IN ROCKY 7

Sly Stallone

Sly Stallone


San Francisco, CA- Just when we thought the “Rocky” franchise was over and had finally ran it’s course with the sixth installment titled “Rocky Balboa,” a film which featured an old Rocky that was panned, you thought wrong.

FAST & FURIOUS HAS DONE SEVEN FLICKS

No, the Rocky franchise is much like the “Fast & Furious” as it keeps it going without the greatest of twisting and turning plots. Nor do these Rocky flicks have the hot young chicks or screeching hotrods either.   

ROCKY 6 NOT INTRIGUING AS ALI-MARCIANO MOVIE

The plot of Rocky Balboa looked to be somewhat inspired by an actual exhibition that had occurred between Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali, that was then ran through a computer along with film footage of other heavyweight legends. 

MARCIANO WAS IN “INCREDIBLE” SHAPE

This actual exhibition was actually an interesting story with Marciano losing 50 lbs. He trained harder for this 1969 movie than anytime previous in his life, wearing a hair piece, the Rock of a that generation had his unfortunate passing in a plane crash occur not long afterwards at age 46.  Muhammad was trying to make a buck during the Vietnam War when he couldn’t work at his trade.

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DRUGS AND MURDER IN BOXING

A & E TV ON CHAMP’S EXECUTION

Robert Quiroga

Robert Quiroga

San Francisco, CA- A disturbing episode of the A & E TV series “Gangland” brought me back to 1991 and one of the scintillating fights of the modern era. It was mid-Saturday afternoon on the left coast and the recently departed Cedric “I Was The Walrus” Kushner was promoting a card on PPV for $14.95. The bill was topped by Robert Quiroga defending his IBF 115 lb. belt against “Kid Akeem” Anifowoshe in a San Antonio, TX battle that was the “Ring Magazine 1991 Fight of The Year.”

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NBC BOXING SATURDAY AND SLICK AL HAYMON

DANNY GARCIA-LAMONT PETERSON TOP NBC BILL
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San Francisco, CA- There is no speculation when it comes to who sits atop the jr. welterweight division as Danny Garcia has proven he’s the best 140 lb. fighter in the world with wins over Amir Khan and Lucas Matthysse being “statement” making events. His, what some thought was a lackluster win over Mauricio Herrera in 2014 in a Puerto Rican homecoming was nothing to rant about with some saying he didn’t win. That being said, the Philadelphia tiger will face Lamont Peterson in a match set for 143 lbs on NBC TV Saturday evening. For the record, Peterson holds the IBF belt at 140, which for the life of me I can’t fathom how seeing Matthyyse drilled him a few fights back.

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RING TALK ALI-FRAZIER IN THEIR WORDS

FLOYD-PACMAN GOT NOTHING ON ALI-FRAZIER

Ali, King & Joe

Ali, King & Joe


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez went back in time and brought you the Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali rivalry in their own words! At times, it is ugly, but still an important point both in sports and American history.

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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MUHAMMAD ALI FROM MY PERCH

TO KNOW ALI IS TO …

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali


San Francisco, CA- There are few things that matter more than life itself. And when you’re tip toeing through the latter part of your time on this planet, you look back and question your actions and motives. That being said, I’m sure all of us can second guess decisions we’ve made.

ALI HAS NO REGRETS HE SAYS

The one person that I’ve met that doesn’t back down from the good or the bad in his past is Muhammad Ali. I asked him why the stand against the Vietnam War had to be made, and were there any regrets, Ali shook his head to the negative.

REMEMBER COUNTRY WAS SPLIT ON WAR

“They wanted to use me, my name to lead young men to slaughter. Just couldn’t be part of it,” a conflict that cost 58,000 American lives as well as that of millions of Asians.

ALI “UNDERDOG” TWICE IN TITLE FIGHTS Read more

THE MAGIC OF MUHAMMAD ALI

NOT EVERYBODY CAN “TOUCH” PEOPLES LIVES

Muhammad Ali-Pedro Fernandez

Muhammad Ali-Pedro Fernandez


San Francisco, CA- Having been around some distinguished people in my tenure on this planet, from great entertainers, politicos that even included a head of state or two and there was Bobby Kennedy in a Market St. auto dealership that was turned into the RFK San Francisco headquarters in 1968, just days before being killed. Touched flesh with acting legend Steve McQueen, have introduced heads of State, still nobody equaled the company of Muhammad Ali.

LIKE TRAVELING WITH THE POPE!

Given the task by promoter Harold Smith of watching people approach the then three person entourage that included wife Lonnie and best friend/photographer Howard Bingham during a 1994 Chinese junket beginning in Macao. We had all been in Beijing the year before, Bob Arum included, as I was part of the TV team of Hugh Malay and Arnie Rosenthal that made sports history by airing, “The Brawl at The Wall” first boxing event in China since 1949.

WATCHED ALI FEED ORPHANAGE FOR A YEAR! Read more

ALI’S PEOPLE THREATENED SONNY LISTON

Cassius Clay, Sonny and Geraldine Liston

ALI-LISTON TRUTH REVEALED FINALLY

San Francisco, CA- Today we’re writing about something that has gone back and forth opinion wise since the 1960s and that is was either one or both of the Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston fights “fixed?” What I was told and read in the just released book entitled “Sonny Liston: The Real Story Behind the Ali-Liston Fights” is extremely insightful.

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WHY ALI NEVER FOUGHT TEOFILO STEVENSON

TEOFILO STEVENSON VS. MUHAMMAD ALI
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San Francisco, CA- Having watched Cuban fighters defect since the imposition of that oh-so successful U.S. embargo 50+ years ago, I always wondered why heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist Teofilo Stevensen (and later Felix Savon) never said “Adios” to Fidel Castro. Stevenson, the greatest Olympic heavyweight ever died in 2012 at the age of 60 from a heart attack related to his years of rapid-fire chain smoking.

PARTY, THE REAL PARTY WAS IN HAVANA!

In the late 1990s, working out of South Beach in Miami, FL, I had two free days on my itinerary and all we (the camera crew, etc.) kept talking about was wanting to go to Cuba. It would involve going to the Dominican Republic, before a 90 minute flight to the land of Fidel. As it turns out we never made it, but seeing I’ve been to 33 countries, Cuba is the forbidden fruit of travel I have yet to taste.

CUBAN AMATEUR TEAMS OWNED BOXING

The Cuban amateur boxing program is one of the best ever as they have snagged 34 Gold Medals, 19 Silver & 14 Bronze. Cuba’s Olympic success goes back to their debut at the 1900 Games when Ramon Fonst won the Gold and a Silver in “Fencing.” The Cuban teams would never win a medal outside of Fencing before 1948 and did not medal in boxing until 1972.

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GEORGE FOREMAN, HIV+ MORRISON FLASHBACK!

PPV CARD FEATURES FOREMAN & MORRISON

HIV+ Tommy Morrison-George Foreman

HIV+ Tommy Morrison-George Foreman


Chiba, Japan- Returning from an 18-month layoff, George Foreman, 253 lbs., Marshall, TX, failed to gain a knockout against shifty Crawford Grimsley, 235, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, winning a UD 12 as 3,240 spectators watched. Scored: 119-108, 116-112 & 117-111. The 47-year old Foreman, now 75-4, 62 KOs, was too slow and couldnt catch the younger Grimsley, 20-1, 18 KOs, who stayed out of danger for 12 rounds. Both fighters ended the fight bloodied but there were no knockdowns.

HIV+ TOMMY MORRISON ON CARD TOO

HIV-infected Tommy Morrison, 228, Jay, OK, didnt have time to bleed or cause a scare by whacking out late replacement Marcus Rhode, 250, St. Joseph, MO, who was down three times for a TKO ending at 1:38. Morrison now at 46-3-1, 40 KOs, Rhode 15-2, 15 KOs. MORE on Tommy Morrison Read more

LARRY HOLMES RIPS FOREMAN, KLITSCHKO’S

HOLMES CALLS FOREMAN “SICK” IN “LARRY UNPLUGGED”

Ex-Champ Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer

Ex-Champ Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer


Ring Talk (RT) – The Godfather of Easton, Pennsylvania is on the phone, we’re talking to Larry Holmes somewhere on the east coast.  How goes it Larry?
Larry Holmes (LH) – Let me make it clear I don’t own Easton, I own businesses.  I don’t want everybody calling me cause taxes keep going up. (laughing)

RT– 69-6 with 44 KOs, the heavyweight champion of the world who went 48-0 before losing to Michael Spinks.  His accomplishments are definite Hall of fame material, no question about it.  First off let’s get to some questions off the Internet.  The George Foreman fight, when Harold Smith and another guy tried to put it together in the 90’s, were you close.  How close did the fight come to reality?
LH– Very close, in fact one guy gave Foreman a million dollars and me half a million.  We took the money and signed an agreement.  But for one reason or another, the guy pulled out or George didn’t want to fight.  I wanted to fight but it never came off.  If there was ever a fight I wanted it’s that one. Read more

JAY Z, ARUM, COTTO, GOLOVKIN, ALI AND MORE

COTTO HAS ARUM BLOWIN’ HEAD GASKET

Bob "Cotto is not a man" Arum

Bob “Cotto is not a man” Arum


San Francisco, CA- If we were still in the age of newspapers, come Tuesday morning in the San Francisco Chronicle, Hall of Fame writer Jack Fiske would be telling us that he’s hearing Miguel Cotto, the recognized World lineal middleweight champ (39-4, 32 KOs) might “dump his title’ rather than fight the obvious 160 lb. heir apparent and WBA kingpin Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs. Cotto, who reportedly made more in two fights on his own than he did his entire time with Top Rank has again parted ways with Bob Arum and he is furious.

WARD & COTTO NOW WITH JAY Z & ROC NATION SPORTS

Jay Z  Has Arum Fuming!

Jay Z Has Arum Fuming!

Like Andre Ward, Cotto also inked up with Roc Nation Sports this week and will fight June 6 in probably Madison Square Garden, but with a good undercard and right opponent, Cotto could play Yankee Stadium. The only thing we can be sure about the oppoent for June 6 is that it is not Golovkin. Golovkin’s HBO numbers continue to impress and eventually Cotto will have to, “S*it or get off the pot” regarding GGG. Cotto is looking hard at IBF 154 lb. guy Cornelius Bundridge for June, thus forget I even mentioned Yankee Stadium as Bundridge couldn’t sell out his front room. .

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RING TALK & LARRY MERCHANT ON NBC BOXING

LARRY MERCHANT OFFERS HISTORY LESSON

 "Stunned" Larry Merchant

“Stunned” Larry Merchant


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spoke with Hall of Fame broadcaster Larry Merchant about the boxing debut on NBC TV. Larry also talked Ali-Frazier I some 44 years later, the Civil Rights movement and his working for a newspaper that took a black girl’s picture out of his article and left instead a blank box. Great stories about life and boxing, as time spent with Larry is priceless!

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“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) 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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JERRY QUARRY WAS A VICTIM OF BOXING

WHITE HOPE WAS “REALIST”

Joe-Frazier-Jerry Quarry

Joe-Frazier-Jerry Quarry

“Boxing is a one-on-one confrontation with your life,” Jerry Quarry slurred, “that you can’t win.”

San Francisco, CA- When I was a wee lad, my old man used to read the twice-weekly San Francisco Chronicle column of the departed Hall of Fame writer Jack Fiske. One Tuesday column stated that heavyweight prospect Jerry Quarry would be sparring at the world renowned Herman-Newman’s Gym at 312 Leavenworth St. When we arrived a little after 4:30 PM, there was a guy at the front door collecting 50 cents for adults and a quarter for kids. This preceded a walk down a 40-foot darkened hallway, five steps into which you are instantly hit by the aroma of Herman-Newman’s Gym.

LIKE THOSE OLD BOXING MOVIES

With old guys still smoking cigars, people had filled the bleachers and the best description I can give you is that the smell of the gym was a putrid combination of body odor, liniments, and oh yeah, those cheap stinky cigars of taxi baron and fight manager Phil Rancatorre and a few others. From the first time I ever set foot in the joint, until it closed some 20 years later the smell never changed.

GEORGE FOREMAN KO’D THREE GUYS IN THREE ROUNDS!
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