June 16th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
BIRTHDAY BOY BELONGS ON BOXING’S MT. RUSHMORE
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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April 14th, 2014 By RingTalk
TOBY GIBSON THIRD SUICIDAL REFEREE
Las Vegas, NV- Toby Gibson, a veteran Nevada boxing referee was found dead on November 24, 2008 in the garage of his home in Las Vegas by his wife. And while nobody is saying just how the 61-year old Gibson met a self induced demise, being an ex-S.F. Policeman, garage suicides usually mean hanging or carbon monoxide from a car. This was sad to see yet another Vegas referee go the suicide route. First there was Richard Green in 1983 and most recently Mitch Halpern in August2000. Both Mitch and Green shot themselves in the head. Always quiet around me, muted would be a better definition as Green did not talk much. Having reffed Larry Holmes-Ali, Green never got over his involvement with the Ray Mancini-Deuk-Koo Kim fight less than a year prior to his death, a tragic event that ended Kim’s life.
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March 18th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
FANS CRAVE ONE-PUNCH ENDINGS
Emeryville, CA- Today we look at some of the great “One-Punch Knockouts of The 20th century.” Most pundits run off the same old list. This is all about opinion and you’ll be able to leave yours at the end.
GRAZIANO-ROBINSON UP & DOWN
Chicago IL- In the same session, after getting dropped by Rocky Graziano, “Sugar Ray” Robinson rose and drilled Graziano with a single straight right hand April 16, 1952. Graziano kept shaking his leg after getting up and never got both his pins to work together for a while after the punch. The fight was called at 1:53 of the third. Robinson the reigning World middleweight king first retired in December 1952. Born Thomas Rocco Barbella, Graziano would fight once more and lose (UD 10). He retired at 67-10-6, (52 KOs). Last time I saw Rocky him in at a 1989 Ray Robinson tribute in Atlantic City, NJ and he said, “Kid, I gotta’ go tack a piss
BENITEZ THREW BEST PUNCH OF ’81
Las Vegas, NV-The WBC light middleweight (that’s what they called 154 lbs. then) title was on the line as defending champ Maurice Hope met former jr. welterweight (140) & welterweight (147) champion Wilfred Benitez. Entering the 12th round, Judge’s Joe Swessel had it 107-102, Chuck Minker tabbed matters 107-101 & the Duane Ford card read 107-103, all for Benitez. With his back to the ropes, Benitez landed the best right hand counterpunch he had ever thrown, right on the point of the Englishman’s chin. Late referee Richard Greene could have counted to 100, and Hope might not have rose!
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March 7th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
WHITE HOPE OR JUST WHITE HYPE?
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 Newman’s Gym.
LIKE THOSE OLD FIGHT SCENES!
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, that stale smell never changed.
GEORGE FOREMAN KO’D THREE GUYS IN THREE ROUNDS!
After watching George Foreman all but behead a trio of sparring partners in the smaller 15-square foot ring, one of three at Newman’s, my father had to explain to me that at the time George was an amateur and that Jerry was a contender. Circa 1967, Foreman, even though he was just a teenager, I came to the conclusion after watching them both spar, that George might kill Quarry were they to ever fight. George murdered his smaller than he spar mates because he didn’t like Quarry getting the attention. Heavyweight contender or not, Jerry was no match for George even at 18 years old!
FIRST TEACHER MACHEN FIRST BEAT QUARRY!
What I noticed most about Team Quarry was that none of them, not Jerry or his younger brother Mike ever wore headgear while sparring. With San Francisco heavyweight contender Eddie Machen on his last professional leg and having beaten Jerry a year prior for his lone loss, Eddie was being feted in the stands by the locals.
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March 7th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
New York, NY- For those of you that aren’t so-called “baby-boomers,” you might not know that 43 years ago, March 8, 1971, the biggest fight in the history of boxing took place when Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali collided in Madison Square Garden for the undisputed World heavyweight championship. With both men laying claim to the throne and being unbeaten, the pressure on the fighters was incredible.
WORLDWIDE EVENT OF EPIC PROPORTIONS
This was the first of three fights between the two legends. Ali’s record stood at 31-0, (25 KOs). Frazier was the anointed champion after Ali was stripped for his refusing to fight in the Vietnam war. Joe was 26-0, 23 KOs. After putting some “hurt” on Ali in the 11th round, Frazier dropped Ali in the final (15th) round with his “patented” left hook.
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March 5th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
STORY OF RAY ROBINSON, ROBERTO DURAN & TOMMY HEARNS!
Las Vegas, NV- Having been a part of the game for longer than most of you have been alive, suffice to say that I have probably seen a bit more than you when it comes to professional prizefighting. Definitely not intending to slight anybody, I say this to you because of all the talk of late about the ultimate exclamation point in boxing, you know the knockout!
BACK THEN OLD ALADDIN HOTEL WAS HOME
But IN ORDER to the fight and the greatest punch I’ve ever seen connect, I’ll have to take you back to June 1984, Lenny “El Animal” Albert and I just checked into the Aladdin Hotel for Tommy Hearns-Roberto Duran. Renting a car, one that we wouldn’t use until we left for the airport three days later, I left it with the Valet. Getting a claim ticket, I inadvertently took the keys to the car with me. The car became a permanent fixture right in front of the hotel as we used a side door that was closer to Caesars Palace, the site of most of the great fights during boxing’s golden era.
HAD PEOPLE IN BOTH TRAINING CAMPS
With a Roberto Duran connection being his future co-manager Hector Martinez, and my knowing the Kronk Gym’s icon Emanuel Steward, I would try and get the inside scuttlebutt from both camps as they prepared to fight for the lineal World jr. middleweight (154 lbs.) championship Duran, the ex-lightweight (135) and welterweight (147) champion, although he had lost his last fight, a UD 15 to Marvin Hagler in November 1983, a blowout on paper turned into a competitive fight as Hagler was at times, schooled by the 32-year old Duran.
PEOPLE WERE SAYING DURAN WAS BEYOND DONE
After losing to Kirkland Laing on ESPN in 1981, Duran looked fat and slow over ten dreary rounds. His next significant outing was a January 1983 KO 4 of Mexico’s Pipino Cuevas, himself a former WBA (147) titleholder that had amassed seven defenses. A few weeks before Duran smoked Cuevas, Tony Ayala, then the #1 WBA 154 lb. contender was arrested for raping his neighbor New Years Eve 1983. With the win, although only seen on Closed Circuit TV with Jerry Quarry, the ex-heavyweight contender doing the commentary on the broadcast emanating from the L.A. Sports Arena, Roberto Duran was back! READ MORE…
May 8th, 2011 By Edwin Ayala
Saturday, May 7th, 2011
SHOWTIME PPV MAIN WAS A DANCE WITH ONLY ONE DANCER
Las Vegas, NV- Manny Pacquiao (145 lbs), General Santos City, Philippines UD 12 Shane Mosley (147), Pomona, CA. (WBO 147 lb. title) Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) continues his amazing run as he dominated the seemingly ancient Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) over 12 rounds. Pacquiao knocked Mosley in round four (more of a trip) and Mosley returned the favor in round ten in what was more of a push and a gaff by referee Kenny Bayless. That’s about the only drama in this one. Scores were 120-108, 120-107, and 119-108.
ARCE STOLE THE SHOW WITH GRIT & WILL
Jorge Arce (122), Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico TKO 12 Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (122), Caguas, Puerto Rico (WBO 122 lb title) Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) upsets “green” Vazquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) in a fast paced nail-biter of a fight. Vazquez Jr. stunned Arce at the end of round four with a left hook knockdown, but Arce got up unfazed. He had enough left in the tank in round 12 to begin a nonstop fuselage of punches causing the corner of Vazquez to throw in the towel at :55.
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February 9th, 2011 By RingTalk
North Ossetia, Russia- WBC youth super-middleweight (168 lbs.) champion Khetag Kozayev has been shot dead in the capital of the Republic of North Ossetia in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus Region. The Republican Interior Ministry reported on Sunday that Kozayev was killed by several gunshots at the Mirage nightclub in Vladikavkaz on Saturday night. “The suspect has been identified. He is likely to be detained during the day,” a spokesman for the ministry said. The 20 year-old had a perfect 10-0 record including 9 KOs.
January 27th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
New York, NY – In a rare occurrence, weekend action is highlighted with a meaningful scrapbetween two young undefeated champions who are commendably stepping up their level of previously protected opposition to unify titles in one of boxing’s most talented weight classes.
SOMEBODY’S O HAS GOTTA GO
WBC belt holder Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) squares off against WBO strap carrier Timothy Bradley (26-0, 11 KOs) over 12 scheduled light welterweight (140) rounds at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, Saturday at 10 PM ET on HBO.
WORKING AT PERFECTION
Unblemished against decent opposition, Devon Alexander has done everything asked of him and continues at his quest to impress. Throughout his seven-year career, Devon has virtually dominated every foe that has welcomed his challenge. Originally READ MORE…
January 4th, 2011 By Sin City Richey
MEET THE UNDISPUTED CHAMP OF BOXING HISTORIANS IN 2011!
1903: Joe Gans DQ 11 Gus Gardner, New Connecticut. Retains world lightweight title.
1907: Joe Gans KO 8 Kid Herman, Tonopah, NV. Retains world lightweight title.
1908: Abe Attell Draw 25 Owen Moran, Colma, CA. Retained world featherweight title.
1914: Waldemar Holberg W 20 Ray Bronson, Melbourne. Wins vacant world welterweight title. Holberg takes over Bronson’s World Welterweight title claim. Bronson had recently arrived in Australia with Eddie McGoorty and Young Saylor. Nov. 18, 1913 Tacoma Daily News.
Johnny Dundee ND 10 Freddie Welsh, New Orleans. “Dundee was accredited with having the best of the first two rounds, Welsh showed superiority in the fourth, eighth and tenth rounds, and the others were even.” (Atlanta Constitution).
1915: Legend has it, that on this day Battling Levinsky fought two 10 rounders & one 12 rounder in three different locations,
all no-decisions. When asked why he fought such a demanding schedule, Levinsky answered, “I like money.” For the entire “Historical Month in Boxing,” click here READ MORE…
December 27th, 2010 By Pedro Fernandez
TOCCO PRESENT WHEN EX-CHAMP LISTON WAS FOUND DEADSan Francisco, CA- Say what you want, but there are probably more dead people that I can respect than there are living. That being said, as 2011 nears I think about some of the people in boxing that are no longer with us. We will start in Las Vegas, where Johnny Tocco ran the “Ringside Gym” on the corner of Charleston & Main from the mid 50’s to the late 90’s.
LISTON, HE DIED IN HIS OWN HAND(S)?
He was a prince of a man who along with another “Sin City” alumni in the late Davey Pearl, were handling former heavyweight champ Sonny Liston at the time of his death. Reports had Liston dying from a Heroin overdose, folklore has him being murdered by the Mafia for refusing to throw the fight (his last) with Chuck Wepner, the same Wepner that Sylvester Stalone developed the Rocky movie character from. Truth be told, and I’m not trying to be funny here, but Liston was found on top of his made bed in his Las Vegas home with his underwear down around his ankles. More than likely Sonny Liston died from a Stroke he suffered while stroking it!
HOUSE WAS LOCKED FROM THE INSIDE
Sonny’s house was locked from the inside, no windows were open or unlocked, this according to his wife, who discovered the body on January 5, 1971 and a LVPD investigation that some say was a “cover up.” Because of the newspapers left on the stoop, it was estimated that Liston died on December 30 or 31, 1970. At the time of his death, Sonny was 50-4 with 39 KOs. Having beaten Wepner in June 1970, Sonny was trying to redeem himself after a brutal one-punch KO loss to Leotis Martin in 1969. Liston’s age was always suspect, as his death certificate stated he was 38. There are many who think Sonny was at least five years older.
JOHNNY’S GENETICS SOLD HIM A LIL’ SHORT
When Johnny Tocco died in 1997, he had just five days prior appeared with me on “Ring Talk Worldwide.” Having had a foot amputated due to Diabetic issues, Johnny was sad and feared he would never get back to the gym, even though he had sold it. READ MORE…
November 28th, 2010 By Edwin Ayala
November 27, 2010
Las Vegas, NV – Juan Manuel Marquez (134 lbs), Mexico City, MX TKO 9 Michael Katsidis (135), Toowoomba, Australia. (WBC 135 lb. title) Marquez (52-5-1, 37 KOs) retains recognized World champion retained his title in an exciting give and take battle with the always willing Katsidis (27-3, 22 KOs). MK wanted to draw Marquez into a war and the Mexican mauler was than happy to oblige. Katsidis shocked Marquez (dropping him) in the third with a left hook to the chin. Marquez as he usually does, recovered quickly and controlled the remainder of the action packed bout. After taking to much punishment the fight was stopped at 2:14 of the ninth by referee Kenny Bayless.
BEROTO BATS FREDDY LIKE MEXICAN PINATA
Andre Berto (145), Winter Haven, FL TKO 1 Freddy Hernandez (147), Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (WBC 147 lb. title) Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) completely destroyed an unworthy opponent in Hernandez (29-2, 20 KOs) in the first round. After an explosive right hand floored Hernandez, referee Russell Mora called it at 2:07.
LITZAU FINALLY WORTHY OF HYPE?
Jason Litzau (130) Saint Paul, MN SD 10 Celestino Caballero (131.5), Panama City, Panama. In a surprising upset, 13-1 underdog, Litzau (28-2, 21 KOs) earned a hard fought win over highly respected WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs) Fought at a good pace, Litzau’s scores were 97-93 and 96-94, while Caballero was credited with a 96-94 score.
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November 26th, 2010 By RingTalk
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November 24th, 2010 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Every now and then, I rate each division in boxing from heavy to 105 lbs. Seeing the super middleweight (168 lbs) championship is on the line twice technically this weekend with World & WBA champ Andre Ward defending vs. Sakio Bika in Oakland, while Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham vie for the WBC diadem in Finland with Showtime televising both.
EVERYBODY BUT JERMAIN TAYLOR & KESSLER HAD AN “0”
Mikkell Kessler lost UD 12 to ex-champ Joe Calzaghe. With Andre Ward, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, as well as Andre Dirrell, (who recently left the Super Six 168 lb. tourney with medical issues) all of these men entered the round robin form of fighting unbeaten. Only Ward at 22-0, 13 KOs, is still in possession of an “0.” Having been the best already in Kessler, Ward is sans any doubt numero uno at 168. Not underestimating Bika, the improving champ will be looking for the stop. If only Lucien Bute of Canada, the IBF belt bearer, if he can remain unbeaten there is fruit for the winner of the Super Six after it is over.
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November 9th, 2010 By Kevin Perry
Los Angeles, CA- This coming Saturday marks what is expected to be the most important prizefight of 2010 when Filipino icon and congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquaio (51-3-2, 38 KOs) defends not only his pound for pound crown, he looks to gain a world title in an eighth weight division, albeit at a catch weight. His foe is the shamed cheater Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) whose trainer at the time, Javier Capetillo was caught loading his handwraps with a “plaster” like substance before his fight with “Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) in January 2009.
NOBODY BUT SHEEP BELIEVE THE ” I DIDN’T KNOW” BULL SPIT
Margarito maintains his innocence, that he did not know what was being inserted into his wraps. Whether you believe his story or not, the accused honored the one year revocation of his boxing license by the California State Athletic Commission, but was denied reinstatement. The nice guys that they are in Texas, their commission decided to grant Antonio a boxing license (ching, ching) and as a consequence this Saturday the two will fight for the vacant WBC junior middleweight (154 lb) title at Cowboys Stadium in front of a crowd said to exceed 50,000. While this bout is being waged at a catch weight of 150, a weight that on the surface seems to give the Mexican an advantage as Margarito reportedly started his seven week training camp weighing close to 160.
CONTRARY REPORTS ABOUND ON MARGARITO
Antonio reportedly has looked great in camp, however by possibly overtraining that success might not translate to the ring on fight night. Especially when fighting a buzz-saw in the likes of Pacquiao. At the same time, there are reports that Antonio is a walking dead man trying to make weight.
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