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.
FIRST TEACHER MACHEN FIRST BEAT QUARRY!
What I noticed most about Team Quarry was that none of them, not Jerry, nor his younger brother Mike ever wore headgear while sparring. With San Francisco heavyweight contender Eddie Machen on his last professional leg and had beaten Jerry a year prior for his lone loss, Eddie was being feted in the stands by the locals. Heavyweight contender or not, Jerry was no match for George even at 18 years old!
BIG GEORGE WAS A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW! READ MORE…
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.
PAVLIK SHAKE BOOZE PROBLEMS AND NABS WIN READ MORE…
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 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.
HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION HAS NO YANKS READ MORE…
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.
A BUM TO MANY, STILL TONY’S A BIG BUM READ MORE…
November 8th, 2010 By Pedro Fernandez
HEY MANNY, JFK DIDN’T THINK DALLAS WAS DANGEROUS!
San Francisco, CA- There was a time when renowned sports attorney Sydney Hall was calling me on the phone and talking up this fighter from the Philippines, a guy named Manny Pacquiao. Having heard about Pacquiao from different people, they all said he had peaked at 112 lbs. in winning the WBC flyweight title. Now with Pacquiao fighting at 122, Hall told me that he had enough confidence in Manny that he’d put him in with anybody!
AFRICAN CHAMP STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
With two weeks notice, Pacquiao steps in to face and destroy Lehlohonolo Ledwaba in Las Vegas in June 2001. With no fanfare, Pacquiao wins his second title in impressive fashion. The only time Pac looked less than stellar at 122 was against the “dirtiest player in the game,” the late Agapito Sanchez.
LEDWABA NOT EXACTLY DURAN
Ah, the African nicknamed “Hands of Stone” wasn’t the second coming of Roberto Duran, thus people reserved judgment on Pac. The November 2003 blitzing of Marco Antonio Barrera, that fight put Manny under the bright lights where he still stands today, only bigger than ever!
ON DECADE LONG TEAR READ MORE…
September 18th, 2010 By Jarrad Woods
CAN MOSLEY SURVIVE A SNAKE BITE?
New York, NY- After dropping his last bout to Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shane Mosley (46-6 39 KOs) will make his return to the ring tonight on HBO PPV. He will also return to the jr. middleweight (154 lbs) division to face Sergio ‘The Latin Snake’ Mora (22-1-1 6 KOs), who is best known for winning the television show, The Contender. To some boxing fans he is also known for once defeating the late former champion Vernon Forest. Coincidentally, Forrest was also the first man to defeat Mosley in his professional career, which makes this bout a little more interesting. On paper, it READ MORE…
August 27th, 2010 By Sammy Perez
New York, NY- An historical fight will take place at UFC 118 this Saturday between five-time UFC champion and MMA legend Randy Couture and multiple division boxing champion James Toney. Thus, the stage is set for an epic showdown. So why are boxing and MMA still fighting for respect?
FIGHTING’S BEEN AROUND SINCE CAVEMEN
Combat sports have probably been around since the dawn of mankind. There are ancient artifacts and historical data that dictate hand to hand combat and certain forms of self-defense have been practiced in one form or another for thousands of years.
PRIZE FIGHTING KOSHER OR BARBARIC? READ MORE…