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BOB ARUM ADDED TO “WALL OF FAME”

ATOP BOXING WORLD ALMOST 50 YEARS

Ali, Rachman Ali, Bob Arum

Ali, Rachman Ali, Bob Arum


San Francisco, CA– When you look at big time boxing for the past 40+ years, there was always the presence of promoter Bob Arum and his Top Rank promotional firm.

ARUM WAS “A KENNEDY MAN”

Bob began working for the Justice Dept. and Attorney General Robert Kennedy in 1960. After the assassination of President Kennedy, Arum told me that President Johnson wanted his own team of US Attorneys. Said Arum, “I was a Kennedy man.”

CLOSED CIRCUIT TV NUMBERS BLOW BOB’S MIND

During his Justice Dept. tenure, Arum was assigned to look over the monies brought in by a Sonny Liston-Floyd Patterson fight. Blown away by the numbers, Bob was bitten by both boxing and the bucks.

PRESTIGIOUS RECIPIENT HARVARD CUM LAUDE Read more

SIGNORELLA PREVIEWS SPIKE, HBO, SHOWTIME CARDS

THREE CARDS BEING DEALT OUT, ONLY ONE SEEMS LEGIT

Premiere Boxing Champions

Premiere Boxing Champions

Las Vegas, NV- Boxing’s hot summer schedule continues to heat up! All the action begins this Friday with another installment of Al Haymon’s highly successful time share series “Premier Boxing Champions” on SPIKE TV. The main event will feature Cuba’s WBA jr. middleweight (154) strap carrier Erislandy Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) pitted against former two time world title challenger Delvin Rodriquez (28-7-4, 16 KOS). Coverage from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois begins at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT.

SOME THINK LARA’S LOSSES WERE SHAKY

Erislandy Lara has impressive wins over some very solid names in the business, however in his two biggest fights against Paul Williams (L UD 12), Canelo Alvarez (L MD 12); Lara fell victim to what many ringside experts felt to be unfair scoring. After his disappointment to Canelo, Erislandy went on to win his first championship against vapid and harmless pug Ishe Smith (W UD 12). With the exception of his war with Alfredo Angulo (W TKO 10), Lara’s defense minded feather fisted style isn’t very TV friendly, hence why he lacks any “household name” notability.

D ROD IN TWILIGHT OF PAINFUL CAREER Read more

SIGNORELLA PREVIEWS KHAN/ALGIERI TILT!

PBC on SPIKE

PBC on SPIKE

Las Vegas, NV – Boxing’s super busy schedule trudges forward this weekend with another installment of Al Haymon’s successful network time share fight series “Premiere Boxing Champions”.  This week’s card will be typified by an intriguing welterweight (147 lb.) scrap between two charismatic and world elite combatants when former two-time jr. welterweight (140) belt holder Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) faces former jr. welterweight strap carrier Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) in a scheduled 12 or less rounds of throw down.  Live televised coverage begins FRIDAY at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York on Spike TV.

Khan (left) smashing an opponent with a deadly left hook

Khan (left) smashing an opponent with a deadly left hook

 

AMIR KHAN OR A MERE CON?

Going into his 19th professional bout against (at the time) unbeaten contender Breidis Prescott, the buzz was high for Amir to rise to the top of the game. Khan, however got starched by a right hand from Prescott and lasted just 54 seconds in the bout (L KO 1). Removed from the embarrassment against Prescott, Amir went on to win eight straight (3 KOs) and managed to pick up the WBA and IBF straps. That win streak was highlighted with victories over Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera (W TD 5), Paulie Malignaggi (W TKO 11), Zab Judah (KO 5) and Marcos Maidana (W UD 12). Read more

BOXER ERIC MARTIN TAKES ON SICILIAN MAFIA

ERIC MARTIN STORY FROM THE ARCHIVES!

Engels Pedroza-Carlos Padilla-Eric Martin

Engels Pedroza-Carlos Padilla-Eric Martin

South San Francisco, CA– While jogging weeks before his death, I literally ran into Eric “The Prince” Martin for the last time. Running through the streets of this little city, a community a few miles south of The City by The Bay, Eric turned the corner at Grand & Maple. He was leaving the Physique Magnifique boxing gym where he was the “House” trainer. We talked, nothing major, exchanged wishes and the next thing I know “The Prince” is dead.

“SUPER SIZE ME” DIET KILLED “THE PRINCE”

One of the worst eaters I ever knew, especially from an athletic point of view, Eric preferred McDonald’s hands down over a filet, and in the end that would lead to his death. A type 2 Diabetic, that and complications from a tooth extraction brought Eric’s life to an end December 23, 2007 at the age of 48.

CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF GREAT BOXER SANS CONNECTIONS

Uncrowned Champ Eric Martin

Uncrowned Champ Eric Martin

Eric’s record is less than impressive. At the same time, he fought seven world champions, none of whom could stop or drop the former San Francisco Police Dept. recruit who left the academy to fight professionally. On any given night, he could be and or beat the best “boxer” in the world. The problem with Eric was two-fold. 1. He was a great boxer who lacked the ability (punch or mean spirit) to finish guys. 2. That being said, Eric couldn’t sell tickets and his manager, the late Bill Mateo was about as straight as San Francisco’s Lombard St.

ERIC WAS PIMPED BY THEN MANAGER

Loyal to an ignorant fault, Martin wouldn’t listen to those of us that knew the game and cared, thus he stayed with Mateo and instantly became an underpaid opponent who would go anywhere and fight.

DIDN’T CRY WHEN BILL DIED

I mentioned Martin had fought seven guys who claimed world titles. Eric made the boxing world take note when he all but bi*ch slapped future World champ Lupe Aquino (22-1, 16 KOs) on the Larry Holmes-Marvis Frazier card in 1983, resulting in an absurd draw. Not impressive physically, but always in shape, Eric needed four rounds to make the “house” judges realize he was in the fight, let alone winning it! Mateo, who died in 2005 from a heart attack really had little regard for Eric, and like a guy in love with a crack addict, Martin put up with Mateo to a point where I might have wanted to end the manager’s role, if not his life.

SEVEN CHAMPS FROM 140-160 & NONE COULD DROP/STOP ERIC Read more

UNSOLVED MURDER OF ARTURO GATTI 2015

MORAL OF STORY? DON’T MARRY “SKANK” STRIPPER

Arturo Gatti Death Scene

Arturo Gatti Death Scene


San Francisco, CA– When I presented evidence of a murder case against the then 23-year old ex-stripper that retired boxing legend Arturo Gatti married, Amanda Rodrigues Gatti, the case was about as solid, clear and simple as anyone could imagine in 2009.

WIFE LIED FROM THE START!

Amanda Gatti first claimed that somebody broke into the villa they were staying at near Recifee, Brazil. Then the hotel released the “electronic key” records to the hotel room that proved her to be a liar. Secondly, Gatti was dead at least 10-12 hours before any authorities were notified or called. I mean, this wasn’t TV’s The Addams Family mansion of 75 rooms, it was a hotel suite and incredibly Amanda said she was in the room with the dead Gatti and didn’t know it.

CAN THIS PURSE STRAP HOLD 180 LBS?

Can a 180 lb. man hang himself with this?

Can a 180 lb. man hang himself with this?

After a wild night of partying, drinking, and arguing, it was the opinion of this former San Francisco Policeman and Licensed Private Investigator, that Gatti did indeed die by way of the purse strap, but from what I pulled from Brazilian authorities and news agencies it looked to me that Arturo had NOT hung himself.

GATTI STRANGLED BY WIFE? Read more

THE HECTOR CAMACHO STORY PART 4

Last Appearance Of The "Macho Man"

CAMACHO’S LAST NOTABLE STAND

San Francisco, CA– Most of you remember the Manny Pacquiao demolition of Oscar De La Hoya in 2008. But if you’ve been around the game a while you’d realize it was like you were eerily watching a 1997 fight between Hector Camacho and “Sugar Ray” Leonard in Atlantic City, NJ.

PROMOTER MIKE ACRI HAD SUCCESSFUL RUN

Camacho’s promoter was Mike Acri, while Leonard had his own group sans financial guru and attorney Mike “Top Cat” Trainer, who hadn’t been part of Team Leonard since the second Tommy Hearns fight in ’89.

"Late" Arturo Gatti

“Late” Arturo Gatti

ARTURO GATTI WAS EVERYWHERE

Although it wasn’t the “hard” partying practiced by the late Arturo Gatti, who was present for the pre-fight week festivities at various discos and clubs. Arturo was the quintessential party animal, sad that would play a role in his death. Still, I wasn’t up anytime before Noon ET (9AM my PT) prior to the day of the fight.

BOUNCED CHECK SEEN BY NEIGHBORS

Hours before the fight, I was in the Media room and trashed an ex-professional fighter turned magazine publisher after his $250 check ended up on the bulletin board of bounced checks at my corner store. It cost me $275 to buy the check back.

HUMILIATED FIGHTER IN FRONT OF PEEPS

After dissing Mr. X in front of some media members, I stepped outside into the Boardwalk Hall lobby per se. Talking to somebody, this guy’s eyes lit up and as I turned around a right hand kanded hard on my chin.

COPS HAD RINGSIDE SEAT TO SUCKER PUNCH Read more

HECTOR CAMACHO STORY PART 3

Hector Camacho-Oscar De La Hoya

LIFE & DEATH OF THE “MACHO MAN”

San Francisco, CA– Looking back at the career of Hector Camacho, you can see that he fought of a lot of fringe contenders. Guys like Freddie Roach, Sal Lopez, Pat Lawlor, names such as that make up the majority of Hector’s prizefighting resume.

TABLOID TV AND THE RAGS ALL OVER HECTOR

With more critics then Carter has pills, Camacho although admired for his skill, was also a favorite of tabloid news outlets. When Camacho showed up the post fight press conference, Hector was in a zone. And I don’t mean a drug zone. The kid from Spanish Harlem had just went 12 rounds without taking a serious punch from Jose Luis Ramirez, who had previously knocked out Puerto Rican rival Edwin Rosario.

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN HAD SPLIT HOUSE

It was fitting that the fight take place in the Mecca of boxing Madison Square Garden and in front of a nearly all Puerto Rican crowd that was split down the middle. The younger Puerto Ricans, many of those born here in the United States were for the “Macho Man.” Old-school Puerto Ricans and those living on the island were backing Rosario.

HECTOR’S PEAK LIKE SAND THROUGH THE HOUR GLASS Read more

UFC JON JONES STRIPPED AND SUSPENDED

UFC DROPS HAMMER ON THEIR BEST FIGHTER

San Francisco, CA– Well, not only was I wrong in thinking that the UFC would allow champion Jon Jones to defend his light heavyweight (205 lb.) title next month, the Las Vegas based group suspended the 25-1 Jones, considered the best ‘pound for pound’ in MMA, indefinetly!

DANA WHITE IN NEW MEXICO WITH JONES

Stepping off a private jet in Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, UFC President Dana White was said to be “in a lather.” Pissed off more than disppointed I think, White and Jones met and that’s when Dana stripped him of the title.

COURT DATE TODAY AS WELL

Appearing in court today for the first time on the Hit and Run accident on Sunday that Jones is believed to have caused by running a red light. Of the three cars involved, one driven by a pregnant Vanessa Sonnenberg, who suffered a broken arm. With the injury incurred, the charge was bumped from a Misdemeanor to a Felony.

INDICTMENT FORTHCOMING?

It would seem so. When this first broke I thought it might be swept under the rug because of who Jones is, both by law enforcement and the UFC. Now it appears, at least at this point in time, this is not the case. The DA will submit the evidence to a Grand Jury and I expect them to indict the 27-year old Jones within 30 days.

CORMIER TO RUMBLE WITH “RUMBLE” JOHNSON

Instead of Jones defending, it’ll be Daniel Cormier and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in a wrestler (Cormier) vs. striker (Johnson) match the vacant title at UFC 187 on May 23 in Las Vegas.

Pedro Fernandez

Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman and four-time Golden Gloves champion. Comments regarding this submission can be left under the advertising below.

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UFC JON JONES STRIPPED AND SUSPENDED

THE HECTOR CAMACHO STORY PART I

Hector “Macho” Camacho

“MACHO MAN” SHOT TO DEATH

San Francisco, CA– Having been hit with a number of deaths of people close to me in 2012, I all but shutdown when Emanuel Steward took the count as Cancer snatched him that October. Now it’s November 25, 2012 and Hector Camacho was declared dead after being shot a few days prior in his native Puerto Rico.

GOLDEN GLOVE WIN NOTED NATIONALLY

With this being a 3 part piece, we will get into the murder of Camacho later. Instead I’ll go into my own memories of the man I first named, “The Harlem Heckler,” a moniker Hector thought was ultra cool. My first glimpse was of Camacho the amateur as he won the New York Golden Gloves championship in impressive fashion. A pure boxer with fast hands and feet with an incredible gift for gab unseen since Muhammad Ali.

REALLY WAS “MACHO TIME” IN BOXING Read more

MMA WIZ DAVE MELTZER RING TALK

DAVE MELTZER KING OF MMA WRITERS

Dave "MMA Genius" Meltzer

Dave “MMA Genius” Meltzer

On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez and MMA’s iconic writer Dave Meltzer covered the bases on the UFC, UFC 186, Ronda Rousey and more. Truly a great radio guest on MMA is the creator of the Wrestling Observer newsletter.

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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KICKING SAND AT JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.

RICH MEXICAN KID LACKS DEDICATION

"Young" Chavez Jr.

“Young” Chavez Jr.

San Francisco, CA– Just about everybody, including myself, did the Freddie Blassie act on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after he was routed by Andrzej Fonfara this past Saturday on Showtime.

SON OF A LEGEND ACT “STALE” FOR YEARS

Not only has his being Julio Cesar Chavez Sr.’s “son of a legend” act grown old, Jr. no longer has the momentum he once had on Bob Arum’s Top Rank plantation. in addition, his skill set is not where it should be after 50 professional fights.

RICH KID TOO WELL FED FOR SUCCESS

Having studied the kid early on, this at a time when he didn’t even shave regularly, I watched this rich Mexican kid work a room of media in San Jose, CA, circa his professional debut AND it was obvious to me that Jr. knew from the start that he could never come close to the heights of Julio Sr.

FATHER STARVED DURING PROFESSIONAL INFANCY Read more

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LARRY MERCHANT PREDICTS FONFARA WIN

Floyd-Pac 2 Weeks Away

Floyd-Pac 2 Weeks Away

On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez had Larry Merchant front and center with writer Kevin Perry reporting the fights on both HBO/Showtime. Mr.Perry also attended Floyd Mayweather’s media day as well.Former HBO analyst Larry Merchant was also one of our guests on Saturdays boxing hour.

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.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

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