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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.

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

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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.

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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!

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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FONFARA TKO CHAVEZ JR. TOPS BOXING RESULTS

CHAVEZ JR. GETS SPANKING FROM “NEW” DADDY

Chavez Whacked By Fonfara

Chavez Whacked By Fonfara


San Francisco, CA- Although Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has some ability, he cannot beat up bigger men as Andrzej Fonfara proved Saturday night when Fonfara from the start until the end, lit Chavez Jr. up like the White House Christmas Tree in a light heavyweight (special weight 172 lb.) contest at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA via Showtime.

“SON OF LEGEND” BEATEN UP BAD

Chavez’s only plus was Fonfara had a point taken for a “shoulder butt” by referee Jerry Cantu in the seventh. The Chavez Jr. low light for his devout Mexican fans was his whining to the referee because his own weight woes put him in with a natural bigger and obviously stronger guy.

LARRY MERCHANT PREDICTED UPSET

On “Ring Talk,” the Saturday edition, Larry Merchant picked Andrzej to upset Chavez Jr., taking into account the natural size (body mass) advantage Fonfara has and that he went the route with linear champ Adonis Stevenson in 2014. Post fight, the Hall of Famer said. “The fight went about the way I thought it would. At 160 he had a size advantage. What I can’t believe is that Jr. turned down a $10 million deal to fight Gennady Golovkin from Top Rank (Bob Arum).

AL HEYMON LOSES WITH CHAVEZ

Having cherry picked opponents for years, Chavez Jr., undisciplined, a middleweight (160) if he were semi-dedicated, had been as high as a rumored 215, before making 171 plus change Friday. Fonfara in the upset threw a wrench at a potential Chavez-Stevenson or any Chavez-Gennady Golovkin fight.

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HBO HAS MATTHYSSE-PROVODNIKOV

HBO GOES UP AGAINST SHOWTIME

#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse

#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse


San Francisco, CA- Larry Merchant’s ex-employer, Home Box Office will Saturday air a live 140 lb. loser “leaves top five” bout between Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) and Ruslan Provodnikov.

MATTHYSSE FAVORED OVER “FACE” FIGHTER

Although I admire the grit and will of Provodnikov, the fact that Chris Algieri beat him is enough for me to think Lucas will trounce him. Seeing Ruslan (24-3, 17 KOs) is not afraid to “take a shot to throw a shot,” Lucas should batter him at will throughout.

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CHAVEZ JR. TOPS SHOWTIME CARD

MEXICAN FANS ADORE JULIO JR.

Late Referee Toby Gibson & Chavez Jr.

Late Referee Toby Gibson & Slim Chavez Jr.

San Francisco, CA- When you talk Mexican boxing, the first name that comes up is that of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. As the late Jack Fiske and I watched the elder Chavez’s American debut, already like 32-0, Sr. steamrolled our local fall guy Jerry Lewis under Bobby Chacon-Bazooka Limon III in December 1982, we were both not all that impressed.

FAST FORWARD 23 CALENDAR TURNS

Now the focus south of the border is on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who sits atop a Showtime card Saturday with Andrzej Fonfara (26-3-1, 18 KOs). Although they are of the same bloodline, Jr.’s in a bad spot having to follow a father who is considered one of the best in history.

LITTLE AMATEUR BACKGROUND LIKE DAD

And while his record was padded early on, Chavez Jr. was learning his craft “on the job” fighting as often as could on Top Rank cards. But here we are some seven years later and “The Kid” is at a “crossroads” fight career wise.

MEXICAN PELVIC MISSIONARY IS JR. Read more

PROMOTER JERRY HOFFMAN IN 15 ROUND FIGHT

SHAKEDOWN IN QUAKETOWN FIGHTS STELLAR

Jerry Hoffman

Jerry Hoffman


San Francisco, CA- The beach town of Santa Cruz, a college community with UC Santa Cruz is famous for beaches, an iconic amusement park and for a couple of decades now, Santa Cruz has produced some of the world’s finest cannabis.

MADE ONE STOP ON WAY TO BIG SUR

Having just blown through there a fortnight ago, I said to the people I was driving with. “This place was an incredibly hot fight town in the 90s. Here and down the coast in Monterey, world champs Shane Mosley, James Paige, Stevie Johnston, Jerry Hoffman promoted them here.”

PROMOTER/ANNOUNCER & WIFE DID ANTHEM

The reason why I bring this up is the man who was promoting those Quake Town and Riot At The Hyatt cards, Jerry Hoffman has been forced back into boxing as he is counterpunching Glioblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.

RIGHT MEDICAL VENUE FOR 15 ROUND FIGHT

A longtime radio and TV veteran of the coastal communities, Jerry has got the Dr.’s at Stanford University working his corner. Research says the Mayo Clinic, UCLA or Stanford are the three best arenas for a confrontation with an unforgiving foe should you lose.

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SUGAR RAY ROBINSON ON MARVIN HAGLER

Ray Robinson

Ray Robinson

1984 CONVERSATIONS WITH RAY ROBINSON

San Francisco, CA- In one of a number of conversations with the great Sugar Ray Robinson, Ray clearly indicated that he didn’t think much of then current middleweight (160 lbs.) champ Marvin Hagler. These conversations came six months after Hagler had narrowly defeated Roberto Duran. Ray. He used the term “great” to define two fighters at the time. One being Duran, the other his namesake Sugar Ray Leonard.

ROBINSON THE GREAT ON HAGLER’S GREATNESS?

When I specifically brought up the status of Hagler, Ray who finished a 24 year career in 1965 at 173-19-6, with 108 KOs put it like this. Hagler isn’t yet a great fighter. Duran is, even though he got knocked out last night (Tommy Hearns), a great fighter. He almost beat Hagler last time. Duran’s a little guy compared to Hagler. I think he was out of shape last night, but that punch (Tommy Hearns threw) was beautiful. Switching the subject back to Hagler, something that I realized you had to do with Robinson, who would die less than five years later from Alzheimer’s disease.

RAY STILL HAD HIS WITS ABOUT HIM

Ray continued, “Who did Hagler fight, other than Duran? The Englishman (Alan Minter) wasn’t much. None of the guys that Hagler has fought have been great fighters. And he barely beat a rising welterweight (lightweight) champion (Duran). Hagler comes in good shape, he can fight, and he’s a southpaw. I just don’t know if he’s a great fighter, yet.”

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NETWORK TV KEY TO BOXING GLORY

GARCIA GETS BY LAMONT, BRONER NEXT!

Danny Garcia: Fight @ 140 or strip him!

Danny Garcia: Fight @ 140 or strip him!


San Francisco, CA- There is nothing like watching fights on American Network TV and the two Premier Boxing Champion cards on NBC thus far, as well as the CBS show of last Saturday, people are watching with NBC capturing the major demographics of 18-49 with both prime time shows.

SOME STARS WITH POTENTIAL FOR MORE

The stars have included Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Adonis Stevenson, Andy Lee, Peter Quillin, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. Having never been an ardent admirer of Peterson, I thought he performed admirably considering Garcia was supposed smoke Lamont like a Brookyln blunt.

RAZOR THIN MATCH WENT TO DANNY

The fight was so close that it boiled down to one round going in another direction and the decision could have instead of a MD 12 win for Garcia, would have been a draw or a Peterson win.

LEE & “THE COCOA KID” NEED REMATCH SOON
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DRUGS AND MURDER IN BOXING PART 2

DOPE, MURDER, BOXING & VIDEO OF FIGHT

Robert Quiroga

Robert Quiroga

San Francisco, CA- Originally, this was entitled Cocaine, Boxing, Thug Life, the Murders of Robert Quiroga and “Kid Akeem” Anifowoshe, which brought back a lot of bad memories for people in boxing that knew both Akeem and Quiroga. A severely brain damaged Anifowoshe, 23-1, 18 KOs, died in 1994 attempting a comeback after deportation back to his native Nigeria. Before I go on, boxing did nothing for Akeem after he nearly died in that 1991 IBF title tilt with Quiroga. A broken young man in many ways turned to hustling Cocaine for which he was busted and deported.

NIGHT ROBERT QUIROGA WAS MURDERED

Robert and some friends had been drinking at a San Antonio tavern for a few hours late one night in 2004. They then grabbed a case of beer and headed for a friends house. Once there, the partying continued and Quiroga started jamming a member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, Robert Merla, because Merla stole a Scarface poster years earlier, taking it by threat of force. Felling humiliated, Merla left the party. He then lay in wait until Quiroga, who was drunk, exited the house some 15 minutes later.

ATTACKER STABBED QUIROGA SIX TIMES IN BACK! Read more

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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SADLY MISSED DEATH OF STEVE LOPEZ

STEVE LOPEZ WAS ONE BRAVE MAN

Steve Lopez

Steve Lopez


San Francisco, CA- When Phoenix, AZ promoter Steve Lopez was diagnosed with Stage 4 Throat Cancer about five years ago, it looked as if he would be checking out of his room in the hotel of life shortly.

AMATEUR WRESTLER TOOK “BIG C” TO MAT

But that wasn’t the case as Steve refused to give in and battled Cancer in a manner that I am certainly not brave enough to do, to take “head on” the disease that took his life March 20. Having been a police officer and a fighter, I’ve seen people face death plenty of times, but none with the dignity of Steve.

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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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NEVER FORGET CHUCK MINKER!

CHUCK MINKER WAS BOXING’S FACILITATOR
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San Francisco, CA- This is one of the great people I’ve known during my tenure in combat sports. A respected professional boxing judge, Chuck Minker was the Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission when Lung Cancer (He didn’t smoke) struck in 1992-1993, if my memory serves me correctly. An iconic figure in Nevada, Las Vegas is home of the Chuck Minker Sports Complex that’s located at the corner of Stewart Ave. and Mojave Road. There are people that you don’t ever forget, Chuck was one of those special individuals who bravely went “toe to toe” with the “Big C” and lost.

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