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LISTEN TO THE RINGTALK BOXING HOUR!

April 23rd, 2014 By Kevin Perry

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured  writer Kevin Perry in the boxing hour. We discussed Bernard Hopkins impressive victory Saturday and the state of the light heavyweight division, as well as the other weight classes in boxing.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29+ YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to Hopkins-Shumenov post fight and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button. If you are on a mobile device, try clicking link here to listen to podcast. If you are having issues please leave a comment.

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CAN SHUMENOV RETIRE BERNARD “POPS” HOPKINS?

April 18th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

TIME FOR HOPKINS TO FIND A NEW VOCATION

Bernard Hopkins needs "Just for Men"

Bernard Hopkins Owns “Just for Men”

Las Vegas, NV- It seems as if Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins has been around the boxing game forever. With multiple championships in the 160 and 175 lb. divisions, the 49-year old current IBF light heavyweight champion (175) faces once beaten WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing. The Kazakhstan native’s short resume is deceiving as the current WBA beltholder won his title in his 10th professional fight, a Split Decision 12 over slick southpaw Gabriel Campillo in a rematch in 2010. He has defended that title five times but has had large gaps on inactivity. If Hopkins is truly slipping at 49, Shumenov has the busy punching style to send Bernard reeling into a long overdue retirement.

HOPKINS IS ALMOST 20 YEARS HIS SENIOR

The opinion of our Ringtalk radio host Pedro Fernandez, and HBO godfather Larry Merchant who aired on Ring Talk radio a few weeks ago is that “Popkins”(as he will be referred to here) ability to fight at the elite level at such an advanced age is an indictment on the level of boxing talent today in the division or lack thereof. Shumenov must not only win this bout, but do so in such a decisive manner to rid boxing of the “ancient” Philadelphia native. Hopkins has never been stopped in 64 fights. A definitive and conclusive win will put the Kazakh in the drivers seat for a potential unification showdown with WBC and lineal champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs), who must prevail in his Showtime debut May 24th.

IS “POPKINS” A MARVEL OR BAD FOR THE FIGHT GAME? READ MORE…

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ARCHIE MOORE SMARTER THAN MANNY PACQUIAO!

April 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

SAW ARCHIE MOORE LETTERS NOW IN HALL OF FAME

Paint On Side Of Pacquiao Bus

Paint On Side Of Pacquiao Bus

San Francisco, CA- In the late 1980s, the late Godfather of boxing writers Jack Fiske showed me a number of handwritten letters from then light heavyweight challenger Archie Moore. “The Old Mongoose” eloquently penned letters to boxing journalists around the world before Joey Maxim was “pressured” by the media to defend against Moore who won the title with a UD 15 in 1952.
Archie Moore

Archie Moore

ARCHIE (MANNY) BEING IGNORED BY MOB (MAYWEATHER)

Had Moore not taken the initiative, he would’ve never gotten the title shot regardless of who was champion. Moore wasn’t keen on the Mob (Blinky Palermo & Frankie Carbo) handling him. Knowing Moore was anti Mafia, Palermo and Carbo for years kept the title away from Moore who everybody knew was the uncrowned light heavyweight World champion. Archie kept winning and his being ignored continued until he got a pen and paper to write to journalists.

DESIGN A BUS WITH FLOYD’S KENTUCKY FRIED EMBLEM

With newspapers all but dead in today’s Internet driven media, that probably would not work for Pacquiao. But like Cassius Clay embarrassed Sonny Liston by driving his personalized bus up to Sonny’s house and throwing a bear trap on his lawn, following Sonny from here to there which annoyed Liston immensely as he had to answer to the media. Manny needs to think outside the box. The media was all over this and this helped Clay, later Ali, get the title fight that nobody thought he had a chance of winning.

LISTON GOT PISSED & THE FIGHT WAS MADE

Sonny was so taken aback and embarrassed that he agreed to fight the upstart loudmouth who called himself “The Greatest,” upset huge odds and the rest is sports history. When Manny Pacquiao said post fight Saturday that “The (telephone) line is open,” that was about as ineffective as a thermometer in hell.

MANNY DID NOT SOUND STRONG READ MORE…

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MANNY PACQUIAO DOMINATES TIM BRADLEY

April 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

MANNY PACQUIAO SHAKES GHOST OF TIM BRADLEY

Pacquiao Out Punching Bradley

Pacquiao Out Punching Bradley


San Francisco, CA- It was a night where “smoke & mirrors” were at work. First up, we need to recognize Manny Pacquiao dominating Tim Bradley with two 116-112 (8-4 rounds) scorecards and a 118-110 (10-2) tally. In just about every manner of pugilistic measure, Manny Pacquiao was a better fighter than Tim Bradley. Outside of that, it wasn’t Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns, but Manny clearly landed more telling punches than Bradley.

WHAT DOES BEATING BRADLEY SET UP?

With a record of 56-5-2, 38 KOs, Congressman Manny Pacquiao appears to be out of super fights unless you consider he and Juan Manuel Marquez for the 19th rime. Speaking of, JMM may have bitten off too much with a May fight with Mike Alvarado (time for a low back injury). Now I realize the brains at Top Rank think this is a winnable fight for Marquez, I’m not so sure he doesn’t get out boxed by the Colorado fighter. Were he to lose, Marquez vs Pacquiao would not have the market value it does would today.

SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT ANOTHER MARQUEZ FIGHT

From a fan’s perspective, should Juan win they need to make the 19th Pacquiao fight while it still smells like Downy treated clothes and not a used sock. As for Bradley, now 31-1, 12 KOs, that thumping Ruslan Provodnikov put on him is telling. Working behind some type of “mental block” Tim failed to really do anything but clown around defensively as if he were Roberto Duran, when the reality is that Tim was only in this fight because he got a gift the first time and beat Provodnikov on the official scorecards, but NOT the Neurological ones.

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LISTEN NOW RING TALK PAC-BRADLEY PREVIEW WITH PACMAN

April 12th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley

Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley

END OF PACQUIAO OR BRADLEY RUN AT HAND?

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured a Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao preview with writer Jarrad Woods backing Bradley and web czar Kevin Perry being of the opinion that Manny wins. We’ve also got some Manny Pacquiao audio.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29+ YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to the Pacquiao-Bradley preview and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

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ROY JONES FIGHTS ON 26 YEARS LATER

April 10th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

The Roy Jones Of Today!

ROY JONES STILL ACTIVE FIGHTER

San Francisco, CA- Defeating WBA heavyweight title claimant Johnny “Louise” Ruiz via UD 12 in 2004 was probably the peak of the Roy Jones era. From that point forward, it’s been down hill, sometimes face down for Roy who paid dearly for an undeserved decision over Antonio Tarver. In the rematch, Tarver knocked Roy the blank out in two rounds. Then came the one-punch KO by Glen Johnson which was followed by another loss to Tarver. At this point and time, Jones could have retired and everybody who knows or cares about him would have agreed.

“GENTLEMAN JOE” NOT SUCH A GENTLEMAN

Instead he continued and in 2008 lost by wide scores to Joe Calzaghe. The Welshman retired after this fight at 45-0. Getting two wins over Omar Sheika and Jeff Lacy weren’t enough to restart the Roy Jones fan club, they being a bunch of writers that thought like Roy that he was a boxing God. Then came more three straight losses, a KO 1 by Danny Green, UD 12 loss to Bernard Hopkins, and a “sick” KO loss in his May 2011 fight against Denis Lebedev.

SMOGER ALLOWED UGLIEST OF ENDINGS! READ MORE…

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MANNY PACQUIAO-TIM BRADLEY II DANGEROUS FOR BOTH

April 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao

Tim Bradley-Manny Pacquiao

PACQUIAO & BRADLEY PUT CAREERS ON LINE

San Francisco, CA- He wasn’t rich and reportedly had just a single sweat suit to his name. But this kid that could barely speak English who was sitting outside this Potrero Hill district gym on a bench waiting for a ride in 2001 was none other than Manny Pacquiao. The upstart IBF 122 lb. claimant who had upset Ledwa Ledwaba for the strap was set to battle the Ric Flair of boxing, the late Dominican Agapito Sanchez who was the “dirtiest player in the game.”

HALL OF FAME REFEREE DENKIN MADE RIGHT MOVES

In other words, “anything goes” was alright with Sanchez who met a violent demise in his homeland a few years back. But he gave Manny Pacquiao the toughest test he has ever had as both a man and a boxer. Slick low blows, an occasional elbow and some well placed head butts had Manny bleeding and looking for a way out. Because of his many decades near the top of refereeing, Marty Denkin kept things in check and the fight that could have went either way was ruled a Technical Draw.

PACQUIAO WENT ON HISTORIC ROLL READ MORE…

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SERGEY KOVALOV-ADONIS STEVENSON IS ABOUT RACE

April 8th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

RACIAL SUPREMACY ALWAYS PART OF BOXING

Stevenson_Kovalov Split Fans!

Stevenson_Kovalov Split Fans!


San Francisco, CA- Going into this offering, I realize this will piss some people off. But like my first mentor, the incomparable Anthony Peligrino, my high school journalism teacher told me when I wanted to “out” our Principal for two DUI’s in six months on the cover of the South San Francisco Warrior, of which I was Editor in Chief, “Give it some thought, prepare well and go with your heart,” so said the great one.

STEVENSON-KOVALOV BRING OUT “RACE CARD”

That being said, I can’t help but think the Sergey Kovalov-Adonis Stevenson potential match is a fight that is drawn along racial lines. This is Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney-like divisions between ethnic groups. And while I know that was 1982, some 32 years ago, you have never seen a country divided along lines of color over a sporting event as they were for a fight that was even billed in some areas as “Cooney-Holmes.” In a show of disrespect, ring announcer Chuck Hull introduced Cooney second, all the while Larry was reigning and unbeaten champion.

PEOPLE WANT TO IGNORE RACE FACTOR READ MORE…

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DON KING 40 YEARS AFTER RUMBLE IN JUNGLE

April 7th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Don King & Ali

Don King & Ali

KING STILL STANDING FOUR DECADES AFTER “RUMBLE”

San Francisco, CA- The English language could explain this no simpler. Ether you like Don King or you don’t. Having always found a way to pierce his shield, I used to love to challenge the guy his peeps used to refer to simply as “DK.” Now in his 82 turn of the Roman Calender, I simply call him Don. The Donald has been promoting fights since 1974 and the “Rumble In The Jungle” aka Muhammad Ali-George Foreman.

DON’S INITIAL PROMOTIONAL FORAY WAS BIG!Ali In Zaire

King who had had a piece of Earnie Shavers after doing his first wooing of a fighter when he wooed the hardest puncher in boxing history away from fellow Cleveland native Don Elbaum. But as a promoter, that cherry was popped with Ali-Foreman in Zaire, Africa. Don had gotten a reported $10 million for a site fee from President Mabutu who had great hopes of his country becoming the next French Riviera in tourism and that this fight would bring it priceless worldwide media exposure.

ZAIRE WAS A JUNGLE FOR SURE

But it wasn’t peaches and cream in Zaire leading up to the September 1974 match for a 24-year old Foreman as George was hated by the locals. His having a number of German Shepard dogs, a trait locals could only tie to the slave owners started George down the path of being the heel (bad guy) in this promotion.

CHAMPION CUT RIGHT BEFORE FIGHT READ MORE…

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LISTEN TO PROMOTER DON KING “UNPLUGGED” ON RING TALK

April 1st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

DON KING ON FIRE, HIS 40 YEARS & MUCH MORE

Don "Unplugged" King

Don “Unplugged” King

San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured the “World’s Greatest Promoter” Mr. Don King himself. Don was incredible in this totally “Unplugged” as he talked Sivern-Arreola, Affordable Health Care, Women, Civil Rights and some more boxing.

SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29 YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to promoter Don King and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

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LISTEN UFC CHAMP RONDA ROUSEY ROCKS ON RING TALK

April 1st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

RONDA DUMPS ON KIM KARDASHIAN, MICHAEL PHELPS

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey


San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured UFC bantamweight (135 lb.) champion Ronda Rousey and writer Zak Young. Ronda ripped on “porn star” Kim Kardashian and fellow 2008 Olympic medalist Michael Phelps.

SATURDAY ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS

This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT and has an hour of boxing and the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.

29 YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

To listen to UFC champ Ronda Rousey and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

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BOXING MANAGER MARLON SULLIVAN POPPED IN MURDER PLOT

March 30th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

SULLIVAN MURDER FOR HIRE: “I GOT A HUNDRED NIGGAS”

New Jersey Mugshot of Marlon Sullivan

New Jersey Mugshot of Marlon Sullivan


San Francisco, CA- Let me preface this with I’ve voted for the now all but defrocked California Senator Leland Yee, who this week was indicted by a San Francisco Federal Grand Jury for a slew of charges that included payoffs and smuggling large arms with the intent of overthrowing the Philippine Government. On Yee, when I
Reputed Mobster & Chinatown Godfather Ray "Shrimp Boy" Chow

Reputed Godfather Ray “Shrimp Boy” Chow

called his office with a problem it got done. Attached to the Lee case is one Marlon Sullivan, a San Francisco based Agent for a number of NFL players and jr. welterweight contender Karim Mayfield.

SULLIVAN NABBED IN JERSEY BUYING COKE

According to NJ.com the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force worked with the FBI and arrested 29-year-old Marlon Sullivan Monday morning while trying to buy 10 kilos of Colombian Dust (cocaine) from undercover FBI agents for $275,000. FBI Agents had Sullivan go to New Jersey and buy the drugs. Sullivan was going to stay in New Jersey and go to the Karim Mayfield fight some five days after his unexpected arrest. Held sans any bail or bond, Sullivan is awaiting extradition to California.

FBI ASKED SULLIVAN TO KILL SOMEBODY READ MORE…

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SERGEY KOVALOV-CEDRIC AGNEW HBO REPORT

March 30th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

DULORME BESTS MAYFIELD IN HBO DIME

Still Unbeaten Sergey Kovalov

Still Unbeaten Sergey Kovalov

San Francisco, CA- If you were a friend or fan of Karim Mayfield, of which I am both, you had to be disappointed in that Karim gassed early against Thomas Dulorme. When you are the smaller fighter (see Joe Frazier) you have to be in condition to make the fight for 10 rounds. Instead Karim stayed on the outside early on and got rocked by the lanky Puerto Rican in the opener.

SAN FRANCISCAN LACKED “REAL” FIRE

Mayfield would bounce back in round 3 as if he were fighting according to a blueprint drawn in the gym. With only one fight in 2013, inactivity was going to be a problem I anticipated for the native San Franciscan. Down the stretch Karim would acquit himself and still not do enough to win some close rounds. At the end I thought it was a clear 6-4 or 96-94 for Dulorme who moves to 22-1, 14 KOs. Officially it went 98-92, 97-94 & 96-93 for the Puerto Rican Dulorme. Mayfield loses for the first time and is 18-1-1, 11 KOs.

SERGEY KOVALOV FAILS TO LOSE A ROUND

Let me start this off with any fighter who wears wrestling shoes in the ring to box is doing themselves a disservice. This has been confirmed time and again as wrestling shoes are made to put your weight on your heel, while a designed boxing shoe is all about digging your toes in the canvas when you punch.

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CESAR CHAVEZ, FARM WORKERS & EL MALCRIADO

March 28th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

CESAR CHAVEZ WAS A “CHAMPION OF MEN”

Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez


San Francisco, CA- As a child growing up in this beautiful thing known as the City, my
UFW Leaflet

UFW Leaflet

mind took me back in time as today’s release of the film on Cesar Chavez churned up memories. I was cutting my teeth with the James Lick Skipper yearbook circa 1971. My late-great stepfather Michael Ramirez, his sister Lorraine Ramirez was heavily involved in the United Farm Workers Union movement and Cesar Chavez.

CHAVEZ MOVIE DEBUTS TONIGHT

For the cause, Cesar had extended fasts that gained national attention. When labor guys in the 70s weren’t getting arrested, you knew your voice wasn’t getting heard. The life of Cesar would be legendary if it were not real. Back in the day, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta and Lorraine were putting in like 20 hour days at rallies, picketing grocery stores who sold non-union produce, organizing demonstrations and purring out a newspaper titled, El Malcriado: The Voice of the Farm Worker.

ABUSE OF FARM LABORERS CONTINUES TODAY

And before you think that abusing Farm Workers is over, some three years ago a pregnant 30-year old woman was forced to endure seven hours of 90+ degree weather with, hold on, no thermos refill of water and no shade. She collapsed and died READ MORE…

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JC CHAVEZ-MELDRICK TAYLOR FIGHT 24 YEARS LATER

March 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

ONE SCARY NIGHT IN NORTH LAS VEGAS

Chavez-Taylor I

Chavez-Taylor I


San Francisco, CA- Having found there to be a shortage of Mexicans the night prior to Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor I, I ventured to North Las Vegas for Chavez fans on Friday night March 16, 1990. Even though this match was sold out, the fact there wasn’t a Chavez following in the lobby of the host hotel, the Las Vegas Hilton, was to me unusual. The trip to North Las Vegas was one that I’ll always remember. Upon entering this bar the cabby dropped me off at, I noticed fresh blood just outside the front door.

DON’T SAY CHAVEZ HAD ONE LOSS COVERED UP!

After conversing in broken Spanglish, I bought a couple of guys a beer as we discussed Julio Cesar Chavez, the so-called greatest Mexican fighter in history. Going through the Chavez resume, which at the time stood at 68 & ZIP was easy. But there was the fight in JC’s hometown of Culican, Mexico, a city controlled by Coke traffickers in which Chavez was disqualified and I’m told and the commission is said to have changed the result the next day. Remembering that puddle of blood at the bar’s entrance, I let my hosts tell Chavez history in their own way before backing out of the joint.

TYSON HAD JUST BEEN BEATEN BY BUSTER READ MORE…

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