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THE MAGIC OF MUHAMMAD ALI

NOT EVERYBODY CAN “TOUCH” PEOPLES LIVES

Muhammad Ali-Pedro Fernandez

Muhammad Ali-Pedro Fernandez


San Francisco, CA- Having been around some distinguished people in my tenure on this planet, from great entertainers, politicos that even included a head of state or two and there was Bobby Kennedy in a Market St. auto dealership that was turned into the RFK San Francisco headquarters in 1968, just days before being killed. Touched flesh with acting legend Steve McQueen, have introduced heads of State, still nobody equaled the company of Muhammad Ali.

LIKE TRAVELING WITH THE POPE!

Given the task by promoter Harold Smith of watching people approach the then three person entourage that included wife Lonnie and best friend/photographer Howard Bingham during a 1994 Chinese junket beginning in Macao. We had all been in Beijing the year before, Bob Arum included, as I was part of the TV team of Hugh Malay and Arnie Rosenthal that made sports history by airing, “The Brawl at The Wall” first boxing event in China since 1949.

WATCHED ALI FEED ORPHANAGE FOR A YEAR! Read more

WHY ALI NEVER FOUGHT TEOFILO STEVENSON

TEOFILO STEVENSON VS. MUHAMMAD ALI
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San Francisco, CA- Having watched Cuban fighters defect since the imposition of that oh-so successful U.S. embargo 50+ years ago, I always wondered why heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist Teofilo Stevensen (and later Felix Savon) never said “Adios” to Fidel Castro. Stevenson, the greatest Olympic heavyweight ever died in 2012 at the age of 60 from a heart attack related to his years of rapid-fire chain smoking.

PARTY, THE REAL PARTY WAS IN HAVANA!

In the late 1990s, working out of South Beach in Miami, FL, I had two free days on my itinerary and all we (the camera crew, etc.) kept talking about was wanting to go to Cuba. It would involve going to the Dominican Republic, before a 90 minute flight to the land of Fidel. As it turns out we never made it, but seeing I’ve been to 33 countries, Cuba is the forbidden fruit of travel I have yet to taste.

CUBAN AMATEUR TEAMS OWNED BOXING

The Cuban amateur boxing program is one of the best ever as they have snagged 34 Gold Medals, 19 Silver & 14 Bronze. Cuba’s Olympic success goes back to their debut at the 1900 Games when Ramon Fonst won the Gold and a Silver in “Fencing.” The Cuban teams would never win a medal outside of Fencing before 1948 and did not medal in boxing until 1972.

MUHAMMAD ALI VS. TEOFILO STEVENSON Read more

LARRY MERCHANT UNPLUGGED RADIO

EX-HBO GODFATHER ON “RING TALK”

Mayweather vs Merchant

Mayweather vs Merchant

San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez went deep with Hall of Famer/Larry Merchant. One of the best guests in sport’s history, we can never get enough of Larry!

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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BLAME LOU DUVA FOR CHAVEZ-TAYLOR RESULT

ISHE SMITH “POPS OFF” KNOWING ONLY HALF STORY
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San Francisco, CA- Nothing irks me more about the Internet than how people bend history like it’s clay and mold it into a pile of s*it based on nothing but speculation, and sometimes in boxing, racial preference. Case and point, referee Richard Steele asked Meldrick Taylor twice to acknowledge him after getting knoxked down by Julio Cesar Chavez in the waning seconds of a fight some 25 years ago this month at the Las Vegas Hilton. After reading ex-Contender TV guy and IBF champion for a nanosecond, Ishe Smith’s dead wrong account on Facebook made me cringe because it was so contrary to reality!

MR. ISHE SMITH “MONDAY MORNING QB” TYPE

Ishe “Mr. Excitement” Smith says, “It was one of the worst stoppages in boxing history.” Was Mr. Smith there? No, but because he has a keyboard and access to You Tube, he’s thinks he’s a boxing historian when in reality Professor Fernandez is about to hand Ishe an F, and not based on his opinion, but rather his not knowing the facts involving those closing seconds of round 12.

BRUTAL BATTLE LIKE DIEGO CORRALES-JOSE CASTILLO I

When the 12th round started, Meldrick Taylor was up in the minds of most on the scorecards. Possessing that Philadelphia “gym” mentality, Taylor went to Chavez because cornerman Lou Duva told he needed the round to win, when as I said he was in front, at least on two cards anyway. Taylor gets floored with about 15 seconds left, I’m in row 5 center behind him Taylor as referee Richard Steele issued the 8 count. When he was done counting he TWICE asked Meldrick to acknowledge him (in order to continue).

REASON MELDRICK “TWICE DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE” REFEREE Read more

ARLEN “SPIDER” BYNUM TWO YEARS LATER

SPIDERMAN BOXED FROM 112 LBS. TO HEAVYWEIGHT

Arlen & Charlsie Bynum

Arlen & Charlsie Bynum


San Francisco, CA- There is nothing more painful than the day on the calendar that marks the passing of a loved one. That being said, Arlen “Spider” Bynum checked out of his room at the hotel of life two years ago March 25. Not the easiest guy always to get along with, if you didn’t argue with the left leaning Texan, then you weren’t his friend.

LANKY BIG MAN IMPOSING FIGURE TO SOME

While “Spider” could be the nicest and sweetest of men, piss him off and it’s not long before you realize you have shaken a nest of angry hornets. When I last saw him alone, it was a Thursday night at the Hospice. I told Arlen that many people loved him and that he deserved to go out a proud man. “His answer, I’m proud to have had friends like you,” which brought me to tears.

TWO YEARS SANS THE SPIDERMAN’S VENOM Read more

GEORGE FOREMAN, HIV+ MORRISON FLASHBACK!

PPV CARD FEATURES FOREMAN & MORRISON

HIV+ Tommy Morrison-George Foreman

HIV+ Tommy Morrison-George Foreman


Chiba, Japan- Returning from an 18-month layoff, George Foreman, 253 lbs., Marshall, TX, failed to gain a knockout against shifty Crawford Grimsley, 235, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, winning a UD 12 as 3,240 spectators watched. Scored: 119-108, 116-112 & 117-111. The 47-year old Foreman, now 75-4, 62 KOs, was too slow and couldnt catch the younger Grimsley, 20-1, 18 KOs, who stayed out of danger for 12 rounds. Both fighters ended the fight bloodied but there were no knockdowns.

HIV+ TOMMY MORRISON ON CARD TOO

HIV-infected Tommy Morrison, 228, Jay, OK, didnt have time to bleed or cause a scare by whacking out late replacement Marcus Rhode, 250, St. Joseph, MO, who was down three times for a TKO ending at 1:38. Morrison now at 46-3-1, 40 KOs, Rhode 15-2, 15 KOs. MORE on Tommy Morrison Read more

LISTEN RING TALK BOXING 3-15

THE RETURN OF THE BOXING GAME

"Big Al" Haymon

“Big Al” Haymon


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez discussed the boxing debut on NBC & Spike TV. We also covered some of the “controversy” involving Mayweather-Pacquiao, the week in review and Andre Ward’s future as well.

SHOW “IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) 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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LARRY HOLMES RIPS FOREMAN, KLITSCHKO’S

HOLMES CALLS FOREMAN “SICK” IN “LARRY UNPLUGGED”

Ex-Champ Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer

Ex-Champ Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer


Ring Talk (RT) – The Godfather of Easton, Pennsylvania is on the phone, we’re talking to Larry Holmes somewhere on the east coast.  How goes it Larry?
Larry Holmes (LH) – Let me make it clear I don’t own Easton, I own businesses.  I don’t want everybody calling me cause taxes keep going up. (laughing)

RT– 69-6 with 44 KOs, the heavyweight champion of the world who went 48-0 before losing to Michael Spinks.  His accomplishments are definite Hall of fame material, no question about it.  First off let’s get to some questions off the Internet.  The George Foreman fight, when Harold Smith and another guy tried to put it together in the 90’s, were you close.  How close did the fight come to reality?
LH– Very close, in fact one guy gave Foreman a million dollars and me half a million.  We took the money and signed an agreement.  But for one reason or another, the guy pulled out or George didn’t want to fight.  I wanted to fight but it never came off.  If there was ever a fight I wanted it’s that one. Read more

RENZO GRACIE “EVERYBODY IN UFC ON STEROIDS”

GRACIE DROPS STEROID BOMB ON ANDERSON SILVA

Hector "Caught Cheating" Lombard

Hector “Caught Cheating” Lombard


San Francisco, CA- When you mention the name “Gracie,” you’re either talking a 1950s TV sitcom, or the family that spawned Gracie Jiu Jitsu and from that came the form of competition we know today as the Ultimate Fighting Championships. That being said, former UFC fighter and now trainer/manager told the Japanese news service Tatame, “Everybody is taking (steroids). The difference is that Anderson (Silva) probably lost control of when the substance would be out of his body.”

RENZO ON USING & NOT USING STEROIDS

“Fighters who don’t use (PEDs) can’t compete in this sport. There are some exceptional guys, like Frankie Edgar and Chris Weidman. Those two never took anything. I watch them closely. Everybody takes (steroids), except them. But they are rare cases.”

GRACIE RISKING WRATH OF UFC? Read more

GREATEST EVER HENRY ARMSTRONG REMEMBERED

HAMMERIN HANK OBITUARY

Henry Armstrong Haeld 126, 135 & 147 belts at same time.

Henry Armstrong Held 126, 135 & 147 belts at same time.

Capitola, CA-Henry Armstrong, the only fighter to hold three weight division titles simultaneously, died of heart failure in Los Angeles (October 23, 1988). The 75-year-old boxing legend has been in a state of deteriorating health over the past year and was afflicted by such ailments as infections, malnutrition, anemia, pneumonia, dehydration and poor vision. He also suffered from dementia according to his physician.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS WILL NEVER BE MATCHED

Between 1937 and 1938, Hammerin Hank Armstrong won three (undisputed) world titles-featherweight (126 lbs.), lightweight (135) and welterweight (147) and holding them all at the same time.

TRIPLE TITLE WIN CHRONOLOGY

The historic triple-crown run began when Armstrong stopped Petey Sarron in six, winning the World featherweight title on October 29, 1937. Next he bypassed the lightweight crown and captured the World welterweight Read more

JAY Z, ARUM, COTTO, GOLOVKIN, ALI AND MORE

COTTO HAS ARUM BLOWIN’ HEAD GASKET

Bob "Cotto is not a man" Arum

Bob “Cotto is not a man” Arum


San Francisco, CA- If we were still in the age of newspapers, come Tuesday morning in the San Francisco Chronicle, Hall of Fame writer Jack Fiske would be telling us that he’s hearing Miguel Cotto, the recognized World lineal middleweight champ (39-4, 32 KOs) might “dump his title’ rather than fight the obvious 160 lb. heir apparent and WBA kingpin Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs. Cotto, who reportedly made more in two fights on his own than he did his entire time with Top Rank has again parted ways with Bob Arum and he is furious.

WARD & COTTO NOW WITH JAY Z & ROC NATION SPORTS

Jay Z  Has Arum Fuming!

Jay Z Has Arum Fuming!

Like Andre Ward, Cotto also inked up with Roc Nation Sports this week and will fight June 6 in probably Madison Square Garden, but with a good undercard and right opponent, Cotto could play Yankee Stadium. The only thing we can be sure about the oppoent for June 6 is that it is not Golovkin. Golovkin’s HBO numbers continue to impress and eventually Cotto will have to, “S*it or get off the pot” regarding GGG. Cotto is looking hard at IBF 154 lb. guy Cornelius Bundridge for June, thus forget I even mentioned Yankee Stadium as Bundridge couldn’t sell out his front room. .

ALI-FRAZIER I CAST ALMOST ALL GONE Read more

JOHNNY BOS DEATH TWO YEARS LATER

REMEMBERING NOT FORGOTTEN “ALL NIGHT” BOS

Johnny "Fashion Plate" Bos

Johnny “Fashion Plate” Bos


San Francisco, CA- It’s been three years since legendary insomniac (and matchmaker) Johnny Bos checked out of the hotel of life. A natural demise due to heart issues in his Florida home in May 2013, Bos, like Elvis, Madonna & Cher, rarely was he called anything but Bos.

BOS’ ABILITY TO KEEP SECRET ALMOST NILL

Shortly after his death I mused on how Bos might have faked his demise for he was the ultimate joker. The answer to that was also very clear. Unless it had anything to do with jail or taxes, Johnny Bos couldn’t keep a secret if his life depended on it.

Most people, at least since the advent of the Internet by email, social media, etc. But pre Internet, Bos had long distance bills that exceeded $4,000 a month. His diet for five straight years consisted of hamburgers and Cokes. That was it!

NASTY DRUNK SOBER OVER 25 YEARS Read more

PEOPLE LIKE “GGG”-ANDRE WARD NEED STEP UP

TRULY GREAT FIGHTERS NOT AFRAID TO MOVE UP

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA- To some Marvin Hagler at 160 lbs. walked on water. His posse cites his number of defenses, etc Truth be told, Marvin fought a slew of OK middleweights before making both his rep and millions of dollars fighting smaller guys in Roberto Duran, Ray Leonard, John Mugabi, and Thomas Hearns.

FANS WANT “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS ANDRE WARD

Andre Ward

Andre Ward

The intent of this was not to knock the Marvelous one, but rather to prod the camps representing World middleweight (160 lb.) champion Gennady Golovkin and the World super middleweight (168) king Andre Ward. When I talk to “insiders” and those with some boxing acumen who realize this would unlike Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao, be a real super fight involving two unbeaten fighters at or near their primes.

GOLOVKIN “NOT ALL THAT” TO WARD Read more

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