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WBA CHAMP ERNIE TERRELL REMEMBERED

December 19th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

ERNIE WAS A BIG MAN WHO FOUGHT SMALL

Muhammad Ali-Ernie Terrell

Muhammad Ali-Ernie Terrell


San Francisco, CA- The passing of 1960s era heavyweight Ernie Terrell did not go unnoticed here. At nearly 6’7, Ernie was a big dude during a time when the tallest heavyweights were like 6’3 (Muhammad Ali) or smaller for the most part. On Tuesday, the Mississippi native who lived, fought and died in Chicago at the age of 75.

HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION LISTON WAS REFEREE

Turning pro in 1957, a year later at 8-0, 5 whacks, Ernie loses via SD 8 to Johnny Gray. In 1959, Terrell is again miffed by Johnny Gray and this time drops a SD 10. In 1962, Ernie lost to Cleveland Williams by KO with the referee none other than then heabyweight champion Sonny Liston.

ALI STRIPPED OF WBA BELT

Terrell would go on a good roll and as the #1 WBA contender was supposed to face Muhammad Ali in 1965. But when Ali rematched Sonny Liston, the WBA stripped Ali and the heavyweight championship was split up for the first time.

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MAYWEATHER WINS 2014 TURD AWARD

December 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

“TURD OF THE YEAR” CHOICE UNANIMOUS

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather


San Francisco, CA- Unbeaten and nearly 38 years of age, Floyd Mayweather continues to be a dick! His pissing on Manny Pacquiao in the press over his financial dilemma and taunting him with a May 2 date on Showtime PPV with a reported 80-20 split, all I can say is that’s Floyd who says, “I offered him $40 million before he lost twice, he can’t expect the same money now.”

AND YOU KEEP BUYING FLOYD’S BULL SPIT

If Floyd’s dissing Manny isn’t enough to make him boxing’s #1 turd ‘pound for pound,’ promising a great effort on his part and then running like a purse snatcher in the final round of Mayweather-Maidana II, a rematch we could have done without, that should convince you of Floyd’s being worthy od this award.

ROOKIE OF 2014 A GOLDEN HEAVYWEIGHT

Anthony Joshua snagged an Olympic Gold medal in 2012. As a professional with only ten fights (and ten KO’s), I haven’t seen a fighter with his skills, demeanor and fluidity in the heavyweight class in decades. Joshua appears to be the heir apparent to Wladimir Klitschko.

PROSPECT OF 2015 ON SHOWTIME THIS SATURDAY

154 lber. Julian Williams (19-0-1, 19 KOs) of Philly will be featured Saturday on Showtime vs. Edgar Ortega (15-2, 10 KOs). Handled by Stephen “Breadman” Edwards, Williams has shown good skills, an unchecked chin and superior ring generalship with everybody he’s been in with thus far.

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AMIR KHAN WIN TOPS BOXING RESULTS

December 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Amir Khan

Amir Khan


ALEXANDER NOT AT KHAN’S LEVEL

Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) UD 12 Devon Alexander (26-3, 14 KOs). Although nobody went down or was seriously hurt, Amir boxed circles around Alexander in what was an easily predictable outcome. Khan now readies for an all UK battle with IBF welterweight (147 lb.) guy Kell Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) in mid 2015 in the biggest fights possibly in British history. Scores: 119-109 twice & 120-108.

THURMAN DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE GOODS

Keith Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) UD 12 Leonard Bundu (31-1-2, 11 KOs). It looked like it might end early as Thurman dropped the 40-year-old 30 seconds in with a left hook. After that he ran a lot. Scores were 120-107 three times. (WBA 147 lb. title) Expert says, running like shoplifter chased by security guard makes Stock drop with win. It was the most boring shutout in recent memory

ORTIZ SNAGS FIRST WIN IN AGES

Victor Ortiz (30-5-1, 22 KOs) TKO 3 Manuel Perez (22-1-1, 4KOs) (147) Rout of game but vastly overmatched foe puts Ortiz in winner’s circle for first time in three years.

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AMIR KHAN TO DEVOUR DEVON ALEXANDER

December 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

ONLY ONE BOUT LOOKS GOOD ON SHOWTIME

Marcos Maidana-Amir-Khan

Marcos Maidana-Amir-Khan


San Francisco, CA- There only appears to be one “competitive” fight on this Saturday’s Showtime Championship Boxing card emanating from Las Vegas. And that one match, the Amir Khan-Devon Alexander clash, it maybe competitive on paper, but in the ring it looks like a rout in the ring.

NOTHING GREAT ABOUT DEVON

Devon Alexander is dubbed “Alexander The Great” and not for a reason unassociated with his boxing skills that are a tad better than mediocre. Granted, he lost a Technical Decision 10 to Tim Bradley and had the IBF 147 lb. trinket he won afterwards taken away from Shawn Porter, who lost the belt to Kell Brook. Truth be told, Bradley has been less than stellar ever since they away his third arm, AKA his head!

KHAN LOOKS LIKE EASY PICK

Although some will point to his chin, I’d be willing to say that Amir Khan does everything better than Devon Alexander. At this point, I can actually hear some of you yelling, “What about his chin?” To that I think Khan’s chin was put in peril by his struggle to make 140 lbs. Now fighting at 147 with a new trainer in Virgil Hunter, the Alexander fight is an excellent opportunity to make a statement at welterweight.

ALEXANDER BEING A LEFTY A PLUS READ MORE…

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THE FIGHT EMANUEL STEWARD GAFFED!

December 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

"Goldfather" Emanuel Steward

“Goldfather” Emanuel Steward

EMANUEL, PEDRO & COGNAC

San Francisco, CA- One night in early 1993, Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and I got buzzed in his Motown mansion. After a short stint on the back porch, we threw a couple back in the kitchen before moving in to the front room.

GOLDFATHER QUITE AN EDUCATOR

Besides espousing some political points of view that swung more Left than Right, but some Right, the 1962 US AAU bantamweight (118 lb.) champion who passed in October 2012 left an indelible mark on both boxing and myself.

BURNED BY LEONARD & DUNDEE IN 1981

After a couple of hours of back and forth chat, the Kronk Gym Goldfather whose first champion was WBA lightweight guy Hilmer Kenty in March 1980 said, “Pedro Fernandez, you ask me anything you want.”

“SECOND SET OF EYES IN CORNER”

With both of us being kept warm by spirits and the furnace as it was snowing which was queer to a native San Franciscan. As we made our way around the room talking about posted pictures of Emanuel with everybody but Jesus Christ and Mahatma Ghandi, we came to a picture of Tommy Hearns and Ray Leonard.

PUTTING STEWARD ON SPOT

Looking at this September 1981 photograph of his charge Tommy Hearns and Ray Charles Leonard clashing for undisputed welterweight supremacy, I blurted out, “You mucked up there.” All of a sudden, as ex-Mike Tyson trainer Aaron Snowell says, “It got so quiet you could hear a mouse piss on a wad of cotton behind the piano.”

GOLDFATHER STOPS DEAD IN TRACKS READ MORE…

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ANYBODY SEEN ANDRE WARD?

December 8th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

OLYMPIC & 168 LB. KING DISAPPEARED

Andre Ward

Andre Ward


San Francisco, CA- When Andre Ward won the 2004 Olympic Gold medal in Greece, it was truly the realization of a dream and the culmination of a lot of hard work sans any real financial backing. Truly going against the odds, Ward decided to compete in the Olympics at 178 and not at 165 lbs. This had to do with good friend Andre Dirrell fighting at 165.

POISED TO MOVE FLOYD OUT 3 YEARS AGO?

After dominating Carl Froch (now the hottest fighter at 168) and winning the Super Six Tourney in 2011, Ward seemed to in a position to make some superstar moves. But it didn’t happen and whether you want to blame his late promoter Dan Goossen or not, the injuries and time off because of such had a lot to do with Ward’s thwarted ascension to the the mythical ‘pound of pound’ crown said to be held by Floyd Mayweather.

ANDRE WARD KNOCKED DOWN IN COURT

Having been dropped a couple of times in court and by the California State Athletic Commission, Ward has been trying to leave Goossen-Tutor Promotions for a couple of years. The latest legal setback was this past August. Supposedly this is all about Goossen allegedly “cutting out” Antonio Leonard, a Texas based promoter who is tight with Ward’s management team headed by ex-music mogul James Prince.

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LISTEN TO RING TALK RADIO WITH PACO VALCARCEL!

December 4th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

WBO PRESIDENT IS OUR FEATURED GUEST

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide 

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Paco Valcarcel, president of the WBO. They discuss the weekends fights, including WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford’s big victory on HBO.

SHOW “OFTEN 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

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

You can go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart radio ap and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone or Tablet.

CLICK TO LISTEN NOW

To listen to this particular program click with Larry and Lenny click on the black arrow in the gray box above to hit the play button.

 

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LARRY MERCHANT & LENNY DO “RING TALK”

November 30th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

MERCHANT STILL THROWING GOOD COMBINATIONS

Mayweather vs Merchant

Mayweather vs Merchant

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez spent time with Hall of Famer Larry Merchant and platinum recording artist Lenny Williams in an hour that covered a vast array of subjects.

LENNY WILLIAMS ON MAYWEATHER & MORE

Larry Merchant is the ex-Philadelphia Daily News Sports Editor. Platinum recording artist Lenny Wiliams shined as his vast boxing acumen is evident whenever he speaks on the game and it’s history as he talked about Joe Louis, as did Merchant, and his difficult time being a Black champion.

SHOW “OFTEN 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

FREE I HEART RADIO APP & LISTEN ON THE GO!

You can go to IHeartRadio.com and listen to “Ring Talk” live OR delayed. And if you’d like, you can download the free I Heart radio ap and take “Ring Talk” anywhere you go on your Smartphone or Tablet.

CLICK TO LISTEN NOW

To listen to this particular program click with Larry and Lenny click on the black arrow in the gray box above to hit the play button

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GLOBAL BOXING RESULTS & FIXED FIGHT!

November 30th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

CRAWFORD MAKING BELIEVERS OF DOUBTERS

Crawford Smacks Beltran

Crawford Smacks Beltran

San Francisco, CA- Having just viewed the WBO lightweight (135 lb.) title scrap between unbeaten champion Terence Crawford and Ray Beltran, the scores were a clear indication of the lack of competition involved as the judges had 11-1, 11-1 (or 119-109 x 2) & 12 zip (120-108) in rounds for the only “Franchise” in Nebraska professional sports, native son Crawford.

BELTRAN MAY HAVE BOXING AILMENT

Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) sprung to life as Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner many years ago. He had a previous WBO title bid against Ricky Burns (who lost to Crawford) and seemed to get the better of the UK lad at home. You’ve heard of the “Sparring Partner Syndrome” this is possibly what afflicts Beltran. He had Burns all busted up, literally with a broken jaw that required a titanium plate to mend. This was the overachiever’s chance at a professional championship and Ray let it get away.

“ON FIRE” OF LATE CRAWFORD NEXT FOR PACQUIAO?

Last time out Crawford (25-0, 16 KOs) thrashed Cuban sensation Yuri Gamboa. Dropping and stopping the former World amateur champion and professional WBA titleholder at 126, people started to open their eyes and realize like the bookies who favored him over Gamboa, that this kid from Omaha may indeed be something special. Boxing from both sides of the plate, Terence makes the crossover from right handed to southpaw looked effortless it was so fluid. There are whispers of a possible Crawford match with Manny Pacquiao at 140 lbs. in early 2015.

TYSON FURY OVER CHISORA IN UK HEAVYWEIGHT ENCOUNTER

Tyson Fury, the 6’9 Gypsy (23-0, 17 KOs) heavyweight boxer from the United Kingdom beat Derrick Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs) in an all British heavyweight main event put forth by promoter Frank Warren. The rematch was a rout as the giant Gypsy took batting-like practice on Chisora before nabbing the TKO 10 win. Fury may be the next for World champion Wladimir Klitschko. This is exactly what the division needs, Klitschko in a fight he will probably need to “get down and dirty’ to win.

GIANT GYPSY NEXT FOR WLADIMIR? READ MORE…

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MIKE TYSON TITLE RUN 28 YEARS LATER

November 23rd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

COCAINE, REDD FOXX & THE TYSON CORONATION

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson


San Francisco, CA- The date of November 22nd to me is a daunting one for in real life back in 1963, President Kennedy was murdered and our system of Government has never been the same. On the positive side, November 22nd is also the date of the Mike Tyson heavyweight championship coronation in 1986 the Las Vegas Hilton promoted by Don King.
Redd Foxx

Redd Foxx

SCALPERS DIDN’T HAVE ANY SEATS

It was one of those fights where one thought you could pick up a pair of tickets from a scalper, but that wasn’t the case as Tyson-Berbick tickets were harder to get than a BJ on the moon. This was a special day in fistic history as the 20-year (+four months) Tyson made an indelible mark on the sport of prize fighting in not only being the youngest, but the most dominant champ since George Foreman’s first title run in the 70s.

IS WELTER KING KELL BROOK TYSON-LIKE?

Looking invincible in the ring, the question with Tyson is the same as it was with ex-middleweight king Michael Nunn, how long could he stay out of trouble outside of the ring. Because much like Nunn and his native Davenport, Iowa, the streets of New York presented lots of problems for Mike Tyson. The fight with Mitch Green outside of a 24-hour clothing store in Harlem that sold Superfly-like attire, was yet another instance where Mike was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Not as often as the thrice-stabbed IBF welterweight (147) king Kell Brook of the UK, but there were things that got “buried” and never came to the public’s attention.

TYSON MADE FOES **** ON THEMSELVES READ MORE…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TOM LOEFFLER

November 20th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

PEDRO GETS DOWN WITH PROMOTER OF GENNADY GOLOVKIN

K2 Promotions Managing Director Tom Loeffler gives Pedro the scoop on the company that he runs in this interview. K2 is owned by the Klitschko bothers Vitali and Wladimir. Pedro gets down to it the only way he knows how; with style!

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THE WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO ERA

November 16th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

Wladomr Klitschko

Wladomr Klitschko

KLITSCHKO BEING DISSED BY AMERICANS?

San Francisco, CA- Whether or not you want to admit it or not, the era of Wladimir Klitschko, albeit in it’s final stages and after a somewhat shaky start, has been a run of dominance for a decade now. That’s right, World heavyweight champion Wladimir hasn’t lost a fight since March 2004.

UNEXPECTED LOSSES MADE KLITSCHKO SEARCH FOR REMEDY

When he started his ascent to the heavyweight throne there were lots of naysayers. Wlad had a bad chin, his endurance wasn’t good, he was uncoordinated. An Olympic champ in 1996, people were saying he fought sometimes like an amateur. After three inside the distance losses, running out of gas vs. the pedestrian Ross Purity, this before being hammered by the late Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster,

EMANUEL STEWARD MADE THE DIFFERENCE

The late Kronk Gym Goldfather Emanuel Steward is the sole reason Wladmir did not end up in the scrap heap. Steward told me one day, “There’s really no reason Wladimir Klitschko should ever lose a fight.” When I talked with Hall of Fame Larry Merchant hours after the Klitschko-Pulov fight in which Wlad dropped the Bulgarian four times in five rounds, Merchant had this to say. “Look, you’re not giving him his due. When he was coming up he fought like a welterweight because he had the ability to do so. That’s why he ran out of gas, not pacing himself. After getting cracked twice, Klitschko changed his style similar to brother Vitali.”

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OSCAR DE LA HOYA EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

November 12th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

RINGTALK INTERVIEW WITH GOLDENBOY CEO

Pedro Fernandez, host of Ringtalk radio worldwide interviews Oscar De La Hoya after the WBO convention dinner. The former world champion boxer was honored at the dinner. Pedro had the opportunity to pick the brain of the head of Golden Boy Promotions.They discussed some of the Golden Boy’s past, and also the future of his promotional company that is currently in a lawsuit against former CEO Richard Schaefer. First half of the video in Oscars speech after reciving the award, part two is the interview.Video by Kevin Perry

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FRANK WARREN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

November 11th, 2014 By Kevin Perry

PEDRO FERNANDEZ HOOKS UP WITH BRIT PROMOTER FRANK WARREN AT WBO CONVENTION
Frank Warren is one of the most notable promoters in UK history, promoting the likes of Naseem Hamed among others. His series Box Nation is highly successful. Pedro Fernadez picked the brain with one of the best in the business.

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BOXING MILITANT BERNARD HOPKINS SLAIN

November 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

TIME FOR HOPKINS TO VACATE SPOTLIGHT

Kovalev Has Hopkins In First Round

Kovalev Has Hopkins In First Round


San Francisco, CA- Having witnessed the militant movement of the Black Panther Party evolve in the S.F. Bay Area back in the day gives me a unique perspective on African American Americana per se. Blacks have their heros, the Mexicans blindly followed Julio Cesar Chavez, Manny Pacquiao is the Filipino God, Sweden did the same with heavyweight champ Ingemar Johannesson, you get the picture.

NEVER CAUGHT ON WITH ANYBODY PERIOD

What I find unique about the support of the legendary Hopkins by African Americans is that there really is none as last night’s fight, a stones throw from Philly in Atlantic City drew less than 7,000 paid. Nobody looks forward to watching Hopkins fight (sic), nor does he have a the fan base one would associate with a fighter whose been a professional since the late 1980s. After beating Tito Trinidad in 2001, Hopkins became a household name in boxing even though he had won the middleweight title in 1994.

LAST B-HOP KO WAS OSCAR IN 2004

Beating Oscar De La Hoya was another mega-match Bernard was able to prevail by size alone. All of Hopkins’ superfights have featured the “superstar” opponent. And while Hopkins beat these guys, sometimes beating the man doesn’t make you the man with the fans. The real significant win on Hopkins post middleweight was his ruining Kelly “The Thirsty One” Pavlik in 2008 and his besting Jean Pascal in 2011.

HOPKINS NEVER “TRIED” TO WIN

The dismal performance against Sergey Kovalev surprised some as they really expected Bernard to win, something to me that bordered on delusional. Kovalev is the hardest puncher the near 50-year old Philadeplphian had ever faced and it showed from the first bell. I was cringing watching the unbeaten Russian beat on the future Hall of Famer who was never in the fight after the ref’s instructions.

B-HOP AT 50 “AN INDICTMENT OF BOXING” READ MORE…

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