December 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
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.”
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November 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
TIME FOR HOPKINS TO VACATE SPOTLIGHT
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.
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September 21st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
WBO LEADER WANTS “INSTANT REPLAY” IN BOXING
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September 18th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
NAPOLES, DURAN, LEONARD, HEARNS ALL GREAT WELTERS
San Francisco, CA- For the life of me, I tried real hard to think of a fighter who was as good as the man who calls himself
“Money” in Floyd Mayweather. Going through the history of the welterweight (147 lb.) division and where to rate Floyd. No Ray Robinson, although unbeaten at 147 at like 48-0 before moving up to 160 (middleweight), that is where people rate the man born Walker Smith.
“THREE AMIGOS” NOT “THREE STOOGES”
Even though Floyd could beat middles today, the only other welterweights I would rate over Mayweather are Roberto Duran, the aforementioned Ray Leonard and Tommy “Hit Man” Hearns. I would say that these 3 men, all fellow opponents in the last golden era of boxing, the 1980s, would beat Floyd.
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September 8th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
BOXING NEEDS QUALITY NOT QUANTITY
BODY SHOT HURLED FROM ARGENTINA
That being said, the highlight of the night was that body shot Matthysse put on Roberto Ortiz. Down and not real eager to continue, Ortiz apparently gambled with the human clock and was counted out by referee Benjie Estivez at 2:45 of round two.
MATTHYSSE VICTIM AN UNBEATEN SORRY SORT
Whether he gaffed with the count or not, Ortiz (31-1-1, 24 KOs) looked less than ordinary and I’m being nice. We will discuss Matthysse’s (36-3, 34 KO’s) next bout a little later.
BERTO WINS “CLAIMING RACE” IN CINCY
Andre Berto returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in since 2011 after being drubbed by Robert Guerrero (L UD 12) and Jesus Soto Karass (L TKO 12) but seeing he faced a guy in Steve Chambers (24-4-1, 6 KOs) that could not punch his way out of a paper bag, don’t break out the champagne just yet Andre.
CAN HUNT BRING BERTO BACK?
Now 31, Berto (29-3, 22 KOs) is working with trainer Virgil Hunter of Andre Ward fame. Hunt may shore up some leaks, but Berto still doesn’t take well as he looked “bothered” to the body early on against the feather fisted Chambers.
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March 19th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- This article is the first in what will be a series on some much needed improvements regarding the safety of boxing. This first installment looks at the current system of weighing fighters in the day prior to a fight.
THE NOW “FAKE” WEIGHT CLASSES
Having myself been a big jr. welter (140 lbs), while at the same time an undersized welter (147), nobody was more concerned at most of my weigh ins than yours truly. Once I weighed 143 and change for a welterweight bout in Las Vegas at the Showboat Hotel. Having hit the scale early in the week for the Golden Glove National Regionals, when I looked across the ring five days later at a 165 lb. Ernie Chavez, I thought, “That must be his brother.” After almost beheading me, southpaw Ernie would later rock Meldrick Taylor’s world before losing and then retiring soon thereafter.
ALMOST EVERYBODY NOW DOING WHAT ERNIE DID
With the exception of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, and maybe Grandpa Nard’ Hopkins, just about every professional fighting today at the championship level (except heavyweights) is fighting at least one weight class lighter than what he should be. Example: Jorge Arce was under 112 lbs. for a flyweight title at the weigh in. Time and again Jorge would weigh over 125, sometimes as much as 128 + stepping into the ring. At the same time his foes were coming into the ring circa 115-118. Can you imagine what a ten pound advantage is at that weight?
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March 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- With rumors that Floyd Mayweather had been arrested being bantered about, I called the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, NV early Friday morning in order to try and determine whether or not this was true. “He is not in our system, right now,” said a female who put me on hold to check.
JAILER HAD SLIGHT PAUSE IN ORATORY
Being a former San Francisco Policeman and licensed Private Investigator, I found her answer both revealing and puzzling in that I’m almost certain that she put a verbal comma after, “He is not in our system, right now.”
MR. TWITTER HASN’T TWEETED S*IT!
The alleged beatings of two former employees, if it turns out to be true, and there is no reason not to think so considering Mayweather aka Mr. Tweet hasn’t chirped any denials via his Twitter or Instagram page. Look, I know a bit about writing about controversial subjects and when TMZ ran with the story and never pulled it, this too leads me to concur that these allegations are true as Mayweather’s lawyers would have put TMZ in check soon after they ran with it. .
ANYBODY CRYING FOR FLOYD?
Outside of his family and his sycophant like servants, who will care really? And no this is not Justin Beiber’s bodyguard shoving a cameraman, this is the World welterweight champion who is alleged to have orchestrated a vicious attack that is said to have resulted in broken arms and legs. While there are certainly lawyers involved, even if the purported victims opt for a cash settlement, I don’t think that would prevent the District Attorney from filing Felony charges against the biggest moneymaker in boxing history.
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March 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
VIDEOTAPE OF “GREAT” FIGHT FOR YOUSan Francisco, CA- The stage was set. The grudge filled rivalry that is Mexico vs. Puerto Rico was in play here. In Lupe Pintor’s corner you will see WBC President Jose Sulaiman. Across the ring with champion Wilfredo Gomez was the great late Yamil Charde. Simply put, Yamil Charde was the Godfather of Puerto Rican boxing. The referee was the iconic Arthur Mercante Sr.
AMERICA’S VOICE OF BOXING, TV, MORE!
Introducing the fighters was the late Jimmy Lennon Sr. Being March 3, 1982, this was “old school” boxing at it’s best with Don King in his prime. Lennon Sr., a household face who appeared on countless television shows and feature films, his voice was pure Americana. Mr. Lennon, that’s what I called him, to everybody else he was just Jimmy, passed in 1992.
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December 16th, 2013 By RingTalk
LARRY HOLMES THREATENS PEDRO?
San Francisco, CA- Pedro Fernandez, host of the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide.” had ex-heavyweight champ Larry Holmes and boxing/MMA writer Zak Young on this show.
RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”
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December 13th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Brandon Rios, who just a fortnight ago put forth a dismal effort against Manny Pacquaio, according to three confirmed sources, flunked the post fight drug test given November 24 in Macao. Below is what I could find on the particular drug.
ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS
Dimethylamylamine is a drug made synthetically in a laboratory. It was originally used as a nasal decongestant. Today, dimethylamylamine is sold as a dietary supplement used for attention deficit-hyperactive disorder (ADHD), weight loss, improving athletic performance, and body building.
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December 8th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT MANDELA HUMBLES LARRY MERCHANT
BOXING ACCORDING TO NELSON MANDELA
November 21st, 2013 By Jarrad Woods
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November 17th, 2013 By John Signorella
New York, NY- This Saturday night, the eyes of the combative sports world will be focused on the highly anticipated return of global superstar Manny Pacquiao‘s attempt to prove he’s still got the “goods” in a highly intriguing affair of consequence.
BIG TEST TO SEE WHAT PAC’S GOT LEFT
After being floored in emphatic and dramatic fashion in his last bout (more on that subject later), multidivisional champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) looks for redemption when he faces durable rugged former champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) over 12 or less rounds of welterweight (147) pound at the Cotai Arena Venetian Resort in Macao, China. Televised coverage begins at 9:00 PM ET on HBO PPV.
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November 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Corpus Christi, TX- (HBO) Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) KO 8 Roman Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOS) (Wins WBO 130 lb. title) Martinez stunned everybody by dropping Mikey in the second, but that appeared to be his zenith as Garcia fought his way back and never let go until the end that was the result of a body shot from Garcia at the :57 second mark. Mikey shined, good mettle, but I wonder about that chin as the light punching Puerto Rican dropped him with a counter right.
TENTATIVE NONITO KO’S DARCHINYAN
Former multi-division champion Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) TKO 9 Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs) (126) Twas’ a rematch of July 7, 2007 KO win for Nonito, who looked uneasy and was losing on points before dropping Darchinyan with a left hook, this after he himself had eaten a Darchinyan uppercut. Up and wobbling, Darchinyan was getting battered about the ring until the referee had seen enough. Donaire has peaked and need be careful in selecting foes as he is ready for the taking. Time was 2:06.
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November 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- There were a few good fights that over the weekend, topped by the come from behind KO win for Nonito Donaire over Vic Darchinyan. Coming off a decisive points loss to Guillermo Rigondeaux six months ago that was followed by shoulder surgery, I thought it might have..well you can listen. With the win, the “Filipino Flash” didn’t flash much and an argument is made as for why? Mikey Garcia, psssst, are there whisker problems with the WBO champ? Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios come up as I give you a little history lesson nightlife on Macau.
MUHAMMAD ALI TALKS DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JOE FRAZIER & GEORGE FOREMAN
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