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”
To listen to this particular program with Larry Holmes and Zak Young, click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.
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
Oh, and Muhammad Ali makes an appearance on the “Ring Talk” talking about the difference between Joe Frazier and George Foreman. Click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button to listen to this particular show.
“RING TALK” NEARING 30 YEARS OF RADIO PRESENCE
“RING TALK” is the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, which airs on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network, American Forces & the I Heart Radio Networks, TuneIn.com and here at RingTalk.com Saturday for one hour at 11 AM PT & Sunday for two hours also starting at 11 AM PT covering both boxing and MMA. The most recent shows are in the left margin of the home page here at RingTalk.com, the Radio Archives here at RingTalk.com and at ITunes and TuneIn.com as well!
November 9th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Dan Henderson (29-11, 6-5 UFC) had beaten Vitor Belfort in Japan during a Pride Fighting Championships in 2006. On Saturday night in a battle of Testosterone Replacement Therapy patients, Belfort prevailed with KO kick at :77 seconds of the very first round in UFC Fight Night 32 emanating from Goiania, Brazil. This was Belfort’s third straight KO kick victory with Luke Rockhold (pictured) and Michael Bisping preceding Hendo. Belofort (24-10, 13-6 UFC) will probably get the winner of the UFC 185 lb. title scrap between current champ Chris Weidman and ex-kingpin Anderson Silva, set for UFC 168 on December 28.
UNDERCARD ON FOX SPORTS NETWORK FROM BRAZIL
Brandon Thatch Technical Knockout 1 Paulo Thiago (strikes) Time: 2:10.
Ryan Laflare Unanimous Decision 3 Santiago Ponzinibbio. Scores were 30-27 thrice.
Jeremy Stephens Knockout 1 Rony Jason (kick, punch) Time was :40.
Sam Sicilia TKO 1 Godofredo Pepey (punches) Time was 1:42. READ MORE…
October 23rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Ring Talk Worldwide, the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, had boxing historian, agent, matchmaker and authorLindy Lindell who talked Detroit boxing history, Emanuel Steward and a publication he writes for Boxing World Magazine. And there is “No Merit” to the rumor that Lindy is running for Mayor of Detroit, that was the late Emanuel Steward’s goal at one time.
SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS AIR THREE DIFFERENT SHOWS!
This all starts at 11 AM PT Saturday on the Sports Byline, American Forces Network & the I Heart Radio Networks with an hour of boxing and mixed martial arts combined. On Sunday, again at 11 AM PT, we air a two hour show, the Ring Talk boxing hour, the second hour is the Ring Talk MMA hour. Saturday & Sunday’s at 11 AM PT, this is where you’ll be able to find out why this program is, “Often imitated, but never duplicated.”
October 17th, 2013 By RingTalk
San Francisco, CA- When you are as intense as UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, nothing, and I mean nothing comes before training. A gym rat of sorts, the cardio of Velasquez is superior to every heavyweight of stature in the world of MMA. On Saturday, Cain looks to break Junior Dos Santos’ neck, while the Brazilian ex-champ would love nothing better than to KO Velasquez like he did in their initial encounter. Myself and cage fighting freak Zak Young go over the card ad the rest of the 2013 UFC schedule. Hit the silver arrow in the box above to listen now.
October 12th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Las Vegas, NV- Everybody knew that two-time Olympic champion Vasyl Lomachenko could fight. After a 395-1 record, multiple world titles, “playing pro” in the World Series of Boxing, those 5 x 3 minute rounds sans boxing helmets (headgear), all that and some didn’t believe it when he turned professional Saturday night in a scheduled 10 rounder against WBO International champ Jose Ramirez who came in at 25-3 with 15 early wins.
GOOD TECHNICAL FIGHTER, DECENT POWER & IMAGINATION
If the opening round is an indication of what is to come, Vasyl landed a beautiful right hand to the left side of Ramirez’s body from the southpaw stance and dropped the Mexican. Up in time to continue, Jose survived that opening round and was “owned” until another body shot ended matters at 2:59 of round four. Right hooks, straight lefts, left leads, combinations, smooth footwork, it was like watching a boxing scientist toy with a novice.
WORLD TITLE SHOT NEXT……YES & SALIDO WILL BE TOAST!
Although Martinez was 25-3, his claim to fame is a Split Decision 12 over favored Rey Bautista in the Philippines. If you take the Bautista fight out of the mix, Martinez faced a lot of guys whom you will never, ever, hear of! Let’s leave it at that, but to want to fight WBO 126 lb. champ Orlando Salido next, I say Vasyl devours Salido with ease like he did Martinez.
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October 8th, 2013 By Zak Attack
WBO TITLE & MORE ON LINE FOR BRADLEY-MARQUEZ