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THE “WHACKY” PEOPLE OF NEWMAN’S GYM

Hall of Fame Writer Jack Fiske

Hall of Fame Writer Jack Fiske

HISTORIC LANDMARK HAD MANY CHARACTERS

San Francisco, CA- The famed Herman-Newman’s boxing gym at 312 Leavenworth St. was located in a neighborhood here known as the Tenderloin. It is an area ripe with cheap hotels, hookers, drag queens, drug dealers and thugs. And yet, in the more than 15 years I made the trek downtown, with the exception of one fighter having had a pound of weed stolen out of his car by another boxer, I can’t recall anybody getting hurt going to or from the boxing shrine.

BILLY NEWMAN’S FAILING HEALTH

In the latter 1970s, Billy Newman, who had bought his partner Herman out, was in failing health. The gym wasn’t making much money, partially because Billy didn’t collect dues diligently. Many youths like myself would end up paying the $10 membership fee maybe once or twice a year. As Newman began to slide health wise, he put one of his employees Henry “Don” Stewart in charge of the oldest standing boxing gym in the United States. Stewart collected dues on a more regular basis, but he wouldn’t know a left hook from a bass hook.

DON’S TOUPEE LIKE HOCKEY HELMET

Don Stewart was a nice guy who slightly deceived people when it came to his abilities as a trainer. We’d watch him bulls*it people coming in for his “white collar” boxing classes. Don, a former employee of the YMCA on Leavenworth & Golden Gate Sts., would tell people he trained the likes of Sonny Liston, George Foreman, neither of which was true. But Stewart had these pictures of him with both men post workout and the easily gullible didn’t realize it was Don, who wore the most hideous wig in boxing, posing for a photo op, so they’d sign up for his class.

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JERMAIN TAYLOR HAS LOST HIS MIND!

SOON TO BE JAILED JERMAIN TAYLOR HEADED FOR PRISON

Jermain Taylor bathing (1/20/15)

Jermain Taylor bathing (1/20/15)


San Francisco, CA- When I met the 2000 Olympic Team, at least the guys that Lou DiBella had signed soon after his HBO departure, the two that stood out for different reasons were the highly touted Silver medalist Ricardo Williams and Bronze medal winner Jermain Taylor.

JERMAIN & THE POLICE DATELINE

July 2011: Taylor accused of getting into a fight with his mother in Maumelle, AR. Taylor cited for busting out window of his mother’s car. No criminal charges pursued.

May 2012: Allegations of Taylor raping a woman in a hotel room in Maumelle. Police did not file charges.

August 2014: Taylor arrested at a shooting at his home in Pulaski County after supposedly shooting his cousin. Taylor was charged with aggravated assault and domestic battery. June trial date is set.

December 2014: Pulaski County Sheriff Deputies called to Jermain Taylor’s home after a caller reports that a brick was thrown through a car window.

January 19, 2015: Jermain Taylor arrested after an altercation on Wright Avenue. Taylor charged with aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of marijuana. He pointed a gun at a family, allegedly because a five year old had dropped his title belt on the ground.

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DEONTAY WILDER WIN IS GREAT FOR BOXING

WILDER IS THE NEW CHAMP

Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder

Many questioned the chin of Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KO) before Saturday night.  Wilder answered those questions by taking some flush shots from one of the hardest punchers in the division in Bermane Stiverne (24-2-1, 22 KO).  Many questioned the stamina of Wilder before the Stiverne bout.  He had not gone past 4 rounds.  He went all twelve with Bermane, and won virtually every round.  Wilder captured the WBC heavyweight (200+) belt in the process.

WIDE DECISION WIN BETTER THAN A KNOCKOUT?

Wilder had a 100% knockout ratio before the contest, but saw it drop to about 96.96% versus the Haitian.  The scorecards were 118-108, 119-108, and 120-107 in favor of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama native.  He had Stiverne hurt on several occasions, but Bermane was tough and fought until the end.  Stiverne has never been knocked down, and the one stoppage loss on his record was highly questionable.  A quick knockout would have added to the legend of Wilder’s power, but a boxing lesson is even more impressive.  Stiverne was coming off back-to-back wins over Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KO), who was long considered America’s heavyweight hope.  Wilder has now taken that title from Arreola by defeating his conqueror.

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LISTEN: RING TALK MUHAMMAD ALI IN HIS OWN WORDS

ALI’S BIRTHDAY #73 MIGHT BE LAST

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

Muhammad Ali (Zaire, Africa) 1974

Muhammad Ali (Zaire, Africa) 1974

host Pedro Fernandez celebrated the life and accomplishments of Muhammad Ali as he tells personal stories of his times with “The Greatest”. We searched archival material from the “Ring Talk” vaults with Ali on the 1962 Tonight Show with host Jack Parr and guest Liberace. Ali went into depth on the Anchor Punch and Sonny Liston. A taste of Ali-Foreman and a special 50th birthday bash for Ali hosted by none other than ABC’s Howard Cosell. Listen and see how the Cosell-Ali audio brought Pedro to tears.

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MIKE TYSON PART 4: “BOGUS” RAPE CASE?

Desiree Washington

Mike Tyson 1991 Mug Shot


“IRON MIKE” SERIES HAS IRKED SOME

San Francisco, CA- Having written for others to read for some 44 years or so, I have gotten to the point to I rarely where give a s*it about what people think about me or what I produce. That being said, for those of you that are going to go ballistic at my saying trainer Cus D’Amato and former World handball champion ( Mike Tyson co-manager) Jim Jacobs (both deceased) shared a studio apartment in New York City for five years. Gee, you would have thought I had called the Pope a faggot during a Catholic mass.

TYSON TRIES TO RECOVER FROM DOUGLAS LOSS!

After getting busted up by Buster Douglas in February, Mike Tyson needed to resurrect his boxing career and chose his amateur nemesis Henry Tillman to start anew. Tillman, who had some success at cruiserweight (then 190 lbs. & now 200) had twice beaten Tyson in the run up to the 1984 Olympics. Tillman would win the Gold beating Canada’s Willie D’Wit on points (Willie stopped Tillman as a professional). Mike stopped a scared looking Tillman in round one. From the third row, the fear was as apparent as Tyson’s insurmountable disdain for Henry.

EMBARRASSING NIGHT FOR PROFESSIONAL FIGHTER

Next up was Alex Stewart, who although he had an impressive record, was best known for losing a war with Evander Holyfield the year before. Alex’s record was manufactured by two guys best known for under developing Gerry Cooney. Dubbed the “Wacko Twins,” they are the late Mike Jones and Dennis Rappaport.

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THE FIGHT EMANUEL STEWARD GAFFED!

"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.”

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BOXING MILITANT BERNARD HOPKINS SLAIN

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.

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WBO PREZ FRANCISCO VALCARCEL ON BOXING

WBO LEADER WANTS “INSTANT REPLAY” IN BOXING

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel


San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez had one of boxing’s powerbrokers in World Boxing Organization President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. Among some changes Paco will make in 2014 is the implementation of Instant Replay in WBO title fights.

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“Ring Talk” airs on Saturday and Sunday at 11 AM PT LIVE. To listen to this particular program with Francisco Valcarcel click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

SHOWTIME BOXING SO PREDICTABLE

BOXING NEEDS QUALITY NOT QUANTITY

Correctly Picks Entire Showtime Card

Correctly Picks Entire Showtime Card


San Francisco, CA- In regards to the Saturday card featuring Adrien Broner, Andre Berto and Lucas Matthysse, the guy pictured to the left had called out the victors well in advance.

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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BOXING NOT FAIR WITH CURRENT WEIGH INS

Floyd Mayweather Is a TRUE Welterweight

Floyd Mayweather Is a TRUE Welterweight

WEIGHTY PROBLEMS IGNORED

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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WILFREDO GOMEZ-LUPE PINTOR BEST FIGHT EVER? PART III

VIDEOTAPE OF “GREAT” FIGHT FOR YOU

Wilfredo Gomez-Lupe Pintor Now

Wilfredo Gomez-Lupe Pintor Now

San 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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