November 25th, 2014 By Zak "Attack" Young
“SIBERIAN ROCKY” KICKS IT OFF FRIDAY IN MOSCOW
Ruslan Provodnikov (23-2, 16 KOs) will attempt to bounce back after losing his belt to recent Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) heavy bag Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KO). Provo dropped a controversial Split Decision 12 to Algieri and lost his WBO light welterweight (140 lb.) belt in the process. Luckily for the fan favorite who fights with his face a lot, Ruslan is matched extremely soft, as the ancient Stone Age creature known as Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) will crawl into the ring yet again to face the Russian.
CASTILLO LONGER IN TOOTH THAN SABER-TOOTH TIGER
Castillo has been stopped 7 times in his pro career and I would bet on the 8th occurring on Friday night. It is a perplexing fight for Ruslan to take, as he has absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose. Still, fans of the hyper-aggressive Freddy Roach-trained brawler should tune in for the one-sided savagery that awaits in Moscow.
HEAVYWEIGHT REMATCH ACROSS THE POND
England’s Tyson Fury (22-0, 16 KOs) will mix it up with his countryman Dereck Chisora (20-4, 13 KOs) for a second time. Fury took Chisora’s 0 in their 2011 clash by winning a unanimous decision. Since their initial meeting, Chisora is 6-3 with 4 KOs. Fury is 7-0 with 6 KOs. In Chisora’s defense, he has certainly fought the tougher opposition, but I expect Fury to again prove he is the better heavyweight (200+).
IBF TITLE AT STAKE IN HBO CO-MAIN
In Omaha, NE, Evgeny “The Mexican Russian” Gradovich (19-0, 9 KOs) will make the 5th defense of his IBF featherweight (126) title versus Jayson Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) of Puerto Rico as part of an HBO World Championship Boxing doubleheader. Gradovich should keep his belt, as he has the much better resume and has proven his talent over the last few years.
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November 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When I first met Oscar De La Hoya circa 1989, he was a teenager in high school. Having heard nothing but accolades about De La Hoya by some amateur trainers, was he really that good? I got my answer at the Dame’ Boxing Club in the City of Angels when a 16 or 17-year old De La Hoya took apart world ranked lightweight (135 lb.) John Montes. This was greatness at work, at least that’s what I thought as Oscar boxed more like one of history’s greats Alexis Arguello, than a teenager from East Los Angeles.
LATE CECILIA DE LA HOYA USED TO ANSWER PHONE!
When calling for interviews on “Ring Talk” (now on the I Heart Radio Network) Oscar’s mother, the late Cecilia De La Hoya who was a Breast Cancer victim, used to answer the phone. Always polite, Oscar was a kid that would blush when told a dirty joke. The early radio helped De La Hoya get ready for the media blitz that would be his life after winning the 1992 Olympic Gold Medal at 132 lbs.
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October 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
NO DOUBTING THE GREATNESS OF GENNADY GOLOVKIN
COTTO HAS “REAL” TITLE
WBC & linear champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) is a fighter that might just be undefeated if things were always on the “up & up” in the squared circle of combat. That initial fight with Antonio Margarito will always be suspect seeing he was caught trying to load his gloves with plaster of Paris blocks for Shane Mosley. There were also whispers about Manny Pacquiao’s alleged use of vitamins. Still, Cotto doesn’t have a lot left and he is not one to fight “to the death,” for family and faculties comes first. Turning 34 next week, Cotto will fight Canelo Alvarez and likely lose there. His ticket is punched One Way to retirement after the Alvarez encounter.
WBO CHAMP QUILLIN AKA “KID CHOCOLATE
WBO champ Peter Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) is a good boxer who fought twice in 2013 and once this year with nothing pending. Inactivity can be the kiss of death and here’s 31-year old “Kid Chocolate” fighting less this year than Floyd Mayweather. Quillin will be in Las Vegas next week and I’ll be sure to ask why his face is on the side of milk cartons?
MARTINEZ THE CRIPPLE!
Think back, Sergio Gabriel Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) gets in the ring for Cotto fight wearing a steel knee brace on each leg and you knew right there that your bet was dead in the water. Now 38, Sergio should’ve stayed retired after getting in the ring looking like a victim of Polio. He apparently wants to fight again, but after Cotto, who wants to see him?
AN INDICTMENT OF BOXREC.COM RATINGS
Ranking ex-middleweight champ and 2000 Olympic Bronze medalist Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) next at #5 is an indictment of the BoxRec.com ratings. Sorry guys, but JT has been starched, I mean starched three times in scary knockouts. Jermain is also the guy that paid a hooker $2,500 for Oral Sex. Although I don’t find it even slightly wrong to pay for something you want if you can. But damn Jermain, you jacked up the rate of a blow job in Arkansas and the surrounding states from $20 to $2,500!
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October 12th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
LISTEN AS UFC 1 WAS MADNESS BEHIND THE SCENES
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April 1st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
DON KING ON FIRE, HIS 40 YEARS & MUCH MORE
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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 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- We have talked about how Larry Holmes had a hard road to hoe in following Muhammad Ali. That being said, if there was ever a main event that could not live up to the semi-main, it was Thomas Hearns & Wilfred Benitez having to enter the ring after Wilfredo Gomez and Lupe Pintor. The exact date was December 3, 1982, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, with the wirehaired wonder Don King promoting this card at the Louisiana Superdome.
MEET LUPE PINTOR FOLKS
Before we get to the fight, let’s water the plant first. Lupe Pintor was a “rugged” Mexican fighter who went 12-1, 9 KOs in Mexico before coming to the Great Western Forum and meeting Albert Davila in February 1976. In a battle of bantamweights that would both go on to win World titles, Davila prevailed via unanimous decision.
INTER STABLE FIGHT WITH ZARATE
Losing a couple of decisions along the way, Pintor was matched with the great Carlos Zarate (54-1, 53 KOs, only loss to Gomez) in Las Vegas on June 3, 1978. I believe they were both managed by Cuyo Hernandez, and Zarate a top five P4P guy at the time was not going to re-sign with Hernandez. After 15 rounds, judges Harold Buck and Art Lurie both saw it 143-142 Pintor, while Bob Martin scored the fight, are you ready, 145-133 for Zarate. That’s 12-3 in rounds! Feeling he had been screwed, Carlos would retire and not fight again for seven years.
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December 11th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- The relationship between the World Boxing Council and Floyd Mayweather is a bit involved. First up, Mayweather claims to pay no “sanctioning fees” to the Mexico City based group while other WBC titleholders forgo either 2% of their purse or a number stipulated for them to don the green belt. That is something I can understand and yet don’t. If the WBC gives Floyd a “free” belt, why shouldn’t every other champ be afforded a the same?
REAL WBC STANCE ON FLOYD-PAC?
Alright, I can see this ship sailing in different directions. Will Floyd end up telling the WBC to take their belt and shove it? Not just yet as the WBC clarified things in a press release. “The new ratings have been released with Pacquiao at number one, but the welterweight division is now in a voluntary stage and the topic of the mandatory will not be addressed for a few months by the WBC board of governors.”
MANNY #1 BUT FIRST FLOYD GETS “EASY” FIGHT
With Manny Pacquiao slated to fight in March, supposedly in the United States, there is no way he would be ready to go with “Money” who fights in May. And I just don’t think the match up is “right” for right now. What I mean is with Pacquiao notching another impressive victory in early 2014, and Floyd winning in May, September or early November, the table would be fully set and the timing perfect.
MIKE WEAVER-JOHN TATE ENDING ALWAYS POSSIBLE
The only thing that scares me about pushing Mayweather-Pacquiao one more fight down the road is that either man could lose. READ MORE…
December 2nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
LISTEN NOW SANCHEZ ON GENNADY GOLVKIN & MIKE PEREZ
San Francisco, CA- Ring Talk Worldwide, the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, reviewed the Adonis Stevenson & Sergey Kovalov fights. Guests include John Signorella & and trainer of Gennady Golovkin and heavyweight Mike Perez, Abel Sanchez. was Abel Sanchez, meaning straight and to the point! House scribe John Signorella went over the weekend results and rated the boxing divisions from heavyweight down to 140 lbs. TO LISTEN to this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the Play button.
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November 14th, 2013 By John Signorella
ANDRE WARD IS BACK!
New York, NY- Boxing’s epic 2013 schedule continues this weekend and is highlighted by an eagerly anticipated return of one of the sport’s best “pound for pound” pugs.
BUT DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK
After a yearlong hiatus, WBA super middleweight champ (168) Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) puts his undefeated record and trophy on the line against unbeaten, but untested scrapper Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16 KOs) in a proposed 12 rounds of pound at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Televised coverage begins at 10 PM ET on HBO.
As evident in his last several outings, (simply put): Andre Ward has displayed undeniable world-class ring generalship to the masses. Before entering Showtime’s highly acclaimed “Super Six Tournament”, Ward created a “buzz” in the biz when he dominated rugged two-time IBF title challenger Edison Miranda on points. After the drumming of Miranda, Andre captured his first world title in stunning fashion against former WBC belt holder Mikkel Kessler (W TD 11) and followed up that stellar showing with commanding performances resulting in victories over Allan Green (W UD 12) and former “Contender” TV series winner Sakio Biko (W UD 12). Ward then went on to dismantle and expose former titleholders and one-dimensional bullies Arthur Abraham (W UD 12) and Carl Froch (W UD 12) to finally win the “Super Six “ tourney. In the aftermath of being crowned as the best super middleweight pugilist on the planet, Andre was pitted opposite of, and destroyed former light heavyweight (175) belt holder Chad Dawson (W TKO 10). From his recent efforts of acclaim, Andre Ward has garnered mainstream appeal and is currently recognized among the elite “pound for pound” fighters in the world.
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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 9th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
San Francisco, CA- After Nonito Donaire nearly decapitated Fernando Montiel back in 2011 in the second greatest performance of his career, HBO began to showcase him as the heir apparent to Manny Pacquiao; a multi-dimensional superstar with speed, intelligence, and two fisted power. Donaire ran through his opponents in dominant fashion but there was one problem: he was boring. The executives at HBO quickly found out that the “Filipino Flash” was more boxer than puncher and unless his opponents were coming straight at him as Montiel, Jorge Arce, or Vic Darchinyan, whom Donaire rematches this evening, his bouts were more likely to put viewers to sleep rather than his opponents.
MATCHMAKER NIGHTMARE IS TWO COUNTERPUNCHERS!
The best example of this came a little over a year ago, during Donaire’s bout against Japanese legend, Toshiaki Nishioka. Both men are counterpunchers by nature who wait for their foe to take the initiative before striking. Their reluctance to engage one another resulted in a staring match between the two fighters, drawing boos and catcalls from the fans at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca. What made their dance with one another even more agonizing to watch was that they were following a Fight of the Year candidate in Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado 1, a barnburner that saw neither men shy away from war.
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October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SECOND AND FINAL INSTALLMENT
San Francisco, CA- In Part I, I took you through the maze of bull s*it that led up to the October 2, 1980 match between unbeaten heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Muhammad Ali. The morning of the fight, the Godfather of all boxing writers, Jack Fiske is milling about the lobby of Caesars Palace. Also working the circular bar in the lobby (fight headquarters in those days) was press legend Dick Young when Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis (and two very unassuming bodyguards) approached the Big Apple columnist.
CAESARS PALACE LOBBY BAR WAS PLACE TO BE
Although the bar was open to the public, the ambiance was such that it made like a private setting. For some reason, only the most fanatical of fans would unknowingly breach the invisible circle of privacy that surrounds celebrities. Joe Frazier was there, as was Ken Norton, Joe Louis in a wheelchair, (all three have now passed) this less than six months away from the April 1981 death of the “Brown Bomber.”
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September 15th, 2013 By RingTalk
GODFATHER REVIEWS MAYWEATHER SHOW
San Francisco, CA- Although he worded it carefully, Hall of Fame writer and broadcaster Larry Merchant really took a switch to the backside of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for his lack of effort against Floyd Mayweather. Larry Merchant “previewed” the card on the Saturday edition of “Ring Talk Worldwide,” and then did his post fight handicapping in typical Merchant fashion. Ah, to know him is to love him,
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September 13th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
BOXING MIND & GUT OFTEN DIFFER
San Francisco, CA- Every once in awhile I get caught in the middle of a debate between my heart and my mind. My heart speaks from what I desire to see. My mind speaks from I actually see. My heart speaks from it’s “gut” feelings and emotions. My mind speaks from it’s logic.
PEOPLE SAY CANELO IS “LUNCH MEAT”
This weekend I am stuck in yet another sharp disagreement between my heart and mind. My heart is telling me that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) has been predestined by the boxing gods to be the “Savior of Mexican” boxing in Mexico. He will unseat the all-evil, undefeated, Floyd “Money” Mayweather of 44 victories (26 by knockout) and return Mexican boxing to it’s glory.
FIRST FEELINGS OF THE HEART
“Canelo is 22 to Floyd’s 36” my heart repeats to me in a rather excited manner. “This is his time.” He is smart AND he is tough! And he hits hard! Do you remember the last two times Floyd fought over 147 lbs. in the jr. middleweight (154) division? It was against Miguel Cotto and Oscar De La Hoya and he looked a tad vulnerable both times and neither of those guys are natural 54′ pounders.
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