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TERENCE CRAWFORD TOPS BIG FIGHT WEEK

Will Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO) Elevate His Star Status?

Will Terence Crawford (24-0, 17 KO) Elevate His Star Status?

“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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STORY OF AN ICON OSCAR DE LA HOYA

Oscar &  Millie Corretjer De La Hoya

Oscar & Millie Corretjer De La Hoya

QUARTER CENTURY WITH OSCAR

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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NO JUDGES NEEDED FOR GOLOVKIN FIGHTS

NO DOUBTING THE GREATNESS OF GENNADY GOLOVKIN

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA- Having recently discussed the fact that there are few people left that refuse to fight WBA middleweight (160 lb.) kingpin Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs), let’s look at the middleweight (160 lb.) top 15 of BoxRec.com from GGG on down.

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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RING TALK: ART DAVIE PUT UFC ON TV!

LISTEN AS UFC 1 WAS MADNESS BEHIND THE SCENES

At Amazon.com

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San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez had the man that had the balls to put the UFC on TV way back in 1993, UFC 1, the man that could see the future, promoter Art Davie talks about his new book, “Is This Legal?”.” Art also expands on the “nervous breakdown” Royce Gracie had during UFC 1, that he didn’t have a TV deal until 90 minutes before the first match. What a guest!

RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs 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 Channel 93 at 5 PM PT.

To listen to this particular program with Art Davie, click on the black arrow in the gray box above to hit the play button.

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 GREATEST FIGHT PART II

benitezhearnsccposter0206San 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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PART II: ALI KILLED IN LAS VEGAS

Ali Before The Bell

Ali Before The Bell

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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