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HBO, CBS, TRU TV & ESPN ODDS AND PREDICTIONS

CANELO-KIRKLAND BETTER THAN FLOYD-MANNY

Las Vegas, NV-It’s a huge weekend of boxing as prizefighting makes it’s way back on CBS, as well as HBO on Saturday. ESPN and TRU TV also host solid boxing cards on Friday night. Boxing isn’t dead, it’s blossoming and it’s obvious that people are placing too much emphasis on Mayweather vs Pacquiao.

Canelo Alvarez faces James Kirkland Saturday

Canelo Alvarez faces James Kirkland Saturday

Whether you thought the bout lived up to the hype or not, this weekend gives fans something to get excited about. Sometimes certain styles don’t mesh, but on HBO more than likely we will see one of the best fights of the year. Fortunately it will be featured directly after the Mayweather vs Pacquiao replay.

 

HBO Championship Boxing

SATURDAY(9PM ET/PT)

Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) vs James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs)

154 lbs. (Junior Middleweight)

Odds: Canelo 3.5-1 favorite

Fighters have a combined 59 KO’s. Looks like a barnburner on paper. Kirkland has been out of the ring since December 2013, and has switched trainers. Rumors are that Kirkland is taking the bout seriously and is in shape. Alvarez, a good counterpuncher with quick hands won’t have to look for Kirkland. His swarming high volume style should make for some heated exchanges. The question mark here is Kirkland’s chin. If he is able to take the best that Canelo has to offer, expect an upset here. Canelo is the sharper of the two with the better defense, but he may be in for a world of pain from James’ relentless attack. He is not known for posessing great stamina.

 

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON CBS

SATURDAY(4PM ET/1PM PT)

Omar Figueroa (44-1-1, 31 KOs) vs Ricky Burns (32-1, 28 KOs)

140 lbs. (Junior Welterweight)

Odds: Figueroa 2.5-1 favorite

Burns appears to be past it, but Omar has not fought the same level of opposition. Figueroa on the rise, and Burns is not. Good solid test for the Texan in his first fight at 140lbs. Should put on a good show and win a decision against the Brit.

 

TRU TV

FRIDAY(10PM PT/ET)

Glen Tapia (23-1, 15 KOs) vs Michael Soro (25-1-1, 15 KOs)

154 lbs. (Junior Middleweight)

Odds: Tapia 2-1

Soro an unknown commodity, but has a good record and has fought some good opposition. Fought for the WBO title in 2012 against Zaurbek Baysangurov (29-1, 21 KOs) giving a good account of himself for twelve rounds in the champions hometown. Friday he faces Tapia in his hometown of New Jersey. Looks like they are both on the same level. Should be a good fight. Can’t envision the Frenchman winning this bout on the cards. Tapia is a solid boxer puncher who has shown improvement since his lone loss to James Kirkland. Tapia by close decision with the winner becoming a serious contender in the 154lb division.

ESPN2

FRIDAY(9PM ET/6PM PT)

Amir Mansour (21-1, 16 KOs) vs Joey Dawejko (14-3-2, 7 KOs)

201+ lbs. (Heavyweight)

Odds: Mansour 4-1

Haven’t seen Dawejko, but was a good amateur, and at 24 appears to be on the rise. Mansour is 42, but a fresh 42 and is such a hard puncher, got to go with the him. Dawejko’s record is mediocre at best.

Kevin Perry

 

MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO A “SUPER” SNOOZER

FIVE YEARS FOR BOUT SANS DRAMA

Las Vegas, NV-Saturday night Floyd Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs) notched what many will consider the most important victory of his career, keeping his undefeated record intact. Unfortunately the fight itself wasn’t memorable.

MAYWEATHER VS PACQUIAO

MAYWEATHER VS PACQUIAO

Both fighters will take their share of the blame. Predictably after the fight Manny Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KOS),a Filipino congressman and superstar, had excuses. “I hurt my shoulder”, said Pacquiao, in the post fight press conference, referring the an injury that he had suffered in training. Pacquiao also suggested that he thought he won the fight. Although he fought well in spots, judges Bert Clements and Dave Moretti appeared to have the correct scores of 116-112 or 8-4 in favor of Mayweather.

MAYWEATHER CLAIMED INJURIES AS WELL

MANNY HITS FLOYD

MANNY HITS FLOYD

Floyd Mayweather himself stated that he had hurt arms and injured hands going into the bout. It was clear that both fighters were closer to filing for Social Security than being near their prime. The fight showed the slippage in both fighters. In some cases that slippage can make for a great fight, here it made for one that was lackluster.

FLOYD CONTENT TO BOX, MANNY CONTENT TO WATCH

For all of Floyd Sr’s bravado before the fight that his son was going for a knockout was obviously just talk. While Floyd had trouble with Manny in a few rounds, he was mostly  controlling the action from the outside. When they got inside, he tied Manny up. Pacquiao came forward for the majority of the bout and with some early success but overall he couldn’t cut the ring off. In the later rounds when trying to mount an attack and trap Floyd on the ropes, Floyd was normally able to find the escape route back to the center of the ring. Mayweather, being the consummate defensive wizard, was content on just using his jab to control the action, but at no point in the fight did he attempt to sit down on his shots. What most people saw was an overpriced sparring match.

FLOYD STILL NO RISK TAKER Read more

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LARRY MERCHANT PREDICTS FONFARA WIN

Floyd-Pac 2 Weeks Away

Floyd-Pac 2 Weeks Away

On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez had Larry Merchant front and center with writer Kevin Perry reporting the fights on both HBO/Showtime. Mr.Perry also attended Floyd Mayweather’s media day as well.Former HBO analyst Larry Merchant was also one of our guests on Saturdays boxing hour.

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“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks on Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) both starting at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

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MEDIA DAY WITH FLOYD MAYWEATHER

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE BY RINGTALK

Las Vegas, NV-Yesterday an enthusiastic crowd of not only media, but a litany of fans awaited Floyd Mayweather’s arrival at Mayweather Boxing Club in the Chinatown section of Las Vegas. Zab Judah, David Hasselhoff and rapper Lil’ Kim also were in attendance.

Mayweather Media day

Mayweather Media day

Floyd’s grand arrival was roughly minutes after 4pm. He initially fielded questions for boxing writers in the outside tent on what was an extremely windy day in Sin City.

He then went inside the gym and did video and audio interviews with the various media outlets. As much criticism as the brash sports star gets, he obviously loves the media attention but made sure to try his best to give as many one on one interviews as time allowed. He also got down on the pads and did mitt work and well as other various exercises. Mayweather faces Manny Pacquiao in the biggest money fight in boxing history on May 2nd.

EXCLUSIVE MAYWEATHER VIDEO BY K.P. Read more

STEVENSON TOPS BOXING’S CBS RETURN

WBC CHAMPION FACES RUGGED BIKA

Las Vegas, NVAl Haymon brings boxing back to national television for the second time this year on Saturday April 4th. His series Premier Boxing Champions makes its debut on CBS, airing at 3PM EST.

Stevenson KO's Dawson

Stevenson KO’s Dawson

The main event features WBC light-heavyweight (175 lb.) champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) against former WBC super-middleweight (168 lb.) titlist Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) live from the Pepsi Coliseum in Montreal. It is expected to be a safe defense for Stevenson, a Haitain now living in Montreal, as Bika is coming off a loss in a title losing effort to cancer survivor Anthony Dirrell (27-0-1, 22 KOs).

TOUGH BIKA NOTHING BUT

Bika has been in a lot of rough fights and the 35 year old has plenty of mileage on his odometer. While he may be outgunned against a bigger puncher in Stevenson, Bika always comes to fight with his lunch pail in hand. He will give his best effort, unfortunately it probably won’t be enough.

AMATEUR STAR FEATURED IN UNDERCARD Read more

RUSSELL JR TOPS WEEKEND RESULTS

RUSSELL STOPS SHOPWORN JHOHNNY GONZALEZ ON SHOWTIME

LAS VEGAS, NV– Looks like the odds makers were right. Featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr(26-1, 15 KOs) was just too young and too fast for the 33 year-old Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) Saturday night at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas. Gonzalez looked slow from the opening bell. showtime-logo-240-001Russell knocked the Mexican down in round three with a right hook. It appeared that Jhonny never fully recovered from that shot and was down again twice in round four as Russell claims the WBC featherweight title. Gary somewhat redeems himself from the listless performance last year against WBO championVasyl Lomachenko(3-1, 1 KO) losing a clear decision. While Lomachenko is the superior talent, Russell should be expected to do better in a rematch.

CLOSE BOUT GOES TO HOUSE FIGHTER

In the televised undercard Jermell Charlo (26-0, 11 KOs) defeated Vanes Martirosyan (35-2-1,21 KOs) by unanimous nod. Vanes pressed the action and landed the cleaner blows, yet the Al Haymon managed Charlo was awarded the victory by scores of 96-94 twice and an absurd 97-93.

BROOKS RETURNS FROM KNIFE ATTACK AND CUTS UP MANDATORY Read more

GEORGE FOREMAN, HIV+ MORRISON FLASHBACK!

PPV CARD FEATURES FOREMAN & MORRISON

HIV+ Tommy Morrison-George Foreman

HIV+ Tommy Morrison-George Foreman


Chiba, Japan– Returning from an 18-month layoff, George Foreman, 253 lbs., Marshall, TX, failed to gain a knockout against shifty Crawford Grimsley, 235, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, winning a UD 12 as 3,240 spectators watched. Scored: 119-108, 116-112 & 117-111. The 47-year old Foreman, now 75-4, 62 KOs, was too slow and couldnt catch the younger Grimsley, 20-1, 18 KOs, who stayed out of danger for 12 rounds. Both fighters ended the fight bloodied but there were no knockdowns.

HIV+ TOMMY MORRISON ON CARD TOO

HIV-infected Tommy Morrison, 228, Jay, OK, didnt have time to bleed or cause a scare by whacking out late replacement Marcus Rhode, 250, St. Joseph, MO, who was down three times for a TKO ending at 1:38. Morrison now at 46-3-1, 40 KOs, Rhode 15-2, 15 KOs. MORE on Tommy Morrison Read more

LISTEN RING TALK BOXING 3-15

THE RETURN OF THE BOXING GAME

"Big Al" Haymon

“Big Al” Haymon


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez discussed the boxing debut on NBC & Spike TV. We also covered some of the “controversy” involving Mayweather-Pacquiao, the week in review and Andre Ward’s future as well.

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“Ring Talk” airs LIVE 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 at 5 PM PT.

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RING TALK BOXING FEATURES LARRY MERCHANT

FLOYD MANS UP TO CHALLENGE PACMAN
San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spoke with former HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant about the upcoming super fight Mayweather vs Pacquaio. Also reviewed “GGG” Gennady Golovkins impressive stoppage of Martin Murry.

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

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“Ring Talk” airs LIVE 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 at 5 PM PT.

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MAYWEATHER VS PACQUIAO IS ON!

SUPER FIGHT BECOMES REALITY!

Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is on for May 2nd at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather opens a near 3-1 favorite. PPV reportedly will be around 100 dollars for the HD broadcast. The debate now begins on who will win this mega-matchup that is considered the biggest fight in boxing history!

Mayweather-Pacquiao

Mayweather-Pacquiao

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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.

LISTON WAS INTIMIDATING TO ME NOT! Read more

NO VALENTINES LOVE FOR FLOYD OR MANNY

LEGENDARY FIGHTERS NEED TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP!

Las Vegas, NV– Neither Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao deserve any love from sports fans at this point of their careers. Negotiations for the one fight that basically every person who has the slightest interest in boxing wants to see has appeared to hit a brick wall. Currently the vacationing Mayweather claims that he is fighting on May 2nd at MGM Grand in Las Vegas regardless of the opponent. Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, has been giving increasingly contradictory comments to the press. The fighters claim they want to fight one another, but so far “No Cigar.”

The networks Showtime and HBO, who are to supposed to be partners in this deal have also given conflicting information. The public, while losing faith that this fight will come to fruition is also losing patience. Both sides just need to sit down and iron out a deal. One has to wonder if ego’s from both sides is what is preventing this deal from being worked out.

 

TIME TO FOCUS ON UPCOMING FIGHTS Read more

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MMA AND BOXING!

MMA AND BOXING!

San Francisco, CA– The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez.
Boxing and MMA is covered every week!
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“Ring Talk” airs LIVE 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

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VEGAS NIGHTLIFE FIGHTS-POST FIGHT VIDEO

VEGAS SERVICE INDUSTRY MEMBERS DUKE IT OUT ON VETERANS DAY

Las Vegas, NV-Derrick Harmon hosted Vegas Nightlife Fights at the Brooklyn Bowl on November 11, 2014. Vegas Nightlife Fights will held a fundraiser supporting wounded service members through the Wounded Warrior Project™.

From business professionals, bartenders, servers and industry host alike, they are all part of VEGAS. Participants competed in 3/2-minute rounds. Amongst 15 bouts, some highlights include Jack Finn, director for Senator Heller, Steve Cyr, infamous industry host, as well our own Veterans in the ring for this great event.

Video shot and edited by Kevin Perry for Ringtalk.com.

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