April 14th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured a Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley review with writer Kevin Perry who had picked Manny to beat Bradley.
SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS
This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.
29+ YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”
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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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October 20th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- There is nothing quite like the “obvious talent” in sports. And to boxing purists everywhere, undefeated middleweight (160 lb.) & WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin is all that and more made his “Ring Talk” debut Sunday and took questions from readers.
“GGG” WILL FIGHT FLOYD MAYWEATHER AT 154 LBS!
“THE RING WARS” TV SHOW UPDATE
Sir Marcus Valentine, the man behind the reality boxing TV show “The Ring Wars” gave us an update on the program, what it entails, etc. The Ring Wars website banner is in the left margin here at RingTalk.com
Among other things, Gennady, 27-0, 24 KOs, defends his title November 2 on HBO in New York City’s Madison Square Garden vs. Curtis Stevens, said he will drop to 154 and beat the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, whenever Floyd puts his name on the dotted line!
HIT BLACK ARROW IN BOX ABOVE TO LISTEN NOW!
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.”
SQUARES AFFECTED THE BETTING LINE BIG! READ MORE…
April 24th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
HOUR ONE IS ALL ABOUT BOXING!
San Francisco, CA- We had fun on the Saturday boxing hour of “Ring Talk Worldwide” with Austin Trout’s manager Bob Spagnola. In addition, my local boxing “wise guy” Jason Nava chimed in on previewing the weekend’s fights. TO LISTEN NOW CLICK ON THE BLACK ARROW READ MORE…
April 22nd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
GOLDFATHER, HITMAN & THE MARVELOUS ONE!
San Francisco, CA- Even though the late Emanuel Steward once told me that, “Losing to Marvin Hagler was emotionally devastating,” here is the Kronk Gym Goldfather Emanuel Steward between his charge Tommy Hearns and “Marvelous Marvin” Hagler.
28 TURNS OF ROMAN CALENDAR SINCE “THE WAR”
Last week, April 15, 2013, marked the 28th anniversary of Hagler-Hearns, said to be the greatest three rounds in boxing history. This photo is taken at the new site of the famed Kronk Gym, the UK version.
September 7th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
BENOIT STORY OFF ‘TILL MONDAY! THURSDAY NIGHT ALL ABOUT GATTI!
San Francisco, CA- Part 6 & 7 of the Chris Benoit: Double Murderer & Suicide have been pushed to next week. Today, we have Professor Marbry on “Bare Knuckle Boxing,” the Steroid Scandal and North Korea’s Government, and MMA star Allistair Overeem fighting Brock Lesnar in December. Late today, I’ll give you what investigators said about the 2009 murder of Arturo Gatti. Only at RingTalk.com!
July 2nd, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
June 27th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When I asked Donny Lalonde, then the WBC light heavyweight (175 lbs) champion why he was willing to fight “Sugar Ray” Leonard at 168 lbs., a weight he hadn’t seen in a couple of years, he said at the San Francisco Airport Hilton Hotel, “That’s the only way Ray will fight me.” Now while I’m the first to recognize that Manny Pacquiao is a “great” fighter, and let me add there is no doubt that sans the Pacman there would little if any real interest in the fight game right now.
CATCH WEIGHT FIGHTS & THE 400 LB. GORILLA IN ROOM
That being said, the crap Ray pulled on both Donny Lalonde and then again Thomas Hearns (162) in their 1989 rematch that ended in a draw, a fight Ray would later all but admit he lost, is the same s*it Manny is pulling on opponents by having them fight at unnatural weights. Throw out the Antonio Margarito fight, although it was a catch weight of 150 lbs., this for a 154 lb. paper title, as Margarito was a limited brawler who may have won all of his major bouts with “loaded” gloves. But Pac insisted Miguel Cotto scale 145, and rumors have it he will ask his next foe, one Juan Manuel Marquez, a featherweight who unlike Manny never really grew out of the 126 lb. weight class to weigh between 143 and 145!
PAC NEEDS TO TACKLE 400 LB. GORILLA IN RING, NOT COURT! READ MORE…
June 19th, 2011 By Sammy Perez
Bethlehem, PA- While the name of the game is mixed martial arts, and when the name of your promotion is Strikeforce, you anticipate some action in the form of, well striking. Although strikes, (punches, kicks, knees etc.), were not null and void last night in Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, they didn’t come in abundance either; especially not to the satisfaction of the Dallas, Texas crowd, which I’ll address in a minute.
SEMI FINALS ARE NEXT & WILL BE BETTER!
Nonetheless, the second round of quarterfinal match-ups have finally taken place, albeit four months later, and as expected Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett (pictured @ left) handled their business. However, it is the way they handled it that is being scrutinized, though I’m not exactly sure why? When you have two match-ups that feature a striker vs. grappler, the outcomes are to be expected.
STRIKEFORCE CHAMP NOW 10-0-1 IN LAST 11 SCRAPS
In the main event, Overeem (35-11, 14 KO’s 19 subs), the reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champion, tried to do his part and finish his opponent Fabricio Werdum (14-5-1, 4 KO’s 8 subs), but READ MORE…
June 9th, 2011 By John Signorella
New York, NY – To even the most “die hard” fan, this forthcoming weekend mainly consists of unknown “up and comers” looking to do there thing and make some noise. On the bright side, the hunger and desperation instilled within such fighters in these type of affairs usually result formula for fireworks. Let’s take a chronological look at the line up.
ESPN STARTS THE FIRE
As per usual, the popular fight series “ESPN Friday Night Fights” kicks off the boxing weekend. Each installment of the decorated series features news, analysis of upcoming bouts, interviews, celebrity guests offering insight into the world of boxing, and competitive scraps. This week’s card showcases heavy handed record padded Puerto Rican charge Kenny Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs) pitted against hapless scrapper and loser of three straight Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs) over 10 or less rounds of jr middleweight (154) combat at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, NY, Friday at 9 PM ET on ESPN 2.
SHOWTIME OWNS THE WEEKEND WITH TWIN DOUBLE HEADERS
The critically acclaimed series “Shobox” delivers two explosive cards this weekend. First up: power punching madman Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) takes on vastly experienced cruiserweight (200) journeyman Matt Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs) over 10 proposed rounds of throw down from the Chumash Casino & Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Televised action begins with talented bantamweight (118) Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KOs) taking on unbeaten pug Khabir Suleymanov (11-0, 5 KOs) Friday at 11 PM ET. Action continues the next day as undefeated ruthless banger Luis Orlando Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) looks for his 8th straight knockout READ MORE…
June 5th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
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June 1st, 2011 By Sin City Richey
1915: Mike Glover W 12 Matt Wells, Boston. Wins World Welterweight Title.
1928: Tommy Loughran W 15 Pete Latzo, Brooklyn. Retains World Light Heavyweight Title.
1935: Baltazar Sangchili W 15 Panama Al Brown, Valencia, Spain. Wins World Bantamweight Title. Sangchili ends the 6-year reign of the 5’ 11” Brown.
1941: Dean Chance born.
1963: Willie Pastrano W 15 Harold Johnson, Las Vegas. Wins World Light Heavyweight Title.
1964: Vicente Saldivar W 10 Ismael Laguna, Tijuana, MX.
1966: Fighting Harada W 15 Eder Jofre, Tokyo. Retains World Bantamweight Title. READ MORE…
May 27th, 2011 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- Jr. welterweight (140 lb.) champ, Amir Khan (25-1 17 KOs) is currently one of the U.K.’s biggest boxing stars and is scheduled to fight on July 23rd. But he is currently without an opponent as his championship counterpart Timothy Bradley has dropped out of the Khan sweepstakes to pursue other options. Khan, didn’t look great in his last fight against the game European, Paul McCloskey and probably needs better opponents and performances if he wants to continue to build his star power. Currently, the biggest name on Amir’s resume is a much less than prime Marco Antonio Barrera, and that wasn’t without controversy. The bottom line is he could really benefit with some fresher competition.JUDAH’S FAST HANDS LOOK TO EXPOSE KHAN
Zab Judah (41-6 28 KOs) is a good choice as he has been engaging in an ongoing Twitter ‘beef’ with Khan and has indicated interest in facing Khan next. Judah knows that with Bradley out of the picture there are still options that Khan’s promotional company, Golden Boy are considering. They include Robert Guerrero and even the faded Erik Morales. But, even as both opponents are recognizable to fans, they honestly don’t pose the same threat or excitement as Judah. They are neither natural Jr. welterweights nor necessarily bigger live gate options than Zab. Morales is also coming off a loss to Marcos Maidana so it’s likely that team Khan is only looking at him as another soft touch.
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May 15th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Without a doubt, Manny Pacquiao has become “the darling” of the boxing world. Having risen from poverty to that of a multi millionaire, the Filipino Congressman has surpassed all expectations of even his most ardent followers. From 107 lbs., titles at 112, 122, 130, 135, 140, 154*, and now 147, there is no way you can sell him short. But in all honesty, in all of the aforementioned weight classes, Pacquiao has been never been the “undisputed” champion.
GREAT FIGHTERS OFTEN TAKE CURVY ROAD TO TOP
That doesn’t mean he is not a great fighter, as certainly his near 11 year run with only one defeat, which he avenged twice to Erik Morales, the man from General Santos City, is “Mr. Boxing.” But in his last three fights, Pacman, like it or not has “milked” that lofty position by fighting boxing’s version of The Three Stooges, Larry, Curly and Moe, Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, and a fortnight ago, “Sugarless Shane” Mosley. Only the weight drained and pugilistic disgrace Margarito even made any attempt at winning.
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