October 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 FIGHT A RING DEATH TO MANY
San Francisco, CA- The overweight man you see with a mustache here is Muhammad Ali in the late summer of 1980. After a two year hiatus from boxing, this after besting Leon Spinks in a 1978 rematch, promoter Don King (only eight years into promoting) convinced Muhammad to come back and fight unbeaten World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes on October 2, 1980, 34 years ago today. Actually, Ali didn’t need much convincing as DK was offering him $8 million reasons to fight again.
CHAMPION WAS SECOND FIDDLE HERE
A former sparring partner of Ali, Larry can be seen beating Ali up in a Deer Lake, PA training session in the movie, “Ali: Brains, Skill, & Guts,” taped in 1974 as Ali prepped for his “Rumble in The Jungle” with George Foreman. Holmes, AKA “The Easton Assassin” was 31 years young and 35-0, 26 KOs.
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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.”
SQUARES AFFECTED THE BETTING LINE BIG! READ MORE…
June 5th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
UNDER OATH MOSLEY ADMITS KNOWINGLY TAKING EPO
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June 5th, 2013 By Zak "Attack" Young
FEW FIGHTERS WALK AWAY CHAMPION
San Francisco, CA- In combat sports, fighters who have built great legacies often carry on their careers a bit too long. Looking back, one can pinpoint the moment when they should have retired and kept their legacies completely intact rather than tarnishing them by taking too many beatings once they passed their primes. Not everyone gets to go out on top like
ROY JONES JR.
One of the best fighters of the 1990s, Roy Jones (56-8, 40 KOs) was simply electrifying in the ring. He made world class opponents look like complete amateurs with his blinding hand speed and quick reflexes. Unfortunately for Roy, speed and reflexes are the first things to go in a boxer. After taking the WBA heavyweight title from John Ruiz in 2003, Jones should have hung up the gloves for good. He accomplished a feat no middleweight had in a century, and it would have been the perfect end to a sterling professional career. Jones was never the same after dropping back down to light heavyweight, which showed in his next fight against Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs).
FIRST TARVER FIGHT CLEAR INDICATOR
Though Jones earned a unanimous decision victory, he clearly looked like he was past his prime. He was knocked out for the first time in his career in a rematch with Tarver, and has been stopped three other times since. Jones has now lost 7 of his last 16 bouts since defeating Ruiz, after compiling a record of 47-1 prior to fighting for the heavyweight belt. Four of those losses have been stoppages, with 3 of them being brutal knockouts that no fighter should ever experience. Roy Jones should have, and could have, retired with an impressive record of 48-1 with his lone loss coming by disqualification in a fight he was winning. Jones will likely be remembered as an all-time-great, but he will also be remembered for his tepid performances over the last ten years that have featured a mere shell of the formerly invincible pugilist.
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May 22nd, 2013 By Kevin Perry
FIGHTERS WHO LOSE TO PED USERS ARE BEING PUNISHED TWICE
Los Angeles, CA- Our editor Pedro Fernandez has recently refused to write about anything involving Shane Mosley,who admittedly used Performance Enhancing Drugs(PED’S). While Mosley never tested positive for a bout, he knowingly took them, lied about it, had Pedro’s press credentials pulled for the truth, this before years of his denying his intent to cheat and conceal such.
EVERYONE ELSE WAS SCARED OF SHANE & EX-WIFE!
Pedro’s stance was a source of my inspiration to write this story. Now just give this a thought. There have been a number of fighters on the losing end of decisions and knockouts within the last few years against fighters who have tested positive for PED’S. In one example cruiserweights Antonio Tarver and Lateef Kayode fought to a draw in June of last year.
This fight stuck out in my mind. Tarver failed the pre-fight drug test, testing positive for the steroid Drostolone. Tarver was punished with a fine of 2,500 as well as suspended by the California State Athletic Comission. An expert boxing analyst for Showtime Championship Boxing, as well as slated to be a US boxing analyst for the 2012 Beijing Olympics, subsequently lost those jobs amid the controversy and bad publicity. However my reason for writing this article is that this case is like many others. The fight result was changed to a “No Contest. This is simply unjust to the victims of this cheating to have to face a fighter with incredible advantages.
ATHLETIC COMMISSIONS “NOT DOING” NEARLY ENOUGH!
With this being the “hurt” business I believe athletic commissions have not gone far enough to discourage PED use. In this case Kayode is being punished twice. In essence with the fight being called a no decision, it’s like it never occurred. However this wasn’t Lateef Kayode’s doing, it was Tarver’s.
PED USERS SHOULD BE DISQUALIFIED
I think disqualifying fighters who cheat, whether it’s knowingly or not will send a clear message that fighters are professionals and they have a duty to know what substances they are putting in their body. Ignorance READ MORE…
April 7th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Some of you are probably scratching your heads after reading the title, so in order to fully clarify what I’m talking about, it’ll take additional verbiage. Having known professional boxers since I could first remember, Frankie Klick, who beat Kid Chocolate for the World 140 lb. crown in 1933 was the first pro I ever met. For the most part, Frankie was always on his back, drunk as a skunk, lying on the sidewalk somewhere on Cortland Ave in the Bernal Heights District of this beautiful City by The Bay.
NEVER FORGET HIS STORIES & MEMORY ISSUES
Frankie, who went 84-26-13, 24 KOs from 1929 to his last fight against an old friend of mine Al Citrino (who was knocked down 12 times by Henry Armstrong, decades before training Pat Lawlor to wins over ex-champs Roberto Duran, Wilfredo Benitez and Rene Arrendondo) in 1943, when he was sober would tell me about the great fighters of his era, Joe Louis, Armstrong, Ray Robinson, even Archie Moore. But he never put himself at their level, admitting that he was brought in to lose to Kid Chocolate, pulled off what amounted to like a 20-1 upset, and lost his next fight, a non-title affair before he defended and lost the championship in 1934 to Barney Ross. My old man said, and Frankie readily admitted that he had been beaten up many times in his career.
ALMOST EVERY FIGHTER GETS BEATEN UP! READ MORE…
March 1st, 2013 By Kevin Perry
MOSLEY, PACQUAIO, AND KLITSHCKO FEATURED!
February 13th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
IF YOU LACK CONCENTRATION, YOU WON’T APPRECIATE THIS EXPOSE!
San Francisco, CA- If you have ADD, this 1,300+ word expose on Shane Mosley (who fights Saul Alvarez May 5) bull shitting the public, media & the Nevada State Athletic Commmission on his admitted steroid use, might not be your cup of tea. But if you can concentrate, comprehend and get through this, then you’ll realize what a phony bastard Shane Mosley truly is. Not only do I go after Mosley sans gloves, the Nevada Athletic Commission is punched right in the mug for their treating Nick Diaz like dog poop! We have the February’s Boxing History & two “Ring Talk” radio shows, one on boxing, the other UFC & MMA. Today at RingTalk.com
February 13th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
OVERTURN UFC FIGHTS FOR WEED, BUT BOXING STEROIDS OK!
San Francisco, CA- Word came of of Las Vegas, NV this past week that UFC fighter Nick Diaz has allegedly tested positive for Marijuana. Diaz does have a Medical Marijuana recommendation from a California Dr. for medical issues. If this is true and Diaz failed the drug test, Nevada may suspend or even ban Diaz. Ironically, Medical Marijuana is not only legal in Nick’s native California, but Nevada has legal Medical Marijuana as well. A side note to this is Senator Mark Leno is pushing a bill through the California legislature that will forbid employers from penalizing or terminating Medical Marijuana patients. Look, Leno is not saying you can go to work stoned, but seeing California recognizes it as a medicine, how can you legally penalize somebody for Medical Marijuana which can stay in your system 90 days after use.
In May 2007, Diaz beat Japan’s Takanori Gomi in Las Vegas. Afterwards, Nick tested positive for Marijuana and the win was taken away from him and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, under the leadership of Keith Kizer, declared the fight was declared a No Contest. In other words, the fight never took place. Obviously, Marijuana is not a Performance Enhancing Drug, unlike Steroids or EPO.
YOU KNOW WHAT STEROIDS ARE, HOW ABOUT EPO?
“Erythropoietin (pronounced, ah-rith-ro-poy-tin AKA EPO) is a relatively recent entry into the deceitful pursuit of glory. EPO is a protein hormone produced by the kidney. After being released into the blood stream it binds with receptors in the bone marrow, where it stimulates the production of red blood cells (erythrocytes).” I took these words from an MD who is well versed on cheaters in sports.
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January 31st, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
ANDRE BERTO SAID TO REQUIRE SURGERY
San Francisco, CA- Reports that Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) was seriously injured sparring yesterday in Southern California were confirmed late Monday evening. The injury is said to be a “torn” or “ruptured” left bicep. One report said that Berto had suffered the same muscle tear previously. With pending surgery possibly as soon as this week, Berto’s February 11 rematch with Victor Ortiz (29-3, 22 KOs) has been canceled. No word as to who will replace the American born fighter of Haitian heritage on the Showtime Championship Boxing card.
STEROIDS REPORTEDLY FACILITATE BERTO INJURY
According to the world’s preminent MMA writer Dave Meltzer of the WrestlingObserver.com, his take on torn biceps taken from an article at SteroidSources.com is as follows. “The biceps will tear more frequently on steroids, but non-steroid using lifters often don’t have problems with biceps tears.”
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August 16th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
SEPARATING THE BOXING BULL CRAP FROM THE GOLDEN NUGGETS
San Francisco, CA-Throughout my almost 40-years of writing, I have done some good things well, some bad things bad. But at the end of day, whatever you might think of me as a person or a writer, you cannot take away my innate ability to judge “talent.” Although I had no idea he would go on and set a precedent in boxing by using Steroids and EPO to help him win a fight, I knew watching Shane Mosley, both as an amateur and as the boxing TV commentator for his fourth professional fight, that the kid then haling from Pomona did have the skills to become a world boxing champion. Simply put, Shane Mosley, although he would later become a “cheater” so skilled at lying that he “beat the box,” passed a lie detector test when in reality he was not telling the truth, there was no denying that he, as many an expert would say, “Had the goods.REMEMBERING JACK FISKE’S “GOLDEN” RULE
“Never fall in love with a fighter,” was what Hall of Fame writer Jack Fiske, this after he did so with Alexis Arguello, only to find out the late Alex wasn’t the champion in life that he was in the ring. So, when local fighter James Page made a move at welterweight in the 90s, I knew he “had the ability” and became WBA welterweight champ for a minute, until he allowed his mother to represent him with promoter Don King and co-manager Carl King. Underprepared and sans a shark proof suit, Mrs. Page turned down a $1 million purse with the IBF’s Tito Trinidad in a unification bout, this because James was only getting $500 grand out of the million. Had he beaten Tito, James would have been a bona-fide superstar, making millions upon millions of dollars! In this case, momma’ didn’t know best! As it turned out, James would never make more than $100K for any subsequent fight, and would lose to “Six Heads” Lewis in front of a few hundred people. Last I heard, James was in a southern state prison for 20 years after a number of convictions for armed robbery.
FROM NEGATIVES TO THE BOXING POSITIVES OF “THE GHOST” & ANDRE WARD READ MORE…
August 4th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
BOXING ESTABLISHMENT OUT TO “KILL THE TRUTH”
San Francisco, CA- The Beatles had a song in the early 60’s entitled, “Do You Want To Know A Secret?” Well, when I divulge a secret, the boxing establishment comes together and because of their money and power, they can pay or get certain writers to belittle me or what I’m what I’m saying. Today, I let it all hang out! Professor Marbry is here & John Signorella too! Enjoy!
August 4th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER PAPER LISTED “PEDRO FERNANDEZ A SCUMBAG”
San Francisco, CA- Having had in my possession for a while now, a videotape of former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik falling off a Stand Up Comedy club stage in his native Youngstown, OH, not once, but twice, I had withheld it from you due to a number of reasons. The first being, everybody has skeletons in their closet. Be it drinking, drugs, hard and soft, a sexual scandal, nobody is perfect.
JOEY MAXSE & CAMERON DUNKIN BOTH HOLDING THE BAG
So, when I wrote here at RingTalk.com that not only was Pavlik an alcoholic, but that he had be seeking alcohol rehabilitation, Pavlik’s manager and the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s (the city’s #1 newspaper) writer Joey Maxse, they came after me and called me,
“A liar, a scumbag,” just to highlight two of the remarks made in Maxse’s lengthy column slamming me.
PEDRO WAS JUST AHEAD OF THE REST OF THE PACK…AGAIN!
Just as was the case when I accused Shane Mosley of using Steroids before the Oscar De La Hoya rematch, his lawyer Judd Burstein, they sent me threatening letters, emails, hell, even Shane’s father Jack Mosley slandered me in an article saying, “I couldn’t be taken seriously.” Years later, Mosley admitted under oath, this after having me ousted from press row for telling the truth, that he did indeed “Use Steroids and EPO before the second De La Hoya fight.”
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July 30th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When you combine boxing, MMA and professional wrestling, boxers per se, well they don’t fare well popularity wise on the Internet. According to Google statistics from January 1, 2011 to July 22, 2011, the most popular performer was WWE performer and movie star Dwayne “The Rock Johnson. The runner up was the late Randy Poffo AKA Randy Savage, who died a couple of months from a heart attack while driving in Florida. The 54-year old Poffo/Savage hadn’t appeared on a wrestling TV show since a cameo appearance on TNA Wrestling in 2003. Holding down the same spot he held in 2010, Manny Pacquiao, boxing most illustrious performer ranked #3 in the US. The WWE’s John Cena, ranked #1 in 2010, dropped to #4.Floyd Mayweather Jr. made #5, this after placing #9 last year. No other boxer placed in the top 50 except Shane Mosley at #15 and WBA/IBF 140 lb. champion Amir Khan who made #44 on the United States Google hit list. The retiring wrestler known as Edge was #5, followed by UFC champ Georges St. Pierre. Rounding out the top ten were Randy Orton (WWE), UFC champ Anderson Silva placed eighth, followed by Mayweather and Brock Lesnar, ex-UFC champ Brock Lesnar placed #10.
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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!
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