January 6th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
2013 HAD MANY UPS AND DOWNS
Las Vegas, NV- First of all much props to Floyd Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) for fighting twice in 2013 and giving boxing fans the two biggest events of the year; both wins against highly regarded fighters Robert Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KOs) and Canelo Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs). Big thumbs down to judge CJ Ross for scoring the bout with Alvarez 114-114, as if boxing didn’t need anymore negative publicity. In the eyes of most, the 23 year-old Mexican failed to win more than one round. Praying that we will see none of Ms. Ross in 2014, at least not in a boxing or MMA arena.
HAVANA’S MIKE PEREZ LOOKS LIKE THE GOODS
Congratulations to Cuban heavyweight prospect Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOS) who put on a breakthrough performance over Magomed Abdulsalamov (18-1, 18 KOs) in the latter half of the year. It’s unfortunate that his victory was overshadowed by the tragedy theat ensued afterward with Abdusalamov fighting for his life. Thankfully he is out of a medically induced coma and is reportedly in ICU and beginning to recover from those injuries. Ringtalk wishes both fighters the best in 2014.
FIGHTERS WHO CHEAT NEED TO BE DISQUALIFIED!
In 2013 you saw fighters such as Mickey Bey Jr. (19-1, 10 KOs) and J’ Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) test positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs in wins. Both wins became no contests in record books. Both fighters were undefeated at the time. Both should have received a loss in my view in the record books. I wrote an article in 2013 where I stated that that was my opinion and I stand by it. I think something in the rule books needs to be changed. If a fighter is caught cheating he or she needs to be punished accordingly. I think a blemish in the rule books will move us one step forward to doing something about this problem. Hopefully commissions take notice in 2014 and do something about this. I will to my best to keep beating the horse on this issue.
OTHER SPORTS TRYING TO GET IT RIGHT
In other sports, mainly in Olympic competition if a competitor is caught cheating(using Peformance Enhancing Drugs) not only do they lose their medal and are DQ’d, the person or persons they beat are elevated in rank. Thus if you win a gold medal and you are caught, the silver medalist is elevated to the gold medal winner and so on. The punishments that have been dished out in boxing are joke. Only proper punishment can deter fighters from cheating;excessive penalties need to be dealt out. Whether that be excessive fines and or suspensions. Brandon Rios (31-2-1, 23 KOs), who lost a wide decision to Manny Pacquaio (55-5-2, 38 KOs) in November in Macau, China, tested positive for a banned substance after his bout. He was levied a 5 month suspension by the Chinese commission.
Considering no one would expect Rios to return to the ring in that time span considering the beating he took, the fine has no effect on the boxers career whatsoever. Why even have testing if the fighters know they have nothing to lose as a result? The aforementioned Bey, was only punished for 3 months after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone. If boxing is even attempting to gain lost respect from the mainstream media it needs to get it’s act together in that regard.You are more likely to see a boxing headline when something negative happens in the sport than anytime there is positive news.
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December 16th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
NOT TOO MANY GUESTS BETTER THAN HAROLD LEDERMANSan Francisco, CA- Without a doubt the most synonymous voice in televised boxing belongs to HBO judge Harold Lederman. We talk Maidana-Broner, Mayweather-Pacquiao, the Klitschko situation and more. “Ring Talk Worldwide” had Harold on the two-hour Sunday show (11 AM PT) with the first on boxing and the second hour of the Sports Byline Broadcast Network presentation delves into the world of MMA and the UFC. To listen TO THIS particular show hit the black arrow above or the play button.
December 15th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
HOLES IN BRONERS GAME EXPOSED!
Las Vegas, NV- In a dramatic upset and one-sided rout, Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs) was all over WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) from the opening bell to defeat him by a unanimous decision, live from the Alamodome on Showtime from San Antonio, Texas.
Maidana, a perceived crude slugger out of Argentina, training out of Oxnard, CA under the tutelage of esteemed trainer Robert Garcia, has somewhat refined his game. While offensively he was still unleashing the wide hooks and overhand rights that are his custom, defensively he kept his hands tight and showed some head movement. He stunned the always cocky and brash Broner in round one, dropped him in round two and eight and basically beat him to the punch throughout the fight, and landed the harder blows in the process. Scores were 115-110, 117-109, 115-109 all for the new WBA 147lb champion Maidana.
FLOYD A DIAMOND, BRONER THE CUBIC ZIRCONIA
Broner a Cincinnati, Ohio native, who many were prematurely crowing the future “PPV star” and “Pound for Pound king”, was percieved to be Floyd Mayweather’s heir apparent. His arrogant and flashy persona mimicked that of Floyd, and inside the ring he emulated Floyd’s shoulder roll defensive style. However thats where the similarities ended. One of Mayweather’s best assets are his fast feet which help get out of harms way of his opponents attacks. Herein lies the flaw; Broner fights flatfooted. He uses the shoulder roll, but when his opponent gets off first, he goes into a shell. Maidana was able to execute chopping right hands over and over throughout the fight, and Broner would fail to answer.
FIGHTING A WEIGHT CLASS OR TWO TOO BIG?
It also appears that although the “Problem” is a decent puncher at welterweight, he is not a big enough puncher to be effective, especially when you consider his low punch output. Broner will have to go back to the drawing board and decide if he will continue to campaign at welterweight. The Cincinnati native still holds the WBC lightweight (135 lb.) title. It remains to be seen if he can actually get his still growing (and snacking) 24 year-old body down to 135 again.
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December 13th, 2013 By Jarrad Woods
New York, NY- Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner (27-0 22 KOs) will place his newly acquired WBA strap on the line against a solid, hard hitting welterweight (147 lb.) in Argentina’s Marcos ‘El Chino’ Maidana (34-3 31 KOs). Like his fellow countryman Lucas Mattyse, Maidana is known for his heavy hands and toughness in the ring. This is only Broner’s second bout at welterweight, as he’s spent most of his career campaigning at 130 and 135 lbs. After defeating Paulie Malignaggi for his title in June, Broner will Saturday face a real threat to his budding potential from Maidana on Showtime from San Antonio, TX.
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December 3rd, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA– Whether or not you were enamored with the Saturday night HBO presentation, you have to say that 2013 is closing well. While a lot of that has to do with Floyd Mayweather domestically, Manny Pacquiao internationally, with Wladimir Klitschko continuing to win and drawing huge numbers in Europe and Asia. In between there was World champ Danny Garcia all but wrecking favored Lucas Matthysse at 140 lbs. Include Guillermo Rigondeaux and his easy spanking of Nonito Donaire
KOVALEV-STEVENSON “RIGHT EXAMPLE”
That being said, it’s almost a bad thing that both Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev won last weekend and may clash in a WBC/WBO unification match, a fight I believe will mean real star potential for the victor. Either way, whether the fiery Russian prevails or the slick Black Canadian wins, a star should be born! The “right example” I put at the top of the paragraph is that this is a more than just the unification of 175 lb. titles as promoters Kathy Duva of Main Events who has Kovalev, while Canadian Yvon Michel is with Stevenson, which is a big story that nobody seems to have realized, two promotional entities willing to fight one another and just let the chips (fighters) fall where they may.
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October 23rd, 2013 By Kevin Perry
MEXICAN BOXER FRANKIE LEAL PASSES AWAY
Los Angeles, CA- It’s sad to hear another fighter has succumbed to the brutal and sometimes perceived as inhumane sport of boxing. While there are many stipulations included in the sport to create an illusion of fighter safety, the reality is that in a sport where the point is to inflict damage to your opponent, mainly to the head, there are going to be serious repercussions.
Frankie Leal (20-8-3,13 KOs) died Tuesday after a KO loss Saturday to Raul Hirales (20-2, 9 KOs). He earned his most important victory, an upset over then unbeaten prospect Roberto Marroquin(19-0 at the time) in April 2011, and was a formidable journeyman fighter with a winning record who appeared to give it his all. In this time in which his family and other members of his team are mourning, it is also a time to reflect on not just fighter safety but to reflect on what fighters give to fans for our entertainment.
MORE THAN JUST BLOOD & GUTS
Fighters of Leal’s caliber are the lifeblood of the sport and need to be respected and get more attention. The reality here is that the majority of fighters don’t make the six and seven figure purses of the prizefighters featured regularly on HBO or Showtime. Many like Leal fight numerous times in a year (in Leal’s case five times in 2013) and acquire far less money, with some being paid $1 and given tickets, and with that comes far less if any fanfare. I don’t claim to have any real solutions to the problem of fighter deaths further than the many that have been proposed before. A much larger problem is a fighters well being after their careers are over. The reality is most who punch for pay don’t have a wealth of options to make a living afterwards. Let me put it to you like this, the long term damage from boxing is not always forgiving.
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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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October 1st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
10/2/1980 WAS DAY “THE FIGHTER” DIED IN ALI
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 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. 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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September 14th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
INTERVIEW WITH STEPHEN “BREADMAN” EDWARDS OF BOXINGTALK.COM
Las Vegas, NV-The “Breadman“gives his thoughts on the Mayweather vs. Canelo clash on September 14th.
September 9th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
SUNDAY BOXING FEATURED WRITER KEVIN PERRY.
Host Pedro Fernandez and Mr. Perry chop it up and talk about the weekends fight results and also give analysis on the upcoming superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez slated for September 14th. Listen now and leave comments. Ringtalk is boxings longest running radio program, 29 years. Every Saturday 11am and Sundays 11am-1pm PST READ MORE…
August 7th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
Friday, August 9, 2013
UNTESTED WILDER STICKS TOE IN WATER!
Indio, CA- (Showtime) Fantasy Springs Casino- Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs) vs Siarhei Liakhovich (26-5, 16 KOS) (Heavyweights over 200 lbs.) ODDS/PREDICTION: Wilder 8 to 1. Odds probably high but Wilder has yet to prove he wan walk sans assistance, let alone run. Liakhovich has not been “relevant” since 2005 and is 2-2 (all stoppages) in the last four years, thus the “poifect” mark to become #29 Friday night. I think Wilder is worth an $1600 risk to walk with $200 more.
SMITH LOOKS TO MAR CHARLO’S PERFECT RECORD
Antwone Smith (23-4-1, 12 KOs) vs Jermall Charlo (14-0, 10 KOs) (154 lb.) ODDS/PREDICTION: Smith 12-5. Hard to go against unbeaten guys, but Smith has fought better. Could be closer than I’ve got it here.
TWO 16-0 GUYS GO TO POST!
Francisco Vargas (16-0-1, 13 KOs) vs Brandon Bennett (16-0, 7 KOS) (130 lb.) ODDS/PREDICTION: 6-5 pick ‘em. Looks razor close on paper.
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July 31st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
SOMETIMES THINGS CAN’T BE UNBROKEN
San Francisco, CA- Did you ever have something, be it a car, computer, maybe a relationship, once it is broke, it’s never again the same? Send it to the shop, they fix it, you pay for it with a credit card and the item is not working again even before your monthly cardholder statement arrives via email?
FIGHTERS THAT ARE “ONE AND DONE”
In the realm of our subject matter, some fighters are “One and Done,” meaning one ass kicking and they’re instantly nothing more than a punching bag with a name. While there are plenty of guys/gals that take a lickin’ and keep on tickin‘, no pun intended Liz, but the truth is nobody can un-break an egg once the shell has been cracked!
JUAN MA FELL OFF OF PUERTO RICAN MANTLE
Recently we’ve Juan Manuel Lopez, unbeaten and talented, albeit with a penchant for putting on unprofessional (obscene) amounts of weight between scraps and has now been knocked out thrice, Orlando Salido twice, and a couple of months ago Mikey Garcia (30-0, 22 KOs) hammered him into submission. The change in Lopez is almost a metamorphosis he has changed so drastically and quickly.
LOOKED LIKE GREAT FIGHTER IN THE MAKING
Lopez 31-3, 22 KOs, was an amazing technician and was the perfect definition of a “boxer-puncher” as he garnered 23 KOs in those 31 victories. His downhill descention was predicted by none other than his promoter Bob Arum. The contortion of Juan Ma’s facial features in the three losses do not appear to be healthy if you were looking at him from a neurological point of view. Having never heard of Juan Ma being on anything other than a 10,000 calorie a day diet between fights, steroids or PEDs would tend not to be parcel to the decline
DEM’ DARN VITAMINS & ANDRE BERTO
Had Andre Berto not been into those Flintstone vitamins that some people claim are not from Bedrock, the lad could have been a bit more than he was at his peak. I think he over did it on the weights, had traces of banned steroids in his system which put him on the shelf. Berto’s thing, and I believe his father played a role in this, was one of those guys that over emphasized weightlifting which made him stiff not fluid. There are some fighters, one Aussie in particular that broke down earlier than one would think and the reason cited was steroid use.
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July 28th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
WELTERWEIGHTS GOT SHOWTIME SPOTLIGHT
Saturday, July 27, 2013
KEITH THURMAN PREVAILS AFTER SHAKY START
San Antonio, Texas (Showtime) AT&T Center- Keith Thurman (21-0, 19 KOs) TKO 10 Diego Gabriel Chaves (22-1, 18 KOs) (147 lb.) Rocked and rattled early on, Thurman dropped Argentine with body shots before head shot causing knockdown ended matters in almost even scrap. Thurman looked “limited” at times, and while Chaves can fight, he stands too straight up like a European amateur and he was eventually broken down and finished! Thurman now possesses WBA “interim” 147 lb. trinket. B- overall grade for Keith in facing first world class foe.
BERTO POPS SHOULDER WHILE GETTING HAMMERED
Jesus Soto Karass (28-8-3, 18 KOs) TKO 12 Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs) (147 lb.) Pretty big upset here as Mexican mauler hasn’t exactly been the second coming of Salvador Sanchez, but Karass kicked some ass as Berto was hammered throughout and looked like he had been put through a car windshield when referee Jon Schorle put Berto out of his misery in round 12. It was obvious that the native of Haiti fought most of the time with a dislocated shoulder. Ahead in the fight, Karass went against his corner in round 12 and finished Berto. That’s three defeats almost back to back to back fights, time to stick a fork in Andre Berto!
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June 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
REVIEW OF WEEKEND BOUTS IN BOXING
San Francisco, CA- We covered the weekend in boxing, the big fights on HBO & Showtime, the WBO 200 lb. scrap from across the pond, as well as looking forward to the upcoming boxing week. An on-air tussle was averted when host Pedro Fernandez and guest Jason B. Nava sparred over Floyd Mayweather-Saul Alvarez.
MMA RADIO AT IT’S VERY BEST TOO!
As for MMA & the UFC, we looked at the UFC from Brazil on Fuel TV , UFC 161 this coming Saturday, and picked the upset of the century for UFC 162, Chris Weidman besting Anderson Silva.
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June 8th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
LOPEZ AND MAIDANA GO TO WAR AT STUB HUB CENTER IN CARSON, CA
In what amounted to a back and forth war of wills, Marcos Maidana of Argentina stopped Josesito Lopez, of Riverside, CA in round 6 of a scheduled 12 rounds, broadcast live on Showtime.
Each fighter had their moments in rounds 1 and 2, but Lopez appeared to hurt then drop Maidana in round 3 but the referee ruled it a slip. Maidana piled on the pressure and landed the better punches in rounds 4 and 5. Surprisingly the Argentine displayed improved boxing skills and used a stiff jab to assist in setting up power shots. In round 6 an uppercut staggered the Riverside native, and Maidana battered him in the corner and the referee wisely put a stop to the fight. Maidana improves his record to 34-3, with 31 KOs, and Lopez drops to 30-6, 18 KOs.
TELEVISED UNDERCARD RESULTS
LARA STOPS ANGULO
In what was a tremendous battle that portrayed a complete contrast of styles former Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara stopped a game and determined Alfredo Angulo, of Mexico in round 10 of a WBA interim junior middleweight (154lb) title bout. Lara,the counterpuncher, gave Angulo, the brawler, a systematic beating throughout the fight.
However the Mexican piled on the pressure, although sometimes effective, he absorbed an array of straight left hands and right hooks from the southpaw. In round four Angulo dropped Lara with an uppercut while on the ropes and the Cuban was hurt but survived the round. Lara controlled the next few rounds, but was caught again by a hook in round 9. Lara once again survived. He then continued to pile on the punishment and got the stoppage after a battered, bloody and bruised Angulo was hurt by a left hand and turned his back. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. had no choice but to put a halt to the bout. Lara improves to 18-1-1, 12 KOs. Angulo drops to 22-3, 18 KOs. It was truly a crowd pleaser.
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