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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June 7th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
FOLLOWING CUBAN’S CAREER IN PRO RANKS
Los Angeles, CA-It’s been almost five years since Cuban defector, 2005 amateur world welterweight (147 lbs.) champion, and top 154 lb. contender Erislandy Lara (17-1, 11 KOs)
has been a professional. The 30 year-old’s career thus far has consisted of the usual tough schedule you’d expect from a fighter with his amateur pedigree. Lara has been a potential opponent for WBA and WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1 31 KOs) for that last year and a half. The southpaw is the WBC’s top contender, however Alvarez has yet to face him, and will instead meet Floyd Mayweather (44-0, 26 KOs) in a super fight in September. Tomorrow night at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA (formerly the Home Depot Center) Lara squares off with a former top contender, the hard punching Alfredo Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) for the WBA interim title live on Showtime. This should be a huge opportunity to make a real statement to the boxing community that he deserves a big fight after some unfortunate setbacks in his career.
TWO MAJOR SETBACKS OCCURRED IN 2011
After a spectacular TKO 1 win in January of 2011, Lara faced the tough and awkward Carlos Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs). In what was an ugly fight the pair fought to a draw. It was close with some difficult rounds to score. As it turns out Molina is a much tougher foe than first thought, as his reputation has skyrocketed since then with wins over Kermit Cintron, Corey Spinks and a controversial DQ loss to James Kirkland.
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June 4th, 2013 By Kevin Perry
PRESS CONFERENCE PRECEDING THIS SATURDAYS SHOWTIME CARD, ALSO FEATURING ERISLANDY LARA AND ALFREDO ANGULO
Marcos Maidana and Josesito Lopez clash in welterweight bout Saturday.
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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
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May 21st, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
JR. WELTERWEIGHT CLASH LOOKS LIKE BEST OF YEAR
San Francisco, CA- For the moment, 2013 is looking good for devout boxing fans despite the true lack of upper echelon talent in the “getting paid” for punching people business. That would be clear to folks like boxing historian Hellen Keller, if she had only been a subscriber to HBO or Showtime for their boxing fare.
SATURDAY NIGHT CHANGED EVERYTHING
That being said, Saturday might have changed the elite boxing landscape as we know it as Lucas Matthysse, an Argentine slugger if ever there was, hammered the capable Lamont Peterson into submission with three knockdowns in a Showtime Championship Boxing presentation emanating from “Sin City East” AKA Atlantic City, NJ.
DANNY GARCIA-LUCAS MATTHYSSE LOOKS FAN-TASTIC!
With a match with recognized World 140 lb. champ Danny Garcia apparently all but locked up for September, Matthysse, although he is a non-English speaker has gotten the attention of the boxing populace in the USA. Boxing fantatics and insiders knew of Matthysse’s potential, but now thge masses are enamored with the “search & destroy” mode that the 140 lb. rage is in from beginning to end.
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