April 8th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
RACIAL SUPREMACY ALWAYS PART OF BOXING
STEVENSON-KOVALOV BRING OUT “RACE CARD”
That being said, I can’t help but think the Sergey Kovalov-Adonis Stevenson potential match is a fight that is drawn along racial lines. This is Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney-like divisions between ethnic groups. And while I know that was 1982, some 32 years ago, you have never seen a country divided along lines of color over a sporting event as they were for a fight that was even billed in some areas as “Cooney-Holmes.” In a show of disrespect, ring announcer Chuck Hull introduced Cooney second, all the while Larry was reigning and unbeaten champion.
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April 7th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
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April 1st, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
KOVALOV HYPE TRAIN REACHING PRE-BOARDING CAPACITY
RESUME OF RUSSIAN LACKING THUS FAR
By taking a close look at Kovalev resume, there isn’t much, besides KO power to suggest that he’s the best fighter at 175. The UBF’s ancient Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2 32 KOs), WBA guy Beibut Shumanov (14-1 9 KOs) and WBC (linear) champ Adonis Stevenson (23-1 20 KOs) are all threats who possess arguably better talent and with the exception of Shumanov, certainly have better resumes. So although Kovalev is a likeable and entertaining fighter, he’s currently more hype than substance considering whom he’s actually beaten. If guys like Tavoris Cloud, Chad Dawson, Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal are available, defeating the likes of a couple of them will add REAL credence to Kovalev’s record.
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March 25th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
WBC CHAMP WITH SIGNS WITH AL HAYMON!
Las Vegas, NV- HBO’s boxing woes continue as yet another one of the signature fighters Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs) on the network has brokered a deal to fight his next bout on a May 24th Showtime broadcast vs. Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs).
SHOWTIME NABS ANOTHER STAR FROM HBO
In 2012, Home Box Office fell asleep and almost dared Floyd Mayweather to look elsewhere. Failing to match a $100 + million offer by Viacom/CBS/Showtime, they eventually would lose his services. According to various reports this situation was similar as HBO had the right to match whatever offer Showtime made. However with no contract in place and Stevenson now being advised by the most powerful man in boxing, Al Haymon, Stevenson, Big Al & Showtime have agreed on a deal that HBO didn’t feel it could match.
HBO NODS OUT & GETS JACKED!
The reality here though is while HBO had recently invested in both Stevenson, a Haitian living in Montreal, Canada and WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev (23-0-1, 21 KOs) who fights this Saturday on HBO, the Haitian was more interested in fighting Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs) who fights exclusively on Showtime. Hopkins, while an experienced professional is almost 50 years old and appears to be an easier fight for more money. Stevenson and Kovalev both fought together on a doubleheader at the end of last year in an effort to build towards a light heavyweight unification bout in 2014 if both guys were successful in their bouts. Both won impressively.
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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
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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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