July 15th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
REVIEW OF THE WEEKENDS ACTION!
We go over Canelo’s victory over Erislandy Lara as well as the current state of the sport of boxing on boxings longest running radio program. 29 plus years and going strong! To listen use the link below or browser above.
July 11th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
FIGHTERS SQUARE OFF FOR WEIGN-IN AT MGM GRAND
June 3rd, 2014 By Kevin Perry
MAJOR SHAKEUP IN BOXING WORLD SHOULD EFFECT FUTURE OF SPORT
Las Vegas, NV-Schaefer made the announcement this morning, and according to ESPN.com Mayweather promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe also made a statement that Mayweathers promotional company will no longer do business with Golden Boy promotions.
Mayweather already made a recent announcement that he will be fighting in September, and it’s now official that GoldenBoy, whose president is Oscar De La Hoya, will not be involved in that promotion. It will be interesting to see what role Schaefer takes on in the boxing business moving forward. Further developments in the coming weeks in regards to Golden Boy’s relationship with influential boxing manager Al Haymon, who advises the majority of the top stock in the boxing business should have a major effect on the boxing in not just the near but long term future. This should also effect Goldenboy’s perceived incestuous relationship with Showtime and it’s Vice President Steven Espinoza. One question is legally can Richard start up another boxing entity with Haymon while still having a financial stake in Golden Boy?(Shaefer is rumored to own a piece of the private company). More analysis and developments to come in the proceeding days.
May 23rd, 2014 By Kevin Perry
WBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION ADONIS STEVENSON MAKES SHOWTIME DEBUT SUNDAY
Las Vegas, NV- Much controversy has arisen over 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson’s sudden move from HBO to Showtime. Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs), Haitain born, but now based in Montreal, had fought his last three fights on HBO, the first being his title winning effort over first round knockout victim and former WBC champ Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs).
Coinciding with that rise to stardom, was another light heavyweight making his own mark. Russian born WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) has appeared to just bludgeon his way through recent competition, stopping his last 8 opponents. Adonis has done so to his last 10. It appeared inevitable that the two would meet in a super fight considering both appeared in their last fight on an HBO doubleheader. Proceeding the bout however Stevenson decided to hook up with influential boxing adviser/promoter/manager, Al Haymon.
It’s extremely difficult to figure out at this point specifically what role Haymon plays in a fighters career as it appears he wears many hats. Either way his ability to get fighters the easiest fights for the most money from the networks has led to the Haitians title defense Saturday on Showtime against the capable but perceived as limited Andres Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs). Haymon’s alleged interference in a potential title unification between Stevenson and Kovalev has led the Russians promoter Main Events, headed by outspoken CEO Kathy Duva, to file a lawsuit against Haymon, Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Goldenboy Promotions among others filed in the suit. Haymon’s allegiance with Showtime has led to Stevenson basically turning his back on HBO to run to the other side of the street.
STEVENSON UNDER A LOT OF HEAT FROM FANS AND MEDIA
Fonfara is a heavy underdog on Saturday, and the perception from many fans and media is that he used Haymon as a means to avoid challenging the dangerous Russian. However there are two sides to the coin here. While criticism of the Hatian born fighter may be warranted, he merely went with the more lucrative offer. There are reports that the money he would be receiving to fight Fonfara was actually more than what was offered to fight a much more dangerous opponent in Kovalev. READ MORE…
May 2nd, 2014 By Kevin Perry
LAS VEGAS (April 30, 2014) – A focused Floyd Mayweather stated Saturday’s SHOWTIME® PPV showdown with Marcos Maidana could be the best performance of his storied career knowing that Marcos Maidana has knockout percentage of more than 80 percent.
“Everybody keeps asking who is going to crack the May-Vinci Code,” said Mayweather. “This guy has a good uppercut, this guy has a good jab. I still always fight a way to win. Saturday, I’m going to find a way to win.”
With Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer presiding,
Mayweather urged the media and fans to tune into tonight’s premiere of Episode 3 of ALL ACCESS: Mayweather vs. Maidana for a revealing look into the family life of the pound-for-pound champ.
But the presser wasn’t all about “Money,” as an animated and well-dressed Maidana riled up the Hispanic media in the crowd with a Spanish colloquialism. Loosely translated: “I don’t give a (expletive) about this guy.”
Mayweather also announced that – for the 46th fight of his career – he’s invited 46 breast cancer survivors to attend Saturday’s fight and that he made a donation to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure that will provide the women with new wigs.
“So many females in my family had breast cancer,” Mayweather said. “My aunt was the first person in my family to die of breast cancer. This is my 46th fight so I decided to bring 46 women with breast cancer to my fight and buy them all new wigs.”
Below are quotes from Wednesday’s participants:
“I may have three fights after this, I’m really not sure. I don’t know what I’m going to do. But I can promise you this: Saturday, I’m going to give you guys what you want to see.
It’s not going to be the same fight that I fought with Canelo; it’s not going to be the same fight that I fought with Robert Guerrero. It’s going to be a totally different fight. No game plan at all. I’m going to be right there.
“I think styles make fights. I’m looking to win and I’m looking to win very impressively. I’m pretty sure he’s coming straight ahead and we’ll see how the fight plays out.
“If I feel like walking away I’ll walk away. I want to settle down and get married. Tonight you guys really, really need to watch ALL ACCESS. It’s going to be a good show tonight. Watch it.
“I’ve been here before and know what it takes to win a fight of this magnitude. When the best fight the best, it takes more than just power. It takes more than just a great heart. You have to dig deep. You have to be mentally strong, not just physically strong, to win a fight like this.
“As of late, Marcos Maidana has been making a lot of noise. Is he one of the best in the sport? Yes he is. But I am the best. And that’s the difference. READ MORE…
April 27th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
NON TITLE BOUT BECOMES A WAR ON SHOWTIME
Las Vegas, NV-Three heavy favorites fought on Showtime championship boxing on Saturday, but the only fight that truly delivered was the back and forth savagery that was John Molina (27-4, 22 KOs) versus Lucas “La Machina” Matthysse(35-3, 33 KOs). Matthysse came back from adversity to stop Molina in round 11. The participants traded 5 knockdowns in the all-out grudge match. “La Machina”(The machine) looked anything but that in the early going, as the normally slow starter, was hurt in the first and went down twice in the first six rounds. Those set backs as well as a clash of heads that put a cut over his eye created a sense of urgency. Matthysse responded well in the later rounds with a brutal assault against an extremely game challenge from the power punching Molina. Listed as high as an 11-1 underdog, he didn’t fight the way the odds suggested. Considering Matthysse was coming back after a loss in a 140lb title bid against Danny Garcia, it was important to look impressive here. Surely this wasn’t the script he and the oddsmakers had in mind, however the fans sure were happy with the way the bout played out. It was end of your seat action from the opening bell until the last knockdown of Molina in round 11.
ARMY VS NAVY:COLLEGE BOXING IS SECOND BEST CARD OF WEEKEND
Saturday afternoon broadcasting on CBS Sports Network, Army faced off against Navy in a team competition format. Seven total bouts were featured, ranging from 156lbs to heavyweight. It was nonstop action from a competitive group of amateurs representing Westpoint and the Naval academy. Army won 4 of the seven fights, giving their team the victory. It is interesting why USA boxing, who was involved in this particular event, can’t get top level US amateur boxing on television. This event, even with the limited level of the competitors was an extremely entertaining affair. The 2013 Army-Navy classic was a replay that first aired December 13th 2013.
KLITSCHKO AND THURMAN WIN BIG
In a total mismatch WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) bludgeoned an overmatched challenger in Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KOs). Saying that the Samoan Leopai was limited was an understatement. Wladimir landed almost 150 punches to only 10 for the Samoan who failed to even attempt any resemblance of an attack. READ MORE…
April 21st, 2014 By Kevin Perry
BERNARD HOPKINS UNIFIES ALPHABET TITLES AT 175LBS AT AGE 49!
Las Vegas, NV-Sometimes things defy what appears to be common sense or logic, and Saturday night at the D.C. Armory in Washington D.C. that is exactly what ocurred. While Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs)
was a slight favorite over 30 year old Beibut Shumenov (14-2, 9 KOs) it’s hard to fathom how a fighter who was 19 years his senior was able to dissect, and then dominate his foe with ease. Surprisingly “the Alien” had remarkable reflexes and impeccable timing as he repeatedly scored with lead right hands. Shumenov, a native of Kazakhstan, who fell into the trap early by just following Bernard Hopkins around the ring, was unable to execute any real game plan. The Kazakh even defied boxing logic as he entered the ring with no trainer,with the only presence in his corner being cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran.
SCORING SOMEWHAT CONTROVERSIAL
Hopkins who appeared to win the majority of the rounds, scored a knockdown in round 11. Veteran judges Jerry Roth and Dave Moretti were in agreement with an equal tally of 116-111 judging every round the same. Gustavo Padilla saw a somewhat different bout as he somehow found a way to give Shumenov 7 rounds in what appeared to be a one-sided rout, scoring it 114-113 for Shumenov. READ MORE…
April 18th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
TIME FOR HOPKINS TO FIND A NEW VOCATION
Las Vegas, NV- It seems as if Bernard “The Alien” Hopkins has been around the boxing game forever. With multiple championships in the 160 and 175 lb. divisions, the 49-year old current IBF light heavyweight champion (175) faces once beaten WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) Saturday night on Showtime Championship Boxing. The Kazakhstan native’s short resume is deceiving as the current WBA beltholder won his title in his 10th professional fight, a Split Decision 12 over slick southpaw Gabriel Campillo in a rematch in 2010. He has defended that title five times but has had large gaps on inactivity. If Hopkins is truly slipping at 49, Shumenov has the busy punching style to send Bernard reeling into a long overdue retirement.
HOPKINS IS ALMOST 20 YEARS HIS SENIOR
The opinion of our Ringtalk radio host Pedro Fernandez, and HBO godfather Larry Merchant who aired on Ring Talk radio a few weeks ago is that “Popkins”(as he will be referred to here) ability to fight at the elite level at such an advanced age is an indictment on the level of boxing talent today in the division or lack thereof. Shumenov must not only win this bout, but do so in such a decisive manner to rid boxing of the “ancient” Philadelphia native. Hopkins has never been stopped in 64 fights. A definitive and conclusive win will put the Kazakh in the drivers seat for a potential unification showdown with WBC and lineal champion Adonis Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs), who must prevail in his Showtime debut May 24th.
IS “POPKINS” A MARVEL OR BAD FOR THE FIGHT GAME? READ MORE…
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.
PEOPLE WANT TO IGNORE RACE FACTOR READ MORE…
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.
SERGEY THE BOOGIE MAN TO SUPERMAN ADONIS READ MORE…
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.
“SUIT JOBS” IN JEOPARDY AT HBO? READ MORE…
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.
GREAT FIGHTS IN 2013, NOW LETS TRY TO CROSS THE AISLE READ MORE…
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.
REFEREE LAURENCE COLE SHOULD FIND OTHER WORK! READ MORE…