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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March 11th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- We have talked about how Larry Holmes had a hard road to hoe in following Muhammad Ali. That being said, if there was ever a main event that could not live up to the semi-main, it was Thomas Hearns & Wilfred Benitez having to enter the ring after Wilfredo Gomez and Lupe Pintor. The exact date was December 3, 1982, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, with the wirehaired wonder Don King promoting this card at the Louisiana Superdome.
MEET LUPE PINTOR FOLKS
Before we get to the fight, let’s water the plant first. Lupe Pintor was a “rugged” Mexican fighter who went 12-1, 9 KOs in Mexico before coming to the Great Western Forum and meeting Albert Davila in February 1976. In a battle of bantamweights that would both go on to win World titles, Davila prevailed via unanimous decision.
INTER STABLE FIGHT WITH ZARATE
Losing a couple of decisions along the way, Pintor was matched with the great Carlos Zarate (54-1, 53 KOs, only loss to Gomez) in Las Vegas on June 3, 1978. I believe they were both managed by Cuyo Hernandez, and Zarate a top five P4P guy at the time was not going to re-sign with Hernandez. After 15 rounds, judges Harold Buck and Art Lurie both saw it 143-142 Pintor, while Bob Martin scored the fight, are you ready, 145-133 for Zarate. That’s 12-3 in rounds! Feeling he had been screwed, Carlos would retire and not fight again for seven years.
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January 23rd, 2014 By RingTalk
WILLING TO BAN ALL FLOYD FIGHTS MOVING FORWARD
Bakersfield, CA-It’s pretty clear that Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquaio is the fight everyone wants to see! Ringtalk.com steps up the ante! We are looking for fans to donate towards the cause and get a billboard put up in on the Las Vegas Strip resembling the picture below! We’d love if if one person with a lot of doe just felt like fotting the bill on this. In the person(s) wanted to remain annonomys, that’s cool. But I think radio and exposure will only show the public that we’re tired of Mayweather’s antics.
THUS FAR IN OUR POLL 98% ARE IN FAVOR OF A FLOYDCOTT!
October 10th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
WLADIMIR KLITSCHO WINS IN MOSCOW
San Francisco, CA- With nothing “climactic” this past weekend coming from heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko, we can see the WBO champion is above average with maybe a below average chin. That aspect alone, Wlad will never be a George Foreman, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes. However wonderful the younger Klitschko is, the one that won a Gold Medal for Ukraine in the 1996 Olympics and outside of his elder brother Vitali, is the best heavyweight and has been for years. My only real gripe is that he wants to fight in the 2016 Olympics, which in my mind is criminal!
COTTO WAS THE TV STAR, WLAD MADE THE MONEY!
Miguel Cotto was the “man” this past weekend, and not even a Klitschko fan can say anything to the contrary. Look, it wasn’t the grabbing, clinching, it was the “leaning” on Alexander Povetkin. The referee involved himself ten rounds too late when he “realized” the leaning. I worked with a lot of bigger guys who would try that crap in the gym. When they couldn’t out perform you, leaning can be unbearable and both physically and emotionally, and surprise, it is not good for your back. Still, still, World heavyweight champ, 60-3, 50 KOs, Wladimir Klitschko.
LEFT HOOK TO BODY DELIVERS DELVIN TO DEFEAT
So Miguel Cotto looks spectacular in the minds of some under the tutelage of newly hired trainer Freddie Roach. Being one of the people that believe the Top Rank matchmakers are the best at getting their guys fights they can win. Bruce Trampler, Carl Moretti, two of the best at looking through guys READ MORE…
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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June 5th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
UNDER OATH MOSLEY ADMITS KNOWINGLY TAKING EPO
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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…
March 7th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Testosterone is the hormone that is at the center of the Steroid world. A man is said to have his “T” level decrease each year past the early 20s. If you mess with anabolic steroids or performance-enhancing drugs, in other words cheat, the body’s ability to produce and make testosterone is damaged to the extent where an athlete needs TRT or Testosterone Replacement Therapy. When I first got wind of this a few years back, I thought then what I think now, that this is nothing more than legalized cheating!
TESTOSTERONE & THE NUMBERS!
Whether it is MMA, boxing, baseball, horseshoes, it really doesn’t matter. If you intentionally ingest performance-enhancing drugs that turn out to be debilitating, I’m sorry for the onus is on you the cheater. The Ultimate Fighting Championships endorsed the concept of testosterone replacement therapy and the Nevada State Athletic Commission made a determination that a 6 to 1 testosterone ratio is acceptable. The United States Olympic Committee, they set the testosterone bar at 4 to 1, and again before I move on, Dana White, the UFC president was a major proponent of what he now calls ”legalized cheating.”
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December 8th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- The drama, the ebb and flow of the first three Juan Manuel Marquez-Manny Pacquiao fights were hard acts to follow. That being said, their fourth encounter Saturday night in Las Vegas was more exciting than any of the prior three. Pacquiao came out very aggressive and won the first two rounds with quantity and quality, using the right jab to set up the left cross.
PACQUIAO CRUISING UNTIL HE GOT PUT DOWN HARD
With Pacquiao surging, Marquez landed a beautiful right hand over the top in round three that dropped Manny like a deer shot with a high powered rifle. Getting up, Pacquiao tried to fight back, but for the most part was on the take. The right hand that felled Pacman was set up by a series of body shots, mainly left hands underneath. In round five, Marquez ate a left cross that knocked him off center to the point where his left glove touched the canvas, thus an official knockdown.
PACQUIAO WENT FOR THE KILL & WAS KILLED INSTEAD! READ MORE…
October 7th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
TWO YEARS “STEP IN RIGHT DIRECTION”
San Francisco, CA- Heavyweight boxer (13-4-1, 5 KOs) Ali Adams has been suspended for two years after testing positive for steroids. The Iraqi-born professional tested positive for Stanozolol following his four-round points loss to former Olympic champion Audley Harrison (28-5-2, 21 KOs) on May 26. )Harrison fights David Price (13-0, 11 KOs) next week. Harrison has no chance here unless Price is a total fraud!
THIS ALI NOT MUHAMMAD OR TERENCE ALI!
Oh yeah, Ali Adams is who we’re talking about and his use of an antiquated steroid in Stanozolol which according to the Brit’s “is banned at all times in sport, there is no reason for it to be found in an athlete’s system.” The banishment will expire June 13, 2014. As for picking out and using Adams as the British Steroid “Poster Boy,” they are singling out a guy that isn’t going anywhere. Wasn’t one of the big names, but had been in the press and of course this makes headlines all over Europe.
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August 16th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
STEROIDS IN BOXING COULD PROVE FATAL TO NON-USER!
San Francisco, CA- My hometown baseball team, the San Francisco Giants were hanging on to first place in the National League West Division on the bat of Melky Cabrera. Acquired earlier this year from Kansas City, Cabrera who signed in 2005 as an amateur free agent with the New York Yankees was honored (sic) as the Most Valuable Player in the annual American League vs. National League All Star game where he shined with a two-run homer in going 2 for 3. Just one month later, Cabrera has been “suspended for 50 games” after testing positive for Testosterone, an anabolic steroid that is the heart of “Performance Enhancement Drugs.”CABRERA COULD HAVE NETTED $100 MILLION!
With no contract with the Giants past the end of the 2012 season, it was likely that Cabrera would have become a free agent and made him into a $20 million a year player. The Giants management, considered frugal when it comes to dishing out bucks for big names, was in a quagmire of sorts as Cabrera was hitting .346, one at bat short of qualifying for the NL batting title. Currently the NL hitting leader is Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates who is hitting an astonishing .359. Believe it or not, Cabrera could end up winning the batting title, should McCutchen falter. But according to Major League Baseball rules, Melky “The Cheat” would have hitless at-bats added to his total until he has the minimum 502 at bats. In other words, Melky could still win the NL batting title!
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July 26th, 2012 By RingTalk
TEXAS CITED ON JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR. & ALISTAIR OVEREEM
By Eric Dexheimer of Statesman.com
Note from Pedro Fernandez: This is a lengthy in depth article that shows how “lame” the Texas Athletic Commission is on boxing and MMA. It also illustrates that the Assn. of Boxing Commissions has the strength of sewing thread. The author, Eric Dexheimer certainly did his homework.
Three months ago, professional mixed martial arts fighter Alistair Overeem of the UFC appeared before the Nevada Athletic Commission. A charismatic heavyweight from Holland with a superhero build, he had been scheduled to fight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight title in Las Vegas in May.
But in early April, Overeem had failed a random drug test administered by Nevada regulators, which revealed that he had four times the testosterone of most healthy young men. High levels of the hormone — considered a controlled substance — are forbidden because it can artificially enhance athletic performance. READ MORE…
June 26th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
GUYS AROUND VICTOR CONTE ARE TESTING POSITIVE
San Francisco, CA- There is little doubt today, that if you’re an athlete hooked up with Victor Conte, head of Sports Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning, formerly of BALCO Labs, then you tend to come under a great deal of scrutiny in regards to Performance Enhancing Drugs. Marion Jones, former Olympic gold medalist, went to jail for committing perjury regarding her steroid use. Barry Bonds, former San Francisco Giant and all-time Major League Baseball home run leader, was placed under house arrest regarding his not telling the truth under oath about steroids.BERTO HAD “TRACE ELEMENTS” OF “SUICIDAL STEROID”
Andre Berto, former world boxing champion, tested positive for steroids a fortnight ago, that’s why Josesito Lopez was called in at the last minute to take on and upset Victor Ortiz on Saturday night. The drug Nandrolene, or some “trace elements” of it were found in Berto’s system. This steroid stays the longest in a an athlete’s system and is akin to committing “athletic suicide” if you know you’re going to be tested as it can stay with you from 18 months to two years.
CONTE’S ONLY KNOWN BASEBALL CLIENT SUSPENDED!
Now another one of Conte’s clients, Marlon Byrd, formerly of the Chicago Cubs, now with the Boston Red Sox, has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for steroid-related drugs. Now a lot of people say whether smoke there’s fire, but I disagree this time. Look, Conte worked with David Rodriguez, head case, steroid user, and undefeated heavyweight pretender. From that I have to tell you I think his heart is in the right place as he worked for free with Rodriguez for almost a month trying to get them cleaned up steroid wise, as well as mentoring David both physically and emotionally. After that experience, my impression was that David wasted Victor’s time and his manager Bob Spagnola’s money.
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June 23rd, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
HBO GODFATHER WASN’T PULLING PUNCHES ON “RING TALK BOXING HOUR”
San Francisco, CA- The disclosure by the California State Athletic Commission that Antonio “Steroid Man” Tarver tested positive for illegal Steroids in his system for a June 2 fight on SHOWTIME, a network that he works for, brought forth a response from HBO’s Godfather Larry Merchant that was vintage Larry as he grabbed Tarver by the jugular and didn’t let go until he had spoken his mind. We also covered the applicable boxing news of the day. To LISTEN NOW READ MORE…
June 22nd, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
TARVER-KAYODE SHOWTIME “DRAW” TAINTED BY STEROID USE!
WOMEN USE IT FOR BREAST CANCER
Seeing Tarver (29-6-1, 18 KOs) isn’t suffering from Breast Cancer, the only other reason one can conclude from his use of this drug was to improve both his appearance and performance against the crude but unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0-1, 14 KOs) on a June 2nd Showtime card airing from Carson, CA, a fight myself and judge David Denkin (115-113) thought he won. Max Deluca went 115-113 for Tarver while Dave Moretti had it 114-114, which resulted in a draw that will soon be changed to a “No Contest.”
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