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.
IN THE HOUSE PAY PER VIEW NOT YET HAPPENING READ MORE…
June 5th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
UNDER OATH MOSLEY ADMITS KNOWINGLY TAKING EPO
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January 7th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Although I was the one who brought David Rodriguez to Northern California to help him kick the use of Anabolic Steroids, set him up at hotels, teamed him up with the reformed and now anti-steroid guru Victor Conte of Sports Nutrition for Advanced Conditioning AKA S.N.A.C., but that’s where the relationship ended. You have to credit and commend Conte, for he cuddled the emotional roller coaster that David is like a son for a month. Why would I do this you ask, well it was my hopes to turn a Mexican-American pretender into a contender. Earlier this week, somebody asked me why this writer has been mum on the Texas fighter since an appearance on “Ring Talk Boxing & MMA” radio almost two years ago.
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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.
MARLON BYRD ISSUES STATEMENT READ MORE…
June 8th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
A LOOK AT VICTOR CONTE
San Francisco, CA- Having been on the Bay Area music as a native, and a guy who seen everybody from the Rolling Stones to Frank Sinatra and more, I know a little more than the average music fan. I consider this a preface for what I’m sure what I’m about to write about is going to irk some of you, while others think that I’ve hit a least a double were we playing baseball and not writing. That being the following story is the most prevalent subject in sports and boxing, that being “Drug Use.” And no I’m not talking about Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth (Speed), I’m on the subject of fighters using Performance Enhancing Drugs such as Steroids and the like.
A BASS PLAYER IS A WEIRD DUDE/CHICK
Most of the bass players that I’ve encountered were introverted. But Victor Conte, who had led bands prior to becoming part of Tower of Power in 1976, joining his cousin and guitar player Bruce Conte for one album, was the exact opposite of that notion of being “an introvert.” He can charm the media, and at the same time sell his top of the line SNAC.com (Sports Nutrition For Advanced Conditioning products in a manner that can pay four (at least) salaries and leave Victor smiling. As far his playing bass, having played drums and trombone in school, the bass player was always a “different” type guy.
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May 29th, 2012 By Jon Campbell
NEW SCRIBE TALKS STEROIDS IN BOXING
Manchester, UK- Two large let downs occurred in both the sport and business of boxing when two potentially great rematches from last year were cancelled. The story started when IBF-WBA jr. welterweight (140 lbs) champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) copped to having taken Performance Enhancing Drugs leading up to the second fight against ex-champion Amir Khan (26-1, 16 KOS) set for last week.
SOME QUESTION THE FIRST FIGHT
Lamont then went on to say that he used a Steroid (Testosterone) prior to their first fight in December 2011. Peterson was a controversial decision winner over the British amateur prodigy man known at home as “King Khan.” The controversy was that referee Joseph Cooper yanked two points away from Khan for “pushing,” once in the 7tth & again the final (12th) round.
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May 20th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
BOXING HOUR TRAINER/WRITER & OUR OWN “KP” ON ANDRE BERTO
San Francisco, CA- Philadelphia, PA boxing trainer and writer Stephen “Breadman” Evans hit the ball out of the bark as we spent two segments with the eloquent writer/trainer. Our own “KP” (Kevin Perry) was the second guest in the Saturday “Ring Talk Boxing Hour.” To LISTEN NOW READ MORE…
May 19th, 2012 By John Signorella
New York, NY- Two major fights have been scrapped in the past week because of the actions, in my opinion, of two punk ass bitches: Andre Berto & Lamont Peterson have failed their drug test due to steroid use. I’d like to put on record that these two a**holes should not be able to earn another cent in the ring! It’s because of scumbags like them that the sport of boxing gets a bad rep. These two mark ass bitches were signed on board in two separate fights that where very intriguing and could have helped the sport further the great year it’s having, now all these dirt bags did is hurt it. I’d like to offer Peterson and Berto a big “f you”, stay outta my sport punks! Also, if either of you two wanna step up to me, bring it! Cuz I’m sure the both of you sans juice would be lit up like the New York City skyline by my 55 year old mother so I’m pretty sure I can take ya!
March 15th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Today, we are running our third straight story on the great Muhammad Ali. Some people, I guess that lack comprehension in reading, thought the first two articles were anti-Ali, when they were not! The feature story that tops the website this morning is a story no other writer could pen on Muhammad Ali. Entitled, “Why Muhammad Ali Is Truly The “Greatest.” I look at Ali from a perspective no other writer could, this because of my personal time with “The Greatest.” The other feature is called, “David Rodriguez Yelled “Nigger” Before Fight,” which has a subtitle, “Combining Booze, Drugs & Steroids.”
February 13th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
IF YOU LACK CONCENTRATION, YOU WON’T APPRECIATE THIS EXPOSE!
San Francisco, CA- If you have ADD, this 1,300+ word expose on Shane Mosley (who fights Saul Alvarez May 5) bull shitting the public, media & the Nevada State Athletic Commmission on his admitted steroid use, might not be your cup of tea. But if you can concentrate, comprehend and get through this, then you’ll realize what a phony bastard Shane Mosley truly is. Not only do I go after Mosley sans gloves, the Nevada Athletic Commission is punched right in the mug for their treating Nick Diaz like dog poop! We have the February’s Boxing History & two “Ring Talk” radio shows, one on boxing, the other UFC & MMA. Today at RingTalk.com
February 13th, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
OVERTURN UFC FIGHTS FOR WEED, BUT BOXING STEROIDS OK!
San Francisco, CA- Word came of of Las Vegas, NV this past week that UFC fighter Nick Diaz has allegedly tested positive for Marijuana. Diaz does have a Medical Marijuana recommendation from a California Dr. for medical issues. If this is true and Diaz failed the drug test, Nevada may suspend or even ban Diaz. Ironically, Medical Marijuana is not only legal in Nick’s native California, but Nevada has legal Medical Marijuana as well. A side note to this is Senator Mark Leno is pushing a bill through the California legislature that will forbid employers from penalizing or terminating Medical Marijuana patients. Look, Leno is not saying you can go to work stoned, but seeing California recognizes it as a medicine, how can you legally penalize somebody for Medical Marijuana which can stay in your system 90 days after use.
In May 2007, Diaz beat Japan’s Takanori Gomi in Las Vegas. Afterwards, Nick tested positive for Marijuana and the win was taken away from him and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, under the leadership of Keith Kizer, declared the fight was declared a No Contest. In other words, the fight never took place. Obviously, Marijuana is not a Performance Enhancing Drug, unlike Steroids or EPO.
YOU KNOW WHAT STEROIDS ARE, HOW ABOUT EPO?
“Erythropoietin (pronounced, ah-rith-ro-poy-tin AKA EPO) is a relatively recent entry into the deceitful pursuit of glory. EPO is a protein hormone produced by the kidney. After being released into the blood stream it binds with receptors in the bone marrow, where it stimulates the production of red blood cells (erythrocytes).” I took these words from an MD who is well versed on cheaters in sports.
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January 31st, 2012 By Pedro Fernandez
ANDRE BERTO SAID TO REQUIRE SURGERY
San Francisco, CA- Reports that Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) was seriously injured sparring yesterday in Southern California were confirmed late Monday evening. The injury is said to be a “torn” or “ruptured” left bicep. One report said that Berto had suffered the same muscle tear previously. With pending surgery possibly as soon as this week, Berto’s February 11 rematch with Victor Ortiz (29-3, 22 KOs) has been canceled. No word as to who will replace the American born fighter of Haitian heritage on the Showtime Championship Boxing card.
STEROIDS REPORTEDLY FACILITATE BERTO INJURY
According to the world’s preminent MMA writer Dave Meltzer of the WrestlingObserver.com, his take on torn biceps taken from an article at SteroidSources.com is as follows. “The biceps will tear more frequently on steroids, but non-steroid using lifters often don’t have problems with biceps tears.”
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October 23rd, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- When I score 12 round fight, sometimes I break it down to 36 individual fights (or one fight a minute). Truth be told, I employed that mode from round one and after a one-sided affair for four rounds. From that point forward, it was like a replay of the initial four rounds as Nonito Donaire, now 27-1, 19 KOs just out fought formerly unbeaten Omar Narvaez for the vast majority of their 12-round WBO/WBC 118 lb, (bantamweight) title fight at the WA Mu Theater at Madison Square Garden. The broadcast was carried live on HBO.
SCORES LOPSIDED DUE TO EXPOSURE!
That can be taken a number of ways. The first is that Donaire is brilliant no matter what style he faces. Or Omar was a clown built up on Argentine cab drivers. I’m going to go to a third intangible of the Filipino-American fighter of Newark, CA, that being the size difference between big 118 and 115 lbs. While Nonito asserted himself in every round as the three official scorecards of Julie Lederman, Tom Scheck and Steve Weisfeld all tabbed the fight a shutout with identical 120-108 (12-0 in rounds), I thought the size difference, this in addition to Donaire’s ring brilliance over Narvaez,
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September 7th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
LEARNED TO CHEAT WITH STEROIDS FROM THE GERMAN’S BEFORE FALL OF WALL
San Francisco, CA- In the 1960s & 70s, the former Soviet Union’s athletes were the prevalent users of Anabolic Steroids. That is how they did so well in power lifting and strength events. Then came the 1980s, and the former East Germany, this before the fall of the Berlin Wall, they brought about a new strain of steroids that propelled the East German’s to Olympic prominence, that was never seen before by such a small country. Of course, it didn’t take long for the United States to catch on.
REMEMBER DEFROCKED US OLYMPIAN MARION JONES’ RUNNING?
In the year 2000, Victor Conte, then heading former Balco Labs of Burlingame, CA, essentially “rigged” the Olympic Games, especially women’s track and field, when Victor supplied Marion Jones (and others) with Performance Enhancing Drugs to the point where Jones, now a convicted Felon because she lied before the San Francisco based Balco Federal Grand Jury, dominated the 100 meter run and other track events by such a wide margin that you just knew she had to be the second coming of Ben Johnson, another Olympian caught “taking the candy.”
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