April 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
SAW ARCHIE MOORE LETTERS NOW IN HALL OF FAMESan Francisco, CA- In the late 1980s, the late Godfather of boxing writers Jack Fiske showed me a number of handwritten letters from then light heavyweight challenger Archie Moore. “The Old Mongoose” eloquently penned letters to boxing journalists around the world before Joey Maxim was “pressured” by the media to defend against Moore who won the title with a UD 15 in 1952.
ARCHIE (MANNY) BEING IGNORED BY MOB (MAYWEATHER)
Had Moore not taken the initiative, he would’ve never gotten the title shot regardless of who was champion. Moore wasn’t keen on the Mob (Blinky Palermo & Frankie Carbo) handling him. Knowing Moore was anti Mafia, Palermo and Carbo for years kept the title away from Moore who everybody knew was the uncrowned light heavyweight World champion. Archie kept winning and his being ignored continued until he got a pen and paper to write to journalists.
DESIGN A BUS WITH FLOYD’S KENTUCKY FRIED EMBLEM
With newspapers all but dead in today’s Internet driven media, that probably would not work for Pacquiao. But like Cassius Clay embarrassed Sonny Liston by driving his personalized bus up to Sonny’s house and throwing a bear trap on his lawn, following Sonny from here to there which annoyed Liston immensely as he had to answer to the media. Manny needs to think outside the box. The media was all over this and this helped Clay, later Ali, get the title fight that nobody thought he had a chance of winning.
LISTON GOT PISSED & THE FIGHT WAS MADE
Sonny was so taken aback and embarrassed that he agreed to fight the upstart loudmouth who called himself “The Greatest,” upset huge odds and the rest is sports history. When Manny Pacquiao said post fight Saturday that “The (telephone) line is open,” that was about as ineffective as a thermometer in hell.
MANNY DID NOT SOUND STRONG READ MORE…
April 1st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
DON KING ON FIRE, HIS 40 YEARS & MUCH MORE
SATURDAY IS ONE HOUR & SUNDAY TWO HOURS
This was part of the two-hour Sunday edition of Ring Talk which starts at 11 AM PT on the Sports Byline Broadcast Network & the I Heart Radio Network which has an hour of boxing with the second hour all MMA. On Saturday at 11 AM PT Ring Talk is a one hour presentation that combines boxing and MMA.
29 YEAR RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”
To listen to promoter Don King and this particular program click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.
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…
March 25th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- There is nothing in boxing quite like a two-fisted assassin that is true to the tag. Somebody who is almost always in a seek & destroy mode while piling up points but always looking for an early ending. One boxer that fits that definition is WBO undefeated light heavyweight (175 lb.) champion Sergey Kovalov.
KOVALOV AN INCREDIBLE TALENT
Then under the father like tutor/trainer Abel Sanchez, I took note of Kovalov and watched him gain experience before leaving for Main Events and a new team. There are some guys that have such great physical and mental attributes that they are natural born killers. Again, this best describes Sergey Kovalov.
WBO KING IS ALWAYS CONVINCING!
Born in Russia, the 30-year old boxing superstar in the making, Sergey turned professional in July 2009 in the boxing hotspot of Greensboro, North Carolina. Stopping in South Carolina before making his way to the west coast, Kovalov, went 9-0 with 7 first round KOs and two in the second. A close Split Decision on the scorecards win over Darnell Boone (who knocked down World 168 lb. king Andre Ward) was rectified with a KO 2 of Boone in a rematch.
LISTEN TO WHAT NATHAN CLEVERLY SAID
When then undefeated ex-WBO king Nathan Cleverly sat down after the opening round with Kovalov he said, “He hits hard.” Downed twice before a TKO 4 ending, I couldn’t recall Cleverly ever being decked prior. The body language of Cleverly from that first break between rounds was so telling. He knew that he was not going to beat Kovalov (23-0-1, 21 KOs) that night without using a club.
KOVALOV-STEVENSON FIGHT NOW DEAD READ MORE…
March 20th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- A fortnight ago we looked at Jerry Quarry the heavyweight contender of the 60s & 70s and his sad state prior to death brought about by Pugilistic Dementia which is the clinical name for Punch Drunk. Having always favored the 15 round distance for championship fights, I have done a 180 degree turn. You see, I remember Quarry when he was sharp. After seeing this picture of Jerry, I’ve got to say any desire to see 15 rounds fights are no more.
HISTORIANS NEED “LET GO” OF HISTORY
Boxing Historian Ron Marshall is of the opinion that any title fights less than 15 should not be recognized as world title bouts. Marshall carries the same bucket I used to in saying that 12 rounders are for State & Regional titles. That a true test of a man’s will, skill and stamina is the 15-round limit. That athletes got by with hardly any of the nutritional and training advantages of today, etc., etc.”
SAYS JOSE RUINED BOXING
“It was an arbitrary decision by Jose Sulaiman, the WBC President to cut fights to 12. And no other sanctioning body stood up to that crap. You can’t tell me less people are dying per capita with 12 round fights being the rule. Sulaiman and TV should have not been allowed to change history.”
THAT HISTORICAL STUFF PROBABLY TRUE READ MORE…
March 18th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
FANS CRAVE ONE-PUNCH ENDINGS
Emeryville, CA- Today we look at some of the great “One-Punch Knockouts of The 20th century.” Most pundits run off the same old list. This is all about opinion and you’ll be able to leave yours at the end.
GRAZIANO-ROBINSON UP & DOWN
Chicago IL- In the same session, after getting dropped by Rocky Graziano, “Sugar Ray” Robinson rose and drilled Graziano with a single straight right hand April 16, 1952. Graziano kept shaking his leg after getting up and never got both his pins to work together for a while after the punch. The fight was called at 1:53 of the third. Robinson the reigning World middleweight king first retired in December 1952. Born Thomas Rocco Barbella, Graziano would fight once more and lose (UD 10). He retired at 67-10-6, (52 KOs). Last time I saw Rocky him in at a 1989 Ray Robinson tribute in Atlantic City, NJ and he said, “Kid, I gotta’ go tack a piss
BENITEZ THREW BEST PUNCH OF ’81
Las Vegas, NV-The WBC light middleweight (that’s what they called 154 lbs. then) title was on the line as defending champ Maurice Hope met former jr. welterweight (140) & welterweight (147) champion Wilfred Benitez. Entering the 12th round, Judge’s Joe Swessel had it 107-102, Chuck Minker tabbed matters 107-101 & the Duane Ford card read 107-103, all for Benitez. With his back to the ropes, Benitez landed the best right hand counterpunch he had ever thrown, right on the point of the Englishman’s chin. Late referee Richard Greene could have counted to 100, and Hope might not have rose!
DEAD REFEREE, TWO JUDGES & WILFRED A MESS! READ MORE…
March 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
DANNY GARCIA NABS SHOWTIME WIN IN PUERTO RICOSan Francisco, CA- It wasn’t an easy night for World 140 lb. king Danny Garcia. Although he remains unbeaten (28-0, 16 KOs) after a Majority Decision win with scores of 116-112 (8-4 in rounds) twice, while the third jurist had things even at 114-114 (6-6), it wasn’t the easy fight most pundits had expected. There were no knockdowns and neither fighter appeared hurt, but Mauricio Herrera (20-4, 7 KOs) was slick with his quick hands and decent defense.
SAN FRANCISCO FIGHTER “WAITING” ON GARCIA?
Unbeaten Karim Mayfield’s win over Herrera, now 20-4, only 7 KOs, says a lot about Mayfield’s (18-0-1, 11 KOs) abilities as he took a UD 10 over Mauricio Herrera with cards reading 98-92 (8-2 rounds), 97-93 (7-3) & 96-94 (6-4) last October in Verona, NY. “Hard Hitta’” Mayfield was an amateur standout who may be ripe for a title shot if he bests Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme (20-1, 14 whacks) in a 12-round NABF go on March 29 under Sergey Kovalov (23-0-1, 21 KOs) defending his WBO 175 lb. diadem against Cedric Agnew (26-0, 13 KOs) in Atlantic City on HBO.
DEONTAY WILDER WIN BOOED AFTER REPLAY!
In the WBC title eliminator, unbeaten heavyweight and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) landed two seemingly NOT so devastating blows and Malik Scott (36-2-1, 13 KOs) was toast just 1:36 into the opening round. After seeing the punches on replay, the first of which was a near totally blocked left hook followed by a glancing right hand rendered Scott down and done! At 6’7, Wilder appears to be the leading American hope at heavyweight. But can he fight? We still don’t know.
“DONE MA” LOPEZ GETS OFF DECK AND WINS! READ MORE…
March 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
PACO DESERVES ALL THE ACCOLADESSan Francisco, CA- Today, March 15 is the birthday of a great man in WBO President Francisco Valcarcel. A co-founder of the Puerto Rican based sanctioning body, I can honestly say that just about everybody who knows “Paco” appreciates his dedication and service to boxing.
WBO REACHES OUT TO “HIGH RISK” YOUTH
His charitable contributions that are directed mainly at impoverished youth have been heralded by both common folk and politicos. When it comes to being a “regular” guy, the San Juan based barrister is that and more. That being said, we wish great birthday wishes to a truly great man, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel.
March 9th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- If you paid $60 bucks for the Canelo Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo card on Pay Per View, then I have to tell you that you got played and that I told you so earlier in the week on radio and in print that buying this was out of the question. I’m not saying that Alvarez and Angulo aren’t world class fighters for they are. But to ask that kind of money for a semi-main that saw #2 world ranked 122 lb. fighter and WBC champ Leo Santa Cruz pitch a shutout over a former 115 lb. titleholder Christian Mijares. The outcome was so easy to forecast that you could have mailed in the scorecards last week.
AND THE BOXING “CHALKBOARD’ ROLLED ON
But it might not have taken you until the third fight of four you realized you’d been hustled by Golden Boy Promotions. But one could see soon after the opening bell that Mijares had no chance to win here sans a loaded handgun. Another bout featuring native Venezuelan and Japanese resident Jorge Linares (36-3, 23 KOs) facing Japan native Nihito Arakawa (24-4-1, 16 KOs) was easy to predict. Arakawa was about as competitive with Linares as a Volkswagon would be with at the Indianapolis 500.
SCORING TOO CLOSE ON CANELO’S BROTHER LOSS
Last minute sub Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (29-3, 26 KOs) won a winner (UD 10) over Ricardo Alvarez (23-3-3, 13 KOs), Cabelo’s older brother who was given an 8 count in round 3 when he all but went through the ropes courtesy of a punch from the upstart Thompson. Alvarez would hit the deck in round 8 after being cracked with a right hand. Still, the scores read 97-91, 95-93, 95-93, all for Thompson. But truth be told, the fight wasn’t as close as the 97-91 score.
MAIN EVENT WAS ONE-SIDED ROUT READ MORE…
February 27th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
ESPN EMANATES FROM TORNADO-JUNCTION
Hammond, IN- Horseshoe Casino (ESPN 2) Raymond Gatica (13-2, 8 KOs) vs Sena Agbeko (15-0, 15 KOs) (160 lb.) Odds/Predictions: Have never seen either. Pass.
Donatas Bondorovas (18-4 -1, 6 KOs) vs Willie Monroe Jr. (15-1, 6 KOs) (160). Odds/Predictions: Monroe 7-5. Son of Willie Sr. who beat a pre-middleweight champ Marvin Hagler before losing rematch gets a light nod here. Call it nostalgia.
CANNOT BUY A BEER IN “DRY” SHOWTIME ARENA
Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort & Casino- Vladine Biosse (15-2, 7 KOs) vs J’Leon Love (16-0, 9 KOs) (168) Odds/Predictions: This looks close, too much to make a pick.
Mickey Bey Jr. (19-1, 9 KOs) vs Alan Herrera (32-5, 21 KOs) (135) Odds/Predictions: Bey 11-5. They are trying to make Bey something, thus he wins here. $110 to win $160.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
CHAVEZ-VERA FIGHT REMATCH AFTER ROBBERY READ MORE…
February 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
NOBODY CRYING ABOUT MAYWEATHER LOSS EXCEPT FLOYD!
San Francisco, CA- I admire people who can “flaunt” their financial or athletic prowess in a dignified manner. Floyd Mayweather, boxing’s highest paid star is neither dignified or classy. The manner in which he has treated Manny Pacquiao of late to me is indicative of the world’s richest boxer having a nasty mean streak.
DISRESPECTS FANS AS HE RIDICULES PACQUIAO
Look, I understand that Floyd could afford to lose $11.4 million, but you know his heart was pounding throughout the 43-8 game won by the upstart Seattle Seahawks who are coached by the great Pete Carroll, as they stomped Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in much the same manner Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KOs) would hand Floyd his own head.
GOLOVKIN GETS 16TH STRAIGHT KNOCKOUT!
That mild mannered K2 Promotions head Tom Loeffler is like the Clark Kent of promoters. Quiet, seemingly unassertive, Loeffler has a true international superstar in Golvkin who smoked Ghana’s Osumanu Adama like a NYC blunt inside of seven complete rounds. He wants Martinez at 160 or Mayweather at 154. Neither man has the “stones” to step in with the WBA 160 lb. kingpin. GGG has three more fights set for 2014, all of which will be televised on HBO, the first being in April in New York City.
UNUSUAL “STAND UP” FUNERAL FOR SLAIN PUERTO RICAN BOXER
Last week, Christopher Riverawas shot to death in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Having recently looked into moving to the island to be closer to Francisco Valcarcel, WBO President and a female I fancy, I was blown away by the crime, corruption and disregard for human life on the island. In 2012, Hector Camacho, ex-champ in many weight classes, was gunned down sitting in a Coke dealers car. Now Rivera is the latest boxer to die violently in the land of Boriqua.
THEY STOOD HIM UP IN THE CORNER
Like some horror movie, the family had Christopher propped up in the corner of a makeshift boxing ring in a San Juan Community Center. Wearing glasses, a robe and gloves, I’ve seen boxers laid out in trunks and robe in a casket, but NEVER saw a dead fighter standing up vertically. He didn’t have a great record, READ MORE…
January 30th, 2014 By Zak Attack
Los Angeles, CA- One of the more polarizing figures in boxing today, former WBC welterweight (147 lb.) champion Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KOs), is back in the ring this Thursday to take on tough veteran Luis Collazo (34-5, 17 KOs) from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY. “Vicious Victor” will fight for the first time since suffering a June 2012 TKO 9 loss to Josesito Lopez (31-6, 18 KOs), a fight in which Victor was forced to resign with a severely broken jaw.
COLLAZO HAS BEEN BURNED MORE THAN TOAST!
While Collazo is not the hardest hitter, he is a skilled boxer who has only been stopped once in his career and has faced the likes of Andre Berto (28-3, 22 KOs), Ricky Hatton (45-3, 32 KOs), and Shane Mosley (47-9-1, 38 KO). Collazo went the full 12 with all three of those fighters and his losses to all three, Mosley, Hatton and Berto were controversial. He can certainly fight, and it will be interesting to see how effective Ortiz will be after a year and a half away from the sport.
EVENLY MATCHED WELTERS LOOKING UPWARD READ MORE…
January 30th, 2014 By Jason B. Nava
NICE GUY LAMONT PETERSON “HONEST” ABOUT 140 LB. CLASS
IBF CHAMP NEARLY BEHEADED BY MATTHYSSE LAST FIGHT
Last year, Peterson stepped up to the plate against Lucas “The Machine” Matthysse, a man most other jr. welterweights were thought to be avoiding. When Peterson went down in the third round, he regrouped quickly and many viewers assumed he was off to one of his notoriously slow starts. But then he went down again…. and again… and again, and finally referee Steve Smoger, a man with a reputation for being slow to stop fights (sometimes too slow) was forced to call a halt to the action.
IBF STILL RECOGNIZES PETERSON AFTER LUCAS DRUBBING! READ MORE…
January 28th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Having had the pleasure and talent to write for others to read in 1972, I’ve witnessed some despicable acts. That being said, as a member of the media and former Policeman in this City by The Bay, I’ve seen evil people who for no reason other than he or she had the ability, inflict emotional, physical or financial harm on those undeserving.
CHEAP SHOTS ARE FLOYD’S MIDDLE NAME
Floyd Mayweather has pulled some cheap shots in his time, and no not the Victor Ortiz two-punch salvo after Ortiz dropped his hands that followed his trying to spear Floyd with a head butt. His Christmas card to Manny Pacquiao was degrading and a demonstration of his lack of class. But today I want to talk about the river of truculence that runs through Floyd Mayweather’s veins. The manner in which he as addressed Manny Pacquiao of late, be it on Twitter or with the media, was some of the ugliest bile I have seen in a long time.
FLOYD HAS DISPLAYED LITTLE CLASS!
Mayweather has called Manny names, made fun of his tax woes, essentially laying out there the notion that unless Manny Pacquiao crawls through broken glass, kiss Floyd’s ass, and then possibly have Mayweather spit in his Manny’s face and walk away. His continually demeaning of the fiery Filipino phenom is as mean, truculent and evil like Muhammad Ali mercilessly pounding on Ernie Terrell, a Chicago challenger who kept calling Ali by his birth name, Cassius Clay.
TERRELL WAS “CARRIED” AND PUNISHED BY ALI IN HOUSTON READ MORE…
January 26th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Let’s start this off with a fact: Mikey Garcia (34-0, 28 KOs) has a “chin” issue! After being dropped by feather fisted Rocky Martinez in his last fight in which he garnered the WBO 130 lb. crown, and then having his knees buckled by Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday, another man’s whose power cannot by any means be confused with Earnie Shavers, the writing is on the wall. Sooner, more likely than later, Mikey Garcia is getting knocked out!
GAMBOA HAS BEEN DOWN AS WELL
There is ridiculous talk of Garcia vs. Yuri Gamboa, the sidelined unbeaten Cuban sensation whose reputation has been sullied seeing Performance Enhancing Drugs were supposedly mailed to his home, at 135 lbs. later this year. Although the unbeaten Gamboa is not yet 14 karat gold, he appears to be a tad better and more explosive than Garcia who thus far looks like Gold electroplate.
SAME FATE AS BRONER PREDICTED
For the life of me I can’t understand why these guys are not staying at natural weights, thus jumping divisions as did Adrien Broner, who got licked like a stamp by Marcos Maidana in late 2013. Two years ago Broner was fighting at 135 lbs. If Mikey moves up, he’s going down. He’d be smart to fight a slew of Latins and Mexicans, ones he knows he can beat, in their hometowns, seeing he has no real following of his own.
SOME FANS DIDN’T KNOW HBO HAD BOXING ON! READ MORE…