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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

We will probably go with a late sub as today’s guests are SUPPOSED to include Peter McNeely who was a victim of Mike Tyson in 1995. Mr. Party, we will see if he shows! The 2nd hour will be MMA as we go one on one with Bruce Lee’s training partner Leo Fong and wrap the UFC weekend.

HBO aired Wladimir Klitschko-Bryant Jennings, this in addition to Spike TV going with the Badou Jack nwin over Anthony Dirrell, the Mayweather-Pacquiao clash six days away, thus it’s a good time to talk fights! 11 AM PT!

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“KING KARL” LOOKS BACK AT SANDERS-LEE MATCH

SANDERS DID NOT “PASS TEST” IN TITLE WIN

Billy Joe Sanders

Billy Joe Sanders

Houston, TX– A fortnight ago, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) middleweight (160 lb.) title clash between champion Andy Lee and challenger Billy Joe Saunders made me realize how far our beloved sport has declined in quality over the past three decades. Saunders captured the WBO honors in a 12 round sleepwalk at the Manchester Arena in a contest that was “sub par” as far as major fights involving world class competition.

WBO TITLE FIGHT NOT ONE FOR “TIME CAPSULE”

The WBO has historically has recognized some outstanding champions including: Erik Morales, Wladimir Klitschko ,Marco Antonio Barrera, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and many others. And while I’m the first to realize that you can’t blame the sanctioning body. Still, this match was not one the WBO could call one of 2015’s best.

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NBC HAS P.B.C. BOXING – ANTHONY JOSHUA IN UK

NBC CARD TOPPED BY OMAR FIGUEROA

Future Heavyweight King Anthony Joshua

Future Heavyweight King Anthony Joshua


San Francisco, CA– The stunning upset of Peter Quillin last Saturday by Danny Jacobs was “good” for both the boxing game and promoter Al Heyman’s Premier Boxing Champions. Boxing fans that have watched PBC evolve in 2015 on various Networks, Spike, ESPN, Fox, et al, have witnessed only two notable upsets. Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs) turning out “trick” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and the aforementioned Quillin chillin’ by Mr. Jacobs.

LACK OF SUSPENSE & REAL FIGHTING DESIRED

Although I feel boxing is an entertaining, the “fight” and “suspense” in boxing is what folks want to see. That is hard to bring to play when the “favorites” are winning time and again and in less than Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns like form. If unbeaten jr. welterweight (140 lb.) Omar Figueroa wants to separate himself from the “pedestrian” performances of others, the Texan has a willing foe in Antonio DeMarco (31-5-1, 23 KOs) from South of The Border.

SAN ANTONIO IS A REAL FIGHT TOWN

Fighting at home in San Antonio, Figueroa (25-0-1, 18 KOs) a 25-year old with considerable skills with entertaining contests and will need to “smoke” former 135 lb. titleholder DeMarco like a New York blunt if he wants to get “over” big on TV. PBC needs a barnburner to get people to think about boxing over the holidays in expectation of PBC, et al boxing 2016. DeMarco, the 14-5 underdog looks a tad slower than Omar.

ARREOLA “LAST CHANCE” TO MAKE STATEMENT

Heavyweight “fringe” contender Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) of Southern California will meet once beaten Travis Kaufman (30-1, 22 KOs) of Reading, PN under Figueroa-DeMarco. Should the Mexican mauler fail, he will be a journeyman/name opponent from now on! PBC Boxing on NBC LIVE at 8:30 PM ET – 5:30 PM PT.

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Jacobs Wins "Black v. Black" in Black & White

Jacobs Wins “Black v. Black” in Black & White


San Francisco, CASan Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 31+ years “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez looked at the upset of Peter Quillin by Danny Jacobs. Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin, Mike Tyson, a lot of names in the mix including Tyson Fury.

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DID I EVER TELL YOU ABOUT THE TIME…

Don King

Don King


San Francisco, CA– Promoter Don King fell off a stage ten feet onto a concrete floor in Espana? I’ll finish with that story, but first….COTTO IGNORES HIMSELF TO FIGHT ON
154 & 160 lb. king Canelo Alvarez

154 & 160 lb. king Canelo Alvarez


Fresh off a 12 round spanking by Canelo Alvarez, multi-division champ Miguel Cotto is implying he’ll be boxing again in mid-2016. If you are related, or are a truly a fan of the classy Puerto Rican, this is not good news. When it comes to the residual damage from fighting, no one knows what you’ll be like in five or ten years. So like Global Warming, I prefer to side with caution and being financially set for two lifetime’s, Cotto should take another hard look at his lovely wife and kids.

“GGG’ TO GOAD COTTO IN YANKEE STADIUM?

While I do think there will be pressure on Canelo Alvarez to face Gennady “GGG” Golovkin in 2016, I think he will balk and that Cotto would likely instead face “GGG” in a sold out Yankee Stadium in 2016. Somehow Miguel detached himself from our conversation circa 2010 in Colombia, a chat in which he said, “family and health mean more than money.” NOT in 2015!

PACQUIAO GOING OUT AGAINST CRAWFORD

And while it is not “breaking news,” Manny Pacquiao’s swan song will be against Terence Crawford, the unbeaten Nebraska native and current WBO 140 lb. titleholder. This is probably NOT a fight Pacquiao can win. DID YOU ever think you’d see Manny Pacquiao being used as an “opponent?” Unless you’re dictating like recent retiree Joe Calzaghe or 50’s champ Rocky Marciano, the end is not so pretty.

MEN, YES MALE BOXERS NEED “STEP IT UP”

When you lace up gloves for money, pride or both, then you need to realize you are representing the entire sport each time you step into battle. Women, be it in boxing and MMA, they really prepare and fight their hearts out solely because they feel that as femVale fighters they have something to prove. (How many fat, outa’ shape chicks you see fighting?) Today’s male competitors should take note, as some are squandering opportunities at greatness and fortune by not going all out when the opportunity presents itself, especially seeing there is currently NO dearth of television exposure.

IMITATING FLOYD MAYWEATHER “NOT WISE”

Some fighters are thinking that seeing Floyd Mayweather can pitch a virtual “no-hitter” and make zillions, are under the impression they can as well. Mr. Mayweather is NOT THE RULE, he is THE EXCEPTION. If we had a dozen Floyd Mayweather type boxers dominating each division, boxing would need to be renamed “Gloved Fencing,” which is not nearly as entertaining as the art of true “Prize Fighting.”

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WHERE IS BOXING 2015 IN SPORTS WORLD?

OTHER SPORTS FLAT OUT “KICKED ASS”

Steph Curry

Steph Curry

San Francisco, CA- Having watched Tom Brady take the Patriots to another Superbowl, forget Deflate-gate, the dominance of New England is obvious. Those Golden State Warriors, they beat up Labron James, this before going on a tear and breaking the most games won at the start (16-0) of a season. The World Series romp by Kansas City, clearly proved the Royals are the best team in baseball.

$64,000 QUESTION TO FIGHT FANS

Mayweather-Pacquiao Did Not Deliver

Mayweather-Pacquiao Did Not Deliver

That being said boxing fans, what was the “high” point of the 2015 boxing season. Where was the “orgasmic” moment in 2015 boxing? Truth be told, it didn’t exist. Floyd Mayweather pushed his log to 49-0 with points wins over Manny Pacquiao and Andre Berto. If a Martian or somebody from another planet that had never seen a fight, sneaked into see the Mayweather-Pacquiao event, he probably would not have came back for the Berto affair.

POWER BROKERS & EGOS “HOLDING” BOXING BACK

There are enough exciting boxers today to put forth a successful program consisting of boxing’s many ethnic groups that could catch on mainstream to an extent. But fans, that means warring factions must come together to make the best fights. Right now, Premier Boxing Champions czar Al Heyman has a good number of fighters under contract. But will his upcoming battles in court with promoters Bob Arum and Oscar De La Hoya, will that “short circuit” Heyman’s power grab?

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Pete Fernandez, Al Bernstien, "Judge" Mills Lane

Pete Fernandez, Al Bernstien, “Judge” Mills Lane


San Francisco, CA– TODAY @ 11 AM PT, host Pedro Fernandez will continue the longest radio show in fight history, talking boxing and MMA with an array of guests.
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Willie Mays "The Catch"

Willie Mays “The Catch”

San Francisco, CA– At 10 PM PT, the alter ego of ??…………??, Johnny Taco takes to the SportsByline & I Heart Radio airwaves with a hard look at the greatest baseball player of all time, talk about Willie Mays and his “control” over the Giants, things you’re not going to hear anywhere else. We will hear from Mays, in addition to six Hall of Fame baseball announcers break down #24, the “Say Hey Kid.”

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Pedro Fernandez-Doris Companys, Hungary 2013

Pedro Fernandez-Doris Companys, Hungary 2013


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, 11 months, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez examined some trends in boxing in addition to going through the boxing & MMA schedules. High school class mate Bob Landucci joined Pedro to talk “old times.”

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FANS SUING PACQUIAO FOR FRAUD GET COURT DATE!

PACQUIAO MAY HAVE TO ANSWER (PAY?) FOR FIGHT FRAUD

Manny Pacquiao After Surgery & Check Clearing!

Manny Pacquiao After Surgery & Check Clearing!


San Francisco, CA– When Manny Pacquiao arrived at the MGM Grand to face Floyd Mayweather on May 2, it was expected that both he and Mayweather were in good enough health to give their all. At the same time, when people plucked down a record $100 to view the much anticipated scrap on Pay Per View, they too thought they were buying a match involving healthy two-armed fighters.
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BOXERS TRYING TO FLEE SLAVERY IN 2015

Boxers Can Leave Top Rank Plantation

Boxers FREE To Leave Top Rank Plantation

“NET PAY” OF BOXERS AKIN TO “SLAVERY”

San Francisco, CA– The most important part of being a professional of any kind is to “make money.” In the reality of things, title belts are such that very few fighters per capita will capture. In some instances, boxers are still getting paid $100 a round, a figure in place since for preliminary guys since the 1980s.

TITLE BELTS DON’T FEED YOUR FAMILY

Case in point, heavyweight Alex Stewart of the late 80s to early 90s, never fought for a title. And yet, the Jamaican who was guided by Gerry Cooney’s Whacko Twins Dennis Rappaport & Mike Jones, netted the upside of $2 million.

MOST IMPORTANT CONFLICT THAN ALI-FRAZIER

Although I have constituents on both sides of the fence, those siding with “The Boxing Establishment” and not Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions concept, what they fail to realize is that this current era of The Establishment have failed for 50 years to make things better for both the fighter and fans alike.

COTTO FLED TOP RANK PLANTATION & GOT PAID

Boxers Need Not Be 2015 Slaves

Boxers Need Not Be 2015 Slaves


On the subject of paying an upper echelon boxer adequately, we go to Miguel Cotto. After being with Bob Arum for better than 30 fights, Cotto says he made more money in his first two fights after leaving Top Rank, than he did in a decade plus with Arum. AGAIN, he made more money in just two fights on his own than he did in his entire carrer with Arum.

ALI LAW “WATERED DOWN” BY REID

One of the campaigns Bob Arum has continually funded over the years was outgoing Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, a former amateur boxer. People wonder why the law and the Assn. of Boxing Commissions is impotent when it comes to governing boxing in general, it’s because Reid stripped the enforcement from the bill.

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BRADLEY BESTS VARGAS ON HBO BOXING

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Tim Bradley Wins WBO Belt

Tim Bradley Wins WBO Belt


San Francisco, CA– Although it was “Boxing Light” this weekend, Tim Bradley and Jessie Vargas engaged in a spirited battle for 12 fistic frames before Bradley emerged with a Unanimous Decision 12 in a bout for the interim WBO 147 lb. title.

EVEN IN NUMBERS BUT TIM WINNING ROUNDS

Through the first four rounds, the punch output was almost even in spite of Bradley bering up 3-1 in rounds. A 4-1 favorite was Bradley who forced the action as the smaller man. And while they exchanged some heavy blows, don’t forget they only had 21 KOs between going in, Bradley 12, Vargas 9, thus there wasn’t a lot of damage.

BRADLEY BEGAN “BANKING OF ROUNDS” EARLY

An uneventful, but again “spirited” battle moved into the 12th and final round. Vargas pulled some out some lightning that had Bradley wobbling and prepping for a Mexican hat dance with about 10 seconds to go. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-112, all for Bradley who is 32-1-1, 12 KOs. Vargas declines to 26-0, 9 KOs.

HOTSHOT MEXICAN FEATHER GETS “NEEDED WORK”

Two time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (17-0, 14 KOs) got ten rounds of good work with veteran Ruben Tamayo (23-6-4, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA under Bradley-Vargas. It was the 1,000 th fight shown on HBO since January 1973 and George Foreman-Joe Frazier I. Scores were 98-90, 98-90, 99-90. Read more

BRONER-PORTER ON NBC SATURDAY NIGHT

PEACOCK NETWORK AIRS PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS
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San Francisco, CAAl Haymon and his Premier Boxing Champions have fueled a renaissance of boxing here in the United States, something the “Boxing Establishment” is aghast over. But at the end of the day, did any of the elite promoters, outside of Kathy Duva, try and place professional boxing back on Network TV? No, there were instead making zillions on PPV. Case closed, out with the old and in with the new and that means NBC boxing Saturday prime time with a five star main event.

GREAT MATCHUP LIVE NBC SATURDAY NIGHT

Adrien Broner ( 30-1, 22 KOs) of Cincinnati, OH is considered one of the game’s better technicians and was headed for a mega pay day with Floyd Mayweather before Marcos Maidana canceled his ticket by upsetting Broner. Standing across and looking to get a piece of Broner is also once beaten (25-1-1, 16 KOs) Sean Porter, who dropped his “0” and the IBF 147 lb. diadem to Kell Brook (34-0, 24 KOs) on points in 2014.

HAYMON MATCHES HIS GUYS VS. ONE ANOTHER

Both Broner and Porter are clients of advisor Al Haymon, the Harvard guy that put together $400 million with the sole intent of making boxing more mainstream, a feat he has accomplished by putting a number of cards on NBC, CBS, Tru TV, Spike TV and soon ESPN. Haymon purchases airtime from the networks and hopes to become chummy with the Nielsen ratings, and in time have networks and advertisers giving him airtime and advertising dollars.

BOLD MOVE TOOK BRAINS, GUTS AND $400 MILLION

Main Event’s Kathy Duva tried buying some NBC airtime years ago. Unfortunately her stable was a little light when it came to pugilistic thoroughbreds, thus she couldn’t make a go of it. Why the “Boxing Establishment” put a “Hit” out on “Big Al” and his Premier Boxing Champions in the form of the Assn. of Boxing Commissions asking the Justice Dept. to look under Big Al’s skirt.

BOXING ESTABLISHMENT MAD AS AL PAYS FIGHTERS MORE!

They claim that he is violation of the Muhammad Ali Act in that he is acting both as a promote and a manager, something the law that was watered down by Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, says this is not allowed. There must be two different parties in the roles of “promoter and manager.” Haymon says he is an advisor, and yet Premier Boxing Champions walks, talks and operates like a promoter. The ABC is asking the “G” to go along with their assertions and dismantle PBC for violating Federal law.

CONGRESS HEARING IS HAYMON’S “VICTORY” PARTY

When the ABC brings Haymon to trial or before Congress for a hearing, Al will have every fighter he’s got testify that they are making more money with Al, way more, than they could have elsewhere. Haymon can call Bob Arum of Top Rank as a “hostile” character witness and Arum will be asked, “Did you say that Haymon is paying his fighter’s ridiculous purses,” or something to that effect. Arum would squirm and twist, but eventually he’s have to say that he did!

ARUM COULD BE “BIG AL’S” BEST WITNESS

Haymon takes a flat 10% from his clients as an “advisor.” If you were with Arum, you might be giving up 33% to a manager and have the promoter taking his cut, all the while still having to pay your trainer and taxes. If this gets to Congress, all of these fighters that Haymon is appeasing with fat purses, the boxers and people like Arum will illustrate that the fistic Laborers are happier and getting paid more with Haymon. Case closed, again.

BACK TO THE BRONER-PORTER SKIRMISH

Although Porter has fought as a jr. middle (154), Broner was “chubby” previously at welterweight (147). Cross state rival Porter, who hails from Cleveland can be exploited by speed and combination punching as Brook illustrated, Broner will look to (and need to) stay off of the ropes as Shawn will be looking to “work both hands” up and down vs. a stationary target. And instead of admiring his flashy fists, Broner needs to make this all about his left jab. If he can’t, decision Porter.

SPENCE IN “TOUGH ON PAPER” UNDERNEATH

Errol Spence Jr. is a slick southpaw who most fighters would like to avoid. At 16-0, 13 whacks, Spence is supposed to be tested Saturday by the far more experienced Roberto Garcia (37-3, 23 stops). As was Broner-Porter, Spence-Garcia is a Texas rivalry pitting Dallas vs. Houston. Garcia matches up well in every department except age (35 to 25) and speed. And as we know the vast majority of the time, “Speed” kills in boxing and I’m going with the speed and the pedigree of Spence to prevail.

Pedro Fernandez

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Larry Merchant

Larry Merchant

San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” host Pedro Fernandez was joined by Larry Merchant who expanded on the “con” that was Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather, this in addition to me giving him the “Al Haymon” quiz.

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Cain "Mr. Carbs" Velasquez

Cain “Mr. Carbs” Velasquez


San Francisco, CA– On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide,” Pedro Fernandez expanded on UFC 188 and the heavyweight title defense by champion Cain Velasquez. Although he has taken off the pounds, this is what he looked like before training camp. YIKES! Challenger Fabrice Werdum is primed and ready. But again is Cain?

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