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MONDAY AM BOXING NOTEBOOK

WHO IS BADOU JACK ONE ASKS?

Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather


San Francisco, CA- With “The Fight” days away, the weekend prior to the mega event offered up one surprise in that Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) took the WBC 168 lb. strap from Anthony “Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) via Majority Decision 12. Simply put, the relatively unknown to some Black Swede forced the fight from the start until the end. Scores at ringside Hubert Minn 116-112, Rey Danseco 115-113 and Robert Hecko 114-114. As for Jack, a “work in progress,” he wants George Groves in the UK.

KLITSCHKO WINS AGAIN

Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs) defended the World heavyweight title for the 19th time with a UD 12 over Bryant Jennings (19-1-1. 12 KOs) with the cards reading Max DeLuca 118-109, Steve Weisfeld 116-111, Robin Taylor 116-111. Giant Gypsy Tyson Fury is next as the fight goes to purse bids within 180 days…

CANCER KILLER PREVAILS

Now 29-1, 26 KOs, Daniel Jacobs, who has beaten Cancer, TKO 12 Caleb Truax 25-2-2, 15 KOs) in a WBA middleweight (160 lb.) contest (You thought “Triple G” was champ, right?)

FIGHT MOST WANTED NOW IS

Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is happening, but the Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 27 KOs) vs. Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) IS not. Cotto with Roc Nation will face Daniel Geale (31-3, 16 KOs) of Tasmania on June 6 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY.

MANNY NOT TALKING MUCH THIS WEEK?

To his inner circle of Media types, Manny Pacquiao might be available this week for interviews. But as far as him doing anything at the MGM Grand (host hotel) outside of showing up for a final press gala, one of two for the entire promotion, the official weigh Friday and the fight Saturday, there will be NO PACMAN at the hotel.

MANNY STAYING DOWN THE STRIP

Staying at the Mandalay Bay, which is owned by the same group as the MGM, Steve Wynn’s hotel will be the site of any Pacquiao post fight party.

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Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman and four-time Golden Gloves champion. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.

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MONDAY AM BOXING NOTEBOOK

BRUCE LEE MENTOR ON RING TALK 11 AM PT

BRUCE LEE TRAINING PARTNER ON MMA ICON

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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YOU FEELING MAYWEATHER-PACQUIAO YET?

BIGGEST FIGHT IN HISTORY (SIGH) 8 DAYS AWAYFloyd-Mayweather-vs.-Manny-Pacquiao-fight

San Francisco, CA- After a jaunt around the Bay Area to talk boxing with purists, there is little chance of Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao doing anything other than breaking a number of financial records. Because at the end of the day this isn’t Ray Leonard-Roberto Duran I.

WHY IS THERE NO REAL FLOYD-MANNY BUZZ

Nobody seemed to be overly excited, not even slightly animated and on a scale of 1-10 the fight of the century (thus far) has not got the public striving for every word on the fight. Does that bode well for a anticipated 3.5 million PPV buys?

RESPONSE TO FIGHT IS QUEER

A lot of this has to do with Mayweather-Pacquiao being an event like the Grammy and Oscar awards rather than that of a recognized superfight. If you wanted to go, 500 tickets went on sale this week and reportedly were gone in 60 seconds.

MANNY PACQUIAO GIVES MGM “MIDDLE” FINGER Read more

FONFARA TKO CHAVEZ JR. TOPS BOXING RESULTS

CHAVEZ JR. GETS SPANKING FROM “NEW” DADDY

Chavez Whacked By Fonfara

Chavez Whacked By Fonfara


San Francisco, CA- Although Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has some ability, he cannot beat up bigger men as Andrzej Fonfara proved Saturday night when Fonfara from the start until the end, lit Chavez Jr. up like the White House Christmas Tree in a light heavyweight (special weight 172 lb.) contest at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, CA via Showtime.

“SON OF LEGEND” BEATEN UP BAD

Chavez’s only plus was Fonfara had a point taken for a “shoulder butt” by referee Jerry Cantu in the seventh. The Chavez Jr. low light for his devout Mexican fans was his whining to the referee because his own weight woes put him in with a natural bigger and obviously stronger guy.

LARRY MERCHANT PREDICTED UPSET

On “Ring Talk,” the Saturday edition, Larry Merchant picked Andrzej to upset Chavez Jr., taking into account the natural size (body mass) advantage Fonfara has and that he went the route with linear champ Adonis Stevenson in 2014. Post fight, the Hall of Famer said. “The fight went about the way I thought it would. At 160 he had a size advantage. What I can’t believe is that Jr. turned down a $10 million deal to fight Gennady Golovkin from Top Rank (Bob Arum).

AL HEYMON LOSES WITH CHAVEZ

Having cherry picked opponents for years, Chavez Jr., undisciplined, a middleweight (160) if he were semi-dedicated, had been as high as a rumored 215, before making 171 plus change Friday. Fonfara in the upset threw a wrench at a potential Chavez-Stevenson or any Chavez-Gennady Golovkin fight.

“BIG AL” HAD HOPES FOR SON OF LEGEND Read more

HBO HAS MATTHYSSE-PROVODNIKOV

HBO GOES UP AGAINST SHOWTIME

#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse

#2 Rated 140 lb. Lucas Matthysse


San Francisco, CA- Larry Merchant’s ex-employer, Home Box Office will Saturday air a live 140 lb. loser “leaves top five” bout between Lucas Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) and Ruslan Provodnikov.

MATTHYSSE FAVORED OVER “FACE” FIGHTER

Although I admire the grit and will of Provodnikov, the fact that Chris Algieri beat him is enough for me to think Lucas will trounce him. Seeing Ruslan (24-3, 17 KOs) is not afraid to “take a shot to throw a shot,” Lucas should batter him at will throughout.

WINNER TO CLASH FOR VACANT TITLE? Read more

CHAVEZ JR. TOPS SHOWTIME CARD

MEXICAN FANS ADORE JULIO JR.

Late Referee Toby Gibson & Chavez Jr.

Late Referee Toby Gibson & Slim Chavez Jr.

San Francisco, CA- When you talk Mexican boxing, the first name that comes up is that of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. As the late Jack Fiske and I watched the elder Chavez’s American debut, already like 32-0, Sr. steamrolled our local fall guy Jerry Lewis under Bobby Chacon-Bazooka Limon III in December 1982, we were both not all that impressed.

FAST FORWARD 23 CALENDAR TURNS

Now the focus south of the border is on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who sits atop a Showtime card Saturday with Andrzej Fonfara (26-3-1, 18 KOs). Although they are of the same bloodline, Jr.’s in a bad spot having to follow a father who is considered one of the best in history.

LITTLE AMATEUR BACKGROUND LIKE DAD

And while his record was padded early on, Chavez Jr. was learning his craft “on the job” fighting as often as could on Top Rank cards. But here we are some seven years later and “The Kid” is at a “crossroads” fight career wise.

MEXICAN PELVIC MISSIONARY IS JR. Read more

MEDIA DAY WITH FLOYD MAYWEATHER

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE BY RINGTALK

Las Vegas, NV-Yesterday an enthusiastic crowd of not only media, but a litany of fans awaited Floyd Mayweather’s arrival at Mayweather Boxing Club in the Chinatown section of Las Vegas. Zab Judah, David Hasselhoff and rapper Lil’ Kim also were in attendance.

Mayweather Media day

Mayweather Media day

Floyd’s grand arrival was roughly minutes after 4pm. He initially fielded questions for boxing writers in the outside tent on what was an extremely windy day in Sin City.

He then went inside the gym and did video and audio interviews with the various media outlets. As much criticism as the brash sports star gets, he obviously loves the media attention but made sure to try his best to give as many one on one interviews as time allowed. He also got down on the pads and did mitt work and well as other various exercises. Mayweather faces Manny Pacquiao in the biggest money fight in boxing history on May 2nd.

EXCLUSIVE MAYWEATHER VIDEO BY K.P. Read more

NETWORK TV KEY TO BOXING GLORY

GARCIA GETS BY LAMONT, BRONER NEXT!

Danny Garcia: Fight @ 140 or strip him!

Danny Garcia: Fight @ 140 or strip him!


San Francisco, CA- There is nothing like watching fights on American Network TV and the two Premier Boxing Champion cards on NBC thus far, as well as the CBS show of last Saturday, people are watching with NBC capturing the major demographics of 18-49 with both prime time shows.

SOME STARS WITH POTENTIAL FOR MORE

The stars have included Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Adonis Stevenson, Andy Lee, Peter Quillin, Danny Garcia and Lamont Peterson. Having never been an ardent admirer of Peterson, I thought he performed admirably considering Garcia was supposed smoke Lamont like a Brookyln blunt.

RAZOR THIN MATCH WENT TO DANNY

The fight was so close that it boiled down to one round going in another direction and the decision could have instead of a MD 12 win for Garcia, would have been a draw or a Peterson win.

LEE & “THE COCOA KID” NEED REMATCH SOON
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DRUGS AND MURDER IN BOXING PART 2

DOPE, MURDER, BOXING & VIDEO OF FIGHT

Robert Quiroga

Robert Quiroga

San Francisco, CA- Originally, this was entitled Cocaine, Boxing, Thug Life, the Murders of Robert Quiroga and “Kid Akeem” Anifowoshe, which brought back a lot of bad memories for people in boxing that knew both Akeem and Quiroga. A severely brain damaged Anifowoshe, 23-1, 18 KOs, died in 1994 attempting a comeback after deportation back to his native Nigeria. Before I go on, boxing did nothing for Akeem after he nearly died in that 1991 IBF title tilt with Quiroga. A broken young man in many ways turned to hustling Cocaine for which he was busted and deported.

NIGHT ROBERT QUIROGA WAS MURDERED

Robert and some friends had been drinking at a San Antonio tavern for a few hours late one night in 2004. They then grabbed a case of beer and headed for a friends house. Once there, the partying continued and Quiroga started jamming a member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, Robert Merla, because Merla stole a Scarface poster years earlier, taking it by threat of force. Felling humiliated, Merla left the party. He then lay in wait until Quiroga, who was drunk, exited the house some 15 minutes later.

ATTACKER STABBED QUIROGA SIX TIMES IN BACK! Read more

SADLY MISSED DEATH OF STEVE LOPEZ

STEVE LOPEZ WAS ONE BRAVE MAN

Steve Lopez

Steve Lopez


San Francisco, CA- When Phoenix, AZ promoter Steve Lopez was diagnosed with Stage 4 Throat Cancer about five years ago, it looked as if he would be checking out of his room in the hotel of life shortly.

AMATEUR WRESTLER TOOK “BIG C” TO MAT

But that wasn’t the case as Steve refused to give in and battled Cancer in a manner that I am certainly not brave enough to do, to take “head on” the disease that took his life March 20. Having been a police officer and a fighter, I’ve seen people face death plenty of times, but none with the dignity of Steve.

CELL PHONE DISCONNECTED A BAD SIGN Read more

ODDS AND PREDICTIONS FOR PBC ON NBC

BOXING ON PRIMETIME NBC TV SATURDAY

Las Vegas, NV- While the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight that will occur in May is supposed to be the “event” that’ll put boxing back into the mainstream,  Premier Boxing Champions, also known as “PBC,” might have a larger effect in the long-term. With professional prizefighting now back on network TV, boxing will be reaching a much larger audience. The question mark here is has Al Haymon been able to secure sponsors? Last Saturday’s show featured no commercials. With the high price tag of these shows he must get a return on his investment. While no one knows specifically where those returns are coming from, Mr. Haymon, a numbers cruncher with a Harvard background, knows what he’s doing.

GARCIA & PETERSON FIGHT AT 143 LBS Read more

SAVAGE DURAN VS PALAMINO VIDEO

DURAN “MOTIVATED” FOR PALAMINO

San Francisco, CA- This was essentially a title eliminator for the WBC 147 lb. (welterweight) title then held by Wilfred Benitez, Roberto Duran, the recognized lightweight (135) champion for years vs former WBC (147) titleholder Carlos Palamino at Madison Square Garden as part of a Don King Productions card under World heavyweight champion Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes‘ TKO 12 over Mike “Hercules” Weaver on June 22, 1979. Palamino’s corner featured LA’s Jackie McCoy and Benny Georgino while Roberto had East Coast guys Freddie Brown and Ray Arcel. Read more

NEVER FORGET CHUCK MINKER!

CHUCK MINKER WAS BOXING’S FACILITATOR
chuck-minker
San Francisco, CA- This is one of the great people I’ve known during my tenure in combat sports. A respected professional boxing judge, Chuck Minker was the Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission when Lung Cancer (He didn’t smoke) struck in 1992-1993, if my memory serves me correctly. An iconic figure in Nevada, Las Vegas is home of the Chuck Minker Sports Complex that’s located at the corner of Stewart Ave. and Mojave Road. There are people that you don’t ever forget, Chuck was one of those special individuals who bravely went “toe to toe” with the “Big C” and lost.

RING TALK ALI-FRAZIER IN THEIR WORDS

FLOYD-PACMAN GOT NOTHING ON ALI-FRAZIER

Ali, King & Joe

Ali, King & Joe


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide” host Pedro Fernandez went back in time and brought you the Joe Frazier-Muhammad Ali rivalry in their own words! At times, it is ugly, but still an important point both in sports and American history.

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MUHAMMAD ALI FROM MY PERCH

TO KNOW ALI IS TO …

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali


San Francisco, CA- There are few things that matter more than life itself. And when you’re tip toeing through the latter part of your time on this planet, you look back and question your actions and motives. That being said, I’m sure all of us can second guess decisions we’ve made.

ALI HAS NO REGRETS HE SAYS

The one person that I’ve met that doesn’t back down from the good or the bad in his past is Muhammad Ali. I asked him why the stand against the Vietnam War had to be made, and were there any regrets, Ali shook his head to the negative.

REMEMBER COUNTRY WAS SPLIT ON WAR

“They wanted to use me, my name to lead young men to slaughter. Just couldn’t be part of it,” a conflict that cost 58,000 American lives as well as that of millions of Asians.

ALI “UNDERDOG” TWICE IN TITLE FIGHTS Read more

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