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“THE GHOST” OVERLOOKED BY VEGAS AGAIN

ROBERT GUERRERO “MOTIVATED” UNDERDOG

Keith Thurman-Robert Guerrero

Keith Thurman-Robert Guerrero


San Francisco, CA- For many a moon, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero has been overlooked by both the media and the boxing establishment. In just about every instance, Robert had to swim against the tide in order to attain positioning and then victory.

PLACED BERTO IN “BOXING BLENDER” OF SORTS

This did not only occur when he placed Andre Berto in a pugilistic Veg O Matic and reduced the once highly touted welterweight into fistic puree for 12 frames. Like many, Berto lacked any respect for Robert, telling people, “He’s a bum.”

RUINED BERTO FOR FOREVER & A DAY

So when that “bum” put him on his ass in the blink of an eye before beating on Andre round after round until Berto, a blue chip stock entering had been reduced to junk bonds with a UD 12 loss.

“THE GHOST” HAD TITLE BELTS AT 126, 130, 135, 147

For many, this was the emergence of Robert Guerrero, when in reality as a result of the belts he won at 126, 130, 135 & 147, Robert has been anything but a “Ghost” when it comes to boxing. His big money loss to Floyd Mayweather two years ago is his only loss since a SD 12 to Camaliel Diaz in 2005.

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JOHNNY BOS DEATH TWO YEARS LATER

REMEMBERING NOT FORGOTTEN “ALL NIGHT” BOS

Johnny "Fashion Plate" Bos

Johnny “Fashion Plate” Bos


San Francisco, CA- It’s been three years since legendary insomniac (and matchmaker) Johnny Bos checked out of the hotel of life. A natural demise due to heart issues in his Florida home in May 2013, Bos, like Elvis, Madonna & Cher, rarely was he called anything but Bos.

BOS’ ABILITY TO KEEP SECRET ALMOST NILL

Shortly after his death I mused on how Bos might have faked his demise for he was the ultimate joker. The answer to that was also very clear. Unless it had anything to do with jail or taxes, Johnny Bos couldn’t keep a secret if his life depended on it.

Most people, at least since the advent of the Internet by email, social media, etc. But pre Internet, Bos had long distance bills that exceeded $4,000 a month. His diet for five straight years consisted of hamburgers and Cokes. That was it!

NASTY DRUNK SOBER OVER 25 YEARS Read more

PEOPLE LIKE “GGG”-ANDRE WARD NEED STEP UP

TRULY GREAT FIGHTERS NOT AFRAID TO MOVE UP

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA- To some Marvin Hagler at 160 lbs. walked on water. His posse cites his number of defenses, etc Truth be told, Marvin fought a slew of OK middleweights before making both his rep and millions of dollars fighting smaller guys in Roberto Duran, Ray Leonard, John Mugabi, and Thomas Hearns.

FANS WANT “GGG” GOLOVKIN VS ANDRE WARD

Andre Ward

Andre Ward

The intent of this was not to knock the Marvelous one, but rather to prod the camps representing World middleweight (160 lb.) champion Gennady Golovkin and the World super middleweight (168) king Andre Ward. When I talk to “insiders” and those with some boxing acumen who realize this would unlike Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao, be a real super fight involving two unbeaten fighters at or near their primes.

GOLOVKIN “NOT ALL THAT” TO WARD Read more

LISTEN RING TALK WITH CYBORG SANTOS

CYBORG SANTOS AWAITING RHONDA ROUSEY

Cris "Cyborg" Santos

Cris “Cyborg” Santos


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez went deep with Zack Young as we brought in the amazing and controversial MMA icon Cris “Cyborg” Santos, who expanded on her Steroid use, fighting Rhonda Rousey and more.

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LISTEN RING TALK WITH PACO VALCARCEL

WBO PRESIDENT OUTS “OTHER 3″ SANCTIONING BODIES

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel

WBO President Francisco Valcarcel


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spent time with WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel.. Just returning from South America where he was doing benevolent matters for the downtrodden, Valcarcel was asked about the WBO’s dedication to youth programs in some 25 countries. Said Paco, “Where are the other three (WBA, WBC, IBF)?”

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“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

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LISTEN RING TALK WITH MARVIN CAMEL

FIRST CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMP IN HISTORY

Marvin Camel

Marvin Camel


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez interviewed boxing’s first World cruiserweight (then 190 lb) champion Marvin Camel. “Warrior In The Ring a book on Marvin is the centerpiece of our conversation.

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“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio at 5 PM PT.

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BRIT TAKES BELLATOR TITLE ON SPIKE TV

NEW BRITISH BELLATOR CHAMP

Bellator British Invasion

Los Angeles, CA- At Bellator 143-British Invasion, British light heavyweight (205) Liam McGeary (10-0) became the new champion by defeating Emmanuel Newton (26-7-1) by unanimous decision.  McGeary was in control throughout, al;though Newton had his moments.  The giant 6’6″ fighter will be an interesting champion in the coming months.

KONGO FIGHT GOES THE DISTANCE

Cheick Kongo (22-10-2) of France lost a debatable split decision to Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal (15-4, 1 NC) of the United States in Mo’s heavyweight (265 limit) debut.  It was a close fight, but one that could end up leading to Kongo’s retirement.  At 39, I am really not sure what else he has to offer.  He has had a solid career, but losing to a guy who was not even that great fighting 60 pounds below seems like a bad sign for the veteran heavyweight. Read more

TYSON FURY WIN SECURES KLITSCHKO & MORE

“GIANT GYPSY” FURY BEATS LESSER GUY

Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury


San Francisco, CA- If you look at this picture, can you believe Tyson Fury is only 26 years old? Forget the hair loss, he looks like a 6’7 bus driver with a midriff. That being said, Fury (24-0, 18 whacks) seemingly “pity patted” his way to a TKO 8 win, this after dropping 15-1 underdog Christian Hammer (17-4, 10 KOs) in round five at the O2 Arena in London, UK.

TYSON FURY CAN’T SING ALL THAT WELL

The #1 ranked WBO heavyweight contender, like the Elvis impersonator Tyson Fury or not, (and most people seemingly don’t) the “King of The Irish Gypsies” is now set to face World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 54 KOs) after Wald takes out American Bryant Jennings in a few weeks. A Philadelphian, as Don King would say, “Jennings has two chances. Slim and none, and Slim just left town.” As for Fury, size is his only attribute for if he wasn’t 6’7. he’d be driving a bus and not fightin’ for the title.

“FRAMPTON COMES ALIVE” IN IBF TITLE TILT

In his native Belfast, Ireland, Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) made an initial defense of the IBF 122 lb. diadem look easy with a TKO 5 over top rated Californian Chris Avalos (25-3, 19 KOs) at the Odyssey Arena. Avalos, who talked as if were King Kong fought like much less as the shorter Frampton worked him over from the start. The referee halted matters with Avalos on unsteady pins in round five at 1:33.

DID FEMALE GET ICON “EARLY XMAS” WIN? Read more

RONDA ROUSEY-CAT ZINGANO TOP UFC 184

PAIR OF FEMALE BOUTS TOP UFC 184

San Francisco, CA- In a battle of two unbeaten stars, the “Queen of MMA” aka Rhonda Rousey (9-0) will defend her UFC bantamweight (135 lbs) against the top rated Cat Zingano (also 9-0) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA as UFC 184 goes live on Pay Per View at 7 PM PT.

Cris "Look Like A Man" Santos

Cris “Look Like A Man” Santos


CYBORG SANTOS TRULY A “CYBORG”

Last night in El Lay, Cris “Cyborg” Santos, who has underwent a name change probably to escape her record of being a Steroid cheat (a cyborg is a fictional being with both organic and biomechatronic parts) who was popped by the California Commission a while back for Steroids. A chick in need of a shave by 5 PM, Cyborg waisted a girl named Charmaine Tweet in a Tweet that lasted just 46 seconds in defense of the Envicta FC 145 lb. (featherweight) title.

DANA WHITE WITNESSED CARNAGE

This is another example of the UFC being on top from a marketing point of view as Rousey-Cyborg is the biggest fight out there in women’s MMA, and it might be in all of MMA as I anticpate incredible if NOT record MMA/UFC Pay Per View numbers for Rousey-Cyborg, but only if Rhonda can get by a quite talented Zingano tonight. Although favored, anything can happen in MMA and Cat appears to be the best fighter Rousey has yet to face.

ROUSEY NEARLY LAUNCHES LIZ INTO ORBIT Read more

LISTEN RING TALK MMA WITH KYLE KINGSBURY

“KING KYLE” THE “KING OF MMA ANALYSIS”

Kyle "Triple K" Kingsbury

Kyle “Triple K” Kingsbury


San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez “broke bread” with retired UFC fighter Kyle Kingsbury. The many failed Drug Tests (Steroids) were a big part of the conversation as well as the upcoming UFC schedule.

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BOXING THRIVING AND DYING IN 2015

SETTING THE TABLE FOR YOU

Pedro Fernandez

Pedro Fernandez


San Francisco, CA- If I don’t preface this accordingly, you will think this is boasting, but let me expand. At a point and time, I went unbeaten for three straight years in the Northern California Golden Gloves and ended up with four G.G. championships.

TV EXPOSURE EXPANDING GREATLY IN 2015

If you look at the sport of boxing in general, it’s TV exposure hasn’t looked better in better than 25 turns of the Roman calendar than it will in 2015 as NBC, CBS, even SPIKE TV, they’re all going to air boxing on a regular basis.

MANY MILLIONS WATCHED FREE BOXING

There were times when Network TV could turn out 90 million viewers domestically as they did for Ali-Leon Spinks II in 1978. When the fights were being bid on by NBC, CBS and ABC, ABC’s Wide World of Sports was the undisputed network champ.

YOU COULDN’T ANSWER PHONE

And it wasn’t too long ago (pre-Internet) that West Coast fans could not answer the phone, and later the answering machine, because it was somebody like the late Johnny Bos telling you who won the fight that was live on East Coast Network TV (or USA Tuesday Night) that you hadn’t yet seen.

GODFATHER OF WRITERS “DEAD WRONG” ON LONGEVITY

Personal history and the Bos-man aside, the “big picture” of a sport Hall of Fame writer Jacob Finkelstein (Jack Fiske) predicted would essentially “be extinct” by 2020, hasn’t looked this good….maybe ever.

NETWORK FIGHTS MEAN FIGHTERS MAKE MORE $$ Read more

GOLOVKIN WIN TOPS BOXING RESULTS

GGG REMAINS KING OF MIDDLEWEIGHTS (160)

Triple G

Triple G

Los Angeles, CA- WBA, IBO, and newly crowned WBC interim middleweight champion Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) brutalized Martin Murray (29-2-1, 12 KOs) for just over 10 rounds on Saturday’s installment of HBO World Championship Boxing from the Salle des Étoiles in Monte Carlo, Monaco.  Murray landed his own shots at times, but did nothing to deter the relentless pressure of the champion.  Golovkin passed his toughest test yet, and rumors have been swirling that he carried Murray to get some rounds in.  If you ask me, I think he did start to carry his foe after knocking him down twice in round 4.  Gennady had Murray in serious trouble but took his foot off the gas to get some more ring time.  After all, his last fight did not even go two full rounds.

COTTO OR JCC JR. NEXT?

Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) won the lineal middleweight championship from a badly faded Sergio Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) who had only had one fight in about 18 months prior to facing Cotto.  Knee injuries derailed Martinez’ career, and he was a shell of his former self when he took on the Puerto Rican.  Now, Cotto appears unwilling to defend his title against GGG, who expressed interest in a unification match after stopping Murray.  Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., however, seems like he may be willing to take on the Kazakhstan bruiser. Read more

RING TALK BOXING FEATURES LARRY MERCHANT

FLOYD MANS UP TO CHALLENGE PACMAN
San Francisco, CA- On the longest running fight show in history, 30+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide, host Pedro Fernandez spoke with former HBO broadcaster Larry Merchant about the upcoming super fight Mayweather vs Pacquaio. Also reviewed “GGG” Gennady Golovkins impressive stoppage of Martin Murry.

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

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GERALD MCCLELLAN THE 1995 “DEATH MATCH”

BAD REFEREE TO BLAME FOR MCCLELLAN’S CONDITION

Middleweight Champ Gerald McClellan (1994)

Middleweight Champ Gerald McClellan (1994)


San Francisco, CA- One of the most tragic moments I ever witnessed was the night American WBC 160 lb. king Gerald McClellan nearly died as the result of bad officiating in a London fight with homegrown Nigel Benn shown on an HBO televised presentation. McClellan had knocked Benn out of the ring in round one and instead of being counted out, Benn was inexplicably allowed to continue.

“THE G MAN” REALLY WAS A “BEAST”

Sister Lisa & Gerald McClellan Today

Sister Lisa & Gerald McClellan Today

If McClellan were boxing today, the aforementioned nickname would surely apply as Gerald was a beast both as a boxer and a human being. The human being aspect involved a metamorphosis of sorts I will delve into shortly.

“THE G MAN” WAS A TAD TOO INTENSE

While truculent might best describe the fighter developed by the late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, truth is that Gerald was downright ornery at times when the Freeport, IL resident didn’t even need to have his “game” face on.

METAMORPHOSIS OF GERALD Read more

THE “WHACKY” PEOPLE OF NEWMAN’S GYM

Hall of Fame Writer Jack Fiske

Hall of Fame Writer Jack Fiske

HISTORIC LANDMARK HAD MANY CHARACTERS

San Francisco, CA- The famed Herman-Newman’s boxing gym at 312 Leavenworth St. was located in a neighborhood here known as the Tenderloin. It is an area ripe with cheap hotels, hookers, drag queens, drug dealers and thugs. And yet, in the more than 15 years I made the trek downtown, with the exception of one fighter having had a pound of weed stolen out of his car by another boxer, I can’t recall anybody getting hurt going to or from the boxing shrine.

BILLY NEWMAN’S FAILING HEALTH

In the latter 1970s, Billy Newman, who had bought his partner Herman out, was in failing health. The gym wasn’t making much money, partially because Billy didn’t collect dues diligently. Many youths like myself would end up paying the $10 membership fee maybe once or twice a year. As Newman began to slide health wise, he put one of his employees Henry “Don” Stewart in charge of the oldest standing boxing gym in the United States. Stewart collected dues on a more regular basis, but he wouldn’t know a left hook from a bass hook.

DON’S TOUPEE LIKE HOCKEY HELMET

Don Stewart was a nice guy who slightly deceived people when it came to his abilities as a trainer. We’d watch him bulls*it people coming in for his “white collar” boxing classes. Don, a former employee of the YMCA on Leavenworth & Golden Gate Sts., would tell people he trained the likes of Sonny Liston, George Foreman, neither of which was true. But Stewart had these pictures of him with both men post workout and the easily gullible didn’t realize it was Don, who wore the most hideous wig in boxing, posing for a photo op, so they’d sign up for his class.

LISTON WAS INTIMIDATING TO ME NOT! Read more

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