June 16th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
ONE DIMENSIONAL RUSLAN EXPOSED SOMEWHAT
CLAIM TO FAME A LOSS TO BRADLEY
I mean outside of losing to Tim Bradley and besting a weight drained Mike Alvarado, what has Ruslan done that enamored him with both boxing fans and the media. Answer? Nothing! Whomever was doing the public relations for Provodnikov needs some credit here because when you look at his resume it is full of guys like the 37-18 DeMarcus Corley , that and he lost to Mauricio Herrera.
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June 16th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
BIRTHDAY BOY BELONGS ON BOXING’S MT. RUSHMORE
Las Vegas, NV-Having been put on the spot time and again, there is little doubt in my mind that Roberto Duran, who turned 64 today was the greatest fighter I ever saw. And looking at the history of boxing, at least in the past 50 years, there has never been a fighter that can approach the accomplishments of “Manos Di Piedra.” Turning professional at 118 lbs. in February 1968, Duran, then 16 years old, would answer the bell 119 times. He would never officially retire, instead an auto accident made his July 2001 fight with Hector Camacho his last.
MINISTER OF RING MAYHEM
When he beat Ken Buchanan for the lightweight (135) title, the end was punctuated by an obvious low blow that some say referee Tony LoBianco simply ignored. And since this is a story on the career of “Hands of Stone” that is running on his 64rd birthday, there is curiosity as to why he never afforded Ken a rematch. Mad for decades, Buchanan and Duran have made up of sorts. At least that was the PR push being made when Roberto toured Scotland a five or so years ago.
KENNY HAD LEGIT BBEF FOR REMATCH
When I last talked with Buchanan circa 2003, the fiery Scot was to put it mildly still angry when the subject of Roberto came up. We were in the lobby of the Days Inn of Cantestota, NY, literally a stones throw from the International Boxing Hall of Fame. He had voiced the opinion that his being World champion in his native land meant a whole lot more than here in the U.S. “As for Duran, I saw a picture of the low blow here today, that I never saw before. The referee knew Duran fouled me. Still, he was the greatest fighter I ever fought, and of all-time as well. They (people) don’t realize that he moved way up in weight and unlike other people, he kept winning.
TRILOGY WITH PUERTO RICAN CAPPED 35 LB. REIGN! READ MORE…
June 3rd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
HAVE OVER 30 STAMPS IN PASSPORT(S)
PRE-9-11 SECURITY WAS NON EXISTENT
It was 1993, pre 9-11 and airline security was lax, especially on non American flights. On our first trip to China in 1993, where I aired “Ring Talk Worldwide” from Beijing and did the first ever boxing TV broadcast from China dubbed, “The Brawl At The Wall” which was topped by a WBO title fight between champion Leonzar Barber and Mike Sedillo.
ALI, LONNIE & PEDRO IN EXECUTIVE CLASS
With our seats turned into beds, Muhammad Ali, wife Lonnie, myself and others were somewhere over the Pacific ocean and the “rush” of being with Ali would not allow me to sleep. That being said, I opened up the unlocked door to the cockpit and almost s*it in my pants. Why? Because all three men who were supposed to be flying the plane were instead sound asleep!
IRATE PEDRO WOKE LONNIE ALI UP READ MORE…
May 23rd, 2014 By Kevin Perry
WBC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION ADONIS STEVENSON MAKES SHOWTIME DEBUT SUNDAY
Las Vegas, NV- Much controversy has arisen over 175lb champion Adonis Stevenson’s sudden move from HBO to Showtime. Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs), Haitain born, but now based in Montreal, had fought his last three fights on HBO, the first being his title winning effort over first round knockout victim and former WBC champ Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs).
Coinciding with that rise to stardom, was another light heavyweight making his own mark. Russian born WBO light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) has appeared to just bludgeon his way through recent competition, stopping his last 8 opponents. Adonis has done so to his last 10. It appeared inevitable that the two would meet in a super fight considering both appeared in their last fight on an HBO doubleheader. Proceeding the bout however Stevenson decided to hook up with influential boxing adviser/promoter/manager, Al Haymon.
It’s extremely difficult to figure out at this point specifically what role Haymon plays in a fighters career as it appears he wears many hats. Either way his ability to get fighters the easiest fights for the most money from the networks has led to the Haitians title defense Saturday on Showtime against the capable but perceived as limited Andres Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs). Haymon’s alleged interference in a potential title unification between Stevenson and Kovalev has led the Russians promoter Main Events, headed by outspoken CEO Kathy Duva, to file a lawsuit against Haymon, Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Goldenboy Promotions among others filed in the suit. Haymon’s allegiance with Showtime has led to Stevenson basically turning his back on HBO to run to the other side of the street.
STEVENSON UNDER A LOT OF HEAT FROM FANS AND MEDIA
Fonfara is a heavy underdog on Saturday, and the perception from many fans and media is that he used Haymon as a means to avoid challenging the dangerous Russian. However there are two sides to the coin here. While criticism of the Hatian born fighter may be warranted, he merely went with the more lucrative offer. There are reports that the money he would be receiving to fight Fonfara was actually more than what was offered to fight a much more dangerous opponent in Kovalev. READ MORE…
May 21st, 2014 By RingTalk
GOMEZ NEVER LOST AT “PRIME” WEIGHT
NOBODY COULD HANDLE GOMEZ AT 122…NOBODY!
“We want to honor the career of one of the best in history, not only of Puerto Rico, but the World, Wilfredo Gomez, and do it with him here today. Today we commemorate 37 years of that fight, when he won his first world championship as a professional boxer and we want to remember that achievement”, WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel said. “But there are other great events in Gomez’ career we want to celebrate this year. We at the WBO always remember and hono our great athletes”.
WILFREDO SILENCED BY BAD COLD
Gomez, who had a throat ailment and couldn’t speak, thanked everyone for the tribute as he shared the stage with a group of former Puerto Rican world champions, world ranked fighters and prospects, who along with Valcarcel, gave him a commemorative WBO belt as part of the celebration.
GOT UP & WENT ON UNBEATEN TITLE RUN
On May 21, 1977, “Bazooka” Gómez, only 20 years old and 15-0-1, 15 KOs, challenged WBC super bantamweight (122) champion Dong-Kyun Yum who was making his second defense with a record of 50-2-6, 21 KOs. The fight was held at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum and before a packed house that saw Gomez get off the canvas in the first round to knock out the Korean in round 12.
GOMEZ ON OLYMPIC TEAM AT JUST 15! READ MORE…
May 21st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
“CHUBBY” RUIZ MORE EXCITING THAN MARQUEZ-ALVARADO
San Francisco, CA- My desire this weekend was to look to the future of boxing in semi-contender Andy Ruiz Jr., rather than praise Juan Manuel Marquez. I sold JM Marquez short as he schooled Mike Alvarado over 12 frames on HBO. And it wasn’t like I said he was going tio lose, I closed with, “Top Rank matchmakers don’t make many mistakes.” They didn’t.
THATY “OTHER” TOP RANK SHOW HAD MORE SPARKS
Before we get to the Forum card, Bob Arum promoted in both Inglewood and Fresno, CA aka “Raisin-ville USA” as the valley played host to a fight card involving the aforementioned undefeated (22-0, 16 KOs) Andy Ruiz Jr. When I tell people I think he’s the best “junior” in the heavyweight division they take it wrong. By “junior” I mean he has yet to be promoted to the “Senior” class of the heavyweight weight class.
“WELL ROUNDED” RUIZ LESS ROUNDED!
At one point and time, Andy looked like an obese guy risking a heart attack boxing at 290+ lbs. and all the while winning. With the prodding of Arum, et al to lose weight, he was 260 lbs. Saturday night in a TKO 2 over Manuel Quezada (22-9, 8 KOs). That being said, a trimmer Ruiz, who will never resemble Evander Holyfield, again flashed extremely fast hands, good footwork and punching power.
RIGHT OPPONENTS AT RIGHT TIME READ MORE…
May 18th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
LARRY MERCHANT HAPPY ‘BOUT RECENT BOXING
San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez spends time with former HBO Godfather Larry Merchant. Larry goes down the list from heavyweights Stiverne-Wilder-Klitschko and is “Unplugged” as we went from subject to subject. Interesting listening…always.
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May 15th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
HALL OF FAME REFEREE A “GO TO” GUY
NOT TO MANY PLACES DENKIN HASN’T BEEN
Boxing referee and now judge Denkin has been to just about every country in the world that has boxing as either a referee, judge, or some instances a promoter. The lead official on a 1994 card promoted by Harold Smith in Macau, this before it became “Las Vegas on Steroids,” Denkin had the task of trying to keep everything calm seeing the Police had whisked away promoter Smith from the 5 star Oriental Mandarin hotel because of a riot that broke out at the fight arena.
MARTY HAS “ANOINTED” PROTEGES
There were other times when Denkin would reach out, but he tutored Jack Reiss, the ex-Fireman and now full time referee who got caught in an exchange between World 168 lb. champ Andre Ward and Edwin Rodriguez, he also did both Bermane Stiverne-Chris Arreola fights, the last Saturday. In the Ward-Rodriguez skirmish, Reiss, for the first time I ever witnessed, gave himself a Standing 8 Count of sorts after getting clipped by a punch.
RUSSELL AN “UPPER ECHELON” OFFICIAL
Denkin also mentored Pat Russell, the ex-DA Investigator from San Diego. Russell, I can first recall doing the debut of HBO Boxing After Dark main event in Summer 1996 at the L.A. Forum when Marco Antonio Barrera and Kennedy McKinney put on a thriller that was eventually won by Barrera. As far their personal health, if I had fighters, I’d feel safe putting my guy in with any of these three aforementioned referees.
MARTY CAN BE A HAM FOR THE CAMERAS! READ MORE…
May 10th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING ON ESPN “ENTERTAINING”
TRIMMER WASN’T ENOUGH FIR MEXICAN-AMERICAN
Arreola came out and outworked Stiverne in rounds two, three, four and five. Operating behind a left jab, occasional hook and right hand, the fight was 4-1 Arreola entering round six. Looking a little “gassed” at the end of the fifth, Arreolla was winning. But his lack of head movement, keeping it in the
“zone” (the middle) as the now 24-1 Haitian could punch and hit Chris with his eyes closed, wasn’t beneficial.
ROUND SIX WAS ALL SHE WROTE!
That was what happened as Bermane (Ber-man) caught Arreola with a right hand as the Mexican-American was trying to force the fight and that was a “wrap” per se. Referee Jack Reiss allowed Arreola to continue, but he get dropped by “punches in bunches” again. Looking deep into Arreola’s eyes, referee Reiss let the fight go but when he realized Arreola was a “dead man walking,” stopped the fight. It wasn’t the prettiest stop ever made, but it was a correct move by the Southern California official.
DON KING IS BACK! READ MORE…
May 7th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
DE LA HOYA: “I’M FIGHTING FOR MY LIFE”
OSCAR VS SCHAEFER WILL BE “ORGY FOR LAWYERS”
This is likely going to involve a huge lawsuit, one filed by De La Hoya sans any fear of what Schaefer may have on him over the years. There was the alleged Sexual Assault of an American teen in Mexico settled with cash. You don’t remember that? Oh, I guess that’s another story that establishment writers ran with not! Before I go on, the capper was Oscar’s defense. “I’ve had sex with around 250 women (hope he wears raincoats) and I don’t even remember her.” Not exactly a blanket denial.
SHAEFER TO SHACK UP WITH “BIG AL?” READ MORE…
May 5th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
DIDN’T FEEL $70 PPV BUZZ?….YOU’RE NOT ALONE!
San Francisco, CA- Pedro Fernandez, host of the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide talks about Floyd Mayweather’s close victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday. This edition of the Sunday boxing hour starts at 11 AM PT. Hour at 12 PM PT two is all MMA. Special guest is platinum recording artist and former Tower of Power lead singer Lenny Williams .
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April 27th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
NON TITLE BOUT BECOMES A WAR ON SHOWTIME
Las Vegas, NV-Three heavy favorites fought on Showtime championship boxing on Saturday, but the only fight that truly delivered was the back and forth savagery that was John Molina (27-4, 22 KOs) versus Lucas “La Machina” Matthysse(35-3, 33 KOs). Matthysse came back from adversity to stop Molina in round 11. The participants traded 5 knockdowns in the all-out grudge match. “La Machina”(The machine) looked anything but that in the early going, as the normally slow starter, was hurt in the first and went down twice in the first six rounds. Those set backs as well as a clash of heads that put a cut over his eye created a sense of urgency. Matthysse responded well in the later rounds with a brutal assault against an extremely game challenge from the power punching Molina. Listed as high as an 11-1 underdog, he didn’t fight the way the odds suggested. Considering Matthysse was coming back after a loss in a 140lb title bid against Danny Garcia, it was important to look impressive here. Surely this wasn’t the script he and the oddsmakers had in mind, however the fans sure were happy with the way the bout played out. It was end of your seat action from the opening bell until the last knockdown of Molina in round 11.
ARMY VS NAVY:COLLEGE BOXING IS SECOND BEST CARD OF WEEKEND
Saturday afternoon broadcasting on CBS Sports Network, Army faced off against Navy in a team competition format. Seven total bouts were featured, ranging from 156lbs to heavyweight. It was nonstop action from a competitive group of amateurs representing Westpoint and the Naval academy. Army won 4 of the seven fights, giving their team the victory. It is interesting why USA boxing, who was involved in this particular event, can’t get top level US amateur boxing on television. This event, even with the limited level of the competitors was an extremely entertaining affair. The 2013 Army-Navy classic was a replay that first aired December 13th 2013.
KLITSCHKO AND THURMAN WIN BIG
In a total mismatch WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) bludgeoned an overmatched challenger in Alex Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KOs). Saying that the Samoan Leopai was limited was an understatement. Wladimir landed almost 150 punches to only 10 for the Samoan who failed to even attempt any resemblance of an attack. READ MORE…
April 17th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
MANNY PACQUIAO HAS DECISIONS TO MAKE
BRADLEY LEFT TOOLS AT HOME
Tim Bradley was not a betting favorite but appeared determined and motivated enough to earn an undisputed victory over his rival. Although it was the right attitude, his methods proved to be flawed as he burnt himself out early looking to land a knockout punch, which is not something Bradley is known for. A better game plan would have been centered around boxing and out landing Manny, as Tim has the better defense and could have avoided additional punishment by playing it smart.
PACQUIAO BACK NEAR TOP OF ‘POUND FOR POUND’ LIST?
Some are speculating that Manny has now placed himself near the top of the ‘pound for pound’ lists. The Bradley win coupled with Andre Ward and Sergio Marinez’ inactivity, could conceivably place Manny at a top three to five slot in the minds of some. But given Martinez vs Miguel Cotto in June, the landscape could easily shift again shortly. For now, Manny can at the very least benefit from the perception that he’s still viable against the best in the division.
NOTHING BUT RERUNS & MARKS IN TOP RANK CLOSET READ MORE…
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
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