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.
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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.
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January 22nd, 2014 By Kevin Perry
Las Vegas, NV- Seeing Manny Pacquiao beat Brandon Rios with ease in November, all the while looking better than he has in years, the same question arises. When will he face Floyd Mayweather? Who will win? After watching Floyd’s victory over Canelo Alvarez, although I believe he’ll be the betting favorite, I came to the conclusion that based on what I saw Floyd loses the “hypothetical” bout with Pacquiao.
NOTHING DIFFERENT FROM MAYWEATHER IN CANELO CLASH
Floyd was effective doing what he normally does. Intending no disrespect to Mayweather’s phenomenal skills, the performance was nothing all that special. He threw one and two punches at a time, some flutties, but mainly a right hand that had some snap although lacked power. Whenever he has been hit with anything resembling substance, Floyd went back looking to counter off the ropes. That he maybe staring to slip or one, I mean the guy’s been boxing since the early the first President George Bush was in office. Couple that with his back to the ropes would be a recipe for disaster against the Filipino superstar.
FLOYD NOW SHOWING SIGNS OF OLD AGE! READ MORE…
January 22nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- A multitude of promotional entities lay claim to have been the first to bring boxing to the Peoples Republic of China. While I’ve heard an Asian-American promoter of no consequence conjure up this falsehood and others. Truth be told in 1993 promoter Harold Smith made me a part of a three-man TV team with Hugh Malay and Arnie Rosenthal that televised the Leonzer Barber-Mike Sedillo WBO 168 lb. title bout in Beijing. Dubbed the “The Brawl At The Wall,” this was the first boxing event since the takeover Mao Tse Tung and the Communists in 1949 and Muhammad Ali was in the arena. So was Bob Arum with whom Smith was tight.
THREE TRIPS TO CHINA READ MORE…
January 21st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Anytime you think of some of the so called “special” fights that occurred in the 20th century, Roberto Duran-Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier, Ali-Foreman, Joe Louis-Max Schmeling, these were all fights by desired by the public. Archie Moore, “The Old Mongoose” did not get a light heavyweight (175 lb.) title shot until he wrote and lobbied every major sports writer in the country and they could deny him no more.
WRITERS/FANS NEED STAND UP TO FLOYD
With the Internet having taken over the role of the primary providers of News in the United and the world as well, it’s not like the days when Dick Young was the Big Apple scribe, Nat Fleisher of Ring, Jack Fiske on the west coast, Larry Merchant in Philadelphia, these and tens of others got personal hand written pleas from Archie Moore. The “heat” applied by Hall of Fame writer Fiske and company pushed the National Boxing Assn. to bill Archie Moore-Yvon Durelle for the vacant title in 1958 with Moore now 42 years old with a record of 173-21-9, . He retired at 185-24-10 131 KOs in 1963.
FLOYD DOESN’T CARE ABOUT PRESS OR FANS!
Floyd Mayweather is a talented boxer, some think he’s the best of all time. I’m not of that ilk. While I admire his abilities as a boxer, the money he has made is even more impressive considering he has yet to beat a Roberto Duran, Ray Leonard, Muhammad Ali or Joe Louis level of fighter. Facing Miguel Cotto and going 12 with the Puerto Rican after he was “lit up” like the White House Christmas Tree by Manny Pacquiao, this is the causation for Mayweather and \his 101 excuses NOT to fight Manny Pacquiao.
BRADLEY FIGHT COULD BE SHAKY FOR PACQUIAO READ MORE…
January 20th, 2014 By Kevin Perry
MIKEY GARCIA A GOOD FIGHTER, BUT DESTINED FOR GREATNESS?
Las Vegas, NV-WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) of Oxnard, CA appears to have “the goods” on the surface. He’s got decent speed, is a good puncher and has excellent technique. He also comes from a boxing family as his trainer and brother Robert Garcia is also a former world champion. Robert, a very good fighter himself did have a flaw and that was his chin! I am of the opinion that the perception that he’s headed for greatness is far too premature.Unless you have a good chin you just won’t make for a long time at the elite level unless you possess unnatural gifts in the defense department. In my view this comes down to much more than skill. It comes down to natural gifts in speed and reflexes. After watching Garcia go down in his last bout against a limited brawler in Roman Martinez (27-2-1, 16 KOs), a fighter not known for his knockout power, there is a question mark in my mind on what this kids potential is. Saturday he fights Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-2, 20 KOs), a fighter that is being overlooked. Not that Garcia is underestimating his opponent. He comes off as extremely mature beyond his years. I believe though that if Burgos can take Mikey’s punches early, this becomes an extremely interesting and competitive fight.
MIKEY HAS “LEAKS” IN PUGILISTIC HULL
In Garcia’s 126 lb. title win over Orlando Salido, while he controlled the bout from the onset and knocked Salido down four times throughout, it’s hard to forget that after an accidental headbutt appeared to break his nose in the eighth round, Garcia and his corner appeared to lobby the ringside physician to stop the bout. READ MORE…
January 13th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured Zahir Raheem who is working on a four fight winning streak since hooking up with promoter Brian Halquist, talked about breaking his hand Friday night in a ten round win televised on ESPN2. The leader of Tower of Power, my man Emilio Castillo, his boxing acumen runs deep as he had nothing but accolades for fighters from the former Soviet Union and Andre Ward as well.
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January 13th, 2014 By Jarrad Woods
DO YOU BELIEVE FLOYD MAYWEATHER NOW?
New York, NY- In a recent interview, trainer Freddie Roach essentially admitted that there was shady activity going on in the Manny Pacquiao camp which could possibly be linked to Performance Enhancing Drugs aka PED’s. In an effort to throw Pacquiao’s former and now notorious strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza under the bus, Roach claims he was suspicious about a drink Ariza gave to Pacquiao during training sessions in the past. Roach claims that Ariza would supply the drink and would refuse to give him any insight regarding what it contained. Roach claims that he was concerned due to the possibility of banned substances falling back on him.
WAR BETWEEN ROACH & ALEX ARIZA CAUSE FOR EXPLOSIVE CLAIM? READ MORE…
January 2nd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- Cortland Ave. is in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of the City. In the 60s, it was a hodgepodge of blacks, whites, with lots of Italians and Irish. We had a grocery store and meat market, pharmacy, the quite frequented public library where I did my initial JFK research and realized we (as a country) had been had. The playground, a variety store, dry cleaners, two taverns, bakery, St. Kevin’s Catholic Church, and then there was the Capri Theater where I spent a lot of time.
EXAMPLE OF PUG WHO FOUGHT TOO LONG!
Living here, there, and everywhere, Frankie Klick then in his late 50s circa 1965, Klick would often get so drunk that he’d be laying in a doorway. passed out. Fascinated with boxing after watching the Gillette Friday Night Fights with my dad, Klick was the worst example for anybody thinking about getting into boxing. In addition to being a boozer, Frankie was a little punch drunk.
“I BEAT KID CHOCOLATE FOR WORLD TITLE”
When Frankie was in a somewhat coherent state one day in front of the library, he told me a story I didn’t believe. “I used to be the world boxing champion. I beat ‘Kid’ Chocolate for the world title.” I saw the scar tissue over both eyes, a flattened nose, Klick was a pugilistic mess. I ran home and told my dad that I met a world champ named Frankie Klick. Dad said that Klick was more out of his mind than drunk.
UNCLE RAY TAKES ME TO THE BAR & INTRODUCES ME READ MORE…
December 30th, 2013 By Jason B. Nava
San Francisco, CA- During the past couple of months, the most persistent rumors are that Amir “King” Khan is the frontrunner to win the Cinco De Mayo weekend, Floyd Mayweather sweepstakes. Khan himself has confirmed this as has Richard Schaeffer of Golden Boy Promotions, as well as Stephen Espinoza of Showtime. This has been met with an almost universal backlash from boxing fans and media alike who dismiss the Bolton, England native as “chinny” and undeserving of a shot at the ‘pound for pound’ king.
KHAN HAS AN INCREDIBLE SKILL SET
But it says here that of all the possible opponents for Mayweather, Khan is the best option for everyone involved. We have seen Floyd neutralize more powerful and heavier handed guys plenty of times before. He would more than likely do this same thing to Marcos Maidana, who is also being discussed as a potential rival for the future hall of famer. It is time to see how Floyd fares against someone who can match his speed. The last time we saw him in with someone faster than him was in 2006 against Zab Judah. Zab gave him all he could handle for the first four rounds, even scoring a flash knockdown which the referee incorrectly ruled a slip. Khan is even faster than Judah and would pose some problems for Mayweather that he hasn’t seen too much recently. He’s certainly much quicker than Mayweather’s two robotic opponents this year, Saul Alvarez and Robert Guerrero who both predictably plodded forward, being easily anticipated by the laser-like, sharpshooting Maywearther.
AMIR WILL “RISK” GOING TO THE BODY
Khan also brings an underrated body attack to his arsenal, as seen in his stoppage of Judah and his near stoppage of Maidana. His speed will allow him to mix these punches up and leave Mayweather wondering where he will be attacking next.
TRIO OF SETBACKS THAT HAUNT AMIR KHAN READ MORE…
December 30th, 2013 By Pedro Fernandez
San Francisco, CA- “Ring Talk Worldwide,” the longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, featured former World heavyweight champion Larry Holmes, in addition to Joe Diaz, the Ring Talk “Man of The Decade.”
RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”
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