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LISTEN RING TALK & “PACO” VALCARCEL

October 20th, 2014 By RingTalk

CLASSY WBO PRESIDENT FRANCISCO “PACO” VALCARCEL

WBO President Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez went to Puerto Rico and WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. Paco talked of the results of a panel of judges he put together to look at the decision of a recent WBO 168 lb. fight won by Arthur Abraham, reiterated the need for Instant Replay and the WBO Congress next week in Las Vegas honoring Oscar De La Hoya and Joe Calzaghe.

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RING TALK WITH ALI #1 GUY GENE KILROY

October 12th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

MUHAMMAD ALI “RIGHT HAND” GENE KILROY

Ali & Gene Kilroy

Ali & Gene Kilroy


San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez, talked with Muhammad Ali’s “go to” guy back in the day Gene Kilroy about the new Ali documentary coming to a theater near you. We opened up with Ali-Larry Holmes, the fight of 34 years ago this month with some insight unknown to most.

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FELIX VERDEJO NEXT PUERTO RICAN KING?

October 10th, 2014 By Jason B. Nava

PROSPECT HAS PEOPLE TALKING

San Francisco, CA- Lightweight Felix Verdejo is being groomed as boxing’s next Puerto Rican superstar and the call is no short order. Puerto Rican fight fans have long been some of the most passionate on the planet and with good reason.

KINGS FROM THE LAND OF BORICUA

From the careers of World champions Carlos Ortiz (135 lbs.) and Jose Torres (175) in the 60s, to the multi-division reigns of the Wilfreds (Benitez and Gomez) in the 70s and 80s, to Felix Trinidad’s gargantuan-like run at 147, 154, this before losing to then 160 lb. king Bernard Hopkins.

AND THEM CAME THE MAN NAMED COTTO!

Most recently the island country is basking in the outstanding career of linear World champ Miguel Cotto,

Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto

who carved out a reputation for his willingness to step in the ring with anyone. The picture is clear, historically Puerto Rico has birthed some of the best and most exciting fighters. Verdejo has a great cloud of witnesses who have paved the way for his career.

JUAN MA “CRASHED & BURNED”

But these are no easy shoes to fill. Just ask Juan Manuel Lopez who was himself being billed as the next face of Puerto Rican boxing before twice being starched by Orlando Salido (in addition to two other men including Mikey Garcia). Simply put at just 31 years old Juan Ma is already a shot fighter. With Miguel Cotto’s career coming to a close, now is the perfect time for Verdejo to begin establishing himself as the one to carry the torch for his nation.

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DIVERSE MONDAY BOXING NOTES

September 28th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

SCORING WAY TOO WIDE IN ABRAHAM-SMITH

Story Of Breasts Below

Story Of Breasts Below


San Francisco, CA- Although more folks thought Paul Smith beat Arthur Abraham Saturday in Deutschland than the other way around, the scores were off in this WBO 168 lb. affair. Spain’s Fernando Laguna gave Smith just one round and a 119-109 score. Hungarian Zoltan Enyedi and American Waleska Roldan saw it 117-111 for AA. Scoring boxing is not difficult except when a big fight involving one of the principals. Think Oscar De La Hoya-Felix Sturm. Speaking of Sturm, AA is set to dance with the winner of Sturm-Robert Steiglitz.

YOU THOUGHT BOXING REALITY SHOWS WERE REAL!

The advent and proliferation of quasi-reality shows like the 24-7 HBO series and the All Access production of cable counterpart Showtime have led some of you to think the show’s were spontaneous. Floyd Mayweather said this week that his shows are for the most part staged. In other words, nothing’s real except you really being fooled!

FEEL LIKE A PPS (PAY PER SCREW) VICTIM?

1. Floyd promises you an exciting fight ending in knockout. 2. Runs like Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis the entire final round against B+ rated Marcos Maidana. 3. Afterwards says he could have stopped MM and didn’t. 4. Are you feeling “worked” yet? You, the PPV customer adding to the Mayweather wealth by continuing to believe his lying ass time and again. We must invoke the “FLOYDCOTT”.

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RING TALK BOXING & BOB SPAGNOLA

September 28th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

MANAGER OF MANY CHAMPS “PULLS NO PUNCHES”

Austin Trout & Bob Spagnola

Austin Trout & Bob Spagnola

San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez had the opinionated manager of champions Bob Spagnola and his “No Holds Barred” look at the fight game.

RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs on Saturday and Sunday at 11 AM PT LIVE. To listen to this particular program with Bob Spagnola, George Foreman & Hector Camacho click on the black arrow in the gray box above to hit the play button.

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GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX MOVIE & BOOK

September 23rd, 2014 By Jason B. Nava

LINEAR WORLD CHAMPION HAS UNIQUE STORY

World Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux

World Champion Guillermo Rigondeaux


San Francisco, CA- Despite the accolades, unbeaten WBO and linear World 122 lb. champion Guillermo Rigondeaux has failed to connect with the American audience. There are boxing purists that love him and hate him. The bottom line is the two-time Olympic champion isn’t exactly the casual, bloodthirsty fan’s cup of tea.

RIGO FIRST DEFECTION NOT SO GOOD!

However, one can not deny the fascination of his story outside of the ring. Born and raised in communist Cuba, where he is viewed as a living legend, Rigondeaux attempted to defect in 2007 in Brazil but was taken into custody and sent back to Cuba after being abandoned by sponsors and running up a huge hotel bill.

SHUNNED UPON RETURN TO CUBA

Upon his return he was labeled a traitor by Fidel Castro, prohibited from participating in the sport he excelled at was considered an outcast in his own homeland. Left with few alternatives, Rigondeaux defected again in 2009, this time successfully. He turned professional a few months later in search of the American Dream only to find that quest to be an evasive one.

AUTHOR BLOWN AWAY BY RIGONDEAUX READ MORE…

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BOXING NOTES HAVE FLOYD IN REAR VIEW

September 21st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

FORGET FLOYD, JUST REMOVE HIM FROM THOUGHTS

Gennady Golovkin "Body & Fender" Work

Gennady Golovkin “Body & Fender” Work


San Francisco, CA- There was no need to get “nasty” over my appraisal of Floyd Mayweather through 47 professional outings. The Mayweather posse was rabid in responding to my feelings that Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran and Ray Leonard, all super champions of the 80’s, would have licked Floyd like a postage stamp.

GOLOVKIN TO “RUB OUT” RUBIO ON HBO

So with another Mayweather “outing” in the rear view mirror, there is time to look at the other fighters from whom Mayweather’s taking press from. WBA middleweight (160 lb.) champ Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) faces Marco Antonio Rubio (59=6-1, 51 KOs) October 18 on HBO from Carson, CA. The old Don King adage applies here. “His (Rubio’s) chances are slim and none and slim just left town.” The big fight at 160 in 2015 will be GGG vs. the winner of the PPV gold mine that is the Miguel Cotto-Canelo Alvarez WBC & Ring Magazine middleweight title tiff.

“FILIPINO FLASH” IN WBA BOUT AT 126 UNDER GGG

Multi-division champion Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) duels Nicholas Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) of Jamaica is the main support and the HBO co-feature. Last time out in May in Macau, Walters destroyed what was left of Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs). Donaire was wisely steered away from a Guillermo Rigondeaux rematch at 122

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TIRED OF MAYWEATHER SCREWING FANS

September 16th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

YOU ALL BITCH ABOUT FLOYD AFTER

Stop The Bullshit With Floydcott

Stop The Bullshit With Floydcott


San Francisco, CA- Having been around since the days of the Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) championship coronation, I’m going to tell you that this is likely to offend Floyd Mayweather and his groupies.

FLOYD HAS “PIMPED” YOU FANS OFF!

That being said, why is Floyd worth throwing down $70 bucks to watch? Time and again he keeps conning you by promising Marvin Hagler-Tommy Hearns-like excitement in soundbites pre-fight. The lead up is great, it’s after that first bell rings that any pugilistic erection you had goes limp.

LARRY MERCHANT SKIPPED THE CARD

After a couple of rounds, the writing was on the wall and referee Kenny Bayless wasn’t going to let Marcos Maidana fight inside. Tony Weeks reffed the first encounter and allowed them to fight in close.

REFEREE SPLIT THEM TOO FAST

All props to Bayless, but his being so quick to break was predicted prior by both manager Bob Spagnola and TV legend Larry Merchant.

FLOYD LIKE GIRL WHO TEASES SEX READ MORE…

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WBO KING WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO DEFENDS

August 20th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

WBO CHAMP IN TITLE FIGHT # 18

Wladimir Klitschko Not In Lennox Lewis' Shadow

Wladimir Klitschko Not In Lennox Lewis’ Shadow


San Francisco, CA- Gennady Golovkin, Sergey Kovalev, Wladimir Klitschko, after a century of the Sweet Science being controlled by American fighters, boxing is now a global phenomenon.

WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION

Let’s take a look at World & WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs). Having been in the heavyweight mix since winning a Gold medal in 1996, the Wladimir of 2014 is not the same fighter that lost to Lamon Brewster, Ross Purity and the late Corrie Sanders.

TRUTH AFTER LOSING WAS LEARNING

No, since April 2004 Wladimir has shut everybody down and his critics up. And while he’s 38, Wlad has never ever taken a beating. In the 1998 Puritty fight, Klitschko simply ran out of gas after swinging for the fences for 11 rounds.

RIGHT HOOKS FAR MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE LEFT! READ MORE…

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WAS RUSLAN PROVODNIKOV SIMPLY OVERRATED?

June 16th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

ONE DIMENSIONAL RUSLAN EXPOSED SOMEWHAT

Rocky's Claim To Fame Losing to Bradley

Rocky Losing to Bradley


San Francisco, CA- For the second week in a row, one of the “thought to be” best boxers in the world was dethroned as Ruslan Provodnikov dropped a split decision and the WBO 140 lb. trinket to upstart Chris Algieri. Now while we must give props to Long Island’s Algieri, unbeaten now in 20 contests with 8 KOs, but truth be told were we giving Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) too much credit?

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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HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBERTO DURAN “GREATEST” EVER!

June 16th, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

BIRTHDAY BOY BELONGS ON BOXING’S MT. RUSHMORE

Roberto Duran "Prime" July 1980

Roberto Duran “Prime” July 1980

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…

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MUHAMMAD ALI, MALAYSIA FLIGHT 370, AIR CHINA

June 3rd, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

HAVE OVER 30 STAMPS IN PASSPORT(S)

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali


San Francisco, CA- Having flown a vast number of foreign airlines in many jaunts around the globe, no airline will ever rank lower than Air China which is the official Chinese airline. The reason why I am bringing this up is that the missing Malaysian Airliner, a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 simply vanishes from the sky sans even a clue with a planeload of mainly Chinese nationals as the government in Malaysia is not playing dumb, they are dumb.

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…

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STEVENSON: A MARKSMAN AND A MARKED MAN

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).

Stevenson KO's Dawson

Stevenson KO’s Dawson

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…

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WBO HONORS WILFREDO “BAZOOKA” GOMEZ

May 21st, 2014 By RingTalk

GOMEZ NEVER LOST AT “PRIME” WEIGHT

Wilfredo Gomez Cracks Lupe Pintor (1982)

Wilfredo Gomez Cracks Lupe Pintor (1982)


San Juan, Puerto Rico- The World Boxing Organization (WBO) honored today former three time world champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame member Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez on the 37th anniversary of Wilfredo winning his first the first world title at 122 lbs.

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…

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ANDY RUIZ, JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ, MANNY PACQUIAO BOXING NOTES

May 21st, 2014 By Pedro Fernandez

“CHUBBY” RUIZ MORE EXCITING THAN MARQUEZ-ALVARADO
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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.

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