LISTEN NOW RING TALK: JOSHUA, WLAD, AARON SNOWELL & S.C.R.

RING TALK IS OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED

Aaron Snowell, Pedro Fernandez

Aaron Snowell, Pedro Fernandez


Sausalito, CA– “Ring Talk,” the longest running fight show in history, 33 years, heard from boxing’s Anthony Joshua, fresh off the win over Wladimir Klitschko, as well as Wlad in humble defeat. The guests in this one hour show were the trainer of champs Aaron Snowell and historian “Sin City” Richey.

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TYSON FURY NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

LONGEST WBO CHAMP IN HISTORY BEATEN BY FURY

Fury Bigger Than Klitschko

Fury Bigger Than Klitschko


San Francisco, CA– In one of the last major cards of the year, Tyson Fury (25-0) has taken the WBO and assorted title belts away from longtime World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. And while it cannot be confused with the Larry Holmes-Ken Norton fight of 1978 for intensity, like Holmes at the end of 15 rounds, one knew when the 12th round was over, Tyson Fury deserved to be the victor.

EXCUSES NOT NEEDED, YADA, YADA, YADA!

People will say being 39, the many injuries, the increased mileage on the Klitschko boxing odometer, that these all came home to roost on Wlad in one fight. That’s not the case. Wladimir Klitschko has for years gotten by because he was “the bigger” guy. The one time that is not the case and Wlad looks like an amateur who can’t pull the trigger or get proper range. The difference in size was just something Wlad had never had to face in “real time,” as physically imposing brother Vitali was never looking to behead Wlad in sparring.

FURY NOT LARRY HOLMES ON HIS FEET…BUT…

There were also cries of Fury being another Nikolai Valeuv, a lummox (I’m being kind) who at 7’1 and 300+ lbs. held a belt a decade ago. But Fury, whom I’ve interviewed on “Ring Talk,” while he’s not quite a category #4 lummox like Valeuv, nor is he Cassius Clay afoot. That being said, there was the near 6’10 Fury, an Irish born Gypsy Fury doing what he ever could to win the fight. Wladimir on the other hand found out one thing. Father Time eventually beats everybody and fighting bigger guys is NO FUN!

WEMBLEY STADIUM REMATCH IN MAY?

While there is a “rematch” clause that mandates Fury defend against Wladimir, but only should the money be right and Wlad want it. That being said, I always think guys should go out with as much pride and dignity as one can muster. Truth be told, Wladimir Klitschko is a credit to the human race. The younger of the Klitschko bros. resurrected his “drain circling” career when late trainer Emanuel Steward took him over in 2004 after his last loss to Lamon (Don’t call him Lamont) Brewster.

NEITHER KLITSCHKO EVER S*IT ON BOXING

Embarking on a 11 year unbeaten run that came to an end Saturday, Wlad has been a positive element of the not always positive fight game. In closing, we salute both Klitschko’s for their dedication to not only the game of boxing, but as classy human beings who have never brought any blight to boxing. An exceptional, if not ultra entertaining duo, historians have to give them their deserved accolades.

LATER IN THE WEEK..

We will explore Tyson Fury’s options, etc.

Pedro Fernandez

Note: Mr. Fernandez is an award-winning writer, TV commentator, radio talk show host, former San Francisco Policeman, licensed California Private Investigator and four-time Golden Gloves boxing champion, who also pens feature stories for the R & B band Tower of Power. Comments regarding this submission can be left below.

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TYSON FURY NEW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO-BRYANT JENNINGS ODDS

WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO FIGHT FROM BROOKLYN

Las Vegas, NV– Live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, WBO, WBA and IBF

Is this outcome inevitable?

Is this outcome inevitable?

Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 58 KOs) defends his crown versus huge underdog and undefeated American challenger Bryant “By-By” Jennings (19-0, 10 KOs).

ODDS

KLITSCHKO: 15-1

The 6’7, 39 year-old Klitschko has every advantage here except for age vs. Jennings who is a good athlete and decent fighter. As for the Ukrainian’s suposedly weak chin? IT won’t get tested by the inexperienced light puncher in Jennings. If Bryant was a volume guy he would have a chance, but he likes to hunt and peck from the outside and fights at a measured pace. Expect Bryant to go bye bye within 8 frames. Read more

WILL THE EUROPEANS DOMINATE BOXING?

AMERICAN BOXING REBIRTH INVOLVES EX-SOVIETS

WBA 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin

WBA 160 lb. king Gennady Golovkin


New York, NY– In recent times, notably since siblings Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko began dominating the heavyweight (200 lbs. +) division in the early 2000’s, there have also been a number of entertaining and marketable fighters coming out of Eastern Europe. Guys like cruiserweight Vassiliy Jirov, heavyweights Tomasz Adamek and Alexander Povetkin are being replaced by a new group of Eastern European fighters some of whom are becoming elite champions.

FORMER SOVIET BLOC FIGHTERS STEPPING UP

Currently there are champs of Eastern European descent at heavyweight (200 lbs +), cruiserweight (200 lbs), light heavyweight (175), super middleweight (168), middleweight (160) and featherweight (126). With the exception of interim super middleweight champ, Fedor Chudinov, all titleholders hold major belts and are household names with decent exposure on TV. Had Russia’s Ruslan Provodnikov not been upset by Chris Algieri last year, he would also be mentioned on this list at junior welterweight (140). He will possibly get another chance at a title if he can get past Lucas Mattysse next month in New York.

STARS WITH SUPERSTAR POTENTIAL

Middleweight champion, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (32-0, 29 KOs) and WBO light heavyweight (175) champion Sergey Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) are Read more

LARRY HOLMES RIPS FOREMAN, KLITSCHKO’S

HOLMES CALLS FOREMAN “SICK” IN “LARRY UNPLUGGED”

Ex-Champ Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer

Ex-Champ Larry Holmes Cracks Ray Mercer


Ring Talk (RT) – The Godfather of Easton, Pennsylvania is on the phone, we’re talking to Larry Holmes somewhere on the east coast.  How goes it Larry?
Larry Holmes (LH) – Let me make it clear I don’t own Easton, I own businesses.  I don’t want everybody calling me cause taxes keep going up. (laughing)

RT– 69-6 with 44 KOs, the heavyweight champion of the world who went 48-0 before losing to Michael Spinks.  His accomplishments are definite Hall of fame material, no question about it.  First off let’s get to some questions off the Internet.  The George Foreman fight, when Harold Smith and another guy tried to put it together in the 90’s, were you close.  How close did the fight come to reality?
LH– Very close, in fact one guy gave Foreman a million dollars and me half a million.  We took the money and signed an agreement.  But for one reason or another, the guy pulled out or George didn’t want to fight.  I wanted to fight but it never came off.  If there was ever a fight I wanted it’s that one. Read more

STAKES HEAVY IN STIVERNE-WILDER SATURDAY

AMERICAN HOPES REST ON DEONTAY WILDER

Wilder-Stiverne-King

Wilder-Stiverne-King

New York– This weekend could produce the first American born heavyweight (200 lbs+) titlehoder since Shannon Briggs, who briefly held the WBO strap in 2007. Since then all heavyweight titleholders have originated outside of US borders. But this could change with America’s Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32KOs) facing off against the current WBC champion Bermaine Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) of Canada and Haiti.

DON KING FIGHTER HAS “EXPERIENCE” EDGE

Both Wilder and Stiverne are solid fighters with similar resumes, although Stiverne who is promoted by Don King has the biggest single name on his resume in Chris Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs). Arreola, a strong contender was on a quest to become the first heavyweight champion of Mexican descent but was thhwarted inside the distance by Stiverne who made history himself becoming the first heavyweight champ of Hatian descent. This victory was further solidified when Stiverne repeated the act by defeating Arreola in the rematch via stoppage. Arreola claimed that a broken nose caused him to drop an initial decision loss to Stiverne, but Arreola was clearly outclassed the second time around.

WILDER FIGHTS DON’T LAST TOO LONG!

At 6’7, Deontay Wilder is among the tallest of the current Heavyweight challengers. His win and KO percentage is perfect, as he has won all of his fights by stoppage. Another telling stat is the fact that none of his bouts have gone past four rounds. On paper, he’s a monster and seems primed to offer a real challenge to linear champ Wladimir Klitschko, the man who holds all of the remaining major heavyweight titles. But he will only get a shot at unifying these titles if he can get past Stiverne, who should offer Wilder his toughest challenge.

CAN YANKEE IMPOSE SIZE & WILL? Read more

THE WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO ERA

Wladomr Klitschko

Wladomr Klitschko

KLITSCHKO BEING DISSED BY AMERICANS?

San Francisco, CA– Whether or not you want to admit it or not, the era of Wladimir Klitschko, albeit in it’s final stages and after a somewhat shaky start, has been a run of dominance for a decade now. That’s right, World heavyweight champion Wladimir hasn’t lost a fight since March 2004.

UNEXPECTED LOSSES MADE KLITSCHKO SEARCH FOR REMEDY

When he started his ascent to the heavyweight throne there were lots of naysayers. Wlad had a bad chin, his endurance wasn’t good, he was uncoordinated. An Olympic champ in 1996, people were saying he fought sometimes like an amateur. After three inside the distance losses, running out of gas vs. the pedestrian Ross Purity, this before being hammered by the late Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster,

EMANUEL STEWARD MADE THE DIFFERENCE

The late Kronk Gym Goldfather Emanuel Steward is the sole reason Wladmir did not end up in the scrap heap. Steward told me one day, “There’s really no reason Wladimir Klitschko should ever lose a fight.” When I talked with Hall of Fame Larry Merchant hours after the Klitschko-Pulov fight in which Wlad dropped the Bulgarian four times in five rounds, Merchant had this to say. “Look, you’re not giving him his due. When he was coming up he fought like a welterweight because he had the ability to do so. That’s why he ran out of gas, not pacing himself. After getting cracked twice, Klitschko changed his style similar to brother Vitali.”

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BOXING NOTES HAVE FLOYD IN REAR VIEW

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

SPEAKING OF DON KING Read more

G.G.G. GUY TOM LOEFFLER ON RING TALK

GOLOVKIN & KLITSCHKO PROMOTER TALKS “BIG FIGHTS”

Gennady Golovkin & Tom Loeffler

Gennady Golovkin & Tom Loeffler


San Francisco, CA– The longest running fight show in history, 29+ years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez had one of boxing’s powerbrokers in K2 Promotions Tom Loeffler. Subjects included his clients Gennady Golovkin fighting in California later this year, World heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitscho, and a lot more.

SATURDAY ONE-HOUR SHOW COMBINES BOXING & MMA!

This Saturday one-hour program starts at 11 AM PT and combines boxing and MMA. The Sunday two-hour edition of Ring Talk also starts at 11 AM PT. Hour one is boxing, hour two is all MMA.

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 Tom Loeffler click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

WBO KING WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO DEFENDS

WBO CHAMP IN TITLE FIGHT # 18

Wladimir Klitschko Not In Lennox Lewis' Shadow

Wladimir Klitschko Not In Lennox Lewis’ Shadow


San Francisco, CAGennady 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

LISTEN: RING TALK & LARRY MERCHANT 5/18/14

LARRY MERCHANT HAPPY ‘BOUT RECENT BOXING

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

Larry Merchant Drawing by Gabe McIntosh (2003)

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.

ONE HOUR BOXING & ONE HOUR MMA!

This edition of the Sunday MMA hour starts at 11 AM PT. Hour one is boxing, hour two is all MMA. The Saturday one-hour program starts at 11 AM PT and combines boxing and MMA.

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 click on the black arrow in the gray box above or hit the play button.

STIVERNE AND ARREOLA SQUARE OFF FOR WBC BELT ON ESPN SATURDAY

SIGNIFICANT HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH OVERSHADOWED

Las Vegas, NV– Tomorrow night at the Galen Center,the basketball arena at the University of Southern California, a rematch of one of the most entertaining Heavyweight fights of recent years takes place. In their first bout which took place last April, Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs)

Arreola a bloody mess

was battered, bruised, bloodied and knocked down in the 3rd round en route to a lopsided decision loss to Haitian born Bermaine Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs). Stiverne not only displayed his knockout power, but showed extremely underrated boxing ability. Arreola, a native of Riverside, CA, vows to come into this battle in tip-top condition since his biggest battle has always been with the scale.  This has been his achilles heel.   However Stiverne, coming off the biggest win of his career appears determined as well to win the title. He must be exuding in confidence considering he once again faces the Mexican American in his own backyard of Southern California, and appears unaffected.

ESPN PICKS UP SECOND HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE TILT WITHIN A MONTH!

It appears ESPN is looking to make important strides in boxing by broadcasting Wladimir Klitschko’s April 26th title defense over Alex Leapai, and now this bout on Saturday. With boxing’s main demographic in the US being Latino, the prospect of a Mexican American heavyweight champion could bring some solid ratings.

Stiverne vs Arreola

Considering Arreola is rarely in a boring contest should make for some intriguing live television. Also being that ESPN is viewed in substantially more homes than pay cable giants HBO and Showtime, this bout will give boxing some much needed exposure when you consider the significance of this fight. If Arreola can win, he becomes the first Heavyweight champion of Mexican decent. Being that the World Boxing Council(WBC) is based in Mexico, his win would be beneficial to the world of boxing. Stiverne also has an opportunity to become the first Haitian to win a world title so lot of pride is at stake.

 

CAN ARREOLA GAIN REVENGE? Read more

MATTHYSSE AND MOLINA STEAL THE SHOW ON STACKED FIGHT WEEKEND

NON TITLE BOUT BECOMES A WAR ON SHOWTIME

Lucas Matthysse

Lucas Matthysse

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

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