Oy Vay are you going to hear it today… RSR Readers if I were to tell you where I have been, I would have to kill you! How many times have you heard that corny line in your lifetime? Well, “Ole Packy” was down hard and they thought he may not make it, but I showed them all and kicked what I had right in the bagels, with the help of my beloved Sadie, my little Bagel Breaker to the 3rd power. I saw the light. When I asked the Doc, to turn that sonofbitch off, I’m not going yet, he fell on the floor! So much has happened since my last column, so let’s get right into it folks.
Packy’s World: Muhammad Ali, Fernando Vargas, James Caan, My Pal Al, & The Chutzpah Award Posthumously Goes to Muhammad Ali
A great human being passed away last Friday. To call him simply a great prizefighter under values the man’s contribution to this world. This man of course is Muhammad Ali “The Greatest”. He is the only man ever to have won the heavyweight crown three times. That is THE heavyweight crown, not A heavyweight crown. His style was as electric as his smile, his punches as fast and sharp as his words. His accomplishments in the ring have been well documented, and are known to all who grew up in that era, or even have a passing interest in boxing history. The only man whose heavyweight resume could possibly rival Ali is the great Joe Louis, it is a fine distinction for either man to be mentioned alongside one another. Muhammad Ali the boxer, as amazing as he was, was no comparison to Muhammad Ali the man.
An era is coming to an end, and most boxing fans don’t even realize it. The latest retirement of Floyd Mayweather, JR., this past November’s defeat of long reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and last November’s pummeling of Bernard Hopkins by Sergey Kovalev are certainly nails in the coffin of this long reigning era. The era of which I speak is the defensive era of the 2000s.
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Street Fighter, MMA & Boxer Kimbo Slice has died at the age of 42 of an apparent heart attack. Kevin Ferguson was his real name. Reports said efforts were made to revive him, but to no avail.
Ringside Report passes on our condolences to the Ferguson family in their time of grief.
Francisco Vargas came into this fight with a 23-1, 17 KO’s record and the fighter with less experience coming up against a seasoned Orlando Salido, 43-12-3, 30 KO’s with 5 losses by KO and coming off a brawl of a draw against Roman Martinez, with some saying Salido should have been awarded the win in that fight.
First round, not much of a feeling out process between the two with both fighters comfortable throwing punches at will right from the bell. It only took 2:30 of the first round for both fighters to get heated up and to commence with the all out battle that proved to be much like two brick walls throwing punches. Each taking every blow the other threw with what looked to be granite chins!
Oscar De La Hoya EXPLODES in Anger at Bob Arum Over Canelo “Catchweight” Alvarez Vs Gennady “GGG” Golovkin Match Being Made!
Oscar De La Hoya who is protecting his Golden Goose Canelo “Catchweight” Alvarez like a squirrel does his nuts, has made headlines once again. Read HERE.
A friend recently asked the question, “Why won’t the top guys fight each other?” It sent me into a tailspin. Listen… I miss the boxing scene of the 1980’s like a soldier on Active Duty in a foreign land misses his mom’s freshly baked apple pie. Let me break it down for anyone who wasn’t there.
In the seven year stretch covering 1980-1987 between welterweight and middleweight, Boxing Hall Of Famers Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran all fought each other! Add one more year – 1979 – and throw Wilfred Benitez into the mix and you’ll see he fought Leonard, Hearns, Duran, and was actively pursuing a shot at Hagler before losing an eliminator to the Syrian iron man Mustafa Hamsho in 1983.
In a night full of surprises, the UFC pulled the biggest easter egg promo ever.During pay-per-view broadcast, the UFC showed it’s promo for UFC 200 where all fighters in the card such as Miesha Tate, Frankie Edgar and Jon Jones appeared to hype up the UFC’s premiere card of the year.What surprised the people watching was a familiar voice shouting:
Muhammad Ali Tribute: Champion, Humanitarian and Flawed at Times – RSR Video Email Bag Show (Special Edition)
There’s a new force to be reckoned with in the light heavyweight division. In this main event held at the Bell Centre in Montreal last night, Artur Beterbiev squared off against Argentinian super middleweight Ezequiel Maderna. Beterbiev is an exciting and aggressive young fighter, having recorded nine spectacular wins before this night, and has looked like a vicious attack artist in every one. He was coming off a year long layoff due to a shoulder injury and looking to resume his ascent to the top of the light heavyweight division.
Friday night inside the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions brought fight fans a night of action as two Southern California fan favorites, Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada and Santa Ana’s Ronny Rios took to the ring for their LA Fight Club debut.
In the main event Ronny Rios, 25-1, 10 KO’s took on another Southern California local Efrain Esquivias, 17-4-1, 10 KO’s in an action packed 10 round Featherweight showdown. Rios came in the ring with a vengeance, knocking Esquivias down in the first round with his powerful punches. The Belasco was a full house tonight chanting “Ronny” throughout his entire bout as they watched Rios take down Esquivias in the second round by technical knockout.
Former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey’s anticipated return will have to wait a little longer. In an interview with ESPN, UFC President Dana White was asked of the possible timetable of Rousey’s eventual return:
Rances Barthelemy, 24-0, 13 KO’s, has been moving around in weight classes for his last five fights. From super featherweight, to super lightweight to lightweight with 3 Unanimous decisions and a TKO 2 win.
Mickey Bey, coming into the fight 22-1-1, 10 KO’s, with the 1 loss coming by way of TKO coming in the 10th round of a fight most would say he was winning against John Molina, JR., who is a solid puncher with a 20 KO record. In that fight, Bey, leaving his guard down more than once in the round, let his right glove drop just enough for a solid left cross from Molina that rocked him giving Molina the chance to take advantage and get the TKO. One tough loss for Bey!
Muhammad Ali passed away yesterday at the age of 74. On behalf of the entire team at RSR, we pass on our deepest condolences to the Ali Family in their time of grief. Full tribute to come on RSR.
Since it appears Canelo “Catchweight” Alvarez will not fight Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at any weight, there is now talk he is moving up to the Super Middleweight Division. Read HERE.
Current recognized Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury has his fair share of critics and detractors. Yes, he has a personality that is off-putting to some and has a mouth to suit his super HW frame. Admittedly, I was among those who were skeptical and was not sure about whether he was the real deal, or just another overgrown, underskilled pretender.
By Donald “Braveheart” Stewart
Start the legal papers RIGHT now. Forget the Hague and any international conventions but remember this. Of the 84 countries out of 88 who make up the nonsense that is AIBA, they should be named, shamed and we should be ready to prosecute.
The idea that an amateur who has been honing his or her trade over 3 rounds by 3 minute combat in each can face a battle hardened and scarred professional who has had nearly 40 or 50 or 60 contests with a number of bruising rounds is absurd. We know what happens when boxers are mismatched. It’s not just carnage; it could be fatal.
“Bad” Brad Berkwitt Returns June 11th as the Ring Announcer for Another Team Rouse Kickboxing Fight Card in Dewey Oklahoma
“Bad” Brad Berkwitt is back once again, as the ring announcer for Team Rouse Kickboxing/boxing card put on by promoter Randy Rouse, in Dewey Oklahoma, at the Washington County Fairgrounds on June 11th. Both Randy and “Bad” Brad got some nice ink in the Owasso Reporter. Read Here.
Whatchagonnado: Plain & Simple… Floyd Mayweather, JR is Embarrassing Boxing by Even Discussing the Name Conor McGregor as a Possible Opponent!
I don’t know about you but I have no interest in the Floyd “Money” Mayweather, JR. Vs “The Malodorous” Conor McGregor fight no matter how many times a day it shows up on my newsfeed. Promote the hell out of it all you want and it won’t make a shred of difference to pure boxing fans like myself.
Michael Bisping had been waiting for this opportunity for 10 years and now he has a chance to prove himself in the octagon. The road to contendership wasn’t easy for Michael Bisping, who was always a perennial middleweight for the most part of his career. He debuted in the UFC in 2006 and still competing 10 years later, for the first part he was a light heavyweight with good wins, after a split decision loss to future champion Rashad Evans, Bisping realized he was too small for light heavyweight and decided to try his luck in the middleweight division where he has remained a top-10 fighter for a good 7 years.
Southern California fight fans will be in for a treat Friday night as Golden Boy Promotions kicks off the summer with a big fight weekend as local fan favorites Ronny Rios, and female fighter Seniesa “Super Bad” Estrada, make their LA Fight Club debut. Ronny will be back in the ring for first time since defeating Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez on the Cotto vs. Canelo undercard last November. The 126-pound contender, Rios, 25-1, 10 KO’s will be taking on tough Mexican, and So. Cal native, Efrain Esquivias, 17-4-1, 10 KO’s. Esquivias is best known for his big knockout win of former Champion Rafael Marquez, and sending Marquez into retirement.
The Greatest of all time Muhammad Ali was hospitalized earlier today as first reported by Lawrence Smith of WDRB-TV in Louisville for a respiratory issue. Inside sources say Ali is in fair condition and should be released soon.
Ringside Report will continue to follow this story and hope for a speedy recovery for the Champ!
I was there! History was made and for a nation of around 6 Million people who have a diaspora the length of the world… Scotland provided its first – YUP FIRST – ever 3 weight world champion!!! Ricky Burns!
The fight itself was a little fire cracker. Burns, 40-5-1, 14 KO’s, stopped Michelle Di Rocco, 40-2-1, 18 KO’s, after 8 rounds of punishment from the wee guy with the big heart. This was Burns at his best. Better than I have seen him for years and despite all the trouble with which he has battled the smile on Burns face was wider than the river that spawned the city.
Brazil’s contribution in the forefront of MMA cannot be denied, MMA’s roots can be traced to the “vale tudo” (anything goes) events held in brazil where fighters compete with little to no rules, it is widely considered to be MMA’s precursor. UFC’s co-founder was also a Brazilian named Rorion Gracie who was the first born son of Brazilian Jiujitsu Master Helio Gracie and nephew to Helio’s older brother Carlos Gracie, both of whom developed Brazilian Jiujitsu (or Gracie Jiujitsu). Rorion Gracie was also the older brother of first UFC tournament champion Royce Gracie.