Somewhere high above, John Facenda must be smiling. His baritone voice would have been perfect for this defensive slugfest played in sub-zero temperatures. The Vikings led 9-0 after three quarters of play. However, in the fourth quarter, Russell Wilson led Seattle on a 7 play, 80 yard drive, including an otherworldly 35 yard completion to Tyler Lockett. A Wilson to Doug Baldwin 3 yard touchdown connection narrowed the Vikings lead to 9-7. On the ensuing possession, Adrian Peterson fumbled, which set up a Steven Hauschka 46 yard field goal giving the Seahawks a 10-9 lead. The next several minutes were a stalemate before the Vikings took over at their own 39 with 1:42 remaining.
Look my wrestling flock, if “BRJ” says it, it’s so. My slanging and banging “Brother in Speedos” Triple H, showed what his heart is made of when he spoke at the memorial service of Heavy Metal Legend Ian Fraser “Lemmy Kilmister” former front man for Motorhead who passed away last week. Many will recall that Triple H used both “The Game” & “King Of Kings” for his entrance themes to the ring.
Is Guillermo Rigondeaux FINALLY Catching a Break? Scott Quigg – Carl Frampton Winner Must Face Him – Breaking Boxing News
On January 7, the WBA Championships Committee issued a Resolution titled Clarification of the super bantamweight division, which concerns the status of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Scott Quigg, and Carl Frampton. Rigondeaux was designated “champion in recess” after managerial/promotional disputes kept him from defending his title. According to WBA President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, “Rigondeaux shall come out of recess and face the winner of the February 27 unification bout between WBA champion Scott Quigg and IBF champion Carl Frampton. The winner of said bout, or Quigg if the fight is ruled a draw, must fight Rigondeaux on or before July 27, 2016.”
Behind The Lens on The “Bad” Brad Berkwitt Show with Guest Amateur MMA/Kickboxer Ron “Grolar Bear” Beasley
Many people limit themselves. If it isn’t something that appeals to their personal tastes or isn’t a direct interest of theirs, they often ignore a particular subject or viewpoint. And while we all have the right to choose what appeals to us, true growth occurs when we step out of those self-exposed confinements.
If there was one interview that I wish that every person wishing to grow would watch, it is the interview that “Bad” Brad recently had with Ron Beasley. Ron’s experiences are, in my opinion, a good learning for everyone, regardless of what stage of life we find ourselves in.
Beasley was an all-state football player with a very promising career ahead of him. He very candidly revealed that his lack of focus lead to a detour in this career. But, the story does not stop at a dead end. Ron joined the US Army, adjusted his focus, and readjusted his goals. After his stint in the Army, he found himself in the world of amateur MMA & Kickboxing, and worked hard to get himself in good fighting shape so as to attain the success that he desires. It hasn’t been easy.
The inside scoop is that elite middleweight (RSR #1) Gennady Golovkin, 34-0, 31 KO’s, will face one of two possible opponents, either alphabet strap holder Billy Joe Saunders, 23-0, 12 KO’s, or alphabet mandatory challenger Tureano Johnson, 19-1, 13 KO’s. Saunders is a preference of Golovkin and his team since he holds an alphabet world title belt, and Golovkin wants them all, including the lineal championship that is held by Canelo Alvarez, 46-1-1, 32 KO’s. Johnson doesn’t provide a new belt with a victory, but is a required opponent so that Golovkin can keep one of the alphabet world title belts he already owns. Which of these two will actually receive the Golovkin payday/beatdown?
On a rain soaked night, it was all there for the Cincinnati Bengals. In spite of being grossly outplayed over the first three quarters, they were still in the game trailing by a score of 15-0. The momentum shifted when Ben Roethlisberger was injured on a sack by Vontaze Burfict late in the third quarter. Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron led them to three scoring drives in the 4th quarter and Cincinnati led 16-15 with 1:50 remaining in the game. On the ensuing possession, Burfict intercepted Landry Jones and returned to the Steelers 26, seemingly sealing the game for the Bengals.
By Andrew “Drew The Picture” Hames
Much has been made of recent comments on the topic of racism in the sport by its recently retired and always controversial former P4P King, Floyd Mayweather, JR. While I believe that much of his own public perception has much more to do with his individual character, leaving him out of the remainder of this discussion in light of the focal point, would anyone honestly be surprised about this issue had it been brought up by any other fighter, commentator or boxing media? I hate to break it to the self-righteous, impartial fans of the boxing public, but racism is and always has been as commonplace in our beloved sport as corruption.
The first game of this season’s NFL playoffs was a complete rout. Kansas City’s Knife Davis returned the opening kickoff 106 yards for a touchdown and the Chiefs never looked back. Houston’s ineptitude on offense doomed them to an ugly defeat. Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer committed 5 turnovers and ended the game with an odious quarterback rating of 15.9. In spite of their offensive miscues, the Houston defense, led by J.J. Watt, performed admirably keeping them in the game in the first half. However, Kansas City drove 11 plays and 94 yards for a touchdown on their opening possession of the second half to extend the lead to 20-0, essentially putting an end to the competitive phase of this football game.
By Buddy “BRJ” Ruffin, JR.
Look my wrestling flock, if “BRJ” says it, it’s so. My “Brother in Speedo’s”, Brock Lesnar as I told many was at last night’s WWE house event in Houston Texas where he faced Sheamus taking him to Suplex City and hitting the F5 for the victory. After the bout, BL called ole “BRJ” and informed me that this is just the start of big things to come! I know that’s right my slanging and banging buddy.
“BRJ” has left the building – Ruff Ruff…
Thank you very much and welcome to the final conference call for the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® show, January 16 of this new year at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The show will begin at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on SHOWTIME. It’s a world championship, heavyweight championship doubleheader.
These are the first two heavyweight title fights in over 100 years in Brooklyn on the same night, 115 years since the last heavyweight title fight in Brooklyn. And there’ll be two on the same night on January 16 on SHOWTIME®.
The 70th annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship kicked-off last night at historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium as Central New England (Greater Lowell) preliminary-round action featured 12 exciting men’s novice class matches.
The preliminary round will conclude next Friday night (Jan. 15) at Lowell Memorial Auditorium with 10 open class matches. See complete 2016 schedule and last night’s results below.
By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña
On November 28th the boxing world witnessed what could be the end of an era, as Wladimir “Dr. SteelHammer” Klitschko entered the ring in Dusseldorf, Germany, to face Tyson Fury. Tyson shocked the world by defeating Klitschko for the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO World Heavyweight titles. As I sat back and watched the fight, I truly felt it was more of Wlad losing the fight than Tyson winning. Yes, Tyson’s footwork and size bothered Klitschko and at times, Wlad seemed very frustrated as Fury began gaining confidence while Wlad failed to make adjustments. The end result, Fury did exactly what he said he would do. He went into Germany, handled all the pressure, and walked away as the new heavyweight champion of the world. The 39 year old Wladimir left the ring suffering his first defeat in over 11 years.
According to multiple sources, a deal is near finalization for former Super Middleweight champion and current Light Heavyweight Andre Ward to solidify his standing at his new weight class by taking on unbeaten and rising contender, decorated amateur and Cuban standout Sullivan Barrera, 17-0 12 KO’s, an IBF-ranked mandatory opponent for Ward’s predicted future opponent, reigning Light Heavyweight destroyer Sergey Kovalev. The considerable risks both combatants are taking at this point of their respective careers speaks for itself.
Andre Ward is apparently close to a finalizing a deal to face undefeated Sullivan Barrera on March 26th in a fight to be televised on HBO. Barrera, with a record of 17-0, 12 KOS, is coming off a 5th round knockout victory over former champion Karo Murat in December. This will be Ward’s second fight on the comeback trail since his 19 month hiatus from the ring between November 2013 and June 2015. In spite of Barrera’s impressive undefeated record, I simply don’t think he is in Andre Ward’s class. Barrera doesn’t even rate a top 20 ranking in RSR Light Heavyweight rankings. The prediction here is an easy decision win for Andre.
After speaking with Andres Moreno from the Santa Cruz Camp today, it was revealed that current WBA Featherweight Super Champion Leo Santa Cruz will be fighting the Spaniard, Kiko Martinez 35-6-0, 26 KO’S in Los Angeles on February 20th or 27th. With Top Rank scheduled to showcase both Terence “Bud” Crawford and Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo on HBO the 27th, PBC and Al Haymon’s best bet is for the 20th. Kiko has also posted on his Twitter page that he is in training for a Fight on the 20th.
By Ian “The Boxing Historian” Murphy
Now that 2015 is behind us and the quagmire of the middleweight division has at least been partially cleared up a little, we now turn our attention to what could be the mega fight of the year: Gennady “GGG” Golovkin vs Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. With Golovkin picking up the IBF belt from David Lemieux and Alvarez taking the WBC strap from Miguel Cotto, this fight would effectively bring us one step closer to total unification of the Middleweight division, with only Danny Jacobs’ “regular” (what the hell is that?) WBA belt and Brit Billy Joe Saunders WBO title left up for grabs. Being that Alvarez is the “Ring” and “Lineal” champion (the man who beat the man), the winner of this fight would be effectively considered the Middleweight Champion of the world. The question now is: Will it even happen?
For Gennady Golovkin, the new year brings a new chapter of the same old story. For a guy whose mission statement is simply “All the belts,” things have once again gotten overly complicated. He’s already been denied a shot at the WBC championship held by Canelo Alvarez in favor of each fighter having another fight to build publicity first. Now Golovkin is taking the practical route by starting negotiations for a unification bout with recently crowned WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders.
Packy’s World: Floyd Mayweather, JR – Adrien Broner Matchup, Tony Zale, Donald Trump, My Pal Al & The Chutzpah Award Goes to Irving Schwartz
By Packy “Boom Boom” Goldstein
Oy Vay are you going to hear it today. 73 degrees here today on Key Biscayne today and loving it. Sadie is off shopping at Bal Harbor saving me so much money on sales! Oy Vay to the 3rd power! If I save anymore, I will not know what to do. Let me knock this column out because I have been wanting to discuss these topics since before the holidays.
Floyd Mayweather, JR.Vs Adrien Broner… Yes, I said their names in the same sentence. Two schmucks for the price of one fight. I actually think it would do huge PPV numbers because the crap talking between them. And honestly, it would be a better more exciting match than Floyd’s and Adrien Broner’s last ten matches combined! And here is the kicker, I am going to say if Broner really trains, he has a 40% chance of pulling off an upset here. Highly unlikely, but I think if anyone can today in boxing, he can and that includes Keith Thurman.
By Buddy “BRJ” Ruffin, JR.
Look my wrestling flock, if “BRJ” says it, it’s so! My RSR colleague, “Stacks” Saldana sent over a link about John “Short in the Speedo” Cena and his so called injury to his shoulder and surgery needed which he is supposedly having today! Could Cena be pulling a Manny Pacquiao? Who knows, but I do know this, if he makes another crap movie, I am contacting the head of the studio and dropping my famous Shtizu move on him brother.
“BRJ” has left the building – Ruff Ruff…
By Tareq “Philosopher” Almashini
The new pound for pound fighter, according to HBO and some boxing writers and boy is he making a statement out there in the boxing world. So, to become pound for pound he beat..
Well, he did fight.. um…
There was that one guy, what’s his name?
Wait a minute, who did Terence Crawford beat again to be the “pound for pound”?
I guess I must have missed it.
NFL fans our favorite time of the year has arrived. It’s playoff time! Over the next month, the NFL’s 12 best teams will vie in a single elimination tournament for the right to be called Super Bowl Champions. The games start this Saturday and Sunday with the Wild Card Round. Here are my picks for this weekend’s matchups.
WBA interin super middleweight champion Vincent Feigenbutz (21-1, 19 KOs) and his opponent Giovanni De Carolis (23-6, 11 KOs) both performed a public workout today ahead of their clash vacant WBA regular world super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Baden-Arena in Offenburg, Germany. In front of close to 800 spectators at the famous Europa-Park Amusement Centre in the town of Rust, the battling super middleweights took to the ring to give fans an indication of what they can expect from their world championship rematch.
It’s official. Undefeated superstar Terence “Bud” Crawford (27-0, 19 KOs), of Omaha, the 2014 Fighter of the Year and a two-division world champion, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight world title against Top-10 contender Lundy (26-5-1, 13 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA, on Saturday, February 27 at The Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Many great things in life have come in threes, ranging anywhere from the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, to, the multi-faceted embodiment of ice, water and steam, to Jack Tripper’s lifestyle in “Three’s Company”, etc. Then again, death is also said to come in threes, and both the sport of baseball and the judicial system alike have employed the “three-strike rule”. So go figure.