I could’ve had egg on my face. But I don’t. Apparently my influence in the boxing world stretches far and wide. Because now Bob Arum has announced a date for a Vasyl Lomachenko Vs Nicholas Walters fight. April 30th. And the word on the boxing junkie re-up street corner is that the weight will be 130 lbs. I’m taking all the credit for making this happen. Yeah. You read that right homie. In this column I’ve called the promoters on their BS matchmaking AND I called Bob on whether he was lying or telling the truth on this match up.
Gerry Cooney: Life Lessons For Every Age Group, The Dark Side of Boxing That is Business, President Reagan & How Amateur Boxing Changes Lives
“Wendell Newton, he’s still alive, he was a great heavyweight, he said ‘Gerry, you’re pretty good, you move pretty fast, don’t stay out too late and mess around,’ and he flipped his finger at me and said ‘Because it’s gonna go just like that.’ I looked at him and laughed, you know? And that was 41 years ago, and guess what? It did.” –Gerry Cooney
Looking back at his career, “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney does not reflect on the glory or the fame. The bright lights that shined on his career are overshadowed by the dark clouds that still linger in his memories of those days. Not to be confused with regret, what Cooney feels now is nothing but gratefulness for every opportunity he had, because he has learned and grown from all of it.
Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz, 31-0-1, 17 KO’s and Kiko “Sensacion” Martinez, 35-6, 26 KO’s went face-to face Thursday at the final press conference before their Featherweight World Title showdown on Saturday, February 27th from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Also in attendance Thursday was the WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion Julio “Pollito” Ceja, 30-1, 27 KO’s and Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz, 35-3, 31 KO’s who will enter the ring in a Super Bantamweight world title rematch.
Santa Cruz who defeated Abner Mares in a fight dubbed “Battle Los Angeles” in August of 2015 at the Staples Center is living his dream. Growing up in Compton the Santa Cruz family lived in poverty, and Leo has used boxing as an outlet to help his family escape to a better life. “Headlining a televised card has been my childhood dream” said Leo. “I could have never imagined I was going to get this far. And Here I am, on my second main event, defending my title on a premium network. I’m so psyched. I cannot believe it.
Floyd Mayweather, JR Vs “”GGG” UPDATE, Evander Holyfield, Leo Santa Cruz & More – RSR Video Email Bag Show
When I’m asked about my profession, and I tell them my nickname, people look at me like I’m crazy. They will even say “I didn’t know Jewish people boxed”. Well, when that happens, I inform them of the history. I take them all the way back to the early 1900’s when there were more Jewish boxers than any other religion or ethnicity.—Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin
Boxing is a curious sport, and for every loud-mouthed, arrogant publicist in boxer’s clothing, there seems to be just as many gentleman. Some of our greatest champions have been among the most laid back and relaxed when not battling in the squared circle. Men like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Tony Zale, and Henry Armstrong. They were the “good guys”, but when that bell rung, they were agents of destruction. After watching some of Cletus Seldin’s fights and talking with him and one of his trainers, “The Hebrew Hammer” is for sure in the aforementioned category of a “Jekyll and Hyde” type of fighter. He’s friendly and approachable outside the ring, but when he’s in there, he’s taking care of business. When the hammer finds its mark, it’s usually all over.
This Saturday’s showdown between WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford and the battle-tested Philadelphian fighter “Hammerin’ Hank” Lundy has generally been regarded with a certain level of disdain that would suggest this bout to be an outward mismatch from its very inception. Crawford has after all been nothing short of sensational thus far in his young career, and would deservedly be a likely favorite against any contender in his division, especially one in Lundy who statistically has lost two of his last 5 fights. However, contrary to popular belief, as all true fight fans realize by now, records can be misleading, and it is ultimately styles and circumstances that determine the outcomes of fights, not mere resumes or public perceptions of the better overall fighter. It’s for these reasons I’ll be posing the argument that this fight may indeed turn out to be much more competitive than public expectations or popular boxing media would suggest, which I personally would benefit the sport immensely….
Look my wrestling flock, if “BRJ” says it, it’s so. Roman Reigns underwent surgery today in Tampa, Fla., to repair a shattered nose, sustained at the hands of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H last night on Raw, which was confirmed by the WWE HQ.
I told RR that Triple H was a dirty MOFO! This takes the elastic in my Speedo! If I ever see Triple H in Independence, KS, you can ensure I will come off the top rope and break his freaking head for my pal RR.
Undefeated 122-pound world champions Carl Frampton (IBF) and Scott Quigg (WBA) held media workouts on Tuesday in Manchester, England, as they finalize preparation for their long-awaited super bantamweight unification showdown this Saturday, Feb. 27 at Manchester Arena.
The massive unification between Frampton (21-0, 14 KOs), of Belfast, Ireland, and Quigg (32-0-2, 23 KOs), of Lancashire, United Kingdom will be televised live on SHO EXTREME at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Floyd Mayweather, JR – Gennady “GGG” Golovkin SET for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas – BREAKING BOXING NEWS
By “Bad” Brad Berkwitt
Former P4P King Floyd “Make It Rain” Mayweather, JR., 49-0, 26 KO’s versus current WBA & IBF Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, 34-0, 31 KO’s is SET for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. OK maybe not, but this is the only headline that I have not read yet with massive speculation being hinted by Mayweather, JR. coming back for fight number 50. He claims it would only be against “GGG” or Pacquiao. I am going to take a play out of Roy Bennett’s Playbook from his very popular column on RSR called “Whatchagonnado” and throw the BS flag on Floyd! First of all, nobody wants to see you fight a faded Manny “My Shoulder Hurts” Pacquiao again who you will beat even easier this time around.
By Roy “Sharpshooter” Bennett
Never mind “Mexican style” – although we all love it – it’s “Russian style” MF’ers should be worrying about. Has anyone else noticed these former Soviet Union cats have been whoopin’ some serious ass lately? Dang! Kovalev, Postol, Beterbiev, Lomachenko, and even “GGG’s” home country of Kazakstan use the Russian system to train its amateurs. Yep. That’s right. That Ivan Drago s*** from Rocky IV finally came true!
Andre Ward may very well be one of the last remaining old skool type skilled American boxers out there. If and when he fights Kovalev you should be afraid. Very afraid. If he loses it will represent the final nail in the coffin of American boxing style in its current incarnation.
Buckle up, we’re in for a treat, folks! Long Island’s popular Jr. Welterweight contender (#9 WBC, #10 WBO) Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin, 17-0, 14 KO’s is set to continue his journey towards a championship on March 5th against Puerto Rico’s Orlando Vasquez. Seldin is known for his tremendous right hand and an in your face, aggressive, crowd pleasing style. Trained by Peter Brodsky and Scott Lopeck with help from Joe Gadigian of Westbury Boxing Club, Seldin has cracked the top ten in two major sanctioning bodies and looks to get a big name fight in 2016.
Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg Battle for World “Super Bantamweight” Supremacy in Manchester Saturday
By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña
This Saturday night in Manchester, England, IBF Super Bantamweight Champion Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, 21-0, 14 KO’s will be facing the WBA champion Scott Quigg, 31-0-2, 23 KO’s in a highly anticipated unification title fight. Frampton who hails from Belfast in Northern Ireland won his title September 16th 2014 in a rematch against Kiko Martinez. Frampton battled Kiko in front of a soldout crowd of over 16,000 at the Titanic Quarters in Belfast, Frampton showed off his skills from the start knocking Martinez down in the 5th and controlled the entire fight. “The Jackal” eventually went on to win the title by unanimous decision. Since then Frampton has defended his title twice. In his first title defense in February, Frampton easily handled Lancaster California’s Chris Avalos. Chris made the trip across the pond with the hopes of bringing the Super Bantamweight title back to the United States only to have Frampton hand him a 5th round TKO loss.
Al Bernstein: Who Will Be Boxing’s Next Superstar, Where Olympic Boxing Went Wrong and How to Keep Boxing Interesting After 35 Years of Coverage
Photo Copyright Ringside Report (Debbie “D2” Edwards Producer of The “Bad” Brad Berkwitt Show with Al)
“Every single boxer deserves respect. Because to step in the ring, for those of us who even boxed as amateurs, you know what it’s like to just step in the ring and you know somebody’s gonna punch you. So it takes a certain courage, it takes a certain fortitude, especially to be a professional boxer.” —Al Bernstein
He is the voice of Showtime boxing and one of the most senior play by play guys in boxing today. He’s seen everything there is to see in the sport. Although he maintains an air of professionalism, Bernstein still gives straight answers to straight questions. He’s shockingly unbiased in all of his responses and doesn’t play favorites when it comes to saying what’s wrong in boxing and who the best is in the game. There isn’t a better brain to pick than Al Bernstein’s.
Keith Thuman – Shawn Porter OFF, Salvador Sanchez, Vito Antuofermo & MORE – RSR Video Email Bag Show
Mythical Dave’s Thoughts of the Week: Manny Pacquiao PLANTS FOOT In MOUTH, Charles Martin Vs Anthony Joshua, Gene Tunney vs Harry Greb Revisited and Let’s Get Ready for Super Bowl LI
Manny Pacquiao Joins the Open Mouth Insert Foot Club
I’m going to keep this one short. Suffice to say the fact that his own promoter Bob Arum, traditionally an ardent Pacquiao supporter, has not only distanced himself from Manny but also condemned his contemptuous comments on same sex relationships and marriage says it all. Pacquiao’s insincere, non-apologetic apology only made him look worse. The fact that Manny would choose to make such provocative comments in the weeks leading up to his PPV showdown with Timothy Bradley makes this even more mind-boggling.
Tony Holden: The Unexpected Path to Becoming a Promoter, Putting Fighters Before the Dollar and Taking a Second Run at Promoting a New Generation of Fighters
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“I probably could’ve made a lot more money and a lot more impact. You know, the fighters are the ones getting in the ring. The fighters are the ones that are actually putting their lives on the line, and you know, there are some promoters that are just flat flesh paddlers. I’ve always respected my fighters. You’ve gotta look, a promoter is only as good as his fighters. They’re the reason you’re getting paid and they’re the reason you are who you are.” — Tony Holden
As fans, it’s easy to complain about promoters in boxing. Sometimes you don’t like that your favorite fighter isn’t getting a push, or maybe it’s that the matchmaking isn’t up to your standard. The things we never see as fans are the tough ethical decisions that promoters need to make. Protecting a fighter’s safety and best interest is not something that we consider as fans, but to Tony Holden, it’s everything. As a promoter, you’re responsible for a fighter’s life, and Holden takes that responsibility very seriously. When everybody gave up on Tommy Morrison, Holden was the one there to rebuild him back in to a star. The highs are high, but the valleys are deep and dark. Holden takes us through all of it.
Whatchagonnado: Bob Arum Liar Liar Top Rank On Fire & Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is About to Devour a Cub!
So Bob Arum threw Manny Pacquiao under the bus. Sure Manny messed up with his insensitive and remarks about a certain group of people that religious zealots have been hounding for centuries. But it looks to me that now Arum has squeezed very last cent out of his biggest earner since Oscar De La Hoya he was quick to throw Manny on the bonfire of public opinion AND add more kerosene to the flames. This is the same MF that once said, “Yesterday I was lying. Today I’m telling the truth.”
Which brings me to my next topic. Arum has recently said in an interview that the Vasyl Lomachenko v Nicholas Walters fight has been made. But in the absence of a date for the fight, no network on which to show the fight, AND no word from either fighter to corroborate Arum’s claim begs the question.
Graphics Guru Mel Walker AKA Grim X. first met the CEO/Publisher of Ringside Report “Bad” Brad Berkwitt all the way back in 2005 on a popular boxing forum where the two fast became friends. Back then, RSR had been around for a year and was growing rapidly. Mel liked the vibe and created a RSR Banner that would lead to many more graphics over the years for Ringside Report “The Heart of Boxing”. In fact, all the graphics you see today on RSR are Mel Walker creations. “Bad” Brad was quoted as saying “Mel is not my brother by blood, but by choice! His graphics never cease to amaze me and I am honored to have him with me all these years later.” On behalf of the entire team at RSR, we congratulate Mel on such a long tenure with RSR and look forward to more of his great graphics!
Vinny Paz: His Life Story Becoming the Next Boxing Blockbuster Movie and Some of the Greatest Stories from One of Boxing’s Greatest Story Tellers
“You know, in life, a lot of times you need to do some crazy things to make yourself get better; to make yourself be better. To do what you wanna do, sometimes you gotta do things that are a little crazy or out of the ordinary. This movie is gonna inspire a lot of people because of that.” —Vinny Paz
When you talk to Vinny, you feel like you’ve known the guy for years. There’s something comfortably familiar about the guy when you meet him. He’s like that one friend we all have that’s the life of the party and always has a great story to tell. Before I met Vinny, my publisher “Bad” Brad Berkwitt told me “Vinny’s crazy, but he’s the good kinda crazy.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
Once boxing’s glamour division, in terms of competitive parity , one might argue that recent years have shown the Heavyweight division to be at its lightest, ironically. Perhaps even lighter has been its appeal with fight fans abroad, particularly in terms of replicating the major attractions that once were Sullivan-Corbett, Louis-Baer, Patterson-Liston, Holmes-Cooney, Ali-Anybody, Tyson-Ditto, etc. Perhaps we’re still relatively in a cemetery of 200-pound corpses at the moment in comparison to those times, but if light has peaked its head out of the tunnel of potential, it has perhaps shown itself as bright as it’s been in many a power outage just yesterday, when the upcoming Heavyweight title fight was announced between 2011 Olympic Silver Medalist and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, UK standout Anthony Joshua and current unbeaten and newly crowned IBF Champion “Prince Charles” Martin, a fight so highly anticipated by boxing’s desperation for signs of life on the long forsaken planet of Heavyweights that the bout reportedly sold out the legendary 02 Arena London within 90 seconds of going into full orbit…
Today is the first anniversary for Feature Boxing Writer Ian “The Boxing Historian” Murphy on Ringside Report “The Heart of Boxing”. On behalf of the team, we congratulate him….
Photos by Cynthia “Cindy Lou” Saldaña (At ringside)
Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions brought another exciting night of action to downtown Los Angeles on Friday night. The bouts kicked off with Francisco Esparza, 2-0 out of Las Vegas, Nevada, who fights under trainer and 2x world champion “El Feroz” Fernando Vargas. The young Esparza battled Antonio Martinez 3-5, 3 KO’s of Durango, Mexico in a 4 round Super Featherweight bout. From the start Esparza controlled the fight landing hard shots to the head and body of Martinez. Esparza continued the barrage of combinations throughout the round hurting Martinez several times. Round 2 was much of the same from Esparza who clearly was the aggressor, with Martinez trying defend himself from the onslaught of punches.