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Monday, April 05, 2010

No Holds Barred: Joey Reynolds, Roger Huerta, Haye-Ruiz and Hopkins-Jones Reviews 

(Joey Reynolds during last WOR radio show, April 2, 2010. Photo by Eddie Goldman.)

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman presents discussions with radio legend Joey Reynolds and mixed martial arts fighter Roger Huerta, and reviews the David Haye-John Ruiz and Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. fights from this past Saturday, April 3.

We begin with a commentary on the significance of the cancellation of the Joey Reynolds Show after 14 years on WOR 710 AM radio in New York, and just what this show really meant to many people. This show, which was syndicated all across the U.S., was perhaps the last of the live, mainstream, entertainment radio talk shows which were broadcast overnight and followed by generations of listeners. Joey is a big fan of boxing, and over the years many boxers and people from the world of boxing were guests on his show, including myself as the boxing correspondent. Now a syndicated show will be piped in to replace it, another sign of the destructive effects of radio consolidation. Arrangements are underway for Joey Reynolds to return with a TV show, although right now nothing has been finalized.

We thus play an excerpt from the last Joey Reynolds Show on WOR, recorded Friday, April 2, with Joey having that last discussion about No Holds Barred, the Internet, and boxing.

Next, we discuss one of the best heavyweight boxing title fights of recent years, and one of the worst pay-per-view main events of all time.

The successful defense of his WBA heavyweight title by David Haye against veteran John Ruiz proved that Haye, the former unified cruiserweight champion, has the power to defeat an accomplished heavyweight. After several knockdowns, including a slew of fouls, the white towel was waved in the ninth round, and Haye had scored a TKO victory, the first stoppage of Ruiz since 1996.

Many of us warned that the Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. rematch was not only taking place many years after it should have, but that this fight between these two aged warriors should not have taken place in 2010. Those who had the misfortune of watching it saw little action, except repeated fouls which left Hopkins on the canvas several times. Hopkins otherwise dominated, but was just too old to hurt properly the overly-defensive and fragile Jones. Both landed in the hospital after this almost non-fight, and hopefully both will now retire as fighters, although we unfortunately doubt that will happen.

After those discussions, we move to consider the fate of the Bellator Fighting Championships, whose second season begins this Thursday, April 8, with a card in Hollywood, Florida. This will be televised live in the U.S. on Fox Sports Net, although some will not be able to see it live, such as those in New York where a hockey game is being shown on the local affiliate.

On a recent media teleconference, we spoke with Roger Huerta, the star fighter who makes his Bellator debut April 8 in the opening round of their 155-pound tournament. We discussed his determination to make his comeback to fighting after a layoff and two losses in UFC a success, and why he expects finally to achieve his potential as a fighter.

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