December 04, 2013
Joe Cortez introduces the 2014 Boxing Hall of Fame class including his good friend and colleague Richard Steele, Oscar de la Hoya, Felix Trinidad, and Joe Calzaghe. Also Joe previews a huge weekend of boxing on the east coast in both Brooklyn and Atlantic City including Paulie Malignaggi, Zab Judah, Guillermo Rigondeaux, and Joseph Agbeko.
This week Joe Cortez talks about the hard work that referee Jack Reiss had to put in for last Saturday's fight in Carson, California between one of the game's best, Andre Ward and his opponent Edwin Rodriguez. Joe also looks forward to this weekend's battle between young Brandon Rios and one of the best ever, Manny Pacquiao.
Joe Cortez addresses his mission to improve safety in the sport of boxing in the wake of the tragic injuries suffered by Magomed Abdusalamov. Also on this week's episode of Fair But Firm, Joe covers last weekend's exciting triple header from Corpus Christi, TX, which saw Mikey Garcia take the next step in his journey to the top of the sport.
This week, Joe Cortez wraps up last weekends Madison Square Garden main event, a showcase fight for Gennady Golovkin. Joe also previews this weekend's gigantic HBO Triple Header from Corpus Christi, Texas which pits Rocky Martinez against one of boxing's most exciting up and comers, Mikey Garcia. The remaining bouts feature a rematch between Nonito Donaire and Vic Darchinyan, and US Olympians Demetrius Andrade and Vanes Martirosyan who are both undefeated.
Joe Cortez recaps the surprising toe to toe match between the great Bernard Hopkins and European Karo Murat that took place last Saturday night. He also recaps Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin's successful title defense on the undercard versus Gabriel Rosado which was stopped on a cut in the 10th round of the fight. Joe discusses everything on the card from intentional fouls to the possible injury that a fighter could possibly attain if a cut like the one in the Quillin vs Rosado matchup suffered by Rosado, had been allowed to continue.
This week, Joe Cortez covers the results in Colorado including Ruslan Provodnikov's punishing win over Mike Alvarado and Juan Diaz's next step in his comeback. Joe also talks about the different ways that managers take on comeback fights and compares Juan Diaz's current comeback to what Manny Pacquiao is doing when he takes on Brandon Rios November 24th.
Joe Cortez recaps the Timothy Bradley victory over the great Juan Manuel Marquez as well as Orlando Salido's domination of Orlando Cruz on the undercard from his gym in Las Vegas, NV.
Joe previews this weekend's big fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley which will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, the boxing capital of the world.
This week on Fair But Firm, Joe Cortez talks about the wild outcome in the Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. versus Bryan Vera match in Carson, CA and addresses concerns with his the former's weight issues coming into the fight. Joe also discusses the positioning of judges in fights and how it has affected the outcome of some recent big fights on the scorecards.
After a week off working for ESPN Deportes coverage of Mayweather versus Alvarez, Joe Cortez recaps the fight and the aftermath including the controversial scorecards. Joe also says goodbye to the very classy Ken Norton, former heavyweight champion of the world during one of the most decorated eras in boxing history.
This week, Joe Cortez breaks down last weekend's eventful boxing weekend including Iron Mike Productions first promotion on ESPN's Friday Night Fights season finale and continuing on to a major upset on Showtime, when Abner Mares was dropped in the first round by veteran Jhonny Gonzales.
Former Boxing Referee Joe Cortez broadcasts from his gym in Las Vegas, NV every week, and this week talks about his good friend Leon Spinks' 60th birthday party last weekend at the Hilton Las Vegas. Attendees included greats like "Sugar" Ray Leonard and Jake Lamotta as well as Richard Steele and Joe himself. Joe also previews a trifecta of outstanding matches coming up in the fall of 2013 including Floyd Mayweather versus Canelo Alvarez, Tim Bradley taking on Juan Manuel Marquez, and Manny Pacquiao lacing up the gloves with Brandon Rios in Macau, China.
This week on Fair But Firm, International Hall of Fame boxing referee Joe Cortez sits down and talks about last weekend's inaugural induction class into the Nevada State Boxing Hall of Fame. Joe also covers recent and future events including Deontay Wilder's 1st round knockout of Siarhei Liakhovich and what it may or may not mean for the young heavyweight's future.
This week, Joe remembers Emile Griffith who passed away at the age of 75 on July 23rd. Joe also covers the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios in Macau, China and also gives a demonstration on what he thinks will happen in the super fight between the world's best fighter, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
This week Joe covers some boxing figures outside of the ring including Mike Tyson and his new promotional company, and Freddie Roach taking on Miguel Cotto for his October 5th fight versus Delvin Rodriguez.
Joe interviews Dr. Charles Bernick of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Dr. Bernick covers the latest studies and technology used to detect brain injuries suffered by athletes in contact sports such as boxing, football, and MMA.
After taking a week off for 4th of July, Joe Cortez is back to speak about Gennady Golovkin's overpowering performance over Matthew Macklin and what may be in his future. Joe also compares the current middleweight division to the golden era of the 80's.
This week, Joe recaps last weekends split decision win for Adrien Broner over Paulie Malignaggi and discusses what may lie ahead in the young champion's future. Joe then touches on head injuries in sports and how the Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas, NV is making great strides in their research in how to protect athletes.
This week Joe recaps both the Adonis Stevenson surprising 1st round destruction of Chad Dawson and Mikey Garcia's 4th round knockout of Puerto Rico's Juan Manuel Lopez. Joe talks about his experience in dealing with rough KO's and how he thinks both referees of the two fights did an excellent job at keeping the fighters safe.
This week Joe follows up on the much anticipated September showdown between boxing's best Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Canelo Alvarez. Joe answers emails he received about what it is like to be up close to both fighters as a referee during a fight and also covers the basics on how to get involved in refereeing prize fights.
Joe breaks down the megafight between boxing's pound for pound best fighter, Floyd Mayweather, and the most talked about young boxer in the business, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
This week, Joe covers last weekend's rematch in England between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler. Joe also talks about the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction class including Arturo Gatti and one of the greatest referees of all time, Mills Lane. Finally, Joe Cortez talks a little bit about his good friend Leon Spinks and how he is overcoming some of the health challenges that he has faced in the last few years.
This week, Joe covers last weekends destruction of junior welterweight Lamont Peterson at the hands of Lucas Matthysse and Alexander Povetkin's tune up fight ahead of a giant heavyweight matchup with Wladimir Klitschko coming up this fall. Joe also touches on the 10 point must system being implemented into Olympic scoring.
This week, Joe talks about the weight issue that may hinder a potential fall bout between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Joe also talks about what is in the future for Juna Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley, Manny Pacquiao, and Brandon Rios. Joe also mentions some issues with weigh in scales and judges that may take ill during a fight.
Welcome to Fair But Firm with Joe Cortez. Joe Cortez hosts this weekly boxing show on YouTube and fairbutfirm.com to give a referee's perspective on the great sport of boxing. This week, Joe recaps Floyd Mayweather, Jr.'s drubbing of Robert Guerrero and some of the issues with both fighter's fathers and camps.
The sport of boxing requires several ingredients: the fighters, a venue, a commission to oversee the fight, promoters, judges and, of course referees. One of the most outstanding referees is Joe Cortez. A referee for more than 25 years, Joe has seen the best and worst of the fight game. He has officiated Oscar de la Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez, Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran, George Foreman, and Lennox Lewis just to name a few. Who better to bring you behind the scenes of the most historic sport in the world than Hall of Fame referee Joe Cortez? Please join us every week for the most entertaining and informative boxing show on the web.
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