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Stories by Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.
DWTS Season 30 features the US edition's first same sex pair, JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson. Photo: ABC

DWTS Season 30 Brings Back the Ballroom and the Stunt Casting

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 20, 2021 – It seems much longer than one year since ‘Dancing With The Stars’ pulled off its pandemic year production with a polarizing new host in Tyra Banks and the cast of assorted reality TV stars, athletes, singers and of course a Bachelor/Bachelorette testing the limits of their challenges. Good/bad ...

Oscar Valdez successfully defended his WBC super featherweight title in a difficult fight with Robson Conceicao in Tucson. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Image

Oscar Valdez defends title but feels the heat in Tucson

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 10, 2021 – Oscar Valdez felt the support of 4,545 adopted hometown fans in Tucson, Arizona, and it helped take some of the weight off his shoulders coming into his first WBC World Super Featherweight title defense Friday. Valdez (30-0, 23 KOs) delivered the win, but it wasn’t the flashy show ...

Oscar Valdez (L) and Robson Conceição (R) face-off during the weigh in for the WBC super featherweight championship on September 9, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images Valdez vs Conceicao

Valdez vs Conceicao: Friday Night Fights preview – ESPN+

SAN DIEGO, Calif., September 9, 2021 – Oscar Valdez, a Mexican native now living in Southern California (29-0, 23 KOs), delivered the first “Fight of the Year” for 2021 with a brilliant performance blending high-level craft and high-powered punching to stop a brave but outgunned Miguel Berchelt of Mexico (37-2, 33 KOs) with an exclamation ...

Yordenis Ugas used distance, a double jab and a right that couldn't miss to defeat Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 21. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions

History lesson: Yordenis Ugas defeats Manny Pacquiao Saturday 

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, August 21, 2021 – The only calm person as the opening bell sounded at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Saturday was 42-year-old Manny Pacquiao. At the end of 12 hard rounds, Pacquiao accepted his defeat by late replacement Yordenis Ugas of Cuba with equal grace. Yordenis Ugas of Santiago de Cuba ...

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Pacquiao vs. Ugas: It’s still good to be Manny Pacquiao (update)

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, August 19. 2021 – When eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (62-7-2, 39 KOs) steps into the ring Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena to face Yordenis Ugas of Santiago de Cuba via Miami (26-4, 12 KOs) for the WBA World Super Welterweight title, win or lose his legacy is assured. ...

Featherweight Duke Ragan will fight for a gold medal, the best result for a male American Olympic boxer in decades. Photo: Courtesy USA Boxing US Olympic boxing

Hardware haul: US Olympic boxing produces best results in 20 years

SAN DIEGO, Calif., August 3, 2021 – US Olympic Boxing team members will bring home a guaranteed four medals from the Tokyo 2020 Games, with three men and one woman making the quarterfinals at the end of Monday night’s competition. But if you were relying on NBC Sports’ coverage of  Olympic boxing, you might not ...

Brian Castaño (L) and Jermell Charlo fought to a split draw in San Antonio Saturday. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime

Letdown: Brian Castaño deserves the win, gets draw with Jermell Charlo

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 17, 2021  – A disappointing draw marred a terrific fight Saturday in San Antonio between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castaño. What else is new? Will Castaño get the rematch he deserves? For now, both men go home with their championship belts after judges in San Antonio scored the entertaining battle a ...

You mad, bro? Jermell Charlo feels underappreciated for his accomplishments, and hopes to change this on Saturday. Photo: Leo Wilson Jr., Premier Boxing Champions Charlo vs Castaño

Charlo vs Castaño: You mad, bro? Showtime Boxing Saturday 

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 16, 2021  – Boxing’s rebound year from the pandemic serves up another division unification bout in Charlo vs Castaño on Saturday from San Antonio. It’s the best bout in the Showtime and Premier Boxing Champions summer lineup. The Showtime Boxing broadcast begins at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT. Boxing will slow ...

Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez delivered for his Los Angeles fans with a TKo win over Sullivan Barrera. Photo: Lina Baker, Lina Baker Photography Zurdo Ramirez

Crowd pleasers: Zurdo Ramirez, JoJo Diaz, Seniesa Estrada win for LA fans Friday

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 9, 2021 – Local favorites gave enthusiastic Southern California boxing fans the wins they wanted to see and made their case for bigger challenges and paydays in the future. In the main event, former WBO World Super Middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo:” Ramirez of Mexico (42–0. 28 KOs) reminded fans what made ...

Gilberto Ramirez (left) and Sullivan Barrera weigh in for their Friday fight in Los Angeles. Photo: Golden Boy Promotions Ramirez vs Barrerra

Return of Zurdo: Ramirez vs Barrera on the pitch Friday, DAZN

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 8, 2021 –When boxing fans last heard from former WBO World Super Middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo:” Ramirez, the undefeated Mexican southpaw (41-0. 27 KOs) had stalled in the division and hit an impasse with his promoter Top Rank. It was a disappointing development in a once-promising career. Ramirez now looks toward ...

Gervonta Davis won his first fight at super lightweight in 11 rounds over Mario Barrios in Atlanta Saturday. Photo: Amanda Wescott, Showtime Boxing

Bigger man: Gervonta Davis wins first super lightweight fight in 11

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 26, 2021  – Gervonta “Tank” Davis of Baltimore (25-0, 24 KOs) made a successful debut in the super lightweight division, defeating Mario Barrios of San Antonio, Texas (26-1, 17 KOs) with an 11th round TKO win. Davis said he made it tough on himself going up two weight divisions. “I definitely ...

Vasiliy Lomachenko manhandled Masayoshi Nakatani for nine rounds, handing him the first stoppage loss of his career. Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images Lomachenko beats

Mas no mas: Lomachenko beats Nakatani in nine rounds 

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 26, 2021  – The pound for pound great version of Vasiliy Lomachenko of Ukraine (14-2, 11 KOs) came back as if nothing had gotten in his way over the last year, demoralizing  Masayoshi Nakatani of Japan (19-2, 13 KOs) as he has so many other opponents in his impressive career. Lomachenko ...

Lomachenko vs Nakatani, Boxing, Sport

Lomachenko vs Nakatani: Red pill or blue pill? Saturday, ESPN+

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 25, 2021  – Boxing purists still believe in Vasiliy Lomachenko and hope he will prove them right in his return to the ring Saturday. Eight months after his shocking defeat at the hands of upstart Teofimo Lopez Jr., pound for pound great Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) hopes to reset and return ...

Veteran Gabriel Rosado surprised Bektimir Melikuziev with perfect timing to land a counterpunch Knockout of the Year win. Photo: Sye Williams/Golden Boy/Getty Images) King Gabe Rosado

King Gabe Rosado crowns career with KO win over Bektimir Melikuziev

San Diego, Calif., June 19, 2021 – Veteran ‘King’ Gabe Rosado delivered a magnificent Knockout of the Year candidate in his upset victory over super middleweight prospect Bektimir Melikuziev of Uzbekistan to steal the show in El Paso Saturday. After Rosado’s narrow split decision loss in his last fight against Daniel Jacobs, the victory was ...

Tyson Fury (left) and Deontay Wilder aren't strangers after two memorable fights. Number three takes place July 24. Photo: Ryan Hafey, Premier Boxing Champions Fury and Wilder

Fury and Wilder engage in a war of no words; Lopez vs Kambosos off due to COVID  

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 15, 2021 – The state of California returned mainly to normal life on Tuesday. With almost all pandemic restrictions lifted,  members of the California boxing media gathered for the first time since early 2020 for a news conference featuring the July 24 trilogy rematch between heavyweights Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. ...