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A five-alarm interview with boxing legend Vinny Paz

Vinny Paz was a five-time world champion during his 21-year career, and he’s a five-alarm interview today — colorful, profane, brutally candid about a life and career that proved worthy of a Hollywood movie, “Bleed For This.” “The Pazmanian Devil” gave us more than an hour of his time for what may well be the most-revealing conversation in the 10-year history of The Ringside Boxing Show. This interview with Vinny Paz, conducted by Dennis Taylor, John J. Raspanti, and Danny Serratelli, is...


Terrible Tim: Sparring Ali, battling Don King, living with the mob…

What Tim Witherspoon overheard just before the infamous Ali-Holmes fight, and other stunning stories… Tim Witherspoon, only 22 years-old at the time, paused in a hallway at Caesars Palace to eavesdrop on an explosive argument coming from Muhammad Ali’s hotel room shortly before “The Greatest” was humiliated in his final world title fight against undefeated Larry Holmes. Witherspoon, Ali’s sparring partner at the time, gives us an amazing peek behind the curtain of the hours leading up to...


Kathy Duva’s strange, rambunctuous ride

The day Kathy Duva located Arturo Gatti under a big pile of women, too drunk for the Mayweather presser … and other amazing tales By Dennis Taylor During almost 40 years in boxing promotions, Kathy Duva has accrued stranger-than-fiction stories about Arturo Gatti, Vinny Pazienza, Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Bob Arum, Don King, Lou Duva (her father-in-law), and countless others who have crossed her path at Main Events Promotions. We caught up...


Keith Thurman talks true love and ring wars

By Dennis Taylor Keith Thurman could pave his path to a first-ballot election into the International Hall of Fame by taking the “0″ away from Errol Spence and Terence Crawford, the way he spoiled the perfect record of Danny Garcia. But it’s not that easy, says the undefeated WBA and WBC welterweight champion of the world, who goes on to explain why facilitating that kind of showdown can be complicated business. Thurman granted us a broad, in-depth interview on this edition of The...


Trisha Morrison & Dr. Jonas Moses INTERVIEW ONLY regarding the death Tommy Morrison

On Nov. 12, 2017, on The Ringside Boxing Show, we interviewed Trisha Morrison, widow of former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, about the death of her husband, the cause of which was widely reported as AIDS. Ms. Morrison has adamantly disputed this report for four years, and came on our show, alongside Dr. Jonas Moses, to offer evidence to the contrary. This is the INTERVIEW ONLY (front part of the show has been edited off) for listeners who are only interested in this specific...


The death of Tommy Morrison: Truths and Myths

By Dennis Taylor The widow of former world heavyweight champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison has crusaded for four years to prove that her husband never had the HIV virus, and did not die of AIDS, a case for which she produces startling, compelling evidence on this week’s Ringside Boxing Show. Trisha Morrison is joined on the show by Dr. Jonas Moses, an expert on the topic who will testify as an expert witness in a lawsuit filed by The Estate of Tommy Morrison against the Nevada State...


Deontay Wilder plots to conquer the world

By Dennis Taylor On a once-complex heavyweight landscape, Deontay Wilder stands alone today as the bona fide rival of Anthony Joshua. “The Bronze Bomber” granted us a lengthy, wide-ranging, in-depth interview on this week’s Ringside Boxing Show, addressing everything from boxing’s epidemic of performance-enhancing drugs (three of Wilder’s recent opponents have tested dirty), to his upcoming rematch with Bermane Stiverne (the only opponent to go the distance with Wilder in 38 fights), to...


Eddie Mustafa Muhammad compares the eras

By Dennis Taylor Earlier generations fought to keep the lights on and put food on the table for their children. Today’s fighters dream of owning a $30-million mansion with a garage full of Bentleys. Which era was more motivated? That’s one of many questions we pose to the legendary Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, an all-time great whose 17-year pro career included wars with Matthew Saad Muhammad, Michael Spinks, Marvin Johnson, Victor Galindez, Bennie Briscoe and James Scott (an inmate at Rahway...


Paul Vaden: Remarkable life, Hall-of-Fame career (Vaden interview only)

Paul Vaden was a sensational amateur (10 losses in more than 300 fights), pulled off a stunning upset to win the IBF super welterweight crown, lost his title in an anger-fueled 12-rounder against future Hall of Famer Terry Norris, was TKO’d by larger, stronger middleweight king Keith Holmes, and exited boxing at age 29 not long after a knockout victory over Stephan Johnson, who slipped into a coma and died 15 days later from his injuries. Vaden’s out-of-the-ring story is fraught with...


May-Mac: Can we get back to boxing now?

By Dennis Taylor The Mayweather-McGregor circus exceeded its (low) expectations. Floyd became an aggressor for the first time in his career. McGregor survived into the 10th round. Pay-Per-View really did exceed Mayweather-Pacquiao (even if 5,000 seats were empty at T-Mobile Arena. Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti unpack the positives and negatives of what somehow became the biggest event of the year in combat sports. They also talk about Gervonta...


Ref Joe Cortez: Still fair, still firm

By Dennis Taylor His dream as a professional boxing referee was to someday work a world title fight, and Joe Cortez was the third man in the ring for more than 170 before retiring in 2012. The International Boxing Hall of Famer joined us to tell spectacular stories from his legendary career, during which he officiated iconic fights such as Holyfield-Bowe (I and III), Mosley-De La Hoya, De La Hoya-Vargas, Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Pernell Whitaker, Marco Antonio Barrera’s beatdown of Prince...


The Wlad Legacy: How will he be remembered?

By Dennis Taylor The heavyweight division, and professional boxing as a whole, got a much-needed jolt of life when Wladimir Klitschko was dethroned by Tyson Fury in 2015, ending his 11 1/2-year, 21-fight winning streak. During his reign, Klitschko took his lumps from critics who called him a dull fighter and a drag on the heavyweight division, but there’s no doubt that both he and brother Vitali will be first-ballot Hall of Famers. Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and...


Ringside Seat: New boxing mag … ‘old-school journalism’

By Dennis Taylor As a former senior writer who contributed to the heyday of The Ring and KO Boxing, William Dettloff sat shoulder-to-shoulder on press row with some of the greatest boxing journalists in history, the beginning of a career in which he also authored a biography of Ezzard Charles and a boxing-instruction book with Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Dettloff has collaborated with another alumnus of The Ring, Nigel Collins, and celebrated graphic artist Michael Kronenberg to launch a new...


Darnell Boone & the school of hard knocks

By Dennis Taylor Finding motivation is easy when you’re winning, when you’re world-ranked, when you’re in the mix for a title shot or a big payday. It’s another story for a journeyman like Darnell Boone, a guy who will fight anybody, anytime, anywhere, on a day’s notice. John J. Raspanti’s revealing interview on this special edition of The Ringside Boxing Show gives us a unique peek into the mind of one of the sport’s true gladiators — a 13-year veteran whose list of opponents includes...


Livingstone Bramble: A villain no more

After he beat wildly popular Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini — not once, but twice — Livingstone Bramble embraced the role of villain in boxing. He was known for showing up at press conferences and walking to the ring with a boa constrictor around his neck. He brought a “voodoo witch doctor” to a Mancini press conference. He taunted and tested his opponents. He was often roundly booed. Surprise … Bramble is actually a great guy, although he’s every bit as colorful today as he was during a career...


Floyd and Manny: Farce times two?

What do they take us for? Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach are trying to convince us that Australian Jeff Horn (16-0-1, no A-list opponents) is an inspiring threat to the future Hall of Famer. Meanwhile, Colin McGregor’s promoter, UFC czar Dana White, says his fighter (0-0) is no joking matter for Floyd Mayweather (49-0). Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti, unpack both match-ups, psychoanalyze supporters of the underdogs, and also tell us what to expect from Broner...


Ward beats Kovalev again … with another asterisk

A few months ago, Sergey Kovalev was an undefeated world champion and undisputed king of the mountain in boxing’s light heavyweight division. Then came his two collisions with Andre Ward, resulting in two losses — both bubbling with controversy. Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti discuss Saturday’s stunning eighth-round TKO victory by Ward, which Team Kovalev insists was the result of multiple low blows that went unheeded by referee Tony Weeks. The...


Paul Banke: Ring battles and life’s wars

Paul Banke knocked out a future Hall of Famer, Daniel Zaragoza, to win the WBC super bantamweight crown in 1990, but by then he was already adrift into the dangerous world of substance abuse. The hard-partying fighter had just one successful title defense, and his once-promising career ended just three years after the Zaragoza triumph, but his battle with the effects of crystal meth (among other drugs) is a battle he’s waged throughout his life. Twenty-two years ago, in 1995, he was...


Montell Griffin: A champ who deserved better

Montell Griffin’s storybook career had a few unhappily-ever-after episodes that still grate on his nerves all these years later, at age 47. His father owned the Windy City Boxing Gym, which was Montell’s home away from home until his dad passed away at age 12. At that point, his mother pulled him out of the sport through his teen years, until he finally split for Los Angeles to resume training as an 18-year-old. Against all odds, Griffin made the 1992 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team and went to...


Tom Spring: The Mike Tyson of bare-knuckle boxing (circa 1820)

Our extraordinary boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, joined us this week to tell the tale of bare-fisted British boxer Tom Spring, whom Shelton considers ‘the Mike Tyson of his day.’ Check out this colorful interview and find out why. Our Christopher Shelton conversation is preceded by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who unwrap Errol Spence’s breakout performance against Kell Brook, and look forward to what might be in stor for both...