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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...


Strangest boxing stories of 2017

May-Mac madness … Perils of Paulie … Atlas shrugs … Broner’s boners … Khan Kraziness … Fury’s gift to the gals … BJ’s boy boxes Monroe’s balls … plus our year-ender awards! Our year-in-review special traditionally ranks among the most popular podcasts we do each year, and the wild, weird, and spectacular happenings of 2017 left us with plenty to talk about on New Year’s Eve. Expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, and British correspondent Paul McLaughlin,...


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...


Gym-dandy trainers Abel Sanchez and Max Garcia talk turkey and the weighting game

World-class trainers like Abel Sanchez (Gennady Golovkin, Murat Gassiev) and Max Garcia (smoking-hot prospect Rubin Villa IV) are experts at getting their fighters in shape in the gym, but those boxers are on their own when nobody’s looking. Thanksgiving Day can be one of those times, when turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie are being passed under their noses. We talk to these boxing gurus about the challenge of keeping their guys on point — and on weight — over 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...


The heavyweight division gets Wilder, and Andy Nance on heartache and recovery

By Dennis Taylor He was 24 years old, 24-1 with 14 KOs, on a four-year winning streak, and next in line for a shot at the IBF super lightweight championship. That’s when a doctor told him he had to quit boxing. Former No. 1 contender Andy Nance joined us to talk about the devastation of seeing his sensational career struck down by a medical issue, and what it took to start over in a completely different direction. This is an exceptionally compelling conversation with a California Boxing...


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...


Paul Vaden: Remarkable life, Hall-of-Fame career

By Dennis Taylor The elephant in the room when we watch 21st-century heavyweights is obvious: Why should a 201-pound man be required to compete for a world title with a [...]


Byrd-brain scorecard mars a memorable fight … plus Randy Shields

The Canelo-Golovkin collision lived up to it’s substantial hype, diminished only by judge Adelaide Byrd’s weird scorecard, which awarded 10 of the 12 rounds to Canelo in a split-draw. Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, dissect a scintillating fight, psychoanalyze Byrd’s strange affection for Canelo, and wonder aloud if there’s a better place for a rematch than Canelo-infatuated Las Vegas. We also get another report from the UK from British...


Superfly slugfest, ‘Dracula,’ and that other Stallone

The best super flyweight showcase in recent boxing history lived up to its hype, with Juan Francisco Estrada squeaking out a one-point decision over Carlos Cuadras, a brutal stoppage by “The Monster,” and Sisraket Sor Rungisai’s stunning lights-out KO of Chocolatito. Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti unwrap the whole package. We also introduce you to “Dracula” — 15-time national amateur champion Ruben Villa IV — an undefeated 20-year-old who figures...


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...


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