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Turn-of-the-century bombers, plus an action-packed boxing weekend

By Dennis Taylor The heavyweight champion was the most-admired athlete in the world at the turn of the 20th Century, thanks to the charisma and machismo of the legendary John L. Sullivan. But John L. got old, and along came Bob Fitzsimmons, a colorful Brit, and James J. Jeffries — “The Boilermaker” — an indestructible American, to create a rivalry still worth remembering a century later. Christopher James Shelton, our inimitable boxing historian, joins us on The Ringside Boxing Show to...

Duration: 01:36:43

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...

Duration: 00:32:25

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 [...]

Duration: 01:45:09

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...

Duration: 01:38:31

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...

Duration: 02:09:32

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...

Duration: 02:35:03

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...

Duration: 01:17:12

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...

Duration: 01:14:53

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...

Duration: 01:18:47

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...

Duration: 00:48:19

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...

Duration: 01:34:01

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...

Duration: 01:30:51

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...

Duration: 01:37:52

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...

Duration: 01:15:25

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...

Duration: 01:11:36

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...

Duration: 01:24:38

Doug Fischer & Dave Schwartz: Boxing oracles

Few people can talk boxing and boxing history with the authority of Doug Fischer (writer for The Ring magazine and RingTV.com) and Dave Schwartz (Southern California boxing aficionado since the 1950s), who joined us for an all-encompassing conversation on everything from how Golovkin compares to the all-time greats to a look back at the heyday of the Olympic Auditorium. This lively and wide-reaching conversation is preceded by an interview with boxing trainer Max Garcia (whose blue-chip...

Duration: 02:12:42

Harold Weston Jr: A contender’s tale

In the long history of our radio show, few guests have shared as many colorful and fascinating stories as Harold Weston Jr., a greatly underappreciated welterweight from te 1970s who fought memorable battlers with Wilfredo Benitez, Thomas Hearns, Pipino Cuevas, Vito Anutuofermo, Andy Price, Saoul Mamby and many others. The two-time title challenger, a member of the New York Boxing Hall of Fame, joined us for an indepth interview on May 14. If you never had the privilege of watching a...

Duration: 01:09:23

Canelo vs. Chavez Jr: What happened and why?

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had everything to gain against Canelo Alvarez — most of all, a chance to make the boxing public (especially Mexican fans) forgive him for past missteps. He’s been lazy, uncommitted, often lackadaisical in the gym (even smoking dope in at least one training camp). He’s lacked discipline with his diet, hasn’t work well with with a Who’s Who of boxing trainers, and he has failed to live up to the (unfair?) expectations of a bigger-than-life family name. A...

Duration: 01:04:50

Wlad and Joshua’s gift to boxing fans: A memorable heavyweight title fight

The heavyweight championship fight between 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko, who ruled the division for more than a decade, and Anthony Joshua, his 27-year-old heir, was highly anticipated — true enough. What few of us expected, though, was an event we’ll probably still be talking about when we’re old and grey. Boxing oracles Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti review one of the most-memorable heavyweight tussles since Evander Holyfield’s prime, reminisce about the...

Duration: 01:15:55

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