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When you've spent decades thinking deep thoughts about boxing, you tend to pick up a few things. We went deep for 30 minutes with West Coast trainers Abel Sanchez and Max Garcia, discussing a cornucopia of topics:
This is a rapid-paced, short-attention-span, interview that covers a dozen different topics that all fight fans wonder about.

This unusual dissection of the sport's mysteries is preceded by a check-in from expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti on the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame, Tyson Fury's troubles, Anthony Joshua's rush down glory road, a health report on the sport, and more.

 

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Rick Farris was an amateur boxing champ who fought 19 times as a pro, was stablemates with Jerry Quarry, sparred with Roberto Duran, Alexis Arguello, Ruben Olivares, Carlos Ortiz, "Schoolboy" Bobby Chacon, Danny "Little Red" Lopez, met gangster Mickey Cohen, became a celebrated Hollywood lighting director, and founded the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame.

Think he's got stories? You're right.

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Armando Muniz never won a world championship, but fought Hal of Famers for the welterweight crown four times -- twice against Carlos Palomino, two other tmes against Jose Napoles. He also went to war with most of the premiere 147-pound fighters of his time -- everybody from Emile Griffith to Sugar Ray Leonard -- and was impressive enough to gain induction into the now-defunct World Boxing Hall of Fame.

Muniz was the featured guest on Sunday's Ringside Boxing Show, preceded by determined Puerto Rican contender Orlando Del Valle, who discussed his upcoming Pay-Per-View date with Diego De La Hoya.

As always, our show opened with the expert analysis of Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack the Golovkin-Brook and Chocolatito-Cuadras fights from the night before.

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Before he won the first of his two Golden Globe Awards for portraying small-town tough guy "John Milner" in the iconic film, "American Graffiti," actor Paul Le Mat was an amateur boxing star in Los Angeles. In fact, right before he got that role, Le Mat won the Los Angeles Diamond Belt championship, the same tournament that crowned future world champions Mike Weaver, Bobby Chacon and Alberto Davila.

Le Mat joined us on The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss boxing, Hollywood, and the five novels he's written.

This fun conversation about wild times with Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfus, and Sugar Ray Robinson is preceded by a breakdown of Robert Guerrero's stunning loss to Argentine cab driver David Peralta, the downward spiral of Ricky Hatton, and other intriguing topics by our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

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We missed connections Sunday with our scheduled guest, so we replayed a classic interview we did in 2010 with the great Kevin Kelley, one of the pound-for-pound greats of his era.

Our conversation with 'The Flushing Flash' is preceded by Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, our expert analysts, who break down an interesting week in at the Rio Olympics, preview Golovkin vs. Brook, and evaluate whether Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller is the real thing or just another fat American heavyweight.

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The West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame will enshrine 13 legends on Sept. 25, including Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, who won three world titles, fought Rocky Lockridge in the 1988 "Fight of the Year," and went to war against Jorge Paez, Joey Gamache, Greg Haugen, Charles Murray, Freddie Pendleton and Julio Cesar Chavez, to name just a few.
The Pride of Sacramento (who ran for mayor last year) joined us Aug. 14 to talk about his thrill-packed career and his impending enshrinement.

This show also includes John J. Raspanti's interview with another Sacramento star, Guy Robb, who is 18-1 and gearing up for his biggest test yet in the featherweight division.

And Raspanti, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid lament Antonio Margarito's inexplicable boxing license, weigh in on Kell Brook's 176-pound 30-day weigh-in, the differences between Canelo and Chavez Jr., and other topics.

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Bill Caplan: Hall of Fame publicist,
Damon Runyon character

 1. Yelled at machine-gun wielding Venezuelan soldiers.

2. Punched a fellow PR flack, then hired O.J.'s lawyer  as his defense attorney

 3. Laid down in a parking lot to block Lupe Pintor's station wagon

4. Ordered his daughter to pull the plug on Don King's microphone

  5. Nicknamed "Buffet Bill" by George Foreman

6. Wore hand-me-downs from Frank Sinatra

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When he was a child, Frankie Duarte watched televised fights from The Olympic, then went to his bedroom to pretend he was a world-class boxer, fighting for a world title. As an adult, he did that twice, falling short both times, leaving him to wonder forever how good he might have been without drug and alcohol abuse.

The Southern California boxing legend battled heroin and booze through much of his career, which spanned 16 years and included 55 fights against the likes of Daniel Zaragoza, Alberto Davila, and Rolando Navarette.

The 62-year-old Duarte cleaned up his life after his career ended, and has spent his more-recent years teaching young people about boxing and life. He joined us on July 31 for a remarkable in-depth conversation bout his flirtation with greatness in the 1970s, and a Hall of Fame career that got away. We ran out of time long before Duarte ran out of interesting stories to tell.

Our interview with Frankie Duarte is preceded by John J. Raspanti's breakdown of Carl Frampton's sensational performance against Leo Santa Cruz, the return of Mikey Garcia, the longevity of Paulie Malignaggi, and the enigmatic and inexplicable "brain" of Adrien Broner.

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Jim Dundee: A fly on the wall
for boxing's greatest era

The son of one of boxing's greatest all-time trainer joined us Sunday, July 24,to tell amazing true stories about hiss legendary dad, his equally iconic Uncle Chris, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman,, his father's narrow escape from Cuba on the first night of the revolution, the murderous mobsters who once ran boxing, and more. Don't miss this one.

Our interview with Jim Dundee is preceded by Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti and their breakdown of Terence Crawford's dismantling of Viktor Postol.

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Jace McTier grew up in the shadow of Augusta National, home of the Masters, but he's first love as a sports fan and as an artist has always been boxing.

He was just 16 years old when he was commissioned to create his first commercial painting, and since then his work has been displayed all over the world, including The International Boxing Hall of Fame and (currently) the "I Am The Greatest" Muhammad Ali exhibit at London's 02 Arena.

We spoke in-depth with McTier (with a special cameo appearance by George Foreman IV) on the July 17 edition of the Ringside Boxing Show, during which he shared sensational stories about the experiences his artwork has created for him in the world of boxing.

Our interview with Jace McTier -- which includes a surprise appearance from George Foreman IV -- is preceded by a passionate round-table dissection by expert analysts  Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti of the gutsy culture of professional boxing, including Deontay Wilder's choice to fight eight rounds with a torn biceps and a broken hand, Israel Vazquez's announcement that he'll have his damaged right eye surgically removed, and other recollections of gain-before-pain performances from boxing history.

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