Just 23 years old, unbeaten, world-ranked welterweight Shawn Porter already is a familiar face to boxing fans, having fought half of his 18 professional fights on either ESPN or ShoBox. Porter (18-0, 13 KOs) also has jacked up his profile and his skill level as a favorite sparring partner of Manny Pacquiao in the champ's three most-recent training camps. A two-time national champ and Golden Gloves world champion, "Showtime" Shawn was one of the best amateur fighters of his era at 165 pounds. Now, as a pro, he's emerging as a force at 147. Enjoy our in-depth interview with a compelling personality and, quite possibly, a future superstar in the sport, from our April 17, 2011 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.
Archive for April 2011
Heavyweight boxer Jose Ribalta fought the biggest names of the 1990s, surviving almost 10 rounds with an unbeaten 20-year-old Mike Tyson, going the distance with Larry Holmes, knocking out Leon Spinks in one round, and battling the likes of Bonecrusher Smith, Tim Witherspoon, Larry Donald, Vitali Klitschko and numerous others.
Just as compelling is his personal story. His father worked for Batista, the Cuban dictator, before he was ousted by the revolution that put Fidel Castro into power. Ribalta was one of 10 children, seven of whom fled Cuba for America.
Jose Ribalta followed his brother (a heavyweight who fought Cuban legend Teofilo Stevenson twice) to the boxing gym to begin a career that included almost 100 amateur fights, then a 17-year pro career.
Enjoy this in-depth interview with a tough and colorful character from "The Sweet Science."
Dean Familton's role in boxing is that of a strategist -- a specialist who crafts a "game plan" for a fighter before the fight, then makes fight-night adjustments in style and strategy as the action evolves.
He is the son of a legendary Southern California trainer, the late, great Don Familton, and currently is part of Team Garcia, which handles undefeated Eloy "The Prince" Perez, the WBO's second-ranked super featherweight.
Enjoy this colorful interview with on of the great young minds in the sport from the April 3, 2011 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.