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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 other tragedies and triumphs, and his resilience through it all is a triumph in its own right.

This is a remarkable interview with a Southern California legend (San Diego's only native-born world champ), one of the best you'll ever hear. Enjoy!

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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 6-foot-8, 250-pound behemoth? The WBC has made rumblings in recent days about creating a (long overdue?) super heavyweight division -- which would be the 18th weight class in a sport that once had just eight. Good idea? Will other sanctioning bodies follow that lead?
 
Expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti weigh in on this topic, plus Chris Eubank Jr's emergence as a force in the World Boxing Super Series, Mikey vs. Linares, Cotto's uninspiring opponent for his finale, Bellew's decision to fight Haye again, and more.
 
We also get our weekly report from UK correspondent Paul McLaughlin before connecting with former IBF super welterweight champ Paul Vaden, whose life outside the ring was as compelling as a career that earned him a place in the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame.
 
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.
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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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Veteran boxing trainers Abel Sanchez and Max Garcia joined us on the Feb. 28 edition to explain how they try to get a boxer's head screwed on properly before a fight. We ask them whether great fighters feel fear, why some glare into their opponent's eyes while others avert their gaze, where the line falls between confidence and overconfidence, whether smack talk is effective, how sparring partners are selected, why some boxers get cold feet when the spotlight gets bright ... and much more.

This remarkable conversation with two outstanding corner men is an education for even hardcore boxing fans.

Our conversation with Abel Sanchez and Max Garcia is preceded by analysis by John J. Raspanti and Travis Hartman of the weekend's big fighters --  Frampton-Quigg, Santa Cruz-Kiko, Crawford-Lundy -- plus opinions about the movement to make pro fighters eligible to compete in the Olympics.
 

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The last time Abel Sanchez was on The Ringside Boxing Show, he told us Gennady Golovkin -- a rising star at the time -- was already the whole package, and the best fighter he'd ever worked with. (This, from the guy who trained Hall of Famer Terry Norris.)

Nowadays Golovkin is as much myth as man, but Sanchez says he's still a humble person ... and the funniest guy in the gym.

This insightful conversation is preceded by an update from Paul Mendez's trainer, Sam Garcia, on an upcoming fight for "El Gallo Negro." And we lead off, as always, with expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti to talk about the beheading of James Kirkland, Cotto-Canelo, and a little bit of Pacquiao.

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  He has trained 13 other world champions, including Hall of Famer Terry Norris, but Abel Sanchez says the best fighter he's ever had during his 33-year career is Gennady Golovkin.

  Sanchez explained what makes "GGG" great, as a fighter and a person, during an outstanding, in-depth interview on The Ringside Boxing Show.

  This is the second half of our Aug. 11, 2013 show, which features Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti (discussing "Requiem for a Heavyweight") during the first half hour.

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