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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 Ringside Boxing Show, covering multiple topics, including his recent wedding, the painstaking process of recovering from elbow surgery, and how the talent-laden welterweight division compares to the era of "The Four Kings" -- Leonard, Hearns, Duran, Hagler (and don't forget Benitez).
This exceptional interview -- a are glimpse into the inside world of Keith "One Time" Thurman -- is preceded by British correspondent Paul McLaughlin's update on the UK boxing world, and expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack Miguel Cotto's surprising loss to Sadam Ali in his farewell fight, and look ahead to Saturday's Lomachenko-Rigondeaux showdown.
 
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 Book of the Year, "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.
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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 Hearn's push to lure Wilder to England for a stadium fight, and short-change him on the purse.

This spectacular (and humor-filled) conversation is perfectly timed on the same weekend that Joshua fought Carlos Takam, and a week before Wilder-Stiverne.

Before we speak with Deontay, expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti break down the week of boxing, including Joshua-Takam, Terence Crawford's confirmation that he's moving to the talent-loaded welterweight division, Katie Taylor's chances of taking women's boxing to a new level, and more.

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 Book of the Year, "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

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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 State Prison at the time.)
 
We also ask this world-class trainer about the challenge of keeping fighters focused in Las Vegas, with temptations and distractions on every corner.
 
Our conversation with Muhammad is preceded by expert analysts John J. Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid, who lend their perspective to HBO's tripleheader featuring big wins by Ryan Burnett, Demetrius Andrade, and Alberto Machado. Raspanti and Zahid also weigh in on the talent of Murat Gassiev, plus three intriguing upcoming match-ups: Spence vs. Peterson, Stevenson vs. Alvarez, and Saunders vs. Lemieux.
 
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 Book of the Year, "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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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 tell some truths and debunk myths about those early days of The Sweet Science, painting a vivid picture of what boxing and the heavyweight division were like in the days when horses and horseless carriages shared American roadways.

Our conversation with Chris is preceded by a breakdown of a busy weekend of boxing (Charlo, Hurd, Santa Cruz, Mares and Groves all made progress toward bigger fights), plus a report on the UK boxing scene from our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin.

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 Boxing Book of the Year, "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

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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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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 to make a major splash in the featherweight division.
And we get another report from the exciting boxing scene in the United Kingdom from our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin.
All of that is a warmup to one of the best interviews we’ve ever had on The Ringside Boxing Show, a one-hour conversation with Grammy- and Golden Globe-nominated singer/songwriter Frank Stallone — Sly’s younger brother — who also turns out to be an astonishing boxing historian.
Stallone regales us with amazing stories from the entertainment industry, the boxing world, and the process of growing up with his big brother in boxing-rich Philadelphia.

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 vs. Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” currently on Amazon’s Bestsellers list.

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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 Davis losing his world title on the scales, review Miguel Cotto's slugfest victory over Yoshihiro Kamegai, and breathe a sigh of relief that we can all look forward to Canelo-Golovkin.
That all sets the stage for British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, who updates us on the UK boxing scene, and our extraordinary boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, who gives us an in-depth view at the life and legend of America's first boxing superstar, John L. Sullivan.
 
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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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 John J. Raspanti, take a thorough look at the career of the legendary Ukrainian, who retired at age 41 with a 64-5 record, including 53 knockouts.

How will Klitschko be remembered? How good was his competition? What's the future of the heavyweight division now that it's in the hands of Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker, Hughie and Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz, "Big Baby" Miller and others?

We also hear from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, who gives us the lowdown on the latest from the United Kingdom boxing scene.

And we catch up with James "Quick" Tillis, who reminisces about his own 23-year, 63-fight career that included collisions with Mike Tyson, Earnie Shavers, Evander Holyfield, Frank Bruno, Pinklon Thomas, Greg Page, Carl "The Truth" Williams, Joe Bugner, Gerrie Coetzee, Tommy Morrison, Marvis Frazier and others.

 

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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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 quarterly boxing magazine, Ringside Seat, which will include the work of many of the top boxing scribes of our generation.
We spoke in-depth with Dettloff about the philosophies behind the new quarterly publication (of which he serves as editor-in-chief), as well as his life and career covering "The Sweet Science."
This wide-ranging conversation is preceded by our weekly report from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin on the eclectic boxing scene in the United Kingdom, and a breakdown of the week in boxing (including Mikey Garcia's victory over Adrien Broner) from expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti.
 
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 vs. Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.
 

 

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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 Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev (twice), Adonis Stevenson (twice), Jean Pascal, Brian Vera, Edwin Rodriguez, Erislandy Lara, Brandon Gonzales, and Willie Monroe Jr. (All of those fighters, by the way, were undefeated when they fought Boone ... and Stevenson and Monroe Jr. left the arena without their perfect records.)
We also get another report on the UK boxing scene from our new British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin, who provides some surprising information about Kell Brook, Chris Eubank Sr., and Tyson Fury.
 
Be sure to check out Sunday's regular edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, during which we'll interview legendary boxing journalist William Dettloff (former editor of The Ring magazine) about his life, his career, his books, and the brand-new boxing magazine he's launching with Nigel Collins.
That show will be posted at http://thegruelingtruth.net this Sunday at 6 p.m. Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central, 9 Eastern.
 
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 vs. Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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