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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 Naseem Hamed, George Foreman's stunning KO of Michael Moorer, and many others.

Cortez reffed more than 800 bouts in 11 countries, and remains involved in the fight game as an ESPN analyst, a mentor for refs, and a consultant on the sport.

 

This terrific interview is preceded by Paul McLaughlin's weekly report on the happenings in the United Kingdom boxing scene, and John J. Raspanti's dissection of the Mayweather-McGregor circus.

 

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," which can be found 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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Jonathon Banks was just 30 years old and still fighting his own battles in the squared circle when his trainer and mentor, Emanuel Steward, was stricken with colon cancer.
That's when Banks -- who had zero experience as a trainer -- was approached by the heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko (also trained by Steward) to step in as his coach while the iconic Hall of Famer recovered.
When asked why he thinks Klitschko sought him out, Banks can only laugh. "Honestly, I have no idea," he said.
We had a compelling and candid conversation with Klitschko's trainer on Sunday's Ringside Boxing Show, during which Banks talked in-depth about the level of intimidation he felt trying to fill the shoes of one of the greatest trainers of all time. Banks also talked to us about his early days at Kronk Gym (where he began training at age 15), the differences between boxing and training, and multiple other topics.
 
Our interview with Johnathon Banks is preceded by Paul McLaughlin's report on the UK boxing scene, plus expert analyst from Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who analyze rumors about three exciting match-ups -- Wilder-Ortiz, Porter-Garcia, Kovalev-Barrera, and Charlo-Lubin. They also talk about the disturbing personal tailspin of former middleweight king Jermain Taylor.
 
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," which is currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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When he remembers his razor-thin losses to Keith Thurman and Kell Brook, former IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter says the only rounds he remembers are the close ones -- and he dwells on what he might have done to swing them the other way.

With a couple of well-timed punches or flurries, Porter might still be an undefeated world champion at this point, rather than a guy waiting for another shot at glory.

The 29-year-old joined us Sunday, alongside his father/trainer, Kenny Porter, for an in-depth discussion about the talent-stacked 147-pound weight division, a conversation rife with speculation about Thurman, Brook, Jeff Horn, Manny Pacquiao, Danny Garcia, and Terence Crawford.

They're ready to take on any of the above in their quest to exit the sport at the top of the heap.

Our interview with the Porters is preceded by our brand-new segment featuring British boxing oracle Paul McLaughlin, who unpacks part of the fascinating boxing scene in the United Kingdom in his lively, 4-minute segment. And we lead off, as always, with expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who weigh in on the Mayweather-McGregor phenomenon/farce, among other topics.

Front to back, this is an informative and action-packed episode.

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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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 that spanned 24 years and almost 70 pro fights, including battles with Edwin Rosario, Buddy McGirt, Kostya Tszyu, Oba Carr, Rafael Ruelas, and many other outstanding opponents.

This lively interview with the Rastafarian champ is follows a conversation with trainer Max Garcia about his 20-year-old sensation, undefeated featherweight Ruben Villa, and our opening segment with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, during which we break down the upcoming World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight and super middleweight tournaments.

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Eight-division, 11-time world champion Manny Pacquiao was ambushed by a former school teacher -- and, according to some, three blind judges and an under-officious referee -- Saturday in Brisbane, Australia, where he lost his WBO welterweight crown to a ferocious underdog named Jeff Horn.
Was Manny robbed on the scorecards? Did ref Mark Nelson blatantly ignore Horn's rough tactics? Is Pacman a shot fighter? What's on the horizon for both fighters?
We cover all aspects of the biggest upset of 2017 on The Ringside Boxing Show with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti.
Then Raspanti and host Dennis Taylor get an in-depth lesson on Cleveland's rich tapestry of boxing history from author Jerry Fitch during the second half of the show.
 
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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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 vs. Mikey, and speculate about a possible Rigondeaux-Lomachenko collision.

This wide-reaching discussion is followed by an eye-opening interview with Adrian Clark, a 31-year-old boxing manager/agent (and author of Protect Yourself At All Times) who is on a quest to convince fighters that people who want 33 percent of their purses are ripping them off in a very big way.

This is a conversation guaranteed to enlighten fighters, managers, promoters and fans of "The Sweet Science."

NOTE TO LISTENERS: The Ringside Boxing Show is now a proud member of thegruelingtruth.net sports network. Please check us out there!

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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 loss becomes even more bitter in the light of their first fight -- a unanimous decision to Ward that was unpopular with at least half of the boxing public. So, where do both fighters go from here?

Our Ward-Kovalev coversation is followed by an interview with welterweight prospect Alan Sanchez, and our classic interview from January 2016 with Hall of Famer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.

 

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