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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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Darnell Boone, who is 22-22-4, handed Adonis Stevenson the only loss of his career, a second-round knockout, with a friend working his corner who didn't know a spit bucket from a jump rope.

He's been in the ring with Ward (whom he knocked down), Pascal and Kovalev. 

He's fought 20 undefeated opponents and 10 others with only 1 loss.

In 2005-06, he fought five guys in seven months whose combined record was 131-9. And over a nine-month stretch in 2009-10, he fought five more who together were 55-1.

The first time he ever sparred as an amateur, his sparmate was a 22-0 fighter named Kelly Pavlik.

The guy sitting atop his bucket list has the initials GGG -- and he's willing to drop to 160 to fight him. 

He gets regular critiques -- and perceptive ones, at that -- from his wife.

And at 35, Boone is on a three-fight unbeaten streak.

Don't miss our in-depth interview with this colorful and persistent old-school warrior.

The Darnell Boone interview is preceded by a conversation with rising middleweight Paul Mendez (undefeated for nearly four years) about the good cop/bad cop routine of his trainers, Sam (good) and Max (bad) Garcia.

And we lead off, as always, with a thorough look at the big fights of the past two weeks, and the huge fight coming up on May 2, plus a live report from the West Coast Hall of Fame induction banquet, from expert analysts John J. Raspanti, Rizwaan Zahid, and Travis Hartman.

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