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What Tim Witherspoon overheard just before the infamous Ali-Holmes fight, and other stunning stories...

Tim Witherspoon, only 22 years-old at the time, paused in a hallway at Caesars Palace to eavesdrop on an explosive argument coming from Muhammad Ali’s hotel room shortly before “The Greatest” was humiliated in his final world title fight against undefeated Larry Holmes.

Witherspoon, Ali’s sparring partner at the time, gives us an amazing peek behind the curtain of the hours leading up to this infamous title fight, describes his volatile relationship with promoter Don King (which led to a multi-million-dollar lawsuit), and talks at length about his hardscrabble upbringing in South Philly, some of the most-vicious streets in America during his youth.

This sensational conversation with the two-time heavyweight king on this week’s Ringside Boxing Show is not to be missed.

Before that, expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti dissect Terence Crawford’s lonely position as an HBO fighter in the Showtime-dominated welterweight division, discuss Cris Cyborg’s plan to move from UFC to boxing, and break down three matchups — Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson, Mikey Garcia vs. Jorge Linares, and Devon Alexander vs. Victor Ortiz.

We also get another inside look at the exciting UK boxing scene from 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 “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” celebrating more than a year on Amazon’s bestseller list.

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May-Mac madness ... Perils of Paulie ... Atlas shrugs ... Broner's boners ... Khan Kraziness ... Fury's gift to the gals ... BJ's boy boxes Monroe's balls ... plus our year-ender awards!

Our year-in-review special traditionally ranks among the most popular podcasts we do each year, and the wild, weird, and spectacular happenings of 2017 left us with plenty to talk about on New Year’s Eve.

Expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, and British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, reminisce about an astounding year in boxing that included stunning upsets, spectacular slugfests, emerging superstars, sad and valiant exits … and, as always, plenty ofstrangeness from guys who get punched in the head for a living.

This special edition of The Ringside Boxing Show is pure entertainment, right from the opening bell. Enjoy!

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 bestseller list.

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The day Kathy Duva located Arturo Gatti under a big pile of women, too drunk for the Mayweather presser ... and other amazing tales
By Dennis Taylor
During almost 40 years in boxing promotions, Kathy Duva has accrued stranger-than-fiction stories about Arturo Gatti, Vinny Pazienza, Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Bob Arum, Don King, Lou Duva (her father-in-law), and countless others who have crossed her path at Main Events Promotions.
We caught up with her for a very candid, full-color, in-depth interview on The Ringside Boxing Show that is not to be missed. This is a guided tour through multiple generations of The Sweet Science, viewed not only from a front-row seat, but also with a rare peek behind the curtain. If you're a fight fan, this one is well worth your time.
Before that, we hear expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti analyze Billy Joe Saunders' cannon shot into the middleweight division, where Canelo, Golovkin, Jacobs, Charlo, and Andrade might be seriously rethinking how anxious they are to fight him. No fighter races to face an opponent who might make him look like a fool.
And our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin, gives us some insight on James DeGale (reeling from his upset loss to Caleb Truax) and Conor Benn (drawing comparisons to his famous father) with his weekly report from the United Kingdom.
 
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 Bestseller list.
 

 

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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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World-class trainers like Abel Sanchez (Gennady Golovkin, Murat Gassiev) and Max Garcia (smoking-hot prospect Rubin Villa IV) are experts at getting their fighters in shape in the gym, but those boxers are on their own when nobody’s looking. Thanksgiving Day can be one of those times, when turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie are being passed under their noses.

We talk to these boxing gurus about the challenge of keeping their guys on point — and on weight — over the holidays and during those late-night hours when their stomachs are grumbling.

Sanchez and Garcia also talk to us about PEDs, Conor McGregor, Crawford’s invasion of the welterweight division, Wilder-Joshua, and the latest news on their own talented fighters.

Our in-depth interview with Abel and Max is preceded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who break down the weekend fights, analyze Kovalev’s competition at 175, discuss whether Bob Arum was correct when he dissed HBO’s matchmaking, and wonder where James Toney buys the “big boy pants” he recommended to Anthony Joshua.

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
He was 24 years old, 24-1 with 14 KOs, on a four-year winning streak, and next in line for a shot at the IBF super lightweight championship. That's when a doctor told him he had to quit boxing.
Former No. 1 contender Andy Nance joined us to talk about the devastation of seeing his sensational career struck down by a medical issue, and what it took to start over in a completely different direction.
This is an exceptionally compelling conversation with a California Boxing Hall of Famer who has resurrected himself as a boxing manager and one of the West Coast's most-respective matchmakers.
Our interview with Andy Nance is preceded by John J. Raspanti's postmortem of Deontay Wilder's one-round massacre of Bermain Stiverne, a thorough analysis of an intriguing heavyweight division, and other topics, including Shawn Porter's rough win over Adrian Granados, and Mikey Garcia's potential showdown with Jorge Linares.
We also get another interesting report from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin about the deep, lively boxing scene in the United Kingdom.
 
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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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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