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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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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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The Canelo-Golovkin collision lived up to it’s substantial hype, diminished only by judge Adelaide Byrd’s weird scorecard, which awarded 10 of the 12 rounds to Canelo in a split-draw. Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, dissect a scintillating fight, psychoanalyze Byrd’s strange affection for Canelo, and wonder aloud if there’s a better place for a rematch than Canelo-infatuated Las Vegas.

We also get another report from the UK from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, and we have an in-depth conversation with West Coast boxing legend Randy Shields, who went to war with Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Pipino Cuevas, Wilfredo Benitez, Pete Ranzany, Johnny Bumphus, and Milton McCrory during a renaissance era of the welterweight division. Shields, who will be inducted into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame, also worked as a celebrity bodyguard, an actor, and a Hollywood screenwriter.

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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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

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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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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