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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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Paul Banke knocked out a future Hall of Famer, Daniel Zaragoza, to win the WBC super bantamweight crown in 1990, but by then he was already adrift into the dangerous world of substance abuse.

The hard-partying fighter had just one successful title defense, and his once-promising career ended just three years after the Zaragoza triumph, but his battle with the effects of crystal meth (among other drugs) is a battle he's waged throughout his life.

Twenty-two years ago, in 1995, he was diagnosed with full-blown AIDS (probably from needle sharing or unprotected sex), a disease that, in those days, was tantamount to a death sentence. With the help of a daily cocktail of medications, he has persevered, enduring 13 failed rehab stays before finally resolving to end the cycle of substance abuse at age 50.

Now 52, Banke is clean and sober, working with boxers, and celebrating life with the support of a strong contingent of friends. He's also being inducted this year into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame.

This memorable interview with Paul Banke is preceeded by John J. Raspanti's conversation with Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez, a super middleweight from Chicago scheduled to put his 20-1-1 record on the line June 23 in a rematch with Aaron Pryor Jr.

Before that, we talk to our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and Raspanti about the breakout performance of welterweight Regis Prograis (who TKO'd previously undefeated Joel Diaz Jr. on Friday), and the upcoming rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev.

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Montell Griffin's storybook career had a few unhappily-ever-after episodes that still grate on his nerves all these years later, at age 47.

His father owned the Windy City Boxing Gym, which was Montell's home away from home until his dad passed away at age 12. At that point, his mother pulled him out of the sport through his teen years, until he finally split for Los Angeles to resume training as an 18-year-old.

Against all odds, Griffin made the 1992 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team and went to Barcelona with a squad that included Oscar De La Hoya, Julian Wheeler, Raul Marquez, Chris Byrd, Tim Austin, and Larry Donald.

Unfortunately, those were the first Olympics to use the new electronic scoring system, which routinely awarded points to the wrong fighter -- a snafu that eliminated Griffin before the medal round.

After turning pro (where he was trained from his eighth fight on by the legendary Eddie Futch), Griffin won his first 14, then stepped into the ring with future Hall of Famer James Toney, who already was 44-1 and a former world champion. Griffin not only upset Toney, but also won a rematch the following year.

That put him inthe ring with undefeated world champion Roy Jones Jr.., the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world at the time -- a fight Griffin was winning going into the ninth round, when Jones was DQ'd for hitting his opponent while he was on a knee.

Fans trolled Griffin after that, adding to a career filled with disappointment and disillusionment.

This is a remarkable 20-minute interview with a colorful fighter who deserved better from a career that spanned from 1993-2011.

Our interview with Montell Griffin is preceded, as always, by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who discuss the weekend victories by Adonis Stevenson and Eleider Alvarez, the skullduggery involving Team Ward and Kovalev trainer John J. Raspanti, and the claim by a Sky Sports reporter that Deontay Wilder was knocked out cold -- twice -- while sparring with Wladimir Klitschko.

This is a rockin' show with a lot of revelations.

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Our extraordinary boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, joined us this week to tell the tale of bare-fisted British boxer Tom Spring, whom Shelton considers 'the Mike Tyson of his day.' Check out this colorful interview and find out why.


 Our Christopher Shelton conversation is preceded by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who unwrap Errol Spence's breakout performance against Kell Brook, and look forward to what might be in stor for both fighters and the talent-loaded welterweight division.

 

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Few people can talk boxing and boxing history with the authority of Doug Fischer (writer for The Ring magazine and RingTV.com) and Dave Schwartz (Southern California boxing aficionado since the 1950s), who joined us for an all-encompassing conversation on everything from how Golovkin compares to the all-time greats to a look back at the heyday of the Olympic Auditorium.

This lively and wide-reaching conversation is preceded by an interview with boxing trainer Max Garcia (whose blue-chip prospect, Ruben Villa IV, improved to 6-0 on Friday), and a breakdown of a sensational fight weekend by expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

You'll learn plenty from this one, guaranteed.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had everything to gain against Canelo Alvarez -- most of all, a chance to make the boxing public (especially Mexican fans) forgive him for past missteps. He's been lazy, uncommitted, often lackadaisical in the gym (even smoking dope in at least one training camp). He's lacked discipline with his diet, hasn't work well with with a Who's Who of boxing trainers, and he has failed to live up to the (unfair?) expectations of a bigger-than-life family name.

A leave-it-in-the-ring effort against Canelo, win or lose, would have clensed him forever. Instead, he turned in one of the worst performances of his career when the stakes were highest and his legacy was on the line.

Boxing experts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti review the fight, break down what happened, and try to explain how and why Chavez left his "A Game" in the gym. Their insightful explanations and analysis might surprise you.

The second half of our show is another treat as we replay a classic interview we did with 1950s boxing legend Tony DeMarco, a Hall of Famer who fought classic, toe-to-toe fights with Carmen Basilio, Johnny Saxton, Gasper Ortega, Don Jordan, and other greats from the "Golden Age of Boxing."

 

 

 

 

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Chuck Wepner, 'The Bayonne Bleeder,' inspired Sylvester Stallone to create 'Rocky' when he knocked down Muhammad Ali in their 1975 fight.

His colorful life story is now a new feature film, 'Chuck,' opening in theaters May 5 starring Liev Schreiber in the title role.

We interviewed both Chuck Wepner and Liev Schreiber ('Ray Donovan,' 'Wolverine') on our most recent Ringside Boxing Show.

This spectacular doubleheader interview is preceded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who review Shawn Porter's mauling conquest of Andre Berto, give us the inside scoop on the sensational Charlo twins, discuss Tyson Fury's offer to provide stud services to any woman willing to pay $64,000 (US), speculate whether Adrien Broner will make it to age 30 without going to jail, and tell us who's going to win the Klitschko-Joshua fight.

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Sonny Liston may have been the most-feared, least-understood heavyweight boxer in history, an ex-con and street thug who worked as a thumb-breaker for the mob, and whose boxing contract was owned by gangsters Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo of Murder Inc.

But author Paul Gallender, through 40 years of research, has uncovered a different side of Liston, a story he tells in his two biographies, "Sonny LIston: The Real Story Behind the Ali-Liston Fights," and the recently published "Sonny Liston: In a New Light."

Gallender joined us on The Ringside Boxing Show to paint a picture of a man with two very different personalities -- sullen, glowering, and frightening in the boxing world, and warm, generous, and affectionate when few were watching.

Our interview with Paul Gallender is preceded by expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti, who discuss Ward vs. Kovalev, Pacquiao's future, Froch's humiliating experience at the Joshua-Klitschko box office, the dark secret of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and more.

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Canelo Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, have become remarkably adroit at stacking barriers in the road to a long-awaited superfight with Gennady Golovkin -- the latest being the  claim (based on somewhat-valid evidence: only 177,000 recent PPV buys for the Jacobs fight) that the public doesn't care much about Golovkin.

On the other hand, most observers of the Sweet Science seem to agree that no fight seems as mouthwatering right now as Canelo-GGG ... so what's the deal? Our expert analysts discuss the possibility that De La Hoya and Canelo are waiting for Golovkin to age a bit more -- maybe until his flesh is decomposing -- before risking Golden Boy's meal ticket in a fight Golovkin would be favored to win.

We also talk about Canelo's more-immediate concern -- the upcoming clash with an unusually motivated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. -- plus the youth-versus-experience showdown between Joshua and Klitschko, and, finally, who deserves to be No. 1 on the Pound 4 Pound list.

This rousing discussion sets the stage for our memorable and revealing conversation with Dicky Eklund (Micky Ward's brother and co-inspiration for "The Fighter.")

 

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Hall of Fame-bound referee has seen some of the greatest fights of all time from an arm's length away, including Corrales-Castillo (perhaps the most-spectacular 10-round fight in history), the Rios-Alvarado rematch, Pacquiao-Marquez III, Pacquiao-Barrera II, Hopkins-Jones II, Mayweather-Marquez, and, most recently, Tyson Fury's upset of Wladimir Klitschko and Vasyl Lomachenko's systematic dismantling of Nicholas Walters.

We picked his brain about being where the blood, sweat, saliva, and snot flies, and the descriptions were epic. Don't miss this conversation with one of the best refs of our generation.

Our Tony Weeks interview is preceeded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who dissect Jorge Linares' domination of Anthony Crolla (and his probably ill-fated desire to take on Mikey or Lomachenko), Andre Ward's level of interest in a Kovalev rematch, Golovkin's disappointing PPV numbers, and more.

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