Author Jeffrey Sussman trained as a 12-year-old at Stillman's Gym, met Rocky Graziano, who was walking his toy poodle, and wrote a bestselling book about two of the great Jewish boxing heroes. "Max Baer and Barney Ross: Jewish Heroes of Boxing," is the story of two exceptionally colorful fighters.
Baer knocked out Max Schmeling long before Joe Louis did it. He had a remarkable Hollywood career, both on the Silver Screen and in the beds of a long line of actresses, including Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow.
Ross was a teenage chum of Jack Ruby (who later killed Lee Harvey Oswald) when they were both employees of Chicago gangster Al Capone. He became the first boxer ever to win titles at three weights. He single-handedly killed almost two dozen Japanese soldiers in an all-night battle at Guadalcanal.
This outstanding interview with a terrific story teller is preceded by our weekly discussion with expect analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who tell us what Deontay Wilder means in today's heavyweight division, where Eleider Alvarez stands as a light heavyweight, whether Chavez Jr. and Canelo were nuts to make a winner-take-all bet on their fight, and what's going to happen in Angel Garcia's showdown with NYSAC in his fight to work Danny's corner against Keith Thurman.
A great show!