He fell in love with boxing young, turned pro late, and has made the most of his career, becoming one of the true action-figure warriors of his time. But John Molina Jr. probably faces his toughest task this Saturday, taking on undefeated world champion Terance Crawford with two title belts on the line.
Molina discussed his life in and out of the ring with John J. Raspanti on the Dec. 4 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, giving us a candid look at one of the sport's most-popular personalities.
OUr John Molina interview is preceded by Raspanti, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid on Nick Blackwell's dangerous devoition to boxing, Murat Gassiev's place in a talent-rich cruiserweight division, David Haye's decision to fight Tony Bellew, and more.
Nov 27th, 2016 by ringsideboxingshow
Her dad, Javier "Baby Face" Gutierrez, was a California Boxing Hall of Famer who didn't think girls should play sports, let alone box, but Blanca Gutierrez fell hard for the sport anyway.
Gutierrez became a national-level kickboxer at 32 -- she even fought Carina Moreno on ESPN once -- and opened her own gym when she felt unwelcome at most men's gyms.
Nowadays, she's the promoter of the Beautiful Brawlers all-female boxing shows in the San Francisco Bay area, trying to kick the door open for women's boxers in the U.S.
We spoke to Gutierrez about her life, her dad, and her passion for the Sweet Science on the Nov. 27 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.
Before Blanca, we break down Lomachenko's stunning domination of Nicholas Walters -- what the win did for Lomachanko, and what the defeat did to Walters -- with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti.
Nov 20th, 2016 by ringsideboxingshow
Loreto Garza learned to fight in his back yard as the youngest of seven, sparring with three older brothers, but was 18 before he finally made it to a boxing gym. Over the next three years, he won three Golden Gloves titles and made Team USA, then turned pro just before his 21st birthday in 1983 -- the same year another Sacramento superstar, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, made his pro debut.
Garza lost his sixth pro fight, then went on a 23-0-1 run that included knockout wins over former world champions Harry Arroyo and Joe Manley. He then won an electrifying fight over 5-foot-3 Frankie Warren (30-1, his only loss to Buddy McGirt), a bout that many people thought should have been "Fight of the Year." Garza fought the final five rounds with his right eye swollen shut, but Warren came out worse: He retired after that fight after discovering that the retina in one of his eyes had been torn in two places.
Garza's world title fight was in Nice, France, on two weeks notice, against Juan Coggi, who was 45-1, and his majority-decisioni upset victory brought hundreds of fans to the Sacramento airport for his return home.
After a memorable war with Vinny Pazienza (a Garza victory) and a meeting with future Hall of Famer Edwin Rosario (a knockout loss), Garza retired and became a correctional officer for the State of California.
Don't miss this sensational interview with a member of the California Boxing Hall of Fame and a Northern California boxing legend.
Our interview with Loreto Garza is preceded by an enlightening postmortem of the previous night's Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev showdown by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti.
This is a lively show, wall to wall.
Nov 14th, 2016 by ringsideboxingshow
Few fighters of this generation are as reliable as Shawn Porter for giving fans every penny of their ticket price. He's one of the true action-figure boxing stars of this era.
"Showtime" Shawn joined us on 11-13-16 for a 30-minute conversation about one of boxing's most-intriguing weight divisions -- the welterweights -- and where he fits into the picture with Thurman, Garcia, Brook, Spence, Berto, Khan, Pacquiao, Mayweather, and others.
We also hit him up for stories of high school football glory -- as a running back, he once scored six touchdowns in a game, setting a record (previously held by NFL Hall of Famer Larry Czonka) that still stands today.
Our conversation with Shawn Porter is preceded by a postmortem the weekend fights (Danny Garcia-Samuel Vargas, Luis Ortiz-Malik Scott) by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who also discuss a possible Brook-Spence showdown, whether Canelo should bother fighting Chavez Jr., how much hot air Bob Arum is blowing when he talks up a Crawford-Pacquiao match, and other topics.
They've been fighting for years without gloves, without headgear, without judges, in warehouses, parking garages, basements ...wherever the cops aren't looking for them. Now the Bare Knuckle Fighting organization is progressing toward becoming mainstream as a fully sanctioned sport -- and they've already made inroads in three states.
Former world cruiserweight boxing champion Bobby Gunn, bare knuckle boxing's undefeated heavyweight king (73-0, 73 KOs), and Edward Simpson, a management consultant for the organization, joined us on Sunday's Ringside Boxing Show to discuss the ancient, noble art of fistfighting, and why it may soon be coming to an arena, and hopefully a cable TV network, near you.
Do not miss this sensational conversation about the next generation of sanction combat sports.
Oct 23rd, 2016 by ringsideboxingshow
Fidel La Barba was an Olympic gold medalist, a world champion boxer, a Hollywood screenwriter who wrote movies for Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Betty Grable and Victor Mature, and a Stanford University graduate who enjoyed a 10-year career as a sports writer after his boxing days were over.
He was also a father to John La Barba, who joined us Oct. 23 to tell stories about his legendary dad. Don't miss this sensational conversation about a boxer who won his first world title two years before Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs.
Our interview with John La Barba is preceded by John J. Raspanti's chat with Chicago-based super middleweight Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), as well as expert analysis by Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid about David Lemieux's future, Oscar De La Hoya's revelation that he knew he was in for a beating the night he faced Manny Pacquiao, a breakdown of the Donaire-Magdaleno fight and the Frampton-Santa Cruz rematch, and more.
Oct 16th, 2016 by ringsideboxingshow
In his 24 pro fights, 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett fought nine times against International Boxing Hall of Famers and handed the great John L. Sullivan the first loss of his career.
Corbett was slick and handsome, but hardly a gentleman, becoming one of the sport's early smack-talkers, an annoyance that created a lifetime rift between he and Sullivan.
Christopher James Shelton, the world's most industrious boxing historian, joined us on Oct. 16 to talk about the unusual career and remarkable life of the turn-of-the-century heavyweight king, including his stranger-than-fiction business relationship with inventor Thomas Edison.
Our conversation with Chris Shelton is preceded by expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who discuss the landscape of the heavyweight division, Danny Garcia's choice of opponents, how a Spence-Brook fight might look, who wins Haye vs. Bellew, the Hall of Fame credentials of Dariusz Michelczewski, and Manny Pacquiao's typically odd training camp.
Oct 10th, 2016 by ringsideboxingshow
Just four years out of high school, Jeff Bumpus found himself in a fight with world champion Julio Cesar Chavez (45-0, 43 KOs). His mom, a Sunday School teacher, was so horrified that her husband got her drunk for the fight. Bumpus, who had dreams of being "Rocky," just wanted to avoid making Chavez angry. That plan went out the window early in the fight, when Bumpus landed one of the best punches of his life on Chavez's chin. For the rest of this story, check out this fun and revealing interview from Sundays show .... or purchase Bumpus' new book, "Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance."
Sunday's semi-main event was Melissa McMorrow, who shares her thoughts with John J. Raspanti as she preps for yet another fight in Mexico.
And we lead off with expert analysts John J. Raspanti, Travis Hartman, and Rizwaan Zahid , who eulogize one of the greatest 140-pound fighters ever, Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor, who died early Sunday morning. They also tell us which heavyweight is the best in the world right now.
Henry Armstrong became the undisputed featherweight champion of the world in Oct. 1937, moved up 21 pounds to take the welterweight crown from all-time great Barney Ross the following May, and then, three months later, dropped to 135 to beat Hall of Fame lightweight king Lou Ambers.
Edward Scott Jr., the grandson of "Homicide Hank," was our featured guest on this edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss the life and legend of Henry Armstrong, who became a Baptist minister and created the Henry Armstrong Foundation to serve at-risk youth. Scott has made the foundation his life's work in his grandfather's memory.
Our interview with Edward Scott Jr. is preceded by a colorful conversation with unbeaten heavyweight David Latoria, who, in his other job, is a Chicago Police officer.
And, as always, expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti lead off, breaking down Tyson Fury's cocaine mess, Manny Pacquiao's inexplicable political alignment with a Philippines president who admires Hitler, the mouthwatering Walters-Lomachenko fight, and more.
Sep 25th, 2016 by ringsideboxingshow
When you've spent decades thinking deep thoughts about boxing, you tend to pick up a few things. We went deep for 30 minutes with West Coast trainers Abel Sanchez and Max Garcia, discussing a cornucopia of topics:
This is a rapid-paced, short-attention-span, interview that covers a dozen different topics that all fight fans wonder about.
This unusual dissection of the sport's mysteries is preceded by a check-in from expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti on the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame, Tyson Fury's troubles, Anthony Joshua's rush down glory road, a health report on the sport, and more.