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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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Should Vasyl Lomachenko be mentioned with Willie Pep, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roy Jones, Sweet Pea Whitaker, Alexis Arguello, the Sugar Rays, and other all-time greats of the sweet science?

Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti marvel at Lomachenko's latest virtuoso performance, measure him (even at this early point in his pro career) against the legends, and speculate where he might be headed next.

Our panel also talks Ward-Kovalev II, Chavez Jr's apparently successful efforts to make weight for the Canelo showdown, and spin-off topics.

This conversation leads off a jam-packed show that also includes interviews with Michael Ruiz Jr., trainer Max Garcia, and unsinkable veteran Edner Cherry, who is 12-1 in his most-recent fights.

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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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The world's most-diligent boxing historian has researched boxers from ancient Greece, boxers who walked the earth at the same time as Christ, boxers who were refereed by famous Wild West gunslingers, a female slave/boxer, all the way up to modern-day fighters.

Now Christopher James Shelton has written a memoir about his life and, of course, boxing, rife with all of the aforementioned true stories.

We spoke at length with the author about "My Life Before Death: A Boxing HIstorian Memoir," a brand-new release available at Amazon.com. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Before-DEATH-boxing-historian-memoir-ebook/dp/B06WWRKNNY/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489973598&sr=1-4&refinements=p_n_publication_date%3A1250227011

Our conversation with Chris Shelton is preceded by a thorough unpacking of the Golovkin-Jacobs and Chocolatito-Rungvisai fights by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

 

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London native Frank Buglioni first tugged on a pair of boxing gloves at age 12, got roughed up in sparring, and has been smitten with the sport ever since.

He won two national championships and the Commonwealth Games as an amateur, and has captured the Euro super middleweight and British light heavyweight championships as a pro.

He's only suffered two setbacks, but says he came away from both losses with a higher education that served him later. His 2016 win over Hosea Burton, a victory, was regarded by many as a Fight of the Year candidate.

This is a fascinating conversation with an articulate Brit with plans to make waves on the international stage.

Our interview with Frank Buglioni is preceded by a thorough breakdown by Raspanti, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid on multiple subjects, including Saturday's upcoming superfight between Golovkin and Jacobs, what's next for Pacquiao now that the Amir Khan fight is up in smoke, the stunning announcement of a $50 million, two-division World Boxing Super Series tournament, Tyson Fury's 350-pound body as he resumes training, and the future of David Lemieux after sending Curtis Stevens out of the arena asleep on a gurney over the weekend.

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Boxing writer Anson Wainwright of The Ring Magazine and RingTV.com joined us to discuss the increasingly relevant boxing scene in the United Kingdom, with it's fascinating personalities (the Fury cousins, the Eubanks, Haye and Bellew) and exciting upcoming matchups, like Joshua-Klitschko and Brook-Spence.

This is a unique perspective you won't hear everyday, an insider's look at a region of the world enjoying a renaissance period in The Sweet Science.

Our interview with Anson is preceeded by a breakdown of a sensational Saturday -- Thurman-Garcia, Haye-Bellew, and more -- by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

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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!

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When he was 14, Sean O'Grady sparred four rounds with "Schoolboy" Bobby Chacon at the Main Street Gym in LA. He turned pro in Oklahoma at 15, and went 26-0, with 22 knockouts, in his first year. A few days after his 17th birthday, he lost for the first time to future Hall of Famer Danny "Little Red" Lopez at the Fabulous Forum. He went to Scotland (where his life was threatened) and lost a WBC world title fight to Jim Watt, then beat Hilmer Kenty for the WBA crown five months later. He was Cosmopolitan Magazine's "Bachelor of the Month" and got love letters from 10,000 women.

If you think "The Bubblegum Bomber" has stories to tell, you'd be right.

Our interview with Sean O'Grady is preceded by a conversation with Chicago heavyweight Mike Mollo, on his way to Poland for a big fight, and our expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack Adrien Broner's narrow win over Adrian Granado, and the battering-ram contest between Lamont Peterson and David Avanesyan..

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He won the WBA middleweight championship three times, and fought the likes of Felix Trinidad, Roberto Duran, and Bernard Hopkins, but William Joppy is enjoying the most-rewarding part of his life right now, counseling troubled kids in the Washington D.C. area and helping the homeless through his nonprofit organization, "Breakfast With Boxers."

We went deep with this humble boxing legend on the Feb. 12 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, talking about the ups and downs of his amazing life. This one is not to be missed.

Our interview with William Joppy is preceded by a conversation with expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti about Andre Ward's subtle moves toward retirement, Julio Cesar Chavez's serious surprisingly serious aproach to making 164.5 pounds to fight Canelo, the upcoming fight between Hughie Fury and Joseph Parker, a dream matchup between Vasyl Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia, and the silly plan for Mayweather to fight McGregor.

You can also hear our weekly broadcast every Monday on blogtalkradio.com, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central, 8 Eastern. 

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