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 Bob Foster, revered as one of the greatest light heavyweights in history, cleaned up the 175-pound division, then moved up the heavyweight to battle Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali and others in a career that earned him spots in the International Boxing Hall of Fame and World Boxing Hall of Fame.

 Afterward, he became a deputy sheriff in Albuquerque, his hometown.

 Enjoy this rare interview with a colorful and legendary fighter.

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 Light middleweight contender Deandre Latimore emerged from the meanest streets of St. Louis to become one of the top amateur boxers in the history of that city, winning multiple city, state, regional and national championships.

 As a pro, "The Bull" has a 22-3 record, with 17 KOs, his only losses coming at the hand of top-flight opponents (Sechew Powell, over whom he also holds a KO victory, and Cory Spinks).

 A southpaw with a huge punch, Latimore is feared an avoided in the light middlweight division, but looms as a likely opponent for the likes of Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, K9 Bundrage and Alfredo Angulo.

 And, by the way, at 25, Latimore is the father of five daughters, making him a serendpitious Father's Day guest on The Ringside Boxing Show.

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Vinny Paz, once known as Vinny Pazienza, was one of the toughest and most-colorful boxers of his time -- a warrior who not only fought everybody, but also battled his way back and made a successful comeback after a devastating accident in which he broke his neck. Don't miss this sensational conversation with a true boxing legend from our 2011 archives.

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 Randy Roberts is a distinguished professor of history at Purdue University and author of "Joe Louis: Hard Times Man," a 2010 book that was honored among the best in its class for nonfiction and biographies.

In this interview from our June 5, 2011 show, Roberts discusses how "The Brown Bomber" came to be an American icon in the era of the Jim Crow South and during the build-up to the war with Nazi Germany.

Our time with this colorful story teller was far too short.

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