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In more than 40 years as a boxing publicist, Bill Caplan has worked for Joe Louis, Don King, Bob Arum, and currently is with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

Caplan was at the hub of California's amazing boxing scene in the glory years of Carlos Palomino, Bobby Chacon, Mando Ramos, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, the Quarry brothers.

The stories he shared with us during his second appearance on The Ringside Boxing Show were rich, colorful and true. Take an amazing walk through California's boxing history with a man who has seen it all.

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 Expert analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid join co-hosts Dennis Taylor and "Irish" Joe O'Rourke for a deep look at the Lamont Peterson's scandal, the climate of performance-enhancing drugs in boxing, the possibility of a Khan vs. Danny "Swift" Garcia match-up, and breakdowns of Dawson-Ward and Pacquiao-Bradley. This is the first half of a show that featured an in-depth interview with Demarcus Corley after the break.

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Demarcus Corley held the WBO light welterweight title for two years beginning in 2001, but a split-decision loss to Zab Judah in a title fight put him on a nine-year skid that included 18 defeats in his next 27 fights.

Remarkably, the 37-year-old Corley has bounced back in 2012 with back-to-back wins over Gabriel Bracero (18-0) and Paul McCloskey (23-1), and suddenly is being mentioned as an opponent for the likes of Amir Khan.

Equally astounding is that Corley is still fighting at 140 pounds -- the same weight division at which he won a National Golden Gloves title as an amateur in 1995.

 And if that's not stunning enough, his plan is to drop to 135 pounds and fight for a title there.

 Enjoy this eye-opening interview with a boxer who has given himself the opportunity to be remembered alongside "Cinderella Man" Jim Braddock and the second coming of George Foreman as one of the great comeback stories of all time.

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Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid, expert analysts who appear weekly on the show, break down Mayweather's win over Cotto, what it means to both fighters, whether Floyd needs to fight Pacquiao to satisfy historians, whether Cotto is a Hall of Famer, and more.

If you've never heard The Ringside Boxing Show, you have something important to add to your bucket list.

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 When Armando Muniz fought Carlos Palomino for the WBC welterweight championship in 1977, it marked the first time in the history of the sport that two college graduates had met for a world title.

 Muniz fought four times for the title, but never won -- unless you count the infamous robbery that took place in Guadalajara against defending champion Jose Napoles. That one still sticks in the craw of Muniz, whose list of opponents in an 18-year career also included Emile Griffith, Angel Espada, Ernie "Little Red" Lopez, Hedgemon Lewis, Pete Ranzany and Sugar Ray Leonard.

We did an unusually lengthy interview with Munoz -- 40 minutes -- discussing his life before and after boxing, his classic fights, his experience as a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team in Mexico City, and much more. Enjoy an amazing conversation with "El Hombre" from the May 6, 2012 edition of the Ringside Boxing Show.

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