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Hot prospect Jose Benavidez Jr.

Jose Benavidez Jr. had an amateur record of 120-5 and won 11 national championships, including the 2009 U.S. Golden Gloves at age 16, when he became the youngest fighter ever to win gold at that event.

He turned pro at 17 as the youngest ever to obtain a boxing license from the Nevada State Boxing Commission, and was 15-0, with 12 KOs, when we interviewed him on the July 29, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

His trainer, Freddie Roach, called him the best prospect at the Wild Card Gym -- the highest possible praise for the 20-year-old prodigy, whose sparring partners have included Amir Khan, Timothy Bradley, Shawn Porter and Manny Pacquiao.

We spoke in-depth to Benavidez, who has been marked for superstardom by the international boxing media.

The first part of this segment includes Rizwaan Zahid's expert analysis of Robert Guerrero's victory the previous night over previously undefeated Selcuk Aydin, Shawn Porter's performance against Alfonso Gomez, and other topics.

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 Expert boxing analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid discuss Adrien Broner's weighty attitude against Vicente Escobedo, whether the Broner-Mayweather comparisons are valid, Amir Khan's murmerings about leaving Freddie Roach, and much more during the first half of the July 22, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

 The second half of the broadcast featured an in-depth interview with light heavyweight world champion Chad Dawson, who was 48 days from his collision with super middleweight king Andre Ward when he spoke to us from his training camp in Vegas.

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 The best light heavyweight boxer in the world, "Bad" Chad Dawson, was in the process of dropping weight to fight for Andre Ward's super middleweight crown when we caught up to him to discuss the weight, his tactical plan, his chances of getting a fair shake in Ward's back yard, his days as a high school football and basketball star, and much more. Check out this fun and interesting interview from the July 22, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

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Expert boxing analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid break down Danny Garcia's stunning TKO victory over Amir Khan, discuss Angel Garcia's big mouth, anticipate Chad Dawson's effort to drop 7 pounds for Andre Ward, and more.

This is the first half of a show that featured a lively and fascinating interview with world champions Kaliesha "Wild Wild" West and Ava Knight during the final half hour.

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Kaliesha West and Ava Knight are world champions who usually have to leave the country to find a big fight, and might have to change genders someday to earn a big paycheck. The two female superstars joined us on the July 15 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss the challenges and frustrations of fighting in a sport made for men.

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 This is the first half of the July 1, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, featuring boxing writer John J. Raspanti of doghouseboxing.com discussing a pair of biographies, "Sam Langford: Boxing's Greatest Uncrowned Champion" and "Joe Gans: A Biography of the First African-American World Boxing Champion."

 This segment of the show also includes a lively conversation with boxing trainer Sam Garcia, who placed 25th out of 1,001 players the previous day in The World Series of Poker the previous day in Las Vegas, winning $32,000.

 The second half of this show featured an in-depth interview with Jay Tunney, author of "The Prizefighter and the Playwrite," a riveting biography about the friendship between his father, legendary heavyweight champion Gene Tunney, and George Bernard Shaw, one of the most-celebrated writers in history.

Enjoy!

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 International Boxing Hall of Famer Gene Tunney compiled a career record of 81-1, including back-to-back victories over legendary heavyweight king Jack Dempsey in 1926 and (in the infamous "Long Count" bout) 1927. More fascinating, though, is that Tunney was a self-educated man who quit school at 15 to help support his family as a dock worker, and, while learning to defend himself on New York City's roughest streets, became a voracious reader and a self-educated man.

  In retirement, he became close friends with George Bernard Shaw, one of the most-celebrated playwrites in history, a relationship that forms the centerpiece of "The Prizefighter and the Playwrite," a biography written by his son, Jay Tunney.

 Jay Tunney spoke in-depth about his famous father on the July 1, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, including the "Long Count" fight, the friendship with Shaw, and much more. This was one of the most interesting interviews we've ever done on our show. Don't miss it.

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