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   This is the first half of The Ringside Boxing Show from Aug. 26, 2012, featuring expert boxing analyst Rizwaan Zahid's take on Josesito Lopez's chances against Canelo Alvarez, the Donaire-Nishioka matchup, the strength of the super middlweight and welterweight divisions, the WBA's newfangled half-point scoring option, and more.

 Boxing trainer Sam Garcia then joins us to discuss his two young prospects, middleweight Paul Mendez and lightweight Preston Freeman.

  The second half of this show features an in-depth interview with the BWWA's "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1990s, future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr., who discusses his role as promoter of controversial, unbeaten, former IBF champ Paul Spadafora, as well as his own continuing quest for a 14th world title belt in five weight divisions.

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Roy Jones Jr., the Boxing Writers Association of America's "Fighter of the Decade" for the 1990s, belongs in any conversation about the greatest light heavyweight boxers of all time, and, at 43, he's still actively pursuing his 13th world title belt (8th major belt) in five weight classes.

Jones also is promoting controversial former world champ Paul Spadafora, who is till unbeaten despite a career that has been often interrupted by problems with drugs, alcohol and the law.

Jones joined us on Aug. 26, 2012 for an in-depth conversation about his own career, as well as the life, skills and future of Spadafora. Enjoy this lively and animated interview from The Ringside Boxing Show.

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 Expert boxing analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid forecast who will be No. 1, pound-for-pound, in four years, who is the greatest boxer of their lifetime, which boxing personality seemed bigger-than-life in person, whether the Olympics should have a pro division for boxing, and other lively topics.

 This is the first half of our Aug. 19 show, which featured an in-depth interview with HBO's Harold Lederman after the commercial break.

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Hall of Fame boxing judge Harold Lederman, best known nowadays as HBO's "unofficial ringside scorer," is a native of the Bronx, where he spent nearly every weekend at Madison Square Garden watching fights during the sport's "Golden Era."

As a judge he worked more than 100 championship bouts, scoring everybody from Emile Griffith to Marco Antonio Barrera.

This boxing legend reminisced on our Aug. 19, 2012 show about growing up as a boxing fan in New York, the atmosphere of The Garden, the mob, the characters, and some of the legendary boxers of the '50s and '60s.

You'll love this guided tour of boxing's yesteryear from one of the most-recognizable voices in the history of the sport.

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Expert analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid discuss the four days of training camp skipped last week by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., whether Sergio-Chavez or Ward-Dawson will be the better fight, Steve Cunningham's move to heavyweight, whether boxing needs a super heavyweight division, the IBF's decision not to strip Lamont Peterson, the value of a Peterson-Judah title fight, and whether women's boxing will receive a long-term boost from the Olympics.

Then, pro trainer Max Garcia comments on what's wrong with Team USA (no Olympic medals), Victor Conte's opinion that PEDs were rampant in London, The Bam Bam Rios vs. Mike Alvarado fight, and other topics.

This is the first half of our Aug. 12, 2012 show featuring Peter Quillin after the c0mmercial break. Enjoy!

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Peter Quillin's stops on his way to a world ranking in the middleweight division have included Chicago (where he was born), Grand Rapids, Mich. (where he was raised), Brooklyn (where he began his pro career), and now, Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. His backstory is as compelling as his win-loss record -- 27-0, 20 KOs.

"Kid Chocolate" talked to us in-depth about his life and career on the August 12, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show. Enjoy this compelling interview.

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 Pro boxer and expert analyst Travis Hartman joined us to discuss Floyd Mayweather's release from jail, the possibility of Pacquiao-Mayweather, and the sensational performances of Mercito Gesta and Jesse Magdaleno on ESPN's Friday Night Fights.

 This is the first half of a show that featured boxing historian Christopher James Shelton discussing the last bare-knuckle fight in recorded history -- Sullivan vs. Kilrain -- in the second part. Enjoy!

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The last big bare-knuckle fight in boxing history was held illegally between undefeated John L. Sullivan and Jake Kilrain at a secret location in a little Mississippi town. Sullivan threw up in the ring in the 44th round, but won the fight. Both Sullivan and Kilrain fled the authorities afterward. Sullivan fought five police officers who tried to arrest him on a train in Memphis, stood trial in a small-town courtroom that had just one chair -- a barber's chair.

Boxing historian Christopher James Shelton told this colorful and true story in vivid detail on the Aug. 5, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show. If you like boxing, and enjoy history, this is a show you don't want to miss. Enjoy!

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