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Expert analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid join Dennis Taylor and "Irish" Joe O'Rourke to gush over the previous night's spectacular brawl between Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Andre Berto, then undefeated super bantamweight Tino Avila talked about his life, his career and his upcoming fight.

This is the first half of our Nov. 25, 2012 show featuring a sensational walk down memory lane with Hall of Famers Don Chargin (promoter) and Bill Caplan (publicist).

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 Two of the iconic figures in West Coast boxing history, legendary promoter/matchmaker Don Chargin and celebrated publicist Bill Caplan, teamed up on the November 26, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to give us a lively and humorous reminiscence of LA's famed Olympic Auditorium, spinning colorful stories about Bobby Chacon, Mando Ramos vs. Sugar Ramos, the 1964 Ebihara-Torres riot, the funeral of the original "Golden Boy," Art Aragon, and much more. We simply didn't have enough time to hear a lifetime of colorful stories from these two boxing icons.

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Co-hosts Dennis Taylor and "Irish" Joe O'Rourke pick the brain of our expert analyst, professional boxing Travis Hartman, about Adrien Broner's chances of superstardom, and what kind of opponent might be able to beat him. Hartman also weighs in on whether Seth Mitchell and Johnathon Banks can be taken seriously as potential heirs to the Klitschko Kingdom, and other topics.

Max Garcia, head trainer for Garcia Boxing, drops by to hype the Dec. 15 Golden Boy/Don Chargin-promoted boxing show at The Storm House in Salinas. Garcia-trained Paul Mendez and Preston Freeman will be showcased on the Telefutura show, and former Garcia boxer Jose Celaya will fight a four-round farewell bout in his hometown.

This is the first half of our Nov. 18, 2012 show, which features an in-depth interview with Jean Pascal after the commercial break.

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Jean Pascal was born in Haiti, the son of a nurse and respected politician. His mother brought Pascal and his older brother to Montreal for a better life when Jean was 4. He began boxing at 13, represented Canada at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and became the king of the light heavyweight division.

We spoke to the 30-year-old French Canadian in depth about his life and career on the Nov. 18, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, one of the liveliest conversations we've had in a while.

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John J. Raspanti, lead writer for doghouseboxing.com, joined co-hosts Dennis Taylor and "Irish" Joe O'Rourke for the entire hour of this show.

In this segment, Raspanti reviews all of the action from the previous night's fights in Los Angeles (where he sat ringside), Las Vegas, and Hamburg, Germany, including analysis of Wladimir Klitschko's place in heavyweight history, whether Abner Mares has earned a spot on boxing's Pound4Pound list, Nathan Cleverly's U.S. debut, the upcoming Berto-Guerrero megafight, and much more.

Scroll down to hear Part II of this same show.

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This is the second half of our Nov. 4, 2012 show featuring John J. Raspanti, lead writer for doghouseboxing.com.

In this segment, Raspanti tells us about having lunch the previous day with the legendary "Schoolboy" Bobby Chacon, he reviews James Curl's new book, "Jersey Joe Walcott: A Boxing Biography," and he joins Dennis Taylor & Irish Joe O'Rourke to tell some very unusual & little-known stories from boxing history.

This was a fun and interesting show. Enjoy.

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 Rizwaan Zahid joins co-hosts Dennis Taylor & 'Irish' Joe O'Rourke to discuss the escalating feud between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent, and the fresh family skirmish between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who kicked his famous father out of training camp for alleged drug use, drunkeness, and interference.

This is the first half of our Nov. 4, 2012 show, which features a riveting, multi-faceted interview with former world middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik after the commercial break.

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In Depth: Kelly Pavlik

  The only losses on Kelly Pavlik's 42-fight record -- both unanimous decisions -- came at the hand of future Hall of Famers: Sergio Martinez and Bernard Hopkins.

 After a career filled with memorable wars -- including a knockout of then-unbeaten world middleweight champ Jermain Taylor, voted "Fight of the Year" by boxing writers -- Pavlik is still on the rebound from a battle with alcoholism that temporarily derailed his progress.

 The hardscrabble Youngstown, Ohio, native joined us on Nov. 4, 2012, for a 30-minute conversation in which he pulled no punches in discussing his feelings of abandonment by the fans in his hometown, his contempt for fellow Youngstowner "Boom Boom" Mancini, his stint in rehab, his proposed fight against undefeated super middleweight king Andre Ward, and his most-memorable moments in the ring, both good and bad.

 We even got him to brag about his days as a star catcher in Youngstown.

  We rank this among our best interviews of 2012 on The Ringside Boxing Show.

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