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Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid, give us a scintillating preview of 2013's most interesting matchups, including Rios-Alvarado II, Canelo-Trout, Broner-Rees, Alexander-Brook, Garcia-Salido ...

They also weigh in on Timothy Bradley's cred, Sergio's Hall of Fame prospects, the Froch-Bute-Pavlik-Kessler-Abraham sweepstakes, and more.

This is the first half of our Dec. 30, 2012 show, featuring a spectacular interview with Deontay Wilder after the commercial break.

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Deontay won an Olympic medal with just 30 amateur bouts under his belt, and now has knocked out all 26 men he has fought as a pro. The Tuscaloosa, Alabama heavyweight, joined us Dec. 30, 2012 for a poignant and often hilarious conversation about his life, his daughter, his previous incarnations as a wide receiver and a power forward, fellow Alabama heavyweights Joe Louis and Evander Holyfield, and ... yep, hand sex. He even talked like a Chinese guy. This is a fun and fascinating interview you won't want to miss.

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 Expert analyst Rizwaan Zahid joined us to discuss Amir Khan's dominant performance against Carlos Molina, Nonito Donaire's claim to "Fighter of the Year" honors, Larry Merchant's legacy at HBO, and much more.

 We spoke next to boxing trainer Sam Garcia about two exciting new fighters in the Garcia Boxing stable, Paul Mendez and Preston Freeman, and their performances the previous night in a Golden Boy Promotions/Don Chargin show in Salinas, California.

This is the first half of our Dec. 16, 2012 show featuring an amazing, in-depth conversation with Paul Spadafora after the commercial break.

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In Depth: Paul Spadafora

His story is worthy of a Hollywood movie. Paul Spadafora has been undefeated for 17 years and 48 fights as a pro, a career that included a four-year reign (and seven title defenses) as the IBF lightweight champion. Parallel with that astonishing record is his stormy personal life -- a world of drug addiction, alcoholism, and one of the most-horrific instances of domestic violence imaginable: In a drunken rage, Spadafora shot his pregnant girlfriend in the stomach.

A year in a penitentiary was educational, but not enough to make him change his ways, and "The Pittsburgh Kid" hit rock-bottom later.

This colorful and candid interview gives Spadafora room to describe the world he lived in, and the person he's become since enduring a seven-month stint in rehab. This is one of the most-compelling interviews we've ever done on The Ringside Boxing Show. Enjoy.

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Expert analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid break down Austin Trout's sensational performance against Miguel Cotto, Paulie Malignaggi's astute and articulate commentary as Showtime's guest analyst, and the speculate about what "Macho" Camacho might have thought about the catfight that disrupted his funeral.

Then super middleweight prospect Paul Mendez joins us to talk about his upcoming gig in the main event of the Dec. 15 Golden Boy Promotions/Don Chargin boxing event in Salinas, as well as how his life and career have changed since joining Garcia Boxing's stable.

 This is the first half of our Dec. 2, 2012 show, featuring a colorful conversation with boxing historian Christopher James Shelton after the break.

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Christopher James Shelton, the official historian of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, told us the story of Yankee Sullivan, Tom Hyer, and the strange world of the bare-knuckle boxing world in the 1840s.

 Shelton is a meticulous researcher with a gift for unearthing fascinating stories, as well as a talent for telling those stories on the air. As always, he gives us a colorful history lesson on the Dec. 2, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

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