The Sweet Science … 3,000 year ago

January 27th, 2013

Boxing historian Christopher James Shelton, a multi-time guest on The Ringside Boxing Show, told us what "The Sweet Science" was like 3,000 years ago in Turkey, when Achilles was a warrior and stud wrestler -- not just a fragile heel tendon -- and a sportswriter named Homer became the world's first boxing writer.

This lively history lesson is typical of the sensational stuff Chris Shelton brings to our show every time he's on.

Ringside Boxing Show, 1-20-13, Part I

January 20th, 2013

Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid, are joined by John J. Raspanti, lead writer for, to break down the Golovkin-Rosado and Garcia-Salido fights, discuss future opponents, and predict whether we've seen the last of Kelly Pavlik.

 This is the first half of our Jan. 20, 2013 show featuring "storytime" after the commercial break. Don't miss this entertaining hour.

Storytime: John J. Raspanti,

January 20th, 2013


John J. Raspanti, lead writer for, join co-hosts Dennis Taylor and "Irish" Joe O'Rourke to spin a few little-known yarns about boxers of the past.

Ringside Boxing Show, 1-13-13, Part I

January 14th, 2013

  Expert analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid weigh in on Chad Dawson's split with "Iceman" John Scully -- his 10th trainer switch in an 11-year career -- as well as John Molina Jr's career-boosting KO victory over Dannie Williams, the mouth-watering possibility of a Brandon Rios-Danny Garcia clash, and more.

  This is the first half of our Jan. 13, 2013 show that features a terrific, in-depth conversation with two-time world champion Jesse James Leija, now a Texas promoter, after the commercial break.

In Depth: Jesse James Leija

January 14th, 2013

As a kid, Jesse James Leija was a football star -- a running back and a linebacker -- but at just 5-foot-5 he didn't have a physical stature for a future in the sport. When his high school coach told him to re-think his aspiration, he got angry and quit the game -- a mistake, he says today: Never let another person tell you what you can't do, he advises.

Leija came from a boxing family in San Antonio, Texas, but switched to the ring at age 19 against the advice of every relative who had been there before him. After just 28 amateur bouts, he turned pro, overcoming limited natural ability and punching power to win two world championships in a 17-year career.

"The Texas Tornado" was respected as a boxer who fought almost every significant opponent in four weight divisions, including four memorable clashes with Azumah Nelson, and bouts with Gabriel Ruelas, Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley (both undefeated at the time), Ivan Robinson, Francisco "Panchito" Bojado, unified 140-pound king Kostya Tszyu, Arturo Gatti, Micky Ward, and many others.

Now a promoter in San Antonio, Leija gave us a colorful and revealing interview on the Jan. 13, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

In Depth: Paulie Malignaggi

January 6th, 2013

 Paulie Malignaggi grew up on Brooklyn's mean streets with an abusive stepfather, but recognized boxing as an alternative to vice and crime. Since turning pro, he's had a rocky road and more than one rise to the top, but he may well be at this career peak right now: He's popular, relevant, a reigning world champ and, maybe best of all, a rising star as a ringside analyst for Showtime.

 "The Magic Man" granted us an extra-long interview, talking about his life, his career, and his future. This one started our year with a bang.


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