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John J. Raspanti of doghouseboxing.com joined Rizwaan Zahid on the Feb. 24, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss a weekend in which David Price lost his undefeated record to 41-year-old Tony Thompson, Ishe Smith took a title belt from Cornelius Bundrage, Lamont Peterson stretched Kendall Holt, and Canelo-Trout began to look imminent.

Raspanti was sitting in for Travis Hartman, who was vacationing in Cabo.

This is the first half of a show featuring boxing writer Ivan Goldman after the commercial break, discussing the plight of former Philly boxer Anthony Fletcher, a Death Row inmate for more than 20 years for a crime Goldman says he didn't commit.

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Anthony Fletcher was a pro boxer with a solid record until he engaged in a one-on-one streetfight in Philadelphia with a man who died by his own gun.

Fletcher was convicted of first-degree murder and sent to Death Row, where he still sits almost 21 years later.

Ivan Goldman of insideboxing.com joined us on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 to explain why the evidence proves that Fletcher deserves a new trial.

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 Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid, discuss the previous night's HBO performances of Sakio Bika and Adrien Broner, as well as the worst "dive" ever taken in a boxing match -- a comical travesty in North Dakota that resulted in a suspension for the flopper.

This lively conversation preceded a terrific interview after the commercial break with pro ref and judge Matt Podgorski, creator of "The Pod Index," a mathematical formula for evaluating boxing judges.

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 Matt Podgorski, part of a three-generation boxing family in Chicago, wondered if there were a legitimate way to quantify his own abilities as a professional boxing judge -- a curiousity that led to "The Pod Index," a mathematical formula for comparing judges to their peers.

 Podgorski, a numbers-cruncher by trade, explained his method in detail on the Feb. 17, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, and also discussed his upbringing in a family in which his father, his brother, two uncles and his grandfather all stepped into the ring. Though his grandfather fought just once, the man who worked his corner for that amateur fight was the greatest football player of his era, Red Grange, "The Galloping Ghost." His father, now a world-class referee and judge, beat Johnny Lira and Randy Shields, he and his two brothers fought both amateur and professionally.

 Podgorski, a college professor, gave us a fascinating interview. Enjoy.

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Our expert analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid weigh the worthiness of Joe Calzaghe as an all-time great, ID the true antagonist in the Top Rank-Golden Boy war, comment on the Mayweather/Guerrero/Brook circus, and break down upcoming fights between Bradley & Provodnikov, Kessler & Froch, and Holt & Peterson.

This is the first half of our Feb. 10, 2013 show featuring an in-depth interview with former WBO light welterweight champ Kendall Holt after the commercial break.

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Kendall Holt was once a world champion, but he says he never really felt like he was "on top" in the sport. Now, on the threshold of a fight for Lamont Peterson's 140-pound belt, the Paterson, N.J. slugger is determined to make another grab at boxing's brass ring. There's little doubt that the winner of this fight will become very relevant at junior welterweight.

Holt gave us a lively and honest interview on the Feb. 10, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, talking about his life, his career, and his future.

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