Ringside Boxing Show (11-24-13) Part I

November 24th, 2013

 John J. Raspanti from doghouseboxing.com and KO Monthly Magazine stood in this week for regular analysts Travis Hartman (tanning in Jamaica) and Rizwaan Zahid (paying his bills in Toronto) to talk about Pacquiao's domination of Rios, the Roach-Ariza feud, Froch's controversial TKO of Groves, and more.

 This is the first half of our Nov. 24, 2013 show, featuring an in-depth interview with rising-star East Coast ref (and amateur boxing legend) Harvey Dock after the commercial break.

In Depth: Referee Harvey Dock

November 24th, 2013

  Harvey Dock ranks among the best amateur boxers in the history of his home state, where he was New Jersey's 1994 "Fighter of the Year" and has been enshrined in the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.
  He opted to stay in the sport as a professional referee, not a boxer, and in 2013 emerged as one of the go-to refs for big fights on the East Coast.
  We had a fun and enlightening conversation with Dock on the Nov. 24 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

Ringside Boxing Show (11-17-13) Part I

November 17th, 2013

  Expect analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid put the Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez fight under the microscope, breaking down Ward's astonishing performance after a 14-month injury layoff. They also give some fascinating insight into the job Jack Reiss did as the third man in the ring, gaining control of a fight on the verge of chaos. Some of their opinions may surprise you.

  This is the first half of our Nov. 23, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, featuring an in-depth look at the life and death of Tommy Morrison after the commercial break.

The Life & Death of Tommy Morrison

November 17th, 2013

 Tommy Morrison had a remarkable heavyweight career, including a conquest of George Foreman and two world title belts, but an HIV diagnosis put the skids on everything.

  Morrison, just 44 when he died in September, insisted to the end that the HIV diagnosis was bogus and, in fact, believed the virus, itself, was a government hoax.

  Our boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, offered a fascinating perspective on "The Duke" from a variety of angles on the Nov. 17, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.


Ringside Boxing Show (11-10-13) Part I

November 11th, 2013

  Expert analyst Rizwaan Zahid braves laryngitis to break down HBO's entertaining tripleheader of Andrade-Martirosyan, Donaire-Darchinyan, and Garcia-Martinez, and also gives his his prefight analysis of Andre Ward vs. Edwin Rodriguez.

  This is the first part of our Nov. 10, 2013 show featuring an in-depth interview with Mark Breland after the commercial break.

In Depth: Mark Breland

November 10th, 2013

Widely regarded as the greatest U.S. amateur boxer ever, Mark Breland won the New York Golden Gloves five times, the Olympic gold medal, and the world amateur championship in a career in which he compiled a record of 110-1.

That's the bar he set for himself before turning pro.

Breland won the WBA welterweight crown twice in a professional career that couldn't possibly have been great enough, retired young (and on a five-fight winning streak), and moved on.

He's now a trainer who worked with the late Vernon Forrest, and now is teaching 6-foot-7 Deontay Wilder the finer points of using his 83-inch reach.

We talked to Breland about all of these things, plus his acting career (stage and screen) on the Nov. 10, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.


Ringside Boxing Show (11-3-13) Part I

November 4th, 2013

 Professional boxer Travis Hartman, our expert analyst, speaks with emotion about Russian heavyweight Mago Abdusalamov, who, on the day of our show, lay in a medically induced coma, recovering from a blood clot in his brain, apparently the result of Saturday night's brutal fight with Mike Perez on HBO. Was Mago's corner culpable for showing too much valor on behalf of a courageous fighter -- should his trainers, the doctor, or the ref stopped the fight?

 Hartman also lauds the energetic and exciting (an exciting heavyweight?) performance of Perez, the Cuban defector now living in Ireland, he marvels at another overwhelming performance by Gennady Golovkin in his destruction of Curtis Stevens, and weighs in on the upcoming doubleheader featuring the Donaire-Darchinyan rematch and a battle of unbeatens, Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade.

  Kathy Garcia then joined us to talk about her rising star, middleweight Paul Mendez, and take the blame for a sluggish performance (resulting in a draw) the previous Monday on Fox Sports 1 against Louis Hope.

  This is the first half of our Nov. 3, 2013, featuring an outstanding conversation with Spinks Brothers biographer John Florio after the commercial break.

Spinks Bros biographer John Florio

November 3rd, 2013

 Sports Illustrated featured the broad, toothless grin of Leon Spinks on its cover after the Olympic gold medal-winner won the world heavyweight championship from Muhammad Ali in his eighth pro fight. Leon and younger brother Michael -- also an Olympic champ, and the best light heavyweight of his era -- emerged from the meanest projects in St. Louis to become millionaires.

 Spinks biographer John Florio ("One Punch From The Promised Land") regaled us with spectacular tales of "Neon" Leon's wild nights and gym allergies, and Michael's dedication to the gym and reluctance to fight. He also told harrowing stories about the violence-torn ghetto the boys called home.

 This interview from the Nov. 3, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show is sensational, and Florio's book (co-authored by Ouisi Shapiro) is even better.


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