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Expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti check in with their breakdown of Keith Thurman's rib-cracking destruction of Julio Cruz, Omar Figueroa's less-than-scintillating split-decision conquest of Jerry Belmontes, and the four-knockdown "Fight of the Year' battle between John Molina and Lucas Matthysse.

T-Rex and JJ also discuss the meaning of Oscar De La Hoya's apparent efforts to buy the hatchet with arch-rival Bob Arum, and whether De La Hoya's relationship with Richard Schaefer can survive the resulting rift.

This is the first half of our April 27, 2014 show, featuing an in-depth interview with undefeated super middleweight prospect Mike Gavronski after the commercial break.

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  Mike Gavronski was 18 when he started boxing, and 24 before he turned pro. Is he in a hurry now, at age 28? Hell, yeah, he says ...  "I was born in a hurry.."
  So far, Gavronski is in the express lane, with a 14-0-1 record, 10 KOs, and a recent win on Fox Sports 1.
  We spoke in depth to the super middleweight prospect -- a Tacoma, Wash. native now training in Chicago -- about his life, his career, and the "hillbilly town" where he spent his teen years.
  This is a fun and enlightening introduction tot a fighter who could have a bright future in the sport.

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Expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti break down Pacquiao's vengeance over Bradley, and talk about what lies ahead for both fighters. They also tell us whether the climate is changing for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Great stuff, as always.

 The Pacquiao-Bradley theme continues when pro ref Matt Podgorski (podindex.org)  joins us to accept congratulations for designing a computer model that deduced that Pacquiao would beat Bradley by an average judges' score of 116-112. Two of the three judges turned in that scorecard.

  Luck, or is Podgorski onto something? We'll get a clue when Cotto fights Sergio. The Pod Index guys have already done that analysis, and it says Sergio wins a comfortable decision.

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 The two-time heavyweight champion of the world is the father of 12 children, including five sons: George, George, George, George and George.

  George Foreman Jr. and George Foreman IV joined us on April 13, 2014, to talk about the day they realized their father was famous outside the house, the night their dad regained the heavyweight crown, what it was like to "wait till your father gets home" after screwing up, who was the toughest of the Foreman kids, and much more.

  This was one of the liveliest and most entertaining interviews we've every had on The Ringside Boxing Show. Enjoy!

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  Expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti fail to argue about the outcomes of Pacquiao-Bradley, Broner-Molina, Sergio-Cotto, and Malignaggi-Porter in an otherwise-lively start to the Ringside Boxing Show.

  Then we get a critique of Paul Mendez (11-fight unbeaten string) from his co-trainer, Sam Garcia. "El Gallo Negro" fought with a shoulder injury that bothered him through training camp, but managed to pitch an eight-round shutout.

  This is the first half of our April 6, 2014 show, featuring an amazing in-depth interview with one of boxing's true originals, New York trainer Tommy Gallagher.

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 He's a Damon Runyon character come to life -- a world-class boxing trainer spawned from New York's golden era of the sport. Tommy Gallagher sparred regularly with Joey Giardello. He went to the track with Rocky Graziano. He knew the wiseguys -- and thinks they get a bum rap. And, by the way, he learned his trade at Stillman's Gym, alongside Angelo Dundee, Lou Duva, Ray Arcel, the Florio brothers, Charlie Goldman, Chickie Ferrara.

 Gallagher never pulled a punch in the ring (he was 66-2 and won the New York Golden Gloves) and doesn't pull any in this interview. Wait till you hear him talk about Teddy Atlas.

 

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