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Roy Jones Jr. is a former P4P king, a future hall-of-famer, a superstar TV analyst, a trainer (Jean Pascal), a promoter, a rapper, and, by the way, he's still fighting at 46. (In fact, the four-division world champ has won five in a row and is beginning to talk about another title shot.

We spoke in-depth on Sunday about all of these things with a true living legend.

The Roy Jones Jr. interview is preceded by expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack the perplexing Rios-Alvarado fight, dissect the Pacquiao-Mayweather mess, and more.

We then catch up with trainer Max Garcia, whose talented middleweight, Paul Mendez, won the IBA middleweight title belt and improved to 10-0-1 since joining Garcia Boxing.

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Life is good -- in fact, it's great -- for Peter Quillin, who is the undefeated former WBO middleweight champion of the world, a brand-new father, and (no kidding) a freshly-minted actor who has been cast to play a young Roger Mayweather in a Martin Scorcese-directed feature film about the life of Vinny Pazienza.

We spoke to "Kid Chocolate" about all of the above, plus President Obama's recent decision to lift the 40-year embargo on Cuba (Quillin is part Cuban) on our most recent Ringside Boxing Show.

Preceding our interview with Quillin is a fascinating conversation with former pro boxing judge Matt Podgorski -- creator of The Pod Index -- about some of 2014's biggest judging controversies.

And, as always, our show opens with the expert analysis of Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti of Deontay Wilder's impressive performance against Bermane Stiverne, and the startling disintegration of the two most-anticipated match-ups of 2015, Pacquiao-Mayweather and Canelo-Cotto.

This is a fast-moving, diverse and enlightening hour. Enjoy!

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Our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, give us some perspective on the wild week in boxing promotion, when Andre Ward finally broke way from a dysfunctional relationship with Goossen and signed a blockbuster deal with Roc Nation, and Golden Boy cut loose several Al Haymon fighters, including Marcos Maidana, Danny Garcia and Adrien Broner. They also weigh in on Mike Alvarado's latest arrest, the Groves-Dirrell possibility, and the Stiverne-Wilder collision.

The second half of the show features a classic, in-depth interview with two-time world champion Junior Jones from 2010.

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Boyd Melson's friendship with Christan Zaccagnino began with a dance at a local restaurant-bar. He was a junior at West Point. She was in a wheelchair, paralyzed from a diving accident since age 9.

A lifelong basketball rat, Melson discovered boxing at the military academy, became a U.S. amateur champ, a world military champion, and fought in the U.S. Olympic Trials (where he lost to Austin Trout.)

Never, he says, did he give a thought to turning pro, until (1) Joey Gamache told him he was good enough, and (2) it occurred to him that he might be able to use the spotlight to bring attention to spinal-cord injury research to help his friend.

That epiphany ultimately led to "Team Fight To Walk," a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises awareness and money for stem-cell research in the search for a cure for spinal-cord injuries.

Meanwhile, the 33-year-old New Yorker is 14-1-1 as a light middleweight, and hoping for an April fight for a regional title -- possibly at West Point.

This entertaining and educational interview with "The Rainmaker" is preceded by an insightful analysis by John J. Raspanti (maxboxing.com & doghouseboxing.com) of the Canelo/Cotto/Mayweather Mexican standoff, and a breakdown of Wilder-Stiverne, Santa Cruz-Ruiz, and Rios-Alvarado.

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