Darnell Boone: The ultimate old-school warrior

April 26th, 2015

Darnell Boone, who is 22-22-4, handed Adonis Stevenson the only loss of his career, a second-round knockout, with a friend working his corner who didn't know a spit bucket from a jump rope.

He's been in the ring with Ward (whom he knocked down), Pascal and Kovalev. 

He's fought 20 undefeated opponents and 10 others with only 1 loss.

In 2005-06, he fought five guys in seven months whose combined record was 131-9. And over a nine-month stretch in 2009-10, he fought five more who together were 55-1.

The first time he ever sparred as an amateur, his sparmate was a 22-0 fighter named Kelly Pavlik.

The guy sitting atop his bucket list has the initials GGG -- and he's willing to drop to 160 to fight him. 

He gets regular critiques -- and perceptive ones, at that -- from his wife.

And at 35, Boone is on a three-fight unbeaten streak.

Don't miss our in-depth interview with this colorful and persistent old-school warrior.

The Darnell Boone interview is preceded by a conversation with rising middleweight Paul Mendez (undefeated for nearly four years) about the good cop/bad cop routine of his trainers, Sam (good) and Max (bad) Garcia.

And we lead off, as always, with a thorough look at the big fights of the past two weeks, and the huge fight coming up on May 2, plus a live report from the West Coast Hall of Fame induction banquet, from expert analysts John J. Raspanti, Rizwaan Zahid, and Travis Hartman.

Rodolfo “El Gato” Gonzalez: Lightweight king, Hall of Famer

April 12th, 2015

Rodolfo Gonzalez was a bullfighter at age 11, turned pro at 13, and went 51-0 He was ravaged by liver cancer at age 18 -- doctors gave him eight months to live -- but 13 years later, "El Gato" won a world championship belt. It's been a remarkable journey, and he collected stories every step of the way.

Listen closely to this remarkable interview, because it might contain a bona fide miracle.

The interview with Gonzalez is preceded by a postmortem of the weekend boxing results (Quillin-Lee and Garcia-Peterson) by expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, plus an update from trainer Max Garcia, whose middleweight, Paul Mendez, returns to the ring Saturday.


Rick Farris: Boxers, actors and mobsters

April 5th, 2015

 Rick Farris fought at the Olympic, trained with 12 world champions at the Main Street Gym, and spent the past 38 years working in Hollywood.

Now he's president and founder of the new West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame, which has its inaugural event coming up April 26.

The bantamweight from Burbank joined us April 5 to talk about boxers, actors and real-life mobsters in one of the most-colorful shows we've ever had.

The Rick Farris interview is preceded by our triple-threat of expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who marvel at the (KO) power surge in Canada, consider the validity of the BKB, and give us the likely winner of next week's Danny Garcia-Lamont Peterson showdown, among other hot topics.

This hour is one big Easter Basket of boxing.


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