Tony ‘TNT’ Tucker on getting back up

June 21st, 2015

Tony 'TNT' Tucker battled Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Buster Douglas, and cocaine during a remarkable and mercurial life.

Tucker tells his whole stunning story in a new autobiography, "Fight the Good Fight: How to Get Back Up When Life Knocks You Down," and gives us a riveting preview on this edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

Don't miss this candid interview with a colorful heavyweight from the not-so-distant past.

The Tony Tucker interview is preceeded by a conversation with trainer Max Garcia about "Sugar" Shane Mosley (training for a comeback fight), the potential of much-ballyhood Gilberto Ramirez ("a future superstar," Max says), and the expectations for Garcia Boxing's middleweight prospect, Paul Mendez (unbeaten in four years), who fights a hometown bout on Friday in Salinas, California.

And expert analyst John J. Raspanti leads off with his report from ringside at the Oracle Arena, where Andre Ward made his triumphant return on Saturday with a ninth-round TKO of British super middleweight Paul Smith.

The Murder of James Elliott (1883)

June 14th, 2015

Boxing historian extraordinaire Christopher James Shelton wisks us back to the 19th century to tell the story of a mean, nasty, lawbusting New York Irishman who also happened to be a very dirty fighter.

Chris spins the yarn of James Elliott, who met an early and unfortunate demise at the hand of a small-time gambler with a temper and a gun. (Spoiler alert: The same guy later tried to kill legendary gunfighter and New York sportswriter Bat Masterson.)

To read Christopher Shelton's story about Irish pugilist and rascal James Elliott, visit

The Christopher Shelton segment is preceded by a thorough breakdown of the weekend action (Wilder, The Axe Man and Verdejo), a look at Jim Lampley's place in the annals of boxing, and a farewall to Sergio Martinez.

In Depth: Buddy McGirt

June 7th, 2015

Buddy McGirt is not just a two-division world champion and a world-class trainer, he's also a superb story teller -- a skill he demonstrated June 7 on The Ringside Boxing Show, where he regaled us with tales of a childhood in Long Island, followed by a lifelong love affair with "The Sweet Science."

McGirt also reminisced about the life and death of Arturo Gatti, the fighter he trained for all three spectacular fights against Micky Ward.

The Buddy McGirt interview is preceded by a fascinating breakdown of Cotto's demolition of Geale, Robert Guerrero's narrow escape from Aron Martinez, and a whole bunch more.


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