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The first time American Jack Britton fought England's Ted Lewis, chaos erupted in the first round. Britton's manager noticed Lewis was wearing a mouthpiece -- legal in the UK, but not in the U.S. -- and raised a fuss. When a livid Lewis spat the mouthpiece onto the canvas to have his say, Britton's manager scooped it up and flung it into the crowd. It was an auspicious beginning to what might have been the nastiest rivalry in boxing history. Britton and Lewis fought each other 20 times, and never got any friendlier.

Boxing historian extraordinaire Christopher James Shelton joined us on the July 26 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to regale us with tales of Britton, one of the most-colorful boxers in an era full of colorful boxers.

Shelton's segment is preceded by triple-team expertise by John J. Raspanti, Rizwaan Zahid and Travis Hartman, who tell us who really won the Pascal-Gonzalez war, marvel at Kovalev's terrorization of the light heavyweight division, debate whether Mayweather is actually headed for the exit sign, and tell us whether a lucky Golovkin-Lemieux spectator is likely to catch a human head.

This is the kind of fun and fast-moving hour you'll only find on The Ringside Boxing Show.

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Boxing fans already know about Deontay Wilder, the Fury cousins, and maybe Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker  -- unbeaten predators pursuing Wladimir Klitscko's throne as King of the Jungle. But, believe it or not, there are at least 20 formidable heavyweights out there who are still unbeaten ... and some have superstar potential.
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Pod Index founder/WBA consultant Matt Podgorski and Bleacher Report boxing writer Brian Mazique joined us Sunday for a mind-blowing seminar on the up-and-comers of boxing's glamour division -- guys like Erkan Teper, Lucas Browne, Gary Cornish and (pay attention now) Jarrell Miller.

This fascinating and educational segment is preceded by our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who talk up the little guys -- Frampton, Mares, Santa Cruz, Quigg, Donaire m among others, chew the fat about the chubster known as Chavez Jr., cast a suspicious eye upon those Mayweather-Berto rumors, and back away from any predictions if Floyd ever steps into an octogon with Ronda Rousey.

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Interesting debut last week for PBC on ESPN, considering both of its televised fights ended in some confusion. Undefeated Tony Harrison, ahead on the cards, got clocked by Willie Nelson in the closing seconds of the ninth round. He struggled to his feet, then faced the turnbuckle, like a Blair Witch victim, while referee Frank Santoe Jr. pleaded for a hint that he still had his faculties.

Then Luis Collazo, with the upset of the year seemingly within arm's reach, quit on his stool, claiming he no longer could see from cuts that ... well, honestly, they didn't look all that bad, did they?

Can either be blamed for living to fight another day? Maybe not, but we probably won't see either name on Lampley's "Gatti List" anytime soon.

Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti, take an insightful look at those two strange finishes, plus the history of the L.A. Sports Arena (where Mauricio Herrera finally found himself on the clean end of the stick), whether GGG should go to 175 to fight anybody, whether Vargas should get his "immediate rematch" with Tim Bradley, and multiple other topics.

"Desert Storm" was booked as our featured guest, but we missed connections, so the second half of Sunday's show features highlight clips from some of our favorite interviews from the past several years.

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The Philly heavyweight got his shot at glory last April against Wladimir Klitschko, and made it last the full 12 rounds.

He didn't take Wlad's stack of title belts, but Bryant Jennings is busily mapping his route back to boxing's lion's den.

We spoke to 'By-By' about growing up on Philadelphia's mean streets, starring in three sports at Benjamin Franklin High, turning to boxing at age 24, and facing a future Hall of Fame heavyweight with just 19 pro fights under his belt.

And he told us his whole story from the reception at Hammerin' Hank Lundy's wedding.

Don't miss this outsdanding interview, which is preceeded by our roundtable of expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who enlighten us on topics that include Mayweather's next opponent, the boxing vibe in the UK, rival promoters vs. Al Haymon, whether Adonis Stevenson is really ducking Kovalev, and more.

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