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Badou Jack is Gambian and Swedish -- not the typical genetic recipe for a prizefighter -- but he stunned previously unbeaten Anthony Dirrell in April to win the WBC super middleweight crown.

Jack "The Ripper" joined us Aug. 30 to discuss his win over Dirrell, his upcoming fight with George Groves (Sept. 12 at the MGM Grand), his relationship with promoter Floyd Mayweather Jr., and how his wife took the news that he had to cut their honeymoon short to get back to the gym.

Our interview with Badou is preceded by a conversation with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti about Leo Santa Cruz's star-making performance against a worthy Abner Mares, Shane Mosley's weird decision to fight a rematch with (a predictably flabby) Ricardo Mayorga, and Floyd Mayweather's new stalker -- Ronda Rousey.

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As an ordained minister, Richard Steele presided over the funerals of Eddie Futch and Diego Corrales. He was a U.S. Marine Corps teammate of Ken Norton (and, like Norton, trined under Futch). As a Hall of Fame referee, he officiated many of the greatest fights in boxing history, including Hagler-Hearns, Hagler-Leonard, Arguello-Pryor, and, of course, Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor (which Steele infamously stopped 2 seconds before the bell with Chavez - 68-0 -- losing on two scorecards.)

Our time with this International Boxing Hall of Famer was far too short, but Steele used every minute to regale us with a sensational peek into boxing's inner sanctum. Don't miss this remarkable conversation with a bona fide boxing legend.

The Richard Steele interview is preceded by insight from analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti into Roy Jones Jr's new listing on the Ukraine's "Enemies of State" list, the 130,000 cigarettes Mayorga has smoked since the first Mosley fight, the sanity of betting on Lemieux (a 16-1 underdog) to beat Golovkin, and the epic carnage that could be Rios-Provodnikov.

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Is British boxing going through a renaissance, or has the Internet simply made the world a smaller place for fight fans?

That's a question we posed on Sunday's Ringside Boxing Show to The Ring Magazine's Anson Wainwright, born and reared in the UK, where he finds himself covering Amir Khan, Kell Brook, Carl Frampton, the Fury cousins, Scott Quigg, Anthony Joshua, Billy Joe Saunders, James DeGale, Chris Eubank Jr., and, whether you realize it or not, a whole bunch of other top-drawer fighters. Was the talent pool in Jolly Old England this deep in 'Enry Cooper's day?

During a wide-ranging, 30-minute interview, Wainwright handicaps Tyson Fury's chances of pulling the upset over Wladimir Klitschko, speculates whether Khan and Brook would sell every seat at Wembley Stadium, considers who would have prevailed in a fight between Calzaghe and Froch (both in the ring, and in a dark alley after a few pints), and much more.

Prepare for an insightful education from a deep-thinking international boxing writer.

Our interview with Anson Wainwright is preceded by a check on current events by two of our expert analysts. John J. Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid, who, among other topics, try to explain why old fighters (Mosley, Mayorga, Tarver, Freitas, Briggs, Jones, Ruddock ... will Jake LaMotta be next?) just keep hanging on.

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Dennis Taylor is editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com and host of The Ringside Boxing Show.
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William Dettloff grew up just outside boxing-crazy Philly, dabbled as an amateur boxer (his goal was to become the next George Foreman), then discovered he was a better writer than fighter. He went on to become a senior writer for The Ring Magazine, a regular contributor to HBO.com and ESPN.com, and, most recently, the author of a terrific new biography on Ezzard Charles.

This conversation, like Dettloff's book, takes us back to a time of hardscrabble men in a rough, political, mobbed-up sport, and makes the case that Ezzard Charles was the best light heavyweight fighter of all time.

The William Dettloff interview is preceeded by a chat with Garcia Boxing trainer Max Garcia, and a check on current events by expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who hash over Shane Mosley's divorce-court rematch, Mayweather's ridiculous "last fight" scam, and Danny Garcia's never-ending quest to win the public's affection..

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