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Before he became host of "In This Corner," America's only weekly, syndicated TV boxing interview show, James "Smitty" Smith became the 11-year-old buddy of heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, worked as a bal boy for the unbeaten '72 MIami Dolphins, played wide receiver at Minnesota Tech, and fought four times as a pro with no amateur experience.

The colorful broadcast journalist joined us  on Sept. 27, 2015 to regale our audience with colorful stories from a "blessed" life, and discuss his unique TV show, which frequently has included sparring sessions against the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Alexis Arguello, Joe Calzaghe, Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson and (most recently) Amir Khan.

   Can anybody else on earth claim to have traded punches with a lineup like that?

Our interview with "Smitty" is preceded by John J. Raspanti's analysis of Deontay Wilder's beatdown of Johann Duhaupas, Tyson Fury's reaction to Klitschko's postponement, Freddie Roach's declaration that Golovkin (not Pacquiao?) is Mayweather's successor as No. 1 P4P, and more.

A fun and interesting show, wall to wall.

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Bermane Stiverne says he can't watch a football game on television to this day -- he literally feels sick to his stomach -- because that sport was his first love. Stiverne was such a talented high school linebacker that Nick Saban gave him a scholarship to Michigan State, which he saw as the launching pad to an NFL career.

A knee injury ended that dream and put the Haitian-born Stiverne on a different path -- boxing -- which, against all odds, he followed to the top of the world: In May 2014, be knocked out Chris Arreola to win the vacant WBC crown, becoming the first heavyweight king ever to come from Haiti.

We spoke to Stiverne in depth on the Sept. 20, 2015 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, a revealing conversation you won't want to miss.

The Bermane Stiverne interview is preceded by a thorough breakdown by our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, of the sweepstakes to replace now-"retired" Floyd Mayweather Jr. as the pound-for-pound king of boxing.

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By special request, we've downloaded only the Trisha Morrison interview (minus the first half of the 9-13-15 show).

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Tommy "The Duke" Morrison lost the final years of his boxing career to a diagnosis by the Nevada State Boxing Commission that he was HIV-positive, a result that not only made him poison to promoters, but also rendered him persona non grata in his tiny, ultra-conservative hometown of Jay, Oklahoma.

When he died in September of 2013, speculation that AIDS was the cause was widespread -- a perception that still exists today -- but Morrison's widow, Trisha Harding-Morrison, has been fighting for two years to prove it's all bogus.

She joined us Sept. 13, 2015, on The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss compelling evidence that the Nevada commission blew the original diagnosis, and has since conspired to cover up the mistake.

Harding-Morrison spoke to us on the eve of a court date in Las Vegas, where, acting as her own lawyer, she planned to take on a battery of high-powered attorneys representing the Nevada State Boxing Commission, it's well-known physician, Dr. Margaret Goodman, and the man who signed off on her husband's HIV diagnosis on behalf of Quest Laboratories, Dr. John Hiatt, whom, she says, doesn't hold a medical license at all.

This interview might be the tip of an iceberg that turns out to be a blockbuster scandal, uncovered by the dogged determination of a widow who made a deathbed promise to her famous husband.

Our conversation with Trisha Harding-Morrison is preceded by an interview with Garcia Boxing trainer Max Garcia, who has a hot, young, undefeated fighter -- Manuel "Tino" Avila -- in his stable. 

We also tap into the expert analysis of Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who were in attendance for weekend events in Toronto (where Adonis Stevenson and Errol Spence were victorious) and Las Vegas (where Floyd Mayweather won what purportedly will be the final fight of his unbeaten career.)

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