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Hall of Fame boxing analyst Al Bernstein fell in love with the sport as a child, hiding at the top of the stairs, listening to Don Dunphy call "Friday Night Fights" on his father's TV set. Eventually, Dad relented and let him stay up late and watch the fights, himself.

All these years later, Bernstein is an International Boxing Hall of Famer who has called many of the greatest fights of a generation: Hagler-Hearns, Castillo-Corrales, and Marquez-Vazquez among them.

The affable legend joined us Oct. 25 on The Ringside Boxing Show to share stories from an unparalleled career (including those Wild West days of early ESPN), many of which are included in his book, 30 Years, 30 Undeiniable Truths About Boxing.

The Al Bernstein interview is preceded by John J. Raspanti's forecast of Terence Crawford's future after the beatdown of Dierry Jean, the early wrangling over a contract weight for Canelo vs. Golovkin, a Rios-Bradley preview, and a sneak preview of the latest "Rocky" film, "Creed."

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Yes, says Chuck Wepner, Hollywood megastar Liev Schreiber ("Ray Donovan") is plenty handsome enough to play the leading man in "The Bleeder," the major motion picture, now in production, that will tell Wepner's life story.

In fact, the hardscrabble heavyweight predicts makeup artists will have to work overtime on Schreiber's face to replicate Wepner's scar tissue (he took more than 300 stitches during his career) and bent nose.

"The Bayonne Bleeder" made his third appearance on The Ringside Boxing Show on Oct. 18 to talk about double-dating with Schreiber and co-star Naomi Watts (they all went to the Golovkin fight the previous night), and reminisce about a gritty and gory career (including his 15-round fight with Muhammad Ali) that inspired Sylvester Stallone to create "Rocky."

Wepner also revisits a difficult period in his postfight life that included substance abuse, and a two-year stint in a maximum-security prison, an experience that changed the trajectory of his now-happy life.

This is a sensational conversation with an authentic boxing legend.

The Chuck Wepner interview is preceded by a thorough review of the Golovkin and "Chocolatito" fights (among other topics) by our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

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How good is the official boxing historian of The Ringside Boxing Show? Christopher James Shelton is being recruited by The Smithsonian Institute to help validate the history of African-American boxing in the 1800s. Talk about street cred.

The always-fascinating Shelton regaled us again Oct. 11, 2015 to describe what "The Sweet Science" looked like in the U.S. in the 19th century, a theme of his newest book, "American Slave-Boxer Sylvie Dubois," available now at Amazon.com.

Our interview with Christopher Shelton is preceded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti to evaluate a spectacular lineup of upcoming fights, including Golovkin-Lemeiux, Jacobs-Quillin, and Porter-Thurman, and discuss "The Bleeder," a Hollywood movie that will star Liev Schreiber as Chuck Wepner.

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As a native of the rough-and-tumble Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jack Reiss learned to fight on the streets before he ever walked into a boxing gym -- which undoubtedly helped shape his belief that nobody is qualified to referee at the highest level of The Sweet Science unless they know how it feels to be punched in the face.

 He also thinks a person needs to become a parent before he/she becomes a ref for a better perspective on the risks of the sport.

Reiss, a veteran of more than 2,000 professional fights, joined us Oct. 4, 2015, for an extended interview about his life, his career, and the state of the sport -- which, he believes, has never been healthier.

Don't miss this remarkable conversation with a world championship ref who also spent 31 years as a firefighter, including a stint at Ground Zero after the 911 tragedy in New York City.

Our interview with Jack Reiss is preceded by analysis by John J. Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid of Viktor Postol's surprising KO victory over Lucas Matthysse, Antonio Orozco's coming-out party against Humberto Soto, and the ever-perplexing Adrien Broner, who went stone-quiet before his fight with Khabib Allakhverdiev, turned in one of his best performances in recent years to win a world title in his fourth weight division, then reverted back to his boorish, tone-deaf self in postfight interviews.

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