Austin Trout: Feared and avoided at 154

November 29th, 2015

Austin 'No Doubt' Trout says he felt abandoned by boxing fans after losing back-to-back fights to Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara -- arguably the top two super welterweights in the world. His faith in the sport was further jolted when the WBO bypassed him for a shot at its vacant 154-pound title belt in favor of two fighters with minimal credentials, Liam Smith and John Thompson.

Trout has since filed a lawsuit against British promoter Frank Warren, whom he says pressured the WBO into handing the title shot to Smith, a fighter Warren promotes. Meanwhile, he continues to take care of business inside the ropes, where he's reeled off four straight victories to move to 30-2, and he's hoping for a rematch with Miguel Cotto (whom he beat), Canelo, or Lara -- or a showdown with any other 154-pound contender: Demetrius Andrade, Vanes Martirosyan, or either of those undefeated Charlo brothers.

We then spoke with Ted Zale, nephew of Hall of Fame middleweight Tony Zale, about the six vintage world championship belts that were stolen Nov. 5 from the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Two of those belts were loaned to the IBHOF by Tony Zale, and the other four belonged to the late Carmen Basilio. Ted Zale urges anyone with information about the theft to visit

Those two interviews are preceded by a conversation with our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, about Tyson Fury's stunning upset of Wladimir Klitschko and the potential impact of that result on the heavyweight division. Our analysts also talk about James DeGale's victory over Lucian Bute in a terrific action fight, and weigh in on the upcoming Battle of Brooklyn between Peter Quillin and Daniel Jacobs at the Barclays Center.

This is a great show, wall to wall.

Amir Mansour: Heavy hitter, huge heart

November 22nd, 2015

  Amir Mansour almost celebrates the only loss of his career, to Steve Cunningham, because Cunningham was fighting for his baby daughter, who needed a heart transplant.

For the record, Mansour believes he deserved the decision in that fight, but his focus in postfight press conferences was helping Cunningham raise money for the medical procedure. His efforts led to more than $20,000 in contributions.

We talked boxing, prison (Mansour did 8 1/2 years on drug charges), redemption, aging, and the relationship between ISIS and real Muslims with the heavyweight contender on The Ringside Boxing Show.

The Amir Mansour interview is preceded by a thorough breakdown of Saturday's Cotto-Canelo fight and undercard by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

Meet the Future: Tino and ‘Dracula’

November 15th, 2015


The remarkable thing about Tino Avila's perfect win-loss record is that he never really had a true training camp until his most-recent fight.

The Ring Magazine's 10th-ranked bantamweight has signed on with Garcia Boxing, where he's the only fighter in the stable, and therefore the center of attention.

We spoke to Avila about his new situation with the Garcia family, and the fancy footwork and new ring strategies he unveiled in his most-recent victory, and his upcoming Dec. 18 fight, which most likely will be in Mexico.

We also spoke with the No. 1-ranked amateur 123-pounder in America, 15-time national champion Ruben "Dracula" Villa, who is the favorite to win next month's U.S. Olympic Trials and represent the USA at the Olympics in Rio.

Our feature interviews are preceded by predictions from Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti for Saturday's Cotto-Canelo showdown, a review of Holly Holm's stunning upset of Ronda Rousey and what it says about boxing, and a look at the war of words between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya.

This Sunday, Nov. 22: Orlando Del Valle and Amir Mansour on The Ringside Boxing Show. Listen live every Sunday at at 4 p.m. Pacific, 5 Mountain, 6 Central, 7 Eastern.

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Ray Mancini: Pride of Youngstown

November 8th, 2015

  Ray Mancini  confesses to feeling unworthy of his June induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, an honor he achieved despite fighting only 5 1/2 years as a pro, during which he won the WBA lightweight championship.

But Mancini also managed to capture the attention of an entire nation of boxing fans while hoisting a very depressed Midwestern city on his shoulders in the process.

The legend known as "Boom Boom" joined us Sunday to reminisce about his remarkable life and career that took him from Youngstown, Ohio to the pinnacle of the sports world in the early 1980s.

Our expansive conversation with Mancini is preceded by the expert analysis of Rizwan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who break down Timothy Bradley's spectacular domination of Brandon Rios, Vasyl Lomachenko's latest HBO boxing clinic, and the possible Freddie Roach-Julio Cesar Chavex Jr. reunion.


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