2015: The year’s weirdest boxing stories

December 20th, 2015

In this year's Christmas edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, we talk about the weirdest stories of the year in boxing, including the well-known British boxing promoter who disappeared out boxing's back door as a man, then returned through the front door as a woman ... 'Sugar' Shane Mosley's best Christmas ever ... the boxer who was world-ranked by the WBA after he was dead ... the fighter who made Page 1 of the Philadelphia Daily News after he was recognized in a gay porn movie ... Holly Holm's huge fopah at a big Hollywood party ... how Roy Jones Jr. became "an enemy of the State" in the Ukraine ... Evander Holyfield's fistfight with Mitt Romney ... the ridiculous antics of Tyson Fury and Adrien Broner, Ronda Rousey's feud with Floyd Mayweather Jr., and much more.

Then we'll be joined by our extraordinairy boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, who regales us with amazing Christmas tales from boxing's yesteryear.

Unbeaten & uncommon: Andy Vences

December 13th, 2015

One of Top Rank's hottest prospects, Andy "The Shark" Vences, has turned heads with a 14-0 record and 10 KOs, but also with his self-discipline and work ethic, inside the gym and out.

"Andy is special," said Bruce Trampler, Top Rank's Hall of Fame matchmaker. "He has a great skill set, fights hard. and has a great fan following. We are all excited about him at Top Rank."

   The 24-year-old Northern California boxer -- a graveyard-shift security guard -- drives 90 minutes (one way) four days a week, works out, does his roadwork, cuts weight to make the 130-pound weight division, and never utters a word of complaint.

"Whenever I feel like I'm too tired to do it, I just ask myself, 'Do you want to lose?'

He doesn't, and he hasn't. This is an amazing interview with an exceptional young fighter.

The Andy Vences interview is preceded by trainer Sam Garcia (Garcia Boxing), who updates us on his undefeated, world-ranked super featherweight, Tino Avila, and previews the pro career of Olympic Trials runner-up Ruben "Dracula" Villa, who will soon be fighting for money.

We lead off, as always, with expert analysis from Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti about Anthony Joshua's sky-high promise, Nonito Donaire's courage in the face of fading resolve, Felix Verdejo's future, and more.

Paul Thorn: Boxing troubadour

December 6th, 2015


Paul Thorn has shared a stage with John Prine and Bonnie Raitt, and he shared an ambulance with Roberto Duran on the way to a hospital, where both were stitched up after a bloody fight when the celebrated singer-songwriter was a professional boxer.

We missed connections Sunday with our scheduled guest, which turned into an opportunity to replay one of the most-colorful interviews we've ever done on The Ringside Boxing Show.

Enjoy this lively conversation with the Tupelo, Mississippi performer whose songbook includes, "It's a great day for me to whup somebody's ass."

The Paul Thorn interview is preceded by an analysis of the 85-second Jacobs-Quillin fight by Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who also psychoanalyze Tyson Fury, and debate Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's assessment that Fury has some vocal chops.


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