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In addition to raising the kind of kid any parent would be proud to claim -- as a single father -- Kenny Porter evolved into a world-class trainer whose main charge is that very same kid.

Porter joined us on The Ringside Boxing Show to talk about Shawn's March 12 WBA welterweight title bout against undefeated Keith Thurman, tell amazing tales about his son's best high school football games, and give us the inside story of that Pacquiao sparring misadventure a few years back.

We also spend a few minutes with Chicago heavyweight Mike Mollo, who has made some money pounding on Polish people -- Andrew Galota, Art Binkowski, and Artur Szpilka (twice) -- and is headed to Poland to fight undefeated Krysztof Zimnoch on Feb. 12.

The Mollo and Porter interviews are preceded by commentary from our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who dissect Danny Garcia's win over Robert Guerrero, psychoanalyze their volatile trainer/dads, and discuss a Mexican columnist's claim that Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. has been laundering money for drug cartels.

A lively edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, front to back.

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What was it like to sit at the ring apron for Gatti-Ward, Rios-Alvarado, or any number of other spectacular fights of this era? Renowned photographer Ed Mulholland has been close enough to get blood splattered on his beloved Rutgers baseball cap, which, thankfully, is already red.

The New Jersey shooter -- who has Gatti's bloody handwraps hanging from his basement wall -- joined us on the Jan. 17 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to describe the electricity of a big-fight atmosphere as HBO's lead photographer for bouts involving the aforementioned gladiators, plus Mayweather-Pacquiao, Canelo-Cotto, and fights involving Bernard Hopkins, Felix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr., Joe Calzaghe, Wladimir Klitschko and a zillion others.

Mulholland also tells us what it's like to be among the media masses at a Super Bowl, and take his camera onto the ice after the Stanley Cup Finals.

This is a sensational interview, packed with personal stories from one of the great boxing and MMA photographers of our time.

The Ed Mullholland interview is preceeded by our roundtable analysis from Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti of Deontay Wilder's frightening one-punch KO of Artur Szpilka, David Haye's first-round devastation over Mark De Mori, and the increasingly fascinating heavyweight division.

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Before he became one of the best-known refs on the East Coast, New Jersey native Randy Neumann was a world-ranked heavyweight who fought Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Young, Duane Bobick, and Chuck Wepner three times. He trained at Gleason's Gym under the legendary Freddie Brown, and fought at The Garden 13 times.

As a ref, he's gotten the closest possible view of Pernell Whitaker, Roy Jones Jr., Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Nigel Benn, and Miguel Cotto. The New Jersey native saw Sinatra's dad in the ring. And ... did Randy Neumann really posed for PlayGirl Magazine?

Our Randy Neumann interview is preceded by a roundtable discussion of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s "racism in boxing" comments by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

They also discuss whether Golovkin might go to England to fight Billy Joe Saunders, break down the impending war between Robert Guerrero and Danny Garcia, and analyze Al Haymon's business plan, among other topics.

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When he was a boy growing up in the ruthless Brownsville section of Brooklyn, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad (then known as Eddie Lee Gregory) got a couple of valuable pieces of advice from his father:

"You make the money. Don't let the money make you," his dad said.

The other nugget of guidance: "Hands up, chin down, and keep your behind off the canvas."

The legendary light heavyweight, now a revered trainer, joined us Jan. 3 on The Ringside Boxing Show  to discuss his life and career, which included sensational fights with Victor Galindez, Marvin Johnson, Bennie Briscoe, Renaldo Snipes, Michael Spinks, and Matthew Saad Muhammad. As a trainer he has worked with Iran Barkley, Johnny Tapia, Zab Judah, Chad Dawson, and, nowadays, super middlweight belt-holder Badou Jack.

This is a wide-reaching and energitic conversation with a man who ruled the light heavyweight division during a renaissance era for that weight class, before becoming one of the most-respected trainers in the game.

The Eddie Mustafa Muhammad interview is preceded by a conversation with our expert analysts, Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti, who tell us, among other things, whether they'd take those 33-1 odds currently being offered by a British sportsbook that Lennox Lewis will come out of retirement for a 2016 fight with Anthony Joshua.

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