The psychology of boxing: Trainers Abel Sanchez & Max Garcia

February 28th, 2016

Veteran boxing trainers Abel Sanchez and Max Garcia joined us on the Feb. 28 edition to explain how they try to get a boxer's head screwed on properly before a fight. We ask them whether great fighters feel fear, why some glare into their opponent's eyes while others avert their gaze, where the line falls between confidence and overconfidence, whether smack talk is effective, how sparring partners are selected, why some boxers get cold feet when the spotlight gets bright ... and much more.

This remarkable conversation with two outstanding corner men is an education for even hardcore boxing fans.

Our conversation with Abel Sanchez and Max Garcia is preceded by analysis by John J. Raspanti and Travis Hartman of the weekend's big fighters --  Frampton-Quigg, Santa Cruz-Kiko, Crawford-Lundy -- plus opinions about the movement to make pro fighters eligible to compete in the Olympics.

50 Cent and Pacquiao: What were they thinking?

February 23rd, 2016

On our most-recent edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, expert analysts John J. Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid discuss a stroke of brilliance by 50 Cent -- (1) file for bankruptcy, (2) Instagram yourself rolling in a big pile of money, and (3) get your butt summoned to explain yourself to the bankruptcy judge -- and also religious rant by Manny Pacquiao, who managed to insult all gays and the entire animal kingdom with the same statement. We also break down Frampton vs. Quigg, Broner-Theophane, Joshua-Martin, and the rumor that Miguel Cotto will fight Ruslan Provodnikov.

This is the first half of a show in which we replay a classic interview with late, great light heavyweight Bob Foster, one of our best ever.

Thomas Hauser on NYSAC’s dysfunctional family

February 14th, 2016

Pulitzer nominee Thomas Hauser, one of boxing's most-revered journalists, recently penned a five-part series for describing the remarkable dysfunction within the New York State Athletic Commission, and the inefficiencies that may have contributed to the Magomed Abdusalamov tragedy two years ago at Madison Square Garden.

The prolific scribe, author of more than two-dozen boxing books (including Muhammad Ali's definitive biography) joined us Feb. 14, 2016, to discuss what an investigation by New York's Inspector General has uncovered so far.

Our in-depth interview with Thomas Hauser is preceded by a conversation with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack Khan vs. Canelo, Cotto vs. Marquez, Lomachenko vs. Walters, and Roy Jones Jr. vs. some "lucky" boxing fan for $100,000.

A sensational hour, front to back.

Steve Cunningham: Headed home to cruiserweight

February 1st, 2016

Steve Cunningham says he's finished with his heavyweight experiment after three years and eight fights, and is refocused on winning his third world title at cruiserweight.

The former IBF king never weighed more than 210 pounds for a fight -- and had to drink a gallon of milk before the Tyson Fury weigh-in to get that heavy -- and feels his boxing artistry went unappreciated against the likes of Tomasz Adamek (split-decision loss), Vyacheslav Glazkov (unanimous-decision loss), and Antonio Tarver (split draw, after which "The Magic Man" tested dirty.)

Cunningham also discusses the emotions he felt while climbing back to his feet after the second knockdown against Amir Mansour after staring into the eyes of his wife and ailing daughter at ringside.

This candid and revealing interview is preceded by a review of the Pascal-Kovalev rematch, among other topics, by expert analysts Travis Hartman, John J. Raspanti, and Rizwaan Zahid, who was ringside in Montreal for the fight.


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