Joe Cortez: The fights of our lives, from 3 feet away

March 27th, 2016

As kids, walking home through the vicious, gang-infested streets of Spanish Harlem, Joe Cortez and his brother, Mike, would dangle their boxing gloves outside their gym bags. The result, he says, is that nobody messed with them, even though Cortez won his first Golden Gloves titles as a flyweight.

The Hall of Fame referee joined us for his second appearance on The Ringside Boxing Show to tell Easter Sunday stories about the biggest fights of multiple eras -- Whitaker-Chavez, Holyfield-Bowe, Mosley-De La Hoya, Duran-Barkley, Barrera-Hamed -- all of which he officiated.

This is a sensational stroll through a big piece of boxing history, with Cortez as guide, telling you how it all looked from three feet away.

Our Joe Cortez interview is preceded by a thorough unpacking of the Ward-Barrera and JoJo Diaz-Jayson Velez fights, and a look at what lies ahead for the winners, by John J. Raspanti, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid.

Doc Holiday & Wyatt Earp: Boxing in the Wild West

March 20th, 2016

The world's most-unique boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, paints a fascinating factual portrait of the boxing history of Tombstone, Arizona and the Wild West, where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, and a future sportswriter named Bat Masterson were slinging guns, straddling both sides of the law, and ushering the Sweet Science through the 1880s and '90s.

The Wild West boxing history segment is preceded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who take a peek into the strange minds of Adrien Broner, Shannon Briggs, Mike Alvarado and Kelly Pavlik, applaud the comeback of fighter-turned-trainer Paul "The Punisher" Williams, and tell us whether Teddy Atlas will be a difference-maker in Pacquiao Bradley, among other topics.

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Jessie Vargas: For family and fans

March 13th, 2016

Jesse Vargas throws a football left-handed, throws a baseball right-handed, writes righty, bats southpaw ... and he can pound your face with either hand, as previously undefeated Sadam Ali discovered March 5.

The freshly minted WBO welterweight king joined us March 13 to talk about his scintillating ninth-round TKO win, his plans to finish Timothy Bradley in four rounds of a rematch, the rumor that his next foe could be Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, school days, family, and fatherhood.

Preceding our Jessie Vargas interview is a conversation with Chicago heavyweight Mike Mollo, who took a break from climbing water towers (his real-life job), flew to Poland, and obliterated Krysztov Zimnoch in less than a round.

And we lead off with triple-barrel analysis from Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti of Ward-Sullivan, Khan-Canelo, Berto-Ortiz, Provodnikov-Molina, Cotto-Kirkland, and Wilder-Povetkin. And that's only the beginning.

Joseph Diaz Jr. and Sr: A father & son tale

March 6th, 2016

 The story of Joseph Diaz Jr's first week in a boxing gym is one of the most-remarkable father/son stories you'll ever  hear, and he told it in colorful detail on the March 6 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

 The undefeated 23-year-old, who makes his HBO debut March 26 against Jayson Velez (co-feature of the Andre Ward-Sullivan Barrera show) gave us one of the most-poignant and intelligent interviews we've ever had on the show, covering a wide range of topics.

  A conversation guaranteed to make you a JoJo Diaz fan.

  The JoJo Diaz interview is preceded by a high-spirited segment featuring expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Respanti, during which we decide whether Luis Ortiz is (as Max Kellerman believes) "possibly the best heavyweight in the world today" ... and break down Jessie Vargas' impressive TKO of Sadam Ali ... and pass harsh judgment on Antonio Margarito's (hopefully plaster-free) return to boxing.


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