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Paul Pender ranks among the must underappreciated world boxing champions in history -- a man who, as a 4-1 underdog, took the linear middleweight crown from Sugar Ray Robinson, upset him again in the rematch, retired Carmen Basilio, won twice in a memorable trilogy with British icon Terry Downes, and went 15 rounds with then-undefeated Gene Fullmer ... with two broken hands.

His life and is chronicled in a new documentary, "Unforgotten: The Paul Pender Story," currently making the international film festival circuit.

Director Felice Leeds and producer Bennett Leeds -- a husband and wife team -- joined us on the April 24 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss their film, which not only tells the story of Paul Pender's remarkable boxing career, but also delves poignantly into Chronic Traumatic Encepalopathy, the debilitating brain disease that stole his brilliant mind and eventually took his life.

This remarkable conversation also enlightens us about CTE sufferers in football, hockey, soccer, and any other sport in which head blows are commonplace.

The "Unforgotten" interview is preceded by an eclectic round table featuring Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who try to explore the perplexing mind and psyche of the professional boxer, and tell us who really wants to fight Gennady Golovkin.

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The sixth-greatest heavyweight in boxing history (Ring Magazine), George Foreman, joined us Sunday for a spectacular retrospective on a big, amazing life.

Foreman told us what it was like to face machine guns at a Venezuelan airport when he tried to leave after the Norton fight, and also talked about ... reading to Sonny Liston ... the lightning combination Ali used to put him down in Zaire ... knocking out undefeated world champions Joe Frazier and Michael Moorer 21 years apart .. what it was like to watch his daughter box ...the Svengali talents of Angelo Dundee ... the come-to-Jesus moment that turned him from puncher to preacher after the Jimmy Young loss ... and (believe it or not) much, much more.

This was a pretty special conversation with a member of boxing's Mount Olympus.

The George Foreman interview is preceded by a thorough breakdown of the Pacquiao-Bradley weekend by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

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