‘Bam Bam’ brings it: In depth with Brandon Rios

May 29th, 2016

How much does Brandon Rios love boxing? He named all five of his children, and both of his dogs, after fighters.

That's why few of us thought we'd seen the last of him last November when he lost by TKO to Timothy Bradley.

Rios, one of the greatest action fighters in recent history, joined us for a lively and (surprise, surprise!) occasionally profane in-depth interview, during which he talked extensively about the Bradley bout, parting ways with longtime trainer Robert Garcia, his relationship with arch rival/buddy Mike Alvarado, and his plans for redemption.

"Bam Bam" gave us 30 of the most-spectacular minutes we've ever had on The Ringside Boxing Show. Don't miss this one.

The Brandon Rios interview is preceded by a raucous roundtable during which John J. Raspanti, Travis Hartman, and Rizwaan Zahid review Shane Mosley's final (?) fight, why David Avanesyan is fighting the Thurman-Porter winner, Alexander Povetkin's unmitigated gall, why Danny Jacobs is angling toward Sergio Mora and away from Golovkin, and much more.

Kermit Cintron: Healthy and motivated

May 23rd, 2016

In his up-and-coming years, Kermit Cintron was regarded as one of the hardest-hitting welterweights in the world, and that pop was a major factor in a 24-0 start that included 22 knockouts.
He lost his "0" by TKO to Antonio Margarito -- one of two KO losses to the Mexican, who not long afterward was caught plastering his hand wraps before a fight with Shane Mosley.
By the time he fought Margarito the first time, Cintron already was fighting with a badly injured right hand, a problem that has plagued him throughout his career.
Nine years and two surgeries later, Cintron is, at last, pain-free. He returned from a layoff of more than two years on May 6, winning a six-round decision, and has designs on re-establishing himself as a player in the welterweight and super welterweight divisions.
We had a terrific, in-depth conversation with the 36-year-old father of three on the May 22 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

Our conversation with Kermit Cintron is preceded by a breakdown of the weekend action by expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who review the history-making performance of the Charlo Brothers, Erislandy Lara's victory over Vanes Martirosyan, and unpack Canelo Alvarez's reluctance to face Gennady Golovkin in 2016.

Ivan Robinson: Two-time Gatti conqueror

May 15th, 2016

Ivan Robinson was the only man to beat Arturo Gatti twice, and his first encounter with "The Human Highlight Reel" was The Ring magazine's 1998 Fight of the Year -- and Upset of the Year (Gatti was a 4-1 betting favorite).

The Philadelphia legend had all the tools, but oddly only got one world title shot, a fight he lost to undefeated Phillip Holiday.

"Mighty Ivan" joined us on the May 15 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to talk about his life and career, which also included memorable collisions with Angel Manfredy, Julio Cesar Chavez, Antonio Diaz, Jessie James Leija, Israel Cardona and others.

Our in-depth interview with Ivan Robinson is preceded by expert analysts John J. Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid, who analyze Tyson Fury's latest screed, the dirty drug tests of Lucase Browne and Alexander Povetkin, Floyd Mayweather's flirtation with Conor McGregor, and other topics.

Melissa McMorrow: ‘Sorry, Mom … destiny called’

May 8th, 2016

Her mother didn't think girls should participate in sports at all, but that plan didn't fly with Melissa McMorrow. She became an Division III All-America soccer star at Carnegie-Mellon University -- one of the nation's best academic schools -- then, entirely by chance, she became a boxer.

McMorrow did pretty well at that, too, beating Suzi Kentikian (29-0) for the WBO ad WIBF flyweight belts in 2012. She still holds the WBC crown four years later.

This lively conversation with "Mighty" Melissa is preceded by a postmortem of Canelo-Khan, and a look ahead to Canelo-Golovkin, by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

Tony ‘The Tiger’ Lopez: Busted eye sockets and bail bonds

May 1st, 2016

His 1988 world title victory over IBF super featheweight champion Rocky Lockridge was so explosive that The Ring Magazine called it "Fight of the Year," and Tony "The Tiger" Lopez was only beginning a memorable stint as one of the top boxers of his era.

 Over the next few years, Lopez would engage in memorable bouts with Julio Cesar Chavez, John John Molina, Greg Haugen, Joey Gamache and numerous others.

 He continues to lead a colorful life in his hometown of Sacramento, California, as the proprietor of Celebrity Bail Bonds.

 Enjoy this memorable in-depth interview with a terrific three-time, two-division world champion.

Our interview with Tony "The Tiger" is preceded by a breakdown of the weekend action by Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, including Badou Jack vs. Lucian Bute, James DeGale vs. Rogelio Medina, and Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto.


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