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The astonishing career of Hall-of-Fame boxing publicist Bill Caplan dates back to the 1960s, and includes the time he laid down in front of Lupe Pintor's station wagon to keep him from leaving a press conference, an incident at the Venezuelan airport where he and George Foreman faced down machine-gun wielding soldiers, his trip to Zaire for "The Rumble in the Jungle," and his memorable confrontation with gangster Blinky Palermo of "Murder Inc." And that's just a little part of it.

Our conversation with Caplan happened in 2012, and we took the opportunity to replay it Sunday after missing connections with our scheduled guest, Paul "The Punisher" Williams.

This sensational interview with a master storyteller is preceded by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack one of the best fight weekends in recent memory, topped by the Thurman-Porter spectacular.

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Joseph Parker 19-0, he's one victory away from a world title shot, he's king of a pretty large island (New Zealand) ... and he's only 24 years old.

But the most-amazing thing about Parker is that none of it has gone to his head.

The humble and hammering Kiwi joined us on The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss his life and career, and compare the pace in Las Vegas (where he's training now) to his very laid-back home. This was a fun and enlightening interview with an exciting you force of nature in the heavyweight division.

Our Joseph Parker interview is preceded by a high-spirited review of a great fight weekend by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti during the first half of the show.

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Muhammad Ali not only was the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time, he was a crusader for the oppressed, a transcendental entertainer, and the conscience of a nation.

We devoted our full hour to remembering Ali, who died Friday, with insight from expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, boxing historian Christopher James Shelton, and host Dennis Taylor.

The memories, the stories, and the opinions are wall-to-wall in this eulogy of one of the best-known people in history. RIP, Champ.

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