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When he was a child, Frankie Duarte watched televised fights from The Olympic, then went to his bedroom to pretend he was a world-class boxer, fighting for a world title. As an adult, he did that twice, falling short both times, leaving him to wonder forever how good he might have been without drug and alcohol abuse.

The Southern California boxing legend battled heroin and booze through much of his career, which spanned 16 years and included 55 fights against the likes of Daniel Zaragoza, Alberto Davila, and Rolando Navarette.

The 62-year-old Duarte cleaned up his life after his career ended, and has spent his more-recent years teaching young people about boxing and life. He joined us on July 31 for a remarkable in-depth conversation bout his flirtation with greatness in the 1970s, and a Hall of Fame career that got away. We ran out of time long before Duarte ran out of interesting stories to tell.

Our interview with Frankie Duarte is preceded by John J. Raspanti's breakdown of Carl Frampton's sensational performance against Leo Santa Cruz, the return of Mikey Garcia, the longevity of Paulie Malignaggi, and the enigmatic and inexplicable "brain" of Adrien Broner.

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Jim Dundee: A fly on the wall
for boxing's greatest era

The son of one of boxing's greatest all-time trainer joined us Sunday, July 24,to tell amazing true stories about hiss legendary dad, his equally iconic Uncle Chris, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman,, his father's narrow escape from Cuba on the first night of the revolution, the murderous mobsters who once ran boxing, and more. Don't miss this one.

Our interview with Jim Dundee is preceded by Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti and their breakdown of Terence Crawford's dismantling of Viktor Postol.

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Jace McTier grew up in the shadow of Augusta National, home of the Masters, but he's first love as a sports fan and as an artist has always been boxing.

He was just 16 years old when he was commissioned to create his first commercial painting, and since then his work has been displayed all over the world, including The International Boxing Hall of Fame and (currently) the "I Am The Greatest" Muhammad Ali exhibit at London's 02 Arena.

We spoke in-depth with McTier (with a special cameo appearance by George Foreman IV) on the July 17 edition of the Ringside Boxing Show, during which he shared sensational stories about the experiences his artwork has created for him in the world of boxing.

Our interview with Jace McTier -- which includes a surprise appearance from George Foreman IV -- is preceded by a passionate round-table dissection by expert analysts  Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti of the gutsy culture of professional boxing, including Deontay Wilder's choice to fight eight rounds with a torn biceps and a broken hand, Israel Vazquez's announcement that he'll have his damaged right eye surgically removed, and other recollections of gain-before-pain performances from boxing history.

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Mikey Garcia says 2 1/2 years in mothballs -- the result of a contract dispute with Top Rank --  have left him bigger, stronger and hungrier
as he prepares to return to the ring on July 30 against former world champ Elio Rojas in Brooklyn.

He'll bring a 34-0 record, with 28 KOs, into Barclays Arena, where, as a promotional free agent, he knows there's a lot at stake. But Garcia expects to impress, with minimal ring rust, and get back in the express lane toward a spot in the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Our 30-minute interview with Mike Garcia is preceded by a fiery debate by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti over the merits of the stunning Golovkin-Brook match-up.

A lively, quick-moving show, wall-to-wall.

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Mark Breland watched Ali-Frazier I at Madison Square Garden as a 7-year-old Brooklynite, decided he wanted to be a fighter, too, and evolved into perhaps the greatest amateur in U.S. history.
The 6-foot-2 welterweight won the New York Golden Gloves five times, two national titles, a world amateur champ, and the Olympic gold medal during a career when he went 110-1. (Pernell Whitaker lost the same day.)
We spoke in-depth to Breland about training Deontay Wilder, winning two WBA welterweight titles as a pro, and acquiring a taste for catfish and fried okra as a part-time resident of Alabama and South Carolina.

Our interview with Mark Breland is preceded by a surprisingly lively conversation with expert analysts Travis Hartman (hung over from his birthday celebration), Rizwaan Zahid (fighting off laryngitis), and John J. Raspanti (interrupting a hot date) about Sen. Pacquiao's possible return, Canelo's lightweight excuse for not facing GGG this year, Crawford-Postol, Mikey's comeback, and more.

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