Actor/boxer Paul Le Mat: American Graffiti’s ‘John Milner’

August 28th, 2016

Before he won the first of his two Golden Globe Awards for portraying small-town tough guy "John Milner" in the iconic film, "American Graffiti," actor Paul Le Mat was an amateur boxing star in Los Angeles. In fact, right before he got that role, Le Mat won the Los Angeles Diamond Belt championship, the same tournament that crowned future world champions Mike Weaver, Bobby Chacon and Alberto Davila.

Le Mat joined us on The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss boxing, Hollywood, and the five novels he's written.

This fun conversation about wild times with Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfus, and Sugar Ray Robinson is preceded by a breakdown of Robert Guerrero's stunning loss to Argentine cab driver David Peralta, the downward spiral of Ricky Hatton, and other intriguing topics by our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

Olympians, Brook-GGG, and ‘The Flushing Flash’

August 21st, 2016

We missed connections Sunday with our scheduled guest, so we replayed a classic interview we did in 2010 with the great Kevin Kelley, one of the pound-for-pound greats of his era.

Our conversation with 'The Flushing Flash' is preceded by Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, our expert analysts, who break down an interesting week in at the Rio Olympics, preview Golovkin vs. Brook, and evaluate whether Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller is the real thing or just another fat American heavyweight.

Tiger tales from Hall of Famer Tony Lopez

August 14th, 2016

The West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame will enshrine 13 legends on Sept. 25, including Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, who won three world titles, fought Rocky Lockridge in the 1988 "Fight of the Year," and went to war against Jorge Paez, Joey Gamache, Greg Haugen, Charles Murray, Freddie Pendleton and Julio Cesar Chavez, to name just a few.
The Pride of Sacramento (who ran for mayor last year) joined us Aug. 14 to talk about his thrill-packed career and his impending enshrinement.

This show also includes John J. Raspanti's interview with another Sacramento star, Guy Robb, who is 18-1 and gearing up for his biggest test yet in the featherweight division.

And Raspanti, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid lament Antonio Margarito's inexplicable boxing license, weigh in on Kell Brook's 176-pound 30-day weigh-in, the differences between Canelo and Chavez Jr., and other topics.

Bill Caplan: Boxing’s PT Barnum

August 7th, 2016

Bill Caplan: Hall of Fame publicist,
Damon Runyon character

 1. Yelled at machine-gun wielding Venezuelan soldiers.

2. Punched a fellow PR flack, then hired O.J.'s lawyer  as his defense attorney

 3. Laid down in a parking lot to block Lupe Pintor's station wagon

4. Ordered his daughter to pull the plug on Don King's microphone

  5. Nicknamed "Buffet Bill" by George Foreman

6. Wore hand-me-downs from Frank Sinatra


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