Fidel La Barba: Boxer, screenwriter, sportswriter, dad

October 23rd, 2016

Fidel La Barba was an Olympic gold medalist, a world champion boxer, a Hollywood screenwriter who wrote movies for Shirley Temple, Randolph Scott, Betty Grable and Victor Mature, and a Stanford University graduate who enjoyed a 10-year career as a sports writer after his boxing days were over.

He was also a father to John La Barba, who joined us Oct. 23 to tell stories about his legendary dad. Don't miss this sensational conversation about a boxer who won his first world title two years before Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs.

Our interview with John La Barba is preceded by John J. Raspanti's chat with Chicago-based super middleweight Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez (20-1-1, 14 KOs), as well as expert analysis by Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid about David Lemieux's future, Oscar De La Hoya's revelation that he knew he was in for a beating the night he faced Manny Pacquiao, a breakdown of the Donaire-Magdaleno fight and the Frampton-Santa Cruz rematch, and more.

‘Gentleman Jim:’ Heavyweight king & the world’s first movie star

October 16th, 2016

In his 24 pro fights, 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett fought nine times against International Boxing Hall of Famers and handed the great John L. Sullivan the first loss of his career.
Corbett was slick and handsome, but hardly a gentleman, becoming one of the sport's early smack-talkers, an annoyance that created a lifetime rift between he and Sullivan.
Christopher James Shelton, the world's most industrious boxing historian, joined us on Oct. 16 to talk about the unusual career and remarkable life of the turn-of-the-century heavyweight king, including his stranger-than-fiction business relationship with inventor Thomas Edison.

Our conversation with Chris Shelton is preceded by expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who discuss the landscape of the heavyweight division, Danny Garcia's choice of opponents, how a Spence-Brook fight might look, who wins Haye vs. Bellew, the Hall of Fame credentials of Dariusz Michelczewski, and Manny Pacquiao's typically odd training camp.

Bumpus fought 5 world champs, wrote a knockout book

October 10th, 2016

Just four years out of high school, Jeff Bumpus found himself in a fight with world champion Julio Cesar Chavez (45-0, 43 KOs). His mom, a Sunday School teacher, was so horrified that her husband got her drunk for the fight. Bumpus, who had dreams of being "Rocky," just wanted to avoid making Chavez angry. That plan went out the window early in the fight, when Bumpus landed one of the best punches of his life on Chavez's chin. For the rest of this story, check out this fun and revealing interview from Sundays show .... or purchase Bumpus' new book, "Becoming Taz: Writing from the Southpaw Stance."

Sunday's semi-main event was Melissa McMorrow, who shares her thoughts with John J. Raspanti as she preps for yet another fight in Mexico.

And we lead off with expert analysts John J. Raspanti, Travis Hartman, and Rizwaan Zahid , who eulogize one of the greatest 140-pound fighters ever, Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor, who died early Sunday morning. They also tell us which heavyweight is the best in the world right now.

The remarkable tale of ‘Homicide Hank,’ No. 2 all-time P4P

October 2nd, 2016

Henry Armstrong became the undisputed featherweight champion of the world in Oct. 1937, moved up 21 pounds to take the welterweight crown from all-time great Barney Ross the following May, and then, three months later, dropped to 135 to beat Hall of Fame lightweight king Lou Ambers.
Edward Scott Jr., the grandson of "Homicide Hank," was our featured guest on this edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss the life and legend of Henry Armstrong, who became a Baptist minister and created the Henry Armstrong Foundation to serve at-risk youth. Scott has made the foundation his life's work in his grandfather's memory.
Our interview with Edward Scott Jr. is preceded by a colorful conversation with unbeaten heavyweight David Latoria, who, in his other job, is a Chicago Police officer.
And, as always, expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti lead off, breaking down Tyson Fury's cocaine mess, Manny Pacquiao's inexplicable political alignment with a Philippines president who admires Hitler, the mouthwatering Walters-Lomachenko fight, and more.


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