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Her dad, Javier "Baby Face" Gutierrez, was a California Boxing Hall of Famer who didn't think girls should play sports, let alone box, but Blanca Gutierrez fell hard for the sport anyway.

Gutierrez became a national-level kickboxer at 32 -- she even fought Carina Moreno on ESPN once -- and opened her own gym when she felt unwelcome at most men's gyms.

Nowadays, she's the promoter of the Beautiful Brawlers all-female boxing shows in the San Francisco Bay area, trying to kick the door open for women's boxers in the U.S.

We spoke to Gutierrez about her life, her dad, and her passion for the Sweet Science on the Nov. 27 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

Before Blanca, we break down Lomachenko's stunning domination of Nicholas Walters -- what the win did for Lomachanko, and what the defeat did to Walters -- with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti.

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Loreto Garza learned to fight in his back yard as the youngest of seven, sparring with three older brothers, but was 18 before he finally made it to a boxing gym. Over the next three years, he won three Golden Gloves titles and made Team USA, then turned pro just before his 21st birthday in 1983 -- the same year another Sacramento superstar, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, made his pro debut.

Garza lost his sixth pro fight, then went on a 23-0-1 run that included knockout wins over former world champions Harry Arroyo and Joe Manley. He then won an electrifying fight over 5-foot-3 Frankie Warren (30-1, his only loss to Buddy McGirt), a bout that many people thought should have been "Fight of the Year." Garza fought the final five rounds with his right eye swollen shut, but Warren came out worse: He retired after that fight after discovering that the retina in one of his eyes had been torn in two places.

Garza's world title fight was in Nice, France, on two weeks notice, against Juan Coggi, who was 45-1, and his majority-decisioni upset victory brought hundreds of fans to the Sacramento airport for his return home.

After a memorable war with Vinny Pazienza (a Garza victory) and a meeting with future Hall of Famer Edwin Rosario (a knockout loss), Garza retired and became a correctional officer for the State of California.

Don't miss this sensational interview with a member of the California Boxing Hall of Fame and a Northern California boxing legend.

Our interview with Loreto Garza is preceded by an enlightening postmortem of the previous night's Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev showdown by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti.

This is a lively show, wall to wall.

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Few fighters of this generation are as reliable as Shawn Porter for giving fans every penny of their ticket price. He's one of the true action-figure boxing stars of this era.

"Showtime" Shawn joined us on 11-13-16 for a 30-minute conversation about one of boxing's most-intriguing weight divisions -- the welterweights -- and where he fits into the picture with Thurman, Garcia, Brook, Spence, Berto, Khan, Pacquiao, Mayweather, and others.

We also hit him up for stories of high school football glory -- as a running back, he once scored six touchdowns in a game, setting a record (previously held by NFL Hall of Famer Larry Czonka) that still stands today.

Our conversation with Shawn Porter is preceded by a postmortem the weekend fights (Danny Garcia-Samuel Vargas, Luis Ortiz-Malik Scott) by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who also discuss a possible Brook-Spence showdown, whether Canelo should bother fighting Chavez Jr., how much hot air Bob Arum is blowing when he talks up a Crawford-Pacquiao match, and other topics.

 

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They've been fighting for years without gloves, without headgear, without judges, in warehouses, parking garages, basements ...wherever the cops aren't looking for them. Now the Bare Knuckle Fighting organization is progressing toward becoming mainstream as a fully sanctioned sport -- and they've already made inroads in three states.

Former world cruiserweight boxing champion Bobby Gunn, bare knuckle boxing's undefeated heavyweight king (73-0, 73 KOs), and Edward Simpson, a management consultant for the organization, joined us on Sunday's Ringside Boxing Show to discuss the ancient, noble art of fistfighting, and why it may soon be coming to an arena, and hopefully a cable TV network, near you.

Do not miss this sensational conversation about the next generation of sanction combat sports.

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