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We open this show with a lively 30-minute discussion of Bernard Hopkins' brutal exit from the ring, the coming-out party of Joe Smith Jr., Alexander Povetkin's future after a second-straight dirty drug test, Golovkin vs. Jacobs, Terence Crawford's 50-day jail sentence, Canelo-Chavez Jr., Andre Ward retirement romors, and the WBC's strange decisoni to ban dad's as chief seconds for their boxing sons.

And then, when a scheduled guest cancels, we replay a classic interview with Australian legend Jeff Fenech, whose life was as colorful as his career was great.

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International Boxing Hall of Famer did two separate terms as editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine, and also oversaw Boxing Illustrated, Ring Almanac, KO and World Boxing.

We tapped into Collins' rich history as a fight scribe and got him to reminisce about over-capacity fight nights at the Blue Horizon, gangster Blinky Palermo, Lou Duva, Muhammad Ali, and his own stormy departure from The Ring.

This is a candid and colorful conversation with a legend of boxing journalism.

Before our interview with Nigel Collins, John J. Raspanti catcches up with Sacramento-based junior welterweight Stan Martinyouk, who expects 2017 to be a breakout year.

And we lead off with rapid-fire postmortem of a spectacular boxing Saturday with Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who break down Parker-Ruz, Charlo-Williams, Crawford-Molina, Whyte-Chisora, Joshua-Mollina, and Mares-Cuellar -- all in 20 minutes.

Front to back, this is one of our best shows of the year.

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He fell in love with boxing young, turned pro late, and has made the most of his career, becoming one of the true action-figure warriors of his time. But John Molina Jr. probably faces his toughest task this Saturday, taking on undefeated world champion Terance Crawford with two title belts on the line.

Molina discussed his life in and out of the ring with John J. Raspanti on the Dec. 4 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, giving us a candid look at one of the sport's most-popular personalities.

OUr John Molina interview is preceded by Raspanti, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid on Nick Blackwell's dangerous devoition to boxing, Murat Gassiev's place in a talent-rich cruiserweight division, David Haye's decision to fight Tony Bellew, and more.

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