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Author Jeffrey Sussman trained as a 12-year-old at Stillman's Gym, met Rocky Graziano, who was walking his toy poodle, and wrote a bestselling book about two of the great Jewish boxing heroes. "Max Baer and Barney Ross: Jewish Heroes of Boxing," is the story of two exceptionally colorful fighters.

Baer knocked out Max Schmeling long before Joe Louis did it. He had a remarkable Hollywood career, both on the Silver Screen and in the beds of a long line of actresses, including Greta Garbo and Jean Harlow.

Ross was a teenage chum of Jack Ruby (who later killed Lee Harvey Oswald) when they were both employees of Chicago gangster Al Capone. He became the first boxer ever to win titles at three weights. He single-handedly killed almost two dozen Japanese soldiers in an all-night battle at Guadalcanal.

This outstanding interview with a terrific story teller is preceded by our weekly discussion with expect analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who tell us what Deontay Wilder means in today's heavyweight division, where Eleider Alvarez stands as a light heavyweight, whether Chavez Jr. and Canelo were nuts to make a winner-take-all bet on their fight, and what's going to happen in Angel Garcia's showdown with NYSAC in his fight to work Danny's corner against Keith Thurman.

A great show!

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When he was 14, Sean O'Grady sparred four rounds with "Schoolboy" Bobby Chacon at the Main Street Gym in LA. He turned pro in Oklahoma at 15, and went 26-0, with 22 knockouts, in his first year. A few days after his 17th birthday, he lost for the first time to future Hall of Famer Danny "Little Red" Lopez at the Fabulous Forum. He went to Scotland (where his life was threatened) and lost a WBC world title fight to Jim Watt, then beat Hilmer Kenty for the WBA crown five months later. He was Cosmopolitan Magazine's "Bachelor of the Month" and got love letters from 10,000 women.

If you think "The Bubblegum Bomber" has stories to tell, you'd be right.

Our interview with Sean O'Grady is preceded by a conversation with Chicago heavyweight Mike Mollo, on his way to Poland for a big fight, and our expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack Adrien Broner's narrow win over Adrian Granado, and the battering-ram contest between Lamont Peterson and David Avanesyan..

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He won the WBA middleweight championship three times, and fought the likes of Felix Trinidad, Roberto Duran, and Bernard Hopkins, but William Joppy is enjoying the most-rewarding part of his life right now, counseling troubled kids in the Washington D.C. area and helping the homeless through his nonprofit organization, "Breakfast With Boxers."

We went deep with this humble boxing legend on the Feb. 12 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, talking about the ups and downs of his amazing life. This one is not to be missed.

Our interview with William Joppy is preceded by a conversation with expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti about Andre Ward's subtle moves toward retirement, Julio Cesar Chavez's serious surprisingly serious aproach to making 164.5 pounds to fight Canelo, the upcoming fight between Hughie Fury and Joseph Parker, a dream matchup between Vasyl Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia, and the silly plan for Mayweather to fight McGregor.

You can also hear our weekly broadcast every Monday on blogtalkradio.com, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central, 8 Eastern. 

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Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, personal physician to Muhammad Ali, spins spectacular tails about his years with "The Greatest," from the day they met, to the Beatles' visit to Miami's storied Fifth Street Gym, to the high-voltage experience of being ringside for fights against Liston, Frazier, Foreman and others. Don't miss this candid and historic stroll down boxing's memory lane.

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