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The heavyweight championship fight between 41-year-old Wladimir Klitschko, who ruled the division for more than a decade, and Anthony Joshua, his 27-year-old heir, was highly anticipated -- true enough. What few of us expected, though, was an event we'll probably still be talking about when we're old and grey. Boxing oracles Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti review one of the most-memorable heavyweight tussles since Evander Holyfield's prime, reminisce about the instant-classic fifth and sixth rounds, and speculate about the futures of both fighters on this edition of The Ringside Boxing Show. We also tell you who will win the upcoming Mexican mega-collision between Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., a clash that feels a lot more intriguing today than it did a few weeks ago.

And then Amir Mansour joins John Raspanti for a thorough discussion of Joshua-Klitschko, Deontay Wilder, the heavyweight division, and his recent victory over Travis Kauffman, which he hopes puts him in the conversation for a long-awaited world title shot.

 

 

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Chuck Wepner, 'The Bayonne Bleeder,' inspired Sylvester Stallone to create 'Rocky' when he knocked down Muhammad Ali in their 1975 fight.

His colorful life story is now a new feature film, 'Chuck,' opening in theaters May 5 starring Liev Schreiber in the title role.

We interviewed both Chuck Wepner and Liev Schreiber ('Ray Donovan,' 'Wolverine') on our most recent Ringside Boxing Show.

This spectacular doubleheader interview is preceded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who review Shawn Porter's mauling conquest of Andre Berto, give us the inside scoop on the sensational Charlo twins, discuss Tyson Fury's offer to provide stud services to any woman willing to pay $64,000 (US), speculate whether Adrien Broner will make it to age 30 without going to jail, and tell us who's going to win the Klitschko-Joshua fight.

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Sonny Liston may have been the most-feared, least-understood heavyweight boxer in history, an ex-con and street thug who worked as a thumb-breaker for the mob, and whose boxing contract was owned by gangsters Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo of Murder Inc.

But author Paul Gallender, through 40 years of research, has uncovered a different side of Liston, a story he tells in his two biographies, "Sonny LIston: The Real Story Behind the Ali-Liston Fights," and the recently published "Sonny Liston: In a New Light."

Gallender joined us on The Ringside Boxing Show to paint a picture of a man with two very different personalities -- sullen, glowering, and frightening in the boxing world, and warm, generous, and affectionate when few were watching.

Our interview with Paul Gallender is preceded by expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti, who discuss Ward vs. Kovalev, Pacquiao's future, Froch's humiliating experience at the Joshua-Klitschko box office, the dark secret of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and more.

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Should Vasyl Lomachenko be mentioned with Willie Pep, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roy Jones, Sweet Pea Whitaker, Alexis Arguello, the Sugar Rays, and other all-time greats of the sweet science?

Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti marvel at Lomachenko's latest virtuoso performance, measure him (even at this early point in his pro career) against the legends, and speculate where he might be headed next.

Our panel also talks Ward-Kovalev II, Chavez Jr's apparently successful efforts to make weight for the Canelo showdown, and spin-off topics.

This conversation leads off a jam-packed show that also includes interviews with Michael Ruiz Jr., trainer Max Garcia, and unsinkable veteran Edner Cherry, who is 12-1 in his most-recent fights.

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Canelo Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, have become remarkably adroit at stacking barriers in the road to a long-awaited superfight with Gennady Golovkin -- the latest being the  claim (based on somewhat-valid evidence: only 177,000 recent PPV buys for the Jacobs fight) that the public doesn't care much about Golovkin.

On the other hand, most observers of the Sweet Science seem to agree that no fight seems as mouthwatering right now as Canelo-GGG ... so what's the deal? Our expert analysts discuss the possibility that De La Hoya and Canelo are waiting for Golovkin to age a bit more -- maybe until his flesh is decomposing -- before risking Golden Boy's meal ticket in a fight Golovkin would be favored to win.

We also talk about Canelo's more-immediate concern -- the upcoming clash with an unusually motivated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. -- plus the youth-versus-experience showdown between Joshua and Klitschko, and, finally, who deserves to be No. 1 on the Pound 4 Pound list.

This rousing discussion sets the stage for our memorable and revealing conversation with Dicky Eklund (Micky Ward's brother and co-inspiration for "The Fighter.")

 

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