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By Dennis Taylor
As a former senior writer who contributed to the heyday of The Ring and KO Boxing, William Dettloff sat shoulder-to-shoulder on press row with some of the greatest boxing journalists in history, the beginning of a career in which he also authored a biography of Ezzard Charles and a boxing-instruction book with Smokin' Joe Frazier.
Dettloff has collaborated with another alumnus of The Ring, Nigel Collins, and celebrated graphic artist Michael Kronenberg to launch a new quarterly boxing magazine, Ringside Seat, which will include the work of many of the top boxing scribes of our generation.
We spoke in-depth with Dettloff about the philosophies behind the new quarterly publication (of which he serves as editor-in-chief), as well as his life and career covering "The Sweet Science."
This wide-ranging conversation is preceded by our weekly report from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin on the eclectic boxing scene in the United Kingdom, and a breakdown of the week in boxing (including Mikey Garcia's victory over Adrien Broner) from expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti.
 
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.
 

 

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By Dennis Taylor
Finding motivation is easy when you're winning, when you're world-ranked, when you're in the mix for a title shot or a big payday. It's another story for a journeyman like Darnell Boone, a guy who will fight anybody, anytime, anywhere, on a day's notice.
John J. Raspanti's revealing interview on this special edition of The Ringside Boxing Show gives us a unique peek into the mind of one of the sport's true gladiators -- a 13-year veteran whose list of opponents includes Andre Ward, Sergey Kovalev (twice), Adonis Stevenson (twice), Jean Pascal, Brian Vera, Edwin Rodriguez, Erislandy Lara, Brandon Gonzales, and Willie Monroe Jr. (All of those fighters, by the way, were undefeated when they fought Boone ... and Stevenson and Monroe Jr. left the arena without their perfect records.)
We also get another report on the UK boxing scene from our new British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin, who provides some surprising information about Kell Brook, Chris Eubank Sr., and Tyson Fury.
 
Be sure to check out Sunday's regular edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, during which we'll interview legendary boxing journalist William Dettloff (former editor of The Ring magazine) about his life, his career, his books, and the brand-new boxing magazine he's launching with Nigel Collins.
That show will be posted at http://thegruelingtruth.net this Sunday at 6 p.m. Pacific, 7 Mountain, 8 Central, 9 Eastern.
 
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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Jonathon Banks was just 30 years old and still fighting his own battles in the squared circle when his trainer and mentor, Emanuel Steward, was stricken with colon cancer.
That's when Banks -- who had zero experience as a trainer -- was approached by the heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko (also trained by Steward) to step in as his coach while the iconic Hall of Famer recovered.
When asked why he thinks Klitschko sought him out, Banks can only laugh. "Honestly, I have no idea," he said.
We had a compelling and candid conversation with Klitschko's trainer on Sunday's Ringside Boxing Show, during which Banks talked in-depth about the level of intimidation he felt trying to fill the shoes of one of the greatest trainers of all time. Banks also talked to us about his early days at Kronk Gym (where he began training at age 15), the differences between boxing and training, and multiple other topics.
 
Our interview with Johnathon Banks is preceded by Paul McLaughlin's report on the UK boxing scene, plus expert analyst from Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who analyze rumors about three exciting match-ups -- Wilder-Ortiz, Porter-Garcia, Kovalev-Barrera, and Charlo-Lubin. They also talk about the disturbing personal tailspin of former middleweight king Jermain Taylor.
 
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," which is currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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When he remembers his razor-thin losses to Keith Thurman and Kell Brook, former IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter says the only rounds he remembers are the close ones -- and he dwells on what he might have done to swing them the other way.

With a couple of well-timed punches or flurries, Porter might still be an undefeated world champion at this point, rather than a guy waiting for another shot at glory.

The 29-year-old joined us Sunday, alongside his father/trainer, Kenny Porter, for an in-depth discussion about the talent-stacked 147-pound weight division, a conversation rife with speculation about Thurman, Brook, Jeff Horn, Manny Pacquiao, Danny Garcia, and Terence Crawford.

They're ready to take on any of the above in their quest to exit the sport at the top of the heap.

Our interview with the Porters is preceded by our brand-new segment featuring British boxing oracle Paul McLaughlin, who unpacks part of the fascinating boxing scene in the United Kingdom in his lively, 4-minute segment. And we lead off, as always, with expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who weigh in on the Mayweather-McGregor phenomenon/farce, among other topics.

Front to back, this is an informative and action-packed episode.

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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After he beat wildly popular Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini -- not once, but twice -- Livingstone Bramble embraced the role of villain in boxing. He was known for showing up at press conferences and walking to the ring with a boa constrictor around his neck. He brought a "voodoo witch doctor" to a Mancini press conference. He taunted and tested his opponents. He was often roundly booed.

Surprise ... Bramble is actually a great guy, although he's every bit as colorful today as he was during a career that spanned 24 years and almost 70 pro fights, including battles with Edwin Rosario, Buddy McGirt, Kostya Tszyu, Oba Carr, Rafael Ruelas, and many other outstanding opponents.

This lively interview with the Rastafarian champ is follows a conversation with trainer Max Garcia about his 20-year-old sensation, undefeated featherweight Ruben Villa, and our opening segment with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, during which we break down the upcoming World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight and super middleweight tournaments.

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Eight-division, 11-time world champion Manny Pacquiao was ambushed by a former school teacher -- and, according to some, three blind judges and an under-officious referee -- Saturday in Brisbane, Australia, where he lost his WBO welterweight crown to a ferocious underdog named Jeff Horn.
Was Manny robbed on the scorecards? Did ref Mark Nelson blatantly ignore Horn's rough tactics? Is Pacman a shot fighter? What's on the horizon for both fighters?
We cover all aspects of the biggest upset of 2017 on The Ringside Boxing Show with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti.
Then Raspanti and host Dennis Taylor get an in-depth lesson on Cleveland's rich tapestry of boxing history from author Jerry Fitch during the second half of the show.
 
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy, currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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