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By Dennis Taylor

On a once-complex heavyweight landscape, Deontay Wilder stands alone today as the bona fide rival of Anthony Joshua.

"The Bronze Bomber" granted us a lengthy, wide-ranging, in-depth interview on this week's Ringside Boxing Show, addressing everything from boxing's epidemic of performance-enhancing drugs (three of Wilder's recent opponents have tested dirty), to his upcoming rematch with Bermane Stiverne (the only opponent to go the distance with Wilder in 38 fights), to Eddie Hearn's push to lure Wilder to England for a stadium fight, and short-change him on the purse.

This spectacular (and humor-filled) conversation is perfectly timed on the same weekend that Joshua fought Carlos Takam, and a week before Wilder-Stiverne.

Before we speak with Deontay, expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti break down the week of boxing, including Joshua-Takam, Terence Crawford's confirmation that he's moving to the talent-loaded welterweight division, Katie Taylor's chances of taking women's boxing to a new level, and more.

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 Book of the Year, "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
Earlier generations fought to keep the lights on and put food on the table for their children. Today's fighters dream of owning a $30-million mansion with a garage full of Bentleys. Which era was more motivated? That's one of many questions we pose to the legendary Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, an all-time great whose 17-year pro career included wars with Matthew Saad Muhammad, Michael Spinks, Marvin Johnson, Victor Galindez, Bennie Briscoe and James Scott (an inmate at Rahway State Prison at the time.)
 
We also ask this world-class trainer about the challenge of keeping fighters focused in Las Vegas, with temptations and distractions on every corner.
 
Our conversation with Muhammad is preceded by expert analysts John J. Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid, who lend their perspective to HBO's tripleheader featuring big wins by Ryan Burnett, Demetrius Andrade, and Alberto Machado. Raspanti and Zahid also weigh in on the talent of Murat Gassiev, plus three intriguing upcoming match-ups: Spence vs. Peterson, Stevenson vs. Alvarez, and Saunders vs. Lemieux.
 
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 Book of the Year, "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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By Dennis Taylor

The heavyweight champion was the most-admired athlete in the world at the turn of the 20th Century, thanks to the charisma and machismo of the legendary John L. Sullivan. But John L. got old, and along came Bob Fitzsimmons, a colorful Brit, and James J. Jeffries -- "The Boilermaker" -- an indestructible American, to create a rivalry still worth remembering a century later.

Christopher James Shelton, our inimitable boxing historian, joins us on The Ringside Boxing Show to tell some truths and debunk myths about those early days of The Sweet Science, painting a vivid picture of what boxing and the heavyweight division were like in the days when horses and horseless carriages shared American roadways.

Our conversation with Chris is preceded by a breakdown of a busy weekend of boxing (Charlo, Hurd, Santa Cruz, Mares and Groves all made progress toward bigger fights), plus a report on the UK boxing scene from our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin.

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 Boxing Book of the Year, "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

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Paul Vaden was a sensational amateur (10 losses in more than 300 fights), pulled off a stunning upset to win the IBF super welterweight crown, lost his title in an anger-fueled 12-rounder against future Hall of Famer Terry Norris, was TKO'd by larger, stronger middleweight king Keith Holmes, and exited boxing at age 29 not long after a knockout victory over Stephan Johnson, who slipped into a coma and died 15 days later from his injuries.

Vaden's out-of-the-ring story is fraught with other tragedies and triumphs, and his resilience through it all is a triumph in its own right.

This is a remarkable interview with a Southern California legend (San Diego's only native-born world champ), one of the best you'll ever hear. Enjoy!

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By Dennis Taylor
The elephant in the room when we watch 21st-century heavyweights is obvious: Why should a 201-pound man be required to compete for a world title with a 6-foot-8, 250-pound behemoth? The WBC has made rumblings in recent days about creating a (long overdue?) super heavyweight division -- which would be the 18th weight class in a sport that once had just eight. Good idea? Will other sanctioning bodies follow that lead?
 
Expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti weigh in on this topic, plus Chris Eubank Jr's emergence as a force in the World Boxing Super Series, Mikey vs. Linares, Cotto's uninspiring opponent for his finale, Bellew's decision to fight Haye again, and more.
 
We also get our weekly report from UK correspondent Paul McLaughlin before connecting with former IBF super welterweight champ Paul Vaden, whose life outside the ring was as compelling as a career that earned him a place in the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame.
 
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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