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The next “Comeback Fighter of the Year” may well be Devon Alexander, an ex-champ who envisions a pathway back to relevance in the welterweight division, and now has all-time great Roy Jones Jr. to help him navigate that road.

Consider that Alexander fought twice in 2018, settling for a draw with Victor Ortiz, and losing a squeaky-close split decision to Andre Berto. He was leading both fights going into the later rounds, but, by his own assessment, ran out of gas.

With Roy Jones as his new trainer and cornerman, he’s headed for high altitude – Big Bear, Calif. (6,500 feet above sea level) to get the conditioning he needs, and recapture the magic that enabled him to beat Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse, Junior Witter, and other elite fighters earlier in his career.

Alexander also candidly discusses his 2 ½- year battle with prescription painkillers – how he became addicted, what it took to recover, and how he plans to use that experience going forward.   

This is the Devon Alexander interview only. If you would like to hear the complete show, visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.net/podcast/ringsideboxingshowstillhungrymotivated-guest-devon-alexander-enlists-roy-jones-jr-for-one-more-run/

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon bestseller.

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International Boxing Hall of Famer Lew Jenkins often trained and fought drunk (sometimes going from the bar to the arena), smoked 30 Camel cigarettes a day, faced a Who's Who of all-time greats, won the world lightweight title (with whiskey in his water bottle), and held it for nearly two years -- until he lost it while fighting with a broken neck from a motorcycle accident. He also was a formidable womanizer.

Then came the really amazing part of his life: Jenkins also fought in some of the bloodiest battles of World War II and the Korean War, winning a Silver Star for valor.

This week's Ringside Boxing Show features an in-depth interview with boxing historian Gene Pantalone, author of "From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins," who's life and career were so amazing that legendary producer John Huston believed it would have to be toned down before it could be believed by a Hollywood audience.
 
This is our complete interview with Gene Pantalone about this remarkable American boxer and war hero.
 
To hear the full show, visit https://thegruelingtruth.net.
 
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," an Amazon bestseller.

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Ref Jack Reiss on the 12th-round resurrection of Tyson Fury against Deontay Wilder, flying diapers in Mexico, Hugh Hefner's Halloween party, fighting forest fires, and other amazing tales

By Dennis Taylor

One of boxing’s great “non-calls” in recent years was referee Jack Reiss’ decision to allow Tyson Fury to finish his fight with Deontay Wilder after suffering a brutal knockdown in Round 12 at the Staples Center.

Reiss, one of the best officials in boxing, joins us this week to describe the earthquake he felt when Fury came crashing down, what he saw in Fury’s face as the count progressed, and how the British giant suddenly snapped back to life and demonstrated enough coherence to earn the right to finish the fight.

Reiss also discusses how he prepares for a fight, how he makes decisions in the ring, what it’s like to ref in Mexico, Panama, Japan, Thailand, and Germany, and how it feels to be center stage in a jam-packed arena on worldwide TV.

And, by the way, Reiss also spent a few evenings at the Playboy Mansion, not only as a working referee, but also as a Los Angeles fire marshal, providing security for Hef’s sexy, celebrity-filled Halloween party. This is a story you definitely want to hear. Oh, he also battled forest fires.

This is the Jack Reiss interview only. This week's entire Ringside Boxing Show can be found at this link: https://thegruelingtruth.net/podcast/ringside-boxing-show-ref-jack-reiss-on-the-12-round-resurrection-of-tyson-fury-against-deontay-wilder/

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon bestseller.

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By Dennis Taylor

This week’s featured guest on The Ringside Boxing Show is arguably the most-electrifying young boxer in the sport, Teofimo Lopez Jr., whose 12-0 record includes 10 KOs, most of them highlight reel knockouts.

In addition to speed, balance, otherworldly punching power, this 21-year-old meteorite also has the kind of love-him-or-hate-him charisma we haven’t seen since the days of Prince Naseem Hamed, Macho Camacho, Jorge Paez, and Muhammad Ali: Backflips in the ring … home run trots … crazy dances … all of which drives his New York fans into a frenzy.

His father, Teofimo Sr., has his own unique personality, with no fear of controversy, including the very strong opinion that Vasyl Lomachenko wants no part of his son at 135 pounds.

We interview both son and father on this edition, and it’s a wild and interesting ride.

Listen to the Teofimo interview here, or visit https://thegruelingtruth.net/podcast/ringside-boxing-show-teofimo-lopez-and-his-trainer-dad-torch-lomachenko-during-an-en-fuego-interview/?fbclid=IwAR3I_6rJKWu9vajzOqQaM_LVSB-RI78FYZ9Pm_IitFLVdSmkjF2S9mJ3ha4 to hear the complete 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," an Amazon bestseller.

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