J. Russell Peltz: 50 memorable years as Philly’s legendary promoter

January 20th, 2020

J. Russell Peltz: 50 memorable years as Philly's legendary promoter

By Dennis Taylor

We spend a colorful hour with the legendary J. Russell Peltz, an East Coast boxing icon who promoted his first fight 50 years ago in Philadelphia at the age of 22, and made stars out of Bennie Briscoe, Eugene ‘Cyclone’ Hart, Bobby ‘Boogaloo’ Watts, Stanley ‘Kitten’ Hayward, Mike Rossman, Jeff Chandler, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Marvin Johnson, Arturo Gatti, and Marvin Hagler, among countless others. This is an interview for the time capsule.

This is our interview with Russell Peltz only. To hear the full 2-hour version of The Ringside Boxing Show, visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.com/?s=ringside+boxing+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.

The first-ever female pugilist and MMA fighter, circa: 1722-1728

January 14th, 2020

The amazing tale of Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes, first known pro female fighter, 1722-1728

By Dennis Taylor

She lived in the days of Johann Sebastian Bach, Benjamin Franklin, and Sir Isaac Newton. She may have stood six feet tall. She usually fought men -- both bare-knuckle and mixed martial arts -- and there's no indication that she ever lost.

Our inimitable boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, joins us on The Ringside Boxing Show to tell the true story of Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes, who fought professionally in England in an era when rules were sparse and the level of mayhem was high.

She claimed to be the wife of a notorious London murderer, Robert Wilkinson (executed in 1722), and became famous as a pugilist throughout England. She foughts solo and sometimes as a team with Robert Stokes, an MMA and fistfighter in his own right. 

Join us for this colorful and rarely told tale of one of the most interesting figures in the history of combat sports, told by the preeminent boxing historian of our generation.



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