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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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  Amir Mansour almost celebrates the only loss of his career, to Steve Cunningham, because Cunningham was fighting for his baby daughter, who needed a heart transplant.

For the record, Mansour believes he deserved the decision in that fight, but his focus in postfight press conferences was helping Cunningham raise money for the medical procedure. His efforts led to more than $20,000 in contributions.

We talked boxing, prison (Mansour did 8 1/2 years on drug charges), redemption, aging, and the relationship between ISIS and real Muslims with the heavyweight contender on The Ringside Boxing Show.

The Amir Mansour interview is preceded by a thorough breakdown of Saturday's Cotto-Canelo fight and undercard by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.
 

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Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid, take apart the Froch-Kessler fight, analyze Froch's waist-high defense, weigh-in on HBO's broadcasting team, compared to Showtime's crew, and break down Juanma's chances of dealing Mike Garcia his first loss, among other topics.

This is the first half of our May 26, 2013 show, featuring a riveting interview with unbeaten heavyweight Amir Mansour after the commercial break.

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Amir Mansour grew up on some mean streets and fell into the drug culture in the 1980s, a decision that landed him in prison for 8 1/2 years (plus another six-month stint later) and interrupted a 9-0 boxing career.

Since his release, Mansour, 40, has boosted his record to 18-0, with 14 KOs, with an explosiveness that reminds some of Mike Tyson's heyday. More important, he's also turned his life around.

Mansour gave us a deeply honest and candid interview on the May 25, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, one of the most-fascinating conversations we've had in a long time. Don't miss this one.

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