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Bill Caplan: Hall of Fame publicist,
Damon Runyon character

 1. Yelled at machine-gun wielding Venezuelan soldiers.

2. Punched a fellow PR flack, then hired O.J.'s lawyer  as his defense attorney

 3. Laid down in a parking lot to block Lupe Pintor's station wagon

4. Ordered his daughter to pull the plug on Don King's microphone

  5. Nicknamed "Buffet Bill" by George Foreman

6. Wore hand-me-downs from Frank Sinatra

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The astonishing career of Hall-of-Fame boxing publicist Bill Caplan dates back to the 1960s, and includes the time he laid down in front of Lupe Pintor's station wagon to keep him from leaving a press conference, an incident at the Venezuelan airport where he and George Foreman faced down machine-gun wielding soldiers, his trip to Zaire for "The Rumble in the Jungle," and his memorable confrontation with gangster Blinky Palermo of "Murder Inc." And that's just a little part of it.

Our conversation with Caplan happened in 2012, and we took the opportunity to replay it Sunday after missing connections with our scheduled guest, Paul "The Punisher" Williams.

This sensational interview with a master storyteller is preceded by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack one of the best fight weekends in recent memory, topped by the Thurman-Porter spectacular.

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Expert analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid join Dennis Taylor and "Irish" Joe O'Rourke to gush over the previous night's spectacular brawl between Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Andre Berto, then undefeated super bantamweight Tino Avila talked about his life, his career and his upcoming fight.

This is the first half of our Nov. 25, 2012 show featuring a sensational walk down memory lane with Hall of Famers Don Chargin (promoter) and Bill Caplan (publicist).

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 Two of the iconic figures in West Coast boxing history, legendary promoter/matchmaker Don Chargin and celebrated publicist Bill Caplan, teamed up on the November 26, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to give us a lively and humorous reminiscence of LA's famed Olympic Auditorium, spinning colorful stories about Bobby Chacon, Mando Ramos vs. Sugar Ramos, the 1964 Ebihara-Torres riot, the funeral of the original "Golden Boy," Art Aragon, and much more. We simply didn't have enough time to hear a lifetime of colorful stories from these two boxing icons.

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In more than 40 years as a boxing publicist, Bill Caplan has worked for Joe Louis, Don King, Bob Arum, and currently is with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

Caplan was at the hub of California's amazing boxing scene in the glory years of Carlos Palomino, Bobby Chacon, Mando Ramos, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, the Quarry brothers.

The stories he shared with us during his second appearance on The Ringside Boxing Show were rich, colorful and true. Take an amazing walk through California's boxing history with a man who has seen it all.

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  Bill Caplan's first gig in boxing publicity was for an ex-champ-turned-promoter named Joe Louis.  He was marooned for two months in Zaire with George Foreman prior to the Ali fight. He once stretched out in the parking lot of a Korean restaurant to prevent Lupe Pinto's station wagon from leaving a press conference. The man of a million stories was our guest on The Ringside Boxing Show on Oct. 9, 2011, for a remarkable half-hour interview. Enjoy!

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