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When he remembers his razor-thin losses to Keith Thurman and Kell Brook, former IBF welterweight champ Shawn Porter says the only rounds he remembers are the close ones -- and he dwells on what he might have done to swing them the other way.

With a couple of well-timed punches or flurries, Porter might still be an undefeated world champion at this point, rather than a guy waiting for another shot at glory.

The 29-year-old joined us Sunday, alongside his father/trainer, Kenny Porter, for an in-depth discussion about the talent-stacked 147-pound weight division, a conversation rife with speculation about Thurman, Brook, Jeff Horn, Manny Pacquiao, Danny Garcia, and Terence Crawford.

They're ready to take on any of the above in their quest to exit the sport at the top of the heap.

Our interview with the Porters is preceded by our brand-new segment featuring British boxing oracle Paul McLaughlin, who unpacks part of the fascinating boxing scene in the United Kingdom in his lively, 4-minute segment. And we lead off, as always, with expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who weigh in on the Mayweather-McGregor phenomenon/farce, among other topics.

Front to back, this is an informative and action-packed episode.

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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After he beat wildly popular Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini -- not once, but twice -- Livingstone Bramble embraced the role of villain in boxing. He was known for showing up at press conferences and walking to the ring with a boa constrictor around his neck. He brought a "voodoo witch doctor" to a Mancini press conference. He taunted and tested his opponents. He was often roundly booed.

Surprise ... Bramble is actually a great guy, although he's every bit as colorful today as he was during a career that spanned 24 years and almost 70 pro fights, including battles with Edwin Rosario, Buddy McGirt, Kostya Tszyu, Oba Carr, Rafael Ruelas, and many other outstanding opponents.

This lively interview with the Rastafarian champ is follows a conversation with trainer Max Garcia about his 20-year-old sensation, undefeated featherweight Ruben Villa, and our opening segment with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, during which we break down the upcoming World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight and super middleweight tournaments.

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Eight-division, 11-time world champion Manny Pacquiao was ambushed by a former school teacher -- and, according to some, three blind judges and an under-officious referee -- Saturday in Brisbane, Australia, where he lost his WBO welterweight crown to a ferocious underdog named Jeff Horn.
Was Manny robbed on the scorecards? Did ref Mark Nelson blatantly ignore Horn's rough tactics? Is Pacman a shot fighter? What's on the horizon for both fighters?
We cover all aspects of the biggest upset of 2017 on The Ringside Boxing Show with expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti.
Then Raspanti and host Dennis Taylor get an in-depth lesson on Cleveland's rich tapestry of boxing history from author Jerry Fitch during the second half of the 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, currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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What do they take us for? Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach are trying to convince us that Australian Jeff Horn (16-0-1, no A-list opponents) is an inspiring threat to the future Hall of Famer.

Meanwhile, Colin McGregor's promoter, UFC czar Dana White, says his fighter (0-0) is no joking matter for Floyd Mayweather (49-0).

Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti, unpack both match-ups, psychoanalyze supporters of the underdogs, and also tell us what to expect from Broner vs. Mikey, and speculate about a possible Rigondeaux-Lomachenko collision.

This wide-reaching discussion is followed by an eye-opening interview with Adrian Clark, a 31-year-old boxing manager/agent (and author of Protect Yourself At All Times) who is on a quest to convince fighters that people who want 33 percent of their purses are ripping them off in a very big way.

This is a conversation guaranteed to enlighten fighters, managers, promoters and fans of "The Sweet Science."

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A few months ago, Sergey Kovalev was an undefeated world champion and undisputed king of the mountain in boxing's light heavyweight division. Then came his two collisions with Andre Ward, resulting in two losses -- both bubbling with controversy.

Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti discuss Saturday's stunning eighth-round TKO victory by Ward, which Team Kovalev insists was the result of multiple low blows that went unheeded by referee Tony Weeks. The loss becomes even more bitter in the light of their first fight -- a unanimous decision to Ward that was unpopular with at least half of the boxing public. So, where do both fighters go from here?

Our Ward-Kovalev coversation is followed by an interview with welterweight prospect Alan Sanchez, and our classic interview from January 2016 with Hall of Famer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad.

 

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Paul Banke knocked out a future Hall of Famer, Daniel Zaragoza, to win the WBC super bantamweight crown in 1990, but by then he was already adrift into the dangerous world of substance abuse.

The hard-partying fighter had just one successful title defense, and his once-promising career ended just three years after the Zaragoza triumph, but his battle with the effects of crystal meth (among other drugs) is a battle he's waged throughout his life.

Twenty-two years ago, in 1995, he was diagnosed with full-blown AIDS (probably from needle sharing or unprotected sex), a disease that, in those days, was tantamount to a death sentence. With the help of a daily cocktail of medications, he has persevered, enduring 13 failed rehab stays before finally resolving to end the cycle of substance abuse at age 50.

Now 52, Banke is clean and sober, working with boxers, and celebrating life with the support of a strong contingent of friends. He's also being inducted this year into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame.

This memorable interview with Paul Banke is preceeded by John J. Raspanti's conversation with Mike "Hollywood" Jimenez, a super middleweight from Chicago scheduled to put his 20-1-1 record on the line June 23 in a rematch with Aaron Pryor Jr.

Before that, we talk to our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and Raspanti about the breakout performance of welterweight Regis Prograis (who TKO'd previously undefeated Joel Diaz Jr. on Friday), and the upcoming rematch between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev.

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Montell Griffin's storybook career had a few unhappily-ever-after episodes that still grate on his nerves all these years later, at age 47.

His father owned the Windy City Boxing Gym, which was Montell's home away from home until his dad passed away at age 12. At that point, his mother pulled him out of the sport through his teen years, until he finally split for Los Angeles to resume training as an 18-year-old.

Against all odds, Griffin made the 1992 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team and went to Barcelona with a squad that included Oscar De La Hoya, Julian Wheeler, Raul Marquez, Chris Byrd, Tim Austin, and Larry Donald.

Unfortunately, those were the first Olympics to use the new electronic scoring system, which routinely awarded points to the wrong fighter -- a snafu that eliminated Griffin before the medal round.

After turning pro (where he was trained from his eighth fight on by the legendary Eddie Futch), Griffin won his first 14, then stepped into the ring with future Hall of Famer James Toney, who already was 44-1 and a former world champion. Griffin not only upset Toney, but also won a rematch the following year.

That put him inthe ring with undefeated world champion Roy Jones Jr.., the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world at the time -- a fight Griffin was winning going into the ninth round, when Jones was DQ'd for hitting his opponent while he was on a knee.

Fans trolled Griffin after that, adding to a career filled with disappointment and disillusionment.

This is a remarkable 20-minute interview with a colorful fighter who deserved better from a career that spanned from 1993-2011.

Our interview with Montell Griffin is preceded, as always, by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who discuss the weekend victories by Adonis Stevenson and Eleider Alvarez, the skullduggery involving Team Ward and Kovalev trainer John J. Raspanti, and the claim by a Sky Sports reporter that Deontay Wilder was knocked out cold -- twice -- while sparring with Wladimir Klitschko.

This is a rockin' show with a lot of revelations.

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In the long history of our radio show, few guests have shared as many colorful and fascinating stories as Harold Weston Jr., a greatly underappreciated welterweight from te 1970s who fought memorable battlers with Wilfredo Benitez, Thomas Hearns, Pipino Cuevas, Vito Anutuofermo, Andy Price, Saoul Mamby and many others.

The two-time title challenger, a member of the New York Boxing Hall of Fame, joined us for an indepth interview on May 14. If you never had the privilege of watching a great fight at Madison Square Garden, this interview is the next-best thing.

Our sensational conversation with Harold Weston Jr. is preceded by a breakdown by our expert analysts of two upcoming fights, Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz and Errol Spence vs. Kell Brook.

This is a terrific show, wall-to-wall. Enjoy!

 

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had everything to gain against Canelo Alvarez -- most of all, a chance to make the boxing public (especially Mexican fans) forgive him for past missteps. He's been lazy, uncommitted, often lackadaisical in the gym (even smoking dope in at least one training camp). He's lacked discipline with his diet, hasn't work well with with a Who's Who of boxing trainers, and he has failed to live up to the (unfair?) expectations of a bigger-than-life family name.

A leave-it-in-the-ring effort against Canelo, win or lose, would have clensed him forever. Instead, he turned in one of the worst performances of his career when the stakes were highest and his legacy was on the line.

Boxing experts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti review the fight, break down what happened, and try to explain how and why Chavez left his "A Game" in the gym. Their insightful explanations and analysis might surprise you.

The second half of our show is another treat as we replay a classic interview we did with 1950s boxing legend Tony DeMarco, a Hall of Famer who fought classic, toe-to-toe fights with Carmen Basilio, Johnny Saxton, Gasper Ortega, Don Jordan, and other greats from the "Golden Age of Boxing."

 

 

 

 

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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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