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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.

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In depth with Dmitriy Salita: Contender turned promoter

Contender-turned-promoter Dmitriy Salita gives us an inside peek at the cutthroat world of boxing promotion, and tells us what to expect from an impressive stable of fighters he’s gathered under the Brooklyn-based Salita Promotions banner.

This is our Dmitriy Salita interview only. To hear the full version of any Ringside Boxing Show (recorded every Sunday), 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.

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Gene 'Mad Dog' Hatcher: King of White Settlement, Texas

Meet slow-talkin’ Texan Gene “Mad Dog” Hatcher, a deep-fried character who won the WBA’s super lightweight crown in 1984 with an 11th-round KO of Johnny “Bump City” Bumphis, a 4-1 betting favorite.

“Mad Dog” regales us with multiple colorful stories from a 14-year career that included battles with Aaron “Superman” Davis, Frankie Warren, Lloyd Honeyghan, Alfredo Escalera, Ubaldo Sacco and others, and also tells us the chilling tale of how close he came to suicide after his star faded.

This is the Gene Hatcher interview only. To hear the full version of any Ringside Boxing Show (recorded every Sunday), visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.com/?s=ringside+boxing+show

Dennis Taylor is hot 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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Pinklon Thomas' death-defying youth and meteoric career

WBC heavyweight king Pinklon Thomas describes what it was like to be a heroin addict at 12, a high school dropout at 15, and a strong-armed robber who literally had a contract on his head as a teenager. All of that before he threw the first punch in a boxing career that included fights with Tyson, Holyfield, Bowe, Morrison, Witherspoon, Weaver, Tillis, Coetzee and Berbick.

How is this man still alive to tell his story? Honestly, he’s not sure.

This is the Pinklon Thomas interview only. To hear the full version of The Ringside Show (recorded every Sunday), 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.

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Michael Bentt beat 'Tommy Gun' in real life, played Sonny Liston on the big screen

Meet the man who needed just 93 seconds of his 12th pro fight to win the WBO heavyweight crown from Tommy Morrison (38-1, 34 KOs at the time), saw his career end when he nearly died in his very next outing, and went on to become a Hollywood actor who played Sonny Liston (opposite Will Smith) in the big-screen production,”Ali.” Brace yourself for an entertaining hour-long interview with Michael Bentt.

Listen to the full version of The Ringside Boxing Show (recorded every Sunday) at 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.”

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'No chance it goes 12!' and other forecasts

from Teofimo Lopez about the Commey fight

We talk in-depth on this week's show with one of the P4P personalities in the sport, Teofimo Lopez Jr., who puts his perfect record on the line Dec. 14 at Madison Square Garden when he challenges fellow knockout artist Richard Commey for the IBF’s 135-pound world title belt.

Teofimo, a human fireworks show in and out of the ring, delivers another scintillating interview to The Ringside Boxing Show. Enjoy!

NOTE: This is the Teofimo Lopez interview only. To listen to the entire Ringside Boxing Show, visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.com/?s=ringside+boxing+show

 

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Mancini vs. Kim: Re-visiting a classic and tragic war

Before he left South Korea to challenge Ray Mancini for the world lightweight title, Duk-Koo Kim promised his pregnant fiance that one of them would die in the fight. He punctuated that prediction with two additional symbols of his intent — a coffin he kept next to the ring during training camp, and a lampshade he brought with him to Las Vegas embossed with an ominous message written in Korean.

What happened in the ring at Caesars Palace 37 years ago changed the lives of both fighters, Kim’s mother, and referee Richard Green.

The story of the infamous and tragic Kim-Mancini fight is one of multiple stories told by Dr. Jonathan Gelber in a sensational new sports book, entitled “Tiger Woods’ Back and Tommy John’s Elbow: Injuries and Tragedies that Transformed Careers, Sports, and Society.”

Dr. Gelber, a sports medicine doctor and orthopedic surgeon, joins us this week for an in-depth preview of his book, which also delves into Lyle Alzado’s belief that steroid use caused his malignant brain tumor, the deaths of college basketball superstars Len Bias and Hank Gathers, the fatal crashes of auto racing legends Ayrton Senna and Dale Earnhardt Sr., the NFL’s obsession with protecting its star quarterbacks, how Tiger Woods’ “perfect” swing destroyed his spine and diminished his career, the elbow surgery that saved Tommy John and countless baseball players who followed, and much more.

This is the interview with our featured guest. To listen to The Ringside Boxing Show in its entirety, visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.com/?s=ringside+boxing+show

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The epic fall and resurrection of ex-champ Donny Lalonde

Former WBC light heavyweight champion Donny Lalonde parlayed his ninth-grade education (he left home at 15) into brilliant real-estate acquisitions that made him the owner of five houses at age 23, and $6.4 million in personal holdings by 2003. 

And then it all went haywire, through little or no fault of his own, when he unwittingly became tangled in a maddening quagmire of international finance that became known as The Panama Papers scandal.

Lalonde joins us on this week's Ringside Boxing Show to unwrap the 16-year (and ongoing) nightmare that drove him into bankruptcy, put his life at risk, and gave him dark fantasies of sprinting between the headlights of oncoming semi trucks while he was jogging.

Canada's "Golden Boy" has much of the debacle sorted out today, and eagerly tells the story of how his good name was besmirched in a quagmire that will be the subject of a forthcoming major motion picture.

This is the Donny Lalonde interview only. The full version of The Ringside Boxing Show can be heard every Sunday at this link: https://thegruelingtruth.com/?s=ringside+boxing+show 

 

 

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An interview for the ages with all-time great Carlos Palomino

Carlos Palomino's first amateur fight was against an inmate at Chino State Prison. He won the WBC welterweight championship from England's John H. Stracey in front of a sold-out crowd (with 10,000 more waiting outside) at the famed Olympic Auditorium in L.A. He fought one of the greatest fights in history against Armando Muniz, battled Jose Napoles, Hedgemon Lewis, Roberto Duran, Wilfredo Benitez. He was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame, the International Boxing Hall of Fame, the California Boxing Hall of Fame, and the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame. He became an actor with roles on "Taxi," "The White Shadow," "Star Trek: Voyager" and some of the most-beloved beer commercials of all time.

We share a story-packed hour with this iconic superstar, who reminisces about his life and career, and also talks candidly about the modern-day boxing scene.

This is the Carlos Palomino interview only. To hear the complete version of any Ringside Boxing Show, visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.com/?s=ringside+boxing+show 

 

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Bloody-good interview with Swedish heavyweight Otto Wallin, the 30-1 underdog who nearly brought down Tyson Fury

We go all the way to Sweden to interview Otto Wallin, the Swedish heavyweight who nearly defied 30-1 underdog status, almost upsetting Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on Sept. 14.
Wallin talks in-depth about his life and career, and also tells us what it's like to trade punches with the sport's undefeated, 6-foot 9-inch behemoth in the biggest fight of his life.
 
To hear the full version of The Ringside Boxing Show every week, visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.com/?s=ringside+boxing+show

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