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By Dennis Taylor
The Mayweather-McGregor circus exceeded its (low) expectations. Floyd became an aggressor for the first time in his career. McGregor survived into the 10th round. Pay-Per-View really did exceed Mayweather-Pacquiao (even if 5,000 seats were empty at T-Mobile Arena.
Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti unpack the positives and negatives of what somehow became the biggest event of the year in combat sports. They also talk about Gervonta Davis losing his world title on the scales, review Miguel Cotto's slugfest victory over Yoshihiro Kamegai, and breathe a sigh of relief that we can all look forward to Canelo-Golovkin.
That all sets the stage for British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, who updates us on the UK boxing scene, and our extraordinary boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, who gives us an in-depth view at the life and legend of America's first boxing superstar, John L. Sullivan.
 
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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Our extraordinary boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, joined us this week to tell the tale of bare-fisted British boxer Tom Spring, whom Shelton considers 'the Mike Tyson of his day.' Check out this colorful interview and find out why.


 Our Christopher Shelton conversation is preceded by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who unwrap Errol Spence's breakout performance against Kell Brook, and look forward to what might be in stor for both fighters and the talent-loaded welterweight division.

 

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The world's most-diligent boxing historian has researched boxers from ancient Greece, boxers who walked the earth at the same time as Christ, boxers who were refereed by famous Wild West gunslingers, a female slave/boxer, all the way up to modern-day fighters.

Now Christopher James Shelton has written a memoir about his life and, of course, boxing, rife with all of the aforementioned true stories.

We spoke at length with the author about "My Life Before Death: A Boxing HIstorian Memoir," a brand-new release available at Amazon.com. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Before-DEATH-boxing-historian-memoir-ebook/dp/B06WWRKNNY/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489973598&sr=1-4&refinements=p_n_publication_date%3A1250227011

Our conversation with Chris Shelton is preceded by a thorough unpacking of the Golovkin-Jacobs and Chocolatito-Rungvisai fights by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

 

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Dennis Taylor (host), Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti (expert analysts), and Christopher James Shelton (boxing historian).

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In his 24 pro fights, 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett fought nine times against International Boxing Hall of Famers and handed the great John L. Sullivan the first loss of his career.
Corbett was slick and handsome, but hardly a gentleman, becoming one of the sport's early smack-talkers, an annoyance that created a lifetime rift between he and Sullivan.
Christopher James Shelton, the world's most industrious boxing historian, joined us on Oct. 16 to talk about the unusual career and remarkable life of the turn-of-the-century heavyweight king, including his stranger-than-fiction business relationship with inventor Thomas Edison.

Our conversation with Chris Shelton is preceded by expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who discuss the landscape of the heavyweight division, Danny Garcia's choice of opponents, how a Spence-Brook fight might look, who wins Haye vs. Bellew, the Hall of Fame credentials of Dariusz Michelczewski, and Manny Pacquiao's typically odd training camp.

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Muhammad Ali not only was the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time, he was a crusader for the oppressed, a transcendental entertainer, and the conscience of a nation.

We devoted our full hour to remembering Ali, who died Friday, with insight from expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, boxing historian Christopher James Shelton, and host Dennis Taylor.

The memories, the stories, and the opinions are wall-to-wall in this eulogy of one of the best-known people in history. RIP, Champ.

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The world's most-unique boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, paints a fascinating factual portrait of the boxing history of Tombstone, Arizona and the Wild West, where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, and a future sportswriter named Bat Masterson were slinging guns, straddling both sides of the law, and ushering the Sweet Science through the 1880s and '90s.

The Wild West boxing history segment is preceded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who take a peek into the strange minds of Adrien Broner, Shannon Briggs, Mike Alvarado and Kelly Pavlik, applaud the comeback of fighter-turned-trainer Paul "The Punisher" Williams, and tell us whether Teddy Atlas will be a difference-maker in Pacquiao Bradley, among other topics.

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In this year's Christmas edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, we talk about the weirdest stories of the year in boxing, including the well-known British boxing promoter who disappeared out boxing's back door as a man, then returned through the front door as a woman ... 'Sugar' Shane Mosley's best Christmas ever ... the boxer who was world-ranked by the WBA after he was dead ... the fighter who made Page 1 of the Philadelphia Daily News after he was recognized in a gay porn movie ... Holly Holm's huge fopah at a big Hollywood party ... how Roy Jones Jr. became "an enemy of the State" in the Ukraine ... Evander Holyfield's fistfight with Mitt Romney ... the ridiculous antics of Tyson Fury and Adrien Broner, Ronda Rousey's feud with Floyd Mayweather Jr., and much more.

Then we'll be joined by our extraordinairy boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, who regales us with amazing Christmas tales from boxing's yesteryear.

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How good is the official boxing historian of The Ringside Boxing Show? Christopher James Shelton is being recruited by The Smithsonian Institute to help validate the history of African-American boxing in the 1800s. Talk about street cred.

The always-fascinating Shelton regaled us again Oct. 11, 2015 to describe what "The Sweet Science" looked like in the U.S. in the 19th century, a theme of his newest book, "American Slave-Boxer Sylvie Dubois," available now at Amazon.com.

Our interview with Christopher Shelton is preceded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti to evaluate a spectacular lineup of upcoming fights, including Golovkin-Lemeiux, Jacobs-Quillin, and Porter-Thurman, and discuss "The Bleeder," a Hollywood movie that will star Liev Schreiber as Chuck Wepner.

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The first time American Jack Britton fought England's Ted Lewis, chaos erupted in the first round. Britton's manager noticed Lewis was wearing a mouthpiece -- legal in the UK, but not in the U.S. -- and raised a fuss. When a livid Lewis spat the mouthpiece onto the canvas to have his say, Britton's manager scooped it up and flung it into the crowd. It was an auspicious beginning to what might have been the nastiest rivalry in boxing history. Britton and Lewis fought each other 20 times, and never got any friendlier.

Boxing historian extraordinaire Christopher James Shelton joined us on the July 26 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to regale us with tales of Britton, one of the most-colorful boxers in an era full of colorful boxers.

Shelton's segment is preceded by triple-team expertise by John J. Raspanti, Rizwaan Zahid and Travis Hartman, who tell us who really won the Pascal-Gonzalez war, marvel at Kovalev's terrorization of the light heavyweight division, debate whether Mayweather is actually headed for the exit sign, and tell us whether a lucky Golovkin-Lemieux spectator is likely to catch a human head.

This is the kind of fun and fast-moving hour you'll only find on The Ringside Boxing Show.

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