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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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Brin-Jonathan Butler was 20 when he became enamored with Cuba and ventured over there to have a look for himself. He wandered into a boxing gym where, standing in the shadows, he found a disgraced two-time Olympic champion, Guillermo Rigondeaux, a leper on the island after a failed attempt to defect.

What sprang from that chance meeting was a documentary (directed by Butler) and a biography (written by Butler), not to mention well-earned street cred as an authority on the topic of Cuban boxing.

The New York City journalist joined us on the Aug. 31, 2014 show to paint a vivid picture of Cuban culture and a strange and remarkable boxing world.

Order the book here: Vhttp://www.amazon.com/Cuban-Boxers-Journey-Guillermo-Rigondeaux-ebook/dp/B00ID8G848

The Brin-Jonathan Butler segment is preceded by our triple-threat of boxing expertise -- Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti -- who tell us whether any future world champs fought on the recent ShoBox/Mayweather tripleheader, whether the gloves will matter in Mayweather-Maidana II, the mouthwatering goodness of a Pacquiao-Garcia fight, and tons more.

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 Professional boxer Travis Hartman, our expert analyst, speaks with emotion about Russian heavyweight Mago Abdusalamov, who, on the day of our show, lay in a medically induced coma, recovering from a blood clot in his brain, apparently the result of Saturday night's brutal fight with Mike Perez on HBO. Was Mago's corner culpable for showing too much valor on behalf of a courageous fighter -- should his trainers, the doctor, or the ref stopped the fight?

 Hartman also lauds the energetic and exciting (an exciting heavyweight?) performance of Perez, the Cuban defector now living in Ireland, he marvels at another overwhelming performance by Gennady Golovkin in his destruction of Curtis Stevens, and weighs in on the upcoming doubleheader featuring the Donaire-Darchinyan rematch and a battle of unbeatens, Vanes Martirosyan and Demetrius Andrade.

  Kathy Garcia then joined us to talk about her rising star, middleweight Paul Mendez, and take the blame for a sluggish performance (resulting in a draw) the previous Monday on Fox Sports 1 against Louis Hope.

  This is the first half of our Nov. 3, 2013, featuring an outstanding conversation with Spinks Brothers biographer John Florio after the commercial break.

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 An amazing year of interviews on The Ringside Boxing Show was capped off on Dec. 18, 2011 by our year-ender show, featuring the best clips from our interviews of Vinny Paz, Irish Pat Lawlor, Angelo Dundee, Dicky Eklund, Harold Lederman, Chuck Wepner, Anthony Dirrell, Howard Davis Jr., and Bobby Czyz. Enjoy this colorful array of segments from a great year.

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Heavyweight boxer Jose Ribalta fought the biggest names of the 1990s, surviving almost 10 rounds with an unbeaten 20-year-old Mike Tyson, going the distance with Larry Holmes, knocking out Leon Spinks in one round, and battling the likes of Bonecrusher Smith, Tim Witherspoon, Larry Donald, Vitali Klitschko and numerous others.

Just as compelling is his personal story. His father worked for Batista, the Cuban dictator, before he was ousted by the revolution that put Fidel Castro into power. Ribalta was one of 10 children, seven of whom fled Cuba for America.

 Jose Ribalta followed his brother (a heavyweight who fought Cuban legend Teofilo Stevenson twice) to the boxing gym to begin a career that included almost 100 amateur fights, then a 17-year pro career.

Enjoy this in-depth interview with a tough and colorful character from "The Sweet Science."

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