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David Rodriguez was climbing toward the top of the boxing world -- he was 36-0, with 34 knockouts -- but his life wasn't as it appeared.

Rodriguez suffered from depression, alcohol and drug abuse, and, by his own account, arrogance in 2011, when his world came crashing down. Early in the year, he nearly killed himself with a toxic cocktail of drugs and alcohol. Then, in December, he got into parking lot altercation with four assailants, one of whom slashed his throat so badly that doctors couldn't believe he lived.

While recovering, he began writing his life story as a diary -- etchings that became a meteoric autobiography, When The Lights Go Out, which is now getting five-star reviews from readers and literary critics, alike.

The once-promising boxer walked away from the sport and spends much of his time nowadays as an inspirational speaker, often talking to children about bullying.

Rodriguez joined us on our first show of 2017 to tell the story of his astonishing, life-changing journey.

This remarkable interview is preceded by a conversation with our expert analyst, John J. Raspanti of MaxBoxing.com, recapping 2016 and previewing weeks ahead.

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David Rodriguez is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound heavyweight with a 36-0 record, including 34 KOs, but he nearly lost his life in late 2011 when he was jumped in the parking lot of an Arizona pizzeria and knifed to the face -- an attack that required 300 stitches and 3 pints of blood. He was two months from his comeback fight when we interviewed him, and declaring himself ready for either Klitschko brother. Check out his amazing story from March 11, 2012 on The Ringside Boxing Show.

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