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Canelo Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, have become remarkably adroit at stacking barriers in the road to a long-awaited superfight with Gennady Golovkin -- the latest being the  claim (based on somewhat-valid evidence: only 177,000 recent PPV buys for the Jacobs fight) that the public doesn't care much about Golovkin.

On the other hand, most observers of the Sweet Science seem to agree that no fight seems as mouthwatering right now as Canelo-GGG ... so what's the deal? Our expert analysts discuss the possibility that De La Hoya and Canelo are waiting for Golovkin to age a bit more -- maybe until his flesh is decomposing -- before risking Golden Boy's meal ticket in a fight Golovkin would be favored to win.

We also talk about Canelo's more-immediate concern -- the upcoming clash with an unusually motivated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. -- plus the youth-versus-experience showdown between Joshua and Klitschko, and, finally, who deserves to be No. 1 on the Pound 4 Pound list.

This rousing discussion sets the stage for our memorable and revealing conversation with Dicky Eklund (Micky Ward's brother and co-inspiration for "The Fighter.")

 

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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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  Dicky Eklund was a promising boxer from Lowell, Mass., who went 10 rounds with undefeated Sugar Ray Leaonard and Davey "Boy" Green before substance abuse derailed his career. His compelling battle with drugs has been chronicled in an HBO Undercover documentary, and his life inspired Christian Bale's Oscar-winning performance in "The Fighter."

 Eklund, who is Ward's half-brother and was his trainer, joined us for an astonishing in-depth interview on the Nov. 13, 2011 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

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