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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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 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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 Sports Illustrated featured the broad, toothless grin of Leon Spinks on its cover after the Olympic gold medal-winner won the world heavyweight championship from Muhammad Ali in his eighth pro fight. Leon and younger brother Michael -- also an Olympic champ, and the best light heavyweight of his era -- emerged from the meanest projects in St. Louis to become millionaires.

 Spinks biographer John Florio ("One Punch From The Promised Land") regaled us with spectacular tales of "Neon" Leon's wild nights and gym allergies, and Michael's dedication to the gym and reluctance to fight. He also told harrowing stories about the violence-torn ghetto the boys called home.

 This interview from the Nov. 3, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show is sensational, and Florio's book (co-authored by Ouisi Shapiro) is even better.

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