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As kids, walking home through the vicious, gang-infested streets of Spanish Harlem, Joe Cortez and his brother, Mike, would dangle their boxing gloves outside their gym bags. The result, he says, is that nobody messed with them, even though Cortez won his first Golden Gloves titles as a flyweight.

The Hall of Fame referee joined us for his second appearance on The Ringside Boxing Show to tell Easter Sunday stories about the biggest fights of multiple eras -- Whitaker-Chavez, Holyfield-Bowe, Mosley-De La Hoya, Duran-Barkley, Barrera-Hamed -- all of which he officiated.

This is a sensational stroll through a big piece of boxing history, with Cortez as guide, telling you how it all looked from three feet away.

Our Joe Cortez interview is preceded by a thorough unpacking of the Ward-Barrera and JoJo Diaz-Jayson Velez fights, and a look at what lies ahead for the winners, by John J. Raspanti, Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid.

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Believe it or not, prizefighting was a popular sport 3,000 years ago in the Middle East, and, in fact, Jesus Christ, himself, most likely was as familiar with the name of the most-famous boxer of his era as most of us are today with names like Pacquiao, Mayweather, even Ali.

This bit of boxing history could only have been recovered by Christopher James Shelton, the world's most-eclectic boxing historian.

Chris regaled us on the Aug. 24, 2014 show with colorful and amazing tales of what "The Sweet Science" looked like, way back to the days before the birth of Christ, including the aura and mythology that often surrounded the champions of the day. (Spoiler alert: One pugilist was believed to have transformed himself into a wolf for nine years ... another fought and defeated a "ghost.")

As always, Christopher Shelton is on fire during this remarkable 30-minute conversation.

Our interview with Chris is preceded by the insight of our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who evaluate the impact of Austin Trout's victory, Mike Jones' stunning loss, 50 Cent's relentless taunting of Floyd Mayweather, JayZ's surprising kneecapping of Golden Boy and Top Rank in a recent purse bid, and more.

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The world's most-unique and meticulous boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, tells the story of a Turkish boxing champion who walked the earth in the time of Christ ... and was gay.

 Chris never fails to dazzle in his appearances on The Ringside Boxing Show, but this one ranks at the top. Whether you're a boxing fan or not, you'll find this interview fascinating.

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