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Boxing fans already know about Deontay Wilder, the Fury cousins, and maybe Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker  -- unbeaten predators pursuing Wladimir Klitscko's throne as King of the Jungle. But, believe it or not, there are at least 20 formidable heavyweights out there who are still unbeaten ... and some have superstar potential.
Pod Index founder/WBA consultant Matt Podgorski and Bleacher Report boxing writer Brian Mazique joined us Sunday for a mind-blowing seminar on the up-and-comers of boxing's glamour division -- guys like Erkan Teper, Lucas Browne, Gary Cornish and (pay attention now) Jarrell Miller.

This fascinating and educational segment is preceded by our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who talk up the little guys -- Frampton, Mares, Santa Cruz, Quigg, Donaire m among others, chew the fat about the chubster known as Chavez Jr., cast a suspicious eye upon those Mayweather-Berto rumors, and back away from any predictions if Floyd ever steps into an octogon with Ronda Rousey.

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Life is good -- in fact, it's great -- for Peter Quillin, who is the undefeated former WBO middleweight champion of the world, a brand-new father, and (no kidding) a freshly-minted actor who has been cast to play a young Roger Mayweather in a Martin Scorcese-directed feature film about the life of Vinny Pazienza.

We spoke to "Kid Chocolate" about all of the above, plus President Obama's recent decision to lift the 40-year embargo on Cuba (Quillin is part Cuban) on our most recent Ringside Boxing Show.

Preceding our interview with Quillin is a fascinating conversation with former pro boxing judge Matt Podgorski -- creator of The Pod Index -- about some of 2014's biggest judging controversies.

And, as always, our show opens with the expert analysis of Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti of Deontay Wilder's impressive performance against Bermane Stiverne, and the startling disintegration of the two most-anticipated match-ups of 2015, Pacquiao-Mayweather and Canelo-Cotto.

This is a fast-moving, diverse and enlightening hour. Enjoy!

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Expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti break down Pacquiao's vengeance over Bradley, and talk about what lies ahead for both fighters. They also tell us whether the climate is changing for a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Great stuff, as always.

 The Pacquiao-Bradley theme continues when pro ref Matt Podgorski (podindex.org)  joins us to accept congratulations for designing a computer model that deduced that Pacquiao would beat Bradley by an average judges' score of 116-112. Two of the three judges turned in that scorecard.

  Luck, or is Podgorski onto something? We'll get a clue when Cotto fights Sergio. The Pod Index guys have already done that analysis, and it says Sergio wins a comfortable decision.

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 Matt Podgorski, part of a three-generation boxing family in Chicago, wondered if there were a legitimate way to quantify his own abilities as a professional boxing judge -- a curiousity that led to "The Pod Index," a mathematical formula for comparing judges to their peers.

 Podgorski, a numbers-cruncher by trade, explained his method in detail on the Feb. 17, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, and also discussed his upbringing in a family in which his father, his brother, two uncles and his grandfather all stepped into the ring. Though his grandfather fought just once, the man who worked his corner for that amateur fight was the greatest football player of his era, Red Grange, "The Galloping Ghost." His father, now a world-class referee and judge, beat Johnny Lira and Randy Shields, he and his two brothers fought both amateur and professionally.

 Podgorski, a college professor, gave us a fascinating interview. Enjoy.

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