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A treat from our archives: Angelo Dundee gives the final in-depth interview of his illustrious life

We replay one of our all-time greatest interviews, an in-depth conversation from 2011 with legendary trainer Angelo Dundee, who tells amazing stories about Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Willie Pastrano, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Ray Arcel, ducking bullets during the Cuban Revolution, and much more.

Dundee died four months later. This may well have been the final in-depth interview of Angelo Dundee’s illustrious life, and we were proud to have been a part of it.

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The scintillating history of Latino boxing in Southern California
(Featured guest: Author and boxing historian Gene Aguilera)
 
By Dennis Taylor
Author and boxing historian Gene Aguilera discusses his newest book, "Latino Boxing in Southern California," a colorful stroll through the world of Carlos Palomino, Carlos Zarate, Alfonso Zamora, Rubin Olivares, Bobby Chacon, Lupe Pintor, Art Aragon, Julio Cesar Chavez, Danny "Little Red" Lopez, Roberto Duran, and many; many others.
Aguilera also shares stories about the legendary Olympic Auditorium, the mob at ringside, the Main Street Gym, and the characters who shaped the boxing scene in the 1950s and '60s.
Don't miss this incredible hour-long interview with a Hall of Fame writer.
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," an Amazon bestseller.

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What Tim Witherspoon overheard just before the infamous Ali-Holmes fight, and other stunning stories...

Tim Witherspoon, only 22 years-old at the time, paused in a hallway at Caesars Palace to eavesdrop on an explosive argument coming from Muhammad Ali’s hotel room shortly before “The Greatest” was humiliated in his final world title fight against undefeated Larry Holmes.

Witherspoon, Ali’s sparring partner at the time, gives us an amazing peek behind the curtain of the hours leading up to this infamous title fight, describes his volatile relationship with promoter Don King (which led to a multi-million-dollar lawsuit), and talks at length about his hardscrabble upbringing in South Philly, some of the most-vicious streets in America during his youth.

This sensational conversation with the two-time heavyweight king on this week’s Ringside Boxing Show is not to be missed.

Before that, expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti dissect Terence Crawford’s lonely position as an HBO fighter in the Showtime-dominated welterweight division, discuss Cris Cyborg’s plan to move from UFC to boxing, and break down three matchups — Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson, Mikey Garcia vs. Jorge Linares, and Devon Alexander vs. Victor Ortiz.

We also get another inside look at the exciting UK boxing scene from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin.

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” celebrating more than a year on Amazon’s bestseller list.

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Sonny Liston may have been the most-feared, least-understood heavyweight boxer in history, an ex-con and street thug who worked as a thumb-breaker for the mob, and whose boxing contract was owned by gangsters Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo of Murder Inc.

But author Paul Gallender, through 40 years of research, has uncovered a different side of Liston, a story he tells in his two biographies, "Sonny LIston: The Real Story Behind the Ali-Liston Fights," and the recently published "Sonny Liston: In a New Light."

Gallender joined us on The Ringside Boxing Show to paint a picture of a man with two very different personalities -- sullen, glowering, and frightening in the boxing world, and warm, generous, and affectionate when few were watching.

Our interview with Paul Gallender is preceded by expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti, who discuss Ward vs. Kovalev, Pacquiao's future, Froch's humiliating experience at the Joshua-Klitschko box office, the dark secret of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., and more.

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The Ringside Boxing Show has moved!

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Dennis Taylor (host), Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti (expert analysts), and Christopher James Shelton (boxing historian).

Email us at contact@ringsideboxingshow.com We want to hear from you.

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The astonishing career of Hall-of-Fame boxing publicist Bill Caplan dates back to the 1960s, and includes the time he laid down in front of Lupe Pintor's station wagon to keep him from leaving a press conference, an incident at the Venezuelan airport where he and George Foreman faced down machine-gun wielding soldiers, his trip to Zaire for "The Rumble in the Jungle," and his memorable confrontation with gangster Blinky Palermo of "Murder Inc." And that's just a little part of it.

Our conversation with Caplan happened in 2012, and we took the opportunity to replay it Sunday after missing connections with our scheduled guest, Paul "The Punisher" Williams.

This sensational interview with a master storyteller is preceded by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack one of the best fight weekends in recent memory, topped by the Thurman-Porter spectacular.

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Joseph Parker 19-0, he's one victory away from a world title shot, he's king of a pretty large island (New Zealand) ... and he's only 24 years old.

But the most-amazing thing about Parker is that none of it has gone to his head.

The humble and hammering Kiwi joined us on The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss his life and career, and compare the pace in Las Vegas (where he's training now) to his very laid-back home. This was a fun and enlightening interview with an exciting you force of nature in the heavyweight division.

Our Joseph Parker interview is preceded by a high-spirited review of a great fight weekend by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti during the first half of the show.

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Muhammad Ali not only was the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time, he was a crusader for the oppressed, a transcendental entertainer, and the conscience of a nation.

We devoted our full hour to remembering Ali, who died Friday, with insight from expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, boxing historian Christopher James Shelton, and host Dennis Taylor.

The memories, the stories, and the opinions are wall-to-wall in this eulogy of one of the best-known people in history. RIP, Champ.

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The sixth-greatest heavyweight in boxing history (Ring Magazine), George Foreman, joined us Sunday for a spectacular retrospective on a big, amazing life.

Foreman told us what it was like to face machine guns at a Venezuelan airport when he tried to leave after the Norton fight, and also talked about ... reading to Sonny Liston ... the lightning combination Ali used to put him down in Zaire ... knocking out undefeated world champions Joe Frazier and Michael Moorer 21 years apart .. what it was like to watch his daughter box ...the Svengali talents of Angelo Dundee ... the come-to-Jesus moment that turned him from puncher to preacher after the Jimmy Young loss ... and (believe it or not) much, much more.

This was a pretty special conversation with a member of boxing's Mount Olympus.

The George Foreman interview is preceded by a thorough breakdown of the Pacquiao-Bradley weekend by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

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This show was recorded 40 years and 3 days after Muhammad Ali, an 8-1 betting dog,  knocked out undefeated heavyweight king George Foreman in the eighth round of "The Rumble in the Jungle" in Zaire, South Africa.

Expert analyst John J. Raspanti and host Dennis Taylor reminisce about one of the most stunning events in the annals of sports in this special edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, which features a classic interview with Dr. Ferdie Pacheco -- Ali's personal physician -- during the second half of the program.

 

 

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