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

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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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 Unbeaten WBA and WBC super middleweight champ Andre Ward made his first appearance on The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss his stellar high school football career, his remarkable run to Olympic gold, his flawless pro career, HBO, his family and his future.
  Don't miss this lively and revealing conversation with one of the best fighters of his generation.

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  The world's best boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, joined us on Sept. 1 to tell the story of the greatest Olympic boxer in history, a four-time champ named Onomastos who walked the earth almost 700 years before the birth of Jesus -- 2,700 years BCE.

  As always, Shelton unearths a treasure trove of history. Don't miss this fascinating conversation.



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Claressa Shields grew up fighting (and beating) boys on the mean streets of Flint, a habit that led her from the basketball court to the boxing gym. At 16, Shields interrupted her senior year in high school for a trip to London, where she became America's first-ever Olympic gold medalist in women's boxing.

On October 14 -- a day after she won the National PAL Championship -- we asked Shields how her life has changed since she made history.

This is a great interview with the new face of women's boxing in America.

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 When Armando Muniz fought Carlos Palomino for the WBC welterweight championship in 1977, it marked the first time in the history of the sport that two college graduates had met for a world title.

 Muniz fought four times for the title, but never won -- unless you count the infamous robbery that took place in Guadalajara against defending champion Jose Napoles. That one still sticks in the craw of Muniz, whose list of opponents in an 18-year career also included Emile Griffith, Angel Espada, Ernie "Little Red" Lopez, Hedgemon Lewis, Pete Ranzany and Sugar Ray Leonard.

We did an unusually lengthy interview with Munoz -- 40 minutes -- discussing his life before and after boxing, his classic fights, his experience as a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Team in Mexico City, and much more. Enjoy an amazing conversation with "El Hombre" from the May 6, 2012 edition of the Ringside Boxing Show.

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 Andy Lee was a national champion and represented Ireland at the 2004 Olympics in Athens before turning pro in the U.S. under Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward.

 He spoke to us in-depth about his life, his amateur and pro careers, and his upcoming world middleweight championship fight against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on the April 29, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

Enjoy this compelling interview with one of the more-colorful personalities in boxing.

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 Once regarded among the nation's best high school basketball players, Chazz Witherspoon bypassed three Division I offers to accept an academic scholarship to St. Joseph's University, where he focused on his studies and didn't play for the team. He turned to boxing only as exercise during his sophomore year, and began his amateur career at age 20 after consulting with his second cousin, two-time world heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon. Ten years later he's 30-2, with 22 KOs, and challenging undefeated Seth Mitchell on HBO -- a fight that presumably will launch one of them into the world title picture. We spoke in-depth to Witherspoon in a fascinating interview on our April 1, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

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 In the annals of boxing history, Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor ranks among the greatest 140-pound fighters ever, capturing his title from the legendary "Kid Pambele," Antonio Cervantes, then defending it 11 times, during which he KO'd Alexis Arguello twice.

 Pryor's personal story is even more compelling. He was addicted to crack, he was shot twice, he went to prison, and overcame all of that to straighten out his life and become an ordained deacon in his Baptist church.

 Enjoy this astonishing conversation with a legendary Hall of Fame boxer and remarkable personality.

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Jeff Fenech is the only man ever to win world titles in three different weight divisions while unbeaten (and a bogus draw against Azuma Nelson cost him a fourth). This legendary Australian earned a spot in the International Boxing Hall of Fame with a blood-and-guts still that was rivaled by few in the history of boxing.

Outside the ring, his life was colorful and checkered, to say the least, including a barroom brawl with a Lebanese gangster that subsequently caused him to be beaten and stabbed by four other gangsters. Less than a year later, his house was riddled with bullets from a drive-by shooting.

Enjoy this rare and sensational interview, live from Australia, from the Aug. 14, 2011 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

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