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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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Before he became one of the best-known refs on the East Coast, New Jersey native Randy Neumann was a world-ranked heavyweight who fought Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Young, Duane Bobick, and Chuck Wepner three times. He trained at Gleason's Gym under the legendary Freddie Brown, and fought at The Garden 13 times.

As a ref, he's gotten the closest possible view of Pernell Whitaker, Roy Jones Jr., Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Nigel Benn, and Miguel Cotto. The New Jersey native saw Sinatra's dad in the ring. And ... did Randy Neumann really posed for PlayGirl Magazine?

Our Randy Neumann interview is preceded by a roundtable discussion of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s "racism in boxing" comments by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

They also discuss whether Golovkin might go to England to fight Billy Joe Saunders, break down the impending war between Robert Guerrero and Danny Garcia, and analyze Al Haymon's business plan, among other topics.

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 Randy Roberts is a distinguished professor of history at Purdue University and author of "Joe Louis: Hard Times Man," a 2010 book that was honored among the best in its class for nonfiction and biographies.

In this interview from our June 5, 2011 show, Roberts discusses how "The Brown Bomber" came to be an American icon in the era of the Jim Crow South and during the build-up to the war with Nazi Germany.

Our time with this colorful story teller was far too short.

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