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  Ray Mancini  confesses to feeling unworthy of his June induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, an honor he achieved despite fighting only 5 1/2 years as a pro, during which he won the WBA lightweight championship.

But Mancini also managed to capture the attention of an entire nation of boxing fans while hoisting a very depressed Midwestern city on his shoulders in the process.

The legend known as "Boom Boom" joined us Sunday to reminisce about his remarkable life and career that took him from Youngstown, Ohio to the pinnacle of the sports world in the early 1980s.

Our expansive conversation with Mancini is preceded by the expert analysis of Rizwan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who break down Timothy Bradley's spectacular domination of Brandon Rios, Vasyl Lomachenko's latest HBO boxing clinic, and the possible Freddie Roach-Julio Cesar Chavex Jr. reunion.

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Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti triple-team the phenomenon that is Al Haymon, advisor to almost 40 "A-List" boxers, including Mayweather, Broner, Maidana, Thurman, Trout, Wilder, Quillin, Khan, the Peterson brothers, Robert Guerrero, and Gary Russell Jr.

Do all roads in boxing now go through the former music promoter from Cleveland? Check out what our three expert analysts have to say.

Then Max Garcia of Garcia Boxing updates us on his rising middleweight, Paul Mendez, and also fills us in on the impending pro debut of Shane Mosley Jr.

This is the first half of our March 23, 2014 show, featuring an in-depth interview with Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini after the midshow commercial break.

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 Ray Mancini emerged from Youngstown, Ohio -- a steel town reeling from plant closures at the time -- to become a blue-collar symbol of hope. He fought Alexis Arguello to a dead heat for 12 rounds, then lost by TKO in 14, in his first world title fight at age 20. He won the lightweight crown a year later, and held it for two years. His love for his dad -- an ex-fighter who lost his chance on a WWII battlefield -- became one of the most-compelling backstories of the era.

 Our time with "Boom Boom' was way too short on the June 2, 2013 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, but the conversation was sensational. Enjoy.

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Expert analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid go in depth on a spectacular night of boxing the previous evening, featuring Sergio Martinez's lopsided victory (which nearly became a KO loss) against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Canelo Alvarez's 5th-round TKO of Josesito Lopez, and the magnificent performance of a re-made Marcos Maidana.

 This is the first half of the September 16, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, which features an in-depth interview with author Mark Kriegel ("The Good Son: The Life of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini") after the commercial break.

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The biography of former lightweight champion Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini is more compelling as a true story than Sylvester Stallone's "Rocky" fable.

Former New York Daily News staff writer Mark Kriegel tells this riveting tale in a sensational new book, "The Good Son: The Life of Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini," a masterpiece that seems destined to become his third book to reach the New York Times Bestseller list.

 The author of "Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich" and "Namath: A Biography" takes readers down the amazing road that was Mancini's life and career, including the idolization of his father, once a No. 1-ranked lightweight contender himself until a war injury ended his career.

 Kriegel joined us on the Sept. 16, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss a fighter who, in the 1980s, became a towering example of The American Dream.

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