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World-class trainers like Abel Sanchez (Gennady Golovkin, Murat Gassiev) and Max Garcia (smoking-hot prospect Rubin Villa IV) are experts at getting their fighters in shape in the gym, but those boxers are on their own when nobody’s looking. Thanksgiving Day can be one of those times, when turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie are being passed under their noses.

We talk to these boxing gurus about the challenge of keeping their guys on point — and on weight — over the holidays and during those late-night hours when their stomachs are grumbling.

Sanchez and Garcia also talk to us about PEDs, Conor McGregor, Crawford’s invasion of the welterweight division, Wilder-Joshua, and the latest news on their own talented fighters.

Our in-depth interview with Abel and Max is preceded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who break down the weekend fights, analyze Kovalev’s competition at 175, discuss whether Bob Arum was correct when he dissed HBO’s matchmaking, and wonder where James Toney buys the “big boy pants” he recommended to Anthony Joshua.

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame’s 2017 Book of the Year, “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” currently on Amazon’s bestsellers list.

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By Dennis Taylor

On a once-complex heavyweight landscape, Deontay Wilder stands alone today as the bona fide rival of Anthony Joshua.

"The Bronze Bomber" granted us a lengthy, wide-ranging, in-depth interview on this week's Ringside Boxing Show, addressing everything from boxing's epidemic of performance-enhancing drugs (three of Wilder's recent opponents have tested dirty), to his upcoming rematch with Bermane Stiverne (the only opponent to go the distance with Wilder in 38 fights), to Eddie Hearn's push to lure Wilder to England for a stadium fight, and short-change him on the purse.

This spectacular (and humor-filled) conversation is perfectly timed on the same weekend that Joshua fought Carlos Takam, and a week before Wilder-Stiverne.

Before we speak with Deontay, expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti break down the week of boxing, including Joshua-Takam, Terence Crawford's confirmation that he's moving to the talent-loaded welterweight division, Katie Taylor's chances of taking women's boxing to a new level, and more.

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 Book of the Year, "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti vs. Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

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By Dennis Taylor
Earlier generations fought to keep the lights on and put food on the table for their children. Today's fighters dream of owning a $30-million mansion with a garage full of Bentleys. Which era was more motivated? That's one of many questions we pose to the legendary Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, an all-time great whose 17-year pro career included wars with Matthew Saad Muhammad, Michael Spinks, Marvin Johnson, Victor Galindez, Bennie Briscoe and James Scott (an inmate at Rahway State Prison at the time.)
 
We also ask this world-class trainer about the challenge of keeping fighters focused in Las Vegas, with temptations and distractions on every corner.
 
Our conversation with Muhammad is preceded by expert analysts John J. Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid, who lend their perspective to HBO's tripleheader featuring big wins by Ryan Burnett, Demetrius Andrade, and Alberto Machado. Raspanti and Zahid also weigh in on the talent of Murat Gassiev, plus three intriguing upcoming match-ups: Spence vs. Peterson, Stevenson vs. Alvarez, and Saunders vs. Lemieux.
 
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show, editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com, and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 Book of the Year, "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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By Dennis Taylor

The heavyweight champion was the most-admired athlete in the world at the turn of the 20th Century, thanks to the charisma and machismo of the legendary John L. Sullivan. But John L. got old, and along came Bob Fitzsimmons, a colorful Brit, and James J. Jeffries -- "The Boilermaker" -- an indestructible American, to create a rivalry still worth remembering a century later.

Christopher James Shelton, our inimitable boxing historian, joins us on The Ringside Boxing Show to tell some truths and debunk myths about those early days of The Sweet Science, painting a vivid picture of what boxing and the heavyweight division were like in the days when horses and horseless carriages shared American roadways.

Our conversation with Chris is preceded by a breakdown of a busy weekend of boxing (Charlo, Hurd, Santa Cruz, Mares and Groves all made progress toward bigger fights), plus a report on the UK boxing scene from our 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 the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame's 2017 Boxing Book of the Year, "Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

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By Dennis Taylor
The elephant in the room when we watch 21st-century heavyweights is obvious: Why should a 201-pound man be required to compete for a world title with a 6-foot-8, 250-pound behemoth? The WBC has made rumblings in recent days about creating a (long overdue?) super heavyweight division -- which would be the 18th weight class in a sport that once had just eight. Good idea? Will other sanctioning bodies follow that lead?
 
Expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti weigh in on this topic, plus Chris Eubank Jr's emergence as a force in the World Boxing Super Series, Mikey vs. Linares, Cotto's uninspiring opponent for his finale, Bellew's decision to fight Haye again, and more.
 
We also get our weekly report from UK correspondent Paul McLaughlin before connecting with former IBF super welterweight champ Paul Vaden, whose life outside the ring was as compelling as a career that earned him a place in the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame.
 
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," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.
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The Canelo-Golovkin collision lived up to it’s substantial hype, diminished only by judge Adelaide Byrd’s weird scorecard, which awarded 10 of the 12 rounds to Canelo in a split-draw. Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, dissect a scintillating fight, psychoanalyze Byrd’s strange affection for Canelo, and wonder aloud if there’s a better place for a rematch than Canelo-infatuated Las Vegas.

We also get another report from the UK from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, and we have an in-depth conversation with West Coast boxing legend Randy Shields, who went to war with Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Pipino Cuevas, Wilfredo Benitez, Pete Ranzany, Johnny Bumphus, and Milton McCrory during a renaissance era of the welterweight division. Shields, who will be inducted into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame, also worked as a celebrity bodyguard, an actor, and a Hollywood screenwriter.

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,” currently on Amazon’s Bestsellers list.

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The best super flyweight showcase in recent boxing history lived up to its hype, with Juan Francisco Estrada squeaking out a one-point decision over Carlos Cuadras, a brutal stoppage by “The Monster,” and Sisraket Sor Rungisai’s stunning lights-out KO of Chocolatito. Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti unwrap the whole package.
We also introduce you to “Dracula” — 15-time national amateur champion Ruben Villa IV — an undefeated 20-year-old who figures to make a major splash in the featherweight division.
And we get another report from the exciting boxing scene in the United Kingdom from our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin.
All of that is a warmup to one of the best interviews we’ve ever had on The Ringside Boxing Show, a one-hour conversation with Grammy- and Golden Globe-nominated singer/songwriter Frank Stallone — Sly’s younger brother — who also turns out to be an astonishing boxing historian.
Stallone regales us with amazing stories from the entertainment industry, the boxing world, and the process of growing up with his big brother in boxing-rich Philadelphia.

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 vs. Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” currently on Amazon’s Bestsellers list.

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By Dennis Taylor
The Mayweather-McGregor circus exceeded its (low) expectations. Floyd became an aggressor for the first time in his career. McGregor survived into the 10th round. Pay-Per-View really did exceed Mayweather-Pacquiao (even if 5,000 seats were empty at T-Mobile Arena.
Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti unpack the positives and negatives of what somehow became the biggest event of the year in combat sports. They also talk about Gervonta Davis losing his world title on the scales, review Miguel Cotto's slugfest victory over Yoshihiro Kamegai, and breathe a sigh of relief that we can all look forward to Canelo-Golovkin.
That all sets the stage for British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, who updates us on the UK boxing scene, and our extraordinary boxing historian, Christopher James Shelton, who gives us an in-depth view at the life and legend of America's first boxing superstar, John L. Sullivan.
 
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," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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By Dennis Taylor

The heavyweight division, and professional boxing as a whole, got a much-needed jolt of life when Wladimir Klitschko was dethroned by Tyson Fury in 2015, ending his 11 1/2-year, 21-fight winning streak.

During his reign, Klitschko took his lumps from critics who called him a dull fighter and a drag on the heavyweight division, but there's no doubt that both he and brother Vitali will be first-ballot Hall of Famers.

Our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, take a thorough look at the career of the legendary Ukrainian, who retired at age 41 with a 64-5 record, including 53 knockouts.

How will Klitschko be remembered? How good was his competition? What's the future of the heavyweight division now that it's in the hands of Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker, Hughie and Tyson Fury, Luis Ortiz, "Big Baby" Miller and others?

We also hear from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, who gives us the lowdown on the latest from the United Kingdom boxing scene.

And we catch up with James "Quick" Tillis, who reminisces about his own 23-year, 63-fight career that included collisions with Mike Tyson, Earnie Shavers, Evander Holyfield, Frank Bruno, Pinklon Thomas, Greg Page, Carl "The Truth" Williams, Joe Bugner, Gerrie Coetzee, Tommy Morrison, Marvis Frazier and others.

 

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," currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

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Jonathon Banks was just 30 years old and still fighting his own battles in the squared circle when his trainer and mentor, Emanuel Steward, was stricken with colon cancer.
That's when Banks -- who had zero experience as a trainer -- was approached by the heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko (also trained by Steward) to step in as his coach while the iconic Hall of Famer recovered.
When asked why he thinks Klitschko sought him out, Banks can only laugh. "Honestly, I have no idea," he said.
We had a compelling and candid conversation with Klitschko's trainer on Sunday's Ringside Boxing Show, during which Banks talked in-depth about the level of intimidation he felt trying to fill the shoes of one of the greatest trainers of all time. Banks also talked to us about his early days at Kronk Gym (where he began training at age 15), the differences between boxing and training, and multiple other topics.
 
Our interview with Johnathon Banks is preceded by Paul McLaughlin's report on the UK boxing scene, plus expert analyst from Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who analyze rumors about three exciting match-ups -- Wilder-Ortiz, Porter-Garcia, Kovalev-Barrera, and Charlo-Lubin. They also talk about the disturbing personal tailspin of former middleweight king Jermain Taylor.
 
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 vs. Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy," which is currently on Amazon's Bestsellers list.

 

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