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Michael Bentt beat 'Tommy Gun' in real life, played Sonny Liston on the big screen

Meet the man who needed just 93 seconds of his 12th pro fight to win the WBO heavyweight crown from Tommy Morrison (38-1, 34 KOs at the time), saw his career end when he nearly died in his very next outing, and went on to become a Hollywood actor who played Sonny Liston (opposite Will Smith) in the big-screen production,”Ali.” Brace yourself for an entertaining hour-long interview with Michael Bentt.

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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.”

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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 biological son of Sonny Liston says he led the second-largest street gang in Philadelphia, KO'd former heavyweight belt-holder Bert Cooper in a street fight, and was honored by the Philadelphia Inquirer as the "Toughest Bouncer in the City."

Bill Wingate was our featured guest for the Sept. 28, 2014 show to talk about the myths and realities of his famous/infamous father, who may have been the most-feared heavyweight boxer in history.

Our interview with Wingate is preceded by expert analysis from Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti on the latest madness from Planet Mayweather, among other topics.

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  Boxing's most iconic living trainer, Angelo Dundee, remained active at Miami's Fifth Street Gym at age 90 after a storied career during which he trained Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Willie Pastrano, Luis Rodriguez, Carmen Basilio, Michael Nunn and numerous other world champions.

Dundee made his third and final appearance on The Ringside Boxing Show for a 40-minute interview about his remarkable life and legendary career.

Enjoy this conversation from what might have been the last major, in-depth interview Dundee ever gave. He died 94 days later.

The interview originally aired live on Oct. 30, 2011.

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Christopher James Shelton, the official boxing historian of The Ringside Boxing Show, joined us June 16, 2013, to tell the story of legendary manager/trainer Al Fenn, whose fighters included Zora Folley and Sonny Liston.

Shelton did the final interview with the colorful Fenn, who died of cancer in 2009, getting his take on the mercurial lives and mysterious deaths of both Folley and Liston, who of the premier heavyweights of the 1950s and '60s.

As always, this is a sensational conversation with the most meticulous historian in the sport. Enjoy!

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 In a scintillating biography that took more than 30 years to research, author Paul Gallender pulls back the curtain on multiple truths, myths and rumors that surrounded the meteoric and troubled life of heavyweight legend Sonny Liston.

Gallender appeared on the Sept. 9, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss "Sonny Liston: The Real Story of the Ali-Liston fights," a book packed with things you never knew about the former heavyweight champion of the world, and the two infamous fights that destroyed him as a viable boxing commodity.

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 Expert analysts Travis Hartman and Rizwaan Zahid discuss the JuanMa-Salido fight, Mikey Garcia's future, and the Gamboa-Rios blowup during the March 11, 2012 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.

 Then John J. Raspanti of doghouseboxing.com joins us to review BobMee's brand-new boxing book, "Ali & Liston: The Boy Who Would Be King and the Ugly Bear."

This is Part One of a show that, in Part Two, includes an in-depth interview with undefeated heavyweight contender (and knifing victim) David Rodriguez.

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