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The scintillating history of Latino boxing in Southern California
(Featured guest: Author and boxing historian Gene Aguilera)
 
By Dennis Taylor
Author and boxing historian Gene Aguilera discusses his newest book, "Latino Boxing in Southern California," a colorful stroll through the world of Carlos Palomino, Carlos Zarate, Alfonso Zamora, Rubin Olivares, Bobby Chacon, Lupe Pintor, Art Aragon, Julio Cesar Chavez, Danny "Little Red" Lopez, Roberto Duran, and many; many others.
Aguilera also shares stories about the legendary Olympic Auditorium, the mob at ringside, the Main Street Gym, and the characters who shaped the boxing scene in the 1950s and '60s.
Don't miss this incredible hour-long interview with a Hall of Fame writer.
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," an Amazon bestseller.

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Ref Jack Reiss on the 12th-round resurrection of Tyson Fury against Deontay Wilder, flying diapers in Mexico, Hugh Hefner's Halloween party, fighting forest fires, and other amazing tales

By Dennis Taylor

One of boxing’s great “non-calls” in recent years was referee Jack Reiss’ decision to allow Tyson Fury to finish his fight with Deontay Wilder after suffering a brutal knockdown in Round 12 at the Staples Center.

Reiss, one of the best officials in boxing, joins us this week to describe the earthquake he felt when Fury came crashing down, what he saw in Fury’s face as the count progressed, and how the British giant suddenly snapped back to life and demonstrated enough coherence to earn the right to finish the fight.

Reiss also discusses how he prepares for a fight, how he makes decisions in the ring, what it’s like to ref in Mexico, Panama, Japan, Thailand, and Germany, and how it feels to be center stage in a jam-packed arena on worldwide TV.

And, by the way, Reiss also spent a few evenings at the Playboy Mansion, not only as a working referee, but also as a Los Angeles fire marshal, providing security for Hef’s sexy, celebrity-filled Halloween party. This is a story you definitely want to hear. Oh, he also battled forest fires.

This is the Jack Reiss interview only. This week's entire Ringside Boxing Show can be found at this link: https://thegruelingtruth.net/podcast/ringside-boxing-show-ref-jack-reiss-on-the-12-round-resurrection-of-tyson-fury-against-deontay-wilder/

Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show and co-author (with John J. Raspanti) of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon bestseller.

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May-Mac madness ... Perils of Paulie ... Atlas shrugs ... Broner's boners ... Khan Kraziness ... Fury's gift to the gals ... BJ's boy boxes Monroe's balls ... plus our year-ender awards!

Our year-in-review special traditionally ranks among the most popular podcasts we do each year, and the wild, weird, and spectacular happenings of 2017 left us with plenty to talk about on New Year’s Eve.

Expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, and British correspondent Paul McLaughlin, reminisce about an astounding year in boxing that included stunning upsets, spectacular slugfests, emerging superstars, sad and valiant exits … and, as always, plenty ofstrangeness from guys who get punched in the head for a living.

This special edition of The Ringside Boxing Show is pure entertainment, right from the opening bell. Enjoy!

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 bestseller list.

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By Dennis Taylor
Keith Thurman could pave his path to a first-ballot election into the International Hall of Fame by taking the "0" away from Errol Spence and Terence Crawford, the way he spoiled the perfect record of Danny Garcia. But it's not that easy, says the undefeated WBA and WBC welterweight champion of the world, who goes on to explain why facilitating that kind of showdown can be complicated business.
Thurman granted us a broad, in-depth interview on this edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, covering multiple topics, including his recent wedding, the painstaking process of recovering from elbow surgery, and how the talent-laden welterweight division compares to the era of "The Four Kings" -- Leonard, Hearns, Duran, Hagler (and don't forget Benitez).
This exceptional interview -- a are glimpse into the inside world of Keith "One Time" Thurman -- is preceded by British correspondent Paul McLaughlin's update on the UK boxing world, and expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack Miguel Cotto's surprising loss to Sadam Ali in his farewell fight, and look ahead to Saturday's Lomachenko-Rigondeaux showdown.
 
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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On Nov. 12, 2017, on The Ringside Boxing Show, we interviewed Trisha Morrison, widow of former world heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison, about the death of her husband, the cause of which was widely reported as AIDS.

Ms. Morrison has adamantly disputed this report for four years, and came on our show, alongside Dr. Jonas Moses, to offer evidence to the contrary.

This is the INTERVIEW ONLY (front part of the show has been edited off) for listeners who are only interested in this specific issue.

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By Dennis Taylor
He was 24 years old, 24-1 with 14 KOs, on a four-year winning streak, and next in line for a shot at the IBF super lightweight championship. That's when a doctor told him he had to quit boxing.
Former No. 1 contender Andy Nance joined us to talk about the devastation of seeing his sensational career struck down by a medical issue, and what it took to start over in a completely different direction.
This is an exceptionally compelling conversation with a California Boxing Hall of Famer who has resurrected himself as a boxing manager and one of the West Coast's most-respective matchmakers.
Our interview with Andy Nance is preceded by John J. Raspanti's postmortem of Deontay Wilder's one-round massacre of Bermain Stiverne, a thorough analysis of an intriguing heavyweight division, and other topics, including Shawn Porter's rough win over Adrian Granados, and Mikey Garcia's potential showdown with Jorge Linares.
We also get another interesting report from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin about the deep, lively boxing scene in the United Kingdom.
 
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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Paul Vaden was a sensational amateur (10 losses in more than 300 fights), pulled off a stunning upset to win the IBF super welterweight crown, lost his title in an anger-fueled 12-rounder against future Hall of Famer Terry Norris, was TKO'd by larger, stronger middleweight king Keith Holmes, and exited boxing at age 29 not long after a knockout victory over Stephan Johnson, who slipped into a coma and died 15 days later from his injuries.

Vaden's out-of-the-ring story is fraught with other tragedies and triumphs, and his resilience through it all is a triumph in its own right.

This is a remarkable interview with a Southern California legend (San Diego's only native-born world champ), one of the best you'll ever hear. Enjoy!

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