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Few people can talk boxing and boxing history with the authority of Doug Fischer (writer for The Ring magazine and RingTV.com) and Dave Schwartz (Southern California boxing aficionado since the 1950s), who joined us for an all-encompassing conversation on everything from how Golovkin compares to the all-time greats to a look back at the heyday of the Olympic Auditorium.

This lively and wide-reaching conversation is preceded by an interview with boxing trainer Max Garcia (whose blue-chip prospect, Ruben Villa IV, improved to 6-0 on Friday), and a breakdown of a sensational fight weekend by expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

You'll learn plenty from this one, guaranteed.

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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. had everything to gain against Canelo Alvarez -- most of all, a chance to make the boxing public (especially Mexican fans) forgive him for past missteps. He's been lazy, uncommitted, often lackadaisical in the gym (even smoking dope in at least one training camp). He's lacked discipline with his diet, hasn't work well with with a Who's Who of boxing trainers, and he has failed to live up to the (unfair?) expectations of a bigger-than-life family name.

A leave-it-in-the-ring effort against Canelo, win or lose, would have clensed him forever. Instead, he turned in one of the worst performances of his career when the stakes were highest and his legacy was on the line.

Boxing experts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti review the fight, break down what happened, and try to explain how and why Chavez left his "A Game" in the gym. Their insightful explanations and analysis might surprise you.

The second half of our show is another treat as we replay a classic interview we did with 1950s boxing legend Tony DeMarco, a Hall of Famer who fought classic, toe-to-toe fights with Carmen Basilio, Johnny Saxton, Gasper Ortega, Don Jordan, and other greats from the "Golden Age of Boxing."

 

 

 

 

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Chuck Wepner, 'The Bayonne Bleeder,' inspired Sylvester Stallone to create 'Rocky' when he knocked down Muhammad Ali in their 1975 fight.

His colorful life story is now a new feature film, 'Chuck,' opening in theaters May 5 starring Liev Schreiber in the title role.

We interviewed both Chuck Wepner and Liev Schreiber ('Ray Donovan,' 'Wolverine') on our most recent Ringside Boxing Show.

This spectacular doubleheader interview is preceded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who review Shawn Porter's mauling conquest of Andre Berto, give us the inside scoop on the sensational Charlo twins, discuss Tyson Fury's offer to provide stud services to any woman willing to pay $64,000 (US), speculate whether Adrien Broner will make it to age 30 without going to jail, and tell us who's going to win the Klitschko-Joshua fight.

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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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Canelo Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, have become remarkably adroit at stacking barriers in the road to a long-awaited superfight with Gennady Golovkin -- the latest being the  claim (based on somewhat-valid evidence: only 177,000 recent PPV buys for the Jacobs fight) that the public doesn't care much about Golovkin.

On the other hand, most observers of the Sweet Science seem to agree that no fight seems as mouthwatering right now as Canelo-GGG ... so what's the deal? Our expert analysts discuss the possibility that De La Hoya and Canelo are waiting for Golovkin to age a bit more -- maybe until his flesh is decomposing -- before risking Golden Boy's meal ticket in a fight Golovkin would be favored to win.

We also talk about Canelo's more-immediate concern -- the upcoming clash with an unusually motivated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. -- plus the youth-versus-experience showdown between Joshua and Klitschko, and, finally, who deserves to be No. 1 on the Pound 4 Pound list.

This rousing discussion sets the stage for our memorable and revealing conversation with Dicky Eklund (Micky Ward's brother and co-inspiration for "The Fighter.")

 

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Hall of Fame-bound referee has seen some of the greatest fights of all time from an arm's length away, including Corrales-Castillo (perhaps the most-spectacular 10-round fight in history), the Rios-Alvarado rematch, Pacquiao-Marquez III, Pacquiao-Barrera II, Hopkins-Jones II, Mayweather-Marquez, and, most recently, Tyson Fury's upset of Wladimir Klitschko and Vasyl Lomachenko's systematic dismantling of Nicholas Walters.

We picked his brain about being where the blood, sweat, saliva, and snot flies, and the descriptions were epic. Don't miss this conversation with one of the best refs of our generation.

Our Tony Weeks interview is preceeded by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who dissect Jorge Linares' domination of Anthony Crolla (and his probably ill-fated desire to take on Mikey or Lomachenko), Andre Ward's level of interest in a Kovalev rematch, Golovkin's disappointing PPV numbers, and more.

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The world's most-diligent boxing historian has researched boxers from ancient Greece, boxers who walked the earth at the same time as Christ, boxers who were refereed by famous Wild West gunslingers, a female slave/boxer, all the way up to modern-day fighters.

Now Christopher James Shelton has written a memoir about his life and, of course, boxing, rife with all of the aforementioned true stories.

We spoke at length with the author about "My Life Before Death: A Boxing HIstorian Memoir," a brand-new release available at Amazon.com. Check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Before-DEATH-boxing-historian-memoir-ebook/dp/B06WWRKNNY/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489973598&sr=1-4&refinements=p_n_publication_date%3A1250227011

Our conversation with Chris Shelton is preceded by a thorough unpacking of the Golovkin-Jacobs and Chocolatito-Rungvisai fights by our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti.

 

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When he was 14, Sean O'Grady sparred four rounds with "Schoolboy" Bobby Chacon at the Main Street Gym in LA. He turned pro in Oklahoma at 15, and went 26-0, with 22 knockouts, in his first year. A few days after his 17th birthday, he lost for the first time to future Hall of Famer Danny "Little Red" Lopez at the Fabulous Forum. He went to Scotland (where his life was threatened) and lost a WBC world title fight to Jim Watt, then beat Hilmer Kenty for the WBA crown five months later. He was Cosmopolitan Magazine's "Bachelor of the Month" and got love letters from 10,000 women.

If you think "The Bubblegum Bomber" has stories to tell, you'd be right.

Our interview with Sean O'Grady is preceded by a conversation with Chicago heavyweight Mike Mollo, on his way to Poland for a big fight, and our expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who unpack Adrien Broner's narrow win over Adrian Granado, and the battering-ram contest between Lamont Peterson and David Avanesyan..

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He won the WBA middleweight championship three times, and fought the likes of Felix Trinidad, Roberto Duran, and Bernard Hopkins, but William Joppy is enjoying the most-rewarding part of his life right now, counseling troubled kids in the Washington D.C. area and helping the homeless through his nonprofit organization, "Breakfast With Boxers."

We went deep with this humble boxing legend on the Feb. 12 edition of The Ringside Boxing Show, talking about the ups and downs of his amazing life. This one is not to be missed.

Our interview with William Joppy is preceded by a conversation with expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti about Andre Ward's subtle moves toward retirement, Julio Cesar Chavez's serious surprisingly serious aproach to making 164.5 pounds to fight Canelo, the upcoming fight between Hughie Fury and Joseph Parker, a dream matchup between Vasyl Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia, and the silly plan for Mayweather to fight McGregor.

You can also hear our weekly broadcast every Monday on blogtalkradio.com, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central, 8 Eastern. 

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Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, personal physician to Muhammad Ali, spins spectacular tails about his years with "The Greatest," from the day they met, to the Beatles' visit to Miami's storied Fifth Street Gym, to the high-voltage experience of being ringside for fights against Liston, Frazier, Foreman and others. Don't miss this candid and historic stroll down boxing's memory lane.

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