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What Tim Witherspoon overheard just before the infamous Ali-Holmes fight, and other stunning stories...

Tim Witherspoon, only 22 years-old at the time, paused in a hallway at Caesars Palace to eavesdrop on an explosive argument coming from Muhammad Ali’s hotel room shortly before “The Greatest” was humiliated in his final world title fight against undefeated Larry Holmes.

Witherspoon, Ali’s sparring partner at the time, gives us an amazing peek behind the curtain of the hours leading up to this infamous title fight, describes his volatile relationship with promoter Don King (which led to a multi-million-dollar lawsuit), and talks at length about his hardscrabble upbringing in South Philly, some of the most-vicious streets in America during his youth.

This sensational conversation with the two-time heavyweight king on this week’s Ringside Boxing Show is not to be missed.

Before that, expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti dissect Terence Crawford’s lonely position as an HBO fighter in the Showtime-dominated welterweight division, discuss Cris Cyborg’s plan to move from UFC to boxing, and break down three matchups — Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson, Mikey Garcia vs. Jorge Linares, and Devon Alexander vs. Victor Ortiz.

We also get another inside look at the exciting UK boxing scene from 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 “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” celebrating more than a year on Amazon’s bestseller list.

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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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The day Kathy Duva located Arturo Gatti under a big pile of women, too drunk for the Mayweather presser ... and other amazing tales
By Dennis Taylor
During almost 40 years in boxing promotions, Kathy Duva has accrued stranger-than-fiction stories about Arturo Gatti, Vinny Pazienza, Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor, Bob Arum, Don King, Lou Duva (her father-in-law), and countless others who have crossed her path at Main Events Promotions.
We caught up with her for a very candid, full-color, in-depth interview on The Ringside Boxing Show that is not to be missed. This is a guided tour through multiple generations of The Sweet Science, viewed not only from a front-row seat, but also with a rare peek behind the curtain. If you're a fight fan, this one is well worth your time.
Before that, we hear expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti analyze Billy Joe Saunders' cannon shot into the middleweight division, where Canelo, Golovkin, Jacobs, Charlo, and Andrade might be seriously rethinking how anxious they are to fight him. No fighter races to face an opponent who might make him look like a fool.
And our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin, gives us some insight on James DeGale (reeling from his upset loss to Caleb Truax) and Conor Benn (drawing comparisons to his famous father) with his weekly report from 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 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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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
The widow of former world heavyweight champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison has crusaded for four years to prove that her husband never had the HIV virus, and did not die of AIDS, a case for which she produces startling, compelling evidence on this week's Ringside Boxing Show.
Trisha Morrison is joined on the show by Dr. Jonas Moses, an expert on the topic who will testify as an expert witness in a lawsuit filed by The Estate of Tommy Morrison against the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Quest Diagnostics, the lab that made the original diagnosis.
Ms. Morrison also has harsh criticism for ESPN's recent "30 for 30" documentary on the life and death of her husband, whose career was effectively truncated by the diagnosis.
This enlightening, in-depth interview is preceded by expert analysts Travis Hartman and John J. Raspanti, who tell us how Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller fits into the heavyweight title scramble,the underappreciated depth of the middleweight division (Golovkin, Canelo, Jacobs, Andrade, Saunders, Lemieux, Dervanchenko...), Dana White's decision to begin promoting boxing, Mikey Garcia's choice to reject a fight with Jorge Linares, the nerve of Adonis Stevenson to offer Eleider Alvarez "step-aside money" -- again -- for a potential showdown with Badou Jack (and Alvarez's apparent willingness to consider the option), and more.
We also hear once again from our British correspondent, who updates us Scott, Tony Bellew, and Anthony Joshua.
This is a jam-packed, highly education episode of The Ringside Boxing Show.
 
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 choice for 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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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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