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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.

Mobsters and Mayhem: Boxing's Golden Era

The so-called Golden Age of Boxing had an ominous open secret — fights were fixed, ratings were rigged, and people got hit over the head with lead pipes if they didn’t play ball with the gangster overlords who ruled the sport.

Author Jeffrey Sussman joins us to discuss his newest book, “Boxing and the Mob: The Notorious History of the Sweet Science,” a blood-dripping portrayal of Frankie Carbo, Blinky Palermo, Arnold Rothstein, Abe Attell, and other unscrupulous SOBs who struck fear into managers, trainers, referees, and the boxers, themselves, from the time of Jack Dempsey through the Sonny Liston era.

This is the interview of Jeffrey Sussman only. To hear the full show, visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.com/podcast/ringside-boxing-show-mobsters-mayhem-in-boxing-the-true-story-plus-canelo-jacobs-analysis-and-gggs-new-guru/

Ray Mercer spins merciless boxing yarns!

Ray Mercer, one of the most underappreciated heavyweights of his era, fought Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Tommy Morrison, Bert Cooper, and multiple other big-time head-bangers in a career that spanned two decades. He won an Olympic gold medal, knocked out two-time UFC heavyweight king Tim Sylvia in 9 seconds of an MMA bout, and ultimately found his way into four different boxing halls of fame.

We asked “Merciless” Ray Mercer to tell us some tales from a colorful career, and he pulled no punches in an exceptional, in-depth interview on this week’s show.

This is only the Ray Mercer interview. If you'd like to hear the complete Ringside Boxing Show anytime, visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.com/?s=Ringside+Boxing+Show

On this week's Ringside Boxing Show, we also get enlightening insight on the week in boxing from expect analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti on Terence Crawford’s truncated victory over Amir Khan, Danny Garcia’s flogging of Adrian Granados, en fuego performances by Shakur Stevenson and Teofimo Stevenson, plus some serious shade for “Big Baby” Miller for blowing his chance to face Anthony Joshua with three dirty drug tests, and the Nevada Boxing Commission for considering Adalaide Byrd as a potential judge for Canelo-Jacobs.

 

Bommb squaaaaad!

A dust-up in a hotel lobby two years ago left a simmering grudge between Deontay Wilder and Dominic Breazeale, who will settle their differences May 18 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The Bronze Bomber joined us Sunday for his fourth appearance on The Ringside Boxing Show to discuss the feud, Fury, Joshua, and why he walked away from a $100 million to fight for DAZN.

Wilder, always one of the best interviews in boxing, brings the heat, as usual, in this lively, in-depth interview.

Find the full show every week at this link: https://thegruelingtruth.com/?s=Ringside+Boxing+Show

He was The Ring Magazine’s Prospect of the Year in 2013, one of the most-feared up-and-comers in the sport, until he walked into a monstrous uppercut in the opening round of his world title fight with Jermell Charlo.

Erickson Lubin has stopped two opponents since then, and is teeming with confidence about his chances of beating everybody else in the 154-pound weight division — a cast of characters that includes Tony Harrison (who just took Charlo’s belt), Jaime Munguia, Jarrett Hurd, Brian Castano, Julian Williams, and Kell Brook.

“The Hammer” recently put his career in the hands of Kevin Cunningham, best known training Adrien Broner, and for taking two other southpaws (Devon Alexander and Corey Spinks) to the top of the mountain.

Don’t miss this in-depth interview with a 22-year-old force of nature who has a legitimate shot at becoming a superstar in the sport.

This is the only the Erickson Lubin interview from this week's Ringside Boxing Show. To hear the complete show, visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.net/podcast/ringside-boxing-show-erickson-lubin-has-the-head-the-hunger-and-the-hammer-to-rule-at-154-pounds/

The next “Comeback Fighter of the Year” may well be Devon Alexander, an ex-champ who envisions a pathway back to relevance in the welterweight division, and now has all-time great Roy Jones Jr. to help him navigate that road.

Consider that Alexander fought twice in 2018, settling for a draw with Victor Ortiz, and losing a squeaky-close split decision to Andre Berto. He was leading both fights going into the later rounds, but, by his own assessment, ran out of gas.

With Roy Jones as his new trainer and cornerman, he’s headed for high altitude – Big Bear, Calif. (6,500 feet above sea level) to get the conditioning he needs, and recapture the magic that enabled him to beat Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse, Junior Witter, and other elite fighters earlier in his career.

Alexander also candidly discusses his 2 ½- year battle with prescription painkillers – how he became addicted, what it took to recover, and how he plans to use that experience going forward.   

This is the Devon Alexander interview only. If you would like to hear the complete show, visit this link: https://thegruelingtruth.net/podcast/ringsideboxingshowstillhungrymotivated-guest-devon-alexander-enlists-roy-jones-jr-for-one-more-run/

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.

International Boxing Hall of Famer Lew Jenkins often trained and fought drunk (sometimes going from the bar to the arena), smoked 30 Camel cigarettes a day, faced a Who's Who of all-time greats, won the world lightweight title (with whiskey in his water bottle), and held it for nearly two years -- until he lost it while fighting with a broken neck from a motorcycle accident. He also was a formidable womanizer.

Then came the really amazing part of his life: Jenkins also fought in some of the bloodiest battles of World War II and the Korean War, winning a Silver Star for valor.

This week's Ringside Boxing Show features an in-depth interview with boxing historian Gene Pantalone, author of "From Boxing Ring to Battlefield: The Life of War Hero Lew Jenkins," who's life and career were so amazing that legendary producer John Huston believed it would have to be toned down before it could be believed by a Hollywood audience.
 
This is our complete interview with Gene Pantalone about this remarkable American boxer and war hero.
 
To hear the full show, visit https://thegruelingtruth.net.
 
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.

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.

By Dennis Taylor

This week’s featured guest on The Ringside Boxing Show is arguably the most-electrifying young boxer in the sport, Teofimo Lopez Jr., whose 12-0 record includes 10 KOs, most of them highlight reel knockouts.

In addition to speed, balance, otherworldly punching power, this 21-year-old meteorite also has the kind of love-him-or-hate-him charisma we haven’t seen since the days of Prince Naseem Hamed, Macho Camacho, Jorge Paez, and Muhammad Ali: Backflips in the ring … home run trots … crazy dances … all of which drives his New York fans into a frenzy.

His father, Teofimo Sr., has his own unique personality, with no fear of controversy, including the very strong opinion that Vasyl Lomachenko wants no part of his son at 135 pounds.

We interview both son and father on this edition, and it’s a wild and interesting ride.

Listen to the Teofimo interview here, or visit https://thegruelingtruth.net/podcast/ringside-boxing-show-teofimo-lopez-and-his-trainer-dad-torch-lomachenko-during-an-en-fuego-interview/?fbclid=IwAR3I_6rJKWu9vajzOqQaM_LVSB-RI78FYZ9Pm_IitFLVdSmkjF2S9mJ3ha4 to hear the complete show.

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.

MICHAEL CARBAJAL: BACKYARD CHICKEN COOP TO 6-TIME WORLD CHAMP

We do a deep dive on this week’s show into the life and career of six-time
world champion Michael Carbajal, the International Boxing Hall of Famer who
began boxing in a tin chicken coop (in Phoenix’s 120-degree heat).
He evolved into a three-time national amateur champion, an Olympic silver
medalist, and one of the greatest fighters who ever lived, compiling a
record of 49-4, with 33 KOs, in a career that spanned from 1989-99. For a
time, he was regarded by many as the No. 1 fighter in the world
pound-for-pound. Don’t miss this story-filled interview with a true legend
of the sport.

Hear the full show every Sunday evening/Monday morning at http://thegruelingtruth.net

Write to us at contact@ringsideboxingshow.com

 

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