Feb 19th, 2017 by ringsideboxingshow
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..
Feb 12th, 2017 by ringsideboxingshow
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.
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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.
Jan 29th, 2017 by ringsideboxingshow
In his last fight against Chris Arreola, Deontay Wilder not only broke his right hand, but he also tore his right biceps muscle. Recovering from those two injuries required both surgery and time, but Wilder sees a blessing: Like Larry Holmes, he returned to the gym early -- even before he was healed -- working exclusively with the left. The result, he says, has been the development of a new level of skill with his jab -- exactly what happened to Holmes, who became one of the legendary jabbers in heavyweight history.
That new weopon will be on display Feb.25 in Wilder's hometown of Birmingham, Ala.
This high-energy conversation also delves into Wilder's opinion of boxers who use Performance Enhancing Drugs, including two-time abuser Alexander Povetkin, whose fight with Wilder before he tested dirty in 2015.
Our interview with the undefeated WBC heavyweight champ is preceded by John J. Raspanti and Rizwaan Zahid's breakdown of the sensational rematch between Leo Santa Cruz and Carl Frampton, and Mikey Garcia's spectacular knockout victory over previously unbeaten world champion Dejan Zlatichinan, in Showtime's Saturday telecast.
A lively and enlightening show, front to back.
Jan 22nd, 2017 by ringsideboxingshow
At 45, three-time light heavyweight champion Rocky Gannon says he's in the best shape of his life. In fact, 16 years after his most-recent fight, he's returning to the ring as a 6-foot-2, 222-pound heavyweight. Gannon says he feels 20 years younger than his true age thanks to new-age trainers Demi and Lawrence Mazzola, whos innovative methods have transformed his body, mind, and soul. This interview might make you rethink your own training methods.
The Team Gannon interview is preceded by dissection of Angel Garcia's vile meltdown by expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who also break down Mikey Garcia's second fight since 2014, Danny Garcia's 2-1 underdog status against Keith Thurman, Canelo's decision to fight Chavez Jr. at 164.5 pounds after avoiding Golovkin at 160, and more.
Jan 15th, 2017 by ringsideboxingshow
Tony DeMarco won the welterweight championship of the world in 1955, beating Johnny Saxton by TKO in the 14th round of a fight whose brutality typified the career of the "Boston Bomber."
His 14-year career included spectacular battles with Carmen Basilio, Virgil Aikens, Gaspar Ortega and Kid Gavilan, among others, during The Golden Age of Boxing.
In his heyday, during one 18 month stretch, DeMarco fought 10 times against the toughest opposition in the division.
On Jan. 14, 2017, DeMarco celebrated his 85th birthday in Boston. This interview, conducted by Dennis Taylor, "Irish" Joe O'Rourke, and David Duenez of "Leave It In The Ring," took place in 2012, five days before his 80th birthday.
Our Tony DeMarco replay is preceded by our expect analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who dissect Saturday's spectacular super middleweight unification brawl between Badou Jack and James DeGale, the coming-out party of Gervonta Davis in the semi-main event, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr's challenge of making weight against Canelo or paying a $1 million-per-pound fine, and a look forward at Frampton-Santa Cruz II, Garcia-Thurman, and Cotto-Kirkland.
David Rodriguez was climbing toward the top of the boxing world -- he was 36-0, with 34 knockouts -- but his life wasn't as it appeared.
Rodriguez suffered from depression, alcohol and drug abuse, and, by his own account, arrogance in 2011, when his world came crashing down. Early in the year, he nearly killed himself with a toxic cocktail of drugs and alcohol. Then, in December, he got into parking lot altercation with four assailants, one of whom slashed his throat so badly that doctors couldn't believe he lived.
While recovering, he began writing his life story as a diary -- etchings that became a meteoric autobiography, When The Lights Go Out, which is now getting five-star reviews from readers and literary critics, alike.
The once-promising boxer walked away from the sport and spends much of his time nowadays as an inspirational speaker, often talking to children about bullying.
Rodriguez joined us on our first show of 2017 to tell the story of his astonishing, life-changing journey.
This remarkable interview is preceded by a conversation with our expert analyst, John J. Raspanti of MaxBoxing.com, recapping 2016 and previewing weeks ahead.
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Dec 18th, 2016 by ringsideboxingshow
We open this show with a lively 30-minute discussion of Bernard Hopkins' brutal exit from the ring, the coming-out party of Joe Smith Jr., Alexander Povetkin's future after a second-straight dirty drug test, Golovkin vs. Jacobs, Terence Crawford's 50-day jail sentence, Canelo-Chavez Jr., Andre Ward retirement romors, and the WBC's strange decisoni to ban dad's as chief seconds for their boxing sons.
And then, when a scheduled guest cancels, we replay a classic interview with Australian legend Jeff Fenech, whose life was as colorful as his career was great.
Dec 11th, 2016 by ringsideboxingshow
International Boxing Hall of Famer did two separate terms as editor-in-chief of The Ring magazine, and also oversaw Boxing Illustrated, Ring Almanac, KO and World Boxing.
We tapped into Collins' rich history as a fight scribe and got him to reminisce about over-capacity fight nights at the Blue Horizon, gangster Blinky Palermo, Lou Duva, Muhammad Ali, and his own stormy departure from The Ring.
This is a candid and colorful conversation with a legend of boxing journalism.
Before our interview with Nigel Collins, John J. Raspanti catcches up with Sacramento-based junior welterweight Stan Martinyouk, who expects 2017 to be a breakout year.
And we lead off with rapid-fire postmortem of a spectacular boxing Saturday with Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who break down Parker-Ruz, Charlo-Williams, Crawford-Molina, Whyte-Chisora, Joshua-Mollina, and Mares-Cuellar -- all in 20 minutes.
Front to back, this is one of our best shows of the year.