Lifelong boxing fans and boxing journalists John Raspanti and Charles Farmer take us on a wild ride exploring the "Sweet Science". Delving in to
the current, the past, and the future, they bring an eclectic perspective to the table.
9.16.20-"The Rematch" looks at the next one after a great one. Does it live up to the hype, should they have just stopped at one? We kick it off with the second bout between Carl "The Jackal" Frampton and Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz. Frampton won the WBA (Super) Featherweight on 7.30.2016, defeating Santa Cruz by majority decision. Santa Cruz looks to avenge his only defeat and regain his belt in Las Vegas on 1.28.2017.
9.9.20-Legendary Fights presents the 2017 Fight of the year between Wladamir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua. Klitschko in his 29th Title Bout and Joshua defending the WBA and iBF belts for the 3rd time. Joshua was looking to extend his record from 18-0 with 18Ko's, while Klitschko was trying to win Joshua's belts and regain the belts he lost to Tyson Fury, which Fury then vacated. Two big men fighting with surprising acumen. Join us as we talk our way through the match.
8.26.20-The last "Fight of the Century". At least that century, brings us a Welterweight Clash featuring 8-time WBC defending champion Oscar de la Hoya vs. 15-time IBF Champion Felix Trinidad. Both "Golden Boy" and "Tito" were undefeated heading in to the bout. Interesting result, score along with us as you watch.
8.19.20-One of the first times we see Manny Pacquao in a big fight. And the first in a series of 73 fights with Juan Manuel Marquez for the WBA/IBF Featherweight Championship in Las Vegas. Manny was coming off of a big win versus Marco Antonio Barrera, and Marquez had beaten Derrick Gainer.
8.12.20-If the term "Slugfest" interests you, please set aside 30 minutes to watch this one. From January of 1976, George Foreman vs.. Ron Lyle. Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. Our commentary was mostly oww, ooo, damn. Yours will be too.
8.5.20-Another punch for punch look at a legendary fight. This one was ranked #8 all time by Ring Magazine. From 1982, Alexis Arguello was vying to be the first four division champion. While undefeated Aaron Pryor was defending his WBA Super Lightweight belt for the sixth time. Phenomenal action from the opening bell, a great fight to have in your mix...
7.29.20-Next in line in our series that explores Ring Magazines Fights of the Year, 2000's classic pitting Marco Antonio Barrera vs. Erik Morales. On the line two versions of the Super Bantamweight Title. Barrera would be defending his WBO Belt for the 3rd time, while Morales put the WBC belt on the line for the 9th time. Grab your favorite adult beverage and join us for 1:14:17 of a great fight and interesting dialogue.
7.22.20-Real Boxing Talk takes a look at the undefeated Light Heavyweight career of Michael Spinks. He won a Gold Medal in the 1976 Olympics. He held three Light Heavyweight belts at the same time. He was the first reigning Light Heavyweight Champion to win the Heavyweight Championship by beating previously undefeated Larry Holmes, then beat him again in the rematch. His only loss was in his final fight to Mike Tyson.
7.15.20-We continue our Fight of the Year series with 1989's clash of Iran Barkley vs, Roberto Duran for the WBC Middleweight belt. Duran was 37 year-old and was looking to create a another chapter to his spectacular career after a down period. Barkley was the reigning belt holder, who had just come off of a victory over 3 Round TKO of Thomas Hearns.
7.8.20-We take a look at the significance of Olympic boxing. Which group and which boxers have had the greatest impact on the sport. We focus on the Americans, but give credit to those Olympians who went on to become world belt holders.
7.1.20-We just missed the anniversary of Louis vs. Schmelling 2, but we thought it would be a good idea to revisit A) a great response to the first fight by Joe Louis. and B) how the the social and political climate at that time parallels what is happening currently.
6.24.20-We are joined by Harvey Dock, one of the best referees in the fight game today. Harvey gives us some insight as to what it takes to be the "Third Man in the Ring".
6.17.20-1969 Fight of the Year. "Smokin" Joe Frazier vs. "Irish" Jerry Quarry. Going in to the fight Frazier was 23-0 and Quarry was 31-2-4. Refereed by Arthur Mercante, this bout also featured Quarry's younger brother Mike at Lightweight and the Professional debut of George Foreman. From the opening bell, this one will take you for a ride.
6.10.20-Boxing is back (insert fanfare here). In this episode we take a look at what they did right, with apologies to all that deserve them. Now the question is how do they keep up the momentum. Keep pushing people, keep pushing.
6.3.20-First in a series where we and a special guest comment on some of the best fights in the history of the fight game. For this episode we are joined by one of the judges for the fight (Max DeLuca), as we ooh and ahh over the 2009 Fight of the Year, Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz1. Three lightweight belts up for grabs, plenty of action.
5.27.20-We talk about what we owe boxing when it comes back, and what boxing owes us. We string together some rather coherent ideas as to how boxing can make a "wow" return.
5.13.20-We give our ideas on how the boxing world should make a big splash when it returns from the pandemic. Plus, we take a look at who should be in consideration for pound for pound when boxing returns.
5.6.20-We take a look at what we consider the most important fights in history. The importance of the fight, not only for boxing sake, but also for other reasons, (socially, economically, media coverage, etc.) is considered. This one was fun.
4.30.20-In this one we talk about our favorite fights. Fights we love for various reasons, but that's why we love them.
4.22.20-The Kool Kids are back, talking about our favorite fighters. And as we do, the conversation shifts just a wee bit. We end up talking about fighters that were must see, not necessarily because we loved them. Maybe a more stimulating topic, we thought so.
4.15.20-Since we do not have any live fights to discuss, we decided to look back at some of our favorite boxing movies. It was a fun discussion and we welcome you to chime in with yours. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section. Be safe and enjoy.
4.8.20-On the anniversary of the historic "Sugar" Ray Leonard vs. "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler bout, we thought we would travel back in time and take a look at one of the most anticipated events in the last forty years. Fought on April 6th, 1987, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Hagler enters at 62-2-2 and the WBC and IBF Middleweight Champion. Leonard had retired in 1982, unretired in 1984 and fought Kevin Howard, and retired again in 1984.
4.1.20-Since the boxing schedule has basically been deleted, we decided to hit the reset button and tell the world which fights should take place when we return to normalcy. Just our opinions, but that's what we have.
3.11.20-Having danced around it for a few episodes, we tackle the skill sets that make a great fighter. We cite several examples, which leads to some debate (as always), some resolutions, and some challenges to our viewers. Man, do we remember a lot of stuff that we didn't know we remembered. Names Like Duran, Holyfield, Ali, LaMotta, two Sugar Ray's, McCrory, Curry, Foreman, Shavers, Pryor, and several more are discussed.
3.4.20-We take a look at another iconic round in boxing. Round #10 of Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield I. "Real Deal" Holyfield shows that you can take a punch, or twelve and still come back strong, while Bowe dishes it out repeatedly. We also transition from one Heavyweight championship trilogy to our upcoming one, Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder.
2.26.20-The aftermath of Wilder/Fury 2. One of us gets to say I told you so. Ugh. Moving forward, we discuss the rematch, how does Anthony Joshua fit in to the mix, and does Canelo still rule the month of May. You know us, fun, fun, fun.
2.19.20-Wilder vs. Fury...Raspanti vs. Farmer. Tough match-ups all around. We breakdown the upcoming Heavyweight World Title Fight, and determine if it is the Fight of the Century. There are winners and losers, and maybe even a draw or two.
2.12.20- We resume our show, "Real Boxing Talk", with some technical issues. Yet we power through. Eclectic, fantastic, powerful. And other words I know.
10.30.19-We pick up the thread from our previous show as we discussed the viability of the lighter weights providing us with marquee moments. To prove or refute, we discuss Corrales vs. Castillo Bout #1/Round #10. One of the best rounds of all time. We also talk about the upcoming Canelo/Kovalev affair and other fun stuff.
10.8.19-Real Boxing Talk returns with a recap of the previous weekend's close wins by Errol Spence Jr. and GGG. We take a look at where that takes us, and laugh , and argue about the fight game as we always do
9.19.19-We come back to Real Boxing Talk and dive in to our preview of the upcoming Errol Spence Jr/Shawn Porter fight. And as always we swerve into a few other things. Informative fun, yep, that sounds about right.
8.21.19-We say goodbye to Sweet Pea, talk about the heavyweights, and cover some of our favorite fighters and fights. It may sound random, but it all turns out well in the end.
Real Boxing Talk (7.10.19)-We try something new this time. First, we go back to 1985 and breakdown arguably the top action fight of all-time, Hagler vs. Hearns. Then we preview Pacquaio vs. Thurman. And then we contemplate the demise of HBO Boxing.
Real Boxing Talk (6.12.19)-Our latest episode of Real Boxing Talk. Our take on what has happened recently, what is coming up, and what we would like to see. And in light of Andy Ruiz's defeat of Anthony Joshua, we talk about "upsets" that we should have seen coming.
Real Boxing Talk-We start out talking about the Pound for Pound stars in the sport, but we morph in to a conversation about the direction of the sport and how the landscape just may need a seismic shift. A little light listening for you. Excuse the connection pauses, sometimes a major internet provider has problems too.
Real Boxing Talk-This episode deviates a bit from how we usually do things, but we still get the job done. Talking about the Heavyweights this time, both current and historical.
Real Boxing Talk continues to break down each division one by one. This episode looks at the Middleweights. Is Canelo still King? Should he be King? Tune in, find out...
Real Boxing Talk takes a look at the Welterweight division. We break down Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford, Keith Thurman, Mikey Garcia, Shawn Porter, Danny Garcia, and of course Manny Pacquaiao. It's a loaded division, we actually had to work. One of us might have even sweat.
Charles Farmer, John Raspanti, and your host Frank Gordon delve in to what appears to be a bout of schizophrenics. Which Pacquiao and/or Broner shows for this WBA World Welterweight title fight?
After our engineer (GFG) jeopardized his career by losing the first portion of this show, we talk some boxing with Mr. Farmer and Mr. Raspanti. Joined in progress.