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IT’S fight week in Brooklyn, New York. But something doesn’t feel quite right about it. Ryan Garcia, after months of madness on social media, is heading into the ring with Devin Haney, a fighter widely regarded as one of the best on the planet. What could possibly go wrong? The exceptionally matched ‘5 v 5’ concept is discussed in detail as Team He…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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DID Richardson Hitchins get lucky in Las Vegas last week? Certainly, one judge turned in a score that was unfathomable which again begs the question: What was the judge watching? In turn, one is left to ponder the various vantage points when watching a fight. Whether from the ring apron, amongst the crowd or at home on TV. We pay tribute to John We…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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BOXING fans were handed a treat far better than any chocolate egg or succulent portion of roast lamb on Easter Sunday when Frazer Clarke and Fabio Wardley turned in a heavyweight humdinger of the ages. Quite how long it will take the two boxers to recover, after such heroic efforts, is another matter. We examine the fight in detail, ponder how on e…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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WE react to news that Conor Benn’s provisional suspension might be reimposed following the successful BBBoC and UKAD appeal, discuss Dalton Smith’s impressive demolition of Jose Zepeda and attempt to work out what will happen when Frazer Clarke challenges Fabio Wardley. There’s also a sighting of new British champion Ashley Lane in Nando’s to discu…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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BARELY 12 hours had passed from his rousing draw with Brad Pauls in Birmingham when British middleweight champion Nathan Heaney rocked up at the annual BBBoC Awards in London. We pay tribute to both boxers for their recent classic while reviewing a heartwarming event in the capital. It all provided a timely reminder about the incomparable beauty of…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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AFTER Anthony Joshua blasted out a woefully overmatched Francis Ngannou in two rounds, the big question is: Will that put an end to crossover boxing? Whether it does or not, it seems we’ve still got to endure Mike Tyson trying to negotiate a 31-year disadvantage against Jake Paul. In comparison to all of that, Canelo Alvarez-Jaime Munguia looks lik…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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THIS weekend Anthony Joshua - arguably the most accomplished heavyweight of his era - takes on one-fight novice Francis Ngannou. A mismatch on paper but, according to plenty of seasoned observers, it’s a fight loaded with jeopardy for AJ. The undercard in Saudi Arabia is a cracker, featuring Zhilei Zhang-Joseph Parker, Rey Vargas-Nick Ball and more…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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IN a week dominated by endless speculation about who Canelo Alvarez will fight next, we talk to a world champion with a real story to tell. Paul Spadafora started life being forced to deal with child abuse, alcohol abuse, drug addiction and death in the family. He survived being shot as a teenager and went on to become one of the best boxers of his…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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THE long overdue return between Josh Taylor and Jack Catterall was formally announced this week at not one but two press conferences. We explore the psychological battle that is already well under way - and the notion of hatred being used to sell a fight. We look ahead to a busy, but not particularly headline-grabbing weekend, explore some enticing…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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IN the latest Opening Bell, both Alex Steedman and Matt Christie find it hard not to be impressed by Hamza Sheeraz's stunning blitzing of Liam Williams last weekend. However, there are notes of caution about getting too carried away. The importance of the British title is up for discussion, so too that moral dilemma surrounding the Saudi Arabia tak…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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TYSON FURY suffered a cut last week that almost sent the boxing world into meltdown. Fear not, his date with Oleksandr Usyk has been rescheduled for May 18. But do concerns surrounding Fury have any substance? We look back on Joshua Buatsi’s victory over Dan Azeez and review the latest chapter of the Conor Benn story. And in This Week, we go back t…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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ON THE anniversary of one of the greatest coronations in boxing history, Joshua Buatsi and Dan Azeez prepare to do battle at light-heavyweight and the career of John Ryder is in the balance after his bruising loss to Jaime Munguia. This Week in 1980 the man with the magic fists, feet and follicles - the only and only Salvador Sanchez - entered the …
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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FOR some, the Natasha Jonas-Mikaela Mayer was a ‘robbery’. For others, it was fair enough. This week we wonder if controversy is a consequence of the current scoring system, or merely a symptom of the social media age. We also look ahead to John Ryder taking on Jaime Munguia this weekend, as well as the bill in Belfast. This Week goes back to 1976 …
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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IF there were any question marks about Artur Beterbiev’s future in the sport at the age of 38, they were removed with a beastly bludgeoning of Callum Smith. That contest, and the ‘atypical’ fight week, are reviewed in-depth. We look ahead to the Natasha Jonas-Mikaela Mayer bill in Liverpool, cast an eye over the WBC’s latest ruling on failed tests,…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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WHAT a start to the year. Anthony Joshua and Francis Ngannou are readying for a scrap, Callum Smith is coming off a 16-month layoff to challenge Artur Beterbiev and Tony Weeks is the centre of attention. The heavyweight landscape has been fuel-injected by Saudi riches but what to make of Joshua taking on a fighter with a record that reads 0-1? With…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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2023 was another eventful year in boxing and this final episode brings together some of the big stories and interviews featured on the pod. Anthony Joshua was in reflective mood when discussing the final stage of his career, Victor Conte pulled no punches at all in challenging boxing's dopers and cheaters while Timothy Bradley gave a riveting insig…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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ON a dramatic night in Saudi Arabia, Anthony Joshua looked terrific while stopping Otto Wallin, Joseph Parker outhustled a listless Deontay Wilder and Daniel Dubois thumped Jarrell Miller into submission. Joshua’s partnership with Ben Davison got off to a flying start but the matchup with Wilder - who barely landed a single blow - could now be gone…
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Vote for us at the sports podcast awards: https://www.sportspodcastgroup.com/podcast/boxing-news-the-opening-bell/ NORMALLY, on December 21, the boxing world is blind drunk and counting down the days to Christmas. Not this year! No sir-eeee. The Opening Bell towers is awash with activity, starting with the exquisite battle between Bam Rodriguez and…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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The final instalment of a four-part audio documentary about the unforgettable, career-defining rivalry between Carl Froch and George Groves. Both fighters, their trainers Rob McCracken and Paddy Fitzpatrick, and their promoter Eddie Hearn, revisit the way the eyes of the nation were on their iconic rematch at Wembley Stadium, the rematch itself, an…
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WHAT a week for Devin Haney, Chris Billam-Smith, Ricky Hatton and Jane Couch. One wowed San Francisco, another lit up Bournemouth while two are set for Canastota in 2024. We ponder what’s next for Haney following his punch perfect victory over Regis Prograis, review the performance of CBS and wonder what it takes to be inducted into the Hall of Fam…
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Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry’s activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a …
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The third instalment of a four-part audio documentary about the unforgettable, career-defining rivalry between Carl Froch and George Groves. Both fighters, their trainers Rob McCracken and Paddy Fitzpatrick, and their promoter Eddie Hearn, recount the aftermath to their thrilling first fight, Groves’ determination to force a rematch, and the changi…
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