Ali shadowboxed underwater in a swimming pool … Joe Frazier pummeled sides of beef in a slaughterhouse … and Tyson Fury claims he’s revolutionizing boxing training methods one more time as he prepares for his rematch with Deontay Wilder.
“The Gypsy King” says his plan is to keep his testosterone levels at a peak by masturbating seven times every day while he trains for his Feb. 22 rematch in Las Vegas. Coincidentally or not, Fury’s new trainer, Sugar Hill, expects his fighter to display increased power in his right hand that night.
We boldly address this topic and several others this week with our expert analysts, Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti, who try to explain how a 30-1 underdog destroyed Julian ‘J-Rock’ Williams in front of his hometime crowd, where Eleider Alvarez stands in a rugged 175-pound division after vaporizing Michael Seals with one punch in his first fight in 350 days, and whether pro boxers belong in the Olympic Games.
Also, Paul McLaughlin, our British correspondent, catches us up on the latest news from the United Kingdom boxing scene.
And then we spend a colorful hour with the legendary J. Russell Peltz, an East Coast boxing icon who promoted his first fight 50 years ago in Philadelphia at the age of 22, and made stars out of Bennie Briscoe, Eugene ‘Cyclone’ Hart, Bobby ‘Boogaloo’ Watts, Stanley ‘Kitten’ Hayward, Mike Rossman, Jeff Chandler, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Dwight Muhammad Qawi, Marvin Johnson, Arturo Gatti, and Marvin Hagler, among countless others. This is an interview for the time capsule.
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.