In 1985, lightweight contender Jeff Bumpus fought Greg Haugen (who broke Bumpus’ orbital bone), Vinny Pazienza (who cracked his collarbone), and undefeated Julio Cesar Chavez (who crushed his nose in the first round, like Apollo Creed did to Rocky), all within a five-month period.
He lost all three fights (though he took Haugen and Pazienza the distance),and never won a world title, but Bumpus came away from a nine-year, 40-fight career (23 in his first 23 months as a pro) with a spectacular array of stories, some of which he shared with us on this week’s Ringside Boxing Show.
Expert analysts Travis Hartman, Rizwaan Zahid, and John J. Raspanti also revisit Bivol’s conquest of Pascal, assess the scenic landscape at 175 pounds, predict the Wilder-Fury outcome, explain why a four-division world champion (Adrien Broner) isn’t the future Hall of Famer he claims to be, and re-ignite last week’s PED discussion in wake of this week’s news that the Charlo brothers have been no-shows for recent VADA tests.
And our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin, lays out what’s going on in the United Kingdom, one of the hottest boxing scenes on the planet.
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.
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