The so-called Golden Age of Boxing had an ominous open secret — fights were fixed, ratings were rigged, and people got hit over the head with lead pipes if they didn’t play ball with the gangster overlords who ruled the sport.
Author Jeffrey Sussman joins us to discuss his newest book, “Boxing and the Mob: The Notorious History of the Sweet Science,” a blood-dripping portrayal of Frankie Carbo, Blinky Palermo (pictured above between Sugar Ray Robinson and Charlie Fusari), Arnold Rothstein, Abe Attell, and other unscrupulous SOBs who struck fear into managers, trainers, referees, and the boxers, themselves, from the time of Jack Dempsey through the Sonny Liston era.
Before that, we hear from our British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin, who provides insider insight on Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz, unbeaten up-and-comer Joe Joyce, and a name from the past, Carl Froch, who suddenly is hinting of a comeback.
And we kick off the show with an in-depth analysis of Canelo’s victory over Daniel Jacobs, Golovkin’s decision to replace trainer Abel Sanchez with Johnathon Banks, and much more.
Fasten your seat belts for this lively and fascinating edition of The Ringside Boxing Show.