One of boxing’s great “non-calls” in recent years was referee Jack Reiss’ decision to allow Tyson Fury to finish his fight with Deontay Wilder after suffering a brutal knockdown in Round 12 at the Staples Center.
Reiss, one of the best officials in boxing, joins us this week to describe the earthquake he felt when Fury came crashing down, what he saw in Fury’s face as the count progressed, and how the British giant suddenly snapped back to life and demonstrated enough coherence to earn the right to finish the fight.
Reiss also discusses how he prepares for a fight, how he makes decisions in the ring, what it’s like to ref in Mexico, Panama, Japan, Thailand, and Germany, and how it feels to be center stage in a jam-packed arena on worldwide TV.
And, by the way, Reiss also spent a few evenings at the Playboy Mansion, not only as a working referee, but also as a Los Angeles fire marshal, providing security for Hef’s sexy, celebrity-filled Halloween party. This is a story you definitely want to hear.
Before our Jack Reiss interview, we hear from our outstanding British correspondent, Paul McLaughlin, who takes us inside the UK boxing scene.
And we lead off with expert analysis from Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who review Shawn Porter’s narrow victory over Yordenis Ugas, unpack Golovkin’s long-awaited decision to sign a lucrative, 6-fight contract with DAZN, Wilder’s recent flirtation with the same streaming platform, and what it all means to the sport.
And Zahid and Raspanti marvel at the massive splash made by Uzbekistan super welterweight Israil Madrimov, who went to 2-0 on Saturday by sending a 24-2 opponent out of the arena on a stretcher.
Dennis Taylor is host of The Ringside Boxing Show and co-author of “Intimate Warfare: The True Story of the Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward Boxing Trilogy,” an Amazon bestseller.
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