Former light heavyweight king Donny Lalonde dropped out of school as and left home as a 15-year-old ninth-grader, but owned five homes at age 23, built a $2 million bankroll by the time he retired from boxing, and spun that into a $6.4 million fortune.
And then, largely through no fault of his own, he lost it all.
Lalonde joins us on this week’s show to talk about his roller-coaster life outside the ring — a rags-to-riches-to-rags financial adventure that culminated with an international finance mess that became known as the Panama Papers scandal. The debacle gutted his bank account, besmirched his good name, and resulted in death threats and suicidal fantasies for Lalonde, who talks in-depth about the lessons he learned along the way.
The ex-champ tells this remarkable story in great detail during the second half of the podcast.
Our in-depth interview with Donny Lalonde is preceded by a conversation with our expert analysts, Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti, who analyze Saturday’s sensational world title fight between Artur Beterbiev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk, and speculate on what might come next, including the likelihood that Canelo Alvarez will return to lower weight divisions rather than stay at 175 to face Beterbiev. They also predict who will win this Saturday’s showdown between two unbeatens, Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor, in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series 140-pound tournament.
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.