Tyson Fury needed 47 stitches to close a gash in his right eyelid after his last fight against Otto Wallin … he claims he’ll weigh at least 270 pounds for Saturday’s rematch with Deontay Wilder … he has a new trainer, who insists Fury will be looking for the knockout … he’s got a ring IQ that almost certainly allowed him to learn more from their first fight than Wilder, a one-trick pony … but Deontay has the cheat code — perhaps the biggest punch in the history of the sport. Who wins? Expert analysts Rizwaan Zahid and John J. Raspanti address that difficult question on this week’s show.
They also diagnose Oscar De La Hoya’s apparent lowballing tactics against both Callum Smith and Billy Joe Saunders as he looks for a Cinco de Mayo opponent for Canelo Alvarez.
They tell us whether 21-year-old Ryan Garcia — author of yet-another first round KO on Friday — deserves such glowing hype before fighting any A-list opponents.
And they offer a verdict on Jack Reiss, one of the best referees in the sport, in the wake of Saturday’s controversial stoppage of the Abel Ramos-Bryant Perrella fight with 1 second left in the final round — a decision that harkens back to the Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor stunner.
We also get our weekly update from British correspondent Paul McLaughlin on the latest news from the UK.
It all precedes our interview with boxing historian Christopher James Shelton, who tells the story of Elizabeth Wilkinson Stokes, the first-known female prize fighter, who mostly fought (and beat) men in bare-knuckle fights in the 1700s.
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.