Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Making Sausage

Every once in a while on the show, I like to dig into what goes on behind the scenes in boxing. This week we're going to speak with John Beninati. He is the matchmaker for Gary Shaw Productions and used to work for Don King.

John is basically the guy that moves young fighters along to the point where they become major attractions, like Alfredo Angulo. We'll talk to John about what his job entails, including a hilarious story from when he first started working for Don King.

We'll also check in with Dr. Allan Fields. Dr. Fields has been a ringside physician for over 30 years, was named 2006 Ringside Physician of the Year by the American Association of Ringside Physicians and was recently inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame.

Importantly, Dr. Fields is the physician who examined Tavoris Cloud, who pulled out of his fight with Glen Johnson due to a hamstring injury, at the same time it was reported he signed with Don King. We'll ask Dr. Fields about Cloud's injury.

Maybe the good doc can help me with my cold. I'll be playing injured tomorrow night, but unlike Tavoris Cloud, I'm willing to go to work. Of course, my work doesn't include getting hit in the mouth by Glen Johnson.

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