Boxing Esq. Podcast

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The Boxing Esq. Podcast is hosted by Kurt Emhoff, a sports and entertainment attorney and boxing manager based in NYC. Kurt has represented clients in boxing for over 20 years. Kurt's current and former clients include world champions and contenders Cory Spinks, Paulie Malignaggi, Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, Luis Collazo, Sam Soliman, Kermit Cintron, Derrick Gainer, Travis Simms, Terronn Millett, Peter Manfredo and Dmitriy Salita.

Episodes

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #60 - Scott Shaffer

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #60 - Scott Shaffer

    04/11/2020 Duration: 01h22min

    My guest on this podcast is boxing writer and attorney Scott Shaffer. We analyzed last weekend’s busy schedule of fights including Usyk-Chisora, Inoue-Moloney and Davis-Santa Cruz. We also discussed recent comments by Deontay Wilder breaking his silence after Fury-Wilder III fell through, the proposed "Junior Heavyweight" division the WBC is implementing and the continuing saga of the Canelo lawsuit. This will be my last show as host of the Boxing Esq. Podcast but I am passing it on to Scott to host. It was a really fun conversation - hope you enjoy it.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #59 - Chris Byrd

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #59 - Chris Byrd

    03/10/2020 Duration: 01h57min

    My guest on this episode is former two-time Heavyweight Champion of the World - Chris Byrd. We talk about Chris’s miraculous recovery from years of debilitating pain from nerve damage in his foot, hip replacement surgery, and numerous shoulder problems. We discussed Chris's new diet and alternative therapies that aided his recovery. We also spoke about Chris’s great career from his days in the amateurs and sparring in an 8 by 10 ring in his parents' basement; his trip to the Olympic trials in 1988; his Olympic Silver Medal in 1992; not getting signed by a major promoter coming off of that medal and his roundabout journey as an avoided fighter to a shot at the Heavyweight title and eventually becoming a two-time champ. We also go into his battles in the ring with Ike Ibeabuchi, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko, Maurice Harris, David Tua, Evander Holyfield, Jameel McCline and many more and how he found out that many of his contemporaries were using PEDs. It was a great conversation - hope you enjoy

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #58 - Mike Silver

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #58 - Mike Silver

    22/09/2020 Duration: 01h18min

    My guest on this episode is author and boxing historian Mike Silver. We talk about Mike’s new book, "The Night The Referee Hit Back - Memorable Moments from the World of Boxing". It’s a compilation of articles and interviews that Mike’s done over the years that is really captivating and provocative. We discuss Mike’s background and how he had the chance to train alongside Emile Griffith and Ingemar Johansson at the iconic Stillman’s Gym in mid-town Manhattan in the late-50’s early 60’s. Mike gives a great account of the history of that gym and its significance. We also spoke about the history of the governance of the sport. How there was generally only one world champion per division for decades. And how tournaments of contenders fighting to determine a new champion in divisions where the title was vacant were a common occurrence throughout the 1920s through the late 1960s. Finally, Mike gives boxing fans a great list of fights from boxing’s Golden Age that demonstrate the skills and technique that may

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #57 - Jessica McCaskill and Rick Ramos

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #57 - Jessica McCaskill and Rick Ramos

    30/08/2020 Duration: 01h11min

    My guests on this episode are the undisputed Women’s World Welterweight Champion and unified WBC/WBA Junior Welterweight Champion Jessica McCaskill and her manager and trainer Rick Ramos. We talked about their backgrounds growing up in Illinois and how both of them came to the sport of boxing. I spoke to Jessica about her time at Pagedale Boxing in St. Louis with my late friend and mentor Marvin “Coots” Millett. I talked with Rick about his opening of the Body Shot Boxing Club and how he competes with the fitness gyms and stays afloat during the pandemic. We got into how Jessica’s big fights with Katie Taylor and Cecilia Braekhus got made and how Rick thought he might have burned a bridge with Eddie Hearn. We spoke about how difficult it is to fight in your hometown and the challenges of maintaining focus while being pulled in a million directions marketing the fight. And we also discussed what’s next for Jessica and how big fight rematches with Katie Taylor and Cecilia Braekhus are possible and how a

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #56 - Dr. Margaret Goodman and Scott Shaffer

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #56 - Dr. Margaret Goodman and Scott Shaffer

    25/08/2020 Duration: 01h32min

    My first guest on this is episode one of the heroes of our sport - Dr. Margaret Goodman. We talked about her views on COVID protocols and which states are doing it right. We discussed how VADA’s testing protocols have been affected by COVID and how they have used the downtime in the sport to make informational videos available on the VADA website. We also got into the debate about the proper use of MRIs. My second guest on this podcast was boxing writer and attorney extraordinaire Scott Shaffer. We analyzed last weekend’s busy schedule of fights including Whyte-Povetkin. Taylor-Persoon, Smith-Alvarez, and Porter-Formella. And how it finally seemed like boxing was back after the long hiatus due to the pandemic. Two really fun conversations - hope you enjoy it.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #55 - Tim Smith

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #55 - Tim Smith

    31/07/2020 Duration: 01h36min

    My guest on this episode the VP of Communications at Haymon Sports - Mr. Tim Smith. We spoke about the PBC’s game plan in not rushing to be first to come back to the airways Post-COVID. And how their schedule of fights came together over the months that they were off-air. We got into the difficulties of putting on shows with the various medical and logistical problems associated with COVID and how PBC prepared for the inevitability of a fighter testing positive - as it happened on their very first show with Stephon Fulton. We then spoke about the excellent schedule of fights that PBC rolled out on Showtime including the Charlos shared PPV, Tank vs Santa Cruz, and Ouballi-Donaire. We also got into what to expect for the upcoming schedule for PBC on FOX. It was a really fun conversation. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #54 - Joe DeGuardia

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #54 - Joe DeGuardia

    24/07/2020 Duration: 01h14min

    My guest on this episode is promoter and New York State Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Joe DeGuardia. We spoke about Joe’s upbringing in the Bronx where his father and uncle were professional fighters. We talked about Joe’s amateur boxing career which culminated in him winning the 1988 New York Golden Gloves. We got into how he started in the pro game as a manager and then switched to promoting to keep his fighters busy and how that lead him to co-promoting such big events as Roy Jones-Antonio Tarver and Manny Pacquiao-Chris Algieri. We also discussed his current roster of fighters including Joe Smith and Carlos Takam, the difficulties of putting on club shows in the time of COVID and Joe’s attempt at organizing the sport with the Boxing Promoters Association. It was a great conversation. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #53 - Doug Fischer

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #53 - Doug Fischer

    02/07/2020 Duration: 01h45min

    My guest on this episode is the Editor-in-Chief of Ring Magazine - Mr. Doug Fischer. We spoke about how The Ring Magazine and ringtv.com are faring during this pandemic. We also undertook the difficult task of making mid-year assessments of the traditional year-end categories such as Fight of the Year, Round of the Year, KO of the Year, Upset of the Year, and Fighter of the Year in the time of COVID. We also discussed the upcoming boxing schedule and previewed some of the bigger tentatively scheduled big fights such as Lonachenko-Lopez and Dubois-Joyce. It was a great conversation. Hope you enjoy it.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #52 - Lou DiBella

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #52 - Lou DiBella

    24/06/2020 Duration: 53min

    My guest on this episode is a 2020 IBHOF inductee, top promoter, film producer, and minor league franchise owner - Mr. Lou DiBella. Lou shared his feelings on not being able to enjoy his induction into the IBHOF this year due to the COVID shutdown. We spoke about how major league baseball is making a mistake in retracting a big part of its minor league system. We talked about how Top Rank is managing at implementing their COVID protocols and still putting on shows - and how Lou’s fighter Mikkel LesPierre’s COVID situation went down. We also got into how the financial burden of testing is particularly rough on smaller promoters and club shows. We discussed what’s next for other members of the DiBella Entertainment roster including Regis Prograis, Amanda Serrano, Ivan Baranchyk, Jerry Forrest, Tevin Farmer, Charles Conwell, and Bakhodir Jalalov. We also find out if Lou is making plans to go to Bahrain for the big boxing summit later this year. It was a lively and informative conversation. Hope you enjo

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #51 - Kieran Cunningham and Ewan MacKenna

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #51 - Kieran Cunningham and Ewan MacKenna

    31/05/2020 Duration: 01h04min

    My guests on this episode are two distinguished Irish sports writers - Kieran Cunningham, Chief Sports Writer at the Irish Daily Star in Dublin and Ewan MacKenna, Host of The Black Eye Podcast and Columnist for the Irish Independent News. We discussed the recent comments by Promoter Bob Arum about using alleged drug cartel boss Daniel Kinahan as his agent in United Arab Emirates to negotiate a potential deal for the Heavyweight unification fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Additionally, we spoke about the origins of MTK Global and the chilling effect the shooting at a weigh-in at The Regency Hotel in Dublin has had on boxing in The Republic of Ireland. Great conversation - I hope you enjoy.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #50 - Roberto Diaz

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #50 - Roberto Diaz

    18/05/2020 Duration: 01h38min

    My guest on this episode is one of the top matchmakers in the game, Golden Boy’s Roberto Diaz. We discussed how Roberto got into the sport through a chance meeting with one of his favorite fighters - Marco Antonio Barrera and how Eric Gomez drafted him to be a matchmaker for Golden Boy out of necessity. We got into how Roberto learned matchmaking on the job and what a typical day in the life of a matchmaker is like. We talked about how Golden Boy has handled the COVID lockdown on social media and what their plans are for coming back after the lockdown is lifted. Roberto broke down GB’s plans for the starfighters and prospects on their roster including Canelo Alvarez, JoJo Diaz, Ryan Garcia, Vergil Ortiz, Xu Can, and many more. It was a great conversation - hope you enjoy!

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #49 - Mike Borao

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #49 - Mike Borao

    29/04/2020 Duration: 01h21min

    My guest on this episode is one of the foremost attorneys and managers in the game - Mike Borao. We spoke about two heavyweights Mike is involved with who scored big wins in the last few months Charles Martin and Robert Helenius. We also talked about future plans for other fighters who Mike represents including middleweight Matt Korobov and heavyweight Frank Sanchez. We also spoke about Mike’s background and participation in toughman contests. How he met and came to represent his first major fighter Heavyweight Jameel McCline. We got into his major role in getting McCline, Shannon Briggs, Monte Barrett, and Ray Austin shots at the Heavyweight crown in the same year. He also told some great stories about dealing with major promoters Cedric Kushner and Don King. And finally, we went into what a typical day in the life of a boxing manager is like. Really great conversation - I hope you enjoy it!

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #48 - Stephen Espinoza

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #48 - Stephen Espinoza

    16/04/2020 Duration: 57min

    My guest on this episode is one of the most powerful and thoughtful executives in boxing - Showtime President of Sports and Event Programming Stephen Espinoza. We talk about Showtime’s excellent way to fill the COVID-19 programming void on Friday Nights with their Showtime Classic Boxing series. We discuss Showtime’s gameplan on how they’ll proceed when boxing events are allowed to come back and what precautions need to be in place. We also spoke about the bidding wars between networks and what Stephen anticipates the market looking like post-COVID. We get into his plans for Gervonta Davis and the 154 lb. division as well as his attempts to get a Jermall Charlo- Demetrius Andrade unification made. And finally, we discuss his comments at last year's Leaders conference on the sport of boxing and whether we’ve reached “peak boxing” yet. Really great conversation with Stephen, as always - hope you enjoy it!

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #47 - Special Edition with Fistianados - Guests Walter Kane and Michael Alvini

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #47 - Special Edition with Fistianados - Guests Walter Kane and Michael Alvini

    11/04/2020 Duration: 49min

    For this special episode, I’m joined by Fistianados host Evan Rutkowski to go over the recent Coronavirus stimulus legislation set up to provide relief to those forced out of work by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are joined by two distinguished guests. Labor Attorney Walter Kane and accountant and financial planner Mike Alvini. Walter and Mike broke down how and when to apply for unemployment benefits, the Paycheck Protection Program Loan (aka 7a loan), the COVID Disaster Relief Loan (aka the 7B loan), as well as the qualifications for the $1200 stimulus, check advances on tax returns that the government is sending out. The main takeaway is apply, apply, apply. Definitely give this pod a good listen and contact your accountant or financial advisor to help you. If you don’t have one - Walter and Mike leave their contact information at the end of the podcast. Really great informative conversation - hope you enjoy it.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #46 - Carlos Acevedo

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #46 - Carlos Acevedo

    28/03/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    My guest on this episode is author and editor at Hannibal Boxing.com - Mr. Carlos Acevedo. We discuss Carlos’s excellent new book - Sporting Blood - Tales From The Darkside of Boxing - which goes on sale March 31st. We get into a few of the subjects of the book including Sonny Liston, Tony Ayala, and Smokin’ Bert Cooper. We also talk about Carlos’s youth in the Bronx and how he came to be interested in the Sweet Science. And finally, we get into the good and the bad in today’s boxing scene and how things evolved over time from boxing’s resurgence in the 1970s. I really enjoyed the conversation and finally getting Carlos on the podcast. Hope you enjoy it too.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #45 - Ryan Songalia

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #45 - Ryan Songalia

    23/03/2020 Duration: 01h25min

    My guest on this episode is a copy editor and feature writer at The Ring Magazine - Ryan Songalia. We spoke about how Ryan and his family are coping with the Covid-19 pandemic. We also got into his background in boxing including writing for Boxing Digest, The New York Daily News, Rappler.com in the Philippines, as well as The Ring. We discussed his latest article - How Covid-19 Isn’t The First Pandemic To Halt Boxing. We looked at how the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 affected boxing and the world at large and what lessons we can draw from it. We also got into the effects the current Covid-19 pandemic has had on fighters, managers and boxing gyms here in the US and around the world. It was a really interesting conversation- hope you enjoy it.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #44 - Scott Shaffer

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #44 - Scott Shaffer

    02/03/2020 Duration: 02h24min

    My guest on this episode is a litigation partner at Olshan Frome Wolosky but you know him as a longtime writer and editor at Boxingtalk.com - Scott Shaffer. We had a chance to analyze the Wilder-Fury rematch in depth including costume-gate. We also discussed the loaded boxing card this past weekend headlined by Mikey Garcia-Jesse Vargas and featuring a great victory by Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez over Khal Yafai as well a great Flyweight tussle between Julio Cesar Martinez and the very game Jay Harris. We also got into the proposed sale of Top Rank, the upcoming boxing schedule and the effect the coronavirus has had on the boxing community. It was a great conversation- hope you enjoy it.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #43 - Rafe Bartholomew

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #43 - Rafe Bartholomew

    16/02/2020 Duration: 02h15min

    My guest on this episode is a staff writer covering the sport of boxing at The Athletic - Mr. Rafe Bartholomew. We get into Rafe’s background as a native New Yorker and growing up around the famous NY bar McSorley’s. Also, his love and fascination with the Philippines and the sport of basketball, as well as his time at Grantland and his beloved newsletter, Respect Boxe. We also get into Wilder-Fury II, Garcia-Linares and preview Caleb Plant vs. Vincent Feigenbutz. It was a Great conversation - hope you enjoy.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #42 - Doug Fischer

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #42 - Doug Fischer

    02/02/2020 Duration: 02h24min

    My guest on this episode is the Editor-in-chief of Ring Magazine and ringtv.com - Mr. Doug Fischer. We talk about Doug’s new gig as color commentator at DAZN for Golden Boy’s Thursday Night Fights and how season one of that program went. We also talk about the big fight card this past week with Roman-Akmadaliev, Farmer-Diaz, and Andrade-Keeler as well as DAZN’s continued dalliance with fighting YouTubers. We further spoke about the good fights upcoming in February and beyond as well as Thomas Hauser’s three-part piece on the New York State Athletic Commission. It was a great conversation- hope you enjoy it.

  • Boxing Esq. Podcast #41 - Jim Quinn

    Boxing Esq. Podcast #41 - Jim Quinn

    10/01/2020 Duration: 01h08min

    My guest on this episode is truly a legend in the sports law community - Jim Quinn. He's been legal counsel for every major sport's players union in labor disputes, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. He’s now of counsel at Berg & Androphy after a long, illustrious run at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. We discuss his new book, Don’t Be Afraid to Win: How Free Agency Changed The Business of Pro Sports. We get into the labor history of the NBA and NFL and how each players union achieved free agency. We also get into how salary caps got imposed in both leagues as a result of collective bargaining. And we also talk about how the sport of boxing can be better organized to maximize its potential. Great conversation - hope you enjoy!

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