Welcome to the Hannibal Boxing Podcast series. The Hannibal Boxing Podcast is hosted by boxing historian Patrick Connor and features interviews with noted authors, writers and more from the boxing world. We focus on uncovering and diving into interesting stories throughout the world of boxing. You can find all of our podcasts here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Google Play | Spotify.
Episode #13—Jonathan Eig, Author Jonathan Eig joined us for a fascinating discussion about his research behind the definitive Muhammad Ali biography, Ali: A Life, his path to journalism and authoring books through following his passions, and his forthcoming book on Martin Luther King, Jr. Incredibly, there has not been a biography about Dr. King for 35 years!
- Ken Burns calls Jonathan Eig a “master storyteller.” Joyce Carol Oates calls his book, Ali: A Life, “an epic of a biography.” Eig is the author of five books, three of them New York Times best sellers. He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Eig has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker online, and The Washington Post. Prior to The Wall Street Journal, he worked as a feature writer for Chicago magazine and as a news reporter for The Dallas Morning News and The New Orleans Times-Picayune. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Google Play | Spotify.
Episode #12—Bronze Nazareth, Hip-Hop producer, emcee, official member of the Wu-Tang Family, and boxing fan, Bronze discusses his musical influences, how he chased down Rza of Wu-Tang to get his big break, his favorite fighters, and he even goes full circle and ties The Fat Boys to boxing. This is a MUST listen! Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Google Play | Spotify.
Episode #11—Glen Sharp, Memoir author, novelist, economist, and retired boxer, Glen Sharp discusses his time with Hall of Famer Yaqui Lopez, why he admires the sweet science, and his memoir, Punching From The Shadows. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Google Play | Spotify.
- Glen Sharp’s boxing career was a rise-and-fall story without so much rise in it. A sparring partner for light-heavyweight Hall of Famer Yaqui Lopez, he “retired” with a record of one victory and two defeats. A decade later, having come to understand how and why he failed as a younger fighter, he attempted a comeback. His memoir is a treatise on boxing as both profession and purpose. Sharp uses economic theory to describe the sweet science as a case study in resource management while recounting his own struggle to win fistic glory and his father’s admiration.
Episode #10—Jimmy Tobin, Talented boxing journalist and author, Jimmy Tobin, appearing in his first-ever podcast, speaks with Patrick Connor, host of the Hannibal Boxing Podcast, about his early writing influences and his new book, Killed in Brazil? The Mysterious Death of Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Google Play | Spotify.
- Jimmy Tobin is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Tobin is now widely-recognized as one of the best boxing writers today. His work has appeared in Hannibal Boxing, The Cruelest Sport, 15 Rounds, Esquina Boxeo, El Malpensante, The Queensbury Rules, The Fight Network, and Hannibal Boxing .Tobin’s first book is Killed in Brazil?, exploring the myths and mystery surrounding Arturo “Thunder” Gatti’s untimely death in Brazil. He lives in Toronto.
Episode #9—Carlos Acevedo, Noted boxing journalist and author, Carlos Acevedo talks to the Hannibal Boxing Podcast about his writing influences, his specific interests within boxing, and his new book, Sporting Blood: Tales From the Dark Side of Boxing. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Google Play | Spotify.
- Carlos Acevedo was the founder of The Cruelest Sport and is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. His work has appeared in Inside HBO Boxing, Boxing News, Remezcla, Boxing Digest, and Hannibal Boxing. His stories “A Darkness Made to Order” and “A Ghost Orbiting Forever” both won first place awards from the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). Acevedo is also a member of the International Boxing Research Organization.
Episode #8—T. J. English, is interviewed about the intersection of boxing and gangsters, and his thoughts on Don Stradley’s Slaughter in the Streets: When Boston Became Boxing’s Murder Capital. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Google Play | Spotify.
- T. J. English is a noted journalist, screenwriter, and author of the New York Times bestsellers Havana Nocturne and Paddy Whacked, as well as The Westies, a national bestseller, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. He has written for Esquire, Playboy, and New York magazine, among other publications. His screenwriting credits include episodes for the television crime dramas NYPD Blue and Homicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize.
Episode #7—Teresa Tapia & Paul Zanon, are interviewed together by Patrick Connor about Johnny Tapia, and the recently-published book, The Ghost of Johnny Tapia. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Google Play | Spotify.
- Teresa Tapia, Johnny’s widow and his boxing manager, provides unique insight into, and anecdotes about, Johnny. Paul Zanon discusses the unique access he had to people who surrounded Johnny while doing research for the book, including Sammy Hagar, who contributed the foreword for The Ghost of Johnny Tapia.
Episode #6—Don Stradley, is an award-winning boxing journalist whose work has appeared in The Ring, Ringside Seat, and ESPN.com. Listen to the interview with Don here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Google Play | Spotify.
- Don Stradley discusses his forthcoming book Berserk: The Shocking Life and Death of Edwin Valero, including the research process, what drove Valero to murder his beautiful wife, his take on Valero’s boxing career, the many conspiracy theories about Valero’s death that cropped up in Venezuela after his death, and much more.
Episode #5—John “Pops” Arthur, the man who revived James “Lights Out” Toney’s career, and currently helps manage Isaac Dogboe and other fighters, has led a fascinating life well beyond boxing. Listen to the interview with Pops here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Google Play | Spotify.
- John Arthur discusses his early life as an underground “death match” fighter, learning martial arts and life lessons from “The Greek,” his time with Billy Blanks, how he came to train James Toney, his championship expectations for Isaac Dogboe, and more.
- Todd Snyder discusses what led him to write 12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym, his relationship with his father, boxing, hip hop, and growing up in a coal-mining town in Appalachia, and becoming the first member of his family in six generations to earn a college degree. Todd also previews the research he has done to prepare for the forthcoming biography of Drew “Bundini” Brown (Hamilcar Publications, August 2020).
- Mike Stanton discusses new details about Rocky Marciano that he uncovered while doing research to write Unbeaten. Stanton also talks about how Jacobs Beach: The Mob, the Garden and the Golden Age of Boxing served as a key resource for him, particularly in learning about Frankie Carbo, boxing’s underworld czar in the 1950s.
- Donald McRae offered a glimpse into his love for boxing and writing about it, how Dark Trade came to be published in the U.K. and again in the U.S., and much more.
- Who is Hannibal Boxing? How does Hamilcar Publications fit into Hannibal? What books are coming? How Marvin Hagler helped inspire the founding of our company.