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 Podcasts | Spotify.
Episode #16—Gordon Marino: Gordon Marino is the author of multiple books, including The Existentialist’s Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age. Marino is also a professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College, and has been working with boxers for over forty years. He joins the show to discuss his writings on existentialism, how they apply to his experience training fighters and to stepping into the ring itself. Gordon also talks about Bundini: Don’t Believe The Hype, by Todd D. Snyder. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify.
Episode #15—Shannon Briggs: Former heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs crashes the Hannibal Boxing Podcast with his special blend of humor, inspiration and experience. Hear about Shannon’s fight career and his new cannabis business, and brace yourself for a few hilarious Shannon Briggs stories you won’t hear anywhere else. LET’S GO CHAMP! Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify.
Episode #14—Christian Giudice, Author Christian Giudice stops by the Hannibal Boxing Podcast to discuss the process of writing Macho Time: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of Hector Camacho, his books about Roberto Duran, Alexis Arguello and Wilfredo Gomez and much more. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | 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! Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | 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 | 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 | Spotify.
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 | Spotify.
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 | Spotify.
Episode #8—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. Here we interview him 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 | Spotify.
Episode #7—Teresa Tapia & Paul Zanon: 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. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify.
Episode #6—Don Stradley, is an award-winning boxing journalist whose work has appeared in The Ring, Ringside Seat, and ESPN.com. 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. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify.
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. 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. Listen to the interview with Pops here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify.
Episode #4—Todd Snyder, Ph.D., author of 12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia. 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). Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify.
Episode #3—Mike Stanton, author of Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World. Mike Stanton discusses new details about Rocky Marciano that he uncovered while doing research to write Unbeaten. Stanton also talks about howJacobs Beach: The Mob, the Garden and the Golden Age of Boxingserved as a key resource for him, particularly in learning about Frankie Carbo, boxing’s underworld czar in the 1950s. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify.
Episode #2—Donald McRae: McRae is the author of Dark Trade: Lost in Boxing, and over eleven other books. 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. Listen to the interview with here: iTunes | Soundcloud | Spotify.
Episode #1—Kyle Sarofeen, Hannibal Boxing Co-Founder & Publisher of Hamilcar Publications. 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. Listen to the interview here: iTunes | Soundclound | Spotify.