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.
Boxing Esq. Podcast #60 - Scott Shaffer
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
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 it.
Boxing Esq. Podcast #58 - Mike Silver
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 be missing from today's fighters.
It was a great conversation - Hope you enjoy it.
Boxing Esq. Podcast #57 - Jessica McCaskill and Rick Ramos
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 superfight with Claressa Shields is also in play.
It was a great conversation - Hope you enjoy.
Boxing Esq. Podcast #56 - Dr. Margaret Goodman and Scott Shaffer
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
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.
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Great Boxing and Law/Business Podcast
Most recent interview with Mike Borao was the most interesting boxing podcast I’ve ever heard. Basically a brief history of the heavyweight title at various sanctioning bodies in the past two decades. Also a lot about Robert Helenius. The guest makes a pretty compelling argument for why he should be the WBA mandatory. Great episode. If you are an attorney and don’t like boxing, you may honestly like this podcast’s episode interviewing boxing lawyers and promoters. In one episode he interviews the guy who basically invented free agency. Great show!
Different Side of the Sport
Kurt brings a sophisticated business perspective that is very unique in the world of boxing podcasts. You aren’t getting a recap of last weeks fights with a lukewarm take. Invest the time into one of his detailed and conversational interviews and you will be exposed to a side of the sport normally hidden from public view. Want to know what happens at the negotiating table check this show out.
Would love to see a fistianado colab. Also what about a Hearn or eric Gomez or John skipper interview