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Boxing History: Greatest Cross-town Rivalries

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Knuckles and Gloves

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From high school football to the highest peaks of professional sport, cross-town rivalries drive ticket sales and pique interest. There's just something about a town that happens to only be big enough for one sheriff having two of them that makes people choose sides and root accordingly. Sometimes it's geographical, other times ideological, but there's no question cross-town rivalries are popular.

In boxing, New York City alone has had countless rivalries and grudges held between boroughs, ethnicities and so forth. But they're all over in boxing. Some of the participants included Johnny Tapia, Osca de la Hoya, Benny Bass, Rinty Monaghan and more.

If you're ready to explore these various rivalries and hear about the stories behind them, quotes from the fighters and those involved, let Compubox operator/historian Aris Pina and writer/historian Patrick Connor of The Fight City walk you through the best boxing history podcast around.

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