Every pod is a good one! Today we have ESPN journalist and commentator, Mark Kriegel, phone in to talk boxing today.
Mark and Woodsy chat on the things going on such as the Patrick Day incident, some different fight cards coming up, and much more. Our thoughts and prayers are with Patrick Day and his family at this time.
Talkbox! Live and well. Episode 181 gets kicked off with a nominee from this year's Boxing Hall of Fame ballot, Ron Borges. The Hall of Fame nominee gives his two cents on the Golovkin fight this weekend. He also talks about the crazy incident with Claressa Shields and what makes a great fighter.
Second on the podcast is one of Everlast's Be First campaign subjects, Jinji Martinez. Jinji Martinez is an amputee boxer with more than just a story. After losing his leg in a car accident before his pro debut, Jinji is a living embodiment of never giving up. Hear his story and more on today's Talkbox episode!
Boxing historian, Showtime analyst, and Woodsy certified good guy, Steve Farhood joins the podcast. In studio, Steve Farhood and Woodsy talk history of boxing, the future of Shotime boxing, and what's going on in the sport today. All that and then some right here on Talkbox!
Brin Butler joins Michael Woods in studio for a chit chat of all things boxing. Brin is an award winning documentary filmmaker, writer, and favorite of Woodsy. He has some great insight to the Peter Quillin loss last week and other amazing stories to tell from his journalism journey.
Anson Wainwright is a writer for the Ring Magazine. He gives a perspective from the UK on the big Spence vs Porter showdown this weekend. He also gives us a good look at the landscape of boxing in the UK.
Talkbox back at ya on this Tuesday. Opening up the show is this Saturday's ShoBox attraction, Ruben Villa. Ruben Villa will be defending his WBO international title. He also talks about being the A-side and his origins of being a boxer.
Next up, Jose Balderas joins the show. He will be fighting on a separate card on Fox. He is currently undefeated in the bantamweight division and looks to make a statement this Saturday.
The always requested, American Treasure, Art Lovely is back on the show! He will be in an out of the show talking about heavyweight boxing, who his pick is for the Joshua-Ruiz 2 show, and as always, brings a history lesson for all you young folks.
Finally, Heather Hardy joins and talks with Woodsy on her last fight. She did not get her hand raised but she talks about how her fight stole the show on the DAZN card.
All that and then some, right here for you on Talkbox.
King Ryan Garcia is on the show! Ryan Garcia is the instagram star and boxing super prospect that is co-headlining the Mexican Independence day card. He phones in and talks all things from his opponent, being a part of Canelo's camp, and life as a star in boxing.
Next up, Brian Dillon and Troy Fox call Woodsy to explore what it's like to be the B-side fighter and selling tickets to a fight for the actual fighter. A few economics here, and a few personal takes, we get the promoter and fighter's side of the debate here on Talkbox.
Last but not least, award winning sports writer and Woodsy's favorite Texan, Kelsey Mccarson joins the show. Him and Woodsy talk all things like Ruiz-Joshua 2, drug testing in the sport, and the inside scoop from all the betting odds and tips.
It's all here for you on Talkbox!
Former unified heavyweight champion of the world, Hasim Rahman Sr., joins the show today. Him and Woodsy reminisce about the good ol' days of people counting him out against the legendary, Lennox Lewis, and then winning via upset KO. They talk all things of that bout, from the controversial location, to the negotiations with the promoter, and the aftermath.
You won't want to miss this one! Talkbox back at you with a good one!
Coming at you from all angles, Talkbox is back with episode 175 and big George Foreman kicks things off. Woodsy catches up with George while he's in Iceland checking on his horses?? George also shares his thoughts on the Ruiz-Joshua fight in Saudi Arabia.
Blair "the Flair" Cobb does his Ric Flair "WOOO" and takes us through his KO victory last Thursday. He also shares on the crazy story of his upbrining, being a fugitive since he was young, and rising above it all to be a top prospect.
Alicia Napoleon, co-founder of Overthrow and WBC silver champ, has a fight this weekend. She also has an epic conversation on where women's boxing is currently and the ways we can all fight for unity in the sport.
Finally, Malissa Smith, expert on women's boxing history, shares with us her knowledge of women's boxing history. Some cool stories from her and also some info on the Women's Boxing HOF induction!
Hello everyone! Talkbox here with Woodsy bringing another stacked card on this show. Leading off, legendary promoter, Bob Arum, speaks with Woodsy about EVERYTHING! Bob shares when you can expect your favorite fighters (Shakur, Bud Crawford, and others) to have their next fight, the Lomachenko card, and even some of the election news. Always good banter and insight to what might be going on in the boxing world.
Next up, the heartbreaker! WBA World Champion Brandon Figueroa makes his homecoming fight with his belt on the line this Saturday. He stops by to talk about how special it is fighting in his hometown and you also get to know a little more about what makes Brandon the Heartbreaker.
Fellow journalist and news-breaking specialist, Mike Coppinger joins the show. He and Woodsy have a good talk about what it takes to make it in the journalism gig. Specifically in boxing. He also shares his thoughts on who runs the boxing game and who's actually influential today.
Last but not least, #6 ranked Abraham Nova comes to close the show. Abraham has a fight coming up on UFC Fight pass. His parents are Dominican, was born in Puerto Rico, and he has multiple fights in Belgium. All while hailing from Albany, NY! A lot to know about this prospect. Get to know him before everyone else on Talkbox!
Talkbox joins you on this rainy day from New York. Andrew Cancio is joining us from his gig at the Southern California gas company! The super featherweight champ shares how life is after cementing his place as a world champ and shares some possible opponents for the future.
After Cancio goes back to work, Vergil Ortiz Jr phones in to talk his last fight. Ortiz Jr. recently defeated Antonio Orozco within the distance. He takes us through that fight, what life is like being a top prospect out of Grand Prairie, TX, and maybe gives us a name of someone he'd like to share the ring with!
Finally, last but not least, head of Facebook Fight Night Live, Mark Fratto joins the show. Mark is not only the voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones, but he puts together great fight cards for the people! Catch some of his previews for the cards coming up and how he is giving fighters a shot.
Talkbox! A lot of boxing this weekend and different topics to cover. No better people to cover than Woodsy and his guest, Ron Borges. Ron is a sportswriter for the Talk of Fame network and former contributor on the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. Ron and Woodsy talk all things from the weekends performances (Gervonta Davis, Tevin Farmer), how the boxing PPV model has changed, and yes... the possibility of a Mayweather Pacquiao rematch.
Terri Moss joins us next. The former world champion Terri is also now inducted into the Women's boxing hall of fame. She is currently fighting a case for one of her fighters who may have been wrongfully detained by ICE. Terri and Woodsy chat about possible ways to help support not only the current fighter, but fighters in the future.
A little bit of everything for you on the podcast today! Talkbox is live!
Talkbox! Coming back to you with another loaded A grade podcast!
Tons of huge names, but Michael Woods opens the show with Fansided writer who recently wrote the article "A Missing Part of the Caleb Plant Story", Jeremy Herriges.
Chris Arreola follows to talk about his next heavyweight bout and headlining the Barclays Center when he faces Adam Kownacki. Very esteemed boxing trainer and PBC Commentator, Joe Goossen, joins next to talk about some of the fights coming up and fights he's watching.
Former HBO boxing commentator Jim Lampley is batting clean up. Follow up on what the legendary voice has been up to. And last but not least, Paul Kroll joins the show and the intriguing prospect has a great story to tell.
Talkbox! Live and well with episode 169.
David Benavidez joins Woodsy as the A-side today. He is arguably the best fighter in the super middleweight division today. David talks about his eventual run in with Caleb Plant and his current upcoming fight with Anthony Dirrell.
Bruce Silverglade joins us in studio to share what's going on in his world. Bruce is the owner of the famed Gleason's gym, home to many world champions and fighters. He shares his own personal memories on Pernell Whitaker and some great stories of how New York and the gym has changed.
It's another A grade podcast on Talkbox!
Talkbox! Again with some big names this episode. Newark's own, Shakur Stevenson, is headlining his own homecoming this Saturday. He's on his third opponent before he even steps in the ring. He'll talk about how he's handled two opponents dropping out and why he believes he's the best young fighter in the game.
Joet Gonzalez is next and he believes that HE is the best fighter in the game. He shares his feelings on current world champions and where he ranks. He also talks about his fight this Saturday and how he plans to remain undefeated in impressive fashion.
Vito Mielnicki is the youngest licensed boxer in the state of New Jersey's history. The state of New Jersey granted this young man a special exemption to fight pro. Hear what the 17 year old has to say about his debut coming up and how he is taking everything in.
Luis Arias is batting cleanup. You may remember this middleweight contender from his fight against Daniel Jacobs. He's got a fight in Ireland coming up and he talks about switching around promoters, being a free agent, and his next opponent.
Last but not least, the bossman, Mark Fratto, phones in. The voice of the Brooklyn Cyclones talks about a few fights he has coming up and also how he's bringing free boxing to the masses.
All ready and live here for you on Talkbox!
Talkbox! Episode 167 is here for you and a good A side leads things off. Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, shares some light into the matchmaking world. She also addresses the rumours of the Canelo Kovalev showdown. Tons of educational and good conversation from Kathy you definitely do not want to miss.
Jerry Forrest is on at Talkbox, sporting his strong 25-2 record in the heavyweight division. He talks on fellow prospect Jermain Franklin and shares how he thinks the fight will go down. Definitely a fight you do not want to miss coming up on July 12th.
Finally, Gordon Marino joins Woodsy to close the show. The two chit chat about Gordon's new book, like, and the boxing wisdom both men have from being around the sport from early on.
Everything is here and live on Talkbox 167!
Talkbox! On this Tuesday afternoon right in time for the commute.
Leading off and still riding cloud nine is trainer and great man of integrity, Manny Robles. Manny is gracious enough to share his time in the midst of making the rounds with his heavyweight champ, Andy Ruiz. He talks about his background, what he thinks about the rematch, and what he looks for in terms of values.
Next up is the undefeated contender challenging for the IBF world title on the Thurman-Pacquiao card, Mike Lee. Mike talks about having training camp in California, dropping a weight class, and all things leading up to his bout against Caleb Plant.
Saul Rodriguez is someone you want to get to know. He will be fighting on ESPN on 6/28. Saul has had an up and down in terms of promoters. He shares the hardships he has overcome in his career and his fighting style to us all.
Last but not least, Mark Fratto joins us to talk with Woodsy on all things Friday Night Live fights while bringing his own A grade personality spin on things.
Talkbox has two A listers today! Leading off the show is Hall of Fame promoter of TopRank, Bob Arum. Bob shares his recap of the big Tyson Fury weekend and his dream fights in the possible future... Crawford/Spence maybe?
Art Lovely comes back in studio to also share his view on the boxing landscape. There's a lot of wisdom and Bostonian accents in his conversation with Woodsy.
You don't want to miss this one! Episode 165 live now!
Part 2 of Talkbox episode 164! Adam Kownacki leads it off and joins us in studio! He's an undefeated Polish-American heavyweight who has a fight coming up. He talks about building his brand, his thoughts his boxing camps, and even his thoughts on everyone else as a potential opponent.
Rafe Bartholomew phones in next. Rafe is a contributor for big sports publications such as the Athletic and Grantland. He also has a book a few books on his resume. He phones in to talk all things boxing with Woodsy.
Xavier Porter closes the show. Xavier Porter is the co-host of Facebook Fight Night Live with Woodsy. The partner in crime and Woodsy chit chat on the GGG fight and many more!
TalkBox Boxing Podcast consistently bringing you stacked cards on Tuesday. This card again was too stacked for one episode.
Leading off the first half of the episode is trainer and former boxer, Jonathon Banks. Banks and his fighter, GGG, is coming off of a fourth round knockout victory, but the new duo is still looking for more improvements. Banks talks with Woodsy on his post fight thoughts and reactions.
Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Lee Samuels, joins in next. Lee is a publicist for TopRank and has done enough work to be recognized as one of the best in boxing. Mr. Samuels shares his story of how he got started and also some stories of working with fighters in their media events.
Finally, we close the show with rising prospect, D'Mitrius Ballard. The Big Meech is 20-0 with 13 knockouts and is looking to be a star in the crowded middleweight division. He has a fight coming up soon! Get him on your radar and check him out Talkbox Boxing Podcast EP 164!
Part 2 on this edition of Talkbox! Woodsy rolls on with Hall of Fame matchmaker Ron Katz! Ron Katz shares his thoughts on the Ruiz fight and how he actually predicted how the Joshua-Ruiz fight would go down.
Matt Macklin sticks around to give us more of his wisdom in his gorgeous accent. And Lou DiBella talks about some cards he will showcase, such as the possibility of Rolls Ruiz-ing Golovkin.
All that and more in this second half edition of episode 163.
Talkbox! Here to recap a HUGE weekend is Woodsy and friends. First up, we catch up with Kelly Pavlik and what he's up to these days. If you heard him on the Joe Rogan podcast, you get to hear him again and hear what's going on for the former middleweight champ.
Up next, former possible opponent and middleweight contender, Matthew Macklin. Matthew brings his accent and the widsom he accrued throughout his sixteen year career. He was ringside on Saturday night for the Joshua-Ruiz card. Here what he has to say and more!
Rounding out the first half of episode 163 is fellow podcaster and SI Boxing contributor, Chris Mannix. He called the fight for Joshua-Ruiz and he shares his thoughts on the impact that upset will have on the sport.
Keep an eye for part 2 of episode 163, but not before you check out this episode on Talkbox!
Talkbox! There have been a lot of moving parts in boxing during the month of May. A big part of that industry is promoting giant, TopRank boxing. Bob Arum shares whats going on in his end and other topics, such as the heavyweight division landscape, Errol vs Spence, and finding an opponent for Loma.
Joe Santoliquito is looking forward to the Boxing Writers Association of America awards. He's here to tell you why you should be too!
It's ready and live for you. Episode 162 of Talkbox is live!
Talkbox! We have a good one here for you folks. Female fighter and longtime friend of Woodsy, Heather Hardy, joins the show. Heather is a boxing world champion and Bellator MMA fighter. She shares how she's juggling her championship responsibilities while also chasing her MMA dreams.
Next up, we will hear what TopRank prospect, Andy Vences, and his mustache is up to. Andy is undefeated and he'll share his thoughts on how title shots are being distributed. He'll also share his mentality on how his opponent picked the wrong guy to mess with.
Breadman Edwards is back to do a bread check on woodsy. Last week he was cashing checks, this week he's doing his taxes. However, the trainer of Julian Williams always has some knowledge to share on issues such as drug testing, the heavyweight division, and more.
David Feldman from Bare Knuckle FC phones in to talk some Lobov-Malignaggi. That's a huge fight for the Bare Knuckle FC and a lot of heat throughout the promotions. Stay till the end of the EP to hear some rifts and thoughts Woodsy has had from the Wilder fight.
Every aspect of the industry covered, from women's boxing to the economics of the Wilder fight. Talkbox is live!
So much wisdom here on Talkbox episode 160! A huge win for Julian Williams' team and the head coach behind that win, trainer Breadman Edwards, joins us as he cashes his checks... Literally! Hear the behind the scenes and motivation Breadman had to give his fighter, J-Rock, before the fight of his life.
More wisdom coming from Philly sports writer, Joe Santoliquito. He gives some insight into his thoughts on being a boxing contributor these days and what he thought about his hometown fighter coming away with the victory.
Undefeated female fighter, Raquel "Pretty Beast" Miller, is up third! She has a fight coming up and looks to take a big step up in competition. Hear her mindset and how she got into boxing. Always good to hear from our female fighters on how the industry is evolving with them.
Finally, Ring Magazine contributor and author, Bill Detloff closes the show. He provides some great insight into how he got into the boxing business and writing for one of the all time greats, Joe Frazier.
It's all here for you now, courtesy of Woodsy and Everlast, Talkbox episode 160.