There are big rumors about people contemplating retirement or even coming out of retirement. One that is not a rumor anymore is Gerry Cooney! Gerry Cooney was a former world title challenger and known as "the Gentleman" boxer. He joins Michael Woods on Talkbox to share what is going on in his life with things such as his new book, a fundraiser fight for the Wounded Warriors Project, and his radio show on Sirius XM.
Afterwards, the man with some of the best hair and denim jackets in boxing, Joe Goossen, gives us a call. The world class trainer out of Ten Goose Boxing Gym talks about some of the fighters he has fighting soon, his thoughts on the Thurman-Lopez fight, and his new gig at Fox sports boxing.
It's all here for you, episode 146 of Talkbox!
One of the best and brightest analytical minds in the boxing industry, ESPN writer Steve Kim, joins us to talk about the big fight this weekend. You will want to catch his thoughts on the big Pacquiao-Broner fight and his thoughts on the current state of both fighters. Steve also gives his two cents on whether or not reporters should be covering the out of the ring antics of current fighters, and how it may affect their image.
Right after Steve Kim, Mickey Moo (Michael Amoo-Bediako) phones in from Essex, England to give us the insight for Richard Commey. Mickey is Richard Commey's manager and has some inside information for what Commey is like as a boxer/person, while also forecasting what is coming up for the Ghanian star. Lomachenko???
Catch it all on episode 145 of TalkBox!
Episode 144 is STACKED! Up and coming Aussie lightweight, George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr, kicks things off by talking about his fight week in Vegas and his time as Manny Pacquiao’s sparring partner. He fights this Saturday on the Pacquiao v. Broner fight night.
On the same fight card and venue, Adrien Broner’s head trainer, Kevin Cunningham, phones in to talk all about the fight this Saturday. He shares his thoughts on things such as Broner stirring the pot during his press conference and the specific adjustments they made in preparation for Pacquiao.
Third on the list was former HBO sport marketing executive and fellow podcaster of the Fistianados podcast, Evan Rutkowski. Evan brought his unique perspective on the fights this week and state of boxing as he looks at them from the economical and business side of the sport.
Finally, if there was ever a cleanup hitter in boxing, Mike Tyson calls in and updates us all on what he's been up to. Iron Mike talks about his new Tyson Ranch, his endeavors into the cannabis and podcast industry, and who he likes in the heavyweight division now. Will he also come out of retirement for a fight in the ring? Mike Woods asks and Mike Tyson answers in episode 144!
On episode 143, president of the World Boxing Council, Mauricio Sulaiman, joins in via phone call to talk about the Wilder v. Fury bout, the status of different weight divisions, and about some great upcoming fights. Also in the talk, Mauricio shares about a recent health scare he encountered during a family vacation and how it has changed the WBC president's outlook on life.
In a first ever TalkBox short, former guest, Art Lovely shares his excitement as his dream of Tony Demarco being inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame becomes reality.
The calls keep on coming. First up with the impending Charlo brother card this weekend, CEO Brett Yorkman phones in to talk boxing at the Barclays.
Next writer, former HBO employee, and creator of Fistianados Podcast, Evan Rutkowski offers his insights on the recent Wilder vs Fury bout, upcoming Showtime card and boxings departure from HBO and entrance into the world of streaming services.
Third on the TalkBox card is long time friend Frank Lotierzo, author at the Sweet Science and former professional boxer. Woodsy and Frank talk about what is next in the Wilder, Fury, Joshua saga.
We round out episode 142 with Team Everlast athlete Jarrell Miller calling from the airport on his way to the UK and a possible showdown with Anthony Joshua.
Fresh off his first round knock out of Mason Menard, Teofimo Lopez and father Junior enter the studio. The three discuss what could potentially be the knock out of the year, short term plans at 135lbs and long term goals of what they call "the takeover."
Then author, journalist, and television commentator Mark Kriegel calls into Talk Box to riff on the recent Lomachenko card and what he believes in next for "the future champion" Teofimo Lopez.
First up Woodsy gets on the phone with author, editor, media director and host of HBO Boxing podcast, Eric Raskin. The two touch on Wilder vs Fury, the end of HBO boxing and the age old question of how do we fix scoring in boxing.
Next 34 and 0, number one pound for pound female boxer, the First Lady, Cecilia Braekhaus calls into the podcast to discuss her fight this Saturday night on the final HBO boxing card.
We round out episode 140 with a call from author of Punching from the Shadows: Memoir of a Minor League Professional Boxer, Glen Sharp.
First up Bob Arum calls into the podcast to discuss the upcoming Wilder fight and the New York Lomachenko card on December 12th at the Garden.
Then the champion, the family man, the knock out king, the Bronze Bomber, Deontay Wilder calls in and tells Woodsy all about his plans for Tyson Fury this Saturday. There is no doubt in the champs mind you will see Fury hit the canvas!
Episode 139 got the sauce. BOMB SQUAAAADDDDDD!!!
Stay tuned at the end for details on how to win yourself a pair of the Gleason's X Everlast limited edition capsule gloves through Facebook Fight Night Live powered by Everlast.
The fighters of today would never hold up against the boxers of the past according to Ron Borges, five time sports writer of the year. Hear Woods and Ron talk about the current landscape of boxing and how the stars of today match up against the fighters of yesteryear.
Then Bruce Silverglade of the world famous Gleason's gym calls in to talk about his recent limited edition luxury fight glove made in collaboration with Everlast.
Make sure to check out episode 138 and Everlast.com/gleasonscapsule for more details about the one of a kind glove collab.
Let's talk boxing! First up Woodsy talks to 81-5, former WBA lightweight champion of the world, Sean O'Grady, the Bubblegum Kid. The two talk Sean's illustrious history in the ring and as a commentator, the scope of todays boxing talent and the upcoming Hooker v Saucedo WBO junior welterweight title fight taking place in his hometown of Oklahoma City.
Then the pride of Long Island, Chris Algieri, calls into TalkBox to discuss his plans for a comeback tour, starting with a bout against Angel Hernandez at the end of November in his hometown of Huntington, NY. There's no ring rust for this former WBO title holder.
Talkbox episode 137, give it a listen.
In episode 136 Woodsy sits down with journalist, Amazon interviewer, and award-winning documentary filmmaker Brin Butler. The two discuss the Mayweather vs Nasukawa "boxing match" and go in depth on Butler's time spent with heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Then TalkBox introduces us to the Staten Island 19-year-old pro boxer, Reshat Mati, looking to represent his country of Albania as a world champion one day.
The champ is in the building!
First up on episode 135 of the TalkBox Podcast, Cassius Chaney, up and coming heavyweight with an unblemished record talks about his upcoming fight on Facebook Fightnight live.
Then the one and only, WBO featherweight champ, Heather "The Heat" Hardy steps into the studio fresh off her title win. The two discuss her recent victory over Shelly Vincent on HBO, who she has her eyes on next, the current state of women's boxing and get a congratulatory call from the world famous Gleason's Gym, home of Heather Hardy.
In the second of two episodes this week Woodsy brings in two experts that have been around the sport of boxing a long time. First up is 90 year old boxing enthusiast, Art Lovely. Art regales listeners with 90 years worth of boxing stories and interactions with the sport and various athletes including his favorite boxer Tony DeMarco and his life mission to get DeMarco inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Then the one and only Jim Lampley of HBO boxing calls into the studio to discuss what's next for his career, the upcoming final HBO fights and some of his favorite memories from decades of being ringside.
Woodsy went to Bloomingdales' Flagship store in NYC on Saturday 10/20 to meet up with Mikaela. Everlast and Bloomingdales teamed up to offer Get Fit with Boxing taught by #TeamEverlast athlete, Mikaela. She had just led a boxing class to raise money for Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Then Woodsy sits down with Mikaela and asks her about her background, her fight, her team, the Olympics, and more.
Director, Writer, Actor and former amateur boxer Jay Bulger calls in to TalkBox to discuss whose to blame for the death of HBO boxing. This one is full of choice words and they aren't even from Woodsy. Tune in to episode 132 of TalkBox! Except for Max...he might want to skip this one.
Episode 131 welcomes John Lepak to TalkBox. The two talk about the days of Kronk gym and his interactions with the late years of Mike Tyson. Then the man who broke the story about HBO leaving boxing, Wallace Matthews, phones in to discuss the events leading up to the announcement and where fans can turn to get their boxing fix.
We talking boxing! First Julian Rodriguez steps into the studio to discuss a new addition to his family, his resurgence into the sport, dealing with injury and how he plans on bringing back his hammer hands nickname. Then former WBC light middleweight champion and first winner of NBC's Contender Series, Sergio Mora, calls in to talk about the new Contender Series, possible ways to get him back in the ring and who should be up next for Canelo. Episode 130 is not one to miss.
Double down! A second podcast this week from your favorite boxing aficionado Mike Woods.
Woodsy sits down with Jr. Golden Gloves National Champion, two-time World Ring Side Champion, Youth Team USA 2016, and new professional boxer Nikita Ababiy. The two, along with boxing enthusiast and psychiatrist Dr. Johnny Lops, discuss Nikita's fighting style, visions for the future, fighters he admires and where his nickname, White Chocolate, came from. All this and more in episode 129.
On this weeks episode of TalkBox Woodsy sits down with community superhero Mike Steadman. Woodsy and Steadman discuss the ways this former Naval Boxing Team, three time National light-heavyweight Champion, uses boxing to empower the youth of Newark, NJ.
Then Dr. Linda Dahl joins the podcast to discuss her new book, Tooth and Nail, about her story of becoming and working as a female fight doctor in a male dominated arena.
With everyone debating back and forth who was the victor this past Saturday, Woodsy sits down with a gaggle of boxing royalty to make sense of it all. First up legendary boxing promoter Bob Arum gives his two cents and goes on to discuss potential 2019 dream matches. Then the ever loquacious Eric Kelly asks "Where were the shots to the body?" Editor and Chief of The Ring Magazine calls in to give his analysis of the controversial decision. Don't miss episode 127 of TalkBox.
A controversial and guest filled episode brought to you by TalkBox host Michael Woods. First AC, Adrian Clark, stops by the studio to talk about his new book, Boxing Equals Life. Then 'The Brooklyn Rocky,' Frank Galarza, pops in to talk a little smack about his plans to smash the super welterweight division.
Woodsy then stirs up some contentious conversation with former professional boxer Jameel McCline who says, "Your out of your mind to call anyone who does PEDs a cheater. It is dedication beyond belief."
Promoter Tom Loeffler then rounds out the episode with some of his insights on GGG vs Canelo 2, including predictions.
Woodsy sits down with writer and journalist, who once covered a boxing match in a federal state penitentiary, Mark Jacobson. The two take a stroll down memory lane to discuss some of Mark's most memorable behind the scenes moments with boxing royalties like Joe Louis, Don King and more. They also take a look towards the future, setting some predictions for upcoming fights and introducing Mark's newest book, Pale Horse Rider.
What's the difference between Donald Trump and Don King? Find out the answer to this punchline and more on episode 125 of TalkBox.
Woodsy sits down with 40 year boxing veteran and Showtime analyst, Steve Farhood, to discuss upcoming fights and boxing then and now. Together they take a look at Porter vs Garcia, Fury vs Wilder and Canelo vs GGG part two. The two also look towards the future and discuss bouts they would like to see in 2019, including the highly anticipated and eminent Wilder vs Joshua fight.
Woodsy gets a call from former WBC champion Mia St. John to talk about her recent comments on twitter concerning PED's. Speaking from experience she touches on the drugs long term effects and shifting the focus from blaming the athletes to better testing from governing bodies.
Then Woodsy sits down with former HBO Sports executive Mark Taffet to get some insights on his new venture the MMA Pro League. Together with Hani Darwish, Taffet's new league reimagines MMA as a team sport.