Author Archives: Michael Woods

I Am Leaving, I Am Leaving…

I Am Leaving, I Am Leaving…

As far as editors go, I have been as hands off as they come. That comes from being a writer, first and foremost, and therefore understanding that it's only right to let the author retain a voice. That, and...what?... You think I was going to make something written by Ron Borges...or Bernard...

Pacquiao Studying Tape, Then Will Decide on Next

Pacquiao Studying Tape, Then Will Decide on Next

Manny Pacquiao will be doing his thing in Israel, on a peace, love and politics tour, and studying tape of three potential foes, and the world will know who he's fighting in his next, and maybe last fight, within a week or two. That's what Terence Crawford's manager, Cameron Dunkin was told, and ...

No Theatrics From Fury At Last Presser Before He Fights Klitschko

No Theatrics From Fury At Last Presser Before He Fights Klitschko

All behaved in a proper fashion on Tuesday, during the final presser for the Saturday scrap between Wladimir Klitschko. Or, maybe, improperly, if you assumed loose cannon challenger Tyson Fury would engage in some theatrical hijinks... The presser took place in Dusseldorf, where the tangle be...

Dec. 5 Could Unveil  A New Middleweight Star at Barclays

Dec. 5 Could Unveil A New Middleweight Star at Barclays

Come Dec. 5, we maybe get a new star in the middleweight division. And we get one guy getting kicked to the curb, to a degree, I think. At Barclays Center, the first Saturday of December, Peter Quillin, who has been a bit out of sight, out of mind as far as activity goes, tries to show Danny J...

Nikolay Potapov Volunteers To Take Belt From Lee Haskins

Nikolay Potapov Volunteers To Take Belt From Lee Haskins

Lee Haskins is today in England, possessor of a shiny belt, the bantamweight belt made by the IBF. He got it from Randy Caballero, not in the ring, but in a room, after Caballero was stripped of it, for being grossly over the weight. Strange way to "win" a title, sure,... but anyway. Now Haskins ...

Golovkin Trainer Sanchez Assesses #Canelo Win, Weight

Golovkin Trainer Sanchez Assesses #Canelo Win, Weight

In my eyes, Canelo's stock rose with his effort Saturday night, as he boxed mega-smart, worked smarter, not harder, and was the better ring general against Miguel Cotto at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, while picking up the WBC and RING middleweight titles. Everyone doesn't agree; most of the folks w...

Mexico Gets the Win; Canelo Scores UD12 Victory Over Cotto

Mexico Gets the Win; Canelo Scores UD12 Victory Over Cotto

The boxing world has been hungering for a real-deal super fight, a pairing that would surpass the Super Bowl of over-hype, an antidote to the Ishtar was Mayweather-Pacquiao. Hopes abounded that the Saturday night clash, between Miguel Cotto, an aging but resurgent Puerto Rican icon, and the cinna...

PREDICTION PAGE: How Many PPV Buys Will #CottoCanelo Do?

PREDICTION PAGE: How Many PPV Buys Will #CottoCanelo Do?

TUESDAY UPDATE: TSS has been told that the Canelo Alvarez-Miguel Cotto event did over one million buys on pay-per-view. Good number, I asked one of the two people who said that the PPV hit over a million with a dog in the hunt? "Very good," I was told. Now, this is not an exact science. Dif...

Caballero-Haskins is OFF

Caballero-Haskins is OFF

Last night, Randy Caballero weighed 119 pounds. Today, he weighed 123.5. No, the IBF bantamweight champ, er, make that EX champ, didn't hit the Vegas buffets at midnight, as he counted down to a clash against Lee Haskins on the #CaneloCotto undercard in Vegas. Rather, the Cali boxer woke up, b...

NO SCALE FAIL Cotto and Canelo Make Weight

NO SCALE FAIL Cotto and Canelo Make Weight

The first heavy wave of pins and needles and, yuck, bad drama, can come with the weigh-in. Scales fails are always buzzkills, cast a pall on a big fight, and we always hope that combatants don't swing and miss on their most baseline task as a professional pugilist: make the contracted weight. ...