Author Archives: Michael Woods

Battle of the Badges Tonight…NYC..Bravest Versus Finest!

Battle of the Badges Tonight…NYC..Bravest Versus Finest!

Pat Russo first gloved up, repping the cops, 30 years ago. He'd grown up in Brooklyn, had his share of street rumbles, but never boxed. Then he joined the police academy..it was 1984, he saw a poster advertising the annual scrap, between the Finest and the Bravest. Why the heck not..it would b...

Hoping For No Canelo Scale-Fail

Hoping For No Canelo Scale-Fail

With the advent of Twitter, we all now know how the world is littered with more experts than you can shake ten thousand sticks at. Many of them are present in the boxing sphere, thankfully for us all... Forgive me, I'm busting chops, jokingly... But for real, you do see so much theorizing, pre...

Seems Like No Cotto-Canelo Winner For GGG, So…

Seems Like No Cotto-Canelo Winner For GGG, So…

So many 3G fans are in a state of mourning, or, at least, minor depression. Miguel Cotto has been sending signals and outright stating that he's focused on beating Canelo, and then trying to get a rematch with Mayweather. Canelo Alvarez has said he's in no rush to leave junior middleweight, or...

First Time A Headliner For A “Killa”

First Time A Headliner For A “Killa”

The first time, oh what a night. Doing it for the first time, it will be forever stamped in your brain. Who you were with, how you felt, how you performed, did you have your hands raised after all was said and done... Headlining your first prize-fight, being on the top of the bill, it repre...

TEDDY DINNER ALERT: Tonight, Boxing People Reminded of What’s Really Important

TEDDY DINNER ALERT: Tonight, Boxing People Reminded of What’s Really Important

For most of the year, he is like most of us, he concentrates on working to make his ends meet. Then, once a year, he goes into hyper over-drive, planning the gala which raises the money to keep his Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation afloat, and doing so much good for so many. So, of late, Atlas, th...

MARK MY WORDS: Cotto-Canelo Will Surpass the (Lack Of) Hype

MARK MY WORDS: Cotto-Canelo Will Surpass the (Lack Of) Hype

Both these guys have told us that really, this is a big one, but it's sorta just another fight. Yeah...really? Mexico vs. Puerto Rico..immense financial stakes...Miguel Cotto maybe nearing the end of the road...Canelo Alvarez needing a win to live up to the hyping he's getting. But, yeah, j...

Does Merchant Think Mayweather Is Right About Desire For Caucasian Sport Driver?

Does Merchant Think Mayweather Is Right About Desire For Caucasian Sport Driver?

Brooklyn-born Larry Merchant has been analyzing fights for many a moon and I've talked to him for a good deal of moon cycles...but he's always interesting to talk to, pulls no punches, and, in fact, I learned a factoid about him that I think qualifies as amazing. "I've never had peanut butter in ...

Larry Merchant Sorta Called The Rousey Over-Hype

Larry Merchant Sorta Called The Rousey Over-Hype

Larry Merchant would have looked even smarter if I typed faster... I spoke to the ex HBO analyst a couple days before Ronda Rousey was set to extend her invincibility streak. "Rousey challenging Mayweather or any good prizefighter, that's just UFC hype," said Merchant, while we chatted about R...

WBC Declares Cotto Is No Longer WBC Middleweight Champ

WBC Declares Cotto Is No Longer WBC Middleweight Champ

The WBC threw a sharp haymaker, it looks like, at Miguel Cotto, days away from his superfight against young Mexican gunner Canelo Alvarez. The sanctioning body, based in Mexico, sent out a release, announcing that they are no longer recognizing Cotto as WBC world middleweight champion. He has ...

HOLY HOLLY! “Holm” Run Showing From Ex Boxing Champ, Who Destroys Rousey

HOLY HOLLY! “Holm” Run Showing From Ex Boxing Champ, Who Destroys Rousey

MONDAY UPDATE: Pockets of buzz were still ringing on Monday. I walked by a local hospital, in Brooklyn, saw an EMT doing that kick, the one above, which sent Ronda Rousey to an unfamiliar place...La La land, and a zone of, maybe, self doubt. The EMT and me chatted about the fight, and the stra...