Woodsy opens this week’s episode with Paul Beston, author of the book, The Boxing Kings: When American Heavyweights Ruled the Ring. Beston discusses some of the most legendary heavyweights in boxing history including, Jack Dempsey, Mike Tyson, Joe Lewis and Rocky Marciano.

Then, Woodsy calls current heavyweight, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller. Big Baby talks about his November 11th HBO debut on the Jacobs Vs. Arias card, his friendship with boxer Adam Kownacki, and his thoughts on taking a knee with Colin Kaepernick.

To round out the episode, Woods talks boxing news with journalist, Steve Kim! Woods and Kim discuss Andre Ward’s retirement news…is it a hiatus or a permanent retirement?! The guys also discuss possible reasons behind Danny Jacobs’ decision to leave the Wilder Vs. Ortiz undercard on Showtime for the main event on HBO Nov. 11th.

Woodsy calls up young fighter and undefeated WBO World Featherweight Champion, Oscar Valdez!

Valdez (22-0), will look to defend his title for the third time against Genesis Servania (29-0). The undefeated Mexican Champ chats with Woodsy about being a ‘Dreamer’ and how much this fight means to him both in and out of the ring.

After his callwith Oscar, Woodsy has a quick chat with friend Antonia Bufalino about the Golovkin/Canelo drama!

After an exciting weekend of fights, Woodsy and TalkBox frequenter, Eric Kelly, talk about the what happened and what’s next in boxing including Crawford VS Diaz, Crawford VS Pacquiao, Gervonta Davis VS Liam Walsh, Shannon Briggs, Adrien Broner VS Mikey Garcia, Heather Hardy, and much more!  Eric Kelly also talks about his gym to open soon called South Box in the Bronx.

Terence “Bud” Crawford on episode 48 LIVE from Modell’s!

Woodsy & Bud Crawford head to Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square and record a LIVE episode of TalkBox and meet fans!

Crawford starts out by welcoming some fans on stage to giveaway autographed gloves. Listen in to hear him interact with his fans!

At around the 5 minute mark, Woodsy interviews Crawford and gets the scoop for the crowd and TB listeners about his upcoming bout with Felix Diaz.

Lastly, the undefeated World Junior Welterweight Champion takes questions from the crowd during this LIVE taping of TalkBox!

The Crawford vs. Diaz World Championship Event will be on Saturday, May 20th at MSG. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT.

Big line up this week on TalkBox! First, Woodsy takes a call from former professional boxer and heavyweight contender, Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett. Monte gives his prediction for the upcoming battle between Wladimir Klitschko & Anthony Joshua this weekend, April 29th at Wembley Stadium in London. Barrett also gets candid with TB listeners about PED use among boxing’s heavyweights.

Next, longtime Sportswriter and Commentator for HBO Sports, Larry Merchant, calls in to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of both Klitschko and Joshua before their bout this weekend. Merchant also shares his prediction for the highly anticipated May 6th fight between Canelo & Chavez Jr.

Finally, recently turned professional Shakur Stevenson calls in to chat with the TalkBox crew! The 19 year old Newark, NJ native won his professional debut this past Saturday night at the StubHub Center in California. Woodsy, Sixto, and Southpaw ask the young fighter about his plans moving forward and what it’s like being named after the legend, Tupac Shakur!

The TB Crew close out the episode with the latest boxing news and crown their a$$hole of the week.. *ahem*… we’re looking at you Adrien Broner!

TALKBOX welcomes Stephen Espinoza in studio to give listeners his take on the latest boxing trends, the current state of the sport, and what fans can expect to see in the future.

Stephen is the current executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports.

Be sure to tune in and subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict…

Brin Butler recounts some of his top memories and takeaways from his interviews with numerous boxers such as Andre Ward, Teddy Atlas, George Foreman, and Shannon Briggs.  He speaks about the fatality of boxing, and enlightens us with fighters’ views and reasons for boxing professionally.

Brin-Jonathan Butler is a freelance journalist, Amazon interviewer, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Some of the notable subjects Butler has interviewed in his career include Mike Tyson, Slavoj Zizek, Gay Talese, Lance Armstrong, Gregorio Fuentes, Errol Morris, and Don King

 

Shaun Assael is an American author and award-winning investigative journalist. A senior writer for ESPN The Magazine, Assael is a member of ESPN network’s Enterprise & Investigations Group. He is the author of four books, each an ethnographic investigation into a sports culture.

Shaun sits down with TalkBox to discuss his latest book, The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin And Heavyweights, published Oct. 18 2016.