First up on episode 86 of the TalkBox Boxing Podcast, Woodsy chats with lightweight boxer Jamel Herring. Woodsy asks Jamel about the recent changes he’s made to his team, why he parted ways with Al Haymon & signed with Top Rank, and bringing on a new trainer in Brian “Bomac” McIntyre.
Then, Woodsy welcomes fighter, Richardson Hitchins into the TalkBox Studio!
Hitchins talks about fighting on the undercard of Robert Easter vs. Javier Fortuna & Errol Spence Jr. Vs. Lamont Petersonat Barclays Center this weekend. The young fighter, who made headlines last year when he signed with Mayweather Promotions, shares anecdotes from his experiences with Floyd and how he is involved in his career.
Woodsy asks Richardson all about his come up into boxing, and Richardson shares details of his difficult childhood and how those struggles keep him motivated.
Woodsy chats with Lightweight Champ, Robert Easter on the heels of his January 20th fight to defend his 135 pound title against Javier Fortuna. Easter gives his fight prediction & tells listeners what they can expect to see in his bout against Fortuna. Woodsy asks Easter his thoughts on Mikey Garcia, Jose Linares & more!
Then, Woods chats with Dan Rafael’s pick for Prospect of the Year, young gun Ryan Garcia! Garcia shares some details inside his life & training for fans to get to know him better. Woodsy asks Garcia for a boxing update and when we can expect to see him in the ring again..
TalkBox gets an exclusive update from fighter & role model, Daniel ‘Twitch’ Franco!
Daniel calls in to give Woodsy & TalkBox listeners an update on his miraculous recovery since suffering a severe brain injury following a prize fight against Jose Haro back in June of 2017.
Daniel talks about his current health, shares details of his recovery & gets an award from Woodsy!
TalkBox welcomes accomplished author, journalist & contributing editor at Rolling Stone, Matt Taibbi!
Matt & Woodsy review Sergey Kovalev’s latest performance against Vyacheslav Shabranskyy and discuss his improved attitude towards boxing. Matt shares his knowledge of Russian culture and how it plays into Kovalev’s recent “changed man” claim.
The guys also compare the physical and mental damage seen in boxers to that of football players and discuss the role it plays in the popularity of both sports.
Boxing writer, Brin Butler drops by the Everlast studio for an interesting episode of TalkBox!
Woodsy and Brin sit down for a convo that examines the personal lives of professional boxers Andre Ward and Guillermo Rigondeaux.
The guys discuss both fighter’s boxing careers inside the ring as well as the complexities of their lives outside of it. Butler shares his thoughts on the factors behind Ward’s retirement and Cuban boxer Rigondeaux’s experiences with Fidel Castro. Butler also shares stories of his personal experiences with both Ward & Rigondeaux most people don’t know about their lives.
Then, the guys discuss the possibility of a Floyd Mayweather comeback & who he would fight if he did…Amir Khan?!
Woodsy sits down with sports manager, entrepreneur and author Adrian Clark to explore the business side of boxing!
Adrian founded the information series and book titled, Protect Yourself At All Times: A Guide For Professional Boxers. The book aims to educate professional boxers with the knowledge they need to financially and strategically take control of their own careers.
Woodsy and Adrian explore and discuss the various issues professional boxers face in the industry that many fans don’t know. Adrian explains why the lessons in his book are essential for all professional athletes.
Later, Woodsy and and Six chat about McGregor Vs. Mayweather!
Woodsy chats with writer/director Jay Bulger in studio!
Bulger’s latest Netflix documentary, ‘CounterPunch’ follows three fighters at different stages in their careers. The documentary takes a hard look at the world of boxing and how fighters face various trials and tribulations while chasing their dreams…the eye opening documentary even has a cameo by TB’s host, Michael Woods!
Woodsy and Bulger talk in depth about the film as well as the challenges in the sport & the untold stories behind the three boxers; Lil’ B-Hop, Cam Awesome and Peter Quillen.
Between segments with Bulger, Woodsy chats with two more guests!
First, Woods calls up Ron Katz of Star Boxing to talk about boxing in New York. Then, Woodsy chats with Sean Monaghan about his upcoming fight against Marcus Brown on July 15th at Nassau Coliseum.
Tune in to this action packed episode of TalkBox with Jay Bulger, Ron Katz and Sean Monaghan!
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.
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.