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  1. Caparello hungry for success on FNF

    Michael Woods

    NEW YORK -- I watched his eyes. He didn't once look at the bread basket, or the french fries on my plate during a get to know you lunch at the Palm in midtown on Tuesday. No, light heavyweight Blake Caparello, an Aussie who's decided he wants to make...

    Blog | January 30, 2014
  2. Tyson makes amends with Atlas

    Michael Woods

    The most impactful moment occurring on the "Friday Night Fights" season finale didn't occur in the ring, in the main event -- which pitted junior lightweight titlist Argenis Mendez against Arash Usmanee -- on the undercard at Turning Stone Casino in ...

    Blog | August 24, 2013
  3. Mendez wants an 'Iron Mike'-style ending

    Michael Woods

    There will be some symmetry in ESPN's final "Friday Night Fights" episode of the 2013 season, with Arash Usmanee taking part in the main event clash, just as he did to kick off the first show of the year. Let us hope that Friday's headline clash, how...

    Blog | August 22, 2013
  4. Can Castro last with Dallas on FNF?

    Michael Woods

    Truth is a rare commodity, to be especially prized when one comes across it in the fabulously freelance world of prizefighting, so much of which is built on a foundation of hype and spin. Because there is no centralized league, with a commissioner ov...

    Blog | June 21, 2012
  5. More expected of Pavlik, Lee on FNF

    Michael Woods

    Cameron Dunkin is a prized persona in the fight game, from a writer's perspective, because he will often traffic in the truth. Sure, he has his moments when he plays his cards with a politician's instincts, but by and large, he will speak his mind ho...

    Blog | June 08, 2012
  6. Rahimov ready to show his stuff?

    Michael Woods

    Out of sight, out of mind. In the boxing business, if you aren't on TV, you sort of don't exist. That's why Alisher "Ali" Rahimov is trying to draw as many eyeballs as he can to prove to fight fans that he's a solid player in the lightweight division...

    Blog | May 24, 2012
  7. Mayfield sets sights (too?) high on FNF

    Michael Woods

    Karim Mayfield enters tonight's "Friday Night Fights" main event with what he believes to be a bit of a mental edge over foe Raymond Serrano. Both men were in Danny Garcia's camp ahead of Garcia's March 24 bout with Erik Morales, and Mayfield -- a 30...

    Blog | May 18, 2012
  8. Cisneros has his chance vs. Andrade

    Michael Woods

    Among fans of all sports, I believe it behooves fight fans in particular to do their homework on a boxer, get into his backstory a bit, before weighing in on his talent or character. Too often, I'm quick to judge this guy for coming in out of shap...

    Blog | May 04, 2012
  9. Sillakh only a step away from title shot?

    Michael Woods

    The best fighters need to want to face the best, Ismayl Sillakh says, or boxing risks going down the tubes. And yes, in case you were wondering, the Ukrainian-born light heavyweight who this week headlines "Friday Night Fights" at the Erwin Center...

    Blog | April 27, 2012
  10. Late starter Stevenson moving fast

    Michael Woods

    I do not recall a pro fighter debuting at age 29, as Adonis Stevenson did, and being on the cusp of a title shot within five years. The same goes for Emanuel Steward, Stevenson's trainer/manager. He wasn't aware of how late Stevenson (17-1, 14 KOs...

    Blog | April 19, 2012
  11. Katsidis eager to see what he has left

    Michael Woods

    He has had a stellar camp, he says, and friends tell him they haven't seen him this amped and looking this fresh right before a fight in years. He has a new trainer, whom he says is as hands-on and experienced as any he has dealt with ... but Michael...

    Blog | April 12, 2012
  12. Lundy, Williams do right by boxing

    Michael Woods

    People often bring up the downsides of boxing, focusing on the savagery they see in the ring and the unfortunate toll not infrequently seen decades later in boxers, including slurred speech and dementia intensified by brain damage suffered from tradi...

    Blog | March 30, 2012
  13. Garcia has new focus heading into FNF

    Michael Woods

    I confess: I often make a prediction on who will win each week's "Friday Night Fights" main event based more so on what the boxers say to me, and how they say it, than on their respective styles or strengths. After talking to both Roberto Garcia (...

    Blog | March 22, 2012
  14. Holt still not backing down vs. Coleman

    Michael Woods

    It stands as one of my favorite boasty quotes from a fighter: "I don't lay down, I lay backs down!" Kendall Holt told me before he gloved up with Danny Garcia last October at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The quote didn't match reality, as Holt ...

    Blog | March 15, 2012
  15. Joan Guzman scores KO win on FNF

    Michael Woods

    The scale, apparently, still looms large in his life, as much as any foe does. Joan Guzman, the talented but calorically troubled 35-year-old ex-titlist who lives in Bushwick, N.Y., weighed in a quarter-pound over the contracted max for his Friday ni...

    Blog | March 03, 2012
  16. Weight of world on Joan Guzman on FNF

    Michael Woods

    The TV powers that be in the sport will put up with a good amount of B.S. and still book fighters into meaningful bouts. You can be a loose cannon, or a loudmouth who talks smack and then fights scared, or be prone to a party-boy lifestyle that leave...

    Blog | March 01, 2012