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  1. Choudri: If Hopkins can do it ...

    Michael Woods

    Omar Choudri has been fighting since shortly after he saw Muhammad Ali light the torch at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, fearlessly shrugging off the gasps from people seeing the ravages of Parkinson's on The Greatest. That scene catalyzed young Choud...

    Blog | July 26, 2013
  2. Rasheda Ali fighting to beat Parkinson's

    Michael Woods

    Muhammad Ali's name was in the news recently when we heard that The Greatest was on the ropes, health-wise. His brother Rahman gave an interview to a British tabloid earlier this month and told the paper that Muhammad, 71, was ailing and might have j...

    Blog | February 21, 2013
  3. Winners of Ali-King writing contest

    Michael Woods

    Alongside a class of 12 Hall of Fame inductees, three young writers were announced as winners of the first Muhammad Ali-Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest at the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame banquet on Nov. 8. Jerseyite Joseph Rinaldi, a recen...

    Blog | November 21, 2012
  4. Ali gloves from first Frazier fight up for auction

    Michael Woods

    The boxing world has had a tough run of late, with so many bold-faced and beloved names leaving the realm. Emanuel Steward, the Hall of Fame trainer, died on Oct. 25 and leaves a void that won't be filled, because his personality was a rare one. He b...

    Blog | November 14, 2012
  5. Boxing essay contest open to young writers

    Michael Woods

    Attention young writers who want to write about the sweet science. There is an essay contest, the Ali-King Essay Contest, running now. It is sponsored by Sartonk Designs, and open to writers aged 17-22 living in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. ...

    Blog | August 23, 2012
  6. Is Victor Ortiz a quitter?

    Michael Woods

    This new information age allows a lie, or just a super-straightforward opinion which seems plausible but doesn't hold up beyond half a news cycle, to travel to every corner of the world. It can be re-tweeted a few thousand times. It can ultimately se...

    Blog | June 26, 2012
  7. Foreman: Stevenson was better than Ali

    Michael Woods

    The press in Cuba doesn't enjoy the same freedom ours does, so when word emerged that boxing star Teofilo Stevenson had died on June 11, I wondered how much of what would emerge would be truth and how much would be propaganda. I turned to Bobby Ca...

    Blog | June 18, 2012
  8. Rest in peace, Angelo Dundee

    Michael Woods

    He was the best-known trainer of the era, linked for all days to the greatest boxer the world has ever known. Angelo Dundee, at age 90, died early Wednesday evening of a heart attack in Tampa, Fla. His family released a statement regarding the man...

    Blog | February 01, 2012
  9. Gotta love it: Dundee, 90, calls Ali, 70, "the kid"

    Michael Woods

    You have to love the man. If you spend any time at all talking to Angelo Dundee, the 90-year-old cornerman who entered the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1992 and is still training fighters today, you have to love the guy. If for no other reason than he stil...

    Blog | January 20, 2012
  10. Plug alert! Check out Ali trove on ESPN.com

    Michael Woods

    Many of us fight fans tend to think we've learned all there is to learn about The Greatest, that there is no new ground to explore when it comes to the subject of Muhammad Ali. True, it is rare that a novel nugget pops up. We've read all the bios,...

    Blog | January 17, 2012
  11. Happy birthday to 'The Greatest'

    Michael Woods

    Happy 70th birthday to "The Greatest of All Time," Muhammad Ali. Seventy. Let's be honest: A lot of us didn't think he'd make this milestone. To see the once-vibrant vessel of joyful animation increasingly impacted by Parkinson's disease, wh...

    Blog | January 17, 2012
  12. Foreman: "Ali and Frazier didn't hate each other"

    Michael Woods

    Joe Frazier tried again against George Foreman on June 15, 1976, in Long Island. He sensed he was in the backstretch of his pro career, and tried to tweak a few things to restore the smoothness of his ride. In the re-do, Frazier didn't get demolished...

    Blog | November 10, 2011
  13. Joe Frazier's niece tells of his softer side

    Michael Woods

    There is a perception out there that Joe Frazier was a man utterly beset with bitterness, a tortured soul who could not process the mythologizing of his rival for eternity, Muhammad Ali. The press would pass on some of his barbs at The Greatest, and ...

    Blog | November 08, 2011
  14. Joe Frazier hated Muhammad Ali

    Michael Woods

    He was a Philly guy through and through, but New Yorkers are anti-parochial when it comes to respecting a superior talent who combines exquisite skill with maniacal desire to persevere in the face of disaster. New Yorkers respected, if not loved, Joe...

    Blog | November 08, 2011
  15. Frazier was as relentless as they come

    Michael Woods

    Joe Frazier, as relentless a pugilist as you'll ever see, died a bit before 9 p.m. ET Monday. As was his way, he didn't quit; liver cancer took him out. He died at his home in Philadelphia, age 67. Born in 1944, Frazier won a gold medal for the U....

    Blog | November 08, 2011
  16. Welcome to the Fightblog

    Michael Woods

    You either "get" boxing or you don't. It isn't like olives, where you can periodically taste one to see if it appeals to you. Either you see the upside to two people in shorts punching each other in the head, or you don't. I do. I have since...

    Blog | September 07, 2011