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…And To All A Good Fight



Twas the holiday season, and all through BoxNation, barely a creature was stirring, on any station.

On HBO, on Showtime, within the Haymon sphere, good souls were all resting, but please harbor no fear.

The suits are a plotting, putting shows together, A sides versus A sides, for your viewing pleasure.

This year was a long one, with boxing stuck in a rut, and the death of The Greatest, laid us out on our butt.

We shed a tear for the man born Cassius Clay, re named Muhammad Ali…all pundits weighed in and agreed, there’d surely never be another like he.

We pondered his floating, his stinging like a bee, the majestic wordsmithery and magical poetry.

And we wrestled with the loss, as we laid down for a nightly nap, but took solace in our pugilists of today, soldiers of vitality and snap.

It was a transition, with Mayweathers’ absence a glaring void, and the sport is not the same with the hiatus of Floyd.

But the game powers on, boosted by a hallowed tradition, and A list pugs wrestled for that pole position.

Who is now number one, the top operator around, who in fact sits atop your list, pound for pound?

Maybe Chocolatito, the Nicaraguan 118 pound hitter, or maybe you prefer Carl Frampton, the humble Irishman as pick of the litter. He had a helluva year, beating Quigg and Santa Cruz, who will be the guy to force the pride of Belfast to lose?

Other fighters who excelled in this year, include Terence Crawford, who at 140 has no peer. This Top Rank jewel offered not one dud, winning three bouts, and digging the entirety of Nebraska saying, “All hail Bud.”

We can look back and wish we saw more of the best fighting the best, but for certain we enjoyed watching the all star light heavyweight quest. Kovalev versus Ward, Russian against USA, it preceded Trump buddying up with Putin, oh what would Reagan say?

For me, I enjoyed writing for the website of RING, and at NYFIGHTS, doing more of my thing. Using more mouth than pen, I also had a blast, thanks to my new friends, the kings of apparel, the Titans at Everlast.

We rolled out a new podcast in June, and snagged top grade guests galore, like Rosie Perez, Matt Taibbi and so many more. We talked with Claressa and Cotto and Espinoza of Showtime, and are still waiting for Nelson at HBO to say, “it’s go time!”

Now, the Buddhists will tell you, the present is the thing, and we agree, certainly, when it comes to the ring. Looking forward to 2017, we don’t tremble with fear, indeed we believe it will be a helluva year.

So on Arum, on Haymon and Golden Boy, it’s time to give us your best, the matchups we crave, so that the sport may be blessed. Onward and upward, friends of the sweet science and fistic might, I wish you a Merry Christmas, and to all a good fight.

Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.