An Interview With The Heavyweight You Might Not Have Heard Of, But Should Have Done – Jamal Woods

This past weekend, returning heavyweight (as in after a 13-year layoff) J.D Champman met journeyman Terrell Jamal Woods in his second comeback fight. Chapman, who got a veritable ton of publicity after his initial comeback, a win over a 1-1 Tony Lopez, lost a wide decision to Woods. But guess what? Woods never got a shred of publicity for his win. The 31 year old with the awfully deceiving, 25-49-9(17) record is used to it.

Woods of Arkansas, a pro for ten long years, has never got much attention, much less a good payday. Maybe now, in light of his win over the previously 30-0 Chapman, and his March 2021 win over Alexander Ustinov (forget what the official result tries to tell you), Woods will get some publicity and, more importantly, some good money.

Woods defeated Chapman by -no-way-they-could-rob-him UD on July 31, yet he already has two upcoming fights scheduled.

Here, Jamal kindly takes the time to speak with Eastside Boxing:

Q: Congratulations on the win over J.D Chapman. A win that got next to no publicity……

Jamal Woods: “Thank you.”

Q: You’ve been a pro now for ten years and you’ve never had anything easy.

J.W: “Yes sir. Most people do judge me by my record, yes. And plenty of ’em avoid me, because they know my record is not [accurate in terms of how well I can fight]. I was robbed a whole lot, yes. I only lost ten times in my career. Yes sir, I will accept and take those ten losses. I have lost some by TKO, but I have never been dropped. No sir, not once in my career. Fights that I was actually winning, and the other guy was windmilling [punches], they stopped the fight (laughs). The ref, or someone, jumped in. For instance, Michael Coffie, I had him beat, for four rounds, and then his own corner-man threw in the towel. It wasn’t my corner.”

Q: That’s amazing – you have never been dropped in a fight?

J.W: “No sir. I’ve never been knocked down.”

Q: That’s amazing. You keep plugging away, yet you get no real recognition. People talk about Oliver McCall’s chin, who was never dropped. Yet you are the same and you’ve had way more fights than he had!

J.W: “That just gives me more determinations, and I’m just looking to my next fight. I will be fighting in Salt Lake City, August 14, for the ABF USA heavyweight title. That can take me to another level. I have to win that one.”

Q: You have fought so many names, and people call you a journeyman. What do you call yourself? Contender, I’d say….

J.W: “A contender, I’d say. Yeah. I’m a boxer, a boxer-puncher, a counter-puncher. But I like to figure the guy out on the night.”

Q: Did you have much of an amateur career?

J.W: “Yes, I fought five years as an opposite, I won the Golden Gloves. I was 19-4. I was a born heavyweight.”

Q: Who is your all-time boxing hero?

J.W: “Rocky Marciano.”

Q: Wow. I was thinking you’d say Ali!

J.W: “I know! But yeah, Rocky Marciano. He was 5’10”, and he would have beaten these guys today. He would have torn them in half.”

Q: Guys like yourself; you deserve so much credit. You fighters, who take on anyone at any time, you really are the backbone of the sport.

J.W: “(laughs). Yeah, I guess so. I just look forward to the next fight. I’ve beat a few guys but never got it [the win; they gave it to the other guy; that’s the kind of thing I’ve been fighting. I’ll just keep on going on. When I first went pro, there were so many things I didn’t know that I know now. But I’ve always asked for tough fights, and I always will do. But right now, I’m looking at some big wins. I like it when I stay having fights, staying active; that’s the best way. No breaks, that way, I just get better and better. I’m 31 now and I’m young for a heavyweight.”

Q: Here’s hoping you get a whole lot more coverage and money from your next fights!”

J.W: “Yeah, I really need to win this next one.”

18 thoughts on “An Interview With The Heavyweight You Might Not Have Heard Of, But Should Have Done – Jamal Woods”

  1. Deontay Wilder has been putting up with a bunch of con-men hasn’t he ? The WBC belt was defended ten times in five years by Deontay Wilder . Now look at the fine mess the boxing establishment has allowed fury to lead us int . It’s a shame and an out rage .

  2. Deontay Wilder may face an opponent with a thurmo nuclear weapon strapped to his back . No one will say a word .

  3. Deontay Wilder will be fighting fair and fury will be failing a drug test again and probably carrying a machine gun and granades and the judges won’t say a word .

  4. I told you so . Deontay Wilder is the recipient of unlawful treatment from the establishment because of racism , and violation of equal protection within the law . Cheating tactics are wide open for the trilogy , no officials will see or hear or say a word about fury cheating tactics again .

  5. John fury said,” I told him on the phone , you got pillow fists tyson can’t walk without tripping over your own feet , your only chance is to cheat , if you meet Deontay Wilder fair and square in the middle of the ring he will out box you , he will out class you , cheat again tyson cheating is the only way . “

  6. John said,” I don’t want me lad to suffer any more brain damage than he all ready has , he’s daft, he can’t think straight , Deontay Wilder is a better boxer he’s faster stronger and more violent.” ” Chunk the belt in the bin and fake the c 19 I told him on the phone . “

  7. John fury said we can sue Deontay Wilder for defamation of character and postpone the trilogy for another year and a half before moving for a mistrial .

  8. John fury further stated , “, tyson can’t do any damage to Deontay Wilder without loaded gloves padding removal and steroid shot practice and drugged opponents , if Tyson can’t cheat we won’t fight ! “

  9. A feared up John fury said Deontay Wilder is the best heavyweight champion that ever lived without question and Deontay Wilder will beat Tyson easy unless all decent UK fans join the campaign to cheat Deontay Wilder again and again and again .

  10. John fury said no one in the UK likes Tyson and no one in the United States Of America likes Tyson either .

    • We in the UK just don’t like cheater’s , that’s why Tyson can’t fight in the UK ever again . It’s nothing against travelers .

  11. John fury confessed to cheating in the Deontay Wilder fight with loaded go he’s , he admitted that Klitschko got drugged up too and Tyson won’t fight Deontay Wilder either . He stated that Klitschko and Deontay Wilder are real boxers while Tyson is just a trickster .

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