Many fighters have had to overcome trials and tribulations on the way to the top.
Often times, those stories are well worth being told and brought to light. For Timothy Woods, he’s taking things one step further. He’s turning his story into a book.
Woods, who will make his organizational debut at Lion Fight 38, along with his wife Dr. Shani Collins-Woods have put pen to paper to create Good Soldier: The Will to Never Quit. It’s sure to be a good read.
“My story is one of perseverance,” explained Woods. “I have experienced numerous let-downs and setbacks while trying to establish my professional fighting record. I view the Sept. 29 fight as my final ‘breaking out’ party.
“Many people doubted me, and told me to give up martial arts, and to do something else with my life. I would say to anyone who has an interest in martial arts, never give up on your dreams, pursue them with diligence, and keep faith in God and yourself.
“I am not a quitter, and on Sept 29, I will prove this fact to the world.”
Woods (8-1), who is from Mississippi but fights out of Fairfax, Virginia, squares off against Brett Hlavacek (17-5) in a main-card featured cruiserweight bout at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The main card airs live on AXS TV Fights in the United States as well as on Fight Network throughout Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
The bout could clear the way to determining who gets the next crack at new Lion Fight cruiserweight champion Chip Moraza-Pollard. While Hlavacek has been at the top of the pecking order for some time, Woods feels he rightfully belongs in the next-in-line spot.
Those aspirations made Woods leap at the opportunity to showcase himself inside the Lion Fight ring.
“It would be a pivotal point in my career and an opportunity that would be a long time coming,” said Woods.
“For years, I have been honing my fighting skills. I have faced setbacks such as having many opponents drop out of matches against me. Winning the Lion Fight title would allow me to get the recognition that I have earned and that I deserve.
“When my manager, Tammy (Stone) called to inform me of the opportunity to be on Lion Fight, I was extremely grateful to God and ecstatic about the news. Lion Fight is the largest Muay Thai organization in the world. The September 29th opportunity is not one that I take lightly. I look forward to competing, to having my family and friends see the televised show, and to bringing home a win.”
Making a good first impression will be key towards Woods’ title hopes. A victory is one thing. But doing it with some style goes a long way to solidifying a fighter’s position in the pecking order.
“As a seasoned Muay Thai professional, my low kicks are extremely aggressive,” Woods noted. “As a low kick specialist, I think low kicking is a lost art form. I have many technical set-ups that will allow me to dominate my opponent.
“My opponent will not know how to defend/check my punches and my kicks. For this reason, I will have an advantage over my opponent.
Lion Fight 38 is topped by a showdown for the super middleweight title as knockout artist Regian “The Immortal” Eersel (46-4) puts his belt on the line against the last man to beat him Matous Kohout (39-9)
The lineup also includes a key light heavyweight tilt as Juan Jackson meets Elijah Clarke, plus the return of top prospects heavy hitting super cruiserweight Steve “Put Em To Sleep” Walker and slick lightweight Jafar “The Cookie Monster” Toshev.
Tickets for Lion Fight 38 are available at https://www.foxwoods.com/Lion-Fight/.
Lion Fight 38 airs live on AXS TV Fights and Fight Network beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.