Watch the opening press conference for Timothy Bradley’s December 13 return against Diego Chaves. The main event will be supported by undefeated prospect Jose Benavidez taking on the crafty spoiler Mauricio Herrera. The presser streams live on Top Rank via the below link.


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Drake – “How About Now”

Posted: October 19, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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It’s a glorious day when a man turns the tables and no longer has to simp. On this leaked record “How About Now,” Drake chronicles his days of begging for a girl’s time. Now that he’s a superstar, it’s time to do a bit of gloating. Drizzy gets some extra points for sampling Jodeci’s “My Heart Belongs To You.”



HBO’s 24/7 details the November 8 showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev. This one-shot episode reviews Hopkins’ new “alien” persona and how he remains in impeccable shape. On Kovalev’s side, we see his humble beginnings and new motivation in the form of a new child. Both fighters’ last wins are also recapped.



Another night, another hapless middleweight vanquished at the hands of Gennady Golvokin, who made a triumphant debut at the StubHub Center with an easy second round KO of Marco Antonio Rubio. The search remains on for a marquee name to step up to the plate and face GGG. In the meantime, the man is keeping active and showing no mercy on his division.


THE SLAUGHTER: Rubio came into the right tonight at 181 pounds after failing to make weight on Friday. The extra girth didn’t do much for his durability — Golovkin’s punching accuracy with both hands had Rubio stumbling and his head snapping all over the ring. Rubio landed his own leather, but Golovkin rolled with most of the shots and prevented the well-traveled veteran from getting off anything flush.

The end began with a Golovkin counter right uppercut through the guard, followed but a high-arching left hand on the side of the temple. Rubio went crashing to the canvas. He beat the count too late to continue in spite of his protests.


COTTO (AND OTHERS) ON THE  CLOCK: Golovkin emphasized his desire to face the division’s lineal champion in Miguel Cotto. While we widely expect Cotto’s next fight to be in May 2015 against Canelo Alvarez, we also know Miguel’s  history in facing avoided champions (Antonio Margarito, Austin Trout). Golovkin also affirmed his willingness to face Canelo, whom he already called a “good boy” during his post-fight interview.

Per Golovkin’s advisor Tom Loeffler, GGG will make a February ring return in Europe unless they can secure a pay-per-view matchup against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who’s currently sidelined due to a contentious legal battle with Top Rank. Chavez previously declined a Golovkin fight due to contract requirements that he sign an extension.


WARD IGNORED: Of all the names mentioned, the best fighter around Golovkin’s weight class was curiously left off. Andre Ward, who next month will have been out of action for a full year, sent a note through his attorney that he’s ready to fight Golovkin at “any time”

What he meant to say is he’ll fight Golovkin “whenever my legal battles with Goossen Promotions are resolved.” Even at this stage, Ward is under the impression that Golovkin has to come to him. If Ward is serious about putting pressure on Golovkin, he needs to get together an official offer and send it to GGG’s camp. Of course, that would require being on the same page as your promoter. Until then, Ward’s words ring hollow.


A NEW HOME: Golovkin’s first fight in California resulted in a sold-out crowd chanting his name. You can argue that the reception was better than anything he’s been able to garner in his adopted base of Madison Square Garden. If the Chavez Jr. bout comes off, a Vegas alternative could be a LA venue like the Staples Center.



“He just overwhelmed me and knocked the shit outta me… I can’t compete with guys like Walters.”Nonito Donaire


Nicholas Walters announced his stature as an elite fighter with one of the best wins of year in dispatching Nonito Donaire over six mostly one-sided rounds Saturday night at the StubHub Center. There had been rumblings that Donaire would have his hands full against Walters. A select few even predicted Donaire’s ruin. But hardly any called a Donaire decimation so thorough that it may signal the end of his run as a top fighter.


THE LEFT HOOK ALMOST SAVES DONAIRE: Both men came out firing with bad intentions. Donaire held a slight edge due to his greater accuracy and variety of shots, particularly with his famed left hook. Not only did he crack Walters a few times clean to the head; he dug the lethal punch downstairs and had the young challenger jumping away in obvious pain.

The second stanza was mostly dominated by Walters, who began pounding Donaire with looping right hands inside and offense-disrupting jabs at long-range. Donaire was buzzed in the final 10 seconds, but Walters pounced too recklessly and was nearly dropped himself by a series of left hooks. Walters literally fell into the refs arms as the bell sounded, leaving us to wonder if Sunday’s discussion would have been about Donaire’s return to form had there been about 10 more seconds left in the round.


THE BEATING BEGINS: Walters would later admit he was badly hurt and his corner was in a frenzy. However, his recovered in that one minute rest and started to punish Donaire thoroughly for the rest of the bout. The third had both fighting inside with big shots on even terms until a Walters right uppercut put Donaire in his knees. Donaire tried to fight off the backfoot and clear his head in the fourth, but was treated to three minutes of thudding jabs that rearranged his face. By the fifth, Donaire was sporting cuts around both eyes and getting battered along the ropes. Walters also had the timing of Donaire left hooks, which now took the form of desperate hail mary shots, leaving the champion with little hope of pulling off a miracle.


THE END: Donaire was getting hammered on the ropes and tried to fight his way out with a big right and left hook. Walters backed out of range and came over the top with chopping right hand. It cracked Donaire on the side of the head and whipped his neck to a violent angle. The shot drained Donaire’s equilibrium and sent him face first to the canvas. Donaire slowly got to his feet and stumbled to the corner, giving the referee little choice but to call off the fight.


NEW FRIENDS AND A WEIGHT CLASS TOO HIGH: Both fighters were very gracious afterward. Walters told Donaire that he spent his young career looking up to him and hoped the Filipino Flash could help him in future camps. Donaire was very honest in admitting Walters was simply too good for him, but he had pride in taking such a dangerous fight.

This was Donaire’s fifth weight class and at some  point the climb was going to be too much. Walters is a young, hard-punching and natural featherweight. He also adjusts well and doesn’t panic when hurt. Watching the fight, there was shades of Terence Crawford’s win over Yuriorkis Gamboa, in that the veteran started strong but got weaker every round while the young lion remained fresh.


THE NEXT MOVE: I still saw a high-level fighter in that ring Saturday, so I’m not as quick to say retirement looms for Donaire. There are not many featherweights in Walters’ mode, so Donaire can compete. But if his desire was indeed dampened by this defeat, then he leaves the game with a stellar career.

As for Walters, he apparently will have a date with Vasyl Lomachenko. It’s another intriguing bout and one where I’d favor Walters due to his better jab and more consistent punch output.





PHOTO CREDIT: Jeandra LeBeauf/BadCulture.net

Yesterday’s weigh-in for HBO’s October 18 “Mexican Style” card had one of its main event fighters in Marco Antonio Rubio failing to make weight. Rubio, a long-time contender, missed the middleweight limit by 1.8 pounds. He either decided not to try or couldn’t lose the weight in the mandated two hours, resulting in a $100,000 deduction/penalty from his $450,000 purse. His opponent, WBA and IBO middleweight Gennady Golovkin, easily made weight, coming in at 159 pounds.


RUBIO: 161


PREDICTION: Rubio’s late stoppage defeat came in 2009 at the hands of Kelly Pavlik. Since then he’s gone 16-1, the lone loss being a unanimous decision to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in 2012. For the past two years, he’s tried in vain to get a shot at a major title and even took the WBC to court. They threw him a bone in his last fight under the guise of an interim title bout against Domenico Spade, which Rubio won via an 11th round KO. But with Cotto now holding the lineal title and only seeking big fights, Rubio options for a name opponent were limited to the division’s most avoided fighter, Gennady Golovkin.

Rubio’s a tough guy, but there’s nothing we’ve seen to suggest he’ll do much better than GGG’s previous opponents not named Kassim Ouma. Pavlik’s power made Rubio gunshy as their fight progressed. Golovkin’s power, coupled with his accuracy, will do the same but much quicker. Rubio lasting past the sixth round would be surprising. GOLOVKIN TKO6




DONAIRE: 125.6

WALTERS: 125.6

PREDICTION: This is a very intriguing fight with big implications for the featherweight division. Since his schooling at the hands of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Nonito Donaire’s career has been in flux. He nearly lost to old rival Vic Darchinyan last year until his power saved him. His last outing, a fifth round technical decision victory due to a headbutt, also left a lot to be desired from a man at one time considered the third best boxer on the planet behind Floyd Mayweather and Andre Ward.

With these subpar performances over the last year, the questions have turned to Donaire’s love for the sport. He insists that he still loves boxing, but it’s clear he doesn”t hold the same fire, hunger and outright viciousness we saw in 2010 and 2011 against the likes of Volodymyr Sydorenko and Fernando Montiel. Nicholas Walters, an imposing knockout artist, is the perfect fighter to test Donaire’s mettle.

Walters has stopped his last four opponents, including a May domination of Vic Darchinyan. As a career featherweight, it’s likely he’ll hold a strength advantage over Donaire as well.

Durability is the big question mark. Even in his fifth weight class, Donaire’s left hook is still formidable, and Walters’ chin has yet to be truly tested. Donaire also has the skills edge, which I believe will be enough for Donaire to take a close decision win. DONAIRE SD


Fat Joe and Jennifer Lopez hit the club without a concern in the world on “Stressin’.” The beat is handled by Rico Love. Eif Rivera is on the visuals. French Montana also makes an appearance. You can download “Stressin'” HERE.