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.”

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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.

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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.

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“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.

 

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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.

GOLOVKIN: 159

RUBIO: 161

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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

 

 

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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

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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.

 

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After four years and just seven pro fights, Holly “Lil’ Bear” Lawson’s pro boxing journey has come to an end. It’s a quiet closure that’s cleared the way for a grand reinvention, as she steps into the MMA cage for her debut this Friday (October 17) on Bellator 129. The card, which airs on Spike TV, represents the highest level of exposure in Lawson’s career — aside from airing on a national outlet, she’ll step in the cage as the lone female member of Team Bodyshop, and as the student of trainer and former lightweight champion Antonio McKee.

In this exclusive interview for BeatsBoxingMayhem, Lawson details her decision to sign with Bellator, her continued passion for boxing, and how the Sweet Science has prepared her for MMA.

 

BEATSBOXINGMAYHEM: For you first opponent, you’re paired with another striker in Jozette Cotton who also seems to be a strong grappler. What do think of her skill set?

LAWSON: She’s definitely a striker. Without giving away too much, let’s just say there’s a lot of “gaps” in her approach — chinks in the armor if you will.

BBM: Now that you’re signed long-term with Bellator, does this effectively end your boxing career?

LAWSON: I definitely would [go back to boxing] if the opportunity came up. I love boxing, absolutely love it. In theory, I’d love to do both. But the way MMA is structured and with boxing being a contact sport as well, I don’t see that working out. Even now, I still don’t feel like I’m not a boxer.

 

BBM: All things considered, signing and getting a fight within MMA seems a lot easier for women than with boxing. Why is that?

Lawson: MMA is much more structured. There is already a system in place for all fighters, so women are not treated differently. That’s a huge difference. If I were a man, I would have gotten many more opportunities in boxing. With Bellator, [President] Scott [Coker] had a clear vision of what he wants to do with the women’s division. A lot of my teammates fight for Bellator so he’s already familiar with my them (Team Bodyshop). He also knows my trainer Antonio McKee really well.

I went out of my way to introduce myself. I was working the door at an amateur event Rampage Jackson was running. Scott walked up and I was like, “Hey I’m Holly, when are you going to put women back on your cards?” He was like “Really, what weight?” I told him “145.” He said, “We’ll talk.” He spoke with my trainer that night, next week I had a meeting with them that went well, and the rest is history.

 

 BBM: How was was you’re learning curve in adapting to takedowns, kicks wrestling etc?

LAWSON: Before I tried it, a lot of my people were telling me in the gym that I’d be really good at MMA. I told myself I’d give it a month to see if I can pick it up quickly. I had to be really honest with myself as well as the coaches I picked. So far, everyone, especially Antonio, said I’m picking up things well. We started with wrestling. It’s a lot more difficult to teach a wrestler about boxing if they don’t have that background. But with a boxer, we can pick up the fundamentals of wrestling easier because it’s about knowing when to shift your body weight. That is already ingrained in your boxing DNA. For me, they are not as different as I thought it’d be.

BBM: It’s recommended to seek out mentors and role models when you come to a new field. How do you look up to in the world of MMA?

LAWSON: I’ve been surrounded by greatness. In boxing, I was surrounded by great fighters at the Wildcard Gym. The same thing applies in MMA training at The Body Shop. At this stage, it’s very important for me to surround myself with good people over those with ok character but good fighting skills. I want to be with people who are good athletes and are also good human beings who contribute to society. I’m the only female fighting for the team, but I’m really blessed to be around such a good group of guys.

Antonio is a godsend. He’s one of my best friends and biggest supporters. I confide in him so much. I want to be like everyone on my team. I value all of them as friends and athletes.

Of course, I follow women’s MMA now that I’m in it. But, I’m not a huge follower of anyone. There are people I definitely respect within it, but I don’t agree with a lot of people’s lifestyles and how they carry themselves.

 

BBM: How has your old Wildcard Gym crew taken to the news of you leaving boxing?

LAWSON: It’s funny because I haven’t made a big announcement to anyone. Only the people I’m close with know all the details. Every single one that knows sees the opportunity and value in it for me as a female athlete.

 

BBM: Is there currently a champion in your division?

LAWSON: 145 pounds (featherweight) is where Cyborg fights at normally. She’s trying to come down to 135 for a fight in Invicta, I think in December. She’s technically still the champ. Other than her, Bellator signed Marloes Coenen, who’s had a pretty lengthy career and close to 30 fights. They’ve signed a few women with 10 or fewer fights so far. The division itself is open and up for grabs.

 

BBM: What about the weight of 145? Is that comfortable for you as a former boxing welterweight (147 pounds)?

LAWSON: I’m strong and ripped at that weight. I boxed at 147 but came in 145 because I had a lot of catchweights. The MMA featherweight division is natural for me. So 152 pounds is a weight I’ll be strong and comfortable without having to do weight cutting.

 

UPDATEThe catchweight of 152 was changed yesterday due to Cotton coming in overweight at 168 pounds. Both fighters agreed to new terms to salvage the fight. Lawson weighed in later at 163.

Holly Lawson vs. Jozette Cotton with air exclusively on Spike.com as a part of Bellator 129’s preliminary card. The event begins at 7 p.m. ET.