Boxing -  Interim WBA World Middleweight Title - Jorge Navarro v Martin Murray - Manchester Arena

Martin Murray will get another crack at a major middleweight title after scoring a seventh round technical decision over Domenico Spada in Monte Carlo on Saturday.

THE SHORTENED FIGHT: Murray opted to box mostly off the backfoot and use his superior height and reach to pepper the wild-rushing Spada with jabs and straight rights. Their styles lead to a lot of awkward clinching, and one-such clash resulted in an accidental head butt in the third, producing a bloody cut in the corner of the right eye.

Spada remained aggressive, but Murray landed the majority of the clean, scoring blows. Observing the cut in the seventh, the referee stopped the action for ringside doctor observation. The doctor opted to call the bout off, infuriating Spada. Going to the scorecards, Murray was announced the winner by unanimous scores of 69-67, 68-63 and 67-66.

FOOD FOR GGG, AND A LONG TIME COMING: Gennday Golovkin’s team has been trying to make a fight with Murray since his solid showing against Sergio Martinez last year. Legal problems and also a reluctance on Murray’s part had previously prevented it. Murray now must feel the money is right because this fight was announced immediately following his win.

As for his chances, he won’t do much better than GGG’s recent string of victims. Despite his promoter laughingly calling Murray the “Mayweather of the middleweights,” he won’t be able to keep away from GGG, and doesn’t punch with authority. Murray has proven durable so far in his career, but his most notable opponent was a hobbled Sergio Martinez. The only question here is if Murray’s chin is strong enough to at least extend GGG to the middle rounds.

I will say this — Murray is the most credible opponent available. He’s a clear Top 10 guy and the best one out of the UK. Since Golovkin can’t make a superfight, you can’t ask for much better.

CABALLERO WINS VACANT TITLE AGAINST HALL: Randy Caballero can now call himself a titlist after winning the vacant IBF bantamweight strap over UK veteran Stuart Hall (118-110, 116-111 twice). Don’t let the scores fool you — even though he suffered a knockdown in the second, Hall was highly competitive throughout the 12 rounds. Caballero had been on a five fight KO streak going back to 2012, so this fight was a good learning experience for the 24-year-old. It was also the first time he’s gone 12 rounds.

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Drake_6GodIn an effort to celebrate his 28th birthday this weekend with fans, Drake has officially dropped three new tracks for a pseudo EP. “6 God” is a declaration of acceptance in being the “bad guy” and relishing the criticisms that comes withbsuccess. Expect a lot of people to interpret it as a subliminal response to Tyga’s recent quotes about him being fake.

“Heat of the Moment” is the ballad of the trio where Drake delves into a tryst without fear of post-coital consequences. “How About Now” leaked last week and features Drake taunting women who dismissed him before the fame.

Not a bad way to spend a birthday.


Alexander Povetkin got his second consecutive knockout win last night with a tenth round KO of Carlos Takam.

Povetkin was too strong and sharp for the Cameroon fighter, who often got the worst of inside exchanges. Takam found minor success utilizing a shoulder roll and increasing his counter-punching. But Povetkin’s bullish power continued to offset this and leave Takam constantly back-pedaling, usually after an assortment of hooks.

The first knockdown came at the end of the ninth off a double left hook followed by a right cross. Takam went crashing into the ropes but beat the count. He was on fumes for the tenth, and Povetkin clipped him with another short left hook to put Takam down for good.

The win ends a solid 2014 run for Takam, which saw him fight to a disputed draw with Mike Perez in January, and score a unanimous decision win over Tony Thompson in June. Povetkin stopped Manuel Charr in seven rounds this past May.

The win keeps Povetkin ranked #3 by the WBC, behind Americans Bryant Jennings (#2), Deontay Wilder (#1) and Bermane Stiverne (champion).




One of the challenges Lupe Fiasco has endured in recent years is balancing the esoteric with the pop. His new track with Nikkie Jean, “Haile Selassie,” maintains a smooth tightrope act with strong lyrical content on social, political and spiritual imagery. Jean’s inviting chorus washes all the heavy content down nicely. Production-wise, this is something you coud hear Kendrick Lamar over. The difference here is that Lupe keeps his vocals under control and not at odds with the beat.

Sounds like Lupe will be focused on his Lost In The Atlantic Ocean project.


Yours truly is live this Friday as a special guest on Atlanta’s famous Beatz and Lyrics Show! I’ll be discussing boxing and Hip-Hop with hosts Jay Force, Twice Born, King Sam and ArtByOdell. We’ll also delve a little into the history of the Sweet Science, what the future may hold for boxing, and the place of black media in the sport.

Critically-acclaimed director W. Feagins Jr. will also be in the house discussing his new film Divided Time, which chronicles the balance of fatherhood and being a Hip-Hop artist. The show airs live from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. ET via the below link.



Tip brings out the heavy hitters for the official “All About the Money” remix. T.I. and Young Thug help keep their hit fresh by adding new verses to accompany Jeezy and Wayne’s. Tip’s latest, Paperwork, is now available.

Joe Budden – “Dream On”

Posted: October 23, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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This won’t appear on Joe Budden’s Some Love Lost EP, but “Dream On” keep the love theme by speaking on family, broken friendships and pursuing your passion. Some Love Lost drops November 4.