The Lox play no games when it comes to repping their home state of New York. Over a vintage sample (Pudgee’s “Think Big” w/ Biggie and Lord Tariq), the Lox bring some heat to open the month of March.
VERONA, NY — Last night’s Mayweather Promotions exhibition was disrupted when underdog veteran Derek Edwards (27-3-1, 14 KOs) shocked previously undefeated Badou Jack (160101, 11 KOs) with pinpoint right hands to score a first round knockout.
Edwards was stepping in looking to time a right hand counter, and barely needed 30 seconds before he caught Jack coming in with an overhand right. Jack crashed to the canvas and got up on unsteady legs. When attempting to clinch, he was clubbed to the floor a second time with another right followed by a glancing left hook. Jack again beat the count, but couldn’t stand up straight, resulting in the referee appropriately calling the fight off.
As they say, this is why they fight the fights. Edwards came into this fight 1-3-1 in his last 5 bouts, with 2 of the defeats coming via knockout. And yet, he bulldozed Jack with the first solid punch he landed. You never know how style matchups are going to flesh out until the fighters actually get in the ring.
Last month, 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions held a their first ‘Big Apple Boxing” show in the mogul’s native Queens, New York. Over the weekend, 50 released this video recapping the entire card. As you can see from the list of performers, 50 was attempting to draw in the casual fans who love the music but not necessarily the sport. While I’m not personally a fan of music performances during a boxing show, it was a smart move in this case considering what most know 50′s brand for. Hopefully this will be the first of many cards the G-Unit founder will bring to NYC.
90s raised me…
One of the main things (ie. criticisms) you’ve heard about the A$AP crew is that they sound like a southern click despite being from NY. Well, take a listen to “Trillmatic and see if you still hold that opinion. With Method Man killing his feature, a chorus straight out of Nice N Smooth’s playbook, and visuals that look like the A$AP Mob took a visit in the DeLorean back to ’96, this will have fans of that seminal decade hype.
Billing this anticipated video as “The Truth Will Set You Free,” Trinidad James gave an “apology without an actual apology” speech in admitting that he picked the wrong time and wrong venue to talk down on the state of New York Hip-Hop. Being here in Atlanta, the PR storyline spun on around James when “All Gold Everything” was hot was that he was “smarter” than what his image led you to believe. And once you got the mixtape and eventually the album, you’d realize he was a brilliant artist.
In that vein, he frames his comments as “tough love” designed to get NYC to start supporting its local talent like Action Bronson and Black Dave (as if those artists and similar ones like Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies etc. aren’t getting love just because they don’t have singles played 50 times a day on the radio). Something tells me Maino still wants to give his own tough love, preferably also on camera with James having a starring role.
Swanson Communications founder and public relations guru Kelly Swanson will step into the ring tonight at New York’s famed Gleason’s Gym to raise money and awareness for the “Give a Kid a Dream” foundation.
The charity’s mission is to use boxing to offer mentorship, networking opportunities and positive social outlets for inner-city youth.
Serving as the publicist for stars such as Floyd Mayweather and Bernard Hopkins, Swanson has worked closely with Golden Boy Promotions for the past several years, ranging from Mayweather’s record-setting 2007 year to the recent record-breaking “The One” event with Canelo Alvarez.
Watch Kelly’s 1st round TKO win HERE starting at the 01:42:00 mark.
Trinidad James rose the ire of resident NYC enforcer Maino earlier this week by claiming “ATL runs NY” musically, and then adding if someone had an issue, they could “do something.” Well, that last part about “doing something” was the invitation to take things outside of music, which Maino eloquently explained to James via Twitter a few days ago. During a call earlier to Hot 97′s morning show, Maino says that James should apologize and get “disciplined” for his affront.
Violence should always be the last resort for any adult, but if you invite that type of energy carelessly, which James did indeed do in closing statements, then he should not be surprised that someone has taken him up on that offer.
“We cannot, as a boxing family, turn our backs on the brave men and women who compete in our sport when they need us most. We are going to do everything possible to help him get back on his feet. Magomed will never fight again, but he is a good man and a brave man with a nice family. We are going to make sure they all pull through this intact. That is the right thing to do. Every dollar will help.” – Sergio Martinez
With heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov still hospitalized in a medically induced coma following last Saturday’s fight against Mike Perez, a trust fund is being established by promoters Lou Dibella, Leon Margules and others in the boxing industry to assist with medical care.
Abdusalamov is now on life support after undergoing emergency to alleviate brain swelling by removing a blood clot and part of the skull. The injuries occurred from the 10 brutal rounds Abdusalamov engaged in with Perez. He was in stable condition after the surgery until suffering a stroke on Tuesday.
“We are going to do what we need to do for Magomed. He and his family are going to need our help,” said Abdusalamov’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz. “He is going to need financial assistance for the medical bills for his treatment, and for his family who are faced with an urgent financial crunch from this terrible accident.”
While the Magomed Abdusalamov Trust Fund is being finalized, donations can be sent through the Paypal and PO Box information listed below.
Via PayPal: email@example.com
Or via check, mailed to:
Here’s a quintessential NYC boom-bap track from Troy Ave. The vets on here keep it general while Troy zeroes in on what he feels is New York’s lack of musical identity (while managing to call Kendrick Lamar a “weirdo rapper.”).
TROY AVE X PRODIGY X NORE X RAEKWON “NEW YORK CITY”