Posts Tagged ‘New York’


Jamaica’s Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) holds the WBA featherweight title and makes his Madison Square Garden debut Saturday (June 13) against Miguel Marriaga. These two faced off in the amateurs with Marriaga spoiling Walters’ 2008 Olympic hopes.

The bout airs live on HBO.


Formidable super lightweight sluggers Lucas Matthysse and Ruslan Provodnikov have agreed to face each other on the April 18 edition of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark,” live from Verona, New York.

The announcement was delayed several weeks due to issues selecting a venue. Originally, Matthysse (Golden Boy) and Provodnikov’s (Banner Promotions) promoters hoped to have the fight at Carson, California’s StubHub Center, the site of Provodnikov’s 2013 “Fight of the Year” battle with Timothy Bradley. But with the date unavailable, the focus shifted to the East Coast and Turning Stone Casino, a venue that’s recently held boxing cards by Mayweather Promotions and the now-defunct Iron Mike Productions.

“The Provodnikov Matthysse matchup is destined to be one of the must-see fights of the year and we’re looking forward to hosting another exciting night of boxing at Turning Stone,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation representative the Turning Stone Casino. “In less than two years, we’ve hosted 15 nationally televised fights, distinguishing our resort as premier destination for world-class boxing.”

Since losing a decision to Danny Garcia in 2013, Matthysse engaged in a 2014 “Fight of the Year” favorite against John Molina, winning by an 11th round KO, and scoring a second round knockout over Robert Ortiz to close out the year. With his last 13 wins coming inside the distance, Matthysse is confident the style matchup against Provodnikov favors him

“I only want the biggest fights against the best fighters and this fight between Provodnikov and I will surely be ‘Fight of the Year’,” said Lucas Matthysse.  “Provodnikov is a warrior that never stops throwing punches and his style suits me very well.  I’m confident that I will win, and since Danny Garcia doesn’t want to fight me again, this fight will prove that I am one of the best fighters in the world.”

In his first fight back since losing a split decision to Chris Algieri, Provodnikov scored an easy knockout over a faded Jose Luis Castillo in November. He expects to replicate his 2013 “Fight of the Year” with two important differences — winning and scoring a knockout.

“I’m glad that this fight is finally done,” said Ruslan Provodnikov. “This is the fight I have been waiting for a long time. I think that this fight will be nominated for either ‘Fight of the Year’ or ‘Knockout of the Year’.”

The “Boxing After Dark” telecast airs at 9:45 p.m. ET.


There will be blood! When I heard this bout was coming to the East Coast,  I already started looking at flights in anticipation that the fight would land at Madison Square Garden or the Barclays Center. Unfortunately, both venues are booked up on April 18, leaving Turning Stone Casino near Syracuse as the only viable New York option. If you reside anywhere in the area, checking out this fight live will be well worth it.


Right on time. While protests continue to rage around the U.S. following the decision not to indict the cop who killed Eric Garner with an illegal chokehold, NY emcees Maino and Uncle Murda’s “Hands Up” delivers some needed social commentary.

Emcees and entertainers aren’t obligated to speak on social issues, but there needs to be a different level of respect for those who do. Some might not have expected it from these two considering their street reps. However, remember the line from Andre 3000.

Is every nigga with dreads for the cause?/Is every nigga with gold for the fall?/ Naw, so don’t get caught up in appearance…

[Video] AZ – “Red Magic”

Posted: August 19, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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I’d normally caution against taking random drugs from shady characters, but it proves worthwhile in AZ’s new clip for “Red Magic.” After consuming an experimental drug that allows him to access the full capability of his brain (sound familiar?), AZ becomes a supreme lyrical and physical beast. You can purchase “Red Magic” HERE.

Mike Perez vs Bryant Jennings

Photo Credit: Will Hart/K2 Promotions

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK — Undefeated heavyweights Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez spent the afternoon at the Empire State Building’s 86th Floor Observation Deck. The two are just days away from a July 26 showdown that will anoint the mandatory challenger for Bermane Stiverne’s WBC title.

The fight will be a co-feature to Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Geale, airing this Saturday on HBO at 9:30 p.m. ET.


The Lox – “New York”

Posted: March 2, 2014 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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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.