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This afternoon, you can stream the entire Frank Warren card headlined by the return of IBF super middleweight titlist James DeGale defending his belt against Caleb Truax. The co-main event features Eduardo Ramirez challenging IBF title-holder Lee Selby. Also spotlighted is the U.S. tv debut of light-heavyweight prospect Anthony Yarde (13-0, 12 KOs).

The card begins at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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The weights are in for Saturday night’s Pound 4 Pound showdown between WBO super featherweight titlist Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux. Both fighters were chiseled with the champion coming in at 129 pounds and the challenger at 128.25.

PREDICTION: I’ve gone back and forth on this fight since it was announced. Rigo’s sublime skills make him a hard night for any opponent, not to mention his underrated power and nimble footwork. However, this is the first fight where I feel there is a perfect storm that will lead to his first defeat.

Rigondeaux is 37 years old (allegedly), jumping two weight classes and has fought only three rounds in the last year. I would feel uneasy about those facts if he were fighting a lower Top 10 super featherweight, let alone going after the #1 guy at the weight in Lomachenko. Having fought and broken the will of bigger punchers in Nicholas Walters and Manuel Marriaga, I see Lomachenko being able to handle Rigo’s stinging shots and forcing a higher pace in the later rounds. Because Rigo sometimes squares up out of clinches, there’s an outside chance that Lomachenko could score a flash knockdown ala Donaire and Amagasa.

Expect a good start from Rigondeaux due to his counter punching with Lomachenko’s size and activity being the difference in the second half to earn a close but clear unanimous decision.

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If Jean Pascal is calling it a career, the former light-heavyweight champion is going out with a decisive win. What was supposed to be a launch-pad for Ahmed Elbiali turned into a slugfest with the stronger Pascal stopping an exhausted Elbiali in the sixth round.

The deciding factor was Pascal’s sustained body attack. Elbiali’s was content to hold while Pascal fired off haymaker hooks downstairs. From range, Pascal relied on his usual haymaker potshotting. He finally hit paydirt in the sixth with an overhand right that hurt Elibiali, who was too worn out from the body shots to hold or retreat. Pascal continued to tee off with the right until Elbiali’s corner threw in the towel at the 2:06 mark.

If Pascal’s retirement sticks, he finishes his career with a 32-5-1 (19 KOs) record.

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Luis Ortiz has cleared the way for another Deontay Wilder title match attempt with a second-round KO over Daniel Martz.

Although Ortiz came into the ring equaling a career-high weight of 242, he had no issues dominating the inside action against the towering 6’7, 260-pound Martz. The journeyman first went down from a left uppercut to the body, and for good in the same round off a counter straight left.

Ortiz immediately had words for Wilder, who was on ringside commentary. The WBC title-holder entered the ring and vowed to give Ortiz another title opportunity Their first attempt in November was canceled after Ortiz tested positive for a banned substance. He was fined $25,000 and banned for one year by the WBA.

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As speculated, the public barbs between Wilder and Joshua are for show. Neither fighter is in a hurry to make the fight when they can face lesser opponents and build to a bigger showdown in late 2018-early 2019. And while Joshua’s path until that fight is easier on paper (Parker, Fury), Wilder taking a loss against Ortiz is a legit possibility.

Despite this, Wilder is doing the right thing. He desperately needs high-level opposition to prepare him for Joshua. A fight against Ortiz does that way more than beating up on someone like Dominic Breazeale (who Joshua has already KO’d). And with Ortiz being 38 years old and having less than two rounds of action in the last year, the time for Wilder to strike is now.

 

Harry Fraud ft. Rick Ross – “Know About”

Posted: December 9, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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From mainstream to underground, Harry Fraud does not discriminate when handing out bangers. The versatile producer is prepping his own album The Coast, and tonight reveals a collaboration with Rick Ross entitled “Know About.” Starting out with some wordplay on legendary heavyweights Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, Ross then goes in without a chorus.

Mase ft. Diddy x DJ Khaled – “Rap Rushmore”

Posted: December 5, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Looks like Murda is here to stay. A week after blitzing Cam’Ron on “The Oracle,” Mase is back to deliver some more hard-hitting rhymes on “Rap Rushmore.” For this salvo, the Harlemite recruits Diddy and DJ Khaled to serve as hypemen. You can’t come soft over the “UFO” sample and Mase more than upholds up his end. The scary part is I’d still consider this a “rusty” Mase that’s still getting acclimated. What if he sticks around and gives us a full mixtape?

Cam’Ron Fires Back at Mase on “Dinner Time”

Posted: November 26, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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24 hours after Mase set the rap world on fire with “The Oracle,” Cam’Ron returns the favor with his Heatmakerz-produced diss “Dinner Time.”

Cam is known for his disrespect and continues that tradition in the opening bars.

I’m all for the jokes, bundle up, get your coat
But, I only go for the throat, I’ma chimney, I work the smoke
You done opened up a door, I’m petty, ready for war
I ain’t got a sister, only sister I fucked was yours

There are moments on the track where you get flashes of Cam’s vintage flow. However, the subpar mixing robs the lyrics of some of their potency, even when Cam goes in on Mase’s spiritual flip-flopping (Collection plate money in his pocket/ He’s a klepto/ And to get a dollar dollar/ He was sucking Creflo).

So far, most are giving round one to Mase. Listen and see if you agree.