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The verdict is still out the future career prospects of Devon Alexander and Victor Ortiz after the two veterans battled to a controversial draw in El Paso, Texas.

Alexander, fighting for only the third time in three years, showed a sharp southpaw jab and continually nailed Ortiz with right hooks and straight lefts. The shots resulted in a large mouse under Ortiz’s left eye, but the former champion never wavered in coming forward and inviting power shot exchanges.

The scorecards were 115-113 Ortiz and 114-114 twice. Both guys expressed their willingness to do it again.

“I would love a rematch,” said Alexander. “That’s up to my team to see what’s next, but I’ll fight anybody. I’m a real fighter.”

“A rematch would be awesome,” added Ortiz. “If both teams agree and the fans want it, let’s make it happen.”

BeatsBoxingMayhem had the fight 8-4 for Alexander.

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Atlanta – Season 2 Trailer

Posted: February 18, 2018 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Concert/Film/TV Reviews
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In less than 2 weeks, Robbin’ Season begins. The official trailer for season two of the critically-acclaimed series Atlanta is here. We’re low on plot details, but after that first season, do we really need any? Season two premieres on March 1.

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Chris Eubank’s expected a coming out party and instead received a boxing lesson from George Groves, who worked diligently behind a disruptive left jab to score a clear unanimous decision (117-112, 116-112, 115-11) at the Manchester Arena.

It was clear early on that Eubank didn’t come into this fight with a Plan B. He fully expected his athleticism would allow him to get inside and use his explosive power. Instead, he found himself stuck on the outside and eating jabs. When he attempted to barrel through, Groves would tie him up and force a reset at ring center. This essentially was the pattern of the entire fight.

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As the fight wore on, Eubank’s attempts to get inside got more and more reckless. We got errant fouls from both, but Eubank would get the worst of the legal and illegal actions. He received a bad cut over his right eye from a clash of heads. He was lucky in the middle rounds when the referee missed a flash knockdown.

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Eubank found his best success when he took risks and worked from mid-range. Groves would give ground to the ropes and Eubank had space to pound the body and exchange upstairs. Eubank particularly did this well in the championship rounds where Groves’s stamina began to wane.

We would find out later that Groves suffered a dislocated left shoulder early in the 12th, robbing him of the left jab that kept Eubank’s contained. The challenger took full advantage and dominated the stanza, but Groves showed durability and slickness by rolling with of Eubank’s power shots.

At press time, the severity of Groves’s injury is unknown. All are hopeful it won’t be an extended delay as Groves is set to the meet the winner of Callum Smith and Jurgen Brahmer (February 24) in the World Boxing Super Series Finals. Usually, recovery time can range anywhere from six weeks to three months.

In the meantime, Chris Eubank has to take a long hard look in the mirror. It’s time to stop believing his own hype and get with a new trainer. Naseem Hamed was commentating and absolutely ripped him, going as far to say Eubank showed he’s not a world-class fighter. It’s hard to argue with that considering Eubank was rendered clueless by Groves’s jab and look like an amateur throwing wild haymakers.

28 years old doesn’t exactly make Chris Eubank an old fighter. The question becomes whether it’s too old to unlearn the bad habits he’s internalized.

 

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Catch the live stream of the Danny Garcia-Brandon Rios weigh-in today here on BeatsBoxingMayhem. After yesterday’s heated press conference, the two combatants get to confront each other one last time. The fight airs on Showtime Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET.

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Adrien Broner is back in jail. The former world champion was arrested at Atlanta’s Lennox Mall late Monday evening after being accused of groping a woman.

According to BSO, Broner is accused of grabbing a woman’s genitals at the mall’s Louis Vutton store. He is being held at the Fulton County Jail with no bond.

“…units spoke with the victim who advised that she had been inappropriately groped by a male later identified as Mr. Adrien Broner,” said the Atlanta PD in a statement. “Mr. Broner denied the accusations and after being interviewed was charged with Misdemeanor Sexual Battery and transported to Fulton County Jail without incident.”

Broner’s last run-in with the law came in September when he punched a man on the Las Vegas Strip.

He is tentatively scheduled to return to the ring on April 21 against Omar Figueroa.

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CANCUN — Miguel Berchelt had an easy homecoming last night in taking less than three rounds to dispose of Maxwell Awuku at the Plaza de Toros.

Berchelt didn’t show any ill effects from the right-hand injury that kept him sidelined for the second half of 2017. The WBC super featherweight title-holder relied on the straight right hand to punctuate combinations as Awuku was repeatedly forced to the ropes. The southpaw challenger would occasionally respond with wild straight lefts that only gave brief reprieves on Berchelt’s forward march.

Awuku was dropped twice early in third with the straight right again being the money punch. The challenger was the verge of the third knockdown before referee Hector Afu halted the beating.

The win is Berchelt’s second defense of the WBC World super featherweight title he won in January 2017 by stopping Francisco Vargas. Awuku, who was not ranked by any of the sanctioning bodies, was the second last-minute substitute after pullouts from Cristian Mijares and Carlo Magali.

Berchelt is now obligated to face mandatory challenger Micky Roman.

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Kendrick Lamar and SZA capture the dignity and beauty of black culture in the stunning visuals for “All the Stars.” In the various scenes, Kenny takes on an “anointed one” role as he literally navigates over a sea of followers and later holds court as a street leader of a Trenchtown-style neighborhood. SZA’s presence is more mystical as she navigates through the stars as a distant observer. You’ll notice the elegant, larger than life presentation of the black women as gatekeepers.

The Black Panther OST hits streaming outlets on February 9.