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LONDON — With his promoter Floyd Mayweather cheering him on from ringside, Gervonta Davis made quick work of hometown hero Liam Walsh to complete the first defense of his IBF super featherweight title.

The fight was no contest from the opening bell. Utilizing the shoulder roll from the southpaw stance, Davis clipped Walsh with right jabs to the body and counter straight lefts from mid-range. The bout’s only knockdown was produced in the third when Walsh’s attempts to maul were stifled by repeated overhand lefts. Walsh beat the count but was quickly overwhelmed to force the referee stoppage.

Davis improves to 18-0. Per Mayweather, Davis will be an active champion and look to fight again within the next few months.


Fantastic performance from Tank. You can see the Mayweather mentorship is paying off via that jab to the stomach. Also, note how Davis adopted the Mayweather lead forearm to the neck to create space and keep the head stationary for punches. The latter proved to be Walsh’s downfall.

When you consider Davis is only 22 years old, his upside remains should he remain focused (keep that weight in check!).

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WBA/WBC welterweight titlist Keith Thurman is on the mend for the next 4-6 months after undergoing right elbow surgery.

Thurman suffered the injury during his split decision win over Danny Garcia in March. Doctors removed calcium deposits and have prescribed rehabilitation. Although Thurman wants to return for a second bout in 2017, he recognizes the importance of a gradual recovery.

“I had loose bodies in the elbow, similar to what baseball pitchers have. They had to go in and take out the loose bodies and calcium deposits,” Thurman said. “It was getting in the way of the hinging of the elbow and when I threw a punch. It was causing pain and inflammation. I noticed it before the Danny Garcia fight. There was no way to get rid of it without the surgery. I’m healing and getting the function back so that I can be pain free.This is just the real struggle of an athlete,” he said. “It’s not always

This is just the real struggle of an athlete. It’s not always picture perfect. It happens in every sport and that’s because we demand a lot from our bodies and ourselves. It has repercussions. Cars break down. We get them fixed and put them back on the road. We’re looking forward to getting back into the ring and giving you another fight before the year is out.”

Thurman is not without options upon his return. Rival Shawn Porter is now the #1 contender for Thurman’s WBC title after a dominating TKO over Andre Berto last month. WBO titlist Manny Pacquiao, who Thurman has expressed interest in facing, represents another unification opportunity. And many fans are hopeful for Thurman to challenge the winner of Errol Spence and Kell Brook, who face off next Saturday in Sheffield for the IBF strap.

“I’ll be tuning in and looking forward to the belt coming back to America and looking forward to seeing what Kell Brook has to offer at 147 pounds,” said Thurman. “I want to see if he wants to make his stand at 147. I like the idea of Spence showing everybody he’s the “Truth” and Kell trying to show everybody how “Special” he is.”

 

[Video] Young M.A – “Self M.Ade”

Posted: May 19, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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From the booth to the pulpit. Young M.A declares her autonomy in the video for “Self M.Ade,” the latest video off her Herstory EP. The soul sample has a throwback feel (think early 2000sΒ NYC) so even older heads can appreciate.

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Before they do battle Saturday on HBO, unified junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and gold medalist Felix Diaz are on deck this afternoon for the official weigh-in. The live stream opens at 2 p.m. ET. Tomorrow’s HBO card airs at 10:15 p.m. ET.

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You gotta love the irony when it comes to Blac Youngsta. Out on bail for allegedly shooting up Young Dolph’s truck at CIAA, the man starts off the track professing his innocence. Not even five seconds later, he’s threatening to kill Young Dolph with lines about “putting him on a t-shirt” and “shooting him in the face on a church day.” Don’t expect this beef to end anytime soon.

[Video] Vince Staples – “Big Fish”

Posted: May 18, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Vince Staples maintain his cool despite the sharks circling in the new visuals for “Big Fish.” The production will make you do a double-take to make sure this isn’t the latest from YG and DJ Mustard. The video is ourΒ last look at Vince before he drops his new album Big Fish Theory on Friday.

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Now this is a real #tbt. After years of collecting dust on T-Pain’s hard drive, fans finally get to hear the mythical Lil Wayne collaboration project appropriately titled T-Wayne. Recorded in 2009, the LP features T-Pain singing and trading bars with Wayne throughout the eight songs. If you can manage to put on your ’09 lenses, it’s clear that both these guys missed out on some easy money by not dropping this at the height of Wayne’s popularity. And considering the hashtags T-Pain included in his tweet, we can likely place the blame squarely on Birdman’s shoulders.

Stream the entire album below. While we’re at it, someone tell Juelz Santana to clear out his hard drive so we can hear I Can’t Feel My Face.