Posts Tagged ‘HBO’


J. Cole and HBO have joined forces to announce 4 Your Eyez Only: A Dreamville Film. The documentary will follow Cole as he explores the country and interacts with people from neighborhoods in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Ferguson and his native Fayetteville. The project will also be interspersed with Cole performances from his recent tour. The film airs on April 15 at 10 p.m. ET.



Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland

Before the “Big Drama Show” commences, BeatsBoxingMayhem is providing a live stream of the full untelevised undercard. Starting at 7 p.m. ET, you’ll be able to watch the following fights for free:

Serhi Bohanhuk (2-0) vs. Yasmani Pedroso (1-1) – Welterweights, 4 Rounds

Jay McFarlane (2-0) vs. Matt McKinney (3-2-2) – Heavyweights, 4 Rounds

Andy Lee (34-3-1) vs. KeAndrae Leatherwood (19-3-1) – Middleweights, 8 Rounds

Follow me tonight on Twitter @Ismael_BBM_NYK for full coverage live from Madison Square Garden.



Watch the live weigh-in for this Saturday’s big middleweight matchup between Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs. The stream opens live from Madison Square Garden Friday morning (March 17) at 9 a.m. BeatsBoxingMayhem will be providing on-site coverage of the event including a preliminary undercard stream. Check back throughout the weekend for updates.


Roc Nation Sports announced moments ago that James Kirkland has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled February 25 pay-per-view matchup against Miguel Cotto due to injury.

Kirkland reportedly suffered a fractured nose in training. The entire card, which also featured junior featherweight titleholder Guillermo Rigondeaux against Moses Flores in the co-main event, has been called off. How much consideration was given to finding a replacement opponent was not disclosed.

The cancellation prolongs the ring inactivity of both main eventers. Cotto last fought in November 2015, losing a competitive 12-round decision to Canelo Alvarez. Kirkland’s last bout was a one-sided, third-round knockout to Alvarez in May 2015.

Roc Nation has promised to refund all tickets purchased for the event.

I hate to speculate, but did anyone else immediately think of Ann Wolfe’s medieval training methods? Sure, we’ve seen fights get canceled from freak injuries like cuts in sparring, but it’s hard not to think Wolfe’s brutal sparring sessions on a shopworn fighter like Kirkland didn’t heighten the possibility of injury. See below from several years ago:

Yes, Kirkland battered him but that kind of sadistic “training” likely had him taking his fair share of lumps this time around, especially coming off a year-plus layoff. Hell, who says Wolfe didn’t do it herself?

We’ll see if Kirkland’s camp decides to elaborate on exactly how the injury occurred.




Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland

INDIO, CA — HBO Boxing After Dark’s first card of 2017 is set for tomorrow night as all the fighters were on target for today’s weigh-in.

Former WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura tipped the scales at 129.8, his lowest since weighing 129.5 in a 2013 decision win over Sergio Thompson. His opponent, Miguel Roman, came in at 129.2. Tomorrow’s fight will be Miura’s first U.S. appearance since losing by ninth round knockout to Francisco Vargas in 2015’s Fight of the Year.

Vargas, who main events the card, weighed in at 129.6. The challenger for his WBC super featherweight crown, Miguel Berchelt, came in at 129.8

Saturday night’s card airs live on HBO at 10 p.m. ET.



For the first time, an all-Mexico showdown will commence this year on Cinco de Mayo when Canelo Alvarez takes on former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The event will air live on HBO pay-per-view May 6.

The fighters had been deep in negotiations the last with month with both sides having no qualms about going to the media whenever talks stalled. A breakthrough happened this week when Chavez Jr. stated he was willing to agree to a 164.5 pound catchweight stipulation.

“I dedicate this fight to Mexico,” said Chavez Jr. “I’m going to win, but my country will too because this is the fight that boxing needs.”

“I’m excited to announce my fight against Julio César Chávez, Jr. and confirm that I will be prepared, like I’ve been throughout my career, to give a great fight,” added Alvarez. “I want to remind you that when two Mexican fighters face-off, a spectacular show is guaranteed, and I can assure you that May 6 will be no exception especially during the Cinco de Mayo festivities.
Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Independence Day in September are important dates for us Mexicans, and I’m expecting a great night for boxing and the whole world.”
At press time, the Las Vegas venue for the fight has not been determined.




Years ago, Bernard Hopkins’ former trainer Naazim Richardson told me that Hopkins had done everything in the ring except lose badly. I remembered that quote two years ago when Hopkins was dominated but survived to a decision loss against Sergey Kovalev. I figured that would be the “bad” career loss. Unfortunately for Hopkins, he tempted fate tonight by returning from a 25 month layoff to face power-puncher Joe Smith Jr. At 51 years old, Hopkins finally got his wake-up call from Father Time after being blasted out of the ring by a Smith Jr. left hook to suffer the first knockout of his career.

Yes, you read that right. Bernard Hopkins, after three decades in boxing and nearly 70 fights, has finally suffered a KO defeat.

Hopkins is a notorious slow-starter, but tonight was different. His movements were stiff. His body, while still in shape, was softer and less like a formidable boxer. In round one, the bigger Smith Jr. hurt Hopkins with a looping right and forced the future Hall of Famer to hold. Smith, while crude, remained the aggressor and took the second on my card with some wincing body shots.

Hopkins gained a rhythm in the third and fourth by baiting Smith into right hands. Going into the eighth, I had Smith holding a narrow 67-66 lead, but looking like the sturdier fighter. Hopkins went to the ropes and got caught with a haymaker right. Hopkins sagged over the middle rope and received two left hooks that sent him toppling head-first to the floor. Although he got to his feet after the 10 count, Hopkins was clearly disoriented and couldn’t even make it to the apron in the 20 seconds alloted for a ring floor knockdown.

Hopkins was still in shock for his post-fight interview. Despite claiming that he was pushed out the ring, the man stood by his word that this was his last fight. We can only hope he keeps his word.