Posts Tagged ‘London’

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The press tour between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor concludes this afternoon in London. Do both parties any theatrics left? The live stream (hopefully) begins at 2 p.m. ET.

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LONDON — Welcome to the Anthony Joshua era. The undefeated fighter staked his claim to heavyweight supremacy by overcoming a sixth round knockdown to stop former undisputed champion and future Hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko in 11 rounds before 90,000 rabid fans at Wembley Stadium.

Although Klitschko displayed spry footwork in the early rounds, it was Joshua who was the active puncher. The titlist kept Klitschko backpeadling with pushing jabs and overhand rights. However, Klitschko remained dangerous by catching most of those shots on the gloves and landed several strong right hands in the second and fourth.

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A dramatic fifth round saw Joshua storm out and hurt Klitschko with a clubbing right hand. He continued the blitzing assault to cut Klitschko over the left eye and score a knockdown. The challenger proved resilient by crashing in multiple left hooks to stun a fatigued Joshua to close the stanza.

It would be the patented Klitschko 1-2 followed by a left hook that produced the most perilous moment of Joshua’s career in round six. He was dropped early in the round and forced to survive off the backfoot as Klitschko pursued with lead hooks. Klitschko built his momentum further by controlling the action with a ramrod jab in rounds 7-8.

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Gradually, Joshua worked his way back into the fight. He outworked Klitshko in rounds 9-10 by focusing his attack on the body. However, Klitschko still was in a position to close the bout, as evidenced by a heavy right hand that punctuated the 10th.

Joshua seized the final advantage in the 11th by exploiting Klitschko’s clinching. He rocked the former champion with a vicious right uppercut that lead to another knockdown. Joshua quickly floored Klitschko again with a right hand for a third knockdown. Klitschko rose again but was trapped in a corner and unable to hold, forcing the referee to call the bout.

Joshua improves to 19-0 and is now the unified IBF and WBA champion. A rematch clause is in place. Should Klitschko not exercise it, Joshua named-checked domestic rival and lineal champion Tyson Fury as a potential opponent.

 

 

 

 

 

Cormega ft. Havoc x Giggs – “Ironic”

Posted: November 11, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Cormega returns with new music with the Havoc and Giggs featuring “Ironic.” It’s nothing new for Mega to link up with QB fam Havoc, but the Giggs appearance is an interesting twist since the latter is from London. No word yet on if this is a prelude to a new album.

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LONDON — Size matters. Kell Brook’s sharp counter-punching and movement befuddled Gennady Golovkin at times, but the power of the bruising middleweight champion proved decisive as he forced Brook’s corner to stop the contest in the fifth.

Brook was badly staggered in the round one by a left hook which he later speculated might have broken his eye socket. The injury would be a recurring theme throughout the fight as Brook occasionally pawed at the area starting in the second. Brook found his greatest success in round two by countering the charging Golovkin with left hooks and right uppercuts. The speed and timing of these shots seemed to surprise Golovkin and drew blood from his nose.

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At ring center, Brook’s speed and counters allowed him to remain competitive. However, Golovkin’s size and the power continually forced Brook to the ropes. The challenger couldn’t avoid digging body shots which lowered his hands and opened up Golovkin’s thudding jabs and right hands.

The fifth round saw Brook hurt several times with power shots and attempt to buy time by taunting. With no punches coming back his way, Golovkin kept throwing and forced Brook’s corner to throw in the towel.

“A few rounds before I told them my eye was gone,” Brook admitted afterward. “It was hard to see him. I was very frustrated. I had so much more to give. I feel I would have taken over in the middle and later rounds.

Absolutely (I could have fought on). A fight of this magnitude, you have to carry on… Knock me out.”

Golovkin admitted that Brook’s use of “distance” caused him trouble, but was adamant the smaller man never hurt him and compared the bout to a “street fight” and “sparring.”

With a Canelo bout seemingly a year away at the earliest, Golovkin expressed his desire to unify next against WBO titlist Billy Joe Saunders. Brook confirmed he will move up to 154 pounds and vacate his IBF welterweight title.

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LONDON — Anthony Joshua has taken the first step to heavyweight supremacy by knocking out Charles Martin in two rounds to win the IBF title.

Joshua took charge from the outset by backing Martin up with sharp rights to the head and body. The punches had Martin wary to risk any counter attempts. In the second, the southpaw Martin made the fatal mistake of lunging while working the right jab, allowing Joshua to drop him twice with straight rights in less than 30 seconds.

Martin mistimed the count on the second knockdown, giving Joshua the win with 1:22 remaining in the round.

“I’m only a quarter of the way there,” said Joshua, alluding to the fact three other belts remain in the division. “I know there’s still a lot of work to be done… I have to keep improving because you have people like Haye calling me out, Tyson Fury calling me out, all of them.

I come to knock people out. I just want to bring value for the money.”

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What you see above you are the top trending topics just one hour after Joshua’s victory. Taking away the paid sponsor and “boxing” was the #1 trend worldwide. When is the last time we’ve seen that after a major fight? Sure, we seen the names of fighters trending, but never the actual sport. This says a lot about Joshua’s star potential. The heavyweight division is just begging for a new king and Joshua, along with guys like Luis Ortiz, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, have made this division very exciting.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

  1. Get ready for Charles Martin vs. Chris Arreola, Gerald Washington or Dominic Breazeale on a PBC card sometime this year.
  2. Did Martin’s trunks shrink on the plane ride over? They look ready to split down the middle at any second.
  3. Shannon Briggs didn’t get a ticket? #LetsGoChamp
  4. Deontay Wilder is shaking his head that he could’t get his hands on Martin first.

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5. Anyone that comes to the ring in Martin’s getup needs to get KO’d.

6. Is it too soon for another “Battle of the Undefeated,” this time between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker?

 

 

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LONDON — Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan began their press conference tour yesterday in London with visits to the city’s historical landmarks. The two fighters, who face off in Las Vegas on May 7, made photo-op stops at the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oxo Tower, London Eye and Westminter-House of Parliament.

The first press conference kicks on today at the Park Plaza Riverbank London. The tour continues to Hard Rock Café in NYC on March 1, and wraps up at the Five Tower Stage in Hollywood on Wednesday (May 2).

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Mary J. Blige’s The London Sessions, her joint album with the production duo Disclosure, is set for a December 2 release. Yesterday, Mary dropped a video chronicling her studio time during her recent trip to London. This is a good example of updating your sound and still maintaining the core qualities your core audience loves.