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Fat Joe is just a month away from releasing his collaboration album with Remy Ma entitled Plata o Plomo (February 17). The project now has further significance as it will be the first release for Joe under the umbrella of Roc Nation Management. The 12-track album will also feature appearances from French Montana, Stephanie Mills, BJ the Chicago Kid, Sevyn Streeter and The Dream.

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Photo Credit: Miguel Cotto Promotions/Hector Santos Guia

Yesterday, Miguel Cotto and James Kirkland held their kickoff press conference to officially announce their February 25 pay-per-view matchup.

The fight is a comeback of sorts for both fighters. Kirkland last fought in May 2015, suffering three knockdowns in a blowout third round KO loss to Canelo Alvarez. Cotto’s last bout was also against Canelo in losing a 12-round unanimous decision.

Kirkland’s career has been mired by inactivity. February’s bout will represent only his third contest since 2013. He cites subpar preparation as the reason for the Canelo loss and believes reuniting with trainer Ann Wolfe, who guided Kirkland to his biggest career wins over Alfredo Angulo and Glen Tapia, will be the difference.

“I didn’t give it my all when I fought Canelo Alvarez,” said Kirkland. “I didn’t prepare the way I needed to but I’m not going to bring any excuses to the table. This fight is to show my team, my fans and everyone who has followed and supported me, that James Kirkland is still in the race. Kirkland is still here to make a stand. Keep my name alive, please attend and watch it come February 25. It’s going to be a war.”

Cotto vs. Kirkland takes place live on HBO from the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. Tickets go on sale December 22.

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LAS VEGAS — It was dubbed a fight to crown the Pound 4 Pound best and it delivered. Andre Ward was hurt in the first round and dropped in the second, but mounted a gradual comeback behind a strong body attack to take a narrow 114-113 win on all scorecards.

Ward was stunned by a jab in the opening round and forced to hold. In the second, Kovalev floored the challenger with a perfect right hand. Kovalev continued his aggression behind the stiff jab and right hand, but Ward responded strong in the third by countering to the body and working the left hook.

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The remaining rounds were a seesaw of momentum on both sides. Ward got more moments for inside mauling where he slowed Kovalev with hard body shots. Although Kovalev was not able to replicate the clean shots landed in the opening rounds, he still manged to back Ward up with counter jabs and right hands.

The fight would come down to the 12th, where Kovalev landed the harder head shots, but Ward continued his solid work downstairs. Ultimately, the judges preferred Ward’s offense, and he won the round on all the judge’s scorecards.

The win gives Ward the WBA, WBO and IBF light-heavyweight titles and sets the stage for a lucrative rematch.


What a fight! On my scorecard, I had 115-112 for Kovalev, believing the knockdown pushed him ahead in a close bout. I had Kovalev taking rounds 1, 2 (w/ knockdown), 4, 6, 9, 10, and 12. Ward took rounds 3, 5, 7, 8, and 11. However, there were at least two close rounds on my card where I had some doubt before I tallied the final score. In Vegas, judges prefer aggression and for whatever it’s worth, Ward was the one who looked fresher and landed the most consistent punches on the second half — the body shots. And while the crowd should not influence judges, we know it does and there were wild cheers for Ward’s comeback likely played a part in the favorable scoring.

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Photo Credit: Tom Hogan

Watch the final pre-fight face to face confrontation between light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward at this afternoon’s weigh-in. The live stream opens at 5:30 p.m. ET and will include the undercard fights.

Kovalev vs. Ward takes place Saturday November 19 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO pay-per-view.

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Watch the final press for the November 19 light-heavyweight showdown between Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward. The live stream begins at 4 p.m. E.T. Friday’s weigh-in will be streamed live on BeatsBoxingMayhem at 5:30 p.m. E.T.

 

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Photo Credits: Kristopher Sandifer/ Roc Nation Sports

OAKLAND — Andre Ward held a special media workout on Halloween to discuss his November 19 fight against Sergey Kovalev. The former super middleweight champion spoke in depth about his odds against Kovalev, and being a mentor to young pros like Shakur Stevenson and Claressa Shields.

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I feel that this fight with Kovalev is 50-50. That’s how I approach all of my big fights. I don’t go into the fight thinking, ‘I’ve got a clear-cut advantage here’ or ‘I’ve got to run through this guy.’ Personally, for me, I can’t roll like that. I’ve got to keep myself honest, stay on my grind, keep my head down and force myself to keep working. I truly believe Kovalev is everything they say he is, and I’m everything that I’ve shown over the years.

There are always different game plans, nuances, different things you’re working on but I respect every fight that I fight. I don’t get caught up in the whole puncher thing, anybody can get you out of there if you get hit right. I don’t think I’d be sitting here in this position right now if I hadn’t had these highs and lows. We’ve got to find a way to get it done, and we’re going to find a way to get it done. I don’t care what he’s got in his gloves, who he’s knocked out or what he’s done. My job is to get my hand raised, and that’s what we’re focused on.

I have days where I do some type of cardio in the morning – sprints, distant running – then go back to training camp to get some rest and eat. Then we come to the gym and spar and hit the heavy bag. It’s a monotonous process when you’re in training camp, and that’s pretty much every day. Of course we take days off to rest the body and be smart, but it’s really the same thing every day. As you get closer, you start to pull back a little bit so you don’t over train. That’s normally the week of the fight, so up until the Saturday before the fight, you’re full steam ahead. 100 miles an hour.

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Typically, Virgil and I will go through our process together. He watches a lot more film than I do. He’s up until 3:00 a.m. or 4:00 a.m.watching film. As I’ve gotten older, I watch less film. I don’t need to see 10 fights to see tendencies and certain things. I know what I need to see. I may go back and watch a round here and there, but I try and leave room for my instincts. I’m very instinctual. You’ve got to be able to think on the fly thinking on the highest level. I leave room for that. It’s not a checklist you go down. You can’t get into a ring thinking like that. I just believe that who I am and what I have is enough, and that’s what I’m standing on.

Having young guys like Shakur Stevenson around, it starts to make me feel old because I used to be that guy at Roy Jones’s camp, Floyd Mayweather’s camp, hanging around Bernard Hopkins. You see yourself in them. It’s a little weird, because you’re like, ‘man, now I’m the OG.’ But it’s also a beautiful thing because we need more of that. We need champions and top contenders and just fighters in general to open up the door and allow the young guys on the way to be shown how it’s done.

I’m honored for Claressa Shields to say that I am her idol. I admire her story, what she’s come from, and think that she’s amazing in the ring. She’s the real deal. I watch her, I pick up things from her. For her to have two Gold medals is amazing. For her to make her pro debut on this fight card is a beautiful, beautiful thing. I think it’s a perfect situation.

It’s a beautiful thing to be fighting in Vegas. I’m excited. What better time than now in this stage in my career. I’m just excited to continue to prepare so I can do my part to give the fans their money’s worth, those that pay to be there and those paying to watch it. That’s what I’m focused on, and I’m extremely happy to be a part of it. T-Mobile is a new arena, and a new chapter, and to be a part of it is a beautiful thing.

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Less than a month out from their superfight, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev allowed HBO cameras to chronicle their final preparations on My Fight. The bout airs live on HBO pay-per-view on November 19.