Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

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There’s been much debate about who took round one of the trash talk between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor yesterday in Los Angeles. The two renew pleasantries this afternoon at the second stop of their international press tour. Check back here throughout the week for continued stream of the press tour as it hits New York (Thursday) and wraps up in London (Friday). The fights airs on Showtime pay-per-view on Saturday August 26.

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TORONTO — It was a dominant evening for the Premier Boxing Champions brand with Adonis Stevenson and Errol Spence posting one-sided victories over Tommy Karpency and Chris Van Heerden. Stevenson, the linear light-heavyweight champion, and Spence, a hot rising prospect turned contender, are at different stages of their careers. But these wins do the same important thing — keep them in line for big money future fights.

SPENCE TURNS INTO A CONTENDER: Van Heerden notched his first Top 10 ranking in any sanctioning body (IBF) when he defeated Cecil McCalla in January. A tall and strong welter, he was seen as a good challenge for Spence, who’s been mowing down subpar competition thus far. Instead, Spence dished out a brutal boxing lesson that reduced Van Heerden’s best moments to dancing taunts.

Spence’s best weapon tonight was a stiff jab that prevented Van Heerden from mauling. When Van Heerden did get inside, he was received heavy body shots that forced him to grab or retreat. Swelling on Van Heerden’s left eye started at the end of the first and would be a constant problem. An overhand right brought him to his knees at the end of the seventh, and an uppercut to the gut downed Van Heerden again in the middle of the eighth. A succession of unanswered power shots on the ropes ended Van Heerden’s night for good.

Spence is now a legit Top 10-15 fighter at welterweight. Van Heerden was ranked #7 by the IBF, so in theory his quickest path to a title shot should be against that organization’s champion, Kell Brook. But with boxing politics, Spence has a better chance of forcing a bout with another PBC fighter. The question is, who’ll want to face him?

As far as flaws, there are a few I noted. Spence isn’t the fastest fighter, but makes up for it with accuracy. He can plod at times, and doesn’t move his head as much as he should (which allowed Van Heerden to nail him good and send the mouthpiece flying late). He can be caught if you’re willing to exchange. But so far, he’s made everyone pay for that risk. A Thurman bout remains the most intruging due to Keith’s explosiveness.


STEVENSON CALLS OUT KOVALEV: It was no surprise that Stevenson needed less than three full rounds to lay out Tommy Karpency. The gap in skill and power was enormous — Stevenson shrugged off a few clean power shots and Karpency could not to the same with the left hands coming at him. A straight left started the first knockdown to close the second, and it was the same shot that laid out Karpency for good just 21 seconds into the third.

“C’mon Kovalev – it’s time to fight for the unified title,” said Stevenson in his post-fight interview.

Kovalev responded not long after.

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Kovalev has faced better competition recently, but both are hurting their legacies the longer this fight gets delayed. And at 37 years old, time is not on Stevenson’s side. Someone will have to bend and make the necessary concessions to make this bout a reality. Boxing fans will not tolerate another version of the 6-year delay we got with Mayweather-Pacquiao.


TIME FOR RETIREMENT: The swing bout was a sad one in faded former titlist Vivian Harris getting stopped in four by 16-0 prospect Pritchard Colon. 10 years ago, Harris was seen as a legit opponent for Mayweather. As you can see, 37 year old’s best days are far behind him. This is his second consecutive KO defeat and the fourth in his last seven fights dating back to 2012. It’s time to call it a career.

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Undefeated Olympian Errol Spence (17-0, 14 KOs) will face his sternest opposition to date when he faces South African welterweight Chris Van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KOs) on the undercard of Adonis Stevenson vs. Tommy Karpency, airing September 11 on Spike TV.

Spence is riding a four-fight KO streak capped by a three-round demolition of Phil Lo Greco In June. Already pegged by Floyd Mayweather as a future star, Spence is looking to raise his profile to earn marquee matchups against fellow PBC welterweights.

Heerden, a nine-year veteran, has posted wins over Sebastian Lujan, Cosme Rivera, and Matthew Hatton. In January, he earned an hard-fought split decision win over Cecil McCalla on Roc Nation Sports’ inaugural “Throne Boxing” card.

“We are very happy to have Spence versus Van Heerden as the televised co-feature on our September 11th event in Toronto,” said Yvon Michel, card co-promoter and GYM president. “They are two of the most talented welterweights in the world. This match-up has all of the makings of an exciting, explosive, fan-friendly fight. We’re thrilled that boxing fans in the U.S. and Canada will be able to watch this fight, as well as ‘Superman’ Stevenson against Karpency, on national television.”

Stevenson vs. Karpency will air on Spike TV.


Van Heerden isn’t a name that’s going to grab casual fans, but this is a very good fight for Spence. At this stage of his development, he needs credible contenders who are still hungry and not shopworn.

Van Heerden fits the bill. I was ringside for his Roc Nation bout and he showed a lot of grit and willingness to bring strong, mauling pressure. Heerden’s size (5’11 to Spence’s 5’9) will make that a new look and challenge for Spence.

If Spence shines, then the prospect of him facing a guy like Keith Thurman in 2016 begins to make more sense.

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SPITTING OTHER NIGGA’S SHIT, BUT YOU CLAIMING KING, THOUGH?

Meek Mill has finally broken his silence with an official diss answer to Drake called “Wanna Know.” Starting off with the Undertaker’s ominous theme, Meek also incorporates the reference bars from Quentin Miller’s reference on “Know Yourself.” You can’t say Meek didn’t come back swinging. Is it enough to kill the “Back to Back” jokes? You decide.

UPDATE: Drake’s instagram response. A picture worth 1000 words.

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[Video] Wale – “Simple Man in Toronto”

Posted: October 9, 2013 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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With cameos from Drake and J. Cole in tow, Wale crafts a straightfoward for his new video straight from the city of Toronto.

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Posted: September 10, 2011 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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“Well out there, there ain’t nothing for me. I think it’s time I come home…”

Throughout tonight, Drake is promising to give fans three songs off his upcoming sophomore album Take Care. This first one, “Club Paradise,” has 40 setting a somber, slow-grooving atmosphere for Drake’s musing on lost love, the disappointment of stardom and rediscovering your roots. The structure and tone of the track is reminiscent of “Paris Morton Music.” Even though the traditional hard drums you expect on a Hip-Hop song never come, Drake’s flow and content is enough to hold your attention. Drizzy’s off to a good start with these free releases.

DRAKE “CLUB PARADISE” (Prod. by 40)

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Let’s kick off this week with a Canada-U.S. connection courtesy of Toronto-based emcee Omar Linx, and Slaughterhouse members Royce da 5’9 and Joell Ortiz. Linx’s name has being growing north of the border due to his  collaborations with dub step producers Zed’s Dead. For his debut, City of Ommz, he’s enlisting beats from Pro Logic, Moss and Arthur McArthur. This song appropriately has gothic elements in its production and lyrical content. If this is any indication of the album’s sound, Linx might find himself catching hold of a underground audience here in the States.

OMAR LINX X ROYCE DA 5’9 X JOELL ORTIZ “SEE YOU IN HELL” (PRODUCED BY MOSS X PRO LOGIC)

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