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  • Deontay Wilder-Luis Ortiz Drug Fiasco

    By Jake Donovan There’s no positive spin on the possible cancellation of the scheduled November 4 heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz—but at present moment, there is also no need to yet hit the panic button. Because of the manner in which leaked drug results are handled, however, we are already at that point without cooler heads having a chance to prevail. An overnight breaking news item by award-winning ESPN senior writer Dan Rafael revealed that Ortiz had tested positive for banned substances chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide—both of which are used by drug cheats as masking agents to prevent detection of performance enhancing drug (PED) use). Such news was followed by the revelation that…

  • REDEMPTION: Lozano vs Rodriguez Rematch For Bantam Title

    Miami, Fl: The #1 boxing program on US Spanish Television, Boxeo Telemundo Ford opens its Fall Series on October 13th in Tampa, Fla with an exciting rematch of a controversial decision in 2015. Florida native, Mexican American Daniel “El Alacran” Lozano is on a path to redemption when he takes on Ricardo “Meserito”Rodriguez of Mexico City for what will be an action packed war for the vacant WBO Latino Bantamweight Title. Lozano avenged one of his previous losses in the Summer Series when he KO’d title contender from Mexico City, David “Severo” Carmona, which Nayoa Inoue nor Carlos Cuadras were able to do. On the other hand, Rodriguez is looking to crawl his way back…

  • Broner Def. Granados By Split Decision; Peterson Edges Avanesyan

    Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados battled in a close, back-and-forth main event Saturday on SHOWTIME, with the four-division world champion Broner eking out a split decision victory from Cintas Center at Xavier University in his hometown of Cincinnati.     The fight, which was scored 97-93 Broner, 97-93 Granados and 96-94 Broner, was a tale of accuracy vs activity. Granados (18-5-2, 11 KOs), a native of Chicago, was the busier fighter, throwing 683 compared to 403 total punches for Broner (33-2, 24 KOs).  But “The Problem” connected at a 41 percent rate, compared to just 21 percent for his opponent.     The fight was fought largely on the inside, which Broner said was because he hurt his left hand…

  • Jermall Charlo Vacates 154 Title; Looks For New Challenges at 160

    The light middleweight division finds itself with one less titleholder as defending IBF champion Jermall Charlo announced his decision to vacate the strap on Thursday. In a prepared press release, Charlo states there are no other fights that interest him at his current weight class and he’s seeking new challenges at 160. Charlo’s twin brother Jermell, who he’s pledged to never fight, will remain at 154. “If there were a big fight at 154 pounds left for me, I’d stick around and wait for it. But there isn’t anything there that can be made quickly. And I wouldn’t fight my brother or my gym mate and close friend, Erislandy Lara.”   Charlo’s trainer, Ronnie Shields agrees.   “It’s…

  • Lomachenko To Challenge Sosa For Featherweight Title on April 8

    Two-division world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist VASYL LOMACHENKO and World Boxing Association (WBA) super featherweight world champion JASON “El Canito” SOSA will battle for Lomachenko’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight world title, Saturday, April 8, at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. The fight between the two world champions will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated No. 1 super middleweight contender JESSE “Hard Work” HART from Philadelphia, PA., and local favorites from the metro Washington, D.C. area, including undefeated prospects MIKE “Yes Indeed” REED and PATRICK HARRIS in separate bouts. Full details on the undercard…

SOCIALLY SPEAKING: A Mix Bag of Opinions on Life and Culture

Let’s Keep The Guns and Get Rid of the People

A couple of centuries ago, a bunch of guys huddled up and decided to contrive a set of rules that would make life seemingly fairer and happier for all parties involved. This became what we know today as the United States Constitution. More than 200 years later, after drastic, almost otherworldly social changes have taken place in society, modern man is expected to abide by this archaic rulebook, and it’s causing disorientation. Confusion. Specifically speaking, we’ve become our own pistol-packin, gat-toting, worst enemy, and this will likely never change. For further illustration; according to a report by the AJM, “Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns” than people in similar countries….

Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on Las Vegas Shooting

Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on Las Vegas Shooting WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, released a statement following the tragic shooting near the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas that claimed at least 59 innocent lives and injured more than 500 people: “Like so many across the country, I woke up this morning to the horrific news that our nation had endured yet another act of senseless violence, resulting in the loss of at least 59 innocent lives and leaving more than 500 people injured. This shooting is a painful reminder of just how far we must go to root out acts of mass violence in our…

Is ‘Black Lives Matter’ a Terrorist Group? 906 People Think So

In January of 2017, a petition was created to label the Black Lives Matter movement a terrorist organization. To many, especially those that know reality from fiction, this is ridiculous. BLM was engineered as a reaction to the treatment people of color (not just Blacks, because that would be racist) by law enforcement nationwide. Any aggression, theoretically, could be perceived as a reaction to events that transpired before some of us were even born, and could technically be deemed self defense. Black Lives Matter was, and still is, a call to proverbial arms, a social fog horn, a figurative flare launched skyward to illuminate the hate, intolerance, and injustice that exists yet went goes largely…

THE JUNK DRAWER: Music, Entertainment & Other Stuff

How Cardi B & Offset are a Love Alternative in the Trump Era

On October 27th, Migos frontman Offset popped the golden question to the current queen of the Hip Hop charts — stripper turned reality star turned rapper — Cardi B. And of course, she said, “Yes.” Offset and his squad have had a great year, despite the bruhaha with DJ Akademics, while Cardi’s Bodak Yellow instantly made her a hot commodity in 2017. This weekend, at Power 99’s Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia, the two officially joined forces and the Hip Hop world has been gushing ever since. ( I believe he proposed because she’s pregnant. Stay tuned…) Having been married for 15 years myself, I wish them all his success and blessings in the world. What…

Marshall Mathers for Mayor? Maybe.

When Marshall Mathers (also known as Eminem) decided to take a stand against the tyranny of Mr. Donald Trump by performing a razor sharp acapella battle rap at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, he did three things. The first thing that he did was become the unofficial leader of the Hip Hop revolt against Donald Trump. Other rappers have dropped anti-Donald Trump songs as well, but clearly, none rose to the notoriety of Eminem’s staccato hot take on the president’s performance. The song that immediately comes to mind is Compton rapper YG’s “FDT.” While that song did make noise on the west coast and beyond, it’s controversy was limited because it’s exposure was limited….

Lena Waithe Show “The Chi” to Premier in January on @Showtime (Video)

Emmy award winner Lena Waithe’s new Showtime series “The Chi” will premiere Sunday, Jan. 7, at 9 p.m., the cable network has announced in a press release distributed on Wednesday. Produced entirely in its namesake city, THE CHI is a timely coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption. The ensemble cast includes Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Jacob Latimore (Sleight), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Queen of Katwe), Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Yolonda Ross (Treme, The Get Down), Armando Riesco (Bull) and Tiffany Boone (The Following). Kevin (Hibbert) is the pre-teen who must step past shattered illusions and embrace the normal rites…

“You Know You’re A Smartphone Addict If”

Nomophobia isn’t the fear of not getting any more of something. It’s the scientific term for the fear of not having your smartphone. Sufferers of nomophobia are easy to spot because they appear unable to free their hand from their mobile device. According to scientists and experts, mankind is currently experiencing a mass volume mobile device addiction crisis. (Global warming, however, is still a myth.) For a hundred logical reasons, smartphones have become America’s third hand. (Or fourth leg.) Men, women, privileged children, and some really fortunate animals have lent so much of their souls to their digital companions that it seems we can literally no longer live without them. I’ve no data on the…

Opinion: Tell Jay-Z To Keep His “Old Man Raps”

Change is good, evolution is necessary. However not all things need reassignment. Some stuff in life is just fine the way it is. About a month ago, everybody’s favorite drug dealing rapper, Jay-Z, released his 4:44 album. Though the album was scrutinized and highly criticized by the female listeners, for a lot of different reasons, it is still regarded as a milestone in rap music. To most people, it marked Jay-Z’s attempt at ushering in a more mature attitude towards the music. And let’s be honest; what Jay-Z does we all follow. Overall, the album was Shawn Carter’s admission of having flaws and making his way through life as a man. 75% of Hiphopolis praised…

Why Mumble Rap Really Isn’t That Bad (Video)

Without giving specifics, I am probably just as old or a little bit older than most of you. I can remember telephones with chords, smoking sections in restaurants, cars with tape decks, and life before cable television and the glorious internet. And I’ve been a part of Hip Hop for as long as Hip Hop has been Hip Hop, if that makes any sense. *Insert old man emoji* I’ve digested tons of music, mostly rap, over my lifetime. And one thing that I’ve always heralded as an important aspect of any musical genre is its lyricism. Seriously. What’s the point of having a song if the words don’t mean anything? Well, that’s what I used…

GLORY 39 Featherweight Contender Tournament Participants Announced

GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the four featherweight fighters competing on Saturday, March 25 when Forest National in Belgium plays host to GLORY 39 Brussels and GLORY 39 SuperFight Series. Former GLORY featherweight champion Serhiy Adamchuk (33-7, 16 KO), ranked No. 2 in the division, meets Uzbekistan’s Anvar Boynazarov (79-20-2, 45 KO), ranked No. 8, in the first of two tournament seminfinal match-ups. On the other side of the tournament bracket, 21-year-old Petchpanomrung “The Professor” Kiatmookao (152, 34-2, 25 KO) of Thailand matches up with Russian Muay Thai champion Alexei Ulyanov (21-2-1, 7 KO) in his first fight for the organization. The tournament winner will face No. 1 contender Robin van Roosmalen…

Charles Oakley Gets In Fight Then Escorted Out of Knicks Game (Video)

Soooooo Charles Oakley just got into a fight at he Knicks game. pic.twitter.com/klZBD89VI7 — Ian Schafer (@ischafer) February 9, 2017 Charles Oakley may be 53 years old but he still got hands for anyone who wants em. Courtside for Wednesday night’s Knicks game, Oakley engaged in a war of words with someone near him for some unknown reason. In the video Oakley can be seen pointing at the floor before shoving security and punching a man behind him. No word on what the term ramifications will be for Oakley but I bet he won’t say sorry.

Lebron James Sinks CLUTCH Three Pointer Seconds After Traveling (Video)

🐐🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/aeFkUKtJhd — SB Nation (@SBNation) February 7, 2017 From slander to slam duck…or three pointer rather. At the conclusion of Monday’s game against the Washington Wizards, LeBron James just in time to sink a buzzer beating three pointer to tie the game and send it to overtime. At the time of this writing, the game is still in progress with the Wizards up by 3.

Glory 39 To Feature Cédric Doumbé Defending Against Yoann Kongolo

Nearly five years after GLORY made its sole appearance in the Capital of Europe, the world’s premier kickboxing league returns for GLORY 39 Brussels and GLORY 39 SuperFight Series on Saturday, March 25. Forest National once again plays host to the top strikers on the planet, including many of Western Europe’s best, as they put it all on the line for the Belgian crowd. Newly crowned GLORY welterweight champion Cédric “The Best” Doumbé (65-4-1, 39 KO) of France headlines GLORY 39 Brussels, defending his belt for the first time against Swiss striker and No. 2 ranked welterweight Yoann Kongolo (64-8, 46 KO). The challenger Kongolo holds two victories over the champion Doumbé, earning a unanimous decision in each previous encounter…