The NBA-Who’s On Top?
We are officially well passed the midpoint mark for the season with 57 plus Games played and to everybody’s surprise the Houston Rockets (44-13) is the team holding on to that No. 1 Spot by a very small margin over the Defending Champs Golden State Warriors (44-14). Holding on to that No. 1 Spot in the league won’t be easy with the Warriors breathing down their necks but home court advantage come Playoff time would definitely be a plus for them if they could pull it off. As expected the Western Conference has remained quite competitive with the Spurs, Timberwolves, and Thunder, playing musical chairs with each other trying to position themselves just right for a playoff spot making it very interesting.
Holding down the No. 1 Spot on the Eastern Conference side is our very own Canadian Team the Toronto Raptors (41-16). Them Boys snuck up quietly behind the Boston Celtics (40-19) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (34-22) to snatch that No. 1 Spot. Toronto’s steady play as of late has proven to be a problem for a lot of the teams in the East. Real Talk! Peeps keep on talking down about how weak the Eastern Conference is but truth be told the Eastern Conference is actually getting better and better and definitely more competitive; just watch the play of the Wizards, Pacers, Bucks, 76ers, Heat and the Pistons as of late? Its do or die amongst them Teams vying for a Playoff spot.
Injuries to various teams and last minute trades have once again altered the league, making the second half of the season just that much more interesting. So keep tuning in to see who will make the Final Cut!!
World Boxing Super Series (WBSS)
Tonight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, George Groves (28-3, 20Kos) humbled Chris Eubank Jr. (26-2, 20Kos) by successfully defeating him for the IBO and Super WBA Super Middleweight titles.
This bout wasn’t a pretty one but I have to tip my “B” hat to Groves for sticking to the game plan and neutralizing Eubank’s high volume offence. There are levels to this boxing sh*t and Groves backed it up by proving to all the naysayers and myself that he’s a notch above what Eubank possesses. The better man literally won tonight hands down.
I was confused and disappointed by Eubank’s passive approach. He did not have the right game plan to stunt on Groves’ tonight. Eubank talked a good game to the build up of the bout but simply got outclassed on that big stage come fight night. This was supposed to be a big bout for Eubank but tonight my man dropped the ball heavily. He let an extremely great opportunity slip through his hands.
Tonight’s World Boxing Super Series Super Middleweight semifinals winner George Groves proved to the remaining competitors why he’s the number one seed in the Muhammad Ali Tournament.
Congratulations Groves on your highly convincing win tonight, now on to the Finals.
Cruiserweight WBU Championship
Last night at the Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida, former four Division World Champion Roy Jones Jr. finished his career in style with a win and strapped up like the champ that he is. New Cruiserweight WBU Champion.
Jones (66-9, 47 Kos) punished his opponent Scott Sigmon (30-12-1, 16Kos) while still being able to entertain the masses to some extent in typical Roy Jones fashion. At 49 years old Jones showed us that he still got it. The much younger Sigmon didn’t have the right game plan to stop Jones from punishing him round after round. He was a worthy opponent but just not the one to send Jones packing with a loss in that squared circle on that special night.
Jones looked good last night outclassing his opponent one last time in front of his hometown crowd. It’s only fitting that he gets to walk away from the Boxing Game in the same city that he started his professional career at 29 years ago.
In my eyes Jones is a “Living Legend”, Future Hall-of-Famer and definitely one of the best to ever lace up a pair of gloves. Real Talk! To this day Jones is the only fighter to have claimed Titles at Middleweight, Super Middleweight, Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight. Unbelievable!
Peeps in the Boxing Community can debate all day about who’s the best there is (Jay-Z voice) or where Roy Jones Jr. should be placed in the “Greatest Of All Time” lists but truth be told, Jones’ career and accomplishments speak for themselves and his presence will forever be missed in that squared circle. Thank you Roy Jones Jr. for blessing us with such an astonishing career full of endless highlight reels.
Enjoy your retirement Roy.
This Year the 67th 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be taking place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on TNT Sunday February 18, 2018.
To make this Year All-Star Game more exciting and competitive, the NBA has changed the format from the traditional Eastern Conference vs Western Conference to an All-Star Draft-Style format. As usual the starters were chosen by the fans but this time the media and players also had a say to the votes. Captains were able to Draft from the pool of players voted as Starters and Reserves.
Representing The Eastern Conference Starters this year are
-LeBron James (Cleveland) Team Captain
-DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans) (Now replaced due to injury by Paul George)
-Anthony Davis (New Orleans)
-Kevin Durant (Golden State)
-Kyrie Irving (Boston)
Coach-Dwayne Casey (Toronto Raptors)
-John Wall (Washington) (Now replaced due to injury by Andre Drummond) (Detroit)
-Kevin Love (Cleveland) (Now replaced due to injury by Goran Dragic) (Miami)
-Russel Westbrook (Oklahoma)
-Kristaps Porzingis (New-York)
-Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
-LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio)
-Bradley Beal (Washington)
Representing The Western Conference Starters this year are
-Stephen Curry (Golden State) Team Captain
-DeMar DeRozan (Toronto)
-Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
-Joel Embiid (Philadelphia)
-James Harden (Houston)
Coach-Mike D’Antoni (Houston Rockets)
-Al Holford (Boston)
-Draymond Green (Golden State)
-Jimmy Butler (Minnesota)
-Kyle Lowry (Toronto)
-Damian Lillard (Portland)
-Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota)
-Klay Thompson (Golden State)
Now which side will claim “King Of The Court” come Sunday night February 18, 2018 in La La Land?
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING
IBF Welterweight Championship
Last night, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Errol Spence Jr. (23-0, 20 Kos) successfully retained his IBF Welterweight Belt with a one-sided beat down TKO win over Lamont Peterson (35-4-1, 17 Kos). Lamont’s corner pulled the plug before the start of the eight round. REAL TALK!
I expected this bout to be more competitive but EJ was simply too strong and too proficient for Lamont to handle. EJ controlled every round from the jump. He showed incredible poise and clearly executed the game plan at hand to a “T”. Lamont showed up and gave it his best shot but the young gunner’s steady aggressive style was overwhelming Lamont round by round.
Sh*t wasn’t looking good at all for Lamont. To me it looked like EJ was toying with a sparring partner instead of a world-class opponent in Lamont. REAL TALK!
EJ is definitely the “Truth” in that squared circle and he’s only getting better bout-to-bout. He’s a serious problem for the Welterweight Division hands down. That being said I can’t wait to see who’s gonna step up to the plate and attempt at derailing this kid. Good luck to the opposition.
Until then congratulations on your win Champ.
CHAMPION VS CHAMPION
Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 Kos) will be returning to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday March 31, 2018 on Sky Sport Box Office for a Unification fight against Champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 18 Kos).
This will be the first time in History that two reigning Heavyweight World Champions have met in Britain. The stakes couldn’t be any higher. Joshua will be defending his IBF, WBA Super and IBO Belts to Joseph’s WBO Belt along with both unbeaten records on the line.
Both fighters have their own views on how things are going to go down come fight night. Both are young, hungry, and strong and determined to become Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion.
Surprisingly the early trash-talking has been coming from Parker, who feels he’s got the right attributes to put a stop to Joshua’s reign at the top of the food chain. He’s even going as far as predicting a knockout! Parker’s a tough Dude who’s never been stopped or shaken in that squared circle to date. It’s clear to me where the confidence is coming from.
Joshua’s heard the entire trash-talking coming from the opposite camp and he hasn’t been impressed. Personally, I think the critical attacks from them have actually fueled his anger and in return we are going to see a highly motivated AJ pumped up to put a hurting on his opponent in an emphatic fashion.
For some reason or another AJ’s opponents are quick to overlook or underestimate what he brings to that squared circle. AJ is clearly still learning fight by fight but to assume that he’s a walk in the park is blasphemy. REAL TALK!
The winner from this Unification Bout will hold four of the five Major Titles, leaving Deontay Wilder’s WBC Belt as the last one to acquire.
This is shaping out to be quite an intriguing month for the Heavyweight Division. Who will fall and who will rise one step closer to Undisputed?
Who you got?
WBC Heavyweight Title Challenge
It’s Official. The highly anticipated bout between two of the most dangerous Heavyweights in “The Game” is back on. Deontay has blessed Ortiz once again since their previous schedule bout hit a holdup back in November 4, 2017.
Now the due over between Deontay “The Bronz Bomber” Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) and Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (28-0, 24 Kos) has been set for March 3, 2018 at the Barkley Center in Brooklyn, New York.
In my eyes, this will most likely be Deontay’s stiffest challenge to his career to date. REAL TALK! Wilder has been feeling himself as of late. His last performance against Bermaine Stiverne was devastating and quite the statement to the rest of the Heavyweight Division. Wilder is now claiming to be the No. 1 Heavyweight in “The Game” and is now out to prove it by taking out the undefeated Ortiz in a convincing fashion.
Now let’s be real. Ortiz in my eyes is an establish Heavyweight with the skills to pay the bills. Peeps can talk about his age all they want but can’t ignore what this man brings to that squared circle. He may not hold a title but he is definitely a major player in the Heavyweight Division.
The winner between Wilder and Ortiz will unquestionably change the landscape of the Heavyweight Division. Two very dangerous and heavy fisted Heavyweights are going to collide and take each other heads of with no remorse for one another.
Wilder the WBC Heavyweight Champion is taking a big gamble by accepting this fight has a voluntary defense, but then again, he is out to prove that he’s the real deal. In his mind, he is sure to take out Ortiz by knockout. But Real Talk, this is not rock, paper, scissors, anything can happen in that squared circle. Saturday night March 3, 2018 at the Barkley Center will be “Judgment Night” for two of the baddest Heavyweights in “The Game”.
The question still remains, who will be left standing in that squared circle come fight night?
Who you got?
What was believed to be the most anticipated fight of the year turned out to be a one-sided affair between Vasyl Lomanchenko (10-1, 8 Kos) and Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11Kos, 1NC).
I know that anything can happen in a boxing ring but real talk, when you have two 2 Time Olympic Champions going at it inside that squared circle you expect firework! No Mas was not what I expected from Guillermo Rigondeaux.
Vasyl brought his “A” game last night but to say that Rigondeaux did the same is an understatement. The first two rounds started out like a chess match where both fighters were testing each other unsure of their next move, but from the 3rd round to the 6th round things didn’t look right for Rigondeaux. Vasyl started having his way being the aggressor with Rigondeaux without any real resistance from him. Now both fighters are supposed to be warriors with exceptional skills set to go toe-to-toe with anybody, no excuses! I was baffled when Rigondeaux decided to retire on his stool after the 6th rounds. Speechless! All that trash talking with all that hype only to have the bout end in a technical knockout due to an alleged injury suffered to Rigondeaux.
With that being said, history was still made last night at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Lomanchenko walked it like he talked it and retained his WBO Super Featherweight Title and won the first ever-professional bout between a pair of Two-Time Olympic gold medalists.
Congratulations are in order to the superior Olympian Vasyl Lomanchenko.
Your thoughts on this one?
IBF Super Middleweight Championship
Wow!!! When cherry picking goes wrong??? Tonight at the Copper Box Arena in London, England, a battered and bruised DeGale (23-2-1, 14Kos) got his butt handed to him in front of his home crowd. REAL TALK! What was supposed to be a tune-up fight in his first fight back in 11 months after shoulder surgery, turned out to be a hell of a dogfight for James DeGale.
I think that DeGale and his team dropped the ball when they chose #15 IBF Caleb Truax (29-3-2, 18 Kos) as an assumed easy mark for his comeback fight.
Caleb studied the game plan on how to beat DeGale and executed it to a “T” tonight. Caleb’s non-stop pressure and busy hands were troubling DeGale all night with no answer to his aggressive style. To me DaGale looked shaky and unsure in that squared circle. Caleb did a great job at cutting the ring off and controlling every round. I have to tip my “B” hat to Caleb for stepping up to the challenge at hand and outclassing James DeGale on his home soil by snatching the IBF Belt and becoming the New Super Middleweight Champion.
Tonight the odds were against you and you defied them all and came out on top.
Congratulations Champ on a win well deserved.
WBO Super Welterweight Championship
Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 Kos) promised the fans a surprise last night in his farewell final bout into retirement at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Instead, it was an early Christmas gift to Sadam Ali (26-1, 14 Kos) in the form of the now new WBO Super Welterweight Champion.
Miguel Cotto ended his soon to be Hall of Fame 16 year career last night with a close 12 round unanimous decision loss to an underdog in Sadam Ali. Many thought this was going to be an overmatched type bout for Cotto to finish up his career but lets be real this is boxing anything can happen in that squared circle and Sadam made sure to silence the critics and seize the opportunity with an iron fist.
Cotto came out to give his loyal fans a good show. He looked good out there. He fought a competitive fight but I gotta tip my “B” hat to Sadam for never backing down or feeling overwhelmed by the amount of love that was in the air that night for Cotto.
Sadam stepped his game up last night and performed in an impressive manner. He looked strong, comfortable and smart within that squared circle. He had nothing to lose and everything to gain. He just defeated a living legend in Miguel Cotto in his first time out in the Super Welterweight Division. Your stock has just risen overnight. That’s something to be proud of Champ.
Win or lose Miguel Cotto was a warrior through thick and thin who had an amazing career. Retirement is just another chapter in your life; enjoy your family along with the fruits of your labor.