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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Triple G Feels At Home - Lemieux Seeks Redemption

Golovkin (L) and Lemieux) expect a all out brawl.

Andrew Rosario

For someone born and raised in Karaganda, Kazakhstan while training and living in Los Angeles, Gennady (Triple G) Golovkin feels right at home when he fights at Madison Square Garden. When he steps into the ring Saturday night against Canadian David Lemieux it will be the 4th time he has fought at the Worlds Most Famous Arena. The Mecca of Boxing. Golovkin takes his perfect record 33-0 (30KO’s) and 3 belts into the ring against Lemieux 34-2 (31KO’s) who, after winning his first 25 fights, lost his next 2. Since then, Lemieux is 9-0, winning the vacant IBF Middleweight World Title defeating Hassan N‘ Dam knocking him down four times.   

The results of Triple G’s fights have been very impressive. He has defended his title 14 consecutive times. Golovkin has a 91% knockout rate and his fights last a little more than 4 rounds. The last 20 fights saw only 2 opponents go more than 10 rounds. If it sounds like Lemieux has his hands full, well he does. Given all that, Golovkin did admit that the fight will be his toughest to date something he acknowledged. “He (Lemieux) is a champion. A very dangerous guy,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Lemieux was coasting and piling up victories with 12 of those 25 wins coming by knockout. His first loss came at the hands of tough Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio (Golovkin knocked out Rubio in 2 rounds) who stopped Lemieux in 7. Eight months later, looking to rebound, Lemieux  lost his WBC International Title in a 12 round unanimous decision against Joachim Alcine. He knew he had to regroup in order to become a contender again. “I had a bumpy road,” he began. “I did everything necessary and I’m proud of what i’ve done. It’s not by luck, it’s by hard work and determination and a lot of faith.”

When Golovkin steps into the ring for the 4th time Saturday night he expects the crowd to be on his side. Something that gives him a certain amount of comfort. “I love history. It is very important for me and for my team and for my career.” Meanwhile, Lemieux knows that in order to come out victorious, he has to put the losses behind him. “I have to be on the top of my game,” he said. “I’m at my best physical condition and best mental aspect I’ve ever been. I’m extremely ready for this fight.”

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Porzingis Injury Opens Door For Others

Andrew Rosario 

One man’s misfortune, is another man’s opportunity someone once said. For a couple of New York Knicks who are looking to make the opening day roster, the pre-season injury to first round draft pick Kristaps Porzingis is giving them a chance to show head coach Derrick Fisher they have what it takes to make the cut. 

If the Knicks management and their fans had one concern after the announcement they drafted 7-3, 233lbs Porzingis from Latvia it was whether or not he would be able to handle the physical rigors of the 82 game NBA schedule. Zingis handled the summer league competition but that was against players with no NBA experience as well. Against team Bauru from Brazil, Zingis played 20+ minutes scoring 9 points. 2 nights later against Washington playing another 20 minutes, he registered just 7 points. Unfortunately, a nagging injury (strained left quad) has limited his practice time and he was not able to suit up against the Philadelphia 76ers this past Monday night. 

In his last year playing in Latvia, Porzingis didn’t miss any games due to injuries but he readily admits they did not play the same amount of games with the frequencies of games that are played here. “I didn’t miss a game last season and before maybe I missed 1 game” he said, sitting in his lockerroom. “It’s a little different because you only play once or twice a week.” Head coach Derrick Fisher said the team will bring him along slowly and rely on the medical staff to monitor his progress. "He strained his left quad similar to the quad injury he had in the summer in pre-draft, but just not as severe," Fisher said. "We're not nearly as concerned as we were at that time.” The next couple of days will determine if he suit up when the Boston Celtics come to the Garden Friday.     

With Zingis in street clothes, Derrick Williams, in his 4th year in the league and 3rd NBA team (Minnesota and Sacramento) scored 8 and 23 points respectfully against Bauru and Washington. In the first half aganist the 76ers, Williams hit 6 of his first 7 shots for 13 points finishing with 21 in the 94-88 victory. 

Kyle O’Quinn, a local product from Flushing Queens has returned home with hopes of making the roster. He spent the last 3 years in Orlando and averaged a paltry 5 ppg. O’Quinn scored 14 points in each of the first 2 games. 

In his second year with the team, Langston Galloway (11points) is hoping to make a bigger impact after being selected to the All-Rookie Second team. Galloway finished 3rd among rookies in scoring with 11.8 ppg.

There are only 12 roster spots available when the season begins. There are currently 19 players on the roster. The New York Knicks clearly have taken a chance drafting Kristaps Porzigis knowing he would be a work in progress. They’re hoping his progress isn’t slowed by more injuries. If he is, the other players will have to show they can make an impact on a team that won a franchise low 17 games last year.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bessie Red Carpet Premiere: Queen Latifah, Mo'Nique Celebrate Moving Premiering On HBO After 22 Years in Production


I had a great time with the cast of HBO Films’  biopic Bessie” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York yesterday. The evening’s red carpet premiere marked the end of the 22-year struggle for Queen Latifah to bring the story of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith to the screen. The project went through a number of studios and was for quite some time in development until HBO films took this project in and embraced it. 

Queen Latifah shared with me that she enjoyed playing the role of "Bessie Smith" very much. One of my favorites on the red carpet was Mo'nique with her irresistible smile, positive attitude and humble personality she was a pleasure to speak to. She shared that this was her second time working with Queen Latifah and that she was proud to have seen her development in this field from her beginning stages. When I asked her what message she had for curvy women who because of the way their look have faced challenges breaking barriers in this industry she stated, Bessie was a curvy woman, Ma Rainey was a curvy woman, curvy women were in then and are in now you just have to take care of those curves." 

Other cast members and invited guests at the red carpet event were Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Bryan Greenberg, Mary J Blige, Amanda Warren and more.

Bessie movie premieres on HBO May 16th at 8pm ET. For more information go to: http://www.hbo.com/movies/bessie#/

Bryan Greenberg
Karina Robledo Photography 

Tory Kittles
Karina Robledo Photography

Amanda Warren
Karina Robledo Photography

Mary J Blige
Karina Robledo Photography

Mo'nique and Senior Producer of ELE Jessica Medina
Karina Robledo Photography 

Tika Sumpter
Karina Robledo Photography

Queen Latifah
Karina Robledo Photography

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Get Hype Preview Mayweather/Pacquiao:The Legends Speak [VIDEO]

MAYWEATHER/PACQUIAO: THE LEGENDS SPEAK debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 25 (12:15 a.m. ET/PT), immediately following “HBO World Championship Boxing
 The half-hour special will open with Lampley and Kellerman setting the stage for the mega-fight. Then Lampley sits down with Oscar de la Hoya and Shane Mosley, who faced both Mayweather and Pacquiao, to talk about how they trained and fought them and what they think each fighter will need to do to win the upcoming showdown. HBO also captured interviews with middleweight title-holder Miguel Cotto, Mexican superstar Juan Manuel Marquez and former British boxing sensation Ricky Hatton, all of whom fought Pacquiao and Mayweather in the Las Vegas spotlight.

The closing segment will be hosted by Kellerman, who will anchor a roundtable discussion with three Hall of Fame fighters who know what it is like to train and excel for a super fight that captures the world’s attention. Panelists include former heavyweight champs George Foreman and Lennox Lewis and former middleweight and light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins.