I seriously think you should jump on this wave!

By Lawrence Edwards

OK, before I get started let me tell you that this isn’t a fad that will quickly fade out, nor is it a get rich quick scheme. It’s simple, I am not forcing you or trying to persuade you to do anything. I just want to share with you something that I know sports enthusiasts every where will enjoy and offer you the opportunity to be apart of something or get ahead of everyone else on a trend that is about to take the world by storm. From Football to Cricket we have something every sports will fall in love with. You have two options: Affiliate or Player. I will go in to great detail about both and most importantly the coming of a game changing sports app by United Games that is going to absolutely blow your mind!

Now what we are talking about here is an app that will let you enjoy your favorite sport interactively while watching the game. This app is going to bring a new dynamic way of playing of enjoying sports. It’s not just going to focus on the major sports but every sport.  The point is to get everyone to enjoy sports better, not just the people who have time for drafts and 4 different fantasy leagues or the ones who are good at selecting the right combination of players in order to enjoy the experience.

Now, as I previously mentioned you have two options to join this wave, either as a player or an affiliate. If you want to just be one of the first to enjoy the experience of this game changing app then sign up as a player for free. You will be a pre-registered player and once the app launches within the next 5 weeks you can begin enjoying your interactive sports experience and start earning some rewards and points. I don’t know about you but once I started playing fantasy football and basketball, the game became THAT much more interesting to me. I began to pay attention to things that I didn’t before. This interactive app will award every real sports fan the same experience but much better – did I mention that some of EA Sports former developers are building this thing? – Get ahead of the trend, this app is coming and it’s going to change the way we enjoy sports forever and it will be the first of it’s kind, share it with your neighbors, share it with your family, if they love sports, chances are they will love this!

Now if you are interested in becoming an affiliate of United Games and getting the opportunity to not only get ahead of the trend but earn some money while doing it, then this the route you want to go. Now let me tell you this isn’t a pyramid scheme or something wild like that, if you don’t want to be an affiliate then you don’t have to. We aren’t trying to recruit people for money, we are just offering an opportunity to earn some income based off of people just playing the game. Now when this was brought to me a few weeks ago I had my initial negative thoughts. I was told that I can become an affiliate for free, feel it out see if I like it and if I do I would have to pay a one time fee of $30 to stay an affiliate and $9.99 a month to maintain my affiliate site and if I don’t just simply cancel no harm done. Now I’m no easy person to convince to join things, so I did my own research before I agreed to sign up for anything. Now I hate selling things, I’m terrible at it, so the fact I didn’t have to sell a product and it was an app – I’m a huge tech junkie – helped me decide to really read up on it. So I did my research and found that this app could really be something special and I don’t have to pay my fee until the app launches in 4-5 weeks at the time of this writing. I figured, what can I lose? I can jump on board playing a new fantasy app and maybe earn some money while doing it. Every time you share the app and someone signs up, whether as an affiliate or a player, and starts buying or earning tokens, you get a piece of the pie, NICE! Another selling point for me was the fact that in order for you to earn income you have to fill out tax form 1099. That right there let me know it was legit. Now United Games is offering this opportunity only up until the app launches in 5 weeks. Once it goes live, the affiliate opportunity will be no longer offered. You will only be able to download and use the app.

Whether you sign up to be a player or an affiliate I can assure you that this app is going to change your sporta experience. The point of this blog is to get the word out that a Giant is coming and to offer, what I believe to be a grand opportunity to be apart of the next big thing. If you like what you heard here today feel free to drop a comment, email me (lawrence.edwards115@gmail.com) or if you got here through my Facebook link, just shoot me a DM and I will happily send you a link to be an affiliate or a free player so you will be all set to go when the app launches. Once you click the link there will be more information for you to read through to get an even better understanding. You’re going to love this!

Here is a one page info sheet you can look at to get more information. Feel free to contact me with questions.

 

Thurman vs Porter: A Welterweight Clash

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In boxing, the welterweight division has always been appealing.  At 147 pounds, there’s a combination of speed and power that keeps it entertaining.  Over the years there have been some big names in this division with the likes of Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Pernell Whitaker, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr to name a few.   It has produced some of boxing’s best fights.   This Saturday on CBS (9:00 ET) two of the best 147 pounders today, Keith “One Time” Thurman (27-0) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (28-1-1) are set to do battle in a highly anticipated matchup.  They are both in their prime at the age of 27.  They have only one loss between them.

 

With Floyd Mayweather retiring, many think Thurman will take his place as the king of the division.   He has tremendous power.  Thurman has stopped 22 out of 27 opponents.  Even though he has power, he can box also.  He had to overcome some adversity in his last fight against veteran Luis Collazo.  In the fifth round , Collazo hurt Thurman with a body shot but he was able to persevere and opened a cut above Collazo’s right eye in the next round.  The fight was stopped after the 7th round due to the vision-impairing injury.  Thurman showed a lot of heart in that fight.  Most would have went down from that body shot.

 

Porter has an aggressive style.  He wants to make the fight physical.  Porter’s only loss was a majority decision against Kell Brook, another top welterweight.  Porter is definitely the best fighter Thurman has faced in his professional career.  Porter’s most impressive victory was against Adrien Broner, the self proclaimed next superstar in boxing.  Porter dominated throughout but was dropped in the 12th round by a Broner left hook.  He survived and won a unanimous decision.  

 

Most are expecting a compelling fight between these two young men.  The fight was originally scheduled for March 12 but Thurman was forced to postpone after being injured in a car accident.  The winner should be in line for a big fight against another top welterweight.  If the fight is good, the loser should also get a shot at them. With guys like Danny Garcia, Brook, Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan and Errol Spence waiting to get a fight with the best, another good matchup won’t take long to make.  It could even be rematch if the fight is as good as most think it will be. Hopefully Saturday’s boxing match will be the first of many great fights in this weight class in the future.

 

Ali After the Gloves

By Micheal Hester

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It’s been days since the world’s greatest boxer, and one of the world’s most famous athletes, been laid to rest. We’ve read a number of written pieces and watched film and documentaries that covered his life. There’s not much else that can be said about his legendary span of existence he had while walking the Earth.
At the age of 25 years old, I wasn’t fortunate to see Mr. Ali’s matches at the moment they occurred, unlike my grandparents. But I made it a must-do to watch everything I can possibly find, most recently his match versus Ken Norton, just a few weeks ago. As a boxing fan, I can rave on about his epic 56/5 record and every single fight, he fought in his gold-clad career. But I wouldn’t be doing anything different from what those before me, and those who know much more than me, have already done in the past. 

What stood out the most about Mr. Ali’s life was his will and determination to not bow or bend to oppression, prejudice, bigotry and control. He didn’t do it in a loose-cannon manner. Ali used the same tactic he used in each of his fights: he knew when to stand his ground, even to evade and when to strike, all in a figurative sense. 

While many didn’t agree with his words and actions, for instance, his decision to not be enlisted during the height of the Vietnam War, Ali always had a reason for his words and actions. Many will disagree, and that’s fine, but Ali’s ideology was often confused with black separatism. And a case can be made that his early ideologies was based on black separatism. But take a minute and close your eyes. Put yourself in the mind and shoes of a black man in his position in the segregation era of America. In that dark era of our nation’s past, you had to mentally strong to walk tall through the volatile racism that ran rampant across this country. Ali became an example, not just in black America, but to an entire country. He instilled hope and strength, and a reason to believe that bigotry can be overcome. 

As Ali matured later in life, his separatism turned into a sense of unity. This is, by far, not just my favorite quote of his, but my favorite quote ever: 

“Rivers, ponds, lakes, and streams-they all contain water. Just as religions do-they all contain truths”

Ali also did extensive charity work after this boxing career, with an emphasis on “extensive”. These are just a few of the charity programs Mr. Ali actively supported: 

Ali Care Program 

Andrea Bocelli Program

Athletes for Hope

Beat Bullying 

HELP USA

Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation

Keep Memory Alive

Michael J. Fox Foundation 

Project A.L.S. 

UNICEF

To name a few. He once said “I’ve always wanted to be more than just a boxer, more than just the 3-time heavyweight champion. I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well, to help uplift and inspire people around the world”. And he fulfilled those very words throughout his post-boxing life. He travelled with Disarm Education Fund and Direct Relief to deliver $1.2 million worth of medicine to Cuba in 1998. During that same year, he made mission trips to Afghanistan and North Korea the following year. The United Nations named Ali a Messenger of Peace for the U.N., in 1998 as well due to his work with developing nations around the world. Ali and his wife started Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville in 2005 with the sole goal of bringing his mission to his community. In the 11-year span, the center created programs that exemplify the principles of Mr. Ali. 

While Mr. Ali made his career fortune playing one of the most violent sports, he had a sense of peace inside him that he gave back to the world throughout his life. This is the legacy of Muhammad Ali many tend to overlook, and which is why I chose to shine a light on it for you all to see. 

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Muhammad Ali – The Legend

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FILE – In this May 25, 1965, file photo, heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw in Lewiston, Maine. Ali turns 70 on Jan. 17, 2012.(AP Photo/John Rooney, File)

Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. was born on January 17, 1942 in Louisville, KY. When he was a young kid his bike was stolen. While he was explaining to the officer about what happened and how he felt so angry about his bike stolen, after young Clay told his side of the story, officer Martin explained to him, he trains people in boxing down at the local gym. Clay was soon training.

Clay’s first amateur fight was in 1954, which he won by decision. A couple years later he went on to win a Golden Gloves tournament in the light heavyweight division. In 1959 he won the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in the light heavyweight division. All of those wins allowed Clay to go on to the Olympics that were taking place in Rome, Italy. He went on to win the gold medal in boxing after he defeated Zbigniew Pietrzkowski from Poland.

Life after the Olympics was great for Clay. He was considered an American hero when he came back to the states. His winning streak continued in the ring, defeating Henry Cooper the British Champion and Sonny Liston. When he defeated Liston he became the new heavyweight champion of the world at 22 years old.

During Clay’s prime he decided to join the Nation of Islam. That is when he changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Shortly after he converted to Islam, Ali started speaking against the Vietnam War. Ali was drafted into the war in 1967 but, he refused to join the war for religious reasons. Not long after his refusal Ali was arrested for violating the law and stripped of his title and license. He was sentenced to five years in jail, but Ali appealed the court’s decision. He was able to stay free while he appealing his case. The Supreme Court eventually overturned the ruling, by this time Ali has missed three years in fighting career.

A year after Ali’s return to the ring he fought Joe Frazier. This fight was considered one of the biggest fights ever. Joe Frazier won that fight by decision, giving Ali his first loss. What helped Frazier the hit in the 15th round the knocked Ali down to the ground, but was able to get up from the hit.

After his Frazier fight Ali had several incredible fights, a bout against George Foreman in which he won and Frazier again, regaining the heavyweight title. He then lost and regained the title from Leon Spinks. His last two fights of his career, he lost and decided to retire from boxing in 1981. Ali ended his career with a 55 wins and 5 loss record. Out of 55 of those wins 37 of those were knockouts. Ali himself was only knocked out once in his career.

During the early years of his retirement, Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Since then he has opened up the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix. He has traveled all around the world to help others that were in need. He received the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2005 as well the President’s Award from NAACP in 2009. Ali was able to open another one of his centers in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

Within these last few days Ali was admitted to the hospital. The news we were originally told was he was fine. As of June 3, 2016, we are hearing the Ali isn’t doing well at all and unfortunately has passed away at 74 years old. This saddens me and all fans of his all over the world. He is a great man at everything that he did. There will never be another class act man like Muhammad  Ali was.

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Today’s Boxing Scene: An Overview,  By Brian Jones

The game of boxing over the years and decades has taken on many faces and changes, some for the greater good of the sport and some that have backfired with intended and sometimes unintended consequences. The days of Sugar Ray, Sweet Pea, Bowe, Tyson, Holyfield, Mayweather and others is gone and now a new stable of exciting and talent-rich boxers have hit the scene. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Keith “One Time” Thurman, Román “Chocolatito” González, Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin aka GGG, Danny Garcia, Errol Spence, Jr., Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder are just a handful of the names in the boxing game today that you are gonna want to familiarize yourself going forward. These fighters come from many different backgrounds, weight classes and divisions but they all have one common goal: To become the best pound for pound fighter in the world today. For the better part of the last 15 years that title (among other things) belonged to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. but with him drifting off into retirement (or so it seems) the race for the title of best boxer in world today is hotter and more contested than ever. The following is a rundown of the best divisions and the men who make the boxing game what it is today. 

Let’s begin our look in the heavyweight division, starting with current IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KO) and current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KO) who currently dominate the landscape. Other contenders include the loud and brash Tyson Fury (25-0), former long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4) and power puncher Alexander Povetkin (30-1) but Anthony and Wilder are considered by many pundits to take this division back to its former glory. There has been some preliminary talk about a unification bout between Wilder and Anthony late this year or early next year but any talk of that is secondary to current in-ring business to be handled, specifically Wilder’s title defense that was to take place against Povetkin on May 21st in Moscow but as been postponed. Povetkin failed a pre-fight drug test after having tested positive for meldonium, which it is said to increase blood flow and allow more oxygen to be carried to the muscles and, therefore, enhance stamina, a trait boxers would want in a long fight. Wilder had taken off from the States 2 weeks before the fight to ready himself for the time difference and climate change but is now headed back to Alabama with uncertainty surrounding his next move boxing wise. Povetkin has also been suspended indefinitely as a result of the failed test as well and his boxing future is in doubt as well as throwing the division into a bit of Flux going forward.

 

Moving along to taking a look at the light heavyweight and super middleweights divisions, the class of the light heavyweight division clearly belongs to Oakland’s Andre Ward (29-0), a supreme ring general who moves well and punches hard all over when in the ring. His next bout is set to take place in November against Russian knockout artist Sergey Kovalev (29-0-1) who himself has beaten the likes of Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal with relative ease in recent months. Ward presents a very difficult and different challenge for Kovalev in that he moves well, punches for power on the run and has some of the best defense in boxing today. Their bout is definitely going to be a must-see. Possible challengers to them include the former super middleweight division champion Lucian Bute (32-3-1), ring technician Badou Jack (20-1-2), Poland-born and Chicago-based Andrzej Fonfara (28-3) and Detroit-trained Adonis Stevenson (27-1). A very competitive division overall that doesn’t always get the necessary recognition it deserves.

 

The welterweight division is one of, if not the best and most competitive division in boxing today. So many good, strong and skilled fighters make their home here, headed up by the Clearwater, FL-based Keith “One Time” Thurman (26-0). Thurman is a fast as they come in the ring and is the proud owner of a devastating left jab and uppercut that he has to use on his opponents one time (hence the nickname) to floor them. He’s joined in the division by Ohio born and trained “Showtime” Shawn Porter (26-1-1), another skilled in-ring technician with 16 knockout wins to his credit. Porter and Thurman will do battle on CBS June 25th in a bout delayed from March when Thurman was injured in an auto accident. Among other contenders in the division include devastating power puncher Kell Brook (36-0), former champion and boxing vet Timothy Bradley Jr. (33-2-1), another powerful and smooth ring general Danny Garcia (32-0) and the man who many say is and will be the future of the division: Mayweather Promotions star Errol Spence Jr. (20-0), who dropped Chris Algieri with a vicious right in an April bout. He has an upcoming title elimination bout against Russian contender Konstantin Ponomarev (30-0). The winner of this fight will get a mandatory title fight against Brook sometime in 2017. All and all, there is plenty of talent and plenty of knockouts to go around in this division.

 

The middleweight division of boxing has come back to life in the last few years, overseas with the efforts of the underrated and former two-division world titleholder Chris Eubank Jr. (22-1) and stateside with the performances of future Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto (40-5). More recently, 2 boxers have taken a stranglehold over things in the division in the form of Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (47-1-1, only has lost to Floyd Mayweather) and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin (35-0), who has retained his title for the 16th time (second-most in division history) following a 2nd round blowout in April that also notched his 22nd KO in a row. These two are slated to meet in September and the winner of this one can and will stake claim that they are the best pound-for-pound boxer in the sport today.

 

Of course, no boxing conversation would be complete without discussing one Floyd Mayweather (49-0). The highly decorated yet sometimes controversial former five division champion currently says he’s retired following a September 2015 bout against Andre Berto that was preceded by a lackluster superfight against Manny Pacquiao, a fight some 10 years in the making that never came together due to a number of factors. For many years Mayweather was the face of boxing and even now today, in retirement, is still in the conversation for best pound-for-pound fighter in the world today. If he does decide to come back to the sport he’ll be back front and center as the face of the sport and he’ll have no shortage of opponents to choose from, notably Danny Garcia and former protégé Adrien Broner, in addition to the media and fan attention that will surely come along with his return. Should he decide stay retired he will still be involved in the sport heavily by virtue of his management of several up and coming boxers as well as the promotion of several fights and events.
The state of boxing is in as good of shape as it’s been in quite a while. Talented and powerful fighters, exciting fights, budding rivalries and, as the Wilder fight that fell apart showed, more stringent drug testing methods that are in place to keep the sport clean and all competitors on a level playing ground. The individuals named here are taking the sport that has for a long time been (more or less) all about Money Mayweather and who he’s taking on next and moved it back to the sports forefront, thanks to Premier Boxing Champions, HBO and Showtime presenting free boxing content on Saturday nights that in the past would be reserved for pay per view and other platforms that will make sure that the “sweet science” is something to be studied and seen for some time to come.