I can’t take this today. I know it’s a recession and all, but y’all got Evander Holyfield about to fight again!!! The 46 year old former champion says he ain’t retiring without one more shot at the title and has planned his final bout against 7-foot Russian, Nikolai Valuev. The WBA heavyweight title fight is being planned for Dec. 20 in Zurich, Switzerland and the contracts are expected to be finalized by the end of the week.
“I knew I would get one more shot, I just had to be patient,” said Holyfield, who turned 46 last month. “But I realized my time is running out and I’ve got to get this thing pretty soon. My whole thing, how old do you want to be when you pursue this?”
Holyfield, countering pleas from fans, media and the boxing community, has been putting off retirement until he reclaims the championship. He has not held a share of the title since losing the WBA belt to John Ruiz in March of 2001. Holyfield now says he plans to retire before the end of the next year, although he’s quick to add, “I’m not in control of my life. If the Lord says, ‘I made you heavyweight champion again and I want you to keep fighting,’ I’ll stay as long as He wants me to stay.” (Source)
Holyfield, who has faced severe financial issues with outstanding loans and child support obligations, strongly denies that he is fighting for the money. “People are always asking me, ‘Why are you keeping this going? Are you doing this for the money?’ It’s kind of odd. I had this as a goal even before I had any money problems and situations. You get tired of explaining to somebody that you’re not doing this for the money. It may look like it now, but it’s not the case.”
This dude is willing to fight a 7 FOOT RUSSIAN??? WTF? Did he not see what Drago did to Apollo Creed in Rocky IV???? I say…keep him in your prayers.
Monica, Ne-Yo, Gabrielle Union, Essence Atkins and more were spotted at the Atlanta leg of the “How Sweet the Sound” gospel competition. The Verizon Wireless sponsored event was held Saturday and was host to some of the nations best church choirs. Mo… you are ROCKIN’ that new doo girl!!
Christoper “Ludacris” Bridges and The Ludacris Foundation, have teamed up with Greyhound and The National Runaway Switchboard to help runaway youth’s find their way home. Ludacris’ song Runaway Love featuring Mary J. Blige is featured in the 60 second clip and I applaud him for this effort. Ludacris, Greyhound and The National Runaway Switchboard have an ongoing partnership focused on getting runaways off the street. It’s all part of The Ludacris Foundation’s commitment to “helping youths help themselves”. Great job Luda!
Beyonce…I mean Sasha Fierce performed “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” to kick off the 2008 World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco yesterday (November 9). The show was hosted by fellow Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams and actor Jesse Metcalfe. Mrs. Carter was also awarded a WMA for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts. The 2008 WMA will air in the US on December 2nd.
Rihanna got sick while onstage with BFF Chris Brown in Sydney, Australia last week. The moment was captured on video as Rih-Rih clutched her belly and ran offstage in pain.
The Bajan beauty was performing at Sydney’s Acer Arena when she appeared to be in physical pain after being lowered down to the stage by a harness. The star’s beau Chris Brown had joined her on-stage for a rousing rendition of their remix to her smash hit Umbrella – a track named Cinderella – when she had to flee the stage to seek medical attention.
Fans became frantic as Brown was forced to finish the show’s finale alone. But spokesperson Amanda Silverman denies rumours the star fainted behind the scenes – insisting she was just hot and needed to rehydrate,
“It was very hot at the venue, so after Rihanna’s set was over, she went off stage and needed to sit down, catch her breath and have some water.” (Source)
Word is…the singer is fine and continued her tour the next day. It’s possible that she was simply suffering from dehydration OR maybe Rihanna’s pre-show consumption of hard-boiled eggs + “fire hot” crunchy cheez doodles is causing her a few intestinal problems. Makes my tummy hurt just thinking about it…
Here’s a sneak peak of Usher’s wardrobe for his upcoming, “One Night Stand” Ladies Only concert tour. The tour hits the “A” Monday evening (Nov. 10th) at the Tabernacle and Usher has remixed his fashion game with a full makeover from Canadian born twins Dean and Dan Caten, designers behind the forward thinking DSQUARED2 lifestyle fashion brand. Usher was fitted a few months ago in Milan.
The designers have selected a variety of looks to reflect a sexy and sophisticated DSQUARED2 style, for which the brand is famous for — the perfect match for Usher’s unparalleled taste. Expect tuxedos in black and white and cocktail dresses for women dancers, a white blazer recently revealed on the DSQUARED2 catwalk during the spring/summer 2009 Milan show in June of 2008. During the second part of the concert Usher will rock a custom designed silk robe and slippers as pictured in the designers sketch below: