American boxer Rashid Stevens made a successful start to his professional boxing career last Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium when he scored an easy victory over Jamaica’s Camion Goldson in the penultimate round of the preliminaries of the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 competition. Judges Lindell Allen and Peter Richards voted 49-46 for Stevens, while judge Owen Nelson scored it 50-45. Stevens was the second boxer from the USA team to make it to the next round and joins Demarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley in the mix. Boxers from the Caribbean team have won the other five places in the quarter finals that have been competed for to date. The preliminaries will end next week. Stevens came to fight, but Goldson seemed overwhelmed by the occasion because he, too, was making his professional debut. He forgot that to win a fight, the most important thing is to score points with punches to the target area. He did not do so enough and therefore lost the fight. Stevens started out quickly and showed good ring sense. Fighting from a south-paw stance, he moved a lot and scored with flurries to body and head. He made it difficult for Goldson to land any punches, and the Jamaican was not creative enough to find a way in. In the second round, Goldson was able to shorten the range and landed some good shots to the body of his opponent. There were some good exchanges in this round, and Goldson finished in a very positive way to take the honours. It turned out to be the only round that he would win. By the third round, a very confident and poised Stevens took control of the fight and scored with quick flurries to the head and body. His combinations were good, and Goldson just could not manage to launch a sustained attack. Stevens kept building momentum and cruised through the next two rounds comfortably as a somewhat bewildered Goldson could simply find no answers. It turned out to be as one-sided affair as the scores showed. After next week’s bout, the boxers will be seeded and the top four will select their opponents by using a draw. There should be some interesting matches in the next round as the boxers fight for the places that will earn them the major prize money. The winner will take home the Contender 2016 title and $2 million, the runner-up $500,000, third place $250,000, and fourth place $200,000.
In the last few years, a slew of male artist have flooded the Liberian music industry, but the tide of who’s actually making good music seems to be spinning.More and more international artists are emerging as good artists that a lot of the Liberian-based community has no knowledge of.Some have the music game locked down and in control with tunes mixed with love ballads, afro dance while others have just their own unique style.Well this year, 2015, we’ll be highlighting stars who have already signified the music industry abroad, to help them re-connect with fans back home.Augustus Cole Jr, commonly known as G-Rize has recently been nominated as ‘best artist’ for the Liberian entertainment awards. His swag, deliverance and effort in his music career have not only captured those who spend money to see him perform and croon in their ears, but have also caught LIB LIFE’s interest.“Welcome to G-Rize world”A tribute song/video called ”NEVER GIVE UP” by G-Rize heightened his fan base considerably by those who have and are still being affected by the deadly Ebola virus.“I felt their pain and I had to do something by praying for them and letting the world know what was going on, so I did that song” G-Rize says.The song has an unbelievable amount of views, compared to that of other Ebola tracks made over the last year, which indicates his popularity among others.“I’m different from a lot of other artist because of my hard work and determination. I know in order to be successful, you will have to work very hard and be very creative” he adds.Creativity is a kaleidoscope of what G-Rize is. I watched his “”LIB Ladies” meaning ”Liberian Girls” track and was taken aback by the video; which features Liberians across the globe.“My last single release “LIB ladies” was letting them know how beautiful they are and showing the world the ”BEAUTY” of our culture and beautiful women. I did this record with another Liberian artist base out here in the U.S called Chris DeSheild. I also have another single coming out called ”Ur Waist” featuring one of Liberia finest artist ”Shadow Man” who is now base in Philadelphia, USA,” he added. AFRO/POP music is his style, but throughout the years he’s been versatile and mixes his African culture sound with his American sound. G-Rize music will surely make you dance and feel the vibes of the music.“I love to see people smile and I also love to inspire others to follow their dreams through my music”Now that he’s being nominated a fourth time during the Liberian Entertainment (LEA) sixth year run, we’ve decided to highlight a star who’s shine may have been hidden from the Liberian based community because of distance.“Being nominated for the fourth time at the LEA means a lot to me knowing that my people see what I do and they believe in me. That says a lot about my work. I’m very humbled and blessed to be here today doing what I love. I’ve recorded numerous songs and have the ability to perform on many stages across U.S,” he adds,” My prayers have allowed me to achieve many goals, like having over 100,000 views on YouTube and receiving many awards,’ he added.According to G-Rize, though he has found a path filled with successes, he never takes for granted where he started. So, he does his best to give back to his community and various non-profit organizations.“Always believe in yourself and work until you no longer have to introduce yourself”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)