News

Anthony Joshua Secures New Heavyweight Title After Unanimous Victory Against Joseph Parker

Joshua's win means that he now holds three of the four recognized world boxing titles.

British-Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua is now holds the WBO world heavyweight champion, after defeating opponent Joseph Parker in a highly-anticipated match on Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales.

It was a calculated and extended win for Joshua, who challenged Parker's durability over a 36 minute match, eventually earning the win in the 11th round after a unanimous decision.

"This was about boxing finesse—I stuck to my word," the heavyweight told Sky Sports. "I know what it takes to be a champion. Joshua Parker said he wanted a war, but it was all about boxing finesse. The main thing we cannot forget is that I am the unified heavyweight champion of the world."


Joshua's win means that he now holds three of the four recognized world titles, repots BBC News. He is now the unified WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight.

Joshua had no reservations about revealing who he wants to take on next.

"I want [Deontay] Wilder or [Tyson] Fury. Get him [Wilder] in the ring and I'll knock him spark out."

Clearly there's no slowing this man down. Congrats to the heavyweight champion!

Music

6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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