by Wu-Tang Clan member U-God and Bronx bred rapper Cuban Link will be featured
on a 30 minute preview show produced by Don King, in anticipation of a highly
anticipated boxing card this weekend.
King is promoting
the card this weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York. WBA heavyweight
champion John Ruiz will face Andrew Golota, IBF champion Chris Byrd will defend
his crown against Jameel McCline; Hasim Rahman will take on Kali Meehan and
Evander Holyfield will take on Larry Donald.
The preview show
features the two current and two former world heavyweight champions that will
slug it out Saturday (November 13th).
The music will
be combined with the “strife of heavyweight champions” the preview
show seeks to capture.
“I love to
see talent, promote it and watch it blossom,” Don King said. “A
wise Chinese man once said ‘to see things in the seed, that is genius.’ This
is great promotion for the artists and good marketing for the fighters and I’m
pleased and proud that Don King Productions is now producing these shows and
taking more active control of how our fighters are promoted and building a fan
base for these tremendously talented warriors, athletes and musicians all of
whom are fighters from the womb to the tomb."
Just as Don King
is taking control of his business, U-God is doing the same with the launch of
a new record label.
me to express my music,” U-God said. “I have my own style which
I want to bring to the Hip Hop community. Independence is the only way I can
control my own destiny. I don’t need anyone’s approval for any moves I want
to make. I can make a decision and roll."
Cuban Link expressed
his pleasure being involved with the fight and expressed that he had a deeper
connection to the evening’s event.
"I’m a big
fan of John Ruiz," Cuban Link said. "I saw him when he took the belt
from [Evander] Holyfield to become the first Latino world heavyweight champion-and
that was history. Writing for boxing is easy for me because from the age of
17 to 21, I wanted to be a boxer and me and Pun would always talk about that.
When I spit my lyrics, I think I’m going into the ring. I wrote that song for
Ruiz and that’s for him for forever."
Also featured on
the preview show will be Tomeka, a New Orleans native signed to Evander Holyfield’s
Real Deal Records.