BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY - The 10-round middleweight fight between middleweight contenders D'Mitrius "Big Meech" Ballard (20-0, 13 KOs) of Temple Hills, Maryland and Elias "Latin Kid" Espadas (18-5, 13 KOs) Yucatan, Mexico presented by Golden Boy stopped at a no decision in the third round due to a cut caused by an accidental head-butt of the June 20 edition of Golden Boy Fight Night streamed live globally on Facebook Watch via Golden Boy Fight Night Page.
"I felt like the fight could've went on," said D'mitrius Ballard. "I'm not the judge. I'm not the doctor. He decided to stop the fight, so I just have to live with the decision and move forward."
"If I don't fight Espadas in the next fight, I want to do a rematch for a belt. This is my first time fighting at 160, and I feel good and strong. I'm confident in my abilities, and there are a lot of great fighters at 160. I'm here to take my claim in the ring."
"I respect any man that comes into that ring. We are battling for our lives on that ring. Espadas is a tough fighter; he is a good quality opponent and a real quality fighter. I'm sure he will be back after this and I have much respect for him."
"I knew this was a hard and complicated fight, but my team did a great job," said Elias Espadas. "I think we are doing things correctly. I would love to get better, continue to train hard and my team will decide if we do a rematch with Ballard."
LONDON, ENGLAND - Academics at University College London (UCL) have conducted an unparalleled experiment to try to change the way marketers think about their consumer audiences, and their portrayals of individuals. The project is part of Unilever’s Unstereotype initiatives, and may assist in broadening the way people see themselves and the people around them.
"We are constantly innovating to find new ways to accelerate Unstereotype across our workforce and in our advertising. Becoming conscious of our blind spots and the biases that are holding us back is fundamental, but unconscious bias training has its limitations. We’ve piloted this experimental approach and measured its impact because disruptive techniques and scientific methods will help us all to drive the action needed to be more progressive in our creative work," said Dr. Lasana Harris, Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology.
She also said, "While there are huge genetic similarities common to human beings, what is undeniable is that every single one of us has our own genetic profile. Taking people on a journey through their own DNA profile created a moment of reappraisal and, in many cases, that realisation of their ancestry proved to be a great surprise to them. Coupled with training on how the brains forms stereotypes, we challenged their perceptions of themselves and, in turn, that of others."
"In today’s marketing we are blessed with a wealth of data and technology that can drive efficiency. But that efficiency should never be at the cost of empathy. If we aren’t in the business of understanding humans, we aren’t in business at all. The business case for Unstereotype is only getting stronger, proving the need for us all to come to work as people first and marketers second," said Aline Santos, Unilever’s EVP of Global Marketing and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer.
Shawn W. Anderson