Alexis Santiago signs with Mayweather Promotions; set for 9/8 return in Hollywood, CA

Alexis Santiago training in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

For bantamweight contender and WBO #6 ranked Alexis Santiago, new doors are beginning to open.

It’s been about four years since Santiago (18-3-1, 8 KO’s) walked through the doors of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nev. and the 24-year old hasn’t left anything to waste during his training in that time.

Having won his last seven bouts, Santiago’s spirits are as high as ever with the recent news of his signing with Mayweather Promotions. The Phoenix native’s first assignment under his new promoter is a Sept. 8 date in Hollywood, Calif. against Fernando Lumacad from the Philippines.

Shane Mosley Jr. reveals why he’s picking Miguel Cotto over Canelo Alvarez

Can Miguel Cotto defeat Canelo Alvarez on Nov. 21? (Photo: Hoganphotos)


By Chris Robinson 

Recently, Hustle Boss caught up with two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah, as he gave his prediction on the Nov. 21 Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez clash.

Judah is favoring Canelo slightly in the match, as he feels that he 25-year old from Jalisco, Mexico may be a little too much for the 34-year old, four-division titlist from Puerto Rico.

Zab Judah: ‘If I had to put my money on it, I’m leaning towards Canelo Alvarez’

Will Canelo Alvarez be able to unseat Miguel Cotto on Nov. 21? (Photo: Hoganphotos)


By Chris Robinson

On Nov. 21, four-division world champion Miguel Cotto will lock horns with former WBA junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev.

Cotto (40-4, 33 KO’s) is the reigning WBC middleweight champion and will be looking for a second successful defense of his title vs. the younger Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO’s) on HBO pay per view in one of the year’s biggest events.

Vegas fan favorite Jesus ‘Chuy’ Gutierrez the latest fighter to train inside of City Athletic Boxing

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Gutierrez training inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

Having been embedded in the Las Vegas boxing community the past six years, I’ve came across a lot of great talent all over the city.

Beginners, prospects, top contenders, and champions are all over the scene out here but it takes a special kind of person to really captivate the city in the way that Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez has.

VIDEO: Shane Mosley stops Ricardo Mayorga with body shot in the sixth round of their rematch

Shane Mosley was victorious on Saturday night in Los Angeles (Photo: Instagram)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., living legend and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley scored an entertaining knockout over rival Ricardo Mayorga in their rematch.

The end came in the sixth when Mosley caught an overweight Mayorga with a thudding left to the rib cage. The former champ from Nicaragua went down for the count, as he again suffered an early ending against his foe from Pomona.

PHOTOS: Leo Santa Cruz Overcomes Abner Mares In Los Angeles

Leo Santa Cruz, right, and Abner Mares going toe to toe inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Leo Santa Cruz overcame a spirited effort from Abner Mares in front of a raucous crowd to capture a majority-decision victory.

In what may be the most definitive fight to date on the “Premier Boxing Champions” series, the ESPN-televised affair had plenty to offer its fans. Mares came out of the gates swinging but it was Santa Cruz who settled down and boxed a masterful fight from the fourth round on.

Leo Santa Cruz Defeats Abner Mares Via Majority Decision in Tough Battle in Los Angeles

Leo Santa Cruz scored his biggest victory as a professional on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Aug. 29, Leo Santa Cruz became a three-division world champion with a hard-fought majority-decision victory over fellow three-division titlist Abner Mares inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

The bout took place on ESPN’s airwaves as a “Premier Boxing Champions” telecast and the action didn’t disappoint.

Undefeated Semajay Thomas back in Las Vegas training ahead of next ring assignment

Semajay Thomas sparring inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It had been a while since we’ve been in the trenches with top-flight junior welterweight prospect Semajay Thomas.

The Chicago native, now 6-0 with 4 knockouts as a professional, has a great pedigree behind him no matter how you cut it. One of Thomas’ mentors in his amateur days was and still is Nate Jones, the former heavyweight contender who captured bronze in the 1996 Olympics and now stands as one of the game’s emerging young trainers.

PHOTOS: Floyd Mayweather Engages in Sparring During Media Day for Andre Berto Clash

Floyd Mayweather on the attack during his media day in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s) hosted the media ahead of his Sep. 12 showdown on SHOWTIME pay per view vs. Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s).

In what may be his final performance in the ring, Mayweather’s media day was a little more laid-back compared to usual, as he engaged in some sparring with stablemates Ramon Montano and “Dangerous” Don Moore.

Zab Judah Mingling With the Young Inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club’s ‘Doghouse’ Ahead of Sep. 10 Return

Zab Judah speaking from Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo: Chris Robinson)

Zab Judah

By Chris Robinson

Anywhere you go around the fight scene in Las Vegas, you very well may find former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah roaming around.

Judah is a fixture at all of the fights in the city, both events big and small, and he always seemed to have a knack for working with the next generation of fighters.

Timothy Lee training inside the Mayweather Boxing Club ahead of 2nd pro bout

Timothy Lee training inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It seems like just yesterday when I first crossed paths with young upstart Timothy Lee.

Then just 16 years old at the time, I could instantly tell that Lee had very high ambitions for himself, as he was then dividing his time between training in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

‘Mouth Piece Guy’ pays a visit to Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas during First Friday Sparring

‘Mouth Piece Guy’ Jeff D., right, working with a new customer inside of Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

When it comes to custom mouthpieces in the boxing game, nobody quite seems to have a handle on things like the ‘Mouthpiece Guy’ Jeff D.

At Hustle Boss we caught up with MPG inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in February, where he was seen helping out prizefighters Ishe Smith and Badou Jack with their first custom piece. The two have since gone on to be repeat customers.

Shane Mosley breaks down key aspects of Cotto vs. Canelo; leaning towards Miguel on Nov. 21?

Shane Mosley training in Las Vegas, Nev. (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Nov. 21, from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev., one of the biggest fights of the year will go down when four-division world champion Miguel Cotto and former junior middleweight titlist Saul Alvarez face off on HBO pay per view.

It’s the type of fight that has had several varying opinions thus far and we caught up with a man who has been in the ring with each man for some insight.

Andre Berto to wear Rival gloves vs. Floyd Mayweather?

Andre Berto during his 6th round TKO victory over Josesito Lopez earlier this year (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

As the Sep. 12 Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto matchup pushes closer, all indications point towards both men taking the contest extremely seriously ahead of their welterweight title showdown. The matchup is set for SHOWTIME pay per view inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

At the 30-day weigh-in, Mayweather hit the scales at 149.8  pounds while Berto was eight pounds over at 155.

VIDEO: J’Leon Love spars tough amateur Chyre Anderson inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club

J’Leon Love putting in some work with upcoming amateur Chyre Anderson inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Super middleweight contender J’Leon Love has been a busy man these days.

On June 21, Love (20-1, 11 KO’s) scored an emphatic TKO victory when he got off the canvas to stop Jason Escalera in the seventh round inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Shawn Porter on working with Shane Mosley and reflecting back to his best sparring memories

Shawn Porter taking a breather after sparring with Shane Mosley in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

Earlier this week, inside of Barry’s Boxing in Las Vegas, Nev., former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter was seen putting in some spirited rounds with former three-division titlist Shane Mosley.

It’s always great to see fighters in the game helping each other out, whether in or out of the ring. Porter is coming off of his biggest victory to date, a June 20 decision over Adrien Broner, while Mosley is looking towards an Aug. 29 rematch with Ricardo Mayorga in Los Angeles.

PHOTOS: The continued progression of Shane Mosley Jr.

Shane Mosley Jr. training in Las Vegas at Barry’s Boxing (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It seems like just yesterday that we were in the trenches with Shane Mosley Jr. inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club, as the now 24-year old prospect was seen putting in some tough work with super middleweight banger Lanell “KO” Bellows.

Mosley is now 4-1 as a pro and has shown a definite improvement to his game the past year. The son of the living legend of the same name put in some more good work earlier this week when he and fellow middleweight Denis Douglin (19-4, 12 KO’s) got down inside of Barry’s Boxing.

VIDEO: Shane Mosley works with Shawn Porter at Barry’s Boxing in Las Vegas

Shawn Porter, left, working with Shane Mosley in Las Vegas at Barry’s Boxing (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

There was some brisk work between former IBF welterweight champon Shawn Porter and three-division world titlist Shane Mosley on Monday afternoon inside of Barry’s Boxing in Las Vegas, Nev.

Young Champion Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez Set To Sign With Al Haymon; Sept. Date Looms For Return

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

If you hit up the gym scene in Las Vegas on a constant basis, you are sure to be around some of the game’s top talent while also discovering your share of breaking news and in-depth stories.

There is a lot going on inside of City Athletic Boxing these days, especially on the heels of trainer Ismael Salas bringing his stable of champions to the facility.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Photographer Naoki Fukuda Steps Inside Of The Mayweather Boxing Club (8.12.2015)

Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Delorien Caraway inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Wednesday, Aug. 12, award-winning photographer Naoki Fukuda paid a visit to the Mayweather Boxing Club.

Fukuda is one of the top photographers in the sport and his work can be found at his personal website Nao Pix. He has captured intimate moments shooting ringside at some of the sport’s biggest events and always keeps a busy schedule traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad.