#1 Ranked Devaughn Lucas RETURNS to Vegas for more All-Out Sparring at Tocco’s/MBC [VIDEO]

Devaughn Lucas, center, flanked by All-Pro Offensive Tackle Trent Williams (left) and trainer Otis Pimpleton (right) after some more tough sparring(Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It was just a month ago when I crossed paths for the first time with aspiring amateur prospect Devaughn Lucas. Fighting out of Texas, Lucas is ranked #1 in the country at 125 pounds and I was able to catch him in action inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym during their monthly First Friday Exhibition Sparring series.

Lucas is very strong physically and also very much poised for his age. He went some rounds with fellow amateurs Jacob Cuevas and Cesar “Frijolito” Cardona and the action was fast-paced. Lucas seems right at home when he is on the inside banging away at his opponents, but when noticing his style further, there are a lot of unique movements that he makes.

Results from The Forum: Fernando Vargas’ Undefeated Prospect Francisco Esparza Stops Tenochtitlan Nava in the Sixth

Undefeated Francisco Esparza was victorious in Inglewood (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier tonight, inside of The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., undefeated featherweight prospect Francisco Esparza (7-0-1, 3 KO’s) stopped previously undefeated Tenochtitlan Nava (7-1, 1 KO) in the sixth round. Esparza took a while to get going, but was able to have success in tagging Nava, who became increasingly bloodied via his nose and a cut about his right eye. The end came in the sixth, as referee Thomas Taylor stopped the match at the 1:43 mark after seeing Nava eat a pair of right hands.

Esparza is a familiar face in Las Vegas, as he works under the tutelage of former junior middleweight world champion Fernando Vargas. We caught up with Esparza inside of City Boxing Club in Las Vegas just days before leaving town.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence Jr. Stops Lamont Peterson After the Seventh Round in Brooklyn

Errol Spence Jr. defeated Lamont Peterson on Saturday (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York, former IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. dominated a very game Lamont Peterson, stopping the rugged former champion after the seventh round inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Aired on SHOWTIME, Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) was too skilled, too tough, and too busy and precise for Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KO’s), as he registered a successful first defense of his title.

Spence now sets his sights towards a hopeful showdown with WBA/WBC champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, but it remains to be seen whether we will see that fight anytime soon.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson + Robert Easter vs. Javier Fortuna Final Press Conference

Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson face off on Saturday night (Photo: Tom Casino – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KO’s) will face off with former world champion Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO’s) inside of the Barclays center in Brooklyn, in a SHOWTIME-televised main event that should deliver in terms of action and suspense. Spence defeated Kell Brook this past May in a thriller and in Peterson he is going up against one of his most experienced and determined foes to date.

In the co-feature, IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (20-0, 14 KO’s) faces off with former junior lightweight champion Javier Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KO’s) in a unique matchup of styles. The action begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m this Saturday, Jan. 20.

#1 Ranked Devaughn Lucas hits Las Vegas: Sparring with Jacob Cuevas at Johnny Tocco’s

Devaughn Lucas, center, at Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

More First Friday Exhibition Sparring with #1 ranked amateur Devaughn Lucas, as he was visiting from Texas and came to put in some work. In this video, Lucas, still just 14 years old, works with two prospects, including upcoming Jacob Cuevas. Lucas has an aggressive style and is definitely one to keep an eye out for.

Check below for a closer look.

PHOTOS: Claressa Shields Defeats Tori Nelson Via Unanimous Decision in Verona; is Christina Hammer Next?

Claressa Shields, right, lands on Tori Nelson on Friday night (Photo: Stephane Trapp – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, Jan. 12, IBF/WBC female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields successfully defended her titles with a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated contender Tori Nelson. The bout took place inside of the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York and was aired on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation series.

Shields was in command from the outset until the final bell, as three 100-90 scorecards were read in her favor as she improves to 5-0 with 2 knockouts. Shields, a 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, outland Nelson 225-81 in total punches and landed at a 44% rate.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence Hosts Media Day Ahead of Lamont Peterson Showdown

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Trains in Dallas, Texas (Photo: Stacey Verbeek)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence hosted the media ahead of his Jan. 20 fight vs. former world champion Lamont Peterson. Working out inside of the R&R Boxing Gym in Dallas, Tex., Spence (22-0, 19 KO’s) looked sharp and in tremendous shape, with the match being less than a few weeks away.

Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO’s) is a very experienced and worthy opponent, and any way you break the match down it figures to be entertaining. Spence vs. Peterson will be a Premier Boxing Champions telecast that will air live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

PHOTOS: Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios & David Benavidez vs. Ronald Gavril Los Angeles Press Conference

Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios in Los Angeles (Photo: Chris Farina – Mayweather Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, inside of the Conga Room at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, two division world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-1, 19 KO’s) came face to face with former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KO’s) for the first time ahead of their scheduled Feb. 17 showdown. Garcia and Rios will square off on SHOWTIME in a Premier Boxing Champions telecast that will take place from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Also present for the press conference were WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KO’s) and top contender Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KO’s), who will square off in a co-feature rematch of their thrilling world title bout this past September in Las Vegas. Benavidez defeated Gavril by split-decision and it’s a rematch many are clamoring for.

PHOTOS: Kicking Off 2018 Inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas With First Friday Exhibition Sparring

Sparring inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas  as Denis Douglin (left) faces off with Karam Al Mahseri (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robison

Images from Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, Nev. as another entertaining round of First Friday Exhibition Sparring took place.

The sparring has been taking place since 2014 and there has been some excellent work that has went down. This past Friday, more quality action took place, including seeing super middleweight contender Denis Douglin (20-6, 13 KO’s) in action, as he worked with rising amateur Karam Al Mahseri. National champion Alex “ATG” Thiel was also back in the mix, as well as several other amateurs going at it.

‘Thunderstorm’ Brewing: Kevin Johnson Looks to Improve on 4-0 Mark as 2018 Begins

Kevin “Thunderstorm” Johnson inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club a few years ago in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

When I first started frequenting the Mayweather Boxing Club in 2010, there were several faces that I would come across.

While the gym is known obviously for the body of work that it’s owner, former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, put in over all the years, there has always been other stories littered throughout the building.

Christmas in Las Vegas? Discovering Christmas Town at Wet’n'Wild

Christmas Town at Wet’n'Wild in Las Vegas (Photo: Wet’n'Wild)

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By Chris Robinson

Having been in Las Vegas for the past eight-plus years, I can attest that there is a lot to discover in the city. And, while live events, five-star hotels, fine-dining, clubbing, and craziness on the Vegas Strip are year-round staples, I always thought to myself how much better diverse Las Vegas could be with more attractions geared towards the youth.

That’s why, I was pleasantly surprised to hear years back that they were planning on bringing a water park to Las Vegas called Wet’n’Wild in the summer of 2013. Located in Southwest Las Vegas at 7055 S Fort Apache Rd., the park was essentially just down the street from me and I made sure to buy my season passes ahead of time for my family.

Undefeated Prospect Blair “The Flair” Cobbs Signs With Golden Boy Promotions

Undefeated prospect Blair Cobbs has signed with Golden Boy Promotions (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

For the past year I’ve become familiar with prospect Blair “The Flair” Cobbs, a Philadelphia native who has relocated to Las Vegas to further hone his skills.

Training out of the Bones Adams Boxing Gym, Cobbs (8-0, 6 KO’s) has continued to progress, racking up four victories in 2017, three of them being stoppages.

PHOTOS: Billy Joe Saunders Easily Outpoints David Lemieux in Canada

Billy Joe Saunders was in rare form on Saturday night, defeating David Lemieux via unanimous decision (Photo: Matt Heasley-Hogan Photos)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 16, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) outpointed hometown favorite and former champion David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) to successfully defend the WBO Middleweight World Championship in the 12-round main event of HBO World Championship Boxing at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

A native of the United Kingdom, Saunders easily outboxed Lemieux for 12 rounds from his southpaw stance to win via unanimous decision, with scorecards reading 120-108, 118-110, and 117-111.

PHOTOS: David Lemieux and Billy Joe Saunders Host Media Day Ahead of HBO Showdown

Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux faces off with WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night on HBO (Photo: Vincent Ethier / Eye of the Tiger Management)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management, in association with Frank Warren and Vidéotron, hosted a media workout for the upcoming WBO Middleweight World Championship fight between Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs).

Saunders vs. Lemieux will take place this Saturday, Dec. 16 at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada and will air on HBO World Championship Boxing. Lemieux will have the hometown advantage, but it’s not a worry to the defending champion.

VIDEO: Myster DL Releases Cypress Hill Documentary “The Haunted Hill”

Cypress Hill’s “The Haunted Hill” Documentary is worth a look (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Those who are familiar with the rap group Cypress Hill can tell you all about their annual “The Haunted Hill” tour, which has been going on now over 23 years. Cypress Hill’s longevity in the music world has always been impressive, and people still flock to get a glimpse of them on stage.

This year’s “Haunted Hill” tour included stops in Brooklyn, NY, Boston, Mass., and Silver Springs, Md.. I came to find out that filmmaker video director Myster DL put together a documentary titled “Haunted Hill” which is definitely worth a look. In addition to working with Cypress Hill, Myster DL has also collaborated with Redman, Sean Price, Chuck D, Lox, Freeway, Kool G Rap, DJ Premier, and several others.

Miguel Roman Defeats Orlando Salido in Las Vegas; ‘Siri’ Announces Retirement Afterwards

Miguel Roman defeated Orlando Salido on Saturday night (Photo: Ed Mulholland - HBO Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., Miguel “Mickey” Roman (58-13, 45 KO’s) scored an exciting ninth round TKO victory over former two-division world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido. (44-14-4, 31 KO’s).

A native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Roman scored knockdowns in rounds four and eight, before another flurry put Salido down for the final time in the ninth, as the bout was stopped at the 1:43 mark.

Vasyl Lomachenko Dominatees Guillermo Rigondeaux, Makes Him Stop After the Sixth Round

Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday night (Photo: Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, inside of Madison Square Garden in New York, WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s) scored a one-sided TKO victory over Cuban marvel and WBA junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KO’s).

Lomachenko, 29, was simply too big, too precise, and too skilled for Rigondeaux, 37, who had no answers for his Ukrainian foe. Following the sixth round, Rigondeaux elected not to come out for another round and the bout was waved off.

Updates From the Mandalay Bay: Rene Alvarado Edges Denis Shakifov in Bloody Brawl

Denis Shafikov, left, suffered a loss to Rene Alvarado on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, inside of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado (28-8, 19 KO’s) captured a big victory in scoring a ten-round split-decision over former world title challenger Denis Shafikov (38-4-1, 20 KO’s). After ten rounds of action, two judges favored Alvarado, 96-94 and 96-93, with the third favoring Shafikov, 95-94.

It was a bloody, fast-paced war of attrition, with the action starting fast and lasting until the final bell. What may have been the telling score of the match was Alvarado registering a knockdown in the fifth round, in a frame where Shafikov was doing well for himself.

PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes in Las Vegas For Final Orlando Salido vs. Miguel Roman Presser [HBO]

(L to R) Francisco Vargas, Tevin Farmer, Orlando Salido, Miguel Roman, Kenichi Ogawa, and Stephen Smith inside of the Mandalay Bay on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Hustle Boss goes behind the scenes inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. for the final press conference for this weekend’s HBO-televised junior lightweight showdown between former two-division champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (44-13-4, 31 KO’s) and Miguel “Mickey” Roman (57-12, 44 KO’s).

Also appearing on the card, Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5 KO’s) faces off with Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17 KO’s) for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title, as well as former champion Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KO’s ) and UK contender Stephen Smith (25-3, 15 KO’s) colliding.

PHOTOS: Flawless Diamond Gang Artist King Truth Spotted in Vegas

Artist King Truth was recently spotted in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier this week I ran into an acquentance of mine, King Truth, an Oakland area rapper who has been spending much of his time in Las Vegas in recent years.

King Truth, who represents the Flawless Diamond Gang, has an unabashed, brazen style while on the mic, and an energy that admittedly can be a bit infectious. It had been a few years since I had worked with Truth, but was happy to have spotted him just north of the Stratosphere while in route.