Problem Solved: Pacquiao’s Legacy Continues After Dominant Performance Over Broner

Manny Pacquiao defeated Adrien Broner on Saturday night (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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by: Dennis Guillermo

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs) successfully defended his WBA welterweight crown against Adrien Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs) Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in front of a sold out pro-Pacquiao crowd in his return to Las Vegas after more than a two-year absence.

The 40-year-old fighting senator from the Philippines turned back the clock as he overwhelmed the much-younger 29-year-old Broner with his signature relentless style right from the opening up to the final bell en route to a unanimous decision win. The three judges scored it ringside 117-111 and 116-112 twice. On my most generous night, I’d give Broner one round, two at the most as he simply didn’t do enough to convincingly win any round as evidenced by Compubox numbers.

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Adrien Broner speaking at the final press conference ahead of his showdown with Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Chris Farina – Mayweather Promotions)

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by: Dennis Guillermo

Adrien “The Problem” Broner definitely had some problems with some people heading into Wednesday’s final press conference for his much-anticipated bout with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Arena this weekend.

“I’m pissed off, for real. Coming here doing this press conference in this little ass room,” Broner announced to the media gathered at the David Copperfield Theater. “They didn’t spend money on our shit like our fight ain’t nothin. I see what they’re trying to say, but they won’t do this shit anymore after I win this fight,” Broner added.

PHOTOS: Manny Pacquaio Hosts Media Day in Los Angeles Ahead of Adrien Broner Fight

Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach getting to work in Los Angeles (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and former four-division world champion Adrien Broner both hosted separate media workouts on Wednesday in Los Angeles, CA. Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO’s) will meet Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO’s) on Jan. 19 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME pay per view.

For Pacquiao, now 40 years old and the holder of one of the WBA welterweight titles, a fight with Broner is something he doesn’t take lightly.

Pacquiao: In Case You Forgot

Manny Pacquiao During His Media Day Ahead of Adrien Broner Fight (Photo: Chris Farina)

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by: “dSource” – Dennis Guillermo / Twitter @dRealSource

Like a blur, a flurry of five, six, eight-punch combinations. Most have been given fair warning, and blokes like Ricky Hatton even swore he had studied and knew what was coming. “Right hook, roll under,” The Hitman waxed philosophical. Fighters like him should be scaring the shit out of you. Most meteors like the one tattooed on his left forearm will when it connects. But then he flashes his smile and swindles you with his humility. Just enough to make you think he can’t be that vicious in the ring.

Until boom!

Millions of pupils dilate with fatal anticipation. Another legendary boxer’s ass kisses the canvas. Barrera, Morales, Mosley, Bradley, Cotto, and yes Hatton too. Not sure what happened to what he studied regarding that right hook and roll under, but he ate a left cross and graduated in round 2. Last names of first ballot Hall of Famers and some of the greatest pugilists in history. Victims. Or as Shaq likes to call em, “barbecue chicken.”

Bob Arum, Oscar Valdez, and Teofimo Lopez Set to Invade Frisco, TX on Wednesday 1/9

WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

This Wednesday, from the Tostitos Championship Plaza at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, TX, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum will be joined by two of his company’s best fighters in WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez and undefeated lightweight prospect-turned-contender Teofimo Lopez. Valdez and Lopez will be participating in an open media workout ahead of their Feb. 2 fights at the Ford Center at The Star.

Valdez (24-0, 19 KOs) is coming off of his brutal brawl this past March with former champion Scott Quigg, in which he emerged victorious, and he will be looking to make the fifth defense of his title against fellow unbeaten Carmine “Mr. Wolf” Tomassone (19-0, 5 KOs). Lopez (11-0, 9 KOs), named 2018 Prospect of the Year by ESPN.com, ESPN Deportes, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo Sports, will take on former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno (31-2, 13 KOs) in a 10-round showdown.

PHOTOS + VIDEO: Dillian Whyte Blasts Dereck Chisora in the 11th; Where Does he go Next?

Dillian Whyte scored an emphatic knockout over Dereck Chisora on Saturday in London (Photo: Dave Thompson – Matchroom)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the O2 Arena in London, heavyweight contender Dillian Whyte scored a brutal 11th round knockout over rugged Dereck Chisora in a rematch of their 2016 thriller. A highlight reel left hook from Whyte ended what was a competitive matchup beforehand, and left Chisora floored and all but out.

Whyte (25-1, 18 KO’s) was ranked #1 by the WBC and WBO heading into the matchup, and now looks to have an inside track towards a rematch with IBF/WBA/WBO champion Anthony Joshua. Chisora (29-9, 21 KOs) was deducted two points in the contest, one for a low blow in the eighth and later for an elbow in the 11th, yet was ahead on two scorecards (95-94) at the time of the stoppage.

PHOTOS: Caleb Plant Training For Title Shot vs. IBF Champion Jose Uzcategui

Caleb Plant training inside of City Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Team Plant)

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By Chris Robinson

On January 13, unbeaten 168-pound contender Caleb “Sweethands” Plant will battle IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui in the main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FS1 and FOX Deportes, from the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.

Plant (17-0, 10 KOs), originally from Nashville, Tennessee but now living and training out of Las Vegas, Nevada, will put his boxing skills on display vs. Uzcategui (28-2, 23 KO’s), one of the biggest punchers in the division.

PHOTOS: Adrien Broner Grinds Hard For Jan. 19 Manny Pacquiao Clash

Adrien Broner Grinding Hard for Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Robby Illanes – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, Jan. 19, four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO’s) will face off with eight-division titlist and current WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO’s) inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. On Tuesday afternoon, Broner hosted an open media workout inside of the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami, FL in advance of the big showdown.

Broner is surely being doubted by many ahead of the SHOWTIME pay per view collision with Pacquiao, and understands what it means to his career.

PHOTOS: Canelo Demolishes Rocky Fielding in Three; Where Does he go From Here?

Canelo Alvarez Stormed Through Rocky Fielding on Saturday (Photo: Marilyn Paulino - Round By Round Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 15, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KO’s) easily dispatched former champion Rocky Fielding (27-2, 15 KO’s) on his way to collecting the WBA super middleweight title. The fight took place from the Madison Square Garden in New York and was showcased on the DAZN streaming app.

Canelo’s relentless body work proved to be too much, as he registered knockdowns in every round, two in the third and ultimately final round, before the contest was waved off. The fight was a mismatch on paper and Canelo did his part to prove odds makers correct.

PHOTOS + VIDEO: Jesse Hart Seeking Revenge vs. Gilberto Ramirez This Friday Night

Jesse Hart will face Gilberto Ramirez in a rematch this Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

This Friday night, inside of the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, once-beaten supermiddleweight contender Jesse “Hollywood” Hart will look for revenge vs. the division’s WBO champion, Gilberto “Zuro” Ramirez.

In September of last year, Ramirez (38-0, 25 KO’s) dropped Hart in the first round and went on to win a unanimous decision despite the Philadelphia fighter storming back to make things competitive. Hart knows he is likely going to need a career-defining performance to turn the tables and that’s what he is banking on.

PHOTOS: WBO Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto Ramirez Aiming to Defeat Jesse Hart Once Again

Gilberto Ramirez Faces Jesse Hart on Saturday night in a rematch (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

This coming Friday night, Dec. 14, from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will face off with contender Jesse “Hollywood” Hart (25-1, 21 KO’s) on ESPN+. The fight is a rematch of their Sep. 2017 battle in which Ramirez won via unanimous decision.

Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs) is looking for a fifth successful defense of his title and is promising a knockout vs. his rival.

VIDEOS: Deontay Wilder Opens Up Following 12-Round Split-Draw With Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder Speaking at The Post-Fight Press Conference Following His Bout With Tyson Fury (Photo: Miguel Barragan)

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By Chris Robinson

The boxing world is still buzzing about the excellent heavyweight title fight that went down over the weekend, as WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury fought to a 12-round, split-draw inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Following the final bell, scorecards reading 115-111 Wilder, 114-110 Fury, and 113-113 produced a draw for both men.

At the post-fight press conference, Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO’s) was reflective as he spoke on what he learned after 12 rounds with Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO’s). Wilder addressed his performance in the contest, gave his view on the scoring, revealed what he could have done differently, and also set his eyes towards a possible rematch.

PHOTOS: An Early Look Inside of Charn Chai Muay Thai Gym in Pai, Thailand

Trainer ‘Bee’ Monkoldej Sitthepitak, center, trains students inside of Charn Chai Muay Thai Gym (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Once again, for the third time this year, I find myself in the country of Thailand, getting a bit lost in all that the beautiful land has to offer. But, unlike my first two trips where I stayed in and frequented many areas of Bangkok, I decided to move up north this trip to the small town of Pai.

One of my main goals in the early months up here in Pai, before I likely again head back to Bangkok to finish my trip, was to get familiar with the Charn Chai Muay Thai Gym. Ran by former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern #1 ranked “Bee” Monkoldej Sitthepitak, the gym has a very welcoming atmosphere that suits both professionals and beginners. But make no mistake about it, the work is very intense and you have to be committed to get through each session.

VIDEO: Undefeated Prospect Darren Cunningham III Putting in Work at City Boxing Club as Devin Haney Watches On

Darren Cunningham III continues to work (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

When we first crossed paths with prospect Darren Cunningham III a few years back, he had yet to make his professional debut in the sport. Fast forward to today, and Cunningham is now officially a professional prospect, carrying a 7-0 record with three knockouts in the junior featherweight division.

Cunningham is actually promoted by his friend and fellow fighter Devin Haney (20-0, 13 KO’s), and last saw action this past September 28 in Temecula, CA, as he won a decision over Saul Eduardo Hernandez. In the main event of that evening, Haney won a 12-round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos.

VIDEO: Devin Haney Sparring Undefeated Eryk Apresyan inside City Boxing in Las Vegas

Devin Haney has been staying sharp as his career progresses (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

We recently swung through City Boxing in Las Vegas during our most recent visit back in town.

We were just in time, as 20-year old lightweight contender Devin “The Dream” Haney (20-0, 13 KO’s) sparred some nice rounds with undefeated prospect Eryk Apresyan (1-0, 1 KO) and it was a good look at how far Haney has progressed in his early years as a professional.

PHOTOS: Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa Score Wins in Miami to Pave Way for 2019 Showdown

Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa may meet in 2019 (Photo: David Martin Warr)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, in Miami, FL, former world champions Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa won separate bouts to pave the way towards a potential showdown in 2019.

Lopez (36-6, 32 KO’s) dropped Argentina’s Cristian Ruben Mino (19-3, 17 KO’s) four times, as he scored a ten-round unanimous decision. Lopez looked several times like he was going to finish the fight, but his opponent stayed resilient.

VIDEO: John David Jackson GOES IN on Sergey Kovalev; key details on why their training relationship ended

Former two-time champion John David Jackson speaking in Miami, FL (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There’s no denying that former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev had a great run in the sport.  Kovalev, a Russian fighter who burst onto the scene due to his great ability to chop opponents down and register brutal highlight-reel knockouts, captured the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles at light heavyweight during his successful march up boxing’s ranks.

It was only when we saw Kovalev face off with two-division world champion, Andre Ward, who is now retired, that we saw him suffer his first defeat. That took place in November of 2016 in Las Vegas, as Kovalev scored a second-round knockdown, only to see Ward escape with a narrow unanimous decision after rallying over the second half of the fight. The two men rematched immediately after, with Ward scoring an 8th round TKO victory.

PHOTOS: Reconnecting with ‘Magic’ Marcus Willis inside of Team Willis Boxing and Family Fitness in Fort Myers, FL

Marcus Willis works out inside of Team Willis Boxing and Family Fitness (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, we linked up with junior middleweight veteran “Magic” Marcus Willis inside of his personal gym, Team Willis Boxing and Family Fitness, in Fort Myers, FL. Willis (18-6-2, 5 KO’s) is the type of fighter whose record isn’t truly indicative of the kind of skill and ability he possesses. Several of his losses have been questionable decisions that could easily have went in his favor.

Yet, Willis still continues to fight on and discussed with us what he has been up to. It was about nine years ago when we crossed paths with Willis down in Florida, as we were introduced to him and his brother Quinton, also a fighter, through former lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell.

PHOTOS: Miguel Berchelt Stops a Brave Miguel Roman In the Ninth After Three Knockdowns

Miguel Berchelt was too much for Miguel Roman on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 3, inside of the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, TX, WBC junior lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt delivered a brutal beating on worthy but outgunned contender Miguel “Mickey” Roman for a fourth successful defense of his title. Berchelt (34-1, 30 KO’s) scored three knockdowns along the way, two in the sixth, and one three rounds later, before the contest was stopped in round nine.

The all-Mexican showdown, aired on the ESPN + streaming app, delivered as expected, but was a bit more one-sided than one may have liked. Roman (60-13, 47 KO’s) was valiant in the face of such a savage attack, and perhaps the fight could have been stopped a few rounds earlier.

VIDEO Highlights: Andres ‘Savage’ Cortes Stops Omar Castillo in the 3rd

Andres Cortes moved his record to 9-0 over the weekend by defeating Omar Castillo (Photo: Sergey Baranov)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, undefeated lightweight prospect Andres “Savage” Cortes (9-0, 6 KO’s) stopped previously undefeated Omar Castillo (5-1, 2 KO’s) in the third round.

We’ve been knowing Cortes for some years now, back to when he was still an amateur fighter trying to find his way in the game while still just a teenager. Now, under Mayweather Promotions, the 21-year old is seeing his career flourish. At this rate, Cortes could be in line for some big fights within a few years time.