Monthly Archives: February 2013

‘I see the fight being pretty easy for Nonito’ – Robert Garcia breaks down Donaire vs. Rigondeaux

Chris Robinson catches up with 2011 and 2012 Trainer of the Year Robert Garcia in Southgate, California, as he speaks on his fighter Nonito Donaire’s upcoming April clash with fellow junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux…

Mikey Garcia speaks on the Orlando Salido victory, facing Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Donaire-Rigondeaux

Chris Robinson catches up with undefeated WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, as he speaks on his title-winning victory over Orlando Salido, his desire to face former champ Yuriorkis Gamboa, and his thoughts on Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux…

Photos: Behind the scenes with Brandon Rios, Mikey and Robert Garcia, Leo Santa Cruz, Israel Vazquez, and others in Southgate, California

By Chris Robinson

On Sunday, Feb. 24, former lightweight champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios hosted fans for a personal “meet and greet” at the Magnifico Boxing Gym in Southgate, California for a Momentum 4 Life charity event

Notables in the building included former champions Steven Luevano and Israel Vazquez, WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, IBF bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, Two-time trainer of the Year Robert Garcia, and former WBO female bantamweight champion Kaliesha West.

Rios faces Mike Alvarado on March 31st inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in a rematch to one of 2012’s best action fights that saw Brandon emerge with a 7th round TKO.

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Photos: Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias improves to 3-0 with first round blitzing of Edgar Perez in Detroit

The beat continued for Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias on Saturday night, as the undefeated middleweight prospect improved to 3-0 (2 KO’s) with his first round knockout over Edgar Perez in Detroit, Michigan.


Photos: Emotional moment as Ishe Smith captures IBF junior middleweight crown with victory over Cornelius Bundrage


On Saturday night, 13-year verteran Ishe Smith came through with his biggest victory as a professional, winning a 12-round split-decision victory over former champion Cornelius ‘K9′ Bundrage.



With the victory, Smith claims the IBF junior middleweight crown while raising his record to 25-5 (11 KO’s).

Throughout his career, Smith has endured quite the emotional ride, from spells of frustrating inactivity to some tough losses, but tonight was his finest moment.


Photos: Mayweather Promotions’ Badou Jack wins in Detroit; improves record to 13-0 with 9 knockouts


On Saturday night in Detroit, Michigan, super middleweight prospect Badou Jack improved his record to 13-0 with 9 knockouts following his victory over Don Mouton.

After eight heats, Jack won all scorecards, 78-74.

Following nine months of inactivity, Jack has now produced two straight victories in a span of three weeks during his time under the Mayweather Promotions umbrella.

Expect more coverage from Badou Jack in the near future…

Photos courtesy of Naoki Fukuda


Photos: J’Leon Love improves to 15-0 with 8 KO’s with victory over Findley as Floyd Mayweather watches on


On Saturday night, February 23rd, middleweight prospect J’Leon Love improved to 15-0 with 8 KO’s after overcoming a game challenge from Derrick Findley (20-9, 13 KO’s) inside of the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan.

In the Showtime-televised duel, Love was just too busy and sharp with his punches despite Findley constantly pressing forward and making things interesting late.

Watching from ringside and also in Love’s corner was undefeated, pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather. WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner could also be found showing support.

(Photo credits: Naoki Fukuda)



‘When we came to Detroit, we didn’t come to fight for a title; we came to win the title’ – Eddie Mustafa Muhammad speaks on Ishe Smith’s championship victory


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan, Las Vegas native Ishe Smith captured the IBF junior middleweight title with a split-decision victory over former champion Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage.

After twelve rounds, two 116-111 scorecards favored Smith, with a 114-113 tally going in Bundrage’s direction.

Watching the action unfold from his fighter’s corner, trainer and former light heavyweight titlist Eddie Mustafa Muhammad seemed elated with Smith’s showing.

“I thought he gave a magnificent performance,” Muhammad stated. “He capitalized on that good jab that he has. Putting pressure, backing ‘K9’ up and taking him out of his game. That’s what we did. We beat him to the body.”

Virgil Hunter has no preference on whether he’d like Amir Khan to rematch Danny Garcia or Lamont Peterson next

Virgil Hunter, left, and Amir Khan in Los Angeles this past December (Photo: Chris Robinson –


By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, inside of the DC Armory in Washington, DC, IBF junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson made a stirring return to the ring in halting a game but outgunned Kendall Holt inside of eight rounds.

Peterson was sidelined all of last year due to failing a pre-fight drug test ahead of his scheduled rematch this past May with Amir Khan, who he had upset in December of 2011.

After Khan saw his opportunity for revenge against Peterson go up in flames, he then turned his attention to a July encounter with Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia. In a shocker, Garcia would drop Khan three times on his way towards a 4th round TKO.

Joel Diaz gives his thoughts on Lamont Peterson facing the likes of Lucas Matthysse and Danny Garcia

Lamont Peterson, right, stopping Kendall Holt in Washington, DC, on Friday night (Photo: The Koncrete Jungle)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier tonight, inside of the DC Armory in Washington, DC, IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson ended a year-plus layoff by emphatically halting former titlist Kendall Holt.

Peterson hadn’t fought since his upset victory over Amir Khan in December of 2011 and it was easy to spot his rust early as Holt got off to a comfortable start while also digging in some nice lefts to the body.

Peterson would erupt in the fourth round, however, as he turned up the pressure and dropped Holt with a crushing right hand. Peterson would score another knockdown in the sixth round, as it was obvious that the end was near.

Referee Tony Weeks would wisely stop the action 1 minute and 42 seconds into the eighth round as Holt was taking punishment along the ropes.

Watching the action from his home base in Indio, California, trainer Joel Diaz seemed impressed with Peterson.

Photos: Behind the scenes during MAGIC Market Week in Las Vegas’s Chris Robinson goes behind the scenes during MAGIC Market Week inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in February of 2013.

Once again, the three-day apparel and accessory show was packed with onlookers, fashion designers, retail buyers, media members, tourists, entrepreneurs, and people from all walks of life.

An estimated 80,000 people attended MAGIC this year, with a projected nongaming impact of $101.8 million, according to reports.

Check out the photos below and please click through if anything catches your eye.

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Rihanna having a blast with Chris Brown while in Hawaii


On early Thursday morning, Feb. 21, Rihanna continued to update her millions of supporters with the latest festivities on her birthday, as she turned 25 years old yesterday.

Presently in Hawaii with family, friends, and her love interest Chris Brown, people have been beyond curious to find out what is taking place with the “Diamonds” singer.

Photos: Rihanna enjoying the festivities in Hawaii during her 25th birthday

As evidenced by updates to her personal Instagram account over the past few days, music star Rihanna appears to be having a great time in Hawaii as she celebrates her 25th birthday.

With Rihanna at the moment is her love interest Chris Brown, as well as friends and family. Check out the photos for more… (All photos courtesy of




Photos: Josephe Elegele sparring Cortez Bey at the Mayweather Boxing Club

As first reported by, welterweight prospect Joseph Elegele (13-1, 10 KO’s) will be serving as one of Floyd Mayweather’s sparring partners ahead of his May 4th bout with Robert Guerrero.

For a closer look at the Melbourne, Florida lefty, please check out a recent sparring session of his with fellow prospect Cortez Bey (8-1-1, 4 KO’s) inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club.

Elegele faces off with Javier Molina on March 9th.



Floyd Mayweather tabs Joseph Elegele as one of his sparring partners ahead of his May 4th bout with Robert Guerrero

Joseph Elegele and Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Monday, February 18th…



By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday, Floyd Mayweather once again captured the attention of the boxing world when it was revealed that he had inked a record-breaking six-fight deal with Showtime PPV.

Coming in hand with the announcement was the confirmation of interim WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero as his May 4th opponent when he steps back into the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Coming off of decision victories of two bruising welterweights in Andre Berto and Selcuk Aydin, Guerrero will figure to give Mayweather a spirited battle despite the heavy odds that will see him as the underdog.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes in Las Vegas, Mayweather’s camp is already taking shape.

Photos: Bonus shots from Kim Kardashian’s first pregnancy shoot for DuJour

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, photos surfaced online of reality star Kim Kardashian’s recent photo shoot with Bruce Weber of DuJour.

The photo spread marks Kardashian’s first full shoot since she and her husband Kanye West announced they are expecting a child together later this year.

Throughout the handful of pictures, many of them black and white, Kardashian seems visibly happy, smiling from ear to ear. Other shots show Kim playing outside, going for a dip in the pool, lying in bed, and often showing off some cleavage.

Check out the photos below for more…

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Is Chris Brown getting ready to propose to Rihanna in Hawaii?

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According to a surprising report from on Tuesday, Feb. 19, it looks like music star Chris Brown is prepared to propose to Rihanna on her birthday in Hawaii, as she turns 25 years old on Wednesday.

Rihanna set to grace the April cover of ELLE UK

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On Monday, Feb. 18, ELLE UK revealed that pop superstar Rihanna would be gracing the cover of their April issue.

During a recent visit to Paris, Rihanna was shot by photographer Mariano Vivanco, as he captured her wearing a short haircut while revealing her backside.

Roger Mayweather shows support to nephew Floyd in wake of trainer switch

Roger Mayweather working with his nephew Floyd (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Throughout any given year, you can find outspoken trainer Roger Mayweather inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas on a constant basis doing what he loves best.

A former two-division champion in the junior lightweight and junior welterweight divisions in the 1980’s, the 51-year old Mayweather now seems to get great satisfaction in guiding the next generation of upcoming prospects.

Having walked away from the sport following a ten-round unanimous decision over journeyman Javier Francisco Mendez in Reno, Nevada in May of 1999, making the move to a full-time trainer was an easy transition for Roger.

VIDEO: Lil Wayne rips the Miami Heat during All-Star week; claims he had sex with Chris Bosh’s wife

It should come as no surprise that rapper Lil Wayne has a little bit of animosity when it comes to the Miami Heat organization.

After all, it was just last weekend that the New Orleans native was kicked out of the American Airlines Arena in South Florida, as he was in the building showing support to his favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, as they visited the Heat.

Upon getting exited from the game prior to the Lakers’ loss, Wayne went on a bitter of a tirade on his personal Twitter account.