Monthly Archives: March 2013

Exclusive photos: Celestino Caballero sparring with Ashley Theophane inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club

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Article and photos by Chris Robinson
HustleBoss.com was on hand as former two-division champion Celestino Caballero (36-4, 23 KO’s) continued to prep for his April 20th bout with Robinson Castellanos in his native Panama City, Panama.
Working out inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada, Caballero has been seen putting in some lively sparring the past few weeks with London’s Ashley Theopane, a free-spirit contender at 140 pounds.
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Robert Garcia speaks on Brandon Rios’ decision to start working with strength coach Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia

Brandon Rios, Robert Garcia, and Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)

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By Chris Robinson

Since becoming familiar with Robert Garcia’s talented stable of fighters in Oxnard, Calif. over the past few years, I could never deny the entertainment value that former lightweight champion Brandon Rios always brought to the table when in camp.

From practical jokes to good old-fashioned trash talk, Rios helped to make for a lively environment that served as a backdrop to the intensity he always shows while in the gym.

Ahead of his rematch with Mike Alvarado this weekend, things were a little different for Rios, as he chose to have a closed camp for reasons that weren’t fully disclosed in the previous weeks.

Rios meets Alvarado for a second time on Saturday night inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in an HBO-televised attraction and eyebrows were raised when it was reported that he had enlisted the services of strength and conditioning coach Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia for this assignment.

Behind the scenes with Brandon Rios and Robert Garcia in Las Vegas ['Aint nobody got time for that']

Chris Robinson goes behind the scenes with former lightweight champion Brandon Rios and his trainer and former champion Robert Garcia, inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday, March 27th. Rios faces off with Mike Alvarado in a highly anticipated rematch on Saturday, March 30th inside of theMandalay Bay…..

Bob Arum on Rios-Alvarado II, the return of Manny Pacquiao, and Tim Bradley’s war with Provodnikov

Chris Robinson catches up with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, as he speaks on this weekend’s rematch at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado, as well as the return of Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley’s thrilling war with Ruslan Provodnikov

HBO’s Harold Lederman talks Rios-Alvarado II, Mayweather-Guerrero, Donaire vs. Rigondeaux, more

Chris Robinson catches up with longtime unofficial HBO ringside judge Harold Lederman, as he speaks on this weekend’s rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado, as well as Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero, Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux, Zab Judah vs. Danny Garcia, the return of Sergio Martinez, and more…

J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KO’s) sparring Daquan Arnett (10-0, 6 KO’s) at the Mayweather Boxing Club

Chris Robinson steps inside the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas as two rising prospects go to work. Orlando, Florida’s Daquan Arnett (10-0, 6 KO’s) is in town to help middleweight prospect J’Leon Love (15-0, 8 KO’s) as he readies for his May 4th bout with Gabriel Rosado on the Floyd Mayweather-Robert Guerrero undercard

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Terence Crawford (19-0, 15 KO’s) looking sharp ahead of HBO duel with Breidis Prescott

Chris Robinson catches up with lightweight prospect Terence Crawford (19-0, 15 KO’s) inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada as he trains for his clash with Breidis Prescott on the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado II undercard at the Mandalay Bay…

Exclusive photos: Inside the final Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado II press conference in Las Vegas

By Chris Robinson

HustleBoss.com steps inside of the Mizuya Lounge inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada for the final press conference for this Saturday night’s Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado II event.

The HBO-televised clash will serve up a second hosting of one of last year’s biggest fights. Continue on to the photo gallery below for an all-access look.

All Photos courtesy of Chris Robinson (www.HustleBoss.com)

The Tecate Girls

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Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia (far right) with Brandon Rios and Robert Garcia

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RingTV.com’s Mark Ortega interviewing Mike Alvarado

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Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado

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Photos and Video: Columbia’s Breidis Prescott (26-4, 20 KO’s) on the mitts ahead of HBO duel w/ Terence Crawford

Chris Robinson goes behind the scenes with Columbian puncher Breidis Prescott at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas ahead of his HBO-televised clash with Terence Crawford, who he faces inside of the Mandalay Bay on Saturday, March 30th on the Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado rematch undercard…

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Brandon Rios working with Angel Hernandez; Robert Garcia speaks on the changes in camp

Chris Robinson catches up with Two-time trainer of the Year Robert Garcia in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 27th, as he speaks on the recent updates from the camps of his two fighters Brandon Rios and Nonito Donaire. Garcia addresses Rios now working with Angel Hernandez, the strength and conditioning expert who also work with Juan Manuel Marquez, and more…

Exclusive photos: Behind the scenes with Brandon Rios in Las Vegas ahead of his rematch with Mike Alvarado

HustleBoss.com goes behind the scenes with former WBA lightweight champion Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios (31-0, 23 KO’s) inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas ahead of his anticipated rematch with Mike Alvarado (33-1, 23 KO’s). Rios faces off with Alvarado inside of the Mandalay Bay in an HBO-televised attraction this Saturday night, March 30th.

All photos courtesy of Chris Robinson (www.HustleBoss.com)

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Trainer Tony Morgan reflects on his memorable ride with Andre Berto and offers up his version of their split

Tony Morgan and Andre Berto training in Van Nuys, California in January 2012 (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)

Tony and Berto

By Chris Robinson

Throughout his eight-year professional career, Winter Haven, Florida’s Andre Berto has undeniably accomplished a lot. Having twice held portions of the welterweight championship, Berto graced HBO’s airwaves on numerous occasions while earning some very healthy paydays along the way.

There’s also no questioning the importance that trainer Tony Morgan played in helping guide Berto towards becoming a top-level prizefighter. Having met Berto when he was just ten years old and still fresh into the sport, Morgan and his pupil enjoyed quite the ride and seemed to have the recipe for success under any and all situations.

However, on the heels of his upset defeat at the hands of Robert Guerrero this past November, Berto decided to make some changes with his team, as it was announced in late February that he and Morgan were parting ways.

And while Berto has since resurfaced and found his place amongst Northern California-based Virgil Hunter’s growing stable, Morgan is still left with a feeling of bemusement at how his relationship with a man he considered to be practically his son has changed.

Jeff Mayweather talks Donaire-Rigondeaux, Sergio Martinez, Saul Alvarez, Floyd vs. Guerrero, more

Chris Robinson catches up with respected trainer and former IBO junior lightweight champion Jeff Mayweather inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club, as he breaks down Nonito Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux, Saul Alvarez vs. Austin Trout, Danny Garcia vs. Zab Judah, Saul Alvarez vs. Austin Trout, Floyd Mayweather vs. Robert Guerrero, working with Celestino Caballero, and much more…

Will Clemons (3-0, 2 KO’s) sparring Malik Bazille at the Mayweather Boxing Club [March 2013]

Chris Robinson steps inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club as junior middleweight prospects Will Clemons (3-0, 2 KO’s) and Malik Bazille put in some work on Monday, March 25th, 2013…

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Mickey Bey gives his side of the story regarding his failed drug test and suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission

Mickey Bey Jr. inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)

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By Chris Robinson

Mickey Bey was a man with a lot to get off his chest this past Monday.

On February 2nd, Bey, a lightweight contender (19-0-1, 9 KO’s) fighting out of Las Vegas, made an emphatic ring return following a 15-month layoff in halting Robert Rodriguez in under three rounds inside of the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.

On February 19th, it was reported by various outlets that Bey had failed a pre-fight drug test, as he was found to have high levels of testosterone in his system. Bey’s testosterone to epitestosterone ratio was marked at 30-1, far greater than the 6-1 allowed by Nevada.

Mikes Jones (26-1, 19 KO’s) sparring Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias (4-0, 3 KO’s) at the Mayweather Boxing Club

Chris Robinson steps inside the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nevada as welterweight contender Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KO’s) puts in some 5-minute rounds with unbeaten middleweight prospect Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias (4-0, 3 KO’s) as the trainer of the two men, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, watched on…

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A behind the scenes look at Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne in the ‘High School’ video

Recently, fans had a little bit of a scare when it was reported that star rapper Lil Wayne was hospitalized. With Lil Wayne now out of the hospital and eyeing a summer tour with fellow artist T.I., he is again getting himself ready for the spotlight.

Fans looking for a bonus feature of the popular New Orleans rapper can check out the behind-the-scenes video of his “High School” collaboration with Nicki Minaj.

Lebron James admits he was ‘glad’ that he dunked on Jason Terry

At the moment, the Miami Heat are riding a 25-game winning streak as the NBA playoffs inch ever closer. One man who hasn’t been impressed is Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry, who spoke on his rival’s streak prior to their meeting earlier this week.

“[I'm] not really impressed with it or anything that they do,” Terry stated.

During the game, Heat star forward Lebron James would score a nasty dunk over Terry, as seen above.

And in the wake of his showcase, Lebron isn’t bashful when discussing the incident that left Terry on the floor.

SMS Promotions’ Donte Strayhorn working with Gerald Tucker Sr. ahead of professional debut

Chris Robinson steps inside of Barry’s Boxing in Las Vegas, Nevada in March, 2013 as talented prospect from Cincinatti, Ohio, Donte Strayhorn, continues to train as he eyes his professional debut while working with trainer Gerald Tucker Sr.

Strayorn is promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions

Is there a Floyd Sr.-Roger Mayweather trainer face off in the works?

Is there a Floyd Sr.-Roger Mayweather trainer showdown in the works? (Photo credit: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)

rhodes vs. don moore

By Chris Robinson

The buzz for Floyd Mayweather’s May 4 bout with Robert Guerrero is starting to pick up more and more as the days pass.

Mayweather (43-0, 26 KO’s), the WBC champion at 147 pounds, faces off with Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KO’s), the division’s interim WBC titlist, inside of the MGM Grand in a Showtime pay per view attraction that will serve as one of the year’s biggest events.

There is talk of a fight card taking place one night prior in the city as well, likely at the nearby Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

One fight that was originally discussed for that card would have pitted a pair of undefeated lightweight prospects against one another in ‘Dangerous’ Don Moore (16-0, 10 KO’s) and Haskell ‘Lydell’ Rhodes (14-0, 7 KO’s).