Monthly Archives: January 2015

Andre Ward says it’s hard to get excited about Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao these days

Super middleweight champion Andre Ward in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

As the weekend came to a close out in Las Vegas, the boxing world also took notice of a new heavyweight champion of the world in Deontay Wilder, who snatched the WBC crown from Bermane Stiverne with a 12-round unanimous decision from the MGM Grand.

With Wilder’s victory now behind us, boxing looks forward to both his future as a champion as well as what other high-profile matches may be good for the sport.

Deontay Wilder vs. Bermane Stiverne Post-fight updates from Las Vegas

Deontay Wilder was in command on Saturday night in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Following his title-winning victory over Bermane Stiverne on Saturday night, newly-crowned WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder spoke with pure joy about the fight itself and what his future holds.

Wilder (33-0, 32 KO’s) was too strong, smart, and powerful for Stiverne, who drops to 24-2-1 with 21 knockouts.

Deontay Wilder captures heavyweight title; says Bermane Stiverne was the perfect opponent

Deontay Wilder defeated Bermane Stiverne on Saturday night to capture the WBC heavyweight championship (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Deontay Wilder captured the WBC heavyweight championship of the world with a 12-round unanimous decision over former champion Bermane Stiverne.

Scores of 120-107, 119-108, and 118-109 were read across the board for Wilder, who improves to 33-0 with 32 knockouts following his biggest victory as a professional. live tweeting during this weekend’s NFC and AFC Championship games

Will Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers upset the Seattle Seahawks this weekend? 

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By Kyle Hutchison (Please follow Kyle on TWITTER for live tweeting during the game)

Championship weekend is finally upon us. Arguably, the best weekend of the NFL season, it has played host to “The catch”, “The drive,” and the infamous rant by Richard Sherman after he tipped the potential game winning pass to seal a Seattle victory in last year’s NFC championship.

Bermane Stiverne vs Deontay Wilder Offical Weigh In from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas [VIDEO]

Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder following their weigh-in in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon, inside of the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena, WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) and #1-ranked challenger Deontay Wilder weighed in ahead of their Showtime-televised duel on Saturday night, Jan. 17.

Their has been a bevy of trash talk coming from Wilder throughout the lead up to the fight and Stiverne has seemed to take everything in stride.

Can Haymon Boxing bring the sport back to the forefront of boxing?

Robert Guerrero will face off with Keith Thurman on March 7 as part of Haymon Boxing’s first NBC date (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Big news his the boxing world recently as it was revealed the Haymon Boxing will be bringing big-time boxing back to network television as NBC will play host to the first edition of “Premiere Boxing Championsips” on March 7 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the evening’s main event, former welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will meet up with dangerous, hard-punching interim WBA welterweight titlist Keith “One Time” Thurman while the always-brash Adrien Broner faces off with rugged John Molina Jr. in the chief support.

Deontay Wilder promises the boxing world a treat on Saturday night

Deontay Wilder has shown many sides to his personality this fight week in Las Vegas. Wilder challenges WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne on Saturday night from the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena


By Chris Robinson / All photos courtesy of Naoki Fukuda

I have to give Deontay Wilder a lot of credit heading into his first heavyweight title shot.

The Louisiana native has shown many sides of himself, from his deep belief in his god-given abilities, his undying love for his family, and a definite mean streak and understanding of what lies in front of him.

Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder have a tense face off following their final presser in Vegas

Bermane Stiverne and Deontay Wilder facing off at their final presser on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson was on hand inside of the David Copperfield Theater  inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada during the final press conference ahead of this weekend’s big heavyweight title showdown.

On Saturday night, Jan. 17, WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) will tangle with the trash-talking Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KO’s) inside of the casino’s Garden Arena in a Showtime Championship Boxing telecast.

Robert Garcia still holding on to hope that Marcos Maidana lands Manny Pacquiao: ‘I think he has a chance’

Marcos ‘Chino’ Maidana is coming off of a pair of decision losses to Floyd Mayweather yet still remains a big attraction (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

During his latest visit to Las Vegas, trainer Robert Garcia took a few minutes to speak with the media following his fighter Erik Ruiz’s tough loss to Jessie Magdaleno inside of Texas Station Casino.

Garcia is one of the most sought-after trainers in the game and his stable of fighters in his gym down in Oxnard, Calif. is also one of the deepest in the sport.

Luis Arias talks Gaby Penagaricano signing, promotional future, and filling the shoes of Mayweather and Pacquiao

Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias has been a familiar fixture on the Vegas fight scene for the past few years but he recently made the move to South Florida (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It’s been pretty fun watching Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias progress as a prospect in this boxing game.

I first caught up with Arias, then still an amateur, when he was serving as a chief sparring partner for Chad Dawson ahead of his match with Jean Pascal in August of 2010.

Bermane Stiverne insists Deontay Wilder’s trash talk hasn’t gotten to him ‘What matters is who the better man is’

WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s officially fight week in Las Vegas, as WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne made his grand arrival to the MGM Grand on Tuesday afternoon.

Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KO’s) will defend his title this Saturday night from the casino’s Garden Arena, as he locks horns with #1 ranked contender Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KO’s) in a Showtime Championship Boxing contest.

Tim Bradley’s trainer Joel Diaz favors Mayweather’s defense and accuracy over Pacquiao’s speed and power

Floyd Mayweather landing vs. Marcos Maidana this past September (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Having led his star fighter, two-division titlist Tim Bradley, into battle against Manny Pacquiao twice in a two-year period, trainer Joel Diaz knows all too well of the abilities of the Filipino icon.

Pacquiao has no bigger option on the table other than a dream fight with Floyd Mayweather. The talk surrounding the matchup, one that has been discussed for the past five years, is very high again yet Diaz is unsure what to think of all the discussion.

Exclusive photos: Award-winning photographer Naoki Fukuda captures the best of boxing

Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez making a grand arrival to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Throughout his time covering boxing, award-winning photographer Naoki Fukuda has captured some of the best figures in the sport, both in and outside of the ring.

In 2014, Fukuda was once again embedded around special moments in the sport, and was kind enough to share with some of his favorite images throughout the year.

Robert Garcia doubts that we see Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: ‘I just don’t see it happening’

Floyd Mayweather facing off with Marcos Maidana this past September in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

For revered trainer Robert Garcia, he knows all too well the difficulty of preparing for a match with either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, the two men regarded as the best of this generation.

Garcia led Marcos Maidana into battle twice last year vs. Manyweather, as the Argentinean lost decision verdicts to the Grand Rapids native in May and September despite spirited efforts. And in November of 2013, Garcia was in the corner of Brandon Rios in Macau, China as Pacquiao won a whitewash decision against the former lightweight titlist.

Trainer Joel Diaz ponders Tim Bradley’s future and reveals which fighters may be next for ‘Desert Storm’

Tim Bradley and Diego Chaves following their match in Las Vegas last month (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Following his 12-round split-draw with Argentina’s Diego Chaves on Dec. 13, former two-division titlist Tim Bradley still stands as one of the game’s most talented and marketable attractions heading into the New Year.

After all, the Chaves fight was widely-viewed as a Bradley victory despite the officials scorecards reading otherwise. Speaking with Bradley’s trainer Joel Diaz, he didn’t seem to set back with the official verdict.

Team Pacquiao’s Miguel Diaz: ‘I see Mayweather declining a bit with his ability’

Manny Pacquiao following his victory over Chris Algieri this past November (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

These days much of the talk in the boxing world is again revolving around the potential dream fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

After over five years of fans and insiders pondering the matchup, there seems to be genuine hope floating around that we could be seeing the two best from this generation lacing up sometime this year.

Byron Scott labels the Los Angeles Lakers ‘soft’ following blowout loss to the Clippers

Chris Paul driving vs. Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Given their 11-25 record this 2014-2015 NBA season, it’s not surprising to expect some frustration coming from the Los Angeles Lakers’ organization.

On Wednesday night the Lakers suffered a one-sided 114-89 loss at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers, marking their fifth straight defeat to their hometown rival.

Carl Froch says a Vegas fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is ‘nearly there’

Carl Froch is itching for a Las Vegas duel with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime)


By Chris Robinson

Brash Nottingham star Carl Froch is savoring the chance to lock horns with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. this Spring in Las Vegas.

Froch, 37, last saw action this past May when he stopped George Groves in the eighth round of a highly-anticipated rematch.

Undefeated welterweight prospect Darwin Price spotted with the Charlo twins and trainer Ronnie Shields in Houston, Tex.

St. Louis native Darwin Price spotted with trainer Ronnie Shields and the fighting Charlo Twins in Houston, Tex. (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

When I first spotted Darwin Price, I could tell instantly that the kid had high ambitions with his career.

At that time, Price was on the verge of turning professional and has since reeled off a 5-0 mark with 3 knockouts. The brash St. Louis native gained respect after showcasing his skills all over the California area, including Abel Sanchez’ Summit Gym in Big Bear as well as Robert Garcia’s personal gym in Oxnard, Ca.

Amir Khan setting his sights on Manny Pacquiao? Claims Floyd Mayweather is ‘running’ from him

Amir Khan facing off with Devon Alexander last month in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinosn

There is no denying the ambition of British star and two-division world titlist Amir Khan.

Despite having suffered some setbacks while performing under the bright lights, the 28-year old Khan has never seemed to lose his confidence and his status in the sport is as high as ever. His 2014 campaign highlighted his talents, as he racked up dominating and impressive unanimous decision victories over Luis Collazo and Devon Alexander.