Monthly Archives: February 2015

Carl Framption defends IBF junior featherweight belt with 5th round TKO over tough Chris Avalos

Carl Frampton remains undefeated following his victory over Chris Avalos (Photo: Twitter)

Carl Frampton

By Chris Robinson

UK star Carl Frampton made the first defense of the IBF junior featherweight title with a 5th round stoppage over brave mandatory challenger Chris Avalos in front of a sold out crowd of nearly 10,000 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The 28-year old Frampton (20-0, 14 KO’s) largely controlled the action against Avalos (25-3, 19 KO’s), who brought a six-fight winning streak into the ring with him prior to the defeat.
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Adrien Broner and Robert Easter Jr. land in Las Vegas ahead of March 7 bouts at the MGM Grand

Robert Easter Jr., Adrien Broner, and Donte Strayhorn at Barry’s Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Instagram)


By Chris Robinson

Lightweight prospect Robert Easter Jr. and three-division world champion Adrien Broner have landed in Las Vegas ahead of their scheduled bouts on March 7 at the MGM Grand.

Fellow prospect Donte Strayhorn knows Easter and Broner from their amateur days together in Ohio and made sure to get a photo upon catching up with his brethren inside of Barry’s Boxing.
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Kenneth Sims Jr. ‘Sparring with Manny Pacquiao and being a part of the biggest event in boxing history will be a great experience’

Kenneth Sims Jr. with Thomas Hill inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas in November of 2013 (Photo: Chris Robinson)

Kenneth and Thomas hill

By Chris Robinson

Earlier today, budding lightweight prospect Kenneth Sims Jr. (5-0, 2 KO’s) confirmed an earlier report from Dan Rafael that he will be sparring with Manny Pacquiao ahead of the Filipino superstar’s pay per view clash with Floyd Mayweather on May 2.

“Just got the best call ever,” Sims stated on Facebook. “Feeling super blessed. Going to LA to be [one] of Manny Pacquiao’s main sparring partners for his fight against Floyd Mayweather.”
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Naazim Richardson says no one will be satisfied with Mayweather-Pacquiao; hopes Floyd gets proper credit if victorious

Floyd Mayweather in between rounds during his rematch with Marcos Maidana this past September in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Don’t expect Naazim Richardson to be too excited about the May 2 Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight.

While the boxing world is thrilled to see the dream matchup finally announced, Richardson feels the time has passed for Mayweather, 38, and Pacquiao, 36, to have laced up.
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Bob Arum Exclusive: ‘I always thought Manny had the style and ability to beat Floyd’

Manny Pacquiao will be gunning for his biggest victory to date on May 2 (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

Manny time

By Chris Robinson

The countdown to one of the biggest boxing events of all time has begun, as Floyd Mayweather will face off with Manny Pacquiao on May 2 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And while Pacquiao is a clear underdog heading into the match, the Filipino icon’s promoter Bob Arum is savoring the idea of an upset.
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Luis Arias: ‘Pacquiao is fast and he does a lot of very good things but he also makes a lot of mistakes’

Luis Arias, right, with Floyd Mayweather (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

If ever there was a fighter who fit the description of a hardcore fight fan, it very well may be Luis “Cuba” Arias.

A Milwaukee native who made the move to Vegas years back, Arias is as down to earth as they come and always keeps his eye on the latest the sport has to offer.
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Larry Merchant believes there was pressure on Floyd Mayweather to make the Pacquiao fight

Boxing analyst Larry Merchant talking Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Boxing Fanatik)

Floyd n Manny

By Chris Robinson

I’ve had several conversations with veteran boxing analyst Larry Merchant over the years in regards to Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.

While admittedly not always a huge believer that the fight would happen, Merchant genuinely seems pleased to see boxing’s dream match on the near horizon, as Mayweather will face Pacquiao on May 2 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Photos: Gennady Golovkin scores 19th straight stoppage with 11th round TKO over Martin Murray

Gennady Golovkin is now 32-0 with 29 knockouts after stopping Martin Murray on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Images from Monte Carlo, Monaco as WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KO’s) scores his 19th straight stoppage victory with his 11th round TKO over the UK’s Martin Murray (29-2-1, 12 KO’s).

Golovkin again shined on HBO’s airwaves and has once again called for a showdown with WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto.
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Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. calls out Gennady Golovkin: ‘I’ll bet you a million dollars that I’ll knock you out’

Gennady Golovkin stopped Martin Murray in the 11th round of their middleweight title tilt (Photo: Twitter)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Feb. 21, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin improved his record to 32-0 with 29 knockouts following an 11th round TKO over rugged and worthy contender Martin Murray.

Golovkin scored two knockdowns in the fourth and one more in the tenth courtesy of an overhand right. “GGG” will look to fight three more times in 2015, and let it be known once again that he would love a shot at WBC champion Miguel Cotto.
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Photos: Behind the scenes at the Gennady Golovkin vs. Martin Murray weigh-in

Gennady Golovkin (158.9 pounds) and Martin Murray (159.9) weighing in ahead of their HBO showdown in Monte Carlo (All photos courtesy of Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

We are mere hours away from the return of WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (31-0, 28 KO’s), who faces rugged former title challenger Martin Murray (29-1-1, 12 KO’s) later tonight in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

Please take a look at these exclusive photos from photographer Naoki Fukuda below, as he is presently on the scene in Monte Carlo.
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Roger Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao will get ‘damn near killed’ by Floyd on May 2

Roger Mayweather speaking from the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

Roger make

By Chris Robinson

Finally, the fight the world has been waiting for is upon us.

Floyd Mayweather will face off with rival Manny Pacquiao on May 2 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 revealed; Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Roger Mayweather on the list

Roger Mayweather will be part of a special cast of inductees into the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

When former WBA light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad informed that he had been elected into the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, he also informed us that fellow trainer and former two-division world champion Roger Mayweather was also on the list, as well as some other memorable names.

The full list of inductees for the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame have been announced, please check below

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Floyd Mayweather expected to announce Manny Pacquiao fight anytime now

Floyd Mayweather is expected to announce his fight with Manny Pacquiao anytime now (Photo: Instagram)


By Chris Robinson

The boxing world continues to wait for official word on the May 2 Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao dream fight.

This particular negotiating period has brought much more promise and hope, much of that coming from the face to face encounter and follow up conversation between the two men.
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Eddie Mustafa Muhammad gets elected into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame

Former WBA light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad will be inducted into the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

On Thursday, Feb. 19, inside of the Roy Jonees Jr. Fight Academy (3874 Silvestri Lane, Las Vegas, Nev. 89120), the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (NVBHOF) will announce its Class of 2015 inductees.

Rich Marotta, founder and CEO of the NVBHOF, and several of the inductees will be on hand to conduct interviews before and after the 1 PM presser.
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March 14th card shaping up in Las Vegas at Sam’s Town Casino

Damien Vasquez will be one of the names fighting on March 14 (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

A nice local card is shaping up in Vegas, with some quality fighters in the city making returns.

Pochiro Promotions, in association with RHP, will return to Sam’s Town Casino on March 14 for a main event that is sure to deliver fireworks as Australia’s Wes Capper (9-0, 7 KO’s) faces off with Northern California’s Tony Hirsch (17-6-1, 8 KO’s).
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Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Gary Russell Jr. set for March 28 on Showtime Championship Boxing

Gary Russell Jr. will look for his first world title when he faces Jhonny Gonzalez on March 28 in Carson, Calif. (Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime)


By Chris Robinson

Gary Russell Jr. will look to break through with his first world title when he faces WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez on March 28.

Russell (25-1, 14 KO’s) gave a very spirited effort vs. reigning champion Vasyl Lomachenko this past June but he came up short by way of majority decision, as the Ukrainian’s speed, power, and accuracy was a bit too much for him.
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David Lemieux faces off with Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam for vacant IBF middleweight belt

David Lemieux, seen facing Gabriel Rosado this past December, will vie for his first world title (Photo: Hogan Photos)


By Chris Robinson

A very intriguing fight in the middleweight division will be going down, as it was announced by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management that David Lemieux (33-2, 31 KO’s) and Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (31-1, 18 KO’s) will be facing off for the vacant IBF middleweight title.

Lemieux is a hot ticket in the sport and presently riding an eight-fight winning streak, with seven of the victories coming by way of stoppage. His last fight was an entertaining 10th round TKO over the very rugged Gabriel Rosado on HBO. Lemieux brings a very stout punch with him into the ring but he will certainly have his mettle tested with N’Dam.
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Bryant Jennings training footage ahead of Wladimir Klitschko fight

Heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings could be seen engaging in a light workout last month in Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

There are always quite the cast of boxing characters during any Fight Week in Las Vegas and such was the case last month when Deontay Wilder seized the WBC heavyweight championship from former champion Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Contender Bryant Jennings could be spotted inside of former champion Bones Adams’ gym a few days before the match, as he was in town to check out the action, and while he had no official fight pegged down at the time, all the industry chatter pointed towards an eventual shot at IBF/WBA/WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko.
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Photos: GQ and Lebron James Celebrate All-Star Style on Valentine’s Day

Lebron James in town for All-Star Weekend in New York (Photo: Getty for GQ)


By Chris Robinson

Pre-game festivities as Cleveland Cavaliers’ All-Star power forward and four-time league MVP Lebron James and GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson celebrate All-Star weekend in style on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 20 Exchange Place in New York City.

The evening featured a special live jam session from Grammy Award-winning artists The Roots and guest performances by Nas, The Lox and Raekwon.
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Will Clemons ready to break out in 2015

Will Clemons is hoping for a breakthrough in 2015 (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

For the past three years I have watched undefeated Will Clemons ply his craft all around the Las Vegas area.

Presently a 3-0 junior middleweight prospect with 2 knockouts, Clemons has undeniable talent and has made a bit of an underground name for himself despite not having fought for nearly four years. Continue reading