Monthly Archives: May 2015

J’Leon gets candid on Gennady Golovkin, Mayweather-Pacquiao, Badou Jack’s title win and more

J’Leon Love speaking at the 2015 Golden Gloves in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Caught up with super middleweight contender J’Leon Love (19-1, 10 KO’s) inside of the Westgate Resort and Casino out here in Las Vegas during the final night of the 2015 National Golden Gloves.

Love is one of the more engaging boxing luminaries you will find in the city, as he is always open to some good Q and A.
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Gennady Golovkin to return in September? Post-fight thoughts from promoter Tom Loeffler

Gennady Golovkin should be back in the ring soon (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

It was another successful night for Kazakhstan star Gennady Golovkin, as he successfully defended his WBA middleweight belt in front on 12,372 partisans inside of The Forum in Ingelwood, Calif.

The HBO-televised showcase saw Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s) drop Monroe twice in round two before ending matters with another knockdown in the sixth.
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James Prince says Gennady Golovkin should focus on Andre Ward, not Floyd Mayweather

Gennady Golovkin added another win to his ledger on Saturday night with his sixth round TKO victory over Willie Monroe Jr. (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, May 16, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin added another scalp to his ledger, as he defeated tough contender Willie Monroe Jr. in the sixth round of a wildly-entertaining fight.

Following his victory, Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s) continued to express his desire in facing the biggest names as soon as possible.
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Photos: Gennady Golovikin stops a brave Willie Monroe Jr. in six rounds

Gennady Golovkin catching Willie Monroe Jr. with a left uppercut (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Photos from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. as WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s) pounds out a sixth round TKO over a brave but outgunned Willie Monroe Jr. on HBO’s airwaves.

Golovkin was calculated as always, dropping Monroe twice in the second round. The challenger rose and fought on valiantly, even having a big fourth round that saw him turn the tide and catch Golovkin with several flush shots.
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Gennady Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe Jr. ripped and ready for war I Live updates via TWITTER

Follow Hustle Boss on TWITTER for updates on the Gennady Golovkin vs. Willie Monroe Jr. fight (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (32-0, 29 KO’s) is set to defend his title vs. confident challenger Willie Monroe Jr. (19-1, 6 KO’s) later tonight from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Golovkin and Monroe are both ripped and ready heading into their HBO-televised showdown, set for 10 PM/ET on HBO’s airwaves. Please follow Hustle Boss on TWITTER for live updates on the matchup.
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Manny Pacquiao still convinced he did enough to beat Floyd Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao is still convinced he won his bout vs. Floyd Mayweather (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Vitali Shaposhnikov

The hurricane of drama that followed the Mayweather vs. Pacquio fight was almost expected, as these things never end on a good note.

Aside from the numerous lawsuits, Pacquiao had exposed a serious injury at the post fight press conference, stating that he had to fight with an injured shoulder, limiting his abilities in the ring. At first it seemed like that was his only announcement following the bout, which in itself is a very powerful statement.
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Pacquiao sparring partner Kenneth Sims now working with Jorge Linares in Vegas [Exclusive interview]

Kenneth Sims inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

By all accounts, lightweight prospect Kenneth Sims Jr. (6-0, 2 KO’s) held his own and performed very well during his brief stint as a sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao ahead of the Filipino star’s May 2 decision loss to Floyd Mayweather.

There has been a never-ending list of views, opinions, and reports coming from Pacquiao’s side following his sixth professional loss, all of them revolving around the torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder.
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Philadelphia’s Mike Jones resurfaces in Las Vegas at the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy

Philadelphia’s Mike Jones defeating Hector Munoz in 2010 (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Saw a familiar face the other day inside of the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy out here in Las Vegas.

Welterweight veteran and former title challenge Mike Jones (26-2, 19 KO’s) is back in training in hopes of jump starting his career.
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Deontay Wilder defends WBC heavyweight belt on June 13 in Alabama

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder steps back into the ring on June 13 (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Looks like newly-crowned WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (33-0, 32 KO’s) will be stepping back into the ring on Saturday, June 13 inside of the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

Showtime Championship Boxing will play host to Wilder’s defense vs. Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KO’s), as the 29-year old is still in the spotlight heavily following his title-winning victory vs. Bermane Stiverne on Jan. 17.
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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch in the works?

Will Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight again? (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Vitali Shaposhnikov

After spending ludicrous amounts of money on the first Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, and voicing mostly disappointment, would the fans be willing to do it all over again in hopes of the rematch being more entertaining?

Boxing is one thing, but Floyd vs. Manny is another. There are great matches happening virtually every week, with most not even being noticed. Even those fights that get the attention of international media as well as the top ranked TV networks, they are soon forgotten.
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Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym hosting Car Wash on Saturday, May 16 in Las Vegas

Upcoming 8-year old amateur boxer Famous J inside of the Pound 4 Pound Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson 

It takes a special kind of person to run a boxing gym and I’ve definitely come to appreciate the people inside of the Pound 4 Pound Gym out here in Las Vegas.

Ran by the Barrientes family, father Richard Sr. and son Richard, the gym has always kept a low key approach while still finding a way to play host to some of the city’s top emerging talents.
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Former Pacquiao sparring partner Lydell Rhodes admits Manny let him down a little bit vs Floyd

Lydell Rhodes and Vince Brown speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

There has been no shortage of opinions or emotions that have come into play following Floyd Mayweather’s clear-cut unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao on May in Las Vegas.

Mayweather fought his typical match that Saturday evening, nullifying Pacquiao’s attack as he cruised to a points win over 12.
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Former Mayweather Camp Member Tommy Smalls looks back on Floyd’s big win over Pacquiao

Tommy Small in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

There are surprises around every corner in boxing and last week I spotted a face I hadn’t seen for quite some time this past Thursday afternoon.

Inside of the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy in Vegas, I saw Tommy Summers, aka Tommy Smalls, monitoring the progress of 16-year old boxing star Devin “The Dream” Haney as he rigorously went through the rounds.
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Prospect Tim Lee spotted sparring Alfredo ‘Perro’ Angulo ahead of June 11 pro debut

Prospect Tim Lee, pictured right, next to former interim champ and tough contender Alfredo ‘Perro’ Angulo (Photo: Facebook)

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By Chris Robinson

Excited for the professional debut of Timothy Lee, who steps into the prize ring for the first time as a pro on June 11.

Lee recently updated fans with a message that included a photo of him next to former interim junior middleweight champion Alfredo “Perro” Angulo, as the two are helping preparing each other for their forthcoming matches.
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As Roberto Garcia fight rumors buzz, Hustle Boss flashes back with undefeated Errol Spence Jr.

Errol Spence has been a familiar face to the past few years (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It’s been a pleasure watching the career progression of Dallas native Errol Spence Jr. from an up close perspective.

We first chopped up with Spence in January of 2013 following his 3rd professional match, a 1st round TKO over Nathan Butcher inside of the Hard Rock out here in Las Vegas, and he has since gone on to carve out an impressive 16-0 record with 13 knockouts in the welterweight class.
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In Search Of Cameron Kreal

Cameron Kreal hits the heavy bag as his Uncle and Trainer Jayson Gallegos watches on (Photo: Manny ‘Mitts’ Murillo)


By Chris Robinson

It’s true that a fighter’s record in the sport of boxing is not always indicative of his true worth.

Such is the case with Filipino pugilist Cameron Kreal, who was born in Hawaii and now calls Las Vegas home. Competing in the junior welterweight class, Krael’s 7-7-2 record with 1 stoppage victory doesn’t do justice to the boxing road he has embarked upon.
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Photos: A ringside view of Canelo Alvarez’s destruction of James Kirkland in Houston

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez was destructive against James Kirkland on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

It was short but explosive.

On Saturday night, from within the Minute Maid Park in Houston, Tex., Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO’s) stopped rugged James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KO’s) in under three violent rounds.

Our friend Naoki Fukuda was on the scene and shared some of the action. Check below for more.
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Canelo Alvarez drills James Kirkland in 3 brutal rounds; says he’s ready for anyone

Canelo Alvarez drilling James Kirkland on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

It was a wild night in Houston, Texas, as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez dispatched a brave but outgunned James Kirkland in under three rounds inside of the Minute Maid Park.

With the win, the Guadalajara, Mexico native moves to 45-1-1 with 32 knockouts while Kirkland suffers the second stoppage loss of his career, falling to 32-2 with 28 knockouts.
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VIDEO: Canelo Alvarez (154.5) vs. James Kirkland (145.5) Official Weigh-In

Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland weighing in (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson’s Sergio Venegas was on hand in Houston, Texas as Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and James Kirkland weighed in ahead of their HBO-televised showdown from Minute Maid Park on Saturday, May 9.
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Bernard Hopkins on Manny Pacquiao: ‘It was a cheap way to go out and it was disrespectful to the fans’

Bernard Hopkins, right, with Canelo Alvarez in Houston, Texas (Photo: Hogan Photos – Golden Boy Promotions)


By Chris Robinson

On Thursday afternoon, in  Houston, Texas, the final press conference ahead of this weekend’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. James Kirkland showdown, set for Saturday night on HBO, took place.

Our guy Sergio Venegas was on hand as the fighters, Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya, living legend and former two-division champion Bernard Hopkins, 50 Cent, and others addressed the media.
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