Monthly Archives: August 2015

Marco Antonio Barrera feels that Floyd Mayweather will be done with boxing after Andre Berto

Former three-division champion Marco Antonio Barrera is favoring Floyd Mayweather over Andre Berto (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

At the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame, Hustle Boss caught up with boxing legend and former three-division world champion Marco Antonio Barrera.

A champion in the 122, 126, and 130 pound weight classes during an illustrious 22-year career, Barrera is beloved by fight fans for constantly leaving everything inside of the ring during his peak fighting years.

Felix Trinidad picking against Miguel Cotto, favors Canelo’s youth and strength to win the fight

Puerto Rico’s Felix Trinidad is going against his country man Miguel Cotto

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By Chris Robinson

One of the biggest and best fights that can and hopefully will be made is a high-stakes showdown between Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

There appears a strong possibility that the match will land in Las Vegas sometime in November, but nothing is final as of yet.

Kalae McShane and the Road Back Home

Hawaii-born pro boxer Kalae McShane was injured recently while training in Thailand and his family is seeking help. Please read below for more

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By Chris Robinson

Boxing is a tight-knit community and it’s always important for us to look out for one another in this sport.

That’s why, when I heard news of the story of Kalae McShane, I had to put something out there in hopes of getting the Hawaii-born fighter some assistance.

Sugar Ray Leonard talks Mayweather vs. Berto and Responds to Floyd’s All-Time Pound For Pound List

Sugar Ray Leonard speaking at the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s always interesting hearing what legends have to say about another in boxing.

During his 20-year career in the sport, Sugar Ray Leonard left an imprint that was undeniable. From winning world titles in five divisions to constantly facing the best that the game had to offered, there were very few who did it like Leonard and fans always love when he gives feedback on today’s crop of stars.

Shawn Porter talks Mayweather vs. Berto and responds to Danny Garcia’s comments

Shawn Porter speaking inside Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas during the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, Aug. 8, the 2015 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame was held.

As is always the case with any NVBHOF ceremony, there was a wide array of boxing luminaries in the building.

2012 Gold Medalist Claressa Shields CALLS OUT Ronda Rousey! – Hustle Boss Exclusive

2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Claressa Shields is calling for a fight with Ronda Rousey (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s not a secret that boxing’s perennial pound for pound king, Floyd Mayweather, is going back and forth a little bit with UFC star Ronda Rousey in the press.

Rousey, who picked up a recent ESPY Award for “Best Fighter”, has taken to calling Mayweather out, although Floyd has thus far brushed her words off.

Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto Face Off in Los Angeles [Sneak Peak]

Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto facing off in Los Angeles 

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday, Aug. 6, Floyd Mayweather came face to face with Andre Berto inside of  JW Marriott at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, Calif.

Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s) will face Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s) on SHOWTIME pay per view on Sep. 12 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and he has been looking sharp, as is always the case, back in training camp.

Taking a ‘Paycation’ with Abdul Musawwir Muhammed

Abdul Musawwir Muhammed has always been a joke of all trades (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Having gotten to know Abdul Musawwir Muhammed very well over the past few years, I can certainly tell you that the man is a jack of all trades.

We were introduced to Musawwir through good friend Ludan Taquiqui inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club a few years back and ‘Mu’ hasn’t let up with his passions in the boxing game.

Roger Mayweather says Floyd needs to find a way to whip Andre Berto’s ass

Roger Mayweather believes his nephew must find a way to do some damage to his Sep. 12 opponent Andre Berto (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

It was officially announced this week that Floyd Mayweather will be facing off with former welterweight champion Andre Berto on Sep. 12. The bout will take place on SHOWTIME pay per view from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.

The vibe inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club has been relatively low key, polar opposite from his camp for Manny Pacquaio, and the Berto fight definitely has a different feel to it.

Virgil Hunter reveals the best game plan for facing Floyd Mayweather

Andre Berto has landed his coveted shot at Floyd Mayweather (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday, Aug. 4,  it was confirmed that Andre Berto has indeed been selected as Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent for his Sep. 12 pay per view in Las Vegas.

Mayweather announced the news on his Instagram Page and while Berto, who has gone just 3-3 in his last six bouts, may be a heavy underdog, his trainer Virgil Hunter sees no other choice then to go into the bout with full confidence.

VIDEO: Behind-the-scenes access prior to Floyd Mayweather’s training for Andre Berto

The action continues to heat up inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier today it was revealed that Floyd Mayweather will indeed be facing off with former WBC welterweight titlist Andre Berto inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sep. 12.

The confirmation of the matchup, as seen on Mayweather’s personal Instagram page, ends weeks of speculation in regards to the matchup that hasn’t exactly set the world on fire.

Decorated trainer Ismael Salas moves his stable of champions to City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas

Trainer Ismael Salas, former junior lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy, trainer Armin Van Damme, upcoming amateur Bowe Van Damme, and former fighter Carlos De Leon Jr. inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been  a treat watching Ismael Salas work his magic in Las Vegas the past few years.

Salas, a Cuban trainer who used to be known by many for his work with champions Yuriorkis Gamboa and Guillermo Rigondeaux, has really branched out the past few years and currently works with a very strong crop of fighters.

Vanes Martirosyan Training with Victor Conte and SNAC Team Ahead of Big Ishe Smith Showdown

Vanes Martirosyan is training out of the Undisputed Boxing Gym in Northern California ahead of his showdown with Ishe Smith (Photo: Team Martirosyan)

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By Chris Robinson

A high-stakes junior middleweight showdown is on its way, as former IBF champion Ishe Smith will be locking horns with top-flight contender Vanes Martirosyan, with the match now having a good chance of landing on Floyd Mayweather’s upcoming pay per view on Sep. 12 in Las Vegas.

We recently caught up with Smith (27-7, 12 KO’s) inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club, where he has been working diligently with trainer Danny Smith ahead of the fight, and he had a dead set focus ahead of the matchup.

PHOTOS: Danny Garcia overpowers Paulie Malignaggi for 9th round TKO in Brooklyn

Danny Garcia defeated Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Photos from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as former junior welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KO’s) stops former two-division titlist Paulie Malignaggi (33-7, 7 KO’s) at the 2:22 mark of the ninth round. The bout aired on ESPN as a part of another “Premier Boxing Champions” telecast.

Malignaggi has stated that he will likely forego fighting about this tough loss but the future continues to look bright for Garcia, as he is one of the biggest names in the welterweight class given his great run at 140 pounds that saw him best the likes of Amir Khan, Lucas Matthysse, and most recently Lamont Peterson in a tough fight.

Having sparred both men, Lanardo Tyner weighs in on a Floyd Mayweather vs. Danny Garcia fight

Danny Garcia stopped Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday night in Brooklyn (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, in Brooklyn, New York, former junior welterweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (31-0, 18 KO’s) stopped former two-division titlist Paulie Malignaggi (33-7, 7 KO’s) in the ninth round of their welterweight bout.

The bout was part of a “Premier Boxing Champions” show on ESPN and after a slow start, Garcia picked up the steam and repeatedly hurt Malignaggi. Referee Arthuer Mercante Jr. waived the match off at 2:22 of the round, with Malignaggi still on his feet.

Undefeated prospect Kenneth Sims Jr. helping Andre Berto get ready for Floyd Mayweather

Undefeated Kenneth Sims Jr., right, working with Andre Berto ahead of the latter’s rumored Sep. 12 date vs. Floyd Mayweather (Photo: Team Sims)

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By Chris Robinson

For as many prospects and we have discovered and encountered here at Hustle Boss, I’ve come to find that the ones who make it the furthest in the sport of boxing are the ones who simply keep pushing throughout it all.

Big talk is easy to spit out, but you know you have found something genuine when a prospect can put the tough work before the bravado.

Eddie Mustafa Muhammad keeps it real on Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto

Eddie Mustafa Muhammad with his fighter Lionell Thompson in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

No matter what time of the year it is, you are always sure to catch decorated trainer and former light heavyweight world champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad working with a bevy of prospects and contenders.

A throwback luminary in the boxing world, Muhammad held the WBA crown at 175 pounds in the early 80′s and has since transitioned into one of the game’s most recognized trainers, as he now works with super middleweight contenders such as J’Leon Love and Ronald Gavril, light heavyweight contender Lionell Thompson, undefeated middleweight prospect Quatavious Cash, undefeated junior middleweight Thomas Hill, as well as WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack.