Monthly Archives: October 2015

Amateurs go toe-to-toe in Las Vegas: Famous Johnson vs. Ricardo Gomez at the Mayweather Boxing Club

12-year old Ricardo Gomez and 8-year old Famous Johnson in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been a few years now since we at Hustle Boss have been covering the progress of young Famous Johnson.

Now 8 years old, Famous is a top amateur prospect in the Las Vegas area and has been dividing his recently between the Mayweather Boxing Club and Pound 4 Pound Boxing, ran by the Barrientes family.

Buzz for Terence Crawford vs. Manny Pacquiao grows following ‘Bud’s’ 10th round TKO over Dierry Jean

Terence Crawford scored another stoppage victory on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Oct. 24, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford scored a first successful defense of his strap with a stirring 10th round TKO victory over tough contender Dierry Jean.

Once again showcasing HBO’s airwaves, Crawford (27-0, 19 KO’s) was too strong and precise for his Haitian-Canadian foe, who drops to 29-2 with 20 knockouts.

Ashley Theophane Begins Training Camp for Rumored Adrien Broner Showdown

Ashley Theophane and Floyd Mayweather inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been a few years now that Hustle Boss has been in the trenches with UK star and top-flight junior welterweight contender Ashley “Treasure” Theophane.

Around the time we first started corresponding with Theophane, around early 2012 I would reckon, he was in town for some training at the Mayweather Boxing Club in hopes of keeping his career alive. Theophane was then an unsigned free agent with a checkered record and there was no clear direction on where his career was heading.

Canelo Alvarez Weighs 167.8 Pounds at 30-Day Weigh-In Ahead of Miguel Cotto Duel

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez weighs in ahead of his Nov. 21 bout vs. Miguel Cotto (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Nov. 21, inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev., former junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will face off with WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in an HBO pay per view showdown.

At just 25 years old and sporting a 45-1-1 record with 32 knockouts, Alvarez stands as one of the future faces of the sport of boxing, yet there is a lot on the line for him in this match. The simple fact that two of Golden Boy Promotions’ top stars, Lucas Matthysse and David Lemieux, suffered stoppage losses this month puts more pressure on Alvarez to perform against Cotto.

PHOTOS: Gennady Golovkin hammers David Lemieux for 8th round TKO

Gennady Golovkin was too much for David Lemieux on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Oct. 17, Kazakhstan native Gennady Golovkin scored another big victory for his career as he punished former champion David Lemieux for eight one-sided rounds before scoring a TKO victory. With the win, Golovkin adds the IBF middleweight belt to his collection along with his WBA bauble.

With this being his first showcase on HBO pay per view, Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO’s) was systematic as he went to work inside of New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Golovkin’s power shots began finding a home early and he was outlanding Lemieux (34-3, 31 KO’s) at a three-to-one ratio as the bout pushed on.

Golovkin-Lemieux Undercard Results: Undefeated Maurice Hooker captures split-nod over Ghislain Maduma

Maurice Hooker and his team following his ten-round split-decision over Ghislan Maduma (Photo: Team Hooker)

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By Chris Robinson

We are mere hours away from tonight’s middleweight title showdown on HBO pay per view between WBA champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF champion David Lemieux from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The undercard has been rolling along, as it has been reported that WBO NABO junior welterweight champion Maurice Hooker has captured a ten-round split-decision victory over Ghislain Maduma. Hooker apparently got off to a fast start, even scoring a knockdown along the way, before surviving a late rally Maduma.

PHOTOS: Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux weigh in from New York

Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux weighing in from New York (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier today, from Madison Square Garden in New York City, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF middleweight titlist David Lemieux made weight ahead of their HBO pay per view showdown on Saturday night.

Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s) hit the scales weighing 159.4 pounds while Lemieux (34-2, 31 KO’s) stripped down to get to 159.8 pounds.

Dayton Harris vs. Daijon Carter Amateur Fight [Walnut Recreation Center]

Dayton Harris with his trainer Otis Pimpleton inside of the Walnut Recreation Center in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday, Oct. 10, inside of the Walnut Recreation Center in Las Vegas, Nev., two of Vegas’ top amateur prospects locked horns.

Daijon Carter, from the famed Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym, and Dayton Harris, out of the Mayweather Boxing Club, met during the recent “USA vs. Ireland” showdown and it was a very competitive affair for 3 rounds. Luis Monda works with Carter and Otis Pimpleton was in Harris’ corner.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Behind the scenes at the Walnut Recreation Center for the Ireland vs. Las Vegas showdown

Inside of the Walnut Recreation Center with amateur amateur prospect Joseph Macedo, trainer Luis Monda, and prospect Daijon Carter (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Last night, inside of the Walnut Recreation Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Hustle Boss was on the scene for the “Ireland vs. Las Vegas” amateur showdown.

And while it was a tough night at the office for all of the Ireland fighters, it was a pleasure to see some of Las Vegas’ rising talents put their skills on display.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Special aura in the air as Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez and Alexis Santiago spar ahead of 10/14 return dates

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez battling in the trenches with Alexis Santiago ahead of their Oct. 14 return dates in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson 

It’s been a few years since I first crossed paths with Damien Vasquez.

Then just 16 years old, there was a special kind of underground buzz about Vasquez at the time, with some claiming that the young Colorado native was even going heads up in sparring at the time with seasoned professionals.

Zab Judah, Joseph Agbeko, Ava Knight, and Jesus ‘Chuy’ Gutierrez set for 11/13 returns in Las Vegas?

Zab Judah training inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas earlier this year (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

The last time we caught up with Zab Judah in Las Vegas, he wasn’t too far removed from the disappointment of seeing his then-scheduled Sep. 10 bout with Hevinson Herrera cancelled due to a scuffle between the two men at the weigh-in that forced his opponent to claim injury and pull out of the match.

Judah has been working hard with his team inside of City Athletic Boxing and now it looks like a new date may be in play for his return.

Brandon Rios rips Manny Pacquiao for using shoulder injury ‘excuse’ following Mayweather defeat

Brandon Rios training in Riverside, Calif. (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Inside of trainer Robert Garcia’s new boxing facility in Riverside, Calif., you will find former lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios on the scene.

Rios faces off with Tim Bradley on HBO on Nov. 7 inside of the Thomas & Mack Center for a clash for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title and so far his spirits in camp are very high.

VIDEOS: Viktor Postol and Lucas Matthysse speak post-fight following HBO thriller

Viktor Postol celebrated his biggest victory as a professional on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse may not be the world’s best fighter but he always delivers some kind of excitement inside of the ring.

On Saturday night, Matthysse (37-4, 34 KO’s) came up short against tough and tall Ukrainian Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KO’s) inside of the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on HBO’s airwaves. Matthysse started strong but faded late and was dropped and stopped in the 10th round.

PHOTOS: A Closer Look at Robert Garcia’s New Gym in Riverside, Calif.

Brandon Rios and Robert Garcia talking shop in Riverside, Calif. (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Ever since relocating to the West Coast in late 2009, Hustle Boss has frequented some of the best boxing hotbeds in Las Vegas and Northern and Southern California, including the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy.

Decorated trainer Robert Garcia, a former junior lightweight world champion who has since gone on to win multiple ‘Trainer of the Year’ titles, has established himself as one of the faces of the sport in recent years. Garcia held the IBF junior lightweight title briefly in the late 90′s and has spent recent years honing the skills of Brandon Rios, Marcos Maidana, Nonito Donaire, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Jesus Cuellar, and countless other prizefighters.

PHOTOS: Lucas Matthysse upset, gets knocked out in the 10th by Viktor Postol

Victor Postol dropped and stopped Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in the 10th round of their HBO-televised clash on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Oct. 3, inside of the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Ukraine native Viktor Postol came away with the biggest victory over his career in stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in the 10th round of their junior welterweight clash.

Matthysse, 33, took the early lead in the HBO-televised contest but it was Postol, 31, who weathered the storm and began controlling the distance and pace of the matchup. Matthysse was always pressing and appeared to rock Postol several times in the seventh round but he simply had trouble dealing with the size and length of his foe.

PHOTOS: Adrien Broner and Khabib Allakhverdiev face at final presser; AB still quiet days from fight

Adrien Broner and Khabib Allakhverdiev facing off before their SHOWTIME match (Photo: Stephane Trapp)

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By Chris Robinson

Two days before Adrien Broner goes for his fourth world title in his home state of Ohio, the Cincinnati native and his opponent, Russia’s Khabib Allakhverdiev, participated in a final press conference inside of the U.S. Bank Arena, where they will meet on Saturday night in an SHOWTIME-televised clash.

Broner (30-2, 22 KO’s) is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Shawn Porter on June 20 and he has kept a quiet approach towards his dealings with the media in the wake of that defeat.