Monthly Archives: December 2015

Danny Garcia sparring with Poland’s Michal Chudecki ahead of Jan. 23 showdown with Robert Guerrero

Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia following some recent work with Poland’s Michal Chudecki (Photo: Team Chudecki)

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By Chris Robinson

When I first crossed paths with Poland native Michal Chudecki earlier this year, I could tell he was someone with much more to his story than you would initially expect.

Then training inside of his new home gym in Las Vegas, City Athletic Boxing, Chudecki was a man of few words but not without talent. Previous training camps with the likes of Zab Judah and Floyd Mayweather, who he helped prepare for his huge fight with Manny Pacquiao, helped Chudecki settle into the city as he gets ready to give his career a jump-start heading into 2016.

VIDEO: Ronald ‘Showtime’ Mixon (5-0, 4 KO’s) ready to break out in 2016 – Hustle Boss Exclusive

Ronald Mixon is ready for a breakout 2016 campaign (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

It was a few years back when Hustle Boss first linked up with Ronald “Showtime” Mixon.

At the time Mixon was working with the Bay Area trainer Ben Bautista and his son Izaiah, as they frequented various gyms around Las Vegas and all parts of California. Mixon was just months away from his professional debut back then and it was easy to spot his ability.

PHOTOS: Catching up with some familiar faces for ‘Throwback Thursday’ (#TBT)

Flashing back to some sparring a few years back with Kevin Newman II and Will Clemons (background) inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It had been a while since we updated our Instagram with some “Throwback Thursday (#TBT)” posts.

Taking a trip back a few years can really open your eyes for just a minute.

PHOTOS: Gabe Rosado snatches victory over Joshua Clottey and calls for Canelo Alvarez

Gabe Rosado defeated former world champion Joshua Clottey on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 19, Philadelphia’s Gabe Rosado returned to the winning column for the first time in five fights with his ten-round unanimous decision victory over former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey on HBO Latino.

Two scorecards reading 97-93 and a third reading 96-94 were read in favor of Rosado (22-9, 13 KO’s), who was working for the first time under the guidance of trainer and former junior middleweight titlist Fernando Vargas.

Chris Pearson in good spirits, ready to bounce back following lone career defeat to Eric Walker

Junior middleweight prospect Chris Pearson with Floyd Mayweather following his tough battle with Eric Walker (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, Dec. 18, an electrifying battle between a pair of unbeaten junior middleweights took place when Dayton, Oh. native Chris Pearson locked horns with Louisiana’s Eric Walker inside of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Airing on Spike TV as part of a Premier Boxing Champions telecast, Pearson came up short against Walker after eight rounds, with judges’ tallies reading 80-72, 79-73, and 78-74.

PHOTOS: Luis Ortiz sends statement with crushing knockout of Bryant Jennings

Luis Ortiz was too much for Bryant Jennings on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Cuban heavyweight and interim WBA heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz scored a successful defense of his title with a seventh round knockout of Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings.

Ortiz was aggressive from the start, leaving an imprint on the first from the first round on, before breaking through and scoring a knockdown and later knockout in round seven. With the win, the 36-year old southpaw improves to 24-0 with 21 knockouts while eyeing the likes of Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko, or Deontay Wilder in the future.

PHOTOS: Behind the scenes during Premier Boxing Champions from the Palms Casino Resort

Inside of the Palms Casino Resort’s Pearl Theater with undefeated prospets Shawn Simpson, Thomas Hill, Gervonta Davis, and Ladarius Miller (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, Dec. 19, from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., a Premier Boxing Champions telecast on Spike TV took place, featuring a lightweight title bout Cuba’s Rances Barthelemy and Russia’s Denis Shafikov.

Barthelemy would defeat Shafikov via unanimous decision to capture the vacant IBF lightweight title. Hustle Boss arrived to the venue a little after 4 pm, as Mickey Bey was in the early rounds of some heated action with Philadelphis’ Naim Nelson.

PHOTOS + VIDEO: Behind the scenes with Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis prior to Luis Sanchez weigh-in

Gervonta Davis prior to his weigh in vs. Luis Sanchez (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., undefeated lightweight prospect Gervonta “Tank” Davis (13-0, 12 KO’s) will face off with Mexico’s Luis Sanchez (17-4-1, 5 KO’s) in a “Premier Boxing Champions” telecast on Spike TV.

Davis had a breakthrough 2015 in many ways and is now a big part of Mayweather Promotions’ future.

Interesting pairing in Las Vegas as young Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez begins working with Nonito Donaire Sr.

Damien Vasquez prior to his Oct. 14 bout with Javier Lapizco 

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By Chris Robinson

I have to admit it’s been a pretty fun ride covering the career of young Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez out here in Las Vegas.

Vasquez has went from a 15-year old amateur who turned heads in the city to where he is now, undefeated at 18 years of age and having captured the NABF junior flyweight title in just his sixth pro bout.

Inocente Fiz signs with Team Vasquez; undefeated Cuban now training in Las Vegas

Cuba’s Inocente Fiz, pictured here with Oscar Vasquez, has a new home in Las Vegas (Photo: Team Vasquez)

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By Chris Robinson

If you are in the sport of boxing and are after some kind of greatness, you eventually will find yourself coming to Las Vegas at some point, whether to train and set up camp or to showcase your skills on the biggest of stages.

People from all walks of life converge in this city and another new face has recently made his way to Las Vegas, as undefeated middleweight Inocente Fiz has a new home.

Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs come face to face at WBA Convention in Panama

Danny Jacobs and Gennady Golovkin meet in Panama (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier today, in Panama, middleweight world champions Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs came face to face.

Golovkin, the division’s IBF/WBA champion, is regarded as the WBA “super” champion while Jacobs is considered the WBA’s “regular” champion at 160 pounds.

City Athletic Boxing’s Tavian Wesley scores amateur debut victory at Phase 1 Sports

Tavian Wesley, right, warms up before his amateur debut victory (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Ever wonder what it is like going through the nerve-wracking experience of having your amateur boxing debut?

That is exactly what went down for young Tavian Wesley this past weekend in Las Vegas, as he scored a unanimous decision victory in his back-and-forth match with Roland Zaragoza.

Fernando Vargas reflects on training Gabriel Rosado ahead of Joshua Clottey HBO Latino clash

Fernando Vargas working with Gabriel Rosado in Las Vegas (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 19, Philadelphia’s Gabriel Rosado will return to the ring for an HBO Latino-televised showdown with former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey.

The Rosado-Clottey scrap goes down from the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York  underneath the Luis Ortiz vs. Bryant Jennings headliner.

Former amateur sensation Devin Haney makes the leap to the pro ranks with 35-second KO victory in debut

Devin Haney celebrates after moving to 1-0 as a professional (Photo: Team Haney)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, in Tijuana, Mexico, former amateur standout Devin “The Dream” Haney made a successful professional debut in Tijuana, Mexico.

Haney has been creating a huge buzz in the Las Vegas area as one of the top amateurs to look out for and his sparring sessions are always eye-catching and worth watching. Having just turned 17, Haney and his team have been eyeing a professional debut for the past year and it was great to see it come off.

Conor McGregor shocks Jose Aldo with crushing 13-second knockout

Conor McGregor stopped Jose Aldo in the first round on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 12, UFC superstar Conor McGregor captured a career-defining victory in stopping former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a mere 13 seconds at UFC 194.

The bout took place inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and McGregor was able to emphatically back up all of his pre-fight bravado.

Kingdamon Antoine Jr. says ‘shots will be fired’ in Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Hylon Williams Jr. matchup

Kingdamon Antoine Jr. and Hylon Williams following some recent sparring in Houston, Tex. 

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By Chris Robinson

As 2015 comes to a close, there are still a few intriguing matchups on the horizon.

One of them that has been overlooked is the Dec. 19 bout between former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa and lightweight prospect Hylon Williams Jr.

Mayweather Promotions’ Chris Pearson back in Las Vegas ahead of Spike TV showdown vs. Eric Johnson

Chris Pearson fights on Spike TV on Dec. 18 (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, Dec. 18, undefeated junior middleweight prospect Chris Pearson (13-0, 10 KO’s) will return to the ring when he faces off with fellow unbeaten Eric “Baby Face” Johnson (11-0, 6 KO’s) inside of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pearson vs. Johnson will be part of a Premier Boxing Champions card televised by Spike TV, headlined by Cuba’s Rances Barthelemy and Russia’s Denis Shafikov squaring off for the vacant IBF lightweight title.

VIDEO: Hasim Rahman gets deeps on his son Sharif’s pro debut, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, politics, boxing media, Floyd Mayweather, more

Former lineal heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman speaking inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

It was a pleasant surprise when I caught former lineal heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman training inside of City Athletic Boxing earlier this month.

Having compiled a 50-9-2 record with 41 knockouts while competing as a professional, Rahman was an entertaining fighter to watch and has faced a long line of formidable champions and contenders during his days in the sport.

Conor McGregor: ‘On Saturday night I will take the entire game to school and claim my number one spot’

Conor McGregor is ready for war on Saturday night vs. Jose Aldo (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Conor McGregor has never been a man short on confidence.

One of the most celebrated UFC fighters in recent memory, the 27-year old is days away from his biggest test as a professional, as he will be facing off with featherweight champion Jose Aldo on Saturday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. as the headliner to UFC 194.

PHOTOS: Unbeatens Regis Prograis and Abel Ramos headline ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday

Regis Prograis during a media workout ahead of his matchup vs. Able Ramos (Photo: Showtime)

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By Chris Robinson

This coming Friday night, unbeaten junior welterweight prospects Regis Prograis (14-0, 12 KO’s) and Abel Ramos (14-0-2, 9 KO’s) will square off on ShoBox: The New Generation, as they will headline a quadrupleheader from the Bayou City Event Center in Houston, Tex.

On Wednesday afternoon, the two combatants held court inside of Lou Savarese’s Fight Fit gym in downtown Houston as they are just days away from a 10-r0und bout that could have a huge impact in their careers.