Monthly Archives: July 2019

PHOTOS: Inside the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame’s ‘Night With Boxing Legnds’ Event

Former champions Clarence “Bones” Adams, Winky Wright, and Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson inside of the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Exhibit in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It can be easy to lose track of time during any big fight week in Las Vegas.

This past weekend, boxing fans swept upon the city for the exhilarating battle between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and former world champion Keith Thurman inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Pacquiao earned a split-decision victory after 12 rounds of action to capture Thurman’s WBA welterweight title, and it was one of the more memorable fight weeks in recent times.

At 40, Pacquiao’s Brilliance is Still Lighting up a Dimming Sport

Manny Pacquiao continues to shine (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By: Dennis “dSource” Guillermo

Manny Pacquiao’s legend continues to grow with his latest conquest of the previously unbeaten Keith Thurman.

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Pacquiao (62-7-2) at 40, not only gave Thurman (29-1) the first loss of his career and strangled the WBA welterweight “super” champion away from the much younger Floridian, he also proved that true legends overcome age.

PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao Wins Split-Decision Against Kieth Thurman in Memorable Fight

Manny Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman on Saturday (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

Manny Pacquiao left another memorable impression on boxing fans on Saturday night with an epic triumph over the very dangerous Keith Thurman. Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) captured a 12-round split-decision victory over Thurman (29-1, 22 KO’s), with two 115-112 scorecards favoring the Filipino legend and one 114-113 tally going the other way.

Pacquiao stormed out of the gates with a big first round, knocking down Thurman with a sneaky counter shot that set the tone of the fight. From that point forward, Pacquiao took control with his quickness, activity, and punch output.

Pacquiao-Thurman Undercard Updates: Caleb Plants Stops Mike Lee in the Third Round

Caleb Plant made a successful first defense of his IBF super middleweight title on Saturday (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

Caleb Plant successfully defended his IBF super middleweight title on Saturday night, stopping an overmatched Mike Lee in the third round inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Later tonight, inside of the same venue, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will face off with WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.

Plant dominated the fight, scoring a knockdown in the first and two more in the third before the action was halted.

PHOTOS: Teofimo Lopez Overcomes Stiff Test from Masayoshi Nakatani

Teofimo Lopez scored another victory on Friday (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, July 19, unbeaten lightweight contender Teofimo Lopez earned a possible title shot by defeating the very tough Masayoshi Nakatani over 12 rounds. The action took place on ESPN + from The Theater at the MGM National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, MD, with Lopez emerging victorious despite a very game foe in his face.

Lopez (14-0, 11 KO’s) had been on a big knockout streak as of late, raising eyebrows along the way, but he was forced to go past the seventh round for the first time in his career.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman: Analysis and Bold Prediction

Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are ready to fight (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By: Dennis Guillermo

Las Vegas – In a few hours Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0) finally gets his chance to add the legendary Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (61-7-2) to his list of conquered foes. It would easily be the most precious feather in his cap.

Thurman has said a lot of things leading up to this fight; from hurling insults to singing Pacquiao’s praises all in the same sentence. Round zero goes to the WBA super champion. He won the verbal battle, for sure, and it’s safe to say he’s gotten under Pacquiao’s skin more than one time (pun intended). But can he capitalize on that proverbial point and win the war?

PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao (146.5) and Keith Thurman (146.5) Make Weight Ahead of PPV Showdown

Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman fight on Saturday night (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon, Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman made weight ahead of their welterweight title showdown in Las Vegas. Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KO’s), the eight-division world champion, will meet Thurman (29-0, 22 KO’s), the reigning WBA welterweight champion, on Saturday night inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with FOX Sports pay per view televising.

Each man weighed in at 146.5 pounds, and both appear to be in peak physical condition. Afterwards, you could again see the intensity in Thurman’s eyes, while Pacquiao appears equally as confident.

SHOCKER: Anthony Joshua Reached Out to Ismael Salas and Angel Heredia for Their Services

Angel Heredia says that Anthony Joshua reached out for his services (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

This fight week in Las Vegas, we crossed paths with strength and conditioning coach Angel “Memo” Heredia.

Heredia works with top Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas, who faces off with unbeaten former champion Omar Figueroa Jr. on Saturday night at the the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ugas vs. Figueroa will serve as a key undercard attraction to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman FOX Sports pay per view show.

VIDEO: Angel Garcia Says Danny Garcia Will Destory Everyone at 147 Pounds

Angel Garcia is in Las Vegas for Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Trainer Angel Garcia is never one to hold back his thoughts on his son Danny, the former two-division world champion.

Angel is in town for this weekend’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and has been fielding questions of all kinds from the media regarding that fight and other fights in the 147 pound division.

Can Koepka overcome his bitter-sweet tale at the US Open to win the Open Championship?

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In the field of sports, it’s really important what you’re going home with. Is it a win, a loss, a trophy or a feeling? If we date back to a month, precisely to the US Open, there were two victors there: Gary Woodland and Brooks Koepka — however, only one went home with a trophy.

The notion of clubbing the two with the epithet of victor lies in the intangible trophy, Koepka went home with. Players could win multiple trophies, smash records, and get an awful lot of success under their belt, but winning fans is often an elusive affair, even the greatest have failed to master. As the past tells, Koepka won multiple trophies, smashed many records but surprisingly, the way most of the gallery seemed behind him at Pebble Beach, wasn’t something had we’ve seen before.

Pacquiao Admits Thurman has Gotten Under his Skin; Vows to Teach him a Lesson

Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman face off on Saturday (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Dennis “dSource” Guillermo

Whatever Keith Thurman’s true intentions are, he’s definitely done his part in hyping up his “dream match” with Manny Pacquiao.

Whether he’s simply playing the heel to drum up interest for the pay-per-view audience or his aggressive verbal jabs are a preliminary part of his gameplan, Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), the WBA ‘super’ welterweight world champion, has definitely generated a lot more drama and interest for his July 20 bout with the future Hall of Famer, Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs).

PHOTOS: Yordenis Ugas Wraps up Training Camp for 7/20 Omar Figueroa Clash

Yordenis Ugas fights Omar Figueroa on Saturday night (Photo: Team Ugas)

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By Chris Robinson

Training camp is officially over for Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas.

Ugas (23-4, 11 KO’s) will face off with unbeaten former champion Omar Figueroa Jr. (28-0-1, 19 KO’s) in a 12-round welterweight bout on the Manny Paquiao vs. Keith Thurman undercard this Saturday night. The fight will air as a chief attraction on a FOX Sports pay per view show from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Ugas is coming off of a hotly-contested split-decision loss to WBC champion Shawn Porter this past March in a fight many felt he deserved to win. Figueroa now stands in his way towards another shot.

PHOTOS: Unified Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. Receives Commemorative Belt in Puerto Rico

Andy Ruiz, center, flanked by former champions Ivan Calderon and Miguel Cotto (Photo: Victor Planas – WBO)

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By Chris Robinson

It was a festive scene in Puerto Rico earlier this week, as unified heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr., holder of the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles, was on hand to collect another belt. This particular bauble, presented by the WBO’s own Francisco ‘Paco’ Valcárcel, Esq., was awarded to Ruiz in honor of his historic victory over former champion Anthony Joshua last month.

On hand were former champions Ivan Calderon and Miguel Cotto, amongst many others, who presented Ruiz with his new belt.