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Terence Crawford says Brook is too small for Golovkin; ranks himself above ‘GGG’ in P4P race

Terence Crawford is in Las Vegas this weekend for his bout with Viktor Postol (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, July 23, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) faces off with WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KO’s) in a unification matchup on HBO pay per view.

Crawford is regarded as one of the rising stars in the sport, and I was curious for his take on another big fight on the horizon, the Sep. 10 Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook clash.

Freddie Roach gets candid on Crawford-Postol; says no Pacquiao if ‘Bud’ loses

Freddie Roach is eyeing a victory for Viktor Postol over Terence Crawford this weekend (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., a junior welterweight unification showdown will take place between WBO champion Terence Crawford and WBC champion Viktor Postol.

Multiple-time Trainer-of-the-Year Freddie Roach will be guiding Postol’s ship this weekend and was asked why he has so much faith in his charge ahead of the matchup.

PHOTOS: Robert Garcia Ready to Introduce the World to Light Heavyweight Prospect Oleksandr Gvozdyk

Marco Contreras, Oleksandr Gvozdyk, and trainer Robert Garcia inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

This Saturday night, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., emerging light heavyweight prospect Oleksandr Gvozdyk will put his undefeated record on the line against veteran Tommy Karpency.

Gvozdyk (10-0, 8 KO’s) is a native of the Ukraine and if he is to get by Karpency (26-5-1, 15 KO’s) this weekend, there should be big things in store for him.

Tim Duncan’s Retirement

Tim Duncan has officially retired after 19 NBA seasons

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By Alexandria Cannon

After the 2016 NBA season, this upcoming season will not be the same. Noticeable names will be gone, as well as high profile players who will be on different teams. One noticeable face and name that will be a spectator is power forward Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs.

Since drafting Duncan in 1997, the Spurs posted a 1,072-438 regular-season record, the best 19-year stretch in NBA history, and tops in the four major US sports over the past 19 years.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford Media Day from the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles Ahead of Viktor Postol

Terence Crawford faces Viktor Postol on Saturday night in a junior welterweight unification (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Monday, July 18, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford hosted the media inside of the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles, Calif.

Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) faces off with WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KO’s) on Saturday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. in a unification matchup that will be televised by HBO.

PHOTOS: Jamie Mitchell training hard for her pro debut

Jamie Mitchell has her sights set on the professionals ranks (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There is definitley an influx of boxing talent in Las Vegas and new faces are always emerging.

I’ve been noticing the high ambition and equally high skill level of Jamie Mitchell inside of the Las Vegas gyms recently. Mitchell has hopes of turning professional this year and with the guidance of esteemed trainer and former WBA light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad behind her, she seems poised for a breakthrough.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder beats down Chris Arreola for 8th round TKO in Alabama

Deontay Wilder was too much for Chris Arreola on Saturday night

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, July 16, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder made the fourth successful defense of his title with a punishing 8th round TKO over contender Chris Arreola.

The bout took place from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala., as Wilder (37-0, 36 KO’s) was simply too sharp, powerful, and active for Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KO’s), who may have seen his last appearance on the big stage.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Rashad Ganaway back to work at Phase 1 Sports in Las Vegas

Rashad Ganaway is back to work in Las Vegas following his NABF title-winning victory in Dallas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s easy to get behind a guy like Rashad Ganaway and show support.

The Arkansas native first caught my attention some years back during one of his sparring sessions with former world champion Mickey Bey. After some further investigation, I found out that Ganaway had actually fought Bey in August of 2009, losing an eight-round split-decision.

7-year old Jayden Orpilla already razor sharp on the mitts with Richard Barrientes at Pound 4 Pound

7-year old Jayden Orpilla inside of the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There is never a shortage of talent when you walk through the doors of the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas.

Trainer Richard Barrientes works closely with some of the best amateur talent in the city and we recently spotted him sharpening the tools of another promising up-and-comer.

PHOTOS: In the trenches with Izaiah Dent and Alex Thiel

Alex Thiel, left, and Izaiah Dent recently put in work inside of Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There has been a lot of good work going on recently inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym out in Las Vegas.

This past week, we walked into the building as gym regular Alex Thiel was going up against fellow amateur Izaiah Dent, who was visiting from Indianapolis, In.

Abel Sanchez talks Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev; feels SOG needs another tune-up

Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward looks to be on tap for later this year (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

One of the most anticipated fights in the sport to be made is the Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward matchup, which looks to be on tap for later this year, possibly in Las Vegas.

Trainer Abel Sanchez gave me his thoughts on the bout recently, and is leaning towards Kovalev, possibly via late stoppage.

Jessie Vargas speaks from Vegas training camp ahead of Kell Brook clash

Jessie Vargas training with Dewey Cooper inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Later this year, WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas will collide with IBF titlist Kell Brook in a can’t-miss matchup overseas.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) is already in training camp, putting in some technical work with his trainer Dewey Cooper and assistant David Hayes. City Athletic Boxing in West Las Vegas is serving as Vargas’ home gym for the Brook assignment, and the intensity will sure build as the matchup draws near.

PHOTOS: Jessie Vargas in training camp ahead of Kell Brook showdown

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, center, flanked by his trainers Dewey Cooper (Orange shirt) and David Hayes (Black shirt) – (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has agreed to face IBF titlist Kell Brook later this year, likely over the in UK, in one of the year’s bigger showdowns.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) is riding a new high in his career following a ninth-round TKO over previously undefeated Sadam Ali this past March and the Brook clash is something he has been seeking.

Shawn Porter explains why Danny Garcia makes more sense than Conor McGregor for Floyd Mayweather

Will Floyd Mayweather return for a 50th fight? (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

During a recent swing through the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Hustle Boss crossed paths with former IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter.

Porter (26-1-1, 16 KO’s) faces off with WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman (26-0, 22 KO’s) on June 25 inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Damien Vasquez set to join the Premier Boxing Champions movement

Damien Vasquez, pictured with Chris Word, his father Oscar, and Beverly Hills Attorney Ron Dolecki, after officially signing to be a part of the Premier Boxing Champions movement (Photo: Team Vasquez)

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By Chris Robinson

Ever since its launch in March of last year, the Premier Boxing Champions franchise has left quite an imprint on the sport.

Also known as “PBC” to boxing enthusiasts, Premier Boxing Champions features fighters under the umbrella of powerful manager Al Haymon competing with one another.

Errol Spence prefers Danny Garcia, Adrien Broner for Mayweather over Conor McGregor

Errol Spence Jr., right, in Las Vegas this past weekend with Julian Williams (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

I can never forget the intense sparring sessions that took place between Errol Spence Jr. and Floyd Mayweather years back. Spence, somewhat of an unknown prospect at the time, gave Mayweather great work ahead of his May 2013 bout with Robert Guerrero.

Now 20-0 with 17 knockouts following an April 16 fifth round TKO victory over Chris Algieri, Spence was in Las Vegas this past weekend for the Showtime triple header at the Cosmopolitan. The event was headlined by Erislandy Lara edging Vanes Martirosyan in their rematch.

The Charlo Brothers are victorious in Las Vegas; Canelo Alvarez on tap in the future?

The fighting Charlo twins are still undefeated (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, May 21, Jermell and Jermall Charlo both overcame stiff opposition in winning their bouts from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nev.

Jermell (28-0, 13 KO’s) stopped John Jackson, son of former champion Julian, in the eighth round, while Jermall (24-0, 18 KO’s) won a unanimous decision over former titlist Austin Trout.

Top amateur Rolando Romero working inside of the Salas Boxing Academy

Rolando Romero inside of the Salas Boxing Academy in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It was a busy day this past Tuesday, May 10, inside of the Salas Boxing Academy in Las Vegas, Nev.

The facility, formerly known as the Bones Adams Boxing Gym, is ran by respected Cuban trainer Ismael Salas. On Tuesday, the likes of IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy, WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares, and former two-division belt-holder Joel Casamayor were in training, but it was also the talent of an emerging amateur who caught our eye.

PHOTOS: Heavy Hitters Boxing Gym in Las Vegas now open to the public

Heavy Hitters Boxing Gym in Las Vegas is open to the public (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s no secret that Las Vegas is regarded as the Fight Capitol of the world and there are always moves being made and new developments taking place by those in the Fight Game out here.

Hustle Boss recently got word that the Heavy Hitters Boxing Gym, formally known as the Pochiro Boxing Gym, is now open to the public. Fighters off all backgrounds and skill levels, from world-class to beginners, are welcome to stop by and give the facility a look.

Floyd Mayweather spotted ringside in Las Vegas with Mikey and Robert Garcia [VIDEO]

Mikey Garcia, Floyd Mayweather, and Robert Garcia spotted ringside (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, May 13, inside of the Sam’s Town Casino & Gambling Hall, cruiserweight contender Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti secured the biggest victory over his career in out-pointing New Jersey’s Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia over 10 rounds to claim the NABF title.

Sitting ringside during the bout was Tabiti’s promoter Floyd Mayweather. And while it’s not surprising to see the retired pound-for-pound king around the scene and supporting his fighters, it was the two men who were flanking Mayweather who caught our attention.