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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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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.

Javier Fortuna stops a game Carlos Ivan Velasquez in 10 bloody rounds

Javier Fortuna stopped Ivan Carlos Velasquez in Las Vegas on Tuesday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday night, Sep. 29, WBA junior lightweight champion Javier Fortuna stopped a brave but outgunned Carlos Ivan Velasquez in under ten rounds inside of the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KO’s) dropped and bloodied Velasquez (19-2, 12 KO’s) in the second and appeared to be on his way towards a stoppage victory but his Puerto Rican foe fought on valiantly.

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez continues to fight for a good cause as upcoming PBC date in Arizona looms

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez has become a fixture at Hustle Boss over the years (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson 

There are few prospects in the game like Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez.

Still just 18 years old, Vasquez (7-0, 3 KO’s) is technically a champion, having captured the NABF junior flyweight title in his sixth pro bout. And as we reported, Vasquez will soon be part of Al Haymon’s “Premier Boxing Champions” movement, with his likely return date to be on the undercard of the Oct. 14 Devon Alexander vs. Aaron Martinez bill in Glendale, Ariz.

Young Devin Haney continues to progress; seen sparring with prospect Angel Rodriguez inside the Mayweather Boxing Club

Devin Haney, right, working with junior lightweight prospect Angel Rodriguez (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It’s been pretty special to watch the career progression of young Devin Haney.

Still just 16 years old, Haney is looking to make the transition from amateur standout to budding professional but with nothing concrete lined up, he simply continues to sharpen his skills day after day.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Floyd Mayweather enjoying his early retirement by keeping tabs inside his gym

Floyd Mayweather is still the king of the throne in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

Floyd Mayweather is still less than two weeks removed from his official retirement, as the Grand Rapids native insists he is done with the sport of boxing following his 49th professional victory over Andre Berto on Sep. 12 in Las Vegas.

Mayweather bested Berto over 12 rounds, capturing a unanimous decision by scores of 120-108, 118-1110, and 117-111 inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Now 49-0 as a professional with 26 knockouts behind him, Mayweather closed the final bout of his six-fight deal with SHOWTIME by defeating Berto and he presently has no obligations to get back into the ring.

Floyd Mayweather watches as undefeated prospects Juan Heraldez and Cesar Quinonez spar in Las Vegas

Prospects Juan Heraldez and Cesar Quinonez working in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

As reported recently by Hustle Boss, recently-retired pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather has been spending some time recently back inside of the doors of his famed boxing facility out in Las Vegas.

Throughout any given time of the year you are sure to find great talent lurking around the Mayweather Boxing Club and Mayweather has always kept an eye out for the next wave of prospects.

Floyd Mayweather back inside the Mayweather Boxing Club days after final bout with Andre Berto

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

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday, Sep. 18, former pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather could be spotted inside of the doors of his personal gym in Las Vegas, Nev.

Mayweather is less than two weeks removed from his 49th professional bout, as he scored a unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto on Sep. 12 inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather was his typical self with Berto, as he focused on his defense while chosing the right moments to open up and engage.

Roger Mayweather feels Miguel Cotto may get ‘whooped’ by Canelo Alvarez on Nov. 21

Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather facing off in May 2012 (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

With Floyd Mayweather’s unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto now in our rear-views, the boxing world will not turn its attention to the next wave of big events on the horizon.

And while there are surely still a bevy of top-flight performers left in the sport in the wake of Mayweather’s retirement, there is no bigger showdown on the horizon than the Nov. 21 clash between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and former junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Inside Mr. Olympia 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Inside 2015 Mr. Olympia at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

On Friday, Sep. 18, Hustle Boss was on hand for the first day of 2015 Mr. Olympia inside of the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

The annual showcase held by the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness features many of the world’s top bodybuilders fighting for a crack at a highly coveted title. It was quite the scene to take in on Friday, as the LVCC was packed with quality booths and interested spectators across the world over while the competitors meanwhile got busy on stage.

Karim Mayfield talks Mayweather vs. Berto and addresses grudge rumors with Errol Spence Jr.

Tough contender Karim Mayfield always has a lot to say (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

For several weeks this summer, Karim Mayfield saw his name thrust into the headlines as a possible opponent for Floyd Mayweather.

And while he never was able to land the big shot, Mayweather elected to face Andre Berto instead, Mayfield still kept a positive attitude throughout the process.

Flashback Footage – Andre Berto Training Inside of City Athletic Boxing days before Mayweather fight

Andre Berto and his team inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas days before his bout vs. Floyd Mayweather this past Saturday


By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday in Las Vegas, former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto gave a spirited effort against perennial pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather, ultimately dropping a unanimous decision loss after 12 rounds.

Fighting inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the second time in his career, you could tell that Berto (30-4, 23 KO’s) was in top physical shape as he attempted to break through Mayweather (49-0, 26 KO’s), even making the contest interesting on a few occasions.

Andre Ward rips Gennady Golovkin and his team: ‘Little G turned down an official fight from us’

Andre Ward speaking to the press (Photo: Fight Hub)

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By Chris Robinon

To anyone who follows the sport of boxing somewhat closely, you can surely spot the tension coming from both sides regarding a possible fight between WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and WBA super middleweight king Andre Ward.

There has been curiosity surrounding the potential matchup for a few years now but Ward insists that the Kazakhstan star and his team, specifically trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler, are feeding the public lies about their interest in a showdown.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Behind The Scenes at the MGM Grand During Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto

Floyd Mayweather speaking at the post-fight press conference following his victory over Andre Berto (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 12, in front of an estimated 13,395 partisans inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Floyd Mayweather captured a wide unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto by scores of 120-108, 118-110, and 117-111.

Hustle Boss was on the scene throughout the evening and their was a special buzz in the air, given the fact that this may be Mayweather’s final ring performance.

PHOTOS: Badou Jack Delivers Big, Overcomes Brave Effort from George Groves to Capture Split-Decision

Badou Jack, right, delivering a right hand against George Groves on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 12, WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack scored perhaps the most impressive victory of his career in out-dueling brash UK contender George Groves over twelve fast-paced rounds for a successful first defense of his belt.

The match took place from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto undercard. Jack (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) scored a knockdown in the first round and appeared to gain the early lead in the face of a determined Groves (21-3, 16 KO’s).