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VIDEO: Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias back in Las Vegas following KO over Tony Brinson

Middleweight prospect Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias is back in Las Vegas for a brief visit (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Over the weekend of June 19-21, there was a lot of boxing taking place in various parts of the globe.

On the Andre Ward vs. Paul Smith undercard in Oakland, Calif. undefeated middleweight prospect Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias improved to 12-0 with 5 knockouts after disposing of overmatch Tony Brinson with an onslaught of punches to the body and head.

VIDEO: J’Leon Love and Zach Cooper on Shawn Porter’s victory and Keith Thurman vs. Errol Spence

Hustle Boss inside of  the Mayweather Boxing Club with Zach Cooper and J’Leon Love (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

If there was ever a duo that was sure to get me some positive reaction to the June 20 Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter matchup and aftermath, upcoming talents Zach Cooper and J’Leon Love fit the bill.

Porter pulled off perhaps the biggest victory over his career thus far when he handled Broner over the course of 12 rounds. Porter was aggressive and calculated throughout the match and outside of a big knockdown he suffered in the 12th and final round, the Akron native was in control.

Promising female talent Mikayla Nebel resurfaces inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas

Mikayla Nebel, right, getting her hands wrapped by trainer Armin Van Damme inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

It was about a year and a half ago when I first crossed paths with budding female talent Mikayla Nebel out here in Las Vegas.

Then training at the Mayweather Boxing Club, it was easy to spot talent in Nebel as well as passion, as we spoke in-depth about her early career learning lessons and how she fought on despite feeling robbed in several of her professional matches.

Introducing Nonito Donaire Sr.’s latest pupil, undefeated welterweight prospect Rudy Macedo

Rudy Macedo is waiting for word on his next bout (Photo: Facebook)

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By Chris Robinso

Nonito Donaire Sr. is no stranger to talent.

With his son Nonito Donaire, having established himself as a can’t-miss star in the sport in recent times, the elder Donaire has been able to watch first-hand just how impactful some of his practices and teachings are.

7-Year Old Miah ‘Lil Champ’ Davis continues to shine inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club

Miah ‘Lil Champ’ Davis continues to put in work inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

When I first spotted 7-year old Miah Davis inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, I instantly spotted her desire and talent.

Despite being completely new to the game at the time, you could tell instantly by Davis’ mitt work with Roger Mayweather that she was a naturally gifted fighter.

VIDEO: Lanell ‘KO’ Bellows breaks down Tim Bradley’s victory over Jessie Vargas plus controversial ending

Tim Bradley defeated Jessie Vargas this past weekend in Southern California (Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

This past weekend, inside of the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., two-division world champion Timothy Bradley defeated previously undefeated junior welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas over the course of 12 rounds.

A lot of Bradley’s best traits were on display during the HBO-televised attraction, including his sheer grit, volume-punching, and ability to fight in closed quarters. The Palm Springs native overcame a spirited effort from Vargas before pulling away for the decision.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Action heating up inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club

Roger Mayweather working with 7-year old Miah Davis Inside the Mayweather Boxing Club (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

These days, the action inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club has slowed up noticeably in the wake of Vegas’ latest double header.

The Adrien Broner vs. Shawn Porter bout took place on Saturday, June 20 and the next day Rances Barthelemy defeated Antonio DeMarco in the main event of a Sunday afternoon card. Both shows took place from the MGM Grand.

50 Cent Explains Why Floyd Mayweather banks on his disliked image

Floyd Mayweather, pictured here with 50 Cent, seems to be everyone’s favorite villain these days (Photo: WarmJello.com)

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By Vitali Shaposhnikov

With every hero, comes a villain. And if there are no true villains available, one of the heroes will have to become the antagonist to all that is good.

While there is sufficient proof that Mayweather is far from being the sinner that part of the boxing community believes him to be, due to his questionable behavior and career choices, many boxing fans crave his loss. Being the businessman that he is, Mayweather takes full advantage of the situation, making people pay a premium for the hope to see the villain fall.

VIDEO: Shane Mosley Jr knocks out Jason Kelly in BKB debut [Exclusive Footage]

Shane Mosley defeated Jason Kelly via 1st round TKO on Saturday night (Photo: Getty Images for DIRECTV)

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By Chris Robinson

It was a successful night on Saturday for Shane Mosley Jr. as the son of the living legend scored a victory in his official debut competing under BKB (Big Knockout Boxing) inside of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

The 24-year old Mosley, 4-1 as a professional boxer and 1-0 now while competing under BKB, was simple too strong and powerful for his opponent Jason Kelly. Mosley struck fast, registering a knockdown following  a left to the body, and later ended the bout with a flury against his hapless foe.

PHOTOS: Tim Bradley survives late scare, overcomes Jessie Vargas over 12 rounds

Tim Bradley overcame Jessie Vargas on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Photos from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. as two-division world champion Timothy Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KO’s) pulls out a 12-round unanimous decision victory over previously-undefeated junior welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KO’s).

In a very competitive and fast-paced matchup, Bradley was a little too busy for Vargas, but had to survive a big scare in the final round when he was rocked in the closing seconds. The fight was stopped seven seconds prematurely in the final frame by referee Pat Russell, all the reason enough for Vargas and his team to cry foul and call for a rematch.

PHOTOS: Shane Mosley Jr. scores a first round TKO in BKB debut vs. Jason Kelly

Shane Mosley Jr. scored a big victory during BKB3 at the Mandalay Bay on Saturday night (Photo: Scott McDermott/Getty Images for DIRECTV)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, June 27, pro boxer Shane Mosley Jr. made a successful transition into the world of BKB (Big Knockout Boxing) with a crushing 1st round TKO over Jason Kelly inside of the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Mosley, 4-1 as a boxer and now 1-0 in the BKB pit, was simply too sharp, strong, and powerful for Kelly from the outset, as he registered a knockdown off of a left hook and then again from a follow up combination, as the second left Kelly on the deck for good.

PHOTOS: City Athletic Boxing crew invades Oakland ahead of amateur showdown

Armin Van Damme and the City Athletic Boxing crew spotted inside of King’s Boxing Gym in Oakland (Photo: City Athletic Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

Received an update from City Athletic Boxing Owner Armin Van Damme, as it looks like the CAB crew has invaded Oakland for the weekend.

Turns out that five of the gym’s amateurs have bouts today, taking place from within the renown King’s Boxing Gym, the home of super middleweight king Andre Ward.

Shane Mosley Jr. Exclusive: Thoughts On His BKB Debut Plus Bonus Weigh-In VIDEO Coverage

Shane Mosley Jr., pictured center in between his father Shane and grandfather Jack, makes his BKB debut on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Shane Mosley Jr. will make a new transition in his life when he steps inside the BKB pit for the first time.

Mosley, the son of the living legend by the same name, has been learning on the job thus far in the pro boxing game, as he has compiled a 4-1 record while getting work all over Las Vegas and California.

Kenny Porter: ‘Floyd would never fight a young, black African American in his prime’

Floyd Mayweather, center, with Rihanna and P Reala during the madness of the NBA Finals in Golden State earlier this month (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

I will never accuse Kenny Porter of holding back his thoughts.

Still basking in the aftermath of his son Shawn’s big victory over Adrien Broner this past weekend, we caught up with the outspoken coach during the BKB weigh-ins at the Mandalay Bay on Friday afternoon.

Maurice Hooker out to make Dallas proud; battle with Eduardo Galindo still moving forward despite weigh-in issues

Eduardo Galindo and Maurice Hooker face off in Dallas later tonight (Photo: Stacey Verbeek)

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By Chris Robinson

Update from Dallas, Tex. as it looks like the Maurice Hooker vs. Eduardo Galindo matchup for the vacant WBO NABO junior welterweight title will still be taking place despite Galindo coming in overweight at yesterday’s weigh in. Hooker vs. Galindo takes place from the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center later tonight.

Hooker (17-0-2, 13 KO’s) weighed in just under the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds but it was Galindo (10-0-1, 7 KO’s) who was five pounds over at 145 pounds. Galindo refused to attempt to lose the weight in the allowed 2-hour period after weighing over and was advised that he needed to weigh in no more than 150 pounds this morning under the supervision of NABO president Porfirio Betegon.

16-year old Devin Haney recalls his intense sparring session in front of Adrien Broner prior to the Porter fight

16-year old amateur prospect Devin Haney inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

During any big fight, there are always all kinds of subplots and such was the case with Shawn Porter’s big victory over Adrien Broner this past weekend inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Following the match, Floyd Mayweather, a man Broner looks to as a mentor, suggested the fighter should have probably rested following his weigh in for Porter, as he instead was inside of the famed Mayweather Boxing Club checking out some sparring on the eve of his 32nd professional boxing match.

PHOTO: Tim Bradley arrives in Los Angeles ahead of Jessie Vargas showdown

Tim Bradley has arrived in Los Angeles ahead of his HBO matchup vs. Jessie Vargas this weekend (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s about that time again for two-division world champion Timothy Bradley, who faces off with undefeated junior welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas this Saturday night inside of the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

The HBO-televised battle, set for the interim WBO welterweight belt, will show us how much Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KO’s) has left heading into a duel with a younger, seemingly fresher Vargas (26-0, 9 KO’s), who enlisted the services of the great Erik Morales for this camp after difficulties in finding time with his previous coach, Roy Jones Jr.

Maurice Hooker’s progression continues with WBO NABO title shot this weekend in Dallas

Vince Parra and Maurice Hooker are eyeing a Dallas showdown (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

It seems like just the other day when I first crossed paths with upstart junior welterweight hopeful Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker out in Las Vegas.

A native of Dallas, Tex., Hooker was around Las Vegas in late 2013, during a brief stint in the city with his trainer and former fighter Vince Parra. And although his time in the city was short, what I was able to see from the young fighter in that time left an impression upon me that hasn’t been forgotten.

Oscar De La Hoya sends strong signals of a comeback

Oscar De La Hoya on Father’s Day. Will we see the champ in the ring again? (Photo: Instagram)

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By Vitali Shaposhnikov

The crowd effect, the motivation, the drive, the adrenaline that floods your body with unparalleled vigor, and the thousands of fans cheering for you when you emerge from below the arena, all are a champion’s addiction. Many retired champions make a comeback to the ring because its home, it’s something that endless sweat and dedication earned them.

For Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya, the man that had a very exciting boxing career as well as a turbulent retirement, these feeling are no different.

Former Mayweather entourage member Tommy Smalls claims he bet $100,000 on Adrien Broner to beat Shawn Porter

Tommy Smalls speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

While inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas earlier today, I crossed paths with Tommy Smalls, a man known best to some in boxing circles for his connection to the Mayweather Boxing Club a few years back.

Smalls is now working closely with top flight amateur prospect Devin Haney, who was also in the building finishing up a workout ahead of what he hopes to soon be a professional debut.