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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.

Exclusive Footage: IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy trains for Mickey Bey

IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy getting wrapped by assistant trainer Carlos De Leon Jr. ahead of his June 3 bout vs. Mickey Bey (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On June 3, IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy will defend his title against the man who used to hold that very same belt, former titlist Mickey Bey.

Barthelemy vs. Bey takes place on Fox Sports, as part of a Premier Boxing Champions card from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fl.

PHOTOS: David Lemieux gets back on track with 4th round TKO over Glen Tapia

Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux is back in the win column after defeating Glen Tapia this past Saturday night in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, May 7, former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux bounced back into the winning column with a dominating 4th round TKO over Glen Tapia inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

The bout took place on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez’s crushing sixth round knockout over Amir Khan.

Canelo Alvarez finishes Amir Khan off in the sixth round with a brutal one-punch knockout

Canelo Alvarez stopped Amir Khan in the sixth round of their matchup on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, May 7, WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stopped a courageous Amir Khan in the sixth round of their HBO pay per view showdown from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Canelo (47-1-1, 33 KO’s) had a little trouble early on adapting to Khan’s style, as the British star and former junior welterweight titlist stuck to moving and boxing  early on. Through four rounds several outlets had Khan ahead of Canelo, who was patiently biding his time.

PHOTOS: Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan both hit the scale at 155 pounds at official weigh-in

Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan clash on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

As soon as it was revealed that WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would be making the first defense of his title against former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan, speculation began to run about the size difference between the two men.

Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) has always been a solid junior middleweight, who has came into the ring well over 170 pounds on certain fight nights, while Khan (31-3, 19 KO’s) is moving up in weight following a three-fight stint in the welterweight ranks.

Virgil Hunter breaks down Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan days before big showdown

Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan face off at their final presser in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments prior to the final Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan press conference inside of the MGM Grand’s KA Theatre in Las Vegas, Nev., Hustle Boss caught up with former Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter.

The Oakland, Calif.-based trainer has been with Khan the past four years, dating back to his upset loss to Danny Garcia in July of 2014, and the duo has reeled of five straight victories together.

VIDEO + PHOTOS: Cruiserweight prospect Andrew ‘The Beast’ Tabiti trains for 5/13 showdown vs. fellow unbeaten Keith Tapia

Andrew Tabiti training inside of City Athletic Boxing Las Vegas, Nevada ahead of his May 13 showdown vs. Keith Tapia (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday, May 13, cruiserweight prospect Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti will have the biggest assignment of his blossoming career when he faces off with Keith Tapia at the Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall.

Those in the know have always considered Tabiti (12-0, 11 KO’s) one of the shining jewels of the Mayweather Promotions stable and his matchup with Tapia (17-0, 12 KO’s) will give him the exact opportunity that he wants at this point in his career.

PHOTOS: Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan make their grand arrivals to Las Vegas

Canelo Alvarez making his grand arrival to Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday, May 3, WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan made their grand arrival to Las Vegas ahead of their HBO pay per view clash this Saturday night from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) and Khan (31-3, 19 KO’s) are both exuding extreme confidence ahead of this matchup, although Alvarez is the clear betting favorite to his obvious advantage in size. Canelo is coming off of one of his most complete performances to date, as he defeated Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds this past November.

Photos: Badou Jack and Lucian Bute fight to draw in Washington, D.C.

Badou Jack appeared to do enough to defeat Lucian Bute on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, April 30, WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack retained his title as he settled for a draw with former longtime IBF titlist Lucian Bute inside of the Armory in Washington, D.C.

Jack (20-1-2, 12 KO’s) appeared to do enough to secure a victory, with one judge giving him a 117-111 edge. That tally was overruled by two 114-114 scorecards, however, as Jack retains his title and could be meeting IBF champion James DeGale later this year in a unification match.

Local prospect Cameron Kreal resurfaces for top-notch sparring vs. top amateur Daijon Carter at Tocco’s

Cameron Kreal was recently spotted at Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym earlier this month (Photo: Jabber)

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By Chris Robinson

You should never let a record in boxing deceive you.

When taking a look at junior lightweight prospect Cameron Kreal, who fights out of Las Vegas, it may be easy to dismiss to his 8-9-2 record (1 KO) as being average but there is far more to his record than meets the eye.

PHOTOS: Naoki Fukuda covers Gennady Golovkin’s crushing stoppage of Dominic Wade

Gennady Golovkin was too much for Dominic Wade on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, April 23, WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s) overpowered contender Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KO’s) for an easy second round knockout.

Golovkin registered a knockdown in the first round off of a big right hand and the writing was on the wall. Two more knockdowns followed in round two, and referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the match.

PHOTOS: Gennady Golovkin tears through Dominic Wade in two rounds

Gennady Golovkin was too much for Dominic Wade on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

It was business as usual for Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night, April 23, as he faced off with contender Dominic Wade inside of the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s) was on another level than his Maryland-born opponent, as he dropped him in the first round with a right cross. Two more knockdowns followed in round two, with referee Jack Reiss wisely waiving the match off after the second.

Steve Forbes reflects on Pac-Bradley III; says he always believed Mayweather had edge over Manny

Manny Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley in their third encounter (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, April 9, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao produced a commanding victory in defeating Tim Bradley in their trilogy matchup at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Pacquiao (57-8-2, 38 KO’s) dropped Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s) twice in the second half of the fight and may indeed be retiring after this victory.

Promoter Lou Dibella feels that Kell Brook wants ‘no piece’ of Errol Spence Jr.

Errol Spence was dominant vs. Chris Algieri on Saturday night (Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, April 16, inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, undefeated welterweight contender Errol Spence Jr. scored the biggest and perhaps the most electrifying victory of his career in stopping former champion Chris Algieri in the fifth.

Spence (20-0, 17 KO’s) was simply to precise and powerful for Algieri (21-3, 8 KO’s), who never could get into the fight. Spence dropped Algieri in the fourth and twice in the fifth before referee Benjy Esteves Jr. waived the contest off.

Steve Claggett returns this weekend in Las Vegas in high-stakes showdown vs. Chris Van Heerden at the D

Steve Claggett faces off with Chris Van Heerden on Saturday (Photo: Manny Murillo)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend in Las Vegas, a familiar face will return to the ring when Steve “The Dragon” Claggett faces off with Chris “The Heat” Van Heerden on Saturday night, April 16.

Taking place at the D Hotel and Casino as a headlining act to the new “Knockout Night at the D” series, Claggett (23-3-1, 16 KO’s) will be looking for a benchmark victory as he goes in tough against South Africa’s Van Heerden (23-2-1, 12 KO’s).