Category Archives: Boxing

Exclusive PHOTOS: Micko Zizic preparing for Sep. 30 bout at the D vs. unbeaten John Vera

Micko Zizic, right, sparring with unbeaten Will Clemons in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Sep. 30, once-beaten Milorad “Micko” Zizic will step back into the ring when he faces unbeaten John Vera inside of the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The Vera-Zizic clash will air on CBS Sports and serves also as the biggest date in Zizic’s career.

Zizic (12-1, 6 KO’s) has been training in Las Vegas under the watchful eye of his trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, as well as his father Veselin Zizic, who was a former amateur standout himself. Vera (14-0, 9 KO’s) is coming off of a sixth-round TKO victory over Joey Ruelas this past May and figures to be full of confidence coming into the match.

Kenny Porter remembers Golovkin as an amateur; expects the boxing public to demand Canelo

Kenny Porter speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, inside of the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Hustle Boss caught up with trainer Kenny Porter.

Kenny’s primary fighter, his son, former IBF welterweight champion Shawn, is coming off of a rousing performance this past June 25, where he dropped a razor-thin unanimous decision to WBA titlist Keith Thurman.

Floyd Mayweather watches from ringside as Lionell ‘Lonnie B’ Thompson defeats Donovan George

Floyd Mayweather, pictured center, was inside of the Cosmopolitan this past Friday night (Photo: Stephanie Trapp)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, Sep. 16, light heavyweight contender Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson got back in the winner’s circle with a clear-cut eight-round unanimous decision over Chicago’s Donovan George. Thompson (17-4-1, 10 KO’s) was too sharp and agile for George (25-6-2, 222 KO’s), and registered a knockdown late in the match before claiming his victory.

Watching from ringside, amongst others, was Thompson’s promoter Floyd Mayweather of Mayweather Promotions. Mayweather defeated Andre Berto in September of last year and walked away from the sport afterwards, with no indication that he will be returning.

Canelo Alvarez stops Liam Smith in the ninth; will dream match with Golovkin happen in 2017?

Canelo Alvarez was too much for Liam Smith on Saturday night

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 17, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez captured the WBO junior welterweight title from Liverpool’s Liam “Beefy” Smith via ninth round TKO inside of the AT&T Stadium in  Arlington, Tex.

Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KO’s) was precise throughout the contest, building up an early lead off of his combination-punching and work to the body. Smith was a brave opponent in the face of such firepower, but was never able to get his game plan on track.

Tensions flare up at Ishe Smith vs. Frank Galarza Weigh In [PBC on Bounce]

Ishe Smith and Frank Galarza meet on Friday night in Las Vegas (Photo: Stephanie Trapp)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, former IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith will return to the ring when he faces contender Frank Galarza on a Premier Boxing Champions card aired by Bounce TV.

It’s the first bout for Smith (28-8, 12 KO’s) since his December victory over Tommy Rainone. Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KO’s)  too will be retruning from a layoff, as he suffered his first loss this past November to Jarrett Hurd, who stopped him in the sixth round.

Seniesa Estrada improves to 8-0 with UD over Nancy Franco inside of the Forum

Seniesa Estrada was victorious this past weekend in Inglewood (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday, Sep. 10, offered up my first opportunity to witness unbeaten junior female flyweight prospect Seniesa Estrada in action from ringside as the East Los Angeles native battled Mexico’s Nancy Franco over eight rounds from within the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Estrada (8-0, 1 KO) offered up a master class performance in out-hustling Franco, a former IBF minimumweight champion, over eight rounds of action. Along the way, the 24-year old showed great movement, speed, and athleticism, clearly winning every round.

PHOTOS: Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez overcomes Carlos Cuadras via unanimous decision

Roman Gonzalez defeated Carlos Cuadras on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 10, Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez overcame a spirited effort from former champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, winning a unanimous decision inside of the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KO’s) and Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KO’s) gave the estimated 6,714 partisans in attendance a great show that including plenty of back-and-forth action. After 12 rounds of action, scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113 were read in Gonzalez’s favor, as he captures the WBC super flyweight title, his fourth belt in as many weight classes.

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas Face Off in Los Angeles

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas facing off in Los Angeles (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There didn’t seem to be too much tension in the air on Thursday afternoon, Sep. 8, as WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (56-8-2, 38 KO’s) came face to face inside of the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

Vargas and Pacquiao will face off on Nov. 5, inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Jessie Vargas kicks off training for Manny Pacquiao clash

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas is deep into training with Dewey Cooper in Las Vegas ahead of his Nov. 5 bout vs. Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has officially kicked off his training camp for his Nov. 5 bout vs. eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao, whom he meets inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) may be the one holding the title, but he is regarded as the underdog to many against Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s), who still looks sharp at 37 years old.

Stacy Mayweather Uncut vol. 1 – Errol Spence, the welters, Pacquiao-Vargas, and more

Stacy Mayweather always keeps it 100%, seen here with Hustle Boss’ own Chris Robinson (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Stacy Mayweather is often an unassuming individual, but always a man with some deep knowledge and insight.

I remember first asking Stacy for an interview roughly a year ago and from there the seed was planted.

Intense amateur sparring: 11 y/o Robert Meriwether III vs. 9 y/o Young Money Mar

11-year old Robert Meriwether III and 9-year old Young Money Mar recently sparred in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Some of the best upcoming talent in the boxing game continues to come from the city of Las Vegas.

This past week, while inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club, Hustle Boss caught up with two of the top amateurs in the city prior to some spirited sparring.

PHOTOS: Rashad Ganaway training for 8/20 showdown in Little Rock vs. Hylon Williams

Rashad Ganaway returns to the ring this weekend vs. Hylon Williams (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, Rashad Ganaway will return to the ring in a very important matchup against the underrated Hylon Williams Jr.

Ganaway (17-5-1, 10 KO’s) and Williams (16-2-1, 3 KO’s) will meet inside of the Clear Channel Metroplex in Little Rock, Ar. on Saturday night, Aug. 20, with the IBF/USBA lightweight belt on the line.

PHOTOS: Top contender Carson Jones focused, in training with Golovkin for 8/20 return

Top contender Carson Jones is in training for a bout this weekend (Photo: Abel Sanchez)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend will see top contender Carson Jones step back into the ring, as the Oklahoma City native will be following up on an April victory over Mikel Williams.

Jones’ 38-11-3 record with 28 knockouts is very deceiving, as he started his career at the age of 18 and was thrown to the wolves early, suffering some early setbacks that ended up becoming learning lessons.

Rejuvenated Chuy Gutierrez back to work inside of Pound 4 Pound in Las Vegas

Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez training inside of Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

When I swung through the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas earlier this week, I noticed only a few key figures training and lurking inside of the gym.

I didn’t notice at the time, but shadowboxing inside of the Southwest corner of the gym was former WBC USNBC lightweight champion Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez. Never one to talk too loud, the modest Gutierrez (14-1-1, 4 KO’s) was getting down to work and in his own space.

Undefeated Jeremy ‘J Flash’ Nichols sparring Alex ‘ATG’ Thiel at Johnny Tocco’s

Alex Thiel and Jeremy Nichols recently put in some work inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, you will find a great group of emerging prospects, both pro and amateur, during all times that the gym is open.

Earlier this week, Hustle Boss caught up with two of the gym’s top fighters, undefeated welterweight prospect Jeremy “J Flash” Nichols (5-0, 2 KO’s) and top amateur Alex “ATG” Thiel, as they put in some rigorous work with one another.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Behind the scenes at the 2016 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend

The 2016 Nevada Boxing of Fame has officially hit Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Early images from the 2016 Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame weekend in Las Vegas, Nev.

Check below for shots from Friday’s meet and greet inside of Caesar’s Palace and stay tuned for more coverage.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford defeats Viktor Postol

Terence Crawford defeated Viktor Postol on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, July 23, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KO’s) won a clear unanimous decision over former WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KO’s) to capture the aforementioned belt.

Crawford dropped Postol twice in the fifth and controlled the majority of the rounds. The Omaha native was poised with his attack and his movement threw Postol off of his game.

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.