Category Archives: Boxing

#1 Ranked Devaughn Lucas hits Las Vegas: Sparring with Jacob Cuevas at Johnny Tocco’s

Devaughn Lucas, center, at Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

More First Friday Exhibition Sparring with #1 ranked amateur Devaughn Lucas, as he was visiting from Texas and came to put in some work. In this video, Lucas, still just 14 years old, works with two prospects, including upcoming Jacob Cuevas. Lucas has an aggressive style and is definitely one to keep an eye out for.

Check below for a closer look.

PHOTOS: Claressa Shields Defeats Tori Nelson Via Unanimous Decision in Verona; is Christina Hammer Next?

Claressa Shields, right, lands on Tori Nelson on Friday night (Photo: Stephane Trapp – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, Jan. 12, IBF/WBC female super middleweight champion Claressa Shields successfully defended her titles with a dominant 10-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated contender Tori Nelson. The bout took place inside of the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York and was aired on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation series.

Shields was in command from the outset until the final bell, as three 100-90 scorecards were read in her favor as she improves to 5-0 with 2 knockouts. Shields, a 2012 and 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist, outland Nelson 225-81 in total punches and landed at a 44% rate.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence Hosts Media Day Ahead of Lamont Peterson Showdown

IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Trains in Dallas, Texas (Photo: Stacey Verbeek)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence hosted the media ahead of his Jan. 20 fight vs. former world champion Lamont Peterson. Working out inside of the R&R Boxing Gym in Dallas, Tex., Spence (22-0, 19 KO’s) looked sharp and in tremendous shape, with the match being less than a few weeks away.

Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO’s) is a very experienced and worthy opponent, and any way you break the match down it figures to be entertaining. Spence vs. Peterson will be a Premier Boxing Champions telecast that will air live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

PHOTOS: Danny Garcia vs. Brandon Rios & David Benavidez vs. Ronald Gavril Los Angeles Press Conference

Danny Garcia and Brandon Rios in Los Angeles (Photo: Chris Farina – Mayweather Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, inside of the Conga Room at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, two division world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (33-1, 19 KO’s) came face to face with former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (34-3-1, 25 KO’s) for the first time ahead of their scheduled Feb. 17 showdown. Garcia and Rios will square off on SHOWTIME in a Premier Boxing Champions telecast that will take place from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Also present for the press conference were WBC super middleweight champion David Benavidez (19-0, 17 KO’s) and top contender Ronald Gavril (18-2, 14 KO’s), who will square off in a co-feature rematch of their thrilling world title bout this past September in Las Vegas. Benavidez defeated Gavril by split-decision and it’s a rematch many are clamoring for.

PHOTOS: Kicking Off 2018 Inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas With First Friday Exhibition Sparring

Sparring inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas  as Denis Douglin (left) faces off with Karam Al Mahseri (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robison

Images from Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, Nev. as another entertaining round of First Friday Exhibition Sparring took place.

The sparring has been taking place since 2014 and there has been some excellent work that has went down. This past Friday, more quality action took place, including seeing super middleweight contender Denis Douglin (20-6, 13 KO’s) in action, as he worked with rising amateur Karam Al Mahseri. National champion Alex “ATG” Thiel was also back in the mix, as well as several other amateurs going at it.

‘Thunderstorm’ Brewing: Kevin Johnson Looks to Improve on 4-0 Mark as 2018 Begins

Kevin “Thunderstorm” Johnson inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club a few years ago in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

When I first started frequenting the Mayweather Boxing Club in 2010, there were several faces that I would come across.

While the gym is known obviously for the body of work that it’s owner, former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, put in over all the years, there has always been other stories littered throughout the building.

Undefeated Prospect Blair “The Flair” Cobbs Signs With Golden Boy Promotions

Undefeated prospect Blair Cobbs has signed with Golden Boy Promotions (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

For the past year I’ve become familiar with prospect Blair “The Flair” Cobbs, a Philadelphia native who has relocated to Las Vegas to further hone his skills.

Training out of the Bones Adams Boxing Gym, Cobbs (8-0, 6 KO’s) has continued to progress, racking up four victories in 2017, three of them being stoppages.

PHOTOS: Billy Joe Saunders Easily Outpoints David Lemieux in Canada

Billy Joe Saunders was in rare form on Saturday night, defeating David Lemieux via unanimous decision (Photo: Matt Heasley-Hogan Photos)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 16, WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (26-0, 12 KOs) outpointed hometown favorite and former champion David Lemieux (38-4, 33 KOs) to successfully defend the WBO Middleweight World Championship in the 12-round main event of HBO World Championship Boxing at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

A native of the United Kingdom, Saunders easily outboxed Lemieux for 12 rounds from his southpaw stance to win via unanimous decision, with scorecards reading 120-108, 118-110, and 117-111.

PHOTOS: David Lemieux and Billy Joe Saunders Host Media Day Ahead of HBO Showdown

Former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux faces off with WBO champion Billy Joe Saunders on Saturday night on HBO (Photo: Vincent Ethier / Eye of the Tiger Management)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management, in association with Frank Warren and Vidéotron, hosted a media workout for the upcoming WBO Middleweight World Championship fight between Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) and David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs).

Saunders vs. Lemieux will take place this Saturday, Dec. 16 at Place Bell in Laval, Quebec, Canada and will air on HBO World Championship Boxing. Lemieux will have the hometown advantage, but it’s not a worry to the defending champion.

Miguel Roman Defeats Orlando Salido in Las Vegas; ‘Siri’ Announces Retirement Afterwards

Miguel Roman defeated Orlando Salido on Saturday night (Photo: Ed Mulholland - HBO Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., Miguel “Mickey” Roman (58-13, 45 KO’s) scored an exciting ninth round TKO victory over former two-division world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido. (44-14-4, 31 KO’s).

A native of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Roman scored knockdowns in rounds four and eight, before another flurry put Salido down for the final time in the ninth, as the bout was stopped at the 1:43 mark.

Vasyl Lomachenko Dominatees Guillermo Rigondeaux, Makes Him Stop After the Sixth Round

Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday night (Photo: Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, inside of Madison Square Garden in New York, WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s) scored a one-sided TKO victory over Cuban marvel and WBA junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KO’s).

Lomachenko, 29, was simply too big, too precise, and too skilled for Rigondeaux, 37, who had no answers for his Ukrainian foe. Following the sixth round, Rigondeaux elected not to come out for another round and the bout was waved off.

Updates From the Mandalay Bay: Rene Alvarado Edges Denis Shakifov in Bloody Brawl

Denis Shafikov, left, suffered a loss to Rene Alvarado on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, inside of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., Nicaragua’s Rene Alvarado (28-8, 19 KO’s) captured a big victory in scoring a ten-round split-decision over former world title challenger Denis Shafikov (38-4-1, 20 KO’s). After ten rounds of action, two judges favored Alvarado, 96-94 and 96-93, with the third favoring Shafikov, 95-94.

It was a bloody, fast-paced war of attrition, with the action starting fast and lasting until the final bell. What may have been the telling score of the match was Alvarado registering a knockdown in the fifth round, in a frame where Shafikov was doing well for himself.

PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes in Las Vegas For Final Orlando Salido vs. Miguel Roman Presser [HBO]

(L to R) Francisco Vargas, Tevin Farmer, Orlando Salido, Miguel Roman, Kenichi Ogawa, and Stephen Smith inside of the Mandalay Bay on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Hustle Boss goes behind the scenes inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. for the final press conference for this weekend’s HBO-televised junior lightweight showdown between former two-division champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (44-13-4, 31 KO’s) and Miguel “Mickey” Roman (57-12, 44 KO’s).

Also appearing on the card, Philadelphia’s Tevin Farmer (25-4-1, 5 KO’s) faces off with Japan’s Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17 KO’s) for the vacant IBF junior welterweight title, as well as former champion Francisco Vargas (23-1-2, 17 KO’s ) and UK contender Stephen Smith (25-3, 15 KO’s) colliding.

PHOTOS: Leon Lawson III Wins His Pro Debut in Flint, Michigan

Leon Lawson III scored a first-round knockout in his pro debut this past Saturday night (Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

This past weekend, in Flint, Mich., 11-time national champion Leon Lawson III made his pro debut, winning by way of a first-round knockout over Robert Alexander Seyam. The bout took place on the undercard of Anthony Dirrell’s technical-decision victory over Denis Douglin, and Lawson needed just 40 seconds to finish the match, as an excellent counter left hook put Seyam down and out for the count.

Anyone who has followed the Dirrell brothers over the years should definitely pay close attention to young Lawson, as they are cousins, with their grandfather Leon being the original trainer of the fighting brothers from Flint. Lawson is trained by his father Leon II, who has also worked closely with the Dirrells over the years.

Lawson is a special talent himself, as he just recently turned 18 years of age and was the youngest person to win the national golden gloves in 2017. Lawson will be competing in the welterweight class, and he definitely stands out at 6’5″.

PHOTOS: Danny Jacobs Dominates Luis Arias Over 12 Inside of The Nassau Coliseum

Danny Jacobs defeated Luis Arias on Saturday night (Photo: HBO Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

Saturday night, Nov. 11, saw former WBA middleweight champion Danny “Miracle Man” Jacobs (33-2, 29 KO’s) step into the ring to score a clear-cut victory over previously undefeated contender Luis “Cuba” Arias (18-1, 9 KO’s) inside of the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

On HBO’s airwaves, Jacobs was simply too fast, too skilled, and too strong for Arias, who was unable to mount an attack during the match. Following 12 rounds, scorecards reading 120-107, 119-108, and 118-109 were read in Jacobs’ favor, as he wins his return bout following his razor-thin March defeat at the hands of Gennady Golovkin.

Welterweight Contender Yordenis Ugas’ Career on the Rise Following Thomas Dulorme Victory

Yordenis Ugas has been on a nice run lately (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

If you ever happen to catch Yordenis Ugas in training, you will surely notice just how hard he has been working these past few years.

Ugas, 31, is a Cuban welterweight contender who moved his career ledger to 20-3 (9 KO’s) following his Aug. 26 unanimous decision victory over Thomas Dulorme on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor undercard. Ugas vs. Dulorme was a competitive battle that saw each man hit the canvas, as scores of 94-91 and 93-92 twice were read in Ugas’ favor.

Betting tips for the WBA Heavyweight Super Championship 28th October

Anthony Joshua faces off with Carlos Takam on October 28 (Photo: Instagram)

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This year’s WBA Heavyweight Super Champion will be decided with a fight between Anthony Joshua and Carlos Takam, which is due to take place in Cardiff on the 28th of October. The venue for this major event on the boxing calendar will be the Principality Stadium – the Welsh national stadium – and millions are set to watch either via pay-per-view or live at the venue. This match is only one of several on the card for the night, but it is clearly the main event, so who is likely to emerge victorious at the end of the fight?

This fight was originally supposed to have been between Joshua and Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria, only for the latter to drop out of it due to an injury. Obviously this is a disappointment for fans, but the title fight will still be going ahead, with Carlos Takam taking the place of Pulev. Takam hails from Cameroon and has a decent career record of 35 wins from 39 fights – with 27 of those coming via KO. Despite this he is a rather unlikely choice to replace Pulev and face off against Joshua, who won the IBF title last year and added the WBA one to it by beating Wladimir Klitschko during the spring of this year.

Deontay Wilder Lashes Back in Brooklyn Ahead of Rematch With Bermane Stiverne

Deontay Wilder returns to the ring on Nov. 4 in Brooklyn (Photo: Stephane Trapp/SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Once again, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has found himself amidst some kind of controversy, despite not doing anything other than wanting to fight the sport’s best.

Wilder was scheduled for a Nov. 4 showdown vs. former interim WBA champion Luis Ortiz, but saw the fight scratched when the Cuban tested positive for banned diuretics chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide, via a letter obtained from VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) president Dr. Margaret Goodman. This marks the third time in the past 18 months that Wilder has seen an opponent test positive for a banned substance ahead of a potential fight.

PHOTOS: Devivn Haney Sparring Prospect Maliek Montgomery Inside of the Bones Adams Boxing Gym

Devin Haney and Maliek Montgomery following some work in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Amidst the craze of the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin showdown this past week in Las Vegas, we were able to again catch up with undefeated lightweight prospect Devin “The Dream” Haney, as he continues to advance in his young career. This was some very good work to take in, as we had been advised that the Montgomery brothers from Macon, Ga., were in town and that it was going to be 22-year old Maliek Montgomery who was going to be working with Devin.

Haney, still just 18 years of age at 16-0 with 11 knockouts, and Montgomery, a 1-0 junior lightweight prospect, engaged in seven rounds of heated action that soon won’t be forgotten from our end. Haney is a sharp boxer-puncher with all kinds of ability, while Montgomery presented a different kind of foe, as his onrushing style led to several heated exchanges.

PHOTOS: Reliving the Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez Battle in Las Vegas

Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez delivered a classic on Saturday night (Photo: Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Satuday night, Sep. 16, inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., IBF/WBA/WBC middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin retained his titles with a hard-fought and controversial split-draw with former two-division world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

It was an action-packed showdown pitting the strength, power, and disciplined attack of Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KO’s) against the savvy and cunning Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KO’s), who boxed, moved, and countered more than we have ever seen him. After twelve rounds, scores of 118-110 for Canelo, 115-113 for Golovkin, and 114-114 saw the match end in a split-draw, with both men believing they have done enough to secure the victory.