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PHOTOS: Inside of the Big Scary Gym in Henderson, NV with Dewey Cooper and Black Kobra Striking Systems

Dewey  Cooper training UFC star Kevin Lee inside of the Big Scary Gym in Henderson, NV (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

We have been hearing for some months now about the Big Scary Gym in Henderson, NV, largely due to former multi-sport fighter and current day trainer Dewey Cooper.

Cooper was as active as one can be during his fighting days, as he competed in boxing, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts over the years. Some of Cooper’s fighting highlights included winning the WKC heavyweight and WKF cruiserweight titles, and becoming a fixture on the popular K-1 circuit.

Cooper’s transition into being a trainer has seemed to come quite naturally, and he has a lot of spirit and vigor that he brings when guiding his pupils in the gym.

Manny Pacquiao vs Yordenis Ugas Official Weigh-In From Las Vegas [VIDEO]

Manny Pacquio and Yordenis Ugas facing off in Las Vegas (Photo: Ryan Hafey / Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas will headline a FOX pay per view event.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) was originally slated to face Errol Spence Jr., only to see the fight slip away after the Dallas native and reigning IBF/WBC welterweight champion suffered a torn retina eleven days before the August 21 target date. Ugas (26-4, 12 KO’s) is not your oridinary replacement, however, and holds wins over Omar Figueroa Jr., Abel Ramos, Jamal James, and Bryant Perrella, while also arguably winning his March 2019 battle with Shawn Porter (Ugas lost a split-decision).

Keith Thurman Addresses Gervonta Davis Fight Rumors and Breaks Down Pacquiao vs. Ugas [VIDEO]

Keith Thurman speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There isn’t much not to like with former world champion Keith Thurman.

Thurman, the former holder of the WBA and WBC welterweight titles, has yet to step back inside of the ring since suffering his first career loss in July of 2019 in Las Vegas. In that contest, Thurman faced off with eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, and was dropped in the first round and fell behind early. Thurman rallied late, but lost on the cards after 12 spirited and competitive rounds.

Later tonight, Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) will face off with WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas (26-4, 12 KO’s) inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Thurman knows all too well what Ugas is up against and has a very unique perspective of what to expect when the bell rings for round one.

PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Ugas Fight Week Hits Las Vegas

Manny Pacquiao vs. Yordenis Fight Week has hit Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) faces off with WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas (26-4, 12 KO’s) in a FOX pay per view attraction.

Ugas, the decorated Cuban amateur who has been on a great run as a professional, accepted the fight on an eleven-day notice, filling in for an injured Errol Spence Jr., as the IBF/WBC champion from Dallas was the original dance partner for Manny. Spence suffered a torn retina in training and is taking the steps towards his recovery as he now watches momentarily from the sidelines.

Dewey Cooper on What it’s Like Preparing to Face Manny Pacquiao; Analyzes Yordenis Ugas Fight [VIDEO]

Dewey Cooper inside of the Big Scary Gym in Henderson, NV (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Dewey Cooper definitely knows what it’s like to get ready to face Manny Pacquiao.

In November of 2016, Cooper trained then-WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, and led him into battle against the Filipino congressman. Vargas would end up losing a unanimous decision despite giving a very gritty performance.

Robert Garcia Reveals Why he’s Pulling for Manny Pacquiao Over Yordenis Ugas [VIDEO]

Robert Garcia speaking in Tulsa, OK (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend in Las Vegas, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will square off with WBA welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas inside of the T-Mobile Arena in a FOX pay per view attraction.

Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) and Ugas (26-4, 12 KO’s) make for an interesting pairing. Pacquiao was set to face off with IBF/WBC champion Errol Spence Jr., but the Filipino icon saw the match fall through after the Dallas native suffered a torn retina and had to withdraw. Ugas was scheduled to fight on the undercard against Fabian Maidana, and was subsequently shifted to the main event.

Pacquiao’s Trainer Describes Ugas as a “Blessing” and a “Tune-up”

Yordenis Ugas faces Manny Pacquiao next Saturday (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By: Dennis Guillermo

It only took a couple of days for Team Pacquiao to “figure out” Errol Spence Jr.’s last-minute replacement Yordenis Ugas. Manny Pacquiao’s co-head trainer Buboy Fernandez went as far as saying that Ugas stepping in for the injured Spence is a blessing in disguise.

This according to a story published on Philstar.com titled: Pacquiao camp solves mystery of last-minute foe

Burning Questions for Pacquiao and Spence ahead of August 21

Manny Pacquiao trains for Errol Spence Jr. (Ryan Hafey – Premier Boxing Champions)

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By: Dennis Guillermo

Less than two weeks away from their showdown in Las Vegas, and after a judge recently denied an injunction against Manny Pacquiao by a sports management group for some failed dealings that threatened to block his August 21 date with Errol Spence, Jr., it looks like boxing fans are finally going to enjoy a real blockbuster fight in 2021 after watching a few big ones slip through for reasons that vary from the inevitable such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which postponed Fury-Wilder 3, to the absurd such as the online beef between Nonito Donaire, Jr. and Johnriel Casimero that led to the Filipino Flash pulling out of the highly-anticipated all-Filipino title unification.

With any luck (and if both camps take their precautions seriously) hopefully we all finally get to see Pacquiao and Spence lock horns and answer some lingering questions I, as well as many other savants and fans of the sweet science, have leading up to this intriguing matchup.

Fighters Contemplate a Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano Rematch [VIDEO]

Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano delivered a great one earlier this month (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On July 17, IBF/WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo fought to a spirited 12-round split-draw with WBO champion Brian Castano in Houston, TX, as seen on SHOWTIME.

The fight had many ebbs and flows, with Castano (17-0-2, 12 KO’s) taking the early momentum, while Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KO’s) rallied late to secure the aforementioned draw verdict. After 12 rounds, scorecards read 117-111 Charlo, 115-113 Castano, and 114-114.

PHOTOS: Brian Castano and Jermell Charlo Battle to 12-Round Split-Draw in San Antonio

Brian Castano and Jermell Charlo delivered a gem on Saturday night (Photo: Amanda Westcott / SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday night, July 17, IBF/WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Jermell Charlo and WBO champion Brian Castaño battled to a 12-round split decision draw in their SHOWTIME-televised main event. The bout took place at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX, and was presented by Premier Boxing Champions.

Both Charlo (34-1-1, 18 KOs) and Castaño (17-0-2, 12 KOs) delivered excellent performances in their quest to become the first ever undisputed 154-pound champion in the four-belt era. After 12 rounds of action, the fight was declared a split-draw, with scorecards of 114-114, 117-111 Charlo, and 115-113 Castano being read.

Pacquiao Resumes Camp and Sparring While Continuing to Troll Mayweather

Manny Pacquiao back to back with his August 21 opponent Errol Spence Jr. 

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By: Dennis Guillermo

Eight-division World Champion and Philippines Senator Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39KOs) resumed sparring at the Wild Card Gym in LA on Tuesday, two days after his press conference with Errol Spence (27-0, 21KOs) to promote their much-anticipated showdown at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 21.

Pacquiao, who returned to LA last week for his grueling final six weeks of training camp, shook off two-years worth of ring rust against two taller sparring partners tasked to mimic Spence; Maurice Lee (12-1, 5KOs) and Alexis Rocha (17-1, 11KOs), both southpaws and listed at 5’10”. Pacquiao has been putting in work at the Wild Card and has impressed his trainer Freddie Roach and observers with his conditioning despite his two-year layoff from boxing. After his initial sparring last Thursday, Pacquiao did six rounds on Tuesday, four with Rocha, two with Lee.

PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes at the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Spectacular in Saint Petersburg

Antonio Tarver works with his son, Antonio Tarver Jr., prior to his seventh pro bout (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, June 18, professional boxing returned to St. Petersburg, FL, with the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Spectacular.

The fight card was presented by T & K Boxing Promotions and held inside of the St. Petersburg Marriot Clearwater.

Undefeated Harold Calderon Headlines ‘Title Night 2’ in Miami Saturday, June 19

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Undefeated Harold Calderon returns to the ring in Miami, FL, as the headliner of a Signature Punch Boxing show from the Double Tree Hotel and Conference Center this Saturday, June 19.

Calderon (24-0, 16 KO’s) is a local favorite and always draws a crowd. He has also seen support in recent years from former NBA All Star Dwyane Wade and music mogul Rick Ross.

T & K Boxing Returns in Saint Petersburg with Hall of Fame Weekend Boxing Spectacular

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Live boxing will be coming to Saint Petersburg this coming Friday, June 18, inside of the Saint Petersburg Clearwater Marriott.

The event will be in conjunction with this weekend’s Florida Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and presented by T & K Boxing Promotions.

Donaire: The (38-year old) Comeback Kid

Nonito Donaire is a champion again (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Dennis Guillermo

His voice didn’t crack.

“I’m going to knock him out,” Nonito Donaire, Jr. said intently.

Days prior to the most crucial bout in the advanced stage of his boxing career, Donaire waxed prophetic to those who cared to ask and listen to how he planned to turn back the hands of time and steamroll through the younger and unbeaten champion he was about to face in Nordine Oubaali and snag the WBC bantamweight strap in the process.

VIDEO: Eddie Hearn Opens up on the Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua Fallout

Promoter Eddie Hearn in Las Vegas prior to the Devin Haney-Jorge Linares fight (Photo: DAZN)

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By Chris Robinson

Promoter Eddie Hearn recently spoke to the media following WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney’s victory over Jorge Linares in Las Vegas.

In the interview, Hearn also discussed IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, and the disappointment of his fallout with a possible fight with Tyson Fury.

PHOTOS: Inside Davarryl Williamson’s TOS Boxing Gym in Englewood, CO

Former NABF heavyweight champion DaVarryl Williamson, left, working with the youth in Englewood, CO (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

As a fighter, Davarryl Williamson brought a lot of thrills into the boxing ring.

Williamson was an accomplished all-around athlete as a youth, garnering football scholarships to Rochester Community College in Minnesota, and later to Wayne State College in Nebraska, where he graduated in 1993.

Joel Diaz on Avni Yildirim: ‘He’s going to shock the world!’

Avni Yildirim is a big underdog against Canelo Alvarez (Photo: Matchroom Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

On February 27, Avni Yildirim will look to upset the odds in front of him as he challenges WBA and WBC super middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The fight will take place from the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida and will be broadcasted worldwide on DAZN, expect in Mexico.

Yildirim (21-2, 12 KO’s) does not exactly have the credentials to make one think he would have a legitimate chance against Alvarez (54-1-2, 36 KO’s), however. His last fight was a technical-decision loss to former champion Anthony Dirrell, and he also was the recipient of a knockout loss at the hands of Chris Eubank Jr. in 2017.

VIDEO: Recapping Boxing in 2020 with the F.A.B. Boxing Show

Teofimo Lopez delivered vs. Vasyl Lomachenko in October (Photo: Mikey Williams / Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Boxing in 2020 has come and gone.

And a lot took place, from signature performances from some of the sport’s biggest stars, to knockouts from some of the game’s top champions, prospects, and contenders.

Larry Willis Leads Two of His Fighters Into Battle in Tampa [PHOTOS]

Larry Willis, center, surrounded by Brian Cannady Jr. (bottom) and his sons Quinton and Marcus (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Larry Willis will be having a busy night on Saturday.

Willis, a former amateur standout boxer and current trainer out of Fort Myers, will be leading two of his fighters into battle at the Rumble in the Bay 3 card inside of the Bryan Glazer Family JCC Auditorium in Tampa, FL.