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PHOTOS: Tyson Fury Stops Deontay Wilder in Seven Rounds to Capture WBC Heavyweight Title

Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder in convincing fashion on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury defeated Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder by seventh-round stoppage on Saturday night in Las Vegas in a big shocker. Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) handled Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) very convincingly over seven one-sided rounds in a historic FOX/ESPN joint pay per view from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Fury and Wilder had fought to a draw in December of 2018, with Wilder registering two knockdowns, but the rematch was completely different. Fury set the tone of the fight early, took the fight to Wilder, and scored two knockdowns of his own before Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh.

VIDEO: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Nearly Come to Blows at Final Presser

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face off on Saturday night

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, February 22, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will again meet inside of the squared circle.

Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO’s) and Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s) will square off inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, in a joint pay per view being distributed by FOX and ESPN. It’s perhaps the biggest fight of the year and one of the biggest heavyweight fights in years.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Make Their Grand Arrivals to Las Vegas

Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury made their grand arrivals Tuesday afternoon at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, just days before their big pay per view rematch.

Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) came in a red Ferrari, while Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) arrived shortly after in a Rolls-Royce SUV. Each man was bombarded with fans and support ahead of one of the biggest heavyweight fights in years.

PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes at Reid Boxing’s Inaugural Weigh-in

Will Clemons, left, and Alex “ATG” Thiel will be fighting on a Reid Boxing show in Las Vegas on Thursday night (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday night, Feb. 13, from the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Reid Boxing will stage its first official event in the city.

Headlining the show is a very intriguing junior middleweight fight between battle-tested Cameron Krael (16-15-3, 4 KO’s) and hard-charging Uzbekistan Ravshan Hudaynazarov (17-3, 13 KO’s). Krael has made his name by fighting anyone put in front of him, win or lose, while Hudaynazarov is looking to get back into the win column following three defeats.

PHOTOS: Blair Cobbs Media Workout Ahead of Samuel Kotey Clash

Blair Cobbs Training in Las Vegas (Photo: Team Cobbs)

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By Chris Robinson

Ever since we crossed paths with him some years back in Las Vegas, Blair Cobbs has remained a confident individual.

Cobbs, the undefeated NABF welterweight champion, recently hosted an open media workout in Las Vegas ahead of his upcoming match with tough veteran Samuel Kotey (23-2, 16 KO’s). Cobbs (14-0-1, 10 KO’s) vs. Kotey (23-2, 16 KO’s) takes place on Friday, Feb. 14 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Cobbs is one of the more colorful characters promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, and he will be making his 2020 debut as part of the of Ryan Garcia vs. Francisco Fonseca card, which will air live on DAZN at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

PHOTOS: Gary Russell Jr. Overcomes Game Challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar Over 12

Gary Russell and Tugstsogt Nyambayar (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Feb. 8, WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. successfully defended his title by winning a unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar. The fight aired on SHOWTIME in a Premier Boxing Champions event from PPL Center in Allentown, PA.

Scores reading 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112 went in Russell’s favor, but the contest was far from a walkover. It was the fifth title defense for Russell (31-1, 18 KO’s) and the first loss for the 26-year old Nyambayar (11-1, 9 KO’s).

16-Year Old Phenom DJ Zamora lll Scores Another First-Round Knockout in Second Pro Bout

DJ Zamora III, pictured center, with his family at the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas in 2016 (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Looking back, it’s still a bit surprising to see Demler (DJ) Zamora III fighting professionally. At Hustle Boss, we have been covering Zamora since he was nine years old, and now, at 16 years of age, his pro career is off to a booming start.

Zamora moved to 2-0 (2 KO’s) with a first round knockout this past Friday, Jan. 31 inside of the Big Punch Arena in Tijuana, Mexico.

VIDEO: BJ Flores On Why He Favors Deontay Wilder Over Tyson Fury In Their Rematch

BJ Flores speaking in Miami, Florida (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Former interim title challenger BJ Flores is in Miami this week, as he will be in the corner of popular YouTube star-turned debuting boxer Jake Paul ahead of his grudge match vs. Ali Eson Gib. Paul vs. Gib will take place on DAZN later tonight, as a chief undercard attraction to WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade’s title defense vs. Irishman Luke Keeler.

But I was actually more interested in Flores’ take on the looming rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. The two giants face off for a second time on February 22 in Las Vegas, with everyone’s memory of their split-draw verdict from December 2018 still lingering.

PHOTOS: Jesse Hart And Joe Smith Jr. Face Off In Atlantic City

Jesse Hart and Joe Smith (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday afternoon, former title challengers Jesse Hart and Joe Smith Jr. faced off two days before their highly anticipated, 10-round light heavyweight showdown. Hart (26-2, 21 KO’s) and Smith (24-3, 20 KO’s) will meet inside of the Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena in Atlantic City, with the fight to be carried by ESPN.

One of the subplots heading into the contest will be Hart seeking revenge, as Smith scored a stoppage victory over the Philadelphia fighter’s mentor, former two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins in December 2016.

Unified Junior Welterweight Champion Josh Taylor Signs With Top Rank; Sets Stage For Big Fights In The Future

Josh Taylor has officially signed with Top Rank (Photo: World Boxing Super Series)

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By Chris Robinson

Big signing in the boxing world today, as it has been announced that unified junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor has officially aligned his career with Top Rank.

Taylor (16-0, 12 KO’s) holds the IBF and WBA junior welterweight titles and is regarded as perhaps the best fighter at 140 pounds. Nicknamed “The Tartan Tornado”, Taylor is coming off of an excellent victory over former champion Regis Prograis this past October.

PHOTOS: Gervonta Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa Make Weight Ahead of SHOWTIME Fight

Gervonta Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa fight on Saturday (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon, former junior lightweight champion Gervonta Davis and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa weighed in ahead of their SHOWTIME-televised main event, set for Saturday night from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA.

Davis is the heavy favorite heading into the contest, which will see the two men vying for the vacant WBA lightweight title. But things didn’t exactly go as expected, as the Baltimore native originally came in 136.25 pounds, over a pound over the lightweight limit. Gamboa weighed in at 134.5 pounds.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford Media Workout Ahead of Egis Kavaliauskas Fight

Terence Crawford faces Egis Kavaliauskas this weekend (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, one of boxing’s top fighters, WBO welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford, returns to the ring, where he will defend his title vs. unbeaten #1 contender Egis “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas. The fight will take place from Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening and air on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.

Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) is looking for a third defense of his welterweight crown against Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KOs), but it’s admittedly not the fight that he prefers at the moment. Crawford is looking for unification matches, and the biggest names possible at this point.

PHOTOS: Oscar Valdez Rises From the Canvas to Stop Adam Lopez in Seven

Oscar Valdez overcame adversity on his way to defeating Adam Lopez on Saturday night (Photo; Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 30, former WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez rose in weight for a much harder-than-expected duel with once-beaten prospect Adam Lopez.  The fight was aired on the ESPN + app, from the Chelsea inside of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, with Valdez rising in weight for his first official fight in the junior lightweight division.

Valdez (27-0, 21 KO’s) was originally scheduled to face off with Andres Gutierrez, but the fight fell through after Gutierrez weighed in at 141 pounds on Friday, 11 pounds over the contracted super featherweight limit of 130 pounds where the fight was to take place. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was livid, kicking Gutierrez and his team out of the hotel even, as they looked for a replacement.

‘Pound 4 Pound’ Twins Angel and Chavez Barrientes Score First Round Knockouts in Professional Debuts

Angel Barrientes, left, and Chavez Barrientes, both recently turned professional in Mexico (Photo: Team Barrientes)

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By Chris Robinson

Seems like just yesterday that we were inside of the doors of the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas watching young twins Angel and Chavez Barrientes make noise well before hitting their teenage years.

Now both 17 years of age, Angel and Chavez both recently had successful pro debuts this past Thursday evening in Tijuana, Mexico. The result, that sees both Barrientes twins move to 1-0 (1 KO), was a first round knockout for each fighter.

PHOTOS + VIDEO: Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz Official Weigh-In Coverage

Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz Square off again later tonight in Las Vegas (Photo: Stephanie Trapp)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder and former interim champion Luis “King Kong” both weighed in ahead of their big rematch. Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KO’s) and Ortiz (31-1, 26 KO’s) meet inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena later this evening, with FOX Sports pay per view televising the action.

Wilder is a freakishly athletic heavyweight and came in weighing 219.5 pounds. Ortiz, meanwhile, came in at 236.5 pounds, as he has been working with strength and conditioning coach Larry Wade this camp, and appears a bit leaner.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz Arrive in Las Vegas Ahead of Rematch

Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: Stephane Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and Cuba’s Luis “King Kong” Ortiz made their grand arrivals inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. The two men square off in a highly anticipated rematch that headlines a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View this Saturday, November 23.

“We’re all here to see what’s going to happen on Saturday night,” said Wilder following his arrival. “Even though I knocked Ortiz out the first time, it was an amazing fight. That was the fight that I was challenged the most during. I understand why none of the other heavyweights want to fight Ortiz.”

PHOTOS: Inside the 2019 Florida Cannabis Expo in Miami

Inside of the 2019 Florida Cannabis Expo in Miami (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

I’ve recently become very interested in the CBD industry, as it’s a market that is rapidly growing and is pretty fascinating once you really get into it.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is growing in popularity, with many people worldwide discovering all of its natural health and wellness benefits. Celebrities are coming out of the woodwork to show their support, with several CBD brands also emerging.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder Training for Luis Ortiz Rematch

Deontay Wilder training for his rematch with Luis Ortiz (Photo: Mayweather Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder recently held an open media workout inside of the New Era Boxing and Fitness in Northport, AL, ahead of his upcoming rematch with former interim champion Luis Ortiz.  Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KO’s) will face the Cuban-born Ortiz (31-1, 26 KO’s) on Nov. 23 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV on FOX pay per view.

In their first fight, Wilder dropped Ortiz in the fifth round, only to see the tables turn as he found himself in trouble a few rounds later. Wilder went through fire to score an 11th round TKO victory, and plans for another emphatic performance later this month.

VIDEO: Terence Crawford Reacts to Shakur Steven’s Title Win and Shares Thoughts on Errol Spence’s Accident

Terence Crawford was recently spotted in Reno, NV (Photo: Rich Anderson – Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robison

Terence Crawford is a candid guy.

Crawford, the reigning WBO welterweight champion, was recently spotted ringside in Reno, NV, as he showed support for his good friend and stable mate Shakur Stevenson during his title-winning victory over Joet Gonzalez.

VIDEO: Debating Canelo Alvarez vs. Sergey Kovalev Inside of Team Willis Boxing in Fort Myers

Inside of Team Willis Boxing & Family Fitness in Fort Myers (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On November 2, three-division world champion Canelo Alvarez will rise in weight to challenge WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev. The fight is set to take place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV, with DAZN streaming the contest.

Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KO’s) and Kovalev (34-3-1, 29 KO’s) both bring different qualities into the ring. Alvarez appears to be improving year by year and he is one of the best body punchers in the sport. Kovalev is 36 years old and appears to be on the downside a bit, but he is still dangerous at all times.