Category Archives: Boxing

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.

Tim Duncan’s Retirement

Tim Duncan has officially retired after 19 NBA seasons

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By Alexandria Cannon

After the 2016 NBA season, this upcoming season will not be the same. Noticeable names will be gone, as well as high profile players who will be on different teams. One noticeable face and name that will be a spectator is power forward Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs.

Since drafting Duncan in 1997, the Spurs posted a 1,072-438 regular-season record, the best 19-year stretch in NBA history, and tops in the four major US sports over the past 19 years.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford Media Day from the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles Ahead of Viktor Postol

Terence Crawford faces Viktor Postol on Saturday night in a junior welterweight unification (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Monday, July 18, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford hosted the media inside of the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles, Calif.

Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) faces off with WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KO’s) on Saturday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. in a unification matchup that will be televised by HBO.

PHOTOS: Jamie Mitchell training hard for her pro debut

Jamie Mitchell has her sights set on the professionals ranks (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There is definitley an influx of boxing talent in Las Vegas and new faces are always emerging.

I’ve been noticing the high ambition and equally high skill level of Jamie Mitchell inside of the Las Vegas gyms recently. Mitchell has hopes of turning professional this year and with the guidance of esteemed trainer and former WBA light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad behind her, she seems poised for a breakthrough.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder beats down Chris Arreola for 8th round TKO in Alabama

Deontay Wilder was too much for Chris Arreola on Saturday night

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, July 16, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder made the fourth successful defense of his title with a punishing 8th round TKO over contender Chris Arreola.

The bout took place from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Ala., as Wilder (37-0, 36 KO’s) was simply too sharp, powerful, and active for Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KO’s), who may have seen his last appearance on the big stage.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Rashad Ganaway back to work at Phase 1 Sports in Las Vegas

Rashad Ganaway is back to work in Las Vegas following his NABF title-winning victory in Dallas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s easy to get behind a guy like Rashad Ganaway and show support.

The Arkansas native first caught my attention some years back during one of his sparring sessions with former world champion Mickey Bey. After some further investigation, I found out that Ganaway had actually fought Bey in August of 2009, losing an eight-round split-decision.

7-year old Jayden Orpilla already razor sharp on the mitts with Richard Barrientes at Pound 4 Pound

7-year old Jayden Orpilla inside of the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There is never a shortage of talent when you walk through the doors of the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas.

Trainer Richard Barrientes works closely with some of the best amateur talent in the city and we recently spotted him sharpening the tools of another promising up-and-comer.

PHOTOS: In the trenches with Izaiah Dent and Alex Thiel

Alex Thiel, left, and Izaiah Dent recently put in work inside of Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There has been a lot of good work going on recently inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym out in Las Vegas.

This past week, we walked into the building as gym regular Alex Thiel was going up against fellow amateur Izaiah Dent, who was visiting from Indianapolis, In.

Abel Sanchez talks Andre Ward vs. Sergey Kovalev; feels SOG needs another tune-up

Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward looks to be on tap for later this year (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

One of the most anticipated fights in the sport to be made is the Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward matchup, which looks to be on tap for later this year, possibly in Las Vegas.

Trainer Abel Sanchez gave me his thoughts on the bout recently, and is leaning towards Kovalev, possibly via late stoppage.

Jessie Vargas speaks from Vegas training camp ahead of Kell Brook clash

Jessie Vargas training with Dewey Cooper inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Later this year, WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas will collide with IBF titlist Kell Brook in a can’t-miss matchup overseas.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) is already in training camp, putting in some technical work with his trainer Dewey Cooper and assistant David Hayes. City Athletic Boxing in West Las Vegas is serving as Vargas’ home gym for the Brook assignment, and the intensity will sure build as the matchup draws near.