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Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan Predictions from Las Vegas, Vol. 1

Fighters from the Mayweather Boxing Club speak on the May 7 Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan bout (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

When it was announced that WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would be defending his title against former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan, it was met with much surprise.

With so much talk talk immediately following the matchup, it was only natural to get some thoughts on the contest.

A Return to Johnny Tocco’s for First Friday Exhibition Sparring This Coming Friday, Feb. 5

Inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas during their First Friday Exhibition Sparring Series (Photos: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

When Luis Monda told me in November 2014 that the famed Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym was set to embark on a new ritual with their First Friday Exhibition Sparring series, I knew instantly what he had in mind.

I also knew that his idea had a great chance to shine, as Monda, a trainer and manager at Tocco’s, is looking to introduce the talent from his gym by showcasing their sparring against other up-and-comers in the Vegas area.

Former champ Demetrius Andrade resurfaces: Fast-paced sparring with undefeated Will Clemons in Las Vegas

Demetrius Andrade seen working with undefeated junior middleweight prospect Will ‘Knockout’ Clemons in Las Vegas this past December

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By Chris Robinson

Not as much has been heard from former WBO junior middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade these days.

Andrade has fought just twice over the past two years, with his recent outing being a second round TKO over Argentina’s Dario Fabian Pucheta this past October in Connecticut.

J’Leon Love spars Kickboxing champ Nieky Holzken inside of Mayweather Boxing Club

J’Leon Love training inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

2016 should pan out to be a big year for J’Leon Love.

In 2015 Love got his career back on track with three victories, over Scott Sigmon in March, Jason Escalera in June, and Marcus Upshaw in September. Those wins came on the heels of his first career defeat in August of 2014 against Rogelio “Porky” Medina.

PHOTOS: Danny Garcia gets tough test from Robert Guerrero inside of Staples Center

Danny Garcia overcame Robert Guerrero on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. former junior welterweight champion Danny Garcia overcame a spirited effort from former multi-division titlist Robert Guerrero to capture a unanimous decision victory.

With the victory, which was a Premier Boxing Champions telecast on Fox, Garcia moves to 32-0 with 18 knockouts, while picking up the vacant WBC welterweight title, as Guerrero falls to 33-4-1 with 18 knockouts.

Ruben Guerrero and Angel Garcia Get Into Heated Exchange and Scuffle at Final Garcia-Guerrero Presser

Danny Garcia faces off with Robert Guerrero on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday afternoon, the final press conference was held ahead of this weekend’s Danny Garcia vs. Robert Guerrero showdown. The match, pitting two former world champions vying for the vacant WBC welterweight title, will take place as part of a Premier Boxing Champions telecast on Fox from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

During his time on the dais, Guerrero’s father and trainer Ruben took a few swipes at Angel Garcia, Danny’s father and trainer. Ruben has been talking quite a bit these past few weeks, partly due to the manner in which Garcia has claimed his Puerto Rican heritage in previous fights, and party because that is simply what he does best.

PHOTOS: Top-flight amateur sparring inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club with Robert Meriwether, Donte Langhorne, Curmel Moton, Famous Johnson, and others

10-year old amateur Robert Meriwether, right, putting in work inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas this past week, you could spot some of the city’s top amateur prospects getting down to work.

Often as the gym nears its closing towards the late afternoon part of the day, you can swing by and scout some of the area’s best upcoming talent putting their skills on display.

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez continues to gel with new trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. in Las Vegas

Damien Vasquez with trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. inside of the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas (Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Still just 18 year s old, Damien “Sugar” Vasquez has already left an impression during his early run as a professional.

Having turned pro at the age of 16 in August of 2013 down in Cancun, Mexico, Vasquez presently stands at 8-0 with 3 knockouts as a professional. That run included him collecting and defending the NABF junior flyweight belt that he won in just his sixth pro bout.

PHOTOS: Cuba’s Inocente Fiz crosses paths with Carson Jones for some tough sparring inside of Pound 4 Pound in Las Vegas

Carson Jones and Inocente Fiz getting down to work inside of the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

A few weeks back, when local manager Oscar Vasquez informed me that he had brought in a new prospect, Cuba’s Inocente Fiz, into the Vegas area for training, I knew he would be worth a look.

On Tuesday afternoon I caught up with Fiz inside of the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym out here in Las Vegas, as he was in the middle of some intense rounds with top-flight contender Carson Jones. Respected trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. was in Fiz’s corner.

Ronnie Shields post fight reaction to Deontay Wilder knocking out Artur Szpilka

Ronnie Shields speaking following his fighter Artur Szpilka’s loss to Deontay Wilder 

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, Jan. 16, veteran trainer Ronnie Shields saw his fighter Artur Szpilka get stopped in the ninth round in his bid to unseat WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

With the win, Wilder sees his record move to 36-0 with 35 knockouts while Szpilka falls to 20-2 with 15 knockouts.

Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal II Audio Press Conference feat. Freddie Roach, JDJ [Chris Gunzz Exclusive]

Sergey Kovalev vs. Jean Pascal II goes down Jan. 30 on HBO

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By Chris Robinson

On Jan. 30, WBA/WBO/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev and former champion Jean Pascal will meet again inside of the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Pascal gave a spirited effort the first time around but was ultimately stopped in the eighth round. Heading into the rematch, Pascal enlisted the services of esteemed trainer Freddie Roach, and is of course full of bravado.

PHOTOS: A closer look at Deontay Wilder’s KO of Artur Szpilka in Brooklyn

Deontay Wilder stopped Artur Szpilka on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Deontay Wilder’s train continues to push forward.

On Saturday night, the brash WBC heavyweight champion from Tuscaloosa, Alabama showcased his craft inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, as he registered a ninth-round knockout over gritty Polish challenger Artur Szpilka.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Back Inside the Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym in Las Vegas

Inside of Pound 4 Pound Boxing in Las Vegas with 12-year old DJJ Zamora and his family (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

The Barrientes family has always ran a good ship with their Pound 4 Pound Boxing facility out here in Las Vegas.

While not as high-profile as some gyms in the area, Pound 4 Pound is still always busy year round while playing host to some top-notch amateur and professional talent in the city.

VIDEO: Deontay Wilder defends WBC crown with ninth round knockout over Artur Szpilka

Deontay Wilder overcame Artur Szpilka on Saturday night (Photo: Stephane Trapp)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder scored the third successful defense of his title with a crushing ninth round knockout over Poland’s Artur Szpilka inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

In front of an estimated 12,668 fans and live on SHOWTIME’s airwaves, Wilder again proved his worth.

Floyd Mayweather Sr.’s latest pupil, 8 year old Curmel Moton, storms to another TKO victory

Floyd Mayweather Sr. has a new protégé in Las Vegas (Photo: Team Moton)

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By Chris Robinson

Floyd Mayweather Sr. has been telling the media the past few years that he may be retiring sooner than later.

Upon the announcement of his son Floyd walking away from the sport this past September, following his victory over Andre Berto, Senior has been able to turn his attention to his upcoming crop of fighters. Mayweather Sr. works with undefeated prospects Andrew Tabiti (11-0, 10 KO’s) and LaDarius “Memphis” Miller (9-0, 1 KO), amongst others, and it is now the talent of a new young pupil who has caught his eye.

Conor McGregor responds to Floyd Mayweather: ‘Don’t ever bring race into my success again’

Conor McGregor dominated Jose Aldo this past Dec. 12 in Las Vegas (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Dec. 13, UFC superstar Conor McGregor catapulted his career to new heights with a crushing 13-second knockout over former long-reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Brash, charismatic, and outspoken, McGregor is now considered by many to be the face of mixed martial arts.

Deontay Wilder puts the heavyweight division on notice ahead of 1/16 return vs. Artur Szpilka

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is ready to leave a lasting impression on the division (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s hard to recall a recent heavyweight champion as charismatic as WBC champion Deontay Wilder has been.

Having captured the aforementioned WBC strap nearly a year ago after defeating Haiti’s Bermane Stiverne over 12 rounds, Wilder has since scored two successful stoppages, over Eric Molina in June and Johann Duhaupas in September, to raise his mark to 35-0 with 34 KO’s.

Latondria Jones Makes It Official with Pro Debut Victory Under Mayweather Promotions

Latondria Jones training inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

The 2015 calendar year has come and gone and with it, so too did several fighters in the boxing game make moves towards the next step of their career.

Having trained in Las Vegas the past few years as she honed her skills, Latondria Jones was already a staple inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club due to her positivity, energy, spirit, and talent.

Quatavious Cash gets deep on his best memories from 2015 while eyeing the New Year

Quatavious Cash inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

While upcoming middleweight prospect Quatavious Cash may not have had an official fight in 2015, his story was certainly one worth covering.

Cash, 23, carries an 8-0 record with 5 knockouts and anyone inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club who has seen him spar or train can attest to his abilities. The tall and rangy Atlanta native fights with poise, determination, and grit, and he is chomping at the bit to get his career kick-started in 2016.

PHOTOS: The Boxing World gets to work early in 2016

Wesley Davis, Keandre Gibson, Sanjar Rakhmanov, Dewey Cooper, Thomas Hill, Charvis Holifield, and David Haye inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

The New Year is officially upon us and there are countless people looking towards a big 2016.

The boxing world in particular is tight-knit community and it was refreshing to see so many names and faces staying busy on the first day of 2016.