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PHOTOS: Canelo Alvarez trumps Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds inside of the Mandalay Bay

Canelo Alvarez was too much for Miguel Cotto on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 21, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez overcame a stern test from four-division world champion Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds before capturing a unanimous decision inside of the Mandaly Bay Hotel & Casino.

Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) shined on HBO pay per view, as his poised attack, mixed with his power and sheer size and strength advantages, was a little too much for his 35-year old foe. Cotto (40-5, 33 KO’s) was competitively but was also unable to amount a sustained attack that would have helped turn the tide.

Franciso Vargas overcomes knockdown, rallies to TKO Takashi Miura in nine rounds

Francisco Vargas pounded out a thrilling TKO victory on Saturday night over Takashi Miura (Photo: Tom Hogan – HoganPhotos)


By Chris Robinson

In what turned out to be the Fight-of-the-Night and possibly the Fight-of-the-Year, Mexico City’s Francisco Vargas overcame a nasty cut and a bad knockdown before turning the tide and rallying to knockout former champion Takashi Miura in nine thrilling rounds inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez undercard.

It was an absolute barnburner, as Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KO’s) started fast, rocking Miura (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) hard in the first round while trying to follow up and score a knockdown. Vargas kept the pressure in rounds two and three, but suffered  a bad cut under his right eye along the way, but tasted the canvas himself in the fourth, courtesy of a crisp left from Miura.

Canelo Alvarez scores his biggest career victory; clearly defeats Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds

Canelo Alvarez scored his biggest victory on Saturday night by defeating Miguel Cotto (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 21, Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez delivered his biggest career victory to date by defeating former WBC middleweight champion and four-division titlist Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds inside of the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

With the win, live on HBO pay per view, Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) captures the aforementioned WBC belt and sees his career ascend to a new level. As for Cotto, he drops to 40-5 with 33 knockouts following this contest.

9-year old Keith ‘Mighty Lion’ Jordan Jr. steps in to spar with 10-year old Robert Meriwether in Las Vegas

Sparring in Las Vegas with 10-year old Robert Meriwether and 9-year old Keith ‘Mighty Lion’ Jordan


By Chris Robinson

The first time I spotted Keith ‘Mighty Lion’ Jordan Jr. I knew the kid had something special inside of him.

Just eight years old at the time and in his first year of boxing, Jordan captured a state championship at the junior golden gloves to get ranked #2 in the world at 50 pounds and he is getting ready to return for an encore this weekend at 9 years old as he eyes another belt.

8-year old Curmel Moton and 10-year old Robert Meriwether Sparring Footage

Curmel Moton and Robert Meriwether put in some good work recently in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

There is always a lot of talent of all ages lurking around the city of Las Vegas.

Inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club there is always a steady flow of young up and comers. On Tuesday afternoon, 8-year old Curmel Moton laced up and went some rounds with promising 10-year old Robert Meriwether.

Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez Face Off in Las Vegas Following Final Press Conference

Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez facing off in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, four-division world champion Miguel Cotto and former junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez held their final press conference ahead of their HBO pay per view showdown this weekend from the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

The bout has been highly debated this far, with several pointing towards the craft and veteran prowess of the 35-year old Cotto to carry the day while others simply feel that Canelo’s youth, size, and power will be enough to give the 25-year old superstar from Jalisco, Mexico the edge.

Canelo Alvarez Grand Arrival Footage from the Mandalay Bay ahead of Miguel Cotto PPV

Canelo Alvarez is officially in Las Vegas ahead of his big fight vs. Miguel Cotto (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17, former WBA junior middleweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his team made their grand arrival to the city ahead of the Mexican superstar’s Saturday night showdown vs. Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto.

Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO’s) is being given a great chance in the matchup due to his size and youth. At 25 years of age, Canelo is ten years younger than Cotto, 35, but it is his lack of experience on the big stage that have some people doubting his chances this weekend.

PHOTOS: Jarrett Hurd Introduces Himself To The Boxing World With Dominant 6th Round TKO over Frank Galarza

Jarrett Hurd, right, dominated Frank Galarza on Saturday night in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night in Las Vegas, a promising star introduced himself to the boxing world as Maryland’s Jarrett Hurd (17-0, 11 KO’s) stopped previously undefeated Frank Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KO’s) in the sixth round.

The bout took place on ShoBox: The New Generation and Hurd didn’t disappoint. From the opening bell he was in full control of the contest, picking apart an onrushing Galarza.

Sergio Martinez’s former promoter Sampson Lewkowicz doesn’t believe Miguel Cotto can defeat Canelo Alvarez

Miguel Cotto training inside of the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Whenever I cross paths with Sampson Lewkowicz, he is typically in good spirits.

I would have to call Lewkowicz, who was born in Uruguay and  now resides in Las Vegas, one of the busiest men in the sport due to his obligations stateside and abroad as a matchmaker, advisor, and promoter.

VIDEO: Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez powers past Javier Lapizco for 8th pro victory

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez improved to 8-0 last month by defeating Javier Lapizco (Photo: Team Vasquez)

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By Chris Robinson

When we found out that Damien “Sugar” Vasquez was set to be a part of the Premier Boxing Champions movement, we knew it marked a significant moment in his young career.

We began hearing about Vasquez back when he was just 15 years old and making a name for himself in the city by sparring some veteran pros at the time. Vasquez made his pro debut down in Mexico at just 16 years of age and he began racking up the wins as his career has progressed.

The Continued Progression of Money Prince Duarte

Money Prince Duarte has been a fixture on Hustle Boss the past few years (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

There was something that caught my eye about young Money Prince Duarte when I first saw him.

Then just three years old at the time, Prince was training inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club, as he learned some new tricks from esteemed trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. as well as his friend Floyd “Cash Flow” Diaz.

PHOTOS: Tim Bradley triumphs over Brandon Rios in Las Vegas

Tim Bradley was successful vs. Brandon Rios on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Who would have imagined that Timothy Bradley would have stopped Brandon Rios on Saturday night in Las Vegas?

That’s exactly what happened, as the Palm Springs native successfully defended his WBO welterweight title on HBO’s airwaves with a dominating ninth round TKO over Rios.

Brandon Rios announces his retirement from boxing following TKO loss to Timothy Bradley

Brandon Rios and trainer Robert Garcia prior to his fight with Timothy Bradley (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

It’s been quite a career for former lightweight champion Brandon Rios.

A Kansas native who now calls Oxnard, Calif. his home, Rios was able to beat the odds stacked against him by winning the WBA lightweight champion of the world while also entertaining fans with several memorable action fights during his career.

Catching up with Rival Boxing’s Russ Anber in Las Vegas during Bradley-Rios Fight Week

Rival Boxing’s Russ Anber is always busy with the sport of boxing (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

You never know what to expect with any given fight week in the boxing game. No matter what the venue or location, each significant event comes with its shares of boxing luminaries who are a part of the festivities.

In Las Vegas this weekend, WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley will meet former lightweight titlist Brandon Rios in a pivotal showdown while WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko will defend his title against Mexico’s Romulo Koasicha on the televised undercard.

PHOTOS: Final Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios Press Conference

Tim Bradley and Brandon Rios in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Thursday, Nov. 5, soon-to-be opponents Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley faced off with one another at their final press conference inside of the Wynn Las Vegas ahead of their HBO-scheduled showdown this Saturday night from the Thomas & Mack Center.

Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KO’s) will put his WBO welterweight title on the line against Rios (33-2-1, 24 KO’s), a former titlist in the lightweight ranks. in a matchup that has the city and the boxing world anticipating a memorable one.

Bob Arum talks Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios and why Canelo may be in line for the winner

Bob Arum speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It’s once again Fight Week in Las Vegas, as we are counting down the days to this weekend’s HBO-televised battle between former lightweight champion Brandon Rios and two-division titlist Tim Bradley.

The two men collide on Saturday night from the Thomas & Mack Center for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title in a fight that doesn’t figure to disappoint.

Familiar face Steve Claggett swings through the Mayweather Boxing Club

Steve Claggett, right, spars Lydell Rhodes in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

Over the years, we have come across countless names and faces inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club out in Las Vegas.

Some fighters in the gym, whether champions, contenders, or prospects, call Las Vegas home year-round while others frequent the city for brief stints randomly throughout the years.

Amateurs go toe-to-toe in Las Vegas: Famous Johnson vs. Ricardo Gomez at the Mayweather Boxing Club

12-year old Ricardo Gomez and 8-year old Famous Johnson in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It’s been a few years now since we at Hustle Boss have been covering the progress of young Famous Johnson.

Now 8 years old, Famous is a top amateur prospect in the Las Vegas area and has been dividing his recently between the Mayweather Boxing Club and Pound 4 Pound Boxing, ran by the Barrientes family.

Buzz for Terence Crawford vs. Manny Pacquiao grows following ‘Bud’s’ 10th round TKO over Dierry Jean

Terence Crawford scored another stoppage victory on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Oct. 24, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford scored a first successful defense of his strap with a stirring 10th round TKO victory over tough contender Dierry Jean.

Once again showcasing HBO’s airwaves, Crawford (27-0, 19 KO’s) was too strong and precise for his Haitian-Canadian foe, who drops to 29-2 with 20 knockouts.

Ashley Theophane Begins Training Camp for Rumored Adrien Broner Showdown

Ashley Theophane and Floyd Mayweather inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been a few years now that Hustle Boss has been in the trenches with UK star and top-flight junior welterweight contender Ashley “Treasure” Theophane.

Around the time we first started corresponding with Theophane, around early 2012 I would reckon, he was in town for some training at the Mayweather Boxing Club in hopes of keeping his career alive. Theophane was then an unsigned free agent with a checkered record and there was no clear direction on where his career was heading.