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PHOTOS: Adrien Broner Grinds Hard For Jan. 19 Manny Pacquiao Clash

Adrien Broner Grinding Hard for Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Robby Illanes – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, Jan. 19, four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO’s) will face off with eight-division titlist and current WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO’s) inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. On Tuesday afternoon, Broner hosted an open media workout inside of the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami, FL in advance of the big showdown.

Broner is surely being doubted by many ahead of the SHOWTIME pay per view collision with Pacquiao, and understands what it means to his career.

PHOTOS: Canelo Demolishes Rocky Fielding in Three; Where Does he go From Here?

Canelo Alvarez Stormed Through Rocky Fielding on Saturday (Photo: Marilyn Paulino - Round By Round Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 15, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (51-1-2, 35 KO’s) easily dispatched former champion Rocky Fielding (27-2, 15 KO’s) on his way to collecting the WBA super middleweight title. The fight took place from the Madison Square Garden in New York and was showcased on the DAZN streaming app.

Canelo’s relentless body work proved to be too much, as he registered knockdowns in every round, two in the third and ultimately final round, before the contest was waved off. The fight was a mismatch on paper and Canelo did his part to prove odds makers correct.

PHOTOS + VIDEO: Jesse Hart Seeking Revenge vs. Gilberto Ramirez This Friday Night

Jesse Hart will face Gilberto Ramirez in a rematch this Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

This Friday night, inside of the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, once-beaten supermiddleweight contender Jesse “Hollywood” Hart will look for revenge vs. the division’s WBO champion, Gilberto “Zuro” Ramirez.

In September of last year, Ramirez (38-0, 25 KO’s) dropped Hart in the first round and went on to win a unanimous decision despite the Philadelphia fighter storming back to make things competitive. Hart knows he is likely going to need a career-defining performance to turn the tables and that’s what he is banking on.

PHOTOS: WBO Super Middleweight Champion Gilberto Ramirez Aiming to Defeat Jesse Hart Once Again

Gilberto Ramirez Faces Jesse Hart on Saturday night in a rematch (Photo: Mikey Williams)

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By Chris Robinson

This coming Friday night, Dec. 14, from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez will face off with contender Jesse “Hollywood” Hart (25-1, 21 KO’s) on ESPN+. The fight is a rematch of their Sep. 2017 battle in which Ramirez won via unanimous decision.

Ramirez (38-0, 25 KOs) is looking for a fifth successful defense of his title and is promising a knockout vs. his rival.

VIDEOS: Deontay Wilder Opens Up Following 12-Round Split-Draw With Tyson Fury

Deontay Wilder Speaking at The Post-Fight Press Conference Following His Bout With Tyson Fury (Photo: Miguel Barragan)

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By Chris Robinson

The boxing world is still buzzing about the excellent heavyweight title fight that went down over the weekend, as WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury fought to a 12-round, split-draw inside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Following the final bell, scorecards reading 115-111 Wilder, 114-110 Fury, and 113-113 produced a draw for both men.

At the post-fight press conference, Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO’s) was reflective as he spoke on what he learned after 12 rounds with Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO’s). Wilder addressed his performance in the contest, gave his view on the scoring, revealed what he could have done differently, and also set his eyes towards a possible rematch.

PHOTOS: An Early Look Inside of Charn Chai Muay Thai Gym in Pai, Thailand

Trainer ‘Bee’ Monkoldej Sitthepitak, center, trains students inside of Charn Chai Muay Thai Gym (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Once again, for the third time this year, I find myself in the country of Thailand, getting a bit lost in all that the beautiful land has to offer. But, unlike my first two trips where I stayed in and frequented many areas of Bangkok, I decided to move up north this trip to the small town of Pai.

One of my main goals in the early months up here in Pai, before I likely again head back to Bangkok to finish my trip, was to get familiar with the Charn Chai Muay Thai Gym. Ran by former Lumpinee and Rajadamnern #1 ranked “Bee” Monkoldej Sitthepitak, the gym has a very welcoming atmosphere that suits both professionals and beginners. But make no mistake about it, the work is very intense and you have to be committed to get through each session.

VIDEO: Undefeated Prospect Darren Cunningham III Putting in Work at City Boxing Club as Devin Haney Watches On

Darren Cunningham III continues to work (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

When we first crossed paths with prospect Darren Cunningham III a few years back, he had yet to make his professional debut in the sport. Fast forward to today, and Cunningham is now officially a professional prospect, carrying a 7-0 record with three knockouts in the junior featherweight division.

Cunningham is actually promoted by his friend and fellow fighter Devin Haney (20-0, 13 KO’s), and last saw action this past September 28 in Temecula, CA, as he won a decision over¬†Saul Eduardo Hernandez. In the main event of that evening, Haney won a 12-round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos.

VIDEO: Devin Haney Sparring Undefeated Eryk Apresyan inside City Boxing in Las Vegas

Devin Haney has been staying sharp as his career progresses (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

We recently swung through City Boxing in Las Vegas during our most recent visit back in town.

We were just in time, as 20-year old lightweight contender Devin “The Dream” Haney (20-0, 13 KO’s) sparred some nice rounds with undefeated prospect Eryk Apresyan (1-0, 1 KO) and it was a good look at how far Haney has progressed in his early years as a professional.

PHOTOS: Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa Score Wins in Miami to Pave Way for 2019 Showdown

Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa may meet in 2019 (Photo: David Martin Warr)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, in Miami, FL, former world champions Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa won separate bouts to pave the way towards a potential showdown in 2019.

Lopez (36-6, 32 KO’s) dropped Argentina’s Cristian Ruben Mino (19-3, 17 KO’s) four times, as he scored a ten-round unanimous decision. Lopez looked several times like he was going to finish the fight, but his opponent stayed resilient.

VIDEO: John David Jackson GOES IN on Sergey Kovalev; key details on why their training relationship ended

Former two-time champion John David Jackson speaking in Miami, FL (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There’s no denying that former light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev had a great run in the sport.¬† Kovalev, a Russian fighter who burst onto the scene due to his great ability to chop opponents down and register brutal highlight-reel knockouts, captured the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles at light heavyweight during his successful march up boxing’s ranks.

It was only when we saw Kovalev face off with two-division world champion, Andre Ward, who is now retired, that we saw him suffer his first defeat. That took place in November of 2016 in Las Vegas, as Kovalev scored a second-round knockdown, only to see Ward escape with a narrow unanimous decision after rallying over the second half of the fight. The two men rematched immediately after, with Ward scoring an 8th round TKO victory.

PHOTOS: Reconnecting with ‘Magic’ Marcus Willis inside of Team Willis Boxing and Family Fitness in Fort Myers, FL

Marcus Willis works out inside of Team Willis Boxing and Family Fitness (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6, we linked up with junior middleweight veteran “Magic” Marcus Willis inside of his personal gym, Team Willis Boxing and Family Fitness, in Fort Myers, FL. Willis (18-6-2, 5 KO’s) is the type of fighter whose record isn’t truly indicative of the kind of skill and ability he possesses. Several of his losses have been questionable decisions that could easily have went in his favor.

Yet, Willis still continues to fight on and discussed with us what he has been up to. It was about nine years ago when we crossed paths with Willis down in Florida, as we were introduced to him and his brother Quinton, also a fighter, through former lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell.

PHOTOS: Miguel Berchelt Stops a Brave Miguel Roman In the Ninth After Three Knockdowns

Miguel Berchelt was too much for Miguel Roman on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 3, inside of the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, TX, WBC junior lightweight champion Miguel Berchelt delivered a brutal beating on worthy but outgunned contender Miguel “Mickey” Roman for a fourth successful defense of his title. Berchelt (34-1, 30 KO’s) scored three knockdowns along the way, two in the sixth, and one three rounds later, before the contest was stopped in round nine.

The all-Mexican showdown, aired on the ESPN + streaming app, delivered as expected, but was a bit more one-sided than one may have liked. Roman (60-13, 47 KO’s) was valiant in the face of such a savage attack, and perhaps the fight could have been stopped a few rounds earlier.

VIDEO Highlights: Andres ‘Savage’ Cortes Stops Omar Castillo in the 3rd

Andres Cortes moved his record to 9-0 over the weekend by defeating Omar Castillo (Photo: Sergey Baranov)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas, undefeated lightweight prospect Andres “Savage” Cortes (9-0, 6 KO’s) stopped previously undefeated Omar Castillo (5-1, 2 KO’s) in the third round.

We’ve been knowing Cortes for some years now, back to when he was still an amateur fighter trying to find his way in the game while still just a teenager. Now, under Mayweather Promotions, the 21-year old is seeing his career flourish. At this rate, Cortes could be in line for some big fights within a few years time.

VIDEO: Rolando Romero Brutal KO at Sam’s Town in 6th Fight; Has words for Ryan Garcia Post-fight

Rolando Romero was victorious over the weekend (Photo: Fight Photo Official)

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By Chris Robinson

Inside of Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, this past weekend, undefeated TMT promoted power puncher Rolando “Rolly” Romero moved to 6-0 with 5 KO’s after a vicious knockout over Dieumerci Nzau (11-6, 8 KO’s). Despite his opponent’s experience, Romero was able to stay composed on his way to a big KO win.

Check out what the Mayweather Promotions star had to say following the fight, including some choice words for fellow prospect Ryan Garcia, as well as weighing in on his knockout win.

A Look Back in PHOTOS: Terence Crawford Overcomes a Game Jose Benavidez Jr.

Terence Crawford (R) and Jose Benavidez Jr. went at it this past Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

There was a lot to take in during my visit to Omaha, NE this past weekend. In the main event inside of the CHI Health Center, we witnessed one of the sport’s top fighters, WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford, overcome a spirited effort from Jose Benavidez Jr. before stopping him in the 12th round on ESPN’s airwaves.

Crawford (34-0, 25 KO’s) had some tough moments during the first half of the fight against Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s), but he stay composed and changed the momentum of the fight following round six. Crawford began to counter Benavidez much easier, and a big uppercut from the 31-year old champion registered the fight’s only knockdown in the 12th. Crawford jumped on Benavidez moments later, hammering him accurate shots, and the fight was waived off.

Go to Our YOUTUBE for All-Acess Coverage During Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. Fight Week

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By Chris Robinson

If the theatrics of this fight week have been any indication, boxing fans are in for a treat later tonight when WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford meets undefeated former interim champion Jose Benavidez Jr. inside of the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE. Simply click the photo above to be taken to our YouTube page to check out videos of Friday’s weigh-in and Thursday’s final press conference, both of which were full of drama.

Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) vs. Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) goes down later tonight on ESPN.

VIDEO: WILD Weigh-In – Jose Benavidez Jr. SHOVES Terence Crawford and ‘Bud’ SWINGS with right

Things got intense at the Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. Weigh-In in Omaha (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Give how intense things have been between Terence Crawford and Jose Benavidez Jr. in recent days, you could expect something to go off at their official weigh-in on Friday afternoon. And that’s exactly what happened.

Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s), the WBO welterweight champion, swung for Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s), but only after his brash opponent got things started by shoving him as they came face to face after both hit the scales inside of the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE. Crawford weighed in at 145.25 pounds while Benavidez was slightly less at 145 pounds.

VIDEO: Mikaela Mayer and trainer Al Mitchell on her 8th bout and the resurgence of Women’s Boxing

Mikaela Mayer and her trainer Al Mitchell in Omaha, NE ahead of her eighth pro bout (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Tomorrow night, in Omaha, NE, inside of the CHI Health Center, female junior lightweight prospect Mikaela Mayer (7-0, 4 KO’s) returns to the ring for her eighth professional bout. Mayer turned professional following a run in the 2016 Olympics and has been busy under the Top Rank umbrella.

Speaking with her longtime trainer Al Mitchell, Mayer was able to shed some insight into her training regimen in Colorado, as she trained with Terence Crawford, Shakur Stevenson, and others, as she got ready for this contest. Mayer and Mitchell also spoke about the recent emergence of several top female fighters in the sport.

VIDEO: Shakur Stevenson on sparring Terence Crawford, advice from Andre Ward, and facing Simion

Shakur Stevenson returns to the ring Saturday night in Omaha (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Undefeated featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson (8-0, 4 KO’s) has a lot of buzz behind him these days. The 21-year old returns to the ring this Saturday night vs. tough featherweight Viorel Simion (21-2, 9 KO’s) on the Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. undercard in Omaha, NE.

Prior to Thursday’s Crawford vs. Benavidez final presser, we spoke to Shakur about his training camp, which included sparring some rounds with Crawford, being mentored by Andre Ward, and other aspects of his boxing journey.

VIDEO: ‘BoMac’ comes for Jose Benavidez Jr. – ‘You f*cked up dude! I’ve been seeing your fights’

Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre speaking at Thursday’s press conference (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

The leadup to the Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. fight has been pretty intriguing, with both sides exuding confidence and talking their share of trash. What we have come to find out about Crawford’s trainer, Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, is that he definitely has no problem standing up for his fighter.

This was on display on Thursday afternoon at the final Crawford vs. Benavidez press conference, as McIntyre continued to issue warnings to the 26-year old challenger. The teams of Crawford and Benavidez could be seen getting into a near scuffle on Wednesday at the open media workout and the tension carried over to Thursday’s presser.