Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez Part II: Will The Rematch Be Worth The Wait?

Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will meet again (Photo: HoganPhotos)

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By Chris Robinson

By now, it’s been well documented to everyone the kind of ride Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin have put us through these past few months. From Canelo Alvarez initially failing a pre-fight drug test that ended up leading to the cancellation of their May rematch, to the back-and-forth war of words between the two camps, and eventually the promising news that we will be seeing the two men face off again in Sep., there has been a lot to take in.

But Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin part two is officially on its way, as the rematch is set for Sep. 15 inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., with HBO pay per view once again airing the contest. The two men fought to a controversial split-draw verdict after 12 rounds of action and people were speculating as to whether a rematch was going to actually take place.

VIDEO: TMT’s Lanell Bellows Talks 7/21 Return in Memphis And Life at The Mayweather Boxing Club

Lanell Bellows at BB Films Studio in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

If you are a fighter, one of the most important things you can focus on is your activity in the ring. For Mayweather Promotions’ own Lanell Bellows, he is eager to get back in the ring next month, as he will be fighting July 21 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. It’s a quick turnaround for Bellows (17-2-2, 10 KO’s), a super middleweight with a mean punch and a tireless work ethic; he fought this past May 12 inside of Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, settling for a technical draw with Naim Terbunja after a clash of heads caused a head cut that prematurely ended their matchup.

With another fight lined up, we were able to speak with Bellows about a lot of things going on in his life and career, including his ring return, how training at the Mayweather Boxing Club has been, how his children help inspire him, and much more.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence Jr. Demolishes Carlos Ocampo In One Round in Frisco, TX

Errol Spence  Jr. was dominant again on Saturday night (Photo: Stacey Verbeek)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, inside of the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, Tex., undefeated IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. retained his title with a viscous and dominating 1st round knockout over mandatory challenger Carlos Ocampo. Spence (24-0, 21 KO’s) was heavily favored heading into the match for good reason vs. Ocampo (22-1, 13 KO’s), who he had little trouble dealing with.

Towards the end of the first round, Spence pinned Ocampo against the ropes and unloaded a series of punches, the last being  a body shot that sent his overmatched foe to the ground for the count. And, just like that, Spence again delivered a star-turning performance.

Jose Benavidez Knocks Out Frank Rojas In One Round; Terence Crawford Next?

Jose Benavidez Returned With a Win on Saturday Night (Photo: Top Rank Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier tonight, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., former world champion Jose Benavidez Jr. needed just one minute and 24 seconds to knock out previously undefeated Frank Rojas on the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn undercard.

Benavidez landed a big right hand and followed it up with a short shot to the liver that had Rojas down and out before their scheduled 10-round match could get rolling. Referee Vic Drakulich wisely waved the contest off.

Referee Robert Byrd to Officiate Terence Crawford’s Challenge of WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn This Weekend

Robert Byrd will referee the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn Fight This Saturday (Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s fight week in Las Vegas, as undefeated, two-division world champion Terence Crawford will be moving up in weight to challenge Jeff Horn for his WBO welterweight title. The Crawford vs. Horn match will take place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be aired on the ESPN + App starting at 9:30 p.m./ET.

The third man in the ring for the Crawford vs. Horn duel will be longtime Vegas referee Robert Byrd. Byrd’s most recent fights that he has officiated have been James DeGale’s victory over Caleb Truax in their rematch at the Hard Rock on April 17, and a recent Mayweather Promotions’ show, where he worked the fights of LaDarius Miller and Maurice Lee in separate bouts.

Abner Mares on Leo Santa Cruz Rematch: ‘I’m Locked in And Ready to Put On a Great Show For The Fans of Los Angeles’

Abner Mares (Photo:  Mares Enterprises/Eder Mercado)

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By Chris Robinson

Four-time world champion Abner Mares is inching closer to his June 9 rematch with three-division world champion Leo Santa Cruz, who he meets inside of the Staples Center in a fight that will be aired by SHOWTIME. On Thursday afternoon, Mares could be found inside of Dodgers Stadium to throw out the ceremonial first pitch as part of Viva Los Dodgers. 

Mares (31-2-1, 15 KO’s) appreciates being around the public so close to his fight date, which he insists he will be ready for. Santa Cruz defeated Mares via majority decision in August of 2015 in a fast-paced fight and the rematch is something Mares has always wanted.

Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney Continues to Move Career Forward After TKO Over Mason Menard

Devin Haney defeated Mason Menard on May 11 (Photo: Stephane Trapp – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

It was hard for me to not take serious notice when young Devin Haney made his professional debut in December of 2015. A top amateur fighting out of Las Vegas in 2010, I recall being introduced to Haney by Zab Judah inside of the then-H.I.T. Factory Gym. Judah, the former two-division world champion from Brooklyn, insisted that I interview Haney that summer day.

Haney was just 10 years old at the time, but you just got the sense that he was working with something special, even back then. Haney’s demeanor was very low key and he always seemed to be doing more talking inside of the ring than out. It was refreshing to see someone so young and talented yet still grounded.

Isaac Dogboe vs. Jessie Magdaleno: A Classic Meeting Between Two Worthy Champions

Isaac Dogboe defeated Jessie Magdaleno on Saturday night (Photo: Senyuiedzorm A. Adadevoh – ImagesImage.com)

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By Chris Robinson

Having known Jessie Magdaleno as far back as the tail-end of his amateur days here in Las Vegas, I can attest that I’ve always seen something special in the southpaw fighter.

I saw Magdaleno make the transition from one of the city’s most-talked about amateur prospects all the way up to the championship ranks and it was a memorable ride to take in.

PHOTOS: Jorge Linares Grinds in Camp in Las Vegas as May 12 Vasy Lomachenko Showdown Looms

Jorge Linares working in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier this week, we swung through the training camp of WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares, out in Las Vegas. Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) is preparing for a huge fight against two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s), who he meets on May 12 inside of New York’s Madison Square Garden on ESPN.

Linares is an underdog heading into the match, and it was recently revealed that he would not be having longtime trainer Ismael Salas in his corner, as the Cuban trainer is overseas working with David Haye ahead of his May 5 rematch vs. Tony Bellew. Still, Linares’ spirits in camp are great, as he works with his brother Carlos Linares, trainer Jorge Capetillo, and Southern California’s Rudy Hernandez, a longtime staple in the sport.

PHOTOS: Erislandy Lara (153.5) vs. Jarrett Hurd (153) Official Weigh-In

Erislandy Lara and Jarrett Hurd Face Off on Saturday night (Photo: Stephanie Trapp - SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, April 7, IBF junior middleweight champion Jarrett Hurd will face off with WBA junior middleweight champion Erislandy Lara in a classic unification match to be aired on SHOWTIME from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. It’s a match showcasing the power and aggression of Hurd (21-0, 15 KO’s) vs. the finesse, experience, and sharp-shooting of Lara (25-2-2, 14 KO’s).

“They are over here saying I’m not ready,” Hurd stated at the weigh-in. ” I’m more than ready. This is my time right now. I’m ready to get on that stage and show the world why I’ve been asking for this fight. We know he’s going to use the entire ring, but you can’t run from ‘Swift’ Jarrett Hurd for 12 rounds. We know we are going to be in his face and know he’ll have to engage at some point.”

PHOTOS: Anthony Joshua Defeats Joseph Parker Via Unanimous Decision in Wales

Anthony Joshua Defeated Joseph Parker on Saturday Night (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

Anthony Joshua is still undefeated, having recently defeated former WBO champion Joseph Parker over the course of 12 rounds. The bout took place inside of the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, and Joshua was able to retain his WBA/IBF belts while collecting Parker’s WBO strap with the win. Joshua, 28 years old now, went the distance for the first time yet was still able to come up with enough to score the win. The bout was aired live on SHOWTIME and other worldwide outlets.

Scores read 119-109 and 118-108 twice in Joshua’s favor, as he moves ever forward with his popular career, as the 28-year old champion raises his record to 21-0 with 20 knockouts. Parker, 26, the solid former WBO champion from New Zealand, gave a solid account of himself and sees his record go to 24-1 with 18 knockouts.

PHOTOS: Behind The Scenes With Nick Frese During His Most Recent Victory in Thailand

Nick Frese, center, continues to build momentum in his career (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, March 24, unbeaten welterweight prospect Nick Frese scored another successful triumph as he moved to 8-0 (6 KO’s) with a dominant 6-round unanimous decision over very rugged journeyman Daichi Yoshikawa. The bout took place from the Workpoint Studio just outside of Bangkok, Thailand.

The fight was entertaining and bloody, with Frese controlling the action and putting on a boxing clinic with his footwork, timing, accuracy, and speed. Scores of 60-54 across the board were read in Frese’s favor.

A Return to ASD Market Week in Las Vegas

ASD Market Week is upon us again (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

If anyone knows Las Vegas, they know that conventions take place at a rapid pace throughout the year in this city.

Once again, from March 11-14, ASD Market Week is back in town at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Described as “the most comprehensive B2B trade show that brings the world’s widest variety of retail merchandise together in one efficient shopping experience”, there definitely is something for everyone at ASD.

Phil Lo Greco Exclusive on Amir Khan, sparring Jessie Vargas, Errol Spence Jr., more

Phil Lo Greco speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On April 21, rugged Canadian contender Phil Lo Greco (28-3, 15 KO’s) will travel overseas to face off with former world champion Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KO’s). Lo Greco is training for the Khan match inside of City Boxing in Las Vegas, and he recently discussed the Khan matchup, as well as his thoughts on possibly working with Jessie Vargas ahead of his April 21 bout vs. Adrien Broner, his thoughts on his losses to Shawn Porter and Errol Spence Jr., and much more.

Check below for the full interview with the always affable Lo Greco.

McWilliams Arroyo UPSETS Carlos Cuadras [Post Fight Scrum Video Footage]

McWilliams Arroyo was successful on Saturday night (Photo: HBO)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Feb 24, Puerto Rican McWilliams Arroyo pulled off an impressive upset in defeating former world champion Carlos Cuadras over 10 rounds inside of the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Aired on HBO as part of the “Superfly 2″ telecast, Arroyo showed great poise, boxing acumen, and the ability to adjust in his match with Cuadras, whose only two losses prior were to Roman ‘Chocolatito’  Gonzalez and Juan Francisco Estrada.

Cuadras (36-3-1, 27 KO’s), who trained with Abel Sanchez inside of the Summit Gym, started off strong, yet Arroyo (17-3, 14 KO’s) stayed calm and began to pick his shots and turn the fight in his favor. After 10 rounds, scores of 98-92, 97-93, and 95-95 were read in Arroy’s favor, who picked up the vacant WBC super flyweight title with his win.

BREAKDOWN Series: Danny Garcia Stops Brandon Rios + More Welterweight Talk

Danny Garcia defeated Brandon Rios on Saturday night

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Feb. 17, former two-division world champion Danny Garcia returned to the ring to score an emphatic 9th round TKO over former lightweight champion Brandon Rios. The bout took place inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. on SHOWTIME’s airwaves and it was a contest that was far better than many expected, as Rios gave a great account of himself prior to the stoppage.

But where does Garcia (34-1, 20 KO’s) go from here? There are a lot of interesting names at 147 pounds, including IBF champion Errol Spence Jr., WBA/WBC champion Keith Thurman, WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn, former lineal junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford, former IBF champion Shawn Porter, and emerging contender Yordenis Ugas, amongst others.

#1 Ranked Devaughn Lucas RETURNS to Vegas for more All-Out Sparring at Tocco’s/MBC [VIDEO]

Devaughn Lucas, center, flanked by All-Pro Offensive Tackle Trent Williams (left) and trainer Otis Pimpleton (right) after some more tough sparring(Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It was just a month ago when I crossed paths for the first time with aspiring amateur prospect Devaughn Lucas. Fighting out of Texas, Lucas is ranked #1 in the country at 125 pounds and I was able to catch him in action inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym during their monthly First Friday Exhibition Sparring series.

Lucas is very strong physically and also very much poised for his age. He went some rounds with fellow amateurs Jacob Cuevas and Cesar “Frijolito” Cardona and the action was fast-paced. Lucas seems right at home when he is on the inside banging away at his opponents, but when noticing his style further, there are a lot of unique movements that he makes.

Results from The Forum: Fernando Vargas’ Undefeated Prospect Francisco Esparza Stops Tenochtitlan Nava in the Sixth

Undefeated Francisco Esparza was victorious in Inglewood (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier tonight, inside of The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., undefeated featherweight prospect Francisco Esparza (7-0-1, 3 KO’s) stopped previously undefeated Tenochtitlan Nava (7-1, 1 KO) in the sixth round. Esparza took a while to get going, but was able to have success in tagging Nava, who became increasingly bloodied via his nose and a cut about his right eye. The end came in the sixth, as referee Thomas Taylor stopped the match at the 1:43 mark after seeing Nava eat a pair of right hands.

Esparza is a familiar face in Las Vegas, as he works under the tutelage of former junior middleweight world champion Fernando Vargas. We caught up with Esparza inside of City Boxing Club in Las Vegas just days before leaving town.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence Jr. Stops Lamont Peterson After the Seventh Round in Brooklyn

Errol Spence Jr. defeated Lamont Peterson on Saturday (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night in Brooklyn, New York, former IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. dominated a very game Lamont Peterson, stopping the rugged former champion after the seventh round inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Aired on SHOWTIME, Spence (23-0, 20 KOs) was too skilled, too tough, and too busy and precise for Peterson (35-4-1, 17 KO’s), as he registered a successful first defense of his title.

Spence now sets his sights towards a hopeful showdown with WBA/WBC champion Keith “One Time” Thurman, but it remains to be seen whether we will see that fight anytime soon.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson + Robert Easter vs. Javier Fortuna Final Press Conference

Errol Spence and Lamont Peterson face off on Saturday night (Photo: Tom Casino – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

This weekend, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. (22-0, 19 KO’s) will face off with former world champion Lamont Peterson (35-3-1, 17 KO’s) inside of the Barclays center in Brooklyn, in a SHOWTIME-televised main event that should deliver in terms of action and suspense. Spence defeated Kell Brook this past May in a thriller and in Peterson he is going up against one of his most experienced and determined foes to date.

In the co-feature, IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. (20-0, 14 KO’s) faces off with former junior lightweight champion Javier Fortuna (33-1-1, 23 KO’s) in a unique matchup of styles. The action begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m this Saturday, Jan. 20.