Interesting pairing in Las Vegas as young Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez begins working with Nonito Donaire Sr.

Damien Vasquez prior to his Oct. 14 bout with Javier Lapizco 

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By Chris Robinson

I have to admit it’s been a pretty fun ride covering the career of young Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez out here in Las Vegas.

Vasquez has went from a 15-year old amateur who turned heads in the city to where he is now, undefeated at 18 years of age and having captured the NABF junior flyweight title in just his sixth pro bout.

Inocente Fiz signs with Team Vasquez; undefeated Cuban now training in Las Vegas

Cuba’s Inocente Fiz, pictured here with Oscar Vasquez, has a new home in Las Vegas (Photo: Team Vasquez)

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By Chris Robinson

If you are in the sport of boxing and are after some kind of greatness, you eventually will find yourself coming to Las Vegas at some point, whether to train and set up camp or to showcase your skills on the biggest of stages.

People from all walks of life converge in this city and another new face has recently made his way to Las Vegas, as undefeated middleweight Inocente Fiz has a new home.

Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs come face to face at WBA Convention in Panama

Danny Jacobs and Gennady Golovkin meet in Panama (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier today, in Panama, middleweight world champions Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs came face to face.

Golovkin, the division’s IBF/WBA champion, is regarded as the WBA “super” champion while Jacobs is considered the WBA’s “regular” champion at 160 pounds.

City Athletic Boxing’s Tavian Wesley scores amateur debut victory at Phase 1 Sports

Tavian Wesley, right, warms up before his amateur debut victory (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

Ever wonder what it is like going through the nerve-wracking experience of having your amateur boxing debut?

That is exactly what went down for young Tavian Wesley this past weekend in Las Vegas, as he scored a unanimous decision victory in his back-and-forth match with Roland Zaragoza.

Fernando Vargas reflects on training Gabriel Rosado ahead of Joshua Clottey HBO Latino clash

Fernando Vargas working with Gabriel Rosado in Las Vegas (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 19, Philadelphia’s Gabriel Rosado will return to the ring for an HBO Latino-televised showdown with former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey.

The Rosado-Clottey scrap goes down from the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York  underneath the Luis Ortiz vs. Bryant Jennings headliner.

Former amateur sensation Devin Haney makes the leap to the pro ranks with 35-second KO victory in debut

Devin Haney celebrates after moving to 1-0 as a professional (Photo: Team Haney)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, in Tijuana, Mexico, former amateur standout Devin “The Dream” Haney made a successful professional debut in Tijuana, Mexico.

Haney has been creating a huge buzz in the Las Vegas area as one of the top amateurs to look out for and his sparring sessions are always eye-catching and worth watching. Having just turned 17, Haney and his team have been eyeing a professional debut for the past year and it was great to see it come off.

Conor McGregor shocks Jose Aldo with crushing 13-second knockout

Conor McGregor stopped Jose Aldo in the first round on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 12, UFC superstar Conor McGregor captured a career-defining victory in stopping former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in a mere 13 seconds at UFC 194.

The bout took place inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and McGregor was able to emphatically back up all of his pre-fight bravado.

Kingdamon Antoine Jr. says ‘shots will be fired’ in Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Hylon Williams Jr. matchup

Kingdamon Antoine Jr. and Hylon Williams following some recent sparring in Houston, Tex. 


By Chris Robinson

As 2015 comes to a close, there are still a few intriguing matchups on the horizon.

One of them that has been overlooked is the Dec. 19 bout between former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa and lightweight prospect Hylon Williams Jr.

Mayweather Promotions’ Chris Pearson back in Las Vegas ahead of Spike TV showdown vs. Eric Johnson

Chris Pearson fights on Spike TV on Dec. 18 (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, Dec. 18, undefeated junior middleweight prospect Chris Pearson (13-0, 10 KO’s) will return to the ring when he faces off with fellow unbeaten Eric “Baby Face” Johnson (11-0, 6 KO’s) inside of the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pearson vs. Johnson will be part of a Premier Boxing Champions card televised by Spike TV, headlined by Cuba’s Rances Barthelemy and Russia’s Denis Shafikov squaring off for the vacant IBF lightweight title.

VIDEO: Hasim Rahman gets deeps on his son Sharif’s pro debut, Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, politics, boxing media, Floyd Mayweather, more

Former lineal heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman speaking inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

It was a pleasant surprise when I caught former lineal heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman training inside of City Athletic Boxing earlier this month.

Having compiled a 50-9-2 record with 41 knockouts while competing as a professional, Rahman was an entertaining fighter to watch and has faced a long line of formidable champions and contenders during his days in the sport.

Conor McGregor: ‘On Saturday night I will take the entire game to school and claim my number one spot’

Conor McGregor is ready for war on Saturday night vs. Jose Aldo (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Conor McGregor has never been a man short on confidence.

One of the most celebrated UFC fighters in recent memory, the 27-year old is days away from his biggest test as a professional, as he will be facing off with featherweight champion Jose Aldo on Saturday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. as the headliner to UFC 194.

PHOTOS: Unbeatens Regis Prograis and Abel Ramos headline ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday

Regis Prograis during a media workout ahead of his matchup vs. Able Ramos (Photo: Showtime)

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By Chris Robinson

This coming Friday night, unbeaten junior welterweight prospects Regis Prograis (14-0, 12 KO’s) and Abel Ramos (14-0-2, 9 KO’s) will square off on ShoBox: The New Generation, as they will headline a quadrupleheader from the Bayou City Event Center in Houston, Tex.

On Wednesday afternoon, the two combatants held court inside of Lou Savarese’s Fight Fit gym in downtown Houston as they are just days away from a 10-r0und bout that could have a huge impact in their careers.

Deontay Wilder vs. Artur Szpilka set for SHOWTIME on Jan. 16 from the Barclay’s Center

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will face off with Poland’s Artur Szpilka on Jan. 16 (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder finally has a dance partner for his Jan. 16 return date.

The unbeaten Alabama native will make the third defense of his belt when he meets Poland’s Artur Szpilka inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in a SHOWTIME-televised thriller.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Behind the scenes at the ‘All Comers’ amateur showdown inside of the Richard Steele Boxing Club

Max Ornelas and his team after his stirring victory over Dustin Somera at the “All Comers” amateur show this past weekend (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

As noted earlier, Hustle Boss was on hand inside of the Richard Steele Boxing Club this past weekend for the “All Comers” amateur showdown in Las Vegas this past Saturday.

Fourteen fast-paced bouts were held and it was one of the more memorable amateur shows in recent times. Check below for a recap of some of the day’s best action.

‘Bronco’ Billy Wright states his case for a crack at Deontay Wilder’s WBC belt

Billy Wright insists he’s ready for a crack at Deontay Wilder (Photo: Instagram)


By Chris Robinson

Those connected to the fight game in Las Vegas are well aware of WBC Latino and FECARBOX heavyweight champion “Bronco” Billy Wright.

The 50-year old Wright (49-4, 38 KO’s) is a fan favorite in the city and has been on a big winning streak in recent times, having captured 20 victories in a row, 17 of them by stoppage, dating back to his 2007 comeback. Now ranked #20 by the WBC, Wright insists he is ready for a crack at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KO’s).

PHOTOS: Denis Shafikov sparring Maurice Hooker in Big Bear ahead of Rances Barthelemy title bout

Denis Shafikov and Maurice Hooker in training camp in Big Bear, California (Photo: Stacey Verbeek)


By Chris Robinson

Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker may be a man of few words, but he has a way of leaving a lasting impression.

We were able to spend some quality weeks with Hooker and his trainer Vince Parra a few years back in Las Vegas and it was easy to spot the synergy between the two pugilists. Whether sparring inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club or getting ready for his ShoBox debut, you could tell that Hooker was a kid who was going to go places.

City Athletic Boxing’s ‘Domo’ shines at ‘All Comers’ amateur show with big 1st round TKO

City Athletic Boxing member Dominique Clark and trainer Armin Van Damme before his fight this past Saturday at the Richard Steele Boxing Club (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday, Dec. 5, rising amateur prospect Dominique Clark produced a dominant victory during his appearance at the “All Comers” amateur show inside of the Richard Steele Boxing Club.

Clark, known better by those in the community as “Domo”, trains out of City Athletic Boxing in West Las Vegas under the tutelage of gym owner Armin Van Damme.

Exclusive PHOTOS: City Athletic Boxing’s Dominique Clark and Bowe Van Dam perform at the ‘All Comers’ Show inside of the Richard Steele Boxing Club

Armin Van Damme, Bowe Van Dam, and Dominque Clark at the “All Comers” Amateur Show in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

This past Friday afternoon, while inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas, I caught word that two of the gym’s top amateur fighters, Dominique Clark and Bowe Van Dam, were set to perform at the “All Comers” show inside of the Richard Steele Boxing Club the following day.

I made a point to check out Clark and Van Dam in action and they definitely didn’t disappoint.

PHOTOS: A closer look at Danny Jacobs’ crushing TKO over Peter Quillin

Danny Jacobs was too much for Peter Quillin on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 6, WBA middleweight champion Danny Jacobs produced one of the most electrifying performances of the year in halting former titlist Peter Quillin in under one round.

Jacobs (31-1, 28 KO’s) stormed out of the gates and had Quillin (32-1-1, 23 KO’s) in trouble courtesy of a right hand within the first minute of the match.  Quillin fought valiantly, but was overwhelmed and saw referee Harvey Dock waive the match off after another right hand blitzed him and had him on shaky legs.

Chris Algieri defeats Erick Bone over 10 rounds: ‘I trained and fought hard as always’

Chris Algieri defeated a tough Erick Bone on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, former junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri defeated a game Erick Bone over the course of ten hard-fought rounds inside of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. With the win, Aglieri improves to 21-1 with eight knockouts and should be in line for a big fight in 2016, while Bone drops to 16-3 with eight knockouts.

Algieri was coming off of back-to-back defeats to Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan and knew he needed to make a statement against his Ecuadorian foe. A knockdown in the eighth round helped seal the deal for Algieri, as the Huntington, New York native prevailed by scores of 97-92 twice and 95-94.