Pacquiao-Vargas Fight Week Kicks Off At The Top Rank Gym

Trainer Ismael Salas and Nonito Donaire inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: 1Tarrell #ClockInNotOut)


By Chris Robinson

Fight Week has again descended upon the city of Las Vegas, as the Thomas & Mack Center will host this weekend’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas pay per view showdown.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) will defend his WBO welterweight title against Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) in an independent pay per view to be held by promoter Top Rank.

VIDEO: Manny Pacquiao Media Day Highlights ahead of Nov. 5 Jessie Vargas bout

Manny Pacquiao training in Los Angeles ahead of his Nov. 5 bout in Las Vegas vs. Jessie Vargas (Photo: Mikey Williams)


By Chris Robinson

We are a little over a week away from the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas showdown.

Set for Nov. 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) will defend his WBO welterweight title against Pacquiao (56-8-2, 38 KO’s), an eight-division titlist over his legendary career.

Exclusive PHOTOS: ‘Prince’ Albert Bell putting in work in Las Vegas

“Prince” Albert Bell working out in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

I had been hearing good things about Toledo, Oh. prospect “Prince” Albert Bell the past few months in Las Vegas and after checking out some of his work inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club recently, I can attest that his talent is for real.

Bell, 23, carries with him a 6-0 record with 2 knockouts in the junior welterweight class and he possesses a very elusive style. He darts in and out and counter-punches well enough.

Dashaun Anderson: Ready to Bloom

17-year old Dashaun Anderson is eyeing a breakthrough in the boxing game (Photo: Team Anderson)


By Chris Robinson

It’s been a few years now since I have been keeping in touch with young amateur Dashaun Anderson.

A native of Chicago, Ill. and now residing in Phoenix, Ariz., Anderson, 17, is ambitious as they come and has been updating me about his progress as a fighter for several months. Anderson has been active in the sport since he was eight years old, after heeding advice from his grandmother at the time, as she felt it would be a good fit for him.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Back inside of the Salas Boxing Academy in Las Vegas

Inside of the Salas Boxing Academy in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

It had been a while since I had linked up with trainer Ismael Salas and his stable of fighters out here in Las Vegas.

Presently running the Salas Boxing Academy, which is inside of the Bones Adams Boxing Gym a few miles West of the strip, Salas is one of the busiest and most dedicated coaches in the game. The Cuban-born Salas trains WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares, IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy, former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov, as well as a slew of contenders and upcoming prospects.

Trainer and former fighter Monyette Flowers makes his way back to Las Vegas

Monyette Flowers works with amateur MMA fighter Bronson Sabado in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

It was May of last year when I first crossed paths with trainer and former fighter Monyette Flowers out here in Las Vegas.

Having been through the amateur and professional grind as a fighter out in Memphis, Tenn., Flowers knows all too well the responsibilities that surround a boxer.

Getting Uncut with Stacy Mayweather

Stacy Mayweather, pictured right, always keeps it moving (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

Las Vegas is a transit destination for several people from the globe over and the city plays host to a wide range of characters.

In getting to know Grand Rapids native Stacy Mayweather, I’ve grown to appreciate how he has adapted and thrived during his three-plus years in Las Vegas.

PHOTOS: Prospects and stars emerge at 9/30 ‘Downtown at the D’ event in Las Vegas

Stephon Young, right, lands against Juan Antonio Lopez in their bantamweight bout at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (Photo: 1Tarell of #ClockInNotOut)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 30, another installment of “Knockout Night at the D” returned to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, with several notable matchups taking place.

As we mentioned in a previous post, Oxnard’s Erik Ruiz shined against Hanzel Martinez in a mild upset, and there were other prospects who left their mark as well.

Erik Ruiz’s career hits another high-note with majority-decision victory over Hanzel Martinez

Oxnard’s Erik Ruiz backstage after defeating Hanzel Martinez in Las Vegas (Photo: Team Ruiz)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 30, Oxnard, Calif. native Erik Ruiz notched another highlight victory in pulling a mild upset over Mexico’s Hanzel Martinez inside of the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Ruiz (16-5-1, 6 KO’s) was a little busier than Martinez (23-3, 18 KO’s) from the outset and you could tell that he was completely geared up for this challenge. Ruiz actually was a late replacement for Ghanaian-born Emmanuel Quartey, who was unable to secure a visa in time before his match.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Micko Zizic preparing for Sep. 30 bout at the D vs. unbeaten John Vera

Micko Zizic, right, sparring with unbeaten Will Clemons in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

On Sep. 30, once-beaten Milorad “Micko” Zizic will step back into the ring when he faces unbeaten John Vera inside of the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The Vera-Zizic clash will air on CBS Sports and serves also as the biggest date in Zizic’s career.

Zizic (12-1, 6 KO’s) has been training in Las Vegas under the watchful eye of his trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, as well as his father Veselin Zizic, who was a former amateur standout himself. Vera (14-0, 9 KO’s) is coming off of a sixth-round TKO victory over Joey Ruelas this past May and figures to be full of confidence coming into the match.

Kenny Porter remembers Golovkin as an amateur; expects the boxing public to demand Canelo

Kenny Porter speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, inside of the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Hustle Boss caught up with trainer Kenny Porter.

Kenny’s primary fighter, his son, former IBF welterweight champion Shawn, is coming off of a rousing performance this past June 25, where he dropped a razor-thin unanimous decision to WBA titlist Keith Thurman.

Floyd Mayweather watches from ringside as Lionell ‘Lonnie B’ Thompson defeats Donovan George

Floyd Mayweather, pictured center, was inside of the Cosmopolitan this past Friday night (Photo: Stephanie Trapp)


By Chris Robinson

On Friday night, Sep. 16, light heavyweight contender Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson got back in the winner’s circle with a clear-cut eight-round unanimous decision over Chicago’s Donovan George. Thompson (17-4-1, 10 KO’s) was too sharp and agile for George (25-6-2, 222 KO’s), and registered a knockdown late in the match before claiming his victory.

Watching from ringside, amongst others, was Thompson’s promoter Floyd Mayweather of Mayweather Promotions. Mayweather defeated Andre Berto in September of last year and walked away from the sport afterwards, with no indication that he will be returning.

Canelo Alvarez stops Liam Smith in the ninth; will dream match with Golovkin happen in 2017?

Canelo Alvarez was too much for Liam Smith on Saturday night


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 17, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez captured the WBO junior welterweight title from Liverpool’s Liam “Beefy” Smith via ninth round TKO inside of the AT&T Stadium in  Arlington, Tex.

Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KO’s) was precise throughout the contest, building up an early lead off of his combination-punching and work to the body. Smith was a brave opponent in the face of such firepower, but was never able to get his game plan on track.

Tensions flare up at Ishe Smith vs. Frank Galarza Weigh In [PBC on Bounce]

Ishe Smith and Frank Galarza meet on Friday night in Las Vegas (Photo: Stephanie Trapp)


By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, former IBF junior middleweight champion Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith will return to the ring when he faces contender Frank Galarza on a Premier Boxing Champions card aired by Bounce TV.

It’s the first bout for Smith (28-8, 12 KO’s) since his December victory over Tommy Rainone. Galarza (17-1-2, 11 KO’s)  too will be retruning from a layoff, as he suffered his first loss this past November to Jarrett Hurd, who stopped him in the sixth round.

Seniesa Estrada improves to 8-0 with UD over Nancy Franco inside of the Forum

Seniesa Estrada was victorious this past weekend in Inglewood (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday, Sep. 10, offered up my first opportunity to witness unbeaten junior female flyweight prospect Seniesa Estrada in action from ringside as the East Los Angeles native battled Mexico’s Nancy Franco over eight rounds from within the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Estrada (8-0, 1 KO) offered up a master class performance in out-hustling Franco, a former IBF minimumweight champion, over eight rounds of action. Along the way, the 24-year old showed great movement, speed, and athleticism, clearly winning every round.

PHOTOS: Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez overcomes Carlos Cuadras via unanimous decision

Roman Gonzalez defeated Carlos Cuadras on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions)


By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Sep. 10, Nicaragua’s Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez overcame a spirited effort from former champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, winning a unanimous decision inside of the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Gonzalez (46-0, 38 KO’s) and Cuadras (35-1-1, 27 KO’s) gave the estimated 6,714 partisans in attendance a great show that including plenty of back-and-forth action. After 12 rounds of action, scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113 were read in Gonzalez’s favor, as he captures the WBC super flyweight title, his fourth belt in as many weight classes.

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas Face Off in Los Angeles

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas facing off in Los Angeles (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

There didn’t seem to be too much tension in the air on Thursday afternoon, Sep. 8, as WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) and eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (56-8-2, 38 KO’s) came face to face inside of the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.

Vargas and Pacquiao will face off on Nov. 5, inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Jessie Vargas kicks off training for Manny Pacquiao clash

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas is deep into training with Dewey Cooper in Las Vegas ahead of his Nov. 5 bout vs. Manny Pacquiao (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has officially kicked off his training camp for his Nov. 5 bout vs. eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao, whom he meets inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) may be the one holding the title, but he is regarded as the underdog to many against Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s), who still looks sharp at 37 years old.

Stacy Mayweather Uncut vol. 1 – Errol Spence, the welters, Pacquiao-Vargas, and more

Stacy Mayweather always keeps it 100%, seen here with Hustle Boss’ own Chris Robinson (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

Stacy Mayweather is often an unassuming individual, but always a man with some deep knowledge and insight.

I remember first asking Stacy for an interview roughly a year ago and from there the seed was planted.

Intense amateur sparring: 11 y/o Robert Meriwether III vs. 9 y/o Young Money Mar

11-year old Robert Meriwether III and 9-year old Young Money Mar recently sparred in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)


By Chris Robinson

Some of the best upcoming talent in the boxing game continues to come from the city of Las Vegas.

This past week, while inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club, Hustle Boss caught up with two of the top amateurs in the city prior to some spirited sparring.