Exclusive Photos: Rick Ross Turns Up at TRU Nightclub in Las Vegas

Rick Ross performing inside of TRU Nightclub in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been easy to notice all of the action taking place at TRU Nightclub in Las Vegas in recent weeks..

The recently-opened After Hours spot has played host to some great names since its opening, including O.T. Genasis, Migos, and most recently Rick Ross, who came in town for a Tuesday night showcase.

PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao emerges victorious over Tim Bradley in trilogy showdown at the MGM

Manny Pacquiao may have fought his last bout as a professional (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao defeated former two-division titlist Timothy Bradley in clear fashion.

There were several close rounds, yet Pacquiao (57-8-2, 38 KO’s) again dominated key spots over the second half of the match, dropping Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s) in rounds seven and nine. Nothing is for certain regarding Pacquiao’s future, yet the Filipino icon appears to be hinting towards retirement.

Manny Pacquiao drops Bradley twice, takes decision; Tim eyeing retirement?

Manny Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao captued a clear unanimous decision victory against friendly rival Tim Bradley.

Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) started cautiously against Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s), as the two men appeared to trade the early rounds. Pacquiao’s class began to show in the middle rounds, as he began picking Bradley off with sharp counters.

Pacquiao Sparring Partner Lydell Rhodes thinks Manny ‘can and will’ keep fighting after Bradley

Manny Pacquiao faces Tim Bradley later tonight in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., Manny Pacquiao will face Tim Bradley for the third time in a welterweight attraction on HBO pay per view.

For this particular camp, Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s) again worked with lightweight contender Lydell Rhodes, both in the Philippines and in Los Angeles. Hustle Boss caught up with Rhodes following yesterday’s weigh-in and he seems to feel his friend will find a way to perform under pressure.

VIDEO: Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley III Official Weigh-In

Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley will meet for a third time later tonight in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will meet two-division titlist Tim Bradley in a trilogy showdown on HBO pay per view.

At yesterday’s weigh-in, Bradley (33-1-1, 13 KO’s) hit the scales at 146.5 pounds while Pacquiao (57-6-2, 38 KO’s) came in weighing 145.5 pounds. Pacquiao, the beloved Filipino icon, claims this will be his last official fight but there is a lingering sense that he will keep competing after this.

PHOTOS: On The Scene With Naoki Fukuda During Pacquiao-Bradley III Fight Week in Las Vegas

It’s Fight Week In Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

During any fight week in Las Vegas you are sure to run into your usual cast of characters. There are a lot of good people in the sport, both in the media and pugilistic field, and it’s good to catch up with everyone during these times.

Manny Pacquiao faces Tim Bradley on Saturday night, from the MGM Grand here in Las Vegas, and those in press row have been busy as usual. Our friend Naoki Fukuda has been kind enough to share some of his images through the early fight week days.

PHOTOS: Looking back at Adrien Broner’s TKO victory over Ashley Theophane

Adrien Broner halted Ashley Theophane in the ninth round on Friday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Friday night, inside of the DC Armory in Washington, D.C., four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner halted a game Ashley Theophane in under nine rounds of action.

Broner (32-2, 24 KO’s) established early command of the fight against Theophane (39-7-1, 11 KO’s) and appeared to stun his UK foe a few times in the early rounds. Theophane, to his credit, fought valiantly and attempted to rally in the middle rounds.

Norway’s Alexander Hagen invades Las Vegas; set for First Friday Exhibition Sparring at Johnny Tocco’s on 4/1

Alexander Hagen, left, listening to trainer Luis Monda, far right, inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas

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By Chris Robinson

There is a special synergy and connection that takes place between aspiring pugilists and trainers in the sport of boxing.

Being a trainer in boxing requires a lot of patience and communication from the get-go, as the revolving cast of fighters they work with come with so many different levels of talent, experiences, history, and ability.

It’s Showtime for Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez; Fight poster for 5/7 return in Colorado revealed

Damien Vasquez returns to Colorado on March 29 (Photo: Facebook)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday, Mar. 29, Damien “Sugar” Vasquez took to his personal Facebook Page to update his fans with some news.

As reported by Hustle Boss earlier this month, Vasquez will be facing off with tough veteran Lorenzo Trejo on May 7 in Longmont, Color. in a stacked card. Vasquez (8-0, 3 KO’s) captued the NABF junior flyweight belt in just his sixth pro bout and will be putting his strap on the line against Trejo (35-31-1, 22 KO’s) in a matchup that has been long overdue.

Tizzle Berries continue to go strong in Las Vegas

Tizzle Berries continue to go strong in Las Vegas (Photo: J Tizzle)

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By Chris Robinson

When I first caught word about “Tizzle Berries” hitting the city, it must have been inside of the Mayeather Boxing Club out here in Las Vegas.

Tizzle Berries, as seen on their growing Instagram Page, are strawberries filled with cheesecake filling with a variety of different toppings. There is a good buzz going for the berries at the moment, and it’s the kind of snack that people in Las Vegas can appreciate given the constant hustle and bustle in the city and how hard it can be to often find something original to eat in town.

Donte Strayhorn gets back on track in Tijuana; successful return with new team

Donte Strayhorn, seen with trainer Chris Bentchavtchav and Tron Larkins, following his recent win in Tijuana (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been more than a few years now since we have been covering prospect Donte Strayhorn out here in Las Vegas.

A native of Cincinnati, Oh., Strayhorn, 25, was an amateur when he first came to the city nearly five years ago and it has been quite the ride for him to endure.

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez headlines ‘Returning Home: A Night To Remember’ on May 7 in Longmont, Colorado

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vegas during a recent workout in Las Vegas ahead of his May 7 return in Colorado (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

When I caught up with Damien “Sugar” Vasquez recently in Las Vegas, he was putting in some tough work with  top contender Joebert Alvarez from the Philippines.

At the time I was unsure of any set return date for Vasquez, but it appears now that the 18-year old NABF junior flyweight champion has something lined up.

1st Annual High School Las Vegas Basketball Classic goes down March 15

The first annual High School Las Vegas Basketball Classic is on its way to Las Vegas

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By Chris Robinson

For the past few months, we have been hearing rumors of a possible new event coming to the Las Vegas area.

Now we can make it official, as the 1st Annual High School Las Vegas Basketball Classic will be coming to Spring Valley High School on Tuesday, March 15.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford beats down Hank Lundy in five rounds

Terence Crawford was too much for Hank Lundy on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

It was business as usual for WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford this past Saturday night, as he stopped a brave but outgunned Hank Lundy inside of five rounds in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,092 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

On HBO’s airwaves, Crawford was calm and calculated as always, as he brushed off a strong start by Lundy before breaking him down in the fifth with a knockdown and a barrage of punches soon afterwards that prompted referee Steve Willis to call a halt to the action.

5-year Old Money Prince Duarte continuing his growth in the boxing world out of Las Vegas

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By Chris Robinson

When I first spotted young Money Prince Duarte out here in Las Vegas a few years ago I was instantly taken aback.

Then just three years old at the time, it was easy to tell that the young kid was a natural as he pounded on the heavy bag at the Mayweather Boxing Club. That same day I also broke bread with Prince’s driving force, his father Marcel, and so too was a seed planted.

Conor McGregor sets his sights on the lightweight division

Conor McGregor is one of sport’s most talked about figures (Photo: Instagram)

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By Kyle Hutchison

A little under three years ago, I was sitting on my porch with my buddy Kevin. While watching UFC highlights on my laptop, He told me to look up “this dude Conor McGregor, he’s this crazy Irish dude who throws ridiculous kicks.” That crazy Irishman will be fighting for the lightweight title on March 5. McGregor’s unprecedented rise to the top of the UFC comes from his outlandish trash talk and his uncanny ability to back it up.

McGregor’s trash talk is legendary. The only other UFC fighters who are even on the same level are Chael Sonnen and Brock Lesnar. He utilizes that trash talk to propel himself into larger fights and draw larger crowds. He is his own perfect PR guy. You can see one of his best moments when he verbally attacks every UFC fighter at a press conference. But, trash talk is nothing unless you can back it up, and McGregor has fulfilled every one of his promises so far.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez Helping Top Contender Joebert Alvarez From the Philippines Ahead of his March 19 duel with Jonathan Gonzalez

Joebert Alvarez and Damien Vasquez in Las Vegas following their sparring (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

The rigorous training and  learning lessons continue for Damien “Sugar” Vasquez.

Vasquez last saw action inside of the ring this past October in Glendale, Ariz., where he clearly defeated Javier Lapizco over eight rounds to move to 8-0 with three knockouts. Still just 18 years old, Vasquez has since been honing his skills under the tutelage of respected trainer Nonito Donaire Sr., and it’s evident that he is still very much learning and blossoming as a fighter.

PHOTOS: Alexis Santiago outduels Erik Ruiz over 10; Lanell Bellows KO’s Aikens and Thompson upset by Parker

Alexis Santiago defeated Erik Ruiz over 10 rounds on Tuesday night (Photo: Al Powers – Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

WBO #5, IBF #10, WBC #14 bantamweight Alexis “Beaver” Santiago delivered a gritty and exciting performance against tough gatekeeper Erik Ruiz on Tuesday night at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.

Team Judah respond to reports regarding Zab’s fallout with promoter Greg Cohen

Zab Judah has always been a fan favorite in the Las Vegas area (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

To anyone who has been a fan of two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah, surely the past few years have been a bit of a waiting game.

Judah (42-9, 29 KO’s) hasn’t fought since his December 2013 unanimous decision loss to Paulie Malignaggi is Brooklyn, New York.

Last year, in August, it was revealed that Judah had signed on with promoter Greg Cohen and there were soon discussions of his imminent return. Judah was slated for a matchup against Columbia’s Hevinson Herrera in September but the fight fell through when the two men got into an altercation at their weigh-in prior to their scheduled bout.

Judah was then scheduled to face former junior lightweight titleholder Juan Carlos Salgado in November in Las Vegas, but the bout was cancelled when Salgado, claiming an ankle injury, dropped out less than a week before the fight.

2015 passed and Judah didn’t perform in the ring. It was reported that he was in line for a February showcase against Virgil Green in Sloane, Iowa, but speculation of that scenario fell apart when it was revealed that Judah and Cohen had parted ways.

There are conflicting reports of why Judan and Cohen went their separate ways.

Hustle Boss caught word, via some feedback from Twitter, that it was reported by ESPN’s Dan Rafael during one of his chats that Judah had taken a $25 thousand dollar signing bonus while turning down numerous fights. It was also reported that Judah was released by Cohen and there was speculation concerning his signing bonus and whether or not it was paid back.

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Team Judah have since reached out to Hustle Boss to give their side of the story, as seen below.

“Zab signed with a promoter who made certain guarantees that were to be fulfilled by December 31st.  It is our belief that the promoter did not fulfill these guarantees, and so the agreement terminated at the end of December by its terms.  Once we sent notice of termination, the promoter attempted to spin the events that took place between the signing and the end of the year.  Although we were not liable to repay the signing bonus, we decided to repay it in exchange for a signed written release to ensure the promoter will not be able to make any false claims that he still promotes Zab.  These funds were received by the promoter within hours after the promoter signed the release.  Any stories out there saying anything different than this are untrue and are a malicious attack on Zab’s integrity.  Also, to all of Zab’s fans, Zab never gave authorization to have his name used to promote a fight in Iowa.  It is our understanding that someone signed a contract promising Zab for this fight without Zab’s knowledge and approval.  As soon as we discovered this, we immediately tried to correct the situation by having Zab’s name removed from all advertising.  If I bought tickets to this fight because I thought Zab was fighting, I would immediately contact the organizers for a refund.  Zab was never scheduled to fight on this date in Iowa.”

Stay tuned for a full interview with Judah to be dropping soon.

Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com

Exclusive PHOTOS: Back Inside Johnny Tocco’s for First Friday Exhibition Sparring

Amateur prospect Daijon Carter, right, attempts to evade an onrushing Alex Thiel, also amateur, in their matchup this past Friday at Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It was great to step back inside of Johnny Tocco’s this past Friday, Feb. 5, for another installment of their First Friday Exhibition Series.

The monthly showcase, which runs in conjunction with the city’s ongoing First Friday Celebrations, has brought out the best in some of the area’s top young prospects.