Chris Robinson catches up with junior middleweight prospect Simeon ‘Candyman’ Hardy, as he discusses his history in boxing, how he marketed himself and connected with manager Cameron Dunkin, his bond with WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley, his time living it up in Las Vegas during the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado II fight week festivities, and much more
Juan Manuel Marquez, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, and Tim Bradley on Saturday night in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)
By Chris Robinson
While many eyes were fixated upon the action between Mike Alvarado and Brandon Rios this past Saturday night in Las Vegas, it’s safe to say that very few people could have had as vested of an interest in the fight as did trainer and former contender Joel Diaz.
Watching Alvarado overcome a rocky start on his way towards a decision victory in his rematch with Rios, Diaz surely knows that either man could very well find themselves in the ring with his star fighter, Timothy Bradley, in the near future.
The buzz on Bradley is at a peak, as he is still soaking up the aftermath that came from his grueling points victory over Ruslan Provodnikov just two weekends back.
With the dust from Rios-Alvarado II settling, Diaz is getting a clearer picture of what the forthcoming moves may be for Bradley and he seems eager, showing particular interest in a match with Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez.
Andre Ward ringside with HBO’s Max Kellerman prior to the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado rematch in Las Vegas
By Chris Robinson
There were no shortage of boxing luminaries sitting ringside during Mike Alvarado’s impressive rematch victory over Brandon Rios on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.
During some down time, I was able to have a few words with one of the sport’s finest talents, WBA and WBC super middleweight titlist Andre Ward.
Regarded as one of the sport’s classier champions, Ward touched on a variety of topics during our conversation and spoke with great insight and interest along the way.
Read below for Ward’s thoughts on overcoming a recent shoulder injury that has sidelined him briefly, his feelings on Adrien Broner’s challenge of Paulie Malignaggi’s WBA welterweight title, his take on the recent rift between HBO and Golden Boy Promotions, his response to the recent comments Floyd Mayweather made about his career, and much more.
Chris Robinson catches up with WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley (30-0, 12 KO’s), as he speaks on the incredible action displayed in the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado rematch. Bradley speaks on Alvarado’s victory and admits either guy would be a tough fight
Chris Robinson catches up with former lightweight contender and current day trainer Joel Diaz, shortly after Mike Alvarado’s thrilling victory over Brandon Rios in their rematch at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Diaz speaks on the fight and sizes up the chances of his fighter, WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley, against either guy
Chris Robinson catches up with former two-division world champion Zab Judah following Mike Alvarado’s thrilling victory over Brandon Rios. Judah speaks on the fight and believes that we will see a third meeting between the two men
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo: Noaki Fukuda)
By Chris Robinson
On Saturday night, inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mike Alvarado produced the biggest victory of his career in winning a unanimous decision over Brandon Rios in another all-action affair.
The win serves as a sense of redemption for Alvarado, who was stopped inside of seven rounds by Rios this past October in their first barnburner. During last night’s rematch, Alvarado decided to box more while picking the right moment to land meaningful shots in a vintage performance.
Chris Robinson catches up with Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez, who was ringside for the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado rematch inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez gives his take on the fight as well as Rios’ decision to work with his personal strength and conditioning coach Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia
Chris Robinson catches up with super middleweight world champion Andre Ward inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, as he discusses the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado rematch, the recent comments that Floyd Mayweather made questioning his popularity, the HBO-Golden Boy drama, his bond with trainer Virgil Hunter, his career learning lessons, and more
Chris Robinson catches up with Yahoo! Columnist Kevin Iole, as he looks forward to this weekend’s HBO-televised rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado. Iole also discusses HBO’s decision to cut ties with Golden Boy Promotions and speaks on Rios’ decision to bring in strength coach Angel Heredia into camp
Chris Robinson catches up with WBO welterweight champion Tim Bradley, as he speaks on his thrilling victory over Ruslan Provodnikov on March 16th, while also speaking on the March 30th rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado
Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado after weighing in ahead of their rematch in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson – www.HustleBoss.com)
By Chris Robinson
This weekend’s rematch between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado is simply the kind of fight that doesn’t need any further hype or special kind of explanation.
Facing off later tonight inside of the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas in an HBO-televised attraction, Rios and Alvarado will look to again thrill the masses just as they did this past October.
Meeting in the squared circle for the first time inside of the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Rios and Alvarado hacked away at each other round after round in breathtaking fashion.
In the sixth round, Rios appeared to hurt Alvarado for the first time and it was one frame later where he finished him off along the ropes, as referee Pat Russell jumped in to save the Denver, Colorado native from any further punishment.
Chris Robinson catches up with outspoken Brandon Rios moments after his weigh in ahead of his rematch with Mike Alvarado. Following the weigh in, Rios could be seen exchanging some heated words and flipping off a member of Alvarado’s camp. The two men continued to go back and forth and had to be separated from one another.
Chris Robinson was on hand inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, March 30th, 2013, as Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios and Mike Alvarado weighed in ahead of their highly anticipated HBO rematch
Article by Sabrina Montez / Photos by Chris Robinson (www.HustleBoss.com)
Hustleboss.com was present for the Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado II official weigh-in in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was a very lively atmosphere inside of the Mandalay Bay Events Center as all the fighters weighed in.
Chris Robinson goes behind the scenes with 2012 Olympian Jose Ramirez (1-0) ahead of his 2nd pro bout. Ramirez speaks in an interview and hits the mitts ahead of his showcase on the March 30th Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado rematch in Las Vegas, Nevada