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Exclusive PHOTOS: Dustin Arnold leaves an impression in Las Vegas

South Florida’s Dustin Arnold recently made a stop in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

I remember hearing good things about lightweight prospect Dustin Arnold a few years back from one of my friends in the South Florida area and made a point to link up with him recently when he was out in Las Vegas.

Arnold was in town this past week with his trainer, former amateur fighter Jeff Poritz, in search of some work ahead of his Aug. 5 return to the ring in Tampa, Fl. and I was able to follow him a few days and get a sense of how serious he is towards his craft.

Exclusive Photos: Inside City Boxing Club’s Official Grand Opening in Las Vegas

Rene Moreno and his team following his victory at City Boxing Club’s first amateur event  (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday afternoon, April 29, City Boxing Club  in Las Vegas hosted their official grand opening.

The opening of the gym comes after the opening of the first City Athletic Boxing Gym in West Las Vegas. The new location can be found at 3401 Sammy Davis Jr. Drive, just across from the Fashion Show Mall on the Strip.

PHOTOS: Lively Sparring and Training with Team Salas Inside of City Boxing in Las Vegas

Francisco Esparza, left, sparring Leduan Barthelemy inside of City Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: 1Tarrell)

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By Chris Robinson

On Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, Cuban trainer Ismael Salas oversaw some sparring inside of City Boxing Club in Las Vegas, Nev., between some of his chief fighters and other pugilists.

The first sparring to kick off the sessions was a clash of unbeaten featherweight prospects in Cuba’s Leduan Barthelemy (11-0, 6 KO’s), younger brother of former IBF lightweight champion Rances, and Francisco Esparza (5-0, 2 KO’s). Esparza is trained by former junior middleweight world champion Fernando Vargas, who was present at the session, and he has a throwback, aggressive Mexican style that always see him pushing forward.

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)

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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.

Jessie Vargas speaks from Vegas training camp ahead of Kell Brook clash

Jessie Vargas training with Dewey Cooper inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Later this year, WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas will collide with IBF titlist Kell Brook in a can’t-miss matchup overseas.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) is already in training camp, putting in some technical work with his trainer Dewey Cooper and assistant David Hayes. City Athletic Boxing in West Las Vegas is serving as Vargas’ home gym for the Brook assignment, and the intensity will sure build as the matchup draws near.

PHOTOS: Jessie Vargas in training camp ahead of Kell Brook showdown

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, center, flanked by his trainers Dewey Cooper (Orange shirt) and David Hayes (Black shirt) – (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas has agreed to face IBF titlist Kell Brook later this year, likely over the in UK, in one of the year’s bigger showdowns.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) is riding a new high in his career following a ninth-round TKO over previously undefeated Sadam Ali this past March and the Brook clash is something he has been seeking.

VIDEO + PHOTOS: Cruiserweight prospect Andrew ‘The Beast’ Tabiti trains for 5/13 showdown vs. fellow unbeaten Keith Tapia

Andrew Tabiti training inside of City Athletic Boxing Las Vegas, Nevada ahead of his May 13 showdown vs. Keith Tapia (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday, May 13, cruiserweight prospect Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti will have the biggest assignment of his blossoming career when he faces off with Keith Tapia at the Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall.

Those in the know have always considered Tabiti (12-0, 11 KO’s) one of the shining jewels of the Mayweather Promotions stable and his matchup with Tapia (17-0, 12 KO’s) will give him the exact opportunity that he wants at this point in his career.

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)

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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.

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)

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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)

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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.

Exclusive PHOTOS: More Coverage from City Athletic Boxing

Bowe Van Damme Training Inside of City Athletic Boxing (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

As we noted recently, former lineal heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman was recently spotted putting in some work inside of City Athletic Boxing.

We will be inside of the facility much more this month. For now, check below for more of Rahman and other gym notables.

Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman putting in work inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas

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

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By Chris Robinson

It was a pleasant surprise to catch former lineal heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas on Monday afternoon.

Rahman is actually in excellent shape these days, as he was seen hitting the mitts rigorously with trainer Kevin Henry towards the end of his workout session.

Flashback Footage – Andre Berto Training Inside of City Athletic Boxing days before Mayweather fight

Andre Berto and his team inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas days before his bout vs. Floyd Mayweather this past Saturday

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By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday in Las Vegas, former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto gave a spirited effort against perennial pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather, ultimately dropping a unanimous decision loss after 12 rounds.

Fighting inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the second time in his career, you could tell that Berto (30-4, 23 KO’s) was in top physical shape as he attempted to break through Mayweather (49-0, 26 KO’s), even making the contest interesting on a few occasions.

VIDEO: Zab Judah wraps up training in Las Vegas ahead of 9/10 return in New York

Zab Judah training inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas prior to his Sep. 10 return in New York (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Sep. 10, two-division world champion Zab Judah is set to return to the ring against Columbia’s Hevinson Herrera, who he faces in Westbury, New York.

Judah (42-9, 29 KO’s), a Brooklyn native, has been living in Las Vegas for several years now and once again he has regained his focus towards training.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Maricela Cornejo trains inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas weeks after winning WBC gold in Miami

Maricela Cornejo training inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Monday, Sep. 7, I saw a familiar face walk through the doors of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas.

Maricela Cornejo is back in town for a brief visit, fresh off of her biggest victory to date as a professional. Cornejo improved her record to 4-1 with 2 knockouts on Aug. 15 when she scored a commanding ten-round unanimous decision over Latashia Burton.

Undefeated heavyweight Michael Hunter training inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas

Undefeated heavyweight Michael Hunter works with trainer Armin Van Damme inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

As the weeks pass by, so too do the number of championship-level fighters who continue to frequent City Athletic Boxing out in Las Vegas.

On Friday evening, Hustle Boss caught up with CAB gym owner and founder Armin Van Damme, as he was putting in some work on the mitts with emerging heavyweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter.

Vegas fan favorite Jesus ‘Chuy’ Gutierrez the latest fighter to train inside of City Athletic Boxing

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Gutierrez training inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Having been embedded in the Las Vegas boxing community the past six years, I’ve came across a lot of great talent all over the city.

Beginners, prospects, top contenders, and champions are all over the scene out here but it takes a special kind of person to really captivate the city in the way that Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez has.

Young Champion Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez Set To Sign With Al Haymon; Sept. Date Looms For Return

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

If you hit up the gym scene in Las Vegas on a constant basis, you are sure to be around some of the game’s top talent while also discovering your share of breaking news and in-depth stories.

There is a lot going on inside of City Athletic Boxing these days, especially on the heels of trainer Ismael Salas bringing his stable of champions to the facility.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Rances ‘Kid Blast’ Barthelemy putting in work inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas

Rances Barthelemy inside of City Athletic Boxing Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson 

Hustle Boss reported earlier this month that decorated trainer Ismael Salas has moved his stable of champions to a new facility, City Athletic Boxing out in West Las Vegas.

During a swing through the gym on Tuesday afternoon we caught up with Salas, as he was putting in some work with one of his star fighters, former IBF junior lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy.

Decorated trainer Ismael Salas moves his stable of champions to City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas

Trainer Ismael Salas, former junior lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy, trainer Armin Van Damme, upcoming amateur Bowe Van Damme, and former fighter Carlos De Leon Jr. inside of City Athletic Boxing in Las Vegas (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been  a treat watching Ismael Salas work his magic in Las Vegas the past few years.

Salas, a Cuban trainer who used to be known by many for his work with champions Yuriorkis Gamboa and Guillermo Rigondeaux, has really branched out the past few years and currently works with a very strong crop of fighters.