Tag Archives: Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

PHOTOS: Oscar Valdez Rises From the Canvas to Stop Adam Lopez in Seven

Oscar Valdez overcame adversity on his way to defeating Adam Lopez on Saturday night (Photo; Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 30, former WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez rose in weight for a much harder-than-expected duel with once-beaten prospect Adam Lopez.  The fight was aired on the ESPN + app, from the Chelsea inside of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, with Valdez rising in weight for his first official fight in the junior lightweight division.

Valdez (27-0, 21 KO’s) was originally scheduled to face off with Andres Gutierrez, but the fight fell through after Gutierrez weighed in at 141 pounds on Friday, 11 pounds over the contracted super featherweight limit of 130 pounds where the fight was to take place. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum was livid, kicking Gutierrez and his team out of the hotel even, as they looked for a replacement.

Errol Spence Jr. mitt work / behind-the-scenes coverage prior to his TKO over Brandon Hoskins

Chris Robinson goes behind the scenes inside the Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas prior to 2012 Olympian Errol Spence Jr.’s 1st round TKO over Missouri’s Brandon Hoskins. Check out mitt work and a post-fight interview from Spence

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Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias discusses Floyd Mayweather’s twitter innuendo, the buzz from his recent performance, the move to Las Vegas that changed his life, and more

Luis Arias with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday, February 2nd (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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The more time I spend covering boxing, the more I seem to become embedded in the sport.

Focusing on articles, videos, and photos, there is no better place for me to get pure coverage than inside of the gyms and over the past three-plus years I’ve been able to chronicle some of the finest prospects in Las Vegas and California.

It was August of 2010 when I first crossed paths with Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias, as the National Amateur champion was giving light heavyweight titlist Chad Dawson some lively work ahead of his clash with Jean Pascal later that month. I instantly spotted Arias’ strength and aggression in the ring and knew he would likely be making a name for himself as a professional.

A few years later and Arias’ name is starting to slowly but surely resonate within boxing circles.

Behind the scenes with prospect Badou Jack (12-0, 9 KO’s) during his 1st round KO over Jonel Tapia

Chris Robinson goes behind the scenes with super middleweight prospect Badou Jack (12-0, 9 KO’s) prior to his bout with Jonel Tapia at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Feb. 2. Jack scored a 1st round KO and is returning on the February 23rd Cornelius Bundrage-Ishe Smith card in Detroit

Behind the scenes with Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias during his 2nd professional bout, vs. Joshua Robertson

Chris Robinson goes behind the scenes with Luis ‘Cuba’ Arias during his 2nd professional bout, vs. Joshua Robertson, at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Arias improved to 2-0 with 1 KO following a 2nd round TKO…

Lanell Bellows (3-0, 3 KO’s) weighs in ahead of his 4th pro bout vs. Roberto Yong [February 2013]

Chris Robinson was on hand inside of the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada as undefeated super middleweight prospect Lanell Bellows (3-0, 3 KO’s) weighed in ahead of his bout vs. Roberto Yong, set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013…