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Canelo Alvarez Dominates Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas [Post-Fight Coverage]

Canelo Alvarez came through with a commanding victory on Saturday night (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, May 6, Mexican superstar and junior middleweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez dominated an outmatched former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. over twelve one-sided rounds. Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO’s) was far too strong, poised, and precise throughout their HBO pay per view matchup inside of the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

With over 20,500 partisans in attendance for another wild Cinco De Mayo weekend, Alvarez proved himself to be far superior in every category, often tagging Chavez with sharp blows. Following twelve rounds, scores of 120-108 were read across the board for the Jalisco-born fighter, who continues to cement himself as the sport’s biggest star.

Canelo and Chavez FACE OFF in Las Vegas days away from HBO PPV bout

Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at their final press conference (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Wednesday afternoon, WBO junior middleweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former WBC junior middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. came face to face at their final press conference ahead of their big match this weekend. The two fighters face off on Saturday, May 6 from the T-Mobile Arena on HBO pay per view.

Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KO’s) and Chavez (50-2-1, 32 KO’s) both understand the importance of this matchup and they are each carrying a professional, subdued approach as the days go by.

PHOTOS: Vasyl Lomachenko outclasses Nicholas Walters in Las Vegas

Vasyl Lomachenko, right,  was too much for Nicholas Walters on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 26, inside of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, WBO junior featherweight champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko won a fairly-easy seventh-round stoppage over former featherweight titlist Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters.

Lomachenko was simply in another league, as his great footwork kept him constantly out of harm’s way, while he tagged and countered an onrushing Walters more and more as the rounds went by. After the seventh round, a stanza in which Walters was battered around the ring, the tough Jamaican elected to stay on his stool instead of coming out for more punishment.

VIDEO: Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Nicholas Walters Official Weigh-In from the Cosmopolitan

Vasyl Lomachenko and Nicholas Walters face off on Saturday night on HBO (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 26, from the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, WBO junior featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KO’s) and former featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (26-0-1, 21 KO’s) will face off in an HBO showdown that the boxing world has long been waiting for.

The matchup pits the savvy technique of Lomachenko against the grit and power of Walters. It’s a great clash of styles and not surprisingly, Lomachenko is heavily favored despite the stern task ahead of him.

Raw Footage of Vasyl Lomachenko Training Days Before Nicholas Walters Fight

Vasyl Lomachenko is ready to defend his belt against Nicholas Walters this Saturday

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 26, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (6-1, 4 KO’s) will face off with rugged former world champion Nicholas Walters (26-0, 21 KO’s) inside of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The HBO-televised headliner serves as one of the biggest fights of the year and it’s evident how important this matchup is for both men. At Tuesday’s open workout, Lomachenko appeared sharp and relaxed heading into another pivotal showdown in his career.

Curtis Stevens on Kovalev-Ward and whether we’ll see Canelo vs. Golovkin

Curtis Stevens speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, lineal light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO’s) and former super middleweight champion Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KO’s) will meet inside of the T-Mobile Arena in an HBO pay per view attraction.

On the undercard, middleweight contender Curtis “Cerebral Assassin” Stevens (28-5, 21 KO’s) will face off with upset-minded James De La Rosa (23-4, 13 KO’s). In his last match, this past May 7 on the Amir Khan vs. Canelo Alvarez undercard, Stevens stopped previously unbeaten Patrick Teixeira (26-1, 22 KO’s) in devastating fashion.

Terence Crawford says Brook is too small for Golovkin; ranks himself above ‘GGG’ in P4P race

Terence Crawford is in Las Vegas this weekend for his bout with Viktor Postol (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, July 23, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) faces off with WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KO’s) in a unification matchup on HBO pay per view.

Crawford is regarded as one of the rising stars in the sport, and I was curious for his take on another big fight on the horizon, the Sep. 10 Gennady Golovkin vs. Kell Brook clash.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford Media Day from the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles Ahead of Viktor Postol

Terence Crawford faces Viktor Postol on Saturday night in a junior welterweight unification (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Monday, July 18, WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford hosted the media inside of the Fortune Gym in Los Angeles, Calif.

Crawford (28-0, 20 KO’s) faces off with WBC champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KO’s) on Saturday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. in a unification matchup that will be televised by HBO.

Canelo Alvarez finishes Amir Khan off in the sixth round with a brutal one-punch knockout

Canelo Alvarez stopped Amir Khan in the sixth round of their matchup on Saturday night (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, May 7, WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez stopped a courageous Amir Khan in the sixth round of their HBO pay per view showdown from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Canelo (47-1-1, 33 KO’s) had a little trouble early on adapting to Khan’s style, as the British star and former junior welterweight titlist stuck to moving and boxing  early on. Through four rounds several outlets had Khan ahead of Canelo, who was patiently biding his time.

PHOTOS: Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan both hit the scale at 155 pounds at official weigh-in

Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan clash on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

As soon as it was revealed that WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would be making the first defense of his title against former junior welterweight titlist Amir Khan, speculation began to run about the size difference between the two men.

Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) has always been a solid junior middleweight, who has came into the ring well over 170 pounds on certain fight nights, while Khan (31-3, 19 KO’s) is moving up in weight following a three-fight stint in the welterweight ranks.

PHOTOS: Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan make their grand arrivals to Las Vegas

Canelo Alvarez making his grand arrival to Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday, May 3, WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former junior welterweight champion Amir Khan made their grand arrival to Las Vegas ahead of their HBO pay per view clash this Saturday night from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) and Khan (31-3, 19 KO’s) are both exuding extreme confidence ahead of this matchup, although Alvarez is the clear betting favorite to his obvious advantage in size. Canelo is coming off of one of his most complete performances to date, as he defeated Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds this past November.

PHOTOS: Naoki Fukuda covers Gennady Golovkin’s crushing stoppage of Dominic Wade

Gennady Golovkin was too much for Dominic Wade on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, April 23, WBA/IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s) overpowered contender Dominic Wade (18-1, 12 KO’s) for an easy second round knockout.

Golovkin registered a knockdown in the first round off of a big right hand and the writing was on the wall. Two more knockdowns followed in round two, and referee Jack Reiss called a halt to the match.

PHOTOS: Gennady Golovkin tears through Dominic Wade in two rounds

Gennady Golovkin was too much for Dominic Wade on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

It was business as usual for Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night, April 23, as he faced off with contender Dominic Wade inside of the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Golovkin (35-0, 32 KO’s) was on another level than his Maryland-born opponent, as he dropped him in the first round with a right cross. Two more knockdowns followed in round two, with referee Jack Reiss wisely waiving the match off after the second.

Steve Forbes reflects on Pac-Bradley III; says he always believed Mayweather had edge over Manny

Manny Pacquiao defeated Tim Bradley in their third encounter (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday, April 9, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao produced a commanding victory in defeating Tim Bradley in their trilogy matchup at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Pacquiao (57-8-2, 38 KO’s) dropped Bradley (33-2-1, 13 KO’s) twice in the second half of the fight and may indeed be retiring after this victory.

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: Gabe Rosado snatches victory over Joshua Clottey and calls for Canelo Alvarez

Gabe Rosado defeated former world champion Joshua Clottey on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Dec. 19, Philadelphia’s Gabe Rosado returned to the winning column for the first time in five fights with his ten-round unanimous decision victory over former welterweight champion Joshua Clottey on HBO Latino.

Two scorecards reading 97-93 and a third reading 96-94 were read in favor of Rosado (22-9, 13 KO’s), who was working for the first time under the guidance of trainer and former junior middleweight titlist Fernando Vargas.

PHOTOS: Luis Ortiz sends statement with crushing knockout of Bryant Jennings

Luis Ortiz was too much for Bryant Jennings on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Cuban heavyweight and interim WBA heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz scored a successful defense of his title with a seventh round knockout of Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings.

Ortiz was aggressive from the start, leaving an imprint on the first from the first round on, before breaking through and scoring a knockdown and later knockout in round seven. With the win, the 36-year old southpaw improves to 24-0 with 21 knockouts while eyeing the likes of Tyson Fury, Wladimir Klitschko, or Deontay Wilder in the future.