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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.

PHOTOS: Canelo Alvarez trumps Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds inside of the Mandalay Bay

Canelo Alvarez was too much for Miguel Cotto on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 21, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez overcame a stern test from four-division world champion Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds before capturing a unanimous decision inside of the Mandaly Bay Hotel & Casino.

Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) shined on HBO pay per view, as his poised attack, mixed with his power and sheer size and strength advantages, was a little too much for his 35-year old foe. Cotto (40-5, 33 KO’s) was competitively but was also unable to amount a sustained attack that would have helped turn the tide.

Franciso Vargas overcomes knockdown, rallies to TKO Takashi Miura in nine rounds

Francisco Vargas pounded out a thrilling TKO victory on Saturday night over Takashi Miura (Photo: Tom Hogan – HoganPhotos)

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By Chris Robinson

In what turned out to be the Fight-of-the-Night and possibly the Fight-of-the-Year, Mexico City’s Francisco Vargas overcame a nasty cut and a bad knockdown before turning the tide and rallying to knockout former champion Takashi Miura in nine thrilling rounds inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on the Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez undercard.

It was an absolute barnburner, as Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KO’s) started fast, rocking Miura (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) hard in the first round while trying to follow up and score a knockdown. Vargas kept the pressure in rounds two and three, but suffered  a bad cut under his right eye along the way, but tasted the canvas himself in the fourth, courtesy of a crisp left from Miura.

Canelo Alvarez scores his biggest career victory; clearly defeats Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds

Canelo Alvarez scored his biggest victory on Saturday night by defeating Miguel Cotto (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Nov. 21, Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez delivered his biggest career victory to date by defeating former WBC middleweight champion and four-division titlist Miguel Cotto over 12 rounds inside of the Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

With the win, live on HBO pay per view, Canelo (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) captures the aforementioned WBC belt and sees his career ascend to a new level. As for Cotto, he drops to 40-5 with 33 knockouts following this contest.

Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez Face Off in Las Vegas Following Final Press Conference

Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez facing off in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, four-division world champion Miguel Cotto and former junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez held their final press conference ahead of their HBO pay per view showdown this weekend from the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

The bout has been highly debated this far, with several pointing towards the craft and veteran prowess of the 35-year old Cotto to carry the day while others simply feel that Canelo’s youth, size, and power will be enough to give the 25-year old superstar from Jalisco, Mexico the edge.

Canelo Alvarez Grand Arrival Footage from the Mandalay Bay ahead of Miguel Cotto PPV

Canelo Alvarez is officially in Las Vegas ahead of his big fight vs. Miguel Cotto (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 17, former WBA junior middleweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his team made their grand arrival to the city ahead of the Mexican superstar’s Saturday night showdown vs. Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto.

Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO’s) is being given a great chance in the matchup due to his size and youth. At 25 years of age, Canelo is ten years younger than Cotto, 35, but it is his lack of experience on the big stage that have some people doubting his chances this weekend.

PHOTOS: Tim Bradley triumphs over Brandon Rios in Las Vegas

Tim Bradley was successful vs. Brandon Rios on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Who would have imagined that Timothy Bradley would have stopped Brandon Rios on Saturday night in Las Vegas?

That’s exactly what happened, as the Palm Springs native successfully defended his WBO welterweight title on HBO’s airwaves with a dominating ninth round TKO over Rios.

Brandon Rios announces his retirement from boxing following TKO loss to Timothy Bradley

Brandon Rios and trainer Robert Garcia prior to his fight with Timothy Bradley (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been quite a career for former lightweight champion Brandon Rios.

A Kansas native who now calls Oxnard, Calif. his home, Rios was able to beat the odds stacked against him by winning the WBA lightweight champion of the world while also entertaining fans with several memorable action fights during his career.

PHOTOS: Final Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios Press Conference

Tim Bradley and Brandon Rios in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday, Nov. 5, soon-to-be opponents Brandon Rios and Tim Bradley faced off with one another at their final press conference inside of the Wynn Las Vegas ahead of their HBO-scheduled showdown this Saturday night from the Thomas & Mack Center.

Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KO’s) will put his WBO welterweight title on the line against Rios (33-2-1, 24 KO’s), a former titlist in the lightweight ranks. in a matchup that has the city and the boxing world anticipating a memorable one.

Bob Arum talks Tim Bradley vs. Brandon Rios and why Canelo may be in line for the winner

Bob Arum speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s once again Fight Week in Las Vegas, as we are counting down the days to this weekend’s HBO-televised battle between former lightweight champion Brandon Rios and two-division titlist Tim Bradley.

The two men collide on Saturday night from the Thomas & Mack Center for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title in a fight that doesn’t figure to disappoint.

PHOTOS: Gennady Golovkin hammers David Lemieux for 8th round TKO

Gennady Golovkin was too much for David Lemieux on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Oct. 17, Kazakhstan native Gennady Golovkin scored another big victory for his career as he punished former champion David Lemieux for eight one-sided rounds before scoring a TKO victory. With the win, Golovkin adds the IBF middleweight belt to his collection along with his WBA bauble.

With this being his first showcase on HBO pay per view, Golovkin (34-0, 31 KO’s) was systematic as he went to work inside of New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Golovkin’s power shots began finding a home early and he was outlanding Lemieux (34-3, 31 KO’s) at a three-to-one ratio as the bout pushed on.

PHOTOS: Gennady Golovkin vs. David Lemieux weigh in from New York

Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux weighing in from New York (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier today, from Madison Square Garden in New York City, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF middleweight titlist David Lemieux made weight ahead of their HBO pay per view showdown on Saturday night.

Golovkin (33-0, 30 KO’s) hit the scales weighing 159.4 pounds while Lemieux (34-2, 31 KO’s) stripped down to get to 159.8 pounds.

VIDEOS: Viktor Postol and Lucas Matthysse speak post-fight following HBO thriller

Viktor Postol celebrated his biggest victory as a professional on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse may not be the world’s best fighter but he always delivers some kind of excitement inside of the ring.

On Saturday night, Matthysse (37-4, 34 KO’s) came up short against tough and tall Ukrainian Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KO’s) inside of the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on HBO’s airwaves. Matthysse started strong but faded late and was dropped and stopped in the 10th round.

PHOTOS: Lucas Matthysse upset, gets knocked out in the 10th by Viktor Postol

Victor Postol dropped and stopped Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in the 10th round of their HBO-televised clash on Saturday night (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Oct. 3, inside of the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., Ukraine native Viktor Postol came away with the biggest victory over his career in stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in the 10th round of their junior welterweight clash.

Matthysse, 33, took the early lead in the HBO-televised contest but it was Postol, 31, who weathered the storm and began controlling the distance and pace of the matchup. Matthysse was always pressing and appeared to rock Postol several times in the seventh round but he simply had trouble dealing with the size and length of his foe.

Roger Mayweather feels Miguel Cotto may get ‘whooped’ by Canelo Alvarez on Nov. 21

Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather facing off in May 2012 (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

With Floyd Mayweather’s unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto now in our rear-views, the boxing world will not turn its attention to the next wave of big events on the horizon.

And while there are surely still a bevy of top-flight performers left in the sport in the wake of Mayweather’s retirement, there is no bigger showdown on the horizon than the Nov. 21 clash between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and former junior middleweight titlist Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Jean Pascal wins close decision over Yuniesky Gonzalez in Las Vegas

Jean Pascal weighing in (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, July 25, inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev., former light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (30-3-1, 17 KO’s) pulled out a very close, and some say questionable decision, over tough Cuban Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-1, 12 KO’s) on HBO’s airwaves.

Pascal got off to a slow start as his foe appeared to gain the early lead. Pascal picked things up in the middle of the fight and there was some definite action taking place.

PHOTOS: Tim Bradley survives late scare, overcomes Jessie Vargas over 12 rounds

Tim Bradley overcame Jessie Vargas on Saturday night (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Photos from the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. as two-division world champion Timothy Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KO’s) pulls out a 12-round unanimous decision victory over previously-undefeated junior welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas (26-1, 9 KO’s).

In a very competitive and fast-paced matchup, Bradley was a little too busy for Vargas, but had to survive a big scare in the final round when he was rocked in the closing seconds. The fight was stopped seven seconds prematurely in the final frame by referee Pat Russell, all the reason enough for Vargas and his team to cry foul and call for a rematch.

PHOTO: Tim Bradley arrives in Los Angeles ahead of Jessie Vargas showdown

Tim Bradley has arrived in Los Angeles ahead of his HBO matchup vs. Jessie Vargas this weekend (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s about that time again for two-division world champion Timothy Bradley, who faces off with undefeated junior welterweight titlist Jessie Vargas this Saturday night inside of the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

The HBO-televised battle, set for the interim WBO welterweight belt, will show us how much Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KO’s) has left heading into a duel with a younger, seemingly fresher Vargas (26-0, 9 KO’s), who enlisted the services of the great Erik Morales for this camp after difficulties in finding time with his previous coach, Roy Jones Jr.

PHOTOS: Nicholas Walters regroups to control Miguel Marriaga over 12 rounds

Nicholas Walters defeated Miguel Marriaga this weekend in New York (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

This past weekend, inside of the Madison Square Garden’s Theater, former WBA featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe-Man” Walters surrendered his title on the scales after coming in weighing 127 pounds, one over the featherweight division limit.

And while he may be returning to his native Jamaica without his title, not was all lost for the powerful prizefighter.