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PHOTOS: Yordenis Ugas Continues to Push Hard in Las Vegas

Yordenis Ugas working with trainer Jorge Capetillo in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

If you are into the boxing scene in Las Vegas and in search of a diamond in the rough, perhaps Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas might be worth some of your time.

The 31-year old welterweight contender carries a 19-3 record with nine knockouts, yet it has been his recent run of success that has caught my eye. In August of last year, returning from a two-year layoff, Ugas upset previously-undefeated Jamal James over ten rounds in Verona, New York.

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: Back inside of the Salas Boxing Academy in Las Vegas

Inside of the Salas Boxing Academy in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It had been a while since I had linked up with trainer Ismael Salas and his stable of fighters out here in Las Vegas.

Presently running the Salas Boxing Academy, which is inside of the Bones Adams Boxing Gym a few miles West of the strip, Salas is one of the busiest and most dedicated coaches in the game. The Cuban-born Salas trains WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares, IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy, former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov, as well as a slew of contenders and upcoming prospects.

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.

Former champ Beibut Shumenov looking to bounce back in the cruiserweight division under respected trainer Ismael Salas

Former light heavyweight champ Beibut Shumenov is back in the win column (Photo: Ed de la Vega)

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By Chris Robinson

There was no shortage of boxing in Las Vegas on Dec. 13, as the MGM Grand and nearby Cosmopolitan both held nationally-televised events featuring some of the top names in the sport.

Amir Khan thoroughly handled Devon Alexander in Las Vegas over 12 rounds on Showtime inside of the MGM Grand while Tim Bradley and Diego Chaves scrapped to a debated draw on HBO’s airwaves across the street. Also scoring victories that evening were such notables as Abner Mares, Keith Thurman, Jose Benavidez Jr., Andy Lee, Victor Ortiz, Errol Spence Jr., and the fighting Charlo brothers from Houston, Tex.

Ismael Salas on training Jorge Linares, Donaire vs. Rigondeaux, and why he feels Yuriorkis Gamboa is a clean fighter

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By Chris Robinson

After catching up with Ismael Salas this past weekend in Las Vegas during Lucas Matthysse’s knockout victory over Mike Dallas Jr. inside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, I made a point to swing through and check out the Cuban trainer in camp with his latest pupil, Jorge Linares.

Overseeing the two-division world champion inside of the Long Life Fit Gym on Wednesday afternoon, Salas seems enthused by the prospect of trying to resurrect Linares’ career.

Undoubtedly one of the game’s finer talents, Linares suffered a pair of bloody and debilitating TKO defeats to Antonio DeMarco and Sergio Thompson in October of 2011 and March of 2012 that left his career hanging with serious questions.

During our conversation after their training, Salas spoke on his first ten days working with Linares while also taking time to speak on two of his former charges, WBA junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and former featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa.

After cutting ties with Freddie Roach, Jorge Linares now training in Las Vegas with Yuriorkis Gamboa’s former trainer

 

By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, there was no shortage of boxing luminaries inside of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for Lucas Matthysse’s crushing first-round knockout over Mike Dallas Jr.

Such notables in the building included former champions Zab Judah and Shane Mosley, junior welterweight contender Karim Mayfield, former WBO female super bantamweight champion Ana Julaton, junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo, rising lightweight Sharif Bogere, and former two-division titlist Jorge Linares.

Striking a conversation with Linares, I quickly discovered that much has changed for the Venezuelan-born prizefighter.