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PHOTOS: Caleb Plant and Sena Agbeko Swing Through Johnny Tocco’s for Some Sparring

Sena Agbeko sparring inside of Johnny Tocco’s against amateur Jamey Swanson (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier this month, inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, Nev., undefeated super middleweight prospect Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (14-0, 10 KO’s) and once-beaten super middleweight Sena Agbeko (15-1, 15 KO’s) visited the gym to get in some sparring ahead of their respective bouts.

Plant fights on Feb. 25 inside of the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Al., against Ghana’s Thomas Awimbono (25-6-1, 21 KO’s) on the same card that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder faces off with contender Gerald Washington. The following month, on March 17, Agbeko returns against journeyman Rashad Jones in Nashville, Tennessee.

Top amateurs slug it out at Tocco’s: Rahim Gonzales vs. Alex ‘ATG’ Thiel

Alex Thiel, left, sparring Rahim Gonzales in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Top sparring continues to take place inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas, Nev. as the gym’s monthly “First Friday” sparring exhibition series also continues to gain steam.

This past Friday, Feb. 3, more action was taking place inside of Tocco’s, as we caught up with two of the nation’s top amateurs, Rahim Gonzales and Alex “ATG” Thiel, while they were putting in some work.

First Friday Sparring at Johnny Tocco’s Gets Off to a Lively Start in 2017

Prospects Shaun Ross (left) and Joseph Macedo putting in work on Jan. 6 inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym (Photo: Hustle B0ss)

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By Chris Robinson

I made sure to stop by Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym this past Friday night, Jan. 6, to check out some of the action taking place between some of the area’s top amateur and professional prospects and I wasn’t disappointed.

The exhibition sparring series has been taking place on the first Friday of every month inside of Tocco’s in Las Vegas, and it has given both the fighters a chance to shine as well as the spectators a glimpse of some key pieces to boxing’s future.

Back-and-forth sparring: Alex ‘ATG’ Thiel vs. Eric Walker (13-0, 6 KO’s) at Johnny Tocco’s

Alex Thiel and Eric Walker put on a show recently inside of Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Ring Dreams)

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By Chris Robinson

Some excellent work continues to take place inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym in Las Vegas.

Budding amateur Alex Thiel, who has had a stellar 2016 campaign thus far, winning numerous national tournaments, recently got in some work with sharp junior middleweight prospect Eric “Baby-Faced Assassin” Walker (13-0, 6 KO’s) and it was something to watch.

PHOTOS: In the trenches with Izaiah Dent and Alex Thiel

Alex Thiel, left, and Izaiah Dent recently put in work inside of Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

There has been a lot of good work going on recently inside of Johnny Tocco’s Ringside Gym out in Las Vegas.

This past week, we walked into the building as gym regular Alex Thiel was going up against fellow amateur Izaiah Dent, who was visiting from Indianapolis, In.

Local prospect Cameron Kreal resurfaces for top-notch sparring vs. top amateur Daijon Carter at Tocco’s

Cameron Kreal was recently spotted at Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym earlier this month (Photo: Jabber)

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By Chris Robinson

You should never let a record in boxing deceive you.

When taking a look at junior lightweight prospect Cameron Kreal, who fights out of Las Vegas, it may be easy to dismiss to his 8-9-2 record (1 KO) as being average but there is far more to his record than meets the eye.

Norway’s Alexander Hagen invades Las Vegas; set for First Friday Exhibition Sparring at Johnny Tocco’s on 4/1

Alexander Hagen, left, listening to trainer Luis Monda, far right, inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas

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By Chris Robinson

There is a special synergy and connection that takes place between aspiring pugilists and trainers in the sport of boxing.

Being a trainer in boxing requires a lot of patience and communication from the get-go, as the revolving cast of fighters they work with come with so many different levels of talent, experiences, history, and ability.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Back Inside Johnny Tocco’s for First Friday Exhibition Sparring

Amateur prospect Daijon Carter, right, attempts to evade an onrushing Alex Thiel, also amateur, in their matchup this past Friday at Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

It was great to step back inside of Johnny Tocco’s this past Friday, Feb. 5, for another installment of their First Friday Exhibition Series.

The monthly showcase, which runs in conjunction with the city’s ongoing First Friday Celebrations, has brought out the best in some of the area’s top young prospects.

A Return to Johnny Tocco’s for First Friday Exhibition Sparring This Coming Friday, Feb. 5

Inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas during their First Friday Exhibition Sparring Series (Photos: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

When Luis Monda told me in November 2014 that the famed Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym was set to embark on a new ritual with their First Friday Exhibition Sparring series, I knew instantly what he had in mind.

I also knew that his idea had a great chance to shine, as Monda, a trainer and manager at Tocco’s, is looking to introduce the talent from his gym by showcasing their sparring against other up-and-comers in the Vegas area.

‘Mouth Piece Guy’ pays a visit to Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas during First Friday Sparring

‘Mouth Piece Guy’ Jeff D., right, working with a new customer inside of Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

When it comes to custom mouthpieces in the boxing game, nobody quite seems to have a handle on things like the ‘Mouthpiece Guy’ Jeff D.

At Hustle Boss we caught up with MPG inside of the Mayweather Boxing Club in February, where he was seen helping out prizefighters Ishe Smith and Badou Jack with their first custom piece. The two have since gone on to be repeat customers.

VIDEO: Rashad Ganaway vs. Joseph Macedo [First Friday Exhibition Sparring at Tocco's]

WBC USNBC lightweight champion Rashad Ganaway faces off with upcoming amateur prospect Joseph Macedo inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

As Hustle Boss previously reported, Rashad Ganaway recently got his career back on track by winning the WBC USNBC lightweight title with an eight-round unanimous decision over Leon Spinks III in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Ganaway now calls Las Vegas his home and could recently be spotted putting in some rounds inside of Johnny Tocco’s during the famed gym’s First Friday Exhibition Sparring earlier this month.

Exclusive Photos: Ganaway vs. Macedo highlights Tocco’s Exhibition Sparring in June

Joseph Macedo and Rashad Ganaway working inside of Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

As I walked inside of Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym this past Friday, I knew something good was in store.

The famed facility began hosting Exhibition Sparring matches on the first Friday of every month and thus far the action has been top notch. This was exactly the case when I saw lightweight veteran Rashad Ganaway and upstart amateur prospect Joseph “El Bandito” Macedo facing off and trading blows.

Exclusive photos: Action continues to heat up during First Friday Exhibition Sparring at Johnny Tocco’s

Unbeaten lightweight contender Lydell Rhodes was in town to support First Friday Exhibition Sparring this past Friday at Johnny Tocco’s (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

When Luis Monda told me he  was going to start staging exhibition sparring matches inside of the famed Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas on the first Friday of every month, I knew instantly it had the chance  to be something special.

And so far that has been just the case.

Live exhibition sparring set to once again go down at Johnny Tocco’s on Friday, Jan. 2

Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym will be hosting more exhibition sparring sessions on Jan. 2

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By Chris Robinson

I was pleasantly surprised when I stepped into Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym in early November for the first edition of their Exhibition Sparring series inside of their famed facility.

For anyone who has kept up with HustleBoss.com over the past few years, you know all too well that raw, all-access sparring footage is a big part of the boxing coverage featured on the site and that’s why Tocco’s latest revival is right up our alley.

Las Vegas’ latest revival – Exhibition Sparring at Johnny Tocco’s

Exhibition sparring sessions will be taking place on the first Friday of every month in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

On the first Friday of every month, Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas will play host to exhibition sparring matches between some of the rising faces in the city.

The renown gym is still going, as evidenced by their crop of talent that showed up for the inagural session in early November.

A closer look at Jeremy ‘J Flash’ Nichols [Interview + Sparring footage at Johnny Tocco's]

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HustleBoss.com steps inside of Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a closer look at upcoming amateur prospect Jeremy ‘J Flash’ Nichols, both during an interview as well as some sparring with fellow prospect Dajion Carter.

Exclusive photos: Exhibition sparring at Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas

HustleBoss.com steps inside of Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada for exhibition sparring the first Friday of the month. Stay tuned in the coming months, as we will be introducing you to several faces in the gym in this new series.

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Boxing standout Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez training at Johnny Tocco’s in Vegas for his second pro fight

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Chris Robinson was on hand inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas, Nevada as boxing standout Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez (1-0, 1 KO’s) put in work ahead of his second pro fight as he trained inside of Johnny Tocco’s in Las Vegas, NV. Vasquez fights this weekend in Mexico and he is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. Vasquez is also the younger brother of former champion Israel Vasquez.

Lydell Rhodes on the mitts with Floyd Mayweather Sr. (Johnny Toccos – Early November, 2012)

Chris Robinson was on hand at Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada in early November, 2012 as undefeated junior welterweight prospect Lydell Rhodes (11-0, 6 KO’s) put in work with trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr.