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VIDEO: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Nearly Come to Blows at Final Presser

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face off on Saturday night

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, February 22, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will again meet inside of the squared circle.

Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KO’s) and Fury (29-0-1, 20 KO’s) will square off inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, in a joint pay per view being distributed by FOX and ESPN. It’s perhaps the biggest fight of the year and one of the biggest heavyweight fights in years.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Make Their Grand Arrivals to Las Vegas

Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and former lineal heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury made their grand arrivals Tuesday afternoon at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, just days before their big pay per view rematch.

Fury (29-0-1, 20 KOs) came in a red Ferrari, while Wilder (42-0-1, 41 KOs) arrived shortly after in a Rolls-Royce SUV. Each man was bombarded with fans and support ahead of one of the biggest heavyweight fights in years.

PHOTOS: Gary Russell Jr. Overcomes Game Challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar Over 12

Gary Russell and Tugstsogt Nyambayar (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, Feb. 8, WBC Featherweight World Champion Gary Russell Jr. successfully defended his title by winning a unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar. The fight aired on SHOWTIME in a Premier Boxing Champions event from PPL Center in Allentown, PA.

Scores reading 118-110, 117-111, and 116-112 went in Russell’s favor, but the contest was far from a walkover. It was the fifth title defense for Russell (31-1, 18 KO’s) and the first loss for the 26-year old Nyambayar (11-1, 9 KO’s).

PHOTOS: Gervonta Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa Make Weight Ahead of SHOWTIME Fight

Gervonta Davis and Yuriorkis Gamboa fight on Saturday (Photo: Amanda Westcott – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon, former junior lightweight champion Gervonta Davis and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa weighed in ahead of their SHOWTIME-televised main event, set for Saturday night from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA.

Davis is the heavy favorite heading into the contest, which will see the two men vying for the vacant WBA lightweight title. But things didn’t exactly go as expected, as the Baltimore native originally came in 136.25 pounds, over a pound over the lightweight limit. Gamboa weighed in at 134.5 pounds.

PHOTOS + VIDEO: Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz Official Weigh-In Coverage

Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz Square off again later tonight in Las Vegas (Photo: Stephanie Trapp)

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By Chris Robinson

On Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder and former interim champion Luis “King Kong” both weighed in ahead of their big rematch. Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KO’s) and Ortiz (31-1, 26 KO’s) meet inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena later this evening, with FOX Sports pay per view televising the action.

Wilder is a freakishly athletic heavyweight and came in weighing 219.5 pounds. Ortiz, meanwhile, came in at 236.5 pounds, as he has been working with strength and conditioning coach Larry Wade this camp, and appears a bit leaner.

PHOTOS: Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz Arrive in Las Vegas Ahead of Rematch

Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: Stephane Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday afternoon, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder and Cuba’s Luis “King Kong” Ortiz made their grand arrivals inside of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. The two men square off in a highly anticipated rematch that headlines a FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View this Saturday, November 23.

“We’re all here to see what’s going to happen on Saturday night,” said Wilder following his arrival. “Even though I knocked Ortiz out the first time, it was an amazing fight. That was the fight that I was challenged the most during. I understand why none of the other heavyweights want to fight Ortiz.”

At 40, Pacquiao’s Brilliance is Still Lighting up a Dimming Sport

Manny Pacquiao continues to shine (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By: Dennis “dSource” Guillermo

Manny Pacquiao’s legend continues to grow with his latest conquest of the previously unbeaten Keith Thurman.

Boxing’s only eight-division world champion, Pacquiao (62-7-2) at 40, not only gave Thurman (29-1) the first loss of his career and strangled the WBA welterweight “super” champion away from the much younger Floridian, he also proved that true legends overcome age.

PHOTOS: Manny Pacquiao Wins Split-Decision Against Kieth Thurman in Memorable Fight

Manny Pacquiao defeated Keith Thurman on Saturday (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

Manny Pacquiao left another memorable impression on boxing fans on Saturday night with an epic triumph over the very dangerous Keith Thurman. Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KO’s) captured a 12-round split-decision victory over Thurman (29-1, 22 KO’s), with two 115-112 scorecards favoring the Filipino legend and one 114-113 tally going the other way.

Pacquiao stormed out of the gates with a big first round, knocking down Thurman with a sneaky counter shot that set the tone of the fight. From that point forward, Pacquiao took control with his quickness, activity, and punch output.

Pacquiao-Thurman Undercard Updates: Caleb Plants Stops Mike Lee in the Third Round

Caleb Plant made a successful first defense of his IBF super middleweight title on Saturday (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By Chris Robinson

Caleb Plant successfully defended his IBF super middleweight title on Saturday night, stopping an overmatched Mike Lee in the third round inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Later tonight, inside of the same venue, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao will face off with WBA welterweight champion Keith Thurman.

Plant dominated the fight, scoring a knockdown in the first and two more in the third before the action was halted.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman: Analysis and Bold Prediction

Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman are ready to fight (Photo: Stephanie Trapp – TGB Promotions)

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By: Dennis Guillermo

Las Vegas – In a few hours Keith “One Time” Thurman (29-0) finally gets his chance to add the legendary Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (61-7-2) to his list of conquered foes. It would easily be the most precious feather in his cap.

Thurman has said a lot of things leading up to this fight; from hurling insults to singing Pacquiao’s praises all in the same sentence. Round zero goes to the WBA super champion. He won the verbal battle, for sure, and it’s safe to say he’s gotten under Pacquiao’s skin more than one time (pun intended). But can he capitalize on that proverbial point and win the war?

SHOCKER: Anthony Joshua Reached Out to Ismael Salas and Angel Heredia for Their Services

Angel Heredia says that Anthony Joshua reached out for his services (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

This fight week in Las Vegas, we crossed paths with strength and conditioning coach Angel “Memo” Heredia.

Heredia works with top Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas, who faces off with unbeaten former champion Omar Figueroa Jr. on Saturday night at the the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ugas vs. Figueroa will serve as a key undercard attraction to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman FOX Sports pay per view show.

Pacquiao Admits Thurman has Gotten Under his Skin; Vows to Teach him a Lesson

Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman face off on Saturday (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Dennis “dSource” Guillermo

Whatever Keith Thurman’s true intentions are, he’s definitely done his part in hyping up his “dream match” with Manny Pacquiao.

Whether he’s simply playing the heel to drum up interest for the pay-per-view audience or his aggressive verbal jabs are a preliminary part of his gameplan, Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs), the WBA ‘super’ welterweight world champion, has definitely generated a lot more drama and interest for his July 20 bout with the future Hall of Famer, Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs).

PHOTOS: Yordenis Ugas Wraps up Training Camp for 7/20 Omar Figueroa Clash

Yordenis Ugas fights Omar Figueroa on Saturday night (Photo: Team Ugas)

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By Chris Robinson

Training camp is officially over for Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas.

Ugas (23-4, 11 KO’s) will face off with unbeaten former champion Omar Figueroa Jr. (28-0-1, 19 KO’s) in a 12-round welterweight bout on the Manny Paquiao vs. Keith Thurman undercard this Saturday night. The fight will air as a chief attraction on a FOX Sports pay per view show from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Ugas is coming off of a hotly-contested split-decision loss to WBC champion Shawn Porter this past March in a fight many felt he deserved to win. Figueroa now stands in his way towards another shot.

Will ‘One Time’ be the Last Time for Pacquiao?

Manny Pacquiao faces Keith Thurman on July 20th in Las Vegas (Photo: Stephanie Trapp)

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By Dennis Guillermo

As long as Manny Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39) continues to defy age and keeps winning, the narrative isn’t going to change each time he is set to face another young, hungry and determined opponent.

Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman (29-0, 22 KOs) easily fits that bill. The unbeaten WBA welterweight champ is next in line to attempt to slay the legend. He vows to do nothing less.

PHOTOS: Rances Barthelemy and Robert Easter Jr. Fight to Split-Draw in Las Vegas

Robert Easter Jr. and Rances Barthelemy fought to a split-draw on Saturday night (Photo: Esther Lin – SHOWTIME)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, with the vacant WBA lightweight title on the line, former two-division champion Rances Barthelemy and former IBF lightweight champion Robert Easter Jr. fought to an uneventful split-draw verdict. The bout aired on SHOWTIME from the Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The fight was largely void of any real action, with scorecards reading 115-113 Barthelemy, 115-113 Easter, and 114-114.

Will Errol Spence Jr. and Shawn Porter Collide Later This Year?

Errol Spence Jr. dominated Mikey Garcia last month in Texas (Photo: Fox Sports)

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By Chris Robinson

Errol Spence Jr.’s stock is as high as ever following his commanding unanimous decision victory over Mikey Garcia last month in Arlington, Texas. Fighting on FOX pay per view, Spence had little trouble in handling the four-division world champion from Riverside, CA in front of over 47,000 fans inside of the AT&T Stadium. After 12 rounds, scorecards reading 120-108 and 120-107 twice saw Spence raise his record to 25-0 (21 KO’s), as well as his overall standing in the sport.

And another fight may be just around the corner. According to Mike Coppinger, Spence very well could be lined up with a September showdown with WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter. It’s a fight that has made sense for a few years now, and the pieces finally appear to be falling into place.

PHOTOS: Errol Spence’s Stock Continues to Soar With Dominating Victory Over Mikey Garcia in Dallas

Errol Spence Jr., pictured with trainer Derrick James, was too much for Mikey Garcia on Saturday night (Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

This past Saturday night, inside of the AT&T Stadium just outside of Dallas, TX, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. made a third successful defense of his title with a commanding 12-round unanimous decision victory over four-division titlist Mikey Garcia on FOX pay per view. Spence was simply too precise, too strong, and too focused to let Garcia get any kind of momentum going as he cruised towards a clear-cut victory.

Scores reading 120-108 twice and 120-107 highlighted just how dominant and in control the 29-year old champion was throughout. Garcia, 31, tried his best to figure Spence out, whether in closed quarters or from a distance, but he simply didn’t have it on this night. Spence moved to 25-0 (21 KO’s) while Garcia suffered his first career blemish, falling to 39-1 (30 KO’s) as he goes back to the drawing board.

VIDEO: Errol Spence vs. Mikey Garcia Predictions From City Boxing Club in Las Vegas

Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia are ready to fight in Dallas (Photo: Stacey Verbeek)

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By Chris Robinson

In one of the year’s biggest fights, IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. will defend his title vs. four-division world champion Mikey Garcia, from the AT&T Stadium just outside of Dallas, TX. The fighters are presently in Dallas promoting the bout and despite Garcia moving up in weight to accept the challenge, there are still those who are giving him a chance to win on Saturday.

When it comes to getting insight into big fights and taking predictions, there is really no better place you can go then to inside a busy boxing gym. Online you hear a lot of opinions, but often times it’s from people who have no real passion or connection to the sport. In the gyms is often where it’s at.

VIDEOS: Shawn Porter Speaks In-Depth on Defeating Yordenis Ugas And Facing Spence, Thurman, Pacquiao, and Crawford in the Future

Shawn Porter following his narrow split-decision victory over Yordenis Ugas (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, from the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA, the boxing world witnessed another closely-contested decision, as WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter overcame a spirited effort from tough Cuban contender Yordenis Ugas to win a split-decision after 12 rounds of action. Scorecards read 117-111 for Ugas and 116-112 and 115-113 for Porter, in a fight that aired on FOX under the Premier Boxing Champions banner.

It was a very tense and tactical affair, with several of the rounds being hard to decipher as far as who should have won the frame. Ugas appeared to be more active in spots and began catching Porter with some telling right hands as the fight wore on. For his part, Porter boxed on his toes more than we are accustomed to seeing him, despite never seeming to mount any kind of offensive attack.

VIDEO: Shawn Porter Makes Weight on Fourth Attempt And Says he Never Underestimated Yordenis Ugas

Shawn Porter will defend his WBC welterweight title later tonight against Yordenis Ugas (Photo: Instagram)

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By Chris Robinson

It was quite the scene on Friday afternoon, as WBC welterweight champion Shawn Porter shocked many by coming in overweight ahead of his title defense vs. tough contender Yordenis Ugas at their official weigh-in. Porter (29-2-1, 17 KO’s) hit the scales at 148.8 pounds, over by 1.8 pounds, while Ugas (23-3, 11 KO’s) made weight at 146.6 pounds.

Porter was given two hours to re-weigh, and he did just that. After cutting his hair and stripping down to no clothes, Porter finally made weight on the fourth try, coming in at 146.8 pounds. His supporters and his team erupted with relief and celebration, but there is a big task ahead of him tonight in the form of Ugas, who was ripped at the weigh-in.