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By Chris Robinson

If the theatrics of this fight week have been any indication, boxing fans are in for a treat later tonight when WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford meets undefeated former interim champion Jose Benavidez Jr. inside of the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE. Simply click the photo above to be taken to our YouTube page to check out videos of Friday’s weigh-in and Thursday’s final press conference, both of which were full of drama.

Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) vs. Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) goes down later tonight on ESPN.

VIDEO: WILD Weigh-In – Jose Benavidez Jr. SHOVES Terence Crawford and ‘Bud’ SWINGS with right

Things got intense at the Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. Weigh-In in Omaha (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Give how intense things have been between Terence Crawford and Jose Benavidez Jr. in recent days, you could expect something to go off at their official weigh-in on Friday afternoon. And that’s exactly what happened.

Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s), the WBO welterweight champion, swung for Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s), but only after his brash opponent got things started by shoving him as they came face to face after both hit the scales inside of the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE. Crawford weighed in at 145.25 pounds while Benavidez was slightly less at 145 pounds.

VIDEO: Mikaela Mayer and trainer Al Mitchell on her 8th bout and the resurgence of Women’s Boxing

Mikaela Mayer and her trainer Al Mitchell in Omaha, NE ahead of her eighth pro bout (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Tomorrow night, in Omaha, NE, inside of the CHI Health Center, female junior lightweight prospect Mikaela Mayer (7-0, 4 KO’s) returns to the ring for her eighth professional bout. Mayer turned professional following a run in the 2016 Olympics and has been busy under the Top Rank umbrella.

Speaking with her longtime trainer Al Mitchell, Mayer was able to shed some insight into her training regimen in Colorado, as she trained with Terence Crawford, Shakur Stevenson, and others, as she got ready for this contest. Mayer and Mitchell also spoke about the recent emergence of several top female fighters in the sport.

VIDEO: Shakur Stevenson on sparring Terence Crawford, advice from Andre Ward, and facing Simion

Shakur Stevenson returns to the ring Saturday night in Omaha (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Undefeated featherweight prospect Shakur Stevenson (8-0, 4 KO’s) has a lot of buzz behind him these days. The 21-year old returns to the ring this Saturday night vs. tough featherweight Viorel Simion (21-2, 9 KO’s) on the Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. undercard in Omaha, NE.

Prior to Thursday’s Crawford vs. Benavidez final presser, we spoke to Shakur about his training camp, which included sparring some rounds with Crawford, being mentored by Andre Ward, and other aspects of his boxing journey.

VIDEO: ‘BoMac’ comes for Jose Benavidez Jr. – ‘You f*cked up dude! I’ve been seeing your fights’

Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre speaking at Thursday’s press conference (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

The leadup to the Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. fight has been pretty intriguing, with both sides exuding confidence and talking their share of trash. What we have come to find out about Crawford’s trainer, Brian “BoMac” McIntyre, is that he definitely has no problem standing up for his fighter.

This was on display on Thursday afternoon at the final Crawford vs. Benavidez press conference, as McIntyre continued to issue warnings to the 26-year old challenger. The teams of Crawford and Benavidez could be seen getting into a near scuffle on Wednesday at the open media workout and the tension carried over to Thursday’s presser.

VIDEO: Mike Alvarado discusses the highs and lows of his career as his comeback trail continues

Former interim champion Mike Alvarado speaks with promoter Bob Arum Omaha (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, former interim WBO junior lightweight champion Mike Alvarado returns to the ring, as he will be facing off with journeyman Robbie Cannon in Omaha, NE. Alvarado’s fight will take place on the undercard of WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford’s fight with undefeated Jose Benavidez Jr.

We spoke with Alvarado (38-4, 27 KO’s) prior to Thursday’s presser about the highs and lows of his winding career. Alvarado is intent on making one last great push in this boxing game and his spirits are again high. Check the clip below to hear the interview.

HEATED Crawford vs Benavidez Final Presser: Both Teams Continue to Trash Talk [VIDEO]

Terence Crawford and Jose Benavidez face to face on Thursday afternoon (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday afternoon, Hustle Boss was on hand inside of the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Ne. for the final Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. presser, that saw both teams continue to trade words with one another. The animosity between the camps of Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s), the WBO welterweight champion, and Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) continues to grow and things will be settled once and for all come Saturday night.

Check below for our exclusive look at some highlights from Thursday’s presser, as the two teams continued to verbally spar with one another.

Exclusive PHOTOS: Behind The Scenes at the Final Terence Crawford vs. Jose Benavidez Jr. Press Conference

WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford and undefeated prospect Shakur Stevenson (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

On Thursday afternoon, in Omahe, Ne., undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (33-0, 24 KO’s) and former champion Jose Benavidez (27-0, 18 KO’s) and their respective teams came face to face ahead of their big showdown on Saturday night from the CHI Health Center on ESPN. Things got heated between the camps at Wednesday’s open media workout and emotions definitely carried over to the press conference.

Hustle Boss was in the building and prior to the intense final presser, we went behind the scenes and captured some exclusive photos of several of this weekend’s fighters ahead of their forthcoming matches.

PHOTOS: Terence Crawford and Jose Benavidez Jr. Media Day Workout

Terence Crawford and Jose Benavidez Jr. face off on Saturday (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson 

This Saturday night, in Omaha, Ne., undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford will face off with former champion Jose Benavidez Jr. (27-0,, 18 KO’s) at the CHI Health Center. The two men obviously have some bad blood for one another, a fact that was further highlighted by today’s media workout that saw them come face to face and jaw at one another.

From Crawford’s view, the beef is real.

Angel ‘Memo’ Heredia to Begin Working With Felix Verdejo in Puerto Rico

Felix Verdejo, left, was upset in his last fight vs. Antonio Lozada Jr. (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On March 17 of this year, highly-regarded prospect Felix Verdejo suffered a shocking upset loss at the hands of Antonio Lozada Jr. in New York. Verdejo, an accomplished amateur from Puerto Rico who is signed to Top Rank, was looked at by some as the next big star to come from his island.

Instead, the 25-year old found himself in a dog fight with the unheralded Lozada inside of The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Verdejo wasn’t strong enough to keep Lozada off of him and was knocked down by a left hook in the 10th round and saw the contest waved off moments later after he was having trouble defending himself.

Jose Benavidez Knocks Out Frank Rojas In One Round; Terence Crawford Next?

Jose Benavidez Returned With a Win on Saturday Night (Photo: Top Rank Boxing)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier tonight, inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., former world champion Jose Benavidez Jr. needed just one minute and 24 seconds to knock out previously undefeated Frank Rojas on the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn undercard.

Benavidez landed a big right hand and followed it up with a short shot to the liver that had Rojas down and out before their scheduled 10-round match could get rolling. Referee Vic Drakulich wisely waved the contest off.

Referee Robert Byrd to Officiate Terence Crawford’s Challenge of WBO Welterweight Champion Jeff Horn This Weekend

Robert Byrd will referee the Terence Crawford vs. Jeff Horn Fight This Saturday (Photo: Premier Boxing Champions)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s fight week in Las Vegas, as undefeated, two-division world champion Terence Crawford will be moving up in weight to challenge Jeff Horn for his WBO welterweight title. The Crawford vs. Horn match will take place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be aired on the ESPN + App starting at 9:30 p.m./ET.

The third man in the ring for the Crawford vs. Horn duel will be longtime Vegas referee Robert Byrd. Byrd’s most recent fights that he has officiated have been James DeGale’s victory over Caleb Truax in their rematch at the Hard Rock on April 17, and a recent Mayweather Promotions’ show, where he worked the fights of LaDarius Miller and Maurice Lee in separate bouts.

Isaac Dogboe vs. Jessie Magdaleno: A Classic Meeting Between Two Worthy Champions

Isaac Dogboe defeated Jessie Magdaleno on Saturday night (Photo: Senyuiedzorm A. Adadevoh – ImagesImage.com)

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By Chris Robinson

Having known Jessie Magdaleno as far back as the tail-end of his amateur days here in Las Vegas, I can attest that I’ve always seen something special in the southpaw fighter.

I saw Magdaleno make the transition from one of the city’s most-talked about amateur prospects all the way up to the championship ranks and it was a memorable ride to take in.

PHOTOS: Jorge Linares Grinds in Camp in Las Vegas as May 12 Vasy Lomachenko Showdown Looms

Jorge Linares working in Las Vegas (Photo: Hustle Boss)

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By Chris Robinson

Earlier this week, we swung through the training camp of WBA lightweight champion Jorge Linares, out in Las Vegas. Linares (44-3, 27 KO’s) is preparing for a huge fight against two-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s), who he meets on May 12 inside of New York’s Madison Square Garden on ESPN.

Linares is an underdog heading into the match, and it was recently revealed that he would not be having longtime trainer Ismael Salas in his corner, as the Cuban trainer is overseas working with David Haye ahead of his May 5 rematch vs. Tony Bellew. Still, Linares’ spirits in camp are great, as he works with his brother Carlos Linares, trainer Jorge Capetillo, and Southern California’s Rudy Hernandez, a longtime staple in the sport.

Vasyl Lomachenko Dominatees Guillermo Rigondeaux, Makes Him Stop After the Sixth Round

Vasyl Lomachenko defeated Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday night (Photo: Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Moments ago, inside of Madison Square Garden in New York, WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (10-1, 8 KO’s) scored a one-sided TKO victory over Cuban marvel and WBA junior featherweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-1, 11 KO’s).

Lomachenko, 29, was simply too big, too precise, and too skilled for Rigondeaux, 37, who had no answers for his Ukrainian foe. Following the sixth round, Rigondeaux elected not to come out for another round and the bout was waved off.

PHOTOS: Vasyl Lomachenko Keeps Rolling; Stops Former Champion Jason Sosa After the Ninth

Vasyl Lomachenko was too much former champion Jason Sosa on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Saturday night, WBO junior lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko successfully defended his WBO junior lightweight title with a 9th round TKO over former champion Jason Sosa.

Lomachenko (8-1, 6 KO’s), who defeated his third former champion in a row, was a little too much for Sosa (20-2-4, 15 KO’s), who never stopped trying despite being outmatched. Following the ninth round, Sosa’s corner wisely elected to halt the action in the face of Lomachenko’s dominance.

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.

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.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas Official Weigh-In

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas face off later tonight in Las Vegas (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) meets eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) in an attempt to make a first defense of his belt and also elevate his career to a new level.

Vargas is a heavy underdog, anywhere between 6-1 to 7-1 according to Las Vegas odds makers, but he is not short of any confidence heading into the most pivotal fight of his career.  Vargas is coming off of his biggest victory to date, a ninth-round TKO over previously unbeaten Olympian Sadam Ali this past March, while Pacquiao is returning following an announced retirement that came after his victory over Tim Bradley in their third encounter.

PHOTOS: Inside the Final Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas Press Conference

Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas face off on Saturday night in Las Vegas (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

On Wednesday afternoon, inside of the Margaux Ballroom at the Wynn Las Vegas, the final press conference was held for this weekend’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas pay per view event.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) will defend his WBO welterweight belt against Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) from the Thomas & Mack Center in a fight that he is considered a 7-1 underdog.