Tag Archives: Top Rank Gym

PHOTOS: Yordenis Ugas Continues to Push Hard in Las Vegas

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


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.

Pacquiao-Vargas Fight Week Kicks Off At The Top Rank Gym

Trainer Ismael Salas and Nonito Donaire inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: 1Tarrell #ClockInNotOut)


By Chris Robinson

Fight Week has again descended upon the city of Las Vegas, as the Thomas & Mack Center will host this weekend’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Jessie Vargas pay per view showdown.

Vargas (27-1, 10 KO’s) will defend his WBO welterweight title against Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KO’s) in an independent pay per view to be held by promoter Top Rank.

VIDEO: Jorge Linares talks Kevin Mitchell showdown, Kenneth Sims sparring, more

Jorge Linares speaking in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

It’s been great to see the career revival of Venezuela’s Jorge Linares since linking up with trainer Ismael Salas.

Linares (38-3, 25 KO’s) has reeled of seven straight victories dating back to his March 2012 shock TKO  loss to Sergio Thompson and he is coming off of a 4th round knockout over Javier Prieto in December that saw him lift the vacant WBC lightweight belt into the air.

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez in camp in Las Vegas for June showdown vs. Lorenzo Trejo

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez training in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)

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By Chris Robinson

Hustle Boss caught up with rising talent Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez recently inside of the Top Rank Gym out in Las Vegas.

Vasquez (7-0, 3 KO’s), who just recently turned 18 years old, is coming off of the first defense of his NABF junior flyweight, as he pounded out an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Edwin Reyes, a man ten years his senior, on March 14 at Sam Town’s Hotel and Casino.

Pacquiao sparring partner Kenneth Sims now working with Jorge Linares in Vegas [Exclusive interview]

Kenneth Sims inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

By all accounts, lightweight prospect Kenneth Sims Jr. (6-0, 2 KO’s) held his own and performed very well during his brief stint as a sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao ahead of the Filipino star’s May 2 decision loss to Floyd Mayweather.

There has been a never-ending list of views, opinions, and reports coming from Pacquiao’s side following his sixth professional loss, all of them revolving around the torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder.

17-year old ‘Sugar’ Vasquez’s progression continues despite Lorenzo Trejo fallout

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez, right, sparring with Sergio Lopez at the Top Rank Gym before a scheduled defense of his NABF flyweight title (Photo: Chris Robinson)


By Chris Robinson

Later tonight, inside of the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Mich., 17-year old Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez was scheduled to make the first defense of his NABF flyweight title vs. Lorenzo Trejo.

We swung through the Top Rank Gym late last month to check out Vasquez in training and he was definitely sharp, as he put in work with tough local fighter Sergio Lopez while his team of Ismael Salas, Miguel Diaz, and Richie Sandoval watched on.

17-year old ‘Sugar’ Vasquez goes for the NABF belt in Pueblo, Colorado

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HustleBoss.com steps inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada as the hard work continues for flyweight prospect Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez (5-0, 3 KO’s) ahead of his Oct. 24 date in Pueblo, Colorado, as he will face off with Puerto Rico’s Omar Soto (15-12-1, 6 KO’s) for the NABF flyweight title. For tickets to the event please contact Sherry Cordova (719-821-9756) or the Pueblo Convention Center (719-542-1100).

For a pre-fight interview with Damien click HERE

British star Kid Galahad trains at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas [Flashback footage]

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HustleBoss.com goes behind the scenes with British star Kid Galahad, as he trains inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas in early August 2014. Galahad was in the city with his stablemate Kell Brook ahead of his title-winning bout vs. Shawn Porter.

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An inside look at Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez’s Las Vegas camp ahead of Denver homecoming

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HustleBoss.com steps inside of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada as undefeated flyweight prospect Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez (4-0, 3 KO’s) puts in work ahead of his homecoming debut in Denver, Colorado this weekend.

Exclusive photos: Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez prepping for homecoming debut in Denver on Aug. 16

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Exclusive photos from the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada as budding flyweight prospect Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez puts in some rounds with local prospect Sergio Lopez and Yosi Ramirez ahead of his hometown debut in Denver, Colorado on Aug. 16.

Vasquez is a familiar face to HustleBoss.com viewers and you can expect updates from his fight this weekend.

Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez looking to take his career to the next level with his new team

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HustleBoss.com steps inside of the Top Rank Gym as we check out flyweight prospect Damien ‘Sugar’ Vasquez working with his new team, including trainer Ismael Salas and trainer/cut man extraordinaire Miguel Diaz.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. spotted sparring at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas as the Vera fight looms

Former champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. spotted with Chase Corbin inside of the Top Rank Gym on Saturday, Aug. 31 (Photo: Chase Corbin)

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By Chris Robinson

It looks like former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-1-1, 32 KO’s) will be finishing up his preparation for his forthcoming bout against Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KO’s) out of the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The news came courtesy of welterweight prospect Chase “Checkmate” Corbin shortly after he finished sparring six rounds with the Mexican star.

Corbin has been a fixture around the Las Vegas scene for a few years after relocating from Philadelphia in late 2009. Working under the guidance of trainer Jeff Mayweather, Corbin (8-0, 7 KO’s) is a lanky boxer-puncher who has been involved in some memorable gym battles at the Mayweather Boxing Club and other locales in the city.

However, when sparring with Chavez, Corbin admitted that the classic bout between his fellow Philadelphian Meldrick Taylor and Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. was in the back of his mind.

Former Canelo sparring partner feels that Floyd Mayweather may score a late TKO [Flashback footage]

Flashback footage from over three years ago during Saul Alvarez’s sparring session with Juan Heraldez. Hear what Juan had to say about Alvarez’s upcoming fight with Floyd Mayweather on Sep. 14

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Donte Strayhorn on sparring Karim Mayfield, Mayweather vs. Canelo, the move to Vegas, and more

Chris Robinson catches up with talented prospect Donte Strayhorn (2-1) inside of the Top Rank Gym following his sparring with junior welterweight contender Karim Mayfield. Hear what Strayhorn had to say about working with Mayfield, being promoted by 50 Cent’s SMS Promotions, his decision to move to Las Vegas, the Mayweather-Canelo and Pacquiao-Rios fights, and more

Jorge Linares wants to fight either Omar Figueroa or John Molina Jr.

Chris Robinson catches up with former two-division world champion Jorge Linares in Las Vegas, Nevada as he speaks on his return to the ring later this month in Japan while discussing possible fights with John Molina Jr. or Omar Figueroa in the future

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‘Camp Life’: Juan Heraldez discusses ring history as he eyes July 12th showcase at Texas Station

In this latest ‘Camp Life’, we take a look at upcoming welterweight prospect Juan Heraldez (5-0,4 KO’s) as he discusses his foray into the sport of boxing ahead of his July 12th return to the ring at the Texas Station




Diego Magdaleno and Nonito Donaire resurface at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas


By Chris Robinson

There has been a lot going on in the lives of former world title challenger Diego Magdaleno and former titlist Nonito Donaire.

On April 13th, Donaire would drop a unanimous decision to Cuban stylist Guillermo Rigondeaux inside of the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Despite a 10th round knockdown, Donaire had tremendous difficulty with Rigondeaux’s excellent defense and sharp counter-punching from his southpaw stance as he failed to get into an offensive rhythm.

Following his defeat, Donaire (31-2, 20 KO’s), would undergo surgery on his right shoulder and is focusing much of his attention on the upcoming birth of his first child with his wife Rachel.

Magdaleno (23-1, 9 KO’s) was last seen inside of the ropes on April 6th in Macau, China, as he dropped a hotly-contested 12-round split-decision loss to Puerto Rico’s Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez in his bid for the WBO junior lightweight championship. Magdaleno was dropped in the fourth round yet gave a solid account of himself.