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PHOTOS: Terence Crawford and Amir Khan Face off at Final Press Conference

Terence Crawford faces Amir Khan on Saturday night (Photo: Mikey Williams – Top Rank)


By Chris Robinson

We are inching closer to boxing’s next significant showdown, as WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford will face off with former world champion Amir Khan on Saturday night from Madison Square Garden in New York. While Crawford (34-0, 25 KO’s) is understandably a huge favorite heading into the fight, Khan (33-4, 20 KO’s) does have enough experience, speed, and skills to at least make the ESPN pay per view matchup interesting.

During Wednesday’s final press conference, Crawford revealed that this is far from just an ordinary showcase for him.
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Virgil Hunter breaks down Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan days before big showdown

Canelo Alvarez and Amir Khan face off at their final presser in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

Moments prior to the final Canelo Alvarez vs. Amir Khan press conference inside of the MGM Grand’s KA Theatre in Las Vegas, Nev., Hustle Boss caught up with former Trainer of the Year Virgil Hunter.

The Oakland, Calif.-based trainer has been with Khan the past four years, dating back to his upset loss to Danny Garcia in July of 2014, and the duo has reeled of five straight victories together.
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Virgil Hunter on the parallels between Andre Berto and Manny Pacquiao ahead of his fighter’s bout vs. Floyd Mayweather

Andre Berto with his trainer Virgil Hunter at the final Mayweather vs. Berto press conference in Las Vegas (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

During any notable fight week in Las Vegas, you are sure to hear your share of sound bites from various boxing luminaries as the days pass by.

We are just three days removed from Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto clash and while you can’t exactly sense any animosity coming from either side, there has been plenty of verbiage to take in the past few days out here in Las Vegas.
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Virgil Hunter reveals the best game plan for facing Floyd Mayweather

Andre Berto has landed his coveted shot at Floyd Mayweather (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

On Tuesday, Aug. 4,  it was confirmed that Andre Berto has indeed been selected as Floyd Mayweather’s next opponent for his Sep. 12 pay per view in Las Vegas.

Mayweather announced the news on his Instagram Page and while Berto, who has gone just 3-3 in his last six bouts, may be a heavy underdog, his trainer Virgil Hunter sees no other choice then to go into the bout with full confidence.
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Virgil Hunter isn’t taking the Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto talk seriously until the fight is official

Will Andre Berto land a big fight vs. Floyd Mayweather on Sep. 12? (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)


By Chris Robinson

As the boxing world continues to turn, it appears more and more likely that we may be seeing Floyd Mayweather face off with Andre Berto on CBS on Sept. 12.

Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s) is penciled in for another showcase inside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the same venue as his last 11 bouts, but it is the possible selection of Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s) that has thrown many off.
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Can Haymon Boxing bring the sport back to the forefront of boxing?

Robert Guerrero will face off with Keith Thurman on March 7 as part of Haymon Boxing’s first NBC date (Photo: Naoki Fukuda)

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By Chris Robinson

Big news his the boxing world recently as it was revealed the Haymon Boxing will be bringing big-time boxing back to network television as NBC will play host to the first edition of “Premiere Boxing Championsips” on March 7 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the evening’s main event, former welterweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will meet up with dangerous, hard-punching interim WBA welterweight titlist Keith “One Time” Thurman while the always-brash Adrien Broner faces off with rugged John Molina Jr. in the chief support.
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Virgil Hunter still not sure whether Manny Pacquiao has fully recovered from his knockout loss to Marquez

Manny Pacquiao eating a left from Juan Manuel Marquez during their 4th encounter (Photo: Chris Farina -Top Rank)


By Chris Robinson

It’s officially fight week in Las Vegas, as the boxing world eyes this weekend’s Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley rematch from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The subplots have been well-documented and each man was said to have had an excellent training camp in anticipation of another high-stakes encounter.

Speaking with Oakland-based trainer Virgil Hunter about the matchup during a recent swing through Northern California, the low key coach can’t help but to be intrigued by the matchup.

“I think Pacquiao is going to have revenge on his mind,” Hunter stated boldly. “Bradley will have on his mind that ‘I fought you once and I know I can do better.’ With Pacquiao personally stating that he’s going to knock Tim out, that’s all the ingredients of a good, good fight.”

What Hunter does seem to question is whether or not Pacquiao has fully recovered from his devastating knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez in December of 2012.

“I believe a knockout of that caliber always serves notice to the recipient of that punch,” said Hunter of Pacquiao, who did return this past November to decision Brandon Rios over twelve rounds.

“It’s just no way around it,” Hunter added. “I think that that’s going to be a major factor in the fight but at the same time they probably don’t believe that Tim can land the punches back. I feel like they are going to be much more aggressive and I think that Tim realizes what he needs to do and I wouldn’t be surprised if he lets go of a couple punches with the intent of knocking Manny out.”

Hunter feels that Bradley’s past tests have more than prepared him enough for what he faces in another encounter with one of this generation’s finest pugilists.

“Timothy has proven to be a winner,” Hunter said with respect. “And that sums it up right there. He’s probably been written off in four to five fights that he proved the critics wrong. I think he’s in a good position going on that moment and he seems to be real jacked about this upcoming bout and I think he’s going to perform.”

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“Photos from the Wild Card Boxing Club and other spots in Los Angeles as undefeated lightweight prospect Lydell Rhodes (19-0, 9 KO’s) enjoys his time as a chief sparring for eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

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Virgil Hunter predicting a savage fight; feels Canelo and Angulo won’t be the same after March 8


Trainer Virgil Hunter speaks at the final Canelo-Angulo press conference, as he is predicting a savage fight and feels neither man will be the same after March 8.

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Virgil Hunter says Canelo and Angulo have different temperments coming off of their recent setbacks

mqdefault (9)HustleBoss.com’s Chris Robinson continues to speak with trainer Virgil Hunter about the March 8 match on Showtime pay per view between Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and his fighter, Alfredo Angulo. Hunter believes the two men have different mindsets heading off their recent setbacks.

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