QUICK RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY|
November 20, 2014
Brant dropped Eric Draper multiple times as he improved to 13-0 with a first round
TKO win. Time of stoppage was 1:30 of the first.
Rondale Hubbert stopped Jeremy
Mclaurin at 2:03 of the second round.
Phil Williams stopped Gary Tapuosa with
a body shot at 2:39 of the first round.
Antonio Johnson stopped Colby Courter
at 1:45 of round four.
DeLorien Caraway won a 5 round UD over Guy Smith. Scores
read 50-44 on all three judges cards.
Markus Morris won a four round UD over
Nick Compton. Scores read 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.
Ramiro Hernandez stopped Trevor
Marmon by TKO at 2:40 of the third round.
Joe Amouta won a four round decision
over Deangelo Curtis. Scores read 39-37,39-37, 39-37.
FROM HINCKLEY, MN|
November 20, 2014
brant 161 vs Eric draper 160.5
hubbert 140 vs Jeremy mclaurin 139.5
(Mclaurin was over so camps agreed to
meet at 140. Mclaurin's first attempt was 141.5 but came back an hour later at
Williams 194 vs Gary Tapusoa 196
Johnson 153.5 vs Colby Courter 153
Caraway 141.5 vs Guy Smith 142
(Smith was 143.5 but later made weight)
Morris 145.5 vs Nick Compton 151
( Compton was over the 147 limit so camps
agreed on 151. Compton must be 157 or under at noon fight day)
Marmon 136 vs Ramiro Hernandez 131.5
(Marmon was .5 over contracted weight
but made weight shortly after)
Amouta 173 vs Deangelo Curtis 173
CASINO HINCKLEY BOXING THIS FRIDAY|
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota will be the place to be this Friday night
as 9 pro boxing bouts go down. Robert "Bravo" Brant (12-0, 6 KO's) has
fought his way to main event status and is featured in the nights final bout of
the evening. Brant flew home from Dallas, Texas on Monday where he spent his training
camp for this fight. Facing Brant will be 37 year old Eric Draper (8-6-1, 3 KO's)
Phil "The Drill" Williams (13-6-2, 12 KO's) was set
to face Harley Kilfian in a long awaited and interesting Cruiserweight bout. But
Kilfian says an unavoidable work conflict came up and had to pull out. Matchmaker
Cory Rapacz scrambled to find a replacement and found one in tough MMA fighter
and boxer (6-2-1, 5 KO's) Gary Tapuosa of Missouri. Should everything go well
for Williams, he is second in line to face Michigan's Jordan Shimmell on December
12 in Chicago (read more on that here...CLICK
In the biggest local rivalry bout of the evening, Minnesota jr.
welterweight champ Rondale Hubbert (7-0-1, 4 KO's) battles Jeremy McLaurin (10-7-1,
5 KO's) in a 135 pound bout. If you can make it to Thursday nights weigh in's,
you will most likely witness some heated words between the two.
Antonio Johnson (10-1-1, 5 KO's) returns after over a year away from action as
he faces Colby Courter (6-4, 5 KO's) of Missouri. Johnson has been vocal about
facing the other top jr. middleweights in the state and around the country. This
bout will be a good kick start to getting back into the spotlight. Courter is
a hard nosed come at you fighter that was stopped by Jamal James last January.
In an interesting welterweight bout, Markus Morris (5-1, 3 KO's) of Duluth takes
on Minnesota mixed martial artist Nick Compton (1-1, boxing). Compton has shown
well in his 2 boxing bouts but is better known as one of the state's top mma fighters.
Morris, 24, has made a change in gyms and will look to bounce back from his only
defeat last August.
26 year old DeLorien Caraway (3-0, 3 KO's) is looking
to win his fourth fight of 2014 against Nebraska's Guy Smith Jr (2-1). Caraway,
like Brant, has been getting work out of state for this fight night. Caraway flew
back from Philadelphia last night.
Two Minneapolis area fighters duke it
out when Uppercut Gym's Joe Amouta (1-1, 1 KO) meets ACR's Deangelo Curtis (1-0).
Amouta is very fun to watch, having come from slightly behind in his last bout
to knock his favored opponent out cold. Curtis is also a guy that is not afraid
to mix it up with anyone which makes this bout almost a promise to be fun.
32 year old Trevor Marmon (1-2-1, 1 KO) needs a win after dropping two straight
and will try to do so against Ramiro Hernandez (2-0, 2 KO's). Hernandez is from
Ohio but trains when he's in town at the White Bear Lake Gym with Jesse Garza.
In what's being dubbed a "walk in" bout, Alvin Varmall (5-0, 5
KO's) will take on Chester Burton (2-2, 1 KO) at around 7pm before the show starts.
Varmall is a Cruiserweight prospect fighting out of Louisiana. Burton is a Missouri
heavyweight who's faced decent competition early in his career.
"Kaos" Kolle was forced off the card due to injury a few weeks ago.
REPRESENTING TEAM USA IN KOREA|
November 16, 2014
Henriksen of St. Louis Park will compete with the rest of team USA's elite women
boxers beginning tomorrow at the World Championships in Korea. The competition
goes from November 16th through the 24th. Henriksen, who will compete in the 178
pound division, says that she has been with the National team since May and is
having a blast traveling and training with the team.
women's world championships happens every two years and this will be my first
time with the team competing at this level" said Henriksen. "A lot of
preparation has lead me to Korea. Alonso Vazquez is my coach at home and has been
putting in hours with me at Uppercut to get me ready. Caleb Truax and Rob Brant
have both given me rounds of sparring that have proven valuable. I am overwhelmed
by the outpouring of support and encouragement I've received from so many people
at home. This trip has already been, and will continue to be an incredible learning
experience for me."
can read team USA's bio on Heidi here...
ROSE MAKES MMA DEBUT TONIGHT|
November 16, 2014
known Minnesota amateur boxer Anthony Rose (pictured above, left) of the Upper
Cut Gym will make his MMA debut tonight in Austin, MN. Rose takes on a tough opponent
in Adam Holzgrove in part of the Driller Promotins/Sterling Entertainment Group's
show title A-Town Throwdown IV. Rose trains mixed martial arts at The Academy
TOPS ROBERTSON IN DULUTH|
November 16, 2014
Perez (9-0, 6 KO's) won the vacant MN State bantamweight title last night in Duluth
when Antwan Robertson (10-10-1, 6 KO's) could not answer the bell to start the
fourth. Perez picked up right where he left off in there first fight a few months
ago in Hinckley. The three rounds of action resembled the first meeting with Perez
stalking Robertson around the ring. Robertson proved hard to hit again, but also
threw very few shots of his own. Things picked up a bit in the third round with
Perez throwing combinations and Robertson a few single shots. Perez landed a hook
to the eye near the end of round three that seemed to bother Robertson as he went
to his corner. He remained on his stool as round four was set to start and the
first thought was that something had happened to his eye. But Ifan Sport Networks
Craig Morrissey spoke to the ring physician and relayed to Minnesotaboxing.com
that Robertson told the doctor he had thought he broke his hand and the fight
Florida's Harold Calderon improved to (5-0) with a unanimous
decision victory over Damion Hill (3-7). Hill hung in there tough until the end
but Calderon's combination punching and hard body shots broke Hill down throughout
WEIGH IN'S IN DULUTH|
November 14, 2014
last nights weigh ins at Grandma's Sports Garden were any indication as to how
tonight's fight between Jonathan Perez and Antwan Robertson will go, we will be
in for a battle. The battle of words began last night and almost turned into punches.
At the scales, Perez said Robertson talks too much and that he was going to whoop
him. Robertson countered by claiming there last meeting in the ring was nothing
and that he has come to fight this time around. Robertson said that Perez can't
take what he's bringing this time and added that he was bantamweight champ once
and he's going to do it again. Promoter Zach Walters said that it was heated from
the time each fighter entered the room. Both fighters made the bantamweight limit
so the vacant state title remains up for grabs.
Damien "The Wolverine"
Hill (3-6) of Crystal taking on Florida's Harold Calderon also made weight in
the other featured pro card to go along with amateur boxing. For those unable
to make the trip to Duluth, tune in to www.ifan.tv to catch the live stream.
ROBERTSON REMATCH NOVEMBER 14 IN DULUTH|
November 3, 2014
"J-Blaze" Perez (8-0, 5 KO's) of Minneapolis and Antwan "Lil Superman"
Robertson (9-10-1, 6 KO's) of Saint Paul will square off for the vacant MN State
bantamweight title on November 14 at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth, MN. The
two fought this past August in a 122 pound bout with Perez taking the win.
all know how Antwan does in rematches" said Robertson's coach John Hoffman
in reference to his rematch victory against Brad Patraw. " We have plenty
of time to prepare and we plan on bringing that title back home with us."
the victory in the first meeting, Perez's coach Adonis Frazier says they are preparing
for a more competitive bout then the one fans saw in the first meeting.. "
This is boxing and we all know anything can happen. So we are preparing for the
best Antwan Robertson that could possibly show up. We don't underestimate anyone.
We will do our job in the gym to prepare and plan on taking care of business on
November 14 in Duluth."
other professional bout of the evening sees local mixed martial artist/boxer Damien
"The Wolverine" Hill (3-6) of Crystal taking on Florida's Harold Calderon
(4-0). Hill's losses have come to top notch competition with names like Rob Brant,
Corey Rodriguez, DeLorien Caraway, Rondale Hubbert, and Ken Glenn which is proof
that Hill is not afraid to face anyone. And he's put up a fight in each of those
bouts. Calderon is a 5'10" welterweight south paw originally from Honduras
and trains at the Circle of Discipline's gym in Florida
will also be 10 amateur bouts to start the night off. Tickets can be purchased
JAMES BRING HOME VICTORIES|
November 2, 2014
courtesy of Fightnews.com -
In non-televised undercard action (November 1st at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago,
Illinois), Caleb Truax (25-1-2, 15 KOs) Osseo, Minnesota, continued his
winning ways pounding out an 8th round TKO over the game Scott Cujo
Sigmon (24-6-1, 13 KOs) of Lynchburg, Virginia in a scheduled ten round
middleweight bout. Truaxs blueprint was established early on, as he effectively
raked Sigmon with heavy hooks to the body and solid right hands to the head. Sigmon
fought back gamely, however other than an occasional right hand he was rarely
in the fight. Truax continued committing to the body, but heavy shots upstairs
had the ringside physician looking on with concern as round seven began. Early
in the round, the ringside physician was again called up to inspect Sigmons
eyes, with both appearing cut and beginning to swell. Action was allowed to resume
however, and Truax resumed breaking down Sigmon, strafing him with left hooks
and straight right hands to the head. After Sigmon was curiously deducted a point
for holding in round eight, the end came moments later when Truax backed him up
against the ropes and landed several jarring combinations, prompting the referee
to intervene. Time of the stoppage was 1:42 of round eight.
James (15-0, 8 KOs) Minneapolis, Minnesota, seemed on his way to a pedestrian
points win over the game, but limited Cameron Krael (6-7-2) Las Vegas, however
with a little over a minute scheduled in their eight round welterweight contest,
James uncorked a left hook to the side of Krael which sunk the Vegas fighter down
to all fours, a look of anguish on his face, and unable to continue. Time of the
stoppage was 59 seconds of the eighth.
FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS|
Photo courtesy of Judy Truax
Truax 166.5 vs. Scott Sigmon 160
Jamal James 145.5 vs. Cameron Kreal 147
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
TV: Showtime (Truax
and James will not be televised)
IN THE NEWS FOLLOWING WIN|
October 28, 2014
post fight interview with Al Sands following Saturday nights victory over Andres
FROM CARLTON, MN|
October 27, 2014
Photo Courtesy of Mark Walters
"The Haitian Temptation" Sands (15-1, 13 KO's) of Duluth picked up a
nice win on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN over Andres
Taylor (21-7-2, 8 KO's). Sands controlled the better part of the action but Taylor
was game, scoring a flash knockdown in the fourth. The biggest thing those in
attendance described regarding Sands' arsenal was a slightly different looking
jab and overall calmness in the ring that messed with Taylor's timing and piled
on points as the bout unfolded. After ten rounds of action, all three judges saw
the bout in favor of Sands by scores of 97-92.
Ismail "The Sharp Shooter"
Muwendo (16-0, 12 KO's) took out Lowell Brownfield (11-11-1, 4 KO's) in the third
round. Brownfield proved to be durable but a knockdown followed by a barrage of
punches forced referee Mark Nelson to stop the action.
Fort (18-3-1, 12 KO's) of Saint Paul stopped Jeremy Marts by way of third round
knockout in a middleweight bout.
Nate Rubin (1-0) of Thief River Falls defeated
Wisconsin's Erik Vo (0-1) by unanimous decision.
Rubin is a former amateur
boxer who has also competed in MMA. Vo is a Mixed Martial Artist who made his
Ramiro Hernandez (2-0, 2 KO's) of Ohio stopped Anthony Dunaski
(0-4) of White Bear Lake in the first round.
The Jonathan Perez vs Robert
DaLuz bout was scratched prior to weigh ins when Perez was not able to make the
Full Report and Details to come...
FORT AND MORE RETURN ON SATURDAY|
October 23, 214
(Cerresso Fort, Caleb Truax, Rondale Hubbert, Al Sands)
Cruiserweight champ Al Sands (14-1, 13 KO's) will take on experienced Pennsylvanian
Andres Taylor (21-6-2, 8 KO's) this Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in
Carlton, MN. Sands has been traveling from Duluth to the cities to spar with many
different looks including work with Caleb Truax who has a Showtime bout in Chicago
next week. Sands will bring his heavy punches to the table against Taylor, who
has only been stopped once in his pro career (that coming with 10 seconds left
in round 12 of 12). Taylor, 35, had his best and most recent win in August of
2012 against West Virginia's Justin Howes, who Al Sands coincidentally also stopped
Saint Paul's "Sir" Cerresso Fort (17-3-1, 11 KO's) is back
in action after a short break as he takes on Iowa's Jeremy Marts (12-17, 9 KO's).
Marts has seen his share of Minnesota boxers having fought Markus Morris, RJ Laase,
David Laque, and Wilton Hilario. Fort vs Marts will be a 6 round middleweight
Ismail Muwendo (15-0, 11 KO's) battles Lowell Brownfield (11-11-1,
4 KO's in a six round lightweight bout. We previewed that bout a few stories below.
Minneapolis's Jonathan Perez (8-0, 5 KO's) is in an interesting showdown with
Rhode Island's Robert DaLuz (15-43, 9 KO's). You really need to look at DaLuz's
record or see him in action to know that his record doesn't tell the full story.
DaLuz travels the world and fights top undefeated prospects for the most part
and is hardly ever stopped. He is remembered locally for stopping Allen Litzau
in 2007. Perez looks to make a statement as to where he stands along side the
highly regarded opponents of DaLuz's past.
Former Minnesota amateur boxer
Nate Rueben makes his pro debut against tough and experienced MMA fighter Erik
Vo of Wisconsin in the four round opening bout of the evening.
To get an in depth look at the fighters in action...
21ST HINCKLEY CARD SET|
October 20, 2014
"Bravo" Brant (12-0, 6 KO's) will headline on November 21st at the Grand
Casino in Hinckley, MN. Brant will face upset minded Eric Draper (8-6-1, 3 KO's)
of Indiana who is on a five fight unbeaten streak. Brant continues to raise his
game with each fight as he has established himself as one of Minnesota's top prospects
and Draper has both beaten and lost to good level fighters. A Robert Brant-Andy
Kolle showdown was in the cooker briefly and there is a good chance we will see
those two square off in the near future. The two will be featured back to back
on this show in separate bouts.
Kolle (26-4, 18 KO's) continues his comeback
with the goal of getting back into National level fights. The 32 year old Duluth
resident is coming off of a unanimous decision victory last March against Ryan
Davis. He will face recent Cerresso Fort opponent Dennis Sharpe (17-13-4, 4 KO's)
in an 8 round bout. Sharpe can be tricky, especially with adequate time to train
like this but will be looking to pick up his first victory since 2005. There again
though, Sharpe has lost to some top competitors.
Minnesota Jr. Welterweight
champion Rondale Hubbert (7-0-1, 4 KO's) will face local rival Jeremy McLaurin
(10-7-1, 5 KO's) in a 135 pound, 8 round bout. This will be without a doubt a
fight you will not want to miss. Hubbert and McLaurin have been trading insults
for weeks on social media. And they have both been training like animals for the
chance to shut the others mouth. This hasn't been your average pre fight talk
either. These guys dislike each other with a passion.
Phil "The Drill"
Williams (13-6-2, 12 KO's) will take on Wisconsin's Harley "The Sandman"
Kilfian (10-15, 8 KO's) in a Cruiserweight bout. This is a fight that has been
talked about for years but has not come together until now. Both Williams and
Kilfian send word that they are coming to knock the other guy out. Williams destroyed
Galen Brown last August and Kilfian is coming off of a fight of the year candidate
loss against Al Sands last June in a bout that saw both guys hit the canvas hard.
DeLorien Caraway (3-0, 3 KO's) of Minneapolis tries to continue his impressive
showings in the ring against Nebraska's Guy Smith Jr (2-1, 1 KO) in a five round
Duluth's Markus Morris (5-1, 3 KO's) takes on tough MMA/Boxer Nick
Compton (1-1) in the nights 4 round opener.
Saint Paul's Antonio Johnson (10-1-1,
5 KO's) has just announced that he will be in action as well with more details
(15-0, 13 KO's) of Minneapolis and Byron Polley (26-17-1, 12 KO's) were set to
pick up where they left off last March but Green announced today that he will
be unable to box due to injuries that have plagued him for much of his career.
"I want to start off by saying thank you for all of your support.
Although my leg is better than it was, it is not to the level it needs to be to
be competitive. I will no longer be fighting next month in Hinckley and more than
likely I will have to put boxing to the side. It's not been easy making this decision
but my health and safety are more important. Thank you again everyone!"
AMONG THOSE HONORED ON OCTOBER 3RD|
October 18, 2014
Bobby Rodriguez surrounded by family on October 3rd at The Mystic
Lake Casino. Photo Courtesy of Bobby's oldest daughter Katy.
Rodriguez, pictured center and surrounded by family was one of the modern boxers
inducted into the class of 2014 MN Boxing Hall of Fame this past October 3rd at
the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake.
Rodriguez first gained notoriety in
the Golden Gloves as a multiple winner of the Upper Midwest tournament and as
a professional compiled a 24-11-2 record with 11 knockouts. He was ranked among
the top 10 featherweights in the world at one time. The Western Itasca Review
recently published a story on Rodriguez which can be read here...
FIGHT FALLS THROUGH FOR MUWENDO|
October 13, 2014
"The Sharp Shooter" Muwendo (15-0, 11 KO's) of Minneapolis had his sights
set on what would have been the biggest fight of his career on October 25th in
Carlton, MN. Former NABO featherweight champion Cornelius Lock's (22-7-2, 14 KO's)
manager Brian Cohen contacted Muwendo's trainer Scott Tolzman and asked for the
fight, and according to Tolzman, they accepted, only to never hear back.
Lock at 132lbs.-send contract" was what Tolzman says he was sent. Team Muwendo
accepted the fight and Jungle Boy Promotions spoke with Locks' manager about details
with reportedly no issue with purses. Everything looked set but then communication
ceased, with nothing more from Team Lock.
along with the local matchups falling apart with Wilton Hilario and Tony Lee has
made for a very frustrating year" said Tolzman. "With that said, we
are very grateful to Zach Walters and Jungle Boy Promotions and the Black Bear
Casino for giving us a venue and stage to perform on."
will now face Lowell Brownfield (11-11-1, 4 KO's) of California. Brownfield has
made a career of taking on high level fighters on short notice but sends word
that he is looking forward to having adequate time to train for the first time
in years and is coming to upset the Ugandan born Muwendo.
full card as it stand can be viewed here...
JAMES LATEST TO SIGN WITH HAYMON|
OCTOBER 1, 2014
"Shango" James and his team held a press conference this past Sunday
in Minneapolis to announce that he has signed a contract with world recognized
boxing manager Al Haymon. James joins Minnesota's Caleb Truax and Javontae Starks
who also signed with Haymon in recent months.
want to thank everyone who came out last night (Sunday) and those who were unable
to but sent there support and well wishes" said James. "Everything I've
accomplished is because I had the right people pushing me and pulling me and keeping
me on track. I want to thank God first and foremost. My family close and abroad
for all the support and those who may not be around as often but still played
a role in me getting to where I'm at now."
26, currently holds a professional record of (14-0, 7 KO's) as a pro.
SANDS RETURNS TO HEADLINE OCT. 25 CARD|
OCTOBER 1, 2014
Haitian Temptation" Al Sands (14-1, 13 KO's) headlines on October 25th at
the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN against Andres Taylor (21-6-2, 8 KO's) of
watch the Duluth WDIO News Interview...
on the card, "Sir" Cerresso Fort (17-3-1, 11 KO's) gets back to business
against Iowa's Jeremy Marts (12-17, 9 KO's) in a 6 round bout.
Sharp Shooter" Muwendo (14-0, 11 KO's) will box an 8 round bout against an
opponent to be named shortly. Muwendo's trainer Scott Tolzman says that the bout
in the works would be a huge test for the undefeated Minnesotan.
Dalton Outlaw (2-0) wastes no time getting back in the ring as he takes on Minneapolis's
Joe Amouta (1-1) in a fight that could potentially steal the show.
Nate Rueben of Thief River Falls, MN takes on Erik Vo of Iowa in both fighters
DEFEATS KESHICK IN DULUTH|
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
Photo Courtesy of Mark Walters/Jungle
Paul's Dalton Outlaw outworked Michigan's Lexie Keshick over four rounds of action
on Friday, September 19th at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth, MN. As usual,
Keshick showed up to mix it up in entertaining fashion but Outlaw was too sharp
and pulled away on points more and more as the bout went on. Outlaw moves to (2-0)
with Keshick falling to (1-3).
28 year old Duarnado "The Storm"
Vue moved to (3-0) with a first round knockout win over Wisconsin's Dale Bennett
(0-1) in the other pro bout of the evening. Vue took Bennett out with a hard body
UNBEATEN MMA RECORD SNAPPED ON SPIKE|
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
"The Silencer" Butler (8-1-1) suffered his first defeat in the MMA cage
on Friday, September 19th against Javy Ayala (8-3) on Spike TV. Butler took a
few shots to begin and then landed a shot on the inside that busted Ayala's nose
bloody. Ayala then brought Butler to the ground, took his back and sunk in a rear
naked choke that forced the Rochester native to tap out. Butler said after that
he learned from the mistake and plans to return to the cage soon.
FROM DULUTH, MN|
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
Lexie Keshick 165 lbs. vs. Dalton Outlaw 168 lbs.
Dale Bennett: 130 3/4 lbs.
vs. Duarn Vue 130 lbs.
Grandma's Sports Garden, Duluth, MN
Promoter: Jungle Boy Boxing
BUTLER BACK ON SPIKE TV TOMORROW NIGHT|
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
"The Silencer" Butler will be back on Spike TV tomorrow night fighting
for Bellator MMA. Butler currently holds an undefeated 8-0-1 record as a mixed
martial artist. The Rochester heavyweight faces Javy Ayala (7-3) in 1 of 4 featured
televised bouts. Butler told Minnesotaboxing.com that he has been training rigorously
as he's prepared for victory number 9.
have been training at Alliance MMA Training Center in San Diego, CA and I've been
there since July 8th" said Butler. "I've been training with a
lot of fighters that the average fan would know like Phil Davis, Dominic Cruz,
Joey Beltran, Jeremy Stevens, and Miles Jury but there are a whole stable of good
Ayala is a top prospect according to www.MNMMANEWS.com but Butler is ready to
make a statement following a draw in his last Bellator bout.
know much about my opponent. He was a high school wrestler and he has a couple
of good wins in Bellator. None of what he has done or will do matters to me though.
I'm here to win."
action begins at 8pm tomorrow night on Spike TV. You can catch Butler and the
rest of the fighters in action as they weigh in live at the following link tonight
THOMPSON WINS MMA DEBUTE|
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014
Minnesota amateur boxing standout Corey Thompson of Frazee, MN made his mixed
martial arts debut on September 6th in Detroit Lakes, MN. Thompson, who's also
1-0 as a pro boxer, defeated Deangel Curtis by majority decision with scores of
28-28,28-27,28-27. Curtis is an mma fighter who is also 1-0 as a pro boxer. Thompson
has had limited MMA training but showed good ground fighting skills throughout
the bout along with his obvious punching abilities.
KESHICK HEADLINE PRO-AM NEXT FRIDAY|
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
Boxings Dalton Outlaw (1-0) of Saint Paul will battle Michigan's Lexie Keshick
(1-2) in the professional boxing main event portion of a pro-am on Friday, September
19th at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth. Outlaw will have Minnesota boxing hall
of famer Will "Steel" Grigsby in his corner as he looks to pick up his
second win as a professional. The 21 year old Keshick is never in a boring fight
and promises to bring his best back to Minnesota. Wisconsin's all action lightweight
Duarnado Vue (2-0) is also in action in the other pro fight of the night. Amateur
boxing action kicks off the action. "Back to School 2" is promoted by
Jungle Boy Boxing. October 25th at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN will be
Jungle Boy's next show and features Al Sands in what's being reported as his toughest
test along with Cerresso Fort and Ismail Muwendo seeing action as well.
Dalton Outlaw and Lexie Keshick talked about there boxing backgrounds and shared
thoughts on the upcoming fight card next Friday. To read what they had to say...
SET TO BOX ON SHOWTIME IN NOVEMBER|
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
Middleweight champion "Golden" Caleb Truax (24-1-2, 14 KO's) will be
the opening Showtime televised bout on November 1st at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago,
Illinois. Truax will face Lynchburg, Virginia's Scott "Cujo" Sigmon
(24-5-1, 13 KO's). Truax says he doesn't know a lot about Sigmon at this point
but expects a tough fight. " I'm back on Showtime and I'm ready to make
a statement" said Truax, who turned 31 years old today.
MN BOXING HALL OF FAME BANQUET APPROACHING|
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
2014 Minnesota boxing hall of fame banquet is fast approaching and takes place
this upcoming October 3rd, 2014. This years ceremony will be back at the Mystic
Lake Casino and there will be six past MN boxing icons being honored in what will
be the fifth year running.
Bobby Rodriguez and Al Andrews are this years
Modern inductee's. Jack Gibbons and King Tut were elected from the Old Timers
Category. Jim O'Hara and Jim Morgan are the two Expanded Category honoree's. There
was no Pioneer selection chosen this year. Caleb
Truax will also be recognized for his accomplishments in the ring as fighter of
the year and Tony Grygelko was picked by the board as Promoter of the year.
For more information on this
year's inductee's as well as ticket info...
MOVES TO 10-0 WITH ROAD WIN|
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
year old Javontae Starks of Minneapolis stayed unbeated as he picked up win number
10 (7 by knockout) on August 22nd in California against veteran Arturo Urena (20-17).
Starks outboxed Urena, putting him down in round three and going on to win by
TKO in the following round 4. It was his first fight under manager Al Hayman.
Team Starks put together a video of the fight which can be seen below.
NIGHT HINCKLEY, MN PHOTO GALLERY|
AUGUST 25, 2014
Here is a link to the full fight photo gallery from last Friday's action at the
Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Full report and details to follow...
RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY|
AUGUST 22, 2014
Give Em Hell Hubbert (7-0-1, 4 KOs) of Moorhead, MN won the vacant
Minnesota State Junior Welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over
RJ T-Rex Laase (12-2, 8 KOs) in the main event on Friday night at
the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN.
fighters traded staggering shots throughout in what turned out to be an exciting
fight while the packed arena of just over 2000 people cheered on. Hubbert ran
out of his corner at the opening bell and unloaded hard and wild punches that
backed Laase up. Hubbert latter explained the strategy, saying that he wanted
to show Laase he was there to fight. It was a risky strategy to fight with such
reckless aggression on Hubberts part not only to start the fight but as he did
many times throughout because of the chance to punch himself out. But it turned
out to be what banked him the rounds he won in the end.
stayed calm and weathered the storm. He began to walk Hubbert down in round two,
landing hard body shots. The middle rounds were back and forth with what seemed
like all power shots being thrown by both men behind the deafening screams around
the arena pushing them on. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor
of Hubbert by scores of (77-75, 78-74, 77-75).
Shango James (14-0, 7 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN defeated Wayne Martell
(25-5-1, 15 KOs) of North Dakota by first round TKO in the co-featured bout of
the evening in a Welterweight match. James dropped Martell early with a countering
left hook to the head. Martell was more stunned then hurt and popped up. Martell
attempted to fight back but James was going for the finish. A body shot put Martell
down moments later followed by two more quick knockdowns and referee Gary Miezwa
stopped the fight at 2:59 of the opening round.
Bravo Brant of Saint Paul, MN improved to (12-0, 6 KOs) with a well-deserved
eight round unanimous decision victory over Markus Upshaw (17-13, 8 KOs) of Miami,
Florida in a middleweight bout. Brants speed and better combination punching
was his key to victory for but as always, Upshaw pushed the hometown favorite
to the limit. Scores read 77-75 twice and 79-74 for Brant.
The Drill Williams (13-6-2, 12 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN crushed St.
Joseph, Missouris Galen Bad Boy Brown (42-28, 25 KOs) in round
two. The two cruiserweights didnt throw a lot of punches in the opening
round, with both fighters waiving the other in. The slow pace continued into the
second with Brown tossing out sporadic pot shot attempts and Williams shoulder
rolling his way out of danger while cocking his left out of a southpaw stance.
?Just as the round came to an end, Williams snapped Browns head back with
two right jabs and a power bomb of a left uppercut dropped Brown to his back and
across the bottom rope. Brown somehow got to his feet but Gary Miezwa correctly
stopped the fight after a brief look at Brown. Official time of the stoppage was
2:59 of the second round.
J-Blaze Perez (8-0, 5 KOs) swept all five rounds over Antwan Lil
Superman Robertson (9-10-1, 6 KOs) in a Super Bantamweight bout. Perez spent
the entire fight chasing the defensive minded Robertson. Robertson was elusive
but threw very few punches in the bout. Perez marched forward, throwing lunging
jabs and hooks that scored points in an effort to get a fight started to no avail.
fighter Mark Sainci of Michigan win his boxing pro debut with a third round TKO
win over fellow mixed martial artist/ boxer Andrew Selvig (1-4, 1 KO) of Duluth,
MN. Selvig was game but completely outgunned by the speed and power of Sainci.
Sainci scored a knockdown in the second round with a head shot and a flurry of
unanswered head shots in round three brought on the stoppage by referee Gary Miezwa
at :49 into the third round.
The Don Lorenzi (3-5, 3 KOs) of Duluth, MN avenged a 2007 decision
loss to Lucas The Pit bull St. Claire (3-5, 2 KOs) with a fourth round
TKO in the action packed opening bout of the night. St. Claire fought aggressively
and landed some heavy shots to the head and body. Lorenzi was able to take everything
St. Claire had though and slowly broke The Pit Bull down. An accidental
clash of heads in round two shook both fighters and left a gash over the right
eye of Lorenzi. ?St. Claire appeared winded from the second round on but still
fought on. Lorenzi put St. Claire down twice in the round once with a head shot
and the second to the body. St. Claire didnt seem to have much left in his
legs from the fast pace and hard shots from Lorenzi heading into the fourth round.
Lorenzi weathered one final assault from St. Claire before going on the offensive.
Lorenzi dropped St. Claire twice with head shots before referee Mark Nelson waived
the fight off.
HUBBERT, RJ LAASE INTERVIEWS|
AUGUST 22, 2014
night is here and both Rondale Hubbert and RJ Laase have their sights set on the
MN State 140 pound title. Below are interviews with both men done by John D'Auria
of "Boxing with the Truth".
RJ LAASE INTERVIEW...
BOXING ON ESPN CARD IN CALI TONIGHT|
AUGUST 22, 2014
Starks (9-0, 6 KO's) of Minneapolis is boxing on an ESPN televised card tonight
in California. It will be his first fight following his signing with famous manager
Al Hayman. Starks will face 41 year old Arturo Urena (20-17, 16 KO's).
goal is to put the spotlight in Minnesota for winning fighters. I want to do what
Caleb (Truax) is doing. And that is bring boxing back to Minnesota" said
Starks. "The next fight is the biggest opportunity of my life. I've signed
with Al Hayman and it's the first fight under that team. It's on the Austin Trout
undercard. I don't know if I will be guaranteed TV time like my last fight which
was a swing bout. The fight is scheduled for 8 rounds against a veteran guy. I
hear he is very game and tough and has been in there with a lot of great champions.
I am going to go in there and get back to the boxing and hopefully get the stoppage
I also want to mention and give credit to my new coach, Brad Laffin.
He's a great coach and he's showed me a lot. I look forward to displaying the
things we have been working on this Friday night.'
Starks says he could
be back in action as early as October.
AND ST. CLAIRE READY TO RUMBLE AGAIN|
AUGUST 21, 2014
night's action is set to kick off at 7:30 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley and
the opening bout of the evening is one that you won't want to be late for. Duluth's
Joe Lorenzi and North Dakota's Lucas St. Claire are set to meet in a rematch cruiserweight
bout. The two met in 2007 with St. Claire winning a close decision. To read more...
FACES MARTELL TOMORROW NIGHT|
AUGUST 21, 2014
welterweight champion Jamal "Shango" James (13-0, 6 KO's) will put his
boxing skills on display this Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN.
The 26 year old James will face North Dakota veteran Wayne Martell (25-4-1, 15
KO's) in one of the nights featured bouts. James nearly stopped tough Indiana
boxer Angel Hernandez last March in Hinckley, busting him up along the way and
scoring a near shutout victory. James shared his thoughts on the Hernandez fight
and what he is looking to do in the near future...
BRANT FEATURED ON EASTSIDEBOXING|
AUGUST 20, 2014
- Friday Nights card at Grand Casino Hinckley, where another sold out crowd
is expected, will feature a handful of the most talented prospects the state of
Minnesota has produced in several years.
the nights first featured bout Robert Bravo Brant (11-0 6 KOs)
of St. Paul, MN will look to keep his undefeated record intact and his momentum
growing as he takes on the toughest opponent of his career in battle tested veteran
Marcus Upshaw (17-12-2) of Miami, FL in an 8 round middleweight bout.
nights co main event will feature the sixth appearance at Grand Casino Hinckley
for Minnesota fan favorite and welterweight champion Jamal Shango
James (13-0 6KOs) of Minneapolis, MN. James, who is widely considered one of the
best prospects in the Midwest, will be taking on North Dakotas experienced
veteran Wayne Martell (25-4-1) in a 10 round welterweight bout. To read
NEWS INTERVIEWS JOE LORENZI, RJ LAASE|
AUGUST 18, 2014
Eyewitness Sports, Duluth, Minn. - People utilize the weekends to rest and relax,
but RJ Laase isn't most people. The pro boxer from Duluth has his eyes on the
Minnesota State Junior Welterweight Title.
The owner of Lorenzi's Boxing Gym
is also on Friday's card and for Joe 'The Don' Lorenzi, its about the number three.
He is looking to extend his winstreak to three straight and his family is now
at three as he and his wife Carrie welcomed their baby daughter Nora into the
world about seven months back...
WILLIAMS FEATURED IN HINCKLEY THIS FRIDAY|
AUGUST 18, 2014
"The Drill" Williams (12-6-2, 11 KO's) will be making his 8th appearance
at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN this Friday night. Williams will be moving
back up to the Cruiserweight division as he faces Saint Joseph, Missouri's Galen
"Bad Boy" Brown (42-27-1, 25 KO's) in an 8 round bout. MinnesotaBoxing.com
caught up with Williams last week at the Uppercut Gym to discuss his last Minnesota
bout against Derrick Findley, and his decision to move back up to the weight that
saw him crush opponents at...
PROMO, PLUS FOX 21 NEWS VIDEO|
AUGUST 15, 2014
State Jr Welterweight belt (shown above) has arrived at the promoter's office
and will be claimed on August 22nd in Hinckley by either RJ Laase (12-1) or Rondale
Hubbert (6-0). Fox 21 News Duluth and On Point Productions each recently video
previewed the showdown and both can be seen below.
21 News Inverviews Duluth's RJ Laase and Joe Lorenzi
Promo Video By On Point Production
CARD AUG. 22 IN HINCKLEY APPROACHING|
SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2014
Minnesota's next pro
boxing show is less then two weeks out and it's a good one. The show is headlined
by the vacant MN state jr. welterweight showdown between Duluth's RJ Laase (12-1)
and Rondale Hubbert (6-0-1) of Minneapolis.
Jamal James (13-0) is coming
off an impressive performance in Hinckley last time out and faces North Dakota's
Wayne Martell (25-4-1).
Robert Brant (11-0) is also coming off a great showing
in Hinckley and takes on determined and upset minded Marcus Upshaw (17-12-2).
Phil Williams (12-6-2) returns to the cruiserweight division where he did damage
to opponents in the first half of his career against Galen Brown (42-27-1).
Joe Lorenzi (2-5-1) and Lucas St. Clair (3-4) will battle it out in a long awaited
rematch bout also at Cruiserweight.
Minnesotan's Jonathan Perez (7-0) and
Antwan Robertson (9-9-1) will meet in a 5 round super bantamweight bout.
Deaton (1-1) and Andrew Selvig (1-3) will open the night in a four round welterweight
preview and interviews to follow so stay tuned.
MYTH NIGHTCLUB FIGHT CARD CANCELLED|
AUGUST 8, 2014
was announced yesterday that tonight's pro boxing show to take place at the Myth
Nightclub in Maplewood has been cancelled. Seconds Out Promotions released the
regret to inform you Fight Club at Myth this Friday has been cancelled. In preparation
for the fight we had a number of fighters become injured. One of which was our
main event. As a result, we do not think it is safe for the fighters to proceed,
nor do we think it is fair to the fans to put on a less than great event. Seconds
Out Fights is one of the states most prestigious boxing event promotors. The reputation
of our fighters, events, sponsors, and ultimately ticket holders is on the line
each and every time we put on a fight. For this reason, we feel we must cancel
who purchased tickets will be refunded 100% of the ticket price within 5-7 business
days. There is nothing you need to do to obtain a refund."
LEE HEADLINES THIS FRIDAY NIGHT|
AUGUST 6, 2014
State lightweight champion Tony "2 sharp" Lee headlines this Friday
night at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, MN. Lee will face Lowell Brownfield
of California in an 8 round bout at 135 pounds. Interview with Tony Lee to come.
Also, Nate Richardson of Coon Rapids takes on Zach Cooper in a 6 round jr. middleweight
Deangelo Curtis and Joe Amouta mix it up in a 4 round bout at 168 pounds.
John Moxey and Nate Rosa start the night off in a 4 round heavyweight bout.
Wisconsin's Andre Sherard is also scheduled to box against an opponent to be named.
PICKS UP BIG WIN IN CARLTON|
AUGUST 6, 2014
Rodriguez was victorious over Brandon Quarles in the 8 round main event on Saturday,
August 2nd at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Rodriguez's relentless pressure
and accurate punches were the difference in the fight although Quarles did well
boxing, moving, and landing solid shots of his own particularly in the early going.
Scores read 78-74, 77-75, 78-74 all in favor of Rodriguez.
"The Sharp Shooter" Muwendo won an 8 round unanimous decision over Robbie
Cannon in the co-featured bout of the evening.
Tovar shocked Markus Morris, winning a decision in front of a pro Morris crowd.
Dalton Outlaw, co owner of Element boxing in Saint Paul, won his pro debut over
Catlyn Little Eagle by way of 4 round unanimous decision.
Vue won a unanimous decision over Jacob Fox by scores of 38-38, 39-37, 39-37
Ramiro Hernandez won
his pro debut with a second round stoppage over Brandon Cluever in the opening
bout of the evening.
To read the full photo recap of the nights action...
MORRIS IN THE NEWS|
AUGUST 1, 2014
Muwendo of Minneapolis and Markus Morris of Duluth are both scheduled to be in
action tomorrow night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Fox 21 News spoke
with Muwendo and WDIO News featured Morris. Visit the links below to watch the
21 News Interviews Ismail Muwendo
Interviews Markus Morris
BOUT CANCELED IN NEW YORK|
JULY 31, 2014
Robertson and Elton Dharry's bout scheduled to take place tomorrow night in Queens,
NY, has been cancelled. The New York boxing commission was forced to cancel the
show because it did not meet the minimum rounds required by the NY boxing commission
due to various reasons. Robertson and his manager John Hoffman say they were informed
of the news at the commission's office Wednesday afternoon. Following the fall
out of the fight, Robertson's team is negotiating to box on August 22nd in Hinckley,
MN. To read the full story...
MUWENDO HEADLINE THIS SATURDAY|
JULY 30, 2014
Boy Promotions will feature a double main event this Saturday night at the Black
Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Newly crowned MN jr. middleweight champion Corey Rodriguez
(11-3, 4 KO's) will face off against Virginia's Brandon Quarles (13-2, 5 KO's).
Rodriguez was set to defend the title against Charles Meier but Meier injured
his elbow last week while sparring and was forced off. Quarles was originally
set to fight Cerresso Fort but Fort fell off the card with a hand injury. Negotiations
were successful in bringing the 8 round bout between Rodriguez and Quarles together.
Also, Minneapolis "Sharp Shooter" Ismail Muwendo gets back into the
ring to face tough as nails Missouri boxer Robbie Cannon. Muwendo's was set to
fight Wayne Martell last May but Martell was a no show for the fight. Muwendo
has had tough luck securing opponents but there is no doubt Cannon will be ready,
having faced locals Gary Eyer, Jeremy McLaurin, and Tony Lee. The rest of the
nights action is as follows...
Morris 5-0 3KO vs Benito Tovar 3-1-1 3KO
Duarn Vue 1-0 vs Jacob Fox 2-2 1KO
Dalton Outlaw 0-0 vs Catlyn Little Eagle 1-0
Julio Garcia 0-0 vs Dale Bennet
Ramiro Hernandez 0-0 vs Brandon Cluever 2-2
to read the official press release
SCORES BIG WIN OVER ENNIS|
JULY 26, 2014
"Golden" Caleb Truax (24-1-2, 14 KOs) won a decisive unanimous decision
over Derek Ennis (24-4-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA. last night on ESPN. Scores
were 97-93, 97-93 and 99-90. Truax pressed forward and was able to take away Ennis's
boxing ability and counter punches by landing powerful punches before smothering
and muscling Ennis around the ring. It was a quality win for Truax that could
lead to something big in the near future. Below is a link to the full fight and
a few National fight reports.
Truax vs Ennis, Full Fight Video
Truax Dominates Ennis
by Round Boxing Fight Report
JANUARY 24, 2014
Caleb Truax 163 vs. Derek Ennis 160
Photo courtesy of ESPN
UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Promoters: Seconds Out Promotions, Warriors Boxing,
8 Count Productions and Marines Promotions
TV: ESPN Friday Night Fights
Tickets: Priced at VIP $151, VIP Ringside $101, Mezzanine $51 and General Admission
BACK ON ESPN THIS FRIDAY NIGHT|
JULY 23, 2014
#15, IBF #13, and WBO #11-rated Caleb Golden Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs)
will face former USBA Champion Derek "Pooh" Ennis (24-4-1, 14 KO's)
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this Friday night on ESPN2 Friday night fights.
"It's my job to
beat who's in front of me and that's what I'll do this Friday night on ESPN."
Truax and his team
have made some additions since his last bout. Joining him and trainer Tom Halstad
is personal trainer and nutritionist Josh Hutton. Also, Truax recently signed
with well known boxing manager Al Hayman, who will now take on co-managing duties
along with Ron Lyke...
RESULTS - ALFARO DROPS CLOSE DECISION|
MONDAY, JUNE 30,
Minnesota State Jr. Featherweight
champion Vicente Alfaro (6-4) lost what apeared to be a close and competitive
bout to Stephon Young (10-0-1) last Friday night in an ESPN televised bout despite
what the scorecards show. Most viewers believe the fight was close and ESPN's
online voters had Alfaro ahead 5 rounds to 1 while commentator Teddy Atlas had
Young ahead by a point. Official scores read 60-54, 60-56, and 59-55. Alfaro came
forward landing jabs, hooks to the body, and over hand rights and also showed
good defense and movement. Young was speedier while punching and moving. You can
watch the fight for yourself below.
FEATURED IN ESPN BOUT JUNE 27|
JUNE 22, 2014
Vicente Alfaro (6-3) will face Stephon Young (9-0-1) on June 27 on ESPN in St.
Charles, MO. A decorated amateur, Young is a crafty southpaw from Saint Louis,
Missouri. So, Vicente and his trainer have been scouring the state for lefties
and he has been getting some good sparring at his home away from home, the Circle
of Discipline. Vicente has been unable to land a fight since his exciting title
matchup with Brad Patraw on February 9th, 2013. In August of 2013, he was sparring,
working a combination passed on from Mike Tyson, namely, right hook to the body-right
uppercut to the head and he caught his thumb on the chin of his sparring mate.
The injury required surgery and rehab but he says the thumb is strong now. Alfaro,
who prefers to fight at 118, is very eager to get in the ring in his home state.
He had a contract for a bout here in May but that matchup fell through at the
last minute. Vicente said, "As a Minnesota champion I hope that someone steps
forward to challenge me. I would love to fight before my fans here in Minnesota
again. Love it. But for now I have to concentrate all my energies on defeating
Stephon Young in his home town."
RODRIGUEZ WIN STATE TITLE BOUTS - |
JUNE 13, 2014
Corey Rodriguez lands a right hand to Stephen Watt on Friday
night in Mnpls.
Last night was a busy boxing night in Minnesota that saw Al Sands defend his MN
State Cruiserweight title successfully against Harley Kilfian in Duluth, and Corey
Rodriguez win the vacant MN State Super Welterweight title against Stephen Watt
in Minneapolis, though neither win came easy.
Sands scored two big knockdowns
(left hooks to the head of Kilfian) before being dropped hard himself in round
five by multiple right hands to the head from Kilfian. Sands appeared to be in
serious trouble but another left put Kilfian to the canvas just as the round was
coming to an end. Good action continued into the eighth where at about the midway
point of the round, Sands landed a body shot followed by another left that sent
Kilfian down again. Kilfian made it to his feet but referee Scott Erickson waived
the fight off at 1:44 of round 8.
Corey Rodriguez was in charge through
most of his fight against Stephen Watt but Watt's toughness and tricky power punches
made each round action packed. Watt came out fast, throwing bombs but Rodriguez
stayed calm and defensively avoided most of the punches, which is a big strength
of his under pressure. Watt powered forward with heavy punches while Rodriguez
landed more cleanly through three rounds. Round four was dominant for Rodriguez
as he rocked a tiring Watt around the ring. At some point, Watt injured his left
arm in the round as he grimaced in pain and the injured arm was a problem for
him for the remainder of the bout. Watt continued to try to fight back in the
fifth despite Rodriguez landing at will. Rodriguez had Watt bleeding from the
nose and a swelling cut eye in round 7 as he punished Watt with head and body
punches. Watt showed tremendous heart in fighting back but Rodriguez kept the
pressure on and the bout was stopped following the end of the seventh round.
results from Minneapolis...
Robert Brant stopped Mickey Scarborough at
2:17 of the first round. Brant dropped Scarborough with a left hook to the head
and twice with body shots.
Delorian Caraway dropped Ricky Smith with a left
hook to the head and a barrage of punches ended the bout as referee Mark Nelson
stopped the fight at :46 of round 1 giving Caraway his 3rd victory as a pro.
Van Goodman dropped James Roe twice before the fight was stopped at 2:44 of the
Carl Deaton outboxed Starr Roberts over four rounds of action.
Scores were 40-36 on all cards.
Rich Miller dropped Nick Whiting twice on
his way to a second round stoppage win at 1:29 of the 2nd round.
results from Duluth...
Markus Morris stopped Jeremy Marts in the second
round of a jr. middleweight bout. Morris moves to 5-0 with the victory.
Al Sands lands a right hand
to Harley Kilfian. Photo by Mark Walters
PLANS TO BRING TITLE BACK TO FAMILY|
JUNE 13, 2014
"Collateral Damage" Rodriguez (10-3-3) will battle Stephen Watt (3-2)
for the vacant 154 pound MN state title tonight at the Muse Nightclub in Minneapolis,
Rodriguez will be following in his uncles footsteps as both Rafael and
Bobby Rodriguez fought for the state title multiple times throughout the 70's
and 80's. Minnesota boxing hall of famer Rafael Rodriguez held the 154 pound title
in 1974 after beating Minneapolis Irishman Mike Morgan and once again in 1981
after defeating Tyrone Wren. He then lost the final bout of his career to fellow
MN Hall of Famer Gary Holmgren for the same title.
Bobby Rodriguez fought Rick Folstad twice in 1977 for the State jr. welterweight
SET FOR KILFIAN REMATCH TONIGHT|
JUNE 13, 2014
DuluthBoxing.com: On June 13th local Duluth Champion, Al Haitian Temptation
Sands, opens a new chapter in his boxing career... defending one of his titles.
This Friday Sands defends his Minnesota Cruiserweight Title which he captured
in convincing fashion April 27 of last year by dispatching Lucas St Claire by
1st round KO. That night ended a one year campaign by Sands and his team to capture
the State Title. Along the way Sands cleaned out the cruiserweight division by
beating and challenging everyone in his path. In the heap of rubble left behind
was Harley Kilfian who was rated #1 when Sands boxed him first and is #1 in the
division today. Since their first meeting both have remained the most active cruiserweights
in the MN Rankings which is why Kilfian is still #1 and Sands stands strong as
Champ. One difference, though, is since winning the state title Sands has gone
on to secure his position as a Main-Event fighter, a top 10 national ranking,
and recently won the NABA-US Cruiserweight Championship making him one of the
most accomplished boxers in the state...
FROM MINNEAPOLIS, MN|
JUNE 12, 2014
HERE FOR MORE PHOTO'S
MN State Jr. Middleweight Title Bout
Corey Rodriguez 153.2 lbs vs. Stephen
Watt 153.4 lbs
Rob Brant 166.6 lbs vs. Mickey Scarborough 165
Delorien Caraway 146.6 vs. Rickey Smith 148.6
Van Goodman 301 vs. James
Carl Deaton III 155 lbs vs. Starr Roberts 155.8
Whitting 199.8 vs Rich Miller 200.2
The Muse in Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: Sterling Entertainment Group/Driller
FROM DULUTH, MN|
JUNE 12, 2014
HERE FOR MORE PHOTO'S
MN State Cruiserweight Title Bout
Al Sands 200 lbs. vs Harley Kilfian: 191lbs.
154 lbs. vs Jeremy Marts: 154.5 lbs.
Lee 135 lbs vs Duarn Vue 134 lbs
Jungle Boy Boxing
Venue: Grandma's Sports Garden, Duluth, MN
VS KILFIAN 2 THIS FRIDAY
JUNE 9, 2014
Sands and Harley Kilfian will battle again on June 13 at Grandma's Sports Garden
in Duluth, MN. Both fighters rocked each other in the first fight until Sands
took over with body shots before stopping Kilfian in round 4 when the met in 2012.
The bout will be for Sands MN Cruiserweight title. Harley Kilfian interview can
be seen here...
RETURNS TO ESPN ON JULY 25|
JUNE 5, 2014
Middleweight Champion and WBA #15, IBF #13, and WBO #11-rated Caleb "Golden"
Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota, will face Sonora, Mexico's Rogelio
"Porky" Medina (32-6, 26 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight co-featured
non-title fight on July 25th, 2014 at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago, Illinois.
The bout will be featured on ESPN 2 Friday night fights.
wait to get back in action on ESPN" Truax told Minnesotaboxing.com. "Nothing
beats fighting at home in Mpls, but fighting on the road in Chicago will present
different challenges and I'll get to expand my fan base. Medina is a tough vet
who brings it and I am working like this is a title fight. I will be in top form
on July 25th and will represent Minnesota and #TeamTruax to the fullest!"
STORIES AND ANNOUNCMENTS:
DeLorian Caraway return plus Corey Rodriguez vs Stephen Watt for the vacant 154
MN State title on June 13 in MNPLS.
Caleb Truax headlines ESPN Card on July 25th in Chicago, Illinois.
Wilton Hilario has pulled out of the Jeremy McLaurin bout because
of an injured shoulder.
champion Jamal James discusses his last bout and more.