SANDS, 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 bout.
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 to come.
Aaron Green (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
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
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
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 Johnstown,
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.
Ismail "The 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.
Saint Paul's 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.
Finally, Nate Rueben of Thief River Falls, MN takes
on Erik Vo of Iowa in both fighters pro debut's.
DEFEATS KESHICK IN DULUTH
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014
Courtesy of Mark Walters/Jungle Boy Boxing
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 shot.
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 fighters
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.
"I don't 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
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
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.
more information on this year's inductee's as well as
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
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
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.
The 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 more...
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
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
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.
Carl Deaton (1-1) and Andrew Selvig (1-3) will open
the night in a four round welterweight fight.
fight 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 the event.
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 bout.
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
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 video.
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 0-0
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 $31
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
my job to beat who's in front of me and that's what
I'll do this Friday night on ESPN."
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, 2014
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
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
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 first round.
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.
Sands lands a right hand to Harley Kilfian. Photo by
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 title...
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
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 Roe 208
Carl Deaton III 155 lbs vs. Starr Roberts 155.8
Nick Whitting 199.8 vs Rich Miller 200.2
The Muse in Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: Sterling Entertainment Group/Driller Promotions
FROM DULUTH, MN
JUNE 12, 2014
HERE FOR MORE PHOTO'S
MN State Cruiserweight Title Bout
Al Sands 200 lbs. vs Harley Kilfian: 191lbs.
Morris 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
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.
"I can't 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!" For more...
STORIES AND ANNOUNCMENTS:
Brant, 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.
Minnesota welterweight champion
Jamal James discusses his last bout and more.