PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE AGAINST MEIER MONDAY,
JUNE 17, 2013
courtesy of MNBoxingleague.com: Tyler The Hitman Hultin has been
putting in more work than ever and is ready to prove himself in the spotlight
He and Sir Charles Meier face off on the undercard of Truax/George
June 21. Hultin is coming off of a controversial draw this past April, but has
used it to inspire this camp. For the full interview...
21ST FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS PROMO VIDEO FRIDAY
JUNE 14, 2013
are one week out from the June 21st fight card taking place at the Minneapolis
Convention Center. Expect interviews to start coming out here fight week and up
to fight night non Friday. Below is the official promo video from Seconds Out...
WILLIAMS SIGNED TO FACE FINDLEY JULY 26 FRIDAY
JUNE 14, 2013
"The Drill" Williams (12-5-1, 11 KO's) says he has signed to face Derrick
"Superman" Findley (20-10, 13 KO's) on July 26th at the Hyatt Regency
in Minneapolis. Williams is coming off a brutal first round KO win over Shujaa
El Amin last February and will attempt to be the second man to stop the iron chinned
Findley (Andre Dirrell by TKO, round 6 in 2009 being the other) when they meet.
Findley is currently in town helping Caleb Truax prepare for his ESPN bout next
weekend and this afternoon will be the final sparring session between the two.
Williams says that his WBU Super Middleweight title will not be at stake. Seconds
Out will be promoting the show.
BRINGS FINDLEY BACK FOR SPARRING THURSDAY,
JUNE 6, 2013
doing some bag work following 8 hard rounds of sparring with Derrick Findley in
native "Golden" Caleb Truax's June 21st ESPN Debut against Don George
is fast approaching. Truax, who admits George will be his biggest test to date
says he has brought back Chicago's Derrick Findley to help get him in top shape.
Findley also helped Truax prepare for his last fight in which he beat Matt Vanda
over 10 rounds of action. Limited tickets can still be purchased at www.soboxing.com
LAASE VS ALLEN LITZAU AUGUST 16, HINCKLEY? SUNDAY,
JUNE 2, 2013
showdown between Duluth's RJ Laase and Saint Paul's Allen Litzau seems to be coming
together for August 16th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Although not officially
signed and set, the two outspoken fighters are not pulling any punches in regards
to the potential fight. "I've been trying to get this fight for 3 years
now" said Laase (11-1, 7 KO's). "I hope he (Litzau) is serious this
time because I want to beat the best version of him as possible. He likes to talk
a lot and I plan on shutting his mouth in August. The 31 year old Litzau
(13-8, 7 KO's) admits he has taken short notice fights recently unprepared but
says he has already begun training and with more then two months to go, he says
he doesn't believe Laase will be able to touch him when they meet. "When
I have the right time to prepare for a fight, it's a whole other level" said
Litzau. "I will have over two months to prepare for this fight. I really
don't know much about him (Laase) but it really doesn't make a difference. I'm
not afraid of anybody around here. I'd fight (Floyd) Mayweather!
I think this will be a great fight for the Minnesota fans and look forward to
putting on a good show as always." Litzau says that his friend since
childhood Antonio Johnson will also be on the card and hopes his brother Jason
Litzau gets on as well. The three were known as "The Three Musketeer's as
amateurs and Litzau says they will be dedicating the fights to former coach and
mentor Jim Glancy who passed away 3 years ago on August 7th. Along with Johnson
fighting on the card, at this time it appears Phil Williams, Aaron Green, Andy
Kolle, and Ray Edwards are all rumored to be on what looks to be a stacked show.
Cory Rapacz of Rapacz Promotions will be bringing us the nights action. Stay tuned
for more as they become available
FIGHTS IN NEW YORK JUNE 22 SUNDAY,
JUNE 2, 2013
Brad Patraw (9-5, 5 KO's) of Saint Paul says he will be traveling to Brooklyn,
New York on June 22nd to face undefeated Juan "Baby Tito" Dominguez
(14-0, 10 KO's). Patraw says the fight will be on the undercard to Adrian Broner
vs Paulie Malignaggi. " I have watched him on Youtube and with 10 knockouts,
I am sure he is a big puncher" said Patraw about his opponent Dominguez.
"He might be undefeated but I will be his toughest fight to date for sure.
I'm going in like Jason (Litzau) did against (Celestino) Caballero, going in to
make a huge upset."
HEADLINES BLACK BEAR CARD JULY 6 FRIDAY,
MAY 31, 2013
year old "Sir" Cerresso Fort (16-1-1, 11 KO's) is scheduled to return
to action on Saturday, July 6th at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Fort
is coming off a gutsy performance on ESPN last month to tough opponent John Jackson
and will not be taking on a soft touch in his return. Fort faces Marcus Upshaw
(15-9-2, 7 KO's), who he fought to a draw with in Florida back in 2011. Upshaw's
record is deceiving because many of his losses are debatable and other then a
KO loss to Phil Williams and TKO loss to an undefeated fighter, Upshaw has gone
the distance with very high caliber opposition. Fort said he was back in the gym
tuning his game almost immediately following his last fight and says he will be
back stronger then ever. Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer (11-2-1, 7 KO's)
and Al Sands (9-1-1, 9 KO's) will be boxing in the co-featured bouts of the evening.
Eyer will defend his NABU Lightweight Title against Robbie Cannon (12-8-2, 6 KO's)
and Sands will return against an opponent to be named shortly. Promoter Zach
Walters says that Minneapolis lightweights Ismail Muwendo (13-0, 10 KO's), Wilton
Hilario (13-3-1, 9 KO's) along with Saint Paul featherweight Brad Herroff (2-0,
1 KO) and speedy welterweight Rondale Hubbert (2-0-1, 1 KO) are also schedule
to box with opponents TBA. Stephen Watt (1-1, 1 KO) versus Mathew Karanja (1-0)
and Dewayne Wisdom (2-10, 1 KO) versus James Owens (4-10, 2 KO's) are set as well.
Ring legends Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes will be making special guest appearance
at the fights. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster shortly.
21ST ESPN IN MNPLS BOXING UPDATE WEDNESDAY,
MAY 28, 2013
Out Promotions along with Warriors Boxing will bring ESPN Friday Night Fights
back to MN to feature "Golden" Caleb Truax (21-1-1, 12 KO) versus Chicago's
Don George (24-3-2, 21 KO). The nights televised main event pits IBF #2-rated
Rances Kid Blast Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KO) against Thailands
IBF #5-rated Fahsai Mountain Boy Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21 KO). Because
of it's 4 round nature and potential fireworks, the opening televised bout appears
to be a four-round junior middleweight contest between Gavin Quinn (1-0) of Circle
Pines, MN and Kenneth Glenn (2-0, 1 KOs) of Minneapolis. There will be ten
bouts in all including the TV fights and the off TV undercard portion is headed
by the bad blood grudge match between Tony Lee and Jeremy McLaurin. A Minnesotaboxing.com
poll shows that Lee is the favored fighter according to some fans. McLaurin and
Lee have been putting in hard work and this one could also be a classic.
Staying on the same theme of interesting fights, Tyler Hultin and Charles Meier
clash in another big time local showdown for bragging rights. Joey Abell and Sergiy
Karpenko will be featured in seperate bouts. Several fighters will make their
professional boxing debuts that night, including a four-round junior middleweight
match-up of pro debuters between LeWayne Hardiman of Las Vegas and Dustin Petron
of Rosemount, MN; a four-round heavyweight bout featuring the pro debut of Pat
Quinn from St Paul, MN against John Schimon (0-1) of Minneapolis; and a four-round
lightweight tilt between Milwaukees pro debuting Adrian Martinez and Kurtis
Erhorn (0-1) of Grand Rapids, MN round out the card.
2013 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES BEGINS MONDAY
MAY 13, 2013
#3 Brandon Wellman, 108 lbs, Kevin Harper, 114 lbs, Sean Zauhar, 178 lbs,
Jon LaPlant, 201+ each lost decisions in their first bouts last wednesday in Utah
putting an end to the Upper Midwests team action at Nationals. Although largely
inexperienced compared to the other competitors, the UMGG team fought hard and
heard the final bell in every bout.
#2 DeLorien Caraway, 152 lbs and Tavarus Roberts, 132 lbs both lost decisions
according to Chris "Thunder" Holt tonight in first round action. Holt
says Caraway threw some heavy shots but didn't get the nod and Roberts should
have gotten the win in his opinion. 178 pounder Shawn Zahar, super heavyweight
Jon Laplant, and 114lb Kevin Harper got a bye today.
#1 Sergio Gracia 123 lbs, Anthony Rose 165 lbs, and Antonio Salazar 201 lbs
all lost hard fought decisions in the opening day (Monday) at Nationals in Utah.
Upper Midwest's 2013 National Golden Gloves team (pictured above courtesy of Chris
Holt) begins competition today. We will do our best to link up to and post results
as they become available.
JUNIOR OLYMPIC TOURNY TONIGHT SATURDAY,
MAY 11, 2013
MN State Junior Olympic tournament takes place tonight at The Black Bear Casino
in Carlton, MN. Tickets are only $10. Don't miss out on your chance to support
local, regional and state amateur boxers. For tickets go to Black Bear Casino's
website. There is a link for tickets there or you can buy them at the door Call
218-393-0524 for more info.
18TH SHOW NOW COMBINED WITH JUNE 21ST FRIDAY,
MAY 10, 2013
Mnpls Hyatt boxing card and all of the set fights for May 18th have now been moved
to the June 21st ESPN televised fight card taking place at The Convention Center
in Minneapolis. "Golden" Caleb Truax makes his ESPN debut against Chicago's
Donavon George. The State title bout between Jeremy McLaurin and Tony Lee, super
bout between Charles Meier and Tyler Hultin, as well as Joey Abell, Mohammed Kayongo
and the rest of the May 18th card will still take place on June 21st. Tickets
purchased for the May 18th card will be honored on June 21 or refunded at the
buyers request. For a full statement from Seconds Out Promotions...
DEFEATS FRANKLIN, SANDS STOPS ST. CLAIR FRIDAY,
APRIL 26, 2013 - PHOTO'S BY JOHN D'AURIA
Photo Courtesy of John D'Auria
year old Gary Eyer (11-2-1, 7 KO's) won an 8 round split decision over Louisiana's
Blake Franklin (11-6-2, 3 KO's) in last Saturday nights Main Event at the Black
Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. It was a back and forth battle with both guys beating
each other up. Eyer had a slight power advantage and the difference seemed to
be Eyer staying more aggressive throughout. Eyer won the vacant WBF Jr Welterweight
title with the win. In the co-feature, Al Sands (9-1, 9 KO's) stopped Lucas
St. Clair (2-2, 1 KO) in the first round. Sands came out behind the jab with St.
Clair landing big looping counters. Sands shook off the punches and returned shots
of his own. A left hook combination dropped St. Clair later in the round. St.
Clair made it to his feet but was dropped for good moments later with another
left hook to the head. Sands won the vacant State Cruiserweight title with the
win. Michigan's Jordan Schimmell (10-0, 9KO's) stopped Byron Polley (25-15-1,
11 KO's) in the fifth round of a scheduled ten in a heavyweight bout. Ismail
Muwendo (13-0, 10 KO's) stopped James Owens (4-10, 2 KO's) in the fourth round.
Muwendo's success peeked after finding Owens body which Owens was not able to
handle. David LaQue (3-13-1, 3 KO's) was stopped on his stool after the first
round by Johnny "Juan" Garcia (14-1, 9 KO's) of Michigan. Garcia connected
with some big shots which LaQue did his best to walk through.The doctor stopped
the fight following the first round however due to a shoulder injury to LaQue.
Rondale Hubbert (2-0-1, 1 KO) scored an early knockdown and went on to win a UD
over Damien Hill (0-2) in the opening bout.
MAIN EVENT PHOTO'S ... UNDERCARD PHOTO'S
WEIGH IN RESULTS FRIDAY,
APRIL 26, 2013
are currently weighing in (5:30pm) at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN for
tomorrow nights fight card. "Stone Cold" Gary Eyer fights in the main
event and following a hard training camp says he plans on putting on a "fight
of the night" performance and earn the WBF Jr Welterweight title that is
up for grabs. His opponent Blake Franklin says he is not going home without a
victory. Out of state, Troy "TNT" Lowry (28-12) takes on Peter
Lewison (4-0) on April 27 in the Cayman Islands. Weights will be posted below
if and when they become available. Check Back for Updates...
From Carlton, MN
Eyer 134 vs Blake Franklin 134.5 Al Sands 197 vs Lucas
St. Claire 196 Vacant MN State Cruiserweight title fight
Ismail Muwendo 130 vs James Owens 130 (Owens needed 3 tries
to make weight) Juan Garcia 144 vs David Laque 145 Rondale
Hubbert 145 vs Damien Hill 151 Jordan Shimmell 207 vs
Byron Polley 268 Promoter:
Jungle Boy Promotions Venue: Black Bear Casino, Carleton, MN
from Caypan Islands
Lowry 178 vs Peter Lewison 178
BOXING IN CARLTON, MN THIS SATURDAY TUESDAY,
APRIL 23, 2013
Gary Eyer returns to the spotlight as he battles Louisiana's Blake Franklin for
the WBF Jr Welterweight title in the main event. Al Sands will face Lucas St.
Claire in the co-featured bout which is for the vacant cruiserweight State title
plus Minneapolis's Ismail Muwendo and Rondale Hubbert fight in seperate bouts.
Detroits Jordan Schimmel, who just returned from sparring with Heavyweight World
Champion Wladimir Klitschko see's action in a heavyweight bout. For the full press
LOSES DECISION TO JACKSON TUESDAY,
APRIL 23, 2013
Fort lost a unanimous decision to John Jackson last Friday night on ESPN. Scores
read (77-75, 79-73, 79-73). Fort fought a determined fight until the final bell,
stalking Jackson with heavy punches despite being caught with some hard shots
on his way in. Fort seemed determined to keep the pressure on no matter what and
go for the knockout but Jackson boxed smart and was able avoid serious damage
while putting points on the cards. Fort seems to be in good spirits following
his first loss in 18 pro fights and says he will be back stronger then ever.
READY FOR ESPN DEBUT THIS FRIDAY UPDATE FRIDAY,
APRIL 19, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley
Cerresso Fort, left, faces
off with John Jackson last night at weigh ins. Courtesy of ESPN
year old "Sir" Cerresso Fort (16-0-1, 11 KO's) will test his skills
tonight against John Jackson (15-1, 14 KO's) on ESPN2's Friday night fights boxing
series. Fort began camp in Minnesota before heading out of state to get sparring
and soon he will be putting that work on display against Jackson. "He's
a good, tough fighter" said Fort about Jackson. "I am willing to test
my will against anybody and I think this is a good fighter for me. I wanted to
fight him in the past but it didn't work out but now it's time to go. God's time
is the best time and that time is now. As far as I know, his dad was one of the
hardest punchers in boxing history. But I'm not fighting his father. That's about
all I know. I don't pick and choose opponents for their styles. The opportunity
came my way to fight what I see as a undefeated fighter. I saw his loss. I just
think this is a great opportunity and I have trained appropriately. I am ready
to go out there and show the world what I got...
RESULTS FROM SUPERIOR SATURDAY,
APRIL 13, 2013 By Jesse Kelley
Brant won a six round unanimous decision over Eric Marriot in the main event Saturday
night in Superior, WI. Brant dominated most of the action behind a good jab and
straight right hand that found it's target more and more as the fight went on.
Marriot was tough but had a hard time finding Brant throughout. Joe Lorenzi
stopped Lexi Keshick in the co-feature at 1:38 of round three. Both fighters stood
toe to toe but Lorenzi was relentless with the body attack which eventually dropped
Keshick in a corner where the fight was called to a halt. Winston Anderson
stopped Keith Tebear at 1:20 of the third round. Good action through two with
Anderson opening up in the third landing blow after unanswered blow which left
Tebear bleadin heavily from the mouth as referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight.
Tyler Hultin and Eli Smith fought to a five round split draw. Hultin and Smith
traded heavily in each round with Hultin holding the edge and taking a lead into
the final round. As the fifth was coming to a close, a straight left from the
southpaw Smith sent Hultin, who was slightly off balance down to a seat on the
canvas. Hultin smiled and immediately popped back up but the flash knockdown was
enough to deny him the victory on the judges cards. Joe Cook stopped Randi
Ronchi by TKO at :53 into the first round. Ronchi stuck his chin out and offered
Cook a free shot to start which Cook gladly took, catching Ronchi on the chin
and down hard. Two more head shots dropped him again almost as soon as action
resumed and referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight as Ronchi wasn't right.
Trevor Marmon stopped Jose Rios in the third of a scheduled four round fight.
Again, good action while it lasted. Rios was speedier but Marmon's power was the
difference. Corey Rodriguez won a unanimous decision over Ricky Smith in a
jr middleweight bout. Both fighters had their moments over four rounds but Rodriguez's
more polished combinations were what most likely got him the nod on the score
cards. Although not as polished, Smith's toughness and determination kept things
close despite body shots from rodriguez that slowed Smith after two. Andrew
Selvig stopped Eric Johnson by TKO in round two. Selvig dropped Johnson twice
in the bout.
NIGHT IN SUPERIOR TONIGHT SATURDAY,
APRIL 13, 2013
Promotions brings boxing back to the Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin tonight.
Despite snowing conditions the past few days, travels look clear and sunny for
today and through tonight. Fighters in the 8 bouts weighed in last night at the
Superior Bayfront Inn and are ready to go tonight. The Wessman Arena is located
at 2701 Catlin Ave., Superior, Wisconsin. Joe Lorenzi, Corey Rodriguez, Tyler
Hultin, Robert Brant, Winston Anderson and more are scheduled to box in seperate
bouts. Tickets are are starting at $10. The full lineup can be seen HERE
ANDERSON READY FOR WAR AT WESSMAN WEDNESDAY,
APRIL 10, 2013
OF WDIO.COM: Superior, Wisc. - The "War at Wessman" boxing event on
Saturday in Superior, Wisconsin will not include former Viking Ray Edwards, who
is out with an ear infection. But, a number of local fighters will still compete
on the event at Wessman Arena. That includes Cloquet native Winston Anderson.
The fighter known as "Nasty Time" has only been a pro for a year and
already, he is 3-0, all knockout wins. Anderson battles the debuting Keith Tebear.
A total of eight bouts are on the card. Duluth native Joey "The Don"
Lorenzi (1-5-1) will be in the co-main event. It is his first fight since September
as the veteran battles newcomer Lexie Keshick, who is 1-0. To see the video story...
2 GOLDEN GLOVES TONIGHT SATURDAY,
APRIL 6, 2013
Region 2 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves tournament takes place tonight at the West
Saint Paul Armory. The main event features super heavyweight Vinnie Downwind taking
on Colten Warner in a four rounder. For more info...
FIGHTS ON SPIKE TV TONIGHT
APRIL 4TH, 2013
Mike Richman lost an action packed and very competitive decision to Khasbulaev
on Thursday night. It was found afterwards that Richman suffered a broken hand
and nose in the first round but fought through the injuries. After losing the
first round, once again it was Richman's striking, particularly his hands that
nearly got him the win before running out of time to finish his hurt and gassed
opponent at the end of the second. The third round was razor close with both fighters
tired but giving it their all.
Minnesota's Mike "The Marine" Richman (15-2 MMA, 2-0 Boxing) faces Magomedrasul
"Frodo" Khasbulaev (20-5 MMA) in the featherweight finals of Bellator's
Season 8 tournament tonight on Spike TV. For thoughts from Richman via mmajunkie.com...
13TH SUPERIOR BOXING UPDATE WEDNESDAY,
APRIL 3RD, 2013
heavyweight Aaron Green and his team released a statement earlier this week announcing
that he will no longer be fighting on the April 13th show at The Wessman Arena
in Superior, WI. Tendinopathy was the official diagonosis following a visit to
the doctor which sounds like a tendon injury caused by overwork and not enough
rest. It would have been his 9th bout in a year and Green and his team say a short
rest to heal up is the plan. It was announced yesterday that Former Minnesota
Viking Ray Edwards will now be fighting on the card. Edwards picked up the biggest
win of his boxing career last month against Van Goodman. Joe Lorenzi, Corey Rodriguez,
Tyler Hultin, Robert Brant, Winston Anderson and more are scheduled to fight on
the card which takes place in 10 days. Tickets are are starting at $10! The rest
of the card which does not reflect the changes above at this time can be seen
COLD" EYER GETS NABU TITLE SHOT TUESDAY,
APRIL 2, 2013
Cold" Gary Eyer (10-2-1, 7 KO's) is preparing to fight for the vacant NABU
jr. welterweight title on April 27 at the Black Bear Casino in Carleton, MN. Eyer
faces Blake Franklin (10-5-2, 5 KO's) of Louisiana in a scheduled 8 round bout.
The co-featured bout pits cruiserweights Al Sands (8-1) of Duluth against Lucas
St. Claire (2-1) of Moorhead which is also scheduled for 8 rounds. "The Sharp
Shooter" Ismail Muwendo brings his USA Mid American featherweight title to
the ring as well against an opponent TBA. The rest of the card can be seen HERE.
WDIO news in Duluth caught up with Eyer and his team for a few words from training
camp and you can check out that video...
USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS TUESDAY,
APRIL 2, 2013
has a handfull of amateur boxers competing at the 2013 USA National Championships
at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Spokane, Washington from March 30-April
6th. To stay updated on the latest and see who is competing...
RODRIGUEZ RETURNS APRIL 13TH IN SUPERIOR FRIDAY,
MARCH 22, 2013
Rodriguez is preparing to return to action on April 13 at the Wessman Arena in
Superior, Wisconsin. Rodriguez (pictured backrow, middle-right) at the Bracamonte
Gym in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico says that he is putting in a lot of
roadwork and that it's been easy to sweat and lose weight being that the temperature
there is in the mid 80's. Rodriguez will face debuting Ricky Smith out of Missouri
on the April 13th show.
VS FORT ON MAY 18TH? UPDATE 3 MONDAY,
MARCH 18, 2013
#3- THURSDAY, MARCH
21ST.. Team Truax and Team Fort met last night in an effort to make the fight.
Unfortunately both sides could not come to an agreement and the mega match between
the two fighters will have to wait for another time. Caleb Truax discussed this
along with details on what's coming up next for him and that interview will be
posted shortly. Attempts to reach Mr. Fort for comments were declined at this
#2- WEDNESDAY, MARCH
20TH:. After a lot of Internet talking and back and forth words, it looks like
negotiations for the proposed bout have come back to life! Word is Fort and promoter
Tony Grygelko resumed talks that would put Truax and Fort in the ring against
each other. Here is the latest statement Fort released on his Facebook page..
" I've been thinking about how to reply to this recent trash talking. I'm
just going to keep my composure and let all my fans,friends,and family know that
I've been trying to reach Caleb Truax's team last night and also this morning
to let them know that I will gladly take the fight, they seemingly want it."
TUESDAY, MARCH 19TH: For now, it appears the Truax-Fort showdown has fallen apart
as quickly as the first news broke that both fighters agreed on a purse. It sounds
like both fighters are wasting no time moving on as big announcements for both
guys are close to being released. Minnesotaboxing.com has been unable to reach
Fort for comment but he released the following statement on Facebook: "If
terms aren't right,Sir Cerresso dont fight!" I love all my fans.
Truax issued the following statement: Cerresso Fort personally told my promoter
he wanted to fight me next and let it be known that he was ready and willing to
fight me. I accepted the challenge without hesitation and instructed my promoter
to make it happen ASAP. My promoter agreed to his terms and I agreed to take less
to make the fight happen. Fort ultimately decided that getting terrorized by me
wasn't worth the money.
18TH: It looks like a good possibility that a super showdown between MN State
Middleweight champion "Golden" Caleb Truax and surging Saint Paul slugger
"Sir" Cerresso Fort could take place as early as May 18th at the Convention
Center. Following his victory over the weekend in Hinckley, Fort contacted Truax's
promoter and said he wanted Truax next. According to Truax, an offer was made
and Fort came back with another price. Truax and his team agreed on the counter
offer and are currently waiting back on Team Fort's responce. We will keep you
posted as things unfold.
FROM HINCKLEY, MN SUNDAY,
MARCH 17, 2013
Paul Minnesota's "Sir" Cerresso Fort (16-0-1, 11 KO's) won a lopsided
but entertaining eight round unanimous decision over late sub Dennnis Sharpe (17-11-4,
4 KO's) of New Jersey on Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Fort
continuously popped the jab before loading up with punches as he came forward.
In the end, neither fighter was hurt and the fight went to the scorecards, giving
Fort his sixteenth victory by scores of 80-72 on all three cards. The co-featured
bout didn't last nearly as long as Duluth's RJ "TRex" Laase (11-1, 7
KO's) took out Wisconsin's James Wayka (16-12-1, 8 KO's) in the opening round...
FROM DULUTH, MN SUNDAY,
MARCH 17, 2013
Photo courtesy of John D'Auria
The Duluth News Tribune: Duluth cruiserweight Al The Haitian Temptation
Sands scored a decisive victory over Chris Cold Steel Thomas as part
of the Friday Night Fights pro-am boxing card at Grandmas Sports Garden.
Sands earned a third-round technical knockout after Thomas corner waved
off the fight before the start of the fourth round, with Thomas sporting a cut
over his eye and possibly having a broken hand. St. Pauls Brad Herroff
also was scheduled to fight on the card, but his opponent was reportedly a no-show...
PHOTO'S FROM HINCKLEY SATURDAY,
MARCH 16, 2013
Fort lands a hard right hand to the jaw of Dennis Sharpe Friday night in the main
event at The Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. More photo's from Friday nights full
house in Hinckley can be seen...
More photos and full report to come.
SPEAKS ABOUT ROUND CHANGE THURSDAY,
MARCH 14, 2013
RJ "T-Rex" Laase is set to face-off with James "Wildcat" Wayka
in one of the featured bouts tomorrow night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN.
The more experienced Wayka called out Laase last year and although the bout has
fallen through once since that time, the two appear finally ready to mix it up
following weigh-ins earlier tonight. Laase was fired up for the bout and opportunity
to face Wayka, who also recently faced his teammate Andy Kolle. But Laase says
the desire to put on an electrifying performance was turned up a notch this morning
when he learned the schedule 8 round bout had been changed to 6 without his knowing.
Wayka and his team stated on the contract before signing and sending back weeks
ago that they would only go 6 rounds. That detail change went unnoticed until
recently. And Laase, who kept a few more pounds on to get the fight with Wayka,
expressed his frustrations on the matter while issuing the following statement:
"I've been going 8 straight with rotating sparring partners for two camps
now with a week break in between after my (Justin) Jones fight. Yes, the same
sparring partners that were putting Wayka's ass on the canvas multiple times and
making him quit after a single round. These ain't 16 ounce gloves and we ain't
wearing head gear on Friday night. I'm younger, faster, more powerful and better
looking. If they think dropping two rounds is giving them the advantage, they've
made a mistake. I'm turning up the gas even more now. I've got 6 extra minutes
to pack into 6 rounds. Tuck your chin and cover up cause this T-Rex is hungry,
hungry for liver!" Wayka has temporarily relocated to the Twin Cities
from Wisconsin over the past two weeks to train and says he is ready to give his
best effort and wants to give fans a good show.
FROM HINCKLEY THURSDAY,
MARCH 15, 2013
Goodman (left) and Edwards
(right) Photo Courtesy of Todd Bechtold mnboxingleague.com
Fort 165 vs. Dennis Sharpe 163 RJ Laase 144.5 vs. James Wayka 143 Aaron
Green 278 vs. Raymond Ochieng 254 Van Goodman 252 vs. Ray Edwards 255
Winston Anderson 137.5 vs. Branden Cluever 140 David Laque 145 vs. Kurtis
Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN Promoter: RDS Boxing
FROM DULUTH THURSDAY,
MARCH 14, 2013
Photo Courtesy of John D'Auria
Sands 198 vs. Chris Thomas 196 Brad Herroff 124 vs Bobby Connors (Will weigh
in later tonight)
Grandma's Sports Garden Promoter: Jungle Boy Promotions
READY FOR "COLD STEEL" THIS FRIDAY TUESDAY,
MARCH 12,, 2013
- A Pro-Am boxing card on March 15th at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth will
be a homecoming for Duluth native Al Sands (7-1) as the "Haitian Temptation"
faces "Cold Steel" Chris Thomas (Saint Paul's Brad Herroff is also
scheduled to fight in the other featured pro bout which follows Golden Gloves
amateur bouts). This will be Thomas's first fight in the Twin Ports.
The Cruiserweight is from Chicago is 17-17-2 and has held titles in his career.
Meanwhile, Sands is 7-1 and has won five straight fights, all by knockout.
"Keys to victory for me are going to be to stay formless, we have a lot of
different tools and a lot of different tricks we can use. But, as long as we stick
to our fundamentals and keep pressuring him and keep pressuring him, it is going
to be a great night," says Sands.
LITZAU, ABELL, STARKS UPDATE THURSDAY,
MARCH 7, 2013
UPDATE: Mike "The Marine" Richman punched his
way to the 100k finals in Bellator last night on Spike TV. This is a huge accomplishment
for the MN based Richman. Here is a report recapping the action ...Mixed
Martial Artist/Boxer Mike "The Marine" Richman of Rosemount, MN (pictured
above at last night's weigh in's courtesy of Bellator) is fighting tonight in
California as he attempts to get to the finals of Bellator's 100k tournament.
The fights start tonight at 9PM Central time on Spike TV. Richman's current record
is as follows, Professional MMA Record: 13-2-0 (8 SUBs, 4 KOs) Professional Boxing
Record: 2-0-0 (1 KO)
Lightweight contender Jason Litzau (29-3, 22 KO's) is currently sidelined, having
recently suffered a break in his right hand. Although sidelined by the training
injury, Litzau says he is looking forward to getting back to action as soon as
possible. Litzau last fought in June of 2012, scoring a first round knockout win
over Ira Terry. Also sidelined by injury is Litzau's childhood friend and fellow
Saint Paul boxer Antonio Johnson. Johnson hopes to be back in action soon as well.
Joey Abell says he is ready to fight but where that will be is not set at this
time. It was announced last month that Abell would be boxing in a high purse heavyweight
tournament sometime in April called the American Box-Off tournament. However,
no official word on if that tournament is still taking place has been put out
there or even given to the fighters. Abell says that he would still fight in it
if things come together but in the mean time "MN Ice" Abell says he
is shooting for a return on May 18th at the Convention Center.
23 year old Javontae Starks (6-0, 5 KO's) picked up a win on January 26th in Pennsylvania.
Starks stopped Romon Barber in round two of a scheduled 4. What makes the bout
significant on a local level is the fact that the 30 year old Barber recently
took Robert Brant and Corey Rodriguez the distance. Starks is set to return on
May 18 at the Convention Center. You can read more on the Starks-Barber bout here...
STAKES" MARCH 15TH BOXING UPDATE MONDAY,
MARCH 4, 2013
WBA and IBF Light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill and former WBA heavyweight
champion James "Bone Crusher" Smith will be making a special guest appearance
on Saturday, March 15th for the next pro boxing show at the Grand Casino in Hinckley,
MN. The card is now set and selling out fast. Saint Paul's Cerresso Fort (15-0-1,
11 KO's) will be fighting in the main event against 25 year old Californian Dashon
Johnson (13-10-3, 4 KO's). Duluth's RJ Laase (10-1, 6 KO's) will face a familiar
face in "Gentleman" James Wayka (16-11-1, 8 KO's) and Minneapolis heavyweight
Aaron Green (10-0, 8 KO's) tangles with 36 year old Raymond "King Kong"
Ochieng (24-16, 19 KO's) in the two main supporting bouts. Also, the highly anticipated
showdown between Van Goodman and former NFL football player Ray Edwards has been
signed and is set. Joe Lorenzi, Winston Anderson and Rondale Hubbert round out
the nights action.
MN BOXING SHOW UPDATE THURSDAY,
21 , 2013
been a sort of "winter break" for Minnesotaboxing.com following two
of the busiest back to back months of boxing in Minnesota. Over the next few days
I will try to play catch up with a mix of upcoming news and more in depth details
on a few past shows that were not fully covered. Below are the upcoming shows
that are set at this time
9th, Red Lake, MN - The scheduled show for March 9th at the 7 Clans Casino
was canceled this morning due to a string of bad luck and timing according to
Sterling MN Promotions. Jamal "Shango" James (9-0) was set to face Alex
DeLeon (5-2) in the main event.
15th, Hinckley, MN - RDS Boxing is back at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Also
back headlining is "Sir" Cerresso Fort. No opponent is set at this time
but Troy "TNT" Lowry is amoung the names being offered the spot. RJ
Laase (10-1) will also be fighting with James Wayka looking like the front runner
at this time to stand opposite Laase. Aaron Green (10-0) will be featured following
his 10th victory and will try to keep things rolling. Van Goodman and Ray Edwards
have signed to fight in what is an interesting bout on many levels. Goodman has
been calling Edwards out since the former Vikings debut and Edwards has taken
the bout to silence doubters after his last two opponents gave up in the ring.
Edwards will be giving his side of the story today (Thursday, February 21) at
Noon on the Common Man program, KFAN radio. Winston Anderson and Joe Lorenzi are
also scheduled to box in seperate bouts.
15th, Duluth, MN - Jungle Boy Boxing is promoting it's next pro-am at Grandma's
Sports Garden. Headlining the pro portion of the show will be Al Sands (7-1) against
an opponent to be named. The other pro bout features Saint Paul's Brad Herroff
(2-0). Contracts are said to be out on opponents so stay tuned for details.
Duluth's Fox 29 previewed the bout and you can watch the video by CLICKING
13th, Superior, WI - T-Rex Promotions brings boxing back to the Wessman Arena
in Superior, WI.
18th, Venue TBA: Seconds Out Promotions and Omega Presents has postponed a
show scheduled for March 15th in Minneapolis after learning that Caleb Truax broke
his thumb during his bout with Matt Vanda last month. It appeared that ESPN was
going to be visiting Minnesota to feature Caleb Truax with Sergio Mora's name
rumored to be the front runner as his opponent. The new date is May 18th featuring
Truax, Joey Abell, a grudge match showdown between Tony Lee and Jeremy McLaurin.
Javontae Starks and Ken Glenn are also boxing in seperate bouts. Although not
signed, it appears Charles Meier and Tyler Hultin could be meeting in what has
the makings of a classic. No word on venue or if this show will involve television
at this time.
RESULTS FROM SAINT PAUL SATURDAY,
FEBRUARY 9TH, 2013
"The Drill" Williams (12-5-1, 11 KO's) destroyed Shujaa El-Amin (12-4,
6 KO's) on Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Williams waited for
an opening early and when he found it, unleashed hurtful head shots ending with
a right hook that sent El-Amin half way through the ropes. El-Amin made it to
his feet and attempted to fight back but Williams was right back on top of him
with more heavy punches. Williams again pinned El-Amin on the ropes and connected
with four unanswered right hands that snapped El-Amin's head back. Referee Mark
Nelson jumped between the two men and waived the fight off at 1:27 of the opening
round saving El-Amin from getting seriously hurt. Williams earned the vacant WBU
super middleweight title with the win. Vicente Alfaro won an action packed
8 round decision over Brad Patraw in the co-feature to win the vacant Minnesota
State jr. featherweight title. Scores read 78-74, 79-75, 78-75. This was the
second time the two men fought. In 2010, Alfaro stopped Patraw in the second round.
Although neither man went down in this fight, Alfaro once again got the job done
over the course of eight rounds. Early
into round one, Alfaro (6-3, 1 Ko) tried to assert his will on Patraw. At times
Patraw (9-5, 5 Kos) looked off balance while trying to adjust to Alfaros
body and head attack. Throughout
the fight Patraw, who kept his hands low, fired back whenever Alfaro came in.
The fight was difficult to score at times because Patraw took the first half of
some rounds, while Alfaro took the other half with his aggression and clean hard
blows. In the end
the judges gave the fight to Alfaro by scores of: 74-78, 75-79 and 75-78.
Wilton Hilario (13-3,
9 KO's) won an entertaining 6 round decision over game Wisconsin fighter James
Owens (4-8, 2 KO's) in a super featherweight bout. Hilario was wild at times
but took control of the fight early on and never let up. Owens landed some nice
shots of his own but didn't have enough to make it close. In round five, Hilario
hurt Owens with a body shot that sent Owens down. Owens continued on but it was
a battle to survive to the final bell. Scores read 59-54, 60-53 and 60-56.
Rob Brant swept all
six rounds over Keith Collins in a middleweight bout. Scores read 60-55, 60-54,
60-54. Collins didn't do much offensively and was more interested in clowning
and taking shots which had the crowd booing as the fight went on. To Brants
credit, he kept his composure although in round five he started to emulate some
of Collins silly antics. But
overall, Brant had his way with Collins as he landed body and head shots at will
although he was unable to take Collins out or seriously hurt him. Nevertheless,
Brant came in shape and got the job done as all three judges scores read:
60-55, 60-54 and 60-54 in his favor. Super bantamweight Jonathan Perez (6-0,
5 Kos), is one of the nicest guys in the sport, but he also has an ugly side in
the ring as Ruben Elias (0-2) found out. Perez
started out by using his jab as he connected and countered the game Elias with
right hands and uppercuts with ease and precision. Minutes into round two, Perez,
21, throw a counter right which rocked Elias, and shortly thereafter, Perez landed
a hard right uppercut that sent Elias down for good. The fight was called off
at 2:07. While J.J. Corn (47-26-3, 26 Kos) didnt look in the best of
shape, he showed up to fight and he fought hard for the first round and a half.
But Sands (7-1, 7 Ko),
who looked in excellent shape, worked behind his jab and landed vicious body blows,
which overtime, hurt Corn. As round one came to an end, Sands hit Corn to the
body and he followed that up with a head shot that rocked his opponent. Early
in round two, Sands put Corn down with a nice combo. Corn recovered, but soon
thereafter, Sands hurt Corn with a right which backed Corn up. Sands once more
focused on Corns body as he landed between three to four unanswered blows
before Corn went down. Referee Scott Erickson called a halt to the action at 2:28
into the round.
PHOTOS AND DETAILS COMING SOON
"THE DRILL" WILLIAMS IS BACK TONIGHT SATURDAY,
FEBRUARY 9TH, 2013
a fighter gets back to action in the ring, headlines (on this site) often read
fighter A returns, or fighter B is back, something along those lines. But tonight
Phil Williams says "The Drill" will be back in the ring for tonight's
main event bout at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. So what does that mean? Williams
says it means it's a return of the power punching and motivated fighter that had
many fighters thinking twice before getting in the ring with him. Following the
first real training camp in years and reunion with old coach Chuck Daszkiewicz,
Phil "The Drill" Williams told MinnesotaBoxing.com that he has found
that old fire again and is ready to unleash it in the ring tonight.
is the first time I really trained fully for a fight. I went in and did a full
six weeks for this fight and the confidence is going to show. There are a few
fights in my past that I know I wasn't fully prepared for but just went out there
thinking I could make something happen anyway. I would love to get a rematch with
anybody I ever lost to. The last time I trained hard for a fight was for my first
ten rounder against Matt Vanda. I still can't see how those judges thought he
outboxed me. So after that I really didn't care that much about boxing. I never
had a coach after that fight and I didn't train properly. I have no excuses though
for those losses because that was my fault. But now I am mentally prepared and
trained and you are definitely going to see the old Drill taking the first opportunity
I get to knock these guys out. As for my opponent... I know he's coming from Vegas.
That's what I know about him! I don't know anything about him but that's not important.
He is the one who needs to know about me. I am fully trained so he is the one
that needs to worry about me."
five ran a story on Phil Williams last night and you can check that out below.
FROM SAINT PAUL, MN FRIDAY,
FEBRUARY 8TH, 2013
El-Amin (left) and Williams (right) after weighing in for tomorrow nights title
WBU Super Middleweight title
Phil Williams 167.4 vs. Shujaa El-Amin 167.4
Minnesota State Jr. Featherweight title Brad Patraw 122 vs. Vicente
Al Sands 200.2 vs. J.J. Corn 194.6
Wilton Hilario 128.6 vs. James Owens 128 Robert Brant 160.8
vs. Keith Collins 161.4 Dan Moret 160.6 vs. Brandon Abrego ??
Jonathan Perez 124 vs Ruben Elias 123.8
Plaza in Saint Paul, MN Promoter: Diamond Gloves Promotions
HULTIN HEADLINES IN FARGO TOMORROW NIGHT FRIDAY,
FEBRUARY 8TH, 2013
The Hitman and his fans have been putting in work.. Hultin fought in Saint Paul
November 17, Minneapolis January 5, and is the main event this Saturday in Fargo,
ND There are a couple sure things when Tyler Hultin is fighting You
are sure to see an exciting fight and you know the place is going to be packed
with Hitman fans This Saturday is sure to be electric in Fargo as its the
first time Hultin has been able to fight close to home since turning pro, and
with his exciting victory over Stephen Watt it will be as the main event...
NATIVE SENSATION MEETS THE HAITIAN TEMPTATION THURSDAY,
FEBRUARY 7, 2013
Native Sensation" JJ Corn and "The Haitian Temptation" Al Sands
are prepared to meet this Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Although
the battle for the best nickname between the two is probably a draw, both fighters
will be looking to take home a victory on Saturday night in this match up of youth
versus experience. JJ Corn: "I think they made a mistake thinking
I'm old and done" Al Sands: "I have been working hard and
look to show my progress"
read the full story...
GREEN FIGHTING FOR WIN NUMBER 10 WEDNESDAY,
FEBRUARY 6TH, 2013
Green (9-0, 7 KO's) will be part of this Saturday's fight card at the Red River
Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, ND. Green has been rattling off wins at a fast
pace as a pro. The 6-4 heavyweight fought 5 times last year and most recently
picked up a win over Maurenzo Smith (11-4-2) two weeks ago in Hinckley.
"Smith does come to
fight" said Green. "He is a very tough fighter and a good boxer. I was
very glad to get the rounds and gain a tone of experience from the fight."
Green is an alumni of North Dakota State University and told Minnesotaboxing.com
he can't wait to be fighting back in Fargo. "Fighting in Fargo is an awesome
feeling. I am a NDSU Alumni, so getting in front of the people there is a great
feeling. I love the people out there. Fargo is a great city and I am really looking
forward to fighting there." Also featured on the card will be Tyler Hultin
in the main event, Rondale Hubbert, Dustin Mason, Ray Edwards, Cody McManigle
and more. Green
was recently featured in North Dakota's news website The Inforum and you can read
that story by CLICKING
WILLIAMS HITTING THE LOCAL MEDIA WEDNESDAY,
FEBRUARY 6TH, 2013
"The Drill" Williams has been busy hyping this Saturday nights main
event bout at the Crown Plaza in Saint Paul. Williams battles Shujaa El Amin for
the vacant WBU title. "The Drill" was interviewed earlier today by channel
5 (story airs at 6 or 10 on Friday night) and will be on ESPN radio AM 1500 with
host Jeff Dubay tomorrow morning at 11:00 (Brad Patraw will also be in studio).
There will be a ticket givaway during the live call in on air. But tonight, Williams
will be at the Timberwolves game and interviewed live, most likely during halftime
but the time hasn't been confirmed. Williams shared his thoughts on the bout and
more and that story will be posted here shortly.
ALFARO READY FOR TITLE SHOWDOWN WEDNESDAY,
FEBRUARY 6TH, 2013 - BY JESSE KELLEY
Alfaro (pictured left) and "Bad" Brad Patraw (right) will battle for
the vacant 122 pound Minnesota State title this Saturday night on the fight card
dubbed "Crown the Kings" at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Interestingly,
this will not be their first showdown. Alfaro picked up the stoppage win 2.5 years
ago in Saint Paul but both fighters say they are improved with added experience
since that bout.
Brad Patraw: "I think what the state is
doing with the belts is a great thing. I can't wait to once and for all show that
I am the best and I will show that on February 9th." Vicente Alfaro:
"I'm glad for the opportunity to finally settle any doubts and confusion
concerning the state champion." To read the full story...
HAND SURGERY FOR TRUAX TUESDAY,
FEBRUARY 5, 2013
Truax had a successful time in the surgery room earlier today to repair a broken
thumb suffered in his bout with Matt Vanda a few weeks back. To heal properly,
the surgery required pins to be put in to hold the thumb in place. Truax says
he expects to be in a cast for 4-6 weeks followed by a month or so of rehab. The
injury postpones a March ESPN televised date for Truax but he says they will now
be shooting for either May or June for that event which would be held at the Convention
Center in Minneapolis.
RETURNS TO THE CROWNE PLAZA THIS SAT. TUESDAY,
FEBRUARY 5, 2013
RELEASE St. Paul MN- A long time Minnesota fan favorite will make his return
to the ring after over a year long layoff, while a fast rising newcomer continues
his ascent on the same card this Saturday night on a show loaded with local talent
at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Phil Williams (11-5) faces Shujaa El Amin
(12-3), known previously as Dion Savage, with the WBU Super Middleweight title
on the line. The fight will end a significant inactive stretch for both fighters,
as Williams last saw the ring in December of 2011, and El Amin has been out since
scoring a unanimous decision win over Joe McCreedy in May 2012. Robert Brant
(5-0) of Oakdale, will make his sixth venture to the ring when he faces Keith
Collins Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul. Brant has been nothing
short of electrifying in the early stages of his professional career, and is not
slowing up, taking to the ring only five weeks removed from his last victory.
Also featured is an intriguing super bantamweight matchup between St. Paul native
Brad Patraw (9-4) and Vicente Alfaro (5-3) for the Minnesota state title.
Saturday night also marks the local return of super featherweight Wilton Hilario
(12-3) who takes on James Owens. The card is rounded out by cruiserweight
knockout artist Al Sands (6-1), who takes on JJ Corn, and bantamweight speedster
Jonathan Perez. Weigh-ins for Crown the Kings will be held at
Sakuras Japanese restaurant in St. Paul Friday evening, Tickets are priced
at $35, $45, and $75 and more information is available at vitalculture.com
PHOTOS FROM DULUTH
JANUARY 31, 2013
Eyer won a 6 round war with David LaQue last Saturday in Duluth. Both camps feel
they won as it was a slugfest throughout. LaQue scored an early knockdown and
also had a point taken late for hitting behind the head. John Moxey was DQ'd for
hitting Kilfian while he was out halfway through the ropes. Kilfian dropped Moxey
numerous times early but came back to put Kilfian out just before being dq'd.
More to come. Weigh-in
photo's from Duluth for Friday nights pro fights which follow amateur boxing at
Grandma's Sports Garden. Jungle Boy Boxing Promotions will host the event. Photo's
courtesy of John D'Auria
David LaQue and Gary Eyer
John Moxey and Harley Kilfian
FACES LAQUE SATURDAY NIGHT IN DULUTH WEDNESDAY,
JANUARY 30TH, 2013
Cold" Gary Eyer and David LaQue will trade punches in this Saturday nights
main event at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth. And for as long as it lasts,
this one should be fun. Eyer and LaQue have shown that they will face anyone and
bang while they are doing it. The second of two pro bouts features Harley Kilfian
(9-12, 8 KO's) taking on John Moxey (1-1, 1 KO) in a Cruiserweight bout. Before
the pro bouts begin however, there will be Golden Gloves amateur boxing. David
Laque: "It's a chance of a lifetime and a test to do battle with a good
fighter." Gary Eyer: "I feel good, trained hard and I've
put in the road work along with the rounds of sparring. It should be a crowd pleasing
fight." To read the full story...
STOPS KOLLE IN FIFTH ROUND TUESDAY,
JANUARY 29, , 2013
Cerresso Fort stopped Andy "Kaos" Kolle in the fifth round Friday night
at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Early into round one, Fort, (15-0-1, 11
Kos) was the one who not only tried to outbox Kolle (25-4-18 Kos), but Fort also
took the first leap by forcing the action going to Kolle's body on the ropes.
After a slow start, the 5-foot-11 Fort, whose ring alias is "Sir," backed
the 6-foot-1 Kolle to the ropes, and worked Kolle's body while attempting to land
on Kolle's head throughout the process. To Kolle's credit he kept his defense
tight which helped him see many of the blows as he waited for the opportunity
to fire back. Fort continued to force himself on Kolle which left Kolle with
no other option but to clinch. After one clinch, each boxer took turns trading
jabs, but soon thereafter, Fort bullied Kolle on the inside once again. Kolle
seemed to sense this and brought the action center ring. At one point, Kolle attempted
to land a strong right. Fort blocked the blow, and countered with his own which
Kolle, didn't see, sent Kolle down hard on his back.Fort continued to bring the
fight to Kolle in the fifth and eventually scored the TKO victory.
Aaron "Gorilla" Green dominated Maurenzo Smith over six rounds of action.
Smith was tough but Green outgunned all night by who moves to 9-0. RJ Laase
won an early fight of the year candidate over Justin Jones. Jones pressured and
stalked while Laase countered with heavy hooks to the head and body. Laase controlled
the early rounds but Jones pressure got him back into the fight midway. Laase
finished strong though nearly putting Jones down a number of times in the 8th
and final round. Scores were 78-74 twice and 76-76. Ray Edwards stopped Corey
Briggs 41 seconds into the first round. Briggs took a hard body shot but not much
else and didn't get up from his knees and was counted out after going down.
Winston Anderson stopped Ryan Gronvold 58 seconds into the first round. Anderson
overwhelmed Gronvold with pressure from the start. Van Goodman and Travis
Fulton fought to a four round majority draw to kick things off. Goodman boxed
well to start and Fulton mounted a comeback in the final round. Scores read
39-37 for Fulton and 38-38 twice....
WIN, EDWARDS SHOWDOWN FRIDAY,
JANUARY 25, 2013
Minneapolis heavyweight Van Goodman (2-3-1, 2 KO's) returns tonight in Hinckley
against tough veteran Travis Fulton (19-31, 19 KO's) of Iowa. Goodman turned pro
in 2006 but has not been as active as he would have liked since that time. Goodman
got back in the ring in 2011 after a three year absence and looked good but a
bad cut put a damper on the night. Known as a guy who leaves it all on the line,
Goodman will be looking to get back on track with a win and says a successful
return will most likely lead to a showdown with Ray Edwards.
everyone close to me knows I spent the last couple of years fighting legal issues
and spent a year behind bars" said Goodman about the layoff. "And honestly,what
happened to me was a good thing. To me and like every good boxer I learn from
my mistakes so it was a true blessing in disguise. I had a lot of time to think
about life and the choices I made and how I got to where I was and how to keep
myself from ever returning there again. And boxing filled those thoughts every
time so I knew as soon as I got home, boxing was what was gonna be what I wanted
to do. This time I'm fighting for me. I've been in this game a long time and that
would all be for nothing if I quit now off of my last performance. I was cut above
the eye and it was beyond my control. The doctor waived it off. I felt that win
was taken from me by the stoppage. January 25th I'm facing another fight veteran
in his own right in Travis Fulton. He has over 300 mma fights and he's a UFC veteran
with a lot of pro boxing fights with all wins by knockout. So he's gonna come
get me and those who have seen me fight know I don't run. I'll meet him center
ring. I'm told with a win over Fulton I will get to fight Ray Edwards. I believe
if he truly wants to be taken seriously as a boxer he has to fight and beat me
because I feel I'm the gatekeeper he has to get through and I'm waiting for him."
KOLLE RETURNS TONIGHT
AGAINST FORT FRIDAY,
JANUARY 25TH, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley
Photo courtesy of Bob Stein/RDS Boxing
of the most interesting local matchups that could be made will go down tonight
at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN when Andy "Kaos" Kolle (25-3) meets
"Sir" Cerresso Fort (14-0-1) in the nights main event bout. Returning
from a hand injury and appearing 100% recouped, Kolle, who recently relocated
back to Fargo, ND, says he is ready to let both fists fly tonight. "
The hand is feeling good and I am 100% confident going into this fight. I won't
be hesitant to throw it when the bell rings. Overall I'm feeling great. Living
in Fargo has been a challenge, but one I think me and the team around me have
has faced some of the best fighters our state has had to offer in recent years
and Cerresso Fort fits right into that list that includes Matt Vanda, Anthony
Bonsante, and Caleb Truax. Fort most recently won a decision over Dave Peterson
and had a win against a hard punching Missouri fighter named Brandon Baue. Fort
shook off a huge punch in the Baue fight and went on to win in dominating form.
its a cliché but this is boxing and one punch can change a fight really
quick" said Kolle. "I'm not really reading into it (Fort-Baue) to much
because even though he got buzzed, he came back and fought well. I know I have
the power that when my shots land on his chin there is a high likelihood of him
landing on his ass. However, that is not the game plan. We have prepared to go
10 hard rounds so that is what we are planning on. If I get the chance to knock
him out then plans will change."
FROM HINCKLEY THURSDAY,
JANUARY 24, 2013
Aaron Green (left) and Maurenzo
Smith face off earlier tonight at weigh-ins. Photo courtesy of Pete Daszkiewicz
155 vs. Cerresso Fort 155 (Fight will no longer be for the MN State jr middleweight
Aaron Green 278 vs. Maurenzo Smith 238 RJ Laase 139 vs. Justin
Jones ?? Ray Edwards vs. Cory Briggs Van Goodman vs. Travis Fulton
Winston Anderson vs. Ryan Gronvold
MORE WEIGHTS TO COME
READY FOR BIG TEST FRIDAY NIGHT WEDNESDAY,
JAUNARY 23, 2013
courtesy of MNBoxingleague.com: This Friday night Laase faces his stiffest test
in the ring as he takes on undefeated Justin Jones. Laase has been training hard
and making the 6 hour round-trip to Minneapolis at least twice a week to work
with trainer Jason Hendrickson.. The trips to the twin cities offer T-Rex the
opportunities to work with the best Minnesota has to offer, he was able spar with
the likes of Caleb Truax (21,1,1) and amateur stand-out DeLorien Caraway. Laase
is also quick to point out the great work he has gotten from Anthony Rose and
others at Uppercut as well...
LAASE, EDWARDS KFAN RADIO ARCHIVE WEDNESDAY,
JAUNARY 23, 2013
Photo courtesy of Bob Stein-RDS
Fort, RJ Laase, and Ray Edwards visited the KFAN studio yesterday afternoon to
talk about this Friday nights fight card at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN.
Ray Edwards (1-0,1 KO) pictured above in a stare down with Dan "The Common
Man" Cole. Edwards faces Cory Briggs (0-3) in an undercard bout. The
complete segment can be heard here...
19TH CONVENTION CENTER SLIDESHOW TUESDAY,
JANUARY 22, 2013
of the action from beginnng to end from the fight card this past Saturday at the
Convention Center caught through the lens of Minnesotaboxing.com.
LAASE, EDWARDS ON KFAN TODAY TUESDAY,
JANUARY 22, 2013
three of the January super month of boxing in Minnesota is here. Boxing is back
at the Grand Casino in Hinckley this Friday featuring a main event State Jr. Middleweight
showdown between Andy Kolle and Cerresso Fort. RJ Laase will face undefeated Justin
Jones and Former MN Viking Ray Edwards also returns. Fort, Laase, and Edwards
will be on KFAN radio, The Common Man Show this afternoon at 12:25 to discuss
the upcoming action. There will be ticket giveaways and more.
WINS DECISION OVER VANDA IN THRILLER SATURDAY,
JANUARY 19, 2013 REPORT BY BRETT MAUREN, PHOTOS BY JESSE KELLEY
BY BRETT MAUREN, PHOTOS BY JESSE KELLEY
was a classic. In a town that enjoys a classic brawl so few and far between, the
Minneapolis Convention Center was treated to one for the storybooks when Caleb
Truax finally met Matt Vanda with Minnnesota middleweight supremacy on the line.
Minnesota boxing, for all intents and purposes waved goodbye to an icon, as Matt
Vanda came up short against his probable successor Caleb Truax in a 10 round unanimous
decision. The states strongest ticket sellers in this era were able to generate
a strong crowd, and supplement the atmosphere with an absolute show.
middleweight champion, Caleb Truax, solidified his title by outclassing the St.
Paul native over ten rounds, despite rallies from Vanda. The veteran, Vanda, attempted
to win the mental war over the younger Truax by raising his hand in triumph following
a flurry midway through the bout. The Osseo native, Truax, showed poise, and was
able to answer back with strong combinations throughout the fight, and eventually
silence a pro-Vanda crowd.
The electricity was amplified in the late rounds
of the bout, as the always energetic Vanda fan base urged their fighter on, but
it was not to be. Vanda was outgunned by the younger, faster and stronger fighter
from the early going. In a bout that truly served as a shot in the arm to the
sport of boxing in Minnesota, Truax reigned supreme and showed promise of a new
era, just as Vanda did so many times in the past decade.
The bout was complimented
by a strong undercard line up which featured an instant local classic between
Charles Meier and Travis Perzynski. Both fighters tasted the canvas, in an all
out war, as Meier was able to outlast the less experienced Perzynski over eight
A man dubbed as one of the states strongest punchers pound
for pound, put his power on display, when Muhammad Kayongo went toe to toe with
Gilbert Venegas in a six round slugfest. Kayongo was able to slide the uppercut
through the cover of Venegas all too often, and pull out a unanimous decision
victory in a well contested bout.
Also in action were lightweight standouts
Jeremy Mclaurin, who made his way back into the win column by beating Dewayne
Wisdom, and Tony Lee who topped Leonard Overstreet, both in decision victories.
FULL REPORT AND RESULTS TO COME
EXPECTED ON TONIGHTS UNDERCARD SATURDAY,
JANUARY 19, 2013
convention center will be electric when Matt Vanda and Caleb Truax enter the ring
tonight at the Convention Center in Minneapolis. There is no question. But tonight's
undercard is filled with bouts that should set the tone for the night before all
hell breaks loose in the main event...
FROM THE POURHOUSE IN MINNEAPOLIS FRIDAY,
JANUARY 18TH 2013
Truax 164 vs. Matt Vanda 164 Jon Schmidt 160 vs. Michael Faulk 160 Charles
Meier 159 vs. Travis Perzynski 160 Mohammed Kayongo 145 vs. Gilbert Venegas
148 Tony Lee 143 vs. Leonard Overstreet 142 Jeremy McLaurin 134 vs. DeWayne
Wisdom 132 Kenneth Glenn 158 vs. Damien Hill 156
Minneapolis Convention Center Promoter: Omega Presents
VANDA VISITS 93X THIS MORNING FRIDAY,
JANUARY 18TH 2013
"The Predator" Vanda will visit the 93x studios this morning at 8:30am
one final time to discuss tomorrow nights showdown with Caleb Truax. Vanda has
made it a regular thing throughout his career to hype his fights on the 93x half
ass morning show and things usually get pretty wild!
VS VANDA WEIGH IN ALERT THURSDAY,
JANUARY 17TH 2013
long awaited and hyped showdown between "Golden" Caleb Truax and Matt
"The Predator" Vanda is only days away. Tomorrow (Friday) night will
be the official weigh-in between the two men and the rest of the fighters on the
card which is open to the public. Weigh-ins start at 5:30pm and will be held at
the Pour House in Minneapolis. They will be raffling off a few pair of tickets
and giving away event t-shirts.
GOING FAST FOR JAN 25 KOLLE-FORT AND MORE THURSDAY,
JANUARY 17TH 2013
Grand Casino ballroom in Hinckley holds about 2000 people and at a week and a
half out from the State title bout Between Andy "Kaos" Kolle and "Sir"
Cerresso Fort, not many seats appear to be left. The two will battle for the 154
pound MN state belt. Things have been quiet between the two fighters as Fort has
been out of state for camp and Kolle splitting time between gyms in Fergus Falls
and Duluth. But both fighters say they plan on bringing fireworks to the ring
in Hinckley. Minneapolis heavyweight Aaron Green and Duluth boxer/promoter RJ
Laase are also in tough fights of their own. Former Minnesota Viking Ray Edwards
has also recently been added. All action Van Goodman of Mnpls. and Duluth's Winston
Anderson kick off the action in seperate bouts. A full list of the nights action
can be seen... CLICK
VS ALFARO TITLE BOUT ADDED TO FEB 9
ST PAUL THURSDAY,
JANUARY 17TH 2013
Paul's "Bad" Brad Patraw (9-4, 5 KO's) and Northfield's Vicente Alfaro
(5-3, 1 KO's) will battle for the MN state 122 lb. title in an 8 rounder on February
9th at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Antwan Robertson was originally scheduled
to face Alfaro but says his new work schedule will not allow him to train for
the fight. Patraw is returning from injuries and says he didn't need to be asked
twice for a chance at evening the score with Alfaro, who won their first meeting
in 2010. Headlining the card will be Rochester heavyweight Raphael Butler
(35-12, 28 KO's) as he battles Jeremy Williams of California (42-5, 35 KO's) for
the WBU title. Phil "The Drill" Williams (11-5-1, 10 KO's) makes
his return against Shujaa El Amin (formerly known as Dion Savage, 12-3, 6 KO's)
in a super middleweight bout for the WBU title. "The Native Sensation"
JJ Corn (47-25-3, 26 KO's) makes his MN return against "The Haitian Temptation"
Al Sands (6-1, 6 KO's) in a cruiserweight bout. Sands was set to face TJ Gibson
for the State cruiserweight title but Gibson is on suspension following a loss
in NY last month. Wilton Hilario (12-3-1, 9 KO's) will also make his MN return.
Hilario has not fought in MN since 2009. Hilario appeared to be facing Ismail
Muwendo on this show but decided on a tune before he would be ready to get in
the ring with Muwendo due to inactivity over the years. He faces James Owens (4-7,
2 KO's) of Wisconsin. Rob Brant and Ronnie Peterson Jr are also scheduled
to see action. Diamond Gloves Boxing will be promoting the event. To stay up to
date on this show CLICK
HEADLINE FARGO SHOW FEB 9 THURSDAY,
JANUARY 17TH 2013
boxing returns to Fargo, ND on February 9th. "The Hitman" Tyler Hultin
(4-1-1, 2 KO's) will headline in his backyard for the first time since his amateur
days against Cheyenne Ziegler (3-9, 2 KO's). Heavyweight Aaron "Gorilla"
Green (8-0, 7 KO's) will fight in a co-featured bout but first he has to get past
Maurenzo Smith (11-4) on January 25th in Hinckley. Dustin Mason, Rondale Hubbert,
and former Minnesota Viking Ray Edwards are also scheduled to box. Kaos Boxing
and Rapacz Event Productions will be promoting the card which takes place at the
Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. To stay on top of the card CLICK
EYER RETURNS AGAINST LAQUE ON FEB 1 IN DULUTH THURSDAY,
JANUARY 17TH 2013
"Stone Cold" Eyer (9-2-1, 7 KO's) will headline a pro-am on February
1st at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth. The always entertaining Duluth resident
Eyer will face tough as nails brawler David LaQue (2-11-1, 2 KO's) in a six round
lightweight bout. Harley Kilfian (9-12, 8 KO's) faces John Moxey (1-1) in the
second of two pro bouts in a four round Cruiserweight bout. The night will start
with Golden Gloves amateur boxing. Jungle Boy Boxing Promotions will be bringing
AT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT WEDNESDAY,
JANUARY 16TH, 2013
Abell, second from right. Photo courtesy of Ron Peterson)
Joey Abell has been training for a comeback for months now and his next big shot
has come. Abell flew out to New York early yesterday morning for today's press
conference at Gleason's Gym to announce his participation in a $500,000 American
Heavyweight Box-Off tournament schedule to begin in April. Other combatants included
with Abell are Devan Vargas, Jason Estrada, Alonzo Butler and more. there will
be 8 total fighters plus a reserve in case of injury...
COMES FULL CIRCLE WITH VANDA FIGHT WEDNESDAY,
JANUARY 16TH, 2013 - BY BRETT
twenty-two bouts over the span of six years, the storyline has taken on full form,
and Minnesota's current middleweight champion is set to collide with it's most
high profile boxer in this millennium. It's the perfect storm for a throwback
boxing event. Riding in on the white horse, is the mild mannered product of Osseo
that drips with poise. He stares down the brash, tough as nails, veteran brawler
out of St. Paul's East side, eyeing to cement his legacy with one final masterpiece...
VANDA TRIBUTE IN BEHIND THE BRAWL PART 2 TUESDAY,
JANUARY 16TH, 2013 - BY DOUG
"The Predator" Vanda held nothing back over the course of his career
and doesn't pull any punches with Fox 9's Doug Erlien in part two of "Behind
the Brawl", a lead up to his showdown with Caleb Truax this Saturday night
MEIER PREVIEWS FIGHT ON "GAME ON" TUESDAY,
JANUARY 16TH, 2013
Meier (6-2-2) previews his bout against Travis Perzynski this Saturday on the
undercard to Caleb Truax vs Matt Vanda. The "Game On" episode above
aired last Sunday. To fast forward to the interview go to the 13:40 mark.
PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON RETURN FRIDAY,
JANUARY 11TH, 2013
of Minnesota's hardest P4P punchers Mohammed Kayongo (15-2-1, 11 KO's) returns
a week from now on January 19th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Kayongo
will face Gilbert Venegas (11-7-3, 7 KO's) in a lead in an undercard bout to the
showdown between Caleb Truax and Matt Vanda. Below is video courtesy of trainer
REPORT FROM THE HYATT IN MNPLS MONDAY,
JANUARY 7, 2013
"The Sharp Shooter" Muwendo moved to (12-0, 9 KO's) with a unanimous
decision victory over Anthony Napunyi (14-12, 7 KO's) on Saturday night at the
Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. Scores read 79-73, 79-73, 80-72 With the victory
the 24 year old Muwendo keeps the USA Mid American featherweight title. In
the co-feature, Jamal "Shango" James (9-0, 5 KO's) traded shots with
Patrick "Boss Man" Boozer (5-2, 2 KO's) for six rounds and picked up
a hard fought unanimous decision win. Scores read 58-56, 59-56, 60-55. Rob
Brant (5-0, 3 KO's) won a six round unanimous decision over Romon Barber (3-3,
2 KO's) in a jr. middleweight bout. Scores read 58-55, 59-53, 59-54. Jonathan
Perez (5-0, 4 KO's) made quick work of Brian Jones (0-5), dropping him three times
with body shots in the opening round. The TKO victory came at 2:38 of the first.
Tyler Hultin (4-1-1, 2 KO's) won a five round unanimous decision over Stephen
Watt (1-1, 1 KO) through five exciting rounds of action. Brad Herroff (2-0,
1 KO) stopped Zach Wolff (0-3) at 1:18 of the fourth round. Robert DaLuz (14-43,
9 KO's) got back in the win column with a majority decision victory over game
Tomi Archambault (1-3, 1 KO) in a four rounder. In a boxing debut of two mixed
martial artists, Dan Kiser (1-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Donald
Williams (0-1) in the opener. Scores read 39-36 on all three score cards. FOR THE FULL REPORT AND PHOTOS...
Caleb Truax will be on WFTC channel 10 this morning at 10:30am to talk about his
highly anticapated fight with Matt "The Predator" Vanda on January 19th.
Truax, who was at the Hyatt fights last night, told Minnesotaboxing.com that his
team is bringing in Derrick "Superman" Findley (20-8, 13 KO's) of Indiana
to prepare for the Vanda bout and will be sparring with him through out next week.
FROM MINNEAPOLIS FRIDAY,
JANUARY 4, 2013
Entertainment Group in association with Fight Area 51 presents Pound for Pound
II Saturday January 5th. Fighters weighed in Friday night and met with the media
prior to Saturdays show. Also watch the Vikings vs Packers on the big screens.
Mid American featherweight title Ismail Muwendo 132 - Anthony Napunyi 128.6
Jamal James 146.6 - Patrick Boozer 145 Robert Brant 152.8 Romon Barber
152.8 Jonathan Perez 116.8 -Brian Jones 118 Zach Wolff 124.4 - Brad Herroff
122.4 Stephen Watt 152.2- Tyler Hultin 155 Dan Kiser 147.8 - Donald Williams
148.6 Tomi Archambault 125.8-Robert Da Luz 125.8
BOOZER COLLIDE THIS SATURDAY THURSDAY,
JANUARY 3, 2013- BY JESSE KELLEY
not every day you see two young prospects from different states testing there
skills against each other in the ring early in there careers. With records meaning
so much for a fighter trying to build to bigger pay days, these risks often times
out weigh the rewards to a good number of boxers. But Minneapolis welterweight
Jamal "Shango" James and Michigan's Patrick "Boss Man" Boozer
see things differently. Both James and Boozer say they plan on making it to the
big times, and that means testing themselves against other prospects. Saturday
night at the Hyatt in Minneapolis will be your chance to see local Jamal James
(8-0) compete against upset minded Patrick Boozer (5-1) in a scheduled six rounder.
WATT PLAN TO LIGHT UP THE HYATT TUESDAY,
JANUARY 1ST, 2013- BY JESSE KELLEY
super month of boxing shows in Minnesota begins this week at the Hyatt in Minneapolis
on January 5th. The card is headlined with an 8 rounder featuring Ismail Muwendo
(11-0) of Minneapolis against Florida's Anthony Napunyi (14-11) for Muwendo's
ABO Mid-America Featherweight Title. The chief supporting bout pits welterweight
Jamal "Shango" James (8-0) versus 22 year old Patrick Boozer (5-1) out
of Michigan in a six round bout.. The undercard features a number of other
fighters that wear the prospect tag holding there names. We all know styles make
fights. And that is why the scheduled 5 round jr. middleweight bout between Tyler
Hultin and new comer Stephen Watt will be one to watch this Saturday night. HULTIN: "All I can say is you will see a brand new fighter at 154
pounds! I will be coming back stronger, faster and ready for anything." WATT: "I want to show that I can bang with the best guys out here.
I plan on bringing it just like I did against Ortley." For the full
story with words from both men...
TRUAX VS VANDA BEHIND THE BRAWL PART 1 MONDAY,
DECEMBER 31, 2012 - BY DOUG ERLIEN
WDIO PREVIEWS KOLLE, LAASE JAN 25 BOUTS SATURDAY,
DECEMBER 29, 2012
Duluth, Minn. - Andy "Kaos" Kolle's return to the ring next month already
had the makings of a memorable match-up as he'll fight Cerresso Fort in a battle
of Minnesota's top two ranked junior middleweights. Now, it will be for championship
gold. Kolle and Fort will face off for the vacant Minnesota Junior Middleweight
Title on January 25th at Grand Casino in Hinckley. This will be Kolle's first
fight since last April. Fort comes in with a 14-0-1 record while kolle is 25-3.
Also on the card in Hinckley will be Duluth's R.J. "T-Rex" Laase and
he now has an opponent. T-Rex will fight undefeated Justin Jones (5-0) from Florida.
Laase is 9-1 and looking for win number ten. He's won his last five fights, four
of them by knockout. TO WATCH THE VIDEO...