SCORES BIG WIN OVER ENNIS|
JULY 26, 2014
"Golden" Caleb Truax (24-1-2, 14 KOs) won a decisive unanimous decision
over Derek Ennis (24-4-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA. last night on ESPN. Scores
were 97-93, 97-93 and 99-90. Truax pressed forward and was able to take away Ennis's
boxing ability and counter punches by landing powerful punches before smothering
and muscling Ennis around the ring. It was a quality win for Truax that could
lead to something big in the near future. Below is a link to the full fight and
a few National fight reports.
Truax vs Ennis, Full Fight Video
Truax Dominates Ennis
by Round Boxing Fight Report
JANUARY 24, 2014
Caleb Truax 163 vs. Derek Ennis 160
Photo courtesy of ESPN
UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Promoters: Seconds Out Promotions, Warriors Boxing,
8 Count Productions and Marines Promotions
TV: ESPN Friday Night Fights
Tickets: Priced at VIP $151, VIP Ringside $101, Mezzanine $51 and General Admission
BACK ON ESPN THIS FRIDAY NIGHT|
JULY 23, 2014
#15, IBF #13, and WBO #11-rated Caleb Golden Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs)
will face former USBA Champion Derek "Pooh" Ennis (24-4-1, 14 KO's)
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this Friday night on ESPN2 Friday night fights.
"It's my job to
beat who's in front of me and that's what I'll do this Friday night on ESPN."
Truax and his team
have made some additions since his last bout. Joining him and trainer Tom Halstad
is personal trainer and nutritionist Josh Hutton. Also, Truax recently signed
with well known boxing manager Al Hayman, who will now take on co-managing duties
along with Ron Lyke...
RESULTS - ALFARO DROPS CLOSE DECISION|
MONDAY, JUNE 30,
Minnesota State Jr. Featherweight
champion Vicente Alfaro (6-4) lost what apeared to be a close and competitive
bout to Stephon Young (10-0-1) last Friday night in an ESPN televised bout despite
what the scorecards show. Most viewers believe the fight was close and ESPN's
online voters had Alfaro ahead 5 rounds to 1 while commentator Teddy Atlas had
Young ahead by a point. Official scores read 60-54, 60-56, and 59-55. Alfaro came
forward landing jabs, hooks to the body, and over hand rights and also showed
good defense and movement. Young was speedier while punching and moving. You can
watch the fight for yourself below.
FEATURED IN ESPN BOUT JUNE 27|
JUNE 22, 2014
Vicente Alfaro (6-3) will face Stephon Young (9-0-1) on June 27 on ESPN in St.
Charles, MO. A decorated amateur, Young is a crafty southpaw from Saint Louis,
Missouri. So, Vicente and his trainer have been scouring the state for lefties
and he has been getting some good sparring at his home away from home, the Circle
of Discipline. Vicente has been unable to land a fight since his exciting title
matchup with Brad Patraw on February 9th, 2013. In August of 2013, he was sparring,
working a combination passed on from Mike Tyson, namely, right hook to the body-right
uppercut to the head and he caught his thumb on the chin of his sparring mate.
The injury required surgery and rehab but he says the thumb is strong now. Alfaro,
who prefers to fight at 118, is very eager to get in the ring in his home state.
He had a contract for a bout here in May but that matchup fell through at the
last minute. Vicente said, "As a Minnesota champion I hope that someone steps
forward to challenge me. I would love to fight before my fans here in Minnesota
again. Love it. But for now I have to concentrate all my energies on defeating
Stephon Young in his home town."
RODRIGUEZ WIN STATE TITLE BOUTS - full report to come|
JUNE 13, 2014
Corey Rodriguez lands a right hand to Stephen Watt on Friday
night in Mnpls.
Results, More To Come:
Last night was a busy boxing night in Minnesota that saw Al Sands defend his MN
State Cruiserweight title successfully against Harley Kilfian in Duluth, and Corey
Rodriguez win the vacant MN State Super Welterweight title against Stephen Watt
in Minneapolis, though neither win came easy.
Sands scored two big knockdowns
(left hooks to the head of Kilfian) before being dropped hard himself in round
five by multiple right hands to the head from Kilfian. Sands appeared to be in
serious trouble but another left put Kilfian to the canvas just as the round was
coming to an end. Good action continued into the eighth where at about the midway
point of the round, Sands landed a body shot followed by another left that sent
Kilfian down again. Kilfian made it to his feet but referee Scott Erickson waived
the fight off at 1:44 of round 8.
Corey Rodriguez was in charge through
most of his fight against Stephen Watt but Watt's toughness and tricky power punches
made each round action packed. Watt came out fast, throwing bombs but Rodriguez
stayed calm and defensively avoided most of the punches, which is a big strength
of his under pressure. Watt powered forward with heavy punches while Rodriguez
landed more cleanly through three rounds. Round four was dominant for Rodriguez
as he rocked a tiring Watt around the ring. At some point, Watt injured his left
arm in the round as he grimaced in pain and the injured arm was a problem for
him for the remainder of the bout. Watt continued to try to fight back in the
fifth despite Rodriguez landing at will. Rodriguez had Watt bleeding from the
nose and a swelling cut eye in round 7 as he punished Watt with head and body
punches. Watt showed tremendous heart in fighting back but Rodriguez kept the
pressure on and the bout was stopped following the end of the seventh round.
quick 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
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.
quick results from Duluth...
Markus Morris stopped Jeremy Marts in the
second round of a jr. middleweight bout. Morris moves to 5-0 with the victory.
Al Sands lands a right hand
to Harley Kilfian. Photo by Mark Walters
PLANS TO BRING TITLE BACK TO FAMILY|
JUNE 13, 2014
"Collateral Damage" Rodriguez (10-3-3) will battle Stephen Watt (3-2)
for the vacant 154 pound MN state title tonight at the Muse Nightclub in Minneapolis,
Rodriguez will be following in his uncles footsteps as both Rafael and
Bobby Rodriguez fought for the state title multiple times throughout the 70's
and 80's. Minnesota boxing hall of famer Rafael Rodriguez held the 154 pound title
in 1974 after beating Minneapolis Irishman Mike Morgan and once again in 1981
after defeating Tyrone Wren. He then lost the final bout of his career to fellow
MN Hall of Famer Gary Holmgren for the same title.
Bobby Rodriguez fought Rick Folstad twice in 1977 for the State jr. welterweight
SET FOR KILFIAN REMATCH TONIGHT|
JUNE 13, 2014
DuluthBoxing.com: On June 13th local Duluth Champion, Al Haitian Temptation
Sands, opens a new chapter in his boxing career... defending one of his titles.
This Friday Sands defends his Minnesota Cruiserweight Title which he captured
in convincing fashion April 27 of last year by dispatching Lucas St Claire by
1st round KO. That night ended a one year campaign by Sands and his team to capture
the State Title. Along the way Sands cleaned out the cruiserweight division by
beating and challenging everyone in his path. In the heap of rubble left behind
was Harley Kilfian who was rated #1 when Sands boxed him first and is #1 in the
division today. Since their first meeting both have remained the most active cruiserweights
in the MN Rankings which is why Kilfian is still #1 and Sands stands strong as
Champ. One difference, though, is since winning the state title Sands has gone
on to secure his position as a Main-Event fighter, a top 10 national ranking,
and recently won the NABA-US Cruiserweight Championship making him one of the
most accomplished boxers in the state...
FROM MINNEAPOLIS, MN|
JUNE 12, 2014
HERE FOR MORE PHOTO'S
MN State Jr. Middleweight Title Bout
Corey Rodriguez 153.2 lbs vs. Stephen
Watt 153.4 lbs
Rob Brant 166.6 lbs vs. Mickey Scarborough 165
Delorien Caraway 146.6 vs. Rickey Smith 148.6
Van Goodman 301 vs. James
Carl Deaton III 155 lbs vs. Starr Roberts 155.8
Whitting 199.8 vs Rich Miller 200.2
The Muse in Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: Sterling Entertainment Group/Driller
FROM DULUTH, MN|
JUNE 12, 2014
HERE FOR MORE PHOTO'S
MN State Cruiserweight Title Bout
Al Sands 200 lbs. vs Harley Kilfian: 191lbs.
154 lbs. vs Jeremy Marts: 154.5 lbs.
Lee 135 lbs vs Duarn Vue 134 lbs
Jungle Boy Boxing
Venue: Grandma's Sports Garden, Duluth, MN
VS KILFIAN 2 THIS FRIDAY
JUNE 9, 2014
Sands and Harley Kilfian will battle again on June 13 at Grandma's Sports Garden
in Duluth, MN. Both fighters rocked each other in the first fight until Sands
took over with body shots before stopping Kilfian in round 4 when the met in 2012.
The bout will be for Sands MN Cruiserweight title. Harley Kilfian interview can
be seen here...
RETURNS TO ESPN ON JULY 25|
JUNE 5, 2014
Middleweight Champion and WBA #15, IBF #13, and WBO #11-rated Caleb "Golden"
Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota, will face Sonora, Mexico's Rogelio
"Porky" Medina (32-6, 26 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight co-featured
non-title fight on July 25th, 2014 at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago, Illinois.
The bout will be featured on ESPN 2 Friday night fights.
wait to get back in action on ESPN" Truax told Minnesotaboxing.com. "Nothing
beats fighting at home in Mpls, but fighting on the road in Chicago will present
different challenges and I'll get to expand my fan base. Medina is a tough vet
who brings it and I am working like this is a title fight. I will be in top form
on July 25th and will represent Minnesota and #TeamTruax to the fullest!"
7 MYTH CARD MOVED TO AUGUST 8, 2014|
JUNE 5, 2014
Out Promotions announced last week that the June 7th card to be held at the Myth
Nightclub in Maplewood was pushed back to August 8th. Here was the announcement...
"ATTENTION: Due to unforeseen circumstances we are postponing our JUNE 7
event to FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014! All purchased tickets will be honored on AUGUST
8, 2014. More details to come!"
RESULTS FROM VADNAIS HEIGHTS|
MAY 31, 2014
by Ray Kilgore:
43 year old Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante (33-12-3, 18 KO's) had a successful
comeback on Saturday night at the Vadnais Heights Sports Complex by winning a
six round unanimous decision over Sam Hill (17-15-1, 10 KO's). Bonsante used good
movement while landing some big shots in the opening round. Bonsante kept control
of the bout in the second round landing body blows while fainting and moving.
Hill was taking the hard shots well however. Bonsante continued to have his way
through the third, throwing a high volume of punches and leaving Hill frozen and
not returning much of his own. Bonsante's pace slowed a bit in the final two rounds
but still won in dominating fashion in the end. Final scores read 60-54, 59-55,
59-55. Bonsante's prior bout took place in December of 2010.
the only other pro fight of the night, Brandon Cluever (2-2, 2 KO's) stopped Anthony
Dunaski (0-4) at 2:46 of the second round by TKO victory. The end came after Dunaski
threw a hand body shot and hurt his shoulder. Time was called and the doctor was
willing to let the fight continue but Dunaski kept holding his shoulder and referee
Scott Erickson called the fight off. Dunaski began the bout strong, landing nice
body shots but appeared to run out of gas by the end of the first round and Cluever
took over with countering punches.
DETAILS TO COME
NIGHT WEIGH IN RESULTS UPDATE|
MAY 31, 2014
Photo courtesy of John Hoffman
Bonsante 170 vs Sam Hill 173
Anthony Dunaski 140 vs Brandon Cluever 140
Ismail Muwendo 133 vs Wayne Martell 142
Fight is off as Martell could not
boxing bouts will preceed the 2 pro bouts above
Vadnais Heights Sports Complex, Vadnais Heights MN
Promoter: Fight Night Promotions
OF CHAMPIONS" WEIGH IN'S FRIDAY NIGHT|
MAY 30, 2014
Ins for "Return of The Champions" fight card taking place this Saturday
night will be held Friday night from 6-8pm at Doc's Landing located at 3200 White
Bear Avenue. Headlining the bout will be returning former IBO champion Anthony
Bonsante. The co-featured bout has Ismail "Sharp Shooter" Muwendo taking
on North Dakota's Wayne Martell. The third pro bout is a matchup between Anthony
Dunaski and Brandon Cluever. The night will open with an amateur boxing show.
Fights tomorrow night begin at 6pm at the Vadnais Heights Sports complex in Vadnais
Heights, MN located at 1480 County Road E.
MUWENDO AND MORE MEDIA DAY COVERAGE|
MAY 14, 2014
gym full of featured fighters boxing on the May 31st Vadnais Sports Center show
in Vadnais Heights, MN were on hand at the Element Gym in Saint Paul for a media
day workout last Saturday afternoon. Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante,
who is making a comeback following 3 years out of action made his way down to
the cities and was among those present. Bonsante faces Sam Hill in a featured
"I have an undying passion for the sweet science we call boxing"
Bonsante told Minnesotaboxing.com as to why he is making a comeback. " I
love the feeling it gives me. I submitted all of the commissions requirements
and passed with no issues. I am in good health and am at peace with everything.
This is all about "for the love of the sport".
Muwendo, Dalton Outlaw, as well as Brunette Gym's Brad Heroff, Elias Rubio and
Maurice Fuller also spoke on by way of video interview below courtesy of Hispanic
BUTLER FEATURED ON SPIKE TV TONIGHT UPDATE|
MAY 9, 2014
Photo Courtesy of www.Sherdog.com
Raphael Butler fought to a 3 round draw with Nick Rossborough. Butler was wobbled
in the first and had a point taken away for an illegal headbutt in the round.
Butler dug his way out of the early points hole in the following two rounds, dominating
rounds two and three on the ground. The end result was a majority draw.
Minnesota State MMA heavyweight champion Raphael "The Silencer" Butler
(8-0 MMA) faces Strikeforce veteran Nick Rossborough (23-18) tonight at 8pm on
Spike TV. It will be Butler's 3rd fight for Bellator and it looks like he will
be featured in an upcoming televised heavyweight tournament if he wins tonight.
VS BAILEY HEADS JUNE 7 MYTH CARD|
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30,
world champion Randall KO King Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) returns June
7, as he takes on undefeated IBF #14 welterweight Frederick Lawson (22-0, 20 KOs)
in the 12-round main event for the vacant USBA welterweight title at Myth Event
Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Also on the card, NABU and MN State lightweight
champ Tony Lee, Javontae Starks, Brad Patraw and more. Visit the links below to
view the full card and read National news coverage of the show.
View The Full Bout Sheet Click Here
Lawson books June 7 date against ex-champ Randall Bailey
Returns Against Lawson
VS MCLAURIN PLUS BONSANTE, MUWENDO UPDATE|
APRIL 25, 2014
HILARIO PULLS OUT OF FIGHT WITH MCLAURIN DUE TO INJURED SHOULDER. MUWENDO VS MARTELL
MOVED TO MAIN EVENT. MORE TO COME. Super featherweights Wilton "Pretty
Warrior" Hilario (13-3-1, 9 KO's) and Jeremy "Lights Out" McLaurin
(10-7-1, 5 KO's) will meet for the 130 pound State title in a show being called
"Night of Champions" on May 31st at the Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais
Heights, MN. The two fighters were set to battle in 2012 but the fight fell through.
Also returning to action will be former IBA Super middlweight champion Anthony
"The Bullet" Bonsante (32-12-3, 18 KO's). The 43 year old Bonsante will
be stepping back into the ring for the first time since December of 2010 when
he faced Bobby Kliewer. Bonsante is scheduled to face "The Punching Policeman"
Sam Hill (17-14-1, 10 KO's) of Missouri.
Undefeated 25 year old Ismail "The
Sharp Shooter"Muwendo (14-0, 11 KO's) of Minneapolis will face North Dakota
southpaw veteran Wayne Martell (25-4-1, 15 KO's) in a featured bout...
CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AND VIDEO|
APRIL 24, 2014
is a list of the results from the Finals of the 2014 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves
Championships which took place last weekend at the Palace Casino in Cass Lake,
MN. For a full results list, check out the forum at www.livefromringside.com.
Also Cathy Steward of Wadena, who has been documenting Minnesota amateur boxing
action for years, filmed the entire tournament. To watch the fights...
of MNFightFan - www.Livefromringside.com Forum
108 lbs Raphael Vasquez declared
114 lbs Ben Vue (2) declared
123 lbs Nchatxu Vang (2) dec Xavier Griffin (1)
132 lbs Richard Quiterio (1) TKO1 Eloy Zavala (4)
141 lbs Nate Rubin (3) dec
Gizzy Hobbs (2)
152 lbs VeShawn Owens (1) TKO1 Miguel Tillman (2)
lbs Anthony Rose (1) dec Angel Pacheco (4)
178 lbs Xavier Hayden (1) dec Dalton
201 lbs Ryan Watson (1) dec Manny Contreras (2)
201+ lbs Terrence
Walker (1) TKO3 James Dancingbull (4)
Boxer: Anthony Rose
Fightingest Fighter: Ryan Watson
HUBBERT SET FOR AUGUST 22ND|
APRIL 23, 2014
jr. welterweight division has been the talk over the past 24 hours and now that
the dust has settled, it looks like Duluth's RJ "T-Rex" Laase (12-1)
and Rondale "Give Em Hell" Hubbert (6-0) of Minneapolis will face off
on August 22nd at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Laase and Hubbert are ranked
1 and 2 (in that order) in the State's rankings and if approved, the showdown
will be for the jr. welterweight title.
after a social media war of words between Laase and Duluth rival Markus "Hooch"
Morris last night, it had appeared that those two were going to be the one's fighting.
Morris called out Laase in a video interview (click
here to watch), stating that the call out was personal and that he would
fight Laase anytime and anywhere.
Laase accepted the challenge and had his
representatives send out a fight offer at 8am this morning. To read more...
RESULTS FROM CARLTON, MN|
APRIL 19, 2014
Minnesota's Al Sands (13-1, 12 KO's) dropped Keith Barr (12-6, 3 KO's) 6 times
(5 with body shots) on his way to a 9th round knockout victory in last nights
main event at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Barr mostly shelled up which
made it difficult for Sands to land clean in the early going. But Sands began
to find a home for the left hook to Barr's ribs as the fight went on. Sands put
Barr down 3 times in the 8th with the punch and twice in the ninth before referee
Mark Nelson stopped the fight following the final knockdown at 2:20 of the 9th
round. Sands picks up the vacant NABA-US cruiserweight title with the win.
Minnesota's Tony "2 Sharp" Lee (10-1-1, 3 KO's) outworked Robbie Cannon
(14-9-2, 6 KO's) of Missouri by unanimous decision in an action packed lightweight
slugfest. Scores read 80-72, 79-73, 78-74. Lee countered with heavy lead lefts
and jabs through three rounds to take the lead. Cannon mounted a comeback in rounds
4,5,6. As Lee went backwards more, Cannon began to land his jab and straight right.
Lee went back to boxing and counterpunching and was again the aggressor in the
final two rounds as he closed the show strong. Lee takes Cannon's NABU lightweight
title with the victory
year old Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs
(53-6, 47 KO's) needed just 20 seconds to dispose of Francisco Mireles (17-9,
5 KO's) on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. A slapping
left hook to the stomach dropped Mireles to a knee where he stayed until referee
Mark Nelson stopped the bout.
The fight was delayed from actually starting
for 35 minutes after Briggs entered the ring and then broke it! Briggs climbed
through the ropes, danced to the opposite side of the ring, bounced off the ropes
and snapped a support causing the ropes to sag. Both fighters left the ring so
repair work could be done. Both fighters returned after repairs were made and
the nights action continued.
Briggs rushed out of his corner at the opening
bell and playfully dropped his hands and tapped Mireles with mocking punches.
One of the shots glanced off the side of Mireles, putting the Mexican heavyweight
down where he chose to stay. Time of the stoppage was :20 into the first round.
"Collateral Damage" Rodriguez (10-3-3, 3 KO's) won a majority decision
over Limberth Ponce (6-2, 4 KO's) in an exciting jr. middleweight bout. Scores
were 58-56, 58-56, and 57-57. Rodriguez with the aggressor and landed the bigger
punches in the bout while Ponce held the slight edge in punch output.
Hubbert (6-0-1, 3 KO's) stopped Jacob Fox (2-2, 1 KO) at 2:42 of the fourth round
in a jr. welterweight contest. This was a fast paced bout with both fighters standing
toe to toe. Hubbert was having success boxing in the first but went to war with
Fox, winning that battle also despite a very game effor from Fox. Three consecutive
right hands followed by a left to the head put Fox down and referee Gary Miezwa
stopped the bout.
Morris (4-0, 2 KO's) won by TKO over Ryan Gronvold (1-9) at 2:19 of the first
round. Gronvold came to fight but Morris was too much. Morris dropped Gronvold
early with a right-left uppercut followed by right hand. Referee Gary Miezwa stopped
the action as Gronvold took heavy punches but could not fire back.
Tierney (6-5, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over Dan Kiser (2-2) in the opening
bout of the evening. Scores were 40-36 on all three judges cards. Tierney promised
to be a new and improved fighter and he was, boxing and waiting patiently for
openings. Kiser, a southpaw mixed martial artist put up a good effort but could
not stay clear of Tierney's straight right down the middle.
IN PHOTO'S FROM BLACK BEAR |
APRIL 18, 2014
D'Auria of SC Photography's photo gallery from last nights weigh in's. All fighters
made weight and you can see the full gallery here...
LOWRY, DON GEORGE MAKE WEIGHT - UPDATE|
APRIL 16, 2014
Paul's Troy Lowry was stopped in round six last night versus Don George. Fightnews
reports a left hand to the head dropped Lowry and the fight was stopped. Lowry
took many hard body blows in the bout and suffered a nasty cut to his bottom lip.
43 year old Troy "TNT" Lowry (28-13, 17 KO's) will face Don "Da
Bomb" George (24-4-2, 21 KO's) tomorrow night at the Horseshoe Casino in
Hammond, Indiana. Lowry weighed in at 172 pounds while George weighed 171. Photo
By Tomba Images
NIGHT BLACK BEAR CARD IN THE NEWS|
APRIL 16, 2014
Saturday's pro boxing card taking place at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN
has been getting a lot of local press this week and with the announcement of former
world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs now fighting on the card, National news
sources have been picking up the pen as well. Below is a list of news links to
check out to preview some of the action that will take place on Saturday night...
Briggs returns Saturday in Minnesota.
21 News Video: Sands, Morris Ready for Next Challenge
News Tribune Story on Al Sands
News: Sands Hopes to "Dominate" in Title Bout
D'Auria's Boxing with the Truth Interviews Keith Barr
SPARS WITH GIBSON, DAVIS FOR UPCOMING BOUT|
APRIL 9, 2014
Al Sands (12-1, 11 KO's) is ten days out from his vacant NABA USA cruiserweight
title fight against Keith Barr (12-5, 3 KO's) of West Virginia on April 19 at
the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Sands has been sparring with former foe
TJ Gibson of Hibbing and Saint Paul's Boyd Davis to prepare.
Also on the
card is Saint Paul's Tony "2 Sharp" Lee (9-1-1, 3 KO's) as he battles
Robbie Cannon (14-8-2, 6 KO's) for Cannon's NABU Lightweight Title. Lee won the
vacant MN State lightweight title in his last bout.
Damage" Rodriguez (9-3-3, 3 KO's) faces former Chicago Golden Gloves champion
Limberth Ponce (6-1, 4 KO's). Rodriguez looks to make a statement against Ponce,
who lost a six round split decision over Javontae Starks in Mnpls last January.
Rondale Hubbert (5-0-1, 3 KO's) battles Jacob Fox (2-1, 1 KO), Markus Morris (3-0,
1 KO) boxes Ryan Gronvold (1-8, 4 KO's), and Don Tierney (5-5, 1 KO) faces Dan
Kiser (1-0) to round out the card.
WDIO News recently did a video story on
Sands previewing the bout and talking about sparring with TJ Gibson. To see the
video and read the story...
KOLLE AND MORE VICTORIOUS IN HINCKLEY|
APRIL 6, 2014 - REPORT BY RAY KILGORE
Ray Kilgore: At the Grand Casino in Hinckley Minnesota on March 28th, Rapacz
Event Productions hosted an exciting 7-fight card in front of sold out crowd of
2,500 fans. |
Main Event featured Jamal James improving his record to 13-0, (6 Kos) by taking
an unanimous 8-round decision over a game Angel Hernandez 16-15, (13 Kos)
15 months off, Andy Kolle, 26-4-1, (18 Kos) put on a nice display of boxing skills
to take an unanimous decision over Ryan Davis 24-12, (9 Kos) in the co-main event.
read the full fight report...
RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY, MN|
MARCH 29, 2014
REPORT AND PHOTO'S TO COME
"Shango" James improved to (13-0, 6 Ko's) in the main event last night
at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN with an impressive points victory over tough
opponent Angel Hernandez (16-15-1, 13 Ko's). James out-boxed and out-slugged Hernandez
over 8 rounds, nearly stopping him before running out of time in the final round.
James put Hernandez down twice in the last round. Hernandez came to fight and
invited James to trade every time he got him. But James turned it up in the last
two rounds and went on to win a wide decision by scores of 79-71, 80-70, and 80-70.
Andy "Kaos" Kolle (26-4, 18 KO's) of Duluth, MN had an impressive showing
last night following a 15 month layoff over Ryan "Dangerous" Davis (24-13-3,
9 KO's) in the co-featured bout on Friday night at the Grand Casino, Hinckley,
MN. Kolle took a few rounds to shake off the ring rust but once he got going he
was able to control the fight with his jab and signature straight left hand down
the middle. Davis was game and proved to be tricky at times but Kolle dominated
most of the action. Final scores read 80-72, 80-72, and 80-72 in favor of Kolle.
Afterwards, Kolle praised the good effort by his experienced opponent and said
his immediate goal is to return to the ring as soon as possible.
Green (15-0, 13 KO's) and Byron Polley (25-17-1, 11 KO's) went to war in a heavyweight
bout for 7 rounds. Green dropped Polley with a right hook in the second round.
From then on, both men traded power shots for the next few rounds, rocking each
other while the crowd roared with each punch. Green began to hurt Polley with
body shots and put Polley down with a few gut shots in round 6. A body shot dropped
Polley again moments into the seventh and referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight
at :25 into the round. Polley protested the stoppage, and Green revealed afterwards
that a back injury (prior injury being a slipped disc) troubled him for most of
Robert "Bravo" Brant (10-0, 5 KO's) turned in his most
complete performance as a pro while picking up win number 10 against Demetrius
Walker (7-4, 4 KO's). Brant put power behind his speed and mobility to frustrate
a solid opponent in Walker. Brant put Walker down with a right to the head in
the second round and won by scores of 60-53 on all three cards.
(7-0, 5 KO's) won a four round unanimous decision over James Owens (5-17, 2 KO's)
in an entertaining super featherweight bout. Perez scored a knockdown in the final
round and won by scores of 39-36, 40-34, 40-35.
DeLorian Caraway (2-0, 2 KO's)
stopped Damion Hill (3-5) at 1:12 of the second round.
Guy Smith Jr. (2-0)
won a four round unanimous decision over Andre Tieva (0-2) in the opener. Scores
read 40-36, 40-36, 39-37.
Official attendance in the packed ballroom was reported
REPORT AND PHOTO'S TO COME
NEWS ON ANDY KOLLE'S RETURN TONIGHT|
MARCH 28, 2014
- It has been 14 months since he last fought, but Duluth's Andy 'Kaos' Kolle will
be back in a boxing ring Friday, March 28th.
The former Minnesota Middleweight
Champion will be in the co-main event on the 'Friday Night Fights' card at Grand
Casino in Hinckley. Kolle will battle 'Dangerous' Ryan Davis of East St. Louis,
Illinois. Davis is a veteran with 24 wins in 39 fights in his career. Kolle is
25-4, but lost his last fight to Cerresso Fort, which was in January of last year.
He has had time to rest and refocus and the plan is to unleash 'Kaos' Friday night.
"He (Davis) has got a good record, he's a strong fighter and he comes forward
and comes right at you every time and he is at that spot in his career where a
win is going to bring him onto something bigger and better, so he is coming to
win as well and I just want the opportunity to go out there and show that my last
fight wasn't me and anybody who has seen me fight before knows that wasn't me
and we all have bad days and a bad day at the office and I want to prove that
wasn't me in that fight," says Kolle.
To watch the video interview...
FROM HINCKLEY, MN|
MARCH, 27, 2014
James 147 vs Angel Hernandez 147
Andy Kolle 160.5 vs Ryan Davis 158.5
Aaron Green 282 vs Byron Polley 251.5
Rob Brant 160.5 vs Demetrius Walker
Jonathan Perez 124.5 vs. James Owens 128
DeLorian Caraway 148 vs.
Damien Hill 150
Andre Tieva 146.5 vs. Guy Smith 145
Rapacz Event Productions
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
WEIGH-IN PHOTO'S CLICK HERE
NIGHT HINCKLEY BOXING PREVIEW|
MARCH 26, 2014
D'Auria of "Boxing with the Truth" previewed this Friday nights Grand
Casino Hinckley fight card. Minnesotan's Jamal "Shango" James, Andy
"Kaos" Kolle, Aaron "Gorilla" Green, Robert "Bravo"
Brant, Jonathan Perez, DeLorian Caraway, Damion Hill, and Andre Tieva will all
be in action. To listen to the preview check out the video below.
OUTLASTS KAYONGO AT THE MYTH|
MARCH 26, 2014
Fredrick Lawson (22-0,
20 KO's) of Chicago, Illinois (by way of Ghana) outlasted Mohammed Kayongo (17-4-1,
12 KO's) of Minneapolis, MN in a slug fest on Friday, March 21 at the Myth Nightclub
in Maplewood, MN. Lawson and Kayongo traded heavy punches from the opening bell
until the end which came at 2:47 of round 6.
Starks (9-0, 6 KO's) of Minneapolis, MN stopped Ruben Galvan (27-25-4, 10 KO's)
of Hammond, Indiana. at 1:01 of the first round.
Ivan Velasquez (16-1, 5 KO's) of Las Vegas, Nevada won a 6 round unanimous decision
over Willshaun Boxley (6-10, 4 KO's) of Coon Rapids, MN. Scores read 60-54, 60-54,
Aburia (2-1) of Minneapolis, MN won a four round unanimous decision over Pat Quinn
(0-2) of Circle Pines, MN. Scores read 39-37 on all cards.
Amouta (1-1, 1 KO) of Minneapolis, MN dropped Kelin Sharpe (2-1, 2 KO's) of Chicago,
Illinois twice on his way to a come from behind second round knockout victory.
Andre Sherard (3-1,
2KO) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin stopped Andrew Selvig (1-3, 1 KO) of Hermantown,
(1-0, 1 KO) of Minneapolis, MN stopped John Moxey (1-2) of Minneapolis, MN following
the second round at the advice of the ring doctor.
active and retired pro boxers in attendance included Tony Lee, Antonio Johnson,
Troy Lowry, Zach Walters, Al Sands, James Taylor, Stephen Watt, Brad Laffin, Caleb
Truax, Corey Rodriguez, Charles Meier, and surely more that I did not see for
FROM COWBOYS SALOON|
MARCH 21, 2014
from Cowboy's Saloon in Circle Pines, MN. Tomorrow's "Fight Club" fight
card will be held at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, MN
Kayongo 147 vs. Fredrick Lawson 148
Javontae Starks 154 vs. Ruben Galvan 155
Juan Velasquez 131 vs. Philip Adyaka 131 (exhibition)
Carlos Velasquez 132.5
vs. Willshaun Boxley 133
Joe Amouta 168 vs. Kelin Sharpe 168
135 vs. Andre Sherard 137
Pat Quinn 360 vs. Mahmoud Aburia 260
237.5 vs. Brett Murphy 292.5
Seconds Out Promotions
Venue: Myth Nightclub, Maplewood, MN
WEIGH IN GALLERY...
HEADLINES THIS SATURDAY AT MYTH|
MARCH 19, 2014
been 11 years since the now 33 year old Mohammed Kayongo made his professional
debut in Saint Paul, Minnesota. And Kayongo established in that fight as well
as the following 20 bouts to date that he is one of the more exciting and harder
pound 4 pound punchers around. His career has seen him fight for the state welterweight
title twice, compete in 2 Showtime televised bouts as well as ESPN, and win the
vacant WBF Intercontinental welterweight title.
Saturday Kayongo headlines
at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood against 24 year old Fredrick Lawson...
LAWSON PLANS TO THRILL ON US BOW SATURDAY|
MARCH 19, 2014
of www.AllSports.com: By Prince Dornu-Leiku |
of Ghanas most coveted boxers tipped to wear a world championship belt soon,
Frederick Lawson faces a test of his credentials this Saturday when he mounts
the ring for the first time since arriving in the United States of America.
Lawson in gym with Coach Awinongya
Unbeaten Lawson (21,0, 19 KOs) makes his
US debut against Uganda born American, Mohammed Kayongo (17-3-1, 12 KOs) in a
non title welterweight bout over eight rounds at The Myth, Maplewood, Minnesota,
USA on March 22. To read more...
TRAINING CAMP FOR ROBERT BRANT|
MARCH 19, 2014
of Stacey Verbeek
"Bravo" Brant (9-0, 5 KO's) has made "The Lone Star State"
his main location to prepare for his next bout which is scheduled for March 28
at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Brant spoke with MinnesotaBoxing.com about training
camp and also shared his thoughts on next weekends opponent Demetrius Walker (7-3-1,
4 KO's) of Missouri.
To see what Brant had to say...
FIGHT NIGHT INFO|
MARCH 18, 2014
boxing returns to the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood this Saturday night. 2009 was
the last fight card at Myth and this time around, bleacher seating has been added
to make a good fight venue even better.
Weigh-In's for the show are free
and open to the public and will be held this Friday, 5pm at Cowboy's Saloon in
Circle Pines. Also, ladies interested in being ring card girls are encouraged
to show up and apply.
Doors open fight night at 6 with the first bout taking
place at 7pm. Hard hitting Mohammed Kayongo (17-3) of Minneapolis headlines against
Ghana's Fredrick Lawson (21-0). 25 year old Javontae Starks (9-0) of Minneapolis
faces Ruben Galvin in the co-featured bout. Interviews with fighters in action
PATTY'S DAY BRAWL FIGHT REPORT|
MARCH 15, 2014
Photo by John D'Auria SC Photography
Sports Garden was packed last night and the card, which was built around guys
mostly beginning there pro boxing careers, produced a few knockouts to go along
with fun and even matchups. Ismail Muwendo, Caleb Truax, Jamal James, Al Sands,
and Mohammed Kayongo could all be seen in the crowd watching the bouts.
"Hooch" Morris of Duluth, MN improved to (3-0) with a first round stoppage
victory over Branden Cluever (1-2, 1 KO) of Brainerd, MN in the nights main event.
A hard left-right from Morris snapped Cluever's head back and sent him down to
the canvas in a corner where the fight was waived off.
Damion Hill improved
to (3-4) as he swept all four rounds on each judges scorecard against Gavin Quinn
(1-2) in a battle of southpaws.
the full recap of the nights action...
SHOW AT GRANDMA'S SPORTS GARDEN TOMORROW NIGHT|
MARCH 13, 2014
weigh in this afternoon for tomorrow nights pro fight card taking place at Grandma's
Sports Garden in Duluth, MN. We have talked with most of the fighters set to compete
on the show and a full preview will be posted here this afternoon. In the mean
time, the full fight card can be seen here...
STARKS VISITS MACALESTER COLLEGE RADIO|
MARCH 3, 2014
Starks was a guest this morning on 91.7 WMCN, Macalester College radio to talk
boxing and his upcoming fight on March 22 at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood.
Every Monday around 10am, Jeff Maddox hosts a boxing segment and today Starks
was the featured guest. Starks began by responding to questions geared toward
his daily boxing training which he revealed involves doing at least 1000 sit-ups
throughout the day and pounding giant tractor tires with a sledge hammer at the
ACR gym. Starks went on to talk about the local scene before getting into what
he hopes to accomplish in boxing.
want to be known as a guy who had heart, dedication and talent" Starks told
Maddox. "I want to be remembered as a crowd pleasing fighter who was able
to support himself through boxing."
STOPPED ON ESPN, RICHMAN LOSES DECISION ON SPIKE|
MARCH 3, 2014
Cerresso Fort was stopped in the second round of his ESPN televised bout against
Vitalii Kopylenko this past Friday night. Fort hit and moved while Kopylenko stalked
early. A hard straight jab to the chin put Fort down before the end of the first.
Moments into the second round, another power jab from the Ukrainian put Saint
Paul's Fort down again hard. Fort got to his feet and bravely tried to continue
but the referee stopped the bout giving Kopylenko the TKO victory in round two.
fighting on television in an MMA bout on Spike TV, Rosemount MN's mixed martial
artist/boxer Mike "The Marine" Richman lost a decision to Desmond Green.
Richman appeared to win the first round but lost the second as Green took the
fight to the ground. Richman seemed to outwork Green in the third and final round
as the fighters went back to fighting on their feet. All three judges ended up
scoring the bout in favor of Green.
RICHMAN MAKE WEIGHT FOR TONIGHTS TV BOUTS|
FEBRUARY 28, 2014
Paul Middleweight "Sir" Cerresso Fort and his opponent Vitalii Kopylenko
both made weight last night for tonights middleweight tournament bout on ESPN2.
Also getting TV time tonight is Rosemount, Minnesota's Mike "The Marine"
Richman as he fights in an opening round of the Bellator (MMA) lightweight tournament.
Photo's and weights below.
Cerresso Fort 160.2 vs. Vitalii Kopylenko 160
Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoters: Banner Promotions / Hitz Boxing
/ Round 3
1st Bell: 7pm central
ESPN 2 Start: 9pm eastern / 8 pm central
Mike Richman 144.75 vs. Desmond Green 145.75
TV: Spike TV
Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
CERRESSO FORT DISCUSSES ESPN BOUT|
FEBRUARY 27, 2014
Paul's "Sir" Cerresso Fort (17-2-1, 11 KOs) will battle Vitalii Kopylenko
(22-0, 12 KOs) tomorrow night on ESPN in a quarterfinal middleweight tournament
match. Fort has been training at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas to prepare
for the undefeated Kopylenko.
Fort is one of 8 men in the tournament and
each bout is scheduled for six rounds. Friday's show takes place at Harrahs
Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Fort says in an interview with Banner Pomotions
below that the only fighter out of the group he is thinking about is the one he
faces tomorrow night.
PUTS UP GOOD EFFORT IN LOSS TO FURY|
FEBRUARY 14, 2014
Rapids heavyweight Joey Abell was stopped in the fourth round on Febuary 15th
in London, England against Tyson Fury although Abell did not go down without a
fight. Abell was as prepared as he could have been while taking the fight on short
notice and gave the towering Fury trouble with a handful of hard countering shots.
But in the end, Fury would put Abell down four times in all, with the final one
coming by way of body attack. Abell continued to get to his feet each time and
the crowd booed the referee's decision to stop the fight with Abell saying he
wanted to continue. The ful fight can be seen below.
FROM LONDON, ENGLAND|
FEBRUARY 14, 2014
Photo courtesy of Jim Maurine
Courtesy of Fightnews.com:
Tyson Fury came in at a whopping 274 pounds, 20 pounds more than he weighed for
his previous fight. He never took over his sweat shirt.
Chisora 238 vs. Kevin Johnson 240
Tyson Fury 274 vs. Joey Abell 241
Copper Box Arena
Promoter: Frank Warren
tuned to our twitter feed to the right for updates and live stream location tomorrow
when and if they become available.
AND JOHNSON PROMISE BRIT SMASHING|
FEBRUARY 14, 2014
heavyweight tag team Kevin Johnson and Joey Abell aim to make it a double Brit
bashing this Saturday (15th February) night at the Copper Box Arena. Johnson takes
on Dereck Chisora for his WBO and WBA International titles in the main event,
while Abell faces undefeated Tyson Fury in the ten-round chief support. The pair
joined forces at todays media work-out at the Peacock Gym in East London
as they looked to derail plans of a massive summer showdown between Chisora and
Its going to be bringing a war to Fury, make no mistake. This is the
biggest night of my life, it would be like winning the lottery to knockout Fury.
Ill lay it on the line and make a prediction, Ill KO him inside five,
Im that confident....
BOXING IN THE NEWS: FEBRUARY 9TH, 2014|
FEBRUARY 9, 2014, 2014
Fort's Opponent Announced For Feb. 28 ESPN Bout
Abell Interviewed By Boxing News Online About Tyson Fury Fight.
Tyson Fury Cut In Sparring, Says Abell Fight Still On.
14th Grandma's Sports Garden Duluth Pro-Am Preview.
News Tribune Previews March 28th Hinckley Boxing Card.
Vanda says he is officially retired from the ring following a bicep injury in
his last bout January 25th. A huge party is planned to celebrate his career on
March 29 at Tin Cup in St Paul. More details can be found by clicking here.
JAMES VS RJ LAASE TITLE BOUT PRESS RELEASE|
FEBRUARY 5, 2014
EVENT PRODUCTIONS PRESS RELEASE: Two of Minnesotas most popular boxers Jamal
James of Minneapolis and R.J. Laase of Duluth have agreed to meet in the 10 round
main event on March 28th at Grand Casino Hinckley for James State Welterweight
Championship. Both fighters earned knockout victories last month at Grand Casino,
which led to this fight being signed...
5TH MN BOXING IN THE NEWS|
FEBRUARY 5, 2014
WDIO News Talks Jamal James vs RJ Laase Title Fight March 28
Fury Discusses February 15 Bout Against Joey Abell
24th Grand Casino Hinckley Boxing Photo Gallery
25th Black Bear Casino Boxing Photo Gallery Bouts, Main Event
25th Black Bear Casino Boxing Photo Gallery Bouts, 1-5
BOY BOXING'S "COLD WAR" FIGHT REPORT|
JANUARY 29, 2014
Jungle Boy Boxing: The atmosphere in the Otter Creek Event Center last Friday
night was electric. The Cold and snowy weather couldnt keep the fans from
lining in as most of the them there were there to see Al Sands in his first Main
Event Fight. All the boxers on the card brought their A-Game and Sands made a
statement through his performance on The Cold War
It said Im
a main event fighter and IM NOT GOING AWAY! Heres a rundown
of the fights...
FROM NEW YORK UPDATE|
JANUARY 29, 2014
Rafael Vazquez 123.8
lbs. vs. Brad Patraw 123.4 lbs.
Photo By Rich Kane Hoganphotos/Golden
Patraw was stopped in the first round after suffering a broken orbital bone, nose,
and jaw from a punch. Patraw still wanted to continue in the fight but the referee
would stopped it.
Saint Paul's "Bad" Brad Patraw (10-6, 5 KO's) boxes New York's Rafael
Vasquez (10-1, 7 KO's) tomorrow night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The fight card is being shown on Fox Sports 1 (unsure if Patraw's bout will be
He's a good NY fighter that is coming off a KO win against another good fighter
(Leon Moore, 30-2, 24 KO's). He won some WBA title (WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight
title). I've trained hard to give this guy an upset and that's the plan. I'm going
to out box him or if it comes down to it, I'll out slug him if that's what I have
to do" said Patraw.
Boy will be promoting the show which is headlined by the showdown between Victor
Ortiz and Luis Collazo.
29, 2014 MN BOXING IN THE NEWS|
JANUARY 29, 2014
Fort Gets ESPN Tournament Spot, First Bout Feb. 28
Vanda's Full Fight Last Weekend in New York
News Tribune Black Bear and Hinckley Fight Recap
News Recaps RJ Laase's Bout Last Saturday Night
News Recaps Al Sands Bout Last Saturday Night
RESULTS FROM BLACK BEAR CASINO and NEW YORK|
JANUARY 25, 2014
like last night, we will not be ringside covering tonights action from the Black
Bear Casino (or New York for Matt Vanda's fight). But we have correspondents and
will relay results asap below. Don't forget, you can catch Vanda's bout live and
free at www.toprank.com
FROM CARLTON, MN|
JANUARY 24, 2014
WEIGH IN PHOTO'S CLICK HERE
Sands 198.3 vs. Henry Namauu 198.3
Jeremy McLaurin 135 vs. Robbie Cannon 134.6
Corey Rodriguez 153.4 vs. Damion Hill 154
Charles Meier 155.6 vs. Stephen
Markus Morris 140 vs. Andre Tieva 140.2
Dustin Mason 134.6
vs Jacob Fox 134.4
Cody McManigle vs Anthony Dunaski - fight off
Jungle Boy Promotions
Venue: Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN
RESULTS FROM THE GRAND CASINO, HINCKLEY|
JANUARY 24, 2014
Photo Courtesy of John D'Auria SC Photography
AND PHOTO'S TO COME
Brant stopped Tyler Hultin in the second round. Reports coming in that Hultin
had a busted ear drum or a bad cut behind the ear. Brant scored at least one knockdown
in the bout. More details to come as they get in.
- Update 10:22pm Friday
"Lord" Caraway dropped Eli Smith twice on his way to a first round KO.
Time of the stoppage was :43 into the opening round.
"Give Um Hell" Hubbert stopped Winston Anderson in the 5th round. Hubbert
dropped Anderson at least once in the bout.
"Shango" James stopped Colby Courter in the 4th round. It was an entertaining
bout with James dominating the action. Stoppage came when the ref felt Courter
was taking too much punishment.
Edwards won a unanimous decision over Alex Rozman. Edwards controlled the fight
with his jab. Edwards dominated, bloodying the face of Rozman but Rozman showed
heart, chin, and never gave up.
Laase stopped Jeremy Marts in round two, dropping Marts four times in the bout
with body shots.
Green defeated Richard Carmack after the referee stopped the bout in the second
round when Carmack failed to answer back Green's shots.
Details will be updated as they become available. MinnesotaBoxing.com was unable
to make it to the show and will be out of the office until Monday.
FROM NEW YORK|
JANUARY 24, 2014 - PHOTO COURTESY OF TOP RANK , CHRIS FARINA
Monaghan 174 vs. Matt Vanda 173.2
Vanda's bout tomorrow night can be seen live and for free at
Vanda's fight should be on or around 6pm our time.
CANNON READY TO BATTLE TOMORROW NIGHT|
JANUARY 24, 2014
McLaurin (10-6-1, 5 KO's) is still upset about the end result of his two recent
battles with Saint Paul's Tony Lee. The first fight ended up as a majority draw
and Lee picked up the state lightweight title with a close victory on the cards
in the rematch. Both fighters feel they won...both times. Now, McLaurin will compete
for a different title this Saturday night when he challenges Missouri's Robbie
Cannon (13-8-2, 6 KO's) for his NABU lightweight title. McLaurin says he doesn't
think he will get another shot at the state title anytime soon, so plans to win
the NABU title to hang as bait to get a third fight against Lee.
picked up the NABU lightweight title with a victory over Duluth's Gary Eyer last
July at the Black Bear Casino. To read more...
JAMES DISCUSSES PAST, PRESENT , AND FUTURE|
JANUARY 24, 2014
crowned Minnesota State welterweight champion Jamal "Shango" James (11-0,
5 KO's) returns to action tonight against 27 year old Colby Courter of Missouri.
Courter brings a record of 4 wins with 1 loss, all 4 wins coming by way of knockout.
Not much more is known about him other then the fact he had a skull tattooed onto
his head at last nights weigh ins. The 6'2 James is coming off a back and forth
local showdown against Mohammed Kayongo and has another potential big time local
fight on the horizon following tonight's fight...
CIRCLE FOR DUSTIN MASON|
JANUARY 24, 2014
year old Dustin Mason (5-1, 4 KOs) is set to box in a four round bout on
this Saturday nights fight card at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN.
Mason, now residing in Stillwater, MN will face 19 year old Jacob Fox of North
Dakota. Fox is 1-0 with that win coming against Tomi Archambault last October.
Mason started out as an amateur at the White Bear Lake gym working at times with
local trainer Jesse Garza. Mason then began a journey that took him to the National
Guard, Duluth, North Dakota, and now back to the cities where he is now working
with Garza full time. Mason talked about that as well as sparring with an old
rival and his fight coming up this Saturday...
MARTS DISCUS FRIDAY NIGHTS FIGHT|
JANUARY 24, 2014
year old RJ "T-Rex" Laase (11-1, 7 KO's) returns after a 10 month absence
this Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The time off for the Duluth
fighter was mainly due to remodeling his newly purchased home and Laase says he
is ready to get back to action. His opponent Jeremy Marts is a 25 fight veteran
who says he is coming to pull of an upset. To check out the story with words from
GREEN BEGINS ANOTHER BUSY YEAR TONIGHT|
JANUARY 24, 2014
Green (13-0, 11 KO's) of Minneapolis fights in the co-featured bout on Friday
night in Hinckley, MN against Missouri's Richard "Silver Back" Carmack
(12-3, 10 KO's). Aaron Green weighed in at 278 last night while Carmack tipped
the scales at 337 pounds. Like years past, Green is off to an early start and
plans to fight very frequently in 2014.
Minnesotaboxing.com got a few words
in with Mr. Green as he prepares to fight for win number 14...
FROM HINCKLEY, MN|
JANUARY 23, 2014
of talk came to a boiling point and nearly out of control earlier tonight as
Rob Brant and Tyler Hultin faced off following weigh-ins. The two bumped heads
few times and exchanged words before separating. The two almost went at
it later once more but were again separated this time by Jamal James and RJ Laase.
Hultin and Brant fight in tomorrow nights main event.
Brant 156.5 vs Tyler Hultin 158
Aaron Green 278 vs. Richard Carmack 337
Jamal James 146.5 vs. Colby Courter 145.5
RJ Laase 146 vs. Jeremy Marts 146.5
Ray Edwards 258 vs. Alex Rozman 248
Winston Anderson 135.5 vs. Rondale Hubbert
DeLorien Caraway 146 vs. Eli Smith 146.5
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
HEADLINES SATURDAY BLACK BEAR SHOW|
JANUARY 23, 2014
Cruiserweight champ Al "The Haitian Temptation" Sands (11-1, 11 KO's)
will headline this Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Sands,
26, faces 29 year old Las Vegas, Nevada boxer Henry Namauu (10-7, 5 KO's). Namauu
most recently came up short for his bid to capture the vacant Utah State heavyweight
title, losing an 8 round decision to veteran Billy Zumbrun. Despite Namauu competing
at heavyweight, the size advantage will not be much over the 6'2 chiseled Sands.
Minnesotaboxing.com got a few words from Sands after a sparring session at the
White Bear Lake gym with Matt Vanda last week and also discussed his previous
bout against Bobby Thomas Jr and more...
COLLIDE WHEN EDWARDS MEETS ROZMAN|
JANUARY 23, 2014
nights pro boxing card at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN has a little bit of
everything as far as styles and fights go. And when Ray Edwards (4-0, 3 KO's)
stands opposite his opponent Alex Rozman (2-4, 1 KO), fans might think they are
about to see a strong man competition because of the sheer size and stature of
the two combatants. That is until the big punches begin to fly. Edwards, fighting
out of Minneapolis by way of Cincinnati stands 6'5 and is built through his years
as a college and pro football player. And Rozman, making his way from Iowa, is
not only a boxer, but mixed martial artist as well with visions himself of taking
the field for an NFL team in the future...
RONDALE "GIVE UM HELL" HUBBERT|
JANUARY 23, 2014
Minneapolis boxer Rondale Hubbert (4-0-1, 2 KO's) takes on fellow undefeated Cloquet
native Winston Anderson (4-0, 4 KO's) tomorrow night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley.
The long overdue showdown is a featured bout that also includes a headlining face
off between Rob Brant and Tyler Hultin, heavyweights Aaron Green and Ray Edwards,
Minnesota State welterweight champ Jamal "Shango" James, RJ Laase, and
the pro debut of DeLorien Caraway.
MinnesotaBoxing.com caught up to Hubbert
last week at the Uppercut Gym following a sparring session with Mohammed Kayongo,
Philip Adyaka, and Donny Tierney as he put the final touches on his fight plan
before facing Winston Anderson...
ANDERSON'S TAKE ON HUBBERT FIGHT|
JANUARY 22, 2014
from a draw or an early accidental injury, somebody's "0" will go when
Winston "Nasty Time" Anderson (4-0, 4 KO's) takes on fellow undefeated
Minnesotan Rondale Hubbert (4-0-1, 2 KO's) this Friday night in Hinckley. The
two confident yet mutually respectful fighters may have slightly different explanations
as to how the fight came to be but both have the same goal on Friday night. And
that goal is to wipe the floor with the other guy and shake hands after.
With Hubberts interview to follow, here is what Anderson had to say regarding
the fight being made and what he expects Friday night...
22 MINNESOTA BOXING IN THE NEWS|
JANUARY 22, 2014
Matt "The Predator"
Vanda keeps his comeback rolling this Saturday after briefly retiring following
his showdown with Caleb Truax last year. Vanda was set to face Anthony Bonsante
this weekend on the Black Bear Casino show in Carlton, MN but the Fond du Lac
commission did not approve Bonsante for the bout due to inactivity. Now, Vanda
heads out to New York to face off against his largest opponent to date. And Vanda
and his team are predicting victory.
did a story on the fight and Vanda's comeback which can be read here.
Boxing League talks to Tyler Hultin leading into Rob Brant fight.
Boxing League talks to Charles Meier for Jan. 25 bout.
preview for the January 25 card in Carlton, MN by John D'Auria.
preview for the January 24 card in Hinckley, MN by John D'Auria.
FIGHT WEEK FOR MINNESOTA|
JANUARY 21, 2014
a double fight night weekend approaching this Friday and Saturday night in Northern
Minnesota. Friday night action kicks things off with a fight card taking place
at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Then on Saturday night, pro boxing takes place
at Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. You can check out the fight cards below.
Interviews with some of the fighters to be posted in the coming days leading to
24th, 2014 - Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN ...
January 25th, 2014 - Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN ...
ALL MN JR. MIDDLEWEIGHTS|
JANUARY 16, 2014
deepest division, jr. middleweight, has been the talk on social media and around
the gyms. And some fighters are calling for a tournament to decide who is the
best. Purses and opposing promotions have stood in the way of getting similar
idea's rolling in the past. However, the widespread interest from the state's
top fighters has not been so overwhelming and made public as they are now. 154
pounders in action next weekend include Corey Rodriguez, Charles Meier, Rob Brant,
and Tyler Hultin. Andy Kolle is set to return in March 28 while Antonio Johnson,
Cerresso Fort and Dave Peterson are all keeping in shape for an opportunity to
jump at. Welterweight Javontae Starks has also said he wants in. Local promoters
have confirmed interest if details could be worked out. Similar tournaments on
the MMA side of the Minnesota fight scene are already set to take place on February
1st in Austin, MN as the states top 145 pounders battle to determine the Driller/SEG
number one contender spot.
PATRAW, VANDA PREPARE FOR UPCOMING FIGHTS|
JANUARY 10, 2014
Mason (left) and Brad Patraw (right) spar last night at the White Bear Lake boxing
gym. Patraw and Mason fought six hard rounds last August at the Grand Casino in
Hinckley, MN and the intensity has spilled over into their sparring sessions.
Mason (5-1) will be back at it on January 25 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton,
MN taking on North Dakota's Jacob Fox (1-0) while Patraw (10-6) heads out to New
York on January 30th to meet Brooklyn's Rafael Vasquez (10-1) in an 8 round featherweight
bout. The NY card will be televised on FOX Sports 1 but no confirmation if Patraw's
bout will get aired. Matt Vanda pictured in the background boxes on January 25th
in New York as well.
10 MINNESOTA BOXING IN THE NEWS|
JANUARY 10, 2014
Minnesota Sports Report previews Al Sands, Jan. 25 card.
21 NEWS interviews Winston Anderson leading into Hubbert showdown.
21 NEWS interviews RJ Laase about ring return Jan. 24.
post fight interview with Caleb Truax
Minnesota Sports Report recaps Truax/Duran ESPN Bouts (PHOTOS).
Pages in depth story on Caleb Truax.
VANDA FIGHTS IN NEW YORK JANUARY 25|
JANUARY 6, 2014
"The Predator" Vanda (45-15, 25 KO's) keeps his comeback rolling on
Saturday, January 25th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Vanda will move up
to the 175 pound division to face New York favorite and undefeated Sean Monaghan
(19-0, 12 KO's) in a 10 round bout.
is 32 years old and will have a good size advantage over Vanda, 35. However, Vanda
will be by far the most experienced fighter Monaghan has faced and will be his
toughest test. Vanda says he has been training hard and is going to New York to
kick Monaghan's ass. In his last bout, The Predator easily dispatched Brooke Wellby
this past October in Carlton, MN.
Derrick Findley will also box on the card against Jesse Hart. Findley fought Phil
Williams to a draw in Minneapolis in 2013 and also came to town to spar with Caleb
Truax. Warriors boxing, who co-promoted last Friday's Target Center show will
be co-promoting this card along with Gary Shaw Productions. Matt Vanda says that
the bout has a 50/50 shot of making HBO television as the swing bout.
FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT RECAPS UPDATES|
JANUARY 6, 2014
fight report. by Chris Carlson
fight tough to draw, Barthelemy wins IBF title by Mark Connor
3rd Recap: A Wild Night in a Tame Town by Ben Tighe
recap plus full televised bouts
Ghana fight report.
RESULTS FROM THE TARGET CENTER, MNPLS|
JANUARY 3RD, 2014 - BY JESSE KELLEY
the first televised fight of 2014, hometown middleweight favorite Caleb Golden
Truax (23-1-1, 14 KOs) and Ossie The Ghanaian Gladiator Duran (28-11-3,
11 KOs) battled to a hard fought ten round draw. Judges scored it 95-95 on all
Rances Barthelemy (20-0, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO and dethroned IBF junior
lightweight champion Argenis Méndez (21-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at
the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Barthelemy dropped Mendez near the
end of round two, then connected with a clean combination after the bell that
knocked Menedez out. Time was 2:59. After the fight, promoter Mike Tyson said
Barthlemy clearly hit his man twice after the bell, and stated he would call for
prospect Erickson Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs) blew away Luis Santiago (4-1, 1 KO) in 61
seconds. Lubin was considered a top medal candidate for the 2016 Olympics before
being signed by Iron Mike Productions.
a clash between unbeaten jr middleweights, Javontae Starks (8-0, 5 KOs) scored
a six round split decision over Limberth Ponce (6-1, 4 KOs). Starks dropped Ponce
in round two and won by scores of 57-56, 57-56 Starks, 57-56 Ponce.
lightweight champ Tony Lee won a six round unanimous decision over Willshaun Boxley
Hill won a four round split decision over Nate Richardson.
Martinez stopped Trevor Marmon at 1:18 of the third round.
Galarza won a four round unanimous decision over Celiel Castillo.
DETAILS TO COME
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FROM MINNEAPOLIS, MN|
JANUARY 2, 2014 - BY JESSE KELLEY
junior lightweight Title Bout
Rances Barthelemy 129 vs. Argenis
Caleb Truax 163 vs. Ossie Duran 161.5
Tony Lee 134.5 vs Willshaun Boxley 134.5
Javontae Starks 154
vs. Limberth Ponce 154.5
Trevor Marmon 135 vs. Adrian Martinez
Nate Richardson 151.5 vs. Damien Hill 153
Galarza 123.5 vs. Celiel Castillo 123.5
Erickson Lubin 147
vs. Luis Santiago 147
Venue: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Promoters: Seconds Out, Warriors Boxing,
Iron Mike Productions
FOR MORE PHOTO'S
2, 2014 MINNESOTA BOXING IN THE NEWS|
in the Tundra, a Friday night fights preview by Gordon Marino
11 News with Mike Tyson at tonights Weigh-in's
RETURNS TO ESPN, TARGET CENTER FRIDAY NIGHT |
JANUARY 2, 2014 - BY JESSE KELLEY
Caleb Truax (23-1-1,14 KO's) will be back fighting under the bright ESPN lights
tomorrow night and it's also a return to the place he made his pro debut in 2007,
the Target Center in Minneapolis. Truax impressed the nation last June while scoring
a knockout victory over tough Illinois puncher Don George and the 30 year old
Osseo, Minnesota native followed that win up with a fourth round knockout over
fellow Minnesotan Cerresso Fort last September. Truax will try to keep his stock
rising this Friday night against upset minded Ossie Duran (28-11, 11 KO's). Duran
is from Ghana and now resides in New Jersey. Co-promoting the action will be Iron
Mike Tyson Promotions along with Seconds Out and Warriors Boxing.
event is an IBF super featherweight championship fight between champion Argenis
Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) and #1-ranked undefeated challenger Rances Kid Blast
Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs).
Truax discussed his most recent grudge match with
Fort, his thoughts on Mike Tyson being a part of the promotion, and what might
be waiting on the horizon if everything goes as planned on Friday night...
1, 2014 MINNESOTA BOXING IN THE NEWS|
NorthJersey.com- Clock ticking on boxer Ossie Duran.
to public weigh-in/press conference info for January 3rd Target Center fight card.
TV- Duluth's Marmon to fight on Target Center show.
3rd Caleb Truax ESPN Links Repository
STORIES AND ANNOUNCMENTS:
Rob 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.