December 17th, 2010
By Jesse Kelley

Bantamweights Antwan Robertson (6-3-1, 4 KO's) and Brad Patraw (6-3, 4 KO's) are set to meet for a third time as pro's on Saturday night in Minneapolis. The two have split wins with Patraw taking the first and Robertson evening the score and winning the vacant MN State bantamweight title in the rematch.

Robertson was mostly reserved in the first fight in March of 2009 which allowed Patraw to dictate and dominate action from start to finish. Both fighters let loose in the rematch however, resulting in a very close and heated fight of the year candidate.
This fight is extremely important to both fighters as Patraw and Robertson are coming off two disappointing losses. Another loss by either fighter could be very damaging to their career while a win puts them back in the mix for fights down the road.

"This fight basically means my career" said Patraw. This is do or die, I'm not playing. I did everything right for this fight. My diet was good and I feel mentally and physically strong. The second fight with him was a draw at worst. Yeah he knocked me down once. The second knockdown was BS, I tripped, but it is what it is. I feel like I did everything right in the last fight except for the knockdown, and my mind had a lot to do with it as well. I have no f--king fear, none at all. I worked hard for this and will show everyone on Saturday night."

Robertson's trainer John Hoffman also stressed the importance of a victory for his fighter.
"It is very important to us to win this fight impressively" said Hoffman. "Antwan has some world class skills, we just need to show them more often. I think Antwan is better then anyone he has boxed yet, we just need to want it more. I think he wants this fight more then any fight in the past."

The heated rivalry between the two has been well documented. It is not so much a hated rivalry that exists between Patraw and Robertson but rather a competitive one. But following two fights and a third one on the horizon, it is clear that the two ring rivals do have a respect for each other that is usually the results of going to war so many times in the ring. Patraw says that he plans to put a hurting on Robertson but still wanted to extend his thoughts to him on a recent personal tragedy.

"I would like to say that I am very sorry for Antwan and his family's loss of there baby. My heart goes out to them.
Also a thanks to my family, my friends and fans. This ones for you guys."

The Target Center Action begins at 7:30pm with the night coming to a close following the Main Event rematch between Matt Vanda and Phil Williams.



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