TO THE JUNGLE 2
A BATTLE FOR NUMBER 1
On October 27 Harley Kilfian and Al Sands will
face off in a title elimination bout in our state's Cruiserweight
division to determine the number 1 spot. Kilfian is currently
rated number 1 in the recently released Minnesota Combative
Sports Commission's monthly state rankings. Sands is right behind
at number 3. The scheduled co-main event of "Welcome to
the Jungle 2" at Black Bear Casino should prove to be an
exciting match up of top Minnesota cruiserweights.
Sands decks Zack Zeigler (3-1 2KO) with a right in his second
(Photo: Mark Walters)
The Minnesota Boxing Commission has worked to get professional
boxing rankings done to help guide the sport and bring about
good local matches. At cruiserweight we have Harley "Sandman"
Kilfian supposedly ranked #1 and Al "Haitian Temptation"
Sands at #3.
Al Sands sees this fight as an opportunity to
stand out in Minnesota by taking on the top rated man at his
"By getting past Harley I think I deserve to be ranked
#1 in Minnesota. I haven't seen the rankings yet, but I guess
I'm #3 and Harley is #1."
Al has shown he's one to be reckoned with in the ring as he
all his wins come by knockout. Kilfian's wins have come in similar
fashion with all but one of his wins coming by KO; his most
recent a gutsy TKO - 4 against rising MN prospect, Tim Taggert.
Kilfian has seen several different weight divisions, but feels
best at Cruiserweight.
" I am done killing myself by dropping
weight to get fights. I am staying at Cruiserweight because
that is where I feel strongest and winning this fight will show
everyone I really am #1 in Minnesota." Said Kilfian.
Kilfian shown here boxing Matt Vanda in a fight he punished
his body to make the weight.
Kilfian started boxing at age 17 in Reno, NV
and had 45 amateur fights. Among his amateur accomplishments
are two Nevada Golden Gloves titles; one in 1997 and another
in 2001. Sands started his boxing career much later walking
into the gym the summer of 2008. In his short career Sands captured
the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves championship under 20 total
fights. Following his return from the nationals Sands decided
to take his skills to the professional ranks.
Kilfian, as a cruiserweight, shown here delivering a blow to
6x Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Champion, James Taylor, as he
avenged his first defeat by winning by KO.
This is a fight that matches experience vs. hungry talent. Kilfian
has nearly 20 professional bouts. Al has only 6. It's a cross
roads fight in that a win for Kilfian would spark a renewed
drive to keep fighting and a win for Sands would validate his
Kilfian: "I've always been a fighter
I don't back
down from anyone. When I step in the ring I come to fight. I
don't look at records when I fight I. I just COME TO FIGHT!
I fight for my family. It's all for them."
(PHOTO OF AL vs Aburia at Crown Plaza)
Sands: "Fighting Harley is definitely a step in the right
direction. He's got much more experience than me and he's boxed
many big names. I'm excited to fight in front of my home crowd
and Harley is a boxer that will force me to work hard. I'm ready."
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