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 professional fight.
(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 weight class.

"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 professional accomplishements.
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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