TO THE JUNGLE 2
A BATTLE FOR NUMBER 1
Harley "The Sandman" Kilfian (9-11, 8
KO's) and Al "The Haitian Temptation" Sands (5-1, 5 KO's) meet this
Saturday night in an important Minnesota Cruiserweight division showdown. 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 fight and an interesting clash that matches a battle tested
veteran (Kilfian) against a young gun trying to make a statement (Sands).
Al Sands sees this fight as an opportunity to stand out in
Minnesota by taking on the 20 bout veteran Kilfian.
"By getting past
Harley I think I deserve to be ranked #1 in Minnesota" said Sands when
asked his thoughts on facing a fighter with Kilfian's experience.
has shown athleticism and power in his previous bouts with all five wins coming
by way of knockout. Kilfian's wins have come in similar fashion with all but one
of his wins coming by knockout. Although Kilfian has seen several different weight
divisions to get fights around the country, he says he is ready to compete from
here on out at the weight that made him a name in the Midwest.
" I am done killing myself by dropping weight to get fights" said
Kilfian. "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."
The 33 year old 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, 25, 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 in under
20 total fights. Following his return from the nationals Sands decided to take
his skills to the professional ranks.
Kilfian, as a cruiserweight, defeated
James Taylor in 2007 avenging his first defeat in his debut by winning by KO.
But it is his two wins over Marty Lindquist and his most recent knockout victory
over Tim Taggart that standout most for Kilfian. Al Sands will be using this fight
to try for his first big time local win to make a statement.
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 just come to fight! I fight for my family. It's all for them."
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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