Laboda, Rice Street Featured in Somerset
Kliewer, Patraw, Morales, Kilfian and more in action
January 23rd, 2008
By Jesse Kelley
The Rice Street Gym will feature some of their top talent at Mac
Daddies Bar in Somerset, WI this Friday
One of those featured fighters will be jr. middleweight Jon Laboda
of Saint Paul. Laboda made his pro debut just over a year ago, destroying
Shirome Baltcher in front of nearly 10,000 fans in Mnpls on the
undercard to the Tony Bonsante/Matt Vanda showdown.
MinnesotaBoxing.com caught up with Laboda during a workout some
time ago to recap his first pro fight and also talk about a possible
fight with Corey Rodriquez. It has since been reported that Laboda
will be facing boxer/mma fighter Terry Vanier this Friday.
Could you recap your fight with Baltcher?
Yeah, I just went out there thinking it was going to be a first
round knockout. I took my time with my punches at first. I looked
at my dad and he gave the thumbs down so I sped things up to take
him out. I got the quick stoppage but didn't get the knockout punch
I was looking for. It ended in the first round though so it was
Baltcher weighed seven pounds more then you at weigh-ins. You
still took the fight without hesitation. Talk about why his advantage
didn't bother you.
I just figured I had more experience then him so it didn't really
matter. I got the win and that is all that matters.
Talk about what it was like to make your pro debut in front
of nearly 10,000 people.
That was probably the most people I had ever fought in front of.
I was a little nervous. It was my first pro fight which was why
I took on an easier opponent.
That fight was back in January. Why such a long layoff?
Yeah I just had a lot of stuff going on in life in general. Making
money and all that. If I can start making more money with boxing
then that is what I would like to do. I probably only trained for
two weeks for that fight so I probably wasn't in the best condition.
As long as I can start making some money then I can put the time
There has been talk of you and Corey Rodriquez facing off in
what would be an interesting matchup. Let's talk about that fight
a little. He stated in an interview with us recently that he would
like fight you at 147. Is that fight you want?
Yeah, I would love to fight him. Actually, I was trying to get a
fight with him before I turned pro. I don't ever remember calling
him out, maybe my dad did, but it's not a big deal. If he wants
to fight then I will fight him.
Would 147 be good for you?
Yeah I like 147, I feel good at that weight. I really don't know
anything about what kind of a fighter he is. I just want to fight
whoever wants to fight!
In the nights main event, Bobby Kliewer takes on Frank Johnson in
what should be an exciting rematch. The pair fought to a draw in
April of 2006.
Brad Patraw will face Lloyd Mckinney in a featherweight battle.
Amateur standout Sam Morales makes his pro debut against Alex Stringer.
Harley Kilfian returns fresh off of his ko victory over James Taylor
to face Ray Walker.
John Turner will square off with Dion Henderson.