Photos and Report by Jesse Kelley
Video hightlight by Ray Kilgore
(29-3, 22 KO's) destroyed Ira Terry (24-9, 14 KO's) late Friday
night in the main event at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Litzau
scored two knockdowns on his way to stopping Terry at 2:43 of the
opening round. Litzau looked like a man possessed as he glared at
Terry before the bout. And it was obvious early on that Litzau's
goal was to make it an early night's work. Litzau began the bout
throwing hard combinations to the head but Terry stood his ground
and fired back which resulted in good early action. Litzau was willing
to take a few to get his punches in but quickly began to overwhelm
Terry. Two hard rights to the head dropped Terry to the canvas midway
through the round. Terry regrouped and went right back to trading
with Litzau. Litzau continued to let his punches go as he seemed
to feed off the energy of the rowdy crowd. Near the end of the round,
Litzau was landing at will before a final right to the head put
Terry down where referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off. Litzau
broke down in tears as he jumped on the ropes to salute his hometown
crowd following the win.
In other action,
heavy handed heavyweight Aaron "Gorilla" Green (6-0, 5KO's)
spent 6 rounds landing powerful punches to the head and body but
was unable to get his tough as nails opponent TJ Gibson (1-3, 1
KO) out of there. Gibson forced Green to go the distance for the
first time in his career but not before taking some huge shots in
the process. Scores read 60-54, 60-53, 60-54 for Green. Green had
Gibson rocked on numerous occasions but Gibson refused to go down
or stop throwing back. Gibson was even able to sneak a few of his
looping overhand rights in through the guard of Green in the process.
Green smiled at the punches though and was seemingly seconds away
from ending the fight in the final round before the last bell.
Rob Brant won his professional debut by stopping Cheyenne Ziegler
(3-8, 2 KO's) at :53 of the second round. As an amateur, Brant accumulated
numerous titles in the 178 pound division but as a pure boxer, some
observers felt he was built for a smaller weight. And on Saturday
night, having come to the ring at 157 lbs., Brant looked strong,
fast, and fit. Brant lit up Ziegler with speedy punches to the head
and body before ending the bout in the second round after dropping
him once before the stoppage.
(8-4, 5KO's) won by TKO over Tony Belvedere (0-1) after Belvedere's
corner stopped the bout following the third round.
Patraw looked physically stronger in the ring then he has in previous
bouts and it was a good thing because his opponent Belvedere was
strong and determined himself as he tried to make things rough for
the Mn bantamweight champ. The first round was close as Patraw boxed
and Belvedere tried to work his way to the inside. As the rounds
went on, Patraw began to pull away behind a hard jab and straight
right. Belvedere, an experienced MMA fighter looked a little frustrated
by only being able to counter with his hands. He did end up being
warned several times in the bout for taking Patraw down to the canvas
and nearly out of the ring ropes. In the end it was a good performance
for Patraw not only for staying composed and landing cleanly but
for doing so against a tough and determined opponent like Belvedere
turned out to be.
(2-0, 1 KO) won a four round unanimous decision over Jason Benson
(0-1). Scores read 40-36, 40-36, 39-37 for Richman.
Good back and forth action from the opening bell. Richman set himself
up just out of Benson's reach and used slick lead lefts and uppercuts
out of the southpaw stance to control the pace of the bout. Benson
never looked discouraged though as he countered with some nice shots
of his own out of a more conventional stance. Richman was coming
off a huge knockout win recently on a Bellator show (MMA) and showed
why he is quickly becoming known as one of the top mixed martial
arts strikers in the Midwest.
(1-0, 1 KO) stopped Donny Tierney (4-5, 1 KO) at :36 of the third
round. Another fun fight with good action. Tierney used his height
and reach to box while the shorter and built Glenn worked his way
to the inside to get his work done. All of the action was close
and followed that formula right up to the stoppage. A right hand
to the side of the head of Tierney started things for Glenn. Once
he saw Tierney hurt, a few more punches put Tierney on the canvas
where he was counted out. Glenn, a mixed martial artist, picks up
the win in his boxing debut.
(1-0, 1 KO) dropped Silas Ortley (4-14, 3 KO's) twice on his way
to a knockout win at 2:30 of round one.
Watt, another MMA fighter, wasted little time as he went right after
Ortley. Boxing fans know that Ortley is better then his record and
usually a very durable fighter. But Watt hurt Ortley early and never
let up until the bout was over. After the night of fights Ortley
regrouped with a fun game of Party
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