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Andy "Kaos" Kolle (25-3, 18 KO's) outworked Michael "The Midnight Stalker" Walker (19-13-3, 12 KO's) over 8 rounds of action Saturday night at the Wessman Arena in Superior, WI. Walker showed up ready to brawl having fought to a draw with a 7-4-1 fighter last week. However, Kolle was able to out-punch Walker throughout the bout, and he did it for the most part with just one good hand. The southpaw Kolle said afterwards that he believes he broke his left hand in the first round and mixed up punches with his right hand for much of the night. Walker's pressuring style and Kolle's high volume counter punching resulted in good action during the bout.
Walker went right at Kolle with a high guard to get inside of the taller Kolle's reach to begin the fight. Kolle was able to keep the chiseled Walker from doing what he wanted early though and kept him out of reach with his own shots. Early on in the opening round, Kolle landed a hard straight left to the forehead of Walker. Walker took the punch well but it appeared to be the blow Kolle described afterwards in which he hurt his hand because he used it with less authority for the rest of the round. The shot also looked to be the punch that opened a cut over Walkers right eye. The cut however was not an issue for the remainder of the fight.
Walker continued to stalk forward in round two but wasn't able to get his punches off again once on the inside. Kolle circled and moved while throwing lead jabs and right hooks to the head and body to keep Walker off his chest. Kolle, still fighting lefty, was mostly using his left now for blocking incoming punches and measuring distance.
Kolle kept piling on the points through round five but Walker wasn't making it easy. Walker was set on coming forward with clubbing punches and a snarl on his face. Kolle normally stays in the pocket in hopes of landing his hard left but was being forced to stick and move with the inability to throw his bread and butter punch with everything behind it.
Walker had his most successful moments in the sixth and eighth rounds as the veteran of 37 bouts worked his way inside Kolle's guard with body shots. Kolle, who has 28 bouts of his own under his belt continued to hold the edge in punches landed but Walker was able to drill home some nice power shots in the round. The late charge was not enough however as Kolle found different ways to attack Walker with his right down the stretch and earn a unanimous decision by scores of 79-73 twice and 80-72. Kolle said he will visit the doctor on Monday to find out the status on his hand.
In the co-featured bout, promoter/ring combatant RJ Laase (8-1, 5 KO's) stopped Donny Tierney (4-4, 1 KO) at 1:57 of the first round. Both fighters fought at a fast pace for the short time the bout lasted. Laase dropped Tierney twice before the end came.
Laase began the bout throwing his jab followed by his straight right while Tierney looked a bit hesitant to return fire at the start. Shortly after though Tierney began to open up. But just as he began to get into the fight he was caught by a lead left hook from Laase that sent him to the canvas. Tierney got to his feet and appeared to be on steady legs. The two fighters began to trade wildly along the ropes as the action resumed. After ending up in a clinch, the punches continued to fly. Laase landed a hard right uppercut to the head on the inside followed by a glancing left hook as Tierney was falling to the canvas. He rose on wobbly legs and referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight. The arena which was filled with 1000+ erupted as Laase signed off on months of hard work leading up to his first promotion and eighth career victory with the win.
Tyler Hultin (3-0-1, 1 KO) won an exciting four round UD over Silas Ortley (4-13, 3 KO's). The two fighters had called each other out for years and their meeting in the ring did not disappoint those in attendance. There were no knockdowns in the fight but the action was intense throughout. Scores were 39-37 by all three judges in favor of the sharper punches and higher work rate from Hultin.
Winston Anderson (1-0, 1 KO) picked himself off the canvas
in the first to stop Andrew Selvig (0-2) with a barrage of punches at
2:38 of the opening round.
Aaron Green (5-0, 5 KO's) dropped veteran Travis Fulton
(16-28, 16 KO's) twice with headshots enroute to a second round TKO
Dustin Mason (3-0, 3 KO's) dropped Randy Ronchi (0-4) twice before knocking him out at 2:41 of the first round. Ronchi was game but outgunned by the hard punching Mason. A straight right to the jaw dropped Ronchi midway through the round. Another straight right put Ronchi on his seat again and referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off.