FULL FIGHT REPORT: December
4th Target Center
By Ray Kilgore
Photos By Jesse Kelley
Reporting live from the Target Center in MN- The
title fight that was supposed to settle the score of who was the
best heavyweight in MN between, Joey Abell 25-4 (24 KOs)
of Coon Rapids, MN and archrival Raphael Butler 35-8 (28 KOs)
of Rochester, MN ended in controversy as Abell was initially disqualified
in round one for hammering a defenseless Butler after the bell.The
punch left Butler unconscious before he hit the canvas.
Both Butler and fans left the ring thinking he was
the new Minnesota Heavyweight champion after it was announced
that Abell was disqualified; however, shortly after the fight,
The Minnesota Boxing Commission changed the result from a DQ to
a NC when referee Bobby Brunette stated he didnt hear the
bell and had instructed Abell and Butler to keep fighting.
Butler, 25, entered the fight coming off a second
round knockout of Marcus Rhode 34-39-2 (29 KOs) this past
September while Abell 28, crushed Larry White 3-7 ( 2 KOs)
by TKO this past June in two rounds.
The fight was scheduled for ten rounds. Abell had
only fought that distance once in November 2007, while Butler
had only been eight rounds throughout his professional career
that started in 2004.
From the outset it was evident that neither boxer
planned to go all ten rounds as they had bad intentions behind
At 10:36 PM Butler made his way to the ring and
exhibited confidence as he briefly scanned the arena and bobbed
his head to his ring entrance song. When Abell came out, fans
From the start, Butler moved forward as he enjoyed
a 34-pound weight advantage. But it was Abell who got things going
with several authoritative jabs and lateral movement as he attempted
to set Butler up with a mega shot.
They both exchanged good blows in the center of
the ring. As they moved towards Butlers corner, his trainer
yelled, Watch them [Abells] short arms Butler
responded, Yup Yup while looking intensely at Abell
as the two men sized each other up.
Early in Abells career, he seemed interested
in only one goal: The KO. But overtime he developed a jab along
with movement, and he effectively gave Butler angles eventually
finding an opening to land a hard right that Butler absorbed well.
Both boxers controlled their impulse to let bombs
fly early, albeit that didnt last long.
50 seconds before the round was to end, Butler showed
why several outside promoters took an interest in him years ago.
He landed a snappy jab trailed by a right that stung the betting
favorite Abell and forced him to back into the ropes.
Abell bobbed and weaved to avoid further punches
and wisely clinched.
With ten seconds left, Abell, who disclosed that
part of his preparation for the fight consisted of pushing cars
up hills, harvested a right followed up by several blows that
sent the 63 279 pound Butler down near Abells
Butler beat the mandatory count and seemed OK but
soon controversy erupted.
The round ended shortly after Brunette wiped Butlers
gloves. Abell, still in the neutral corner, came towards Butler
and for a split second, both men stood face to face with Brunette
in the middle of them.
Apparently, Brunette didnt hear the bell because
he never motioned the fighters to their respective corners.
The traditional ten second warning tap on the canvas
to forewarn the referee and fighters the round will end never
Given all this, Abell, 65 245 pounds,
looked uncertain so he hit Butler first with a light punch followed
by a murderous right that knocked Butler cold. The blow came at
least five seconds after the bell.
While Butler lay in a prone position unresponsive,
his trainer stormed the ring and headed directly towards Abell.
The fighter kept saying, I didnt hear the bell. I
didnt hear the bell!
Soon thereafter, both corners roared the ring and
a mêlée pursued as blows were thrown and bodies wrestled
to the canvas. All this took place as Butler continued to lay
on the canvas being attended to by the ring doctor.
When security finally got control in the ring, the
aftermath spilled outside the ropes as several fans picked up
where the boxers corners left off and engaged in fisticuffs
before local police intervened.
In a show of good sportsmanship, Abell was apologetic
to Butler who sat on his stool.
I never heard the bell. I never heard it.
I am sorry man.
A fan yelled, Dont be sorry. You have
nothing to be sorry for.
Had the DQ stood, that would mark Abells second
in a professional career that started in 2005. In November 2008,
he was disqualified against Jason Nicholson 18-25-2 (10 KOs)
in round one.
In Abells professional debut, he suffered
a NC in September 2005 against Ritchie Goosehead 7-22-1 (3 KOs)
in round one.
Leading up to the fight, both men said there were
no bad feelings. They embraced several times after the fight.
Although Abell and Butler seemed to patch things up, Butler felt
differently about a fan who yelled something as the fighter left
the ring. Bulter then responded with profanities and told the
person to meet him outside.
Zach Walters vs. Larry Sharpe
Light Heavyweights 8 rounds
In the co-feature bout, Light Heavy weight ZachJungleboy
Walters 24-5 (19 KOs) of Duluth MN was upset 56 seconds
into round one as Larry Sharpe, 24-7 (11 KOs) of Canada
landed a hard body shot to Walters rib cage that put a halt
to the match and maybe the fighters future.
Going into the fight, Walters had TKOd James
Morrow 11-15-3 (KOs 5) in the second round this past June
while Sharpe KOd Bruce Rumbolz 22 19-2 (15 KOs) in
the first round in October of this year.
From the start, Sharpe, who entered the ring at
170 pounds, jumped on Walters, never giving the fan favorite a
chance to respond.
Sharpe landed thunderous right hands and uppercuts
to Walters head and body forcing the pride of Duluth to
take an eight count at 2:30 into the round.
As referee Bobby Brunette gave the mandatory eight,
Walters told Brunette he was able to continue.
Sharpe quickly jumped on his foe ending the contest
with a devastating rib blow.
As Walters kneeled and listened for the eight count;
he got up but appeared in pain as shook his head and grimaced
to Brunette he wanted no more.
In the past several days, rumors circulated that
Team Walters accepted Matt The Predator Vandas
invitation to square off sometime next year. Vanda defeated Walters
archrival Phil The Drill Williams last month to halt
a potential showdown between Williams-Walters at the time. Walters
has now announced his retirement from the sport after seven exciting
years in the pro ranks.
After the fight, a jubilant Sharpe called out Vanda.
Ronnie Peterson vs. Tomi Archambault
Featherweights 4 rounds
In a rematch from their October 3rd fight of this
year, Tomi Archambault 1-1 (1 KO) handed Ronnie Peterson, 3-1-(3
KOs) his first defeat. On the advice of the Doctor, Peterson
could not make the start of round three of the scheduled four
rounder due to a shoulder injury.
When Peterson and Archambault originally clashed
in North Dakota, Peterson scored two knockdowns in round four
but found himself on the losing end when Archambault, who lost
his professional debut in May of 2008, was declared the winner
by way of majority decision.
But, as Minnneasotaboxing.com reported on October
29th, North Dakota boxing commission reversed the decision and
the fight was ruled a no contest.
Peterson entered the ring Friday night confident
as he jabbed and moved his way around while Archambault kept the
pressure on. Peterson kept his hands dangerously low as he bobbed
and weaved Archambaults assault for most of round one.
Early in round two, Peterson connected with a 1-2
of his own but Archambault pushed the action and Peterson continued
to circle and throw in spurts.
A few minutes before the round ended, Archambault
backed Peterson to the far ropes and landed a blow while Peterson
attempted to counter and raised his glove to his shoulder in pain.
In between rounds the Dr. examined Peterson and
ruled the fight could not continue.
Gary Eyer vs Levi Cortes
Light Welterweights 6 rounds
Gary Stone Cold Eyer 7-0-1 (5 KOs)
of Duluth MN took a six round unanimous decision over Levi Cortes
3-1 (2 KOs) in what was the best fight of the night.
The official scores were: 58-54 /57-55 / 57-56.
From round one on Eyer and Cortes fought as if their
records were a matter of life and death as they traded sleep inducing
blows to the head and body. Eyer took tons of shots that snapped
his head stiffly back several times.
By round two fans were in for a treat as Eyer lived
up to his alias Stone Cold as he took Cortes
best and gave in return.
2:19 into round three, Eyer, who entered the fight
coming off two wins over Scott Robinson 3-10-1 (2 KOs) by
TKOs in round two, hit Cortes with a shot that buzzed him and
followed up seconds later with a counter right that sent Cortes
tumbling to the canvas.
Cortes beat the count, but his mouth was a bloody
mess so much that referee Bobby Brunette called a time and asked
the doctor to examine the wound.
He was cleared to fight and amazingly got Eyers
attention with several hard looping rights, before he attempted
a leaping right hook and was countered and hit the canvas again.
Cortes rose and fought on.
Round four looked much the same as both men held
nothing back. In round five, the fans went wild when Cortes missed
a telegraphed right and was countered by Eyer and hit the canvas
this time very hurt. Once again, he made the count and fought
By round six both boxers looked spent as the action
slowed. Eyer knew the fight was his if he avoided a knock-out
Dave Peterson vs. Silas Ortley
Super Welterweights 6 rounds
Dave The Prodigy Peterson, 12-0 (7 KOs)
put on an impressive performance earning a TKO over Silas Ortley,
4-9 (4 KOs) at 1:22 in round four of a scheduled six rounder.
Ortley was knocked out in round two in August of
this year by Dante Moore 6-0 (4 KOs) while Peterson took
a majority decision victory over solid professional Corey Rodriquez
4-1 (3 KOs) this past September.
Peterson took just a round to size up Ortleys
bad habit of throwing clubbing right hands.
After Peterson saw the best of Ortley, he took control.
With 32 seconds left in round one, Peterson hit his foe with a
head shot and body blow that sent Ortley down.
Ortley would go down two more times in round two
and another body blow did Ortely in as referee Gary Miezwa stopped
Tony Lee vs. Hector Orozco
Lightweights 4 rounds
Tony Lee 1-0 (O KOs) won his first professional
fight over Hector Orozco 1-4 (O KOs) by unanimous decision.
Official scores were: 39-36/ 40-35 /39-36.
Lee, coming off a good amateur career, got the job
done although Orozco had his moments. At 2:50 in round one, Orozco
landed a jab that sent Lees mouthpiece flying. Lee appeared
somewhat tight early but relaxed and took control as he landed
a hard right at 1:30 into round one that sent Orozco down but
After the count, Lee jumped on Orozco but the game
Lee continued to use all around boxing skills: jabbing,
body shots, and movement to keep Orozco at bay for most of the
However, in the final round, Orozco landed a right
that appeared to knock Lee down, but referee Gary Miezwa ruled
it a slip. Regardless, Lee built up a solid lead and was headed
for a clear win in a good performance.
Boris Shishporenok vs. Will Gillette
Heavyweights 4 rounds
Boris Shishporenok 7-1(6 KOs) took a round and a
half to end things against former MMA fighter from California
Will Gillette 0-1-(0 KOs).
Gillette made his professional debut, and it was
clear Shishporenok had too much.
Shishporenok started slow his punches had little
zap. Gillette took an aggressive approach but showed no game plan
as Shishporenok warmed up and jabbed and circled while Gillettes
blows were petty-pats.
Gillette pressed forward but at 2:14 of the second
round, Shishporenok put an end to Gillettes confidence with
a left hook that sent the Californian down causing referee Gary
Miezwa to waive the fight off.
Saverino Garcia vs Jacob Dobbe
Junior Middleweights 4 rounds
Saverino Garcia improved his record to 1-0-1 (O
KOs) defeating Jacob Dobbe in his professional debut 0-1-0
(O KOs) by unanimous decision.
The official scores were: 40-36 / 40-36/ 39-37.
Round one started slow as both men sized each other
up until Dobbe, fighting out of Wisconsin, landed three right
hands in a row forcing Garcia to hit the accelerator and respond
by landing hard jabs and body blows that eventually zapped Dobbes
energy as the contest went on.
Garcia had the better overall skills and looked
the fresher of the two fighters when the final bell sounded.