Minnesota's next pro boxing card is two weeks away (Friday, February 6th) at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Oakdale, MN's Robert "Bravo" Brant (13-0, 7 Ko's) is back in the main event as he faces Ryan Davis (24-15-3, 9 KO's) of Illinois. Davis lost a unanimous decision to Andy Kolle early last year in Hinckley. Brant is currently in Dallas, Texas wrapping up training camp.

Minnesota super lightweight title holder Rondale "Give Em Hell" Hubbert (8-0-1, 5 KO's) takes on spoiler Gilbert Venegas (12-16-4, 8 KO's) in an 8 round co-featured bout. Venegas has given locals Mohammed Kayongo and Corey Rodriguez difficult fights over the last few years and has proven very durable against prospects around the Nation. Hubbert continues to take on all comers, reportedly having agreed to terms to face both Jason Litzau and Tony Lee recently before the fights fell apart for reason's out of his control. For full card details...



Team Minnesota, image courtesy of Circle of Discipline

UPDATE: 1.25.14 VeShawn Owens lost a close split decision in the finals last night. The silver medal showing has put him rated as the number 2 rated fighter in the Nation in his weight class. Heidi Henrickson also lost a hard fought decision to fellow USA team member Franchon Crews to win silver as well. Ryan Watson brings back the bronze medal to Minnesota.
Minnesota boxers have been competing in Spokane, Washington at this years USA National Elite Championships tournament. Saint Louis Park's VeShawn Owens has made it to the finals and will box for the 152 pound title today. For more info on who has been in action...



Phil Williams lost by 5th round TKO in his cruiserweight bout versus Jordan Shimmell of Michigan last night in Chicago. Reports come in that Shimmell swept the five rounds behind a jab and solid right to start followed by body shots in the later rounds. Williams switched from southpaw to orthodox and landed the best shot of the fight for himself in the fourth despite Shimmell taking the round. Williams did land a few more hard shots throughout but Shimmell poured it on in the fifth and Williams didn't make it out for round six.
Javontae Starks won an 8 round unanimous decision by scores of 80-72 on all cards. Reports were that Starks had to work for the victory and found himself in a tough fight. The fight sounds like it was closer then the scores show but Starks did box well and earn the hard fought win.
For a full recap compilation of the weekends action...


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Philip Williams 194.5 vs. Jordan Shimmell 195.5
Javontae Starks 149.5 vs. Jonathan Garcia 151
Weights courtesy of Robert Mckenzie at the scales
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Promotor: Warriors Boxing



Williams left and Starks right - Photo by Robert Mckenzie

Phil "The Drill" Williams and Javontae Starks, both of Minneapolis, arrived in Chicago, Illinois yesterday and are set to weigh in this afternoon for tomorrow night's fights. Williams faces Jordan Shimmell and Starks takes on Puerto Rico's Jonathan Garcia. correspondent Robert Mckenzie will be at weigh-in's at 4pm this afternoon and at the fights tomorrow night keeping us up to date. On fight night, doors open at 5:30 PM and the first fight is at 6:00 PM. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S Racine Avenue in Chicago. For more information and updates, visit


Monday, December 8, 2014

A crushing straight left to the body by Phil "The Drill" Williams (14-6-1, 13 KO's) in Hinckley last month put away Gary Tapuosa in the opening round. The sudden and quick ending came to no fault of Tapuosa but rather the freakish power Williams has been known to posses through his amateur and pro career.
And now, less then a month after his latest win, Williams will face one of the top rated cruiserweights in the Nation in Jordan Shimmell (17-0, 14 KO's) of Michigan. The fight is set for December 12 in Chicago, Illinois.
Williams discussed this Friday nights fight with Shimmell and also talked about wanting a Cruiserweight title showdown with state champ Al Sands...


Monday, December 1, 2014

"Sir" Cerresso Fort will be opening a new gym on the East side of Saint Paul in the coming new year. "Sir Cerresso Fort Boxing and Fitness" will be officially opening it's doors on February 1st, 2015 and is located at 1440 Arcade Street, St. Paul, MN. Fort recently brought amateur boxer Gizzy Hobbs to Saint Louis where Hobbs won the 132 pound "Best in the Midwest" title. As for Fort, the Saint Paul boxer is coming off of a second round TKO win over Jeremy Marts in October and hopes to be back in the ring ring as soon as possible. Stay tuned for updates on both the new gym and his return to action.



Wednesday, November 26, 2014 caught all of the action from Friday, November 21st at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN both on video and by way of photo's. Catching all 8 bouts on film was Minnesota journalist Ray Kilgore. You can find links to the video and 200 image photo gallery below.

Hinckley, MN Fight Card Video...
Hinckley, MN Fight Photo Gallery...


Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

Rob Brant dropped Eric Draper multiple times as he improved to 13-0 with a first round TKO win. Time of stoppage was 1:30 of the first.
Rondale Hubbert stopped Jeremy Mclaurin at 2:03 of the second round.
Phil Williams stopped Gary Tapuosa with a body shot at 2:39 of the first round.
Antonio Johnson stopped Colby Courter at 1:45 of round four.
DeLorien Caraway won a 5 round UD over Guy Smith. Scores read 50-44 on all three judges cards.
Markus Morris won a four round UD over Nick Compton. Scores read 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.
Ramiro Hernandez stopped Trevor Marmon by TKO at 2:40 of the third round.
Joe Amouta won a four round decision over Deangelo Curtis. Scores read 39-37,39-37, 39-37.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Rob brant 161 vs Eric draper 160.5

Rondale hubbert 140 vs Jeremy mclaurin 139.5
(Mclaurin was over so camps agreed to meet at 140. Mclaurin's first attempt was 141.5 but came back an hour later at 139.5)

Phil Williams 194 vs Gary Tapusoa 196

Antonio Johnson 153.5 vs Colby Courter 153

DeLorien Caraway 141.5 vs Guy Smith 142
(Smith was 143.5 but later made weight)

Markus Morris 145.5 vs Nick Compton 151
( Compton was over the 147 limit so camps agreed on 151. Compton must be 157 or under at noon fight day)

Trevor Marmon 136 vs Ramiro Hernandez 131.5
(Marmon was .5 over contracted weight but made weight shortly after)

Joe Amouta 173 vs Deangelo Curtis 173



The Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota will be the place to be this Friday night as 9 pro boxing bouts go down. Robert "Bravo" Brant (12-0, 6 KO's) has fought his way to main event status and is featured in the nights final bout of the evening. Brant flew home from Dallas, Texas on Monday where he spent his training camp for this fight. Facing Brant will be 37 year old Eric Draper (8-6-1, 3 KO's) of Indiana.
Phil "The Drill" Williams (13-6-2, 12 KO's) was set to face Harley Kilfian in a long awaited and interesting Cruiserweight bout. But Kilfian says an unavoidable work conflict came up and had to pull out. Matchmaker Cory Rapacz scrambled to find a replacement and found one in tough MMA fighter and boxer (6-2-1, 5 KO's) Gary Tapuosa of Missouri. Should everything go well for Williams, he is second in line to face Michigan's Jordan Shimmell on December 12 in Chicago (read more on that here...CLICK HERE).
In the biggest local rivalry bout of the evening, Minnesota jr. welterweight champ Rondale Hubbert (7-0-1, 4 KO's) battles Jeremy McLaurin (10-7-1, 5 KO's) in a 135 pound bout. If you can make it to Thursday nights weigh in's, you will most likely witness some heated words between the two.
Saint Paul's Antonio Johnson (10-1-1, 5 KO's) returns after over a year away from action as he faces Colby Courter (6-4, 5 KO's) of Missouri. Johnson has been vocal about facing the other top jr. middleweights in the state and around the country. This bout will be a good kick start to getting back into the spotlight. Courter is a hard nosed come at you fighter that was stopped by Jamal James last January.
In an interesting welterweight bout, Markus Morris (5-1, 3 KO's) of Duluth takes on Minnesota mixed martial artist Nick Compton (1-1, boxing). Compton has shown well in his 2 boxing bouts but is better known as one of the state's top mma fighters. Morris, 24, has made a change in gyms and will look to bounce back from his only defeat last August.
26 year old DeLorien Caraway (3-0, 3 KO's) is looking to win his fourth fight of 2014 against Nebraska's Guy Smith Jr (2-1). Caraway, like Brant, has been getting work out of state for this fight night. Caraway flew back from Philadelphia last night.
Two Minneapolis area fighters duke it out when Uppercut Gym's Joe Amouta (1-1, 1 KO) meets ACR's Deangelo Curtis (1-0). Amouta is very fun to watch, having come from slightly behind in his last bout to knock his favored opponent out cold. Curtis is also a guy that is not afraid to mix it up with anyone which makes this bout almost a promise to be fun.
32 year old Trevor Marmon (1-2-1, 1 KO) needs a win after dropping two straight and will try to do so against Ramiro Hernandez (2-0, 2 KO's). Hernandez is from Ohio but trains when he's in town at the White Bear Lake Gym with Jesse Garza.
In what's being dubbed a "walk in" bout, Alvin Varmall (5-0, 5 KO's) will take on Chester Burton (2-2, 1 KO) at around 7pm before the show starts. Varmall is a Cruiserweight prospect fighting out of Louisiana. Burton is a Missouri heavyweight who's faced decent competition early in his career.
Duluth's Andy "Kaos" Kolle was forced off the card due to injury a few weeks ago.


Saturday, November 16, 2014

Heidi Henriksen of St. Louis Park will compete with the rest of team USA's elite women boxers beginning tomorrow at the World Championships in Korea. The competition goes from November 16th through the 24th. Henriksen, who will compete in the 178 pound division, says that she has been with the National team since May and is having a blast traveling and training with the team.

"The women's world championships happens every two years and this will be my first time with the team competing at this level" said Henriksen. "A lot of preparation has lead me to Korea. Alonso Vazquez is my coach at home and has been putting in hours with me at Uppercut to get me ready. Caleb Truax and Rob Brant have both given me rounds of sparring that have proven valuable. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement I've received from so many people at home. This trip has already been, and will continue to be an incredible learning experience for me."

You can read team USA's bio on Heidi here...


Saturday, November 16, 2014

Well known Minnesota amateur boxer Anthony Rose (pictured above, left) of the Upper Cut Gym will make his MMA debut tonight in Austin, MN. Rose takes on a tough opponent in Adam Holzgrove in part of the Driller Promotins/Sterling Entertainment Group's show title A-Town Throwdown IV. Rose trains mixed martial arts at The Academy in Minneapolis.


Saturday, November 16, 2014

Jonathan Perez (9-0, 6 KO's) won the vacant MN State bantamweight title last night in Duluth when Antwan Robertson (10-10-1, 6 KO's) could not answer the bell to start the fourth. Perez picked up right where he left off in there first fight a few months ago in Hinckley. The three rounds of action resembled the first meeting with Perez stalking Robertson around the ring. Robertson proved hard to hit again, but also threw very few shots of his own. Things picked up a bit in the third round with Perez throwing combinations and Robertson a few single shots. Perez landed a hook to the eye near the end of round three that seemed to bother Robertson as he went to his corner. He remained on his stool as round four was set to start and the first thought was that something had happened to his eye. But Ifan Sport Networks Craig Morrissey spoke to the ring physician and relayed to that Robertson told the doctor he had thought he broke his hand and the fight was stopped.
Florida's Harold Calderon improved to (5-0) with a unanimous decision victory over Damion Hill (3-7). Hill hung in there tough until the end but Calderon's combination punching and hard body shots broke Hill down throughout the bout.


Friday, November 14, 2014

If last nights weigh ins at Grandma's Sports Garden were any indication as to how tonight's fight between Jonathan Perez and Antwan Robertson will go, we will be in for a battle. The battle of words began last night and almost turned into punches. At the scales, Perez said Robertson talks too much and that he was going to whoop him. Robertson countered by claiming there last meeting in the ring was nothing and that he has come to fight this time around. Robertson said that Perez can't take what he's bringing this time and added that he was bantamweight champ once and he's going to do it again. Promoter Zach Walters said that it was heated from the time each fighter entered the room. Both fighters made the bantamweight limit so the vacant state title remains up for grabs.
Damien "The Wolverine" Hill (3-6) of Crystal taking on Florida's Harold Calderon also made weight in the other featured pro card to go along with amateur boxing. For those unable to make the trip to Duluth, tune in to to catch the live stream.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Jonathan "J-Blaze" Perez (8-0, 5 KO's) of Minneapolis and Antwan "Lil Superman" Robertson (9-10-1, 6 KO's) of Saint Paul will square off for the vacant MN State bantamweight title on November 14 at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth, MN. The two fought this past August in a 122 pound bout with Perez taking the win.

"We all know how Antwan does in rematches" said Robertson's coach John Hoffman in reference to his rematch victory against Brad Patraw. " We have plenty of time to prepare and we plan on bringing that title back home with us."

Despite the victory in the first meeting, Perez's coach Adonis Frazier says they are preparing for a more competitive bout then the one fans saw in the first meeting.. " This is boxing and we all know anything can happen. So we are preparing for the best Antwan Robertson that could possibly show up. We don't underestimate anyone. We will do our job in the gym to prepare and plan on taking care of business on November 14 in Duluth."

The other professional bout of the evening sees local mixed martial artist/boxer Damien "The Wolverine" Hill (3-6) of Crystal taking on Florida's Harold Calderon (4-0). Hill's losses have come to top notch competition with names like Rob Brant, Corey Rodriguez, DeLorien Caraway, Rondale Hubbert, and Ken Glenn which is proof that Hill is not afraid to face anyone. And he's put up a fight in each of those bouts. Calderon is a 5'10" welterweight south paw originally from Honduras and trains at the Circle of Discipline's gym in Florida

There will also be 10 amateur bouts to start the night off. Tickets can be purchased at


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Report courtesy of - In non-televised undercard action (November 1st at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago, Illinois), Caleb Truax (25-1-2, 15 KO’s) Osseo, Minnesota, continued his winning ways pounding out an 8th round TKO over the game Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (24-6-1, 13 KO’s) of Lynchburg, Virginia in a scheduled ten round middleweight bout. Truax’s blueprint was established early on, as he effectively raked Sigmon with heavy hooks to the body and solid right hands to the head. Sigmon fought back gamely, however other than an occasional right hand he was rarely in the fight. Truax continued committing to the body, but heavy shots upstairs had the ringside physician looking on with concern as round seven began. Early in the round, the ringside physician was again called up to inspect Sigmon’s eyes, with both appearing cut and beginning to swell. Action was allowed to resume however, and Truax resumed breaking down Sigmon, strafing him with left hooks and straight right hands to the head. After Sigmon was curiously deducted a point for holding in round eight, the end came moments later when Truax backed him up against the ropes and landed several jarring combinations, prompting the referee to intervene. Time of the stoppage was 1:42 of round eight.

Jamal James (15-0, 8 KO’s) Minneapolis, Minnesota, seemed on his way to a pedestrian points win over the game, but limited Cameron Krael (6-7-2) Las Vegas, however with a little over a minute scheduled in their eight round welterweight contest, James uncorked a left hook to the side of Krael which sunk the Vegas fighter down to all fours, a look of anguish on his face, and unable to continue. Time of the stoppage was 59 seconds of the eighth.


Friday, October 31,2014

Photo courtesy of Judy Truax

Caleb Truax 166.5 vs. Scott Sigmon 160
Jamal James 145.5 vs. Cameron Kreal 147

Promoter: Warriors Boxing
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
TV: Showtime (Truax and James will not be televised)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 post fight interview with Al Sands following Saturday nights victory over Andres Taylor... recaps fight...


Monday, October 27, 2014

Photo Courtesy of Mark Walters

Al "The Haitian Temptation" Sands (15-1, 13 KO's) of Duluth picked up a nice win on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN over Andres Taylor (21-7-2, 8 KO's). Sands controlled the better part of the action but Taylor was game, scoring a flash knockdown in the fourth. The biggest thing those in attendance described regarding Sands' arsenal was a slightly different looking jab and overall calmness in the ring that messed with Taylor's timing and piled on points as the bout unfolded. After ten rounds of action, all three judges saw the bout in favor of Sands by scores of 97-92.
Ismail "The Sharp Shooter" Muwendo (16-0, 12 KO's) took out Lowell Brownfield (11-11-1, 4 KO's) in the third round. Brownfield proved to be durable but a knockdown followed by a barrage of punches forced referee Mark Nelson to stop the action.
"Sir" Cerresso Fort (18-3-1, 12 KO's) of Saint Paul stopped Jeremy Marts by way of third round knockout in a middleweight bout.
Nate Rubin (1-0) of Thief River Falls defeated Wisconsin's Erik Vo (0-1) by unanimous decision.
Rubin is a former amateur boxer who has also competed in MMA. Vo is a Mixed Martial Artist who made his boxing debut.
Ramiro Hernandez (2-0, 2 KO's) of Ohio stopped Anthony Dunaski (0-4) of White Bear Lake in the first round.
The Jonathan Perez vs Robert DaLuz bout was scratched prior to weigh ins when Perez was not able to make the contracted weight.
Full Report and Details to come...




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