TRUAX BACK ON ESPN THIS FRIDAY NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

WBA #15, IBF #13, and WBO #11-rated Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs) will face former USBA Champion Derek "Pooh" Ennis (24-4-1, 14 KO's) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this Friday night on ESPN2 Friday night fights.
"It's my job to beat who's in front of me and that's what I'll do this Friday night on ESPN."

Truax and his team have made some additions since his last bout. Joining him and trainer Tom Halstad is personal trainer and nutritionist Josh Hutton. Also, Truax recently signed with well known boxing manager Al Hayman, who will now take on co-managing duties along with Ron Lyke...

 

WEEKEND RESULTS - ALFARO DROPS CLOSE DECISION
MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

Minnesota State Jr. Featherweight champion Vicente Alfaro (6-4) lost what apeared to be a close and competitive bout to Stephon Young (10-0-1) last Friday night in an ESPN televised bout despite what the scorecards show. Most viewers believe the fight was close and ESPN's online voters had Alfaro ahead 5 rounds to 1 while commentator Teddy Atlas had Young ahead by a point. Official scores read 60-54, 60-56, and 59-55. Alfaro came forward landing jabs, hooks to the body, and over hand rights and also showed good defense and movement. Young was speedier while punching and moving. You can watch the fight for yourself below.

 

 

ALFARO FEATURED IN ESPN BOUT JUNE 27
SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

Northfield's Vicente Alfaro (6-3) will face Stephon Young (9-0-1) on June 27 on ESPN in St. Charles, MO. A decorated amateur, Young is a crafty southpaw from Saint Louis, Missouri. So, Vicente and his trainer have been scouring the state for lefties and he has been getting some good sparring at his home away from home, the Circle of Discipline. Vicente has been unable to land a fight since his exciting title matchup with Brad Patraw on February 9th, 2013. In August of 2013, he was sparring, working a combination passed on from Mike Tyson, namely, right hook to the body-right uppercut to the head and he caught his thumb on the chin of his sparring mate. The injury required surgery and rehab but he says the thumb is strong now. Alfaro, who prefers to fight at 118, is very eager to get in the ring in his home state. He had a contract for a bout here in May but that matchup fell through at the last minute. Vicente said, "As a Minnesota champion I hope that someone steps forward to challenge me. I would love to fight before my fans here in Minnesota again. Love it. But for now I have to concentrate all my energies on defeating Stephon Young in his home town."

 

SANDS, RODRIGUEZ WIN STATE TITLE BOUTS - full report to come
FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014


Corey Rodriguez lands a right hand to Stephen Watt on Friday night in Mnpls.

Quick Results, More To Come: Last night was a busy boxing night in Minnesota that saw Al Sands defend his MN State Cruiserweight title successfully against Harley Kilfian in Duluth, and Corey Rodriguez win the vacant MN State Super Welterweight title against Stephen Watt in Minneapolis, though neither win came easy.

Sands scored two big knockdowns (left hooks to the head of Kilfian) before being dropped hard himself in round five by multiple right hands to the head from Kilfian. Sands appeared to be in serious trouble but another left put Kilfian to the canvas just as the round was coming to an end. Good action continued into the eighth where at about the midway point of the round, Sands landed a body shot followed by another left that sent Kilfian down again. Kilfian made it to his feet but referee Scott Erickson waived the fight off at 1:44 of round 8.

Corey Rodriguez was in charge through most of his fight against Stephen Watt but Watt's toughness and tricky power punches made each round action packed. Watt came out fast, throwing bombs but Rodriguez stayed calm and defensively avoided most of the punches, which is a big strength of his under pressure. Watt powered forward with heavy punches while Rodriguez landed more cleanly through three rounds. Round four was dominant for Rodriguez as he rocked a tiring Watt around the ring. At some point, Watt injured his left arm in the round as he grimaced in pain and the injured arm was a problem for him for the remainder of the bout. Watt continued to try to fight back in the fifth despite Rodriguez landing at will. Rodriguez had Watt bleeding from the nose and a swelling cut eye in round 7 as he punished Watt with head and body punches. Watt showed tremendous heart in fighting back but Rodriguez kept the pressure on and the bout was stopped following the end of the seventh round.

Other quick results from Minneapolis...
Robert Brant stopped Mickey Scarborough at 2:17 of the first round. Brant dropped Scarborough with a left hook to the head and twice with body shots.
Delorian Caraway dropped Ricky Smith with a left hook to the head and a barrage of punches ended the bout as referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight at :46 of round 1 giving Caraway his 3rd victory as a pro.
Van Goodman dropped James Roe twice before the fight was stopped at 2:44 of the first round.
Carl Deaton outboxed Starr Roberts over four rounds of action. Scores were 40-36 on all cards.
Rich Miller dropped Nick Whiting twice on his way to a second round stoppage win at 1:29 of the 2nd round.

Other quick results from Duluth...
Markus Morris stopped Jeremy Marts in the second round of a jr. middleweight bout. Morris moves to 5-0 with the victory.


Al Sands lands a right hand to Harley Kilfian. Photo by Mark Walters

 

RODRIGUEZ PLANS TO BRING TITLE BACK TO FAMILY
FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

Corey "Collateral Damage" Rodriguez (10-3-3) will battle Stephen Watt (3-2) for the vacant 154 pound MN state title tonight at the Muse Nightclub in Minneapolis, MN.
Rodriguez will be following in his uncles footsteps as both Rafael and Bobby Rodriguez fought for the state title multiple times throughout the 70's and 80's. Minnesota boxing hall of famer Rafael Rodriguez held the 154 pound title in 1974 after beating Minneapolis Irishman Mike Morgan and once again in 1981 after defeating Tyrone Wren. He then lost the final bout of his career to fellow MN Hall of Famer Gary Holmgren for the same title. Bobby Rodriguez fought Rick Folstad twice in 1977 for the State jr. welterweight title...

 

SANDS SET FOR KILFIAN REMATCH TONIGHT
FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014

By DuluthBoxing.com: On June 13th local Duluth Champion, Al “Haitian Temptation” Sands, opens a new chapter in his boxing career... defending one of his titles. This Friday Sands defends his Minnesota Cruiserweight Title which he captured in convincing fashion April 27 of last year by dispatching Lucas St Claire by 1st round KO. That night ended a one year campaign by Sands and his team to capture the State Title. Along the way Sands cleaned out the cruiserweight division by beating and challenging everyone in his path. In the heap of rubble left behind was Harley Kilfian who was rated #1 when Sands boxed him first and is #1 in the division today. Since their first meeting both have remained the most active cruiserweights in the MN Rankings which is why Kilfian is still #1 and Sands stands strong as Champ. One difference, though, is since winning the state title Sands has gone on to secure his position as a Main-Event fighter, a top 10 national ranking, and recently won the NABA-US Cruiserweight Championship making him one of the most accomplished boxers in the state...

 

WEIGHTS FROM MINNEAPOLIS, MN
THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

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Vacant MN State Jr. Middleweight Title Bout
Corey Rodriguez 153.2 lbs vs. Stephen Watt 153.4 lbs

Rob Brant 166.6 lbs vs. Mickey Scarborough 165

Delorien Caraway 146.6 vs. Rickey Smith 148.6

Van Goodman 301 vs. James Roe 208

Carl Deaton III 155 lbs vs. Starr Roberts 155.8

Nick Whitting 199.8 vs Rich Miller 200.2

Venue: The Muse in Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: Sterling Entertainment Group/Driller Promotions

WEIGHTS FROM DULUTH, MN
THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

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10-round MN State Cruiserweight Title Bout
Al Sands 200 lbs. vs Harley Kilfian: 191lbs.

Markus Morris 154 lbs. vs Jeremy Marts: 154.5 lbs.

Kou Lee 135 lbs vs Duarn Vue 134 lbs

Promoter: Jungle Boy Boxing
Venue: Grandma's Sports Garden, Duluth, MN

SANDS VS KILFIAN 2 THIS FRIDAY
MONDAY, JUNE 9, 2014

Al Sands and Harley Kilfian will battle again on June 13 at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth, MN. Both fighters rocked each other in the first fight until Sands took over with body shots before stopping Kilfian in round 4 when the met in 2012. The bout will be for Sands MN Cruiserweight title. Harley Kilfian interview can be seen here...

 

TRUAX RETURNS TO ESPN ON JULY 25
THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014

USBA Middleweight Champion and WBA #15, IBF #13, and WBO #11-rated Caleb "Golden" Truax (23-1-2, 14 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota, will face Sonora, Mexico's Rogelio "Porky" Medina (32-6, 26 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight co-featured non-title fight on July 25th, 2014 at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago, Illinois. The bout will be featured on ESPN 2 Friday night fights.

"I can't wait to get back in action on ESPN" Truax told Minnesotaboxing.com. "Nothing beats fighting at home in Mpls, but fighting on the road in Chicago will present different challenges and I'll get to expand my fan base. Medina is a tough vet who brings it and I am working like this is a title fight. I will be in top form on July 25th and will represent Minnesota and #TeamTruax to the fullest!" For more...

 

JUNE 7 MYTH CARD MOVED TO AUGUST 8, 2014
THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014

Seconds Out Promotions announced last week that the June 7th card to be held at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood was pushed back to August 8th. Here was the announcement...
"ATTENTION: Due to unforeseen circumstances we are postponing our JUNE 7 event to FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 2014! All purchased tickets will be honored on AUGUST 8, 2014. More details to come!"

 

QUICK RESULTS FROM VADNAIS HEIGHTS
SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014

Update by Ray Kilgore: 43 year old Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante (33-12-3, 18 KO's) had a successful comeback on Saturday night at the Vadnais Heights Sports Complex by winning a six round unanimous decision over Sam Hill (17-15-1, 10 KO's). Bonsante used good movement while landing some big shots in the opening round. Bonsante kept control of the bout in the second round landing body blows while fainting and moving. Hill was taking the hard shots well however. Bonsante continued to have his way through the third, throwing a high volume of punches and leaving Hill frozen and not returning much of his own. Bonsante's pace slowed a bit in the final two rounds but still won in dominating fashion in the end. Final scores read 60-54, 59-55, 59-55. Bonsante's prior bout took place in December of 2010.

In the only other pro fight of the night, Brandon Cluever (2-2, 2 KO's) stopped Anthony Dunaski (0-4) at 2:46 of the second round by TKO victory. The end came after Dunaski threw a hand body shot and hurt his shoulder. Time was called and the doctor was willing to let the fight continue but Dunaski kept holding his shoulder and referee Scott Erickson called the fight off. Dunaski began the bout strong, landing nice body shots but appeared to run out of gas by the end of the first round and Cluever took over with countering punches.

MORE DETAILS TO COME

 

FRIDAY NIGHT WEIGH IN RESULTS UPDATE
SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014


Photo courtesy of John Hoffman

Anthony Bonsante 170 vs Sam Hill 173
Anthony Dunaski 140 vs Brandon Cluever 140

*** Ismail Muwendo 133 vs Wayne Martell 142
Fight is off as Martell could not make weight

Amateur boxing bouts will preceed the 2 pro bouts above

Venue: Vadnais Heights Sports Complex, Vadnais Heights MN
Promoter: Fight Night Promotions

"NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS" WEIGH IN'S FRIDAY NIGHT
THURSDAY MAY 30, 2014

Weigh Ins for "Return of The Champions" fight card taking place this Saturday night will be held Friday night from 6-8pm at Doc's Landing located at 3200 White Bear Avenue. Headlining the bout will be returning former IBO champion Anthony Bonsante. The co-featured bout has Ismail "Sharp Shooter" Muwendo taking on North Dakota's Wayne Martell. The third pro bout is a matchup between Anthony Dunaski and Brandon Cluever. The night will open with an amateur boxing show. Fights tomorrow night begin at 6pm at the Vadnais Heights Sports complex in Vadnais Heights, MN located at 1480 County Road E.

 

BONSANTE, MUWENDO AND MORE MEDIA DAY COVERAGE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014

A gym full of featured fighters boxing on the May 31st Vadnais Sports Center show in Vadnais Heights, MN were on hand at the Element Gym in Saint Paul for a media day workout last Saturday afternoon. Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante, who is making a comeback following 3 years out of action made his way down to the cities and was among those present. Bonsante faces Sam Hill in a featured bout.

"I have an undying passion for the sweet science we call boxing" Bonsante told Minnesotaboxing.com as to why he is making a comeback. " I love the feeling it gives me. I submitted all of the commissions requirements and passed with no issues. I am in good health and am at peace with everything. This is all about "for the love of the sport".

Ismail Muwendo, Dalton Outlaw, as well as Brunette Gym's Brad Heroff, Elias Rubio and Maurice Fuller also spoke on by way of video interview below courtesy of Hispanic Tiempo News.

 

 

RAPHAEL BUTLER FEATURED ON SPIKE TV TONIGHT UPDATE
FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014


Photo Courtesy of www.Sherdog.com

UPDATE: Raphael Butler fought to a 3 round draw with Nick Rossborough. Butler was wobbled in the first and had a point taken away for an illegal headbutt in the round. Butler dug his way out of the early points hole in the following two rounds, dominating rounds two and three on the ground. The end result was a majority draw.
Minnesota State MMA heavyweight champion Raphael "The Silencer" Butler (8-0 MMA) faces Strikeforce veteran Nick Rossborough (23-18) tonight at 8pm on Spike TV. It will be Butler's 3rd fight for Bellator and it looks like he will be featured in an upcoming televised heavyweight tournament if he wins tonight.

LAWSON VS BAILEY HEADS JUNE 7 MYTH CARD
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014

Three-time, two-division world champion Randall “KO King” Bailey (44-8, 37 KOs) returns June 7, as he takes on undefeated IBF #14 welterweight Frederick Lawson (22-0, 20 KOs) in the 12-round main event for the vacant USBA welterweight title at Myth Event Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Also on the card, NABU and MN State lightweight champ Tony Lee, Javontae Starks, Brad Patraw and more. Visit the links below to view the full card and read National news coverage of the show.

To View The Full Bout Sheet Click Here
ESB: Freddy Lawson books June 7 date against ex-champ Randall Bailey
FightNews: Bailey Returns Against Lawson

 

HILARIO VS MCLAURIN PLUS BONSANTE, MUWENDO UPDATE
FRIDAY APRIL 25, 2014

UPDATE: HILARIO PULLS OUT OF FIGHT WITH MCLAURIN DUE TO INJURED SHOULDER. MUWENDO VS MARTELL MOVED TO MAIN EVENT. MORE TO COME. Super featherweights Wilton "Pretty Warrior" Hilario (13-3-1, 9 KO's) and Jeremy "Lights Out" McLaurin (10-7-1, 5 KO's) will meet for the 130 pound State title in a show being called "Night of Champions" on May 31st at the Vadnais Sports Center in Vadnais Heights, MN. The two fighters were set to battle in 2012 but the fight fell through.
Also returning to action will be former IBA Super middlweight champion Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante (32-12-3, 18 KO's). The 43 year old Bonsante will be stepping back into the ring for the first time since December of 2010 when he faced Bobby Kliewer. Bonsante is scheduled to face "The Punching Policeman" Sam Hill (17-14-1, 10 KO's) of Missouri.
Undefeated 25 year old Ismail "The Sharp Shooter"Muwendo (14-0, 11 KO's) of Minneapolis will face North Dakota southpaw veteran Wayne Martell (25-4-1, 15 KO's) in a featured bout...

 

UMGG CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AND VIDEO
THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014

Below is a list of the results from the Finals of the 2014 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Championships which took place last weekend at the Palace Casino in Cass Lake, MN. For a full results list, check out the forum at www.livefromringside.com. Also Cathy Steward of Wadena, who has been documenting Minnesota amateur boxing action for years, filmed the entire tournament. To watch the fights...

 

Courtesy of MNFightFan - www.Livefromringside.com Forum
108 lbs Raphael Vasquez declared
114 lbs Ben Vue (2) declared
123 lbs Nchatxu Vang (2) dec Xavier Griffin (1)
132 lbs Richard Quiterio (1) TKO1 Eloy Zavala (4)
141 lbs Nate Rubin (3) dec Gizzy Hobbs (2)
152 lbs VeShawn Owens (1) TKO1 Miguel Tillman (2)
165 lbs Anthony Rose (1) dec Angel Pacheco (4)
178 lbs Xavier Hayden (1) dec Dalton Outlaw (2)
201 lbs Ryan Watson (1) dec Manny Contreras (2)
201+ lbs Terrence Walker (1) TKO3 James Dancingbull (4)

Best Boxer: Anthony Rose
Fightingest Fighter: Ryan Watson
Sportsmanship: VeShawn Owens

 

LAASE, HUBBERT SET FOR AUGUST 22ND
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014


Minnesota's jr. welterweight division has been the talk over the past 24 hours and now that the dust has settled, it looks like Duluth's RJ "T-Rex" Laase (12-1) and Rondale "Give Em Hell" Hubbert (6-0) of Minneapolis will face off on August 22nd at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Laase and Hubbert are ranked 1 and 2 (in that order) in the State's rankings and if approved, the showdown will be for the jr. welterweight title.

But after a social media war of words between Laase and Duluth rival Markus "Hooch" Morris last night, it had appeared that those two were going to be the one's fighting. Morris called out Laase in a video interview (click here to watch), stating that the call out was personal and that he would fight Laase anytime and anywhere.
Laase accepted the challenge and had his representatives send out a fight offer at 8am this morning. To read more...

 

QUICK RESULTS FROM CARLTON, MN
SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014

Duluth, Minnesota's Al Sands (13-1, 12 KO's) dropped Keith Barr (12-6, 3 KO's) 6 times (5 with body shots) on his way to a 9th round knockout victory in last nights main event at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Barr mostly shelled up which made it difficult for Sands to land clean in the early going. But Sands began to find a home for the left hook to Barr's ribs as the fight went on. Sands put Barr down 3 times in the 8th with the punch and twice in the ninth before referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight following the final knockdown at 2:20 of the 9th round. Sands picks up the vacant NABA-US cruiserweight title with the win.

Saint Paul, Minnesota's Tony "2 Sharp" Lee (10-1-1, 3 KO's) outworked Robbie Cannon (14-9-2, 6 KO's) of Missouri by unanimous decision in an action packed lightweight slugfest. Scores read 80-72, 79-73, 78-74. Lee countered with heavy lead lefts and jabs through three rounds to take the lead. Cannon mounted a comeback in rounds 4,5,6. As Lee went backwards more, Cannon began to land his jab and straight right. Lee went back to boxing and counterpunching and was again the aggressor in the final two rounds as he closed the show strong. Lee takes Cannon's NABU lightweight title with the victory

42 year old Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (53-6, 47 KO's) needed just 20 seconds to dispose of Francisco Mireles (17-9, 5 KO's) on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. A slapping left hook to the stomach dropped Mireles to a knee where he stayed until referee Mark Nelson stopped the bout.
The fight was delayed from actually starting for 35 minutes after Briggs entered the ring and then broke it! Briggs climbed through the ropes, danced to the opposite side of the ring, bounced off the ropes and snapped a support causing the ropes to sag. Both fighters left the ring so repair work could be done. Both fighters returned after repairs were made and the nights action continued.
Briggs rushed out of his corner at the opening bell and playfully dropped his hands and tapped Mireles with mocking punches. One of the shots glanced off the side of Mireles, putting the Mexican heavyweight down where he chose to stay. Time of the stoppage was :20 into the first round.

Corey "Collateral Damage" Rodriguez (10-3-3, 3 KO's) won a majority decision over Limberth Ponce (6-2, 4 KO's) in an exciting jr. middleweight bout. Scores were 58-56, 58-56, and 57-57. Rodriguez with the aggressor and landed the bigger punches in the bout while Ponce held the slight edge in punch output.

Rondale Hubbert (6-0-1, 3 KO's) stopped Jacob Fox (2-2, 1 KO) at 2:42 of the fourth round in a jr. welterweight contest. This was a fast paced bout with both fighters standing toe to toe. Hubbert was having success boxing in the first but went to war with Fox, winning that battle also despite a very game effor from Fox. Three consecutive right hands followed by a left to the head put Fox down and referee Gary Miezwa stopped the bout.

Markus Morris (4-0, 2 KO's) won by TKO over Ryan Gronvold (1-9) at 2:19 of the first round. Gronvold came to fight but Morris was too much. Morris dropped Gronvold early with a right-left uppercut followed by right hand. Referee Gary Miezwa stopped the action as Gronvold took heavy punches but could not fire back.

Donny Tierney (6-5, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over Dan Kiser (2-2) in the opening bout of the evening. Scores were 40-36 on all three judges cards. Tierney promised to be a new and improved fighter and he was, boxing and waiting patiently for openings. Kiser, a southpaw mixed martial artist put up a good effort but could not stay clear of Tierney's straight right down the middle.

 

WEIGH IN PHOTO'S FROM BLACK BEAR
FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

John D'Auria of SC Photography's photo gallery from last nights weigh in's. All fighters made weight and you can see the full gallery here...


TROY LOWRY, DON GEORGE MAKE WEIGHT - UPDATE
WEDNESDAY APRIL 16, 2014

Saint Paul's Troy Lowry was stopped in round six last night versus Don George. Fightnews reports a left hand to the head dropped Lowry and the fight was stopped. Lowry took many hard body blows in the bout and suffered a nasty cut to his bottom lip.
43 year old Troy "TNT" Lowry (28-13, 17 KO's) will face Don "Da Bomb" George (24-4-2, 21 KO's) tomorrow night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Lowry weighed in at 172 pounds while George weighed 171. Photo By Tomba Images

 

SATURDAY NIGHT BLACK BEAR CARD IN THE NEWS
WEDNESDAY APRIL 16, 2014

This Saturday's pro boxing card taking place at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN has been getting a lot of local press this week and with the announcement of former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs now fighting on the card, National news sources have been picking up the pen as well. Below is a list of news links to check out to preview some of the action that will take place on Saturday night...

Shannon Briggs returns Saturday in Minnesota.

Fox 21 News Video: Sands, Morris Ready for Next Challenge

Duluth News Tribune Story on Al Sands

NorthLand News: Sands Hopes to "Dominate" in Title Bout

John D'Auria's Boxing with the Truth Interviews Keith Barr

 

SANDS SPARS WITH GIBSON, DAVIS FOR UPCOMING BOUT
WEDNESDAY APRIL 9, 2014

Duluth's Al Sands (12-1, 11 KO's) is ten days out from his vacant NABA USA cruiserweight title fight against Keith Barr (12-5, 3 KO's) of West Virginia on April 19 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Sands has been sparring with former foe TJ Gibson of Hibbing and Saint Paul's Boyd Davis to prepare.
Also on the card is Saint Paul's Tony "2 Sharp" Lee (9-1-1, 3 KO's) as he battles Robbie Cannon (14-8-2, 6 KO's) for Cannon's NABU Lightweight Title. Lee won the vacant MN State lightweight title in his last bout.
Corey "Collateral Damage" Rodriguez (9-3-3, 3 KO's) faces former Chicago Golden Gloves champion Limberth Ponce (6-1, 4 KO's). Rodriguez looks to make a statement against Ponce, who lost a six round split decision over Javontae Starks in Mnpls last January.
Rondale Hubbert (5-0-1, 3 KO's) battles Jacob Fox (2-1, 1 KO), Markus Morris (3-0, 1 KO) boxes Ryan Gronvold (1-8, 4 KO's), and Don Tierney (5-5, 1 KO) faces Dan Kiser (1-0) to round out the card.
WDIO News recently did a video story on Sands previewing the bout and talking about sparring with TJ Gibson. To see the video and read the story...

 

JAMES, KOLLE AND MORE VICTORIOUS IN HINCKLEY
MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2014 - REPORT BY RAY KILGORE
By Ray Kilgore: At the Grand Casino in Hinckley Minnesota on March 28th, Rapacz Event Productions hosted an exciting 7-fight card in front of sold out crowd of 2,500 fans.

The Main Event featured Jamal James improving his record to 13-0, (6 Kos) by taking an unanimous 8-round decision over a game Angel Hernandez 16-15, (13 Kos)

After 15 months off, Andy Kolle, 26-4-1, (18 Kos) put on a nice display of boxing skills to take an unanimous decision over Ryan Davis 24-12, (9 Kos) in the co-main event.

To read the full fight report...

QUICK RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY, MN
SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014

 

FULL REPORT AND PHOTO'S TO COME

Jamal "Shango" James improved to (13-0, 6 Ko's) in the main event last night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN with an impressive points victory over tough opponent Angel Hernandez (16-15-1, 13 Ko's). James out-boxed and out-slugged Hernandez over 8 rounds, nearly stopping him before running out of time in the final round. James put Hernandez down twice in the last round. Hernandez came to fight and invited James to trade every time he got him. But James turned it up in the last two rounds and went on to win a wide decision by scores of 79-71, 80-70, and 80-70.
Andy "Kaos" Kolle (26-4, 18 KO's) of Duluth, MN had an impressive showing last night following a 15 month layoff over Ryan "Dangerous" Davis (24-13-3, 9 KO's) in the co-featured bout on Friday night at the Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN. Kolle took a few rounds to shake off the ring rust but once he got going he was able to control the fight with his jab and signature straight left hand down the middle. Davis was game and proved to be tricky at times but Kolle dominated most of the action. Final scores read 80-72, 80-72, and 80-72 in favor of Kolle. Afterwards, Kolle praised the good effort by his experienced opponent and said his immediate goal is to return to the ring as soon as possible.
Aaron "Gorilla" Green (15-0, 13 KO's) and Byron Polley (25-17-1, 11 KO's) went to war in a heavyweight bout for 7 rounds. Green dropped Polley with a right hook in the second round. From then on, both men traded power shots for the next few rounds, rocking each other while the crowd roared with each punch. Green began to hurt Polley with body shots and put Polley down with a few gut shots in round 6. A body shot dropped Polley again moments into the seventh and referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight at :25 into the round. Polley protested the stoppage, and Green revealed afterwards that a back injury (prior injury being a slipped disc) troubled him for most of the bout.
Robert "Bravo" Brant (10-0, 5 KO's) turned in his most complete performance as a pro while picking up win number 10 against Demetrius Walker (7-4, 4 KO's). Brant put power behind his speed and mobility to frustrate a solid opponent in Walker. Brant put Walker down with a right to the head in the second round and won by scores of 60-53 on all three cards.
Jonathan Perez (7-0, 5 KO's) won a four round unanimous decision over James Owens (5-17, 2 KO's) in an entertaining super featherweight bout. Perez scored a knockdown in the final round and won by scores of 39-36, 40-34, 40-35.
DeLorian Caraway (2-0, 2 KO's) stopped Damion Hill (3-5) at 1:12 of the second round.
Guy Smith Jr. (2-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Andre Tieva (0-2) in the opener. Scores read 40-36, 40-36, 39-37.
Official attendance in the packed ballroom was reported as 2,150.

FULL REPORT AND PHOTO'S TO COME

 

WDIO NEWS ON ANDY KOLLE'S RETURN TONIGHT
FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014

www.WDIO.com - It has been 14 months since he last fought, but Duluth's Andy 'Kaos' Kolle will be back in a boxing ring Friday, March 28th.
The former Minnesota Middleweight Champion will be in the co-main event on the 'Friday Night Fights' card at Grand Casino in Hinckley. Kolle will battle 'Dangerous' Ryan Davis of East St. Louis, Illinois. Davis is a veteran with 24 wins in 39 fights in his career. Kolle is 25-4, but lost his last fight to Cerresso Fort, which was in January of last year. He has had time to rest and refocus and the plan is to unleash 'Kaos' Friday night.
"He (Davis) has got a good record, he's a strong fighter and he comes forward and comes right at you every time and he is at that spot in his career where a win is going to bring him onto something bigger and better, so he is coming to win as well and I just want the opportunity to go out there and show that my last fight wasn't me and anybody who has seen me fight before knows that wasn't me and we all have bad days and a bad day at the office and I want to prove that wasn't me in that fight," says Kolle.
To watch the video interview...

 

WEIGHTS FROM HINCKLEY, MN
THURSDAY, MARCH, 27, 2014

Jamal James 147 vs Angel Hernandez 147
Andy Kolle 160.5 vs Ryan Davis 158.5
Aaron Green 282 vs Byron Polley 251.5
Rob Brant 160.5 vs Demetrius Walker 161.5
Jonathan Perez 124.5 vs. James Owens 128
DeLorian Caraway 148 vs. Damien Hill 150
Andre Tieva 146.5 vs. Guy Smith 145

Promoter: Rapacz Event Productions
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN

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FRIDAY NIGHT HINCKLEY BOXING PREVIEW
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

John D'Auria of "Boxing with the Truth" previewed this Friday nights Grand Casino Hinckley fight card. Minnesotan's Jamal "Shango" James, Andy "Kaos" Kolle, Aaron "Gorilla" Green, Robert "Bravo" Brant, Jonathan Perez, DeLorian Caraway, Damion Hill, and Andre Tieva will all be in action. To listen to the preview check out the video below.

 

 

LAWSON OUTLASTS KAYONGO AT THE MYTH
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

Fredrick Lawson (22-0, 20 KO's) of Chicago, Illinois (by way of Ghana) outlasted Mohammed Kayongo (17-4-1, 12 KO's) of Minneapolis, MN in a slug fest on Friday, March 21 at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, MN. Lawson and Kayongo traded heavy punches from the opening bell until the end which came at 2:47 of round 6.
Javontae Starks (9-0, 6 KO's) of Minneapolis, MN stopped Ruben Galvan (27-25-4, 10 KO's) of Hammond, Indiana. at 1:01 of the first round.
Carlos Ivan Velasquez (16-1, 5 KO's) of Las Vegas, Nevada won a 6 round unanimous decision over Willshaun Boxley (6-10, 4 KO's) of Coon Rapids, MN. Scores read 60-54, 60-54, 60-57.
Mahmoud Aburia (2-1) of Minneapolis, MN won a four round unanimous decision over Pat Quinn (0-2) of Circle Pines, MN. Scores read 39-37 on all cards.
Joe Amouta (1-1, 1 KO) of Minneapolis, MN dropped Kelin Sharpe (2-1, 2 KO's) of Chicago, Illinois twice on his way to a come from behind second round knockout victory.
Andre Sherard (3-1, 2KO) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin stopped Andrew Selvig (1-3, 1 KO) of Hermantown, MN.
Brett Murphy (1-0, 1 KO) of Minneapolis, MN stopped John Moxey (1-2) of Minneapolis, MN following the second round at the advice of the ring doctor.
Other active and retired pro boxers in attendance included Tony Lee, Antonio Johnson, Troy Lowry, Zach Walters, Al Sands, James Taylor, Stephen Watt, Brad Laffin, Caleb Truax, Corey Rodriguez, Charles Meier, and surely more that I did not see for myself...

 

WEIGHTS FROM COWBOYS SALOON
FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

Weights from Cowboy's Saloon in Circle Pines, MN. Tomorrow's "Fight Club" fight card will be held at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood, MN

Mohammed Kayongo 147 vs. Fredrick Lawson 148
Javontae Starks 154 vs. Ruben Galvan 155
Juan Velasquez 131 vs. Philip Adyaka 131 (exhibition)
Carlos Velasquez 132.5 vs. Willshaun Boxley 133
Joe Amouta 168 vs. Kelin Sharpe 168
Andrew Selvig 135 vs. Andre Sherard 137
Pat Quinn 360 vs. Mahmoud Aburia 260
John Moxey 237.5 vs. Brett Murphy 292.5

Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Venue: Myth Nightclub, Maplewood, MN

FULL WEIGH IN GALLERY...

 

KAYONGO HEADLINES THIS SATURDAY AT MYTH
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

It's been 11 years since the now 33 year old Mohammed Kayongo made his professional debut in Saint Paul, Minnesota. And Kayongo established in that fight as well as the following 20 bouts to date that he is one of the more exciting and harder pound 4 pound punchers around. His career has seen him fight for the state welterweight title twice, compete in 2 Showtime televised bouts as well as ESPN, and win the vacant WBF Intercontinental welterweight title.
Saturday Kayongo headlines at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood against 24 year old Fredrick Lawson...

 

FREDDY LAWSON PLANS TO THRILL ON US BOW SATURDAY
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014
Courtesy of www.AllSports.com: By Prince Dornu-Leiku

One of Ghana’s most coveted boxers tipped to wear a world championship belt soon, Frederick Lawson faces a test of his credentials this Saturday when he mounts the ring for the first time since arriving in the United States of America.
Lawson in gym with Coach Awinongya
Unbeaten Lawson (21,0, 19 KOs) makes his US debut against Uganda born American, Mohammed Kayongo (17-3-1, 12 KOs) in a non title welterweight bout over eight rounds at The Myth, Maplewood, Minnesota, USA on March 22. To read more...

 

TEXAS TRAINING CAMP FOR ROBERT BRANT
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014


Photo Courtesy of Stacey Verbeek

Robert "Bravo" Brant (9-0, 5 KO's) has made "The Lone Star State" his main location to prepare for his next bout which is scheduled for March 28 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Brant spoke with MinnesotaBoxing.com about training camp and also shared his thoughts on next weekends opponent Demetrius Walker (7-3-1, 4 KO's) of Missouri.
To see what Brant had to say...

 

SATURDAY FIGHT NIGHT INFO
TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014

Pro boxing returns to the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood this Saturday night. 2009 was the last fight card at Myth and this time around, bleacher seating has been added to make a good fight venue even better.
Weigh-In's for the show are free and open to the public and will be held this Friday, 5pm at Cowboy's Saloon in Circle Pines. Also, ladies interested in being ring card girls are encouraged to show up and apply.
Doors open fight night at 6 with the first bout taking place at 7pm. Hard hitting Mohammed Kayongo (17-3) of Minneapolis headlines against Ghana's Fredrick Lawson (21-0). 25 year old Javontae Starks (9-0) of Minneapolis faces Ruben Galvin in the co-featured bout. Interviews with fighters in action to come.

 

SAINT PATTY'S DAY BRAWL FIGHT REPORT
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014


Photo by John D'Auria SC Photography

Grandma's Sports Garden was packed last night and the card, which was built around guys mostly beginning there pro boxing careers, produced a few knockouts to go along with fun and even matchups. Ismail Muwendo, Caleb Truax, Jamal James, Al Sands, and Mohammed Kayongo could all be seen in the crowd watching the bouts.
Markus "Hooch" Morris of Duluth, MN improved to (3-0) with a first round stoppage victory over Branden Cluever (1-2, 1 KO) of Brainerd, MN in the nights main event. A hard left-right from Morris snapped Cluever's head back and sent him down to the canvas in a corner where the fight was waived off.
Damion Hill improved to (3-4) as he swept all four rounds on each judges scorecard against Gavin Quinn (1-2) in a battle of southpaws.

For the full recap of the nights action...

 

PRO SHOW AT GRANDMA'S SPORTS GARDEN TOMORROW NIGHT
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

Fighters weigh in this afternoon for tomorrow nights pro fight card taking place at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth, MN. We have talked with most of the fighters set to compete on the show and a full preview will be posted here this afternoon. In the mean time, the full fight card can be seen here...

 

JAVONTAE STARKS VISITS MACALESTER COLLEGE RADIO
MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014

Javontae Starks was a guest this morning on 91.7 WMCN, Macalester College radio to talk boxing and his upcoming fight on March 22 at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood. Every Monday around 10am, Jeff Maddox hosts a boxing segment and today Starks was the featured guest. Starks began by responding to questions geared toward his daily boxing training which he revealed involves doing at least 1000 sit-ups throughout the day and pounding giant tractor tires with a sledge hammer at the ACR gym. Starks went on to talk about the local scene before getting into what he hopes to accomplish in boxing.

"I want to be known as a guy who had heart, dedication and talent" Starks told Maddox. "I want to be remembered as a crowd pleasing fighter who was able to support himself through boxing."

 

FORT STOPPED ON ESPN, RICHMAN LOSES DECISION ON SPIKE
MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014

"Sir" Cerresso Fort was stopped in the second round of his ESPN televised bout against Vitalii Kopylenko this past Friday night. Fort hit and moved while Kopylenko stalked early. A hard straight jab to the chin put Fort down before the end of the first. Moments into the second round, another power jab from the Ukrainian put Saint Paul's Fort down again hard. Fort got to his feet and bravely tried to continue but the referee stopped the bout giving Kopylenko the TKO victory in round two.
Also fighting on television in an MMA bout on Spike TV, Rosemount MN's mixed martial artist/boxer Mike "The Marine" Richman lost a decision to Desmond Green. Richman appeared to win the first round but lost the second as Green took the fight to the ground. Richman seemed to outwork Green in the third and final round as the fighters went back to fighting on their feet. All three judges ended up scoring the bout in favor of Green.

 

FORT, RICHMAN MAKE WEIGHT FOR TONIGHTS TV BOUTS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2014

Saint Paul Middleweight "Sir" Cerresso Fort and his opponent Vitalii Kopylenko both made weight last night for tonights middleweight tournament bout on ESPN2. Also getting TV time tonight is Rosemount, Minnesota's Mike "The Marine" Richman as he fights in an opening round of the Bellator (MMA) lightweight tournament. Photo's and weights below.


Cerresso Fort 160.2 vs. Vitalii Kopylenko 160

Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoters: Banner Promotions / Hitz Boxing / Round 3
1st Bell: 7pm central
ESPN 2 Start: 9pm eastern / 8 pm central

 


Mike Richman 144.75 vs. Desmond Green 145.75

TV: Spike TV
8pm Central Start time
Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

VIDEO: CERRESSO FORT DISCUSSES ESPN BOUT
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014

Saint Paul's "Sir" Cerresso Fort (17-2-1, 11 KOs) will battle Vitalii Kopylenko (22-0, 12 KOs) tomorrow night on ESPN in a quarterfinal middleweight tournament match. Fort has been training at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas to prepare for the undefeated Kopylenko.
Fort is one of 8 men in the tournament and each bout is scheduled for six rounds. Friday's show takes place at Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Fort says in an interview with Banner Pomotions below that the only fighter out of the group he is thinking about is the one he faces tomorrow night.

 

 

ABELL PUTS UP GOOD EFFORT IN LOSS TO FURY
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014

Coon Rapids heavyweight Joey Abell was stopped in the fourth round on Febuary 15th in London, England against Tyson Fury although Abell did not go down without a fight. Abell was as prepared as he could have been while taking the fight on short notice and gave the towering Fury trouble with a handful of hard countering shots. But in the end, Fury would put Abell down four times in all, with the final one coming by way of body attack. Abell continued to get to his feet each time and the crowd booed the referee's decision to stop the fight with Abell saying he wanted to continue. The ful fight can be seen below.

 

 

WEIGHTS FROM LONDON, ENGLAND
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014


Photo courtesy of Jim Maurine

Courtesy of Fightnews.com: Tyson Fury came in at a whopping 274 pounds, 20 pounds more than he weighed for his previous fight. He never took over his sweat shirt.

Dereck Chisora 238 vs. Kevin Johnson 240
Tyson Fury 274 vs. Joey Abell 241

Venue: Copper Box Arena
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: PPV

Stay tuned to our twitter feed to the right for updates and live stream location tomorrow when and if they become available.

 

ABELL AND JOHNSON PROMISE BRIT SMASHING
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2014

American heavyweight tag team Kevin Johnson and Joey Abell aim to make it a double Brit bashing this Saturday (15th February) night at the Copper Box Arena. Johnson takes on Dereck Chisora for his WBO and WBA International titles in the main event, while Abell faces undefeated Tyson Fury in the ten-round chief support. The pair joined forces at today’s media work-out at the Peacock Gym in East London as they looked to derail plans of a massive summer showdown between Chisora and Fury.

JOEY ABELL: “It’s going to be bringing a war to Fury, make no mistake. This is the biggest night of my life, it would be like winning the lottery to knockout Fury. I’ll lay it on the line and make a prediction, I’ll KO him inside five, I’m that confident.”...

 

MN BOXING IN THE NEWS: FEBRUARY 9TH, 2014
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014, 2014

Cerresso Fort's Opponent Announced For Feb. 28 ESPN Bout

Joey Abell Interviewed By Boxing News Online About Tyson Fury Fight.

Fightnews.com: Tyson Fury Cut In Sparring, Says Abell Fight Still On.

March 14th Grandma's Sports Garden Duluth Pro-Am Preview.

Duluth News Tribune Previews March 28th Hinckley Boxing Card.

Matt Vanda says he is officially retired from the ring following a bicep injury in his last bout January 25th. A huge party is planned to celebrate his career on March 29 at Tin Cup in St Paul. More details can be found by clicking here.

 

JAMAL JAMES VS RJ LAASE TITLE BOUT PRESS RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014

RAPACZ EVENT PRODUCTIONS PRESS RELEASE: Two of Minnesota’s most popular boxers Jamal James of Minneapolis and R.J. Laase of Duluth have agreed to meet in the 10 round main event on March 28th at Grand Casino Hinckley for James’ State Welterweight Championship. Both fighters earned knockout victories last month at Grand Casino, which led to this fight being signed...

 

FEBRUARY 5TH MN BOXING IN THE NEWS
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014

VIDEO: WDIO News Talks Jamal James vs RJ Laase Title Fight March 28

Tyson Fury Discusses February 15 Bout Against Joey Abell

January 24th Grand Casino Hinckley Boxing Photo Gallery

January 25th Black Bear Casino Boxing Photo Gallery Bouts, Main Event

January 25th Black Bear Casino Boxing Photo Gallery Bouts, 1-5

 

JUNGLE BOY BOXING'S "COLD WAR" FIGHT REPORT
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014

By Jungle Boy Boxing: The atmosphere in the Otter Creek Event Center last Friday night was electric. The Cold and snowy weather couldn’t keep the fans from lining in as most of the them there were there to see Al Sands in his first Main Event Fight. All the boxers on the card brought their A-Game and Sands made a statement through his performance on The Cold War… It said “I’m a main event fighter and I’M NOT GOING AWAY!” Here’s a rundown of the fights...

 

WEIGHTS FROM NEW YORK UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014


Rafael Vazquez 123.8 lbs. vs. Brad Patraw 123.4 lbs.
Photo By Rich Kane – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Update: Patraw was stopped in the first round after suffering a broken orbital bone, nose, and jaw from a punch. Patraw still wanted to continue in the fight but the referee would stopped it.
Saint Paul's "Bad" Brad Patraw (10-6, 5 KO's) boxes New York's Rafael Vasquez (10-1, 7 KO's) tomorrow night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight card is being shown on Fox Sports 1 (unsure if Patraw's bout will be televised).

" He's a good NY fighter that is coming off a KO win against another good fighter (Leon Moore, 30-2, 24 KO's). He won some WBA title (WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title). I've trained hard to give this guy an upset and that's the plan. I'm going to out box him or if it comes down to it, I'll out slug him if that's what I have to do" said Patraw.

Golden Boy will be promoting the show which is headlined by the showdown between Victor Ortiz and Luis Collazo.

 

JANUARY 29, 2014 MN BOXING IN THE NEWS
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2014

Cerresso Fort Gets ESPN Tournament Spot, First Bout Feb. 28

Video: Matt Vanda's Full Fight Last Weekend in New York

Duluth News Tribune Black Bear and Hinckley Fight Recap

WDIO News Recaps RJ Laase's Bout Last Saturday Night

WDIO News Recaps Al Sands Bout Last Saturday Night

 

LIVE RESULTS FROM BLACK BEAR CASINO and NEW YORK
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014

Unfortunetly, like last night, we will not be ringside covering tonights action from the Black Bear Casino (or New York for Matt Vanda's fight). But we have correspondents and will relay results asap below. Don't forget, you can catch Vanda's bout live and free at www.toprank.com

WEIGHTS FROM CARLTON, MN
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

MORE WEIGH IN PHOTO'S CLICK HERE

Al Sands 198.3 vs. Henry Namauu 198.3
Jeremy McLaurin 135 vs. Robbie Cannon 134.6
Corey Rodriguez 153.4 vs. Damion Hill 154
Charles Meier 155.6 vs. Stephen Watt 152.2
Markus Morris 140 vs. Andre Tieva 140.2
Dustin Mason 134.6 vs Jacob Fox 134.4
Cody McManigle vs Anthony Dunaski - fight off

Promoter: Jungle Boy Promotions
Venue: Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN

LIVE RESULTS FROM THE GRAND CASINO, HINCKLEY
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014


Photo Courtesy of John D'Auria SC Photography

MORE DETAILS AND PHOTO'S TO COME

Rob Brant stopped Tyler Hultin in the second round. Reports coming in that Hultin had a busted ear drum or a bad cut behind the ear. Brant scored at least one knockdown in the bout. More details to come as they get in.
- Update 10:22pm Friday night

DeLorien "Lord" Caraway dropped Eli Smith twice on his way to a first round KO. Time of the stoppage was :43 into the opening round.

Rondale "Give Um Hell" Hubbert stopped Winston Anderson in the 5th round. Hubbert dropped Anderson at least once in the bout.

Jamal "Shango" James stopped Colby Courter in the 4th round. It was an entertaining bout with James dominating the action. Stoppage came when the ref felt Courter was taking too much punishment.

Ray Edwards won a unanimous decision over Alex Rozman. Edwards controlled the fight with his jab. Edwards dominated, bloodying the face of Rozman but Rozman showed heart, chin, and never gave up.

RJ Laase stopped Jeremy Marts in round two, dropping Marts four times in the bout with body shots.

Aaron Green defeated Richard Carmack after the referee stopped the bout in the second round when Carmack failed to answer back Green's shots.

* Details will be updated as they become available. MinnesotaBoxing.com was unable to make it to the show and will be out of the office until Monday.

 

WEIGHTS FROM NEW YORK
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014 - PHOTO COURTESY OF TOP RANK , CHRIS FARINA

Seanie Monaghan 174 vs. Matt Vanda 173.2

Matt Vanda's bout tomorrow night can be seen live and for free at
www.TopRank.com. Vanda's fight should be on or around 6pm our time.

 

MCLAURIN, CANNON READY TO BATTLE TOMORROW NIGHT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

Jeremy McLaurin (10-6-1, 5 KO's) is still upset about the end result of his two recent battles with Saint Paul's Tony Lee. The first fight ended up as a majority draw and Lee picked up the state lightweight title with a close victory on the cards in the rematch. Both fighters feel they won...both times. Now, McLaurin will compete for a different title this Saturday night when he challenges Missouri's Robbie Cannon (13-8-2, 6 KO's) for his NABU lightweight title. McLaurin says he doesn't think he will get another shot at the state title anytime soon, so plans to win the NABU title to hang as bait to get a third fight against Lee.
Robbie Cannon picked up the NABU lightweight title with a victory over Duluth's Gary Eyer last July at the Black Bear Casino. To read more...

 

JAMAL JAMES DISCUSSES PAST, PRESENT , AND FUTURE
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

Newly crowned Minnesota State welterweight champion Jamal "Shango" James (11-0, 5 KO's) returns to action tonight against 27 year old Colby Courter of Missouri. Courter brings a record of 4 wins with 1 loss, all 4 wins coming by way of knockout. Not much more is known about him other then the fact he had a skull tattooed onto his head at last nights weigh ins. The 6'2 James is coming off a back and forth local showdown against Mohammed Kayongo and has another potential big time local fight on the horizon following tonight's fight...

 

FULL CIRCLE FOR DUSTIN MASON
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

22 year old Dustin Mason (5-1, 4 KO’s) is set to box in a four round bout on this Saturday night’s fight card at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Mason, now residing in Stillwater, MN will face 19 year old Jacob Fox of North Dakota. Fox is 1-0 with that win coming against Tomi Archambault last October. Mason started out as an amateur at the White Bear Lake gym working at times with local trainer Jesse Garza. Mason then began a journey that took him to the National Guard, Duluth, North Dakota, and now back to the cities where he is now working with Garza full time. Mason talked about that as well as sparring with an old rival and his fight coming up this Saturday...

 

LAASE, MARTS DISCUS FRIDAY NIGHTS FIGHT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

25 year old RJ "T-Rex" Laase (11-1, 7 KO's) returns after a 10 month absence this Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The time off for the Duluth fighter was mainly due to remodeling his newly purchased home and Laase says he is ready to get back to action. His opponent Jeremy Marts is a 25 fight veteran who says he is coming to pull of an upset. To check out the story with words from both men...

 

AARON GREEN BEGINS ANOTHER BUSY YEAR TONIGHT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014

Aaron Green (13-0, 11 KO's) of Minneapolis fights in the co-featured bout on Friday night in Hinckley, MN against Missouri's Richard "Silver Back" Carmack (12-3, 10 KO's). Aaron Green weighed in at 278 last night while Carmack tipped the scales at 337 pounds. Like years past, Green is off to an early start and plans to fight very frequently in 2014.
Minnesotaboxing.com got a few words in with Mr. Green as he prepares to fight for win number 14...

 

WEIGHTS FROM HINCKLEY, MN
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014

Years of talk came to a boiling point and nearly out of control earlier tonight as
Rob Brant and Tyler Hultin faced off following weigh-ins. The two bumped heads a
few times and exchanged words before separating. The two almost went at it later once more but were again separated this time by Jamal James and RJ Laase. Hultin and Brant fight in tomorrow nights main event.

Rob Brant 156.5 vs Tyler Hultin 158
Aaron Green 278 vs. Richard Carmack 337
Jamal James 146.5 vs. Colby Courter 145.5
RJ Laase 146 vs. Jeremy Marts 146.5
Ray Edwards 258 vs. Alex Rozman 248
Winston Anderson 135.5 vs. Rondale Hubbert 137.5
DeLorien Caraway 146 vs. Eli Smith 146.5

Promoter: Rapacz Promotions
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN

SANDS HEADLINES SATURDAY BLACK BEAR SHOW
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014

Minnesota Cruiserweight champ Al "The Haitian Temptation" Sands (11-1, 11 KO's) will headline this Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Sands, 26, faces 29 year old Las Vegas, Nevada boxer Henry Namauu (10-7, 5 KO's). Namauu most recently came up short for his bid to capture the vacant Utah State heavyweight title, losing an 8 round decision to veteran Billy Zumbrun. Despite Namauu competing at heavyweight, the size advantage will not be much over the 6'2 chiseled Sands. Minnesotaboxing.com got a few words from Sands after a sparring session at the White Bear Lake gym with Matt Vanda last week and also discussed his previous bout against Bobby Thomas Jr and more...

 

ATHLETES COLLIDE WHEN EDWARDS MEETS ROZMAN
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014

Tomorrow nights pro boxing card at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN has a little bit of everything as far as styles and fights go. And when Ray Edwards (4-0, 3 KO's) stands opposite his opponent Alex Rozman (2-4, 1 KO), fans might think they are about to see a strong man competition because of the sheer size and stature of the two combatants. That is until the big punches begin to fly. Edwards, fighting out of Minneapolis by way of Cincinnati stands 6'5 and is built through his years as a college and pro football player. And Rozman, making his way from Iowa, is not only a boxer, but mixed martial artist as well with visions himself of taking the field for an NFL team in the future...

 

INTERVIEW: RONDALE "GIVE UM HELL" HUBBERT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014

Undefeated Minneapolis boxer Rondale Hubbert (4-0-1, 2 KO's) takes on fellow undefeated Cloquet native Winston Anderson (4-0, 4 KO's) tomorrow night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. The long overdue showdown is a featured bout that also includes a headlining face off between Rob Brant and Tyler Hultin, heavyweights Aaron Green and Ray Edwards, Minnesota State welterweight champ Jamal "Shango" James, RJ Laase, and the pro debut of DeLorien Caraway.
MinnesotaBoxing.com caught up to Hubbert last week at the Uppercut Gym following a sparring session with Mohammed Kayongo, Philip Adyaka, and Donny Tierney as he put the final touches on his fight plan before facing Winston Anderson...

 

WINSTON ANDERSON'S TAKE ON HUBBERT FIGHT
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014

Aside from a draw or an early accidental injury, somebody's "0" will go when Winston "Nasty Time" Anderson (4-0, 4 KO's) takes on fellow undefeated Minnesotan Rondale Hubbert (4-0-1, 2 KO's) this Friday night in Hinckley. The two confident yet mutually respectful fighters may have slightly different explanations as to how the fight came to be but both have the same goal on Friday night. And that goal is to wipe the floor with the other guy and shake hands after.
With Hubberts interview to follow, here is what Anderson had to say regarding the fight being made and what he expects Friday night...

 

JANUARY 22 MINNESOTA BOXING IN THE NEWS
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014

Matt "The Predator" Vanda keeps his comeback rolling this Saturday after briefly retiring following his showdown with Caleb Truax last year. Vanda was set to face Anthony Bonsante this weekend on the Black Bear Casino show in Carlton, MN but the Fond du Lac commission did not approve Bonsante for the bout due to inactivity. Now, Vanda heads out to New York to face off against his largest opponent to date. And Vanda and his team are predicting victory.
www.Maxboxing.com did a story on the fight and Vanda's comeback which can be read here.

MN Boxing League talks to Tyler Hultin leading into Rob Brant fight.

MN Boxing League talks to Charles Meier for Jan. 25 bout.

Video preview for the January 25 card in Carlton, MN by John D'Auria.

Video preview for the January 24 card in Hinckley, MN by John D'Auria.

 

BUSY FIGHT WEEK FOR MINNESOTA
TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014

It's a double fight night weekend approaching this Friday and Saturday night in Northern Minnesota. Friday night action kicks things off with a fight card taking place at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Then on Saturday night, pro boxing takes place at Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. You can check out the fight cards below. Interviews with some of the fighters to be posted in the coming days leading to fight time.

January 24th, 2014 - Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN ...
January 25th, 2014 - Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN ...

 

CALLING ALL MN JR. MIDDLEWEIGHTS
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2014

Minnesota's deepest division, jr. middleweight, has been the talk on social media and around the gyms. And some fighters are calling for a tournament to decide who is the best. Purses and opposing promotions have stood in the way of getting similar idea's rolling in the past. However, the widespread interest from the state's top fighters has not been so overwhelming and made public as they are now. 154 pounders in action next weekend include Corey Rodriguez, Charles Meier, Rob Brant, and Tyler Hultin. Andy Kolle is set to return in March 28 while Antonio Johnson, Cerresso Fort and Dave Peterson are all keeping in shape for an opportunity to jump at. Welterweight Javontae Starks has also said he wants in. Local promoters have confirmed interest if details could be worked out. Similar tournaments on the MMA side of the Minnesota fight scene are already set to take place on February 1st in Austin, MN as the states top 145 pounders battle to determine the Driller/SEG number one contender spot.

 

MASON, PATRAW, VANDA PREPARE FOR UPCOMING FIGHTS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014

Dustin Mason (left) and Brad Patraw (right) spar last night at the White Bear Lake boxing gym. Patraw and Mason fought six hard rounds last August at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN and the intensity has spilled over into their sparring sessions. Mason (5-1) will be back at it on January 25 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN taking on North Dakota's Jacob Fox (1-0) while Patraw (10-6) heads out to New York on January 30th to meet Brooklyn's Rafael Vasquez (10-1) in an 8 round featherweight bout. The NY card will be televised on FOX Sports 1 but no confirmation if Patraw's bout will get aired. Matt Vanda pictured in the background boxes on January 25th in New York as well.

 

JANUARY 10 MINNESOTA BOXING IN THE NEWS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014

The Minnesota Sports Report previews Al Sands, Jan. 25 card.

FOX 21 NEWS interviews Winston Anderson leading into Hubbert showdown.

FOX 21 NEWS interviews RJ Laase about ring return Jan. 24.

Boxingscene.com post fight interview with Caleb Truax

The Minnesota Sports Report recaps Truax/Duran ESPN Bouts (PHOTOS).

City Pages in depth story on Caleb Truax.

 

MATT VANDA FIGHTS IN NEW YORK JANUARY 25
MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014

Matt "The Predator" Vanda (45-15, 25 KO's) keeps his comeback rolling on Saturday, January 25th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Vanda will move up to the 175 pound division to face New York favorite and undefeated Sean Monaghan (19-0, 12 KO's) in a 10 round bout.

Monaghan is 32 years old and will have a good size advantage over Vanda, 35. However, Vanda will be by far the most experienced fighter Monaghan has faced and will be his toughest test. Vanda says he has been training hard and is going to New York to kick Monaghan's ass. In his last bout, The Predator easily dispatched Brooke Wellby this past October in Carlton, MN.

Indiana's Derrick Findley will also box on the card against Jesse Hart. Findley fought Phil Williams to a draw in Minneapolis in 2013 and also came to town to spar with Caleb Truax. Warriors boxing, who co-promoted last Friday's Target Center show will be co-promoting this card along with Gary Shaw Productions. Matt Vanda says that the bout has a 50/50 shot of making HBO television as the swing bout.

 

MNPLS FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT RECAPS UPDATES
MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014

Eastsideboxing.com fight report. by Chris Carlson
Truax fight tough to draw, Barthelemy wins IBF title by Mark Connor
January 3rd Recap: A Wild Night in a Tame Town by Ben Tighe
Boxing.com recap plus full televised bouts
BoxingNews24.com fight report.
Modern Ghana fight report.

 

QUICK RESULTS FROM THE TARGET CENTER, MNPLS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3RD, 2014 - BY JESSE KELLEY

In the first televised fight of 2014, hometown middleweight favorite Caleb “Golden” Truax (23-1-1, 14 KOs) and Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (28-11-3, 11 KOs) battled to a hard fought ten round draw. Judges scored it 95-95 on all cards.

Unbeaten Rances Barthelemy (20-0, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO and dethroned IBF junior lightweight champion Argenis Méndez (21-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Barthelemy dropped Mendez near the end of round two, then connected with a clean combination after the bell that knocked Menedez out. Time was 2:59. After the fight, promoter Mike Tyson said Barthlemy clearly hit his man twice after the bell, and stated he would call for a rematch.

Welterweight prospect Erickson Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs) blew away Luis Santiago (4-1, 1 KO) in 61 seconds. Lubin was considered a top medal candidate for the 2016 Olympics before being signed by Iron Mike Productions.

In a clash between unbeaten jr middleweights, Javontae Starks (8-0, 5 KOs) scored a six round split decision over Limberth Ponce (6-1, 4 KOs). Starks dropped Ponce in round two and won by scores of 57-56, 57-56 Starks, 57-56 Ponce.

Minnesota lightweight champ Tony Lee won a six round unanimous decision over Willshaun Boxley

Damion Hill won a four round split decision over Nate Richardson.

Adrian Martinez stopped Trevor Marmon at 1:18 of the third round.

Dennis Galarza won a four round unanimous decision over Celiel Castillo.

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WEIGHTS FROM MINNEAPOLIS, MN
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014 - BY JESSE KELLEY

IBF junior lightweight Title Bout
Rances Barthelemy 129 vs. Argenis Mendez 128.5
Caleb Truax 163 vs. Ossie Duran 161.5
Tony Lee 134.5 vs Willshaun Boxley 134.5
Javontae Starks 154 vs. Limberth Ponce 154.5
Trevor Marmon 135 vs. Adrian Martinez 135
Nate Richardson 151.5 vs. Damien Hill 153
Dennis Galarza 123.5 vs. Celiel Castillo 123.5
Erickson Lubin 147 vs. Luis Santiago 147

Television: ESPN2
Venue: Target Center in Minneapolis, MN
Promoters: Seconds Out, Warriors Boxing, Iron Mike Productions

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JANUARY 2, 2014 MINNESOTA BOXING IN THE NEWS

Rumble in the Tundra, a Friday night fights preview by Gordon Marino
Kare 11 News with Mike Tyson at tonights Weigh-in's

 

TRUAX RETURNS TO ESPN, TARGET CENTER FRIDAY NIGHT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 2, 2014 - BY JESSE KELLEY

"Golden" Caleb Truax (23-1-1,14 KO's) will be back fighting under the bright ESPN lights tomorrow night and it's also a return to the place he made his pro debut in 2007, the Target Center in Minneapolis. Truax impressed the nation last June while scoring a knockout victory over tough Illinois puncher Don George and the 30 year old Osseo, Minnesota native followed that win up with a fourth round knockout over fellow Minnesotan Cerresso Fort last September. Truax will try to keep his stock rising this Friday night against upset minded Ossie Duran (28-11, 11 KO's). Duran is from Ghana and now resides in New Jersey. Co-promoting the action will be Iron Mike Tyson Promotions along with Seconds Out and Warriors Boxing.
The main event is an IBF super featherweight championship fight between champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) and #1-ranked undefeated challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs).
Truax discussed his most recent grudge match with Fort, his thoughts on Mike Tyson being a part of the promotion, and what might be waiting on the horizon if everything goes as planned on Friday night...

 

JANUARY 1, 2014 MINNESOTA BOXING IN THE NEWS

NorthJersey.com- Clock ticking on boxer Ossie Duran.
Open to public weigh-in/press conference info for January 3rd Target Center fight card.
WDIO TV- Duluth's Marmon to fight on Target Center show.
January 3rd Caleb Truax ESPN Links Repository

 

UPCOMING STORIES AND ANNOUNCMENTS:
April 30, 2014
Rob Brant, DeLorian Caraway return plus Corey Rodriguez vs Stephen Watt for the vacant 154 MN State title on June 13 in MNPLS.
Caleb Truax headlines ESPN Card on July 25th in Chicago, Illinois.
Wilton Hilario has pulled out of the Jeremy McLaurin bout because of an injured shoulder.
Minnesota welterweight champion Jamal James discusses his last bout and more.


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