IN DULUTH FEB. 12
first pro boxing show of 2011 for MN has landed in Duluth on February
12th. The main event has local RJ "T-Rex" Laase (5-1) attempting
to even the score against "The Fighting Chihuahua" Hector
Orozco. Orozco (3-6) brought his usual pressure style in their first
meeting, outworking Laase over 4 good rounds of ation by way of majority
decision. Gary Eyer, Al Sands, Aaron Green, and Tyler Hultin also
see action with opponents to be announced. The action takes place
at the Clyde Iron Works Restaurant in Duluth.
TITLE BOUT JAN. 7TH IN MNPLS
CARD HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO EITHER FEBRUARY 4TH OR 11TH, 2011
USBA Light Heavyweight titlist Otis Triple OG Griffin
and Yusaf Mack will battle it out to become IBF champion Tavoris Clouds
mandatory challenger when they meet Friday, January 7 in the main
event of New Years Bash from the Hyatt Regency Hotel
Also appearing on the undercard will be former amateur star Javontae
Starks (4-0, 4 KOs), Charles Meier (4-1-1, 2 KOs), the
pro debuts of Mellissa Littlejohn and Tristan McNutt in separate bouts
and two mixed martial arts featuring local favorites...
boxer Jon "The Iron Man" Schmidt (10-1) will face former
Olympian Shawn Estrada (10-0) on January 28th at the Pechanga Resort
& Casino in Temecula, California.
Schmidt moves up to super middleweight for the six round bout and
says he welcomes the challenge.
"I am ready to take the big step and get known nationally.
I know it's going to be a tough fight but I feel like it's a challenge
that I'm ready for."
Schmidt, who is coming off of a recent win over Ryan Soft, says he
was scheduled to fight on January 7th again at the Hyatt in Minneapolis
but will no longer be on the card due to the Estrada fight. Schmidt
joins teammate Joey Abell on the 28th in California as Abell faces
Chris Arreola in the ESPN televised main event. Schmidt is unsure
at this time if his bout will be televised.
RESULTS AND PHOTO'S FROM MNPLS
RAY KILGORE - PHOTO'S BY JESSE KELLEY
DECEMBER 21st, 2010
(11-13-2, 5 Kos) Halts Anthony Bonsante's (32-12-3, 18 Kos) Plans
as a Boxer by Taking a Split Decision Victory.
Phil Williams and Matt Vanda Turns Into a Disappointing 6-Round
Brad Patraw (7-3, 4 KOs) Gets Easy Win Over Antwan Robertson (6-4-1,
4 KOs) in a Scheduled 6-Rounder
Tony Lee (2-0) Defeats David Laque (2-7-1, 2 KOs) by Unanimous Decision
in a Barnburner
Bobby Butters Jr. (1-1) Gets First Win Over Don Tierney (3-2, 1
Wilshaun Boxley (6-7-1, 4 KOs) Fights to a Majority Draw with John
Jackson (15-1-1, 13 KOs)
Jamal James (3-0, 3 KOs) Stops Ryan Gronvold (1-6) in the Opening
Jonathan Perez (1-0, 1 KO) Gets Pro Win by TKO, Stopping Randy Ronchi
(0-2) in Round One
FOR FULL DETAILS AND PHOTO'S...
DECEMBER 19 th, 2010
nights main event rematch between Matt Vanda and Phil Williams was
set to be a 10 rounder. But fighters, fans, and media learned once
inside that the fight had been changed to a six rounder. Word then
spread around the arena to most that the fight would not go in the
official record books and would be an exhibition. Rumors and speculation
as to why things were changed up also spread. Minnesotaboxing.com
was told that licensing problems on Vanda's part was the reason for
the change. The MN Combative Sports Commission received word from
the New Jersey Boxing Commission that Vanda was on suspension for
issues following his bout with Ossie Duran last month and honored
the NJ suspension. The MNCSC however told Minnesotaboxing.com that
they were not given specific details on the suspension, just that
they were in place.
One of the rumors floating around was that Vanda had failed a post
fight drug test after his bout against Duran. Vanda today confirmed
this to be true but says he was under the impression the suspension
would not be in effect until Dec. 21st. He says that he found out
on the day of the fight that he was currently under the 90 day suspension
and that he had until the 21st to appeal the decision, not for the
suspension to take place. Williams was understandably frustrated after
learning of the cancellation. He says he was told shortly before arriving
to the venue that the fight would be an exhibition. We were able to
catch up with Vanda and Williams earlier today to get their take on
the last second change and more. To check out the candid statements
from both fighters...
DECEMBER 18 th, 2010
*correction* Bobby Kliewer stunned a returning Anthony Bonsante
on Saturday night at the Target Center, winning an 8 round split
decision (76-74 bonsante 77-73 kliewer, 78-77 Kliewer). Kliewer
dropped Bonsante twice in round two and looked to be close to stamping
an early nights work. However, Bonsante overcame a rusty start and
began to find his rhythm in the middle rounds, landing body shots
and his trademark uppercut. Bonsante dropped Kliewer in the fifth
with a right to the jaw as the two seemed to be on the break. Moments
later Bonsante picked Kliewer up and slammed him to the canvas prompting
referee Mark Nelson to deduct a point. Kliewer ended a wild round
by dropping Bonsante again toward the close of the fifth. Kliewer
remained calm and outworked a game Bonsante down the stretch sealing
In other action, Matt Vanda and Phil Williams fight was switched
at the last second to a 6 round exhibition. The official reason
given by the promotion was a licensing problem on Vanda's part.
The two did open up on each other and at times give more action
down the stretch then the pairs first meeting but as a whole, the
bout resembled an good exhibition rather then official fight.
Brad Patraw became the new MN state bantamweight champion
with unanimous decision win over Antwan Robertson. Patraw was stunned
in round two by a hard right but quickly regrouped and used what
looked to be an improved power attack to outwork Robertson over
Tony Lee won a four round unanimous decision over David Laque.
Lee was sharper as he peppered Laque with combinations. However,
Laque never stopped coming forward, taking some huge shots which
eventually wore on Lee allowing Laque to land bombs of his own.
Jamal James stop Ryan Gronvold in the opening round with
Bobby Butters Jr. and Donny Tierney both looked improved
since their last outing and gave fans a nice four rounder. Butters
Jr. however earned the unanimous decision win, dropping Tierney
once in the final round.
Willshaun Boxley and John Jackson fought to an exciting 6
round majority draw. The two traded furious combinations at times
which got the crowd cheering.
Jonathan Perez had a successful pro debut by stopping Randi
Ronchi in the opening round.
MUCH MORE DETAILS
AND PHOTOS TO COME...
BEATINGS: NOTES AND QUOTES
Pro boxing returns
to the Target Center in Minneapolis tonight headed by the rematch
between Matt "The Predator" (42-12, 23 KO's) and Phil
"The Drill" Williams (11-3-1, 10 KO's). Vanda won a 10
round split decision over Williams just over a year in an FSN televised
bout. The majority of fight fans felt Williams was the much bigger
puncher going in but he surprised everybody by boxing with the boxer
Vanda for most of the fight. Williams acknowledged afterwards that
he should have let his big punches go more but sticks by his feelings
that he still won the fight.
Vanda fully disagrees with Williams and says he outboxed Williams
in the first fight and doesn't see how the rematch will be different.
"Anybody that saw the fight knows that I beat him. He can
bring his power punches this time but I will still have fought harder
punchers. There is nothing he can do that I haven't already seen."
also caught up with Jamal James, Jonathan Perez, Tony Lee and David
LaQue before tonights bout to talk boxing and what we can expect
from them tonight...
FROM THE TARGET CENTER
DECEMBER 17 th, 2010
PHOTO COURTESY OF BECKY OLSTAD
FROM MARK CONNOR
AT THE SCALES-
Matt Vanda 163.5 - Phil Williams 164.5
168 Anthony Bonsante 167 - Bobby Kliewer
118 Brad Patraw 117.5 - Antwan Robertson
135 Tony Lee 136.5 - David Laque 133
(Lee gave up $100 to Laque for the pound over)
152 Donny Tierney 153.5 - Bobby Butters
120 Jonathan Perez 118.5 - Randy Ronchi
147 Jamal James 145 - Ryan Gronvold
133 John Jackson 131 Willshaun Boxley
VENUE: TARGET CENTER IN MNPLS, MN
JESSE KELLEY - DECEMBER 17 th,
Antwan Robertson (6-3-1, 4 KO's) and Brad Patraw (6-3, 4 KO's) are
set to meet for a third time as pro's on Saturday night in Minneapolis.
The two have split wins with Patraw taking the first and Robertson
evening the score and winning the vacant MN State bantamweight title
in the rematch.
"This fight basically means my career" said Patraw.
This is do or die, I'm not playing.
" Antwan wants this fight more then any fight in the past"
said John Hoffman...
"He Should Have Picked a Different Fighter"
JESSE KELLEY - DECEMBER 16 th,
Street's Bobby "Sweet Dreams" Kliewer is bringing a "Bullet"
proof mindset to the ring this Saturday night against Anthony Bonsante
at the Target Center. Kliewer realizes he will not be the favored
fighter to most of those that make it to Minneapolis to watch but
Kliewer is predicting an upset and promises he is fully prepared
"Bonsante doesn't impress me" said Kliewer. "
He's a good guy and all but this is a business. He should have picked
a different fighter for a tune up fight because in actuality, he
might be the one getting tuned up."...
BULLET" BONSANTE RELOADED
JESSE KELLEY - DECEMBER 14 th,
"The Bullet" Bonsante (32-11-3, 18 KO's) has made the decison
to return to boxing after nearly two years away from the sport. Bonsante
makes his comeback official this Saturday as he faces deceptive punching
Rice Street boxer Bobby Kliewer in a super middleweight supporting
bout to Matt Vanda-Phil Williams 2 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
"Things have happened in my personal life that I am not happy
about. Something I don't necessarily want to go public with but there
is a lot of anger and aggression that needs to come out because of
it. I figure I might as well get paid for beating the sh-t out of
someone, and that's what you get to do in boxing." ...
FIGHT CANCELLED ON MARK NELSON
referee Mark Nelson was minutes away from leaving a Detroit airport
destined for Frankfurt, Germany earlier tonight. Nelson was on his
way to referee this Saturday's World title bout between WBO/IBF/IBO
heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora.
Nelson says that representatives of K2 Promotions contacted him moments
before boarding the flight tonight informing him of the cancellation
because of a torn abdominal muscle Klitschko suffered in a training
session this afternoon. Nelson says that he will fly back to Mnpls
tonight. There is a good chance Nelson will again be appointed to
referee a rescheduled bout between Klitschko and Chisora should it
happen. In the mean time, look for Nelson to be the third man in the
ring on December 18th at the Target Center for bouts including the
rematch between Matt Vanda and Phil Williams.
Goodman Once Found a New Life Coaching Boxers
nothing conventional about boxing, and there is no better proof of
this than a conversation with coach Larry Goodman. At its best Goodmans
coaching methods may appear quirky. He believes good boxers are born
talented, and trainers who take credit are fooling themselves. He
isnt politically correct and can be brutally honest, even when
dealing with young fighters.
We dont use them (boxers) for our own purposes to make
money or turn them professional, Goodman said. We want
this to be a place where they come and work on being better individuals
and learn the meaning of respect. ...
OR DIE" FOR ABELL, ARREOLA
southpaw Joey Minnesota Ice Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) takes
on "The Nightmare" Chris Arreola 29-2 (25 KOs) in a scheduled
10-round main event of the Goossen Tutor Promotions presentation of
an ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast from the Pechanga
Resort & Casino in Temecula, California on January 28, 2011 LIVE
at 10 PM Eastern/7 PM local.
"I need to beat a fighter of Chris caliber if I hope to
get a shot at a world title. That said, Im gonna win and Im
gonna win early; definitely inside of 10 rounds regardless of what
type of condition hes in said Abell...
SHOCKS CABALLERO - (AP Photo / Isaac
27TH , 2010
Litzau (28-2, 21 KOs) turned in the best performance of his career
earlier tonight in Las Vegas, earning a split decision victory over
the heavily favored Celestino Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs).
Litzau kept the fight close in the early rounds against the awkward
punching Caballero but was slightly behind at the midway point. Caballero
began getting frustrated and confused as Litzau continued landing
powerful straight rights and left hooks to both the head and body
while making Caballero miss with slapping punches as the fight went
on. Each fighter had their moments in the closing rounds but Litzau
stood his ground and had clearly taken the fight away from Caballero
with harder punches as the fight came to a close. Litzau was never
hurt or in trouble while Caballero looked to be ready to quit on a
number of occasions. The win is perhaps the biggest victory for a
Minnesotan over the past decade...More to come
COLLIDES WITH CABALLERO ON HBO SATURDAY NIGHT
26TH , 2010
American Boy" Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KO's) promises fans will
see him at his best for Saturday nights HBO triple header bout against
34 year old former world champion Celestino Caballero 34-2, 23 KO's).
Litzau, 27, of Saint Paul, MN will be a live underdog going into the
bout, having won four consecutive fights including a technical decision
over Rocky Juarez since being stopped by Robert Guerrero in 2008.
Litzau believes Caballero is the best opponent he will have faced
and says a continued focus on ring intelligence combined with a training
camp that included strength, conditioning, and reaction time training
will be key to pulling off the upset victory. Litzau spoke with Fightnews
following the most intense training camp of his career shortly before
leaving for Las Vegas this past Tuesday afternoon. Litzau discussed
the work he put in during training camp and his thoughts on Celestino
LITZAU ON HBO, PLUS BRUNETTE'S BOXING THIS SATURDAY
22TH , 2010
is only days away from the biggest test of his career. The 27 year
old lightweight left forLas Vegas earlier today to promote his HBO
televised featured bout against prospect Cellestino Caballero, which
takes place on Saturday night. Minnesotaboxing.com caught up with
Litzau on Tuesday afternoon and will be bringing you the interview
Locally, Brunette's boxing will host an amateur boxing card on the
same night. Brunette's recently changed locations with the new gym
at 1675 East 5th Street Saint Paul, MN 55106. Visit www.brunetteboxing.com
for more info.
RECAP: BRANT, PETERSON, BOXLEY, BEAR, OH MY
22TH , 2010
boxer Robert Brant fought his first bout for team Memphis on
Friday, Nov. 19th in the World Series of Boxing. Brant lost a unanimous
decision to Mexico City's Javier Ortega in a bout Brant seemed to
be winning early until running out of gas over the final three of
five rounds. Brant said despite the outcome he liked the experience
of fighting minus headgear while still having the bout officially
amateur as are the rules in the WSB. " Without the headgear
you have much greater vision. It's a beautiful thing to be fighting
like a pro and being able to do this (boxing) full-time instead of
half-way like when you're an amateur. You have to learn to protect
yourself more and be conscience of where your head is and your opponents.
You also got to learn to conserve your energy through five full rounds.
We'll go back to the drawing board as we've all learned a lot from
this." -Quote courtesy of www.worldseriesboxing.com
Willshaun Boxley traveled to Canada to face NABA lightweight
champ Logan McGuinness (13-0-1) on short notice Saturday Nov. 20th
only to be told he could not fight because his medical papers were
turned in too late. McGuinness went on to stop Adrian Verdugo (17-3),
who oddly was the fighter Boxley was stepping in for because he reportedly
couldn't get his visa to enter Canada.
Ronnie Peterson (3-5) was stopped at 2:13 of the opening round
against Joseph Chip Perez (5-0, 2 KOs) at the Mohegan
Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on Friday night. Fightnews.com reports
"Perez landed a right that had Peterson touch his glove on the
canvas causing the standing eight count. Shortly after a left hook
to the body and a left hook to the head put Peterson down again for
the full ten count."
Also on the same card, Nick Running Bear (4-5-1) lost a unanimous
decision to Super middleweight Mark DeLuca (8-0, 5 KOs). Running Bear
was dropped in the first but made it to the end.
DROPS TOUGH DECISION TO DURAN
12TH , 2010
"The Predator" Vanda lost a 10 round decision to Ossie Duran
last Friday night in New Jersey. All reports point to an exciting
fight with Vanda and Duran going toe to toe. Vanda had his moments
throughout but Duran swept the scorecards with speedy and powerful
combinations while being the busier fighter. Neither fighter was hurt
in the bout and Vanda will now put all his focus into his rematch
with Phil Williams on December 18th as part of the Saint Paul/Minneapolis
border battle fight card.
Vanda-Duran Fight reports can be found at the following links...
DURAN READY TO RUMBLE TONIGHT
12TH , 2010
Vanda faces Ossie Duran tonight in an interesting and equal matchup
between durable veterans. Both fighters were respectful of the others
accomplishments at the pre fight press conference according to trainer
Otis Gage, who is with Vanda in New Jersey. Vanda, 32, weighed in
yesterday at 160 pounds while Duran a pound lighter at 159. Vanda
stated that he would like to be the first fighter to stop Duran inside
the distance but predicted a decision win. Results from New Jersey
will be posted as they become available. Full press conference can
Smart Stopped in 7th
year old Darby Smart (11-5) was stopped in round 7 by Tyson Cave
(12-1) in Canada last weekend. Smart attempted to slow the elusive
Canadian throughout the bout but was unable to find many opportunities
to unload. Despite the never quit attitude, "The Wild Irishman"
Smart was eventually dropped in the sixth and once again in the
7th round. It was Smarts second fight back after a four year absence.
The entire fight can be viewed on youtube...
Sam Morales Drops Decision in Slugfest
Saint Paul's Sam Morales lost an entertaining punchout with undefeated
Mike Moore in Ohio last Friday night (Nov. 5th). According to SecondsOut.com.."The
co-main event of the evening was a 4 round contest between junior
middleweight Mike 5th Moore (5-0, 3 KOs) of Cleveland,
OH and Sam The Rice Street Warrior Morales (3-4-1, 1
KO) of St. Paul, MN. The two went at it for four rounds, with Moore
on the better end of the exchanges. Morales gave a valiant effort
but in the end the judges scored the bout 40-36 and 39-37 (twice)
all in favor of Moore.
Morales told Minnesotaboxing.com afterwards.."It was a tough
fight but we came prepared, strong and in good shape. I started
out a little slow but always coming forward. By the second round
I figured him out and got more comfortable while landing my shots.
If I had two more rounds I think I would have stopped him. I'm staying
in shape and ready for anyone that comes my way."
FROM FARGO, ND REPORT BY BEN TIGHE - PHOTOS BY JESSE
6TH , 2010
In the featured
bout of the Showtime televised evening, Edwin Rodriguez and James
McGirt Jr thrilled the crowd with a back-and-forth battle. Rodriguez
would stop McGirt Jr in the 9th.
Young Aaron Pryor Jr, practically a novice boxer, overcame his
opponent's advantage in speed and athleticism with power and a
growing understanding of the nuances of boxing, winning by UD
over Dyah Davis.
Marcus Johnson stopped Kevin Engel after three rounds of action.
Hometown hero Andy Kolle, who grew up 60 miles east of Fargo in
Fergus Falls, Minnesota defeated Francisco Ruben Osorio by KO
at 2:57 of the first round.
Ishe Smith defeated Alexander Pacheco Quiroz by second round TKO.
Antwone Smith defeated Martinus Clay by TKO when Clay retired
with a shoulder injury after five rounds.
Jamal James defeated Wes Ronchi by KO in the first round of four
Corey Rodriguez defeated Nick Runningbear by UD after four rounds....
5 - 6th MINNESOTA FIGHT WEEKEND NOTES
4TH , 2010
ND SHOWTIME BOXING FRIDAY NIGHT
Showtime boxing live from Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. Minnesotan's
competing on the card include MN middleweight champion Andy Kolle,
Corey Rodriguez and Jamal James. There are still plenty of low cost
hotels available as well as tickets which can be found at Ticketmaster.com.
Check out the links below for more info on tomorrow nights show.
Full Updated Bout Sheet
Showtime boxing Fightnews Preview
Edwin Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KO's- fighting James Buddy
McGirt Jr )
Ishe Smith Interview (21-5, 9 KO's) by Ben Tighe (FisticMystic)
SAM MORALES BATTLE ON THE ROAD
Also on Friday night, Sam
Morales (3-3-1) takes on undefeated Michael Moore (4-0) at the Executive
Caterers in Ohio. The 154 pound fight is scheduled for 4 rounds.
Morales is 3-0-1 locally and tries to pick up his first road win
Friday night against Moore.
On Saturday, Nov. 6th "The Wild Irishman" Darby Smart
(11-4, 4 KO's) travels to Palookas Boxing Club in Halifax,
Nova Scotia, Canada to battle Tyson Cave (11-1, 3 KO's) on Nov.
6th. Smart, of Chisholm, MN defeated fellow Minnesota Hassan Wasswa
last July in his last visit across the northern border. Cave defeated
MN's Antwan Robertson this past June at the same venue. This battle
of two southpaws is scheduled for 10 rounds of action.
WEEKEND REPORT: DULUTH RESULTS, BOXLEY, ROBERTSON
The past weekend
saw Minnesotan's battle on their home turf in Duluth, MN and also
two of our fighters travel to Canada.
On Friday night, Duluth's RJ Laase, Al Sands, along with Minneapolis
fighter Aaron Green where all victorious in their bouts at Grandma's
Sports Garden. The following night, Willshaun Boxley (6-7-3 KO's)
won by TKO over Josh Dahl (2-3) of Washington.
Antwan Robertson lost a four round decision to undefeated former
Olympian Nestor Bolum of Nigeria. Website reports are calling it
official, but John Hoffman says it will go in the record books as
a no-contest as was agreed upon before the bout...
BOXLEY SEE ACTION IN CANADA FRIDAY NIGHT
Robertson (6-3-1) and Willshaun Boxley (5-7) will box in Canada this
Robertson faces Nigerian southpaw Nestor Bolum (8-0) in a four round
bantamweight exhibition. Robertson was set to face Philip Adyaka on
Oct. 9th at the Hyatt but pulled out that night at the venue according
to his trainer John Hoffman because of a week long bout with the flu.
Hoffman says this bout will be an exhibition do to Robertson's lack
of training for that reason and also to ensure he is injury free going
into his rubber match with Brad Patraw on Dec.18th in Mnpls.
Willshaun Boxley looks to snap a 7 fight losing streak against Josh
Dahl (2-2) in a 130 pound bout.
INTERVIEW: AARON GREEN TURNS PRO
year old Minneapolis heavyweight Aaron Green makes his pro debut
tomorrow night at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth, MN. Green faces
Wisconsin brawler William Gillette in the bout. Minnesotaboxing.com
teamed up with Mark Connor of boxers and writers magazine to learn
more about Green, who revealed signing a 14 fight deal with team
Horton and more...
VS WILLIAMS 2 SET FOR DECEMBER 18TH
Williams and Matt Vanda have agreed to terms and will face off again
on December 18th at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Williams is never shy of words and has made it known that he did not
agree with the decision loss to Vanda or the draw with Caleb Truax
in the recent MN battles. Williams chose to box with Vanda and first
thought is that he will bring the power on the 18th to attempt to
even the score.
Im not going to really comment on how I plan on doing
it, but Im going to do a lot of things differently. I feel like
Im going to make the most of the opportunity, and get the win
this time around.
Vanda says that he can't see what Williams can do differently to change
the outcome but is done thinking about anything passed his upcoming
fight in New Jersey first.
" There's all this talk about other fights and to be honest,
I'm not really worried about any of them right now other then Ossie
Duran. I am at the point where all my focus is on Duran. But it's
true, the Phil Williams rematch is happening on December 18th. He
can say all he wants about things being different but I can't see
how. I am just going to woop his ass again."
HEATING UP: NORTHERNERS IN ACTION
cold Minnesota winter is just around the corner but apparently that
just means it's time for our Northern based fighters to jump back
into action. This Thursday, Oct. 28th, one of MN's more exciting fighters
Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer (8-0-1) leads the way in a boxing
card at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth, MN. Eyer is joined by Horton's
Boxing teammates RJ Laase, Al Sands and new addition Aaron Green of
Minneapolis. Then it is Andy Kolle's turn as he boxes on the Shobox
card in Fargo, ND Friday Nov. 5th. Saturday, January 8th marks the
beginning of Horton's bi-monthly pro boxing series that will be held
at the Clyde...
RESPONDS TO VANDA, PLUS REID HIGHLIGHT CLIP
Fresh off a
victory two weeks ago against Jonathan Reid in Mnpls, "Golden"
Caleb Truax is in the headline's again. Earlier this week, Saint
Paul's Matt "The Predator Vanda called out Truax, revealing
a fight offer for later this year at the Target Center. After getting
words from Vanda, Minnesotaboxing.com contacted Truax to get his
response to the proposed fight date with Vanda. Here is what Truax
had to say...
course I would like to fight Vanda" said Truax. " It has
been something we have discussed ever since he left the gym (ACR).
I am also fine with a 50/50 split (In reference to Vanda agreeing
to a 50/50 split purse). In fact, I don't care if he gets paid more
then me. He is the veteran and I can understand that but I also
need to get paid what I think the fight is worth. I made the same
amount as they are offering against Jonathan Reid at the Hyatt.
Why would I fight Vanda at the Target Center, where I believe I
am the bigger draw for the same price? Who promotes the fight doesn't
matter to me. I just want to get what I feel the fight is worth.
Tony (Grygelko of Seconds Out) said he is interested in promoting
the fight and would pay both me and Matt more to fight each other
then the offer I received. So why would I take that offer? I hope
we can work something out because I think it is a fight that the
Minnesota fans would get behind. But we have other things in the
works also. It is not the only fight out there for me."
To make more sense of this in case you missed it, Vanda's recent
words can be read HERE.
*VIDEO* To Check
out highlight video that includes post fight words with Truax visit
the "video" tab at the top of the page or
VS DURAN: VET WARRIORS SET TO COLLIDE NOV.12
A fight between
veterans Matt "The Predator" Vanda (43-11, 23 Ko's)
and New Jersey's
Ossie The Ghanaian Gladiator Duran (24-8, 9 KO's) was
reported last month to be in the works for late October. The showdown
is confirmed to be set with a new date of November 12th according
to Vanda. The Rumble in the Park will take place at
Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey.
Bergen, New Jersey.
Although the fight will be in Duran's backyard, a press release
by Gulf Stream Group Promotions gives the impression that the fight
card is not featuring certain fighters, but rather fair matchups
between guys that show up to fight.
Vanda discussed his his thoughts on Duran, his training camp, as
well as a fight that MN fight fans continue to put on their Christmas
wish list: Vanda vs Truax...
ND: TV BOXING PLUS KOLLE, STARKS, JAMES
Showtime boxing series "ShoBox" returns to the Upper Midwest
once again on November 5th, 2010 with the host this time being the
Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. When Showtime last visited the area in
August at the Grand Casino Hinckley, Minnesota middleweight champ
Andy Kolle fought on the card, and Kolle gets another slot on this
show as part of the stacked off TV action.
It has been over three years since Kolle fought in Fargo, which is
just minutes away from his hometown of Fergus Falls. Minnesota prospects
Javontae Starks and Jamal James will see action as well. For more
details on the entire card...
REPORT: TRUAX STILL GOLDEN, STOPS REID IN 9TH
10TH, 2010 - BY RAY KILGORE
night's fight at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Minneapolis,
Caleb Truax (16-0-1, 10 KOs) said he was happy to be back on center
stage in the 10-round main event against Jonathan Reid (34-13, 19
Truax, 27, was true to his word as, after a slow first round, the
Osseo, MN, native picked up the pace from round three and worked
Reid over all evening long
Halfway into round nine, it looked as if Reid was in for a difficult
last two rounds, as Truax, who goes by the ring alias "Golden,"
looked like the fresher of the two.
By mid round, Truax backed Reid up to the ropes and teed off on
the older fighter with a right, left, right to Reid's head, which
dropped the fighter. Reid made the count, but was bloodied, tired,
and presumably behind on all three judges' scorecards; Truax jumped
on the wounded fighter, landing a flurry of blows to the body that
sent Reid down for good, as referee Jeff Nass waived the fight off
at 2:29 into round nine. ...
STOPS REID AT THE HYATT
Caleb Truax (16-0-1) stopped Jonathan Reid (34-13) on Saturday night
at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Truax began to open up in the
third round and never looked back, beating a game Reid to the punch
with powerful uppercuts and straight rights. Truax dropped Reid
with a right-left-right to the head midway through the 9th round.
Reid, whose right eye was badly swollen, made it to his feet but
was dropped moments later with a right to the body followed by a
flurry of head shots before the referee stopped the fight at 2:29
of round 9.
" I really worked on sitting down on my shots before the fight"
said Truax. "I had a great training camp coming into this fight.
I think I am a good boxer, that's what I do but I wasn't using my
power before like I know I can. I hit him with some hard body shots
and I thought I was going to get him out of there in the third and
fourth but he was tough and I give him credit."
In other action, lightweight Ismail Muwendo (7-0) knocked out Mike
Maley (3-8) with a straight right to the head at 1:24 of the opening
Jeremy McLaurin (8-1) won an exciting 6 round split decision over
Joel Flores (3-1). 60-55 and 58-55 for McLaurin, 57-56 for Flores
John Schmidt (10-1) won a 6 round unanimous decision over Ryan Soft
(2-2-1) in a middleweight bout. Scores read 59-55, 59-55, 58-56.
Charles Meier and Gavin Quinn exchanged thudding shots throughout
their 4 round exhibition bout.
Antwan Robertson left the venue before the fights started and was
unable to compete against Philip Adyaka. Word is Robertson had the
READY TO PUT HURT ON REID SATURDAY NIGHT
RAY KILGORE - OCTOBER 6TH, 2010
Truaxs spring and summer have been spent training and competing
in the ring. Naturally, when the 27-year-old decided to take time
off after his unanimous decision win over Antwun Kid Dynamite
Echols this past June, the break was refreshing.
BBQs, watching the Twins, and fishing were fun, but the fun
only lasted for so long, as the boxing bug caught up with the Osseo,
MN, native, and Truax found himself returning to Anoka Coon Rapids
gym with more enthusiasm.
After some time off, I was hungry to get back in there,
said Truax (15-0-1, 9 KOs). On Saturday, at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown
Minneapolis, hell get a chance to satisfy his hunger, as he
takes on Jonathan Reid (34-12, 19KOs) in the 10-round main event...
FORT: TAKING A LEAP OF FAITHIN HIMSELF
RAY KILGORE - OCTOBER 4TH, 2010
Fort strolls through the front doors of Rice Street gym with a ready
smile, a grin that knows somehow, somewhere, someplace, his destiny
as a boxer will be taken care of.
Boxers often say fights are won or lost before anyone sets foot
in the ring. These moments that determine the outcome of a fight
can come while on the stool between rounds, or minutes before a
ring walk. In Forts case, an unexpected telephone call was
Several weeks ago, the boxer learned that his 15-year-old brother
had been shot 14 times in a drive-by in Chicago, Ill., while walking
to the corner store. Even a boxer, accustomed to swollen eyes, elevated
heart rates, and bruised knuckles, is completely unprepared to deal
with something like this. He tells me all the time, I
am getting 1 percent, 2 percent better, Fort says through
misty eyes. As a human being, we gotta know we are getting
better if theres any hope. And for the 24-year-old fighter,
seeing his brothers determination to heal led to his recent
decisions to try to revamp his career...
ROUNDUP: LOWRY, SHISHPORENOK
Credit: John Booz - Fightnews.com
Paul's Troy Lowry and Blaine's Yevgeniy "Boris" Shishporenok
were unable to pick up "W's" this weekend in Indiana. Lowry
was stopped in the fourth round against Andy Lee and Shishporenok
lost a decision to Chicago's David Latoria. Minnesotaboxing.com was
told by one ringside observer that despite losing every round, Shishporenok
was highly entertaining with his unorthodox, powerful style. Lowry
had a tough time keeping up with his younger opponent but refused
to quit. Lowry was put on the canvas four times in his bout with Lee
while "Boris" overcame three visits to the canvas. For Fightnews.com's
For the Cyber Boxing Zone's report
Photo Credit: Hitz Boxing, taken from Fightnews.com
October 2nd, 2010
Andy Lee 163 vs. Troy Lowry 164
Dave Latoria 231 vs. Yevgeniy Shishporenok 273
Venue: Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
HELP SUPPORT TEAM CHASE!
October 1st, 2010
9:01pm on December 15, 2009, a very special child named Chase Wheeler
was born to local prize fighter Jonathan "JJ" Corn and Michele
Wilber. Chase's uniqueness was later confirmed by the tests that revealed
Chase was born with that one extra chromosome. JJ, Chase,
and the rest of his family will be participating in Green Bay's 2nd
Annual Down Syndrome Awareness Walk on October 2nd at the UWGB campus
and there is an opportunity for you to help sponsor them. No amount
is too small, and it's never too late to donate. For more information
on how you can get involved
THE NEWS: MINNESOTA BOXING
Sept. 30th, 2010
a brief down time, Minnesotaboxing.com is back up and running. Now
in the news, several out of state fights are on the horizon for a
group of Minnesota fighters...
PETERSON JR IN ACTION TONIGHT
*UPDATE* Ronnie Peterson Jr. (3-4,
2 KO's) of Anoka, MN fell victim to a liver shot earlier tonight
to Anthony Martinez (6-0, 5 KO's) in a welterweight contest at Club
Nokia in California. The former bantamweight was counted out at :52
of the opening round. The bouts were televised on FSN and will be
replayed tomorrow night.
LOWRY, SHISHPORENOK IN ACTION
Saint Paul's Troy "TNT Lowry (27-10,16 KO's) and Boris
Shishporenok hit the road to the Horseshoe Casino in Indiana,
on Saturday, October 2nd. Lowry will look to upset Emanual Steward
trained Andy Lee (23-1, 17 KO's) of Ireland. Lowry, 40, has been largely
inactive aside from sporadic fights against tough competition on short
notice and looks to snap a five fight skid. Also seeing action on
the card is timber fisted Russian transplant Yevgeniy "Boris"
Shishporenok. Shishporenok, who stands nearly 7 feet tall and trains
out of the Uppercut Gym in Minneapolis will face undefeated Chicago
native David Latoria (5-0, 3 KO's)
DARBY SMART RETURNS
Wild Irishman" Darby Smart (11-4, 4 KO's) travels to Palookas
Boxing Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to battle Tyson Cave (11-1,
3 KO's) on Nov. 6th. Smart, of Chisholm, MN defeated fellow Minnesota
Hassan Wasswa last July in his last visit across the northern border.
Cave defeated MN's Antwan Robertson this past June at the same venue.
This battle of two southpaws is scheduled for 10 rounds of action.
J. LITZAU GETS CABALLERO
Saint Paul lightweight Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KO's) has secured a
showdown with hyped brawler Celestino Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs) for
November 27th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Minnesotaboxing.com has
been reporting the on and off updates of this fight and it now appears
to be a done deal, with both sides going public with the fight being
set. The bout is part of a triple header HBO telecast that also features
Michael Katsidis vs Juan Manuel Marquez, and Andre Berto vs tba.
BOXING RESULTS FROM OAKDALE, MN
MORE PHOTO'S TO COME
Sept. 18, at the Duke's Pizza Pub Grill in Oakdale, Minn., Rice
Street Gym hosted an exciting action of 10 amateur bouts for outdoor
fans. The Litzau brothers, Matt Vanda, Tony Lee, Cerreso Fort, and
Mike Evgen among others were in attendance.
In the main event, Oakdale's Robert Brant won a four round decision
over Manny Contreras. The bout had the packed parking lot at Duke's
Rice Street's Oscar Soto defeated game Joey Claus in the co-feature
by decision. Eight action packed undercard preceeded the featured
FIGHT WEEKEND PRO RESULTS
DECISION IN NEVADA
Saint Louis Park's Wilton "Pretty Warrior" Hilario (12-2-1)
lost an 8 round unanimous decision Friday night in Nevada to 2004
Cuban Olympian Luis Franco (7-0). Scores read 80-71, 77-74, 78-73.
Hilario was very aggressive throughout but reckless at times. Referee
Jay Nady hounded Hilario from the opening bell, taking one point
for a low blow in round 3. Hilario may have been over-aggressive
which allowed Franco to counter him on the inside. Hilario never
quit coming forward though and showed a much improved jab then in
previous bouts, something he can hopefully continue to build on.
For Fightnews.com report
DAVIS, LAQUE STOPPED IN CHICAGO
North Dakota's Mike Davis (5-8) was stopped in round two by
the much larger Lithuanian Donatas Bondoravas (9-1-1) in Chicago.
Cyberboxingzone.com reports that Davis, a welterweight, put up a
good fight against the Middleweight behind a two fisted assault
but was dropped twice before the end came at 53 seconds into round
Also on the card, David LaQue (2-6-1) of Bloomington was outgunned
by Chicagos Antonio Canas (2-0) but not without a fight. LaQue
traded with the heavier handed Canas until a deep gash to the head
in round two forced LaQue's corner to step in at the start of round
three. Check out The Cyber Boxing Zone's full report click
CAPE STOPPED IN CALIFORNIA
Patrick Cape (6-10) of Little Canada was stopped in the opening
round Friday night in California. local Artemio Reyes Jr. dropped
twice before the bout was stopped at 2:01 according to www.Thesweetscience.comJoin
the discussion in the Forum
VANDA SIGNED TO FACE OSSIE DURAN
Saint Paul middleweight Matt "The Predator" Vanda (43-11,
23 Ko's) says his goal is to reach at least 50 wins and he might get
his chance at win number 44 on October 20th in New Jersey. Vanda,
31, says that he has signed to face 33 year old New Jersey resident
Ossie Duran (24-8, 9 KO's) and that he is told Duran has done the
same. Duran fought the majority of his early bouts in his birthplace
of Ghana before relocating his bouts to London, picking up a number
of British titles along the way. Despite having 8 losses, Duran has
never been stopped inside the distance.
Vanda, who does construction work outside of boxing, says that he
has already begun training for the bout.
"Boxing is the best way I know how to make a living and that's
what I am doing. I'd like to fight around here more but I'll take
fights on the road too, it doesn't matter to me. I've started running
for this one, something I've hardly ever done for my fights. I am
ready to kick some ass and line myself up for another big fight down
(Televised Friday night 10pm on Showtime)
Luis Franco 128 vs. Wilton Hilario 127
Credit: Tom Casino, Showtime
WEIGHTS FROM CHICAGO
153 vs. Donatas Bondarevas 156
Antonio Canas 141.5 vs David Laque 140
PREPARING FOR RETURN
Johnson (7-1-1) of Saint Paul says he is back in the gym preparing
to box again in front of his hometown fans, something he's only done
once so far as a pro.
"I want to let the fans here know that I am back and getting
ready to return. I know it's been awhile but I'm ready to start fighting
in MN again and will be looking for big fights."
When asked about fighting Javontae Starks, Corey Rodriguez, Scott
Ball, Mohammed Kayongo, Dave Peterson, and the rest of the local talent
in his weight class Johnson said
"Anybody and everybody here from 147 to 154, I'm taking no prisoners."
ACTION IN OAKDALE
Rice Street Gym is bringing a huge double main event this Saturday
Sept.18th at Duke's Pizza Pub Grill. Robert Brant faces Manny Contreras
in a light-heavyweight bout. In the co-feature, Rice Streets Oscar
Soto battles Joey Claus. Bouts start at 2pm, Tickets are $10. For
more visit www.dukespizza.com
WEEKEND FOR LOCALS
Wilton Hilario, Patrick Cape, David LaQue, and Mike Davis all see
action this coming weekend (Sept.16-17). Check out our new fight schedule
for more details...
Bantamweight Jake Backus of Arden Hills has suffered a hand injury
and says he will not be able to face St. Paul's Brad Patraw on Oct.
9th at the Hyatt Hotel in Mnpls. Backus and Patraw will meet at a
later date. Recent addition to the card, Ismail Muwendo has begun
sparring work with Jason Litzau in preparation for his bout vs tba.
Jon Schmidt and Charles Meier now also have spots on the undercard
to the main event between Caleb Truax vs Jonathan Reid. Jeremy McLaurin,
Aaron Green and Gavin Quinn are also still scheduled to box.
VAULT: GRIGSBY VS CARBAJAL
Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Will "Steel" Grigsby
didn't waste a second with easy fights when he decided to turn pro
in 1989. Grigsby, with Brunette's Boxing early in his pro career,
traveled to New Jersey in only his second pro fight at the age of
18 to face former Olympian and future Hall of Famer Michael Carbajal.
Grigsby took the fight to Carbajal early, trading punch for punch.
Going for the stoppage win, Grigsby was caught and dropped in the
final round. Grigsby jumped back to his feet and continued to trade
with Carbajal until the bell, losing a split decision. In the first
of many "Video Vault" features to come, we bring you Grigsby
CAMP RESPONDS TO CABALLERO NEWS
10th, 2010 - By Jesse Kelley
Bob Van Syckle told Minnesotaboxing.com a few weeks ago that it looked
very likely that his fighter, Jason Litzau would be facing Celestino
Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs) on HBO in November. However, more reports
surfaced today claiming Caballero instead chose to face Matt Remillard
(23-0, 13 KOs) although Remillard's promotor's now deny the fight
is taking place. Van Syckle gave the following statement to us moments
"Jason Litzau was offered the fight against Celestino Caballero
on HBO, a purse was agreed upon, and we accepted the fight. Next thing
I know, Fightnews is reporting that Matt Remillard is fighting Caballero.
It appears that Mr. Caballero had second thoughts about fighting Jason
Litzau, the WBC #4, WBA #3, IBF #6, WBO #10 ranked fighter. Caballero
decides to fight the smaller, inexperienced Remillard. I can understand
Caballero's fear. The fight game is all about taking the money with
the least risk. Jason has been training for weeks for Caballero and
is deeply disappointed with this turn of events. Jason Litzau is ready
and willing to fight any of the Super Featherweight Champions, so,
promoters please give us a call."
LOOKS TO GET IN MIX
9th, 2010 - By Jesse Kelley
Paul's Tony Lee (now 1-0 as a pro) made his pro debut on December
4th, almost 8 months ago today at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Lee says that an injury in that fight kept him sidelined for months
afterwards. That along with fight opportunities passing by recently
has been frustrating for the 23 year old but he says that he is 100%
healthy and ready to start making a statement in the boxing world.
"I just want to give the fans exciting fights. The kind of fights
that they really want to see"...
PROFILES: OTIS GAGE
9th , 2010 -
By Ray Kilgore
plans to bring regular stories profiling some of Minnesota's trainers
and the people behind the scenes and careers of our local boxers.
To kick things off, Ray Kilgore met up with former boxer, sparring
partner, and now trainer Otis Gage.Gage is a 3x Uppermidwest Golden
Gloves champion who built a record of (12-0) as a pro...
SET TO TURN PRO IN DULUTH, OCT. 28TH
9th , 2010
Minnesota's popular amateur heavyweight boxer Al Sands is ready to
step in the ring minus headgear and as a professional as Horton's
boxing features a Thursday night of fights on October 28th in Duluth,
MN. Sands along with Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer and RJ "T-Rex"
Laase are slotted to fight on the card. Promotor Chuck Horton says
he would also like to feature MN prospects from the Twin Cities area
in supporting bouts although nothing else is set at this time.
Sands, who is now being trained by recently retired fan favorite "Jungle
Boy" Zach Walters, shared his thoughts on his debut, possible
opponent and more in a recent press release...
lightweight Wilton Hilario (12-1-1) will face former Cuban Olympian
Luis Franco (6-0) on September 17th on Showtime. Hilario gets back
to back tv fights with has last bout against Martin Honorio being
on ESPN last March.
SILENCES BUTLERS COMEBACK
5th , 2010
"The Silencer" Butler (35-9) lost a controversial 10 round
unanimous decision to Neven Pajkic (15-0) last night in Canada. By
all accounts, it was a back and forth heavyweight slugfest. However,
the wide margin of scores that the judges saw in favor of the local
Pajkic would not give that impression (99-91, 97-93x2). Butler was
returning for the first time since his no-decision affair with Joey
Abell last November.
Canadian boxing news website www.theboxingexaminer.com reports that
the fight was much closer then those scores would suggest, claiming
Butler landed the harder blows while Pajkic was the aggressor. The
examiner also saw Butler dropping Pajkic early (ruled a slip) and
bloodying the nose of his opponent throughout.
Butler told his local Rochester paper, the PostBulletin that he wants
a rematch with Pajkic, just not in Canada and that the decision was
Butler continued "Everyone in the sport of boxing knows that
when you hit a man and he hits the canvas, it's a knockdown,"
said Butler mockingly of the knockdown. "That wasn't a slip."
You can check out the full Canadian boxing report
and also the Rochester Post Bulletin post fight write up
Negotiations for the Derrick Rossy New York fight were called off
when an MRI revealed a small break in Joeys hand. The break
is expected to keep ICE out of the ring until November. He has a tentative
fight scheduled overseas in mid November.
TO FACE REID UPDATE
Caleb Truax (16-0-1) returns to action on October 9th at the Hyatt
in Mnpls against former Contender Star Jonathan Reid (34-12) . Reid
lost an exciting decision to Andy Kolle mid 2008 in his last visit
to MN. Truax is coming off a decision win over Antwun Echols in June.
Also, former Ringside super heavyweight world champion Aaron Green
of Mnpls says he will be making his pro debut on the card. Another
bout in the works would see bantamweights Brad Patraw and Jake Backus
collide in exciting fashion. Jeremy McLaurin, Gavin and Frank Quinn
are also names appearing on the card at this time.
STOPPED IN ROUND 3 By
Allen Litzau (13-6) was stopped at 2:47 by Monty Meza-Clay (29-3)
in the third round of the super featherweight match at the Rivers
Casino on Saturday night. The fight was stopped "on advice from
[Litzau's] corner" and ruled a TKO. Litzau fell to 13-6. Full
report by the Post Gazette...
MEZA CLAY SPEAK By
Paul's Allen Litzau (13-5) will travel to the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania to battle former world champion Monty Meza Clay (28-3)
on Saturday night. Both fighters will look to break a two fight skid
and get their career's back on track when they meet in the main event
Litzau: "He (Meza Clay) lost to Jorge Solis who is now a
champion. Edner Cherry, so he has only lost to good fighters. I give
respect where respect is due and I am glad to have the opportunity
to fight him."
Meza Clay: "We both want the same thing. Now we just need
to see which one of us put it all together better"...
MOORE DRAW IN CLEVELAND
Joe Maxse, www.Cleveland.com: Dante Moore and Corey Rodriguez
(4-1-2, 3 KOs) fought to a technical draw in their six-round junior
middleweight bout last Saturday.
After a tactical opening round, action picked up in the second round
as both fighters took their shots. Rodriguez suffered a cut to the
side of his right eye midway through the round (Rodriguez says the
cut was cause by a headbutt).
Both men began working the body in a solid third, but Moore (6-0-1,
4 KOs) lost his advantage after that as Rodriguez pressed the pace.
It cost Moore as two judges split their decisions, 58-56, and the
third called it even, 57-57.
IN OUR PRAYERS
keep "Lil Superman" Antwan Robertson and his family in our
prayers. Robertson's newborn son passed away earlier this week. Robertson
wanted his friends and fans to know that he and girlfriend Lexi are
dealing with the loss as best as possible.
SET FOR MOORE
Collateral Damage Rodriguez (4-1-1) faces Cleveland's
Dante Moore (6-0) Friday night in a co-featured bout at the Nautica
Pavilion Center in Ohio.
Rodriguez weighed in at 152.5 while his opponent Moore was an even
152 at the weigh-ins earlier today. The Jr. Middleweight featured
contest is scheduled for six rounds...
Glancey, Beloved Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, Brother Age 83 of St.
Paul Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 7,
2010. Jim was the former owner of Glancey's Boxing Gym, where he mentored
at risk youth. Jim dedicated a great part of his life to MN boxing
and boxers and will be missed by many.Funeral Service Thursday at
11 AM at BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH 655 Forest St. Visitation Wed.
4-8 at KESSLER & MAGUIRE FUNERAL HOME 640 W. 7th St. 651-224-2341.
MORE INFO - Star Tribune
BUTLER MOVING ON
has been nearly nine months since Raphael Butler and Joey Abell met
in the ring with hopes of crowning the state's primo heavyweight.
Unfortunately for the fighters and fans, neither man would have a
chance to claim that title following one of the quickest and oddest
MN title fights in recent memory (for our full report on that night,
Despite the circumstances surrounding the ending to that bout, both
fighters appear ready to put that night behind them.
Rochester's Raphael Butler has not fought since the Abell meeting
but is now scheduled to face 32 year old Neven Pajkic of Canada on
September 4th. Butler will look to put the first loss on the undefeated
Pajkic's (13-0) record.
(Update, Sept. 2nd, negotiations for Abell-Rossy
are off) Joey Abell, like Butler, also appears to be gearing
for a tough test. Numerous nationally based websites report that Abell
(27-2) will be fighting Derric Rossy (25-2). Abell's team confirmed
with us that the bout is being negotiated for Oct. 6th but it is not
finalized at this time. Rossy can be seen in action here (white trunks
Both Abell and Butler say they would like to settle things in a rematch
but don't see either camp coming together on details such as a promoter,
venue, or a purse.
VANDA SCORE KO'S FRIDAY NIGHT
fighters took part in undercard action at the Grand Casino in Hinckley,
Minnesota, Friday night.
Andy Kolle (22-2, 16 KOs) of Fergus Falls, MN, got the job done
in spectacular fashion, stopping Daryl Salmon (16-5, 4 KOs) 1:31
into the first round.
Matt Vanda (43-11, 23) got a third round TKO victory over Jose Medina
(15-20, 11 KOs) in an action-filled fight. Vanda, from St. Paul,
MN, started round one using solid jabs and right hands to the head
and body of Medina. Hector Orozco (3-6, 0 KOs) was stopped by Michael
Anderson (7-0-1, 5 KOs) in round 3...
FROM THE GRAND CASINO, HINCKLEY
Andy "Kaos" Kolle (22-2, 16 KOs) needed just 91 seconds
to demolish southpaw Daryl Salmon (16-5, 4 KOs) Friday night in
Hinckley, MN. Kolle kept his opponent off balance with pressure
until a crushing right hand to the jaw sent a smoked Salmon to
the canvas where he lay disoriented and unable to beat the count.
Matt "The Predator" Vanda (43-11, 23 KOs) scored a third
round TKO over Jose Medina (15-20, 11 KOs).
Unbeaten welterweight Michael Anderson moved to 7-0-1, 5 KOs with
a third round stoppage of Hector Orozco (3-6, 0 KOs)...
SET FOR RINGSIDE
of the largest amateur boxing tournaments in the world is currently
taking place in Kansas City, MO. Last year the Ringside World Championships
brought in 1,400 boxers and the same, if not more are expected to
compete this year. According to Livefromringside.com, over 40 of those
boxers are from Minnesota.
36 year old Uppercut Gym boxer/coach Alfonso Vazquez will be one of
those Minnesotans seeing "Ringside Tournament" action for
the first time. He will try to bring home top prize in the Masters
division on Saturday when he competes in the finals...
5 th, 2010
Andy Kolle 158.5 Daryl Salmon 170
(165.5 2 hours later)
Matt Vanda 169.5 Jose Medina 176
Hector Orozco 147 Michael Anderson 149.5
TV bout weights and quotes can be found at www.Fightnews.com
ANXIOUS FOR FRIDAY By Jesse Kelley
Kolle (21-2, 15 KO's) is set to face Alabama southpaw Daryl Salmon
(16-4) tomorrow night at the Grand Casino as the Showtime cable network
brings it's boxing series back to Hinckley, MN.
When the camera's begin to roll, the lights will be shinning bright
on prospects Chris Avalos and Lateef Kayode as the two are featured
in the two separate TV slots.
However, the boxing fans that are sure to pack the Grand Casino ballroom
will be there in numbers to see Kolle attempt to pick up his fifth
BLASTS JUAREZ By Jesse Kelley
Litzau's fight with former title challenger Rocky Juarez last April
was supposed to be his defining moment as a pro. Litzau and his camp
had undergone a rewiring process of his fight approach in the ring
throughout the prior year to bring more defense and intelligence to
his power-punching, brawler style.
Litzau stuck with the new look against Juarez in April and found himself
ahead in a fight that many didn't expect him to have a chance in.
Litzau was winning on points through the seventh round when a cut,
which was ruled to be caused by a head clash, led to the fight going
to the scorecards where Litzau was seen as the winner.
"It was a big win for me against Juarez but as you see, none
of that matter's" said Litzau looking back at the fight.. "He
(Juarez) has a big fight on HBO coming up this week and I am the one
sitting on the shelf...
from the Armory action this past weekend, Minnesota also had fighters
in action out of state that for the most part, went unnoticed. One
boxer that did have all eye's on him was amateur star Robert Brant,
who was gunning for his third USA National title. Brant stormed his
way to the finals before losing a razor thin 10-9 decision to Army
boxer Jeffrey Spencer. Brant says he has already chalked it up as
a learning experience and is now focussed on the upcoming 2010 National
Boxley (5-7) was stopped after three rounds of action on Saturday
night against Abraham Lopez (12-0) of California. Fightnews reports
that Boxley's corner told the referee to stop the fight because of
on undisclosed injury. For the full write up CLICK
Troy "TNT" Lowry (27-10) fought his first bout since 2007,
losing in the first round this Saturday to Dominic Wade (8-0). The
Minot Daily News reports that Lowry was stopped by a body shot.
The Minot Daily also reports that former White Bear Lake boxer Dylon
Mason, now living in ND, bested Rondale Hubbert on the same card
in amatuer boxing action.
STOPS LYONS AT THE ARMORY
AGE WEIGHTS AND QUOTES July
By Ray Kilgore
MNBHOF Announces Inaugural Class of 2010
LAASE, DULUTH FIGHTERS IN ACTION TONIGHT
17th , 2010
MINNESOTA BOXING HALL OF FAME By Jesse Kelley
13th , 2010
OLDER INTERVIEWS AND REPORTS
ILL TRUAX DEFEATS A GAME ECHOLS
13th , 2010
FIGUEROA IN ACTION TONIGHT
11th , 2010
READY FOR ECHOLS TONIGHT
11th , 2010
"I LEAVE MINE IN THE RING"
10th , 2010
9th , 2010
WEEK INTERVIEW: COREY RODRIGUEZ
8th , 2010
8th , 2010
REPORT FROM MAHNOMEN, MN
LITZAU TO FIGHT ON MOSELY-MAYWEATHER
PAUL BRAWL: FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT PREVIEW
The Golden Year?
WRAP UP - APRIL 12TH
April 12TH, 2010
RIVERA IN ACTION TONIGHT
April 9TH, 2010
GLOVES PAVES WAY FOR PRO'S
April 9TH, 2010
RETURNS APRIL 24TH
April 6TH, 2010
KEEPS TITLE IN HINCKLEY
April 3rd, 2010
April 1st, 2010
April 1st, 2010
LITZAU VERSUS ROCKY JUAREZ
& VANDA: THE REMATCH"
March 26th, 2010
HOBBS: MIND OF STEEL
February 5TH, 2010
STOPPED IN CHICAGO
BOXLEY VS RONNY RIOS
DROPS DECISION TO MANFREDO
February 1st, 2010
FIGHT NIGHT LIVE COVERAGE ARCHIVE
January 29TH, 2010
PLANS TO DROP THE BOMB
January 19th, 2010
VS ST PAUL RESULTS
January 3rd, 2010