2010
MN BOXING RESULTS

 

LAASE-OROZCO IN DULUTH FEB. 12
DECEMBER 30TH, 2010
The 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.
IBF TITLE BOUT JAN. 7TH IN MNPLS
DECEMBER 28TH, 2010
*FIGHT 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 Cloud’s mandatory challenger when they meet Friday, January 7 in the main event of “New Year’s Bash” from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis.
Also appearing on the undercard will be former amateur star Javontae Starks (4-0, 4 KO’s), Charles Meier (4-1-1, 2 KO’s), the pro debuts of Mellissa Littlejohn and Tristan McNutt in separate bouts and two mixed martial arts featuring local favorites...
SCHMIDT BATTLES ESTRADA
DECEMBER 28TH, 2010
ACR 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.
FULL RESULTS AND PHOTO'S FROM MNPLS
BY RAY KILGORE - PHOTO'S BY JESSE KELLEY DECEMBER 21st, 2010

 

Bobby Kliewer (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 Exhibition.
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 KO)
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 Round
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...

VANDA, WILLIAMS SPEAK
BY JESSE KELLEY DECEMBER 19 th, 2010
Last 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...
KLIEWER STUNS BONSANTE
BY JESSE KELLEY 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 the victory.
• 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 6 rounds.
• 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 blazing combinations.
• 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...

SEASONS 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."

Minnesotaboxing.com 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...

WEIGHTS FROM THE TARGET CENTER
DECEMBER 17 th, 2010


PHOTO COURTESY OF BECKY OLSTAD
FROM MARK CONNOR AT THE SCALES-

165 Matt Vanda 163.5 - Phil Williams 164.5
168 Anthony Bonsante 167 - Bobby Kliewer 165.5
118 Brad Patraw 117.5 - Antwan Robertson 116.5
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 Jr. 154
120 Jonathan Perez 118.5 - Randy Ronchi 119
147 Jamal James 145 - Ryan Gronvold 147
133 John Jackson 131 Willshaun Boxley 132
VENUE: TARGET CENTER IN MNPLS, MN
PROMOTER: MSC/RDS
ROBERTSON-PATRAW: ROUND 3
BY JESSE KELLEY - DECEMBER 17 th, 2010
Bantamweights 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...
KLIEWER: "He Should Have Picked a Different Fighter"
BY JESSE KELLEY - DECEMBER 16 th, 2010

Rice 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 to deliver.
"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."...

"THE BULLET" BONSANTE RELOADED
BY JESSE KELLEY - DECEMBER 14 th, 2010
Anthony "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." ...
TITLE FIGHT CANCELLED ON MARK NELSON
DECEMBER 8th, 2010
Minnesota 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.
Larry Goodman Once Found a New Life Coaching Boxers
BY RAY KILGORE - DECEMBER 8th, 2010
There’s nothing conventional about boxing, and there is no better proof of this than a conversation with coach Larry Goodman. At its best Goodman’s coaching methods may appear quirky. He believes good boxers are born talented, and trainers who take credit are fooling themselves. He isn’t politically correct and can be brutally honest, even when dealing with young fighters.
“We don’t 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.” ...
"DO OR DIE" FOR ABELL, ARREOLA
DECEMBER 1ST, 2010
Hard-hitting 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, I’m gonna win and I’m gonna win early; definitely inside of 10 rounds regardless of what type of condition he’s in” said Abell...
LITZAU SHOCKS CABALLERO - (AP Photo / Isaac Brekken)
NOVEMBER 27TH , 2010
Jason 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
LITZAU COLLIDES WITH CABALLERO ON HBO SATURDAY NIGHT
NOVEMBER 26TH , 2010
"The 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 "Pelenchin" Caballero...
J. LITZAU ON HBO, PLUS BRUNETTE'S BOXING THIS SATURDAY
NOVEMBER 22TH , 2010

 

Jason Litzau 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 on Thursday.
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.

WEEKEND RECAP: BRANT, PETERSON, BOXLEY, BEAR, OH MY
NOVEMBER 22TH , 2010
Amateur 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.
VANDA DROPS TOUGH DECISION TO DURAN
NOVEMBER 12TH , 2010
Matt "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...
Fightnews.com Report Gardenstatefightscene.com
VANDA, DURAN READY TO RUMBLE TONIGHT
NOVEMBER 12TH , 2010
Matt 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 be viewed...
MORE WEEKEND RESULTS
NOVEMBER 11TH, 2010

• Darby Smart Stopped in 7th
40 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."

RESULTS FROM FARGO, ND REPORT BY BEN TIGHE - PHOTOS BY JESSE KELLEY
NOVEMBER 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 scheduled.
Corey Rodriguez defeated Nick Runningbear by UD after four rounds....

NOV. 5 - 6th MINNESOTA FIGHT WEEKEND NOTES
NOVEMBER 4TH , 2010

FARGO, 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)

DARBY SMART, 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 Palooka’s 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.

FULL WEEKEND REPORT: DULUTH RESULTS, BOXLEY, ROBERTSON
OCTOBER 31st, 2010

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...

ROBERTSON, BOXLEY SEE ACTION IN CANADA FRIDAY NIGHT
OCTOBER 27TH, 2010
Antwan Robertson (6-3-1) and Willshaun Boxley (5-7) will box in Canada this Friday night.
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.
VIDEO INTERVIEW: AARON GREEN TURNS PRO
OCTOBER 27TH, 2010
28 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...
VANDA VS WILLIAMS 2 SET FOR DECEMBER 18TH
OCTOBER 27TH, 2010
Phil 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.
“I’m not going to really comment on how I plan on doing it, but I’m going to do a lot of things differently. I feel like I’m 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."
DULUTH HEATING UP: NORTHERNERS IN ACTION
OCTOBER 26TH, 2010
The 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...
TRUAX RESPONDS TO VANDA, PLUS REID HIGHLIGHT CLIP
OCTOBER 23RD, 2010

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...

"Of 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

VANDA VS DURAN: VET WARRIORS SET TO COLLIDE NOV.12
OCTOBER 20TH, 2010

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.
North 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...

FARGO, ND: TV BOXING PLUS KOLLE, STARKS, JAMES
OCTOBER 19TH, 2010
The 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...
FULL REPORT: TRUAX STILL GOLDEN, STOPS REID IN 9TH
OCTOBER 10TH, 2010 - BY RAY KILGORE

Before Saturday 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 KOs).
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. ...

TRUAX STOPS REID AT THE HYATT
OCTOBER 10TH, 2010

"Golden" 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 round.
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 flu.

TRUAX READY TO PUT HURT ON REID SATURDAY NIGHT
BY RAY KILGORE - OCTOBER 6TH, 2010

Caleb Truax’s 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.
BBQ’s, 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, he’ll get a chance to satisfy his hunger, as he takes on Jonathan Reid (34-12, 19KOs) in the 10-round main event...

CERRESSO FORT: TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH—IN HIMSELF
BY RAY KILGORE - OCTOBER 4TH, 2010

Cerresso 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 Fort’s case, an unexpected telephone call was his revelation.
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 there’s any hope.” And for the 24-year-old fighter, seeing his brother’s determination to heal led to his recent decisions to try to revamp his career...

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: LOWRY, SHISHPORENOK INDIANA RESULTS
Photo Credit: John Booz - Fightnews.com
Saint 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 photo report For the Cyber Boxing Zone's report
WEIGHTS FROM INDIANA 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
PLEASE HELP SUPPORT TEAM CHASE!
October 1st, 2010
At 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
IN THE NEWS: MINNESOTA BOXING SCENE UPDATE
Sept. 30th, 2010
After 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
"The Wild Irishman" Darby Smart (11-4, 4 KO's) travels to Palooka’s 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.
AMATEUR BOXING RESULTS FROM OAKDALE, MN MORE PHOTO'S TO COME
Sept.18th, 2010

On Saturday 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 screaming throughout.
Rice Street's Oscar Soto defeated game Joey Claus in the co-feature by decision. Eight action packed undercard preceeded the featured bouts...

MINNESOTA FIGHT WEEKEND PRO RESULTS
Sept.18th, 2010

HILARIO DROPS 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 click here.
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 2.
Also on the card, David LaQue (2-6-1) of Bloomington was outgunned by Chicago’s 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 here.
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.com
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MATT VANDA SIGNED TO FACE OSSIE DURAN
Sept.17th, 2010
East 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 the road."
WEEKEND SCALE WATCH
Sept.16th, 2010

WEIGHTS FROM NEVADA
(Televised Friday night 10pm on Showtime)
Luis Franco 128 vs. Wilton Hilario 127


Photo Credit: Tom Casino, Showtime

WEIGHTS FROM CHICAGO
Mike Davis 153 vs. Donatas Bondarevas 156
Antonio Canas 141.5 vs David Laque 140

JOHNSON PREPARING FOR RETURN
Sept.15th, 2010
Antonio 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."
AMATEUR ACTION IN OAKDALE
Sept.14th, 2010
The 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
BUSY WEEKEND FOR LOCALS
Sept.12th ,2010
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...
FALL BRAWL UPDATE
Sept.12th ,2010
Super 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.
VIDEO VAULT: GRIGSBY VS CARBAJAL
September 11th, 2010
2010 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 vs Carbajal...
LITZAU CAMP RESPONDS TO CABALLERO NEWS
September 10th, 2010 - By Jesse Kelley
Trainer 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 ago.
"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."
LEE LOOKS TO GET IN MIX
September 9th, 2010 - By Jesse Kelley
Saint 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"...
TRAINER PROFILES: OTIS GAGE
September 9th , 2010 - By Ray Kilgore
Minnesotaboxing.com 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...
SANDS SET TO TURN PRO IN DULUTH, OCT. 28TH
September 9th , 2010
Duluth 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...
HILARIO TELEVISED AGAIN
Sept.5th ,2010
Mnpls 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.
DECISION SILENCES BUTLERS COMEBACK
September 5th , 2010
Raphael "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 "(expletive)".
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
ABELL-ROSSY OFF
Sept. 2nd ,2010
From JoeyAbell.com: Negotiations for the Derrick Rossy New York fight were called off when an MRI revealed a small break in Joey’s hand. The break is expected to keep ICE out of the ring until November. He has a tentative fight scheduled overseas in mid November.
TRUAX TO FACE REID UPDATE
August 28th, 2010
"Golden" 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.
LITZAU STOPPED IN ROUND 3 By Jesse Kelley
August 29th, 2010
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...
LITZAU, MEZA CLAY SPEAK By Jesse Kelley
August 27th, 2010
Saint 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 bout.
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"...
RODRIGUEZ, MOORE DRAW IN CLEVELAND
August 20th, 2010
By 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.
ROBERTSON IN OUR PRAYERS
August 18th, 2010
Please 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.
RODRIGUEZ SET FOR MOORE
August 18th, 2010

Corey “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...

JAMES GLANCEY PASSES
James 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.
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ABELL, BUTLER MOVING ON
August 18th, 2010
It 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.
KOLLE, VANDA SCORE KO'S FRIDAY NIGHT
August 8th, 2010

 

Several Minnesota 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...

RESULTS FROM THE GRAND CASINO, HINCKLEY
August 7th, 2010

Middleweight 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)...

VAZQUEZ SET FOR RINGSIDE
August 6th, 2010
One 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...
WEIGHTS FROM HINCKLEY
August 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

KOLLE ANXIOUS FOR FRIDAY By Jesse Kelley
August 6th, 2010
Andy 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 straight victory...
LITZAU BLASTS JUAREZ By Jesse Kelley
July 31st, 2010
Jason 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...
MORE WEEKEND RESULTS
July 22nd, 2010
Aside 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 Ringside tournament.
Willshaun 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 HERE
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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.
ABELL STOPS LYONS AT THE ARMORY July 18th, 2010
ICE AGE WEIGHTS AND QUOTES July 17th, 2010
ROPE A DOPE By Ray Kilgore July 15th, 2010
The MNBHOF Announces Inaugural Class of 2010
July 5th, 2010
KOLLE-VANDA, LAASE, DULUTH FIGHTERS IN ACTION TONIGHT
June 17th , 2010
THE MINNESOTA BOXING HALL OF FAME By Jesse Kelley
June 13th , 2010

OLDER INTERVIEWS AND REPORTS
AN ILL TRUAX DEFEATS A GAME ECHOLS June 13th , 2010
ALFARO, FIGUEROA IN ACTION TONIGHT June 11th , 2010
TRUAX READY FOR ECHOLS TONIGHT June 11th , 2010
MEIER: "I LEAVE MINE IN THE RING" June 10th , 2010
CALEB TRUAX INTERVIEW_ECHOLSJune 9th , 2010
FIGHT WEEK INTERVIEW: COREY RODRIGUEZ June 8th , 2010
FULL CIRCLE June 8th , 2010
PHOTO REPORT FROM MAHNOMEN, MN May 23RD, 2010
INTRODUCING ZACH SCHUMACH
A. LITZAU TO FIGHT ON MOSELY-MAYWEATHER
WILLIAMS-TRUAX: THE AFTERMATH
TRUAX-WILLIAMS A DRAW
SAINT PAUL BRAWL: FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT PREVIEW
2010 The Golden Year? April 13TH, 2003
WEEKEND WRAP UP - APRIL 12TH April 12TH, 2010
WILSON RIVERA IN ACTION TONIGHT April 9TH, 2010
GOLDEN GLOVES PAVES WAY FOR PRO'S April 9TH, 2010
RODRIGUEZ RETURNS APRIL 24TH April 6TH, 2010
KOLLE KEEPS TITLE IN HINCKLEY April 3rd, 2010
WEIGHTS KOLLE-VANDA2 April 1st, 2010
HECTOR OROZCO April 1st, 2010
JASON LITZAU VERSUS ROCKY JUAREZ March 30th, 2010
"KOLLE & VANDA: THE REMATCH" March 29th, 2010
ROBERT KAMYA- MIHTAR March 26th, 2010
HEATHER HUTCHINS March 11th, 2010
GIZZY HOBBS: MIND OF STEEL March 10th, 2010
KOLLE STOPS COLEMAN February 5TH, 2010
WILLIAMS STOPPED IN CHICAGO February 1st, 2010
WILLSHAUN BOXLEY VS RONNY RIOS
VANDA DROPS DECISION TO MANFREDO February 1st, 2010
FRIDAY FIGHT NIGHT LIVE COVERAGE ARCHIVE January 29TH, 2010
WILLIAMS PLANS TO DROP THE BOMB January 19th, 2010
MNPLS VS ST PAUL RESULTS January 3rd, 2010


 

 

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