2012
MN BOXING RESULTS

 

MINNESOTA BOXING WEEKEND REVIEW
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2012

We are a little late with the weekend wrap up following the last two weeks of action but MN had a few fighters boxing on the road...
OROZCO ROBBED AGAIN?- Hector "The Fighting Chihuahua" Orozco dropped a six round unanimous decision last night at the Valencia Ballroom in York, Pennsylvania to local undefeated Stevie Weimer. Orozco, of Hopkins, and coach Rick Anderson called after the bout last night to say they were happy with Hector's performance but felt they were robbed of another win. Orozco says he swarmed Weimer and never let him in the fight, and at one point sent Weimer's mouth piece into the crowd with a punch. He says the local crowd booed the decision and many spectators told him he won after the fight.
"I may have lost on the cards" said Orozco. "But spiritually, I know I won. It's the story of my life in the ring. I will keep at it and continue to work on my power. Because I guess it's not enough to just out box these guys. I know my day will come".
Orozco and Anderson are bringing video of the fight back and want the MN fans to see for themselves. Video will be posted here ASAP. Orozco drops to a deceiving 6-13 while Weimer moves to 9-0.
GIBSON STOPPED IN NY- Hibbing's Tyrone "TJ" Gibson (1-4, 1 KO) was stopped on Wednesday night at the Roseland Ballroom, New York by Brooklyn heavyweight Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller (4-0, 4 KO's). Reports say the 5'9 Gibson was tough but too undersized to last with Miller. Gibson was dropped to a knee in round two by head shots and the bout was eventually waived off midway through the round. Gibson's bout versus Al Sands on Feb. 9 is now in jeopardy depending on the length of time the mandatory suspension will last.
CORN SHUCKED IN IOWA- 39 year old Jonathan "JJ" Corn, also known as "The Native Sensation", traveled to the McElroy Auditorium in Waterloo, Iowa to face 45 year old returning veteran Rick Camlin for the vacant IBU Cruiserweight belt on Saturday, December 15th. Corn says he was given the short end of the stick on the decision however. Corn says Camlin was deducted points for holding and Corn scored a late knockdown yet still lost a 12 round decision. Corn says he feels like he dominated the action.
LITZAU STOPPED IN COLORADO- Allen Litzau (13-8) was stopped on Saturday, December 15 in Utah. Litzau survived three early knockdowns and came back to cut Chris Fernandez (21-15) bad in the 5th but ran out of gas and could not continue before the start of the sixth.
ALFARO DROPS DECISION TO OLYMPIAN- Northfields Vicente Alfaro (5-3) lost a four round unanimous decision to 2012 Olympian Joseph Diaz on Saturday, December 15 at the Sports Arenain Los Angeles, California. Alfaro was down once in the fourth.

 

FORT AGREE'S TO FACE KOLLE ON JAN 25
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012
"Sir" Cerresso Fort says he doesn't want to take an easy road to making it in boxing. But that's not a surprise to those who know some of the obstacles Fort has faced throughout his life to get to where he is today (see Ray Kilgore's 2006 interview CLICK HERE).
On January 25th, Fort (14-0-1, 10 KO's) will take the toughest road available locally at 154 lbs. when he and Andy "Kaos" Kolle (25-3, 18 KO's) meet at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN to determine the state's top jr. middleweight fighter.
FOR THE FULL STORY...

 

MUWENDO IN BAD BLOOD BOUT ON JAN. 5
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012

Press Release: Ismail "Sharp Shooter" Muwendo returns to the ring on January 5th at the Hyatt Regency - 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN. Muwendo has been training very hard for this "East African Collision." Muwendo will be meeting fellow Kenyan National Amateur Boxing Team Member Anthony Napunyi 14-11. Napunyi has boxed his last (7) fight professional boxing career out of Miami, Florida. Napunyi has only been in with the best in the world as his last seven opponents have had a combined record of (91-4). His most impressive performance as of late was against (22-1) top contender Mason Menard, in which he competitively lost a (10) round decision.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, there has become a bit of "bad blood" between the two combatants based on comments and unfortunate history between Anthony Napunyi and fellow Ugandan Boxers. Napunyi has stated he is coming to take Ismail's ABO Mid-America Featherweight Title. Furthermore, stating, he's never lost against an Ugandan Boxer, and will not lose against "The Sharp Shooter on January 5th. Muwendo sees things much differently with a much different outcome in the "East African Collision!"

The full card is as follows...

 

WEEKEND SCALE WATCH
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012

Weights from Utah
Allen Litzau 146 vs Chris Fernandez 146.5

Saint Paul's Allen Litzau (13-7, 7 KO's) will face 36 year old Chris Fernandez (20-15-1, 12 KO's) tomorrow night in Utah. Litzau has spent the past few weeks working with Mike Evgen at the WBL boxing gym to prepare for the bout. The bout will be for the WBU welterweight title.

Weights from Los Angeles
Vicente Alfaro 122.5 vs Joseph Diaz 122

Northfield's Vicente Alfaro (5-2) will face 2012 Olympian Joseph Diaz (debut) tomorrow afternoon at the LA Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California. The bout will be shows live on CBS, local time 3:30pm.

TRUAX, VANDA AGREE TO MEET ON JAN 19
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012

Minnesota middleweight champion "Golden" Caleb Truax will meet Matt "The Predator" Vanda in a long awaited and long overdue showdown on January 19 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Although not signed, both fighters tell MinnesotaBoxing.com they have agreed to terms. The bout will be at (or close to) 160 lbs. While Truax has been active, having fought just under two weeks ago, Vanda will be returning from a year plus out of the ring. And Vanda says this will be his final fight, putting an end to a colorful career spanning 58 bouts in 16 years.
" I want to go out in style, and that means knocking Caleb Truax out" said Vanda earlier tonight during his fourth day into training camp. We plan to bring you more coverage throughout the weeks leading up to fight night.


Vanda, second from left, following tonights workout in Woodbury, MN

 

TRUAX CHOPS DOWN WALKER IN 4
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2012 - PHOTOS AND REPORT BY JESSE KELLEY

"Golden" Caleb Truax (20-1-1, 12 KO's) turned in a lopsided and dominant performance in Saturday nights main event at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Truax battered Michael "The Midnight Stalker" Walker (19-17, 12 KO's), chopping him down to the body and eventually stopped him in round 4. The official time was 2:59 of the fourth round.
Cerresso Fort (14-0-1, 10 KO's) defeated Brandon Baue (12-8, 10 KO's) by 8 round unanimous decision. Fort held the upper hand during most of the action by boxing and stalking his opponent. Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 79-73 for Fort who remains unbeaten.
Jon Schmidt (11-1, 6 KO's) had a successful return after nearly 2 years out of the ring. Schmidt comfortably outboxed Missouri's Keith Collins (4-20, 2KO's) over 6 rounds of action.
Travis Perzynski (2-1, 1 KO) shocked Tyler Hultin (3-1-1, 2 KO's) and most of the fans in the arena with a unanimous decision win over four rounds. Scores read 39-36, 39-36, 38-37 for Perzynski.
Charles Meier (6-2-2, 3 KO's) stopped Bruce Johnson (0-3-1) in the third round. Meier punished Johnson throughout but as usual, Johnson absorbed the shots and gamely fought back.
Heavyweight Serhiy Karpenko (7-2, 5 KO's) stopped Dakota Talbott (0-4) in the second round in the nights opener...

 

WEIGHTS FROM RILEY'S PUB IN OAKDALE
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012


(Cerresso Fort, left, and Brandon Baue face off earlier tonight at weigh ins)

Last nights weigh ins went pretty quick once they got started. The small area surrounding the scale was crammed full of fighters, team members and commission officials. The fighters went on and off the scale quickly. Michael Walker looked a little displaced and must have known he would not be able to make weight. He ended up coming in at 6 lbs. over the contracted weight of 162. Caleb Truax agreed to Walker keeping the weight difference minus part of his purse. Truax said afterwards: "I don't give a damn. He's getting KO'd either way." Truax looked to be in top shape.
Cerresso Fort had a big following present including team members, fans, and film crew documenting. He and his opponent both made weight which was 160 (plus or minus). A lot of talk about Tyler Hultin vs Travis Perzynski as the possible fight of the night. Jon Schmidt, Charles Meier, and Serhiy Karpenko were also in fight shape.

Main event
Caleb Truax 162 vs. Michael Walker 168
(Contract of 162. Truax agreed to Walker keeping the weight difference minus part of his purse. Truax said afterwards: "I don't give a damn. He's getting KO'd either way."
Cerresso Fort 159.5 vs. Brandon Baue 161
Jon Schmidt 161 vs. Keith Collins 166
Charles Meier 156 vs. Bruce Johnson 153
Tyler Hultin 159 vs. Travis Perzynski 159
Serhiy Karpenko 231 vs. Dakota Talbert 224

 

Venue: Crowne Plaza, Saint Paul, MN
Promoter: Omega Presents

KARPENKO, MASON ADDED SATURDAYS CARD UPDATE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012

UPDATE: Dustin Mason and his opponent were not at weigh ins and it was annouced that fight is off the card.
This Saturday's "Knockout Hunger" Pro boxing card at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul has been switched up a bit over the last few days due to fighters falling out. Vicente Alfaro will no longer be fighting as his would be opponent Stephon Young pulled out for undisclosed reasons. Taking his place on the card is "The Bulldog" Dustin Mason. The 21 year old Mason will face MMA fighter Kurtis Ehrhorn
Also being added to the card is Ukrainian heavyweight Serhiy Karpenko (6-2, 4 KO's). Karpenko fought out of the Rice Street Gym in the second part of his amateur career before relocating to California shortly after turning pro. Karpenko has returned to MN to resume his career and says he is hoping to fight his way to a showdown with local heavyweight prospect Aaron Green sometime next year.
Jimmy Campbell and Michael Faulk have fallen out as opponents for Jon Schmidt's return also as of late. Southpaw Keith Collins (4-19) of Missouri is the last minute replacement opponent.
The rest of the card remains the same. Tyler Hultin and Travis Perzynski meet in a middleweight bout. Charles Meier faces Bruce Johnson.
Undefeated "Sir" Cerresso Fort (13-0-1) heads the co-featured bout against Missouri's Brandon Baue (12-7).
"Golden" Caleb Truax headlines against "The Midnight Stalker" Michael Walker.

 

KNOCKOUT HUNGER TV COMMERCIAL
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012

 

 

TRUAX, FORT AND MORE IN SAINT PAUL NOV. 17
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012

November 17th is the next big pro show to hit the Twin Cities as “Golden” Caleb Truax (19-1, 11 KOs) of Osseo, MN battles Michael Walker (19-16) of Chicago, Illinois in an 8 round contest at the Crowne Plaza on Nov. 17 in Saint Paul. The co-main event will feature unbeaten Middleweight “Sir” Cerresso Fort of St Paul, MN. Fort looks to move to 14-0 with 11 knockouts when he faces Brandon Baue (12-6) of Troy, MO in the 8 round match. Omega Presents has teamed up with Kowalski’s Market to Knock Out Hunger. Together we are encouraging our fans and participants to bring canned food items to the door on November 17th.
For more info....

 

PHOTO REPORT FROM CARLTON, MN
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2012

Boxing action returned to the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN on Saturday, October 27th. There were five bouts in all but the showdown between Cruiserweights Al Sands and Harley Kilfian in the co-feature along with the return of Gary Eyer were what the Northern MN boxing fans were hyped for. As it turned out, Eyer's opponent was scratched and Ronnie Peterson Jr. took the fight on a days notice.
Jungle Boy boxing photographer John D'Auria was ringside taking photo's of the action and also recapped the action in a photo report that can be seen here...

 

WE ARE BACK ONLINE SHORTLY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2012

Just wanted to put out a quick update that Minnesotaboxing.com will be back up and running soon. A virus wiped out our files (along with everything else on the computer) about a week ago. Thanks for your patience and please stay tuned for more coverage!

 

VIDEO: JAMAL JAMES VS COREY RODRIGUEZ
SUNDAY OCTOBER 28, 2012

Below is the full fight from this weekends showdown between Corey Rodriguez and Jamal James. The video player can be set to view in HD and then full screen option for better viewing. Full report from this show as well as the show in Carlton to come.

 

QUICK RESULTS FROM SHAKOPEE, MN
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27, 2012


Jamal James up on all three judges score cards after seven rounds of action (68-65, 69-64, 68-65) after a bad cut over the left eye of Corey Rodriguez caused by a couple clashes of heads was ruled too severe to let the action continue action. Official time of stoppage was 2:59 of round seven. Great action throughout.
Ismail Muwendo stopped Leon Bobo with body shots at the three minute mark of the second round.
Robert Brant dropped Ryan (Soft) White Mountain twice, putting him down for good at 2:17 of the first round.
Jonathan Perez won a four round unanimous decision over Aaron Fernandez. Scores read 40-36 on all three cards.
Olanrewaju Durodola stopped Sam Hill at 2:17 of the first round.
Dan Moret stopped Cheyenne Ziegler at 2:45 of the second round.
John Moxey won a four round UD over John Schimon.
More results and details to come

QUICK RESULTS FROM CARLTON, MN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 - Photo By John D'Auria

Gary Eyer fourth round stoppage win over Ronnie Peterson Jr
Al Sands round three KO win over Harley Kilfian
Jordan Schimmel battered Travis Fulton
Hector Orozco defeats DeWayne Wisdom
Booj LaBarge vs. Lexie Keshick
James Roe vs. Matt Meyer
More results and details to come

 

WEIGHTS FROM CARLTON, MN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012


(Al Sands, right, and Harley Kilfian, left at weigh ins photo courtesy of John D'Auria)

Gary Eyer 142 vs. Ronnie Peterson Jr. Weighs in tomorrow
Al Sands 194 vs Harley Kilfian 189
Jordan Shimmel 214.5 vs. Travis Fulton 241
Hector Orozco 142 vs. DeWayne Wisdom 135
Booj LaBarge 175 vs. Lexie Keshick 175
James Roe 185 vs. Matt Meyer 187

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

WEIGHTS FROM SHAKOPEE, MN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 - COURTESY OF BRETT MAUREN


left to right, Moxey, Perez, Brant, James, Moret, Muwendo, Rodriguez)

Corey Rodriguez 152 vs. Jamal James 148
Ismail Muwendo 131 vs. Leon Bobo 132
Olanrewaju Durodola 197 vs. Sam Hill 197
Jonathan Perez 118 vs. Aaron Fernandez 118
Rob Brant 159 vs. Ryan Soft 161
John Moxey 215 vs. John Schimon 235
Dan Moret 160 vs. Cheyenne Ziegler 160

Venue: Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN
Promoter: Fight Area 51 and Sterling Entertainment Group

 

VIDEO INTERVIEW: ISMAIL MUWENDO AND ROB BRANT
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

Ismail Muwendo and Robert Brant will be in action tomorrow night at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. Muwendo faces well traveled Leon Bobo (18-9) while Brant faces Ryan Soft of South Dakota. Minnesotaboxing.com caught up with the two fighters as they wrapped up fight week training for their thoughts on most recent bouts, tomorrow nights action and more.


 

EYER BACK IN ACTION THIS SATURDAY UPDATE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

UPDATE: Eyer will now be facing Ronnie Peterson Jr. in the main event bout. The fight is scheduled for 6 rounds at a weight of 144.
Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer returns from a year long ring absence as he headlines this Saturday's boxing show at the Black Bear Casino in Carleton, MN. Eyer's decision to join the Army has kept him away from the fight game but he is back and says he is ready to make an impact on the local scene in a big way.
And much like Eyer's actions in the ring, the crowd pleasing Duluth boxer is not returning quietly...

 

PEREZ FEATURED IN SHAKOPEE VALLY NEWS
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

By Jim Wells Special to the Valley News - There was never any doubt Jonathan Perez would become a boxer. It was a matter dictated by genetic influence, perhaps environmental persuasion or just plain love of the sport. In his case, all three played a role. Boxing runs in the family DNA and Perez grew up with the trappings of the sport all around him, learning to love the give and take of this ancient sport. Somewhere along the line, Perez, 21, decided he would alter that latter element, as much as possible. He prefers to be a giver and not a taker in this demanding, challenging contest of brains and brawn. So far, so good. Perez will box at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN this Saturday night. To read the full story...

 

INTRODUCING JORDAN SCHIMMELL
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

Amateur heavyweight standout Jordan Schimmell (4-0, 4 KO's) of Grand Rapids, MI will be boxing on this Saturday's fight card at Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Amoung his many accomplishments are a 3rd place finish at the 2011 Olympic trials, winning the World Golden Gloves 2007 in Hinckley, MN. Schimmill looks for win number 5 as a pro against Travis Fulton. To read the full story featured in the Grand Rapids Press...

JAMES, RODRIGUEZ SPEAK TO FOX 9 - VIDEO
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 - DOUG ERLIEN OF FOX 9

Boxing is a sport soaked in irony. Many times, fighters will talk a good game and then make excuses as to why not take a fight. It happens all the time on the national level and it happens right here in our back yard. Which is why the upcoming fight between Jamal James and Corey Rodriguez so refreshing.
The two will cross paths in the main event of Sterling Entertainment Group's Pound 4 Pound card Saturday at Canterbury Park. Sure, there has been the typical talk between the two camps leading up to fight week, but the undefeated James (7-0) and the veteran Rodriguez (6-2-2) are ready to put on a show in a fight that experts have called a fight of the year candidate.
To read the full story and see Doug Erlien's video interview with both fighters...


MCLAUREN FIGHTS IN NEW YORK TONIGHT
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012

Jeremy McLaurin (9-4 5 KO's) faces Floriano Pagliara (13-4-2 7 KO's) tonight in New York. Both fighters weighed in at 130 lbs. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and takes place Wednesday night at the famed Roseland Ballroom in midtown Manhattan. Fight Now TV will broadcast the event live beginning at 9PM ET.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE 2: KILFIAN VS SANDS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012

Harley "The Sandman" Kilfian (9-11, 8 KO's) and Al "The Haitian Temptation" Sands (5-1, 5 KO's) meet this Saturday night in an important Minnesota Cruiserweight division showdown. Kilfian is currently rated number 1 in the recently released Minnesota Combative Sports Commission's monthly state rankings. Sands is right behind at number 3. The scheduled co-main event of "Welcome to the Jungle 2" at Black Bear Casino should prove to be an exciting fight and an interesting clash that matches a battle tested veteran (Kilfian) against a young gun trying to make a statement (Sands)...

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ANTONIO JOHNSON
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19, 2012 - BY RAY KILGORE


Ever since he took up boxing at the age of nine, 154-pounder Antonio Johnson has known he was going to be a knockout by his standards. As a youth, the 28-year-old, whose record is (9-1-1, 4 KOs) compiled over 200 amateur fights. His skills are reportedly so good, he was afforded the opportunity to travel outside of his birthplace of Minnesota-something many inner city kids with limited resources weren't able to do-to compete in tournaments.
A prerequisite for any aspiring boxer is the ability to come into contact with different styles in order to improve. Johnson met this requirement, but with success comes expectations, sometimes too high...

 

JAMES-RODRIGUEZ HEATS UP
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17, 2012

The upcoming showdown billed "Pound 4 Pound" between Jamal James and Corey Rodriguez reached a boiling point earlier this month on Facebook. As we mentioned earlier, the fighters and their teams traded verbal jabs and shared predictions on what each was going to do to the other in the ring when they meet on October 27th at Canterbury Park. With the dust having settled for the time being, James and Rodriguez each shared a final thought with us following those exchanges.

Jamal James: "As you can see I had very little to say, reason being he's overrated. On the 27th he'll be exposed."

Corey Rodriguez: "Jamal, you have everything to lose...and the pressure is on you."

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2012

Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer (left) poses with Dustin Mason before a sparring session to prepare Eyer for his headlining bout on October 27 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Stay tuned for Eyer interview where he shares his thoughts on the fight and more.

GREEN HALTS CHASING BEAR IN TWO
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2012

Aaron Green (8-0, 7 KO's) dropped Emerson Chasing Bear (5-4-2, 3 KO's) twice while picking up the second round KO victory in the main event bout of the evening last Friday night in Hinckley. A right-left hook combination dropped Chasing Bear to his knees where referee Mark Nelson waived off the fight. Two knockdowns in all.
For the full fight report and watch Green vs. Chasing Bear in it's entirety...

 

WEIGHTS FROM HINCKLEY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012

Aaron Green 260.5 vs. Emerson Chasing Bear 228
Rondale Hubbert 147 vs. Ryan Gronvold 147
Jason Benson 158 vs. Bruce Johnson 151.5
Randy Ronchi 126 vs Jake Backus (will weigh in tomorrow)
Tony Norlander 178.5 vs Kevin Tjaden (will weigh in tomorrow)

Promoter: RDS Boxing
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley

"GORILLA" GREEN MEETS CHASING BEAR THIS FRIDAY
MONDAY OCTOBER 8TH, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

6'4 heavyweight powerhouse Aaron "Gorilla" Green will step through the ropes for the first time as a main eventer this Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Green is undefeated in his first 7 bouts as a professional with all but one of his opponents making it out of the second round. Green's opponent in the featured bout of the evening this
weekend will be 6'5 South Dakotan Emerson Chasing Bear (5-3-2, 3 KO's). For the full interview...

 

KARPENKO, MASON ADDED SATURDAYS CARD UPDATE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012

UPDATE: Dustin Mason and his opponent were not at weigh ins and it was annouced that fight is off the card.
This Saturday's "Knockout Hunger" Pro boxing card at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul has been switched up a bit over the last few days due to fighters falling out. Vicente Alfaro will no longer be fighting as his would be opponent Stephon Young pulled out for undisclosed reasons. Taking his place on the card is "The Bulldog" Dustin Mason. The 21 year old Mason will face MMA fighter Kurtis Ehrhorn
Also being added to the card is Ukrainian heavyweight Serhiy Karpenko (6-2, 4 KO's). Karpenko fought out of the Rice Street Gym in the second part of his amateur career before relocating to California shortly after turning pro. Karpenko has returned to MN to resume his career and says he is hoping to fight his way to a showdown with local heavyweight prospect Aaron Green sometime next year.
Jimmy Campbell and Michael Faulk have fallen out as opponents for Jon Schmidt's return also as of late. Southpaw Keith Collins (4-19) of Missouri is the last minute replacement opponent.
The rest of the card remains the same. Tyler Hultin and Travis Perzynski meet in a middleweight bout. Charles Meier faces Bruce Johnson.
Undefeated "Sir" Cerresso Fort (13-0-1) heads the co-featured bout against Missouri's Brandon Baue (12-7).
"Golden" Caleb Truax headlines against "The Midnight Stalker" Michael Walker.

 

KNOCKOUT HUNGER TV COMMERCIAL
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012

 

 

TRUAX, FORT AND MORE IN SAINT PAUL NOV. 17
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2012

November 17th is the next big pro show to hit the Twin Cities as “Golden” Caleb Truax (19-1, 11 KOs) of Osseo, MN battles Michael Walker (19-16) of Chicago, Illinois in an 8 round contest at the Crowne Plaza on Nov. 17 in Saint Paul. The co-main event will feature unbeaten Middleweight “Sir” Cerresso Fort of St Paul, MN. Fort looks to move to 14-0 with 11 knockouts when he faces Brandon Baue (12-6) of Troy, MO in the 8 round match. Omega Presents has teamed up with Kowalski’s Market to Knock Out Hunger. Together we are encouraging our fans and participants to bring canned food items to the door on November 17th.
For more info....

 

PHOTO REPORT FROM CARLTON, MN
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2012

Boxing action returned to the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN on Saturday, October 27th. There were five bouts in all but the showdown between Cruiserweights Al Sands and Harley Kilfian in the co-feature along with the return of Gary Eyer were what the Northern MN boxing fans were hyped for. As it turned out, Eyer's opponent was scratched and Ronnie Peterson Jr. took the fight on a days notice.
Jungle Boy boxing photographer John D'Auria was ringside taking photo's of the action and also recapped the action in a photo report that can be seen here...

 

WE ARE BACK ONLINE SHORTLY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD, 2012

Just wanted to put out a quick update that Minnesotaboxing.com will be back up and running soon. A virus wiped out our files (along with everything else on the computer) about a week ago. Thanks for your patience and please stay tuned for more coverage!

 

VIDEO: JAMAL JAMES VS COREY RODRIGUEZ
SUNDAY OCTOBER 28, 2012

Below is the full fight from this weekends showdown between Corey Rodriguez and Jamal James. The video player can be set to view in HD and then full screen option for better viewing. Full report from this show as well as the show in Carlton to come.

 

QUICK RESULTS FROM SHAKOPEE, MN
SATURDAY OCTOBER 27, 2012


Jamal James up on all three judges score cards after seven rounds of action (68-65, 69-64, 68-65) after a bad cut over the left eye of Corey Rodriguez caused by a couple clashes of heads was ruled too severe to let the action continue action. Official time of stoppage was 2:59 of round seven. Great action throughout.
Ismail Muwendo stopped Leon Bobo with body shots at the three minute mark of the second round.
Robert Brant dropped Ryan (Soft) White Mountain twice, putting him down for good at 2:17 of the first round.
Jonathan Perez won a four round unanimous decision over Aaron Fernandez. Scores read 40-36 on all three cards.
Olanrewaju Durodola stopped Sam Hill at 2:17 of the first round.
Dan Moret stopped Cheyenne Ziegler at 2:45 of the second round.
John Moxey won a four round UD over John Schimon.
More results and details to come

QUICK RESULTS FROM CARLTON, MN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 - Photo By John D'Auria

Gary Eyer fourth round stoppage win over Ronnie Peterson Jr
Al Sands round three KO win over Harley Kilfian
Jordan Schimmel battered Travis Fulton
Hector Orozco defeats DeWayne Wisdom
Booj LaBarge vs. Lexie Keshick
James Roe vs. Matt Meyer
More results and details to come

 

WEIGHTS FROM CARLTON, MN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012


(Al Sands, right, and Harley Kilfian, left at weigh ins photo courtesy of John D'Auria)

Gary Eyer 142 vs. Ronnie Peterson Jr. Weighs in tomorrow
Al Sands 194 vs Harley Kilfian 189
Jordan Shimmel 214.5 vs. Travis Fulton 241
Hector Orozco 142 vs. DeWayne Wisdom 135
Booj LaBarge 175 vs. Lexie Keshick 175
James Roe 185 vs. Matt Meyer 187

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

WEIGHTS FROM SHAKOPEE, MN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 - COURTESY OF BRETT MAUREN


left to right, Moxey, Perez, Brant, James, Moret, Muwendo, Rodriguez)

Corey Rodriguez 152 vs. Jamal James 148
Ismail Muwendo 131 vs. Leon Bobo 132
Olanrewaju Durodola 197 vs. Sam Hill 197
Jonathan Perez 118 vs. Aaron Fernandez 118
Rob Brant 159 vs. Ryan Soft 161
John Moxey 215 vs. John Schimon 235
Dan Moret 160 vs. Cheyenne Ziegler 160

Venue: Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN
Promoter: Fight Area 51 and Sterling Entertainment Group

 

VIDEO INTERVIEW: ISMAIL MUWENDO AND ROB BRANT
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

Ismail Muwendo and Robert Brant will be in action tomorrow night at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. Muwendo faces well traveled Leon Bobo (18-9) while Brant faces Ryan Soft of South Dakota. Minnesotaboxing.com caught up with the two fighters as they wrapped up fight week training for their thoughts on most recent bouts, tomorrow nights action and more.


 

EYER BACK IN ACTION THIS SATURDAY UPDATE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

UPDATE: Eyer will now be facing Ronnie Peterson Jr. in the main event bout. The fight is scheduled for 6 rounds at a weight of 144.
Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer returns from a year long ring absence as he headlines this Saturday's boxing show at the Black Bear Casino in Carleton, MN. Eyer's decision to join the Army has kept him away from the fight game but he is back and says he is ready to make an impact on the local scene in a big way.
And much like Eyer's actions in the ring, the crowd pleasing Duluth boxer is not returning quietly...

 

PEREZ FEATURED IN SHAKOPEE VALLY NEWS
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

By Jim Wells Special to the Valley News - There was never any doubt Jonathan Perez would become a boxer. It was a matter dictated by genetic influence, perhaps environmental persuasion or just plain love of the sport. In his case, all three played a role. Boxing runs in the family DNA and Perez grew up with the trappings of the sport all around him, learning to love the give and take of this ancient sport. Somewhere along the line, Perez, 21, decided he would alter that latter element, as much as possible. He prefers to be a giver and not a taker in this demanding, challenging contest of brains and brawn. So far, so good. Perez will box at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN this Saturday night. To read the full story...

 

INTRODUCING JORDAN SCHIMMELL
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2012

Amateur heavyweight standout Jordan Schimmell (4-0, 4 KO's) of Grand Rapids, MI will be boxing on this Saturday's fight card at Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Amoung his many accomplishments are a 3rd place finish at the 2011 Olympic trials, winning the World Golden Gloves 2007 in Hinckley, MN. Schimmill looks for win number 5 as a pro against Travis Fulton. To read the full story featured in the Grand Rapids Press...

JAMES, RODRIGUEZ SPEAK TO FOX 9 - VIDEO
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012 - DOUG ERLIEN OF FOX 9

Boxing is a sport soaked in irony. Many times, fighters will talk a good game and then make excuses as to why not take a fight. It happens all the time on the national level and it happens right here in our back yard. Which is why the upcoming fight between Jamal James and Corey Rodriguez so refreshing.
The two will cross paths in the main event of Sterling Entertainment Group's Pound 4 Pound card Saturday at Canterbury Park. Sure, there has been the typical talk between the two camps leading up to fight week, but the undefeated James (7-0) and the veteran Rodriguez (6-2-2) are ready to put on a show in a fight that experts have called a fight of the year candidate.
To read the full story and see Doug Erlien's video interview with both fighters...


MCLAUREN FIGHTS IN NEW YORK TONIGHT
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012

Jeremy McLaurin (9-4 5 KO's) faces Floriano Pagliara (13-4-2 7 KO's) tonight in New York. Both fighters weighed in at 130 lbs. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and takes place Wednesday night at the famed Roseland Ballroom in midtown Manhattan. Fight Now TV will broadcast the event live beginning at 9PM ET.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE 2: KILFIAN VS SANDS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012

Harley "The Sandman" Kilfian (9-11, 8 KO's) and Al "The Haitian Temptation" Sands (5-1, 5 KO's) meet this Saturday night in an important Minnesota Cruiserweight division showdown. Kilfian is currently rated number 1 in the recently released Minnesota Combative Sports Commission's monthly state rankings. Sands is right behind at number 3. The scheduled co-main event of "Welcome to the Jungle 2" at Black Bear Casino should prove to be an exciting fight and an interesting clash that matches a battle tested veteran (Kilfian) against a young gun trying to make a statement (Sands)...

 

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ANTONIO JOHNSON
FRIDAY OCTOBER 19, 2012 - BY RAY KILGORE


Ever since he took up boxing at the age of nine, 154-pounder Antonio Johnson has known he was going to be a knockout by his standards. As a youth, the 28-year-old, whose record is (9-1-1, 4 KOs) compiled over 200 amateur fights. His skills are reportedly so good, he was afforded the opportunity to travel outside of his birthplace of Minnesota-something many inner city kids with limited resources weren't able to do-to compete in tournaments.
A prerequisite for any aspiring boxer is the ability to come into contact with different styles in order to improve. Johnson met this requirement, but with success comes expectations, sometimes too high...

 

JAMES-RODRIGUEZ HEATS UP
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 17, 2012

The upcoming showdown billed "Pound 4 Pound" between Jamal James and Corey Rodriguez reached a boiling point earlier this month on Facebook. As we mentioned earlier, the fighters and their teams traded verbal jabs and shared predictions on what each was going to do to the other in the ring when they meet on October 27th at Canterbury Park. With the dust having settled for the time being, James and Rodriguez each shared a final thought with us following those exchanges.

Jamal James: "As you can see I had very little to say, reason being he's overrated. On the 27th he'll be exposed."

Corey Rodriguez: "Jamal, you have everything to lose...and the pressure is on you."

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2012

Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer (left) poses with Dustin Mason before a sparring session to prepare Eyer for his headlining bout on October 27 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Stay tuned for Eyer interview where he shares his thoughts on the fight and more.

GREEN HALTS CHASING BEAR IN TWO
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 2012

Aaron Green (8-0, 7 KO's) dropped Emerson Chasing Bear (5-4-2, 3 KO's) twice while picking up the second round KO victory in the main event bout of the evening last Friday night in Hinckley. A right-left hook combination dropped Chasing Bear to his knees where referee Mark Nelson waived off the fight. Two knockdowns in all.
For the full fight report and watch Green vs. Chasing Bear in it's entirety...

 

WEIGHTS FROM HINCKLEY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2012

Aaron Green 260.5 vs. Emerson Chasing Bear 228
Rondale Hubbert 147 vs. Ryan Gronvold 147
Jason Benson 158 vs. Bruce Johnson 151.5
Randy Ronchi 126 vs Jake Backus (will weigh in tomorrow)
Tony Norlander 178.5 vs Kevin Tjaden (will weigh in tomorrow)

Promoter: RDS Boxing
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley

"GORILLA" GREEN MEETS CHASING BEAR THIS FRIDAY
MONDAY OCTOBER 8TH, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

6'4 heavyweight powerhouse Aaron "Gorilla" Green will step through the ropes for the first time as a main eventer this Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Green is undefeated in his first 7 bouts as a professional with all but one of his opponents making it out of the second round. Green's opponent in the featured bout of the evening this
weekend will be 6'5 South Dakotan Emerson Chasing Bear (5-3-2, 3 KO's). For the full interview...

 

RODRIGUEZ, JAMES MEET ON OCT 27
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012

A catch weight clash between Jamal James and Corey Rodriguez is set to go down on October 27 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. The two well known local boxers have both begun training for the 152 pound bout. To make things more interesting, insults and fight predictions on facebook between the fighters, their teams, and fans are nearing a boiling point. The clash of skills, styles and pre fight hype should make this fight one to remember.
Power puncher Ismail Muwendo (10-0, 8 KO's) will face Leon Bobo (18-9-1, 2 KO's) in the co-featured bout.
Rob Brant, Jonathan Perez and more scheduled to box. The full card can be seen here... CLICK HERE

EYER RETURNS, SANDS-KILFIAN FACE OFF OCT 27
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012

"Stone Cold" Gary Eyer will headline a fight card on October 27 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Eyer (8-2-1, 6 KO's) is back from Army basic training, working full time as a roofer, and looking to box for the first time in over a year. No opponent has been named yet.
The co-featured bout is a cruiserweight clash between Al "The Haitian Temptation" Sands (5-1, 5 KO's) and Harley "The Sandman" Kilfian (9-11, 8 KO's). Kilfian began his career winning 8 of 10 at cruiserweight before dropping weight for the majority of his fights afterwards. Now he moves back to the division that saw him stop Marty Lindquist twice. Sands and his team were targeting a rematch with TJ Gibson to attempt revenge for his lone loss but also claim the top spot in the division until they learned that Kilfian would most likely be ranked #1 in the soon to be released State rankings by the Minnesota boxing commission later this month. So it appears that is why they are targeting Kilfian now instead. More info on the card as it comes.

MCLAUREN BOXES TONIGHT IN CONNECTICUT UPDATE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2012

UPDATE: Fightnews.com reports that both fighters fought a cautious fight throughout. The judges scored it unanimously against McLaurin after 6 rounds by scores of ... READ MORE
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eremy McLaurin (9-3, 5 KO's) has a big fight tonight in Mashantucket, CT. against undefeated Ryan Kielczewski (13-0, 2 KO's). The bout will be on the undercard to the HBO televised main event featuring Edwin Rodriguez vs.Jason Escalera. McLaurin told Minnesotaboxing.com last week at the fights in Saint Paul that he is primed and ready to pull of the upset. "My opponent has never faced a guy with my size and reach. I feel like my conditioning is top notch and I plan on bringing a win back to Minnesota." McLaurin and Kielczewski both weighed in at 130 at last nights weigh-ins.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2012

Former Minnesota boxers, from left to right, Ron Lyke, Rafael Rodriguez, and Del Bravo pose for a photo at last nights 3rd annual Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame banquet at the Mystic Lake Casino in Prior lake. It was another packed house with a large mix of past and present boxing figures, fans, family and more.

 

JOHNSON, TRUAX VICTORIOUS IN SAINT PAUL
THURSDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012 - PHOTO'S AND REPORT BY JESSE KELLEY

Antonio Johnson moved his record to (9-1-1, 4 KO's) with a shutout victory over Marcus Thompkins (5-8-1, 2 KO's) in the Saturday, September 22nd fight night main event in Saint Paul, MN.
Johnson beat his opponent to the punch all night but Thompkins toughness and ability to take a punch brought The fight to the scorecards where Johnson was up 80-71 in all three judges eyes.
Golden Caleb Truax (19-1-1, 10 KO's) knocked out Mickey Scarborough (6-5, 6 KO's) at 1:57 of the first round. Truax scored two knockdowns in the fight. The second knockdown left Scarborough flat on his back as the fight was waived off by Mark Nelson.
For the full report...

 

JOHNSON HEADLINES HOMETOWN CARD TONIGHT
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2012

Saint Paul's Antonio Johnson (8-1) headlines tonights fight card at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Minnesotaboxing.com caught up with the energetic jr middleweight after last nights weigh in's to discuss tonights show. Here is what Johnson had to say...

"I am very excited to be main eventing in my hometown and to the fans; its gonna be a barn burner! The other fights on the card should be exciting as wel. I know I trained really hard and promoted this show like crazy! I think this will be the first of many more main events to come and want to get it started right here is Saint Paul. It's a blessing! I think my last fight was a success in that we knocked the rust off and did alot of things we worked on in the gym as well as got afew rounds and closed the show. I'm here to get better and better each outting. It looks like I will be staying pretty busy over the next few months. We have a few things lined up so stay tunned after the show!"

Full interview by Ray Kilgore to come in the days following the fight. Fights start at 7 with Harley Davidson show taking place before the boxing action.

 

WEIGHTS FROM SAINT PAUL HARLEY
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012

Antonio Johnson 154.5 vs. Marcus Thompkins 150.5
Caleb Truax 168 vs. Mickey Scarborough 168
Antwan Robertson 115 vs. Jake Backus 113.5
Donny Tierney 154 vs. Bruce Johnson 156
Brad Heroff 122 vs. Jon Barker 126.5

Promoter: RDS Promotions
Venue: Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul, MN


TRUAX, JOHNSON & MORE RETURN THIS SAT.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012

RDS Boxing will feature a double main event this Saturday September 22 at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Returning will be "Golden" Caleb Truax and Saint Paul's Antonio Johnson in separate bouts. Truax will see action for this first time since nearly knocking out Jermain Taylor on Showtime. 28 year old Antonio Johnson picked up a win last November at the St. Paul Armory and says he is ready to take his career to the next level following the recent birth of his daughter.
Antwan "Lil Superman" Robertson meets Jake Backus in an interesting clash at 115 lbs.
Donny Tierney and David Laque meet in a 5 rounder.
Brunette's Boxing is back on the pro scene with two fighters in action. Corey Thompson will face Travis Perzynski in a super middleweight bout and featherweight Brad Heroff will box an opponent to be announced.
Tony Lee (pictured on poster) will no longer see action on the card. To see the full line up of records...

 

QUICK RESULTS FROM SUPERIOR
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012

RJ "T-Rex" Laase stopped Tyler Ziolkowski in the second round last night in Superior, WI. Laase dropped Ziolkowski three times in the first round and a final time at the start of the second before referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off. Time of stoppage was :15 of the second round.
Joe Lorenzi had a successful comeback as he stopped Tom Greylak at 1:45 of the second round. Greylak came to fight and it was an entertaining bout while it lasted. Lorenzi found a home early for the straight left which rocked Greylak throughout.
Nick Compton outpunched Silas Ortley over four rounds. Back and forth action in this one with neither fighter having visited the floor. Ortley got the better of things on the ropes but Compton kept most of the action in the center of the ring countering Ortley. Final scores read 38-36, 38-36, and 37-37
Rob Brant destroyed Eli Smith landing hard rights until the stoppage came at 1:22 of the opening round.
Rondale Hubbert gave Justin Gauthier no room to breath as he was on top of him from the start. A right hand to the head set up a barrage of unanswered shots that left Gauthier in a corner where referee mark Nelson stopped the fight. The end came at :52 of round one...

 

HUBBERT READY FOR DEBUT TONIGHT
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2012

Tonight's fight card at the Wessman Arena in Superior will feature many new faces making their first ring showing's at the pro level to go along with the familiar faces that will be featured. One of those fighters making their debut's will be Rondale "Giveum Hell" Hubbert.
The 24 year old Rondale says he began boxing at the age of 15 and has been lacing the gloves up ever since. Currently based out of Dillworth (near Moorehead), Hubbert is teamed up with trainer John Hoffman to begin his journey into the pro ranks "I grabbed some gloves, grabbed some mits, and basically started training in my backyard with some of my friends" said Rondale looking back...

 

WEIGHTS FROM SUPERIOR
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

RJ Laase 146.8 vs. Tyler Ziolkowski 146.4
Joe Lorenzi 186 vs. Tom Greylak 184
Rob Brant 158.2 vs. Eli Smith 156
Rondale Hubbert 144.8 vs. Justin Gauthier 147.4
Nick Compton 160 vs. Silas Ortley 160

Dustin Mason 129 vs. Erik Vo
Vo came in 10 pounds above the contracted weight of 129
and this fight is off due to Wisconsin rules on allowed weight loss

Promoter: T-Rex Promotions
Venue: Wessman Arena, Superior, WI

PHOTO'S COURTESY OF BEN SMOLNIKAR





SUPERIOR BOXING WEIGH IN'S TONIGHT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

Weigh in's for tomorrow's fight card at the Wessman Arena in Superior, WI will be at 5pm tonight at Ace's on 29th in Superior. The weigh in's are open to the public. To check out the full line up visit the following link...

 

MMA TITLE SHOT FOR BUTLER THIS SAT.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 5, 2012

Heavy handed Rochester native Raphael Butler (4-0 MMA record) will fight this Sat. at the Crown Plaza inside the cage for the vacant MN State heavyweight MMA title. More details and interview to come...

ALDRICH ARENA, SEPT 29TH UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, SEPT 5, 2012 - By Jesse Kelley

An exciting night of pro boxing featuring some of Minnesota's top fighters is set to be featured at the Aldrich Arena in Saint Paul on September 29th. Jason Litzau (29-3) continues his journey back to world contender status in the lightweight division in one of the nights main event bouts. Litzau will face Youngstown, Ohio's Jake "The Bull" Giuriceo (16-1-1).
"Sir" Cerresso Fort (13-0-1) will box in the other co-featured bout. Fort will face world recognized Billy Lyell (24-11) of Ohio in a 10 round bout which is also for the interim NABA 154 pound title.
For the Full Story and more details...

 

LAASE'S BOXING DREAM BECOMING REALITY
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2012 - BY RAY KILGORE

Duluth's RJ "T-Rex" Laase is set to promote his second boxing card as well as box on it on September 15th at the Wessman Arena in Superior, WI. Laase (8-1) takes on veteran of over 30 fights Tyler "The Punisher" Ziolkowski (15-16) of Saint Joeseph, Missouri in the nights main event. Also on the card will be Rob Brant, Joe Lorenzi, Winston Anderson, and Dustin Mason.
Writer Ray Kilgore recently wrote a background story on Laase which you can read here..
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QUICK RESULTS FROM SAINT PAUL
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

FULL REPORT AND PHOTO GALLERY TO FOLLOW
Ismail "Sharp Shooter" Muwendo (10-0) stopped Robert DaLuz (13-43) on Saturday night in the main event at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Muwendo was busier, more accurate, and landed the harder shots but as expected, DaLuz showed up to win and was game while the fight lasted. Muwendo walked forward with power punches while DaLuz circled and countered with hard looping counter shots. The steady action continued into round four. Muwendo began to take charge of the fight with non stop pressure. DaLuz was bleeding over the right eye from an earlier punch which got worse as the round continued. It was obvious the blood was giving DaLuz problems as he circled around the ring shaking his head while saying he could not see. Muwendo did not back off though and kept the punches coming. DaLuz fell into the ropes nearly touching a knee after a series of punches and Muwendo fired a hard left hook to the liver which got in just before the bell sounded to end the fourth round that dropped DaLuz into a heap. DaLuz's eye as dripping blood as he made it to his stool but the fight was called off by the ringside doctor after a close examination of the cut was ruled too severe to let him continue. Official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the fourth round.
In other action, Jamal James improved to (7-0) with a first round destruction of Charon Spain (2-2). James started fast and finished with a bang, knocking Spain down three times in all before referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off at 2:43 of the opening round.
Corey Rodriguez improved his record to (6-2) with a 5 round unanimous decision win over Romon Barber (2-2). Rodriguez got the job done but it wasn't easy as he traded bombs the chiseled Barber. Both fighters had their moments but Rodriguez showed better conditioning as he began to pull ahead from the third round on. Scores read 50-45, 50, 45, and 48-47 for Rodriguez.
Aaron Green (7-0) dropped Rob Haney (1-3) three times in the opening round, knocking Haney out at 2:31 of the first round
Rob Brant (2-0) swept all four rounds over Brian Geraghty (0-1) 40-36 on all three judges score cards.
Jonathan Perez (3-0) and Philip Adyaka (1-4) waged an exciting battle for the two rounds the bout lasted. Both bantamweights threw speedy combinations at each other throughout the first round. Adyaka landed a nice shot to the head in round two but was immediately caught with a countering right hook by Perez that left the Ugandan stunned. Shortly after, another hard head punch by Perez dropped Adyaka in a corner and the bout was stopped giving Perez his third win in as many fights. The time of the KO was 2:24 of the second round.
Brad Patraw dropped Reggie Sanders (12-45) four times throughout the first three rounds. But somewhere in the round Patraw hurt his left hand which allowed Sanders to get back into the fight over the next three rounds. Sanders was chasing after Patraw as the bell sounded to end the fight. As it turns out, the ring physician said he believes Patraw suffered a broken hand. Patraw ended up winning by scores of 58-53 twice and 58-52.
Charles Meier (4-1-2) and Jason Benson (0-1-1) fought to a four round draw.
Al Sands (5-1) dropped Mahmoud Aburia (0-1) with a huge left hook to the chin that put an end to the fight after being waived off giving him a TKO win at 1:36 of the first.
Jake Backus (2-2) won a four round decision over Zach Wolff (0-2) in the opening bout. Scores read 40-36 on all three judges cards.

FULL REPORT AND PHOTO GALLERY TO FOLLOW

FREE BOXING STREAM TONIGHT FROM ST PAUL
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012

Tonights pro bouts from the Crown Plaza in Saint Paul will be streamed live at http://www.facebook.com/sterlingmn

Also, to check out a much better photo gallery of last nights weigh ins...

 

ALFARO BOXES ON TELEFUTURA TONIGHT
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2012

Vicente Alfaro (5-1, 1 KO) attempts to pick up a big win tonight in a co-featured bout televised on Telefutura's “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” card in Fairfield, California. Alfaro faces undefeated Manuel "Tino" Avila (8-0, 2 KO's). Although Alfaro has not fought since February of 2011, he believes he is fully prepared to upset the "Golden Boy" prospect. "I haven't done much scouting on my opponent because I leave that up to my coach (Gordon Moreno) but I plan on making it a rough fight and plan on getting the win" said Alfaro. "Preparation has been very good. It's a long commute up here from Northfield but this is a big fight so it's time to get serious. And the guys I am working with here (COD) are high caliber"...

 

FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH IN RESULTS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012

Ismail Muwendo 131 Vs. Robert Da Luz 132

Aaron Green 260 Vs. Rob Haney 247

Corey Rodriguez 154 Vs. Romon Barber 152

Robert Brant 156 Vs. Brian Geraghty 156

Jonathon Perez 117 Vs. Philip Adyaka 116

Jamal James 147 Vs. Charon Spain 148

Brad Patraw 128 Vs. Reggie Sanders 127

Charles Meier 154.5 Vs. Jason Benson 154

Al Sands 218 Vs. Mahmoud Aburia 219

Jake Backus 122 Vs. Zach Wolff 126


Venue: The Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul, MN
Promoter: SEG/Driller Promotions

MORE PHOTOS TO COME

JAMES READY FOR TWIN CITIES RETURN
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012

24 year old Jamal "Shango" James (6-0, 4 KO's) of Minneapolis will be featured tomorrow night on the pro fight card taking place at the Crown Plaza in Saint Paul. James hasn't fought in the Twin Cities area since 2010 but boxing fans can expect to see more of the flashy and speedy combinations from the 6'2 welterweight and then some. After winning a close decision over Hector Orozco in 2011, James produced his best showing in his last bout, which was a rematch with Orozco this past June in Carleton, MN. In that bout, James used speed, movement, and what looked like added power to keep Orozco on the end of his punches. Minnesotaboxing.com caught up with James before he got down to business at the Circle of Discipline to discuss the Orozco fights and the upcoming show. Also, with a rumored fight with Corey Rodriguez at a catch weight and a welterweight showdown with RJ Laase floating around, James also talked about wanting to take on all local challengers at 147 lbs...

 

MUWENDO, RODRIGUEZ, GREEN ON 12 NEWS
FRIDAY AUGUST 24 , 2012

From Channel 12 News, Brooklyn Park: Ismail Muwendo, a native of Uganda and Brooklyn Center resident, puts his unbeaten professional record on the line against tough veteran Robert Da Luz in a super featherweight bout headlining a card at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown St. Paul tomorrow night. Heavyweight Aaron Green of Golden Valley is also unbeaten; he'll meet Rob Haney in a six round fight. Corey Rodriguez of Brooklyn Park meets Romon Barber in a junior middleweight match. Check out the video below...

 

 

TONY LEE MAKES RETURN ON SEPT. 22
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012

Tony "2Sharp" Lee (6-1, 3 KO's) says he has been waiting to get back in the ring since his last bout in February and he gets that chance on Sept. 22 at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Lee scored the front runner for knockout of the year in that last bout as he dropped brawling Chicago fighter Joel Flores with a hard right to the jaw in the third round. Writer Ray Kilgore caught that moment on tape which you can check out below.

 

 

GREEN BACK IN ACTION SATURDAY NIGHT
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012

Heavyweight Aaron "Gorilla" Green (6-0, 5 KO's) climbs through (or over) the ropes again this Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Green has had opponents fall through again leading up to this fight but a big boy by the name of "Chief" Rob Haney out of Missouri has been lined up to face Green in the heavyweight bout. The 33 year old Haney (click here for video) has a boxing record of (1-2, 1 KO) and fights MMA as well. MNboxingleague recently caught up with Green for a few words leading into the bout and you can check out that interview here...

 

MN BOXING HEATS UP AS FALL APPROACHES
MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012

The Minnesota boxing schedule is looking red hot as the cool temps prepare to make their way back to our state. August ends with a pro show this Saturday at The Crown Plaza in St. Paul courtesy of SEG/Driller promotions. T-Rex promotions promotes it's second show in a row at the Wessman Arena in Superior, WI on September 15th. Bob Stein's RDS promotions features a handful of St. Paul fighters at the Crowne Plaza September 22nd. And Floyd Mayweather Sr's Joy Boy Promotions ends the month's local action on September 29 at Aldrich Arena. The rumor mill reveals that there is a good chance October will be just as busy. For the latest word on all of these shows please visit our schedule page link at the top of the page or by clicking here...

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012

"Bad" Brad Patraw (third from left) attended a public speech last week given by historian Jake Wegner (far left) on Minnesota's past and present Irish fighters. The event was held at Harriet Island's Irish Fest in Saint Paul. Patraw fights next Saturday at the Crown Plaza in St. Paul against veteran Reggie Sanders in a 130 lb. bout. Also picture from left to right is 2012 MNBHOF inductee Jerry Slavin and former boxer "Irish" Danny Morgan.

RODRIGUEZ PREPARED FOR FAULK BOUT
MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012 - UPDATE

UPDATE: Reports coming in that Michael Faulk will no longer be fighting due to an eye problem. More to come.
Corey Rodiguez (5-2-2) and Michael Faulk (2-2) are set to face off on August 25th at downtown Saint Paul's Crowne Plaza in a jr. middleweight showdown. Both guys are well known throughout Minnesota for the years of work each has put in the ring and bragging rights as well as position among the rest of the 154 pounders in the state will be on the line. Rodriguez last saw action in November of 2011 in Chicago and discussed that bout in detail as well as the upcoming fight with Faulk in a recent interview with Minnesotaboxing.com. Rodriguez, who says he is in the best shape of his pro career also replied to rumors that he has more big local rivalry bouts in the works over the upcoming months...

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Jonathan Perez (left) and Vicente Alfaro (right) stop for a photo earlier tonight outside the Circle of Discipline Gym in Mnpls. The two bantamweights sparred with each other in preparation for their bouts on August 25th. Perez (2-0) faces local Ugandan transplant Philip Adyaka (1-3)at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. On the same night, Alfaro (5-1) travels to California for a televised (Telefutura) bout versus 20 year old Manuel Avila (7-0). Interviews with both fighters to come.

 

CARAWAY AMONG MN RINGSIDE COMPETITORS
TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

 

DeLorien Caraway is set to compete in this weeks Ringside World Championships tournament in Kansas City. Caraway will be among a number of Minnesotan's in action as the punches begin to fly on Wednesday and will continue through the weekend. Caraway says he trained extremely hard for the tournament and expects to bring home a title. More info including live stream info can be found here...

 

SHARP SHOOTER TAKES AIM AT AUG. 25TH
MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

PRESS RELEASE: Ismail "Sharp Shooter" Muwendo returns home after a successful road trip to Nebraska in April, in which he won the ABO Mid-America Featherweight Title (6th round stoppage)! Its been over a year-and-a-half since the "Sharp Shooters" last performed in front of his adopted home crowd of the Twin Cities, as such, he will do so at the St. Paul Crowne Plaza (11 East Kellogg Blvd., St Paul) on Saturday, August 25th @ 7pm. Ismail will be matched with the man known as the "Gate Keeper" within the boxing community, Robert "Don't Luz" Da Luz of Jacksonville, Florida. Everyone within the boxing community knows that Da Luz is the guy you must get through if you're going to progress into the upper tiers of boxing. Da Luz will be another step-up in class, as Ismail continues to pursue his national rankings in pursuit of a World Title...

 

COACH LARRY GOODMAN PASSES UPDATE
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2012


The Minnesota boxing community lost another influential member with the passing of coach Larry Goodman last Thursday. Goodman was the man behind the scenes for many of MN's well known professional fighters during their amateur boxing days including Jose Leo Moreno, Kenny Kost, and Rob Brant to name a few. Goodman devoted much of his life to helping countless amateur boxers grow in and out of the ring. He will be missed.
Memorial services will be Saturday at 11:00am. Galilee Luthern Church. 145 McCarrons Blvd. Roseville, MN. 55113

 

2012 MN HALL OF FAMERS ANNOUNCED
SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2012


Jim Beattie (right) is one of 8 inducted into the class of 2012 MN Boxing Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame announced their official Class of 2012 on June 23rd at the Saints game. The Induction Banquet will be held on September 28th at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN. Oscar Gardner, Jimmy Delaney, Billy Miske, Lee Savold, Jim Beattie, Jerry Slavin, Dick Cullum, Denny Nelson round out the class.
Tickets are $60.00 and include the meal and induction ceremonies. Social hour starts at 5:00 with the meal and festivities beginning at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Hall of Fame through their website at www.mnbhof.org...

 

FORT VS. PETERSON: YOU BE THE JUDGE!
MONDAY, JULY 9, 2012

Dave Peterson (13-1) and Cerresso Fort (13-0-1) stood toe to toe for 8 rounds on June 23rd and produced a local classic in the process. It was a fight that had fans split down the middle afterwards. When the final bell was sounded and the smoke had cleared, two judges saw it in favor of Fort with scores of 77-75 while other had it even at 76-76. Talks of a rematch began before the fighters had left the ring and there are now rumors that a rematch could take place later this year in the Twin Cities area. With interviews in the works with both fighters, we rounded up two video angles of the fight in it's enirety to watch below.
Now you can sit back and enjoy the action if you missed it live or enjoy the fight again and pick your winner. Afterwards you can vote below on how you saw it!...

 

JUNE 23 FIGHT PHOTO GALLERY
MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

 

 

FORT WINS THRILLER - FULL REPORT POSTED
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012 - PHOTO'S AND REPORT BY JESSE KELLEY

"Sir" Cerresso Fort (13-0-1, 10 KO's) won a hard fought majority decision over Dave "The Prodigy" Peterson (13-1, 8 KO's) Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. The "decent" action in the opening round exploded into an all out war over the next seven rounds which were marked by both warriors giving it everything they had. The blood started flying early and often leaving the fighters cut and swollen and even a few ringsiders spotted in red. It was a barn burner with Fort's hand raised after the final bell. Official scores read 77-75 twice for Fort and 76-76 giving Fort the victory.
In other action, Jamal James (6-0, 4 KO's) looked extremely sharp in beating Hector Orozco (5-12) for the second time...

 

OAKDALE AMATEUR BOXING TOMORROW
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012

Mike Evgen's annual summerfest amateur boxing show is tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 1pm in Oakdale, MN. The bouts will be at Richard Walton Park located at 1584 Hadley Ave N Oakdale, MN 55128

 

PETERSON BRINGING HIS BEST
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2012

25 year old Dave "The Prodigy" Peterson (13-0) says he couldn't be more ready for tonight's bout with Cerresso Fort at the Black Bear Casino. Peterson has been a pro in the ring since the age of 16 and and after 9 years in the game says he is both mentally and physically at his best.
"I am going to fight with a lot of confidence and fight as hard as I possibly can. I won't leave anything in the ring. And I think that is what's going to bring me the win." ...

 

WEIGHTS FROM BLACK BEAR CASINO
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012


Image by John D'Auria, Second Chance Photography

Dave Peterson 151.5 vs. Cerresso Fort 153
More weights to follow
Venue: Black Bear Casino Carlton, MN
Promoter: Jungle Boy Boxing

 

OROZCO PREDICTS VICTORY SAT. NIGHT
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012

"I feel bad for Jamal. All my hard work will pay off." Those were the parting words that "The Fighting Chihuahua" Hector Orzozco spoke when asked to give his final thoughts on this Saturday nights rematch bout against Jamal James. Orozco will get a chance to even the score with James as the two meet at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton MN
"In our next fight I'll be ten times better. I'm a smarter and craftier fighter now. I'm playing Chess now, not Checkers"...

 

FORT READY FOR PETERSON
MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

Cerresso Fort vs. Dave Peterson fight week has arrived. It's not often that Mn fans get to see two undefeated and established fighters square off but that is what's going down in this Saturday nights main event at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN.
Fort: "He's (Peterson) undefeated but nobody has seen his chin tested. But I promise you I will test it"...

 

LITZAU DESTROYS TERRY - FULL REPORT
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY AND RAY KILGORE

Jason Litzau (29-3, 22 KO's) destroyed Ira Terry (24-9, 14 KO's) late Friday night in the main event at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Litzau scored two knockdowns on his way to stopping Terry at 2:43 of the opening round. Litzau looked like a man possessed as he glared at Terry before the bout. And it was obvious early on that Litzau's goal was to make it an early night's work...

 

TONIGHTS BOXING UNDERCARD PREVIEW
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2012

Tonights supporting bouts to Jason Litzau's main event versus Ira Terry will feature a mix of familiar boxers and new faces when the action begins at the Hyatt in downtown Minneapolis.
To read the full preview...

 

WEIGHTS FROM MINNEAPOLIS
FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Jason Litzau 135 vs. Ira Terry 135
Aaron Green 273 vs. TJ Gibson 226
Rob Brant 157 vs. Cheyene Ziegler 159
Brad Patraw 128 vs. Tony Belvidere 131
Donny Tierney 151 vs. Kenneth Glenn 153
Mike Richman 146 vs. Jason Benson 146
Silas Ortley vs. Stephen Watt
(Both made middleweight, don't have exact weights)

Venue: Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: RDS Boxing and S.E.G Promotions

 

ANOTHER NEW OPPONENT FOR LITZAU
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012

Jason Litzau will have another opponent in front of him on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. 25 year old Tennessee native Ira Terry (24-8, 14 KO's) has agreed to step in after the fallout of Litzau's latest replacement opponent Corey Alarcon. Litzau and his team were told last night that Alarcon had broken his foot while running on a treadmill. The following 24 hours were then a nightmare according to Litzau's trainer Bob Van Syckle as another opponent was being sought.
It appeared that 23 year old southpaw Guillermo Sanchez (13-5-1, 5 KO's) of Buffalo, NY was going to step in to replace Alarcon. But Sanchez was unable to free himself up from his job to make the trip to Minnesota. After more opponent searching it now appears that Terry will be the man opposite Litzau on Saturday night as the MN boxing commission has given the greenlight for Terry to step in.
We reported on Tuesday that both Leon Bobo and Tyrone Harris were first to fall out before Alarcon.
Despite the late scratches, Litzau has remained focussed and says he is ready for Terry.

"I don't care who I fight" said Litzau. "I am just happy to be facing a good fighter that has a decent record like Ira Terry on such short notice. Terry is a better fighter then the last guy and he just fought in April so I know he will be ready."

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012

Dave Peterson (right) and Caleb Truax (left) sparred 8 hard rounds earlier this afternoon at the Uppercut Gym in Mnpls. Peterson was fine tuning his skills for his upcoming bout against Cerresso Fort at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN.

 

JAMES READY FOR OROZCO REMATCH
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

Born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, Jamal James is gearing up for his biggest fight to date; a rematch with the only man to take him the full distance, Hector "Fighting Chihuahua" Orozco. Both James and Orozco felt they won the first fight and James says he will leave no doubts as to who wins this time around.
"He's a cool dude, but if you saw the two of us after our last fight you'd have no question who won the fight"...

HOMECOMING BOUT FOR LITZAU THIS SAT.
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

"The American Boy" Jason Litzau (28-3, 21 KO's) returns to action this Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis,MN. Litzau has only fought in his home state of Minnesota twice over the last seven years and is calling the return home "The beginning of his second career" following a first round KO loss to Adrien Broner a year ago. " I feel rejuvenated after some time away from the ring and I can't wait to fight again back at home. I expect to fight as many times as possible here this year. My goal is still to win a World Championship and fight for a World Title in Minnesota." Now Litzau hopes to put the pieces back together against 34 year old journeyman Corey Alarcon (17-18)...

 

HILARIO DROPS DECISION TO SANCHEZ
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012
Wilton Hilario lost an 8 round unanimous decision last Saturday night to Ernie Sanchez in Las Vegas. Sanchez was simply the busier fighter as Hilario was not at his best following a long ring absense. The fight was winnable for Hilario but ring rust showed as he did not let his hands go like he has done in the past. Hilario did walk through some big shots though, seemingly unfazed at any point in the bout. Scores read 78-74, 78-74, 79-73
HILARIO VS. SANCHEZ WEIGH IN VIDEO
MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012

Wilton Hilario and his opponent Ernie Sanchez both came in at a weight of 127 lbs. for tonights bout on the undercard to Pacquiao vs. Bradley. The fight can be seen live streamed tonight at www.toprank.com. Below is video by www.philippinenews.com of the two boxers making weight.

 

R. BUTLER WINS MMA BOUT
MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012

Raphael "The Silencer" Butler picked up his fourth MMA victory in as many bouts on Saturday nights Brutaal promoted main event at the Myth Nightclub in Maplewood. Butler stopped fellow big man Steve Shaw (now 4-2) in the opening round after landing big bombs and finishing his opponent off with an arm bar according to www.MnMMANews.com. For the full fight report...

 

RESULTS FROM INDIANA
FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

From www.ChicagoBoxingNews.com: Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) 219.5lbs vs. Joey Abell 240lbs (28-5, 17 KOs) heavyweights – 10 RDS: Official Decision: 1:53 of Round 9 – Fres Oquendo wins by TKO on ref stoppage. A controversial stoppage…sure, Abell was being shut out, but he was very active in this fight. Fres had flurried and got Abell on the ropes, and the ref saw fit to end it. Not to take anything away from Fres…he boxed beautifully…but Joey Abell should have been given the opportunity to finish the fight out on his own.

Phill Triantafillo (2-0, 1 KO) 237lbs vs. Emerson Chasing Bear (4-3-2, 3 KOs) 226lbs – heavyweights – 4 RDS: Official Decision: 39-37 (3X) Emerson Chasing Bear with the unanimous decision victory

WEIGHTS FROM INDIANA
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

Joey Abell 240 vs. Fres Oquendo 220

Venue: Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing

ABELL CONFIDENT GOING INTO OQUENDO FIGHT
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Coon Rapids, Minnesota’s Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28-5, 27 KOs) will be looking to pull off an upset when he takes on the more experienced two-time heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) for the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Championship in the 10-round main event of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, this Friday. Abell and Oquendo are well-acquainted, as they two have helped each other in preparation for fights with sparring.
"I have to go out there and use my athletic ability, my power and my youth to win."...

 

LITZAU, HILARIO HITTING THE COMEBACK TRAIL
SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

Wilton Hilario (left) and Jason Litzau (right) will both be returning to the ring in the next few weeks following lengthy layoffs from the sport. Hilario (12-2-1) is up first as he battles Ernie Sanchez (12-3) on June 9th in Las Vegas. The fight is on the undercard to the pay per view clash between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley and is rumored to be streamed live with the rest of the off TV undercard bouts on www.toprank.com.
Litzau (28-3) is currently in New Jersey training for his homecoming bout a few weeks later on June 16th at the Hyatt in Mnpls. Litzau will face Leon Bobo (18-9-1). Ironically, Hilario took a unanimous decision win over Bobo in 2009 in Hinckley.
With the two confident fighters on the comeback trail and fighting so close to the same dates from each other, you can't help but wonder if we might still see these two go head to head one day in the ring. In the photo above taken at a press conference, the fighters came to blows shortly after the heated stare down shown. Litzau and Hilario were ready to meet in 2009 in a bout dubbed "Revenge" but an injury to Hilario while training KO'd the bout and it was never seriously discussed again.
A fight between Hilario and Litzau would be something Mn hasn't seen in terms of bad blood since Anthony Bonsante and Matt Vanda met in 2007. But it's the heated meeting between local Hall of Famer's Duane Bobick and Scott LeDoux that probably shares the most similarities as far as how it came to happen should Hilario and Litzau ever meet someday. Aside from being two top in state fighters at the time, LeDoux defeated Duane's brother Rodney in 1975 which set up the gate breaking (MN attendance record of 13,789 according to Jake Wegner) super fight between Duane and Scott. And similarly, Hilario defeated Jason's older brother Allen in early 2009.
In reality, a bout between Jason Litzau and Wilton Hilario would face a near impossible task of coming anywhere close to the attendance record set by LeDoux-Bobick 1. But that's not the point because there's a good chance the day of that record being broken will never come. But pride along with the genuine dislike Litzau and Hilario share could make this potential match up a smaller scale version of that heavyweight bout which took place in 1976 (and eventually the rematch in 1977) in terms of entertainment value. And it would be a shame if this fight never ends up taking place.
In the mean time, the two will be focussed on returning to form by picking up wins in their upcoming bouts, and Minnesota fight fans like myself will hang on to the hope that both Litzau and Hilario will still get to settle the differences they have in a ring sometime soon for their sake and ours.

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012


(From left to right: Zach Walters, Michael Faulk, Dalton Outlaw, Cerresso Fort, Chuck Horton, Al Sands)
Duluth boxer Al Sands (3-1) and team visited Element Boxing Gym in Saint Paul yesterday afternoon to prepare for the June 23rd fight card at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Cerresso Fort (12-0-1) takes on Dave Peterson (13-0) in the main event bout. Michael Faulk (2-1) also returns to action against undefeated Richard Hargraves (2-0) of California on the undercard.

MAY 12 HYATT CARD MOVED TO JUNE 16
MONDAY APRIL 30, 2012
Word just came in that the boxing card scheduled for two weeks from now on May 12 at the Hyatt in Minneapolis has been moved to June 16 at the same location. Bouts including Brad Patraw vs. Dustin Mason, Aaron Green vs. TJ Gibson, and the pro debut of Rob Brant still look like they will be going down on the new date. A new main event bout is said to be replacing the fallen apart showdown between Jeremy McLaurin and Wilton Hilario.
QUICK WEEKEND RESULTS
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012

More Quick Results From ND: Michael Walker (7-0) won a unanimous decision over Harley Kilfian (9-10). Word is it was a good fight with Walker dropping Kilfian at least once to pick up the decision. David LaQue lost a controversial decision to a former Olympian opponent to be named when I find out!
Al Sands vs. Travis McCollugh:
Duluth's Al Sands improved to 3-1 with a first round stoppage victory over Travis McCollugh in Minot, North Dakota earlier tonight.

Hector Orozco vs. Phil Lo Greco:
Rick Anderson just phoned to say his fighter Hector Orozco (5-11) lost a 6 round decision tonight to Phil Lo Greco (23-0) in New Jersey. Word is that Lo Greco weighed 165 by fight time and had a big size advantage which he used to lean on and tire out Orozco as the bout went on. Orozco had his moments throughout however making for exciting action as usual. Orozco started fast, dropping Lo Greco to the canvas in round one. A lot of dirty boxing from Lo Greco according to Rick as he held, rabbit punched, and headbutted Orozco on numerous occasions. Orozco was never hurt in the bout and walked through the power shots sent his way. A second update came in from Anderson that Lo Greco was on his way to the hospital with a shattered hand and broken thumb after the bout. - 6:45pm

 

MCLAURIN VS. HILARIO OFF ?
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012
Jeremy McLaurin just spoke with Minnesotaboxing.com to inform us that the title bout between him and Wilton Hilario on May 12 is off. McLaurin says he was told Hilario would not be able to make the contracted weight of 128 pounds. McLaurin says he was told team Hilario requested a weight of 133. McLaurin countered with 131 in hopes of keeping the vacant title at stake but later received a text stating the fight was off.
Chuck Daszkiewicz, trainer of Hilario responded by saying this fight is not off and that they are still going to make the fight happen. Stay tuned for updates.
KILFIAN, WALKER FACE OFF TONIGHT IN ND
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012
There are a number of Midwestern fighters in action tonight at the All Seasons Arena in Minot, North Dakota.
In an interesting light-heavyweight match up featured on the card, undefeated Minot boxer Michael Walker (6-0) takes on road warrior Harley Kilfian (9-9) in what could be the fight of the night...
OROZCO, LO GRECO MAKE WEIGHT
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012


Photo courtesy of Tom Hogan/ www.HoganPhotos.com

Hector Orozco (5-10, pictured right) will attempt another upset win in New Jersey tomorrow night in New Jersey as he battles undefeated Canadian Phil Lo Greco (22-0). Both fighters came in at 149 lbs. during this afternoons weigh-ins. The nights main event being broadcast on HBO pits Bernard Hopkins against Chad Dawson.

TRUAX DROPS TAYLOR BUT LOSES DECISION
FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 - By Jesse Kelley


Photo Courtesy of Showtime

Caleb Truax lost a unanimous decision to Jermain Taylor last night in Mississippi but had the former champ nearly out after dropping him hard with a right hand to the jaw in the 9th round. Truax had Taylor holding on and hitting from that point on as Taylor avoided complete disaster from the Minnesotan by making it through the round. Taylor controlled the early rounds with a hard jab as the bout was largely a chess match with both fighters boxing from the outside in the center of the ring. Truax showed good defense but was hesitant to let his combinations go until the middle rounds which put him behind on points in the bout. Then came the big shot in round 9. Taylor threw a low jab as Truax countered with a short right over the top that caught Taylor flush. Truax tried for the finish but the veteran Taylor was able to smother and hold on to recover. Truax never seemed seriously hurt in the bout. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 97-94 in favor of Taylor. All in all, it was a good showing for Truax who was making the huge step up in opposition. More to come.

 

SITTING ON A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 - BY RAY KILGORE
All Caleb Truax wants is for Jermaine, "Bad Intentions," Taylor to make it to the arena safe and sound on April 20th. In fact, if Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) could make it to the site four hours earlier, that would go a long way in alleviating the anxieties of 28-year-old Truax, who hasn't fought in 11 months.
"Every single night I dream about something happening," Truax told Minnesotaboxing.com, about Taylor having to pull out of the fight for some reason or another. But the extremely confident boxer quickly comforts himself. "He's a top professional so I don't have to worry about it that much." Let's hope not. As it turns out, Taylor did make it to this afternoons weigh-ins and both fighters made weight.
Taylor-Truax or Truax-Taylor (if you are a die-hard Truax supporter) are set to face each other tomorrow night on ShoBox: The New Generation in a scheduled 10-round main event in Biloxi, Mississippi..
VIDEO: TRUAX PREPARED FOR TAYLOR
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

"Golden" Caleb Truax's (18-0-1, 10 KO's) highly anticapated showdown with former world champion Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO's) is almost here. Tomorrow night, the MN state middleweight champion Truax will face Taylor on Showtime television. Here is a video of Truax as he prepared for tomorrow nights fight...

 


PETERSON, FORT SET TO COLLIDE
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012


(Photo courtesy of Photo by John D’Auria)

Cerresso Fort (12-0-1) and Dave Peterson (13-0) will put their undefeated records on the line on June 23, 2012 when they meet in the main event at The Black Bear Casino in Cloquet, MN. Promotor Zach Walters said at a Tuesday press conference that Al Sands, Michael Faulk, and newcomer Davalance DePoe have gotten early spots on the card. The Duluth News Tribune previewed the upcoming show...

 

WEEKEND PRO AND AM RESULTS
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012
Ismail Muwendo and Philip Adyaka were victorious on Saturday night in Kearney, Nebraska. Muwendo won his bout by TKO victory in round 6 over Steve Mincks (need to confirm opponent name). Philip Adyaka (1-3) stopped Javier Segura in the fourth round. Adyaka moved up to featheweight for the bout but says he plans to go back to flyweight in his next bout. (Pictured right is Muwendo and Adyaka)

Heavyweight TJ Gibson (14-3 kickboxing record) lost a kickboxing decision Saturday night in New York. Gibson dropped the decision to champ Amer Abdallah (12-0). Gibson says afterwards..."I may have lost a decision but I had him bleeding everywhere. He will never forget me."

The semi final bouts at the 2012 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Tournament are in the books. Looks like there were plenty of fireworks in Walker, Mn as over half of the bouts were stopped inside the distance. Action resumes today as the finals kick off to see which boxers will represent the Upper Midwest at Nationals...
UMGG CHAMPIONSHIPS WEEKEND HAS ARRIVED
FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
The 2012 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Championships are here! April 14-15 champions from regions 1-4 will compete against each other at the Northern Lights Casino in Walker, MN to see who moves on to nationals. We will try our best to keep results posted as they happen as well as words from some of the competitors here...
"SHARP SHOOTER" MUWENDO, ADYAKA RETURN
FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2012

Muwendo Victorious

Ismail "Sharp Shooter" Muwendo (8-0) headlines a card in Kearney, Nebraska tomorrow night. Muwendo fights in the main event for the vacant USA Mid America title. His opponent was listed as Robert DaLuz, a skilled and crafty competitor with a deceptive record consisting of over 50 fights. Muwendo's trainer Scott Tolzmann said Muwendo prepared extremely hard because of this, getting sparring in with Caleb Truax, Corey Rodriguez, RJ Laase among others. But I noticed today that DaLuz's name was replaced on boxrec with 31 year old Steve Mincks of Missouri. No word on what happened to DaLuz for him to fall off the card. Still, the flashy and hard punching Muwendo headlines the first show of his pro career.
Also in action will be Muwendo's teammate and local bantamweight Philip Adyaka. Adyaka will box Javier Segura of Nebraska in a four round super bantamweight bout.

THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE
MONDAY, APRIL 9TH, 2012 - BY RAY KILGORE
Several days ago I got a photo on my cell phone, showing a very gory hand—if that’s what you want to call it: a human body. Nevertheless, before I knew it, I had started a chain of events by sending it to person A, who sent it to person B, who sent it to person C, and so forth, all of whom went to the site and looked at the clear picture for themselves. In sum, Kolle was somewhat indecently exposed without trying to generate news. So, instead of beating down his door for a post-fight interview, I thought I’d write a letter or memo, whichever you prefer to call it--a correspondence, if you will, mainly addressed to the non-boxing fan or some who just don’t ascribe to the theory that Midwest fighters are good in general...
PHOTO: KOLLE HAND INJURY
MONDAY, APRIL 9TH, 2012

Andy Kolle didn't give many hints on Saturday night that he had injured his left hand in the opening round in Superior, WI against Chicago's Michael Walker. Well other then the fact that he threw 95% of his punches with his right hand! Kolle said he kept the injury hidden until afterwards so his opponent wouldn't find out. Pictured above is a photo of Kolle's hand taken after the fight. Stay tuned for the status on the severity of the injury.

KOLLE OUTWORKS WALKER IN SUPERIOR
SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY

Andy "Kaos" Kolle (25-3, 18 KO's) outworked Michael "The Midnight Stalker" Walker (19-13-3, 12 KO's) over 8 rounds of action Saturday night at the Wessman Arena in Superior, WI. Walker showed up ready to brawl having fought to a draw with a 7-4-1 fighter last week. However, Kolle was able to out-punch Walker throughout the bout, and he did it for the most part with just one good hand. The southpaw Kolle said afterwards that he broke his left hand in the first round and mixed up punches with his right hand for much of the night. Walker's pressuring style and Kolle's high volume counter punching resulted in good action during the bout. Kolle went on to win unanimously with scores of 79-73 twice and 80-72
In the co-featured bout, promoter/ring combatant RJ Laase (8-1, 5 KO's) stopped Donny Tierney (4-4, 1 KO) at 1:57 of the first round. Both fighters fought at a fast pace for the short time the bout lasted. Laase dropped Tierney twice before the end came..
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WALKER MAKES WEIGHT
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012
Michael Walker made weight earlier this morning in Duluth for his main event bout with Andy Kolle. Walker missed his original flight and got in town late last night. Walker weighed in at 164 lbs. while Kolle came in at 163.
WEIGHTS FROM SUPERIOR, WI UPDATE
FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012

Update: I received word a short time ago that Michael Walker arrived in Duluth and will weigh in tomorrow morning - 11:30pm

Andy "Kaos" Kolle 163 vs. Michael "Midnight Stalker" Walker ??
Walker missed his flight and will arrive later tonight and weigh in at 8am tomorrow. Kolle was on target to box at 154 but Walker, who was found on short notice as a replacement opponent needed a weight of 163 to take the fight.

RJ Laase 147.4 vs. Donny Tierney 146.4
Aaron Green 275 vs. Travis Fulton 240.6
Tyler Hultin 161 vs. Silas Ortley 160.2
Dustin Mason 130.6 vs. Randy Ronchi 129.4
Winston Anderson 144.2 vs. Andrew Selvig 144.2

Venue: Wessman Arena in Superior, WI
Promoter: RJ Laase, T-Rex Promotions


photo credit: Jim Willmore
RJ Laase 147.4 vs. Donny Tierney 146.4

photo credit: Todd Bechtold
Aaron Green 275 vs. Travis Fulton 240.6

photo credit: Jim Willmore
Dustin Mason 130.6 vs. Randy Ronchi 129.4

VIDEO: STATION INTERVIEWS KOLLE, LAASE
TUESDAY, APRIL 3RD, 2012

The following is taken from www.WDIO.com, Duluth
Pro fighter R.J. Laase from Duluth is taking on something unique. Not only is he fighting this weekend (Saturday), he's also promoting the event for the first time. He putting on "Night of the Rising Stars" at Wessman Arena in Superior on Saturday night. There's a half dozen pro fights on the card. It's headlined by Andy "Kaos" Kolle, who's earned Minnesota Middleweight Champion in his career. For Laase, it's a lot to tackle, but worth it. Saturday also marks the pro debut from Winston Anderson from Cloquet...

TRAINER RAY NELSON PASSES
TUESDAY, APRIL 3RD, 2012

The Minnesota boxing community lost a respected member with the passing of Ray Nelson this past Sunday. Nelson was best known for training local professional boxer Corey Rodriguez but also helped many amateur and adult boxers along the way. Nelson was a 1963 Upper Midwest golden gloves champion at flyweight who faced some top prospects of the time. He also comes from a Military background having served his country for four years while spending part of that time stationed overseas. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Nelson was married with 5 kids and 10 grandchildren.

Service info is as follows: Wake - 5-8pm on Thursday, April 5 at the Billman Hunt Chapel 2701 Central Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 612-789-3535

Funeral - 12pm-1pm Friday, April 6 at the Billman Hunt Chapel

Reception will follow after funeral from 1pm-3pm at the Uppercut Boxing Gym
located at 1324 Quincy St. NE Minneapolis, MN 5541

 

REGIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES RESULTS
SUNDAY, APRIL 1ST, 2012


VeShawn Owens lands a punch in Region 2 action Sat. night at the West St. Paul Armory

Upper Midwest Regional action is all but wrapped up with the second day of Region 2 action still underway at Brunette's Boxing gym in Saint Paul. Compiled info and results on the regional action and more can be found on our amateur page...

MARTELL RETURNS TO FACE OROZCO UPDATE
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012

UPDATE: Hector Orozco outboxed Wayne Martell on Saturday night in New Town, ND winning a split decision victory. More tome come.

Weights from North Dakota
Wayne Martell 145 vs. Hector Orozco 144.8

Tonight will be an interesting showdown between two warriors at the opposite ends of their boxing career's. 37 year old Wayne Martell (24-3) returns after a near eight year ring absence to meet 24 year old Hector Orozco. Martell made a name for himself after turning pro in 1995 for drawing big crowds at Casino shows throughout North Dakota (where he is from), Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Martell's biggest wins come over Livingstone Bramble and Meldrick Taylor.
Hector Orozco (4-10) has established himself as a force locally, holding wins over then undefeated RJ Laase, Jeremy McLaurin, Danny Figueroa, and Tony Lee. His record is very deceiving as some of his losses have also been debatable.
The six round bout between Martell and Orozco takes place tonight at the 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota.

 

REGION 2, 4 GOLDEN GLOVES FINALS TONIGHT
SATURDAY, MARCH , 2012

Upper Midwest Regional Golden Gloves action is in full swing with the Finals for Region 2 and Region 4 taking place tonight. Region 2 action takes place at the West Saint Paul Armory beginning at 7:30pm. As a bonus, Rondale Hubbert (Anoka) will fight Veshawn Owens (COD) for the Region 1 152lb title. More info can be found by at this link...

Region 4 Finals take place at the Wadena Armory also starting at 7:30pm. More info on that can be found at this link...

 

REGION 1 TOURNAMENT TOMORROW NIGHT
FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012
SAINT PATRICKS DAY FIGHT FOR GIBSON
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012

Early Results from NY via Fightnews.com: In a heavyweight bout, unbeaten Thomas Hardwick (5-0, 2 KOs) won a four-round unanimous decision against TJ Gibson (1-2). Gibson was knocked down in the first and in the third. All three scores were the same at 39-35.

WEIGHTS FROM NEW YORK
Thomas Hardwick (4-0, 2 KOs) of Dublin, Ireland, 215 lbs.
TJ Gibson (1-1), Duluth, MN, 207 ½ lbs.

TJ Gibson of Lorenzi's Boxing will be fighting Thomas Hardwick tonight in a heavyweight bout. The fight will be at Madison Square Garden and featured on the under card of Sergio Gabriel Martinez vs Matthew Macklin. Gibson is coming off of a 4th round TKO over Al Sands this past September 9th in Hinckley, MN and hopes to steal a victory out of the Irishman prospect's pot of of gold tonight. Hardwick was born in Ireland but now lives in New Yor

TRUAX VS TAYLOR MADE OFFICIAL
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012


Caleb Truax (right) spars with Corey Rodriguez earlier tonight in Mnpls.

ESPN published a story today discussing Caleb Truax's next fight on April 20th against former world champion Jermain Taylor. Most Minnesota boxing fans have known about the match up for days now but Truax confirms along with the ESPN announcement that the bout is "officially" official! Truax visited the Uppercut Gym in Mnpls earlier tonight to get some sparring rounds in with Corey Rodriguez among others (pictured above). At about 5 weeks out from the Showtime televised main event bout against Taylor, Truax says that he already feels great condition wise. Truax was in top shape for a late January bout on Showtime that was canceled but says he has remained in the gym since that time. To read Espn's story...

 

KOLLE ADDED TO APRIL 7 SUPERIOR CARD
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
It is officially being announced today that Andy "Kaos" Kolle (24-3, 18 Ko's) will be returning to action on the April 7th boxing card at the Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin. Aside from hosting the event, Laase will also be preparing to go to battle himself in the co-feature.
Fans will also get a chance to see Heavyweight Aaron "Gorilla" Green (4-0, 4 Ko's) as he returns to the Twin Ports area following another first round KO victory last weekend at the Saint Paul Armory.
All action bangers Tyler Hultin (2-0-1, 2 Ko's) and Dustin Mason (2-0, 2 Ko's) will round out the card along with local Winston Anderson who will be making his professional debut...
2012 USA BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS UNDERWAY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012

The 2012 USA Boxing National Championships began yesterday and run through Saturday. It looks like Minnesota will have 11 boxers fighting in the tournament, most of which are competing for a chance to move on to Brazil and attempt to qualify for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. To stay up to date on the progress of our boxers as well as info to watch live streamed bouts visit Ryan Hamilton's Livefromringside.com forum here...

 

FULL REPORT FROM SAINT PAUL
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2012

Cerresso Fort improved to (12-0-1, 10 KO's) Friday night at a packed Saint Paul National Guard Armory by stopping Cheyenne Ziegler (3-7, 2 KO's) in the main event. The victory for Fort showed that he belongs in the spotlight following the knockout but also the way he helped pack the Armory with a growing following.
Tony Lee stole the show but not without help from game Joel Flores. The two fighters traded crisp combinations throughout but it was the counter punching of Lee and a crushing hook to the head that put Flores out at 1:40 of round three...

 

INTRODUCING JOHN MOXEY
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

John Moxey is not your stereotypical heavyweight prize fighter. Standing at what I would estimate to be 5'9 on his best day, Moxey breaks the typical "big guy" mold. But stature aside, Moxey says that it is his style in the ring that will leave people wanting to see more when the lights turn out at the Saint Paul Armory this Friday night. "I have a big punch" said Moxey bluntly. "But it is my handspeed, movement, and work rate that I believe sets me apart from other heavyweights." Moxey will try to utilize the skills and power he claims to hold as he stands opposite of Mnpls' Aaron Green this Friday...

 

WEIGHTS FROM SAINT PAUL
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012


Cerresso Fort 158 vs. Cheyenne Ziegler 161
Aaron Green 267 vs. John Moxey 220
Tony Lee 135 vs. Joel Flores 135
Donny Tierney 152 vs. Nick Compton 153

Venue: Saint Paul National Guard Armory
Promoter: RDS Boxing

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012


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Donny Tierney (left) and Brad Patraw (right) shown preparing for tomorrow nights fight card at the St. Paul Armory. Tierney faces Nick Compton (debut) while an opponent for Patraw is now being saught. His original opponent Hassan Wasswa has pulled out. Tierney and Patraw have been working with trainer Bob Van Sycle (background) and also getting tips from lightweight contender Jason Litzau (also pictured). Weigh ins for tomorrow's action take place tonight, 5pm at Dixie's on Grand Ave. in Saint Paul.

 

FEATURED STORY: TONY LEE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012 - BY RAY KILGORE

Tony Lee (5-1, 2 KO's) returns this Friday night at the St. Paul Armory against tough Chicago boxer Joel Flores (4-2, 3 KO's). Writer Ray Kilgore sat down with Lee and long time trainer Otis Gage to discuss Lee's last bout against Hector Orozco and how he plans to bounce back this Friday night against Flores...

 

FEB. 24 ST. PAUL BOXING ARMORY UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012

RDS Boxing presents "Cold Blows" a professional boxing card on Friday, February 24 at the Saint Paul Armory. The card will be the last of the year at the Armory before renovations begin at the old boxing stomping ground. Cerresso fort will headline against Cheyenne Ziegler in the main event. Local bantamweights Brad Patraw and Hassan Wasswa meet in a long overdue showdown. Tony Lee faces tough out of towner Joel Flores. Aaron Green and John Moxey collide in a heavyweight bout. Donny Tierney faces Nick Compton in the opening bout. Click image to see larger poster.
Tickets will be sold at the door or by visiting www.vitalculture.com

 

THE "SWEET SCIENCE" NOW ON DISPLAY
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
This Thursday, February 16th will see the opening reception of "The Sweet Science" a photographic exhibition of Minnesota boxing. It is the culmination of over two years of work by photographer Becky Olstad. You may have seen Olstad over the past years visiting gyms spread across the State or in fight arena's capturing images which are now being displayed at the Runner Runner gallery in Mnpls. Olstad was an outsider to the local fight scene when she first began the project but that quickly changed through hard work and a genuine caring attitude toward the fighters...
VIDEO: ABELL VS CHASING BEAR
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012 - VIDEO COURTESY OF WENDI ABELL

Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell returned with a knockout victory over Emerson Chasing Bear on January 28th in North Dakota. It took Abell a round to shake off a years worth of rust but his power punches began to get to Chasing Bear from round 2 until the end which came in the 4th. Chasing Bear showed a good chin and will to fight throughout. Full results can be found HERE. Below is the fight in it's entirety courtesy of Wendi Abell.

 

QUICK WEEKEND RESULTS
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2012
Saturday night MN TV/Stream Fight line up:

Troy Lowry vs. Vanes Martirosyan - update 7:52pm
Troy Lowry was stopped in round three tonight by Vanes Martirosyan. Lowry took punishment from the opening bell but continued to fight through the punches until the fight was stopped in the third. Lowry was dropped by a body shot in round one, again in the second, and a final time in the third by head shots. The 41 year old Lowry was cut and bloody and the time of the stoppage.
Watch at www.Toprank.com
(click "watch tv") undercard start at 6:30pm

Jeremy McLaurin vs. Ronny Rios
-10:48pm fighters in the ring
Round 1: Mclaurin with the reach, comes out popping his jab. Rios lands grazing over hand right to head, Mclaurin shakes his head and smiles. McLaurin going to work, Rios high guard blocking. Rios opens up at end of round nice right lands for him.
Round 2: Rios attacking now, McLaurin pushes back with combos. Good action a minute in, both fighters using guard well. McLaurin doing a good job of blocking Rios body shots which are his best punch. Very good action packed round. McLaurin standing his ground. Rios edge in clean shots, McLaurin busier fighter.
Round 3: Rios on the attack early. McLaurin dances out of danger. Rios unloades on McLaurin in corner, nice shots get through but also nice defense to escape unhurt by McLaurin. McLaurin shoulder rolling off most shots but Rios getting credit for higher work rate now. Nice straight right for McLaurin with :30 remaining. McLaurin pressing near end of round. Great fight!
Round 4: McLaurin stalking, Rios countering is how round four begins. McLaurin doing nice work with Rios in a corner. Rios getting rougher on the inside now. McLaurin waiving Rios in. Right hand may have stunned McLaurin on the inside. Rios unloading after seeing his opponent is hurt, begins letting loose with head shots. McLaurin stumbles and moves across the ring. Rios lands a barrage of shots and the ref jumps in to stop the fight. Nice effort from the Minnesotan, entertaining fight.
Rios Wins by round 4 TKO
Watch on Telefutura or Streamed CLICK HERE

Harley Kilfian vs. Frank Filippone
- 8:20pm Kilfian entering the ring.
Round 1: Kilfian comes out using jab on shorter southpaw opponent. Slow round, Kilfian a bit busier.
Round 2: Kilfian stalking, Filippone moving back but opening up more now. Very winnable fight if Kilfian would let his hands go but he's not using size and reach. Kilfian getting inside but not letting punches go yet. Filippone evened up the score on my card with counter punches.
Round 3: Filippone lands a nice straight left early. Kilfian misses with two big rights to the head. Straight right lands at the 2 minute mark for Kilfian, best punch for him of the fight. Filippone looking more confident, sticking and moving and finds himself up 2-1 on my card.
Round 4: Two lefts land early for Filippone. Another left lands about a minute later, followed by another tha drives Kilfian back. Kilfian still pressing and lands a 1-2 to the head at end of round but not enough to get the round. 3-1 Filippone.
Round 5: Kilfian getting off more as he comes forward, looking to trade. Big rights to the head landed by both men 2 minutes in. Very close round, very hard to score. Gave it to Kilfian purely for coming forward (and being a MN/WI fighter!) 3-2 Filippone.
Round 6: Nice right lands for Kilfian. Kilfian letting his hands go now. Two lefts drive Kilfian back to ropes. both meet in center of ring. Filippone moving a lot, hitting and running, Kilfian continues to stalk. Right hand landing for Kilfian over and over now. Kilfian opening up, nice round for him. Would have been his fight if he had fought like that earlier. I have it 3-3, a draw.
Official
Scores: UD for Fillipone 59- 55, 58-56, 58-56
Watch at www.GFL.tv - Card starts at 7pm

MCLAURIN READY FOR RIOS
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2012
Jeremy McLaurin (9-2, 5 KO's) will face unbeaten Golden Boy prospect Ronny Rios (16-0, 7 KO's) this Friday night at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, California. McLaurin will be an underdog heading into the main event bout which will be televised on Telefura. But McLaurin says he is used to being the underdog and looks to use this fight to prove he can compete at the highest level...
ABELL SEEKS FRESH START
FRIDAY, JAUARY 27, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY
"Minnesota Ice" Joey Abell (27-6, 26 KO's) is back in action tomorrow night at the Williston College in Williston, ND. His opponent will be 6'5 Emerson Chasing Bear of South Dakota.
Abell looks to make a fresh start in 2012 as the return comes 1 year from a first round loss to Chris Arreola on ESPN last Jan. 28th...
FAREWELL FIGHT CARD FOR CORN
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012

 

J.J. Corn says he is ready to hang up the gloves following 16 years and 73 bouts as a professional prize fighter. Known as The Native Sensation throughout his ring career, Corn will try to add his 48th win this Saturday against another local veteran in Boyd "Peek-A-Boo" Davis. Davis, who now runs the Peek-a-boo Boxing Gym in River Falls, WI, will ironically be coming out of retirement to face Corn. Davis (10-8) last fought in 2007 but looks to be in great shape at the age of 43.
Cory Dellenbach of the Shawano Leader News recently did a story looking back on Corn's career and his final bout...

BOXING GIVES BEST FRIENDS SOMETHING SPECIAL
MONDAY, JANUARY 9, 2012 - BY RAY KILGORE
Cerresso Fort and Dalton Outlaw opened "Element Boxing", a Saint Paul gym, less then a year ago but you might think it has been around for years considering the number of students and boxers that frequent the gym. The two boxers are splitting time between the business and time in the ring as both say they have upcoming fights.
Journalist Ray Kilgore recently visited Element to profile Outlaw and Fort. Kilgore offers a glimpse at both mens roots in the ring, how they started Element Boxing, and what the future may hold...
"GOLDEN" OPPORTUNITY FOR TRUAX
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 - BY JESSE KELLEY
In approximately 15 days, 11 hours, and 25 minutes of this writing, "Golden" Caleb Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO's) will put his undefeated record on the line in front of a nationally televised Showtime audience against Brandon "Flawless" Gonzales (15-0, 10 KO's). The bout will take place at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas.
"I couldn't be more excited about fighting on Showtime" said Truax. "This is a step in my career that I've been aiming for since I began"...