2013
MN BOXING RESULTS

 

DECEMBER 31, 2013 MN BOXING HEADLINES

"Cold War" January 25 Black Bear press conference coverage.
WDIO TV- RJ Laase Returns to the ring January 24 Hinckley, MN

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MINNESOTABOXING.COM
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2013

 

Christmas is here and January brings a huge present to Minnesota boxing fans as three big shows are set. January 3rd at the Target Center in Minneapolis sees Caleb Truax in the ESPN televised co-feature. January 24th's main event at the Grand Casino in Hinckley features a Minnesota showdown between Tyler Hultin and Rob Brant. And on January 25th, Al Sands fights in the main event against Henry Namauu.
Minnesotaboxing.com along with the fighters headlining those shows have a special holiday message that is shared in the video below. The full line ups for all the January action will be posted below as well.

January 3rd, 2014 - Target Center, Minneapolis, MN ...
January 24th, 2014 - Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN ...
January 25th, 2014 - Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN ...

 

CALEB TRUAX MEDIA DAY NOTES AND PHOTO'S
MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013

The ACR boxing gym held a media day earlier in the week giving local news outlets a one on one chance to chat with Minnesota middleweight champion Caleb Truax about his upcoming ESPN bout taking place on January 3rd at the Target Center in MNPLS. City Pages, Game On TV along with other news stations and media members were present. Nate Richardson and Willshaun Boxley were also getting work in as they prepare for their fights in separate bouts on the card. Truax was set to face New Jersey's Derek Ennis but Ennis reportedly pulled out with a rib injury. Canada's Adam Turpish was briefly named to be the fill in opponent but now it will be tough and strong veteran Ossie Duran (28-11-2, 11 KO's) stepping in. Duran defeated Matt Vanda 2 years ago by way of unanimous decision and Truax is preparing for the best from Duran.

"Duran is a tough vet who has been in with some great fighters so I can't take him lightly" said Truax. "I always prepare as if I am fighting for a world title and this is not different. It's my job to put on a show January 3rd and that is exactly what I will do, regardless of who I am facing."

Legendary heavyweight Iron Mike Tyson will be CO-promoting along with Seconds Out and Warriors boxing and says he has been watching Truax on Youtube and believes he will be one of the next boxing sensations. Full interview with Truax coming soon.

More photo's from the media day at ACR can be seen here...

 

BOYD DAVIS DROPS DECISION IN TOPEKA
MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013

Saint Paul's Boyd "Peek-a-Boo" Davis (12-9, 3 KO's and now fighting out of River Fall's, WI) lost an 8 round unanimous decision this past Saturday night in Topeka, Kansas. Davis was boxing Topeka's Dominique Alexander (30-10) and the bout was for the Midwest Boxing Association light heavyweight championship. Scores were 79-73 on all three cards. Bloomington's David LaQue lost a 4 rounder, and Saint Paul's Starr Roberts was stopped at the 2:02 mark of the second round on the same card.
Trainer John Hoffman says all three fighters put up a good effort. More details can be seen here..
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ABELL GETS TITLE SHOT IN GERMANY TOMORROW UPDATE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

FULL FIGHT VIDEO BELOW


Image and weights courtesy of Fightnews.com
Kubrat Pulev 253.8 vs. Joey Abell 248.5
(IBF international heavyweight title)

Stream can be seen here.. CLICK HERE

UPDATE FROM FIGHTNEWS.COM: IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat “The Kobra” Pulev (19-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (29-7, 28 KOs). Oulev was in command until Abell suddenly dropped him in round four. Abell was then immediately knocked down himself with a body shot. Pulev then dropped Abell twice more in the same round with body shots. Abell was unable to come out for round five.

Heavyweight Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell (29-6, 28 KO’s) has stepped in on short notice for an injured Sherman Williams to box IBF International heavyweight champ Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KO’s) in Germany on Saturday night. Stay tuned tomorrow for a live fight stream link posted here. Also, Wisconsin's Marcus Oliveria (25-0-1, 20 KO's) takes on Juergen Braehmer (41-2, 31 KO's) in the main event.
To read more on the bout visit the following link...

 

GIBSON, ARCHAMBAULT, SEELYE FIGHT IN NY UPDATE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

UPDATE: TJ Gibson says the entire bout has been postponed due to bad weather.

Duluth's TJ Gibson (1-4) takes on Ytalo Perera (5-1) at the Pacplex in New York tomorrow night. MN featherweight Nathan Seelye (0-2) battles Phillip Moreno in Moreno's debut. North Dakota's Tomi Archambault (1-6) meets Allan Phelan (3-2) in a super featherweight bout.

Allan Phelan 128 vs. Tomi Archambault 129
Ytalo Perera 232 vs. Tyrone Gibson 222
Phillip Moreno 129 vs. Nathan Seelye 124.5

Venue: Pacplex
Promoter: Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing
1st bell: 7pm est
TV: www.pandafeed.tv

 

WANNEMACHER IN MMA BOUT TOMORROW NIGHT
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

Former Upper Midwest Golden Gloves champion Jesse Wannemacher of Fergus Falls will fight in his 7th mixed martial arts bout tomorrow night at Canterbury park in Shakopee. Wannemacher enters the cage with a record of (5-2) and faces Jesse Rogge (3-5). Wannemacher is promised a title shot in February if he comes out victorious tomorrow night.
The fight will be live streamed at www.MNMMANews.com

 

WEEKEND WRAP UP - PETERSON, LITZAU, KILFIAN
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013
Dave "The Prodigy" Peterson overcame jet lag and a size disadvantage to put on an exciting effort but while coming up short against Japan's former Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata on Friday December 6th. Peterson went punch for punch with Murata through 8 rounds despite looking two weight classes smaller. After going down in round 7, the bout was stopped at the 1:22 mark of the 8th and final round with Peterson on the ropes fighting back against heavy punches. Reports praised the Minnesota afterwards pointing to his boxing ability, chin and heart.
The full fight can be viewed here...

Allen "The American Boy" Litzau of Saint Paul lost his Bare Knuckle Boxing title bout last Wednesday, December 4th to Javier “Pelos” Garcia. The bout was later shown on Pay Per View on Saturday, December 7th. Litzau was stopped in the 2nd round. There is no ring, but more of what resembles a small pit in BKB and that did not seem to play into Litzau's favor as it hindered his ability to move or create angles. Litzau, who's best days were at 126 pounds was fighting once again at welterweight for the bout. You can view the full fight at the following link...

Harley "The Sandman" Kilfian (10-14, 8 KO's) of Wisconsin was stopped in round 3 of 4 to Illinois boxer Junior Wright (9-0, 8 KO's) at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago last weekend. Kilfian took the fight on a few days notice.

 

DAVE PETERSON VS MURATA, FIGHT STREAM INFO UPDATE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013

QUICK RESULT: Peterson was stopped in round 8 of a good fight. Team Peterson says he was not hurt and it was a quick stoppage. More details and video to follow if available.

It looks like Dave Peterson's bout versus former Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata will be shown tomorrow sometime around 5am our time at the following link. If the link is not showing Fuji TV Channel 7 in the morning I will scramble to figure it out so check back!

http://www.justin.tv/ultra_exceed#/w/7750694288

 

WEIGHTS FROM TOKYO, JAPAN
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 2013

Dave Peterson 158 vs Ryota Murata 160
Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
8 round Super Middleweight bout

DAVE PETERSON IN JAPAN, BATTLES OLYMPIAN THIS FRIDAY UPDATED
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, 2013

Dave "The Prodigy" Peterson (13-1, 8 KO's) of Moundsview is now in Japan where he is finishing up training camp for his bout against former Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata (1-0, 1 KO) this Friday, December 6th. Before leaving Minnesota, Peterson sparred with a mix of many styles from fighters like Caleb Truax, Corey Rodriguez, Jamal James, Flavio Becerra and many more (above pictured left to right, Becerra, Peterson, Truax.)
Dave, along with his dad/trainer/manager Ron Peterson will be sending us photo's throughout the time in Japan leading up to fight time and we will share those photo's here and update along the way so check the following link often...

 

TRUAX FACES ENNIS AS ESPN AND MIKE TYSON COME TO TOWN
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013

USBA Middleweight Champion “Golden” Caleb Truax (23-1, 4 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota, will face former USBA Champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-4-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia in a 10-round non-title bout on January 3rd, 2014 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The ESPN 2 televised 12-round main event of the night is an IBF Super Featherweight Championship fight between champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York via San Juan, Dominican Republic vs. #1-ranked undefeated challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) from Miami, via Cuba.
Off TV bouts include a 135 pound showdown between Saint Paul's Tony Lee and returning Willshaun Boxley. Javontae Starks, Ismail Muwendo, and more will also be in action.
The card will be co-promoted by Seconds Out Promotions, Iron Mike (Tyson) Productions, and Warriors Boxing.
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VANDA VS BONSANTE 2 A NO GO * CORRECTION
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013

It was announced last week that Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante was not approved by the Fond du Lac commission Commission to fight Matt Vanda on January 25th at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN so the fight is off. Vanda will no longer be on the card but tells fans he does plan to box again at a later date. Bonsante has hinted at taking a tune up fight and then seeking the second fight with Vanda in the future. Al "Haitian Temptation" Sands (11-1, 11 KO's) of Duluth will box in the main event on the 25th against an opponent to be announced.

 

RESULTS FROM IOWA
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Boyd Davis (12-8, 3 KO's) stopped Marty Lindquist (14-9, 11 KO's) in the second round of there bout last Friday at the Prairie Meadows Track & Casino in Altoona, Iowa. Word is that Davis boxed well early. Lindquist injured his shoulder after missing with a haymaker and could not come out for the third round.
Cruiserweight Lucas St. Clair (3-3, 2 KO's) of North Dakota knocked out Bryan Dailey (5-8, 5 KO's) in the opening round. The time of the stoppage came at 1:07 of the first round.
David Laque (3-16, 3 KO's) of Bloomington lost a 5 round decision to Jeremy Marts in what was described a bout with good action. Scores read 50-45 on all three cards.
Dustin Mason (5-1, 4 KO's), now living in the Twin Cities, connected with some big shots against tough James Owens (5-14, 2 KO's) and won a 5 round majority decision. Scores read 48-46 on two cards and 47-47 on the third.
MN bantamweight Antwan Robertson (9-9-1, 6 KO's) could not continue following the end of the second round against Jamal Parram (7-9, 4 KO's).

 

MINNESOTANS INVADE IOWA TOMORROW NIGHT
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

A fight card title "Road Warriors" will go down at the Prairie Meadows Track & Casino Altoona, Iowa tomorrow night and the show contains a good number of Minnesota and surrounding fighters.
In a battle of well known Cruiserweights, "The Wolfman" Marty Lindquist (14-8) takes on Boyd "Peek-A-Boo" Davis (11-8) in a 5 round bout. The 44 year old Lindquist returns after a 3 year ring absence and shared a few thoughts with us about his meeting with Davis.

"I have nothing but respect for Boyd and his contributions to the sport of boxing" said Lindquist. "I've known him for 20+ years. It's tricky fighting people you know because I like to get amped up for destruction before fighting. But this is the pro's and business is business!"

David Laque, Antwan Robertson, Dustin Mason, and Lucas St. Clair are also competing and have good shots at bringing home a victory. The full line-up and more info can be seen here...

 

HULTIN VS BRANT PLUS GREEN, EDWARDS AND MORE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Robert "Bravo" Brant and Tyler "The Hitman" Hultin have signed to box each other on January 24th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. This is a fight that has been brewing for a while and both fighters are predicting victory.
Also in a featured bout, undefeated heavyweight Aaron Green (13-0) takes on Richard Carmack (12-2). Ray Edwards returns after healing from hand surgery. MN amateur stars Delorian Carraway and Sergio Garcia will make their pro debuts. More info and interviews to come.

TYLER HULTIN: "I'm looking forward for this opportunity to fight back in Hinckley,MN and put on a show like I always do. It's a great fight people will not want to miss. It will be a fireworks kind of night. I'm looking to avenge my questionable loss to (Charles) Meier with a win over Brant."

ROB BRANT: "On January 24th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, I will have my biggest test as a professional boxer against a tough Tyler Hultin. He, like myself, had over 100 amateur boxing wins. I have been training, but when I get home its on a whole other level. I am not looking to win via decision. It's go time!"

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RAPHAEL BUTLER LOOKING FOR 8TH MMA VICTORY UPDATE
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

UPDATE: Butler made Burns verbally submit due to knees and punches at 2:14 into Round 1 giving him an 8-0 record inside the cage (3-0 in Bellator MMA).
Raphael "The Silenser" Butler won his 7th pro MMA fight in as many bouts two weeks ago on Bellator and fights for the promotion again tonight against Josh Burns (8-6). Butler was supposed to fight 32-0 professional kickboxer turned mixed martial artist Maurice Jackson but Jackson pulled out. You can catch Butler live tonight for free at www.bellator.com

 

VANDA VS BONSANTE 2 CONFIRMED
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

It has been confirmed that Anthony Bonsante has come out of retirement to face Matt Vanda in a rematch bout taking place on January 25th, 2014 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. The bout will be at a contracted weight of 168 pounds. The trash talking from both fighters has already begun between the two men. Vanda says, " I want this to be clear, Bonsante called me out. Not the other way around. I'm only fulfilling his wish. This is all his doing and he's going to pay for it."
Bonsante says, "I may be 43, but I am fighting for the right reason this time. I guarantee I kick the pretenders ass again".
The fight will be 8 rounds and the show is being called "Cold War".

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BONSANTE-VANDA BAD BLOOD 2 THIS JANUARY?
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2013

A facebook message from Matt Vanda to Tony Bonsante this morning promising a beating on January 25th has gotten the Minnesota boxing public inquiring if the two old warriors are going to meet in the ring once again. Minnesotaboxing.com has not confirmed with either man if a fight is in the works but a source close to one of the fighters has stated that "It's on". After a Halloween message posted to the social media website, the following words were put out by Vanda...
"Trick or treat, smell my feet, Tony Bonsante is going to get his ass beat. You shouldn't have called me out you fat bit*h. January 25 its on like donkey Kong."
Vanda defeated Brooke Wellby via first round knockout two weeks ago at the Black Bear Casino and Tony Bonsante was ringside to witness the action. Bonsante told Minnesotaboxing.com following the fight that he would love to kick Vanda's ass one more time. Jungle Boy Boxing's next fight card is scheduled to take place on January 25th at the Black Bear Casino but no official fight has been announced at this time.
Vanda and Bonsante first met in 2007 in what turned out to be one of the biggest draws in state history. Bonsante, 43, has since retired and Vanda, 35, has been teetering on the ropes about hanging the gloves up. Stay tuned for more updates.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS AT THE CLYDE
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013
Lorenzi's Gym in Duluth is hosting a Halloween themed night of amateur boxing this Friday night at The Clyde in Duluth, MN. There are 12-15 action packed matches scheduled and family fun including a Halloween costume contest with $100 prize going to the winner. Pre sale tickets can be purchased at the Clyde, Lorenzi's Gym, or from the boxers. Pre sale tickets are $12 and tickets bought at the door the night of the fights are $15.

 

RAPHAEL BUTLER IMPROVES TO 7-0 MMA, RETURNS IN 2 WEEKS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013

Raphael Butler moved his mixed martial arts record to 7-0 last night with a first round destruction win over 6'7 Joseph Bryant. The bout was shown live on Bellator's streamed undercard. Butler is a big man but looked small standing face to face with Bryant before the bout began. But after only a 1:04 of the first round, it was Bryant appearing to be the smaller fighter as he was layed out on the floor courtesy of Butler's powerful right hands. Bryant attempted to pick up Butler twice after tasting a short right from Butler while on there feet, but the Minnesotan stalled Bryant's slam attempts each time with a Kimura (arm lock) attempt. The second time, Butler let go of the Kimura and rolled on top of Bryant and began raining fists. Butler then landed a sneaky hard right to the head of Bryant that put him out. A few more shots and the bout was stopped by the referee giving Butler the TKO victory. Afterwards, Bryant told Butler "I've never been hit so hard in my life... And I've been shot".
Butler returns to action in just two weeks when he faces 32-0 professional kickboxer turned mixed martial artist Maurice Jackson at Bellator 107. Below is the full video of Butler vs Bryant.

 

Bellator 105: Raphael Butler vs. Joe Bryant from SEG/Driller Promotions on Vimeo.

 

BUTLER, MOXEY FIGHT THIS WEEKEND UPDATES POSTED
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

Boxer and Minnesota MMA heavyweight champion Raphael "The Silencer" Butler (6-0 mma record) is fighting once again tonight for Bellator. The MMA bout can be seen live on www.spike.com. Butler has spent 3 months out of town for training camp at Alliance MMA in California and he appears in photo's to be in possibly the best shape of his fighting career. Butler worked with top level trainers and world class fighters during his stay in California. Butler faces Joseph Bryant (4-2) tonight and if all goes as planned he returns to Bellator in 2 weeks for another fight.

UPDATE #2: No opponent was found for Moxey and he will not be in action tonight.
UPDATE #1: John Moxey was upset to deliver the news that his opponent Joe Hanks pulled out of the signed contract moments ago with just hours until the fighters were to weigh in. Moxey is waiting for the word from the promoter on a possible opponent replacement but says the chances of that do not look good. "Fighting is what I do and when I can't, it takes a lot from me" said Moxey.

John "The Nemesis" Moxey is going back up to the heavyweight division this Saturday night as he takes on New Jersey's Joe Hanks.
"Joe Hanks is rated number 26 in the country (21-1, 14 KO's) said Moxey. "He's 6'4 and between 230-255 lbs. and is the IBA American heavyweight champion. I am not sure if his title is on the line or not. Belt or no belt, it's like a title bout for me because of his ranking so I feel like I have to put it on him. This is a big opportunity for me, I'm going hard."

 

MINNESOTA BOXERS IN THE NEWS UPDATES POSTED
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

Minnesota bantamweight champion Vicente Alfaro of Northfield fractured his thumb while sparring last August. He had successful surgery and will be returning to the ring in January. Alfaro is staying in condition and insists,
"This injury and the time off has done nothing but increase my boxing motivation. I am burning to get back in the ring and defend my Minnesota title."

Dave "The Prodigy" Peterson (13-1, 8 KO's) of Moundsview takes on former Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata (1-0, 1 KO) in Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan on December 12th. To prepare for the bout, Peterson will have a tune up bout on November 2nd at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. No opponent has been named for the Wisconsin bout at this time.

Minnesota State Middleweight Champion and USBA Champion "Golden" Caleb Truax has climbed to number 13 in the IBF's latest rankings following his victory over Cerresso Fort. Truax spent earlier tonight signing autographs and giving away T-shirts at Gould's Diamonds and Jewelery in Coon Rapids.

Newly crowned MN state welterweight champion Jamal "Shango" James was on last week's episode of Game On Tv.
James talks at the 8 minute mark of the following video... CLICK HERE

Minneapolis heavyweight Aaron Green says he is hoping for a return in December and says that if all goes as plan, that December bout would be in North Dakota. Rumor is that Green will then be back in action in Minnesota in January.

Duluth's RJ "T Rex" Laase is hammering out some exciting news on future bouts and says he is targeting a return either December 7th or January 10th.

UPDATE: Litzau says the promo's are done and he is set to compete and make his Bare Knuckle boxing debut at the Verizon wireless arena in Manchester, new Hampshire dec 3 on direct tv pay per view.
Saint Paul's Allen "The American Boy" Litzau says he fly's out to New Jersey to film a pay per view Direct Tv promo for a bare knuckle boxing tournament taking place December 3rd in New Hampsire. A vote following the promo's will determine if Litzau is chosen to be on the show

 

QUICK RESULTS FROM CARLTON, MN
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013


Photo's Courtesy of John D'Auria

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Matt "The Predator" Vanda picked up his 45th pro win over Canada's Brooke Wellby on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Vanda dropped Wellby twice in the first round with shots that Wellby didn't take well. Vanda was firing hard and accurate shots but Wellby seemed to quit before Vanda could land serious damaging shots. The bout was stopped in the opening round.
Al "The Haitian Temptation" Sands won by TKO after his opponent Bobby Thomas failed to answer the bell for round four. Sands landed some pounding shots to the body in the third that Thomas was unable to recover from.
Corey Rodriguez and Stephen Watt engaged in a fun bout which Rodriguez won unanimously. Watt was game but Rodriguez boxed a solid and complete six round bout.
A cut ended the Damien Hill and Mark Connor's bout in the fourth and final round. A clash of heads opened the gash over Connor's right eye and the scorecards had Hill ahead giving him the victory.
Markus Morris won a four round decision over Kou Lee in an action packed affair.
"The Sharp Shooter" Ismail Muwendo was left without a fight because his opponent Eric Aiken was MIA.
The winner's above are correct but might include errors so stay tuned for a more complete and updated fight report.

 

 

WEIGHTS FROM CARLTON, MN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013 - PHOTO'S COURTESY OF JOHN D'AURIA

Matt Vanda 168.4 vs. Brooke Wellby 166.7
Al Sands 198.4 vs. Bobby Thomas Jr
Ismail Muwendo 131.6 vs. Eric Aiken
Corey Rodriguez 154 vs. Stephen Watt 153.2
Markus Morris 139.8 vs. Kou Lee 138.7
Mark Connor 145.2 vs. Damien Hill 149

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

Photo's Courtesy of John D'Auria of Second Chance Photography

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OCTOBER 19TH BLACK BEAR BOXING PREVIEW
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013

Jungle Boy Boxing's October 19th show at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN is fast approaching. After announcing his retirement in January after mixing it up with Caleb Truax, The Pride of the East Side Matt "The Predator" Vanda (44-15, 24 KO's) just couldn't stay out of the ring and returns to be featured in a ten round super middleweight bout against tough guy Brooke Wellby (35-19-4, 11 KO's). Vanda has been sparring with Al Sands and Dave Peterson over the last month among other local fighters. This will be Vanda's 60th pro fight.
Mn State Cruiserweight champ Al Sands (10-1, 10 KO's) will face Bobby Thomas Jr (12-1, 9 KO's ) of Virginia in the co-featured bout. Thomas stopped Sands' last opponent Justin Howes in 2010, avenging a 2009 loss in the process. Sands also stopped Howes in round two last July.
" Collateral Damage" Corey Rodriguez (7-3-3) of Saint Anthony boxes Minneapolis boxer/mixed martial artist Stephen Watt (2-1) in a 6 round jr. middleweight bout.
Undefeated Ismail Muwendo (14-0) of Minneapolis will face Eric Aiken (16-10 in a super featherweight bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
Former accomplished amateur Mark Connor of Minneapolis will make his pro debut against Damien Hill (0-3) in a Jr Middleweight bout.
Also in action making his pro debut is Duluth's Markus Morris. The TV spot hyping the card can be seen below...

 

EYER FIGHT STREAMED ON PPV UNDERCARD TONIGHT UPDATE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2013

Eyer was stopped with just seconds left in round number 2. Many pick Verdejo to be a future super star in the sport and Eyer took some big shots but fought until the end. Although bleeding heavily from the nose, Eyer stood and traded with Verdejo and was clearly upset that the referee did not allow him to continue as he protested the stoppage.
"Stone Cold Gary Eyer (11-3-1, 7 KO's) of Duluth will face Felix Verdejo (7-0, 5 KO's) of Puerto Rico this Saturday at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs Delvin Rodriguez. You can watch Eyer's bout about 7pm our timealong with the rest of the off TV undercard for free at the following link... http://www.toprank.com/livestream

 

ANOTHER NIGHT TO REMEMBER: 2013 MNBHOF BANQUET
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2013

The 2013 Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame banquet which took place at Mystic Lake Casino on Friday ,September 28th was another magical night honoring our past greats in a room full of current greats. "Dangerous" Dan Schommer (pictured above) was the nights final inductee and he (along with his brother) captivated those in attendance with stories which included his first moment putting gloves on, to his final pro bout with former world champ Chris Eubank's. That bout would be Schommer's only loss as a pro but he said Eubank's called him years later to tell Dan he should have won the title that night! Slick in the ring and liked by all out of it, former Minnesota middleweight Doug Demmings was also among the modern day warriors inducted. His sister Debra Demmings, mother Willie May Demmings, and Willie Carter shared some wonderful stories of Doug. One of the all time great pure boxers our state has seen, Irish Pat O'Connor took the stage to accept his inductee plaque rounding out the modern fighters. Pioneer Danny Needham, old timers Billy Petrolle and Jock Malone as well as promoters Jack Raleigh and Tony Stecher were also among those inducted with family coming in from all over the US to be there.

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AMATEUR BOXING IN COON RAPIDS TOMORROW
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2013

"Diamonds in the Rough" an afternoon of out door amateur boxing at Cr's Sports Bar in Coon Rapids will take place this Sunday, September 29th. There are twelve to fifteen bouts scheduled and the weather forcast predicts a sunny and 75 degree day. The first bout begins at 3pm with ticket's set at $5.

 

TRUAX STOPS FORT, JAMES AND LEE TAKE TITLES
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2013

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"Golden" Caleb Truax (22-1-1, 14 KO's) defeated "Sir" Cerresso Fort (17-2-1, 11 KO's) on Saturday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center, keeping his Minnesota State Middleweight title and picking up the USBA Middleweight title in front of a reported 4000 plus attendance. The opening round was close between the two Minnesotan's with Fort seemingly getting the nod based on activity. Fort jabbed and circled while Truax held back to observe what Fort would bring. The early moments of round two were similar until Truax began to open up, specifically with hard body punches. Truax was landing heavy shots as the round came to a close and a right to the head in the closing seconds appeared to rock Fort. Fort's jab was working from the outside but he was getting busted up from that range. He was warned twice for coming in with his head by referee Mark Nelson while trying to close the range and accidental head butts had opened cuts over both of his eyes by round four. After a small break in the action following the last clash of heads in the fourth, Truax landed a short uppercut that staggered Fort. Truax followed up with more uppercuts and straight rights that sent Fort to the ropes. Fort stumbled forward to tie up but fell the canvas. He made it to his feet on shaky legs by the count of 9 but referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight. The time of the stoppage came at 1:49 of the fourth round.
Jamal "Shango James (11-0, 5 KO's) won the vacant MN state welterweight title with a hard fought victory over "The African Assassin" Mohammed Kayongo (17-3-1, 12 KO's). James won the early rounds by boxing and avoiding the heavy shots of Kayongo. James continued to box from the outside into round three. Although Kayongo had trouble getting inside, he landed a right hand to the head that appeared to send James down to the ropes but it was not ruled a knockdown. James, of Minneapolis was not hurt however and stormed back with an angered look on his face.
"The African Assassin" Kayongo, also fighting out of Minneapolis, scored a flash knockdown in the fifth and continued to have success through round six as James did less boxing and played into Kayongo's game of making it a brawl. That is not to say James did not have success trading, but it's the fight Kayongo was looking for. Round seven was the best of the fight with James hurting Kayongo with a body shot early and Kayongo mounting a comeback later. The judges saw the fight in the favor of James with scores of 78-73, and 77-74 on two cards. Kayongo stood with a look of disbelief at the verdict while James celebrated with his team.
Tony "Too Sharp" Lee (8-1-1, 3 KO's) won the vacant MN state lightweight title in a close 8 round battle with Jeremy "Lights Out" McLaurin (10-6-1, 5 KO's). After battling to an action packed draw last June, the two fighters fought an equally entertaining but more skilled battle this time around. Bitter feelings between the two led to wild exchanges in the first meeting but both fighters looked sharper this time as they both stood there ground while taking turns trading shots. The difference maker in the fight was a second round shot by Lee that stumbled McLaurin back to the ropes. Mark Nelson ruled it a knockdown stating the ropes held McLaurin up. McLaurin did not agree with the call and fought on. The two fighters literally traded punches, traded rounds, and traded momentum for the remainder of the fight. Afterwards, and embrace between Lee and McLaurin showed that the two bouts had settled any harsh feelings the former rivals shared as they congratulated each other on a hard fought bout. Scores read 77-74, 76-75, and 76-75 for Lee.
Trevor Marmon of Duluth, MN (1-0-1, 1 KO) and Wisconsin's Adrian Martinez (1-0-1) fought to an exciting four round Majority draw. Scores read 38-38, 38-38, and 39-37 for Martinez. You could make a strong case for this being fight of the night as well with Martinez being more the boxer/puncher and Marmon the stronger, mix it up type fighter. Both men showed they could take a big shot as they laid everything on the line through four rounds.
Nate Richardson (1-0, 1 KO) of Coon Rapids stopped Iowa's Fred Thomas (1-13) at 2:08 of round four in a jr. middleweight bout. The first two rounds were close give rounds. Richardson began to put his shots together in the third and dropped Thomas with a body shot. Referee Gary Miezwa stopped the fight in the fourth when Thomas failed to answer the punishment being dished out by Richardson. Credit goes to Thomas for coming in to Minnesota and putting up a tough fight.
Heavyweight Nathan Luis Rosa (1-0, 1 KO) of Coon Rapids, MN stopped Shakopee, MN's John Schimon (1-2) at 1:03 of the first round. Schimon is tough and durable but Rosa left him no time to fight back after storming him from the gate. Left and rights to the head in a corner dropped Schimon and referee Mark Nelson called an end to the bout.
In the opener, Minneapolis fighter by way of Uganda Philip Adyaka (3-4, 2 KO's) won a unanimous decision over Brandon Buchholtz also of Minneapolis in a four round lightweight bout. Buchholtz was tough in his debut but not busy enough to keep up with Adyaka who attacked equally with both fists and won the decision decisively. Scores read 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.

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WEIGHTS FROM MINNEAPOLIS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 - By RAY KILGORE

Caleb Truax 160 vs. Cerresso Fort 158.5
(USBA, MN State middleweight title)
Mohammed Kayongo 146 vs. Jamal James 145.5
(MN welterweight title)
Jeremy McLaurin 134.5 vs. Toney Lee 134.5
(MN lightweight title)
Adrian Martinez 123 vs. Trevor Marmon 134
Nathan Richardson 153 vs. Fred Thomas 156
Nathan Luis Rosa 260 vs. John Schimon 234
Brandon Buchholtz 136 vs. Phillip Adyaka 134

Venue: Minneapolis Convention Center
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Photo's By Ray Kilgore
Weights from Ray Kilgore and Bobby Brunette

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MIDWEST FIGHTERS FILL OUT ND CARD SATURDAY NIGHT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley

Boxers from Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin fill out a large portion of this Saturday's boxing card taking place at the Sky Dancer Casino in Belcourt, North Dakota. The main event sees Belcourt's Wayne Martell (24-4-1, 15 KO's) return against always exciting and upset minded David LaQue (3-14-1, 3 KO's) of Bloomington.
Martell says he is re-inspired to return to top form and is on a quest to bring a title back to Belcourt within the next year.
LaQue is coming off of a fun fight with Allen Litzau and says he is ready to pull off the upset. "I am sure I could have finished off Litzau if I had the four more rounds that I will against Martell and I am excited to be going 8 rounds on Saturday night. Wayne better believe he is in a lot of trouble".
Two old warriors with something left to prove will meet in a four rounder when JJ Corn (47-26-3, 26 KO's) and "Mad Dog" Butch Hajicek (5-6-1, 2 KO's) come out of retirement to box a four rounder.
Aaron Green (12-0, 10 KO's) will meet Marcus Rhode (35-48-2, 29 KO's) in a heavyweight bout. Green sparred some very intense rounds last week with Joey Abell in Coon Rapids to wrap up training for the bout.
27 year old Antwan Robertson (8-8-1, 5 KO's) and Nate Seelye (0-1) clash in a four round featherweight matchup
Rondale Hubbert (3-0-1, 1 KO) will box a four round welterweight rematch bout against Ryan Gronvold (1-7). The first meeting ended in a no-contest.
Romando Papsadora (1-1, 1 KO) and Travis McCollugh (1-5, 1 KO) square off in a four round light-heavyweight bout.
Canada's Noel Harding (2-0, 2 KO's) is matched up with Montana's Arnold Sisneros (0-2).


CERRESSO FORT: " HE KNOWS WHAT TIME IT IS"
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley

Cerresso Fort walked into to the Element Boxing gym last Monday morning with a relaxed and confident look on his face. I had arrived to the then empty and quiet gym minutes before Fort had arrived to discuss this Saturday's showdown with Caleb Truax. While sitting on the ring at the center of the large Element training facility, the magnitude of what this fight will be really started to hit me. Maybe it was waiting and knowing that soon, the gym would be filled with energy and boxing action much like the wait leading up to the two men entering the ring on Fight night. But fight week is here and soon two of Minnesota's biggest stars will be squaring off. And much like Caleb Truax's words with us which were posted yesterday, Cerresso Fort seemed calm, focussed, and prepared to prove that victory will be his on Saturday night. "He knows what time it is" exclaimed Fort when asked about some of the talk leading up to the bout. "I don't let any of the talk bother me. Now it's time to pay the piper". Here is what Fort had to say about the upcoming bout and more...

 

TRUAX CONFIDENT HEADING INTO SATURDAY NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley

Over a month of training, studying, and planning are in the books for Osseo's "Golden" Caleb Truax (22-1-1, 13 KO's) and Saint Paul's "Sir" Cerresso Fort (17-1-1, 11 KO's). This Saturday's showdown is one of the most highly anticipated and meaningful local matches in years, and it is now only days away. MinnesotaBoxing.com met Truax last Saturday afternoon at the ACR Gym to witness his last day of sparring for this training camp. Skillful Minneapolis boxer Javontae Starks was on hand as well as tough new comer Nate Richardson (who is also in action Saturday) to provide work in the ring. Truax was very confident but also extremely focussed on what he feels he needs to do to not only keep his Minnesota middleweight title, but also win the vacant USBA title which importantly also brings with it a top ten ranking in the IBF. To read Caleb Truax's words on the bout...

 

MCLAURIN, LEE READY FOR ROUND 9 SATURDAY NIGHT
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 , 2013

Rivals Jeremy McLaurin and Tony Lee are set for round 9 this Saturday night in Minneapolis. The two traded punches for 8 rounds back in June for the vacant Minnesota State lightweight title and emerged with a draw. McLaurin and Lee traded insults leading up to the first fight and although the bitter feelings between the two seem to remain, this time around has been serious and quiet on both sides leading up to fight week. The first meeting in June was an intense and entertaining fight and you can expect the punches to pick up right where they left this Saturday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
To read what the fighters had to say...

 

HEROFF STOPS DUNASKI IN RIVER FALLS
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

 

Saint Paul's Brad Heroff improved to 4-0 with a second round knockout over Anthony Dunaski last Friday night in River Falls. Video above shows a body shot putting Dunaski down before Mark Nelson stopped the bout.

Nick Christensen won a four round majority decision over Elias Rubio by scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38.
Robert DaLuz won a four round decision over James Owens by scores of 49-46, 50-45, and 50-46.
Mr. Parker from Wisconsin stopped Vince Downwind inside of round 1 with body shots.

 

HEROFF, DUNASKI BATTLE ON RIVER FALLS CARD TONIGHT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

The Peek -A- Boo boxing gym in River falls will have a pro card tonight at the Wildcats Hockey Arena, River Falls, WI. Battling on the card will be two Saint Paul featherweights, Brad Herroff of Brunette's boxing and Anthony Dunaski, who boxed as an amateur out of the White Bear Lake boxing club.

Heroff is exciting to watch and he will be going for his fourth win as a pro in an as many bouts when he meets Dunaski. Heroff, 22, talked about training and his thoughts on the bout.

"As far as training goes it's always hard work in the gym because we all push each other. So the more I'm in the gym the better I feel. I have been putting in hard work these last few weeks leading up to this fight like I do for every fight. I really don't know too much about my opponent but that doesn't bother me. He's just another guy in my way. Fight nights getting close an I can't wait."
Herroff says that he is hoping for one more fight before the end of the year.

The 24 year old Dunaski has lost his first 2 bouts as a pro against tough opposition. He was stopped in 2011 by Dustin Mason and then traveled to Chicago, losing to an undefeated local. But Dunaski explains that he is in a better place now mentally and physically and wants to back up those words tonight.

"Training has been going great. Everyone says that I look better then ever. This will be the first time I have actually trained for a pro fight. I've got a kid now and an amazing girl to keep me motivated. I was at a real dark place when I took my last fights. I'm sober now and mentally and physically, I've never been better. I think Brad's a good fighter but I feel I know what I need to do to frustrate him. We have worked together in the past and I wish him the best of luck in his future."

The main event features Wisconsin's Larry Butler taking on Angelo Buchanon of Florida. Butler was set to face Harley Kilfian but Kilfian says he was suspended for 6 months after pulling out of a bout with Robert Brant last month because of a back injury. Robert DaLuz faces James Owens. Vince Downwind makes his pro debut in a heavyweight bout against Marcus Fuller and Nick Christianson faces Elias Rojas. Doors open at 6pm with the first fight starting at 7. Wildcats Centre is located across from River Falls High School. 861 Cemetery Road, River Falls, Wisconsin, 54022

 

FORT, OUTLAW FORGING NEW LIVES AT ELEMENT
THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013 www.PIONEERPLANET.COM - Rubén Rosario


Photo By Pioneer Press, John Autey

Saint Paul Pioneer Press journalist Rubén Rosario wrote a feature last week on the work Saint Paul's Cerresso Fort and Dalton Outlaw have continued to do at the Element boxing gym in Saint Paul. On the verge of Fort's State title bout against Caleb Truax, Rosario shed light on the new and improved Element Gym and the local kids the two have been guiding and teaching. To read Mr. Rosario's feature which ran last week in the Pioneer Press...

8 COUNT NEWS INTERVIEWS CALEB TRUAX
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013- www.8COUNTNEWS.COM

David Hopper of www.8CountNews.com caught up with middleweight contender “Golden” Caleb Truax. The 29-year-old, who hails from Minnesota, has a record of 22-1-1 with 13 KOs. His lone loss came in April 2012 to former undisputed champ Jermain Taylor. He has since reeled off four straight wins with three coming by stoppage. Truax was last seen in the ring in June against Don George on an ESPN Friday Night Fights card. His Minnesota State middleweight title will be on the line against Cerresso Fort (17-1-1, 11 KOs) on Sept. 21 at the Convention Center in Minneapolis.
For the full interviews...

 

JAMES, MCLAURIN LATEST FEATURES OF GAME ON
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 - PHOTO'S COURTESY OF JOHN D'AURIA

Jamal James and Jeremy McLaurin were featured in last Sunday's television episode of Game on hosted by Rod Simons. "Tony Time" a spot on the show featuring promoter Tony Grygelko saw the two fighters previewing next weekends big fight night at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Below is the entire archived episode. Fast forward to the 10 minute mark to just view the boxing portion of the show.

 

 

GARCIA DECISIONS VENEGAS IN DULUTH
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2013 - PHOTO'S COURTESY OF JOHN D'AURIA
Michigan's Johnny Garcia won an 8 round war over Gilbert Venegas on Friday, September 6th at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth, MN.
For John D'Auria's full photo gallery of the fight
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WEIGHTS FROM DULUTH
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2013

Gilbert Venegas 144lbs and Johnny Garcia 142.5lbs

The night will begin with amateur boxing. No official word on why the Ken Glenn vs John Brewer bout is off. Weights and photo courtesy of John D'Auria

MICHIGAN'S GARCIA HEADLINES IN DULUTH
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 -
31 year old Jr. Welterweight Johnny Garcia (16-1, 10 KO's) of Michigan is currently in Duluth putting the finishing touches on training camp. Garcia fights in the main event of the pro portion of this Friday nights pro-am boxing event at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth. Garcia faces Gilbert Venegas (12-9-2, 8 KO's). In the other pro fight of the night, Ken Glenn (3-0, 1 KO) of Minneapolis battles John Brewer (1-1) of Missouri.

 

WILLIAMS RECAPS TITLE BOUT IN TANZANIA
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

(Photo Credit: www.ippmedia.com) Phil "The Drill" Williams (12-6-2, 11 KO's)lost a 12 round decision last Friday in Tanzania, Africa to Francis Cheka (29-7-1, 16 KO's)in a bout described by witnesses as "exciting and competitive". Although Williams came up short on the scorecards, he gained valuable experience in going 12 rounds for the first time in his career, and says the time spent in Tanzania and other stops including Amsterdam were an experience he would do again in a heart beat. Williams says he agrees with the decision and that he plans to fight from here on out at Light Heavyweight where he feels stronger and more powerful without dropping weight.

" It was a hell of a an experience walking to the ring with security and AK's (AK-47 assault riffle)" said Williams. "It's one thing fighting in someone's back yard but fighting in somebody else's country was a different feel. I would do it again though. Twelve rounds wasn't that bad either. I'll be back in the gym this week to get ready for whatever is next."

 

TRUAX, FORT FEATURED ON "GAME ON"
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013

We are now less then a month away from the State title showdown between "Golden" Caleb Truax and "Sir" Cerresso Fort. The two fighters have not only been busy in the gym preparing for the fight but have also been hitting up local radio and television shows to spread the word. Over the last two weeks, the fighters were featured on the Sunday morning sports television show "Game On" which features Minnesota sports highlights and interviews on a weekly bases. Below are links to both of those segments.

CALEB TRUAX INTERVIEW CAN BE SEEN...
CERRESSO FORT INTERVIEW CAN BE SEEN...

 

SEPTEMBER BOXING CALENDAR UPDATE
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013

Friday, September 6, Grandma's Sports Garden, Duluth, MN - Jungle Boy Boxing
10 round bout featuring Johnny Garcia [16-1] vs Gilbert Venegas [12-9-2]. Ken Glenn (3-0) battles John Brewer (1-1) in the other pro bout of the night. Amateur boxing will kick off the night. VIEW CARD HERE
• Friday, September 13, Wildcats Hockey Arena, River Falls, WI - Peek -A- Boo Promotions
Pro-Am boxing action brought to you by former boxer Boyd Davis. Harley Kilfian takes on Larry Butler in the main event. Brad Herroff is scheduled as well as the pro debut of Vincent Downwind.
• Saturday, September 21, Minneapolis Convention Center, Mnpls, MN - Seconds Out Promotions
Golden Caleb Truax and Sir Cerresso Fort battle for local bragging rights and the Minnesota State title. Also, the state lightweight title rematch between Tony Lee and Jeremy McLaurin. The two slugged it out for 8 rounds and came out with a draw last June. VIEW CARD HERE
• Saturday, September 21, Sky Dancer Casino, Belcourt, ND - Brothers Promotions
Wayne Martell headlines with Aaron Green, Butch Hajicek, Antwan Robertson, David Laque and more. VIEW CARD HERE
• Friday, September 27, Mystic Lake Casino, Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Banquet
2013 Inductee's include Danny Needham ~ Jock Malone ~ Billy Petrolle ~ Pat O'Connor ~ Doug Demmings ~ Gary Holmgren ~ Dan Schommer ~ Jack Raleigh ~ Tony Stecher. MORE INFO HERE

 

PHIL WILLIAMS FIGHTS IN AFRICA THIS FRIDAY
MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013

Phil "The Drill" Williams (12-5-2, 11 KO's) left today with Seko Tongola (pictured above right, photo courtesy of Upper Cut Gym) for Tanzania, Africa to face Francis Cheka (28-7-1, 16 KO's) This Friday, August 30th. The bout is 12 rounds for the WBF Title. We will try to track down a live stream and post it here if there will be one available. Minnesotaboxing.com along with the MN boxing community sends Mr. Williams our best wishes on bringing the belt back home.

RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY, MN
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2013


Jamal James (right) lands a right hand to the head of Rober Osiobe on Friday night in Hinckley, MN

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Jamal James won an 8 round unanimous decision over Robert Osiobe in front of a sold out and packed crowd at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. James used his speed and reach to pile on the points throughout. Osiobe was game but outgunned over the course of the fight.
In the co-feature, Antonio Johnson was too sharp for Romon Barber both offensively and defensively, winning bout 4th round TKO. After scoring a couple of earlier knockdowns, Johnson stopped Barber with a three punch combination to the head before referee Scott Erickson jumped in to stop the fight. Official time was :32 into the fifth round.
Aaron Green won by TKO in round number 5. Green constantly moved forward and by round three had Frazier losing steam. A body attack by Green ended the fight at 1:16 of the fifth.
Robert Brant stopped Damien Hill at 1:03 of round number three. Hill made a good account for himself while taking the fight on short notice but Brant was just too fast and sharp. Brant dropped Hill twice in the third round before the bout was stopped.
Brad Patraw won a six round majority decision over Dustin Mason in an action packed featherweight bout. Patraw boxed and moved while throwing punches from all angles through the first four rounds which made it difficult for the hard punching Mason to set his feet and use his power. Mason seemed to get more comfortable as the bout went on and had his biggest round in the 6th as he landed a good number of heavy shots. Patraw fired back and landed enough of his own hard shots however and both fighters finished the fight on their feet. There were no knockdowns in the bout despite the heavy shots that were traded. In the end, judges saw the bout 58-56, 58-56 and 57-57 in favor of Patraw.
Travis Fulton won a four round decision over Van Goodman in a heavyweight bout. Goodman was the aggressor from start to finish but Fulton did well counter punching. All three judges saw it the same at 40-36.
Allen Litzau won a four round decision over David LaQue in a welterweight bout.
LaQue dropped Litzau early with a quick countering shot to the head. Litzau got up and returned the favor by dropping LaQue with a right hand to the head. Litzau controlled the rest of the round.
Litzau continued to score points by counter punching and mixing shots to the head and body while LaQue dropped his hands and invited Litzau in or shook his head to show he was not being hurt. LaQue again put Litzau down in the fourth with a glancing right to the head although it was clear Litzau was not hurt. The two fighters went to war and traded until the final bell. Litzau won by scores of 39-37, 38-37, and 40-37.

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WEIGHTS FROM HINCKLEY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013

Jamal James 142 vs. Robert Osiobe 142
Aaron Green 276 vs. Stacy Frazier 277
Rob Brant 161 vs. Damion Hill 162
Brad Patraw 125 vs. Dustin Mason 125
Antonio Johnson 155 vs. Romon Barber 154
Van Goodman (weighs in Friday) vs. Travis Fulton 233
Allen Litzau 145 vs. David LaQue 147

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

Notes: Jamal James will headline a boxing card for the second consecutive time when he meets Robert Osiobe. This could be a fun one style wise. Aaron Green will be facing Stacy Frazier who is nephew of legend Joe Frazier. Rob Brant faces last second sub Damion Hill. Brant was set to face Harley Kilfian before Kilfian fell of the card with an injured back. Brad Patraw and Dustin Mason finally meet after a long road of calling each other out. This will be one to watch without question. Antonio Johnson will attempt to be the fourth Minnesota to beat Ramon Barber in the last year. Corey Rodriguez and Rob Brant won decisions while Javontae Starks stopped Barber in 2. Van Goodman was set to face John Moxey last week but will now be facing tough guy Travis Fulton in a heavyweight rematch bout. The two fought to a draw last January in the same Hinckley ring. "The American Boy" Allen Litzau returns against David LaQue in a welterweight bout.

 

MOXEY BATTLES WHITING TONIGHT UPDATE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2013

John Moxey (2-2, 2 KO's) defeated Nick Whiting by TKO in round one. Mahmoud Aburia won a 4 round decision, defeating Charles Goodman. Romando Papsadora won by TKO round one over James Roe. Michael Faulk didn't make weigh-ins and the fight versus Mike Walker was scratched.
Saint Paul's John Moxey (1-2, 1 KO) will be fighting in one of four bouts tonight going down in Thief River Falls at the Seven Clans Casino. It's a card that has largely flown under the radar with not much info to be found. Moxey will be facing "The Alaskan Wolfman" Nick Whiting, formerly of Bemidji when the bell rings tonight but up until a few days ago, Moxey says he was preparing to face Minneapolis' Van Goodman. However, Goodman will now be fighting Travis Fulton in a rematch on August 16th in Hinckley.

" I know Van is a good fighter" said Moxey. "But it's been two times now that he has decided not to fight me. It was originally a main event, then changed to a four rounder (on the undercard). I guess not even a four round fight with me was to his liking. But just maybe he will step up and challenge me at some point in his career. Good luck to him on his rematch with Fulton."

With Goodman switching shows, Moxey says he will remain focussed for the late replacement Whiting. Whiting, now of Alaska where he moved to work and live, always brings his best.

"I know nothing about Whiting" said Moxey. "I have never seen him fight and don't know what he brings to the ring. But I am expecting to be ready to find a warrior in him and a warrior is what he's going to get."

Over the past few weeks, Moxey's name has been brought up to challenge Al Sands for the Cruiserweight State title on September 6 in Duluth. It is a fight Moxey says he wants ASAP but he could not commit to because of tonights fight.

"I am willing to put in the work and be ready for the September fight with Sands with hope of my fight going well in Thief River Falls but as you know, I signed on to fight Goodman before the talk of fighting Mr. Sands came about. It seems like the fight would be a go but polls and tournaments seem to be what they really want for the champ. Even so, I am still willing to fight in a tournament to show I am here to fight to be champion. All I say is take me on and we would see who really should be champion."

Sands is now scheduled to take on tough Wisconsin fighter Larry Butler on September 6th.

Aside from the Moxey-Whiting bout, it appears Saint Paul's Michael Faulk will be taking on 7-0 Mike Walker of North Dakota in a very interesting bout. Also, Charles Goodman takes on Mahmoud Aburia in a heavyweight bout.

 

JAMES REPLACES INJURED LITZAU
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2013

"The American Boy" Jason Litzau announced earlier this week that a broken finger in training camp has forced him off next Friday's August 16 Grand Casino Hinckley, MN boxing event.
Stepping in will be Minneapolis' Jamal "Shango" James, (9-0, 5 KO's) as he faces Robert Osiobe (14-6-4, 6 KO's), who was set to be Litzau's opponent. Osiobe is a tough opponent who has upset some good fighters, as well as lost and drawn with a few he probably should have won. James, 25, is coming off a big win over previously undefeated Patrick Boozer last January and is shooting for win number 10 against the 35 year old, well traveled Osiobe. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds in the welterweight division.

Robert Brant vs. Harley Kilfian - 6 Rounds - Super Middleweights
Aaron Green vs. Stacy Frazier - 6 Rounds - Heavyweights
Antonio Johnson vs. Romon Barber - 6 Rounds - Light Middleweights
Dustin Mason vs. Brad Patraw - 6 Rounds - Super Featherweights
Van Goodman vs. Travis Fulton - 4 Rounds - Heavyweights
Allen Litzau vs. David Laque - 4 Rounds - Welterweights

 

WILLIAMS GETS TITLE SHOT IN AFRICA
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013

Phil "The Drill" Williams (12-5-2, 11 KO's) has signed to face Francis Cheka (28-7-1, 16 KO's) in Tanzania, Africa on August 30th. Williams says the bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and is for the WBF Title. Williams fought to an 8 round split draw with tough and skilled brawler Derrick Findley two weeks ago and said he was thankful to get the hard rounds with Findley. Williams cut a lot of weight in very short time for that bout but says he is already on track and expects to be in peak condition when he attempts to bring the belt home from Africa on the 30th.
Video of Cheka in action can be seen here...

 

TRUAX VS FORT SET FOR SEPT. 21
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2013

"Golden" Caleb Truax and "Sir" Cerresso Fort have both confirmed that they have signed to fight each other on September 21st at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Truax was set to face Osumanu Adama for the USBA title that night but Adama backed out. Word is Fort's trainer Will Grigsby contacted team Truax about making the fight. Negotiations were finalized and the fight was made. The bout will be for 12 rounds at 160 pounds with Truax's MN State Middleweight title will also on the line. More to come.

 

UPCOMING PRO EVENTS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2013
MONDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2013

August 10, Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, MN - Rez Promotions
Details are limited but it looks like the main event will be heavyweight Charles Goodwin of Bemidji vs Mahoud Aburia. The co-feature has Van Goodman taking on John Moxey in another heavyweight bout. Michael Faulk also sees action.
August 16, Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN - Rapacz Promotions
The Return of the 3 Musketeers as they were known as kids, Jason and Allen Litzau plus Antonio Johnson fight on the same card. Plus Aaron Green, Rob Brant vs Harley Kilfian, Brad Patraw vs Dustin Mason, David LaQue and more.
September 6, Grandma's Sports Garden, Duluth, MN - Jungle Boy Boxing
Al Sands headlines against TBA plus a 10 round bout featuring Johnny Garcia [16-1] vs Gilbert Venegas [12-9-2]. Amateur boxing will kick off the night.
September 13, Minneapolis Convention Center, Mnpls, MN - Seconds Out Promotions
Golden Caleb Truax returns fresh off a dominant ESPN performance. The front runner for Truax's opponent at this time appears to be tough boxer Osumanu Adama. Also, the state lightweight title rematch between Tony Lee and Jeremy McLaurin. The two slugged it out for 8 rounds and came out with a draw last June.
September 21, Wildcats Hockey Arena, River Falls, WI - Peek -A- Boo Promotions
Pro-Am boxing action brought to you by former boxer Boyd Davis.
September 28th, Anoka Armory, Anoka, MN- Valhalla Combat Sports
Valhalla Combat Sports Gym is promoting a boxing card which features Stephen Watt taking on Cheyene Ziegler. Damion Hill and heavyweight MMA fighter Brad Scholten are also on the card. There will be 8 fights in all.

 

CALEB TRUAX MEDIA DAY NOTES AND PHOTO'S
MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013

The ACR boxing gym held a media day earlier in the week giving local news outlets a one on one chance to chat with Minnesota middleweight champion Caleb Truax about his upcoming ESPN bout taking place on January 3rd at the Target Center in MNPLS. City Pages, Game On TV along with other news stations and media members were present. Nate Richardson and Willshaun Boxley were also getting work in as they prepare for their fights in separate bouts on the card. Truax was set to face New Jersey's Derek Ennis but Ennis reportedly pulled out with a rib injury. Canada's Adam Turpish was briefly named to be the fill in opponent but now it will be tough and strong veteran Ossie Duran (28-11-2, 11 KO's) stepping in. Duran defeated Matt Vanda 2 years ago by way of unanimous decision and Truax is preparing for the best from Duran.

"Duran is a tough vet who has been in with some great fighters so I can't take him lightly" said Truax. "I always prepare as if I am fighting for a world title and this is not different. It's my job to put on a show January 3rd and that is exactly what I will do, regardless of who I am facing."

Legendary heavyweight Iron Mike Tyson will be CO-promoting along with Seconds Out and Warriors boxing and says he has been watching Truax on Youtube and believes he will be one of the next boxing sensations. Full interview with Truax coming soon.

More photo's from the media day at ACR can be seen here...

 

BOYD DAVIS DROPS DECISION IN TOPEKA
MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2013

Saint Paul's Boyd "Peek-a-Boo" Davis (12-9, 3 KO's and now fighting out of River Fall's, WI) lost an 8 round unanimous decision this past Saturday night in Topeka, Kansas. Davis was boxing Topeka's Dominique Alexander (30-10) and the bout was for the Midwest Boxing Association light heavyweight championship. Scores were 79-73 on all three cards. Bloomington's David LaQue lost a 4 rounder, and Saint Paul's Starr Roberts was stopped at the 2:02 mark of the second round on the same card.
Trainer John Hoffman says all three fighters put up a good effort. More details can be seen here..
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ABELL GETS TITLE SHOT IN GERMANY TOMORROW UPDATE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

FULL FIGHT VIDEO BELOW


Image and weights courtesy of Fightnews.com
Kubrat Pulev 253.8 vs. Joey Abell 248.5
(IBF international heavyweight title)

Stream can be seen here.. CLICK HERE

UPDATE FROM FIGHTNEWS.COM: IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat “The Kobra” Pulev (19-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (29-7, 28 KOs). Oulev was in command until Abell suddenly dropped him in round four. Abell was then immediately knocked down himself with a body shot. Pulev then dropped Abell twice more in the same round with body shots. Abell was unable to come out for round five.

Heavyweight Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell (29-6, 28 KO’s) has stepped in on short notice for an injured Sherman Williams to box IBF International heavyweight champ Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KO’s) in Germany on Saturday night. Stay tuned tomorrow for a live fight stream link posted here. Also, Wisconsin's Marcus Oliveria (25-0-1, 20 KO's) takes on Juergen Braehmer (41-2, 31 KO's) in the main event.
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GIBSON, ARCHAMBAULT, SEELYE FIGHT IN NY UPDATE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

UPDATE: TJ Gibson says the entire bout has been postponed due to bad weather.

Duluth's TJ Gibson (1-4) takes on Ytalo Perera (5-1) at the Pacplex in New York tomorrow night. MN featherweight Nathan Seelye (0-2) battles Phillip Moreno in Moreno's debut. North Dakota's Tomi Archambault (1-6) meets Allan Phelan (3-2) in a super featherweight bout.

Allan Phelan 128 vs. Tomi Archambault 129
Ytalo Perera 232 vs. Tyrone Gibson 222
Phillip Moreno 129 vs. Nathan Seelye 124.5

Venue: Pacplex
Promoter: Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing
1st bell: 7pm est
TV: www.pandafeed.tv

 

WANNEMACHER IN MMA BOUT TOMORROW NIGHT
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013

Former Upper Midwest Golden Gloves champion Jesse Wannemacher of Fergus Falls will fight in his 7th mixed martial arts bout tomorrow night at Canterbury park in Shakopee. Wannemacher enters the cage with a record of (5-2) and faces Jesse Rogge (3-5). Wannemacher is promised a title shot in February if he comes out victorious tomorrow night.
The fight will be live streamed at www.MNMMANews.com

 

WEEKEND WRAP UP - PETERSON, LITZAU, KILFIAN
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013
Dave "The Prodigy" Peterson overcame jet lag and a size disadvantage to put on an exciting effort but while coming up short against Japan's former Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata on Friday December 6th. Peterson went punch for punch with Murata through 8 rounds despite looking two weight classes smaller. After going down in round 7, the bout was stopped at the 1:22 mark of the 8th and final round with Peterson on the ropes fighting back against heavy punches. Reports praised the Minnesota afterwards pointing to his boxing ability, chin and heart.
The full fight can be viewed here...

Allen "The American Boy" Litzau of Saint Paul lost his Bare Knuckle Boxing title bout last Wednesday, December 4th to Javier “Pelos” Garcia. The bout was later shown on Pay Per View on Saturday, December 7th. Litzau was stopped in the 2nd round. There is no ring, but more of what resembles a small pit in BKB and that did not seem to play into Litzau's favor as it hindered his ability to move or create angles. Litzau, who's best days were at 126 pounds was fighting once again at welterweight for the bout. You can view the full fight at the following link...

Harley "The Sandman" Kilfian (10-14, 8 KO's) of Wisconsin was stopped in round 3 of 4 to Illinois boxer Junior Wright (9-0, 8 KO's) at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago last weekend. Kilfian took the fight on a few days notice.

 

DAVE PETERSON VS MURATA, FIGHT STREAM INFO UPDATE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013

QUICK RESULT: Peterson was stopped in round 8 of a good fight. Team Peterson says he was not hurt and it was a quick stoppage. More details and video to follow if available.

It looks like Dave Peterson's bout versus former Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata will be shown tomorrow sometime around 5am our time at the following link. If the link is not showing Fuji TV Channel 7 in the morning I will scramble to figure it out so check back!

http://www.justin.tv/ultra_exceed#/w/7750694288

 

WEIGHTS FROM TOKYO, JAPAN
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH, 2013

Dave Peterson 158 vs Ryota Murata 160
Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
8 round Super Middleweight bout

DAVE PETERSON IN JAPAN, BATTLES OLYMPIAN THIS FRIDAY UPDATED
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD, 2013

Dave "The Prodigy" Peterson (13-1, 8 KO's) of Moundsview is now in Japan where he is finishing up training camp for his bout against former Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata (1-0, 1 KO) this Friday, December 6th. Before leaving Minnesota, Peterson sparred with a mix of many styles from fighters like Caleb Truax, Corey Rodriguez, Jamal James, Flavio Becerra and many more (above pictured left to right, Becerra, Peterson, Truax.)
Dave, along with his dad/trainer/manager Ron Peterson will be sending us photo's throughout the time in Japan leading up to fight time and we will share those photo's here and update along the way so check the following link often...

 

TRUAX FACES ENNIS AS ESPN AND MIKE TYSON COME TO TOWN
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013

USBA Middleweight Champion “Golden” Caleb Truax (23-1, 4 KOs) of Osseo, Minnesota, will face former USBA Champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-4-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia in a 10-round non-title bout on January 3rd, 2014 at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
The ESPN 2 televised 12-round main event of the night is an IBF Super Featherweight Championship fight between champion Argenis Mendez (21-2-1, 11 KOs) of Brooklyn, New York via San Juan, Dominican Republic vs. #1-ranked undefeated challenger Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) from Miami, via Cuba.
Off TV bouts include a 135 pound showdown between Saint Paul's Tony Lee and returning Willshaun Boxley. Javontae Starks, Ismail Muwendo, and more will also be in action.
The card will be co-promoted by Seconds Out Promotions, Iron Mike (Tyson) Productions, and Warriors Boxing.
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VANDA VS BONSANTE 2 A NO GO
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013

It was announced last week that Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante was not approved by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Boxing Commission to fight Matt Vanda on January 25th at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN so the fight is off. Vanda will no longer be on the card but tells fans he does plan to box again at a later date. Bonsante has hinted at taking a tune up fight and then seeking the second fight with Vanda in the future. Al "Haitian Temptation" Sands (11-1, 11 KO's) of Duluth will box in the main event on the 25th against an opponent to be announced.

 

RESULTS FROM IOWA
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013

Boyd Davis (12-8, 3 KO's) stopped Marty Lindquist (14-9, 11 KO's) in the second round of there bout last Friday at the Prairie Meadows Track & Casino in Altoona, Iowa. Word is that Davis boxed well early. Lindquist injured his shoulder after missing with a haymaker and could not come out for the third round.
Cruiserweight Lucas St. Clair (3-3, 2 KO's) of North Dakota knocked out Bryan Dailey (5-8, 5 KO's) in the opening round. The time of the stoppage came at 1:07 of the first round.
David Laque (3-16, 3 KO's) of Bloomington lost a 5 round decision to Jeremy Marts in what was described a bout with good action. Scores read 50-45 on all three cards.
Dustin Mason (5-1, 4 KO's), now living in the Twin Cities, connected with some big shots against tough James Owens (5-14, 2 KO's) and won a 5 round majority decision. Scores read 48-46 on two cards and 47-47 on the third.
MN bantamweight Antwan Robertson (9-9-1, 6 KO's) could not continue following the end of the second round against Jamal Parram (7-9, 4 KO's).

 

MINNESOTANS INVADE IOWA TOMORROW NIGHT
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

A fight card title "Road Warriors" will go down at the Prairie Meadows Track & Casino Altoona, Iowa tomorrow night and the show contains a good number of Minnesota and surrounding fighters.
In a battle of well known Cruiserweights, "The Wolfman" Marty Lindquist (14-8) takes on Boyd "Peek-A-Boo" Davis (11-8) in a 5 round bout. The 44 year old Lindquist returns after a 3 year ring absence and shared a few thoughts with us about his meeting with Davis.

"I have nothing but respect for Boyd and his contributions to the sport of boxing" said Lindquist. "I've known him for 20+ years. It's tricky fighting people you know because I like to get amped up for destruction before fighting. But this is the pro's and business is business!"

David Laque, Antwan Robertson, Dustin Mason, and Lucas St. Clair are also competing and have good shots at bringing home a victory. The full line-up and more info can be seen here...

 

HULTIN VS BRANT PLUS GREEN, EDWARDS AND MORE
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Robert "Bravo" Brant and Tyler "The Hitman" Hultin have signed to box each other on January 24th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. This is a fight that has been brewing for a while and both fighters are predicting victory.
Also in a featured bout, undefeated heavyweight Aaron Green (13-0) takes on Richard Carmack (12-2). Ray Edwards returns after healing from hand surgery. MN amateur stars Delorian Carraway and Sergio Garcia will make their pro debuts. More info and interviews to come.

TYLER HULTIN: "I'm looking forward for this opportunity to fight back in Hinckley,MN and put on a show like I always do. It's a great fight people will not want to miss. It will be a fireworks kind of night. I'm looking to avenge my questionable loss to (Charles) Meier with a win over Brant."

ROB BRANT: "On January 24th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, I will have my biggest test as a professional boxer against a tough Tyler Hultin. He, like myself, had over 100 amateur boxing wins. I have been training, but when I get home its on a whole other level. I am not looking to win via decision. It's go time!"

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RAPHAEL BUTLER LOOKING FOR 8TH MMA VICTORY UPDATE
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

UPDATE: Butler made Burns verbally submit due to knees and punches at 2:14 into Round 1 giving him an 8-0 record inside the cage (3-0 in Bellator MMA).
Raphael "The Silenser" Butler won his 7th pro MMA fight in as many bouts two weeks ago on Bellator and fights for the promotion again tonight against Josh Burns (8-6). Butler was supposed to fight 32-0 professional kickboxer turned mixed martial artist Maurice Jackson but Jackson pulled out. You can catch Butler live tonight for free at www.bellator.com

 

VANDA VS BONSANTE 2 CONFIRMED
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2013

It has been confirmed that Anthony Bonsante has come out of retirement to face Matt Vanda in a rematch bout taking place on January 25th, 2014 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. The bout will be at a contracted weight of 168 pounds. The trash talking from both fighters has already begun between the two men. Vanda says, " I want this to be clear, Bonsante called me out. Not the other way around. I'm only fulfilling his wish. This is all his doing and he's going to pay for it."
Bonsante says, "I may be 43, but I am fighting for the right reason this time. I guarantee I kick the pretenders ass again".
The fight will be 8 rounds and the show is being called "Cold War".

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BONSANTE-VANDA BAD BLOOD 2 THIS JANUARY?
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST, 2013

A facebook message from Matt Vanda to Tony Bonsante this morning promising a beating on January 25th has gotten the Minnesota boxing public inquiring if the two old warriors are going to meet in the ring once again. Minnesotaboxing.com has not confirmed with either man if a fight is in the works but a source close to one of the fighters has stated that "It's on". After a Halloween message posted to the social media website, the following words were put out by Vanda...
"Trick or treat, smell my feet, Tony Bonsante is going to get his ass beat. You shouldn't have called me out you fat bit*h. January 25 its on like donkey Kong."
Vanda defeated Brooke Wellby via first round knockout two weeks ago at the Black Bear Casino and Tony Bonsante was ringside to witness the action. Bonsante told Minnesotaboxing.com following the fight that he would love to kick Vanda's ass one more time. Jungle Boy Boxing's next fight card is scheduled to take place on January 25th at the Black Bear Casino but no official fight has been announced at this time.
Vanda and Bonsante first met in 2007 in what turned out to be one of the biggest draws in state history. Bonsante, 43, has since retired and Vanda, 35, has been teetering on the ropes about hanging the gloves up. Stay tuned for more updates.

 

FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS AT THE CLYDE
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013
Lorenzi's Gym in Duluth is hosting a Halloween themed night of amateur boxing this Friday night at The Clyde in Duluth, MN. There are 12-15 action packed matches scheduled and family fun including a Halloween costume contest with $100 prize going to the winner. Pre sale tickets can be purchased at the Clyde, Lorenzi's Gym, or from the boxers. Pre sale tickets are $12 and tickets bought at the door the night of the fights are $15.

 

RAPHAEL BUTLER IMPROVES TO 7-0 MMA, RETURNS IN 2 WEEKS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2013

Raphael Butler moved his mixed martial arts record to 7-0 last night with a first round destruction win over 6'7 Joseph Bryant. The bout was shown live on Bellator's streamed undercard. Butler is a big man but looked small standing face to face with Bryant before the bout began. But after only a 1:04 of the first round, it was Bryant appearing to be the smaller fighter as he was layed out on the floor courtesy of Butler's powerful right hands. Bryant attempted to pick up Butler twice after tasting a short right from Butler while on there feet, but the Minnesotan stalled Bryant's slam attempts each time with a Kimura (arm lock) attempt. The second time, Butler let go of the Kimura and rolled on top of Bryant and began raining fists. Butler then landed a sneaky hard right to the head of Bryant that put him out. A few more shots and the bout was stopped by the referee giving Butler the TKO victory. Afterwards, Bryant told Butler "I've never been hit so hard in my life... And I've been shot".
Butler returns to action in just two weeks when he faces 32-0 professional kickboxer turned mixed martial artist Maurice Jackson at Bellator 107. Below is the full video of Butler vs Bryant.

 

Bellator 105: Raphael Butler vs. Joe Bryant from SEG/Driller Promotions on Vimeo.

 

BUTLER, MOXEY FIGHT THIS WEEKEND UPDATES POSTED
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

Boxer and Minnesota MMA heavyweight champion Raphael "The Silencer" Butler (6-0 mma record) is fighting once again tonight for Bellator. The MMA bout can be seen live on www.spike.com. Butler has spent 3 months out of town for training camp at Alliance MMA in California and he appears in photo's to be in possibly the best shape of his fighting career. Butler worked with top level trainers and world class fighters during his stay in California. Butler faces Joseph Bryant (4-2) tonight and if all goes as planned he returns to Bellator in 2 weeks for another fight.

UPDATE #2: No opponent was found for Moxey and he will not be in action tonight.
UPDATE #1: John Moxey was upset to deliver the news that his opponent Joe Hanks pulled out of the signed contract moments ago with just hours until the fighters were to weigh in. Moxey is waiting for the word from the promoter on a possible opponent replacement but says the chances of that do not look good. "Fighting is what I do and when I can't, it takes a lot from me" said Moxey.

John "The Nemesis" Moxey is going back up to the heavyweight division this Saturday night as he takes on New Jersey's Joe Hanks.
"Joe Hanks is rated number 26 in the country (21-1, 14 KO's) said Moxey. "He's 6'4 and between 230-255 lbs. and is the IBA American heavyweight champion. I am not sure if his title is on the line or not. Belt or no belt, it's like a title bout for me because of his ranking so I feel like I have to put it on him. This is a big opportunity for me, I'm going hard."

 

MINNESOTA BOXERS IN THE NEWS UPDATES POSTED
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2013

Minnesota bantamweight champion Vicente Alfaro of Northfield fractured his thumb while sparring last August. He had successful surgery and will be returning to the ring in January. Alfaro is staying in condition and insists,
"This injury and the time off has done nothing but increase my boxing motivation. I am burning to get back in the ring and defend my Minnesota title."

Dave "The Prodigy" Peterson (13-1, 8 KO's) of Moundsview takes on former Olympic Gold Medalist Ryota Murata (1-0, 1 KO) in Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan on December 12th. To prepare for the bout, Peterson will have a tune up bout on November 2nd at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. No opponent has been named for the Wisconsin bout at this time.

Minnesota State Middleweight Champion and USBA Champion "Golden" Caleb Truax has climbed to number 13 in the IBF's latest rankings following his victory over Cerresso Fort. Truax spent earlier tonight signing autographs and giving away T-shirts at Gould's Diamonds and Jewelery in Coon Rapids.

Newly crowned MN state welterweight champion Jamal "Shango" James was on last week's episode of Game On Tv.
James talks at the 8 minute mark of the following video... CLICK HERE

Minneapolis heavyweight Aaron Green says he is hoping for a return in December and says that if all goes as plan, that December bout would be in North Dakota. Rumor is that Green will then be back in action in Minnesota in January.

Duluth's RJ "T Rex" Laase is hammering out some exciting news on future bouts and says he is targeting a return either December 7th or January 10th.

UPDATE: Litzau says the promo's are done and he is set to compete and make his Bare Knuckle boxing debut at the Verizon wireless arena in Manchester, new Hampshire dec 3 on direct tv pay per view.
Saint Paul's Allen "The American Boy" Litzau says he fly's out to New Jersey to film a pay per view Direct Tv promo for a bare knuckle boxing tournament taking place December 3rd in New Hampsire. A vote following the promo's will determine if Litzau is chosen to be on the show

 

QUICK RESULTS FROM CARLTON, MN
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2013


Photo's Courtesy of John D'Auria

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Matt "The Predator" Vanda picked up his 45th pro win over Canada's Brooke Wellby on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Vanda dropped Wellby twice in the first round with shots that Wellby didn't take well. Vanda was firing hard and accurate shots but Wellby seemed to quit before Vanda could land serious damaging shots. The bout was stopped in the opening round.
Al "The Haitian Temptation" Sands won by TKO after his opponent Bobby Thomas failed to answer the bell for round four. Sands landed some pounding shots to the body in the third that Thomas was unable to recover from.
Corey Rodriguez and Stephen Watt engaged in a fun bout which Rodriguez won unanimously. Watt was game but Rodriguez boxed a solid and complete six round bout.
A cut ended the Damien Hill and Mark Connor's bout in the fourth and final round. A clash of heads opened the gash over Connor's right eye and the scorecards had Hill ahead giving him the victory.
Markus Morris won a four round decision over Kou Lee in an action packed affair.
"The Sharp Shooter" Ismail Muwendo was left without a fight because his opponent Eric Aiken was MIA.
The winner's above are correct but might include errors so stay tuned for a more complete and updated fight report.

 

 

WEIGHTS FROM CARLTON, MN
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2013 - PHOTO'S COURTESY OF JOHN D'AURIA

Matt Vanda 168.4 vs. Brooke Wellby 166.7
Al Sands 198.4 vs. Bobby Thomas Jr
Ismail Muwendo 131.6 vs. Eric Aiken
Corey Rodriguez 154 vs. Stephen Watt 153.2
Markus Morris 139.8 vs. Kou Lee 138.7
Mark Connor 145.2 vs. Damien Hill 149

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

Photo's Courtesy of John D'Auria of Second Chance Photography

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OCTOBER 19TH BLACK BEAR BOXING PREVIEW
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2013

Jungle Boy Boxing's October 19th show at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN is fast approaching. After announcing his retirement in January after mixing it up with Caleb Truax, The Pride of the East Side Matt "The Predator" Vanda (44-15, 24 KO's) just couldn't stay out of the ring and returns to be featured in a ten round super middleweight bout against tough guy Brooke Wellby (35-19-4, 11 KO's). Vanda has been sparring with Al Sands and Dave Peterson over the last month among other local fighters. This will be Vanda's 60th pro fight.
Mn State Cruiserweight champ Al Sands (10-1, 10 KO's) will face Bobby Thomas Jr (12-1, 9 KO's ) of Virginia in the co-featured bout. Thomas stopped Sands' last opponent Justin Howes in 2010, avenging a 2009 loss in the process. Sands also stopped Howes in round two last July.
" Collateral Damage" Corey Rodriguez (7-3-3) of Saint Anthony boxes Minneapolis boxer/mixed martial artist Stephen Watt (2-1) in a 6 round jr. middleweight bout.
Undefeated Ismail Muwendo (14-0) of Minneapolis will face Eric Aiken (16-10 in a super featherweight bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
Former accomplished amateur Mark Connor of Minneapolis will make his pro debut against Damien Hill (0-3) in a Jr Middleweight bout.
Also in action making his pro debut is Duluth's Markus Morris. The TV spot hyping the card can be seen below...

 

EYER FIGHT STREAMED ON PPV UNDERCARD TONIGHT UPDATE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 2013

Eyer was stopped with just seconds left in round number 2. Many pick Verdejo to be a future super star in the sport and Eyer took some big shots but fought until the end. Although bleeding heavily from the nose, Eyer stood and traded with Verdejo and was clearly upset that the referee did not allow him to continue as he protested the stoppage.
"Stone Cold Gary Eyer (11-3-1, 7 KO's) of Duluth will face Felix Verdejo (7-0, 5 KO's) of Puerto Rico this Saturday at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs Delvin Rodriguez. You can watch Eyer's bout about 7pm our timealong with the rest of the off TV undercard for free at the following link... http://www.toprank.com/livestream

 

ANOTHER NIGHT TO REMEMBER: 2013 MNBHOF BANQUET
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2013

The 2013 Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame banquet which took place at Mystic Lake Casino on Friday ,September 28th was another magical night honoring our past greats in a room full of current greats. "Dangerous" Dan Schommer (pictured above) was the nights final inductee and he (along with his brother) captivated those in attendance with stories which included his first moment putting gloves on, to his final pro bout with former world champ Chris Eubank's. That bout would be Schommer's only loss as a pro but he said Eubank's called him years later to tell Dan he should have won the title that night! Slick in the ring and liked by all out of it, former Minnesota middleweight Doug Demmings was also among the modern day warriors inducted. His sister Debra Demmings, mother Willie May Demmings, and Willie Carter shared some wonderful stories of Doug. One of the all time great pure boxers our state has seen, Irish Pat O'Connor took the stage to accept his inductee plaque rounding out the modern fighters. Pioneer Danny Needham, old timers Billy Petrolle and Jock Malone as well as promoters Jack Raleigh and Tony Stecher were also among those inducted with family coming in from all over the US to be there.

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AMATEUR BOXING IN COON RAPIDS TOMORROW
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2013

"Diamonds in the Rough" an afternoon of out door amateur boxing at Cr's Sports Bar in Coon Rapids will take place this Sunday, September 29th. There are twelve to fifteen bouts scheduled and the weather forcast predicts a sunny and 75 degree day. The first bout begins at 3pm with ticket's set at $5.

 

TRUAX STOPS FORT, JAMES AND LEE TAKE TITLES
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2013

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"Golden" Caleb Truax (22-1-1, 14 KO's) defeated "Sir" Cerresso Fort (17-2-1, 11 KO's) on Saturday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center, keeping his Minnesota State Middleweight title and picking up the USBA Middleweight title in front of a reported 4000 plus attendance. The opening round was close between the two Minnesotan's with Fort seemingly getting the nod based on activity. Fort jabbed and circled while Truax held back to observe what Fort would bring. The early moments of round two were similar until Truax began to open up, specifically with hard body punches. Truax was landing heavy shots as the round came to a close and a right to the head in the closing seconds appeared to rock Fort. Fort's jab was working from the outside but he was getting busted up from that range. He was warned twice for coming in with his head by referee Mark Nelson while trying to close the range and accidental head butts had opened cuts over both of his eyes by round four. After a small break in the action following the last clash of heads in the fourth, Truax landed a short uppercut that staggered Fort. Truax followed up with more uppercuts and straight rights that sent Fort to the ropes. Fort stumbled forward to tie up but fell the canvas. He made it to his feet on shaky legs by the count of 9 but referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight. The time of the stoppage came at 1:49 of the fourth round.
Jamal "Shango James (11-0, 5 KO's) won the vacant MN state welterweight title with a hard fought victory over "The African Assassin" Mohammed Kayongo (17-3-1, 12 KO's). James won the early rounds by boxing and avoiding the heavy shots of Kayongo. James continued to box from the outside into round three. Although Kayongo had trouble getting inside, he landed a right hand to the head that appeared to send James down to the ropes but it was not ruled a knockdown. James, of Minneapolis was not hurt however and stormed back with an angered look on his face.
"The African Assassin" Kayongo, also fighting out of Minneapolis, scored a flash knockdown in the fifth and continued to have success through round six as James did less boxing and played into Kayongo's game of making it a brawl. That is not to say James did not have success trading, but it's the fight Kayongo was looking for. Round seven was the best of the fight with James hurting Kayongo with a body shot early and Kayongo mounting a comeback later. The judges saw the fight in the favor of James with scores of 78-73, and 77-74 on two cards. Kayongo stood with a look of disbelief at the verdict while James celebrated with his team.
Tony "Too Sharp" Lee (8-1-1, 3 KO's) won the vacant MN state lightweight title in a close 8 round battle with Jeremy "Lights Out" McLaurin (10-6-1, 5 KO's). After battling to an action packed draw last June, the two fighters fought an equally entertaining but more skilled battle this time around. Bitter feelings between the two led to wild exchanges in the first meeting but both fighters looked sharper this time as they both stood there ground while taking turns trading shots. The difference maker in the fight was a second round shot by Lee that stumbled McLaurin back to the ropes. Mark Nelson ruled it a knockdown stating the ropes held McLaurin up. McLaurin did not agree with the call and fought on. The two fighters literally traded punches, traded rounds, and traded momentum for the remainder of the fight. Afterwards, and embrace between Lee and McLaurin showed that the two bouts had settled any harsh feelings the former rivals shared as they congratulated each other on a hard fought bout. Scores read 77-74, 76-75, and 76-75 for Lee.
Trevor Marmon of Duluth, MN (1-0-1, 1 KO) and Wisconsin's Adrian Martinez (1-0-1) fought to an exciting four round Majority draw. Scores read 38-38, 38-38, and 39-37 for Martinez. You could make a strong case for this being fight of the night as well with Martinez being more the boxer/puncher and Marmon the stronger, mix it up type fighter. Both men showed they could take a big shot as they laid everything on the line through four rounds.
Nate Richardson (1-0, 1 KO) of Coon Rapids stopped Iowa's Fred Thomas (1-13) at 2:08 of round four in a jr. middleweight bout. The first two rounds were close give rounds. Richardson began to put his shots together in the third and dropped Thomas with a body shot. Referee Gary Miezwa stopped the fight in the fourth when Thomas failed to answer the punishment being dished out by Richardson. Credit goes to Thomas for coming in to Minnesota and putting up a tough fight.
Heavyweight Nathan Luis Rosa (1-0, 1 KO) of Coon Rapids, MN stopped Shakopee, MN's John Schimon (1-2) at 1:03 of the first round. Schimon is tough and durable but Rosa left him no time to fight back after storming him from the gate. Left and rights to the head in a corner dropped Schimon and referee Mark Nelson called an end to the bout.
In the opener, Minneapolis fighter by way of Uganda Philip Adyaka (3-4, 2 KO's) won a unanimous decision over Brandon Buchholtz also of Minneapolis in a four round lightweight bout. Buchholtz was tough in his debut but not busy enough to keep up with Adyaka who attacked equally with both fists and won the decision decisively. Scores read 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.

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WEIGHTS FROM MINNEAPOLIS
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 - By RAY KILGORE

Caleb Truax 160 vs. Cerresso Fort 158.5
(USBA, MN State middleweight title)
Mohammed Kayongo 146 vs. Jamal James 145.5
(MN welterweight title)
Jeremy McLaurin 134.5 vs. Toney Lee 134.5
(MN lightweight title)
Adrian Martinez 123 vs. Trevor Marmon 134
Nathan Richardson 153 vs. Fred Thomas 156
Nathan Luis Rosa 260 vs. John Schimon 234
Brandon Buchholtz 136 vs. Phillip Adyaka 134

Venue: Minneapolis Convention Center
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Photo's By Ray Kilgore
Weights from Ray Kilgore and Bobby Brunette

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MIDWEST FIGHTERS FILL OUT ND CARD SATURDAY NIGHT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley

Boxers from Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin fill out a large portion of this Saturday's boxing card taking place at the Sky Dancer Casino in Belcourt, North Dakota. The main event sees Belcourt's Wayne Martell (24-4-1, 15 KO's) return against always exciting and upset minded David LaQue (3-14-1, 3 KO's) of Bloomington.
Martell says he is re-inspired to return to top form and is on a quest to bring a title back to Belcourt within the next year.
LaQue is coming off of a fun fight with Allen Litzau and says he is ready to pull off the upset. "I am sure I could have finished off Litzau if I had the four more rounds that I will against Martell and I am excited to be going 8 rounds on Saturday night. Wayne better believe he is in a lot of trouble".
Two old warriors with something left to prove will meet in a four rounder when JJ Corn (47-26-3, 26 KO's) and "Mad Dog" Butch Hajicek (5-6-1, 2 KO's) come out of retirement to box a four rounder.
Aaron Green (12-0, 10 KO's) will meet Marcus Rhode (35-48-2, 29 KO's) in a heavyweight bout. Green sparred some very intense rounds last week with Joey Abell in Coon Rapids to wrap up training for the bout.
27 year old Antwan Robertson (8-8-1, 5 KO's) and Nate Seelye (0-1) clash in a four round featherweight matchup
Rondale Hubbert (3-0-1, 1 KO) will box a four round welterweight rematch bout against Ryan Gronvold (1-7). The first meeting ended in a no-contest.
Romando Papsadora (1-1, 1 KO) and Travis McCollugh (1-5, 1 KO) square off in a four round light-heavyweight bout.
Canada's Noel Harding (2-0, 2 KO's) is matched up with Montana's Arnold Sisneros (0-2).


CERRESSO FORT: " HE KNOWS WHAT TIME IT IS"
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley

Cerresso Fort walked into to the Element Boxing gym last Monday morning with a relaxed and confident look on his face. I had arrived to the then empty and quiet gym minutes before Fort had arrived to discuss this Saturday's showdown with Caleb Truax. While sitting on the ring at the center of the large Element training facility, the magnitude of what this fight will be really started to hit me. Maybe it was waiting and knowing that soon, the gym would be filled with energy and boxing action much like the wait leading up to the two men entering the ring on Fight night. But fight week is here and soon two of Minnesota's biggest stars will be squaring off. And much like Caleb Truax's words with us which were posted yesterday, Cerresso Fort seemed calm, focussed, and prepared to prove that victory will be his on Saturday night. "He knows what time it is" exclaimed Fort when asked about some of the talk leading up to the bout. "I don't let any of the talk bother me. Now it's time to pay the piper". Here is what Fort had to say about the upcoming bout and more...

 

TRUAX CONFIDENT HEADING INTO SATURDAY NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley

Over a month of training, studying, and planning are in the books for Osseo's "Golden" Caleb Truax (22-1-1, 13 KO's) and Saint Paul's "Sir" Cerresso Fort (17-1-1, 11 KO's). This Saturday's showdown is one of the most highly anticipated and meaningful local matches in years, and it is now only days away. MinnesotaBoxing.com met Truax last Saturday afternoon at the ACR Gym to witness his last day of sparring for this training camp. Skillful Minneapolis boxer Javontae Starks was on hand as well as tough new comer Nate Richardson (who is also in action Saturday) to provide work in the ring. Truax was very confident but also extremely focussed on what he feels he needs to do to not only keep his Minnesota middleweight title, but also win the vacant USBA title which importantly also brings with it a top ten ranking in the IBF. To read Caleb Truax's words on the bout...

 

MCLAURIN, LEE READY FOR ROUND 9 SATURDAY NIGHT
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 , 2013

Rivals Jeremy McLaurin and Tony Lee are set for round 9 this Saturday night in Minneapolis. The two traded punches for 8 rounds back in June for the vacant Minnesota State lightweight title and emerged with a draw. McLaurin and Lee traded insults leading up to the first fight and although the bitter feelings between the two seem to remain, this time around has been serious and quiet on both sides leading up to fight week. The first meeting in June was an intense and entertaining fight and you can expect the punches to pick up right where they left this Saturday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
To read what the fighters had to say...

 

HEROFF STOPS DUNASKI IN RIVER FALLS
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

 

Saint Paul's Brad Heroff improved to 4-0 with a second round knockout over Anthony Dunaski last Friday night in River Falls. Video above shows a body shot putting Dunaski down before Mark Nelson stopped the bout.

Nick Christensen won a four round majority decision over Elias Rubio by scores of 39-37, 39-37 and 38-38.
Robert DaLuz won a four round decision over James Owens by scores of 49-46, 50-45, and 50-46.
Mr. Parker from Wisconsin stopped Vince Downwind inside of round 1 with body shots.

 

HEROFF, DUNASKI BATTLE ON RIVER FALLS CARD TONIGHT
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

The Peek -A- Boo boxing gym in River falls will have a pro card tonight at the Wildcats Hockey Arena, River Falls, WI. Battling on the card will be two Saint Paul featherweights, Brad Herroff of Brunette's boxing and Anthony Dunaski, who boxed as an amateur out of the White Bear Lake boxing club.

Heroff is exciting to watch and he will be going for his fourth win as a pro in an as many bouts when he meets Dunaski. Heroff, 22, talked about training and his thoughts on the bout.

"As far as training goes it's always hard work in the gym because we all push each other. So the more I'm in the gym the better I feel. I have been putting in hard work these last few weeks leading up to this fight like I do for every fight. I really don't know too much about my opponent but that doesn't bother me. He's just another guy in my way. Fight nights getting close an I can't wait."
Herroff says that he is hoping for one more fight before the end of the year.

The 24 year old Dunaski has lost his first 2 bouts as a pro against tough opposition. He was stopped in 2011 by Dustin Mason and then traveled to Chicago, losing to an undefeated local. But Dunaski explains that he is in a better place now mentally and physically and wants to back up those words tonight.

"Training has been going great. Everyone says that I look better then ever. This will be the first time I have actually trained for a pro fight. I've got a kid now and an amazing girl to keep me motivated. I was at a real dark place when I took my last fights. I'm sober now and mentally and physically, I've never been better. I think Brad's a good fighter but I feel I know what I need to do to frustrate him. We have worked together in the past and I wish him the best of luck in his future."

The main event features Wisconsin's Larry Butler taking on Angelo Buchanon of Florida. Butler was set to face Harley Kilfian but Kilfian says he was suspended for 6 months after pulling out of a bout with Robert Brant last month because of a back injury. Robert DaLuz faces James Owens. Vince Downwind makes his pro debut in a heavyweight bout against Marcus Fuller and Nick Christianson faces Elias Rojas. Doors open at 6pm with the first fight starting at 7. Wildcats Centre is located across from River Falls High School. 861 Cemetery Road, River Falls, Wisconsin, 54022

 

FORT, OUTLAW FORGING NEW LIVES AT ELEMENT
THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013 www.PIONEERPLANET.COM - Rubén Rosario


Photo By Pioneer Press, John Autey

Saint Paul Pioneer Press journalist Rubén Rosario wrote a feature last week on the work Saint Paul's Cerresso Fort and Dalton Outlaw have continued to do at the Element boxing gym in Saint Paul. On the verge of Fort's State title bout against Caleb Truax, Rosario shed light on the new and improved Element Gym and the local kids the two have been guiding and teaching. To read Mr. Rosario's feature which ran last week in the Pioneer Press...

8 COUNT NEWS INTERVIEWS CALEB TRUAX
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013- www.8COUNTNEWS.COM

David Hopper of www.8CountNews.com caught up with middleweight contender “Golden” Caleb Truax. The 29-year-old, who hails from Minnesota, has a record of 22-1-1 with 13 KOs. His lone loss came in April 2012 to former undisputed champ Jermain Taylor. He has since reeled off four straight wins with three coming by stoppage. Truax was last seen in the ring in June against Don George on an ESPN Friday Night Fights card. His Minnesota State middleweight title will be on the line against Cerresso Fort (17-1-1, 11 KOs) on Sept. 21 at the Convention Center in Minneapolis.
For the full interviews...

 

JAMES, MCLAURIN LATEST FEATURES OF GAME ON
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 - PHOTO'S COURTESY OF JOHN D'AURIA

Jamal James and Jeremy McLaurin were featured in last Sunday's television episode of Game on hosted by Rod Simons. "Tony Time" a spot on the show featuring promoter Tony Grygelko saw the two fighters previewing next weekends big fight night at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Below is the entire archived episode. Fast forward to the 10 minute mark to just view the boxing portion of the show.

 

 

GARCIA DECISIONS VENEGAS IN DULUTH
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2013 - PHOTO'S COURTESY OF JOHN D'AURIA
Michigan's Johnny Garcia won an 8 round war over Gilbert Venegas on Friday, September 6th at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth, MN.
For John D'Auria's full photo gallery of the fight
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WEIGHTS FROM DULUTH
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2013

Gilbert Venegas 144lbs and Johnny Garcia 142.5lbs

The night will begin with amateur boxing. No official word on why the Ken Glenn vs John Brewer bout is off. Weights and photo courtesy of John D'Auria

MICHIGAN'S GARCIA HEADLINES IN DULUTH
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 -
31 year old Jr. Welterweight Johnny Garcia (16-1, 10 KO's) of Michigan is currently in Duluth putting the finishing touches on training camp. Garcia fights in the main event of the pro portion of this Friday nights pro-am boxing event at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth. Garcia faces Gilbert Venegas (12-9-2, 8 KO's). In the other pro fight of the night, Ken Glenn (3-0, 1 KO) of Minneapolis battles John Brewer (1-1) of Missouri.

 

WILLIAMS RECAPS TITLE BOUT IN TANZANIA
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013

(Photo Credit: www.ippmedia.com) Phil "The Drill" Williams (12-6-2, 11 KO's)lost a 12 round decision last Friday in Tanzania, Africa to Francis Cheka (29-7-1, 16 KO's)in a bout described by witnesses as "exciting and competitive". Although Williams came up short on the scorecards, he gained valuable experience in going 12 rounds for the first time in his career, and says the time spent in Tanzania and other stops including Amsterdam were an experience he would do again in a heart beat. Williams says he agrees with the decision and that he plans to fight from here on out at Light Heavyweight where he feels stronger and more powerful without dropping weight.

" It was a hell of a an experience walking to the ring with security and AK's (AK-47 assault riffle)" said Williams. "It's one thing fighting in someone's back yard but fighting in somebody else's country was a different feel. I would do it again though. Twelve rounds wasn't that bad either. I'll be back in the gym this week to get ready for whatever is next."

 

TRUAX, FORT FEATURED ON "GAME ON"
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013

We are now less then a month away from the State title showdown between "Golden" Caleb Truax and "Sir" Cerresso Fort. The two fighters have not only been busy in the gym preparing for the fight but have also been hitting up local radio and television shows to spread the word. Over the last two weeks, the fighters were featured on the Sunday morning sports television show "Game On" which features Minnesota sports highlights and interviews on a weekly bases. Below are links to both of those segments.

CALEB TRUAX INTERVIEW CAN BE SEEN...
CERRESSO FORT INTERVIEW CAN BE SEEN...

 

SEPTEMBER BOXING CALENDAR UPDATE
TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013

Friday, September 6, Grandma's Sports Garden, Duluth, MN - Jungle Boy Boxing
10 round bout featuring Johnny Garcia [16-1] vs Gilbert Venegas [12-9-2]. Ken Glenn (3-0) battles John Brewer (1-1) in the other pro bout of the night. Amateur boxing will kick off the night. VIEW CARD HERE
• Friday, September 13, Wildcats Hockey Arena, River Falls, WI - Peek -A- Boo Promotions
Pro-Am boxing action brought to you by former boxer Boyd Davis. Harley Kilfian takes on Larry Butler in the main event. Brad Herroff is scheduled as well as the pro debut of Vincent Downwind.
• Saturday, September 21, Minneapolis Convention Center, Mnpls, MN - Seconds Out Promotions
Golden Caleb Truax and Sir Cerresso Fort battle for local bragging rights and the Minnesota State title. Also, the state lightweight title rematch between Tony Lee and Jeremy McLaurin. The two slugged it out for 8 rounds and came out with a draw last June. VIEW CARD HERE
• Saturday, September 21, Sky Dancer Casino, Belcourt, ND - Brothers Promotions
Wayne Martell headlines with Aaron Green, Butch Hajicek, Antwan Robertson, David Laque and more. VIEW CARD HERE
• Friday, September 27, Mystic Lake Casino, Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Banquet
2013 Inductee's include Danny Needham ~ Jock Malone ~ Billy Petrolle ~ Pat O'Connor ~ Doug Demmings ~ Gary Holmgren ~ Dan Schommer ~ Jack Raleigh ~ Tony Stecher. MORE INFO HERE

 

PHIL WILLIAMS FIGHTS IN AFRICA THIS FRIDAY
MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2013

Phil "The Drill" Williams (12-5-2, 11 KO's) left today with Seko Tongola (pictured above right, photo courtesy of Upper Cut Gym) for Tanzania, Africa to face Francis Cheka (28-7-1, 16 KO's) This Friday, August 30th. The bout is 12 rounds for the WBF Title. We will try to track down a live stream and post it here if there will be one available. Minnesotaboxing.com along with the MN boxing community sends Mr. Williams our best wishes on bringing the belt back home.

RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY, MN
SUNDAY, AUGUST 17, 2013


Jamal James (right) lands a right hand to the head of Rober Osiobe on Friday night in Hinckley, MN

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Jamal James won an 8 round unanimous decision over Robert Osiobe in front of a sold out and packed crowd at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. James used his speed and reach to pile on the points throughout. Osiobe was game but outgunned over the course of the fight.
In the co-feature, Antonio Johnson was too sharp for Romon Barber both offensively and defensively, winning bout 4th round TKO. After scoring a couple of earlier knockdowns, Johnson stopped Barber with a three punch combination to the head before referee Scott Erickson jumped in to stop the fight. Official time was :32 into the fifth round.
Aaron Green won by TKO in round number 5. Green constantly moved forward and by round three had Frazier losing steam. A body attack by Green ended the fight at 1:16 of the fifth.
Robert Brant stopped Damien Hill at 1:03 of round number three. Hill made a good account for himself while taking the fight on short notice but Brant was just too fast and sharp. Brant dropped Hill twice in the third round before the bout was stopped.
Brad Patraw won a six round majority decision over Dustin Mason in an action packed featherweight bout. Patraw boxed and moved while throwing punches from all angles through the first four rounds which made it difficult for the hard punching Mason to set his feet and use his power. Mason seemed to get more comfortable as the bout went on and had his biggest round in the 6th as he landed a good number of heavy shots. Patraw fired back and landed enough of his own hard shots however and both fighters finished the fight on their feet. There were no knockdowns in the bout despite the heavy shots that were traded. In the end, judges saw the bout 58-56, 58-56 and 57-57 in favor of Patraw.
Travis Fulton won a four round decision over Van Goodman in a heavyweight bout. Goodman was the aggressor from start to finish but Fulton did well counter punching. All three judges saw it the same at 40-36.
Allen Litzau won a four round decision over David LaQue in a welterweight bout.
LaQue dropped Litzau early with a quick countering shot to the head. Litzau got up and returned the favor by dropping LaQue with a right hand to the head. Litzau controlled the rest of the round.
Litzau continued to score points by counter punching and mixing shots to the head and body while LaQue dropped his hands and invited Litzau in or shook his head to show he was not being hurt. LaQue again put Litzau down in the fourth with a glancing right to the head although it was clear Litzau was not hurt. The two fighters went to war and traded until the final bell. Litzau won by scores of 39-37, 38-37, and 40-37.

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WEIGHTS FROM HINCKLEY
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013

Jamal James 142 vs. Robert Osiobe 142
Aaron Green 276 vs. Stacy Frazier 277
Rob Brant 161 vs. Damion Hill 162
Brad Patraw 125 vs. Dustin Mason 125
Antonio Johnson 155 vs. Romon Barber 154
Van Goodman (weighs in Friday) vs. Travis Fulton 233
Allen Litzau 145 vs. David LaQue 147

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

Notes: Jamal James will headline a boxing card for the second consecutive time when he meets Robert Osiobe. This could be a fun one style wise. Aaron Green will be facing Stacy Frazier who is nephew of legend Joe Frazier. Rob Brant faces last second sub Damion Hill. Brant was set to face Harley Kilfian before Kilfian fell of the card with an injured back. Brad Patraw and Dustin Mason finally meet after a long road of calling each other out. This will be one to watch without question. Antonio Johnson will attempt to be the fourth Minnesota to beat Ramon Barber in the last year. Corey Rodriguez and Rob Brant won decisions while Javontae Starks stopped Barber in 2. Van Goodman was set to face John Moxey last week but will now be facing tough guy Travis Fulton in a heavyweight rematch bout. The two fought to a draw last January in the same Hinckley ring. "The American Boy" Allen Litzau returns against David LaQue in a welterweight bout.

 

MOXEY BATTLES WHITING TONIGHT UPDATE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 2013

John Moxey (2-2, 2 KO's) defeated Nick Whiting by TKO in round one. Mahmoud Aburia won a 4 round decision, defeating Charles Goodman. Romando Papsadora won by TKO round one over James Roe. Michael Faulk didn't make weigh-ins and the fight versus Mike Walker was scratched.
Saint Paul's John Moxey (1-2, 1 KO) will be fighting in one of four bouts tonight going down in Thief River Falls at the Seven Clans Casino. It's a card that has largely flown under the radar with not much info to be found. Moxey will be facing "The Alaskan Wolfman" Nick Whiting, formerly of Bemidji when the bell rings tonight but up until a few days ago, Moxey says he was preparing to face Minneapolis' Van Goodman. However, Goodman will now be fighting Travis Fulton in a rematch on August 16th in Hinckley.

" I know Van is a good fighter" said Moxey. "But it's been two times now that he has decided not to fight me. It was originally a main event, then changed to a four rounder (on the undercard). I guess not even a four round fight with me was to his liking. But just maybe he will step up and challenge me at some point in his career. Good luck to him on his rematch with Fulton."

With Goodman switching shows, Moxey says he will remain focussed for the late replacement Whiting. Whiting, now of Alaska where he moved to work and live, always brings his best.

"I know nothing about Whiting" said Moxey. "I have never seen him fight and don't know what he brings to the ring. But I am expecting to be ready to find a warrior in him and a warrior is what he's going to get."

Over the past few weeks, Moxey's name has been brought up to challenge Al Sands for the Cruiserweight State title on September 6 in Duluth. It is a fight Moxey says he wants ASAP but he could not commit to because of tonights fight.

"I am willing to put in the work and be ready for the September fight with Sands with hope of my fight going well in Thief River Falls but as you know, I signed on to fight Goodman before the talk of fighting Mr. Sands came about. It seems like the fight would be a go but polls and tournaments seem to be what they really want for the champ. Even so, I am still willing to fight in a tournament to show I am here to fight to be champion. All I say is take me on and we would see who really should be champion."

Sands is now scheduled to take on tough Wisconsin fighter Larry Butler on September 6th.

Aside from the Moxey-Whiting bout, it appears Saint Paul's Michael Faulk will be taking on 7-0 Mike Walker of North Dakota in a very interesting bout. Also, Charles Goodman takes on Mahmoud Aburia in a heavyweight bout.

 

JAMES REPLACES INJURED LITZAU
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2013

"The American Boy" Jason Litzau announced earlier this week that a broken finger in training camp has forced him off next Friday's August 16 Grand Casino Hinckley, MN boxing event.
Stepping in will be Minneapolis' Jamal "Shango" James, (9-0, 5 KO's) as he faces Robert Osiobe (14-6-4, 6 KO's), who was set to be Litzau's opponent. Osiobe is a tough opponent who has upset some good fighters, as well as lost and drawn with a few he probably should have won. James, 25, is coming off a big win over previously undefeated Patrick Boozer last January and is shooting for win number 10 against the 35 year old, well traveled Osiobe. The bout is scheduled for 8 rounds in the welterweight division.

Robert Brant vs. Harley Kilfian - 6 Rounds - Super Middleweights
Aaron Green vs. Stacy Frazier - 6 Rounds - Heavyweights
Antonio Johnson vs. Romon Barber - 6 Rounds - Light Middleweights
Dustin Mason vs. Brad Patraw - 6 Rounds - Super Featherweights
Van Goodman vs. Travis Fulton - 4 Rounds - Heavyweights
Allen Litzau vs. David Laque - 4 Rounds - Welterweights

 

WILLIAMS GETS TITLE SHOT IN AFRICA
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013

Phil "The Drill" Williams (12-5-2, 11 KO's) has signed to face Francis Cheka (28-7-1, 16 KO's) in Tanzania, Africa on August 30th. Williams says the bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and is for the WBF Title. Williams fought to an 8 round split draw with tough and skilled brawler Derrick Findley two weeks ago and said he was thankful to get the hard rounds with Findley. Williams cut a lot of weight in very short time for that bout but says he is already on track and expects to be in peak condition when he attempts to bring the belt home from Africa on the 30th.
Video of Cheka in action can be seen here...

 

TRUAX VS FORT SET FOR SEPT. 21
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2013

"Golden" Caleb Truax and "Sir" Cerresso Fort have both confirmed that they have signed to fight each other on September 21st at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Truax was set to face Osumanu Adama for the USBA title that night but Adama backed out. Word is Fort's trainer Will Grigsby contacted team Truax about making the fight. Negotiations were finalized and the fight was made. The bout will be for 12 rounds at 160 pounds with Truax's MN State Middleweight title will also on the line. More to come.

 

UPCOMING PRO EVENTS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2013
MONDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2013

August 10, Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, MN - Rez Promotions
Details are limited but it looks like the main event will be heavyweight Charles Goodwin of Bemidji vs Mahoud Aburia. The co-feature has Van Goodman taking on John Moxey in another heavyweight bout. Michael Faulk also sees action.
August 16, Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN - Rapacz Promotions
The Return of the 3 Musketeers as they were known as kids, Jason and Allen Litzau plus Antonio Johnson fight on the same card. Plus Aaron Green, Rob Brant vs Harley Kilfian, Brad Patraw vs Dustin Mason, David LaQue and more.
September 6, Grandma's Sports Garden, Duluth, MN - Jungle Boy Boxing
Al Sands headlines against TBA plus a 10 round bout featuring Johnny Garcia [16-1] vs Gilbert Venegas [12-9-2]. Amateur boxing will kick off the night.
September 13, Minneapolis Convention Center, Mnpls, MN - Seconds Out Promotions
Golden Caleb Truax returns fresh off a dominant ESPN performance. The front runner for Truax's opponent at this time appears to be tough boxer Osumanu Adama. Also, the state lightweight title rematch between Tony Lee and Jeremy McLaurin. The two slugged it out for 8 rounds and came out with a draw last June.
September 21, Wildcats Hockey Arena, River Falls, WI - Peek -A- Boo Promotions
Pro-Am boxing action brought to you by former boxer Boyd Davis.
September 28th, Anoka Armory, Anoka, MN- Valhalla Combat Sports
Valhalla Combat Sports Gym is promoting a boxing card which features Stephen Watt taking on Cheyene Ziegler. Damion Hill and heavyweight MMA fighter Brad Scholten are also on the card. There will be 8 fights in all.

 

WILLIAMS, FINDLEY BATTLE TO SPLIT DRAW
SATURDAY, JULY 27, 2013 - BY JESSE KELLEY

Phil "The Drill" Williams (12-5-2, 11 KO's) and Derrick "Superman" Findley (20-10-1, 13 KO's) gave fans 8 rounds of hard punching, gritty action in last nights main event at the Hyatt in Minneapolis, MN. The end results was a split draw with scores reading 77-74 for Williams, 78-74 for Findley, and even at 76-76 on the third score card.
Corey Rodriguez (7-3-3, 3 KO's) and Gilbert Venegas (12-9-4, 8 KO's) fought to a stalemate after 6 rounds of action in a jr. middleweight bout. Scores read 57-57 on all three cards.
"Minnesota Ice" Joey Abell (29-6, 28 KO's) made quick work of Maurenzo Smith (11-7-2, 8 KO's) in a heavyweight bout. The official result is a second round TKO victory for Abell.
"The African Assassin" Mohammed Kayongo (17-2-1, 12 KO's) stopped late replacement Fred Thomas (1-12-2) by TKO in round three.
Phillip Adyaka (2-4, 2 KO's) stopped Jim Sharp (0-5) at 1:49 of the third round in a featherweight match.
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KAYONGO BACK IN ACTION TOMORROW NIGHT
THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013 - BY JESSE KELLEY

32 year old Mohammed Kayongo (16-2-1, 11 KO's) will put his speed and punching power on display this Friday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis.
Kayongo was set to face Brandon Baue of Missouri but Baue once again fell out as Kayongo's opponent at the last second. The two were supposed to fight last June also but Baue wasn't able to make it that time either, leaving Kayongo and fans wondering what happened. Fred Thomas (1-11-2) has stepped in to take the fight as a last second replacement to keep Kayongo on the card.

"Brandon not showing up the first time was really a bummer" said Kayongo last week. "I was told that he hurt himself a day before he had to fly in, so there was nothing I could do about it but suck it in and keep moving because things like that happen a lot in boxing."

After an amateur record of 127-9, Kayongo turned pro in 2003. The first two years saw Kayongo compete 13 times. But the ring activity got sporadic after that. Then in 2009, Kayongo demolished highly regarded English boxer James Todd. However, the big win didn't lead to bigger bouts as was expected. Now, after a January win over Gilberto Venegas earlier this year, Kayongo says he is ready to fight more often and try to put his name back out there on the national stage. Kayongo has fought on Showtime (twice) , FSN and ESPN to date.

"I've being out of ring for almost 3 years. It's a long time of inactivity but boxing is part of me. I really felt good in there even though I injured my right hand (against Venegas) I was able to tussle it out with only my left hand. Since 2003 I've been on and off because of injuries which takes time to be fully healed. Fans are going to see me as regularly as God permits!

Kayongo's return puts him right back among the State's top 147 pounder's with the other top fighter being Jamal James. Kayongo was asked his thoughts on the likelihood of the two meeting any time soon.

" Jamal is a good fighter but my hopes now are looking further to be tested with top fighters who are going to give me some good world rankings so I can then test the likes of the Canelo Alvarez's. If he (James) walks in my way and they want to test the African Assassin, I'm just a call away!"

" To all my dear fans the African Assassin is back and ready to do some damage."

 

WEIGHTS FROM MINNEAPOLIS
THURSDAY, JULY 25, 2013

Phil Williams 168 vs. Michael Findley 168
Joey Abell 242 vs. Maurenzo Smith 246
Mohammed Kayongo 155 vs. Fred Thomas 155
Corey Rodriguez 154 vs Gilberto Venegas 153
Philip Adyaka 126 vs. Jim Sharp 126

Venue: Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: Seconds Out

FRIDAY NIGHT MINNEAPOLIS BOXING PREVIEW
SUNDAY, JULY 21, 2013

 

Minnesota's next pro boxing card happens this Friday night at the Hyatt in Minneapolis and features some of our state's biggest punchers.
The main event has Phil "The Drill" Williams headlining in his backyard of Mnpls against world traveled and upset minded Derrick Findley. This should be an explosive bout between two confident punchers.
Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell takes on Maurenzo Smith in a heavyweight bout. Smith recently faced Aaron Green last year in Hinckley. Mohammed Kayongo takes on Brandon Baue. Baue came to town last year to battle Cerresso Fort in Saint Paul. Corey Rodriguez will now take on Gilberto Venegas in another fun matchup of styles and skill. Rodriguez's original opponent Ken Glenn took himself off the card due to injury and is replaced by Venegas who went 6 good rounds with Kayongo last January. Philip Adyaka is listed to kick off the nights action against Kurtis Erhorn. Interviews and more to come throughout fight week.
To see the full list of fights and records...

FORT WINS DECISIVE DECISION OVER UPSHAW
SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2013 - BY JESSE KELLEY

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A night of entertaining boxing was capped off by Saint Paul's Cerresso Fort (17-1-1, 11 KO's) defeating Marcus Upshaw (15-10-2, 7 KO's) on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Fort kept the taller Upshaw on the outside with good movement and counter punching. Other than a late rally, Upshaw found it difficult to open up as he came forward. Fort fired off countering combinations before moving out of harm's way. Fort was credited with a knockdown in round six that Upshaw and many in the crowd disagreed with. After getting hit by a glancing Fort right to the shoulder, Upshaw backpedaled, lost his footing, and took a seat. Fort continued to get his punches off in time to get out of Upshaw's range heading into the seventh round. The final two rounds were the most action packed of the bout as Upshaw not only came forward like in the previous rounds, but also began to let his punches go. In the end, Fort avenged the pairs 2011 draw by winning by unanimous decision. Scores read 80-71, 78-73, 79-72.

AFTERTHOUGHTS: It was probably Fort's best and most complete performance to date. The two months of training under new head coach and Minnesota boxing great Will "Steel" Grigsby showed in the way Fort got his punches off before slipping out of the rangy Upshaw's reach. Fort use his jab more and effectively while his defense was tight.

Al "Haitian Temptation" Sands of Duluth, MN moved to (10-1, 10 KO's) with a second round knockout win over Justin "The Lumberjack" Howes (13-5, 11 KO's) of West Virginia. After some heavy leather being traded, Sands landed a right hand to to the jaw of Howes in round two that dropped him to the canvas where the fight was stopped by referee Scott Erickson.
After a few wild misses by both fighters in the opening round, Sands trapped Howes along the ropes and unloaded body shots that bent Howes over. It looked like Howes was finished before he sprung back up and fought back.
Howes, who was outmatched athletically, came out like a Lumberjack in round two swinging big wild shots but left his chin exposed in the process. A right hand to the jaw delivered by Sands dropped Howes hard and the bout was stopped without a count. Official time of the stoppage was 1:08 of the 2nd round.

AFTERTHOUGHTS:

In a local shocker, Gary Eyer (11-3-1, 7 KO's) of Duluth was upset by Robbie Cannon (13-8-2, 6 KO's) of Missouri over 8 rounds of action. It was a bloody and bruising slugfest which saw Eyer throw all defense out the window in order to land heavy punches. And Eyer did land the bigger shots, but Cannon countered Eyer all fight while slipping in and out of range and seemingly doubling the Minnesotan's punch output. Surprisingly, there were no knockdowns in the fight. Scores read 78-74 twice and 79-73 for Cannon who becomes the new NABU lightweight champion.

AFTERTHOUGHTS:

Ismail Muwendo (15-0, 11 KO's) defended his Mid American Featherweight title in successful fashion by stopping Carlos Fulgencio (16-10-1, 9KO's) at 2:19 of the second round.
Fulgencio was game, but a hard jab and body shots by Muwendo sucked the fight of out Fulgencio. Shortly into round two, Muwendo dropped Fulgencio with a thudding body shot. Fulgencio's earlier confident expression was replaced with a look that seemed to say he didn't want to continue. After walking around the ring, and finally looking at his corner, Fulgencio continued. But Muwendo blasted the Dominican Republic native to and through the ropes where referee Scott Erickson waived the bout off.

AFTERTHOUGHTS:

Rondale Hubbert (3-0-1, 1 KO) outboxed tough Wisconsin boxer Ricky Smith (1-2) in a four round bout. The first three rounds seemed very close with Hubbert the boxer and Smith the pressuring fighter. Hubbert had a nice round four though as he seized momentum with clubbing right hands. All three judges scored the bout 39-37.

AFTERTHOUGHTS:

Brad Heroff (3-0, 2 KO's) dropped late sub Randi Ronchi (0-9) with a right to the head at 2:37 of the opening round.

AFTERTHOUGHTS:

Stephan Watt (2-1, 1 KO) dropped Bobby Johnson (0-1) twice in the opening round as he went on to win by KO at 2:13 of the first.

AFTERTHOUGHTS:

DeWayne Wisdom (3-11, 1KO's) won a decision over James Owens (4-11, 2 KO's) in the opening bout. Scores read 40-36 twice and 39-37 on the other card.

AFTERTHOUGHTS:

 

FORT READY TO PROVE UPSHAW WRONG
THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2013 - BY JESSE KELLEY


Fort and Upshaw stare down at last nights weigh-ins (Photo credit John D'Auria)

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Sir" Cerresso Fort (16-1-1, 11 KO's) is a night away from facing tough Florida native Marcus Upshaw (15-9-2, 11 KO's) in tomorrow nights main event in Carlton, MN. And word out of both fighters camps is that they are in top shape, confident, and will be gunning to take home a decisive victory.

It will be two years since the fighters fought to a draw in the first meeting and Upshaw spoke confidently in a recent interview regarding that bout and what he thinks will happen tomorrow night. That interview can be read HERE
Fort obviously doesn't agree with a word Upshaw spoke and shared his thoughts to his fans and friends who will be driving up north in bus loads once again to see the Saint Paul fighter shoot for win number 17.

" He (Upshaw) is going to get a surprise when we get in the ring" said Fort. "I probably wasn't busy enough as I would have liked to be in the first meeting, I could have picked it up. I had a round by round mentaility. I will definitely be busier this time. With that said, I felt like I won the first fight. As far as what he said in that interview, I see him just giving himself all the credit and looking down on me. But that's a good thing. He's going into this fight underestimating me and he is going to get a surprise. He doesn't know what I bring. I had 3 different trainers, and learned many different things. I can't say how much of what I learned will be displayed tonight. That depends on what I see from him. But I will walk out of the ring with a victory."


Fort says that former world champion and pound for pound Minnesota great Will "Steel" Grigsby has stepped in as his head trainer and also thanked Javontae Starks and Flavio Becerra among others for putting in many rounds to prepare Fort for the bout.

"I just talked to Floyd (Mayweather) Sr. and my uncle Gary Russel Sr. I can't say how much they have helped me. But they have a lot on the table with all of their other fighters. Will Grigsby is able to work with me 100 % of the time. It's amazing how he's able to see things that I can improve on and it has been a great camp."


"Thanks to everyone that played a part, from fans and family that came and watched the blood, sweat and hardwork. I really appreciate the love, keep me in your prayers and support."

GARY EYER MEETS ROBBIE CANON TOMORROW NIGHT
THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2013 - BY JESSE KELLEY

Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer (11-2-1, 7 KO's) will defend his NABU Lightweight Title against Robbie Cannon (12-8-2, 6 KO's) tomorrow night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN.
The last time Eyer boxed at Black Bear this past April, he picked up a back and forth slugfest win over Blake Franklin.

"For my last fight I fought down to his level" said Eyer recapping the fight. I know I can fight much better but it made for an entertaining fight and that's what I try and do. Blake is a good boxer too, plus he had 2 months notice to train so he was in good shape. Robbie (Cannon) also had 2 months notice for this fight so he will come in tip top shape also. One thing that effected me in my last fight was that I had a pt test for the national guard the following week so I had to keep up on my push ups and sit ups so I wasn't able to rest my body a couple of days before the fight. Plus no sparring for that fight so that effected me as well."

It is unclear what exactly Robbie Cannon will bring to the fight while looking at his fight stats. The Missouri fighter has dropped 9 of his last 11 with 1 draw in there but most of the losses were to a high level of opposition. Those opponents have a combined record of 125 wins and 41 losses (20 of those losses belonging to 1 guy). Eyer says he has studied tape on Cannon and has come up with a good game plan.

"I won't say what that plan is, but I expect a tough fight that will most likely go the distance."

At roughly halfway through the year, this will be Eyer's 3rd bout in 2013. And all three will have been in the lightweight division. Eyer was ringside for the lightweight title bout on June 21st between Jeremy McLaurin and Tony Lee and says there is a chance he could face the winner of the rematch between the two that is in the works. McLaurin and Lee fought to a draw in that first fight.

"I think Tony won 5 rounds to 3" said Eyer. Chances are good I will fight which ever wins the rematch. But I am for sure the best 135 pounder in the State right now. Hopefully I am blessed with a win against Cannon so I can have bigger and better fights for the people that come to see me fight and cheer me on.

 

MUWENDO FACES FULGENCIO THIS SATURDAY
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013

TEAM MUWENDO PRESS RELEASE: Ugandan Transplant Ismail “Sharp Shooter” Muwendo (13-0, 10 KO's) defends his USA Mid-America Super Featherweight Title – July 6th 2013
The question in this fight is whether Ismail "Sharp Shooter" Muwendo can compete at an elite level just as Carlos Fulgencio (16-9-1, 12 KO's) already has...we hope so!
Ismail makes a significant step-up in class as he takes on Dominican Republic’s National Team Member, Carlos “Thin Man” Fulgencio. Carlos was a “stand-out” amateur for the country of Dominican Republic where he “sported” a 120-14 amateur record. As a professional, Carlos Fulgencio has a very reputable record of 19-9, with 12 big wins by KO. More impressively is the fact that Carlos has only been match against some of the toughest in the world; this includes current world champions and world title challengers/contenders.
Carlos’ last (6) opponents have a collected record of 100-6-1...

 

PATRIOTIC PUNCHOUT THIS SATURDAY
SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH, 2013

"Patriotic Punchout", Minnesota's next pro boxing card is set to go down this Saturday, July 6th at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN.
Saint Paul's Cerresso Fort (16-1-1, 11 KO's)
headlines the card while taking on tough and experienced boxer Marcus Upshaw in a rematch bout which ended in a draw in 2011. Words from Fort to come on this and more to come soon.
Duluth's Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer (11-2-1, 7 KO's) and Al Sands (9-1, 9 KO's) will be boxing in the co-featured bouts of the evening.
Eyer will defend his NABU Lightweight Title against Robbie Cannon (12-8-2, 6 KO's).
Sands faces West Virginia’s Heavyweight Champion, Justin “The Lumberjack” Howes (13-4, 11 KO).
Ismail“Sharp Shooter” Muwendo (13-0 10 KO) will defend his USA Mid-American Featherweight Title when he steps in the ring with Carlos “Thin Man” Fulgencio.
Rondale“Give m Hell” Hubbert (2-0-1 1 KO) of Minneapolis, MN will put his undefeated record against Ricky “The Chosen One” Smith (1-1) from Green Bay, WI.
Brad“Bully” Herroff [2-0 1 KO] of St Paul, MN is set to fight Anthony “Nasty”Dunaski (0-2) of Minneapolis, MN.
Matt“Super” Karaja (1-0) of Michigan is slated to fight Stephen Watt (1-1) of Minneapolis, MN.
The opening bout of the evening pits veterans DeWayne Wisdom and James “The Eliminator” Owens together in a four rounder.
More to come throughout fight week.

 

MNBHOF CLASS OF 2013 ANNOUNCED
SUNDAY, JUNE 30TH, 2013

The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame has announced their official Class of 2013. The Induction Banquet will be held on Friday, September 27th at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, MN. Tickets are $65.00 and include the meal and induction ceremonies. Social hour starts at 5:00 with the meal and festivities beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Hall of Fame through their website at www.mnbhof.org

9 people will be inducted this year, those being:

Danny Needham ~ Jock Malone ~ Billy Petrolle ~ Pat O'Connor ~
Doug Demmings ~ Gary Holmgren ~ Dan Schommer ~ Jack Raleigh ~ Tony Stecher

For more info and background on the inductee's...

 

TRUAX KO'S GEORGE IN ROUND SIX
FRIDAY, JUNE 21ST, 2013 - Photo and Report By Jesse Kelley


Caleb Truax, right, lands one of many powerful right hands Friday night in Minneapolis.

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In a career best performance, Minnesota's "Golden" Caleb Truax (22-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round KO over Don "Da Bomb" George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) in the co-featured televised bout on Friday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Truax dominated from the start and a right to the ear finished George.
Truax used a hard jab and body shots to make openings for right hand after right hand to the head throughout the bout that George seemed unable to stop. Truax had George seriously hurt at the end of the first round with head shots along the ropes but George was able to hold on until the bell. Truax remained in control by following the same game plan over the next rounds as George never seemed to recover from the punishment he absorbed in the first round. Truax stayed aggressive through round six. Body shots and head punches sent George to the ropes where he waived Truax in. The Minnesota native landed a left hook followed by right to the side of the head that put George down for the count. The official time of the stoppage was 2:24

Undefeated jr lightweight Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (19-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round KO over Fahsai Sakkreerin (39-4-1, 21 KOs) in an IBF eliminator for the #1 ranking A right to the midsection finished Sakkreerin at 1:26 in the televised main event.
Sakkreerin attacked aggressively in the early moments of the bout but could not get inside the longer reach of Barthelemy to land cleanly. Barthelemy shoulder rolled out of danger while jabbing and picking apart his shorter opponent to take the first round.
Barthelemy continued to work behind the jab and began landing shots to the body of Sakkreerin. A quick right to the midsection sent Sakkreerin to the canvas where he was counted out.

The Minnesota State lightweight title remains vacant for now as Jeremy "Lights Out" McLaurin (10-5-1, 5 KO's) and Tony "2 Sharp" Lee (7-1-1, 3 KO's) fought to an 8 round majority draw in a bout that took place following the televised bouts. McLaurin let his hands go while being the busier fighter and Lee countered with the heavier punches. Scores read 77-75 for Lee and 76-76 on the other two cards.

"Sir" Charles Meier (8-2, 3 KO's) won a six round majority decision over Tyler "The Hitman" Hultin (5-2-2, 3 KO's) in a jr middleweight bout. Hultin started strong and controlled the first two rounds but Meier picked up his punch output by round three. Despite being no knockdowns, Meier and Hultin traded bombs to the enjoyment of the crowd. Scores read 58-56 twice for Meier and 57-57 on the third card.

Ken Glenn (3-0, 1 KO) won a four round decision over Gavin Quinn (1-1) in a four round bout that was included in the televised portion of the card. Glenn controlled much of the action, bloodying Quinn's face. Quinn showed heart by continually fighting back despite getting outworked. Scores read 40-36 on all three cards.

John Schimon (1-1) won a four round unanimous decision over Pat Quinn (0-1) in a heavyweight bout. Scores read 39-37 on all three cards. Schimon jabbed and moved effectively to outpoint and stay out of the larger Quinn's reach. Quinn, turned up the pressure in the final round but the late push was not enough as Schimon picked up the victory.

Adrian Martinez won a majority decision over Leonard Overstreet in an entertaining opening bout of the evening. Scores read 39-37 twice and 38-38.

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TRUAX, GEORGE PREDICT VICTORY
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley

Minneapolis is the place to be Friday night as Seconds Out Promotions and Warriors Boxing jointly bring ESPN televised boxing back to Minnesota. And the CO-featured bout between Osseo's "Golden" Caleb Truax (21-1-1) and Chicago resident Don "Tha Bomb" George (24-3-2) has local fans and media waiting in anticipation for the gates to open. It is a highly significant bout for both fighters in terms of where a victory puts them in each man's career. George has faced top level guys and after being featured on television in most of them, will be moving down to the middleweight division in hopes of beginning a campaign to the top at that weight. Truax is coming off the biggest win of his career in January against Matt Vanda and wants to show the Nation he can not only compete at this level, but make an impact on it as well.
Truax and George discussed their previous bouts and previewed Friday nights fight for the Minnesotaboxing.com readers and can both be read here...

 

WEIGHTS FROM MINNEAPOLIS
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

Weights from Minneapolis, MN

Caleb Truax 162 vs. Don George 161.8
Rances Barthelemy 128.8 vs. Fahsai Sakkreerin 129

Minnesota State Lightweight Title Bout
Tony Lee 134.3 vs. Jeremy McLaurin 134.6
Ken Glenn 158.8 vs Gavin Quinn 154
Charles Meier 154 vs. Tyler Hultin 153.6
Pat Quinn 363 vs John Schimon 230.8
Adrian Martinez 135.7 vs. Leonard Overstreet 139.2
Dustin Petron 155 vs. LeWayne Hardiman Not Available

Venue: Minneapolis Convention Center
Promoters: Seconds Out and Warriors Promotion

VIDEO: TRUAX TALKS ABOUT GEORGE BOUT
THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013

"Golden" Caleb Truax discusses tomorrow nights fight versus Don George with www.theboxingvoice.com...

LEE, MCLAURIN READY TO SETTLE SCORE
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013

Tony "2 Sharp" Lee and Jeremy "Lights Out" McLaurin will go toe to toe this coming Friday, June 21st in one of a handful of main event worthy Minnesota bouts taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
This bout is set to go down in the record books already with the vacant MN State lightweight title on the line. But what has fans excited about this fight even more so then seeing a State champ being crowned is the chance to see the long and well documented "bad blood" the fighters share come to a crashing head on collusion. An amateur boxing war, confrontations out of the ring, and verbal exchanges on social media over the years has led to this showdown which is now only days away. Both fighters shed light on where things went wrong between the two and more about the dual that's set to go down on Friday night. To read full story...

 

HULTIN PUTTING IT ALL ON THE LINE AGAINST MEIER
MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013

Story courtesy of MNBoxingleague.com: Tyler “The Hitman” Hultin has been putting in more work than ever and is ready to prove himself in the spotlight… He and “Sir” Charles Meier face off on the undercard of Truax/George June 21. Hultin is coming off of a controversial draw this past April, but has used it to inspire this camp.
For the full interview...

 

JUNE 21ST FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS PROMO VIDEO
FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2013

We are one week out from the June 21st fight card taking place at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Expect interviews to start coming out here fight week and up to fight night non Friday. Below is the official promo video from Seconds Out...

 


PHIL WILLIAMS SIGNED TO FACE FINDLEY JULY 26
FRIDAY JUNE 14, 2013

Phil "The Drill" Williams (12-5-1, 11 KO's) says he has signed to face Derrick "Superman" Findley (20-10, 13 KO's) on July 26th at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Williams is coming off a brutal first round KO win over Shujaa El Amin last February and will attempt to be the second man to stop the iron chinned Findley (Andre Dirrell by TKO, round 6 in 2009 being the other) when they meet. Findley is currently in town helping Caleb Truax prepare for his ESPN bout next weekend and this afternoon will be the final sparring session between the two. Seconds Out will be promoting the show.

 

TRUAX BRINGS FINDLEY BACK FOR SPARRING
THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2013


Truax doing some bag work following 8 hard rounds of sparring with Derrick Findley in Anoka.

Osseo native "Golden" Caleb Truax's June 21st ESPN Debut against Don George is fast approaching. Truax, who admits George will be his biggest test to date says he has brought back Chicago's Derrick Findley to help get him in top shape. Findley also helped Truax prepare for his last fight in which he beat Matt Vanda over 10 rounds of action. Limited tickets can still be purchased at www.soboxing.com

 

RJ LAASE VS ALLEN LITZAU AUGUST 16, HINCKLEY?
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013

A showdown between Duluth's RJ Laase and Saint Paul's Allen Litzau seems to be coming together for August 16th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Although not officially signed and set, the two outspoken fighters are not pulling any punches in regards to the potential fight.
"I've been trying to get this fight for 3 years now" said Laase (11-1, 7 KO's). "I hope he (Litzau) is serious this time because I want to beat the best version of him as possible. He likes to talk a lot and I plan on shutting his mouth in August.
The 31 year old Litzau (13-8, 7 KO's) admits he has taken short notice fights recently unprepared but says he has already begun training and with more then two months to go, he says he doesn't believe Laase will be able to touch him when they meet.
"When I have the right time to prepare for a fight, it's a whole other level" said Litzau. "I will have over two months to prepare for this fight. I really don't know much about him (Laase) but it really doesn't make a difference. I'm not afraid of anybody around here. I'd fight (Floyd) Mayweather! I think this will be a great fight for the Minnesota fans and look forward to putting on a good show as always."
Litzau says that his friend since childhood Antonio Johnson will also be on the card and hopes his brother Jason Litzau gets on as well. The three were known as "The Three Musketeer's as amateurs and Litzau says they will be dedicating the fights to former coach and mentor Jim Glancy who passed away 3 years ago on August 7th.
Along with Johnson fighting on the card, at this time it appears Phil Williams, Aaron Green, Andy Kolle, and Ray Edwards are all rumored to be on what looks to be a stacked show. Cory Rapacz of Rapacz Promotions will be bringing us the nights action. Stay tuned for more as they become available

 

PATRAW FIGHTS IN NEW YORK JUNE 22
SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 2013

"Bad" Brad Patraw (9-5, 5 KO's) of Saint Paul says he will be traveling to Brooklyn, New York on June 22nd to face undefeated Juan "Baby Tito" Dominguez (14-0, 10 KO's). Patraw says the fight will be on the undercard to Adrian Broner vs Paulie Malignaggi.
" I have watched him on Youtube and with 10 knockouts, I am sure he is a big puncher" said Patraw about his opponent Dominguez. "He might be undefeated but I will be his toughest fight to date for sure. I'm going in like Jason (Litzau) did against (Celestino) Caballero, going in to make a huge upset."

 

 

FORT HEADLINES BLACK BEAR CARD JULY 6
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

27 year old "Sir" Cerresso Fort (16-1-1, 11 KO's) is scheduled to return to action on Saturday, July 6th at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Fort is coming off a gutsy performance on ESPN last month to tough opponent John Jackson and will not be taking on a soft touch in his return. Fort faces Marcus Upshaw (15-9-2, 7 KO's), who he fought to a draw with in Florida back in 2011. Upshaw's record is deceiving because many of his losses are debatable and other then a KO loss to Phil Williams and TKO loss to an undefeated fighter, Upshaw has gone the distance with very high caliber opposition. Fort said he was back in the gym tuning his game almost immediately following his last fight and says he will be back stronger then ever.
Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer (11-2-1, 7 KO's) and Al Sands (9-1-1, 9 KO's) will be boxing in the co-featured bouts of the evening. Eyer will defend his NABU Lightweight Title against Robbie Cannon (12-8-2, 6 KO's) and Sands will return against an opponent to be named shortly.
Promoter Zach Walters says that Minneapolis lightweights Ismail Muwendo (13-0, 10 KO's), Wilton Hilario (13-3-1, 9 KO's) along with Saint Paul featherweight Brad Herroff (2-0, 1 KO) and speedy welterweight Rondale Hubbert (2-0-1, 1 KO) are also schedule to box with opponents TBA. Stephen Watt (1-1, 1 KO) versus Mathew Karanja (1-0) and Dewayne Wisdom (2-10, 1 KO) versus James Owens (4-10, 2 KO's) are set as well.

Ring legends Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes will be making special guest appearance at the fights.
Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster shortly.

 

JUNE 21ST ESPN IN MNPLS BOXING UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2013

Seconds Out Promotions along with Warriors Boxing will bring ESPN Friday Night Fights back to MN to feature "Golden" Caleb Truax (21-1-1, 12 KO) versus Chicago's Don George (24-3-2, 21 KO). The nights televised main event pits IBF #2-rated Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KO) against Thailand’s IBF #5-rated Fahsai “Mountain Boy” Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21 KO).
Because of it's 4 round nature and potential fireworks, the opening televised bout appears to be a four-round junior middleweight contest between Gavin Quinn (1-0) of Circle Pines, MN and Kenneth Glenn (2-0, 1 KOs) of Minneapolis.
There will be ten bouts in all including the TV fights and the off TV undercard portion is headed by the bad blood grudge match between Tony Lee and Jeremy McLaurin. A Minnesotaboxing.com poll shows that Lee is the favored fighter according to some fans. McLaurin and Lee have been putting in hard work and this one could also be a classic.
Staying on the same theme of interesting fights, Tyler Hultin and Charles Meier clash in another big time local showdown for bragging rights. Joey Abell and Sergiy Karpenko will be featured in seperate bouts.
Several fighters will make their professional boxing debuts that night, including a four-round junior middleweight match-up of pro debuters between LeWayne Hardiman of Las Vegas and Dustin Petron of Rosemount, MN; a four-round heavyweight bout featuring the pro debut of Pat Quinn from St Paul, MN against John Schimon (0-1) of Minneapolis; and a four-round lightweight tilt between Milwaukee’s pro debuting Adrian Martinez and Kurtis Erhorn (0-1) of Grand Rapids, MN round out the card.

**UPDATES** 2013 NATIONAL GOLDEN GLOVES BEGINS
MONDAY MAY 13, 2013

UPDATE #3 Brandon Wellman, 108 lbs, Kevin Harper, 114 lbs, Sean Zauhar, 178 lbs, Jon LaPlant, 201+ each lost decisions in their first bouts last wednesday in Utah putting an end to the Upper Midwests team action at Nationals. Although largely inexperienced compared to the other competitors, the UMGG team fought hard and heard the final bell in every bout.

UPDATE #2 DeLorien Caraway, 152 lbs and Tavarus Roberts, 132 lbs both lost decisions according to Chris "Thunder" Holt tonight in first round action. Holt says Caraway threw some heavy shots but didn't get the nod and Roberts should have gotten the win in his opinion. 178 pounder Shawn Zahar, super heavyweight Jon Laplant, and 114lb Kevin Harper got a bye today.

UPDATE #1 Sergio Gracia 123 lbs, Anthony Rose 165 lbs, and Antonio Salazar 201 lbs all lost hard fought decisions in the opening day (Monday) at Nationals in Utah.

The Upper Midwest's 2013 National Golden Gloves team (pictured above courtesy of Chris Holt) begins competition today. We will do our best to link up to and post results as they become available.

STATE JUNIOR OLYMPIC TOURNY TONIGHT
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

The MN State Junior Olympic tournament takes place tonight at The Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Tickets are only $10. Don't miss out on your chance to support local, regional and state amateur boxers. For tickets go to Black Bear Casino's website. There is a link for tickets there or you can buy them at the door Call 218-393-0524 for more info.

 

 

MAY 18TH SHOW NOW COMBINED WITH JUNE 21ST
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

The Mnpls Hyatt boxing card and all of the set fights for May 18th have now been moved to the June 21st ESPN televised fight card taking place at The Convention Center in Minneapolis. "Golden" Caleb Truax makes his ESPN debut against Chicago's Donavon George. The State title bout between Jeremy McLaurin and Tony Lee, super bout between Charles Meier and Tyler Hultin, as well as Joey Abell, Mohammed Kayongo and the rest of the May 18th card will still take place on June 21st. Tickets purchased for the May 18th card will be honored on June 21 or refunded at the buyers request.
For a full statement from Seconds Out Promotions...

 

EYER DEFEATS FRANKLIN, SANDS STOPS ST. CLAIR
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013 - PHOTO'S BY JOHN D'AURIA


Photo Courtesy of John D'Auria

27 year old Gary Eyer (11-2-1, 7 KO's) won an 8 round split decision over Louisiana's Blake Franklin (11-6-2, 3 KO's) in last Saturday nights Main Event at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. It was a back and forth battle with both guys beating each other up. Eyer had a slight power advantage and the difference seemed to be Eyer staying more aggressive throughout. Eyer won the vacant WBF Jr Welterweight title with the win.
In the co-feature, Al Sands (9-1, 9 KO's) stopped Lucas St. Clair (2-2, 1 KO) in the first round. Sands came out behind the jab with St. Clair landing big looping counters. Sands shook off the punches and returned shots of his own. A left hook combination dropped St. Clair later in the round. St. Clair made it to his feet but was dropped for good moments later with another left hook to the head. Sands won the vacant State Cruiserweight title with the win.
Michigan's Jordan Schimmell (10-0, 9KO's) stopped Byron Polley (25-15-1, 11 KO's) in the fifth round of a scheduled ten in a heavyweight bout.
Ismail Muwendo (13-0, 10 KO's) stopped James Owens (4-10, 2 KO's) in the fourth round. Muwendo's success peeked after finding Owens body which Owens was not able to handle.
David LaQue (3-13-1, 3 KO's) was stopped on his stool after the first round by Johnny "Juan" Garcia (14-1, 9 KO's) of Michigan. Garcia connected with some big shots which LaQue did his best to walk through.The doctor stopped the fight following the first round however due to a shoulder injury to LaQue.
Rondale Hubbert (2-0-1, 1 KO) scored an early knockdown and went on to win a UD over Damien Hill (0-2) in the opening bout.

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MINNESOTA WEIGH IN RESULTS
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

Boxers are currently weighing in (5:30pm) at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN for tomorrow nights fight card. "Stone Cold" Gary Eyer fights in the main event and following a hard training camp says he plans on putting on a "fight of the night" performance and earn the WBF Jr Welterweight title that is up for grabs. His opponent Blake Franklin says he is not going home without a victory.
Out of state, Troy "TNT" Lowry (28-12) takes on Peter Lewison (4-0) on April 27 in the Cayman Islands. Weights will be posted below if and when they become available. Check Back for Updates...

Weights From Carlton, MN

Gary Eyer 134 vs Blake Franklin 134.5
Al Sands 197 vs Lucas St. Claire 196
Vacant MN State Cruiserweight title fight

Ismail Muwendo 130 vs James Owens 130
(Owens needed 3 tries to make weight)
Juan Garcia 144 vs David Laque 145
Rondale Hubbert 145 vs Damien Hill 151
Jordan Shimmell 207 vs Byron Polley 268
Promoter: Jungle Boy Promotions
Venue: Black Bear Casino, Carleton, MN

Weights from Caypan Islands

Troy Lowry 178 vs Peter Lewison 178

 

PRO BOXING IN CARLTON, MN THIS SATURDAY
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

Duluth's Gary Eyer returns to the spotlight as he battles Louisiana's Blake Franklin for the WBF Jr Welterweight title in the main event. Al Sands will face Lucas St. Claire in the co-featured bout which is for the vacant cruiserweight State title plus Minneapolis's Ismail Muwendo and Rondale Hubbert fight in seperate bouts. Detroits Jordan Schimmel, who just returned from sparring with Heavyweight World Champion Wladimir Klitschko see's action in a heavyweight bout. For the full press release...

FORT LOSES DECISION TO JACKSON
TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013

Cerresso Fort lost a unanimous decision to John Jackson last Friday night on ESPN. Scores read (77-75, 79-73, 79-73). Fort fought a determined fight until the final bell, stalking Jackson with heavy punches despite being caught with some hard shots on his way in. Fort seemed determined to keep the pressure on no matter what and go for the knockout but Jackson boxed smart and was able avoid serious damage while putting points on the cards. Fort seems to be in good spirits following his first loss in 18 pro fights and says he will be back stronger then ever.

 

FORT READY FOR ESPN DEBUT THIS FRIDAY UPDATE
FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley


Cerresso Fort, left, faces off with John Jackson last night at weigh ins. Courtesy of ESPN

26 year old "Sir" Cerresso Fort (16-0-1, 11 KO's) will test his skills tonight against John Jackson (15-1, 14 KO's) on ESPN2's Friday night fights boxing series. Fort began camp in Minnesota before heading out of state to get sparring and soon he will be putting that work on display against Jackson.
"He's a good, tough fighter" said Fort about Jackson. "I am willing to test my will against anybody and I think this is a good fighter for me. I wanted to fight him in the past but it didn't work out but now it's time to go. God's time is the best time and that time is now. As far as I know, his dad was one of the hardest punchers in boxing history. But I'm not fighting his father. That's about all I know. I don't pick and choose opponents for their styles. The opportunity came my way to fight what I see as a undefeated fighter. I saw his loss. I just think this is a great opportunity and I have trained appropriately. I am ready to go out there and show the world what I got...


RESULTS FROM SUPERIOR
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013 By Jesse Kelley

Rob Brant won a six round unanimous decision over Eric Marriot in the main event Saturday night in Superior, WI. Brant dominated most of the action behind a good jab and straight right hand that found it's target more and more as the fight went on. Marriot was tough but had a hard time finding Brant throughout.
Joe Lorenzi stopped Lexi Keshick in the co-feature at 1:38 of round three. Both fighters stood toe to toe but Lorenzi was relentless with the body attack which eventually dropped Keshick in a corner where the fight was called to a halt.
Winston Anderson stopped Keith Tebear at 1:20 of the third round. Good action through two with Anderson opening up in the third landing blow after unanswered blow which left Tebear bleadin heavily from the mouth as referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight.
Tyler Hultin and Eli Smith fought to a five round split draw. Hultin and Smith traded heavily in each round with Hultin holding the edge and taking a lead into the final round. As the fifth was coming to a close, a straight left from the southpaw Smith sent Hultin, who was slightly off balance down to a seat on the canvas. Hultin smiled and immediately popped back up but the flash knockdown was enough to deny him the victory on the judges cards.
Joe Cook stopped Randi Ronchi by TKO at :53 into the first round. Ronchi stuck his chin out and offered Cook a free shot to start which Cook gladly took, catching Ronchi on the chin and down hard. Two more head shots dropped him again almost as soon as action resumed and referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight as Ronchi wasn't right.
Trevor Marmon stopped Jose Rios in the third of a scheduled four round fight. Again, good action while it lasted. Rios was speedier but Marmon's power was the difference.
Corey Rodriguez won a unanimous decision over Ricky Smith in a jr middleweight bout. Both fighters had their moments over four rounds but Rodriguez's more polished combinations were what most likely got him the nod on the score cards. Although not as polished, Smith's toughness and determination kept things close despite body shots from rodriguez that slowed Smith after two.
Andrew Selvig stopped Eric Johnson by TKO in round two. Selvig dropped Johnson twice in the bout.


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FIGHT NIGHT IN SUPERIOR TONIGHT
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013

T-Rex Promotions brings boxing back to the Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin tonight. Despite snowing conditions the past few days, travels look clear and sunny for today and through tonight. Fighters in the 8 bouts weighed in last night at the Superior Bayfront Inn and are ready to go tonight. The Wessman Arena is located at 2701 Catlin Ave., Superior, Wisconsin. Joe Lorenzi, Corey Rodriguez, Tyler Hultin, Robert Brant, Winston Anderson and more are scheduled to box in seperate bouts. Tickets are are starting at $10. The full lineup can be seen HERE

 

LORENZI, ANDERSON READY FOR WAR AT WESSMAN
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
COURTESY OF WDIO.COM: Superior, Wisc. - The "War at Wessman" boxing event on Saturday in Superior, Wisconsin will not include former Viking Ray Edwards, who is out with an ear infection. But, a number of local fighters will still compete on the event at Wessman Arena.
That includes Cloquet native Winston Anderson. The fighter known as "Nasty Time" has only been a pro for a year and already, he is 3-0, all knockout wins. Anderson battles the debuting Keith Tebear.
A total of eight bouts are on the card. Duluth native Joey "The Don" Lorenzi (1-5-1) will be in the co-main event. It is his first fight since September as the veteran battles newcomer Lexie Keshick, who is 1-0. To see the video story...

 

REGION 2 GOLDEN GLOVES TONIGHT
SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013

The Region 2 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves tournament takes place tonight at the West Saint Paul Armory. The main event features super heavyweight Vinnie Downwind taking on Colten Warner in a four rounder. For more info...

 

RICHMAN FIGHTS ON SPIKE TV TONIGHT UPDATE
THURSDAY, APRIL 4TH, 2013

UPDATE: Mike Richman lost an action packed and very competitive decision to Khasbulaev on Thursday night. It was found afterwards that Richman suffered a broken hand and nose in the first round but fought through the injuries. After losing the first round, once again it was Richman's striking, particularly his hands that nearly got him the win before running out of time to finish his hurt and gassed opponent at the end of the second. The third round was razor close with both fighters tired but giving it their all.
Minnesota's Mike "The Marine" Richman (15-2 MMA, 2-0 Boxing) faces Magomedrasul "Frodo" Khasbulaev (20-5 MMA) in the featherweight finals of Bellator's Season 8 tournament tonight on Spike TV. For thoughts from Richman via mmajunkie.com..
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APRIL 13TH SUPERIOR BOXING UPDATE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3RD, 2013

Minneapolis heavyweight Aaron Green and his team released a statement earlier this week announcing that he will no longer be fighting on the April 13th show at The Wessman Arena in Superior, WI. Tendinopathy was the official diagonosis following a visit to the doctor which sounds like a tendon injury caused by overwork and not enough rest. It would have been his 9th bout in a year and Green and his team say a short rest to heal up is the plan. It was announced yesterday that Former Minnesota Viking Ray Edwards will now be fighting on the card. Edwards picked up the biggest win of his boxing career last month against Van Goodman. Joe Lorenzi, Corey Rodriguez, Tyler Hultin, Robert Brant, Winston Anderson and more are scheduled to fight on the card which takes place in 10 days. Tickets are are starting at $10! The rest of the card which does not reflect the changes above at this time can be seen HERE

 

"STONE COLD" EYER GETS NABU TITLE SHOT
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

"Stone Cold" Gary Eyer (10-2-1, 7 KO's) is preparing to fight for the vacant NABU jr. welterweight title on April 27 at the Black Bear Casino in Carleton, MN. Eyer faces Blake Franklin (10-5-2, 5 KO's) of Louisiana in a scheduled 8 round bout. The co-featured bout pits cruiserweights Al Sands (8-1) of Duluth against Lucas St. Claire (2-1) of Moorhead which is also scheduled for 8 rounds. "The Sharp Shooter" Ismail Muwendo brings his USA Mid American featherweight title to the ring as well against an opponent TBA. The rest of the card can be seen HERE. WDIO news in Duluth caught up with Eyer and his team for a few words from training camp and you can check out that video...

 

2013 USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

Minnesota has a handfull of amateur boxers competing at the 2013 USA National Championships at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Spokane, Washington from March 30-April 6th.
To stay updated on the latest and see who is competing...

 

COREY RODRIGUEZ RETURNS APRIL 13TH IN SUPERIOR
FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

Corey Rodriguez is preparing to return to action on April 13 at the Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin. Rodriguez (pictured backrow, middle-right) at the Bracamonte Gym in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico says that he is putting in a lot of roadwork and that it's been easy to sweat and lose weight being that the temperature there is in the mid 80's. Rodriguez will face debuting Ricky Smith out of Missouri on the April 13th show.

 

TRUAX VS FORT ON MAY 18TH? UPDATE 3
MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

UPDATE #3- THURSDAY, MARCH 21ST.. Team Truax and Team Fort met last night in an effort to make the fight. Unfortunately both sides could not come to an agreement and the mega match between the two fighters will have to wait for another time. Caleb Truax discussed this along with details on what's coming up next for him and that interview will be posted shortly. Attempts to reach Mr. Fort for comments were declined at this time.

UPDATE #2- WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20TH:. After a lot of Internet talking and back and forth words, it looks like negotiations for the proposed bout have come back to life! Word is Fort and promoter Tony Grygelko resumed talks that would put Truax and Fort in the ring against each other. Here is the latest statement Fort released on his Facebook page..
" I've been thinking about how to reply to this recent trash talking. I'm just going to keep my composure and let all my fans,friends,and family know that I've been trying to reach Caleb Truax's team last night and also this morning to let them know that I will gladly take the fight, they seemingly want it."

UPDATE- TUESDAY, MARCH 19TH: For now, it appears the Truax-Fort showdown has fallen apart as quickly as the first news broke that both fighters agreed on a purse. It sounds like both fighters are wasting no time moving on as big announcements for both guys are close to being released. Minnesotaboxing.com has been unable to reach Fort for comment but he released the following statement on Facebook: "If terms aren't right,Sir Cerresso dont fight!" I love all my fans.

Caleb Truax issued the following statement: Cerresso Fort personally told my promoter he wanted to fight me next and let it be known that he was ready and willing to fight me. I accepted the challenge without hesitation and instructed my promoter to make it happen ASAP. My promoter agreed to his terms and I agreed to take less to make the fight happen. Fort ultimately decided that getting terrorized by me wasn't worth the money.

MONDAY, MARCH 18TH: It looks like a good possibility that a super showdown between MN State Middleweight champion "Golden" Caleb Truax and surging Saint Paul slugger "Sir" Cerresso Fort could take place as early as May 18th at the Convention Center. Following his victory over the weekend in Hinckley, Fort contacted Truax's promoter and said he wanted Truax next. According to Truax, an offer was made and Fort came back with another price. Truax and his team agreed on the counter offer and are currently waiting back on Team Fort's responce. We will keep you posted as things unfold.

 

FULL PHOTO REPORT FROM HINCKLEY, MN
SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013

Saint Paul Minnesota's "Sir" Cerresso Fort (16-0-1, 11 KO's) won a lopsided but entertaining eight round unanimous decision over late sub Dennnis Sharpe (17-11-4, 4 KO's) of New Jersey on Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Fort continuously popped the jab before loading up with punches as he came forward. In the end, neither fighter was hurt and the fight went to the scorecards, giving Fort his sixteenth victory by scores of 80-72 on all three cards.
The co-featured bout didn't last nearly as long as Duluth's RJ "TRex" Laase (11-1, 7 KO's) took out Wisconsin's James Wayka (16-12-1, 8 KO's) in the opening round...

 

RESULTS FROM DULUTH, MN
SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2013


Photo courtesy of John D'Auria

From The Duluth News Tribune: Duluth cruiserweight Al “The Haitian Temptation” Sands scored a decisive victory over Chris “Cold Steel” Thomas as part of the Friday Night Fights pro-am boxing card at Grandma’s Sports Garden.
Sands earned a third-round technical knockout after Thomas’ corner waved off the fight before the start of the fourth round, with Thomas sporting a cut over his eye and possibly having a broken hand.
St. Paul’s Brad Herroff also was scheduled to fight on the card, but his opponent was reportedly a no-show...

 

MORE PHOTO'S FROM HINCKLEY
SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2013

Cerresso Fort lands a hard right hand to the jaw of Dennis Sharpe Friday night in the main event at The Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. More photo's from Friday nights full house in Hinckley can be seen...
More photos and full report to come.

 

LAASE SPEAKS ABOUT ROUND CHANGE
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013

Duluth's RJ "T-Rex" Laase is set to face-off with James "Wildcat" Wayka in one of the featured bouts tomorrow night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The more experienced Wayka called out Laase last year and although the bout has fallen through once since that time, the two appear finally ready to mix it up following weigh-ins earlier tonight. Laase was fired up for the bout and opportunity to face Wayka, who also recently faced his teammate Andy Kolle. But Laase says the desire to put on an electrifying performance was turned up a notch this morning when he learned the schedule 8 round bout had been changed to 6 without his knowing. Wayka and his team stated on the contract before signing and sending back weeks ago that they would only go 6 rounds. That detail change went unnoticed until recently. And Laase, who kept a few more pounds on to get the fight with Wayka, expressed his frustrations on the matter while issuing the following statement:
"I've been going 8 straight with rotating sparring partners for two camps now with a week break in between after my (Justin) Jones fight. Yes, the same sparring partners that were putting Wayka's ass on the canvas multiple times and making him quit after a single round. These ain't 16 ounce gloves and we ain't wearing head gear on Friday night. I'm younger, faster, more powerful and better looking. If they think dropping two rounds is giving them the advantage, they've made a mistake. I'm turning up the gas even more now. I've got 6 extra minutes to pack into 6 rounds. Tuck your chin and cover up cause this T-Rex is hungry, hungry for liver!"
Wayka has temporarily relocated to the Twin Cities from Wisconsin over the past two weeks to train and says he is ready to give his best effort and wants to give fans a good show.

 

WEIGHTS FROM HINCKLEY
THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2013


Goodman (left) and Edwards (right) Photo Courtesy of Todd Bechtold mnboxingleague.com

Cerresso Fort 165 vs. Dennis Sharpe 163
RJ Laase 144.5 vs. James Wayka 143
Aaron Green 278 vs. Raymond Ochieng 254
Van Goodman 252 vs. Ray Edwards 255
Winston Anderson 137.5 vs. Branden Cluever 140
David Laque 145 vs. Kurtis Erhorn 145

Venue: Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN
Promoter: RDS Boxing

WEIGHTS FROM DULUTH
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2013


Photo Courtesy of John D'Auria

Al Sands 198 vs. Chris Thomas 196
Brad Herroff 124 vs Bobby Connors (Will weigh in later tonight)

Venue: Grandma's Sports Garden
Promoter: Jungle Boy Promotions

SANDS READY FOR "COLD STEEL" THIS FRIDAY
TUESDAY, MARCH 12,, 2013

Courtesy of www.WDIO.com - A Pro-Am boxing card on March 15th at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth will be a homecoming for Duluth native Al Sands (7-1) as the "Haitian Temptation" faces "Cold Steel" Chris Thomas (Saint Paul's Brad Herroff is also scheduled to fight in the other featured pro bout which follows Golden Gloves amateur bouts).
This will be Thomas's first fight in the Twin Ports. The Cruiserweight is from Chicago is 17-17-2 and has held titles in his career. Meanwhile, Sands is 7-1 and has won five straight fights, all by knockout.
"Keys to victory for me are going to be to stay formless, we have a lot of different tools and a lot of different tricks we can use. But, as long as we stick to our fundamentals and keep pressuring him and keep pressuring him, it is going to be a great night," says Sands.

 

RICHMAN, LITZAU, ABELL, STARKS UPDATE
THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2013

UPDATE: Mike "The Marine" Richman punched his way to the 100k finals in Bellator last night on Spike TV. This is a huge accomplishment for the MN based Richman. Here is a report recapping the action ...Mixed Martial Artist/Boxer Mike "The Marine" Richman of Rosemount, MN (pictured above at last night's weigh in's courtesy of Bellator) is fighting tonight in California as he attempts to get to the finals of Bellator's 100k tournament. The fights start tonight at 9PM Central time on Spike TV. Richman's current record is as follows, Professional MMA Record: 13-2-0 (8 SUBs, 4 KOs) Professional Boxing Record: 2-0-0 (1 KO)

• Lightweight contender Jason Litzau (29-3, 22 KO's) is currently sidelined, having recently suffered a break in his right hand. Although sidelined by the training injury, Litzau says he is looking forward to getting back to action as soon as possible. Litzau last fought in June of 2012, scoring a first round knockout win over Ira Terry. Also sidelined by injury is Litzau's childhood friend and fellow Saint Paul boxer Antonio Johnson. Johnson hopes to be back in action soon as well.

• Joey Abell says he is ready to fight but where that will be is not set at this time. It was announced last month that Abell would be boxing in a high purse heavyweight tournament sometime in April called the American Box-Off tournament. However, no official word on if that tournament is still taking place has been put out there or even given to the fighters. Abell says that he would still fight in it if things come together but in the mean time "MN Ice" Abell says he is shooting for a return on May 18th at the Convention Center.

• 23 year old Javontae Starks (6-0, 5 KO's) picked up a win on January 26th in Pennsylvania. Starks stopped Romon Barber in round two of a scheduled 4. What makes the bout significant on a local level is the fact that the 30 year old Barber recently took Robert Brant and Corey Rodriguez the distance. Starks is set to return on May 18 at the Convention Center. You can read more on the Starks-Barber bout here... CLICK HERE


"HIGH STAKES" MARCH 15TH BOXING UPDATE
MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2013

Former WBA and IBF Light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill and former WBA heavyweight champion James "Bone Crusher" Smith will be making a special guest appearance on Saturday, March 15th for the next pro boxing show at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The card is now set and selling out fast. Saint Paul's Cerresso Fort (15-0-1, 11 KO's) will be fighting in the main event against 25 year old Californian Dashon Johnson (13-10-3, 4 KO's). Duluth's RJ Laase (10-1, 6 KO's) will face a familiar face in "Gentleman" James Wayka (16-11-1, 8 KO's) and Minneapolis heavyweight Aaron Green (10-0, 8 KO's) tangles with 36 year old Raymond "King Kong" Ochieng (24-16, 19 KO's) in the two main supporting bouts. Also, the highly anticipated showdown between Van Goodman and former NFL football player Ray Edwards has been signed and is set. Joe Lorenzi, Winston Anderson and Rondale Hubbert round out the nights action.

 

UPCOMING MN BOXING SHOW UPDATE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 , 2013

It's been a sort of "winter break" for Minnesotaboxing.com following two of the busiest back to back months of boxing in Minnesota. Over the next few days I will try to play catch up with a mix of upcoming news and more in depth details on a few past shows that were not fully covered. Below are the upcoming shows that are set at this time

March 9th, Red Lake, MN - The scheduled show for March 9th at the 7 Clans Casino was canceled this morning due to a string of bad luck and timing according to Sterling MN Promotions. Jamal "Shango" James (9-0) was set to face Alex DeLeon (5-2) in the main event.

March 15th, Hinckley, MN - RDS Boxing is back at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Also back headlining is "Sir" Cerresso Fort. No opponent is set at this time but Troy "TNT" Lowry is amoung the names being offered the spot. RJ Laase (10-1) will also be fighting with James Wayka looking like the front runner at this time to stand opposite Laase. Aaron Green (10-0) will be featured following his 10th victory and will try to keep things rolling. Van Goodman and Ray Edwards have signed to fight in what is an interesting bout on many levels. Goodman has been calling Edwards out since the former Vikings debut and Edwards has taken the bout to silence doubters after his last two opponents gave up in the ring. Edwards will be giving his side of the story today (Thursday, February 21) at Noon on the Common Man program, KFAN radio. Winston Anderson and Joe Lorenzi are also scheduled to box in seperate bouts.

March 15th, Duluth, MN - Jungle Boy Boxing is promoting it's next pro-am at Grandma's Sports Garden. Headlining the pro portion of the show will be Al Sands (7-1) against an opponent to be named. The other pro bout features Saint Paul's Brad Herroff (2-0). Contracts are said to be out on opponents so stay tuned for details.
Duluth's Fox 29 previewed the bout and you can watch the video by CLICKING HERE

April 13th, Superior, WI - T-Rex Promotions brings boxing back to the Wessman Arena in Superior, WI.

May 18th, Venue TBA: Seconds Out Promotions and Omega Presents has postponed a show scheduled for March 15th in Minneapolis after learning that Caleb Truax broke his thumb during his bout with Matt Vanda last month. It appeared that ESPN was going to be visiting Minnesota to feature Caleb Truax with Sergio Mora's name rumored to be the front runner as his opponent. The new date is May 18th featuring Truax, Joey Abell, a grudge match showdown between Tony Lee and Jeremy McLaurin. Javontae Starks and Ken Glenn are also boxing in seperate bouts. Although not signed, it appears Charles Meier and Tyler Hultin could be meeting in what has the makings of a classic. No word on venue or if this show will involve television at this time.

 

QUICK RESULTS FROM SAINT PAUL
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2013

Phil "The Drill" Williams (12-5-1, 11 KO's) destroyed Shujaa El-Amin (12-4, 6 KO's) on Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Williams waited for an opening early and when he found it, unleashed hurtful head shots ending with a right hook that sent El-Amin half way through the ropes. El-Amin made it to his feet and attempted to fight back but Williams was right back on top of him with more heavy punches. Williams again pinned El-Amin on the ropes and connected with four unanswered right hands that snapped El-Amin's head back. Referee Mark Nelson jumped between the two men and waived the fight off at 1:27 of the opening round saving El-Amin from getting seriously hurt. Williams earned the vacant WBU super middleweight title with the win.
Vicente Alfaro won an action packed 8 round decision over Brad Patraw in the co-feature to win the vacant Minnesota State jr. featherweight title. Scores read 78-74, 79-75, 78-75.
This was the second time the two men fought. In 2010, Alfaro stopped Patraw in the second round. Although neither man went down in this fight, Alfaro once again got the job done over the course of eight rounds.
Early into round one, Alfaro (6-3, 1 Ko) tried to assert his will on Patraw. At times Patraw (9-5, 5 Kos) looked off balance while trying to adjust to Alfaro’s body and head attack.
Throughout the fight Patraw, who kept his hands low, fired back whenever Alfaro came in. The fight was difficult to score at times because Patraw took the first half of some rounds, while Alfaro took the other half with his aggression and clean hard blows.
In the end the judges gave the fight to Alfaro by scores of: 74-78, 75-79 and 75-78.
Wilton Hilario (13-3, 9 KO's) won an entertaining 6 round decision over game Wisconsin fighter James Owens (4-8, 2 KO's) in a super featherweight bout.
Hilario was wild at times but took control of the fight early on and never let up. Owens landed some nice shots of his own but didn't have enough to make it close.
In round five, Hilario hurt Owens with a body shot that sent Owens down. Owens continued on but it was a battle to survive to the final bell. Scores read 59-54, 60-53 and 60-56.
Rob Brant swept all six rounds over Keith Collins in a middleweight bout. Scores read 60-55, 60-54, 60-54. Collins didn't do much offensively and was more interested in clowning and taking shots which had the crowd booing as the fight went on. To Brant’s credit, he kept his composure although in round five he started to emulate some of Collins’ silly antics.
But overall, Brant had his way with Collins as he landed body and head shots at will although he was unable to take Collins out or seriously hurt him.
Nevertheless, Brant came in shape and got the job done as all three judges’ scores read: 60-55, 60-54 and 60-54 in his favor.
Super bantamweight Jonathan Perez (6-0, 5 Kos), is one of the nicest guys in the sport, but he also has an ugly side in the ring as Ruben Elias (0-2) found out.
Perez started out by using his jab as he connected and countered the game Elias with right hands and uppercuts with ease and precision. Minutes into round two, Perez, 21, throw a counter right which rocked Elias, and shortly thereafter, Perez landed a hard right uppercut that sent Elias down for good. The fight was called off at 2:07.
While J.J. Corn (47-26-3, 26 Kos) didn’t look in the best of shape, he showed up to fight and he fought hard for the first round and a half.
But Sands (7-1, 7 Ko), who looked in excellent shape, worked behind his jab and landed vicious body blows, which overtime, hurt Corn. As round one came to an end, Sands hit Corn to the body and he followed that up with a head shot that rocked his opponent. Early in round two, Sands put Corn down with a nice combo. Corn recovered, but soon thereafter, Sands hurt Corn with a right which backed Corn up. Sands once more focused on Corn’s body as he landed between three to four unanswered blows before Corn went down. Referee Scott Erickson called a halt to the action at 2:28 into the round.

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PHIL "THE DRILL" WILLIAMS IS BACK TONIGHT
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2013

When a fighter gets back to action in the ring, headlines (on this site) often read fighter A returns, or fighter B is back, something along those lines. But tonight Phil Williams says "The Drill" will be back in the ring for tonight's main event bout at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. So what does that mean? Williams says it means it's a return of the power punching and motivated fighter that had many fighters thinking twice before getting in the ring with him. Following the first real training camp in years and reunion with old coach Chuck Daszkiewicz, Phil "The Drill" Williams told MinnesotaBoxing.com that he has found that old fire again and is ready to unleash it in the ring tonight.

"This is the first time I really trained fully for a fight. I went in and did a full six weeks for this fight and the confidence is going to show. There are a few fights in my past that I know I wasn't fully prepared for but just went out there thinking I could make something happen anyway. I would love to get a rematch with anybody I ever lost to. The last time I trained hard for a fight was for my first ten rounder against Matt Vanda. I still can't see how those judges thought he outboxed me. So after that I really didn't care that much about boxing. I never had a coach after that fight and I didn't train properly. I have no excuses though for those losses because that was my fault. But now I am mentally prepared and trained and you are definitely going to see the old Drill taking the first opportunity I get to knock these guys out. As for my opponent... I know he's coming from Vegas. That's what I know about him! I don't know anything about him but that's not important. He is the one who needs to know about me. I am fully trained so he is the one that needs to worry about me."

Channel five ran a story on Phil Williams last night and you can check that out below.

 

WEIGHTS FROM SAINT PAUL, MN
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2013


El-Amin (left) and Williams (right) after weighing in for tomorrow nights title bout.

MORE PHOTO'S HERE

Vacant WBU Super Middleweight title
Phil Williams 167.4 vs. Shujaa El-Amin 167.4

Vacant Minnesota State Jr. Featherweight title
Brad Patraw 122 vs. Vicente Alfaro 121.6

Al Sands 200.2 vs. J.J. Corn 194.6
Wilton Hilario 128.6 vs. James Owens 128
Robert Brant 160.8 vs. Keith Collins 161.4
Dan Moret 160.6 vs. Brandon Abrego ??
Jonathan Perez 124 vs Ruben Elias 123.8

Venue: Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul, MN
Promoter: Diamond Gloves Promotions


TYLER HULTIN HEADLINES IN FARGO TOMORROW NIGHT
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH, 2013

www.MNBoxingLeague.com: The Hitman and his fans have been putting in work.. Hultin fought in Saint Paul November 17, Minneapolis January 5, and is the main event this Saturday in Fargo, ND… There are a couple sure things when Tyler Hultin is fighting… You are sure to see an exciting fight and you know the place is going to be packed with Hitman fans… This Saturday is sure to be electric in Fargo as its the first time Hultin has been able to fight close to home since turning pro, and with his exciting victory over Stephen Watt it will be as the main event...

 

THE NATIVE SENSATION MEETS THE HAITIAN TEMPTATION
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013

"The Native Sensation" JJ Corn and "The Haitian Temptation" Al Sands are prepared to meet this Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Although the battle for the best nickname between the two is probably a draw, both fighters will be looking to take home a victory on Saturday night in this match up of youth versus experience.
JJ Corn: "I think they made a mistake thinking I'm old and done"
Al Sands: "I have been working hard and look to show my progress"

To read the full story...

 

AARON GREEN FIGHTING FOR WIN NUMBER 10
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2013
Aaron Green (9-0, 7 KO's) will be part of this Saturday's fight card at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, ND. Green has been rattling off wins at a fast pace as a pro. The 6-4 heavyweight fought 5 times last year and most recently picked up a win over Maurenzo Smith (11-4-2) two weeks ago in Hinckley.

"Smith does come to fight" said Green. "He is a very tough fighter and a good boxer. I was very glad to get the rounds and gain a tone of experience from the fight."
Green is an alumni of North Dakota State University and told Minnesotaboxing.com he can't wait to be fighting back in Fargo. "Fighting in Fargo is an awesome feeling. I am a NDSU Alumni, so getting in front of the people there is a great feeling. I love the people out there. Fargo is a great city and I am really looking forward to fighting there."
Also featured on the card will be Tyler Hultin in the main event, Rondale Hubbert, Dustin Mason, Ray Edwards, Cody McManigle and more.
Green was recently featured in North Dakota's news website The Inforum and you can read that story by CLICKING HERE

 

PHIL WILLIAMS HITTING THE LOCAL MEDIA
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2013

Phil "The Drill" Williams has been busy hyping this Saturday nights main event bout at the Crown Plaza in Saint Paul. Williams battles Shujaa El Amin for the vacant WBU title. "The Drill" was interviewed earlier today by channel 5 (story airs at 6 or 10 on Friday night) and will be on ESPN radio AM 1500 with host Jeff Dubay tomorrow morning at 11:00 (Brad Patraw will also be in studio). There will be a ticket givaway during the live call in on air. But tonight, Williams will be at the Timberwolves game and interviewed live, most likely during halftime but the time hasn't been confirmed. Williams shared his thoughts on the bout and more and that story will be posted here shortly.

 

PATRAW, ALFARO READY FOR TITLE SHOWDOWN
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, 2013 - BY JESSE KELLEY

Vicente Alfaro (pictured left) and "Bad" Brad Patraw (right) will battle for the vacant 122 pound Minnesota State title this Saturday night on the fight card dubbed "Crown the Kings" at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul.
Interestingly, this will not be their first showdown. Alfaro picked up the stoppage win 2.5 years ago in Saint Paul but both fighters say they are improved with added experience since that bout.

Brad Patraw: "I think what the state is doing with the belts is a great thing. I can't wait to once and for all show that I am the best and I will show that on February 9th."
Vicente Alfaro: "I'm glad for the opportunity to finally settle any doubts and confusion concerning the state champion."
To read the full story...

 

SUCCESSFUL HAND SURGERY FOR TRUAX
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013

Caleb Truax had a successful time in the surgery room earlier today to repair a broken thumb suffered in his bout with Matt Vanda a few weeks back. To heal properly, the surgery required pins to be put in to hold the thumb in place. Truax says he expects to be in a cast for 4-6 weeks followed by a month or so of rehab. The injury postpones a March ESPN televised date for Truax but he says they will now be shooting for either May or June for that event which would be held at the Convention Center in Minneapolis.

 

BOXING RETURNS TO THE CROWNE PLAZA THIS SAT.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013

PRESS RELEASE St. Paul MN- A long time Minnesota fan favorite will make his return to the ring after over a year long layoff, while a fast rising newcomer continues his ascent on the same card this Saturday night on a show loaded with local talent at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul.
Phil Williams (11-5) faces Shujaa El Amin (12-3), known previously as Dion Savage, with the WBU Super Middleweight title on the line. The fight will end a significant inactive stretch for both fighters, as Williams last saw the ring in December of 2011, and El Amin has been out since scoring a unanimous decision win over Joe McCreedy in May 2012.
Robert Brant (5-0) of Oakdale, will make his sixth venture to the ring when he faces Keith Collins Saturday night at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul. Brant has been nothing short of electrifying in the early stages of his professional career, and is not slowing up, taking to the ring only five weeks removed from his last victory.
Also featured is an intriguing super bantamweight matchup between St. Paul native Brad Patraw (9-4) and Vicente Alfaro (5-3) for the Minnesota state title.
Saturday night also marks the local return of super featherweight Wilton Hilario (12-3) who takes on James Owens.
The card is rounded out by cruiserweight knockout artist Al Sands (6-1), who takes on JJ Corn, and bantamweight speedster Jonathan Perez.
Weigh-ins for “Crown the Kings” will be held at Sakura’s Japanese restaurant in St. Paul Friday evening, Tickets are priced at $35, $45, and $75 and more information is available at vitalculture.com

 

WEIGH-IN PHOTOS FROM DULUTH UPDATE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013

Gary Eyer won a 6 round war with David LaQue last Saturday in Duluth. Both camps feel they won as it was a slugfest throughout. LaQue scored an early knockdown and also had a point taken late for hitting behind the head. John Moxey was DQ'd for hitting Kilfian while he was out halfway through the ropes. Kilfian dropped Moxey numerous times early but came back to put Kilfian out just before being dq'd. More to come.
Weigh-in photo's from Duluth for Friday nights pro fights which follow amateur boxing at Grandma's Sports Garden. Jungle Boy Boxing Promotions will host the event. Photo's courtesy of John D'Auria


David LaQue and Gary Eyer


John Moxey and Harley Kilfian

 

EYER FACES LAQUE SATURDAY NIGHT IN DULUTH
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30TH, 2013

"Stone Cold" Gary Eyer and David LaQue will trade punches in this Saturday nights main event at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth. And for as long as it lasts, this one should be fun. Eyer and LaQue have shown that they will face anyone and bang while they are doing it. The second of two pro bouts features Harley Kilfian (9-12, 8 KO's) taking on John Moxey (1-1, 1 KO) in a Cruiserweight bout. Before the pro bouts begin however, there will be Golden Gloves amateur boxing.
David Laque: "It's a chance of a lifetime and a test to do battle with a good fighter."
Gary Eyer: "I feel good, trained hard and I've put in the road work along with the rounds of sparring. It should be a crowd pleasing fight."
To read the full story...

 

FORT STOPS KOLLE IN FIFTH ROUND
TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, , 2013

"Sir" Cerresso Fort stopped Andy "Kaos" Kolle in the fifth round Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley.
Early into round one, Fort, (15-0-1, 11 Kos) was the one who not only tried to outbox Kolle (25-4-18 Kos), but Fort also took the first leap by forcing the action going to Kolle's body on the ropes.
After a slow start, the 5-foot-11 Fort, whose ring alias is "Sir," backed the 6-foot-1 Kolle to the ropes, and worked Kolle's body while attempting to land on Kolle's head throughout the process.
To Kolle's credit he kept his defense tight which helped him see many of the blows as he waited for the opportunity to fire back.
Fort continued to force himself on Kolle which left Kolle with no other option but to clinch. After one clinch, each boxer took turns trading jabs, but soon thereafter, Fort bullied Kolle on the inside once again.
Kolle seemed to sense this and brought the action center ring. At one point, Kolle attempted to land a strong right. Fort blocked the blow, and countered with his own which Kolle, didn't see, sent Kolle down hard on his back.Fort continued to bring the fight to Kolle in the fifth and eventually scored the TKO victory.

Aaron "Gorilla" Green dominated Maurenzo Smith over six rounds of action. Smith was tough but Green outgunned all night by who moves to 9-0.
RJ Laase won an early fight of the year candidate over Justin Jones. Jones pressured and stalked while Laase countered with heavy hooks to the head and body. Laase controlled the early rounds but Jones pressure got him back into the fight midway. Laase finished strong though nearly putting Jones down a number of times in the 8th and final round. Scores were 78-74 twice and 76-76.
Ray Edwards stopped Corey Briggs 41 seconds into the first round. Briggs took a hard body shot but not much else and didn't get up from his knees and was counted out after going down.
Winston Anderson stopped Ryan Gronvold 58 seconds into the first round. Anderson overwhelmed Gronvold with pressure from the start.
Van Goodman and Travis Fulton fought to a four round majority draw to kick things off. Goodman boxed well to start and Fulton mounted a comeback in the final round.
Scores read 39-37 for Fulton and 38-38 twice....

 

GOODMAN SEEKS WIN, EDWARDS SHOWDOWN
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013

6'2 Minneapolis heavyweight Van Goodman (2-3-1, 2 KO's) returns tonight in Hinckley against tough veteran Travis Fulton (19-31, 19 KO's) of Iowa. Goodman turned pro in 2006 but has not been as active as he would have liked since that time. Goodman got back in the ring in 2011 after a three year absence and looked good but a bad cut put a damper on the night. Known as a guy who leaves it all on the line, Goodman will be looking to get back on track with a win and says a successful return will most likely lead to a showdown with Ray Edwards.

"Well everyone close to me knows I spent the last couple of years fighting legal issues and spent a year behind bars" said Goodman about the layoff. "And honestly,what happened to me was a good thing. To me and like every good boxer I learn from my mistakes so it was a true blessing in disguise. I had a lot of time to think about life and the choices I made and how I got to where I was and how to keep myself from ever returning there again. And boxing filled those thoughts every time so I knew as soon as I got home, boxing was what was gonna be what I wanted to do. This time I'm fighting for me. I've been in this game a long time and that would all be for nothing if I quit now off of my last performance. I was cut above the eye and it was beyond my control. The doctor waived it off. I felt that win was taken from me by the stoppage. January 25th I'm facing another fight veteran in his own right in Travis Fulton. He has over 300 mma fights and he's a UFC veteran with a lot of pro boxing fights with all wins by knockout. So he's gonna come get me and those who have seen me fight know I don't run. I'll meet him center ring. I'm told with a win over Fulton I will get to fight Ray Edwards. I believe if he truly wants to be taken seriously as a boxer he has to fight and beat me because I feel I'm the gatekeeper he has to get through and I'm waiting for him."

 

"KAOS" KOLLE RETURNS TONIGHT AGAINST FORT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25TH, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley


Photo courtesy of Bob Stein/RDS Boxing

One of the most interesting local matchups that could be made will go down tonight at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN when Andy "Kaos" Kolle (25-3) meets "Sir" Cerresso Fort (14-0-1) in the nights main event bout. Returning from a hand injury and appearing 100% recouped, Kolle, who recently relocated back to Fargo, ND, says he is ready to let both fists fly tonight.
" The hand is feeling good and I am 100% confident going into this fight. I won't be hesitant to throw it when the bell rings. Overall I'm feeling great. Living in Fargo has been a challenge, but one I think me and the team around me have risen too."

Kolle has faced some of the best fighters our state has had to offer in recent years and Cerresso Fort fits right into that list that includes Matt Vanda, Anthony Bonsante, and Caleb Truax. Fort most recently won a decision over Dave Peterson and had a win against a hard punching Missouri fighter named Brandon Baue. Fort shook off a huge punch in the Baue fight and went on to win in dominating form.

"I know its a cliché but this is boxing and one punch can change a fight really quick" said Kolle. "I'm not really reading into it (Fort-Baue) to much because even though he got buzzed, he came back and fought well. I know I have the power that when my shots land on his chin there is a high likelihood of him landing on his ass. However, that is not the game plan. We have prepared to go 10 hard rounds so that is what we are planning on. If I get the chance to knock him out then plans will change."

 

WEIGHTS FROM HINCKLEY
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013


Aaron Green (left) and Maurenzo Smith face off earlier tonight at weigh-ins. Photo courtesy of Pete Daszkiewicz

Andy Kolle 155 vs. Cerresso Fort 155
(Fight will no longer be for the MN State jr middleweight title)

Aaron Green 278 vs. Maurenzo Smith 238
RJ Laase 139 vs. Justin Jones ??
Ray Edwards vs. Cory Briggs
Van Goodman vs. Travis Fulton
Winston Anderson vs. Ryan Gronvold

MORE WEIGHTS TO COME WHEN AVAILABLE

LAASE READY FOR BIG TEST FRIDAY NIGHT
WEDNESDAY, JAUNARY 23, 2013

Story courtesy of MNBoxingleague.com: This Friday night Laase faces his stiffest test in the ring as he takes on undefeated Justin Jones. Laase has been training hard and making the 6 hour round-trip to Minneapolis at least twice a week to work with trainer Jason Hendrickson.. The trips to the twin cities offer T-Rex the opportunities to work with the best Minnesota has to offer, he was able spar with the likes of Caleb Truax (21,1,1) and amateur stand-out DeLorien Caraway. Laase is also quick to point out the great work he has gotten from Anthony Rose and others at Uppercut as well...

 

FORT, LAASE, EDWARDS KFAN RADIO ARCHIVE
WEDNESDAY, JAUNARY 23, 2013


Photo courtesy of Bob Stein-RDS

Cerresso Fort, RJ Laase, and Ray Edwards visited the KFAN studio yesterday afternoon to talk about this Friday nights fight card at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Ray Edwards (1-0,1 KO) pictured above in a stare down with Dan "The Common Man" Cole. Edwards faces Cory Briggs (0-3) in an undercard bout.
The complete segment can be heard here...

 

JANUARY 19TH CONVENTION CENTER SLIDESHOW
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013

All of the action from beginnng to end from the fight card this past Saturday at the Convention Center caught through the lens of Minnesotaboxing.com.

FORT, LAASE, EDWARDS ON KFAN TODAY
TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013

Week three of the January super month of boxing in Minnesota is here. Boxing is back at the Grand Casino in Hinckley this Friday featuring a main event State Jr. Middleweight showdown between Andy Kolle and Cerresso Fort. RJ Laase will face undefeated Justin Jones and Former MN Viking Ray Edwards also returns. Fort, Laase, and Edwards will be on KFAN radio, The Common Man Show this afternoon at 12:25 to discuss the upcoming action. There will be ticket giveaways and more.

 

TRUAX WINS DECISION OVER VANDA IN THRILLER
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013 REPORT BY BRETT MAUREN, PHOTOS BY JESSE KELLEY

REPORT BY BRETT MAUREN, PHOTOS BY JESSE KELLEY

It was a classic. In a town that enjoys a classic brawl so few and far between, the Minneapolis Convention Center was treated to one for the storybooks when Caleb Truax finally met Matt Vanda with Minnnesota middleweight supremacy on the line.

Minnesota boxing, for all intents and purposes waved goodbye to an icon, as Matt Vanda came up short against his probable successor Caleb Truax in a 10 round unanimous decision. The state’s strongest ticket sellers in this era were able to generate a strong crowd, and supplement the atmosphere with an absolute show.

Minnesota’s middleweight champion, Caleb Truax, solidified his title by outclassing the St. Paul native over ten rounds, despite rallies from Vanda. The veteran, Vanda, attempted to win the mental war over the younger Truax by raising his hand in triumph following a flurry midway through the bout. The Osseo native, Truax, showed poise, and was able to answer back with strong combinations throughout the fight, and eventually silence a pro-Vanda crowd.

The electricity was amplified in the late rounds of the bout, as the always energetic Vanda fan base urged their fighter on, but it was not to be. Vanda was outgunned by the younger, faster and stronger fighter from the early going. In a bout that truly served as a shot in the arm to the sport of boxing in Minnesota, Truax reigned supreme and showed promise of a new era, just as Vanda did so many times in the past decade.

The bout was complimented by a strong undercard line up which featured an instant local classic between Charles Meier and Travis Perzynski. Both fighters tasted the canvas, in an all out war, as Meier was able to outlast the less experienced Perzynski over eight rounds.

A man dubbed as one of the state’s strongest punchers pound for pound, put his power on display, when Muhammad Kayongo went toe to toe with Gilbert Venegas in a six round slugfest. Kayongo was able to slide the uppercut through the cover of Venegas all too often, and pull out a unanimous decision victory in a well contested bout.

Also in action were lightweight standouts Jeremy Mclaurin, who made his way back into the win column by beating Dewayne Wisdom, and Tony Lee who topped Leonard Overstreet, both in decision victories.

FULL REPORT AND RESULTS TO COME

 

FIREWORKS EXPECTED ON TONIGHTS UNDERCARD
SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013

The convention center will be electric when Matt Vanda and Caleb Truax enter the ring tonight at the Convention Center in Minneapolis. There is no question. But tonight's undercard is filled with bouts that should set the tone for the night before all hell breaks loose in the main event...

 

WEIGHTS FROM THE POURHOUSE IN MINNEAPOLIS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH 2013

 

Caleb Truax 164 vs. Matt Vanda 164
Jon Schmidt 160 vs. Michael Faulk 160
Charles Meier 159 vs. Travis Perzynski 160
Mohammed Kayongo 145 vs. Gilbert Venegas 148
Tony Lee 143 vs. Leonard Overstreet 142
Jeremy McLaurin 134 vs. DeWayne Wisdom 132
Kenneth Glenn 158 vs. Damien Hill 156

Venue: Minneapolis Convention Center
Promoter: Omega Presents

MATT VANDA VISITS 93X THIS MORNING
FRIDAY, JANUARY 18TH 2013

Matt "The Predator" Vanda will visit the 93x studios this morning at 8:30am one final time to discuss tomorrow nights showdown with Caleb Truax. Vanda has made it a regular thing throughout his career to hype his fights on the 93x half ass morning show and things usually get pretty wild!

 

TRUAX VS VANDA WEIGH IN ALERT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH 2013

The long awaited and hyped showdown between "Golden" Caleb Truax and Matt "The Predator" Vanda is only days away. Tomorrow (Friday) night will be the official weigh-in between the two men and the rest of the fighters on the card which is open to the public. Weigh-ins start at 5:30pm and will be held at the Pour House in Minneapolis. They will be raffling off a few pair of tickets and giving away event t-shirts.

 

TICKETS GOING FAST FOR JAN 25 KOLLE-FORT AND MORE
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH 2013

The Grand Casino ballroom in Hinckley holds about 2000 people and at a week and a half out from the State title bout Between Andy "Kaos" Kolle and "Sir" Cerresso Fort, not many seats appear to be left. The two will battle for the 154 pound MN state belt. Things have been quiet between the two fighters as Fort has been out of state for camp and Kolle splitting time between gyms in Fergus Falls and Duluth. But both fighters say they plan on bringing fireworks to the ring in Hinckley. Minneapolis heavyweight Aaron Green and Duluth boxer/promoter RJ Laase are also in tough fights of their own. Former Minnesota Viking Ray Edwards has also recently been added. All action Van Goodman of Mnpls. and Duluth's Winston Anderson kick off the action in seperate bouts. A full list of the nights action can be seen... CLICK HERE

 

PATRAW VS ALFARO TITLE BOUT ADDED TO FEB 9 ST PAUL
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH 2013

Saint Paul's "Bad" Brad Patraw (9-4, 5 KO's) and Northfield's Vicente Alfaro (5-3, 1 KO's) will battle for the MN state 122 lb. title in an 8 rounder on February 9th at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul. Antwan Robertson was originally scheduled to face Alfaro but says his new work schedule will not allow him to train for the fight. Patraw is returning from injuries and says he didn't need to be asked twice for a chance at evening the score with Alfaro, who won their first meeting in 2010.
Headlining the card will be Rochester heavyweight Raphael Butler (35-12, 28 KO's) as he battles Jeremy Williams of California (42-5, 35 KO's) for the WBU title.
Phil "The Drill" Williams (11-5-1, 10 KO's) makes his return against Shujaa El Amin (formerly known as Dion Savage, 12-3, 6 KO's) in a super middleweight bout for the WBU title.
"The Native Sensation" JJ Corn (47-25-3, 26 KO's) makes his MN return against "The Haitian Temptation" Al Sands (6-1, 6 KO's) in a cruiserweight bout. Sands was set to face TJ Gibson for the State cruiserweight title but Gibson is on suspension following a loss in NY last month.
Wilton Hilario (12-3-1, 9 KO's) will also make his MN return. Hilario has not fought in MN since 2009. Hilario appeared to be facing Ismail Muwendo on this show but decided on a tune before he would be ready to get in the ring with Muwendo due to inactivity over the years. He faces James Owens (4-7, 2 KO's) of Wisconsin.
Rob Brant and Ronnie Peterson Jr are also scheduled to see action. Diamond Gloves Boxing will be promoting the event. To stay up to date on this show CLICK HERE

 

HULTIN, GREEN HEADLINE FARGO SHOW FEB 9
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH 2013

Pro boxing returns to Fargo, ND on February 9th. "The Hitman" Tyler Hultin (4-1-1, 2 KO's) will headline in his backyard for the first time since his amateur days against Cheyenne Ziegler (3-9, 2 KO's). Heavyweight Aaron "Gorilla" Green (8-0, 7 KO's) will fight in a co-featured bout but first he has to get past Maurenzo Smith (11-4) on January 25th in Hinckley. Dustin Mason, Rondale Hubbert, and former Minnesota Viking Ray Edwards are also scheduled to box. Kaos Boxing and Rapacz Event Productions will be promoting the card which takes place at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. To stay on top of the card CLICK HERE

 

EYER RETURNS AGAINST LAQUE ON FEB 1 IN DULUTH
THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH 2013

Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer (9-2-1, 7 KO's) will headline a pro-am on February 1st at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth. The always entertaining Duluth resident Eyer will face tough as nails brawler David LaQue (2-11-1, 2 KO's) in a six round lightweight bout. Harley Kilfian (9-12, 8 KO's) faces John Moxey (1-1) in the second of two pro bouts in a four round Cruiserweight bout. The night will start with Golden Gloves amateur boxing. Jungle Boy Boxing Promotions will be bringing the action.

 

ABELL GETS SHOT AT HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2013


(Joey Abell, second from right. Photo courtesy of Ron Peterson)

Heavyweight Joey Abell has been training for a comeback for months now and his next big shot has come. Abell flew out to New York early yesterday morning for today's press conference at Gleason's Gym to announce his participation in a $500,000 American Heavyweight Box-Off tournament schedule to begin in April. Other combatants included with Abell are Devan Vargas, Jason Estrada, Alonzo Butler and more. there will be 8 total fighters plus a reserve in case of injury...

 

TRUAX COMES FULL CIRCLE WITH VANDA FIGHT
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2013 - BY BRETT MAUREN

After twenty-two bouts over the span of six years, the storyline has taken on full form, and Minnesota's current middleweight champion is set to collide with it's most high profile boxer in this millennium. It's the perfect storm for a throwback boxing event. Riding in on the white horse, is the mild mannered product of Osseo that drips with poise. He stares down the brash, tough as nails, veteran brawler out of St. Paul's East side, eyeing to cement his legacy with one final masterpiece...

 

MATT VANDA TRIBUTE IN BEHIND THE BRAWL PART 2
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2013 - BY DOUG ERLIEN

 

Matt "The Predator" Vanda held nothing back over the course of his career and doesn't pull any punches with Fox 9's Doug Erlien in part two of "Behind the Brawl", a lead up to his showdown with Caleb Truax this Saturday night in Minneapolis.

 

CHALRES MEIER PREVIEWS FIGHT ON "GAME ON"
TUESDAY, JANUARY 16TH, 2013

 

Charles Meier (6-2-2) previews his bout against Travis Perzynski this Saturday on the undercard to Caleb Truax vs Matt Vanda. The "Game On" episode above aired last Sunday. To fast forward to the interview go to the 13:40 mark.

 

KAYONGO PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON RETURN
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11TH, 2013

One of Minnesota's hardest P4P punchers Mohammed Kayongo (15-2-1, 11 KO's) returns a week from now on January 19th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Kayongo will face Gilbert Venegas (11-7-3, 7 KO's) in a lead in an undercard bout to the showdown between Caleb Truax and Matt Vanda. Below is video courtesy of trainer Seko Tongola.

 

FULL REPORT FROM THE HYATT IN MNPLS
MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013

 

Ismail "The Sharp Shooter" Muwendo moved to (12-0, 9 KO's) with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Napunyi (14-12, 7 KO's) on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. Scores read 79-73, 79-73, 80-72 With the victory the 24 year old Muwendo keeps the USA Mid American featherweight title.
In the co-feature, Jamal "Shango" James (9-0, 5 KO's) traded shots with Patrick "Boss Man" Boozer (5-2, 2 KO's) for six rounds and picked up a hard fought unanimous decision win. Scores read 58-56, 59-56, 60-55.
Rob Brant (5-0, 3 KO's) won a six round unanimous decision over Romon Barber (3-3, 2 KO's) in a jr. middleweight bout. Scores read 58-55, 59-53, 59-54.
Jonathan Perez (5-0, 4 KO's) made quick work of Brian Jones (0-5), dropping him three times with body shots in the opening round. The TKO victory came at 2:38 of the first.
Tyler Hultin (4-1-1, 2 KO's) won a five round unanimous decision over Stephen Watt (1-1, 1 KO) through five exciting rounds of action.
Brad Herroff (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Zach Wolff (0-3) at 1:18 of the fourth round.
Robert DaLuz (14-43, 9 KO's) got back in the win column with a majority decision victory over game Tomi Archambault (1-3, 1 KO) in a four rounder.
In a boxing debut of two mixed martial artists, Dan Kiser (1-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Donald Williams (0-1) in the opener. Scores read 39-36 on all three score cards.
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"Golden" Caleb Truax will be on WFTC channel 10 this morning at 10:30am to talk about his highly anticapated fight with Matt "The Predator" Vanda on January 19th. Truax, who was at the Hyatt fights last night, told Minnesotaboxing.com that his team is bringing in Derrick "Superman" Findley (20-8, 13 KO's) of Indiana to prepare for the Vanda bout and will be sparring with him through out next week.

 

WEIGHTS FROM MINNEAPOLIS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013
Sterling Entertainment Group in association with Fight Area 51 presents Pound for Pound II Saturday January 5th. Fighters weighed in Friday night and met with the media prior to Saturday’s show. Also watch the Vikings vs Packers on the big screens.

USA Mid American featherweight title
Ismail Muwendo 132 - Anthony Napunyi 128.6
Jamal James 146.6 - Patrick Boozer 145
Robert Brant 152.8 – Romon Barber 152.8
Jonathan Perez 116.8 -Brian Jones 118
Zach Wolff 124.4 - Brad Herroff 122.4
Stephen Watt 152.2- Tyler Hultin 155
Dan Kiser 147.8 - Donald Williams 148.6
Tomi Archambault 125.8-Robert Da Luz 125.8

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JAMES, BOOZER COLLIDE THIS SATURDAY
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2013- BY JESSE KELLEY

It's not every day you see two young prospects from different states testing there skills against each other in the ring early in there careers. With records meaning so much for a fighter trying to build to bigger pay days, these risks often times out weigh the rewards to a good number of boxers. But Minneapolis welterweight Jamal "Shango" James and Michigan's Patrick "Boss Man" Boozer see things differently. Both James and Boozer say they plan on making it to the big times, and that means testing themselves against other prospects. Saturday night at the Hyatt in Minneapolis will be your chance to see local Jamal James (8-0) compete against upset minded Patrick Boozer (5-1) in a scheduled six rounder.
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HULTIN, WATT PLAN TO LIGHT UP THE HYATT
TUESDAY, JANUARY 1ST, 2013- BY JESSE KELLEY

The super month of boxing shows in Minnesota begins this week at the Hyatt in Minneapolis on January 5th. The card is headlined with an 8 rounder featuring Ismail Muwendo (11-0) of Minneapolis against Florida's Anthony Napunyi (14-11) for Muwendo's ABO Mid-America Featherweight Title. The chief supporting bout pits welterweight Jamal "Shango" James (8-0) versus 22 year old Patrick Boozer (5-1) out of Michigan in a six round bout..
The undercard features a number of other fighters that wear the prospect tag holding there names. We all know styles make fights. And that is why the scheduled 5 round jr. middleweight bout between Tyler Hultin and new comer Stephen Watt will be one to watch this Saturday night.
HULTIN: "All I can say is you will see a brand new fighter at 154 pounds! I will be coming back stronger, faster and ready for anything."
WATT: "I want to show that I can bang with the best guys out here. I plan on bringing it just like I did against Ortley."
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VIDEO: TRUAX VS VANDA BEHIND THE BRAWL PART 1
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2012 - BY DOUG ERLIEN
VIDEO: WDIO PREVIEWS KOLLE, LAASE JAN 25 BOUTS
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2012

WDIO, Duluth, Minn. - Andy "Kaos" Kolle's return to the ring next month already had the makings of a memorable match-up as he'll fight Cerresso Fort in a battle of Minnesota's top two ranked junior middleweights. Now, it will be for championship gold.
Kolle and Fort will face off for the vacant Minnesota Junior Middleweight Title on January 25th at Grand Casino in Hinckley. This will be Kolle's first fight since last April. Fort comes in with a 14-0-1 record while kolle is 25-3.
Also on the card in Hinckley will be Duluth's R.J. "T-Rex" Laase and he now has an opponent. T-Rex will fight undefeated Justin Jones (5-0) from Florida. Laase is 9-1 and looking for win number ten. He's won his last five fights, four of them by knockout. TO WATCH THE VIDEO...

 


2013
MN BOXING RESULTS