features and announcements: October 19th Black Bear
highlight video and details. Plus upcoming Minnesota
boxing shows preview...
WEIGHTS FROM TOKYO,
DECEMBER 4TH, 2013
Peterson 158 vs Ryota Murata 160
Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
8 round Super Middleweight bout
PETERSON IN JAPAN, BATTLES OLYMPIAN THIS FRIDAY
DECEMBER 3RD, 2013
"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
FACES ENNIS AS ESPN AND MIKE TYSON COME TO TOWN
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
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.
To join the conversation or read the full press release...
VS BONSANTE 2 A NO GO
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
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.
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
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).
INVADE IOWA TOMORROW NIGHT
NOVEMBER 14, 2013
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.
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
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
VS BRANT PLUS GREEN, EDWARDS AND MORE
NOVEMBER 12, 2013
"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
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."
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!"
the FACEBOOK conversation which is heating up...
BUTLER LOOKING FOR 8TH MMA VICTORY UPDATE
NOVEMBER 8, 2013
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
VS BONSANTE 2 CONFIRMED
NOVEMBER 8, 2013
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
the FACEBOOK conversation...
BAD BLOOD 2 THIS JANUARY?
NOVEMBER 1ST, 2013
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
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.
NIGHT FRIGHTS AT THE CLYDE
OCTOBER 28, 2013
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.
BUTLER IMPROVES TO 7-0 MMA, RETURNS IN 2 WEEKS
OCTOBER 26, 2013
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.
MOXEY FIGHT THIS WEEKEND
OCTOBER 25, 2013
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.
#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"
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."
BOXERS IN THE NEWS
OCTOBER 25, 2013
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."
"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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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
RESULTS FROM CARLTON, MN
OCTOBER 20, 2013
Photo's Courtesy of John D'Auria
HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY
"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
"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
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
The winner's above are correct but might include errors
so stay tuned for a more complete and updated fight
FROM CARLTON, MN
OCTOBER 18, 2013 - PHOTO'S COURTESY OF JOHN D'AURIA
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
Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN
Promoter: Jungle Boy Promotions
Courtesy of John D'Auria of Second Chance Photography
FULL WEIGH IN GALLERY
19TH BLACK BEAR BOXING PREVIEW
OCTOBER 8, 2013
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
" 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
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...
FIGHT STREAMED ON PPV UNDERCARD TONIGHT
OCTOBER 5TH, 2013
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
"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
NIGHT TO REMEMBER: 2013 MNBHOF BANQUET
SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2013
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.
MORE PHOTO'S CLICK HERE
BOXING IN COON RAPIDS TOMORROW
SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2013
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.
STOPS FORT, JAMES AND LEE TAKE TITLES
SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2013
PHOTO'S CLICK HERE
"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
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.
PHOTO'S CLICK HERE
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 - By RAY KILGORE
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
Minneapolis Convention Center
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Photo's By Ray Kilgore
Weights from Ray Kilgore and Bobby Brunette
MORE PHOTO'S CLICK HERE
FIGHTERS FILL OUT ND CARD SATURDAY NIGHT
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley
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).
FORT: " HE KNOWS WHAT TIME IT IS"
SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley
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...
CONFIDENT HEADING INTO SATURDAY NIGHT
SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 - By Jesse Kelley
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...
LEE READY FOR ROUND 9 SATURDAY NIGHT
SEPTEMBER 17 , 2013
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...
STOPS DUNASKI IN RIVER FALLS
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
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.
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.
DUNASKI BATTLE ON RIVER FALLS CARD TONIGHT
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
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
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
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
Herroff says that he is hoping for one more fight before
the end of the year.
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.
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."
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
NEW LIVES AT ELEMENT
SEPT. 12, 2013 www.PIONEERPLANET.COM - Rubén Rosario
By Pioneer Press, John Autey
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...
COUNT NEWS INTERVIEWS CALEB TRUAX
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013- www.8COUNTNEWS.COM
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.
the full interviews...
MCLAURIN LATEST FEATURES OF GAME
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 - PHOTO'S COURTESY OF JOHN D'AURIA
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
DECISIONS VENEGAS IN DULUTH
SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2013 - PHOTO'S COURTESY OF JOHN D'AURIA
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
SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2013
Gilbert Venegas 144lbs and Johnny Garcia 142.5lbs
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
GARCIA HEADLINES IN DULUTH
SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 -
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.
RECAPS TITLE BOUT IN TANZANIA
SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
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."
FORT FEATURED ON "GAME ON"
AUGUST 27, 2013
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.
TRUAX INTERVIEW CAN BE SEEN...
CERRESSO FORT INTERVIEW CAN BE SEEN...
BOXING CALENDAR UPDATE
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
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
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
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
WILLIAMS FIGHTS IN AFRICA THIS FRIDAY
AUGUST 26, 2013
"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.
FROM HINCKLEY, MN
AUGUST 17, 2013
James (right) lands a right hand to the head of Rober
Osiobe on Friday night in Hinckley, MN
PHOTO'S CLICK HERE
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.
PHOTO'S CLICK HERE
AUGUST 15, 2013
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
Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
Promoter: Rapacz Promotions
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.
BATTLES WHITING TONIGHT UPDATE
AUGUST 10, 2013
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
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.
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
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
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
is now scheduled to take on tough Wisconsin fighter
Larry Butler on September 6th.
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.
REPLACES INJURED LITZAU
AUGUST 9, 2013
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
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
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
GETS TITLE SHOT IN AFRICA
AUGUST 7, 2013
"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...
VS FORT SET FOR SEPT. 21
AUGUST 6, 2013
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
PRO EVENTS THROUGH SEPTEMBER
AUGUST 5TH, 2013
10, Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, MN - Rez
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
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
September 28th, Anoka Armory, Anoka, MN- Valhalla
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.