DAMION HILL FIGHTS IN NY TONIGHT
Saturday, March 28, 2015

UPDATE : UPDATE #2: Damion Hill was stopped at 1:19 of the first round in New York last night. According to "The Ring" Online, his opponent Ivan Baranchyk landed two giant left hooks that dropped Hill near the start of the round. Hill says he wanted to continue but understands the stoppage. Hill took the fight on 3 days notice and had to drop 22 pounds in those days to make weight.

Damion Hill “The Wolverine” (4-8) of Crystal, MN is in New York to fight tonight at the Resorts World Casino, in Queens. Hill will be boxing undefeated Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk (5-0, 4 KO’s) of New York by way of Belarus in a six rounder. The bout was set at a weight of 145 pounds but both were slightly over and agreed to the new weight. Hill came in at 148 pounds while Baranchyk was 147.8 pounds.
Hill, originally an MMA fighter, has done well with his boxing over the past year as he boxed 8 times in that span which includes wins over Nate Richardson, Gavin Quinn, and most recently, Markus Morris. To join the discussion on this and more...

APRIL 17th HINCKLEY, MN SHOW UPDATE
Tuesday, March 23, 2015

The April 17th pro boxing show taking place at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN is starting to shape up. Robert Brant now has an opponent for his televised bout and two all local bouts have been made for the undercard to go along with two other televised bouts featuring out of state prospects. To read more...

 

QUICK WEEKEND RESULTS
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Rondale Hubbert (9-1-1, 5 KO's) lost an 8 round decision to Gerardo "Lalo" Robles (18-13, 8 KO's) moments ago in Kansas City, Missouri. Minnesotaboxing.com spoke with Hubbert over the phone following the action and he says it was a good fight and that Robles was a tough opponent. Hubbert feels like he landed the bigger shots but also admits he doesn't think he let his hands go as much as he wanted to.

"It's definitely a learning experience" said Hubbert afterwards. " I'm not marked up at all and look good, I just didn't let my hands go as much as I should have to get the win on the road. I landed some hard shots though. It seemed like he was able to get away with whatever he wanted in there and I was warned by the referee for every little thing. At one point, I had a point taken for holding without even getting a warning. But that's how it goes fighting on the road. It was a good fight though and I feel great. I will be back in the gym on Monday. It was a great learning experience and hopefully I will be back fighting in April in Milwaukee."
Minnesotan Star Roberts also lost on the undercard while Damion Hill did not box due to his opponent not being cleared to fight by the doctor at weigh ins.
Boxer/Mixed Martial Artist Ken Glenn of Minneapolis won his MMA bout last night in Savage, MN bringing his record to 7-2. Glenn, who boxes out of Brunette's Boxing Gym, also has a boxing record of 3-0 and it's possible we see him in the boxing ring in April.

 

WEIGHTS FROM KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Friday March 20, 2015

Rondale Hubbert 137 lbs. vs. Gerardo Robles 136.4 lbs.

Venue: Holiday Inn, Coco Key Water Resort
Promoter: Damon Reed / Craig Cummings (Danger Fire Promotions)

 

HUBBERT, ROBLES READY TO RUMBLE THIS SATURDAY
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015

Minnesota State Super Lightweight Champion Rondale "Give Um Hell" Hubbert (9-0-1, 5 KO's) of Minneapolis, MN has a big test on Saturday night in Kansas City, Missouri as he faces hometowner Gerardo "Lalo" Robles (17-13, 8 KO's). Both Hubbert and Robles told Minnesotaboxing.com that they expect it to be a war.

HUBBERT: "I'm going to knock him out, that's what I'm going there to do. It's gonna be a hostile crowd and I feed off of that."
ROBLES:
" I don't do a lot of talking, I show it in the ring. I just hope he's ready to fight. I will tell you this; that night, he will remember me!"

To read the full story...

 

BABES IN PUNCHLAND - BY JAKE WEGNER
The Story of Forgotten Lightweight Great-Babe Daniels

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015

Minnesota has had so many great gladiators of the prize ring during the 19th and 20th centuries that it is sometimes easy to gloss over the multitudes while focusing only on names such as: Gibbons, O'Dowd, Petrolle, and the Flanagan's. But when the old boxing railbirds die off, so do the stories they told and carried with them. The oral tradition of Minnesota boxing greats is only as good as the ones telling and keeping them alive, and sometimes when that trail goes cold, we need to go back and look a little closer. Gone are the days when we could learn so freely of past fistic greats, whose stories were on the lips of so many down at the local gym or café. For with the loss of the storyteller, is the loss of the stories themselves; and with it, our unrecorded history. What's left behind are just the names and incomplete records of the men whose surnames laced the pages of the Sports section. But in those piles of yellowing Depression-era newspapers and crinkly microfilm, lay bits and pieces of the life and times of past greats our state was privileged to have produced. One such little scrapper is that of 1930's Lightweight, Babe Daniels.
To read the story of Babe Daniels as told by Jake Wegner...

 

UPPERCUT GYM'S 3RD ANNUAL "UNITE AND FIGHT" TONIGHT
SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015

The Upper Cut Boxing Gym will host it's third annual "Unite and Fight" event tonight in Minneapolis. This years event takes place for retired St. Paul Police Sgt. Craig Gromek, who has ALS and dementia. There will be 21 boxing matches between police officers, firefighters and EMTs. The doors open at 6pm with the first fight beginning at 7pm. Uppercut is located at 1324 Quincy St. N.E., Minneapolis.
The Pioneer Press featured a story which includes many more details on
Sgt. Gromek and tonights event. A
You can read that story here...

 

COREY RODRIGUEZ ACCEPTED INTO GRAD SCHOOL
SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015

Congratulations to former MN State Jr. middleweight champ Corey Rodriguez on his application being accepted into Grad School at the University of Minnesota. Rodriguez recently announced his retirement from boxing so that he can concentrate on his continuing education. Rodriguez has been accepted into the Master of Science in Medical Device Innovation program that starts up for him this summer.
To discuss this and more...

 

WATT HEADLINES KICKBOXING/WRESTLING CHARITY SHOW TONIGHT
SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015

23 year old boxer/mma combatant Stephen Watt (3-3 boxing) of Minneapolis will headline a Kickboxing/Submission wrestling charity event tonight. Watt has boxed Tyler Hultin, Charles Meier, and Corey Rodriguez twice. The show is taking place to raise money to keep a Minneapolis school, Pope John Paul II's doors from being closed for good. 100% of the proceeds go directly to saving the school. The action includes 10 kickboxing bouts and 9 submission wrestling matches. "The Wolverine" Damion Hill of Crystal, MN is also a recognizable name to boxing fans that will compete on the show. Doors open at 5pm with the fights starting at 6pm. The action will take place in the gym at Pope John Paul II School located at 1630 Fourth Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413.

For the compete line-up...

 

ALLEN LITZAU IN ACTION TONIGHT
FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015
"The American Boy" Allen Litzau (14-8, 7 KO's) is fighting at the moment in New York versus Tommy Rainone (22-6-1, 4 KO's). Both fighters weighed in yesterday at 151 pounds. The fight is a featured off TV bout to tonight's Shobox bouts.

UPDATE: Looks like Litzau dropped Rainone once in the fight but lost by TKO in the final minute of the sixth and final round. The referee reportedly waived the fight off after Litzau took a knee following shots from Rainone. Litzau took the fight on 1 weeks notice. To discuss this and more click here...

 

JACK O'BRIEN INVITATIONAL, DULUTH, TOMORROW NIGHT
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015

Jungle Boy Boxing will present a night of amateur boxing tomorrow night in honor of Duluth boxing icon Jack O'Brien at Grandma's Sports Garden. O'Brien has helped many Twin Ports area boxers work on there craft such as Andy Kolle, Zach Walters, Al Sands, R.J. Laase, and Gary Eyer. WDIO news aired a story giving a good look at O'Brien and tomorrow's event which can be watch here...

Doors open at 5pm with the bouts starting at 7pm. Tickets are still available online or at the door but if you cannot make it to the fights, check out the streamed fights live provided by the Ifan Sports Network by clicking here...

 

RAPHAEL BUTLER VICTORIOUS MOMENTS AGO ON SPIKE TV
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015

Raphael "The Silenser" Butler moved his mixed martial arts record to 9-1-1 with a 1st round submission victory by way of standing guillotine moments ago on the Spike TV prelim stream at www.spike.com. Butler looked real sharp with his punches before sinking in the submission. His opponent Josh Diekmann brought a record to the cage of 15-5 and was considered to be a pig puncher himself heading into the fight.

 

MINNESOTA BOXING IN THE NEWS
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Caleb Truax, Ismail Muwendo, Phil Williams, Jeremy McLaurin, and Raphael Butler are all featured in today's news update. All five Minnesota fighters either have a big fight lined up or have one in the works. To read about what these guys have coming up in the near future...

 

TRUAX, BRANT PREPARING FOR TV BOUTS
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015

April will be a big month for two well known Minnesota boxers. It was announced following Robert Brant's win in Hinckley earlier this month that he will be fighting on CBS television in his next bout that takes place at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN on April 17th. No opponent is set just yet. Truax has also signed a televised bout where he is set to take on a well known opponent with a big prize up for grabs. Details have not officially been released yet but could be as soon as today. The two have officially began training camp and have been sparring together as pictured above at the Minnesota Top Team Eagan facility.

SIR CERRESSO FORT BOXING AND FITNESS GRAND OPENING
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2015

Sir Cerresso Fort Boxing and Fitness will have it's Grand Opening today from 1pm-4pm. They will have music, food and some boxing bouts. Spirit Tae Kwon Do students will also be doing a performance for everyone. Tae Kwon Do and Boxing bouts will start around 2pm. The new gym is located at 1440 Arcade Street in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

 

QUICK RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY, MN
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015

Robert Brant stopped Ryan Davis in round 1
Rondale Hubbert won an 8 rd UD over Gilbert Venegas
Aaron Green stopped Matt Greer following the end of rd 2
Damion Hill won a 6 rd MD over Markus Morris
Trevor Marmon stopped Kurtis Ehrhorn in rd 2
Joe Amouta stopped Thomas Allen in rd 2
DeLorien Caraway stopped Wes Ronchi in rd 1

MORE PHOTO'S AND DETAILS TO COME

 

WEIGHTS FROM HINCKLEY, MN
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2015

Robert Brant 158 vs. Ryan Davis 157
Rondale Hubbert 143.5 vs. Gilbert Venegas 146.5
(Venegas 1.5 over, sides came to an agreement)
Aaron Green 269.5 vs. Matt Greer 229.5
Markus Morris 146.5 vs. Damion Hill 150
(Hill was 3 pounds over, sides came to an agreement)
Trevor Marmon 136.5 vs. Kurtis Ehrhorn 136
Joe Amouta 168 vs. Thomas Allen 164.5
DeLorien Caraway 147 vs. Wes Ronchi 146.5

Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN

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DELORIAN CARAWAY FEATURED TOMORROW NIGHT
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015

DeLorien Caraway (4-0, 3 KO's) of Minneapolis is back in action tomorrow night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN as part of a 7 fight card. Caraway proved to be one of the hardest working fighters both in and out of the ring in his rookie year as a professional, sparring with some of our States best as well as out of State fighters with a large part of his training camps having again taken place in Las Vegas and Philadelphia. Caraway could be on the doorstep of challenging some of the state's top 140 pounders with a victory.

"There's some decent fighters and tough competitors at 140 and 147 here but I feel I'm the best 140 pounder in Minnesota thus far, even with only 4 fights." To read the full story...

 

FOX 21 INTERVIEWS MARKUS MORRIS
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2015
FOX 21 KQDS: Duluth's Hope of the Hillside, Markus 'Hooch' Morris is just a couple days away from his next fight.
Morris will face Damien Hill Friday night at Grand Casino Hinckley.
Last time Morris fought in Hinckley, he beat Nick Compton by unanimous decision to improve to 6–1 as a pro.
A win Friday would put him in line for a shot at the Minnesota Welterweight title.
But 'Hooch' says he can't focus on the future if he wants to win Friday.

"You look at the task that's at hand, the task that's right in front of you," said Morris. "After that, whatever my coach and my team put in front of me, I'm accepting it." To watch the video...

 

PRO BOXING RETURNS IN 2 WEEKS TO HINCKLEY
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015

Minnesota's next pro boxing card is two weeks away (Friday, February 6th) at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Oakdale, MN's Robert "Bravo" Brant (13-0, 7 Ko's) is back in the main event as he faces Ryan Davis (24-15-3, 9 KO's) of Illinois. Davis lost a unanimous decision to Andy Kolle early last year in Hinckley. Brant is currently in Dallas, Texas wrapping up training camp.

Minnesota super lightweight title holder Rondale "Give Em Hell" Hubbert (8-0-1, 5 KO's) takes on spoiler Gilbert Venegas (12-16-4, 8 KO's) in an 8 round co-featured bout. Venegas has given locals Mohammed Kayongo and Corey Rodriguez difficult fights over the last few years and has proven very durable against prospects around the Nation. Hubbert continues to take on all comers, reportedly having agreed to terms to face both Jason Litzau and Tony Lee recently before the fights fell apart for reason's out of his control. For full card details...

 

2015 USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS UPDATE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015


Team Minnesota, image courtesy of Circle of Discipline

UPDATE: 1.25.14 VeShawn Owens lost a close split decision in the finals last night. The silver medal showing has put him rated as the number 2 rated fighter in the Nation in his weight class. Heidi Henrickson also lost a hard fought decision to fellow USA team member Franchon Crews to win silver as well. Ryan Watson brings back the bronze medal to Minnesota.
Minnesota boxers have been competing in Spokane, Washington at this years USA National Elite Championships tournament. Saint Louis Park's VeShawn Owens has made it to the finals and will box for the 152 pound title today. For more info on who has been in action...

 

WILLIAMS AND STARKS CHICAGO FIGHT RECAP
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2014

Phil Williams lost by 5th round TKO in his cruiserweight bout versus Jordan Shimmell of Michigan last night in Chicago. Reports come in that Shimmell swept the five rounds behind a jab and solid right to start followed by body shots in the later rounds. Williams switched from southpaw to orthodox and landed the best shot of the fight for himself in the fourth despite Shimmell taking the round. Williams did land a few more hard shots throughout but Shimmell poured it on in the fifth and Williams didn't make it out for round six.
Javontae Starks won an 8 round unanimous decision by scores of 80-72 on all cards. Reports were that Starks had to work for the victory and found himself in a tough fight. The fight sounds like it was closer then the scores show but Starks did box well and earn the hard fought win.
For a full recap compilation of the weekends action...

 

WEIGHTS FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Philip Williams 194.5 vs. Jordan Shimmell 195.5
Javontae Starks 149.5 vs. Jonathan Garcia 151
Weights courtesy of Robert Mckenzie at the scales
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Promotor: Warriors Boxing


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Williams left and Starks right - Photo by Robert Mckenzie

Phil "The Drill" Williams and Javontae Starks, both of Minneapolis, arrived in Chicago, Illinois yesterday and are set to weigh in this afternoon for tomorrow night's fights. Williams faces Jordan Shimmell and Starks takes on Puerto Rico's Jonathan Garcia.
MinnesotaBoxing.com correspondent Robert Mckenzie will be at weigh-in's at 4pm this afternoon and at the fights tomorrow night keeping us up to date. On fight night, doors open at 5:30 PM and the first fight is at 6:00 PM. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S Racine Avenue in Chicago. For more information and updates, visit www.warriorsboxing.com

 

WILLIAMS FACES SHIMMELL THIS FRIDAY IN CHICAGO
Monday, December 8, 2014

A crushing straight left to the body by Phil "The Drill" Williams (14-6-1, 13 KO's) in Hinckley last month put away Gary Tapuosa in the opening round. The sudden and quick ending came to no fault of Tapuosa but rather the freakish power Williams has been known to posses through his amateur and pro career.
And now, less then a month after his latest win, Williams will face one of the top rated cruiserweights in the Nation in Jordan Shimmell (17-0, 14 KO's) of Michigan. The fight is set for December 12 in Chicago, Illinois.
Williams discussed this Friday nights fight with Shimmell and also talked about wanting a Cruiserweight title showdown with state champ Al Sands...

 

SIR CERRESSO FORT BOXING AND FITNESS COMING SOON
Monday, December 1, 2014

"Sir" Cerresso Fort will be opening a new gym on the East side of Saint Paul in the coming new year. "Sir Cerresso Fort Boxing and Fitness" will be officially opening it's doors on February 1st, 2015 and is located at 1440 Arcade Street, St. Paul, MN. Fort recently brought amateur boxer Gizzy Hobbs to Saint Louis where Hobbs won the 132 pound "Best in the Midwest" title. As for Fort, the Saint Paul boxer is coming off of a second round TKO win over Jeremy Marts in October and hopes to be back in the ring ring as soon as possible. Stay tuned for updates on both the new gym and his return to action.

 

 

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