DAMION HILL FIGHTS IN NY TONIGHT
March 28, 2015
: 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 KOs)
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...
17th HINCKLEY, MN SHOW UPDATE
March 23, 2015
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...
March 21, 2015
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.
FROM KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
March 20, 2015
Hubbert 137 lbs. vs. Gerardo Robles 136.4 lbs.
Holiday Inn, Coco Key Water Resort
Promoter: Damon Reed / Craig Cummings (Danger Fire Promotions)
ROBLES READY TO RUMBLE THIS SATURDAY
MARCH 19, 2015
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.
"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!"
read the full story...
IN PUNCHLAND - BY JAKE WEGNER
The Story of Forgotten Lightweight Great-Babe Daniels
MARCH 18, 2015
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
To read the story of Babe Daniels as told by Jake Wegner...
GYM'S 3RD ANNUAL "UNITE AND FIGHT" TONIGHT
MARCH 14, 2015
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.,
The Pioneer Press featured a story which includes many
more details on
Sgt. Gromek and tonights event. A You
can read that story here...
RODRIGUEZ ACCEPTED INTO GRAD SCHOOL
MARCH 14, 2015
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...
HEADLINES KICKBOXING/WRESTLING CHARITY SHOW TONIGHT
MARCH 14, 2015
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.
the compete line-up...
LITZAU IN ACTION TONIGHT
MARCH 13, 2015
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
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...
O'BRIEN INVITATIONAL, DULUTH, TOMORROW NIGHT
MARCH 12, 2015
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
BUTLER VICTORIOUS MOMENTS AGO ON SPIKE TV
FEBRUARY 27, 2015
"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.
BOXING IN THE NEWS
FEBRUARY 23, 2015
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...
BRANT PREPARING FOR TV BOUTS
FEBRUARY 18, 2015
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.
CERRESSO FORT BOXING AND FITNESS GRAND OPENING
FEBRUARY 7, 2015
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.
RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY, MN
FEBRUARY 6, 2015
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
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
PHOTO'S AND DETAILS TO COME
FROM HINCKLEY, MN
FEBRUARY 6, 2015
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
Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN
CARAWAY FEATURED TOMORROW NIGHT
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
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.
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
21 INTERVIEWS MARKUS MORRIS
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
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
Last time Morris fought in Hinckley, he beat Nick Compton
by unanimous decision to improve to 61 as a pro.
A win Friday would put him in line for a shot at the Minnesota
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...
BOXING RETURNS IN 2 WEEKS TO HINCKLEY
JANUARY 25, 2015
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.
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
USA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS UPDATE
JANUARY 24, 2015
Minnesota, image courtesy of Circle of Discipline
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...
AND STARKS CHICAGO FIGHT RECAP
DECEMBER 13, 2014
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
For a full recap compilation of the weekends action...
FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
December 11, 2014
Williams 194.5 vs. Jordan Shimmell 195.5
Javontae Starks 149.5 vs. Jonathan Garcia 151
Weights courtesy of Robert Mckenzie at the scales
UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Promotor: Warriors Boxing
FOR MORE PHOTO'S...
Williams left and Starks right - Photo
by Robert Mckenzie
"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
FACES SHIMMELL THIS FRIDAY IN CHICAGO
December 8, 2014
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...
CERRESSO FORT BOXING AND FITNESS COMING SOON
December 1, 2014
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