JAMES, ANTONIO JOHNSON, TONY LEE ALL VICTORIOUS Sunday,
June 28, 2015
was a winning weekend for three of Minnesota's recognized
boxers. Jamal "Shango" James (17-0, 9 KO's)
traveled to Pennsylvania to dominate Mike Balasi (10-7,
7 KO's) of Hawaii by way of unanimous decision.
"The Saint Paul Kid" Antonio Johnson (11-1-1,
6 KO's) won his BKB boxing debut in Las Vegas, Nevada
with a unanimous decision victory over Anthony Castellon
(11-0-1, 10 KO's) of Florida.
And Tony "2 Sharp" Lee (11-1-1, 3 KO's) was
victorious in Moundsview, MN against Chicago's Lionel
Jiminez (2-4, 6 KO's) by way of majority decision. Below
you will find a short recap of the action as well as
photo's and video from the Johnson and James bouts.
more details as well as photo's and full fight video
of Jamal James and Antonio Johnson...
NIGHT WEIGH-IN RESULTS Friday,
June 26, 2015
June 27, 2015 is another big night for Minnesota Boxing.
Minneapolis' Jamal James is set to headline a fight
card in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Saint Paul's Antonio
Johnson will be featured on BKB Boxing's Direct TV Pay
Per View show in Las Vegas, Nevada. And Saint Paul's
Tony Lee headlines a club show in Mounds View, MN.
Click here to find weights, photo's, and video from
all three locations....
JAMES HEADLINES FIGHT CARD THIS SATURDAY NIGHT Friday,
June 26, 2015
RELEASE: Bethlehem, PA - On Saturday, June 27, 2015,
King's Boxing will present a night of boxing at the
Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
In the main event, undefeated Welterweight Jamal James
will take on Mike Balasi in a bout scheduled for 8-rounds.
James of Minneapolis, Minnesota has a record of 16-0
with 9 knockouts. Balasi of Honolulum Hawaii has a record
of 10-6 with 7 knockouts and has fought top opposition...
JOHNSON FEATURED ON BKB PAY PER VIEW THIS SATURDAY Friday,
June 26, 2015
Paul's Antonio Johnson (11-1-1, 6 KOs) will weigh
in tonight for tomorrow nights fight against 21 year
old Anthony Castellon (11-0-1, 10 KOs) of Florida
in a junior middleweight match. The fight takes place
at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas,
Nevada and will be televised live on Direct TV Pay Per
View. BKB is similar to conventional boxing but features
a "pit" rather then a ring with ropes. The
pit is about half the size of a boxing ring and BKB's
website says there is knowhere to hide. Rounds are two
minutes long and there a bonuses to fighters for knockout
of the night/punch of the fight to promote more hard
SLAVIN MEET WITH LOST SON OF MN LEGEND JACKIE BURKE Friday,
May 29, 2015
1940's in Minnesota boxing was an intensely competitive
and exciting time period in state history. Few decades
ever compared with the amount of talent we had like
the red-hot 40's. Names like Jackie Graves, Del &
Glen Flanagan, Mel & Buzz Brown, George DeGidio,
Lee Savold, and Howard Bleyhl, graced the sports sections
on a regular basis. But so did one other name, that
being the pride and joy of Tommy O'Loughlin's stable,
Middleweight, Jackie Burke.
is pound for pound, one of the best pure boxers ever
to campaign out of Minnesota, I'd say quite possibly
top 10" said historian Jake Wegner.
Wegner says that he had been searching for Jackie's
son for close to 8 years, until he finally got his recent
break in May. Wegner and Minnesota Boxing Hall of Famer
Jerry Slavin, who was Burke's best friend and sparring
partner recently met with Burke's long lost son. To
STOPPED AT CONCLUSION OF 3RD IN PHILLY TONIGHT Friday,
May 29, 2015
Hubbert (10-2-1, 6 KO's) says he was stopped at the
end of round 3 moments ago in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
by Brandon Bennett (19-1, 8Ko's). Hubbert says that
he feels like he did well on short notice and learned
a lot, stating that he took away from the bout that
he believes he can compete on that level given a full
and healthy camp but that his body shut down due to
the quick weight cut. Full Video to come.
HUBBERT vs BRANDON BENNETT: WEIGHTS AND STORY Thursday,
May 28, 2015
WEIGHTS FROM PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA
Rondale Hubbert 138.7 vs Brandon Bennett
Venue: Stadium Holiday Inn, Philadelphia
Promoter: Kings Promotions
TV: Tape Delay at www.gfl.tv
State Jr. Welterweight champ Rondale "Give Em Hell"
Hubbert (10-1-1, 6 KO's) left for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
on Wednesday where he will face 27 year old Brandon
"Untouchable" Bennett (18-1, 7 Ko's) this
Friday night. Hubbert (above left) and Bennett weighed
in earlier tonight. Bennett was originally set to face
Alvaro Ortiz (7-2-1, 5 Ko's) but that fight fell through
and in stepped Hubbert on short notice. Friday's bout
will be at the Stadium Holiday Inn in Philly. The fight
will be available to watch at www.gfl.tv the following
Sunday (May 31st, 2015.) Below are a few words from
Hubbert in regards to the fight against Bennett.
was very short notice" said Hubbert when asked
when it was that he was offered the fight. "I
got the call on Monday and have been staying busy, trying
to live like a champion. I've done my sparring and roadwork
in my spare time before I got the fight and I feel like
I have a great 6 rounds in me. My opponent is a well
known prospect from Ohio. I think he's fast and has
nice combinations but he's also a super featherweight
so I'll be the bigger man. After losing my first fight
to Lalo Robles, I wanted an immediate rematch but that
probably won't happen so I want to continue to fight
the best fighters around 135 and show I can compete
with the best and that I can beat the best."
LEE HEADLINES JUNE 27 SHOW IN MOUNDS VIEW, MN Wednesday,
May 27, 2015
"2 Sharp" Lee (10-1-1, 3 KO's) will headline
a show at the ALLEGIANCE FITNESS CENTER in Mounds View,
MN on Saturday, June 27th, 2015. SO Fights presents
the show which is titled "Fight Club MN".
So Fights is planning to do a regular club show series
and this show kicks the series off. Lee will look at
this fight as a tune up, with rumors of a possible state
unification bout (135 pound and 140 pound titles) approaching
this fall between he and Rondale Hubbert. Also on this
show will be Trevor Marmon, Daniel Placeres, Nate Rosa,
John Moxey, Sirwan Ibrahim and more.
SEEKING FIGHT BEFORE CAMPAS SHOWDOWN Monday,
May 25, 2015
"The Bullet" Bonsante (33-12-3, 18 KO's) has
a fight set against Yory Boy Campas at the Butte Civic
Center in Montana on January 23, 2016. The fight has been
in the works for a while now and was originally proposed
to take place sooner then the set date. Both Bonsante
and Campas plan to take a bout before the fight, being
that it is so far out. Bonsante and his team have a list
of fighters including Butch Hajicek, Bruce Rumbolz, Ryan
Davis, or Steve Walker type of tough veteran's they are
seeking to face. He is trying to get on a local show taking
place this July. To read more on the Bonsante vs Campas
WEEKEND RESULTS Friday,
May 14, 2015
FORKS, ND FRIDAY NIGHT BOXING
Virgil Hill Jr. stopped Butch Hajicek in round two.
Nate Rubin vs Willshaun Boxley ended in a four round draw.
Jos Eichelberger won a split decision over Ken Glenn
Tommy Ray won a decision over Shaun Holiday
Kira Ollila and Kayla Brady fought to a draw
Ron Cruz stopped Starr Roberts in the opening round.
MMA FRIDAY NIGHT
Mike "The Marine" Richman lost a closely fought
decision to Eduardo Dantes on Spike TV. Dantes won the
first, Richman the second, and the third was an extremely
close round the judges ended up giving to Dantes, who
scored a take down but was out punched by Richman in
RICHMAN FEATURED ON SPIKE TV TONIGHT Friday,
May 14, 2015
in to spike tv tonight to watch Minnesota's Mike "The
Marine" Richman as he takes on Eduardo Dantes in
a Bellator title eliminator bout. Richman is considered
to be pound for pound one of the best punchers in the
world in mixed martial arts. The telecast begins at
8 pm and Richman's bout is the co-featured bout of the
night. Richman is pictured below, right, facing off
with Dantes at yesterday's weigh ins.
BOXLEY READY TO MAKE STATEMENT TONIGHT Friday,
May 14, 2015
River Falls, MN boxer Nate Rubin will take a big step
up in only his second fight as a pro later tonight in
Grand Forks, North Dakota. Rubin will face Willshaun
Boxley in a very interesting 4 round matchup. Rubin
brings an undefeated record of 2-0 to the ring and while
Boxley's record of (6-11-1, 4 KO's) may look unimpressive
at first glance, those that know or have seen Boxley
in action know that he is much more capable then the
numbers show. Boxley was a Twin Cities area amateur
standout that has fought almost exclusively short notice
bouts around the nation against bigger, undefeated prospects.
Boxley is now living in the Grand Forks area and looks
to get his career on track with a victory. But Rubin
had many big moments as an amateur as well and plans
to be the one with his hands raised and make a statement
at Boxley's expense...
FROM GRAND FORKS, NORTH DAKOTA Thursday,
May 14, 2015
Rubin, left, and Willshaun Boxley, right, after tonights
Hill Jr. 171 vs Butch Hajicek 171
Willshaun Boxley 140 vs. Nate Rubin 138
Ken Glenn 176 vs. Jos Eichelberger 176
Starr Roberts 161 vs. Ron Cruz 158
Tommy Ray 198.8 vs Shaun Holiday 198.8
Kira Ollila 153 vs. Kayla Brady 158
BATTLE IN GRAND FORKS FRIDAY NIGHT Wednesday,
May 13, 2015
group of Minnesotan's and Upper Midwest fighters will
be on display this Friday night in Grand Forks, North
Dakota. Virgil Hill Jr. will headline against "Mad
Dog" Butch Hajicek. Thief River Falls, Minnesotas
Nate Rubin will meet Willshaun Boxley of Grand Forks
(by way of Coon Rapids, MN) in what is the most interesting
all Minnesota bout on the card, in an undercard bout.
Mixed Martial Artist/Boxer Kenneth Glenn was a late
addition to the show.
To read Jack Sullivan's preview of the show...
IN ACTION TOMORROW NIGHTUPDATE Wednesday,
April 29, 2015
Wednesday night weigh-in Photo of Antwan Robertson
From the Winnipeg Sun Winnipeg - lightweight Kyle
Oliveira was hoping to go four rounds with Antwan Robertson
of Minnesota. But Robertson pulled the old Roberto Duran
'No Mas' routine and didn't come out for the second
hard body shots. I felt it in my hands, Oliveira
said. That's what did it. I was surprised. Every
night I like to go the distance. Fighting is what I
like to do, and I like to put on a show for the fans.
Star Roberts failed his pre fight medicals and was not
allowed to box in his bout.
year old "Lil Superman" Antwan Robertson (9-12-1,
6 KO's) has taken a last second fight in Canada which
takes place this Thursday night. The Minnesotan Robertson
will face Canadian Kyle Oliveira (0-1) at the Club Regent
Casino and Event Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Oliveira has an MMA background and seems very confident
if not a little cocky on his social media (Twitter)
page despite having lost his pro debut in sweeping fashion
to former stand out Canadian amateur boxer Alex Torres.
Oliveira posted the photo of Robertson above and captioned
it "Someone forgot to tell this man I'm a motherfu**in
MONSTER... Call the cops it's gonna be a homicide!".
Robertson will bring the experience of over 20 professional
bouts to the fight and it really depends on which Antwan
Robertson will show up that will most likely determine
the outcome. If the aggressive and motivated Robertson
shows up, then Oliveira will find him self in with a
skilled boxer and tough fight. Starr Roberts (0-6) of
Minneapolis will face Michael Brandon Affainie (1-0,
1 KO) of Canada and James Owens (5-19, 2 KO's) of Wisconsin
will face Canadian pro debuter Stephan Zea.
FEARTURED IN PENNSYLVANIA TONIGHTUPDATE Saturday,
April 25, 2015
Starks moved his record to (12-0, 7 KO's) moments ago
with an 8 round unanimous decision over Jeremiah Wiggins
(10-4-1, 5 KO's) at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester,
Pennsylvania. More details and words from Starks to
Javontae Starks will be fighting for win number 12 tonight
at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, Pennsylvania. Starks
(11-0, 7 KO's) will be looking to cap off what's already
been a huge month for Minnesota boxing as Rob Brant,
Ismail Muwendo, and Jamal James all picked up significant
wins last weekend. Caleb Truax put up a gutsy world
title challenge last night, and Starks will attempt
to do his part in putting a story book ending to the
month in his bout versus 33 year old Jeremiah Wiggins
(10-3-1, 5 KO's) of New Port News, Virginia...
STOPPED IN 12TH AGAINST JACOBS Friday,
April 24, 2015
Truax (25-2-2, 12 KO's) fought valiantly but ultimately
came up short in his world title bid against Daniel
Jacobs (29-1, 26 KO's) earlier tonight in Chicago Illinois.
The fight was stopped by the referee with Truax on his
feet along the ropes at 2:22 into the 12th and final
round. The opening four rounds were close with both
fighters landing consistently with solid jabs and occasional
shots. But neither fighter seemed ready to risk opening
up. The fight opened up in the fifth with Jacobs landing
hard head shots in the first half of the round and Truax
landing 5 consecutive straight rights in the closing
Jacobs took over in a big sixth round, leaving the Minnesotan
Truax stunned by the rounds end. The speed and power
of Jacobs were evident more and more in the 7th and
8th but Truax showed an iron jaw and heart as he stayed
in the fight and regrouped. The tenth round was a good
one for Truax. After taking some shots himself, Truax
stunned Jacobs with a hard uppercut to the head followed
by a straight right. Truax's success continued until
the end of the round.
Jacobs shook the punches off though and came back nicely
in the 11th and specifically the 12th and final round.
Jacobs hurt Truax on several occasions in the 12th but
Truax again refused to go down. Jacobs was awarded a
knockdown early when punches sent Truax back into the
ropes. Although Truax did not go down, referee Dave
Smith ruled that the ropes held Truax up. Jacobs was
landing some heavy shots as the bout was about to wind
down along the ropes. The referee Smith was close to
jumping in a few times and finally did so with Truax
hurt, but surviving on his feet along the ropes.
put up a tough fight against a world champ and showed
what he's made of. He never stopped competing and refused
to ever go down. Truax released the following statement
the morning after fight night.
" I didn't get the win last night, but I have no
regrets. I took no shortcuts in training camp and gave
it my all" said Truax. "Thank you to each
& every one of you who watched the fight, had me
in your thoughts or took time out to wish me well. I
appreciate all the love."
FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Thursday,
April 23, 2015
middleweight title bout
Caleb Truax 159.6 vs Daniel Jacobs 159.4
Truax and Jacobs exchanged words following weigh ins
as the two stood face to face. Truax says Jacobs told
him he's never seen anyone like him. Truax's response
to Jacobs was that he better be ready because he's got
got him. Tune in 9pm ET Friday night live on spike tv.
MAGE TV INTERVIEWS CALEB TRUAX Wednesday,
April 22, 2015
are two days out from "Golden" Caleb Truax's
WBA world title shot against Danny Jacobs which will
be televised on Spike TV. The Minnesota boxing community
and more will either be tuning in, or cheering Truax
on live at the UIC Pavilian in Chicago, Illinois this
Friday night. TEA MAGE TV (www.facebook.com/TeaMageProductions)
recently caught up with Truax to talk about the big
fight and more. You can watch the interview below...
MUWENDO PICK UP IMPORTANT ROAD WINS Monday,
April 20, 2015
"Shango" James (16-0, 9 KO's) and Ismail "The
Sharp Shooter" Muwendo (17-0, 12 KO's) both picked
up huge road wins on Saturday night. James stopped Daniel
Sostre in round number two in Pennsylvania while Muwendo
battled to a majority decision win over 8 rounds against
Rolando Chinea in Texas. For photo's and reports by
RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY, MN Friday,
April 17, 2015
results from Friday nights action at the Grand Casino
in Hinckley, MN
Van Goodman won by second round TKO victory over Brett
Murphy in the opening bout of the night. Goodman scored
three knockdowns in the fight before the stoppage came
at 1:38 of the second.
Abell won by third round TKO over Travis Fulton. Abell
twisted his foot in round two but fought three the round
with a limp. Abell, still hobbled by the foot injury,
landed a number of unanswered head shots in round three
and referee Gary Miezwa waived the fight off at :44
into the third. Abell was later taken to the hospital
by ambulance as his ankle was the size of a softball
and thought to be broken.
Lopez stopped Philip Adyaka at :58 into the second round.
Nice quick combos from both in the first, Lopez began
to land more after the first, and dropped a hard left
uppercut to the chin of the Minnesotan in the second
that dropped Adyaka and the fight was waived off.
Brant stopped Dionisio Miranda in the second round.
Brant was sharp, beating Miranda to the punch through
two rounds. Brant was teeing off in round two and dropped
Miranda near the ropes and putting an end to the action.
Barrosso dropped Ira Terry with a straight left to the
head that put Terry down and out for the count in the
closing moments of the first round. Barroso smiled throughout
the round as he systematically broke Terry down.
Miller stopped Ray Ochieng near the end of the first.
Miller took a while to let his punches go but when he
did, he put Ochieng down along the ropes where the bout
was stopped. Ochieng got up and protested the stoppage
Hogan won a unanimous decision over Tyrone Brunson in
the main event. Brunson was elusive in the beginning,
boxing well and winning rounds. He slowed however in
the later rounds and Hogan upped the pressure which
won him the fight.
FIGHT REPORT TO COME. TO SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY ...
MUWENDO MAKE WEIGHT Friday,
April 17, 2015
James 145.8 vs Daniel Sostre 144.5
Venue: Valley Forge Casino Resort, Valley Forge, PA
Muendo 134.4 vs. Rolando Chinea 134.2
(Muwendo weighed 146 a few hours after re-hydrating
Venue:University of Texas, Arlington, Texas
Live Stream: www.toprank.tv
FROM THE GRAND CASINO, HINCKLEY, MN Thursday,
April 16, 2015
Brant, left, stares down Dionisio Miranda at the scales
Thursday night in Hinckley
Hogan 153.5 vs. Tyrone Brunson 153
Barroso 135 vs. Ira Terry 130.5
Brant 161.5 vs. Dionisio Miranda 165
Miller 283.5 vs. Raymond Ochieng 244
Lopez 124 vs. Philip Adyaka 119.5
Abell 239.5 vs. Travis Fulton N
Goodman 299.5 vs. Brett Murphy 316.5
Greg Cohen Promotions in association with
Adam Wilcock's Fight Card Promotions
and produced by David Schuster's Winner Take All Productions
Grand Casino Hinckley, Hinckley, Minnesota
TV: CBS Sports Network (Cable TV)
FOR MORE PHOTO'S...
FIGHTS FOR MUWENDO, JAMES THIS SATURDAY NIGHT Wednesday,
April 15, 2015
based boxers Ismail "The Sharp Shooter" Muwendo
and Jamal "Shango" James both have major fights
this Saturday, April 18th, out of state. Muwendo heads
to Texas to battle 23 year old Rolando Chinea (10-0-1,
6 KO's) of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in an 8 round lightweight
bout. James is set to co-headline against Daniel Sostre
(13-10-1, 5KO's) of New York in a welterweight 10 rounder.
To read more and see camp photo's...
CASINO HINCKLEY BOXING UPDATE Monday,
April 13, 2015
APRIL 14, 2015: Canada's Tony Luis will be replaced
by Venezuela southpaw Ismael Barroso (17-0-2, 16 KO's)
on Friday night's CBS Sports televised boxing show in
Hinckley, MN. Barroso will face Ira Terry, who was to
be the opponent of Luis. Team Luis was contacted late
Monday night and offered a WBA Interim lightweight title
fight against English lightweight champion Derry Mathews
in Liverpool England and have decided to take that fight
have been a few late changes to this Friday's pro boxing
show taking place at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN.
Ramiro Hernandez (3-0, 3 KO's) of Ohio (training part
time at White Bear Boxing Gym) was forced to pull off
the card last week due to a shoulder injury. Hernandez
was also hampered by the flu virus last week as well.
With Hernandez out, Minnesota's Nate Rubin is left without
an opponent and will no longer be in action. Rubin (2-0,
1 KO) expressed his disappointment in the fight being
off but says that he could be fighting next month in
Stepping into the opened fight slot is "Minnesota
Ice" Joey Abell (29-8, 28 KO's) , who is on the
comeback trail after a short break away from the ring.
Abell, of Coon Rapids, has been rumored to be back training
hard over the last few months and will fight Travis
Fulton (22-38-1, 21 KO's) as part of Friday's undercard
in a heavyweight bout.
Minneapolis boxer Philip Adyaka (4-4, 2 KO's) has accepted
a tough fight against 24 year old Adam Lopez (10-0,
5 KO's) of Texas. Adyaka is coming into the bout riding
a 3 fight win streak while Lopez stopped an 11-0 fighter
in his last bout. Despite taking the fight on relatively
short notice, Adyaka says that he has been in the gym
and is prepared.
have been no changes to the other two fights involving
our states local fighters. Rob Brant (14-0, 8 KO's)
of Saint Paul is still set to take on Dionisio Miranda
(22-10-2, 19 KO's) in an 8 round televised middleweight
bout. Minneapolis heavyweight Van Goodman (3-5-2, 2
KO's) will meet Brett Murphy (Minneapolis, 1-0, 1 KO)
in a four rounder as we reported earlier.
Hogan meets Tyrone Brunson in the main televised bout
with the vacant WBA-NABA super welterweight title at
stake. Tony Luis meets former Jason Litzau victim Ira
Terry in a co-featured TV bout. New York heavyweight
Jarell Miller (11-0-1, 9 KO's) will box Raymond Ochieng
(26-18-3, 21 KO's). Ochieng was stopped by Minneapolis'
Aaron Green in 2013.
Greg Cohen of Cohen Promotions is the promoter of the
CBS Sports televised show, while local matchmaker Cory
Rapacz of North Dakota has taken care of putting much
of the card together.
You can look more into the fighters records and opponents
on the show by visiting the following link courtesy
BUSY IN AND OUT OF THE RING AS FIGHT NEARS Tuesday,
March 7, 2015
Caleb Truax's WBA title fight nears, the sparring and
work in the gym has intensified. But Truax has also
been busy outside of the ring, talking about the April
24th showdown against Daniel Jacobs with both local
and world wide media. For a list of links to those stories...
HILL FIGHTS IN NY TONIGHT Saturday,
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 Tuesday,
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...
WEEKEND RESULTS Saturday,
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 Friday
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 THURSDAY,
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 SATURDAY,
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 SATURDAY,
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 SATURDAY,
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 FRIDAY,
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 THURSDAY,
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 FRIDAY,
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 MONDAY,
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 WEDNESDAY,
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 SATURDAY,
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 FRIDAY,
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 FRIDAY,
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 THURSDAY,
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 THURSDAY,
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 SUNDAY,
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 SATURDAY,
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 SATURDAY,
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 Thursday,
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 Monday,
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 Monday,
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