PRO 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
AND PHOTO'S: FULL HINKCLEY FIGHT CARD
November 26, 2014
caught all of the action from Friday, November 21st
at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN both on video and
by way of photo's. Catching all 8 bouts on film was
Minnesota journalist Ray Kilgore. You can find links
to the video and 200 image photo gallery below.
MN Fight Card Video...
Hinckley, MN Fight Photo Gallery...
RESULTS FROM HINCKLEY
November 22nd, 2014
Brant dropped Eric Draper multiple times as he improved
to 13-0 with a first round TKO win. Time of stoppage
was 1:30 of the first.
Rondale Hubbert stopped Jeremy Mclaurin at 2:03 of the
Phil Williams stopped Gary Tapuosa with a body shot
at 2:39 of the first round.
Antonio Johnson stopped Colby Courter at 1:45 of round
DeLorien Caraway won a 5 round UD over Guy Smith. Scores
read 50-44 on all three judges cards.
Markus Morris won a four round UD over Nick Compton.
Scores read 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.
Ramiro Hernandez stopped Trevor Marmon by TKO at 2:40
of the third round.
Joe Amouta won a four round decision over Deangelo Curtis.
Scores read 39-37,39-37, 39-37.
FROM HINCKLEY, MN
November 20, 2014
brant 161 vs Eric draper 160.5
hubbert 140 vs Jeremy mclaurin 139.5
(Mclaurin was over so camps agreed to meet at 140. Mclaurin's
first attempt was 141.5 but came back an hour later
Williams 194 vs Gary Tapusoa 196
Johnson 153.5 vs Colby Courter 153
Caraway 141.5 vs Guy Smith 142
(Smith was 143.5 but later made weight)
Morris 145.5 vs Nick Compton 151
( Compton was over the 147 limit so camps agreed on
151. Compton must be 157 or under at noon fight day)
Marmon 136 vs Ramiro Hernandez 131.5
(Marmon was .5 over contracted weight but made weight
Amouta 173 vs Deangelo Curtis 173
CASINO HINCKLEY BOXING THIS FRIDAY
NOVEMBER 19, 2014
Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota will be the place
to be this Friday night as 9 pro boxing bouts go down.
Robert "Bravo" Brant (12-0, 6 KO's) has fought
his way to main event status and is featured in the
nights final bout of the evening. Brant flew home from
Dallas, Texas on Monday where he spent his training
camp for this fight. Facing Brant will be 37 year old
Eric Draper (8-6-1, 3 KO's) of Indiana.
Phil "The Drill" Williams (13-6-2, 12 KO's)
was set to face Harley Kilfian in a long awaited and
interesting Cruiserweight bout. But Kilfian says an
unavoidable work conflict came up and had to pull out.
Matchmaker Cory Rapacz scrambled to find a replacement
and found one in tough MMA fighter and boxer (6-2-1,
5 KO's) Gary Tapuosa of Missouri. Should everything
go well for Williams, he is second in line to face Michigan's
Jordan Shimmell on December 12 in Chicago (read more
on that here...CLICK
In the biggest local rivalry bout of the evening, Minnesota
jr. welterweight champ Rondale Hubbert (7-0-1, 4 KO's)
battles Jeremy McLaurin (10-7-1, 5 KO's) in a 135 pound
bout. If you can make it to Thursday nights weigh in's,
you will most likely witness some heated words between
Saint Paul's Antonio Johnson (10-1-1, 5 KO's) returns
after over a year away from action as he faces Colby
Courter (6-4, 5 KO's) of Missouri. Johnson has been
vocal about facing the other top jr. middleweights in
the state and around the country. This bout will be
a good kick start to getting back into the spotlight.
Courter is a hard nosed come at you fighter that was
stopped by Jamal James last January.
In an interesting welterweight bout, Markus Morris (5-1,
3 KO's) of Duluth takes on Minnesota mixed martial artist
Nick Compton (1-1, boxing). Compton has shown well in
his 2 boxing bouts but is better known as one of the
state's top mma fighters. Morris, 24, has made a change
in gyms and will look to bounce back from his only defeat
26 year old DeLorien Caraway (3-0, 3 KO's) is looking
to win his fourth fight of 2014 against Nebraska's Guy
Smith Jr (2-1). Caraway, like Brant, has been getting
work out of state for this fight night. Caraway flew
back from Philadelphia last night.
Two Minneapolis area fighters duke it out when Uppercut
Gym's Joe Amouta (1-1, 1 KO) meets ACR's Deangelo Curtis
(1-0). Amouta is very fun to watch, having come from
slightly behind in his last bout to knock his favored
opponent out cold. Curtis is also a guy that is not
afraid to mix it up with anyone which makes this bout
almost a promise to be fun.
32 year old Trevor Marmon (1-2-1, 1 KO) needs a win
after dropping two straight and will try to do so against
Ramiro Hernandez (2-0, 2 KO's). Hernandez is from Ohio
but trains when he's in town at the White Bear Lake
Gym with Jesse Garza.
In what's being dubbed a "walk in" bout, Alvin
Varmall (5-0, 5 KO's) will take on Chester Burton (2-2,
1 KO) at around 7pm before the show starts. Varmall
is a Cruiserweight prospect fighting out of Louisiana.
Burton is a Missouri heavyweight who's faced decent
competition early in his career.
Duluth's Andy "Kaos" Kolle was forced off
the card due to injury a few weeks ago.
REPRESENTING TEAM USA IN KOREA
November 16, 2014
Henriksen of St. Louis Park will compete with the rest
of team USA's elite women boxers beginning tomorrow
at the World Championships in Korea. The competition
goes from November 16th through the 24th. Henriksen,
who will compete in the 178 pound division, says that
she has been with the National team since May and is
having a blast traveling and training with the team.
women's world championships happens every two years
and this will be my first time with the team competing
at this level" said Henriksen. "A lot of preparation
has lead me to Korea. Alonso Vazquez is my coach at
home and has been putting in hours with me at Uppercut
to get me ready. Caleb Truax and Rob Brant have both
given me rounds of sparring that have proven valuable.
I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and encouragement
I've received from so many people at home. This trip
has already been, and will continue to be an incredible
learning experience for me."
can read team USA's bio on Heidi here...
ROSE MAKES MMA DEBUT TONIGHT
November 16, 2014
known Minnesota amateur boxer Anthony Rose (pictured
above, left) of the Upper Cut Gym will make his MMA
debut tonight in Austin, MN. Rose takes on a tough opponent
in Adam Holzgrove in part of the Driller Promotins/Sterling
Entertainment Group's show title A-Town Throwdown IV.
Rose trains mixed martial arts at The Academy in Minneapolis.
TOPS ROBERTSON IN DULUTH
November 16, 2014
Perez (9-0, 6 KO's) won the vacant MN State bantamweight
title last night in Duluth when Antwan Robertson (10-10-1,
6 KO's) could not answer the bell to start the fourth.
Perez picked up right where he left off in there first
fight a few months ago in Hinckley. The three rounds
of action resembled the first meeting with Perez stalking
Robertson around the ring. Robertson proved hard to
hit again, but also threw very few shots of his own.
Things picked up a bit in the third round with Perez
throwing combinations and Robertson a few single shots.
Perez landed a hook to the eye near the end of round
three that seemed to bother Robertson as he went to
his corner. He remained on his stool as round four was
set to start and the first thought was that something
had happened to his eye. But Ifan Sport Networks Craig
Morrissey spoke to the ring physician and relayed to
Minnesotaboxing.com that Robertson told the doctor he
had thought he broke his hand and the fight was stopped.
Florida's Harold Calderon improved to (5-0) with a unanimous
decision victory over Damion Hill (3-7). Hill hung in
there tough until the end but Calderon's combination
punching and hard body shots broke Hill down throughout
WEIGH IN'S IN DULUTH
November 14, 2014
last nights weigh ins at Grandma's Sports Garden were
any indication as to how tonight's fight between Jonathan
Perez and Antwan Robertson will go, we will be in for
a battle. The battle of words began last night and almost
turned into punches. At the scales, Perez said Robertson
talks too much and that he was going to whoop him. Robertson
countered by claiming there last meeting in the ring
was nothing and that he has come to fight this time
around. Robertson said that Perez can't take what he's
bringing this time and added that he was bantamweight
champ once and he's going to do it again. Promoter Zach
Walters said that it was heated from the time each fighter
entered the room. Both fighters made the bantamweight
limit so the vacant state title remains up for grabs.
Damien "The Wolverine" Hill (3-6) of Crystal
taking on Florida's Harold Calderon also made weight
in the other featured pro card to go along with amateur
boxing. For those unable to make the trip to Duluth,
tune in to www.ifan.tv to catch the live stream.
ROBERTSON REMATCH NOVEMBER 14 IN DULUTH
November 3, 2014
"J-Blaze" Perez (8-0, 5 KO's) of Minneapolis
and Antwan "Lil Superman" Robertson (9-10-1,
6 KO's) of Saint Paul will square off for the vacant
MN State bantamweight title on November 14 at Grandma's
Sports Garden in Duluth, MN. The two fought this past
August in a 122 pound bout with Perez taking the win.
all know how Antwan does in rematches" said
Robertson's coach John Hoffman in reference to his rematch
victory against Brad Patraw. " We have plenty
of time to prepare and we plan on bringing that title
back home with us."
the victory in the first meeting, Perez's coach Adonis
Frazier says they are preparing for a more competitive
bout then the one fans saw in the first meeting.. "
This is boxing and we all know anything can happen.
So we are preparing for the best Antwan Robertson that
could possibly show up. We don't underestimate anyone.
We will do our job in the gym to prepare and plan on
taking care of business on November 14 in Duluth."
other professional bout of the evening sees local mixed
martial artist/boxer Damien "The Wolverine"
Hill (3-6) of Crystal taking on Florida's Harold Calderon
(4-0). Hill's losses have come to top notch competition
with names like Rob Brant, Corey Rodriguez, DeLorien
Caraway, Rondale Hubbert, and Ken Glenn which is proof
that Hill is not afraid to face anyone. And he's put
up a fight in each of those bouts. Calderon is a 5'10"
welterweight south paw originally from Honduras and
trains at the Circle of Discipline's gym in Florida
will also be 10 amateur bouts to start the night off.
Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketfly.com
JAMES BRING HOME VICTORIES
November 2, 2014
courtesy of Fightnews.com -
In non-televised undercard action (November 1st at the
UIC Pavillion in Chicago, Illinois), Caleb Truax (25-1-2,
15 KOs) Osseo, Minnesota, continued his winning
ways pounding out an 8th round TKO over the game Scott
Cujo Sigmon (24-6-1, 13 KOs) of Lynchburg,
Virginia in a scheduled ten round middleweight bout.
Truaxs blueprint was established early on, as
he effectively raked Sigmon with heavy hooks to the
body and solid right hands to the head. Sigmon fought
back gamely, however other than an occasional right
hand he was rarely in the fight. Truax continued committing
to the body, but heavy shots upstairs had the ringside
physician looking on with concern as round seven began.
Early in the round, the ringside physician was again
called up to inspect Sigmons eyes, with both appearing
cut and beginning to swell. Action was allowed to resume
however, and Truax resumed breaking down Sigmon, strafing
him with left hooks and straight right hands to the
head. After Sigmon was curiously deducted a point for
holding in round eight, the end came moments later when
Truax backed him up against the ropes and landed several
jarring combinations, prompting the referee to intervene.
Time of the stoppage was 1:42 of round eight.
James (15-0, 8 KOs) Minneapolis, Minnesota, seemed
on his way to a pedestrian points win over the game,
but limited Cameron Krael (6-7-2) Las Vegas, however
with a little over a minute scheduled in their eight
round welterweight contest, James uncorked a left hook
to the side of Krael which sunk the Vegas fighter down
to all fours, a look of anguish on his face, and unable
to continue. Time of the stoppage was 59 seconds of
FROM CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
courtesy of Judy Truax
Truax 166.5 vs. Scott Sigmon 160
Jamal James 145.5 vs. Cameron Kreal 147
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
TV: Showtime (Truax and James will not be televised)
IN THE NEWS FOLLOWING WIN
October 28, 2014
post fight interview with Al Sands following Saturday
nights victory over Andres Taylor...
FROM CARLTON, MN
October 27, 2014
Photo Courtesy of Mark Walters
"The Haitian Temptation" Sands (15-1, 13 KO's)
of Duluth picked up a nice win on Saturday night at
the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN over Andres Taylor
(21-7-2, 8 KO's). Sands controlled the better part of
the action but Taylor was game, scoring a flash knockdown
in the fourth. The biggest thing those in attendance
described regarding Sands' arsenal was a slightly different
looking jab and overall calmness in the ring that messed
with Taylor's timing and piled on points as the bout
unfolded. After ten rounds of action, all three judges
saw the bout in favor of Sands by scores of 97-92.
Ismail "The Sharp Shooter" Muwendo (16-0,
12 KO's) took out Lowell Brownfield (11-11-1, 4 KO's)
in the third round. Brownfield proved to be durable
but a knockdown followed by a barrage of punches forced
referee Mark Nelson to stop the action.
"Sir" Cerresso Fort (18-3-1, 12 KO's) of Saint
Paul stopped Jeremy Marts by way of third round knockout
in a middleweight bout.
Nate Rubin (1-0) of Thief River Falls defeated Wisconsin's
Erik Vo (0-1) by unanimous decision.
Rubin is a former amateur boxer who has also competed
in MMA. Vo is a Mixed Martial Artist who made his boxing
Ramiro Hernandez (2-0, 2 KO's) of Ohio stopped Anthony
Dunaski (0-4) of White Bear Lake in the first round.
The Jonathan Perez vs Robert DaLuz bout was scratched
prior to weigh ins when Perez was not able to make the
Full Report and Details to come...