Minnesota’s Robert “Bravo” Brant (21-0, 14 KO’s) ranked in as ESPN’s top middleweight prospect to watch for in the world and number 12 overall following a successful 2016. Brant picked up 3 solid wins last year and is schedule to defend his WBA-NABA middleweight title at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN this Friday night against Mount Clemens, Michigan’s Alexis Hloros (18-5) in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Brant had spent most of training camp in Texas preparing to face George Carter Jr. (14-2-1, 7 KO’s) of Galesburg, Illinois but an arm injury brought Hloros in last week.
” When it comes to my current opponent (Hloros), I expect the best that he can give us on such short notice” said Brant. “He is a come forward, throw everything with bad intention style fighter, but within that has a lot of defensive holes that I plan to capitalize on. He has never been ten rounds before so I expect him to start fast and aggressive. As for Carter dropping out on short notice, I was prepared to fight whoever. I had five months between fights and had been training to both orthodox or southpaw. I was excited to fight someone who had been preparing so vigorously for me in particular, but glad to take on all challengers”. Continue reading “BRANT MAKES ESPN LIST HEADING INTO FRIDAY’S TITLE DEFENSE”→
Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-9-3, 14 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN retained his Minnesota State Cruiserweight title after he and challenger Mengistu “The Dynamic Warrior” Zarzar (6-0-1, 5 KO’s) fought to an eight round split draw on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis.
There was a lot of posturing and feinting but not a lot of punches thrown or landed by either of the southpaws throughout the eight rounds of action. Williams kept his hands low and waited to counter while Zarzar waited for openings to get close to the taller and longer Williams. When the two cruiserweights did throw punches, it was largely only after the ten second warning came to close out the rounds. Williams landed his jab more frequently then Zarzar but no damaging blows landed by either of the chiseled fighters. After the draw was announced, words were exchanged and Williams and Zarzar needed to be separated. Members of the crowd also stormed the ring although nothing of consequence followed before the ring was eventually cleared. Scores read 78-74 for Williams, 77-76 for Zarzar, and 76-76.
Caleb Truax (27-3, 17 KO’s) of Osseo, Minnesota and Darnell Boone (25-25, 12 KO’s) of Tampa Bay, Florida fought an eight round exhibition in the co-featured bout. Truax dropped Boone with a left-right to the head in round three. The action was good for an exhibition bout with neither fighter taking it easy but also not looking to knock the other out. Continue reading “RESULTS FROM MINNEAPOLIS”→
Caleb Truax’s scheduled opponent Joshua Okine has fallen through as well as a late replacement fighter for his bout tomorrow night in Minneapolis. Now, Truax will be facing respected Atlanta, Georgia native Darnell Boone (23-23-4, 12 KO’s) on the undercard to Phil Williams’ state title defense against Mengistu Zarzar. Okine fell off after the New Jersey State Commission would not accept an eye exam that was done with the understanding it would have cleared Okine.
Due to the short notice circumstances, the Truax-Boone fight will be an 8 round exhibition bout. Boone visited Minnesota last October to get in some sparring with Truax at the ACR Gym in Coon Rapids so the two are familiar with each other in the ring.
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Osseo, Minnesota’s “Golden” Caleb Truax (27-3-2, 17 KOs) is set to battle Silver Spring, Maryland’s Joshua Okine (29-7-1, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round co-main event bout this Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. It will be Minnesota’s first pro boxing show of the new year. The main event has Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-9-2, 14 KOs) of Minneapolis and Mengistu “The Dynamic Warrior” Zarzar of Brooklyn Park, MN fighting for the Minnesota State Cruiserweight championship that belongs to Williams.
Truax has faced former Olympians, former world champions, and challenged for a major world title to name a few of his highlights throughout his 9 year pro career. The Minnesota State Middleweight champion Truax says he envisions a big 2017 which starts for him this Saturday, January 7th.
“I’m excited to be fighting at home in Minneapolis for the first time in 3 years” said Truax. “The show looks to have some solid match ups between local guys and a few talented Seconds Out fighters from out of town. Joshua Okine looks to be a pretty durable and crafty southpaw, so I am preparing for a tough fight that may go the distance. I’m expecting to get some rounds in, but will obviously look for a KO if it presents itself.”