Minnesota State super lightweight champion Markus “Hooch” Morris (10-2, 6 KO’s) of Duluth, Minnesota will face Los Angeles, California’s Arnold Barboza Jr. (15-0, 5 KO’s) tomorrow night at the Mariott Events Center in Burbank, CA. The bout will be televised live on UniMas. Morris weighed in earlier tonight, coming in at 142.6 pounds while Barboza Jr. was 142.4. Morris has had a full training camp to prepare for the biggest fight of his career and says he plans to upset the hometown fighter Barboza Jr.
“I’m going into this fight as the underdog or a test for Arnold but I’m going to tell you like this, they picked the wrong one.”
Report By Ray Kilgore, Photo’s by Jesse Kelley at ringside
Delorien “Lord” Caraway (9-1, 5 KO’s) of Minneapolis, Mn defeated Jerome Rodriguez (7-7-3, 2 KO’s) of Allentown, Pennsylvania by unanimous decision in last Friday night’s main event at the Grand Casino in Hinkley, MN.
It was clear from round one that Rodriguez was going to have a long night dealing with Caraway’s speed and footwork.Caraway landed right hands to Rodriguez’s body and head, while feinting and mocking Rodriguez at times.But it wasn’t as if Rodriguez didn’t offer up a fight. In round two, he was able to stun Caraway with some good right hands and body blows.And several times throughout the fight, Caraway was forced to back up, circle and got hit with some clean head shots. But to Caraway’s credit, he never lost his focus as he circled and reset when he needed. Once Caraway established his ground by using his jabs, game plan of movement, and solid right hands to Rodriguez’s head and body, Caraway got the job done. The final scores read: 59-56, 58-56, 59-55.Continue reading “FRIDAY NIGHT RESULTS FROM THE GRAND CASINO HINCKLEY”→
7 professional boxing bouts are scheduled to take place this Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. With Robert Brand and Al Sands both falling off the show, it is a handful of Minnesota boxing’s next generation of up and comers that will be gunning for fight of the night honors.
DeLorien Caraway will box in his first main event against a tough Philadelphia fighter Jerome Rodriguez. Caraway is coming off the best win of his pro career last time out in Hinckley.
Ve Shawn Owens steps up against Romon Barber in a highly anticipated match. Barber has given many good fighters all they could handle.
RJ Laase says he is looking to get back on track following a war against Benito Tovar last year. Joe Amouta will try to continue his winning streak against one of Minnesota’s top MMA fighters Travis Perzynski.
Prospect Celso Ramirez takes on tough and determined Ryan Soft of South Dakota in another fun matchup.
Circle of discipline’s Richard Quinterio takes on Jeff Farmer and BJ Lacy of Minneapolis and Duluth’s Anthony Palmisano meet in a cruiserweight fight to start the nights action off.
Words from some of the combatants can be read below. The entire card and record details can be seen by CLICKING HERE
DeLorien Caraway sharing his thoughts on his opponent Jerome Rodriguez:He’s a tough Philly kid and we have history. We’ve been in the ring before but I vaguely remember the sparring session because it happened over two years ago. Like I told my team, I expect a fire fight. All in all, he’s a better opponent then my last one and I’m 100% prepared.Continue reading “LOCAL BOXERS PREPARED FOR FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS”→
DeLorien Caraway 147 vs. Jerome Rodriguez 146
VeShawn Owens 158 vs. Romon Barber 156.8
Joe Amouta 167.8 vs. Travis Perzynski 163.4
RJ Laase 146.6 vs. Jacob Fox 149.2
Celso Ramirez 152.8 vs. Ryan Soft 154.8
Tony Palmisano 198.8 vs. BJ Lacy 198.8
Richard Quinterio 134.6 vs. Jeff Farmer 134.4
Venue and Promoter: Grand Casino Hinckley, MN
Photo’s Courtesy of Jeremy Bjournberg, Todd Bechthold, Celso Ramirez
UPDATE: Al Sands has suffered an Achilles injury while training and announced on Thursday morning (April 13) that his NABA title bout on April 21 versus Brian Howard is now off. Sands says that he noticed swelling around his ankle following a weight lifting routine. A follow up visit to the doctor which included an MRI among other tests revealed that Sands has tendinitis in his achilles tendon. No word yet on what bout will take over the nights main event slot.
(Original story) “The Haitian Temptation” Al Sands (19-2, 7 KO’s) of Duluth, MN will battle Atlanta, Georgia’s Brian Howard (12-1, 9 KO’s) on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN in the night’s main even for the vacant WBA-NABA cruiserweight title.
Robert “Bravo” Brant was set to headline the show in the early stages of the card being put together. Brant explained that he wanted to take a tough fight to keep himself sharp and busy prior to a title fight he has locked in for later this fall. However, Brant’s team felt it was best not to risk injury on April 21st so he was pulled from the show weeks ago. Continue reading “SANDS BATTLES HOWARD FOR NABA TITLE APRIL 21”→