Heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell stopped Ray Ochieng at :21 seconds into the second round on Saturday night at the Blaine Sports Complex. Abell knocked Ochieng to the canvas with a straight left hand to the head near the end of the first round. Ochieng was probably saved by the bell in the first and still seemed unsteady as round two began. To his credit though, Ochieng came out swinging in the second. Abell’s left hand was too sharp however and another straight left to the head dropped Ochieng which resulted in referee Scott Erickson calling an end to the fight.
Ramon Luis Nicolas defeated Darnell Boone by way of 8 round unanimous decision in the featured undercard bout of the evening. The first half of the fight was a chess match but the action intensified by round six. Both fighters were on there toes, moving, and throwing heavy punches. Nicolas hurt Boone in the eighth and final round with a left hand to the head but he was unable to put Boone in serious trouble before the end of the fight.
Martez Williamson won a four round unanimous decision over Marty Lindquist. Irosvani Duvergel stopped Fred Thomas in round one. Uriel Lara stopped Desmond Johnson in round one.
More details and photo’s to come.
Joey Abell 257 vs. Raymond Ochieng 244
Ramon Luis Nicolas 178 vs. Darnell Boone 178
Marty Lindquist 189 vs. Martez Williamson 189
Livan Navarro 145 vs. Gilbert Venegas Sr. (Weigh’s in tomorrow)
Irosvani Duvergel 170.5 vs. Walt Cournoyer (Weigh’s in tomorrow)
Uriel Lara 152 vs. Desmond Johnson (147.6)
Heavyweights Joey Abell (32-9) of Coon Rapids, Minnesota and Raymond Ochieng (26-20) of Nairobi, Kenya (residing in Minneapolis) will meet in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds this Saturday night at the Blaine Sports Center (Sports Expo Building) in Blaine, Minnesota. The two heavyweights revealed that they have sparred once in the past and each is predicting a knockout victory on Saturday night. Abell trains at the ACR Gym in Coon Rapids while Ochieng has been busy at the Uppercut Gym in Minneapolis.
In his last bout, Abell scored an impressive TKO victory on May 5th, 2016 at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. “Minnesota Ice” battered then undefeated prospect Wes Nofire.
Ochieng picked up the biggest win of his career in 2014 when he knocked out former NABA heavyweight champion David Rodriguez.
WBA-NABA Middleweight champion Robert “Bravo” Brant improved his undefeated record to 22 wins with 15 knockouts last month at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Mn with a first round win over Alexis Hloros (18-6-1). Brant fought in the main event on January 20th, 2017 on a card that also saw 28 year old Minneapolis super lightweight Delorian Caraway (8-1) win a majority decision over Wisconsin’s Deonte Wilson (5-2).
Brant is currently the WBA’s number 3 ranked middleweight in the world and his promoter Greg Cohen told Minnesotaboxing.com that he expects notification from the WBA regarding a final eliminator.
” He has developed into one of the top middleweights in the world and I can’t wait for him to showcase his talents in a big fight” said Cohen. “In my heart of hearts I believe that Rob Brant will be the one to take away GGG’s (Gennady Golovkin) 0”
Minnesota based Seconds Out Promotions is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin promoting a professional boxing show at the Wisconsin Center. Ramon Luis Nicolas, Livan Navarro, Angelo Buchanan, Andre Sherard, Marcos Forestal and more are among the fighters being featured. You can watch the live streamed fights on Seconds out’s Facebook page… CLICK HERE
Lorenzi’s Boxing Gym is putting on an amateur boxing card in Duluth, Minnesota tonight. The full night of action can be viewed live on Lorenzi’s Facebook page… CLICK HERE