MINNESOTA BOXING SCENE UPDATE

AUGUST 5TH OPPONENT NAMED FOR ROBERT BRANT
WBA-NABA middleweight champion Robert “Bravo” Brant (20-0, 13 KO’s) will box “The Irish Ghost” Chris Fitzpatrick of Cleveland, Ohio (15-4, 6 KO’s) on Friday, August 5th at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Brant’s bout will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Brant recently made National headlines for calling out WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders.

“GOLDEN” CALEB TRUAX RETURNS AUGUST 20
Minnesota middleweight champion Caleb Truax returns on August 20th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Truax is scheduled to face southpaw Joshua Okine (28-7-1, 17 KO’s) of Ghana in the co-featured bout of the evening. The main event features local Wisconsin middleweight prospect Luis Arias (15-0, 7 KO’s). Arias takes on Darryl Cunningham (33-8, 13 KO’s) of Detroit, Michigan.

PRO BOXING, AMATEUR BOXING, KICKBOXING, MMA AUGUST 26-27 IN MNPLS
A weekend of combat sports is set for the end of August at The Cabooze in Minneapolis. Pro boxing and kickboxing will kick things off on Friday, August 26th beginning at 5pm. Then on Saturday, August 27th, amateur boxing and MMA will take place in the afternoon. Two Saint Paul based boxers will duke it out for the vacant MN State featherweight title when “Bad” Brad Patraw (10-8, 5 KO’s) meets Philip Adyaka (5-7, 3 KO’s in a featured 8 round bout. Ismail “The Sharp Shooter” Muwendo (17-0, 12 KO’s) is set to return after an arm injury has left him sidelined for over a year. Muwendo is rumored to be facing Gilbert Venegas. Other boxing bouts include Ramiro Hernandez vs. Homar Rios and Vinny Downwind vs. John Schimon. Van Goodman is scheduled to fight an opponent to be named. More bouts to be announced shortly.

JASON LITZAU POISED FOR HOMECOMING BOUT LATER THIS YEAR
“The American Boy” Jason Litzau (29-3-1, 22 KO’s) is rumored to have signed a multi-fight deal with promoter Jim Loons and The Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Litzau is expected to box at the next scheduled show at the Casino which is November 12th although nothing official has been confirmed at this time. Litzau last boxed a year ago when he fought to a draw against Hylon Williams in a bout most believe he dominated.

JOEY ABELL HEALING WHILE BIG OFFERS COME IN
“Minnesota Ice” Joey Abell (32-9, 30 KO’s) suffered a rib injury in his big televised win over Wes Nofire last May in Carlton, MN. Abell is able to train now and is looking for a September return. Word is that some big fight offers have been offered to Abell after he knocked out Nofire.

TWO MORE SHOWS SET FOR SEPTEMBER 17 AND OCTOBER 1ST
PMG 360 Promotions and the Circle of Discipline will be holding a boxing event on September 17th at El Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant in Minneapolis. No bout has been officially released but the main event is a state title bout that you will not want to miss. More on that in the coming days. The Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN’s next scheduled fight card is set for October 1st. Stay tuned for updates on that one as well.

 

JAMES CONTINUES IMPRESSIVE RUN WITH LATEST VICTORY

Rising welterweight prospect Jamal “Shango” James (20-0, 9 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN won a hard fought 10 round split decision over Nigerian Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (26-3, 21 KO’s) on Saturday night in Birmingham, Alabama. James fought behind a missile like right hand and his jab also came into play throughout the fight. Omotoso was not able to match James’ boxing ability, but his straight forward aggression and less orthodox power punches made for many close rounds. The taller James boxed from the outside at times and also fought in close quarters where he ducked and weaved away from many of Omotoso’s shots.

James began the fight boxing well before being caught and dropped with a punch just behind the ear by Omotoso with 10 seconds remaining in the first round. James did not look hurt and continued comfortably to the bell. Despite the early knockdown, James stayed calm and outboxed his power punching opponent over the ensuing rounds. A strength of James that has stood out in the past is his ability to adapt and change strategies in a fight as needed. But Omotoso never changed his up so neither did James. Both boxers were highly conditioned and it turned out to be a good showing for both men. James seemed to control the action as a whole but it would be wrong not to give Omotoso credit for having a granite chin and a strong will to win. Each man did well in the 10th, just as they had done in the previous rounds but it was James that put a stamp on another big time fight as he dazed Omotoso in the closing moments of the fight. The two judges seeing the fight for James scored the bout 97-92, 96-94 while another had Omotoso on top 96-93.

JAMAL JAMES FIGHTS ON FS1, JULY 16TH

Minnesota state welterweight champion Jamal “Shango” James (19-0, 9 KO’s) will box hard hitting Nigerian Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (26-2, 21 KO’s) on July 16th in Birmingham, Alabama. The welterweight showdown between James and Omotoso will be one of the featured televised undercard fights to the WBC heavyweight title bout between Deontay Wilder and Chris Arreola. The PBC fight card will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Note: The fight was originally scheduled to be televised on Fox but has now been changed to Fox Sports 1. This was updated to show that change on July 1st, 1016.

OAKDALE SUMMERFEST BOXING THIS SATURDAY

“The Rice Street Rocker” Mike Evgen’s annual amateur boxing event at Oakdale, Minnesota’s Summerfest takes place this Saturday afternoon. The event honors Evgen’s long time friend Christine Pedro, who passed away after battling cancer. There are 10-12 matches set to take place with teams from all over the state set to compete.
The boxing show/fundraiser is free to the public although donations are being accepted which will go to help the fight against triple negative breast cancer.
The event begins on June 25th, 2016 at 1pm at Walton Park in Oakdale. 1564 Hadley Avenue North, Oakdale, MN.

NELSON SHOWS CHIN DURING TELEVISED BOUT

Referee Mark Nelson of Maplewood, MN brushed off an accidental punch while in the line of duty last night on an NBC televised fight card. Nelson was refereeing a bout between super middleweights Hugo Centeno Jr. and Maciej Sulecki when he was caught by a hard shot from Centeno Jr. after separating the fighters. Nelson’s ability to take what’s being called “the punch of the fight” had the announcers and viewers talking as he smiled off the incident afterwards, seemingly unfazed. The video can be seen below.

QUICK RESULTS FROM CARLTON, MN

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RJ Laase (left) and Benito Tovar in one of many exchanges Saturday night in Carlton, MN.

RJ Laase and Benito Tovar went toe to toe for 8 rounds last night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN and gave the fans an excellent main event bout. The judges saw it Tovar’s way by majority decion. Al Sands stopped Damon Reed in round three in the co-featured bout. Ryan Watson and Tommy Ray fought to a draw in a cruiserweight bout. Joe Amouta won a unanimous  decision over Adam Willis. Scores read 50-45 on all three scorecards. Markus Morris stopped Wayne Martell following the conclusion of round five. Aaron Ely stopped Winston Anderson in round one. Homar Rios won by second round TKO over Patrick Cape. Gavino Guaman won a four round unanimous decision over Philip Adyaka in the opening bout of the evening. More Photo’s and details to come.

WEIGHTS FROM THE BLACK BEAR CASINO – CARLTON, MN

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RJ Laase 146 vs. Benito Tovar 146.2
Al Sands 199 vs. Damon reed 195.2
Ryan Watson 199.6 vs. Tommy Ray 199.8
Joe Amouta 167.4 vs. Adam Willis ??
Markus Morris 146.2 vs. Wayne Martell 147.6
Winston Anderson 134.2 vs. Aaron Ely 134.8
Patrick Cape 139.6 vs. Homar Rios 136
Gavino Guaman 130 vs. Philip Adyaka 129.4

Venue: Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN
Promoter: Jim Loons Promotions

SATURDAY NIGHT BLACK BEAR BOXING PREVIEW

Professional boxing is set for this Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. The eight bout fight card features the comeback of Duluth, Minnesota super lightweight  RJ “T-Rex” Laase (12-2, 8 KO’s) as he faces Wisconsin State super welterweight champion Benito Tovar (7-2-4, 5 KO’s) in the eight round main event.  “The Haitian Temptation” Al Sands (16-2, 14 KO’s) of Duluth, Minnesota will clash with veteran “Dangerous” Damon Reed (48-18, 32 KO’s) of Topeka, Kansas in the co-featured cruiserweight bout which is also scheduled for eight rounds.

” I’m excited to be back. It’s been a long road to get to this point,” said Laase, who’s time in college has left him out of boxing for nearly two years. ” I’m very fortunate to be able to finally make my return to the ring so close to home. I haven’t fought this close to home since 2012 at The Wessman (Superior, WI). This fight has a lot of meaning to me. I’m matched up with a rugged, quality fighter who is coming to win. I expect to see the best out of  him as well as showcasing the best of myself. I’ve been in a continuous training regime for five months now so I’m confident in my conditioning and experience to prevail to victory on Saturday. I want to thank everyone who has been a part of making this happen. Todd Bechthold, Jim Loons, Cory Rapacz, Aaron Resburg, and my stablemates for putting the time in the gym to prepare for this fight. I look forward to hearing my hometown crowd once again!”

WBA NABA-US cruiserweight champion Al Sands is undefeated at Black Bear, winning all eight of his bouts inside the Casino’s Otter Creek Event Center. Sands says that he is focused on getting win number 9 at Black Bear and will be at his best when he meets his experienced opponent Reed. Continue reading