BRANT DEFENDS TITLE AGAINST CARTER JR. ON JANUARY 20

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WBA-NABA Middleweight champion Robert “Bravo” Brant (21-0, 14 KO’s) of Oakdale, MN is scheduled to defend his title against George Carter Jr. (14-2-1, 7 KO’s) of Galesburg, Illinois on January 2oth, 2017 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The 26 year old WBA #4 rated Brant captured the belt last January with a highlight reel knockout of Decarlo Perez on Showtime. Carter Jr. will be returning to box at the Grand Casino for the 5th time when he meets Brant in the main event middleweight showdown.
Gizzy Hobbs, who trains out of Sir Cerresso Fort’s gym in Saint Paul, MN will be making his pro debut on the card as well as heavyweight Colton Warner of Apple Valley, MN. Fans can order tickets at the Grand Casino box office as well as ticketmaster.com or watch live at http://www.flosports.tv. The full card is close to being finalized and will be released shortly.

WILLIAMS-ZARZAR PLUS TRUAX ON JAN. 7

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The Minnesota state cruiserweight title fight between champion Phil “The Drill” Williams and Mengistu “The Dynamic Warrior” Zarzar was first set to take place on November 26th but Seconds Out Promotions released a statement saying that unforeseen circumstances had forced the show to be rescheduled for December 17th. But it turned out that the Minnesota State Combative Sports Commission will be short staffed on the 17th due to MMA shows going on that same night. So now, the anticipated meeting between Williams and Zarzar will take place on January 7th, 2017 at the Hyatt in downtown Minneapolis. Minnesota state middleweight champion “Golden” Caleb Truax has been added to the show as he boxes an opponent to be named. More on the rest of the card to come.

 

WARD, KOVALEV MEET IN SUPER FIGHT THIS SATURDAY

It’s a quiet weekend for the Minnesota boxing scene following last Saturday’s show in Carlton, MN.

Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports

However, local fight fans and the rest of the world awaits one of the most anticipated match ups in boxing as two of the best, Sergey Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KO’s) and Andre Ward (30-0, 15 KO’s) battle this Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. Up for grabs in this pay per view clash will be Kovalev’s WBA, WBO, and IBF Light Heavyweight titles.

“Very good fight. Best fight of boxing today” said Light Heavyweight legend Roy Jones Jr. on Fightnews.com. “I look forward to seeing it. To me it’s one of the best fights we had in boxing in years as far as guys being in their prime, being the two best in the division. That is just a great fight. A great fight for boxing.”

The odds makers are nearly split on who they think will be victorious when Kovalev and Ward finally do meet. Who do you think wins this classic between Kovalev the puncher and Ward the boxer? Find out this Saturday night.

LITZAU STOPS WILLIAMS IN CARLTON, MN

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Jason Litzau lands a right to the head of his opponent on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. Click image to enlarge

“The American Boy” Jason Litzau (30-3-1, 22 KO’s) of Saint Paul, MN stopped Lance Williams (7-6, 7 KO’s) of Muskatine, Iowa in the second round on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. The victory for Litzau came harder then expected after Williams dropped Litzau straight out of the gate with a right and left punch combination to the head. Litzau jumped back up and the two fighters traded shots before a hard straight right by Litzau to the face put Williams down to even the score later in the round. Both fighters rocked each other throughout the second round and Litzau dropped Williams again in round two with a left hook along the ropes. Williams  was able to fight on however and catch Litzau later with 4 clean head shots after Litzau dropped his hands, stuck his chin out, and handed Williams the free shots to show he was unfazed by the big punches. Litzau’s mouthpiece flew out at some point during the exchange and time was called by referee Mark Nelson. “The American Boy” then ran out of his corner after the fight resumed and landed a crushing left hook to the head of Williams that sent him back to the canvas where he was counted out at 2:34 of the second round.
A new Minnesota state super lightweight champion was crowned as Duluth, Minnesota’s Markus Morris (10-2, 6 KO’s) knocked out Jeremy McLaurin (11-10-1, 6 KO’s) of Saint Paul at 1:07 of the seventh round with a huge right hand to the head after trapping McLaurin along the ropes.

Al Sands (18-2, 17 KO’s) of Duluth, Minnesota dropped Dominique Alexander (26-18-2, 13 KO’s) of Topeka, Kansas four times before stopping him at 2:15 of the second round in a cruiserweight bout.

Gilbert Venegas (15-25-5, 8 KO’s) of East Moline, Illinois stunned Delorian Caraway (7-1, 5 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN by winning a heated majority decision with scores coming in at 57-57, 58-56, 58-56 over six rounds of welterweight action. The judges scored in favor of the aggressive hard shots of Venegas over the speedy counter punches from Caraway.

lightweight Ramiro Hernandez (8-0, 7 KO’s) of Cleveland, Ohio defeated Matt Murphy (1-7-1, 1 KO) of Saint Luis, Missouri following four action filled rounds. Hernandez looked sharp and Murphy again showed his willingness to trade with anyone. Scores read 40-35, 40-35, 39-46.

BJ Lacy (1-1, 1 KO) of Minneapolis, MN and Romondo Papsadora (2-3, 2 KO’s) exchanged punches in exciting fashion for much of there cruiserweight fight. Lacy had bloodied Papsadora’s nose by the third and the fight was stopped by referee Scott Erickson in round three after a hard jab from Lacy staggered Papsadora. The time of the stoppage was 2:46 of the 3rd round.

 

“THROWDOWN AT THE BEAR” PRO BOXING THIS SATURDAY

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Pro boxing returns to the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN this Saturday night. “The American Boy” Jason Litzau headines the card in his long awaited return to the ring. Jeremy Mclaurin and Markus Morris battle for the vacant jr. welterweight title. Al Sands meets 45 fight veteran Dominique Alexander. DeLorian Caraway battles Gilbert Venegas in what could be fight of the night. Ramiro Hernandez meets Matt Murphy in a lightweight bout. Romondo Papsadora and BJ Lacy kick off the action. Stay tuned for weigh in photo’s and fight coverage. If you can’t make it to the fights live, watch the action online by CLICKING HERE. For fighter backgrounds and card info visit Boxrec’s event page… CLICK HERE .