Heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (33-9, 31 KO’s) of Coon Rapids, MN stopped Raymond “King Kong” Ochieng (26-21-3, 21 KO’s) of Minneapolis, MN at :21 into round two on Saturday night at the Blaine Sports Complex in Blaine, MN. Abell knocked Ochieng to the canvas with a straight left hand shortly after round one began and then again just before the round ended. Ochieng was in serious trouble but was able to regroup between rounds. Ochieng came out swinging to start round two but Abell’s left hand was too sharp and powerful as another straight right to the head from the southpaw Abell put dropped Ochieng hard in a corner. Referee Scott Erickson stopped his count and waived the fight off :21 seconds into the second round. The 35 year old Abell’s career seems rejuvenated following his second consecutive TKO win. The pro Abell crowd had a reported attendance of 1,867. Continue reading ““MINNESOTA ICE” ABELL CHILLS OCHIENG IN BLAINE”
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)
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Venue: Sports Expo Building, Blaine, MN
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”
Rob Brant 158.2 lbs. vs. Alexis Hloros 160
WBA-NABA Middleweight Championship
Duarn Vue 128.6 lbs. vs. Lance Williams 130.8 lbs.
DeLorien Caraway 143.2 lbs. vs. Deonte Wilson 138.8 lbs.
Skender Halili 154 lbs. vs. Romon Barber 153.8 lbs.
Jose Homar Rios 133.8 lbs. vs. Matt Murphy 138.6 lbs.
Adrian Taylor 180.6 lbs. vs. Matt Chavez N/A
Venue: Grand Casino Hinckley, Hinckley, MN
Promoter: Greg Cohen Promotions
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”