Markus Morris, right, after weigh-in’s with his opponent Arnold Barboza Jr. The fight will be televised live on UniMas. Photo courtesy of Todd Bechthold at the scales.

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”


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”


Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Luis “Cuba” Arias (17-0) successfully defended his USBA Middleweight title

Arias lands a left hook to Scott Sigmon. Photo by Zach Taylor

against Virginia’s Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (29-11-1) last Friday night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to, Arias controlled the early going with his jab and outworked the always tough Sigmon over 10 solid rounds of action. Scores read 99-91 on all three scorecards.
Arias and Sigmon were set to box in a featured bout in Saint Paul this past Saturday until the show was postponed earlier last week.
Prior to the announcement of last weeks scheduled show, there was talks of Arias and “Golden” Caleb Truax using that show to be featured together on the same card with the hopes of setting up a fight between the two later this year. For the moment, it seems Truax and Arias are heading down different paths but Midwest fans are still hoping to see it’s two top middleweights meet in a future bout. Truax and Arias shared there thoughts with weeks ago on the the rumored showdown.

TRUAX: “There has been talk of putting Arias and myself together, so we will see how it shakes out.  We fought on the same card last August, and I remember him in a fight with Javontae Starks when they were just kids. Other than that, I haven’t seen much of him. I know he’s undefeated and hungry, so it will be a big challenge, but I’m up for anything. I hope it is a fight that can be made asap.”

ARIAS: “There have been some talks about Truax being a potential opponent of mine. As an undefeated champion, I’d treat him like the rest of them. Break him down and get him out of there. It’s a tough fight for him and they know it. Every time he has fought an undefeated guy or someone who can actually fight, he losses. If the fight happens or if it doesn’t, I will become a world champion. Let’s see how everything plays out. I’m always ready!”