The pro boxing card scheduled to take place tomorrow night at Aldrich Arena in Saint Paul, MN has been postponed to Friday, May 5th, 2017. Promoter Seconds Out released the following statement regarding the cancellation last Tuesday.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances this weekends event at Aldrich Arena will be postponed to Friday May 05. The new venue will be Blaine Sports Center. All tickets purchased for this weekends event will be honored at the May 05 event. Any refunds will be issued over the next few days. Thanks for your support!”
Minnesota middleweight champion “Golden” Caleb Truax was set to headline the fight card and will now be the main event on the May 5th show in Blaine. Oklahoma’s Carson Jones along with Minnesotan’s Marty Lindquist, Uriel Lara, Jimmy Gomez, Nate Richardson, Oscar Soto, and Anthony Yost are the names given to be competing on the 5th as well.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin middleweight prospect Luis Arias (16-0, 8 KO’s) and Lynchburg, Virginia slugger Scott Sigmon (29-10-1, 16 KO’s) were going to battle in the co-feature but now the two will meet tomorrow night (March 31st) in Homestead, PA at the Carnegie Music Hall. Arias’ USBA middleweight title will still be on the line.
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 “SATURDAY NIGHT BLACK BEAR BOXING PREVIEW”→
Minneapolis’s Jonathan “J-Fuego” Perez (11-0, 6 KO’s) and Saint Paul’s “Bad” Brad Patraw (10-8, 5 KO’s) were set to face off for the MN State Featherweight title belt this Friday, April 23rd at EL Nuevo Rodeo Restaurant in Minneapolis. But a complicated surgery involving a family member forced Patraw off the card. Perez would have been attempting to become a two division State champ as he currently holds the 118 pound belt. After a few other bouts fell through afterwards, Perez will now face North Dakota’s Tomi Archambault (1-8, 1 KO) in a non-state title match. Archambault has had a tough streak on the road against good opposition since he upset Ronnie Peterson in Minneapolis in 2009 but says he is excited to be fighting in the Upper Midwest again against Perez.
“I’m just thankful for another chance to fight in the four corner circle and I am expecting a good night of Boxing. I Wish Perez the best, he is a champion and I only fight the best.
WBA-NABA middleweight champion Robert “Bravo” Brant (19-0, 12 KO’s) is three days away from stepping back into the ring at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Brant will box veteran Delray Raines (19-12-2, 14 KO’s) of Arkansas in this coming Friday’s main event bout with Brant’s title being on the line.
We last reported that Saint Paul’s Antonio Johnson was ready to box in the co-featured bout but he was forced to pull off the card two weeks ago following a training camp injury. The new MN state 154 pound champ Johnson suffered a scratch on his eyeball while sparring.
It was announced this week that Irish-Australian super welterweight Dennis Hogan (22-1-1, 7 KO’s) would be filling the vacant spot against Indiana’s Angel Hernandez (17-17, 13 KO’s). Minnesota fans have seen both fighters in action at Hinckley over the years. Hogan fought in a televised bout against Tyrone Brunson last April and Hernandez boxed Minnesota’s Jamal James in 2014.
In perhaps the most intriguing fight, record for record, Duluth’s Markus “Hooch” Morris (7-2, 4 KO’s) squares off against Wisconsin’s Mike Fowler (5-1, 2 KO’s) in a super lightweight match up. Morris is returning to Hinckley following a stoppage win over Patrick Cape last August.
Minnesotan’s Joey Abell and Javontae Starks along with Michigan’s Jordan Shimmell will be featured on Fox Sports 1’s live telecast on Tuesday, May 18th at The Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. The Tuesday night broadcast will be presented by Premier Boxing Championships in association with Seconds Out Promotions.
Heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (31-9, 29 KO’s) of Coon Rapids, MN will battle undefeated Florida resident John Wesley Nofire (19-0, 15 KO’s). For Abell, it will be a chance to take a big fight with plenty of time to prepare unlike many of his recent and short notice fights against good opposition. Nofire, who stands 6’6” has not been tested yet by a fighter like Abell and will be looking to do so in this co-featured bout.
Minneapolis welterweight Javontae Starks (13-1, 7 KO’s) will also be returning to action back home in Minnesota. Starks has been fighting on the road for 2 years now and will attempt to bounce back from his first defeat as a professional. Starks was the more skilled and polished fighter against Samuel Figueroa last October but let his gritty opponent outwork him at times which resulted in the decision loss. Starks will face Miami’s Yordenis Ugas (15-3, 7 KO’s). Like Starks, Ugas is a former amateur standout. The Cuban born Ugas was a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist that is also looking to get back in the win column following 2 recent defeats.
In the nights main event, Michigan cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (20-1, 16 KO’s) takes on undefeated Russian Murat Gassiev (22-0, 16 KO’s). To see the full card as it stands… CLICK HERE.