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”
Osseo, Minnesota’s “Golden” Caleb Truax (27-3-2, 17 KOs) is set to battle Silver Spring, Maryland’s
Joshua Okine (29-7-1, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round co-main event bout this Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. It will be Minnesota’s first pro boxing show of the new year. The main event has Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-9-2, 14 KOs) of Minneapolis and Mengistu “The Dynamic Warrior” Zarzar of Brooklyn Park, MN fighting for the Minnesota State Cruiserweight championship that belongs to Williams.
Truax has faced former Olympians, former world champions, and challenged for a major world title to name a few of his highlights throughout his 9 year pro career. The Minnesota State Middleweight champion Truax says he envisions a big 2017 which starts for him this Saturday, January 7th.
“I’m excited to be fighting at home in Minneapolis for the first time in 3 years” said Truax. “The show looks to have some solid match ups between local guys and a few talented Seconds Out fighters from out of town. Joshua Okine looks to be a pretty durable and crafty southpaw, so I am preparing for a tough fight that may go the distance. I’m expecting to get some rounds in, but will obviously look for a KO if it presents itself.”
Continue reading “TRUAX KICKS OFF 2017 THIS SATURDAY NIGHT”
Mengistu “The Dynamic Warrior” Zarzar (6-0, 5 KO’s) will challenge Minnesota State Cruiserweight champion Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-9-2, 14 KO’s) in this Saturday night’s main event set to take place at the Hyatt in Minneapolis. Despite having less experience in the boxing ring then his opponent, Zarzar says he is ready to challenge the well known state champion Williams.
“I believe I can beat him, I know I can beat him. I’m not really mentally preparing for the fight because I know I have been ready all my life.”
To learn more about “The Dynamic Warrior” and hear what he has to say about this Saturday’s fight… CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW.
The Minnesota boxing community lost an icon on December 3rd, 2016 when boxing coach and mentor Emmett Yanez passed away while surrounded by family at the age of 96. Yanez was a World War 2 veteran who went on to become an important figure for many amateur boxers in Minnesota. WCCO’s Angela Davis featured Yanez in a story titled “Life Story: Emmett Yanez” which aired last Wednesday. You can watch and read more here… CLICK HERE.
Tomorrow night’s eight round Minnesota State jr. featherweight title fight between champion Vicente
Alfaro (7-4, 1 KO) of Northfield, MN and challenger Jonathan Perez (12-0, 7 KO’s) of Minnepolis, MN has all the potential to become a classic. The venue, El Rodeo Nuevo Restaurante in Minneapolis has the feel of a smaller version of a sold out Las Vegas arena. From the live national anthems and music, to the passionate and full boxing crowds. The atmosphere has been intense and exciting in each of the two recent shows held there. Add to that the heart, skill, and determination of these two fighters, and you are left with a show you won’t want to miss. Continue reading “ALFARO AND PEREZ READY FOR WAR TOMORROW NIGHT”