FRIDAY NIGHT RESULTS FROM THE GRAND CASINO HINCKLEY

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”

WEIGHTS FROM THE GRAND CASINO HINCKLEY

DeLorien Caraway 147 vs. Jerome Rodriguez 146
VeShawn Owens 158 vs. Romon Barber 156.8
Joe Amouta 167.8 vs. Travis Perzynski 163.4
RJ Laase 146.6 vs. Jacob Fox 149.2
Celso Ramirez 152.8 vs. Ryan Soft 154.8
Tony Palmisano 198.8 vs. BJ Lacy 198.8
Richard Quinterio 134.6 vs. Jeff Farmer 134.4

Venue and Promoter: Grand Casino Hinckley, MN
Photo’s Courtesy of Jeremy Bjournberg, Todd Bechthold, Celso Ramirez

SANDS BATTLES HOWARD FOR NABA TITLE APRIL 21

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”

ARIAS DEFEATS SIGMON, TRUAX BOUT ON THE HORIZON?

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 http://www.Boxingscene.com, 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 Minnesotaboxing.com 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!”

SATURDAY FIGHT CARD IN SAINT PAUL POSTPONED

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.