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.

 

“THE FINAL STEP” FOR BRANT ON APRIL 21

Photo courtesy of Greg Garbow/Garbow Imagery

World rated middleweight contender Robert “Bravo” Brant (22-0, 15 KO’s) returns to the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN on April 21, 2017. It’s being called “The final step” because the Minnesotan appears to have a major title fight lined up for later this fall.

“It’s unexpected news, but I’m happy to announce I’ll be returning to action on April 21st at my home base Grand Casino Hinckley!” said Brant.  “I was recently informed that I’m in line for a huge opportunity this fall but I don’t want to sit until then. I feel like I need to stay busy to be ready. My team supports my decision to fight 100% and in order to be ready for my shot in the fall I’ve directed them to find me an opponent that will be a test and prepare me for top competition and also give my Minnesota fans that have supported me throughout the years a great fight. We’ll be announcing my opponent next week.”

A full undercard will be announced next week.

CALEB TRUAX RETURNS PLUS ARIAS VS SIGMON ON APRIL 1

Caleb Truax lands an uppercut to Melvin Betancourt in February of 2016 in Carlton, MN

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (March 14, 2017) – Fight Club MN will feature the official Twin Cities return of “Golden” Caleb Truax (27-3-2, 17 KOs) as the Feature Bout of the Night, squaring off against Indianapolis’ Eric “The Juggernaut” Draper (8-8-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout.

Truax is finally making #TheReturn to his homeland where he has only fought once in the last three years, a 4th Round stoppage of veteran Melvin Betancourt in February of 2016 in Carlton, MN.

Local hero, Truax, was last in action in January (unfortunately an exhibition due to last minute medical clearance issues with his scheduled opponent) where he was still able to put on a skills exhibition in battering veteran Darnell Boone over 6 rounds of action. Previously, Truax disposed of Zach Kelley with an emphatic 2nd Round KO in Milwaukee last August. Continue reading “CALEB TRUAX RETURNS PLUS ARIAS VS SIGMON ON APRIL 1”