2003

MinnesotaBoxing.com is finally here!!

It took me a while to get this all together, but its finally up! As you can see there is still a lot of work to be done. My goal is to eventually provide a place to go to find out all the Minnesota boxing news, both professional and amateur. Most of my professional coverage can first be seen at Fightnews.com immediately following the shows. MinnesotaBoxing.com gives me a place to also include our amateur boxing scene to go along with the professional scene. This is a place for fighters, trainers, family, or fans to come and get the latest news. I am just getting this started, and need all the help I can get! If you have any info or can help in anyway please contact Jesse Kelley at Princenaseem13@yahoo.com.

Corn drops decision in Iowa

J.J. Corn (43-8-1) of Wisconsin lost a six round battle with James Crawford ( 37-6-2) of Grinnell, Iowa this past friday night at the Polk County Convention Complex in Des Moines, Iowa. Although Corn was shut out on all judges score cards (60-54) it turned out to be the best fight of the night. Both men landed some nice shots while taunting and clowing with each other. The other half of the co-feature had 6’9, 270 heavyweight Tye Fields of Des Moines, Iowa knocking out 7’1, 265 Julius Long at 1:11 of the third round. Fields fought here at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, Mn back in February of this year, embarrassing Minnesotan Brian Sargent by way of second round ko. 12/07/03

Litzau wins by tko!

Jason Litzau of St. Paul, MN knocked down Alexis Barcelay of Hialeah, Florida twice in round two enroute to a tko victory in St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands last night. The bout was supposed to be televised but never did end up being shown. With the win, Litzau moves his record to 6-0 with all wins coming by knockout. Barcelay, fighting for the first time since 1999 drops to 8-8. 12/06/03

A Tribute to Jack Purcell
From Fightnews.com

On Monday, December 1, tragedy struck the Fightnews.com family when Fightnews boxing writer Jack Purcell passed away at his home in Goose Creek S.C. of an apparent heart attack. Jack died in his sleep and the doctor said that he more than likely never felt a thing. He was just 48-years-old. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jack’s family and loved ones. To see a special tribute to Jack by “KO” Ken Caro click here

Jason Litzau on Espn again

Jason Litzau (5-0, 5 ko’s) of St.Paul, Minnesota will get his second Nationally televised shot in the ring as a professional this Friday, December 5. Litzau will be fighting on the undercard of the Courtney Burton and Francisco Lorenzo main event on Espn2 Friday night fights promoted by Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing in St.Thomas, Virgin Islands. Litzau already made a huge impression his first time on Espn2 back in September when he knocked out Rodney Jones (1-1-1) in the second round. Special thanks to Joke Jorgensloppy for this special news update.12/04/03

Kayongo wins in Indianapolis

Mohammed Kayongo picked up his eighth win last Tuesday at the Pepsi Coliseum in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kayongo beat Lester Yarbrough of Jackson,Tn. winning a four round unanimous decision. “Mohammed boxed really well” said trainer Tom Brunette. “He hits real hard, they had him wear bigger gloves so he just knocked this guy around the ring and won every round”.11/30/03

Golden Gloves show a success!

Last Saturdays amateur boxing show hosted by Brunette Boxing gym turned out to be very fun and entertaining! The fans in attendance were treated to 9 bouts in all and had the chance to meet Matt “The Predator” Vanda and Mohammed Kayongo for pictures and autographs. For fight results and pictures of the event click here.11/25/03

Kayongo Back in action next Tuesday

Five time African Champion Mohammed Kayongo returns to action this coming Tuesday, November 24 in Indianapolis, Indiana. “The African Express” already has a record of 7-0 with 6 knockouts in his short career as a pro. Kayongo says he doesnt know who his opponent will be Tuesday night, but is excited about staying busy and wants to put on a good show. If you still dont know who Mohammed Kayongo is stay tuned, I will be doing a feature story and interview soon! 11/20/03

Brunette Boxing Presents amateur boxing

Brunette Boxing Gymnasium will be hosting “A Fall Brawl-Golden Gloves Boxing” Saturday, November 22 beginning at 7:30 PM. Scheduled to box will be Brunettes own Ceasar Benavides, Delano Henton, Tony Lee, Ben Dayee, Sir Barnes, Nick Kendle, Dustin Martin and Hassan Wasswa. Also making guests appearances and signing autographs will be the East Sides own Matt “The Predator” Vanda and rising prospect Mohammed Kayongo. Prizes will be given out all night! Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Proceeds will help fund amateur boxing. 11/18/03

Tough-Guy Tournament in Fridley

ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH? ACR Boxing Club will be putting on another Tough Guy tournament at the Minnesota Sports Cafe in Fridley, MN November 21st and 22nd. There will be 5 weight classes, 140 and under, 141-160, 181-200 and 201+. Entry fees are $30 and 8 fighters will be taken for each weight class. Call John at the ACR Boxing club 763-712-5868 to enter or for more details.11/03/03

Vanda and Hurtado win at the Armory!

Unbeaten jr middleweight Matt Vanda of Saint Paul’s East Side improved his record to (29-0, 20 KOs) Friday night in St. Paul, MN by knocking out Wayne Boudreaux (28-26-1) of Marrero, LA in round four. Vanda looked very sharp and accurate with his punches, frustrating Boudreaux with good movement. Boudreaux was never intimidated by the busier Vanda and did show up to fight, but just couldn’t seem to put together much offence of his own, fighting defensively most of the fight. In other action, former WBA super lightweight champion Diobelys Hurtado (36-3-1, 24 KOs) made his debut as a full fledged Welterweight a successful one by knocking out Rudy Lovato (19-27). Also winning in impressive fashion was prospect Mohammed Kayongo of Kampala, Uganda now (7-0, 6 KOs) as he busted up and stopped tough Mark Norge of Pittsburgh, PA. Click here to READ MORE 10/18/03