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Press Release for the Re-establishment of a
State Boxing Commission

State Representative Nora Slawik (DFL-Maplewood), State Senator Gary Kubley (DFL-Granite Falls), Attorney General Mike Hatch and members of the Minnesota Boxing Community announced legislation to re-establish a State Boxing Commission. To see the entire press release CLICK HERE. 12/31/05

Bonsante speaks about Brinkley loss, Commission and more!
By Jesse Kelley

Anthony Bonsante went from Contender villain to hero with boxing fans after his highly controversial decision loss to Jesse Brinkley last October in the pairs rematch. Bonsante seemed to outbox Brinkley throughout the bout to most observers that night but when the scores were announced it was Brinkley’s hands that were raised. Victory is sweet but for Bonsante, defeat may actually have proven sweeter in this case. Bonsante walked into the ring greeted with boos but left the arena to cheers that night. Bonsante says that the loss is really a victory to him.
With no definite fights lined up, the 35 year old Minnesotan says he has also been involved in the push for a Minnesota boxing commission. Bonsante sat down with us to discuss the Brinkley fight, what he knows about the proposed Minnesota commission, and also his possible plans for the near future. To read more CLICK HERE. 12/29/05

Bonsante speaks about Brinkley loss, Commission and more!
By Jesse Kelley

Anthony Bonsante went from Contender villain to hero with boxing fans after his highly controversial decision loss to Jesse Brinkley last October in the pairs rematch. Bonsante seemed to outbox Brinkley throughout the bout to most observers that night but when the scores were announced it was Brinkley’s hands that were raised. Victory is sweet but for Bonsante, defeat may actually have proven sweeter in this case. Bonsante walked into the ring greeted with boos but left the arena to cheers that night. Bonsante says that the loss is really a victory to him.
With no definite fights lined up, the 35 year old Minnesotan says he has also been involved in the push for a Minnesota boxing commission. Bonsante sat down with us to discuss the Brinkley fight, what he knows about the proposed Minnesota commission, and also his possible plans for the near future. To read more CLICK HERE. 12/29/05

Bonsante and Hajicek Sparring Video!
By Jesse Kelley

“Maddog” Butch Hajicek visited the Uppercut gym in Mpls to spar with Anthony Bonsante on Wednesday night. Hajicek is preparing for his fight with Chicago’s Macho Miguel Hernandez on January 6th in Illinois. Check back tomorrow to read interviews from both fighters. For the video CLICK HERE. 12/28/05

Hajicek Returns Jan. 6th!

“Maddog” Butch Hajicek will be fighting in Illinois on January 6th. Hajicek, who is coming off of a sixth round tko over Detroit Lakes Chris Holt on December 3rd will be facing Chicago’s Macho Miguel Hernandez. Hajicek picked up the Mn state middlweight title from Holt and Hernandez is the Illinois state champ. More to come.12/14/05

Boxing Returns to Saint Paul Jan. 19th!

Team Freedom will be promoting a boxing show at the Excel Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota on January 19th. On the card, Matt “The Predator” Vanda (34-1, 21 ko’s) returns to the ring for the first time since taking the IBA Americas Light Middleweight Title from Yory Boy Campas in Minneapolis back in June. Opponents are still being looked at but Marlon Thomas (35-6, 21 ko’s) of Detroit was one of the names that was given as a possibility. Rafael Pineda (38-6, 31 ko’s) will be back in action after a year and a half absence from the ring. Pineda last fought in May of 2004, losing a split decision to Zab Judah. According to Luis De Cubas of Team Freedom, Minnesota’s Anthony Bonsante has been offered a fight with Pineda. Heavyweight Michael Grant (41-3, 31 ko’s) will return to Minnesota to face an opponent tba. Grant won an 8 round unanimous decision over Marcus Mcgee last June in Minneapolis. Julio Cesar “BabyFace” Garcia (34-2, 27 ko’s) is set to defend his WBC Jr. Welterweight Youth title against an opponent to be named shortly. De Cubas also said that a bout between local favorites Zach Walters of Duluth, Mn (13-1, 10 ko’s) and Kenny Kost (10-1, 6 ko’s) of White Bear Lake, Mn will be featured on the card if both sides except the fight. Kost and Walters have both expressed interest in facing each other recently. I will keep you posted as I hear more. 12/12/05

Check out video clips from last weekends “Border Battle” show in Fargo!
Butch Hajicek takes title from Chris Holt
Andy Kolle defeats Kareem Chartrand

Moreno Goes For Title, A. Litzau Returns!

Minnesota state welterweight champ Jose Leo Moreno will challenge Mike Aranautis for his NABO title tonight in Florida! The card will be telvised on Telemundo but I am not positive Moreno’s fight will be on tv. Here are the weights from Fightnews.com-“Mighty Mike” Arnaoutis 140 vs. Jose Leo Moreno 138.
Allen Litzau returns to the ring for the first time since his fight with Darby Smart also tonight. Litzau (8-1, 4 KOs) will face Carlos Zambrano (8-13-1, 1 KO) in Texas on the undercard of the Rocky Juarez vs Reynaldo Antonio bout. 12/9/05

Quick Results From Fargo

The Minnesota state middleweight title switched hands last saturday as North Dakota’s Butch Hajicek stopped former champ Chris Holt in round six of a scheduled eight round bout. Holt was all energy and aggression from the very start of the bout which was effective at times but it left him open to hard counter shots from Hajicek. “Maddog” Butch took his time and found a home for the straight right all fight long. Holt was dropped on several occassions but always managed to get back up and fight on. After a final knockdown in the sixth, the referee stopped the bout. In the nights semi-main event, NDSU’s Andy Kolle found himself in quite a war with Canadian Kareem Chartrand. Chartrand was always coming foreward and was able to land hard shots to the head of Kolle. They came one at a time for the most part. Kolle landed the better combinations and really started to take over in the final two rounds as he busted up Chartrand. Both fighters were hurt of different occassions and the heart of both fighters showed as both stood for the final bell. Kolle won by UD, scores were 58-56, and 59- 55 twice. Jason Aaker was shocked by a slick Marcus Jones by first round ko. Aaker looked good at the start as he took his time and was starting to find Jones more and more. Jones was moving alot and firing quick shots. Jones landed a hard right to the head that staggered Aaker. Two more right put Aaker down. Aaker tried hard to get up but could not make it by the count of 10. Darby Smart crushed Randy Boleski by second round Ko. Sean Hickman looked sharp tko’ing Monte Fasset in the first round. Travis McCullough tkoed Dion Sgro in the first. Tyler Gould tkoed Ryan Gronvold in the first. And Jesse Barbot stopped Yancy Cueller in the fourth round. More indepth report and much more coming soon. 12/5/05

Litzau dominates Munguia!
From FightNews By Ryan Mickendrow at ringside

Featherweight contender Jason Litzau pounded out a lopsided ten round unanimous decision over durable Miguel Munguia Wednesday night at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ. Litzau landed the harder shots in a workmanlike performance that netted him a 99-90, 99-91, 99-91 victory which brought his record to 16-0 with 14 KO’s. Munguia fell to 15-5-1 with 13 KO’s.

Litzau Headlines in New Jersey!
By Jesse Kelley

Featherweight Jason Litzau (15-0, 14 KOs) of Saint Paul, Mn will headline against Mexico’s Miguel Munguia (15-4-1,13KOs) on November 30th at New Jersey’s Schuetzen Park in North Bergen. The twenty two year old Litzau was signed by promoter Main Events last July following his exciting split decision victory over former Olympian John Nolasko on Espn2. The bout featured many good exchanges which left both fighters dazed on different occasions. Litzau had to raise himself off the canvas in round seven but went on to finish the final rounds strong, securing the victory. Litzau, now ranked #7 by the NABF and #5 USBA, is ready to face his next test which comes by the name of Miguel Munguia. Munguia, of Mexico City, Mexico has been sparring with world champion Rafael Marquez in preparation for the bout and will no doubt be looking to upset the favored prospect.
Click here to Read More

Minnesota Boxing Update

Things have been kind of slow in the Minnesota boxing scene as of late. “Rumors” might be a better word for this “update”! First off, here are some late results from last weekends Pro boxing show that took place in Red Lake, Mn on Nov. 19th. In the nights main event, James Wayka dropped former Mohammed Kayongo victim Jerome Elder of Illinois once enroute to a six round unanimous decision victory. Elder ran and clowned for much of the fight, which drew boos from the crowd. NDSU’s Andy Kolle destroyed Canada’s John Mclean in the first round, dropping the usually durable Mclean twice. Powerhouse heavyweight Joey Abell made short work of Canada’s Marcelo Araveno. Araveno tasted the canvas twice before the bout was over. “The Swinging Swede” Matt Anderson had a fun night outboxing Larry Funmaker for four rounds.
Word is that Minnesota state welterweight champ Jose Leo Moreno could be fighting for a title come November 9th. Moreno is seriously considering taking a fight with NABO jr welterweight champ Mike Arnautis in Florida. I will be looking into more details shortly.
Jason Litzau has been training at Buddy Mcgirt’s gym in Florida and will now be heading out to New Jersey in preparation for his match against tough mexican Miguel Munguia. The bout will be the “main event” of the Main Event’s promotion on November 30th. I just interviewed Litzau and should have the story up in the next day or so.
A pro card is rumored to be in the works for the new year here in Minnesota. Names being mentioned to be featured are Matt Vanda and Zach Walters. I have also heard that Shobox could be involved. Again, I dont usually like to print rumors but this could be big! I am in the process of obtaining details and will keep you updated. 11/25/05

MMA Minnesota Report!

MinnesotaBoxing.com will now be covering the Mixed martial arts scene here in Minnesota. Please visit the “MMA” link above for news, stories and much more! Or click here

Minnesota Boxing Buzz

“Rage in the Ring” Nov. 19th in Red Lake Update. The Seven Clans Casino in Red Lake, MN will feature a pro boxing card on November 19th. James Wayka, Joey Abell, Matt Anderson and ZachWalters are set to fight as of right now. Walters is set to face Jeff Brownfield from Omaha, Nebraska (9-4, 4 ko’s). More to come.
“Border Battle at the Civic Center” Dec. 3rd in Fargo Update. Chris Holt will defend his MN State middleweight belt against Butch Hajicek on December 3rd in Fargo, North Dakota. Also being featured on the card will be Jason Aaker, Andy Kolle, Kenny Kost and Darby Smart plus five other bouts. More to come on this show as well.
Main Events presents “Back to the Future”

Jason “American Boy” Litzau will be headlining a card in New Jersey as he faces Miguel Munguia from Mexico City on November 30th.
Allen “American Boy” Litzau will be returning to the ring as well on Friday, December 9th at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. Litzau will box Carlos Zambrano- Source “www.theamericanboys.com “.
Omaha, Nebraska, but semi-adopted Minnesota fighter Grover Wiley is coming off the biggest win of his career against Julio Cesar Chavez on Sept 17th in Arizona. Immediately following the bout Wiley was offered a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. According to Wiley the Chavez camp is now claiming on their website that Wiley is unable to make weight for the fight and they need to find a new opponent. However, Wiley says that he never said this and can even fight at a lower weight then the 140 that was agreed on. I will be interviewing Wiley on the situation shortly.

Bonsante Loses On Espn

Tony Bonsante lost a 5 round unanimous decision to Jesse Brinkley last Saturday night on Espn. Bonsante seemed to sweep all five rounds boxing behind a solid jab and outworking Brinkley to everybody but the three judges scoring the fight (Raul Caiz 49-46, Julie Lederman and Fritz Warren 48-47). Regardless of the foul decision, the solid showing from Bonsante should open doors for more fights down the road. 10/17/05

Litzau Returns November 30th!
From Fightnews

On November 30, New Jersey boxing promoter Main Events brings professional boxing back to northern New Jersey for the first of a series of planned boxing events at North Bergen’s Schuetzen Park, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Unbeaten featherweight Jason Litzau (15-0, 14 KO’s) will headline six-bout fight card. Also scheduled for action are welterweight Henry Crawford (7-0-1, 2 KO’s), super middleweight Wayne Johnsen (9-0, 5 KO’s), light heavy Bobby Rooney (5-1, 3 KO’s) and Noriko Kariya (3-0), sister of former New Jersey Devils star Steve Kariya. Tickets, priced at $150, $50, and $25, can be purchased by calling 973-893-9100. The $150 VIP ticket entitles the owner to a dinner, drinks, and a “Meet and Greet” with boxing celebrities in attendance. 10/17/05

Bonsante Seeks Redemption Against Brinkley
By Jesse Kelley

This Saturday, October 15th, Anthony Bonsante will face Jesse Brinkley in a rematch on “The Contender” show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The two first met in May of 2004 as part of the first season of The Contender. Bonsante fought a very aggressive fight and was ahead on all judges score cards through four rounds. Bonsante’s aggression would cost him in the final round however as he left himself open for a perfectly timed punch that sent him to the canvas. Incredibly, he rose to his feet but was in no condition to be allowed to continue. Bonsante says that Saturday will not only be a chance to prove he still can box with the top guys out there, but also a chance to right where he went wrong in the first fight with Brinkley. READ MORE 10/14/05

Fighters Wanted for Wisconsin Show on November 12th

Promoter Gary Pliner of Battle Promotions plans to bring professional boxing back to Milwaukee, WI after a three-year absence in the beer city. Pliner will stage a Pro/Am show featuring six amateur bouts along with six professional contests at the United Community Center in Milwaukee on Saturday night November 12th. Boxers scheduled on the event include;
1) Kendall Gould, Milwaukee, WI record 7-6, 160 lb. vs. TBA six rounds
2) Frank LaBuguen, Janesville, WI record 7-1 147 lb. vs TBA four rounds
3) Joe Davis, Janesville, WI 160 lb. professional debut vs.TBA four rounds
4) Mike Gonzalez 2-0, Milwaukee, WI 2-0 vs. TBA four rounds
5) Skyler Thompson, Rockford, IL 160 lb. 1-0 vs. TBA four rounds

For any questions regarding this event or to possibly get a boxer on the show please contact Gary Pliner at (608) 758-0320.

MNBoxing.com Catches Up With Yuri Foreman!
By Tim Hocking

Yuri Foreman, a product of the former Soviet Union by way of Israel, arrived in the United States in 1999. He settled in Brooklyn New York and immediately found a home at the world famous Gleason’s Gym. In 2001 Yuri won the New York Golden Gloves and turned pro in 2002. Since turning pro, Yuri has gone 18-0 (7ko’s) and most recently headlined Showtime’s Shobox series last May. MinnesotaBoxing.com caught up with Yuri to get his thoughts on his upcoming bout with Minnesota’s Troy Lowry on October 21st in Hollywood, FL on the undercard of Warrior Boxing’s PPV return of David “The Tuaman” Tua. READ MORE

By: Ramon Hough

More than one week ago, “Jungleboy” Zach Walters successfully defended his Minnesota light-heavyweight title against Boyd “Peek-a-Boo” Davis at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth, Minnesota. With the unanimous decision win, the 24-year-old Walters improved his record to 13-1, 10 KO’s. We caught up with Walters between his classes at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and training with Buddy McGirt and Chuck “Sharky” Horton.To read about the Davis fight, his critics and what might be on tap for him in the near future CLICK HERE.

Walters Decisions Davis at the Decc!
By Jesse Kelley and Miranda Sannes

“JungleBoy” Zach Walters retained his Minnesota State lightheavyweight title in Duluth last Saturday with an entertaining unanimous decision victory over Anoka, Minnesota’s Boyd Davis. Walters kept the pressure on “Peek-A-Boo” Davis, outworking the slick 37 year old fighter for the better part of eight rounds. Walters saved his best for the final round as he rocked his opponent on several occasions. Davis was barely able to make it to the final bell but to his credit showed a very good chin in the final minutes. Walters won by scored of 79-73 on all scorecards. READ MORE. 9/13/05

Ledoux Plans Last Ring Return, Talks of New Commission!
By Jesse Kelley

On October 12, 2005 at Gabbys Resturant in NE Minneapolis, Former heavyweight fighter Scott Ledoux will participate in his last public sparring session. Ledoux will be putting on an exhibition match with 2004 National Golden Gloves champion Raphael Butler of Rochester, Mn in what Ledoux calls his farewell fight.
On another positive note, it looks like a boxing commission may be forming in Minnesota as early as January of 2006. Ledoux has been talking to the goveners office and working out details with the state representative to form a boxing commission in the state of Minnesota. READ MORE. 9/9/05

Mark Nelson To Officiate Another Title Bout!

This Saturday Mark Nelson will referee his 29th world title fight between Joe Calzaghe and Evans Ashira in Cardiff Wales. The winner will fight Jeff Lacey for a unification bout. 9/9/05

Truth in Duluth II Pro Boxing Returns to the DECC

On Saturday, September 10th, KIA of Duluth, Fond-Du-Luth Casino, and Horton’s Gym present a night of professional boxing at the DECC Auditorium in Duluth. Minnesota Light Heavyweight Champion Zach
“Jungle Boy” Walters will be defending his title against Boyd Davis in the main event. Stablemate Andy “Kaos” Kolle will also be featured in a six round bout. The six bout show will begin at 7:00 PM. VIP and reserved seating is sold out. $25 general admission seats can be purchased by calling the DECC ticket office at 218-727-4344,KIA of Duluth at 218-722 5442,
or Fond-Du-Luth Casino at 218-722-0280.

Vanda Puts A Stake in the Ground with IBA Americas Title!
By Tim Hocking
Photos By Mathew Rayburn

Minnesota junior middleweight prospect Matt “The Predator” Vanda (34-1, 21KO’s) is coming off of the biggest win of his professional career, a 12 round split decision over Ramon Luis “Yory Boy” Campas (86-8, 70KO’s). The win put a stake in the ground for Vanda as he is now the IBA Americas junior middleweight champion. Vanda proved the boxing world wrong as most writers predicted a Campas victory by KO. Vanda now is preparing to leave for camp in a few weeks as he gets ready to make his first IBA Americas title defense while continuing to prepare himself for bigger fights down the road.
For full story plus huge Vanda-Campas photo gallery from Matt Rayburn CLICK HERE

Results From Thief River Falls!
By Jesse Kelley

The Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, Mn hosted a night of boxing last Saturday night.
In the nights main event, Canada’s middleweight champion Larry “Razor” Sharpe 170 (12-2-1) beat John Mclean 175 (1-9-3) by a six round unanimous decision.
James Wayka 147 (13-4) looked sensational in his bout against the game Scott Ball 149 ( 7-0) of Rochester, Mn in an exhibition bout. Minnesota’s Raphael Butler, Dave Peterson and Kyle Jenson were also victorious. For the full report and results CLICK HERE. 8/29/05

Bonsante To Face Brinkley On Espn!

Shakopee’s Middlewight Anthony Bonsante will face Jesse Brinkley on October 15th live on Espn. Bonsante and Brinkley were both on the first season of NBC’s reality boxing show The Contender. 8/18/05

Minnesota’s middleweight state champ Chris Holt (12-4)of Detroit Lakes will be boxing Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward (4-0) this Thursday August 18th in San Jose, California on Fox Sports Net.
Jason Litzau has signed a 4 year promotional contract with Main Events. . Main Events plans on bringing TV cards to Mn featuring Litzau! Jason will be fighting on the undercard of Arturo Gatti’s next HBO fight in January. – Source: www.TheAmericanBoys.com
The next “TUFF-GUY” Tournament will be Aug. 19th & 20TH at Cr Billiards in Coon Rapids. To enter call John at 612-432-4531.

Two new gyms have recently opened in Minnesota. Gorilla Combat Sports
located in Chanhassen teaches Boxing, Muay Thai Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Hagana Tactics. Also, The new ACR boxing gym has now opened in Coon Rapids. For locations and numbers check out the “MN Gyms” link at the top of this page.

Litzau, Kost Win Tough Split Decisions!
Reports from Fightnews.com

Kost Tops Hernandez!
By Robert Hoffman and Jacob Chavez at ringsideMiddleweight Kenny Kost (9-1, 5 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten round split decision over hometown hero Miguel “Macho” Hernandez (16-3, 9 KOs). Scores were 97-93, 97-93 Kost, 96-94 for Hernandez. More to come.

After the bout I contacted Kost to talk about what had just happened..
“He was a shorter stalkier guy so I pretty much just kept my jab on him.” Said Kost. “He was shorter and tried to get underneath my punches to land haymaker rights and lefts but he wasnt landing much. A few here and there but i pretty much just out jabbed him all night. It was a close fight, I just tried to take it round by round and thats the way it went. He would try to pull it out in the last seconds of the round but we definetly thought we pulled out the fight.”

Litzau wins in thriller!
By Ralph Gonzalez and Lee Bates at ringside
His kayo streak ended at fourteen, but super featherweight Jason Litzau scored the most impressive win of his career with a gutsy ten round split decision over John Nolasco Friday night at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California. Nolasco (15-4-4, 6 KOs) dropped “The American Boy” (15-0, 14 KOs) hard with a left hook in round seven, but Litzau was able to recover in a slow round eight and had Nolasco hurt in rounds nine and ten to squeak out the win. Scores were 95-94, 95-94 Litzau, 95-94 Nolasco.More to come 7/15/05

Litzau: Proving them wrong!
By Ramon Hough

Unbeaten super featherweight Jason Litzau has never been one to let people’s negative opinions hold him back. Litzau, who has built a record of 14-0, with 14 knockouts, still deals with people underestimating him. “Without a doubt, there’s a stigma,” says Litzau’s trainer/manager Bob Van Syckle. “Not only because he is a white kid, but he’s a kid from Minnesota. From the East coast to the West coast, Minnesota guys have a bad reputation.” Tonight at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California, Litzau will be taking on possibly his toughest challenge when he takes on John Nolasco (15-3, 6 KOs) in the main event on ESPN2. READ MORE 7/15/05

Kenny Kost Set For “Macho” Hernandez!
By Jesse Kelley

White Bear Lake’s “Ko” Kenny Kost (9-1, 6 ko’s) will have yet another chance to showcase his boxing talent on National television tonight on Telefutura. Kost went six rounds with Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward on Fox Sports Net back in February. Kost will be facing “Macho” Miguel Hernandez (16-2, 9 ko’s), a tough mexican fighter in a ten round Middleweight bout as part of the co-main event being promoted by Eight Count Productions at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois. For the full story CLICK HERE. 7/15/04

Bonsante a Contender Once Again
By Tim Hocking

In 2003, only two weeks after knocking out Marris Virgil in the 3rd round in Hinkley, Minnesota, Tony “The Bullet” Bonsante took an IBA middleweight title fight on short notice versus Tony “The Bull” Ayala, Jr. The fight was supposed to be a tune-up for Ayala on his way to bigger and better things. Bonsante impressed on national television by battering Ayala and knocking him out in the 11th round.
Bonsante then finally got his long awaited high profile fight on ESPN2’s televised main event when he challenged Peter Manfredo, Jr. for Manfredo’s NABO crown. Bonsante lost convincingly to Manfredo and many speculated what the future would hold for the then 33 year-old fighter.
His future at a crossroads, Bonsante would come to gain his biggest exposure yet by becoming a contestant on the NBC hit reality show “The Contender” staring Sugar Ray Leonard, Sylvester Stallone, and produced by Mark Burnett (“The Apprentice” and “Survivor”). Love it or hate it, there is no disputing the exposure “The Contender” provided Bonsante. Bonsante went from being an aging Minnesota fighter with a questionable future to a very marketable “34 year old prospect”. Minnesota Boxing caught up with Bonsante about his experience on “The Contender” and his future plans. For the full interview CLICK HERE. 7/7/05

Vanda defeats Campas!
By Jesse Kelley at ringside

Jr middleweight Matt “The Predator” Vanda (34-1, 21 KOs) scored the biggest victory of his career, winning a twelve round split decision over former world champion Yory Boy Campas (86-8, 70 KOs) Friday night at the Target Center, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The fight featured many good exchanges and both fighters had their moments. In the end, Vanda claimed a 116-112, 115-113 win on two cards. Campas was ahead 117-112 on the third card. For the full report CLICK HERE. 6/25/04

Weigh in Results From Minneapolis

From today’s weigh-in at the Grand Hotel in Minneapolis,Mn. Promotor: Team Freedom

Matt Vanda 153 vs. Yory Boy Campas 153
Saniago Samaniego 158 vs. Troy Lowry 158
Richard Gutierrez 147 vs. Luis Santiago 152
Michael Grant 256 vs. Marcus McGee 228
Zach Walters 173 vs. Julio Montero 173
Hector Sanchez 137 vs. Julio Paul Mundo 132
Yukence Andino 152 vs. Kane Pudwill 148
Tony Grygelko 151 vs. tba
Scott Ball 147 vs. tba
Jorge Teron 138 vs. Bobby Conners 136

Latest News On June 24th Show!

This Friday, June 24th, Saint Paul’s Matt “The Predator” Vanda will have a chance to bring a world title belt to Minnesota. Vanda is challenging Yory Boy Campas for Campas’s IBA Americas title. Vanda has been training the past five weeks in Vero Beach, Florida. The Predator is now back in the cities and will be working out at the Rice Street Gym in final preparation for the biggest fight of his career. Campas is also in Minnesota and will be working out at the Uppercut Gym in Mpls. There is also a pretty solid undercard shaping up as well. Here are the latest match ups released..

Troy Lowry -vs-. Santiago Samaniego
Richard Guitierrez -vs- Luis Santiago (10 rounds)
Michael Grant -vs- Marcus McGee
Zach Walters -vs- TBA (6 rounds)
Rafael Butler -vs- Innocent Otukuwu (6 rounds)
Hector Sanchez -vs- TBA (4 rounds)
Yukeno Andino -vs- Kane Pudwill (4 rounds)
Tony Grygelko -vs- TBA (4 rounds)
Scott Ball -vs- Antoine D Elerson (4 rounds)
Jorge Teron -vs- Boby D Conners (4 rounds)

Tickets will be $25, $50, $100 and will be available at the door!

-Special thanks to Rob Leer and Tim Hocking for the updates! 6/19/05

Moreno Wins Dramatic Tko Over Kayongo!
By Ramon Hough at ringside
More Photos to come soon!

Undefeated Jose Leo Moreno overcame a bad cut over his left eye to win a dramatic fourth round TKO over Mohammed Kayongo in the main event at the RiverCentre Ballroom in St. Paul, Minnesota. With the win, Moreno became the new Minnesota Welterweight champion. Moreno of St. Paul is now 12-0, 10 KO’s. Kayongo falls to 12-2-1, 9 KO’s. For the full report and photos CLICK HERE. 6/18/04

More On Tonights Fights!

Today’s Weigh-In Results From The Liffey Irish Pub in Saint Paul

10 round Main event for the MN State Welterweight Championship
Mohammed Kayongo 143.5 -vs- Jose Leo Moreno 142.25

8 round Light Heavyweight Co-Main
Marty Lidquist 181.75 -vs- Ted Muller 176

Matt O’hare n/a -vs- John Turner n/a
Ben Lane 153.75 -vs Jeremy Kirshner n/a
Brad Laffin 243 -vs- Jose Beltra n/a

Click Here for Workout Photos from last Saturday with some of the fighters on tonights card!

2005 Golden Gloves Stars!
Huge Amateur Night As Part Of the June 17th Pro Card At The RiverCentre. Click Here for Line up

Jose Leo Moreno:
A Heavy-Hearted Fighter

By: Ramon Hough

This Friday, June 17 th at the RiverCentre Ballroom in St. Paul,
undefeated Jose Leo Moreno will be trying to take his biggest step
towards accomplishing his goal of becoming a world champion. But just
over a year ago, Moreno’s boxing career was put on hold because his
nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer.
It was a Saturday afternoon in April of 2004, Moreno was at the mall
shopping with his wife, Shelly, and four kids: Kaelyn, Aleena, Isabel
and Lucas. For the full story CLICK HERE. 6/16/05

RiverCentre Showdown:
Kayongo vs Moreno Preview
By Jesse Kelley

This Friday, June 17th two Saint Paul based prospects will go head to head in the main event at the RiverCentre Ballroom in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Promotor Brian Brunette may have put it best when describing the upcoming fight. “I think we are going to have one of the most exciting fights that boxing fans have seen in some time. Mohammed Kayongo and Leo Moreno. Their styles are perfect for each other!”
We have all heard that styles make fights and that is exactly what has gotten so many people talking about this match up locally. READ MORE. 6/14/05

Duran To Perform In Mpls On Wed!

Boxing legend Roberto Duran has been busy in Minnesota promoting the upcoming boxing show at the Target Center on June 24th featuring Matt Vanda and Yory Boy Campas. This Wednesday, June 15th he will be performing live at the Escape Ultra Lounge in Minneapolis. Duran, who has recorded albums in the past, will be singing salsa music on a night celebrating his 54th birthday. For info call Escape at 612-333-8855. 6/13/05

Butler Wins In California
From Fightnews.com

2004 National Golden Gloves heavyweight champion Rafael Butler (10-1, 8KOs) won a four rounder against Kerry Biles (6-7-1, 3KOs). Butler was rocked in round four, but managed to survive for a 39-36 win on all cards.6/9/05

Litzau Wins State Featherweight Title!
By: Ramon Hough and Jesse Kelley

It didn’t come easy, but 23-year-old Allen Litzau became the new Minnesota Featherweight champion in the main event of the “It Finally Happens” fight card at CR’s Sports Bar in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Litzau showed a warrior’s heart in overcoming a fifth round knockdown to take a close, split-decision win over the now former champion Darby Smart. Click here for full report 6/05/05

Q&A with Darby Smart
By Jesse Kelley

Minnesota State Featherweight Champ Darby Smart is set to face Saint Paul’s Allen Litzau in the main event Saturday night. The fight should be exposive not only because of the bad blood shared between the two, but also because of the contrasting styles they both have in the ring. Darby was kind enough to talk to us at tonights weigh ins about his thoughts on his opponent and also his future in the sport. For more CLICK HERE 6/03/05

Lynch Ready To Deflate Ball!
By Jesse Kelley

Buffalo, Minnesota’s Joe Lynch has not taken the “typical” boxers road. With hardly any amateur boxing experience and a few No Holds Barred tournaments under his belt, he decided to turn professional in 2004. Lynch now has a record of five wins and one loss, two wins by knockout. His first professional fight was ruled a no contest after an accidental headbutt forced a premature ending to the bout. This Saturday Lynch will face another up and coming Minnesota fighter, taking on Rochester Minnesota’s Scott Ball in the co-main event in Coon Rapids. For more CLICK HERE 6/03/05

ALLEN LITZAU: It Finally Happens
By: Ramon Hough

Eight months ago, “American Boy” Allen Litzau (7-1, 4 KO’s) was recovering from surgery to his right hand. In his third fight since the surgery, Litzau will be challenging Darby Smart (8-0, 3 KO’s) for his Minnesota Featherweight title in the main event of the “It Finally Happens” fight card on Saturday, June 4th at CR’s Sports Bar in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.
Before the surgery, Litzau had a record of 5-1, 2 KO’s. After the surgery, Litzau has had a power surge knocking out his only two opponents in spectacular fashion. The 23-year-old Litzau, who is the older brother of undefeated Jason Litzau, says he knows Smart is a tough fighter, but he is confident Minnesota will have a new featherweight champion come Saturday night. Litzau spoke to Minnesota Boxing about his upcoming fight and his right hand. For more CLICK HERE6/03/05

SCOTT BALL: Undefeated Fighter, All by Knockout
By: Ramon Hough

Since he turned pro in 2004, 21-year-old Scott Ball has quietly been building an undefeated record (all by knockout) on the undercards of Minnesota fight cards. Ball, who might be one of Minnesota’s best body punchers, is set to take on the tough Joe Lynch (5-1, 2 KO’s) in the co-main event on the “It Finally Happens” fight card this Saturday, June 4th at CR’s Sports Bar in Coon Rapids. Just days before what could be his toughest fight to date, Ball (5-0, 5 KO’s) Ball spoke to Minnesota Boxing. To see what Ball had to say, click here. 6/03/05

Kayongo, Lynch and Smart Workout Photos

This June is perhaps the biggest boxing month Minnesota has ever seen, with shows on the 4th, 17th and 24th. Being that so many boxers in the state will be fighting this month, We have decided to visit some of the local gyms to see how the guys have been doing in preparation. Last Saturday Mohammed Kayongo and Joe Lynch went five hard rounds with each other. Joe Lynch is fighting Rochester’s Scott Ball in the co-main event this Saturday at CR Billiards in Coon Rapids. Kayongo will be facing Jose Leo Moreno on the June 17th card at the RiverCentre in the main event of the FSN North televised card. Darby Smart was also at ACR Saturday working out. He will be defending his Minnesota state featherweight title against Allen Litzau in the main event on June 4th. For photos Click Here

Kost, Moreno and Anderson at WBL!

Kenny Kost, Leo Moreno and Matt Anderson are all currently preparing hard for each of their upcoming fights. Kost will be fighting Kareem Chartrand (4-2) of Canada on the June 4th card in Coon Rapids. Heavyweight Matt Anderson will be boxing on the June 4th card as well against Dusty Ironshield. “The Lionhearted” Leo Moreno is also busy getting set for his battle with another one of saint paul’s jr welterweight prospects Mohammed Kayongo on June 17th. For pictures from one of last weeks sparring session at the White Bear Lake boxing club
CLICK HERE. 5/27/05

Bonsante losses to Smith in Vegas

Anthony Bonsante lost a five round unanimous decision to Contender rival Ishe Smith today at Cesars Palace in Las Vegas. Smith boxed well and connected with the harder shots early particularly the lead left hook. Bonsante did his best work to the body of Smith. By the fourth round Bonsante looked angry and frusterated from trying to box with Smith and started in with the roughem up tactics. Bonsante had a point taken away for rabbit punching in the fourth and a two point deduction in the fifth for almost suplexing Smith! Bonsante continued to try to make the fight a brawl in the final round. Smith boxed a good round but Bonsante was pressuring him and had his opponent on the run in the second half of the round. The final scores were 49-43 an all cards. 5/24/05

Kayongo To Face Moreno June 17th!

The much talked about possible showdown between Mohammed Kayongo (12-1-1, 9ko’s) and Jose Leo Moreno (11-0, 9 ko’s) is finally set to happen! The two will battle in the main event at the Rivercentre on June 17th. Also fighting in the co-main and the other television bout will be Marty “The Wolfman” Lindquist. Lindquist will face Ted Muller (15-3, 5 ko’s) of Illinois. Tickets are priced at $21.75, $31.75, $51.75 and $101.75 and are now available by calling 651-779-6248 or by visiting www.TicketMaster.com. Much more to come shortly 5/12/05

“The Battle For Pride” Press Conference

Matt Vanda (33-1, 21 ko’s) will face Yory Boy Campas (86-7, 70 ko’s) on Friday June 24th in a 12 round Jr. Middleweight title bout at the Target Center in Minneaplis, Mn. Campas is putting his IBA Americas title on the line. Also fighting on the card will be Troy Lowry (24-5, 14 ko’s). Lowry faces undefeated Columbian Richard Gutierrez (18-0, 11 ko’s). Santiago Samaniego (36-8-1, 29 ko’s) and cousin of legendary boxer Roberto Duran(who will be honored this night) will be fighting as well as Heavyweight contender Michael Grant (40-3, 31 ko’s). The bouts will be televised on pay perview through IN Demand and Direct Tv for $19.95. Tickets are priced at $50 and $25 and can be found at the Target Center box office or through ticketmaster. Special ringside tables and vip’s can be purchased by calling 612- 812-2428. (Note from the editor: I am leaving town for the weekend but will post pictures and quotes along with Campas interview early next week. Thanks for your patients)

By: Ramon Hough

“Steel” Will Grigsby is no stranger to making history.
In 1998, “Steel” Will Grigsby (17-2-1, 7 KO’s) became the first Minnesota fighter since right after World War I to win a world title belt. His title-winning fight was also the first time a Minnesota boxer had even fought for a title since Scott LeDoux (knocked out in the 7th round) lost to Larry Holmes for the heavyweight title in 1980.
This Saturday May 14th, after spending more than one year in prison and a total of two and a half years away from the ring, Grigsby will be looking to add his name to an elite group of fighters as he faces Jose Victor Burgos (36-13-3, 21 KO’s) of Mexico for the IBF Light Flyweight title (108) on the undercard of the Felix Trinidad/Winky Wright pay-per-view fight card. For full story and interview CLICK HERE. 5/11/05

MN Featherweight Showdown: Litzau -vs- Smart!
By Jesse Kelley

” IT FINALLY HAPPENS” Mn state featherweight champ “The Wild Irishman”Darby Smart (8-0) will defend his title against “The American Boy” Allen Litzau (7-1) in an 8 round main event Saturday June 4th at CR’s Sports bar & billiards in CoonRapids. This bout has been in the works for a while now and things have gotten personal between the two Minnesota featherweights. “All the talk started back on April 9th of 2003.” Said Litzau.” I offered him a fight and he turned it down. Then after he beat Antonio Baltierez he started calling me out in front of everyone and I said I would fight him. To make a long story short, If I lose to this guy I will retire! He is going to be a nice 8-0 record on my resume. I dont want to make it sound like he’s a bad fighter because he’s not. He is tough, he’s just not tough enough for me. He said I dont hit hard but he will see how hard I hit on June 4th.” Smart, who also seemed confident, talked about the rivalry that has developed between the two. “I honestly dont know how this all started. Mr. Litzau likes to talk alot and I dont. I believe you should leave it in the ring. This fight is personal and I want to put him in his place.”
The undercard is also stacked with great Minnesota matchups. Scott Ball (5-0) vs. Joe Lynch (5-1) is the main supporting bout and should be a great fight. Also, Jason Aacker (8-4) vs. Kenny Kost (7-1), Boyd Davis vs. Joe Lorenze, Dan Schlienz vs. Brian Jackson. Innocent Otukwu, and Ben Lane (2-0) will also be on the card vs. T.B.A. Tickets will be available Friday @ CR’s, ACR boxing , & “Legends”, call ACR Boxing at 763-712-5868 We will be bringing you interviews with all of the fighters in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

Vanda, Campas Press Conference Thursday

A press conference will be held at the Target Center media room (located on the corner of 6th Street and 2nd Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Enter just below Target Center administrative office).Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. The news conference will be attended by: Twin Cities native MATT “THE PREDATOR” VANDA (33-1, 21 KO’s) and his opponent RAMON “YORY BOY” CAMPAS (86-7, 70 KO’s). Also
Boxing legend ROBERTO DURAN (104-16, 69 KO’s). IBA Boxing President and former Twin DEAN CHANCE and former Twin TONY OLIVA.

By: Ramon Hough and Jesse Kelley at ringside

In a bloodbath, light heavyweight “Jungle Boy” Zach Walters won a unanimous eight-round decision over an extremely tough Jesse “Iron Jaw” Sanders in the main event at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.
Walters, who is trained by Buddy McGirt and Chuck “Sharky” Horton, controlled the fight with his superior punch rate and accuracy, but Sanders always seemed to be one punch away from turning the fight around. The judges scored the bout 80-72, 79-73 and 80-73. All in favor Walters.
For full story and photos CLICK HERE. 5/8/05

Interview With Jesse Sanders
By: Ramon Hough

Jesse “Iron Jaw” Sanders (11-2-2, 10 KO’s) of Iowa is set to challenge Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters in Walters’ hometown of Duluth, Minnesota. Sanders says he expects the Duluth crowd to be very much against him, but Sanders doesn’t think it will be a problem because he has gotten accustomed to fighting in his opponents’ backyards. In his last fight (a TKO loss), Sanders traveled to Canada and fought in front of 10,000 booing fans. The 24-year-old Oskaloosa native talked to Fightnews about his upcoming fight, his nickname and other topics. READ MORE. 5/5/05

Brunette Boxing Returns June 17th!

Brunette’s Boxing series at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul will continue on June 17th. Headlining in an eight or ten round bout will be Mohammed Kayongo (12-1-1, 9 ko’s). Also, Zach Walters (10-1, 9 ko’s) has committed to fight in the co-main event. Both bouts will be televised on FSN North. Other names being brought up to fight on the undercard are Tony Grygelko, Ben Dayee, Scott Ball, Brad Laffin, Matt Anderson, Mike Gonzalez and Wilson Rivera. Their will also be three amateur bouts. “We would like to thank all of our loyal fans and also the new one’s we have picked up with these shows at the RiverCentre.” Said Brian Brunette. “We look forward to bringing another great show on June 17th.”

Interview With Matt Vanda
By Tim Hocking

Junior-middleweight prospect Matt Vanda (33-1, 21KO’s) is coming off a unanimous decision win over fellow East Side fighter Troy Lowry. Now, Vanda is setting his sites on propelling his career to the next level by taking on rugged Mexican Yory Boy Campas (86-7, 71 KO’s). Vanda was preparing to leave St. Paul for training camp with Team Freedom in Miami when he spoke to Fightnews Minnesota.
To read the full interview CLICK HERE. 5/03/05

Vanda To Take Big Step Up!
By Tim Hocking

Junior-middleweight prospect Matt Vanda (33-1, 21KO’s) is stepping up for his biggest test yet as he is scheduled to face Yory Boy Campas (86-7, 70KO’s) for Campas’ Intercontinental Title. Team Freedom has requested that the details around this fight be held back until they are finalized; however, Campas has in fact signed on to fight Vanda. It is very clear though what Team Freedom has in store for Vanda’s future.
For the full story CLICK HERE. 5/03/05

Officials Seminar in Duluth May 7th

There will be an officials seminar in Duluth prior to the May 7th bouts. The seminar will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Duluth Holiday Inn in room 515. Being covered will be the Association of Boxing Commissions Official Certification Program for Judges and Referees, as well as video from the WBC entitled Basic Guidelines for Judges and Referees.
All officials working professional bouts are required to be certified. With limited access to clinics in the Midwest, this would be a good opportunity for local officials to get their certification. The clinic should last about 2 hours. The clinic will be open to new officials as well as experienced officials as a refresher course.

“JUNGLEBOY” Zack Walters: Homecoming
By Ramon Hough

“Jungle Boy” Zach Walters (10-1, 9 KO’s) fought his first three professional fights in his hometown of Duluth. But Walters, who is a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has been fighting on the road since then. Much has happened in the light heavyweight’s’ career in the two-plus years since that last fight: In September of 2004, he knocked out Marty Lindquist to become the Minnesota State Light Heavyweight champion. A few months later, Walters sparred with the then World Light Heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver. The result: James “Buddy” McGirt signed on to be his co-trainer alongside Chuck “Sharky” Horton. On Saturday May 7th, Walters will be making his ring-return to Duluth when he takes on Jesse “Iron Jaw” Sanders in the main event of the “Truth in Duluth” fight card at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC).
For Full story CLICK HERE. 4/29/05

Andy Kolle: A Student and a Fighter
By: Ramon Hough

By day, Andy “Chaos” Kolle attends class at North Dakota State University in Fargo. By night, Kolle is in the gym working to improve his skills in his other career as a middleweight boxer. And according to his trainer, Chuck “Sharky” Horton, Kolle is one of Minnesota boxing’s best kept secrets. “(People) are going to be shocked by Andy. Andy can punch and people don’t know it,” said Horton. “He’s always been a good amateur boxer, but we’ve done some things to add to his style.”
On Saturday May 7th, the undefeated Kolle (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Fergus Falls, Minnesota is scheduled to fight Brian Fulton (2-0, 2 KO’s) of Iowa on the undercard of the “Truth in Duluth” fight card at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. For full story CLICK HERE. 4/29/05

From Fightnews.com

Speed kills: Litzau too fast for Martinez In the co-main event, an eight-round featherweight bout, Jason Litzau (14-0, 14 KOs) of St. Paul, Minn. kept his perfect record by stopping a game Idelfonso Martinez (13-5, 10 KOs) of Laredo, Texas in the fifth round. For Chris Cozzone’s photos and report CLICK HERE
Joe Lynch beat Trinidad Garcia for the second time last Friday. Lynch outworked Garcia in an exciting fight.Lynch improves to 5-1-0, 2 KO and Garcia is dropped to 4-2-0, 0 KO.

By: Ramon Hough

Featherweight prospect Jason Litzau (13-0, 13 KO’s) has knocked out every professional opponent he has faced. None of his opponents have ever made it past the sixth round. This Friday, the 21-year old Minnesotan hopes to show the boxing world that he is a world champion in-the-making.
Litzau is scheduled to face 24-year-old Idelfonso Martinez (13-4, 10 KO’s) of Texas in the co-feature of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Litzau and his trainer/manager, Bob Van Syckle, spoke to Fightnews about the upcoming fight in a phone interview. Read More

Mn Boxing Buzz

Minnesota has two fighters fighting on national television this week. Undefeated Jason Litzau (13-0,13 ko’s) will be facing Idelfonso Martinez (13-4) this Friday in the co-main event on Espn’s Friday night fights. Jason has been preparing hard in New Jersey for this fight.
Also, Joe Lynch (4-1) will be fighting in Illinois on Thursday. He will be facing Trinidad Garcia (4-1-1) in a rematch that had Lynch winning by unanimous decision in May of 2004. The bout will be televised on Telefutura. I hope to talk with both fighters before their bouts.—
Rochester’s Raphael Butler(10-1) suffered his first defeat as a professional last weekend in Colorado. Butler was stopped by Darrel Provo (4-1) of Texas in the first round. To see video of the fight check out www.Rockymountainboxing.com.
The Tuffguy tournament being held in Anoka on April 30th is still looking for participants. If you are interested in showing how Tuff you are call 763-712-5868 to enter. 4/19/05

Holt Keeps Title On Tech. Decision!
By Jesse Kelley

Chris Holt (12-4, 8 ko’s) of Detroit Lakes, MN kept his Minnesota state middleweight title by edging Troy Lowry (26-5, 16 ko’s) of Saint Paul, MN Saturday night at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The fight was stopped in the fifth round after an accidental clash of heads produced a huge gash over Lowry’s left eye. Scores at the time were 49-47, 49-46 for Holt and 48-47 for Lowry. Photos coming soon. For more Click Here

Troy Lowry: Another Opportunity
By: Ramon Hough

It’s been said that sometimes you lose, but in the end, you really win. After his latest fight, Troy “TNT” Lowry (26-4, 16 KO’s) can probably relate to that saying. On March 11th, Lowry challenged Matt “the Predator” Vanda for the Minnesota junior middleweight title. In a very close and controversial fight, the three judges awarded Vanda a unanimous decision. After the fight, Lowry felt he’d been robbed and the wrong fighter was given the decision. “My performance was great. I thought I won it,” Lowry said. “I don’t care what anybody says. I feel good about it.”
One month later, Lowry’s feelings haven’t changed and he still disagrees with the decision. But what could be seen as a setback has actually become a set-up for another big opportunity. This Saturday, Lowry is moving up in weight to fight Minnesota middleweight champion Chris Holt (11-4, 8 KO’s) in the main event of the Ballroom Blitz at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. The bout will be televised by Fox Sports North. READ MORE 4/15/05

Q&A with Chris Holt
By Jesse Kelley

Minnesota State Middleweight Champion Chris Holt will be putting his title on the line this Saturday at the Rivercentre in Saint Paul. Holt will be facing Troy Lowry, who recently rejuvinated his career with a hard fought decision loss to Matt Vanda. Holt sat down with us to talk about his life in boxing and also shared his thoughts on his opponent for this Saturday. Click here for More. 4/14/05

Pro Boxing Returns To Duluth!

A press conference was held last Wednesday in Duluth, Minnesota to officially announce the Return of Professional boxing to the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center on Saturday, May 7th. The headlining bout will feature Duluth’s “JungleBoy” Zach Walters (10-1, 9 ko’s) battling Jesse “Iron Jaw” Sanders, 11-2-2, 10 KO’s. For quotes and pictures from the press conference CLICK HERE.

Vanda and Lowry Photos are now up!
To see Matthew Rayburn’s photos CLICK HERE

Lindquist, Smart Win in Green Bay!

I just got word from Green Bay that both Marty Lindquist and Darby Smart won their matches tonight in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Wolfman (11-4) dropped his opponent Peter O’Kane (15-5, 4 ko’s) of Winnipeg, Canada with a left hook to the head in the second round. O’Kane made it to his feet but Lindquist let loose causing the referee to stop the bout. Darby Smart (8-0, 3 ko’s) stopped Joe Hoffman in the second round. Smart, of Duluth was originally scheduled to face Wisconsin’s Tim Carrizales but ended up boxing Hoffman who stepped in at the last second

The Ballroom Blitz At The RiverCentre April 16th!

The Brunette boxing gym will put on the third installment of the Ballroom Blitz, professional boxing at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, MN on Saturday, April 16th. Minnesota state middleweight champion Chris “The Chameleon” Holt (11-4, 8 ko’s) of Detroit Lakes, Mn puts his belt on the line against Troy “TNT” Lowry (26-4, 16 ko’s) of Saint Paul, Mn in the nights 10 round main event. Being featured in the co-main event is welterweight prospect Mohammed Kayongo (11-1-1, 8 ko’s) fighting out of Saint Paul, in an 8 rounder. Also fighting on the card in seperate bouts with opponents tba will be will be Minnesota fighters Tony Grygelko (3-1, 1 ko),Ben Dayee (2-0, 2 ko’s), Ben “The principal” Lane (1-0) and Hassan Wasswa, who will be making his pro debut. A local matchup with Wasswa and Wilson Rivera (2-1, 1 ko) is in the works. The bouts will be televised the following night on Fox Sports North to the upper midwest states. Calling the action are Minnesota Wild announcer Matt McConnell and veteran boxing color commentator Dave Bontempo from FSN. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SAINT PAUL RIVERCENTRE BOX OFFICE FOR $21.75, $31.75, $51.75 AND $101.75

By: Ramon Hough

“Jungleboy” Zach Walters (10-1, 9 KO’s) will making his return to the ring on Saturday, May 7th at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota. The 24-year-old Walters is coming off an impressive fifth-round technical knockout victory over fellow prospect
Mike Wood in February. Walters will be fighting an eight-rounder in the main event. No opponent has been named.In addition, Jungleboy stablemate Andy “Kaos” Kolle (4-0, 3 KO’s) of Fergus Falls will be on the card. Also, undefeated prospects from Rochester Rafael Butler (10-0, 8 KO’s) and Scott Ball (4-0, 4 KO’s), as well as St. Paul’s Ben Dayee (2-0, 2 KO’s), will be showcased in a card displaying some of the state’s best young prospects. READ MORE

Vanda edges Lowry!
By Jesse Kelley and Ramon Hough at ringside from Fightnews.com

In what was dubbed as the “St. Paul Civil War, “Matt “The Predator” Vanda (33-1, 21 KO’s) won a 10 round unanimous decision victory over Troy “TNT” Lowry (24-4, 14 KO’s) Friday night at the Saint Paul National Guard Armory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was a very close and entertaining fight featuring many rounds that could have gone either way. Despite both sides claiming victory, it was Vanda who claimed East-side supremacy and kept his title-shot hopes alive. Click Here for Full Report 3/12/05

St. Paul Civil War is on!
By Jesse Kelley and Ramon Hough From Fightnews.com
Remember to turn your volume WAY up before clicking!(or down)

VANDA TAKES ON ‘TNT’ LOWRY: Jr. Middleweight Matt “The Predator” Vanda will face fellow Saint Paul fighter Troy “TNT” Lowry Friday night at the Saint Paul National Guard Armory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. . . CLICK HERE FOR MORE
LOWRY STALKS ‘PREDATOR’ VANDA: Boxing is one of the world’s most brutal sports and it would be hard to fault anyone for hanging up their gloves. But try as they do, many fighters can’t resist the temptation of the ring. For some, the decision is based on money. For others, to recapture past glory. For Troy “TNT” Lowry, it was to fill a void that wouldn’t go away after he quit boxing . . . CLICK HERE FOR MORE

Weights for The “Saint Paul Civil War”
From Saint Paul, Minnesota…

Matt Vanda 154 vs Troy Lowry 152 -10 rds
Raphael Magdaleno 147.5 vs Ray Mayers 147.75 -4 rds
Allen Litzau 126.5 vs Jesus Velazquez 122.5 -4 rds
Dave Peterson 151 vs Silas Ortley (was not present) – 4rds
Travis Walker 245 vs Marcus Rhode 270 -4rds

Tickets are priced at $100.00 VIP Ringside, $50.00 Ringside and $25.00 general admission and are available at all Ticket Master outlets or by calling (651) 989-5151.The doors to the show open at 7:00 p.m. with the first bout at 7:30 p.m.


Remembering Tom Brunette


I would like to thank everybody who took the time to talk with us or send in their kind words about Tommy Brunette. I am going to post some of the stuff that we recieved along with a few interviews we put together. I would also like to thank photographer Geoff George for the photos.CLICK HERE

Fargo Boxing Show Results!
By Cory Rapacz

Professional Boxing returned to Fargo, ND on Saturday, February 26 at Playmakers Pavillion. Several of Minnesota’s and North Dakota’s young prospects were featured. Both Darby Smart and Chris Holt kept their Minnesota belts. There were five bouts in all. To read the full report CLICK HERE. 2/27/05

Catching Up With Welterweight Mohammed Kayongo
By:Ramon Hough

Three months ago, Mohammed Kayongo (11-1-1, 8 KO’s) was an undefeated prospect trying to establish himself as a legitimate young contender. Kayongo was scheduled to fight another undefeated prospect, Shamone Alvarez, in his second fight on Showtime’s ShoBox series. Alvarez jumped on Kayongo right away and knocked him out in the first round. It was a disappointing loss for Kayongo, but he says he’ll be a better fighter because of it.
Kayongo spoke to Minnesota Boxing at the weigh-ins for the Grover Wiley/Luciano Perez and Zach Walters/Mike Wood fight card. We would like to thank Kayongo for taking the time to talk about that fight, what he learned from it and when we should expect to see him back in the ring. Read More

Allen Litzau Wins In Style!
From FightNews.com

In one of the most exciting fights of the night, Allen Litzau (6-1 3 KO’s) put on a spectacular display of boxing against Corey Goodwin (3-2-1 1KO). Litzau worked brilliantly behind a stiff jab to set up crisp power shots that had Goodwin confused and unable to mount any sufficient offense. After accumulated punishment to the body, Goodwin took a knee at the end of Round three and referee Brian O’Melia reached the count of ten. To see photos CLICK HERE


Perez, ‘Jungleboy’ victorious!
By Jesse Kelley and Ramon Hough
From FightNews.com

Luciano Perez (12-1, 11 KOs) had too much firepower for Grover Wiley (27-6-1) Friday night in the co-main event at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Perez dropped Wiley in round five and the fight was stopped by referee Mark Nelson shortly after. In his first fight under Buddy McGirt, light heavyweight Zach “Jungleboy” Walters (10-1, 9 KOs) scored a impressive TKO over Mike Wood (12-3-1, 7 KOs). The end came at 2:00 of fifth round. READ MORE

Allen Litzau On Espn Tonight?

Saint Paul’s Allen Litzau is scheduled to be the swing bout on tonights Espn2 Friday night fights.Watch out for an early Ko in the main events because word is that Al’s bout could be televised if there is room for a six rounder. The show starts a 8pm tonight. Litzau will be facing Corey Goodwin (3-1) of South Carolina. 2/18/05


Buddy McGirt’s New Protege
By: Ramon Hough

James “Buddy” McGirt’s boxing career has been about maximizing potential: his own and the fighters he now trains. As a fighter, McGirt was a two-time world champion who won more than 70 fights. He even knocked future Hall-of-Famer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker to the canvas in their second of two fights. As a trainer, McGirt has helped Arturo Gatti rediscover his boxing ability, tone down his brawling ability and win another world title. He also guided Antonio Tarver to a 2nd round knockout over the great Roy Jones, Jr.With all of his success with big-names, McGirt still prides himself in helping young, undiscovered talent be their best and accomplish their dreams. His new project is a 24-year-old light heavyweight from Duluth, Minnesota. McGirt has travelled to Minnesota to join Walters for his bout with Mike Wood at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul Friday night. A few months ago, Zach “Jungleboy” Walters was asked to be a sparring partner to Antonio Tarver, who was preparing to fight Glencoffe Johnson for Light Heavyweight supremacy. After three weeks of sparring, Walters went from being one of Tarver’s sparring partners to being a fellow stablemate and pupil under McGirt.
McGirt spoke to fightnews about his new protege and preparations for their first fight together. He also discussed topics ranging from Gatti/Floyd Mayweather to Tarver/Glencoffe Johnson to why he has been successful as a trainer. READ MORE 2/17/05
(To see Walter’s interview click here: http://minnesotaboxing.com/Brunettegym/feb18th/walters.html)

Wood Looks To Upset Walters
By: Ramon Hough

Light Heavyweight Mike Wood (12-2-1, 7 KO’s) of St. Louis, Missouri knows what a win over Zach “Jungleboy” Walters (9-1, 8 KO’s) could do for his young career. He knows that an impressive performance against another young prospect on television will bring exposure and probably more lucrative opportunities. Wood spoke to Minnesota boxing about his chances and what a strong showing would mean to his career. READ MORE

Q&A With Luciano Perez
By Ramon Hough

Welterweight Luciano Perez (11-1, 10 KO’s) is fighting Grover Wiley (29-5-1, 13 KO’s) in the main event at the Saint Paul RiverCentre this Friday, February 18th. The 26-year-old Perez has knocked out almost all of his opponents, but he says he won’t be looking to force a KO against Wiley. Perez spoke to Minnesota Boxing in Spanish about his upcoming fight READ MORE

From Ramon Hough

Grover Wiley: 147 versus Luciano Perez: 147
Zach Walters: 173 versus Mike Wood: 173
Mark Norge: 165 versus Ben Dayee: 161
Deshawn Brooks: ??? versus Ben Lane: 153
Chris Patterson: 158 versus Tony Grygelko: 158
Nathan Wilkes: ??? versus Chris Lund: 165
Interviews to come shortly!

Wiley Ready to Impress Minnesota!
By Jesse Kelley

Friday night will be a homecoming of sorts for Grover Wiley (27-5-1) of Omaha, Nebraska. Grover has fought here six times from January 2002 thru April 2003. According to Wiley, the way the fans have treated him in the past makes Minnesota feel like a second home. Wiley will get a chance to continue his winning ways here against the hard-hitting brawler Luciano Perez (11-1,10 ko’s) of Chicago, Illinois at the Rivercentre. To read what Wiley had to talk about Click Here.

Jungle Boy Speaks Out!
By Ramon Hough

“Jungleboy” Zach Walters’ (9-1, 8 KO’s) career has undergone major changes over the last few months. Not long ago, Walters was asked to be a sparring partner to Antonio Tarver, who was preparing to fight Glencoffe Johnson. After three weeks of sparring, Walters went from being one of Tarver’s sparring partners to being a fellow pupil under trainer Buddy McGirt. McGirt, a former world champion, may be best known for guiding Antonio Tarver to a KO win over Roy Jones, Jr and Arturo Gatti’s re-invention from fading brawler into a world champion boxer-puncher. This Friday, Walters is looking to take his first step under McGirt and establish himself as a legitimate young contender in the light heavyweight division. Walters spoke to us via email interview. READ MORE 2/16/05

Kenny Kost: A Chance at Gold
By: Ramon Hough and Jesse Kelley


Over the last six months, three Minnesota fighters have had opportunities to enhance their reputations in televised-bouts. But all three were beaten convincingly: Matt Vanda was knocked out by Armando Velardez on Showtime in August; Wayne Martell was down five times in a TKO loss to Zab Judah on a pay-per-view show in October; and Mohammed Kayongo was on the wrong end of a 1st round knockout on Showtime in November. This Thursday, White Bear Lake’s “KO” Kenny Kost (8-0, 5 KO’s) is hoping to break that trend and make a name for himself against 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (1-0, 1 KO) on Fox Sports Net’s Best Damn Sports Show Period.
“Not an hour goes by during the day that I don’t think about (the fight),” Kost said.But Kost also says that the pressure is really on Ward. “My biggest edge is that I have nothing to lose. (Ward) does, he has a lot of money behind him,” said Kost. “I have my whole life outside of boxing. Boxing is all he’s got, so I’m going to go in there with all I’ve got, like I do in every fight.” FOR FULL STORY CLICK HERE

Vanda-Lowry on March 11!

On March 11 at the St. Paul National Armory in St. Paul, Minnesota, Team Freedom Promotions presents WBO #8 junior middleweight Matt “The Predator” Vanda (32-1, 21 KOs) versus Troy “TNT” Lowry (26-3, 16 KOs) for the Minnesota state title. The event is entitled “The St. Paul Civil War” because of the two fighters’ close proximity to each other. Vanda has left Minnesota to train hard for this fight in Florida. Lowry is currently preparing hard as well at the ACR boxing gym. Tickets go on sale Friday and are priced at $100, $50 and $25 and will be available at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 651-989-5151.

ACR Boxing Update

The Acr Boxing Club will be part of two upcoming professional boxing cards. Acr will host the card on February 26th at Playmakers in Fargo, North Dakota. The Minnesota State Middleweight Champ Chris Holt and Featherweight Champ Darby Smart will headline. Fergus Falls Andy Kolle will box along with Butch Hajicek and Jason Aaker. Opponents should be named shortly.

On March 25th in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Darby Smart (6-0) of Duluth will battle Tim Carrazales (3-3-1)of Wisconsin. Boyd Davis (9-4) of Saint Paul returns to the ring to face Jason Aaker(6-3) of ND. Andy Kolle(3-0) of Fergus Falls takes on Brandon Busy(0-2) of WI.Anoka’s Tony Grygelko (3-0) will be boxing Carlos Molina (5-1) of WI. “MadDog” Butch Hajicek(2-3-1) will face Matt Putnam(6-0-1) of Bowler, WI. And Marty Lindquist(10-4)will square off against Peter Okane. Joe Lynch will also be boxing.

Innocent Otukwu to face Malcolm Tann!
ACR’s Heavyweight Innocent Otukwu (12-3) will be joining White Bear Lake’s Kenny Kost on February 10th for FSN’S Best Damn Sports Show Period’s televised boxing card in California. He will face 2000 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion Malcolm Tann (13-1).

RiverCentre Boxing Update

The Brunette’s boxing series at the RiverCentre in Saint Paul, MN continues on February 18th. This show will be the first of five television dates being showcased on Fox Sports North. The show will be a Pro-Am. Grover Wiley (27-5-1, 13 ko’s) of Omaha, Nebraska will meet Chicago, Illinois welterweight prospect Luciano Perez (11-1,10 ko’s) in a ten round main event. This will be Grover’s sixth time fighting in front of a Minnesota crowd. In April of 2003, Wiley stopped Homer Gibbins in the fifth round at the National Guard Armory in Saint Paul, MN. Perez is looking to stay in the win column following his lone loss to undefeated Juan Buendia in a fight that some say should be the fight of the year in Chicago for 2004. Also being featured in an eight round television bout will be the Minnesota state light heavyweight titleholder Zach Walters (9-1, 8 ko’s) of Duluth, MN. Walters has recently joined up with world-class trainer Buddy Mcgirt. Walters will take on Mike Wood (12-2-1, 7 ko’s) of Saint Louis, MO. Other local talent including Tony Grygelko, Ben Dayee and Hassan Wasswa will also be featured. Promoter Tom Brunette says their focus is not on promoting a certain fighter, but rather to promote good boxing. “We want to focus on local talent, Midwest talent for the most part.” Stated Brunette. “There is a great pool of talent here and it just needs to be exposed more.”
Dave Bontempo will be doing the blow-by-blow commentating. Bontempo has broadcast fights on Espn, TVKO, Showtime, and Fox Sports. Amy Hayes will return to do all of the ring announcing. Tickets are priced at $21.75, $31.75, $51.75 and $101.75 and are now available by calling 651-779-6248 or by visiting www.TicketMaster.com

Rumble Boy Kickboxing Update

Rumble Boy Gym’s night of Muay Thai Kickboxing has been changed to Friday, April 15th. Doors open at 6pm, first bout is at 7pm. General Admission is $15, Ringside is $25, and VIP is $35. Rumble Boy Gym is located off highway 169 and Plymouth Avenue in Golden Valley. For tickets or more info contact Rick Anderson at 763-543-4348 or www.rumbleboygym.com

Smart Wins Minnesota State Featherweight Title!
By Jesse Kelley

The Acr Boxing club hosted a “A Fight Night in Fridley” last night at the Minnesota Sports cafe in Fridley, Mn. Duluth’s Darby Smart picked up the vacant Minnesota State featherweight title by winning a unanimous decision over Shakopee’s C.B. Bunkholt. Smart landed the harder, cleaner punches but Bunkholt showed his toughness by staying in the mix through the six rounds. Smarts best weapon in the fight was the straight left but it was a right hand to the head that put Bunkholt down nearing the end of the first round. It would be the only knockdown of the fight. Bunkholt had some good moments himself in the fight but he only really seemed to bring his best after being rocked. To Bunkholt’s credit, he took some hard shots and kept coming. The last few rounds were all action. The final scores were 60-53, 60-53, and 59-53 for Smart. For full report Click Here 12/19/04


Jungle Boy Impresses in Florida
By Mike LeTourneau

Three weeks ago, Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters traveled to Vero Beach, Florida for the training camp of world champion Antonio Tarver, hoping to gain valuable experience. Last weekend, he returned home to Minnesota having gained a new trainer in legendary James “Buddy” McGirt.

Walters made the most of his opportunity, impressing McGirt enough for him to want to assist trainer Chuck “Sharky” Horton in guiding Zach’s career. Team Jungle Boy will be in Las Vegas, NV on January 22nd, as Walters and Buddy’s son, James McGirt Jr., are scheduled to fight opponents soon to be determined. Read More

Litzau Wins, Corn Losses This Weekend
From FightNews.com

Undefeated Jason Litzau, 130, of St. Paul MN stopped Juan Suazo, 131, of Tuscon, AZ at 2:59 of the sixth and final round of a super featherweight bout. Litzau (13-0, 13 KO) is a cutie in the mold of Paul Spadafora, and has a nice left hook which no doubt played a part in his perfect record. Litzau dominated the first two rounds with superior boxing and faster hands, but Suazo fought his way back into the bout in the next two rounds. Bleeding from several nicks, Suazo (7-3-2, 5 KOs) landed enough right hands to fend Litzau off to narrowly win rounds three and four. Litzau was back in round five, boxing, moving, and landing bolo punches that befuddled Suazo. Round six was all Litzau, as he hammered Suazo with left hooks, right hands, and right-left combinations. A double left hook near the end of the round sent Suazo back into the ropes, where referee Randy Neumann waved things off. — Rick Scharmberg

Fighting at middleweight, highly touted Anthony Thompson scored an impressive fourth round knockout over J.J. Corn. Thompson dropped Corn twice in round four with flush left-right combinations to earn the KO win at 2:14.–Herman Patton

Allen Litzau Update
By: Ramon Hough

Allen Litzau hasn’t fought in almost six months because of a hand injury and the time-off has been very frustrating. “The heart is burning more and more each day,” Litzau said. “I want to get back in the ring.” READ MORE 12/1/04


Jason Litzau On Tv?
By Ramon Hough

Just three weeks ago, undefeated Jason Litzau impressively knocked out Armando Cordoba for his 12th consecutive KO. After the fight, Litzau and his trainer, Bob Van Syckle, said they were looking to get some television exposure.
The 21-year-old Litzau might get his chance this weekend on ESPN-2. Litzau is scheduled to fight Juan Suazo (7-2-2, 5 KO’s) of Arizona on the undercard of featherweights Rocky Juarez vs. Guty Espadas and heavyweights Dominick Guinn vs. Sergei Liakhovich.
Litzau’s eight-round fight is not scheduled to appear on television. But Van Syckle says Litzau’s fight may get airtime if one or both of the co-features don’t go the distance. Whether the fight’s on television or not, Van Syckle expects Litzau to be tested by Suazo, who has never been stopped. “(Suazo) is a young, hungry fighter,” he said. “He is a strong puncher who goes to the body.” The fights take place this Friday, December 3 at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. ESPN-2 begins its telecast at 8:30 PM Central Time. 12/1/04

Fridley Card Set For Dec. 18th

The December 18th card being held in Fridley is now set for the most part. The main event will feature Darby Smart of Duluth, Mn taking on C.B. Bunkholt of Shakopee, Mn for the vacant Minnesota state featherweight title. Other matchups on the show will include ACR’s Innocent Otukwu -vs- John Sargent, Raphael Butler of Rochester -vs former Mike Tyson sparring partner Richie Goosehead, Matt Anderson -vs- Van Goodman,Tony Grygelko -vs- Brandon Busy, Andy Kolle -vs- John Mclean. Joe Lynch, who is coming off a big television win on Telefutura will be fighting an opponent tba. Also fighting but without an opponent at this time will be Scott Ball, Brad Laffin and Sean Hickman. For info on the event or tickets call John at 763-712-5868

Grigsby Wins By Tko In Return

Will Grigsby (16-2-1) made a successful return to the ring after two years tonight in Lafayette, In. Grigsby dropped Ruben Poma (22-8-3) three times in the first round. The end came at 1:42.

Zach Walters Training Camp Update: From Zach Walters. For more click here

Minnesota Boxing News: Jason Litzau will be fighting in Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Dec 3, 2004. Jason’s opponent will be Juan Suazo 7-2 out of Arizona. Main Events is promoting the card with possible future opponent Rocky Juarez in the main event. This card will be televised by ESPN2.
Kenny Kost is being considered as one of the opponents for gold medalist Andre Ward’s pro debut on HBO Dec 18 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Rapheal Butler won by technical decision over Marcelo Aravena last Friday at the Community Center in Mandan, North Dakota. Butler is set to fight again on the December 19th card at The Minnesota Sports Cafe in Fridley.

Pictures and Quotes from the Armory Show

Sorry this is a bit late. Mike LeTourneau caught up to some of the guys on the last Armory show. To read more CLICK HERE.

Kayongo losses on Showtime
From FightNews.com

Welterweight Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez kept his record at a perfect 9-0 with 7 KOs, while putting the first blemish on Mohammed Kayongo’s (11-1, 7). Southpaw Alvarez caught Kayongo at the opening bell with a straight left that staggered Kayongo immediately. Kayongo recovered, only to get caught with short rights on the inside later in the round that set up another text book left. Referee Ron Cunnigham counted Kayongo out at 2:30 of the first round.

Walters set to train with Tarver
By Mike LeTourneau

Duluth native and Minnesota Light Heavyweight Champion Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters
(9-1, 8 KO’s) is scheduled to travel to Vero Beach, Florida on November 22 to participate
in the training camp of world champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (22-2, 18 KO’s).
Walters will train and spar with Tarver in preparation for his upcoming showdown with
Glencoffe Johnson (41-9-2, 28 KO’s) on December 18th on HBO. The fight takes place
at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be Tarver’s first fight since his stunning second
round knockout of the legendary Roy Jones Jr. on May 15th of this year.READ MORE

Grigsby set for comeback!

Two-time world champion Will Grigsby begins his comeback after two years away from the ring when he appears on a November 27 F&F Berns card at Riehle Brothers Entertainment Center in Lafayette, Indiana. Grigsby 15-2-1, who has held the IBF and WBO jr flyweight crowns, will face an opponent to be named.

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