John Duddy (left) and Tony Bonsante (right) will meet on March 16th in NY…READ MORE 1-30-07

By Ray Kilgore
Willie Carter trained boxers for over forty years and knows how to move a fighter from grade school to high school in short time. However, Carter’s convinced many Minnesota boxers play career suicide because they lack a basic understanding of the role quality trainers play in their…READ MORE

~Tolzmann’s Twin Cites Boxing will open it’s doors for the first time tonight (Monday, January 29th). Gym hours will be (4:30-7:30, M-Thur. & Fri-Sun by appt.) Coaches include Owner Scott Tolzmann along with “Irish” Danny Morgan. The gym is located at 2211 37th Ave. N. Mpls, Mn 55412.
~ Heavyweight Joey Abell dropped Ergin Solmaz once in the first round and pummeled him in the second forcing the opposing corner to toss in the towel on Sat. night in Sweden. Abell will travel to Philly on Feb. 9th to avenge the only blemish on his record given to him by Aaron Lyons.
~ Chris Holt was stopped in the sixth round by Larry Sharpe in Canada this past weekend. Holt fought bravely as always but his corner was forced to stop the fight do to a nasty cut suffered in the previous round
. 1-19-07

Photo By Josh Holmberg at ringside www.mrimagemaker.com

Saint Paul jr. flyweight Will Grigsby was unsuccesful in his bid to take back the IBF title from Ulises Solis in their rematch Thursday night in Las Vegas. Grigsby was outgunned and unable to find his rythm throughout the bout. Grigsby’s corner had seen enough at the end of the eighth round and talked Grigsby and the ring officials into stopping the fight. The 36 year old MN fighter was never seriously hurt but looked discouraged more then anything else in the end on his stool. Grigsby was quoted as saying this may be his last fight leading up to the bout.

Here are some great links to photo galleries that a few local photographers took at the Target Center on January 12th..
GeoffreyGeorge’s Photos

It will be a busy week on the road for some Minnesota fighters. Will Grigsby looks to get his title back, Joey Abell and Matt Anderson try to impress Sweden, and Chris Holt battles Larry Sharpe in Canada…READ MORE 1-23-07

By Jesse Kelley
Detroit Lakes’ Chris Holt (12-7) will travel to Winnipeg, MB to battle Canadian Larry Sharpe (16-4) this Friday, January 26th. The fight will be part of a boxing/mixed martial arts show at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.
Holt is currently finishing up his studies to become a personal trainer but says he just couldn’t completely stay away from boxing, so he took the fight with Sharpe…READ MORE 1-22-07

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR AWARD:For an explanation of the “FIGHTER OF THE YEAR”poll outcome and award CLICK HERE 1-21-07

By Tim Hocking
Irish Ropes Promotions Eddie McLoughlin confirmed today with minnesotaboxing.com that Irish Ropes has come to an agreement with Anthony Bonsante to fight John Duddy at Madison Square Garden on March 16th. McLoughlin said that he hopes for the contracts to be signed and finalized later on today. A press conference announcing the fight will take place on Wednesday. We hope to confirm with Bonsante later today also. More to come..
January 19th, 2006

Report By Ramon Hough, Photos Jesse Kelley

In a highly anticipated fight dubbed “Bad Blood,” Minnesota middleweight champion Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante dominated archrival Matt “the Predator” Vanda in front of 8,872 emotional fans at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

READ MORE January 13th, 2007

By Jesse Kelley
There is always a certain excitement when heavyweights fight on a boxing card. Minnesota boxing fans will have the chance to see two up and coming MN heavyweight prospects in Raphael Butler and Joey Abell fight in seperate bouts tonight at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Butler, who returned from training camp in Colorado last week says that he is excited to showcase his talents to the Twin Cities. Butler discussed his opponent, his thoughts on Joey Abell, and more...READ MORE.

January 12th, 2007

RAUL GRACIA: A Closer Look
By: Ramon Hough
Raul Gracia fell in love with boxing 17 years ago shortly after moving to Minnesota. His love for the sport, talent and dedication led him to a national amateur title and more than 100 amateur wins. Despite his success and love for the sport, the Puerto Rican-born Gracia quit boxing in order to focus on his young family and a career in real estate. Years later, Gracia’s life was turned upside down after getting divorced. But during that time of sadness, Gracia decided to get back into boxing.
READ MOREJanuary 12th, 2007


Vanda 158 vs Bonsante 158
For full results CLICK HERE
~For even more photos visit~ www.photographevents.com

By Tim Hocking
The fight card has been dubbed “Bad Blood”, and as the biggest show in recent Minnesota boxing history approaches, Matt “The Predator” Vanda showed there is definitely “Bad Blood” between himself and Anthony Bonsante.
READ MORE. January 9th, 2006

By Ray Kilgore
Anthony Bonsante faces Matt Vanda Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis Minnesota in what is billed as “Bad Blood;” however, Bonsante says he doesn’t have a personal vendetta against Vanda, but Vanda will lose because of a lack of skills to compete on his level. Throughout his career, Bonsante, 28-8-3 (17 Ko’s), has fought decent fighters like: Tony Ayala Jr., Peter Manfredo Jr., and Ishe Smith, but by his own admission, other boxers have more talent, however, Bonsante says Vanda’s not one of them. “I don’t see it as bad blood. I view it as the Contender verses the Pretender.” He adds, “If you look at his [Vanda’s] fights, a lot of them have been in Saint Paul and he’s gotten the hometown decision. Unfortunately for Vanda, he’s only known in the state and he doesn’t have the national exposure.” READ MORE.
January 8th, 2006

By Ray Kilgore
Anthony Bonsante 28-8-3 (17 ko’s) makes it seem Matt Vanda 35-2-(21 Ko’s) has ducked him for years. Bonsante insults Vanda with the claim that Vanda accepted the fight because of his, Bonsante’s, advance age of 36. Vanda says if Bonsante wants to believe his stupidity about why the fight is finally taking place, that’s his choice, but when they meet at the Target Center in Minneapolis Minnesota, he’ll show Bonsante why its not good to always get what you want…READ MORE. January 8th, 2007

Vote for Fighter of the year, Fight of the year and more! CLICK HERE TO VOTE! Dec. 27th, 2006

Photos and Report By Geoff George
In a fight which would have launched Jason Litzau on the journey to a title match, things didn’t play out the way the young featherweight prospect would have liked. Dropped in the 1st round by a right hand Litzau fought back winning the next 7 rounds with speed and sheer boxing ability. Litzau was compelled to trade with Hernandez in the eight and was stopped..READ MORE
Dec. 19th, 2006

By Ray Kilgore
Several months ago Jason Litzau told Minnesotaboxing.com before he faced Nicky Bentz on ESPN 2 that he would be crushed if fans seen him as a, “Pus*y fighter with no heart.” Litzau said he would be “dead to the world” if he lost a fight, but unfortunately, this past weekend on HBO boxing After Dark, Litzau received his first professional loss (20-1, 18 ko’s) against Jose Andres Hernandez…READ MORE
Dec. 19th, 2006

The first press conference for the Target Center show on January 12th took place last Tuesday.. READ MORE December 18th, 2006

On Jan.12th, 2006 one of the most anticipated showdowns in Minnesota boxing history will take place between Saint Paul’s Matt Vanda and Shakopee’s Anthony Bonsante. There will also be 6 other bouts taking place that night..READ MORE
December 10th, 2006

Mark Nelson
of Saint Paul refereed last Saturday’s WBA Super Flyweight title fight between defending champion Nobuo Nashiro and Eduardo Garcia in Osaka, Japan.
~Minneapolis heavyweight Joey Abell was shocked in Philadelphia last Friday. After landing a big shot of his own, Abell was caught by a right hand by Arron Lyons and backed to a corner. Lyons followed up and the ref stopped it. Although hurt, many are saying Abell was not given a chance to come back. A rematch is already in the works. More on this story to follow.
~Nothing is set yet but it looks like Allen Litzau, Wilton Hilario, Joey Abell and Antonio Johnson are slated as supporting fighters filling out the undercard to the much anticipated bout between Matt Vanda and Anthony Bonsante on Jan. 12th at the Target Center.
~ 23 year old Wilton Hilario improved his record to 6-0 after knocking out Jesse King in Illinois last Friday. Hilario dropped King three times in the first round, the last being a hard left to the jaw that finished things.
~ Jason Litzau is currently training in Florida for his Dec.16th date on HBO. Here is a short video promo.
. CLICK HERE December 7th, 2006

Here is a short video clip from the fights at the Target Center on November 18th, 2006.
For video CLICK HERE. December 6th, 2006

Check out the video link at the top of the page for video clips of last
Friday’s pro boxing show at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester or CLICK HERE. December 5th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Boxing returned to the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Mn last Friday after a two year absence. Hometown favorites Scott Ball and Raphael Butler were among the victorious…READ MORE.
December 3rd, 2006

Professional boxing returns to the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Mn this Friday night.
Scott Ball 147 vs Julio Lanzas 147
Nathan Martin 162 vs Ottu Holifield 163
Raphael Butler 252 vs Cornelius Ellis 238
Malcolm Tann 242 vs Wade Lewis tba
David Bostice 263 vs Willie Chapman 228
Marty Lindquist 180 vs John Turner 177
Yevgeniy Yev Shishporenok 304 vs Dan Invante 258
(Pro Debuts both toughman winners)
November 30th, 2006


~This Friday night professional boxing returns to the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Mn. Here is a lineup of the latest match ups..
Scott Ball versus Julio Lanzas
Nathan Martin versus Ottu Holifield
Raphael Butler versus Cornelius Ellis
Malcolm Tann versus Wade Lewis
David Bostice versus Willie Chapman
Marty Lindquist versus John Turner
Yevgeniy Yev Shishporenok versus Dan Invante Pro Debuts (Both toughman winners) November 28th, 2006

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Heavyweight Joey Abell will be taking on an opponent tba this Friday in Philadelphia. Abell and Dave Peterson both won their bouts at the Blue Horizon in October. For highlight video of those bouts CLICK HERE . November 28, 2006

Jason Litzau will be fighting on HBO on December 16th. On Tuesday, Yarusso’s Restaurant will host the first press conference announcing the fight. For details CLICK HERE. November 20th, 2006

By Ramon Hough, Jesse Kelley, Miranda Sannes
After more than a year without a commission, boxing made its triumphant return to Minnesota Friday night. Many of Minnesota’s best fighters showcased their talents in front of more than 5,000 fans at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis…READ MORE

November 18th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Dillon Carew is the third fighter lined up to face Matt Vanda tonight. Carew knows he is the underdog but says his experience will be the key for him. Here is what the soft spoken Guyana born southpaw had to say…READ MORE.
November 17th, 2006

By: Ramon Hough
Saint Paul’s Allen Litzau (10-2, 6 KO’s) is set to face Juan Polo Perez of Colombia on Friday, November 17th. Litzau spoke to Minnesota Boxing about the fight, his brother Jason’s recent success, and why he called out Wilton Hilario in Tuesday’s press conference…READ MORE.

November 17th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Anthony Bonsante may finally get his chance to face rival Matt Vanda if he wins tonight. That fight has been talked about in the Minnesota boxing circles for six years now. However, Bonsante will be the first to tell you that getting past Troy Lowry on center stage at the Target Center will be no easy task… READ MORE. November 17th, 2006


Bonsante and Lowry weigh-in on Thursday…Click here for more

By Ramon Hough
Andy Kolle will be back in action on Friday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Kolle talked about this Friday’s card, his past and his future… READ MORE November 16th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
At only four fights, featherweight Wilton Hilario and his team have made it clear that they do not intend to follow the “normal” pattern of picking opponents…
READ MORE. November 15th, 2006

Wilton Hilario and Allen Litzau exchange words at todays press conference. More photos and quotes coming tomorrow. Nov. 14th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Saint Paul’s Troy Lowry is set for his fight with Shakopee’s Anthony Bonsante this Friday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The two will battle for the vacant Minnesota middleweight belt…
November 13th, 2006

By Tim Hocking
Matt Vanda (34-2, 21KO’s) is looking to get back on track November 17th in the first of two major boxing cards in Minnesota. Here is what “The Pride of The East Side” had to say about his promotional status, his last fight with Martinus Clay, and the big fight against Bonsante. READ MORE. November 12th, 2006

Nov. 17th show updates: Allen Litzau will be facing Elvis Luciano Martinez. Wilton Hilario and Andy Kolle’s opponents should be posted later today.
Don’t forget to sign up to win free tickets to the show. For details click here.
Interviews have been conducted with Matt Vanda, Troy Lowry and Wilton Hilario so far. Look for those and more to be posted in the following days..
“Cowboy” Chris Holt of Detroit Lakes is currently in the process of getting a degree in personal training. Holt is staying in the cities sparring with Tony Bonsante as he is going to school in White Bear Lake. Holt says he doesn’t have any set fights but if something arises he will be ready.
Featherweight Hassan Wasswa was stopped in the 6th round in a rematch with Barbaro Zepeda last night in Chicago. More details to follow.
Heavyweight Raphael Butler stayed busy knocking out Matt Green in Louisiana on November 4th.
November 11th, 2006

Pro boxing returned to Green Bay, Wisc. last night. JJ Corn of Wisc. stopped MMA fighter Travis McCollugh of ND in the nights main event. McCollugh was dropped 3 times with body shots in the fight but continued to rise and fight on. Corn, who fought at a career high of 183 was finally able to finish McCollugh off with one last body shot in the 6th round.
Canadian Mike Post was supposed to face Frankie Zepeda of Indianapolis but was scratched so Mn’s John Hoffman stepped in. Post came out aggressively and landed a hard body shot that put Hoffman down for the count in the first round.
St. Paul’s Raul Gracia took Wisconsin native Justin Danforth apart again winning a 4 rd Ud. Gracia tattoed shots to the face of a game Danforth througout the bout.
Dan Shlienz of Duluth won a unanimous decision over Detroit Lakes Mn’s Ryan Gronvold.
Canadian Brooke Wellby stopped James Rice by 5th rd tko. November 3rd, 2006

Most of the undercard bouts have now been set for the Target Center show on the 17th. Vanda faces Robertson, Walters faces Pineda and A. Litzau has been added…READ MORE. November 2nd, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Update: The card has been rescheduled for November 4th. More to come..
Featherweight Allen Litzau is set to battle Jose Diaz tomorrow night in Louisiana for the WBC Youth title. READ MORE.
October 27th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Update: The card has been rescheduled for November 4th. More to come..
22 year old Heavyweight Raphael Butler will be back in action this Saturday night in Louisiana. Boxrec has Butler scheduled to meet Matt Green of North Carolina. READ MORE. October 26th, 2006

The first press conference for the November 17th boxing card being held at the Target Center took place Thursday morning at the State Capitol.
For quotes and photos CLICK HERE
October 21st, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Update: Litzau demolished Ventura, stopping him at 1:18 of the 2nd round.
Featherweight Jason Litzau will take on Sammy Ventura tomorrow night in Chicago, Illinois. This is a huge fight for Litzau because a win will secure an HBO fight in December. I caught up with Litzau before he left for New Jersey for further training a few weeks ago.
For video footage and feature story CLICK HERE. October 19th, 2006

A pro card featuring mostly Mn boxers will take place on November 2nd at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay, Wisc. Below is the full line up…
J.J. Corn vs. Vance Garvey -8rds- 165#
Mike Post vs. TBA -8rds-. 147#
Brook Welby vs. James Rice -6rds-
Raul Gracia vs. TBA 140#
Peter O’Kane vs. Brad Croaker 175#
Ryan Grunvold vs. Dan Scheinz 140#
Hassan Wasswa vs. Tim Lindgren 130#
October 18th, 2006

It was a successful weekend on the road for our Minnesota fighters. Marty Lindquist 13-4 shocked Philadelphia fans earlier tonight by crushing hometown favorite Max Alexander now 12-1 in the opening seconds of the 1st. Alexander came out showboating and was caught with a huge overhand right that put him out cold 5 seconds in. Alexander was carried out on a stretcher and left in an ambulance. Official time was :10 of the 1st rd.
Joey Abell took his time in taking apart Louis Monaco on Friday night in Philly. Abell was pummelling Monaco late in the fourth before the ref jumped in to stop the fight.
Dave Peterson also looked impressive particularly with the body assault in stopping Kenneth Meeks in the second round. A big right to the body sent Meeks down for the count.
October 14th, 2006

The new Minnesota boxing commission is currently looking for individuals interested in judging and officiating. For those interested in recieving an application send emails to

October 14th, 2006

Pro boxing returns to Minnesota on November 17th at the Target Center in Minnapolis. For the full lineup and more info CLICK HERE October 12th, 2006

Joey Abell is back in the spotlight at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. Dave Peterson and Marty Lindquist will also fight in Philly this weekend. READ MORE
October 12th, 2006

Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante of Shakopee, MN won by fourth-round TKO over Larry “The Gladiator” Brothers of DC on Saturday night.
Bonsante started slowly in the contest as the veteran Brothers landed some quality shots in the first round. However, Bonsante picked up the pace nicely and turned the tide by landing his right hand. Finally in the fourth round, Bonsante landed a crisp uppercut with the right hand that crumpled Brothers to the canvas. Referee Wollesen stopped the contest at 2:34 of the fourth.
Bonsante moves to 27-8-3, 15 KO’s while Brothers falls to 6-20-3, four KO’s. Thanks to our friends at boxingalongthebeltway for the story. October 8th, 2006

JJ Corn
stopped Ron Krull this weekend in Bowler, Wisc. Corn’s body attack was too much for Krull who was put down 5 times in the bout. Krull bravely rose everytime but the referee had seen enough and stopped the assault in the fifth round.
Darby Smart was stopped in fifth round by Nestor Rocha in Texas. Smart had success in the first two rounds, catching Rocha with straight lefts. Rocha took over after that, dropping Smart twice before the referee stopped the fight. October 1st, 2006

Raphael Butler photos, Abell wins in Philly, Smart and Corn return to action.Tuff-Guy Tourny. To read more CLICK HERE! September 25h, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Photos By Miranda Sannes

Canadian Cruiserweight Bobby Gunn (16-2, 13 ko’s) picked up the IBA cruiserweight title on Saturday night at the LCO Casino in Hayward, Wisconsin. Gunn used his superior boxing skills, a vicious body attack, and some borderline dirty tactics in stopping Shannon Landberg (58-12-3, 26 ko’s) of West Lafayette, IN.
September 17th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Lightheavyweight Zach Walters (15-1, 11 ko’s) of Duluth, MN won a dominant 8 round unanimous decision over
Lloyd “Jabba” Bryan (22-14, 10 ko’s) of Kingston, Jamaica on Friday night at the Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisc.
Walters dropped Bryan twice. READ MORE. September 17th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
On Friday, September 15th “JungleBoy” Zach Walters will meet Lloyd “Jabba” Bryan in a light heavyweight main event fight in Superior, Wisconsin.For the full story
CLICK HERE. 9/13/06

By: Ramon Hough
This Friday, 24-year-old Andy Kolle (now 9-1, 7 KO’s) is hoping to erase the memory of his defeat to Andre Ward when he takes on Terry Tock (17-8-1, 9 KO’s) at the Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin. READ MORE
Sept. 13th, 2006

Hilario and Wasswa win. Hajicek losses at The Myth. Allen Litzau title shot and Bonsante, Abell, Butler return to action. For all the details,
CLICK HERE Sept. 9th, 2006

JJ Corn and Raul Gracia Added to the card!
Rock Solid Boxing presents a heavyweight title bout between Bobby Gunn and Shannon Landberg at the LCO Casino in Hayward, Wisc. Sept.16th. READ MORE.
Sept. 9th, 2006

Jason Litzau is scheduled to fight in Chicago on Telefutura Oct.20th. According to trainer Bob Van Syckle, Main Events still wants to do a show in Minnesota but must wait until the commission is running. Team Litzau is currently in the process of selecting an opponent. August 29th, 2006

Scott Ball lost a war with Jesse Lara in Texas last week. Each took turns rocking each other with Ball getting the better,dropping Lara twice early. With 10 seconds left in round four, Lara landed a huge right that ended the fight.~
Chris Holt of Detroit Lakes, Mn will battle Aaron Mitchell tonight in Florida for the IBO Intercontinental Middleweight Title.~
Featherweight Wilton Hilario will be facing 33 year old Pete Cantu (7-6, 6ko’s) of Michigan in Superior, Wisc.on the Sept 15th card.~
Cr Billiards will be hosting its next “TuffGuy” show tonight. The finals will be held tomorrow night(Saturday) starting at 7pm.
Friday, August 25th, 2006

Sharky Promotions will host it’s next pro boxing show on Sept.15th in Superior, Wisc. Zach Walters (14-1) will battle veteran Lloyd “Jabba” Bryan (22-13) in the main event while Andy Kolle takes on Terry Tock 17-8. Featherweight Wilton Hilario will also see action…Read More
August 19th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Rochester Minnesota’s Scott Ball (7-1, 6 ko’s) returns to action Friday, August 18th at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The 22 year old jr welterweight will face Jesse Lara (11-1-1)…Read More . 8/12/06

LeDoux Chosen to Lead New Commission! By Jesse Kelley
A press conference was held at the ACR boxing gym in Coon Rapids, Minnesota last week to announce the appointing of Scott LeDoux as the executive director of the re constituted Minnesota boxing commission… Read More August 7th, 2006

A Look Back at Last Weekend
By Mark Connor

. Last weekend, Raul Gracia outboxed hometown fighter Jeff Curran in Chicago. Mark Connor helped work Gracias corner as Gracia skillfully took apart Curran. To read Mark’s recap of his experience with Raul Gracia and Tim Lindgren’s fights in Chicago last week..Read More. August 1st, 2006

Bonsante Ready For Green!
By Jesse Kelley
Anthony Bonsante (26-7-3, 15 KOs) returns to action tomorrow night in Tulsa, Oklahoma against undefeated Allan Green (20-0, 14 KOs)…Read More July 20th, 2006

Under the Influence
By Ray Kilgore
Jason Litzau Headlines on Espn 2 Friday night fights July 14th!
Undefeated Jason Litzau will face Nicky Bentz tonight on Espn2 in Rincon California. Ray Kilgore caught up with Litzau discuss everything from his childhood to tonights fight…Read More .
July 14th, 2006

Walters Talks about Muller Fight!
By Jesse Kelley
“JungleBoy” Zach Walters is currently busy finishing up his final credits toward his psychology degree at the the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Ironically, Walters recently passed his biggest test in the ring last April when he stopped Teddy Muller in Duluth, Mn…Read More June 20th, 2006

Out of the Jungle
By Ray Kilgore

Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters faced a difficult teen life, but through it all, he’s learned the meaning of, determination, dedication, and commitment not only in the game of boxing, but in life as well… Read More June 20th, 2006

Kost Battles in Illinois Tonight!
By Jesse Kelley
“Ko” Kenny Kost (10-1, 6 ko’s) is set to face Wisconsin’s Alberto Mercedes tonight in Illinois. Both Kost and Mercedes were successful at making the contracted weight of 160 give or take a pound at last nights weigh-ins…Read More
June 17th, 2006

~World News~
A bigger fight than June 10th

By Rayman Kilgore
World ranked contender Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi will embark on what appears to be his biggest test June 10th when he faces current WBO champ Miguel Cotto who’s considered one of the best 140 pound fighters.
.Read More June 1, 2006

“The Predator” Dominated in NYC
By Tim Hocking
It was supposed to be a triumphant return to the ring for “The Pride of the East Side” Matt Vanda but it turned out to be a dominant performance by unheralded Martinus Clay (12-12-1, 4KO’s) in the co-feature of Cedric Kushner’s premiere of “Gotham Boxing” from the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC.. Read More

The Return of the Predator!
By Jesse Kelley
East Saint Paul Minnesota’s Matt “The Predator” Vanda (34-1,21 ko’s) returns to action Wednesday night at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY. Vanda will face 24 year old Martinus Clay (11-12-1) of Wilson, NC. The card will be shown live online at www.jumptv.com… Read More 5/23/06

~World News~
Seeing Blood

By Ray Kilgore

Most fighters dream of
international name recognition for their hard work in the ring. Sadly, for Mitch Green, he’s well known in the boxing community not for great battles in the ring, but for his street brawl with Mike Tyson and bitter dispute with Don King. To read more.. Read More April 30th, 2006

January 20th, 2007

100 lbs.- Hans Hanster, Winnipeg , dec. Payton Lee, Rochester
90- Chad Maritt, Spencer WI dec. Larry Tresco, St. Cloud BWG
130- Mike Haubrich, ACR dec. Jay Lee, Brunette’s
130- Sammie Rasado, St. Croix WI dec. Jasmine carrilo, Spencer WI
90- Alex Litz, St. Croix dec. Jessie Barthel, Spencer WI
150- Andy Quaderer, Spender dec. Sam Skramstad, St. Cloud
185- Andy Bungum, Rochester dec. Ryan Peel, Brunette’s
175- Paul Henschell, Brunettes Rsc2 Dusty Wilson, Spencer WI
135- River Davidson, Winnipeg dec. Jake Walthers, Winona
150- Manny Contreras, Rice St. dec. Chris Bruce, Brunette’s
125- Zafer Sacranie, Winnipeg dec. Craig Butler, Twin Ports-Duluth
115- Brad Heroff, Brunettes dec. Derrick Pringle, Spencer
160- Cerreso Fort, Rice St. dec. Kelly Page, Winnipeg
HWT Delano Henton, Brunettes dec. Matt Clayton, St. Cloud

By Ray Kilgore
Writer Ray Kilgore reviewed some of the more memorable bouts and fighters that stood out in the Minnesota boxing scene in 2006. To read more
January 8th, 2006

Boxing returns to Brunette gym Jan.12th. In a 132 # bout Tony Lee takes on former jr. Olympic champ Zaphar Sacran of Winnipeg. In the co-feature, 17 year old super heavy Delano Henton will face off against 25 year old amateur vet Marcus Parker of Madison, Wisc. Also, Rochester’s Richard Kern squares off against an opponent tba from Winnipeg. Brunette’s Brad Herroff will also box that night. There will be 10 bouts in all. Bouts will begin at 7pm. To reach Brunette’s gym call
651-779-6248. Stay tuned for more info.

January 5th, 2006

Lakes Area Boxing’s Don Pederson suffered a stroke on Monday night. Pederson coaches in Detroit Lakes and has also been an official for many years. Cards etc. can be mailed to..
Merit Care Hospital
room 106 bed 1
801 Broadway N

Dec. 26th,2006

By Ray Kilgore
Brunette boxing hosted another night of amateur boxing on Dec. 16th. Heavyweight Delano Henton decisioned MIke Robinson in the featured bout..READ MORE Nov. 18th, 2006

Results are posted on the amateur page. For results and more

By Ray Kilgore
The UpperCut gym hosted another night of amateur boxing Saturday. night…READ MORE

Boxing returns to the Wadena Armory. In the main event, Tyler Hulton of Fergus Falls will face off with Dewayne Steward of Wadena. There will be 12 bouts in all. December 9th, 2006

The Uppercut gym will be hosting it’s next show Dec.9th. There will be 5 Canadian boxers making the trip to take on our MN fighters.For more info visit www.Uppercutgym.com
December 8th, 2006

Boxing returns to Brunette’s Boxing gym on Dec.16th. The main event features heavyweights Mike Robinson of Cass Lake taking on Delano Henton of Brunette’s. Also, CJ Butler will rematch Wisc’s Jimmy Maher of Rapids Boxing.
For more info call 651-779-6248

Hoshang Ismail and Matt Carlson fought one of the most exciting matches of the year in Minnesota on November 18th at the Uppercut gym in Minneapolis… READ MORE
November 5th, 2006

By Ray Kilgore Photos Posted!
The Uppercut gym hosted their monthly boxing show last Saturday. In what could be a fight of the year candidate, Hoshang Ismail outpointed Matt Carlson…READ MORE
November 21st, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
The Brunette boxing gym in Saint Paul hosted another packed amateur boxing show on Saturday night. The night featured a triple main event of three highly anticapated bouts…
READ MORE November 18th, 2006

By Ray Kilgore
WBL boxer Justin Griffin has learned a lot after only 16 fights.Most imprtantly, he has learned it makes little sense to treat every bout as if it were a final examination…READ MORE
November 16th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
When C.J. Butler and Brad Paltrow met in September at the Brunette’s boxing gym, they gave fans a fight that really didn’t need a winner announced…
READ MORE November 14th. 2006

By Ray Kilgore
St. Cloud boxing held their 2nd Annual Armed Forces Appreciation show this past Saturday. Craig Butler edged Jose Hilario in the mainevent…READ MORE.
November 14th, 2006

By Jesse Kelley
Brad Patrow is set to face off with Craig Butler this Saturday at the Brunette Boxing gym. Patrow won a decision in their first meeting…READ MORE.
November 12th, 2006

By Ray Kilgore
If Dustin and Dylan Mason had an agent, they would have no problem being official spokesmen for Nike’s slogan just do it. The brothers took up the sport four years ago, and have been model boxers with their clean lifestyles, and strong work ethic…READ MORE.
November 7th, 2006

Brunette Boxing will host a night of rematches on November 18th. Headlining will be Tony Lee of Brunette’s against Rice Street’s Sam Morales in a 4 rd rematch. Morales won their first fight a few years back. Also Brad Paltrow of Rice Street will battle Duluth’s Craig Butler and heavyweights Larry Barela and Marc Sienkiewicz will face off once again. There will be 10 bouts total. Stay tuned for more info. November 3rd, 2006

By Ray Kilgore
Hoshang (16) and Hardwell (13) Ismail have found a special bond as siblings through boxing that they hope will link them together for ever… READ MORE
October 31st, 2006

By Ray Kilgore
The Boxers Workout Gym located in St. Cloud, MN presented USA Amateur Boxing Saturday October, 28th 2006
READ MORE October 31st, 2006

By Ray Kilgore
Uppercut Gym held 12 amateur bouts in front of a pack house on Saturday October 21, 06
Oct. 25th, 2006

Chippewa Valley Boxing will have an amateur show at the LCO Casino on Nov.4th. Weigh-ins at 11am, first fight will be at 7pm. 60 discounted rooms are available at the Casino.Room block numbers and match making call Scott Robinson at 715-271-7717 or for general info call Dave Savage at 715-828-5979. September 27, 2006

Brunette Boxing’s outdoor classic was forced indoors last Sunday due to rain. Although the crowd wasn’t as big as would have been, the fans that did show up were treated to a fun afternoon of fights. Below are the results. Stay tuned for video clips and report.
Justice Love dec Gabe Lindberg
Jose Velasquez dec Jay Lee

Bryan Wiltfang dec Lawrence Roberts
David Collier dec Chris Dixon
Brad Paltrow dec Craig Butler
Larry Barela dec Marc Sienkiewicz

By Ray Kilgore
Caleb Truax is in a good spot mentally because unlike many amateur boxers, he’s able to put what the sport can and cannot offer him into perspective, and he’s not looking for boxing to provide anything more than competition, staying in shape physically, and getting occasional fan appreciation. READ MORE
Sept. 5th, 2006

From Terry Marsh

Update from Debra Schellsmidt
Sept. 16th, 2006 Heritage Days
Calidonia Boxing and Lions Den will be hosting this show in Winona. For matchup info contact the Lions Den and all other questions call Matt at 507-725-8973.~
Oct. 26th, 2006 Caledonia teams up with Iowa gyms in Waukon Iowa, At Wild Willies.
March 17, 2007 Caledonia will be hosting their annual St. Patricks day event at the City Auditorium. August 29th, 2006

By Ray Kilgore
Although Vern Sweeney is thinking of leaving the sport after his volunteer position as Vice President of USA boxing ends in two years, the Godfather of boxing wants to make certain he continues his high standard of excellence as a boxing judge..Read More

By Ray Kilgore Photos By: Vincent Kilgore, Terrance Lynch, Tanisha Lynch
Click Here for photos and report!
August 2nd, 2006

Canterbury Golden Gloves Results!
By Ray Kilgore Photos By: Vincent Kilgore, Terrance Lynch, Tanisha Lynch

Lee’s sending an APB to all boxers in his division
By Ray Kilgore
Although Lee has not boxed since engaging in MN’s version of Halger vs. Hearns with Rodriguez at Upper Cut Gym on May 20th 06, Lee’s letting it be known that his win is a message to other boxers in the Lightweight to Welterweight division that his performance against Rodriguez is just a sampling of things to come in the future. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE July 16, 2006

June 22nd Canterbury Results!
By Ray Kilgore,
To see photos and results CLICK HERE.

Knuckleup Sportswear June 17th 2006 Results!
Amateur matches and Professional sparring sessions
By Ray Kilgore
Sean Hickman hosted his first Golden Gloves card at CR Billiards in Coon Rapids Saturday June 17th 2006. Although the bouts started an hour late, it was worth the wait as fans were treated to an excellent afternoon of boxing, food, and music. For full report CLICK HERE.

Uppercut hosted six amateur bouts Saturday May 20th 2006
By Ray Kilgore

The Uppercut Gym in Minneapolis hosted a night of amateur boxing last Saturday night in Minneapolis. The night concluded with the much anticipated match between Tony Lee and Cory Rodriquez. For full report and photos CLICK HERE.

By: Micheal Rose

Rachel Schley.. The 5’2″ 125 lb 24 year-old out of Uppercut Gym in Northeast Minneapolis didn’t grow up fighting in the streets of Brooklyn but to question her toughness would be an act of sheer lunacy. Currently ranked the number five lightweight in the U.S. this fighter attributes much of her toughness and success to the role models she has in her life, namely her older brother and her trainer Gina Campbell. READ MORE
May 22, 2006

A Love Affair
By Ray Kilgore

11 yr old Justice Love’s workoust are so intense, an onlooker could easily get tired from watching him. On the surface, Justice’s workout looks similar to other boxers: he hits the heavy bag, skips rope, and shadow boxes. But what’s different about his workout is his parents are right by his side- not as observers, but as participants because both his father and mother are amateur boxers. READ MORE May 22, 2006

National Golden Gloves “Tournament of Champions”
April 24 – 29, 2006 Omaha, Nebraska
By Sierra Leone K Samuels, Circle of Discipline Inc – For the full report

By Ray Kilgore
Michael Faulk had it all worked out. He would box two bouts April 14th and 15th win them both and advance to the nationals in Nebraska and showcase his talent. But the plan backed fired! Now Faulk faces an emergency because not only is his amateur career uncertain, but the possibility of making serious noise as a professional at age 27, looks slim. READ MORE.

No longer a victim
By Ray Kilgore

Boxing is an odd sport in that it can ask both the professional and amateur similar questions: How hard are you willing to push yourself? What’s your inner strength? Are you able to keep your self-esteem despite setbacks? The sport is more complicated when teens are involved because not only must they contemplate these questions, but they must address other issues as well. But as Alex Luxby prepares for his bout May 6th at the Jr. Olympics in Naytahwaush MN, he’s in a good position because not only isn’t he worried about hypothetical questions, he’s no longer concerned about being the victim of abuse. READ MORE.
May 10th, 2006

One Love
By Ray Kilgore

Boxer Cerreso Fort seems to have it all: an athletic body, power, good looks, and dedication. Can it get any better? Yes! He’s tried other sports, but found boxing to be his one love and is willing to give fans entertainment that will keep them coming for more.(Fort will compete in the 165 pound divison at the Golden Gloves Championships tonight) To read more CLICK HERE

Signed, Sealed, And Delivered
By Ray Kilgore

If boxer Brad Patrow were an “object,” he’d make the perfect gift for any boxing coach; with speed, defense, and athleticism, he isn’t just an exciting amateur boxer, but has the making of a dazzling professional career.
(Patrow, left will face Derek Winston at the Golden Gloves Championships this weekend) For more CLICK HERE

Beauty and the Beast
By Ray Kilgore

The first thing you notice about Nikki Lafountain is her striking beauty and radiant smile; but inside the ropes, her good looks take a back seat to a beast like nature as a boxer. ( Lafountain will compete this weekend in the 132 womans division.) For more CLICK HERE

Results from New Jersey.
Featherweight Jason Litzau continued to roll as he outclassed and punished Debind Thapa tonight in New Jersey. After three rounds of beating, Litzau scored the ko as the bell sounded to end round three. Jason will be fighting next in July on Espn according to trainer Bob Van Syckle. In other action, Allen Litzau dropped a controversial majority decision to Terry Lantz. The bout resembled a wrestling match more then a boxing match throughout the bout with Litzau coming on in the final three rounds. Although Litzau landed more punches, the judges apparently felt that Lantz’s aggression was enough to warrant the decision. Rather then step back and box, Litzau decided to go along with the rough house tactics of his opponent and clinch, grab and tie up right along with Lantz early. “It was very much like the fight with Darby Smart” said Van Syckle. 5/11/06

Litzau’s Headline Tonight!

The American Boys Jason and Allen Litzau will be fighting together on the same card for the first time since April of 2004 tonight in North Bergen, New Jersey. Jason Litzau (17-0, 15 ko’s) will face unorthodox southpaw Debind Thapa (20-5-1, 11ko’s) of Nepal. The 22 year old featherweight is already rated high in most of the boxing organizations outthere, #5 NABF, #9 NABA, #9 USBO,#13 WBA, #27 WBC, and to make it to the top, Litzau said he needs to face all types of fighters which is why he chose to take on the awkward punching Thapa.
Allen Litzau, 24, brings a record of (10-1, 6 ko’s) to the ring tonight as he faces a tough test in Terry Lantz (9-5,6 KO’s) of Florida. I say this because Lantz has a decent chin along with the fact that he has fought as a lightweight and even as high as 141 pounds throughout his career. Their fights should be over around 10pm tonight and I will be contacting them to see how things went so stay tuned!
May 11th, 2006

Seeing Blood
By Ray Kilgore

World News
Most fighters dream of international name recognition for their hard work in the ring. Sadly, for Mitch Green, he’s well known in the boxing community not for great battles in the ring, but for his street brawl with Mike Tyson and bitter dispute with Don King. To read more CLICK HERE. April 30th, 2006


From Fightnews.com
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Andre Ward (9-0, 5KO’s) remained undefeated by putting his speed and punching power on display to stop the previously undefeated Andy Kolle, (9-1, 7KO’s) by scoring a TKO at the end of the sixth round. Both fighters started out throwing punches early, however Ward really turned up the pressure especially in the later rounds of the fight. Ward was able to land the cleaner punches causing swelling the eyes of Kolle, which prompted the referee, Johnny Callas to stop the fight after the end of the sixth round and before the seventh round could begin. For full report CLICK HERE

April 30th, 2006

By: Ramon Hough

In life, golden opportunities don’t come along very often. In boxing, they might come along even less frequently. For undefeated middleweight Andy “Kaos” Kolle (9-0, 7 KO’s), two such opportunities will be within reach this Saturday, April 29th (9:15 PM CST) when he challenges undefeated 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Not only does the Fergus Falls, Minnesota native have an opportunity at being the first to defeat Ward (8-0, 4 KO’s), he’s also getting the opportunity to do so in front of an international audience on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. The bout will be the co-feature to the Acelino Freitas versus Zahir Raheem lightweight title bout.
The 23-year-old Kolle will be Ward’s third opponent from Minnesota. He spoke to Fightnews about his upcoming fight and what he thinks is going to happen.
To read more CLICK HERE.

Walters Gets Off Canvas in First, Stops Muller in Third!
By Jesse Kelley

“JungleBoy” Zach Walters survived a first round scare Saturday night in Superior, Wisconsin, and went on to knock out Illinois’ Teddy Muller in the third round.Walters was put down once and given a standing eight count in the opening round but turned the tides in the third round, dropping Muller twice in an exciting lightheavyweight battle. To read the full report CLICK HERE.
Sunday, April 23, 2006

In The News..

Chisholm, Mn’s “The Wild Irishman” Darby Smart (10-3) won a six round unanimous decision in Illinois against Omar Reyes (2-3) this weekend. Smart chose to mix it up early but got into his groove in the later rounds, taking the decision.
“The American Boys” Jason and Allen Litzau have begun their training camp in Florida for their upcoming fights on May 11th in New Jersey. Allen has been sparring tough fighters Dat Ngyuen and Danny McDermott. Jason is sparring lefty Luis Bolano (41-5) in preparation for his bout against Debind Thapa.
April 21, 2006

Jungle Boy Back in Action
By: Ramon Hough

‘Jungle Boy’ Zach Walters (13-1, 10 KO’s) is one of Minnesota’s most popular fighters. Besides the East Side’s Matt Vanda, Walters might be Minnesota’s biggest draw. But without a Minnesota boxing commission, the normally busy Walters hasn’t fought in almost eight months. The layoff ends though this Saturday, April 22nd, when he faces Ted Muller (17-6-2, 7 KO’s) at the Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin. In an email interview, Walters talked about his upcoming fight, his frustrations with the lack of a Minnesota boxing commission and his stable mate, Andy ‘Kaos’ Kolle’s upcoming fight against 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward:
To read more CLICK HERE. April 20th, 2006

Video Interview! Bonsante Prepares for Allen Green
By Jesse Kelley

I sat down with Anthony Bonsante last week at the Uppercut gym to get his thoughts on his next fight with Allen Green on April 26 in Miami, Oklahoma. The bout will be the main event on Espn. Choose your internet connection below to watch the video. Update: Allen Green informed us moments ago that the fight is off. I will be talking to both fighters shortly so stay tuned for more details..

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“Jungle Boy” Walters Returns!
UFC’s Eilers Makes Pro Debut
Benna Ford of Superior, Wisconsin and Fond-Du-Luth Casino of Duluth, Minnesota, present “Superior Showdown,” a six bout evening of professional boxing on Saturday April 22 at the Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin. Minnesota Light Heavyweight champion Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters (13-1, 10 KO’s) returns to action in the 8-round main event, as he takes on tough veteran Teddy Muller (17-6-2, 7 KO’s) of Moline, Ilinois.The show is being dedicated to late Marine Adam VanAlstine of Superior. Walters hasn’t fought since September of last year. Also featured on the card is super featherweight Wilton Hilario (2-0, 2 KO’s). Hilario is coming off a devastating first round TKO victory last month, televised on Telefutura. Popular UFC fighter Justin Eilers will also be making his pro boxing debut in the heavyweight division. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $35 for floor seating, and $20 for grandstand seating. Select VIP table seating is available by calling (218) 310-5200. Tickets can be purchased at the following outlets or at the venue the day of the show: Benna Ford, 3022 Tower Ave; Superior Fond-Du-Luth Casino, 129 East Superior St; Duluth Good Sports, 2827 Oakes Ave; Superior Horton’s Gym, 2024 W. Superior St; Duluth Wessman Arena, 2701 Catlin Ave.Discounted hotel rooms are also available for those traveling. Contact the Bayfront Superior Days Inn at 1-888-515-5040 and ask for the “Superior Showdown” rate. For more information, contact Mike LeTourneau at 651-815-1648 or Chuck Horton at 218-310-5200.

Wednesday, April 19 2006

2006 Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Championships This Weekend!

The UMGG Championships will once again be held at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Mn this Friday, April 14th and Saturday April 15th. This years tournament is stacked with very interesting matchups. Tony Lee will square off with Jamal James. At 119, Brad Patrow will battle Derek Winston. Javantae Starks, Michael Faulk and Tyler Hultin meet at 152. Cerreso Fort will box Dewayne Steward at 165. Caleb Truax goes up against Cory Burton at 178. Meeting at heavyweight will be James Taylor and Lenny Drewelow. And finally Jesse Ruiz, Delano Henton and Tyrone Thunder will box at super heavyweight. In the female finals, Nikki Lafountaine, Laura Savage and Savanna Osborne meet at 132. Sarah Burzette and Heather Hutchins will box in the 153 pound division. For tickets or more information contact Terry Marsh at 763-458-7505.

Litzau’s Return To Action May 11th!

Saint Paul, Mn featherweight brothers Jason and Allen Litzau will be fighting on a Main Events promoted card on May 11th at Scheuntzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. Jason (17-0, 15 ko’s) will be facing southpaw Debind Thapa (20-5-1, 11ko’s). Thapa, who represented his home country of Nepal in the 1996 Olympics is now fighting out of New Jersey. Allen Litzau (10-1, 6 ko’s) will be facing an opponent to be announced shortly. “The guys are looking forward to putting on a good show on May 11th” said Litzau’s trainer Bob Van Syckle. “It looks like a commission could be formed soon in Minnesota and we are really looking forward to putting on a show there this year.” Main Events has expressed interest in promoting a show in Minnesota featuring Litzau as soon as boxing can be held in Minnesota once a commission is in place.

Hajicek, Smart Win MMA Bouts Last Weekend!

Butch Hajicek promoted his first mixed martial arts show last weekend in front of nearly 3,000 rowdy fans in Grand Forks, ND. Hajicek also fought on the card, stopping skilled kickboxer Dominik Blaze. Blaze tapped out after an accumulation of punches. Hajicek injured his foot in the bout which will force him to miss his upcoming fight with Shay Mobley in Indiana on April 14th. Hajicek says he may be fighting in Georgia on the 28th if things heal up. In other action, former Mn state featherweight champ Darby Smart made his mma debut a successful one by choking out Minnesota State University Moorhead wrestling coach Desmond Radunz. 4/4/06

Wayka On Free Live Webcast Tonight!

Jr. Middleweight “Gentleman” James Wayka will Battle Eric Mitchell tonight in South Florida. Wayka originally made the trip as a backup opponent for Said Ouali. As of early this morning it looks like the main event of the webcast will now be the Wayka-Mitchell bout, although this could change. Either way, it looks like Wayka’s bout will be featured live somewhere on the card. To check out the free live boxing webcast visit www.prizefightnetwork.com. Thanks to Marc Lichtenfeld for the update. Lichtenfeld can be heard doing all of the play by play for tonights webcast.

Commission Update!
Photo by Tom Olmscheid

Former heavyweight boxing contender Scott LeDoux and Professional Boxing Referee Mark Nelson testified in sessions last week at the Minnesota State Capitol for the reestablishment of the Minnesota State Boxing Commission. The bill is in House for Legislative Session 84. Thanks to Mark Nelson for the update!

The Weekend Wrap Up!

Butler destroys Neal! By David Finger, Fightnews.com
Boxing fans in Denver were once again treated to an entertaining card put up by promoter Jim “Smitty” Smith as heavyweight Raphael Butler, 257, revitalized his career with a dominant knockout victory over Forrest Neal, 237. The fight appeared to have upset written all over it, as it was in the same ring that Butler first tasted defeat in his eleventh fight. And with Neal promising a knockout victory, many fans were looking forward to a brawl. But the body attack of Butler proved too much for Neal, who appeared to quit after a straight right to the body dropped him to the canvas for the ten count. Referee Woody Kislowski counted out Neal at 52 seconds of the opening round. With the win, Butler improves to 17-2 (13) while Neal (who had half his purse withheld due to his disgraceful performance) dropped to 16-9 (8) with this, his fifth straight knockout loss.

Heavyweight Joey Abell continued to role his way through opponents. Abell, now 5-0,5 ko’s tkoed Cornell Bradbury 1-6-1 at 2:25 of the opening round in Merrionette Park, Illinois. According to Boxrec, the 24 year old Abell has been invited back to fight at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA on April 7th.
Also fighting on the same card was Mpls’s Innocent Otukwu (13-7). Otukwu was tko’ed in the third round by Malachy Farrell (12-0) Otukwu was unable to come out for the third round due to an eye injury.

Hilario moves to 2-0! By Bobby Mac, Fightnews.com.
Young featherweight Wilton Hilario, 130, gutted Jeremy Lee Marts, 130, with 3 left hooks to the liver, dropping him 3X in the first round. The ref pulled the plug at 1:11 of the 1st round. Hilario moves to 2-0-0, 2 KO, and Marts is dropped to 3-2-0, 3 KO.
March 19th, 2006

Defying the odds with Determination
By Rayman Kilgore

When Virgil Hill entered the ring after a 20 month layoff to defeat Valery Brudov (who was 30-0 at the time), most gave him little chance to win; after all, pundits said Hill had ring mileage (50-5-23 KOs), and father-time against him. But Hill understood that not only did he bring ring experience against Brudov, but brought drive and determination, which started long before he entered a boxing ring. READ MORE
March 10th, 200

Hajicek Wins Tonight at the Myth!
By Jesse Kelley

“Maddog” Butch Hajicek scored the knockout of the night tonight at the Myth Night Club in Maplewood, MN. Just one week after his boxing match in Fargo, Hajicek returned to the ring only this time to do battle on a full contact cage fighting show. Hajicek dropped his opponent Vern Jefferson to the mat early. Jefferson stayed put on his back as Hajicek proceeded to rain right kicks to the legs of his fallen foe. Jefferson got to his feet only to be greeted with Hajicek’s trademark right to the head which sent him down again. Hajicek rained right hands down onto the head of Jefferson forcing an end to the match in the first round.
* I apologize, but the video promised didn’t turn out so It can’t be shown.
March 8th, 2006

Kolle wins, Ward next!
By Ramon Hough, Video by Miranda Sannes, Photos by Jesse Kelley
Within minutes of undefeated middleweight Andy ‘Kaos’ Kolle’s sixth TKO victory over Vance Garvey on Saturday in Fargo, North Dakota, ring announcer Greg Lowe announced Kolle is set to challenge 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward in an HBO-televised fight on April 29th. The 23-year-old Kolle will bring a 9-0 record with 7 KO’s into the ring when he faces Ward in April. On the undercard, local 18-year-old high school student Tyler Gould (2-0) had an opportunity many schoolkids can only dream of, a chance to fight the principal. Gould needed only 63 seconds to teach 33-year-old Ben Lane a brutal lesson in their junior middleweight fight. Lane is a principal in St.Paul, MN. READ MORE


By: Ramon Hough

For Ben ‘the Principal’ Lane, success has always seemed to come early, whether it be in the classroom or in the boxing ring. Just 33-years-old, Lane has already been a school principal for two years. As a boxer, Lane has won all three of his fights by way of knockout with two fights being televised on Fox Sports North.
This Saturday (3/4/06), the ‘Principal’ continues his boxing career when he takes on 18-year-old high school senior Tyler Gould (1-0, 1 KO) at the Civic Center in Fargo, North Dakota. For full story, CLICK HERE.
March 3rd, 2006

By: Ramon Hough

Undefeated middleweight prospect Andy ‘Kaos’ Kolle (8-0, 6 KO’s) is going to have a busy night this Saturday (March 4th) at the Civic Center in Fargo, North Dakota. Kolle will be wearing two hats that night: one as a fighter when he faces Vance Darby (6-21-4, 1 KO) in one of the three featured middleweight fights and another as a trainer when he works the corner of West Fargo’s Tyler Gould.
The card, being dubbed “March Middleweight Madness,” will showcase some of the region’s top middleweights with Grand Rapids’ Butch Hajicek and Saint Paul’s KO Kenny Kost fighting in separate bouts.
In an email interview, Kolle talked about his upcoming fight, being a trainer and his plans for the near future. For more CLICK HERE
March 1, 2006

By: Ramon Hough

A principal fighting with a student?
In the real world, the principal would likely be out of a job and a lawsuit would soon follow, while the student would almost surely be expelled. But on Saturday, March 4th, the real world takes a backseat to the world of boxing when 33-year-old Ben “the Principal” Lane of St. Paul, Minnesota takes on 18-year-old West Fargo High School senior, Tyler Gould at the Fargo Civic Center.
February 27th, 2006

A question of Commitment
By Ray Kilgore

The most well-known two-sport athlete was Bo Jackson. However, if Minnesota pro fighter Joey Abell has his way, not only will he follow in Jackson’s footsteps, but he plans to be the only fighter in history to box and play football simultaneously. READ MORE
February 27th, 2006

Litzau Stops Carrizales in 2!
By Jesse Kelley

Featherweight Allen Litzau of Saint Paul, Mn stopped Tim Carrizales of Wisconsin in the second round Friday, Feb 24th at Mack Daddy’s Entertainment Emporium in Somerset, Wisconsin. Litzau was simply too quick for Carrizales from the start. A hard left-right combination to the head dropped Carrizales toward the end of the first round. By the second, Carrizales wore a confused look on his face as he tried to figure out a way to get himself into the fight. Midway through the second, Litzau dropped another left-right combination to the head of Carrizales that once again dropped him to his knees. As the referee started his count, Carrizales shook his head saying he didn’t want to continue. With the win, Litzau raises his record to (10-1, 6 ko’s) while Carrizales drops to (4-7). For Full Results CLICK HERE

Allen Litzau vs Tim Carrizales video!

Allen Litzau knocked out Tim Carrizales in the second round Friday night in Somerset, Wisconsin. Full report coming shortly. Check out the link belong for video of the nights main event.
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February 25th, 2006

Scale Watch
From Mack Daddy’s Bar in Somerset, Wisc.

Allen Litzau 127.5 vs Tim Carrizales 129.5
* The contracted weight was 127 give or take 1 pound. When it was announced Carrizales would need to drop weight, Litzau yelled out give me $200 out of your purse and I’ll give you the weight! Carrizales countered by dropping the money to $150 which Litzau agreed to.
Raphael Magdaleno 146.5 vs Rick Klein 145.5
Raul Gracia 145 vs Seth Hevenstreit 151.5
John Turner 174.5 vs Ray Walker 174
Robert Kliewert 145.5 vs Josh Lewis 144
Jesus Velasquez 124 vs Abdul Kunert 130.25

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Allen Litzau talks about upcoming fight, future!
By Jesse Kelley

Allen Litzau is set to headline his first boxing show as a pro Tomorrow at Mac Daddy’s bar in Somerset, Wisconsin. Litzau will face Tim Carrizales of Wisconsin in an 8 round main event. Tickets available at the door or by calling Contenders Boxing at 651-226-9563 and Mack Daddy’s at 715-247-3373. Weigh ins are open to the public, Friday at 1pm at Mack Daddys. I caught up with the Minnesota state featherweight champ to discuss this fight and also what is on the horizon. Click on a link below.

February 23, 2006

Moreno losses decision but gains Respect!

Jose Leo Moreno lost a 10 round unanimous decison last Friday on Espn2 to Lamont Peterson. Going into the fight, Moreno was given little hope of making it out of the first few rounds by the Espn commentators, fans and probably Peterson himself. However, as the rounds went by, the non stop punching, “lionhearted” Moreno gained the praise of all of the above and more. For full report and pictures please visit Memphisboxing.com

Moreno set for Peterson!
By Ramon Hough

Many, if not most, boxers look for easy fights after a tough loss…especially if that loss came by way of knockout. St. Paul, Minnesota’s Jose Leo Moreno (12-1, 10 KO’s) isn’t following that path though because he wants to know where he stands as a boxer and he feels easy wins will do nothing for his boxing career.
Just over two months ago, Moreno challenged up-and-coming junior welterweight (140) ‘Mighty’ Mike Arnaoutis. Moreno felt good early, but was quickly knocked out in the 1st round with an apparent punch to the temple. On Friday, February 17th, the 31-year-old Moreno is set to take on another undefeated, up-and-coming young junior welterweight in 22-year-old Lamont Peterson (15-0, 7 KO’s). The bout will be taking place in Peterson’s hometown of Memphis, Tennessee and will be televised on ESPN-2’s Friday Night Fights.
After a sparring session, the ‘Lionhearted’ sat down with Fightnews to discuss the loss to Arnaoutis and why he’s taking on another tough challenge so quickly. For more CLICK HERE.
February 14th, 2006

In His Father’s Footsteps
By Rayman Kilgore

Like most fighters, Mark Nelson was introduced to boxing at an early age. Nelson’s father Denny was an amatuer and professional referee for 38 years officiating bouts for Ken Norton, Felix Trinidad, and Jeff Lacy among others. Denny now retired from officiating, recalls Mark attending fights he refereed. “Mark showed talent [as a potential referee] very early” says Denny who points out that it takes many pro refs years to learn their trade. “Mark had the movements and ring savvy [as an amateur] that couldn’t be taught.” READ MORE
February 13, 2006

Weekend Results!

Minnesota heavyweight Joey Abell (4-0, 4 ko’s) dismantled Dan Jambor (7-1-1) Saturday night at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA. Abell dropped Jambor twice in the first round before all was said and done. In the words of Fightnews.com writer Kurt Wolfheimer, Abell landed a “huge left-right combination that had Jambor flying threw the air like a rag doll.” Referee Gary Rosato didnt even bother to count.
Rochester Minnesota’s Scott Ball (7-1) took on prospect Marvin Cordova (8-0) In Pueblo, Colorado Saturday night. Ball, who took the fight on one weeks notice faught with tons of heart but was out gunned by the prospect Cordova. Ball dropped an eight round unanimous decision. Our friends at RockyMountainBoxing covered the fight and the full report can be seen at RockyMountainBoxing.com
Also fighting on the same card in Colorado was Heavyweight Raphael Butler. Butler beat up on 321 pound veteran Ronnie Smith, stopping him in the second round. Butler moves to (16-2, 11kos) while Smith drops to (6-35 6 ko’s). More details can also be found at RMB.
February 12th, 2006

Joey Abell in action tonight!

“Minnesota Ice” Joey Abell (3-0) will be in action tonight at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA. The highly praised heavyweight southpaw will face Dan Jambor (5-0-1).
February 10th, 2006

Adversity no stranger to former IBF champ Grigsby
By Rayman Kilgore

“The guy deserved to win. Boxing is a tool and served its purpose for me” says Will Grigsby former IBF Flyweight champ talking about his recent loss to to Ulises “Archie” Solis on the under card of Judah vs Baldomir.
Grigsby talks as if his title loss were another “bad day at the office” or having the case of the “Monday morning blues.” In fact, Grigsby says there’s no rematch clause with Solis, and as of this writing, he has not contacted Carl King his promoter, for a rematch or even watched the tape of the fight.
To read the full story and learn the latest on his next fight CLICK HERE.
February 8th, 2006

Moreno and Ball Sparring Video!
By Jesse Kelley

Saint Paul ‘s Jose Leo Moreno and Rochester’s Scott Ball both have very important fights on the horizon. As reported last week, Moreno is getting ready to face his toughest test to date against Lamont Peterson on February 17th in the main event on Espn2 Friday night fights. Ball will be in action on February 11th in Pueblo, Colorado as he faces lightweight prospect Marvin Cordova (7-0, 5kos). I traveled to the White Bear Boxing gym along with Ramon Hough to catch up with both Moreno and Ball. Ramon’s interview with Moreno should be up in the next few days. Please check out the sparring video I shot last Saturday and also read this candid, in depth one on one interview with Scotty Ball. (Ball has the white shirt in the video)
Click here for ** SPARRING VIDEO ** Click here for ** BALL INTERVIEW **
February 5th, 2006

Minnesota Boxing Update

A lot of big things have been going on since I last posted anything which I apologize for. This coming weekend should be a big one for some of our Minnesota fighters. Featherweight prospect Jason Litzau will test himself once again in front of a large audience. Litzau will be facing Carlos Contreras on Saturday, Jan 28 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The bout will be on the undercard of the HBO televised Arturo Gatti vs Damgaard fight. From what I hear, Litzau’s fight will be televised over in Britain on HBO but not here in the states.
Minnesotan’s Hassan Wasswa and Ryan Gronvold will be traveling to Chicago this Friday to do battle. Wasswa will face Barbaro Zepeda and Gronvold faces Jose Ortega.

Jose Leo Moreno
will be back in televised action on February 17th.
Moreno will be boxing on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at the FedEx Forum in Memphis against Lamont Peterson (15-0, 7 ko’s) in a 10 round main event. Also rumored to be on the card is James “Gentlemen” Wayka. Wayka may be fighting Lamont’s brother Anthony in a featured bout according to Wayka’s manager Ronald “Moo” Peterson
January 26th, 2006

Darby Smart Gets Title Shot!

Darby Smart has just signed a contract to fight for the vacant NABA featherweight title! Smart will battle Eric Aiken (13-3, 10 ko’s) in Columbus, Ohio on January 20th. More to come. 1/6/06

Allen Litzau Headlines in Somerset,Wisconsin!

A pro boxing card is in the works for February 24th at Mack Daddy’s bar in Somerset , Wisconsin. Minnesota state featherweight champ Allen Litzau (9-1, 5 ko’s) will headline in an eight rounder against an opponent to be named soon. Five more bouts are in the works. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW by calling Lance Story of Contenders Boxing at 651-226-9563 or Mack Daddy’s at 715-247-3373. 1/4/06

Minnesota Boxing Update

A lot of big things have been going on since I last posted anything which I apologize for. This coming weekend should be a big one for some of our Minnesota fighters. Featherweight prospect Jason Litzau will test himself once again in front of a large audience. Litzau will be facing Carlos Contreras on Saturday, Jan 28 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The bout will be on the undercard of the HBO televised Arturo Gatti vs Damgaard fight. From what I hear, Litzau’s fight will be televised over in Britain on HBO but not here in the states.
Minnesotan’s Hassan Wasswa and Ryan Gronvold will be traveling to Chicago this Friday to do battle. Wasswa will face Barbaro Zepeda and Gronvold faces Jose Ortega.

Jose Leo Moreno
will be back in televised action on February 17th.
Moreno will be boxing on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at the FedEx Forum in Memphis against Lamont Peterson (15-0, 7 ko’s) in a 10 round main event. Also rumored to be on the card is James “Gentlemen” Wayka. Wayka may be fighting Lamont’s brother Anthony in a featured bout according to Wayka’s manager Ronald “Moo” Peterson
January 26th, 2006

Darby Smart Gets Title Shot!

Darby Smart has just signed a contract to fight for the vacant NABA featherweight title! Smart will battle Eric Aiken (13-3, 10 ko’s) in Columbus, Ohio on January 20th. More to come. 1/6/06

Allen Litzau Headlines in Somerset,Wisconsin!

A pro boxing card is in the works for February 24th at Mack Daddy’s bar in Somerset , Wisconsin. Minnesota state featherweight champ Allen Litzau (9-1, 5 ko’s) will headline in an eight rounder against an opponent to be named soon. Five more bouts are in the works. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW by calling Lance Story of Contenders Boxing at 651-226-9563 or Mack Daddy’s at 715-247-3373. 1/4/06

Hajicek Set For Hernandez!
By Jesse Kelley

“Maddog” Butch Hajicek is set to face Chicago’s Middleweight champ “Macho” Miguel Hernandez on January 6th in Illinois. Hajicek is coming off the biggest win of his career when he took the Mn state title from Chris Holt back on December 4th in Fargo, ND. Hernandez will be the hometown favorite but Hajicek says the style of Hernandez could play into his favor. Hernandez is a tough brawler who mostly comes forward. MinnesotaBoxing.com caught up with Hajicek after a sparring session with Shakopees Anthony Bonsante last week. READ MORE.