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February 9th – Professional Boxing in West Fargo, ND

Branden Cluever (now 1-0 with 1 kayo) defeats Cody McManigle (now 0-1) by TKO in round 4 of a fight scheduled for 4 rounds.

Round 1

The fight starts inelegantly with both men ducking down and throwing simultaneously, neither man scoring.  They begin circling rapidly clockwise, with McManigle doing most of the attacking, and what little scoring there is.  Cluever lands the first shot, a big right hand that echoes.  McManigle scores next, with a counter right that thrills the crowd.  Cluever, trying to avoid a clinch, nearly turns his back on McManigle, but dodges a bullet as no damage is done.  Moments later mcManigle lands a big shot that drops Cluever.  Cluever is up quickly however.  The remainder of the rounds sees McManigle score frequently with head shots while Cluever tries to tie him up.

Round 2

Cluever would like to be the aggressor here, but McManigle is much faster.    McManigle lands a few good shots in the early going, but Cluever finally whips an overhand right in and pops him with a good shot.  McManigle is throwing bombs with evil intent.  Cluever spins around from one punch, and later turns his back on McManigle again to avoid taking a punch straight on.  McManigle is manhandling Cluever.  After some rough stuff McManigle lands a major four-punch combination that hurts Cluever.  McManigle is poking a hard jab into Cluever’s face now, scoring repeatedly.  Cluever returns the favor as the round draws to a close, and the bell rings with both men on the attack.  I’m not convinced the fight will last another round.

Round 3

Cluever, who has a strange and awkward style, scores with a couple of flurries on the inside.  Suddenly McManigle is down from a single right hand to the ear.  He looks hurt, but he gets up quickly.  McManigle is no longer circling, but rotating to face Cluever, who continues to orbit.  McManigle is huffing.  Cluever is attacking with more confidence now, and hurts McManigle with a big right to the body.  McManigle misses with a big round hook and nearly dips to his knee, but saves himself just in time.  Cluever is attacking the ribcage viciously, and McManigle is definitely hurt.  Again Cluever goes to the body, and McManigle is in agony.  Bell!

Round 4

McManigle is staying low and attacking to keep Cluever away from the body.  Cluever lands another right to the ribs, and the pain is evident on McManigle’s face.  Finally, with one more dig to the left side of McManigle’s ribcage, Cluever puts him away.  McManigle goes to a knee and referee Mike Robinson calls the fight.  What an unexpected outcome!

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Nathan Seelye (now 0-1) is defeated by Dustin Mason (now 4-0 with 4 knockouts) by TKO due to injury retirement in round 2 of a fight scheduled for 4 rounds

Round 1

Seelye has a longer reach than Mason, and in the early going he tries to take advantage with jabs and sweeping hooks, but doesn’t land anything.  Mason lands the first punch of the fight, as one of a flurry lands.  Mason is beginning to come forward and misses with a big right.  Seelye, seeking to be the aggressor, comes forward and gets hit with a  right hand.  After a lull, the two close ground and Mason does good work on the inside, landing a right to the temple of Seelye.  Mason is pursuing now, and catches Seelye backing up to the ropes, landing another power shot.  Seelye deftly clinches.  Seelye is shaking his left hand; it may be hurt.  Seelye is carrying his lead hand low.  Mason tries to attack but gets tied up again, and hits the back of the head, drawing boos from the crowd.  The round ends without further incident.

Round 2

Seelye is retreating and circling to his right in the early moments of the second.  Mason is having trouble landing a punch.  Now Seelye switches to southpaw, but Mason finally catches him with a lead left – Seelye clinches again.  Now Seelye is back to orthodox.  There’s a tie-up on the rope and Mason is getting frustrated.  Mason is coming forward and Seelye, backing into his own corner, instructs his cornerman to throw in the towel.  Cornerman Kevin Tjaden replies “Are you sure?”  Seelye says “Throw in the towel,” looks at his hand, and shakes it.  Seelye retires and the fight is over.

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Nick Capes (now 0-4) is defeated by Ray Edwards (now 3-0 with 2 knockouts) by TKO about twenty seconds into the first round of a bout scheduled for 4 rounds

Round 1

Edwards shows some respect for his opponent in the opening seconds of the fight.  The two circle for a moment, and then Capes ducks in and tries to land a haymaker.  Edwards counters, punching down at his much smaller opponent, and catches him on the top of the head.  It’s clear that this fight is over the moment Capes hits the mat, and referee Eddie Obregon waves it off.

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Trenton Titsworth (now 5-15-2 with 2 knockouts) and Rondale Hubbert (now 1-0-1 with 1 knockout) fight to a majority draw after four rounds.  (36-40, 38-38, 38-38)

(The first thing you need to know about this matchup is that Trenton Titsworth is a long, lanky beanpole.  His arms are like tree limbs, so he’s going to have a big reach advantage over the normally proportioned Rondale Hubbert, who appears to be a full head and neck shorter.)

Round 1

Our combatants are circling.  After twenty seconds or so Hubbert sends out some tentative, exploratory jabs, and then fires a big hook that misses.  Finally after an extended feeling-out period, there’s a flurry, and both men seem to have landed slapping punches.  Another lull ensues, and suddenly Hubbert charge in, punches wildly.  Titsworth seemed to have parried most if not all of his punches. Tittsworth is feinting and moving his feet.  Hubbert shuffles in and attacks suddenly again, but Titsworth ties him up.  Hubbert is trying to figure out this puzzle.  Hubbert tries to duck inside but Titsworth counters and lands a right hand.  Hubbert backs into a corner, but Titsworth lets him escape.  Titsworth’s corner wants jabs, but interestingly, he likes to lead with his right, which essentially gives up his reach advantage.  Bell!

Round 2

In a four round fight you don’t get to spend much time figuring out your opponent, so Hubbert knows he needs to be aggressive.  He charges in low and gets under his opponent’s defense, then lifts him off the mat.  Now Hubbert tries the same thing again, but a clearly annoyed Titsworth punches down on him and lands.  Hubbert is coming forward now, and titsworth lands a hook to the body.  Hubbert is getting frustrated.  Now he tries getting rough, but titsworth ties him up.  Titsworth has lost his mouthpiece – there’s a pause while renowned referee Eddie Obregon gets a replacement from Titsowrth’s corner.  Hubbert attacks hard now, bulling his way inside and attacking with gusto.  Titsworth, no dummy, uses a double jab to score.  There’s some brawling going on now, and bad blood is developing.  The tide of the round seemed to flow in Hubbert’s favor as it drew to an end.

Round 3

Titsworth opens the third with some meaningful jabs.  Hubbert tries to get inside his defense but gets tied up.  Hubbert is getting rough now, charging inside, leading with his head, and throwing an elbow to Titsworth’s throat.  There’s a break, and then another clash in which a frustrated Hubbert is trying to manhandle titsworth.  Titsworth owns a slow and lazy jab, which he throws slowly and lazily.  All the fighting is on the inside now, which favors the more muscular Hubbert.  Hubbert is talking to Titsworth.  Titsworth comes forward and misses a power shot, and there’s another clinch with all the roughhousing that that involves.  Hubbert finally scores with a clean whshot.  After a clinch, Hubbert gets free and turns and walks away from Titsworth.  Did he forget to protect himself?  Yes he did, and Titsworth hits him with a hateful wing shot to the head, followed by another that he put everything into!  Hubbert tries to fight back, but Titsworth ties him up, and that was a rare moment of action in this bout.

Round 4

Hubbert knows he needs to score a lot now, and he comes out very aggressive.  He shoots his wad and seems to peter out.  Hubbert is working hard to get inside, but once he does Titsworth keeps leaning forward on him and smothering him.  Hubbert comes forward again and finally lands a good left hook to the head.  After another clinch Hubbert lands two good power shots that glance off titsworth’s head.  This is a much tougher fight than Hubbert was epecting.  Hubbert is circling Titsworth, looking for an opening to land a home run shot.  Hubbert’s hands are dropping, and if Titsworth could attack more effectively he would score here.  Titsworth tries to jab at th wide-open Hubbert and Hubbert counterattacks viciously, sending Titsworth reeling into the ropes, where he leans back to avoid Hubbert’s home run shot, and that was a close shave!  There’s grappling and infighting as the round draws to a close.  This was a better fight than I think anyone here expected.

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Preston Shane (now 1-2 with 1 knockout) is defeated by Aaron Green (now 10-0 with 8 knockouts) by KO in the first round of a fight scheduled for 4 rounds

Round 1

About fifteen seconds into the first round Aaron Green knocks his opponent out with a jab.  No kidding, folks – it’s over.

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Cheyenne Ziegler (now 3-10 with 2 knockouts) is defeated by Tyler Hultin (now 5-1-1 with 3 knockouts) by KO in round 2 of a fight scheduled for 4 rounds

Round 1

Ziegler comes out crafty, ducking down, whipping long punches, and getting bck out before Hultin could tag him.  There’s a flurry of punches by both men, which climaxes with Ziegler knocking Hultin momentarily off-balance.  Coming out of a clinch, Hultin catches Ziegler on the temple with a right hand and momentarily knocks him off balance.  Our fighters are trading in the center of the ring now.  Coming in Ziegler either hit Hultin with a right hand or with his head, it’s hard to tell which.    The pro-Hultin crowd is going wild at every opportunity, and Hultin gives them several opportunities, tagging Ziegler with several power shots in the middle of the roudn.  But Ziegler finishes strong, landing a couple of good right hands in the late going before Hultin flurries again in the last ten seconds of the round.  This looks to be a crowdpleasing bout.

Round 2

Ziegler bends at the waist to land a right hand on Hultin, and Hultin slaps him with a counter.  Hultin is going on offense, but Ziegler is a fast and shifty fighter, so most of Hultin’s punches miss.  Hultin lands a right hand that puts Ziegler off balance again, and then another one.    Ziegler moves in close and make Hultin brawl with him.  though Hultin lands several big shots, Ziegler makes him pay with tough counters and mauling.  The brawl moves into the red corner – Ziegler’s corner – where Hultin slips in a couple of hooks and a hard uppercut.  A vicious body shot puts Ziegler to the mat on his hands and knees, and though he tries, he can not get off his haunches before referee Eddie Obregon counts him out.  Hultin wins by body shot knockout and the crowd goes bananas.

February 9th – Amateur Boxing in West Fargo, ND

This amateur card is presented by handsome Jesse Barbot of the Red River Golden Gloves boxing club in Fargo.

Brief Results:

“Doctor” Dan Pozarnsky (Red River Golden Gloves) is defeated by Sam Anderson (Fergus Falls Boxing) by corner retirement in the second round.

Round 1

Anderson looks like the bigger man.  Pozarnsky starts out strong, attacking almost from the first bell.  Anderson measures for a while, then begins to counter effectively.  About midway through the round Anderson wobbles Pozarnsky with a big right, and Pozarnsky is given an eight-count by the referee. The break is enough for Pozarnsky to get his bearings and finish the round, and he even manages to put some punches together before the bell.

Round 2

Anderson is stronger and it shows.  He cracks Pozarnsky’s egg twice in the second round, first earning another eight count and then scoring a knockdown.  Pozarnsky is hurt and the fight is rightfully stopped by his corner.  The crowd cheers enthusiastically for both men – the stronger and more skilled Anderson and the very willing Pozarnsky.

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Mark Shumacher (Red River Golden Gloves) defeats Tim Schuett (Lakes Area Boxing) by decision after 3 1-minute rounds.

Round 1

Schuett is the busier fighter, attacking with confidence and power.  Schumacher is picking his spots, jabbing and countering.  A low blow by Schuett hurts Schumacher and the match is briefly stopped.  There isn’t time for any effective boxing after the break.

Round 2

Schumacher come out on a tear and backs Schumacher into the ropes early in the second.  Schumacher attaccks lustily while Schuett counters strongly with his backt o the ropes.  Schuett gets free and tries to counter while Schumacher, seemingly spent, curbs his punch output.  Schumacher scores with a counter right and pursues his retreating opponent across the ring, but Schuett recovers from the attack.  The remainder of the round consists mainly of Schuett leading and Schumacher countering.

Round 3

Schuett, stronger in the early going, may be losing some punch resistance.  Both men are tired and slowing.  Schumacher spends most of the round coming forward, pressing the action, while Schuett scores with occasional counters.  The bell rings and the round and fight end without any significant advantage in scoring this round.

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Colton Warner (Minneapolis, MN) defeats Pierce Foss (Forks Fighters), by corner retirement in the second round

Round 1

Warner, noticeably larger than Foss, is lighter on his feet and punches with more power.  It doesn’t take long for Warner to score with some big shots – mostly right hands – while Foss tries to jab and move.  Foss doesn’t like those big shots, and who can blame him?  About midway through the round the fight is reduced to Warner postshotting Foss, with Foss hoping to get lucky with a big counter.  Warner scores well with a lot of Kelly Pavlik-style one-twos.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see this fight stop early.  Foss’s feet slowed down and his legs seemed to get heavy as the first round progressed.

Round 2

Foss looks refreshed by the break between rounds, but Warner lands some more big one-twos, with the emphasis on the right-hand follow.  foss looks good momentarily with some slick counters, but Warner gains the upper hand and the referee gives Foss a standing eight count.  Foss knows the score, and tries to get cute, but nothing is working.  Warner tracks him down though, and batters him with an extended barrage.  There’s another eight count, and ring doctor Najeeb Hallak (sp?) inspects Foss’s bloody face.  Foss’s corner waves the towel, and Warner is declared the winner.

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Jamaal Bradley (Red River Golden Gloves) is defeated by Matt Friesen (Forks Fighters), by decision after three 2-minute rounds

Round 1

Bradley comes out on offense, firing a furious flurry  that misses its mark.  The tempo slows, and Bradley continues to try to score, with Friesen taking the role of cagey counterpuncher.  Friesen scores with a good combination, then the fighters separate and when the come back together there’s a clinch.  Bradley has a shoe untied – a momentary pause while his corner takes care of business.  Afterwards there’s little action; just bradley attacking and Friesen dodging.

Round 2

Bradley is missing with some big roundhouse punches.  He’ll need to button that up or Friesen will catch him and hurt him.  Finally Bradley lands a punch, but he’s warned by the referee for slapping.  Friesen isn’t punching as hard as Bradley, but he is landing here and there; his lighter punches are probably turning up better on the scoresheets.  Bradley lands a good looking right to the body of Friesen, but he doesn’t follow up and Friesen doesn’t respond.

Round 3

Bradley, the much faster man, is circling Friesen and feinting, but not scoring.  Finally Friesen puts together some offense and forces Bradley into the ropes of the red corner, where he scores.  Moments later Friesen stuns Bradley and traps him in a corner where he lands a dozen shots, maybe more.  Bradley needs to fight back; right now he doesn’t look good at all.  Friesen isn’t as fast or athletic as Bradley, but his more polished skills are carrying the fight.  Bradley misses with another wild looping overhand right and Friesen punishes him again with several hard shots just before the bell.

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Amar Kovacevic (Red River Golden Gloves) defeats Sergio Garcia (Fergus Falls Boxing) on points after three 2-minute rounds

Round 1

Kovacevik is first to score with a double jab.  Garcia is letting him take some shots and not responding imediately.  Garcia opens up about 40 seconds in and pops Kovacevik with a big shot.  Garcia lands a low blow that the referee doesn’t seemt o notice.  Kovacevik scores with a counter right.  Kovacevik is the busier man and has good fast hands, but Garcia is punching with more authority.  Kovacevik is moving his feet a lot, moving forward and back and circling Garcia.  Garcia spent the first round biding his time and sharpshooting Kovacevik when opportunities presented.

Round 2

Garcia comes out on the attack, but Kovacevik counters with a hard right that moves his head.  In the early exchanges of the second round Kovacevik is outscoring Garcia.  Garcia opens up more and lands a few shots, but Kovacevik answers with a nice short right hook.  Kovacevik, bleeding from the lip, scores with two left jabs and a right follow-up.  Garcia is trying to fight with surgical precision, but Kovacevik is keeping him uncomfortable.  Kovacevik may have outscored Garcia this round, but Garcia made him suffer.

Round 3

Garcia knows he’s behind and comes out very aggressive in the third.  He rocks Kovacevik, but Kovacevik collects himself and begins to counter effectively.  Kovacevik is attacking when the two men get their feet tangled and Kovacevik slips to the  canvas.  Garcia thought it was a knockdown and walked away casually, resulting in a brief delay.  There’s a flurry that favors Garcia, then the referee deducts a point from Kovacevik, it’s unclear for what, although he did issue a warning early for holding Garcia’s head down.  Upon the resumption of action this fight turns into a brawl, and both men let it all hang out!  Garcia is coming forward and although Kovacevik looks ragged, he is scoring with counters.  As the bell rings Garcia is finishing a combination.  Both men wheel around and walk to their corners without touching gloves.

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Joey Suda (Red River Golden Gloves) defeats J.J. Moen (Forks Fighters) by decision after three 2-minute rounds

Round 1

The fight starts with both men firing  Moen is coming forward and grimacing while he attacks.  Both fighters are long and lean, and they’re using a lot of jabs.  Power shots have to travel a long way to land.  Moen comes forward, using his man-strength and ring savvy against the teenaged Suda.  Suda is at his best when he counters.  Moen did some good work when he bullied Suda and when he attacked the body.

Round 2

More jabs this round, but a few seconds in Moen dropped his head and tried to bull into Suda, who responded with some hurtful power shots to the head and body.  Moen continues to come forward and circle to his left, while Suda counters.  A good left hook-straight right combination scores for Suda.  Moen seems to be slowing down.   Suda’s corner tells him that Moen is hurt, but Moen keeps coming forward.  Moen scores with a big straight punch that snaps Suda’s head back, and the crowd responds appropriately.  Moen, coming forward again, lands a big right, and may be taking control of the fight.  The bell rings, and Suda will be looking for some good advice from his corner between rounds.

Round 3

Moen attacks from the opening bell, but Suda responds with power shots that land and blunt Moen’s attack.  Moen lands a crossing punch that impresses the crowd.  Morn is trying to impose his will on Suda, but following a break, Suda rushes forward and lands two hard shots to the head.  This fight is turning into a war of attrition, with both men landing big shots and both men slowing.  Suda steps forward and Moen sticks right hand into his throat.  Moen grins while he attacks and lands at least one of a flurry of punches, but Suda counters and snaps his head back.  Both men are still looking for an advantage when the round and the fight end.  I couldn’t guess who will be declared the winner.