Two Minnesota Fighters to Perform on TV in April

On April 11th, Caleb Truax challenges Danny Jacobs in New York City for Jacobs’ WBA World Middleweight Title. (This title represents what we used to call #1 contender, as the actual WBA “SUPER CHAMPION” is Gennady Golovkin.) This event will be televised on NBC.

Then on April 17th we have Robert Brant -vs TBA at Grand Casino Hinckley. Brant is a boxing prodigy – won a national amateur title within a year of putting on the gloves for the first time. Rumors are circulating that Brant is hoping to fight another local middleweight with impressive amateur credentials. This event will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Round-by-Round Report: February 6, 2015 at Grand Casino Hinckley

Rob Brant (now 14-0 with 8 kayos) defeats Ryan Davis (now 24-16 with 9 kayos) by TKO in round 1 of 8 scheduled.

Round 1

Brant comes out firing, eagerly throwing jabs and pursuing his retreating opponent.  Davis circles the ring in retreat, then gets low and tries to attack.  Brant counters and connects with a flurry of power shots.  he backs off once as Davis’s knees buckle, thinking Davis will crumble, but he doesn’t.  Back at it, Brant does put Davis down with another barrage.  Back on his feet, Davis absorbs another volley from Brant and takes a knee.  Davis has a resigned look on his face.  Back on his feet again, Davis can’t do anything to stop the advancing Brant.  Brant craters Davis’s head with a crippling right hook, and Davis goes down on his face.  Davis is on his knees and shaking his head as referee Mark Nelson waves off the fight.

Rondale Hubbert (now 9-0-1 with 5 kayos) defeats Gilbert Venegas (now 12-17 with 8 kayos) by Unanimous Decision after 8 rounds (79-73, 78-74, 77-75)

Venegas let it all hang out in this fight, and the crowd appreciates it.  There was even a sizeable contingent that booed the decision.  All in all, an entertaining fight that reveals Hubbert is not quite ready for prime time yet.

Round 1

Hubbert shows Venegas some respect, circling and feinting for a time before throwing and connecting the first one-two of the fight.  There’s a lot of circling and measuring going on here.  Venegas throws a straight right that tags Hubbert’s face.  More circling.  Venegas tries to get inside, but Hubbert goes to the body and lands twice.  Venegas looks like a guy who thinks he can win.  Hubbert circles to his right, and Venegas tags him to the body.  Venegas steps forward and lands again.  Now in the center of the ring, Hubbert connects with a right hook to the ribs.  Venegas continues to come forward, and lands a wide-ranging left hook to the head of Hubbert.  Ten seconds to go, and both men fail to score as time expires.

Round 2

Both men open with jabs and land simultaneously.  Hubbert is changing things up a little bit, stepping back and to his left, trying to land counters.  Hubbert throws a four punch combo, landing at least the last two, but they are soft punches.  More circling and Venegas scores a left jab to the head.  A moment later he steps inside and misses a big right uppercut..  Hubbert throws another combination, but Venegas is unimpressed.  Venegas backs Hubbert into the blue corner and lands his first really sharp punch, a looping right.  Hubbert moves away, and the two meet again in the center of the ring.  Now there’s a brawling exchange, and that seems to favor Hubbert.  Venegas pursues, and Hubbert lands a nice one-two.  Venegas throws three consecutive left hooks, all of which land, and the crowd says “Oooh.”  They’re trading as the bell rings.

Round 3

Hubbert begins the third round in the center of the ring, standing still, hoping to outfast Venegas.  Referee Mark Nelson calls time, but Venegas can’t (or doesn’t want to) call back a power shot that lands.  Nelson has Hubbert’s corner clean up his face.  Now they’re in the center again, lots of jabbing going on.  Hubbert knows he’s faster, and he’s going to exploit that advantage.  Hubbert tries to attack but slips and stumbles into his punch, and there’s a break.  Now Hubbert is circling and Venegas is following, trying to score with power shots.  Some are landing.  Venegas lands a nifty left jab.  More tactical trading, and Hubbert connects with two or three consecutive punches.  Venegas, coming forward, comes up short on a right hand, and Hubbert makes him pay.  Venegas is coming forward again, and Hubbert connects with two good shots, but then Venegas cracks him good.  Hubbert’s faces flashes with anger and he goes on a sustained and effective attack.  As the bell rings Hubbert barely restrains himself from throwing a combination while Venegas holds his hands behind his back and grins.

Round 4

Both men open with jabs.  Hubbert’s corner is telling him to do exactly that, but Venegas snaps a hard jab to his face.  The fight heads for a neutral corner where the fighters skirmish ineffectually.  Both men are throwing aggression to the wind and staking their claim on caution.  Jab, jab, soft jab.  Hubbert lands an overhand right.  Venegas comes forward and Hubbert lands one-two, then one-two again.  Venegas lands a good left jab that briefly stops Hubbert’s forward progress.  Hubbert throws a wide right, then a short left.  A photographer in front of me is yelling now.  Is he telling Hubbert to throw a big shot??  What the heck? Now they’re standing head to head and Venegas leads with a straight right.  That seemed to work, so he does it again.  Hubbert scores with two punches as the round comes to an end.

Round 5

Venegas is bouncing and moving now.  Leads with a left hook and bounces away, but it didn’t land cleanly.  Hubbert is thinking this through, feinting, throwing soft jabs.  Hubbert throws a nice four-punch combination and lands all four.  Now he connects with a big load-up hook.  Venegas is tough though, and keeps coming forward, even scoring on a counter.  Hubbert pops Venegas with a straight right to the cheek.  Venegas lands with a one-two that snaps Hubberts head back.  This fight is degenerating into a brawl, and the fans like that.  Venegas jabs Hubbert’s face, Hubbert throws back one-two, and Venegas  jabs again.  Hubbert hits the body, but that’s an aberration.  Hubbert goes one-two to the head again.  Venegas connects with a big left hook.  Hubbert attacks, Venegas lands big again.  Hubbert connects once, twice more as the bell rings.

Round 6

The fight resumes with the DJ asleep at the switch, music blaring for the first ten seconds of the round.  Hubbert connects with a big round right hook, then another.  Venegas is still coming forward and jabbing.  Hubbert has his hands down and is looking to jab.  Hubbert scores with a big right uppercut.  Venegas jabs, jabs, but Hubbert lands big again, and now again.  Venegas comes forward again, and Hubbert ducks a hook.  Venegas lands one big shot and Hubbert nods in appreciation.  Veegas goe to the body, then bac up to the head.  Venegas keeps coming forward, and Rondale has a hard time uncorking a power shot with his opponent right in his face.  There’s a ferocious exchange, with Hubbert getting the better of it, but Venegas is always ready and lands several times while Hubbert is resting up.

Round 7

As te bell rings, both fighters are already circling.  Hubbert is jabbing, but not with any conviction.  Venegas jabs back and gets through.  Venegas is moving a lot now, making it hard for Hubbert to unload.  Hubbert finally pokes a good jab into Venegas’s head, but doesn’t follow up.  There’s a momentary lull, then Hubbert attacks with a left jab and right uppercut.  There’s another single punch by Hubbert.  Venegas backs Hubbert up and lands a sweeping right hook across Hubberts visage.  A moment later Venegas lands again and Hubbert nods.  Venegas comes forward, Hubbert misses with a jab, and Venegas lands two glancing blows.  Hubbert lands two much harder punches.  These fighters are tired and it’s beginning to show.  There’s some mauling, but no effective fighting for the remainder of the round.

Round 8

Venegas is wearily blinking sweat out of his eyes as the round begins.  Venegas attacks first, landing twice, but now Hubbert explodes, landing with both hands and snapping Venegas’s head back twice.  It’s a dramatic scene as the fighters trade blows and the crowd roars.  Hubbert lands four straight jabs to Venegas’s face.  Venegas responds with a left-right-right-left.  Hubbert scores with a big hook.  Venegas wants to rumble though, and steps forward, throwing.  Hubbert goes left-right, and Venegas throws back.  Hubbert scores left-right again, and Venegas lands his best punch in some time, a left hook (I think) that moves Hubbert.  Hubbert shrugs it off and goes on the attack again, and these two are trading punches in the center of the ring as the bell rings.

Aaron “Gorilla” Green (now 16-0 with 14 kayos) defeats Matthew Greer (now 16-14 with 13 kayos) by TKO (doctor’s advice) between rounds 2 and 3.

Greer enters to AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” and it’s a joy to watch an EMT engage in some surreptitious headbanging.

Round 1

Greer sets the tone with a lot of movement and clever boxing.  He’s a big dude, and not what you would call svelte, but he looks reasonably fit.  Greer is attempting to be elusive, bouncing in and out, landing soft punches as the opportunity presents itself..  Green is mainly standing his ground, absorbing Greer’s not-to-hard shots.  Green, who is enormous, finally catches Greer and drops him.  Greer looks shaken, but gets up and rejoins the fight.  Green is in charge now, landing power shots – especially left hooks to the body – and taking only occasional counters from Greer.

Round 2

Greer is moving a lot now, trying to hit without getting hit.  Green is coming forward, landing some hard jabs and an occasional left hook.  Greer isn’t window dressing.  Green hits the body and hurts Greer, but Greer explodes with a volley of power shots, some of which do land.  Green’s corner is telling him now that it’s time to go to the head; they want Green to put his opponent away.  Green lands a long, hard jab to Greer’s head, and Greer looks wobbly.  Greer switches to southpaw and lands two glancing shots, Green counters and puts him down for a second time.  The fight resumes and Green comes forward, the bigger, stronger man, doing his work wit the left.  Green’s corner  tells him to finish Greer with an overhand right, but instead he throws hooks and an uppercut to the body.  Bell.

Round 3

As the bell rings to start round 3, referee Gary Miezwa waves off the fight.  He is standing in Greer’s corner as he does so.

Markus Morris (now 6-2 with 3 kayos) is defeated by Damien Hill (now 4-8) by Majority Decision after 6 rounds (57-57, 58-56, 58-56)

Round 1

Morris rushes across the ring, but his attack doesn’t immediately materialie.  There’s an exchange in the center of the ring, and Morris lands one loud, slapping shot that thrills the crowd.  Morris is coming forward, throwing power shots, especially right hands, to the body of Hill.  Now Hill escapes and Morris’s attack slows.  After some indecisive trading, Morris corners Hill and lands a good left hook, then a right uppercut that snaps Hill’s head back, then Hill scoots away to his left.  Hills is the deensive-minded boxer, and well he should be, as he is not a big hitter.  Now both men attack at the same time, and their feet tangle, but neither stumbles.  Morris is shuffling forward, looking for openings to the body.  Hill lands a nice left (a straight?) that moves Morris’s head.  There is no more meaningful boxing before the bell.

Round 2

Morris is first across the ring again, but Hill attacks first this time, first missing with a big right/left, but then connecting inside with a couple of power shots.  There’s more behind his punches this round.  After a brief lull Hill tries to renew his attack, but loses his mouthpiece.  In the brief pause that follows, Morris’s corner shouts at him: “Markus!  Come on!”  Morris nods.  Morris is attacking now.  He gets Hill in a phone booth, but nothing decisive lands.  Hills is circling slowly to his left, and Morris is trying to pick him apart from the outside.  Hill seems in shape tonight, and as a southpaw, he is a riddle to be figured out.  Near the end of the round Hill actually lands a big left followed by a right that sends Morris reeling into the ropes, but Morris quickly recovers and before long is attacking again.  Ten seconds to go and the fighters are trading – Morris has the power advantage, but Hill is throwing back and landing.

Round 3

Did anyone expect this fight to go three rounds?  Morris and Hill resume trading, Hill’s confidence growing as he finds openings and lands clean hooks.  Morris is coming forward again, and though he remains the faster, stronger man, he seems to be more restrained in the face of Hill’s counterattack.  The fight is now mainly in the center of the ring, though Hill will back up when Morris attacks.  Morris lands a left/right, Hill counters with a combination that lands, and Morris punctuates the exchange with a solid hook to the head.  Morris is shuffling forward again, Hill is moving his head and throwing combos while sliding to his left.  Morris throws a right and Hill lands a counter that puts him briefly off balance.  With ten seconds to go Hill steps on the gas, and Morris counters effectively with a two-punch combination.

Round 4

Hill comes out to rumble again, but Morris corners him and fires a fusillade of power shots that force him into a shell.  Hill escapes across the ring, and the two re-engage but referee Gary Miezwa steps in to warn Hill to keep his head and his punches up.  Morris resumes his come-forward attack, landing solid shots, but he seems overcautious, probably because his every attack is answered with a counter hook from southpaw angles.  Morris comes forward again, lands a one-two, and takes a glancing blow in response.  Morris is trying to answer the crowd’s (and his corner’s) encouragement to attack, attacking with abandon as the round closes.  Blood covers both mens’ faces now, but it’s hard to tell which one is bleeding.

Round 5

After a false start and possible head butt, the fighters reboot in the center of the ring, and Morris attacks furiously.  Hill knows his best shot is to stay inside and counter, and he is punishing Morris with with a volume of counters.  Morris is throwing big single shots and two-punch combinations, but Hill’s head movement and unconventional counters are taking their toll, and Morris slows.  He does look tired, but he is still dangerous to this opponent.  Morris is arm-punching now, while Hill continues to come forward.  Morris misses a sweeping right, Hill ducks, comes up, and counters.  Hill sticks a jab into Morris’s abdomen.  Morris is a gamer, for sure, as he comes forward for a final attack of the round, but Hill turns him around and traps him in a corner.  Neither fighter gains an advantage as round 5 ends.

Round 6

Morris tries to press the pace, but Hill stymies him in the early going with jabs and head movement.  Morris goes to the body, but his right hand is blocked by Hill’s glove.  Morris throws an extended volley, which doesn’t damage Hill, but certainly counts in the scoring.  Hill snaps a jab that turns Morris’s head at an angle.  Hill smiles.  Morris looks for an opening, finds none, and drops his hands and steps back.  Hill attacks, missing with a right jab but landing a straight right to the head, then he does it again.  Morris is trying to take charge, but Hill answers his every punch.  I venture to guess that Hill is going to score a big upset in the fight.  Morris and Hill go shoulder-to-shoulder for the remainder of the round, firing all their ammunition.  Both land some punches, but neither is hurt.

Curtis Erhorn (now 0-2) is defeated by Trevor “Triple T” Marmon (now 2-3 with 2 kayos) in round 2 of 4 rounds scheduled (Erhorn unable to continue)

Round 1

Marmon, always a rugged fighter, comes out aggressive, enticing Erhorn to trade int he center of the ring no less than 30 seconds after the start of the fight.  Erhorn begins retreating and circling to the right.  there’s an exchange, and Marmon lands a good body blow.  Erhorn now circels to the left, there’s an exchange, and a clinch initiated by Erhorn.  Back into the flow, Erhorn lands one big counter shot that shows he’s earnest.  There’s more circling some mauling, and a close-quarters exchange that sees Erhorn go down.  This is an ugly brawl, but that’s how Marmon prefers to fight.  After some more wild punches, the bell rings.

Round 2

Erhorn has decided to set the pace in this round, and he does land on Marmon.  How long will Marmon’s punch resistance last?  By my eyeballs that will decide this fight.  Marmon lands a straight to the midsection of Erhorn, and Erhorn loses some steam and some conviction.  Erhorn is still fighting, but Marmon is punishing him now with big shots, and Erhorn looks damaged.  Marmon’s attack slows, and Erhorn attacks wildly, landing one or two power shots, but after the fighters break, he is limping and looking like he wants out.  The fight is called.

Joe Amouta (now 3-1 with 2 kayos) defeats Thomas Allen (now 3-7 with 3 kayos) by TKO in round 2 of 4 rounds scheduled.

Round 1

Amouta is the aggressor almost from the start, pursuing Allen around the ring, sharpshooting from angles.  About midway through the first round Allen lands a big counter right, but that’s the exception to the rule.  Amouta returns to the chase, now mixing uppercuts in with a varied collection of jabs and hooks from all angles.

Round 2

The second round begins slowly, with Allen shooting a soft jab that connects but does no damage.  Amouta follows him tentatively, looking for an opening, finally trapping him against the ropes and pummeling with a multitude of power shots.  Allen escapes, rushes across the ring, and is confronted by Amouta, who pushes him, two-handed, to the mat.  That’s not a knockdown.  Action resumes and and Amouta finally catches Allen with a big combination, knocking Allen, senseless, to the canvas.  Referee Gary Miezwa begins to give Allen the courtesy of a count, but looking Allen in the eyes, waves off the fight.

Delorien Caraway (now 5-0 with 4 kayos) defeats Wes Ronchi (?) by TKO in round 1 of 4 scheduled

Round 1

Missed, with apologies.  It’s a long drive from Moorhead to Hinckley.

Next Minnesota Boxing Event: February 6th at Grand Casino Hinckley

Watch this website for a Round-by-Round account of the next big professional boxing show in Minnesota, the February 6th “Grand Friday Night Fights” event at Grand Casino Hinckley.

The evening will showcase two rising stars of the local boxing scene, middleweight Robert Brant (13-0) and light welterweight Rondale Hubbert (8-0-1) in steppingstone bouts against live bodies Ryan Davis (24-15-3) and Gilbert Venegas (12-16-4).  Also appearing on the card will be heavyweight Aaron “Gorilla” Green (15-0) in a comeback fight following an injury-related layoff and a nice matchup of former amateur standouts Brad Patraw (10-7) and Philip Adyaka (4-4).

Though I’ll be reporting from ringside, you should still buy tickets, because there is nothing in the world like a prizefight seen live.  I report here for the unfortunates who can’t attend, and for the diehards who want to recap what they saw in person.

The full card as it currently appears on boxrec.com appears below.

Robert Brant (13-0 with 7 kayos) -vs- Ryan Davis 24-15-3 with 9 kayos), middleweights, scheduled for 8 rounds

Rondale Hubbert (8-0-1 with 5 kayos) -vs- Gilbert Venegas (12-16-4 with 8 kayos), light welterweights, scheduled for 8 rounds

Brad Patraw (10-7 with 5 kayos) -vs- Philip Adyaka (4-4 with 2 kayos), featherweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Aaron Green (15-0 with 13 kayos) -vs- Matthew Greer (16-13 with 13 kayos), heavyweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Delorien Caraway (4-0 with 3 kayos) -vs- Colby Courter (6-5 with 5 kayos), welterweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Markus Morris (6-1 with 3 kayos) -vs- Damien Hill (3-8), welterweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Trevor Marmon (1-3 with 1 kayo) -vs- Kurtis Erhorn (0-1), light welterweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

Joe Amouta (2-1 with 1 kayo) -vs- Thomas Allen (3-6 with 3 kayos), super middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

This event is promoted by Rapacz Event Productions.

Live Boxing Round-by-round from Grand Casino Hinckley, November 21st, 2014

We have a busy card from Hinckley tonight – nine bouts were scheduled and one was scratched, but that still leaves us with eight nicely match prizefights.  Tonights bouts will be listed from main event (top of page) to preliminaries (bottom of page), so scroll down and follow along!

Eric Draper (now 8-7 with 3 kayos) is defeated by Robert Brant (now 13-0 with 7 kayos) in round one of eight scheduled.

Note: This was a very impressive performance by Brant – much needed after a lackluster win over Marcus Upshaw in August.

Round 1

Draper, slightly taller and larger than Brant, comes out cautious, jabbing.  Brant jabs him back and then smashes Draper to the mat with an evil straight right.  What are we, ten seconds in?  Draper gets up and continues, Brant hurts him with a hard jab, then knocks him down again in the blue corner.  Again Draper rises, looking irritated.  Referee Mark Nelson checks him out and allows him to continue.  Brant rushes in and again knocks Draper down, this time leaving him tangled helplessly on the wrong side of the ropes in the red corner.  Draper looks okay, though a little wobbly, and gets up quickly enough, so Nelson allows him to continue after three knockdowns.  This time Brant traps Draper against the ropes and unleashes a merciless barrage of vaporizing power shots, and Nelson jumps between the two, ending the fight.

Jeremy McLaurin (10-8 with 5 kayos) is defeated by Rondale Hubbert (now 8-0 with 5 kayos) in round two of eight scheduled.

Note: after this emphatic win Hubbert called out Gary Eyer, the tough multiple-class fighter from Duluth.  “Somebody make that fight happen,” he says.

Round 1

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Hubbert knocks McLaurin down and halfway out with a furious barrage of power shots.  Against odds, McLaurin gets up, and referee Mark Nelson allows him to continue, but wisely stops the bout after one more undefended power shot from Hubbert.  TKO win for Hubbert

[Originally reported as a 3rd round TKO for Hubbert.  I am advised that the bout was actually stopped in the 2nd.  I was experiencing technical trouble during this bout and my attention was divided.  I regret the error. -Ben]

Gary Tapusoa (now 6-3 with 5 kayos) is defeated by Phil “The Drill” Williams (now 14-6 with 13 kayos) at 2:39 of round one

Note: Williams makes a ridiculously long ring entrance, circling the ring counter clockwise before climbing in.  The crowd is entertained.

Round 1

Tapusoa looks a little nervous, jabbing and throwing tentative hooks.  Well, Williams is an imposing figure.  Williams is deliberate, coming forward in a southpaw stance.  Tapusoa tries to attack and gets countered effectively.  Williams is watching for his spot.  Reaches out once and slaps tapusoa on the scalp with his right hand, pawing with his jab, using footwork to avoid Tapusoa’s punches.  Finally Williams backs Tapusoa up and floors him with a left to the body.  There’s a sickening BANG and Tapusoa sinks slowly to the mat.  Referee Mark Nelson gives Tapusoa the courtesy of a count, but nobody in the building thought Tapusoa was going to get up.

Colby Courter (now 6-5 with 5 kayos) is defeated by Antonio “The Saint Paul Kid” Johnson (now 11-1-1 with 6 kayos) by TKO at 1:45 in the fourth round.

Round 1

Johnson is scowling.  Courter tries to lead with a jab, and Johnson immediately lands a hard right.  Courter, a southpaw, isn’t fast, but he’s trying to make use of his jab.  Johnson is adept at countering that right jab with a counter right.  In the early going this fight looks like no match; Johnson will eventually time Courter and dispose of him.  Johnson comes in with his lead hand at his waist, throws a rising jab and follows with a power right.  Johnsson throws a right to the body – it looks legit when it lands, but referee Miezwa steps in and warns him for low punching.  Courter has slow hands and questionable balance, but manages to flick a right jab into Johnson’s abdomen.  Ten seconds to go and Johnson erupts, landing three consecutive right hands to Courter’s head, but the bell rings before he can really hurt Courter.

Round 2

It looks like Johnson wants to end this one quickly – he charges across the ring and attacks, but the knockout doesn’t come.  Courter trips over Johnson’s foot and reels into the ropes.  Grins in embarrassment – no knockdown.  Johnson is coming forward, coming forward – Johnson lands a lot of glancing blows, Courter lands one flush shot that jolts Johnson but does  not hurt him.  Johnson holds the body and hits.  Courter is hurt by a hard right but collects himself and soldiers on.  Courter’s corner tells him he can’t win going backwards, so he comes forward.  Johnson is snapping a fast jab that comes up just short of damaging courter, but then attacks the body and scores.  Johnson goes to the body again and Courter gestures to the ref that the punch was low, but it didn’t look that way.

Round 3

Courter is coming forward and Johnson looks a little skittish, dancing away.  Courter lands a right to the head, and Johnson responds with a counter right, only harder.  Courter charges forward, Johnson sidesteps him, and Courter stumbles into the ropes.  In a similar situation Floyd Mayweather KO’d Ricky Hatton as he passed by, but Johnson fails to capitalize.  Courter is trying to land, but keeps missing the quick and elusive Johnson.  Courter leads with a right hook and Johnson catches him again with a hard counter right.  Courter is game, but every time he attacks he either misses or takes a power shot.  Johnson punishes Courter with a hard jab once, twice.  Courter comes forward again and Johnson lands a round right hook.  Courter circles to his left as the bell rings.

Round 4

Four rounds is longer than I expected this fight to last.  Courter is tough, but slow.  Johnson counters Courter with a right, then a wicked left hook to the side of the head, and Courter goes down hard.  He gets up quickly – maybe too quickly – and the fight continues.  Johnson furries, but Courter seems okay, and things are back to nrmal.  Nor for long, though, as Johnson again catches Courter in an exchange an dd puts him off balance, then drops him hard with a left.  Referee Miezwa takes a careful look at Courter before permitting the fight to continue.  Finally Johnson catches Courter in a corner and pummels him.  I don’t know which punch did the deed, as Johnson has fast hands, but courter goes down and stays down on his elbows and knees.

Guy Smith Jr (now 2-2 with no kayos) is defeated by Delorien Caraway (now 4-0 with 3 kayos by unanimous decision after five rounds.

Round 1

Smith jabs int he early going, Caraway comes forward.  About fifteen seconds in Caraway starts throwing fast combinations of power shots, trying to make a statement.  Caraway takes a break, and Smith returns to jabbing.  Caraway is coming forward, smith retreating, and Caraway lands the first telling shots of the bout.  Smith is trying to be quick an delusive, and to hit without getting hit.  He succeeds once, then Caraway charges in and wraps both arms around him.    Caraway again goes on the attack, but Smith is unflappable, reeling backwards and steadying himself by the ropes, keeping his head up, and jabbing.  Caraway wants a spectacular outcome, and he is being very aggressively.  Finally Caraway jabs, and pokes Smith right in the chin.  But Caraway returns to his reckless attack for the last fifteen seconds or so.

Round 2

Caraway lands a hard left to the head of Smith.  That was a hard shot.  Caraway goes on the attack, landing more power shots, and sending Smith stumbling backwards.  Smith rights himself, Caraway gets himself under control, and begins to attack in a more technical manner.  Caraway is still coming forward, but Smith is continuing to jab.  Now a slow jab earns Smith a hard left to the face.  Smith backs into a neutral corner, and Caraway reaches out and tags him with a lead left.  Circling to the left, the fighters traverse the ring and Caraway shoots a hook at the body.  Smith gets away, Caraway follows, and lands a right that snaps his head back.  Smith isn’t jabbing so much now, mostly just trying to avoid the attacks of Caraway.  Caraway jabs to the body.  Now to the head.  Ten seconds to go, and both men jab a couple of times as the clock counts down.

Round 3

Caraway is the aggressor in the early going again.  Smith has found his jab, and tries to use it to keep Caraway at bay.  Caraway attacks with power shots, but misses and stumbles.  he keeps his feet and the fight resumes.   Caraway is hunching down, coming forward slowly, loading up.  Smith is getting better at anticipating the attacks and skittering away, though he stil hasn’t scored a serious punch in this fight.  Now the fighters are circling at close quarters, and Smith jabs.  Did he get his hand in Caraway’s eye?  Caraway raises a hand as if to call time, baks up, shakes his head, and the fight resumes.  This fight has become largely tactical, with Caraway coming forward unable to score, and Smith circling, moving around out of range, and throwing occasional jabs and double jabs.

Round 4

Caraway is ducking down and shooting low jabs now.  For the first time tongith Smith commits to a power combination – he missses, and Caraway counters.  Smith is moving confidently, but Caraway gets close enough to land a lead left to the body.  Caraway is showing more jabs now, but nope – forget that, back to power shots.  Caraway is crouching, coming forward, reaching, looking for any opening, but none presents itself.  Smith is backing up, throwing a jab every once in a while.  Caraway misses with a left hok, Smith misses with a jab.  Smith might never win this way, but he’ll avoid most of those power shots.  Smith misses with a jab, Caraway scores with a hard jab, then volleys and scores.  In the last ten seconds of the fourth Smith misses with a couple of wild one-twos.

Round 5

Caraway comes out wild in the fifth, and Smith latches on hard to avoid any damage.  The clinch is broken, and Caraway tries hard to score with more power shots.  Smith is backing up, Caraway is chasing and throwing bombs.  This is the pattern.  Smith is in a strictly defensive posture, but Caraway comes forward and connects with a  – left?  It’s hard to tell from here, but smith goes down.  He beats the count easily, but now Caraway is getting inside, throwing and landing big right hands with regularity.  Smith looks wobbly as he backs up with his hands low.  Caraway attacks and Smith goes down, but referee Mark Nelson rules no knockdown and the bout continues.  Smith is back up on his toes, dancing.  Caraway, who must be irritated by the tight defense of Smith, dramatically feigns a collapse, perhaps in an effort to trap Smith, but it’s too obvious and too late to help.  Bell.

Nick Compton (now 1-2 with no kayos) is defeated by Markus Morris (now 6-1 with 3 kayos) by unanimous decision after four rounds (39-37, 40-36, 40-36)

Round 1

Two lanky boxers, both come out jabbing.  Compton paws with his jab.  Morris is a little more aggressive at the start.  Compton is now coming forward, but Morris’s jab is keeping him at arm’s length.  compton charges in, landing glancing blows and backing Morris into the ropes, but Morris counters effectively and escapes.  After a brief lull, Compton is attacking again when Morris lands a sharp counter left hook that buckles his knees.  compton is a hard man, though, and resumes hs attack.  Morris’s power shots rake Compton’s face, but Compton stands his ground and keeps looking for an operning.  Now there’s a clinch and Compton pushes Morris back into the blue corner.  The clinch is broken and Compton throws a volley of power shots.  Morris escapes and the two stand face to face, both throw at the same moment, and both land power shots.  This is an evenly matched fight.  the bell rings with neither man gaining an advantage.

Round 2

Computer trouble in this round kept me from giving you an as-it-happens account, but I can tell you that the fight continues to be even, that Morris caught Compton and pinned him to the ropes with an extended volley, that Compton kept his hands up and weathered the storm.  The remainder of the round was an evenly matched battle of firepower and chins.  Both fighters look heavy-armed and slow as the round ended.

Round 3

Morris is the faster fighter in the third, but Compton continues to stand his ground and come forward.  Morris is trying to land the lead left hook and follow with a right uppercut, but he hasn’t quite timed it.  Morris throws nice straight punches, but then pulls his hands back wide, leaving an opening for a late counter.  As the round goes on, Compton is continuing to come forward, but Morris is beginning to get the upper hand with rising rights and straight rights.  Compton puts his head down and pushes forward, but Morris responds with a four-punch combination as the round comes to a close.

Round 4

This round begins like the rest of the fight has been conducted, with both men standing toe to toe in the center of the ring, neither giving ground.  Compton is circling to his right and seeking to counter Morris’s attacks.  Morris gets close and misses with an uppercut, but then lands one of a two-punch attack.  Back in the middle of the ring the fighters exchange, but Compton misfires and Morris lands flush.  Morris is emboldened, but Compton, weary as he is, counters with a couple of punches, finishing with an off-balance right.  Morris continues to come forward though, and his punches have more authority.  Morris throws a one and a delayed two, and Compton lands a counter.  Morris is landing more frequently now, though his pucnhes lack steam.  An uppercut lands flush for Morris.  Ten seconds to go, and Morris goes on a reckless attack, nullified by holding from Compton.  Bell, fight.

Ramiro Hernandez (now 3-0 with 3 kayos) defeats Trevor Marmon (now 1-3 with 1 kayo) by TKO at 2:40 of round 3.

Note: Marmon is an entertaining fighter and a tough dude, but his conditioning and his chin have let him down more than once.

Round 1

Both fighters are aggressive from the start.  After an initial exchange, Marmon moves backwards while Hernandez leads.  This fight is a brawl from the start.  Both men land, there’s a clinch, and referee Gary Miezwa tries to break them up, but Marmon won’t let go.  Now he’s warned for holding.  Another hot exchange, and Marmon gets the better of it, landing to both the body and head.  The pace slows about midround, hernandez trying to pick a spot.  He lands big, but marmon is a big swinger and lands equally hard.  But boy, when Marmon misses, he misses big!  Hernandez wants to box, and he’s trying hard to jab and move, but Marmon comes forward and swings wildly, landing occasionally.  The pressure is disconcerting for Hernandez, but he seems to have gotten the better of this round.

Round 2

Hernandez scores first, with a one-two, but Marmon comes forward and jabs to the body.  In the center of the ring Marmon lands a left.  Hernendeez is circling left and moving backwards, and when Marmon tries to score, Hernandez lands a power shots that buckles his knees.  Marmon shakes his head, wipes his nose, and attacks again.  Hernandez lands a right to the head, Marmon swings for the fences and lands a right to the head, Hernandez boxes and escapes.  Marmon comes forward and pushes Hernandez into the ropes, and after some mauling there’s a break.  Hernandez comes forward and ands a left to Marmon’s head.  Marmon is tired and is leaning on Hernandez and holding.  There’s another break, and hernandez, moving quickly, tries to box Marmon again.  Hernandez and Marmon trade, each landing one punch.  Hernandez charges in and bulls marmon into the ropes, but there’s no scoring as the bell rings.

Round 3

Marmon jabs southpaw at the same time Hernandez jabs orthodox.  Suddenly the two revert to brawling, and in a wild exchange, a tired and off balance Marmon is knocked down by a power shot.  Marmon is up and the fight resumes.  Hernandez is coHing forward aggressively.  A short hook to the body hurts Marmon, who has slowed noticeably this round.  Now Hernandez is hunting.  Marmon misses a big right and turns his back in an effort to escape.  In the middle of the ring hernandez is attacking at close quarters.  marmon might have gone down, but referee Miezwa breaks them up.  Now they’re clinching and mauling, which favors marmon.  After another break, Hernandez attacks a staggering Marmon, who is bleeding heavily from the nose.  That’s too many power shots for the referee, who calls a stop to the fight.  TKO win for Hernandez!

DeAngelo Curtis (now 1-1 with no kayos) is defeated by Joe Amouta (now 2-1 with 1 kayo) by unanimous decision after four rounds (39-37, 39-37, 39-37)

Round 1

The fighters touch gloves and the bout begins.  Amouta is retreating, Curtis following.  Amouta shoots out some jabs, but Curtis backs him into the ropes and crowds him halfway out of the ring.  Amouta escapes and resumes circling.  Curtis pressuring.  Curtis tries to unload some power shots and continues to come forward.  Amouta counters effectively and stuns curtis for a moment.  Amouta lands some loud, slapping power shots that affect Curtis’s balance.  Amouta tries to land a right and Curtis counters effectively.  Both men throw at the same time and Curtis lands better.  With the encouragement of his corner (“Hey, you hurt him!”) Curtis goes on the attack, but Amouta seems fine and gets away clean.  With ten seconds to go Curtis tries to attack but gets tied up.  Amouta throws a right that glances off Curtis’s head and Curtis sticks his tongue out.

Round 2

Curtis comes ou, bends forward at the waist, and throws one jab to Amouta’s body.  Amouta attacks, landing well with right hands and scores nicely to the body and especially to the head.  Curtis shakes it off and begins stalking.  He lands a couple of good shots, including one that leaves Amouta touching his nose.  Amouta is a retreating fighter, backing up the ropes and countering when he’s cornered.  In the center of the ring curtis lands a sharp jab to Amouta’s face.  He should do that more.  Curis, attacking, gets caught and stumbles back into his corner.  Amouta comes alive, attacking with gusto, landing a bunch of shots.  Curtis finally escapes, but Ron Lyke, in his corner, yells “Don’t stand there, or they’ll stop it.”  Curtis increases his output for the last few seconds, and the round is over.

Round 3

The fighters circle briefly to their right, then Amouta backs into the ropes again, and Curtis catches his chin with a nice right hand.  Curtis follows up with a barrage that thrills the crowd.  Amouta gets back to the scenter of the ring, where he counters Curtis well with a left to the forehead that momentarily staggers Curtis, but only for a moment.  Now the fight is in the center of the ring.  Curtis lands a low blow, but referee Gary Miezwa lets it go.  Curtis is wincing and gasping, but he’s still game.  Could he have hurt his shoulder or leg?  He’s still stalking, but somewhat bowlegged.  Amouta is looking sharper now, and comes forward with power shots as the round closes.

Round 4

Curtis is coming forward again.  No shots landed…now Curtis lands a jab that makes Amouta flinch.  It’s something.    Finally, near the red corner, a brawl breaks out at close quarters.  Curtis is throwing big shots, but Amouta is moving well to his right, ducking a lot of shots, and landing good shots.  Now Amouta is on the run and Curtis is chasing, but can’t catch him.  Curtis finally corners Amouta and lands a right hook to the body, but iwthout steam.  He lets Amouta escape.  Curtis is tired, Amouta still fresh.  Amouta backs into the ropes again, and a heated exchange lasts a good 15 or 20 seconds.  Amouta probably go tthe better of it.  Back into the center of thering, and Curtis lands a big, big right hand that snaps Amouta’s head back.  The crowd roars, but Amouta shakes it off and the two trade until the round ends.  good round, good fight.  Whoever wins, I’d like to see these two go four more rounds.

Live Boxing Round-by-Round from Grand Casino Hinckley, August 22nd, 2014

Rondale Hubbert (now 7-0-1 with 4 kayos) defeats RJ Laase (now 12-2 with 8 kayos), for the vacant Junior Welterweight title of Minnesota, by unanimous decision in 8 rounds (77-75, 78-74, 77-75)

Round 1

Hubbert literally ran across the ring at the start, jumping Laase and pummeling about the ring for ten seconds or so before Laase was able to wrench himself free.  Now Hubbert is bouncing and backing up, left hand at his waist,while Laase comes forward with his guard up, looking for an opening.  Laase is jabbing while Hubbert is raging.  Hubbert comes forward and lands one punch, then shoves Laase.  Hubbert is trying to win flashy while Laase sticks to basics.  Laase continues to shuffle forward and tags Hubbert with one right.  Hubbert skitters away.  Hubbert likes to walk flatfooted and throw bombs.  Laase gets close enough to throw a punch and Hubbert flails away at him.  Give this round to Hubbert on the strength of his furious opening.

Round 2

Hubbert rushes across the ring again at the start of round 2, but stops short and gets in his stance.  Lasse comes forward, then lands one gigantic right hand that has the crowd roaring.  Hubbert looks clear headed and he’s talking to Laase as Laase stalks.  Laase continues to come forward deliberately, firing crisp punches.  Hubbert is relying on spped, power, toughness, and bravado.  Laase misses badly with a punch and Hubbert punishes hi for the transgression.  Hubbert comes forward with rough tactics and scores.  Laase goes hook tot he body and it lands on the waistline of Hubbert.  Now Hubbert is moving side to side while Laase pursues.  Laase continues to stalk and jab, looking for an opening.  Hubbert throws a combination – four punches? – that rakes Laase’s face.  There’s no time for further action before the bell.

Round 3

Laase shoves a left jab in Hubbert’s face but misses the followup right.  Hubbert sticks his left out and Laase whacks it away.  Both men attack at the same time and there’s a headbutt mixed in with the simultaneous flurries.  No blood that I see.  Laase comes forward and Hubbert looks to counter, but Laase lands a good left.  Hubbert starts running his mouth and Laase sticks a fist in it.  Now there’s a rough, tumbling exchange that ends against the ropes in the blue corner.  Hubbert is wild and Laase is countering nicely.  Hubbert needs to slow things down and get back to fundamentals.  Laase lands three out of a four punch combination.  Laase nails Hubbert against the ropes as the ten second warning sounds, and Hubbert shakes his head, then attacks with fury but fails to score.  I’m sitting next to Hubbert’s corner, and one of his cornermen shakes his head and says “He’s a slippery motherfucker.”

Round 4

Laase commits to a one-two and Hubbert counters nicely, battering his face.  Laase tries to attack again and Hubbert nails him again.  Now it happens a third time.  Laase finally connects with a one-two.  Hubbert tries to score and Laase counters, then connects with a thundering roundhouse and the Duluth contingent loves it.  Hubbert throws another combination, but I wonder whether he knows that he’s tipping his attack with the faces he makes before he throws a punch.  Hubbert is coming forward on the attack, but now it’s Laase’s turn to counter, and he’s effective.  The noise in here is deafening.  Hubbert  takes a break and Laase tags him.  Hubbert tries to come forward and Laase lands another power shot.  Ten seconds to go, and Hubbert scores with a body shot.  I would be remiss if I failed to mention that Hubbert has gone to the body twice this round, with good results.

Round 5

Hubbert shots out the jab but he really wants to land the straight right, and he does.  There’s a good exchange in the middle of the ring.  Hubbert comes in reckless and gets hit to the body.  Now they’re jabbing in the middle of the ring.  Hubbert lands one left hook to the face.  Laase flurries, landing a couple of body shots and the makes a niftymove to duck two counters.  Hubbert tries to attack but Laase hits him in the gut.  Hubbert is playing raging bull now, and he is bullying laase.  Laaase needs to punch effectively moving backwards – and there he does it, landing two.  Laase gets the better of an exchange in the center of the ring, but Hubbert is tough and keeps coming forward, battering Laase.  Laase sidesteps a charging Hubbert and fires a body shot too low, catching Hubbert just above the groin.  Hubbert spends no more than a minutes recoving, then steels himself and the fight resumes.  The remainder of the fifth round is all Hubbert, on the attack, landing wild shots.

Round 6

Hubbert comes out strong, throwing punches that Laase catches on his arms.  Hubbert stands still, staring at Llase, then shrugs.  Laase ignores the gesture and keeps shuffling forward.  Now they’re brawling, and both men are landing big shots.  Laase is gonig to have a monster shiner on his left eye tomorrow, it’s already ugly.  Now Laase is coming forward, and or the first time he shoves Hubbert.  There’s a headbutt, and Hubbert is glowering.  Laase connects a jab to the jab, Hubbert resopnds with more power shots.  Hubbbert’s corner is frustrated that he’s loading up.  Laase lands a stiff jab, and now both fighters are talking.  Hubbert is bounding on his toes, Laase is still shuffling forward.  Hubbert tries to bull forward, but his attack is nullified by good defense.  Hubbert leads with a right, Laase counters with a right, but nothing comes of it.

Round 7

Hubbert comes out heavy again this round, lands a couple of bombs.  Laase, though tired and breathing through his mouth, continues to come forward.  Hubbert is doing a better job counter now than he has been.  Laase atttacks, but Hubbert is gone when he gets there.  Hubbert is showcasing his elusiveness, but finally Laase scores with a wide left hook to the ear.  Our fightersexchange again, and Hubbert’s corner is shouting that Laase has nothing left.  Hubbert is now trying to be first and last.  Laase flurries, and Hubbert resopnds.  The crowd begins an “RJ” cheer, and he responds with a bitter attack that results in a general melee.  Laase loses his mouthpiece, and there’s a brief pause while it’s reinserted.  Hubbert is being reckless in his pursuit of a knockout, and that gives Laase a chance to land a hard counter.  What a round, and what a fight!

Round 8

Hubbert rushes in and there’s an ugly moment where he finds himself stuck in Laase’s armpit.  Some exchanges, and it happens again.  Hubbert scores with a few shots, then bulls Laase across the ring and into the ropes.  Back in the middle of the ring there’s a good exchange.  Aside from one flush shot from Laase, that all went Hubbert’s way.  Laase comes forward and lunges with a jab, but Hubbert gets him back.  Laase comes forward again, and jolts Hubberts with a stiff left jab.  Hubbert looks sharper and fresher at this point, but Laase has a good chin and keeps coming and countering.  They’re going all out as the bell rings, and the crowd roars its appreciation.

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Wayne Martell (now 25-5-1 with 15 kayos) is defeated by Jamal James (now 14-0 with 7 kayos) by TKO in round 1 of 10 scheduled.

Round 1

Martell is coming forward and swinging away at the beginning, but James is quick and is dodging most if not all of his punches.  James is waving that left jab but not throwing it, but then bam! Martell is down.  Martell is up instantly and shaking his head in disbelief, but that’s a knockdown.  James knows he’s got this, and he opens up on Martell immediately.  James is moving in and out, throwing double hooks, attacking with both hands.  Martell has seen better days, and he’s having trouble getting close.  Martell looks nicked up, but comes back aggressive and just as he connects on a punch to James, James puts him down again.  But the fight isn’t over.  Martell is up again and he wants to trade.  James gets him again with a left to the body and Martell is down again.  Once more he beats the count, but we know how this will end.  One more  engagement, and James puts Martell down again.  James throws one more punch as Martell is on his knees, and he’s lucky that one didn’t connect – it was close.  Martell gets up, but his eyes aren’t right, and referee Gary Miezwa rightly calls a stop to things.

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Marcus Upshaw (now 17-13 with 8 kayos) is defeated by Robert Brant (now 12-0 with 6 kayos) by Unanimous Decision after eight rounds (77-75, 79-74, 77-75)

Round 1

The beginning of the bout was delayed momentarily as Upshaw casually got a drink from his trainer, then another drink.  

Brant comes out quick in this one, showing his great speed and good power.  Upshaw is not nothing.  He’s significantly taller than Brant, he can take a punch, and he has some skills.  Upshaw can jab, but he doesn’t fight tall against the shorter man.  The pace has slowed a bit since Brant’s showy start.  Now Brant is playing the surgeon, using two and three punch combinations to score.  Upshaw lands a good jab to the head or hook to the body here and there.  Brant is jabbing and moving, and throwing combinations from angles.  Coming forward, Brant throws a nice combination that’s so quick, when it’s over I don’t know whether it was three or four punches.  Bell.

Round 2

Brant rushes out, leading with three jabs.  Upshaw is trying to counter, shouting “yah!” with each punch.  Brant throws punches faster than I can record them, and he connects nicely, but he is getting hit more than you’d like, considering the disparity of talent.  Brant lands a one-two and Upshaw responds with at least one solid counter.  Now Upshaw throws three earnest punches and the last one lands solidly.  Brant is unfazed and continues to stalk him.    Brant splits Upshaw’s guard with a one-two, then a pause.  Upshaw is pushing the pace now, coming forward and landing respectably, especially to Brant’s left ribcage.  Two more jabs from Upshaw.  Brant counters, there’s a momentary exchange, and Brant sidesteps Upshaw and is left looking at Upshaw’s back.  The fight resumes and there’s a flurry from both men, then the bell.

Round 3

Upshaw opens the round jabbing, then Brant flurries with good power shots, but one well-placed counter left from Upshaw stops himi in his tracks.  Brant is coming forward again now, and lands one good shot out of a combination that snaps Upshaw’s head back and induces Brant to come fowrard more.  Upshaw tags him with an effective shot, and the pace quickens.  Both men are throwing freely now, and Brant lands a shot that draws “Ooooh” from the sellout crowd.  The pace slows again.  Brant throws a one-two that is blocked, but makes a lot of noise, and the crowd is impressed.  Upshaw is trying to comforward now, and Brant is mostly potshotting him, picking spots and hitting them.  upshaw attacks again, but and scores a couple, but Brant looks better as the round closes.

Round 4

Brant is throwing punches from the outside – too far away to be effective – but Upshaw, instead of staying outside and using his greater reach to score, is coming fowrard.  There’s a good exchange in the center of the ring – neither man has the advantage.  Brant gets inside and then backs out.  Upshaw tries come forward and Brant has his best moment of the fight so far, battering him with an extended combination that puts Upshaw off balance.  Upshaw regains his composure and attacks again, scoring nicely with short hooks.  Brant lands a left jab and then misses a left hook.  Now Brant steps in and lands a big left hook to the body that moves Upshaw, but I’m not sure he realizes he had Upshaw hurt and doesn’t press his advantage.  There’s another exchange as the round ends, and the crowd is getting into this fight.

Round 5

Upshaw is aggressive again in the fifth, coming forward and scoring with jabs and the occasional power shot.  Brant takes his turn, landing a number of good shots to the head and body – really digging the body – but then Upshaw comes alive for a brief but effective assault.  Now the two men are measuring each other, and resting.  Brant throws a three punch combination – only the second punch lands, but it’s a sharp right to the midsection of upshaw.  Brant scores well when he goes to the body.  Upshaw is up on his toes, bouncing and showing he’s game.  Upshaw is jabbing a lot now, and his jab is coming back lower and slower than it should.  Upshaw tries an attack at the close of the round, but Brant counters nicely and Upshaw looks weary as he zigzags back to his corner.

Round 6

The first punch of the sixth is a right from Brant, but Upshaw counters over the top and lands a shot on Brant.  Brant responds with a long flurry, tagging Upshaw to the head and body.   Brant is opening his hands up as he jabs.  With every left handed punch he drops his right, and that’s cause for worry.  But Brant is doing nice work in this found, attacking Upshaw and countering effectively when Upshaw tries to attack him back.  There’s a lull about midround.  Now Brant is bombing upshaw’s guard, and that impresses the crowd but won’t do much in the eyes of the judges.  Upshaw tries a wide right hook, but Brant counters up the middle.  Now Upshaw lands solid and snaps Brant’s head back, but Brant has the chin of a champion and goes back  on the attack as the round ends.

Round 7

Brant comes out coiled to land big shots, and he throws some nice combinations that land in the first thirty seconds of the seventh.  Brant comes forward off balance and leads with a right, but that won’t work.  now Brant is working the body hard, and his fans like what they see.  Upshaw takes advantage of a moment of rest, then comes forward with power shots, but Brant is blocking most of those with his gloves now.  Brant lands a jab here, another jab there.  A right to the head scores for Brant.  upshaw steps forward and Brant punishes him with a right.  But suddenly Upshaw explodes out of his guard to land a right to the head of Brant.    Both men step forard at the same time, and Brant coems out on top, taking advantage of Upshaw’s momentary befuddlement to score with a couple of shots.  Brant ducks an Upshaw right and the bell rings.

Round 8

Upshaw jabs twice Brant throws a one-two.  Upshaw starts coming forward again, but Brant is ready and pops good a couple of times.  Upshaw isn’t going away though, and he continues to throw with both hands.  Now they’re in a phone booth, now they’re at arm’s length.  Brant lands a jab, but has his following right blocked by a glove.  Upshaw is moving forward and to his right, and in mauling Brant, lands a good right uppercut to the chin.  Brant is lively and throwing harder punches, but Upshaw can still score.  Brant lands a good right hook to the head and follow sup with a flurry, but Upshaw responds with good work of his own.  Upshaw lands two big left hands, one to the body and one to the head of Brant, then backs Brant up.  Brant is retreating and jabbing.  Ten seconds to go, and brant comes alive, scoring with a sharp combination.  That’s the end of the fight, and it goes to the judges.  Though I would score it for Brant, this fight is close enough that it could go either way.

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Galen Brown (now 42-28 with 25 kayos) is defeated by Phil Williams (now 13-6-2 with 12 kayos) in round 2 of 8 scheduled

Round 1

Two southpaws – this should be fun.  The bout begins with a feint by Williams and a jab by Brown.  After some feeling out, Brown comes in with a right hand, but ducks his head and covers up right away.  He’s respectful of Williams’ power.  There’s little action in the early stages, so Brown begins baiting Williams, dropping his hands, waiving his arms, and waggling his head.  Now Brown charges forward and traps Williams in a corner.  he may have landed a punch, I’m not sure.  But Williams counters.    Now they’re in the center of the ring again.  Williams lands a hard jab but doesn’t follow up.  Brown is circling, then he lunges forward and to his left, striking a glancing blow on Williams and disappearing behind Williams’ shoulder.  Despite the clowining Brown is in earnest, as he shows when he scores a clipping blow at the bell.  Brown’s corner is shouting “perfect round, perfect round.”  I think it went about as well as he could have hoped.

Round 2

Round two begins with a lot of waving hands and bobbing heads.  Brown is trying to come forward, and Williams is moving away and to his left.  Williams throws that hard jab of his, once, twice, but it doesn’t land solidly.  Williams is getting a little bolder, but Brown is experienced and larger than Williams, and is unfazed by anything Williams has done so far.  Brown is clowning again.  Both hasnds are at his waist.  Williams sticks his right hand out and measures the distance, but doesn’t throw.  Brown jabs and scores.  There’s a lot more movement without any action, and Williams drops his hands and stares defiantly at Brown.  Now as the round draws to a close Williams charges forward and clocks Brown with a shot that leaves him crosseyed.  Brown gets up in time and he’s game to go, but he looks unsteady and referee Gary Miezwa doesn’t like what he sees in Brown’s eyes and calls it a TKO.

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Jonathan Perez (now 8-0 with 5 kayos) defeats Antwan Robertson (now 9-10-1 with 6 kayos) with by Unanimous Decision after 5 rounds: 50-45, 50-45, 50-45

Round 1

Perez throws a jab and thena  short-armed hook that miss Robertson.  Perez jabs and misses again, but then connects a single hook to the head of Robertson.  Perez seemed to have slipped and then turned his back on Robertson.  Robertson was charging in when referee Mark Nelson stepped in between.  Now there’s a lot of feints and ineffective punching.  Perez is making a show of lunging in with stomping jabs, but they don’t land.  Perez attacks wildly this time, but his punch is blocked.  Robertson is moving back and to his left, waiting for something.  Perez is coming forward, but Robertson is dodging his punches with some nifty moves.  Ten seconds to go and Perez flurries, but Robertson just grins at him.

Round 2

Perez comes forward at the outset, but Robertson counters with a big haymaker that misses its mark.  Perez comes forward again, and finally throws a four punch combination that may have scored.  Robertson is mugging and taunting now.  Has he been laying a trap, or is he just playing to the crowd?  Perez is cautious, working his way in.  Finally Perez connects with a big straight right, but then mars his progress by shoving Robertson hard into the ropes.  Perez is coming forward again, gaining confidence.  Robertson is the quicker man, but he is showing absolutely no offense.  In the last ten seconds Perez flurries, but from too far away to do any damage.

Round 3

Perez comes out aggressively jabbing, but a few seconds in the ref stops things to get something wiped off Robertson face.  On resuming the fight, Perez is showing less respect for Robertson, throwing punches with more intent, if not more frequency.  Perez attacks and overshoots Robertson, and there’s a tie-up.  Now Perez lands another good single shot.  Robertson sure isn’t showing much urgency.  The fighters circle slowly to their left in the center of the ring, Perez feinting and Robertson watching.  Perez is now coming fowrad,a nd lands one jab.  After a pause, he tries to flurry but his momentum is gone.  Despite what I said earlier, Perez is showing Robertson a great deal of respect.  Ten seconds to go, and Perez charges into Robertson, pinning him against the ropes, but both mens’ punches are smothered at close quarters.

Round 4

Initially it looked like Robertson would begin countering Perez in this round, but the workrate is still slow.  Perez is inching forward, and Robertson is inching backward.  Perez tries to attack, but gets tied up.  This is uncharacteristic of Robertson.  Perez is moving his hands plenty, but seldom connecting.  Perez comes forward and shoots a single jab.  Then another single jab.  Perez throws a showy uppercut witih his right.  It connects, but he doesn’t follow up.  Now the fighters are circling again.  Finally Robertson fires a lead right hand, but Perez sidesteps it.  Such a tactical fight.Perez attacks again, Robertson dodges again.  As the bell rings, Robertson is grinning at Perez.  I don’t know what he’s smiling about, because he is accomplishing little or nothing.

Round 5

The fighters touch gloves, and commence to jabbing.  Perez comes out of a crouch with a big right hookercut that misses.  Robertson is backing up again.  Perez throws a one-two that passes for a scoring shot.  Robertson is fighting for style points, but the don’t give style points in Hinckley.  Perez is crouching, prowling, coming forward, and lands a good right.  Now he lunges forward and lands another good right.  there’s a lull, and again Perez lunges forward.  Perez shoots a double jab, then a let hnd.  Perez gets too close, and finally Robertson counters.  Another jab and a wild right hand by Perez.  Perez lands a shot and Robertson counters.  Now Perez is rushing forward and Robertson is continualy backing up.  Perez tries to flurry and Robertson counters, landing one good right hand.  There’s the bell, and this sleper is over.

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Mark Sainci (now 1-0 with 1 kayo) defeats Andrew Selvig (now 1-4  with 1 kayo) by TKO in round 3 of 4 scheduled

Round 1

Selvig comes out with the first punches, throwing soft jabs to test the waters.  Selvig decides he’s good to go and starts throwing power shots, then Sainci explodes on him, forcing him into a corner and landing multiple power shots.  Slevig escapesmomentarily, buSainci catches up with him on the ropes and flurries, finally catching him with a right handed haymaker that sends Selvig reeling.  Selvig is game, but Sainci is definitely the busier and harder hitting fighter in the early going.  Selvig is fighting with his back to the rropes, bleeding from the nose.  Selvig gets loose for a moment, but Sainci follows with is head down, throwing hooks and uppercuts as he pursues.  Sainci now has Selvig trappedin the blue corner. Selvig tries to tie him up but can’t get the job done.  Sainci resumes the chase, punding Selvig with power shots.  Selvig’s blood is rolling now, and the bell rings.

Round 2

Selvig scores first in the second, landing to the body and head of Sainci, but Sainci returns fire with more power.  Sainci’s right hook traveling a long distance to meet Selvig’s right-leaning head, but it’s doing the job.  After a brief tour of the ring, Selvig finds himself in a  neutral corner getting hammered again.  Selvig rushes across the ring to the far ropes, where Sainci catches him again, knocking him down and putting his mouthpiece out.  Slevig is up again, and throwing the best shots he can muster.  A stronger fighter might have Sainci in trobule, because Selvig is landing a good percentage of his shots, but Sainci is rough around teh edges.  Selvig comes forward and lands some light stuff. Sainci, taking a break, shoots back some soft shots in return.  This emboldens Selvig, who improves his workrate as round 2 comes to a close.

Round 3

Selvig resumes his attack in round 3, but Sainci comes forward hard, trapping him briefly in a corner and landing a big right hook.  Selvig escapes, but Sainci pursues and eventually catches him in a neutral corner where he lands several earnest power shots, and referee Gary Miezwa stops the bout.  Good stoppage.

 

Lucas St Claire (now 3-5 with 2 kayos) is defeated by Joe Lorenzi (now 3-5 with 3 kayos) by TKO in round 4 of 5 scheduled

Round 1

St Clair stays in the middle of the ring, Lorenzi circles to his left.  About thirty seconds in, St Clair scores with some power shots to the head, then the body.   St Clair is coming forward, landing clipping shots with the right and then flurrying.   Lorenzi is calm, but on his heels.  St Clair pursues Lorenzi to the ropes, where Lorenzi scores for the first time.  The pattern is Lorenzi is backing up and St Clair is pursuing.  A change of pace – St Clairs takes some steps back and then stop and fires, scoring again.  lorenzi is throwing occasional shots, but scoring only rarely here in the first.  St Clair bulls in with his ghead down and Lorenzi sticks a right handed upperscut into the body.  St Clair is less aggressive now.  There’s blood on St Clair’s soulder, but I cn’t tell where it came from.  The crowd begins to chant “Joey” as the round closes.  Lorenzi tries to close out strong, but doesn’t connect solidly.

 

Round 2

St Clair jabs coming in, then flurries with big power shots.  Lorenzi connets one left-handed lab, St Clair chases, and then there’s a big clash of heads.  Both men are hurt by the accidental headbutt.  Blood is flowing freely from Lorenzi’s brow.  After a quick inspection by the doctor, it’s time-in.  St Clair is flyurrying furiously again, but he isn’t hurting Lorenzi.  Lorenzi turtles up, lets St Clair throw a volne of punches, then lands one big left hook that brings the rowd to life.  St Clair is red faced and breathing hard.  St Clair tries to attack, but a counter shot from Lorenzi puts him down hard.  St Clair is up quicly, but then immediately goes down again from a left to the body.  Again St Clair is up quickly.  The action is fast now, and Lorenzi is timing and countering St Clair’s fading assault.  Ten seconds to go and the pace is slowed, both men auling and throwing single and double power shots.  The round ends with both men throwing caution to the wind, and both men scoring.

 

Round 3

There’s  a brief delay for water on the mat in St clair’s corner.  Now St clair is moving forward with more cautious backhanded jabs.  There’s an exchange and Lorenzi comes out ahead with a nice counter.  St Clair is coming in with his head down now.  There’s a risk of another bad headbutt.  Lorenzi is coming forward now.  St Clair is losing steam, but he has the presence of mind to tie Lorenzi up.  Lorenzi is on the attack now, St Clair blocks some punches and blocks others with head movement, then throws a quick five-punch flurry.  There’s mauling now, and St Clair scores with a one-two, but Lorenzi is definitely the fresher man now.  St Clair  leads with an upper cut and eats a hard counter.  As Lorenzi comes forward St Clair’s legs give out and he goes down, but we’ll call it a slip.  Lorenzi comes forward.  He’s attacking and connecting, but his punches lack snap.  There’s the bell, and that’s round 3.

 

Round 4

St Clair comes out raging in round 4, and backs Lorenzi up in the ropes, clubbing him with perhaps ten straight right hooks to the head and body.  Lorenzi comes out little worse for wear, and St Clair is tiring  Now Lorenzi comes forward and I can’t see what punch puts St Clar down, but he’s down.  St Clair is up again, but he’s wild.  His head movment is putting him off balance and he’s eating pjunches in bunches.  Lorenzo backs him into the blue corner and pummels him until referee Mark Nelson mercifully ends the bout.  TKO Lorenzi.

January 3rd Recap: A Wild Night in a Tame Town

On a snowy night in Minneapolis, Rances Barthelemy caught a lucky break, Argenis Mendez drew the opposite number, Ossie Duran spoiled the coming out party of the hometown hero, and Caleb Truax learned that he still has more to learn.

Rances Barthelemy and Argenis Mendez were matched for Mendez’s IBF Junior Lightweight trinket and the title that it represents.  Barthelemy, the challenger, won the bout under controversial circumstances.

The first round started slowly, with Mendez being respectful and tentative and Barthelemy testing the waters and evidently laying a trap.  After some soft jabbing and unexpectedly passive behavior, Barthelemy erupted about halfway through the first round with a ferocious attack that hurt Mendez.  In the second, Mendez was initially more active and tried to regain the initiative, but Barthelemy remained in control.  Finally Barthelemy exploded again and knocked Mendez down.  Then the end of the second was the beginning of controversy, as Barthelemy threw a right and a left well after the bell, and knocked Mendez out.  Though the referee and the TV audience didn’t hear the bell, numerous ringside observers and at least one IBF official in attendance confirmed to this writer that the knockout punch was thrown significantly after the chime.  Most up-to-date word is that an appeal will be  heard by the IBF, so hopefully the result can be changed to a No Contest and a rematch ordered.

In the Co-Main Event, Ossie Duran posed an unexpectedly tough test for rising middleweight star Caleb Truax, who was unable to solve Duran’s hard jab despite an admirable effort.  The end result was a unanimous draw, scored 95-95 by all three judges.

Duran is known to be a tough and experienced veteran, and he surely raised his stock by frustrating Truax with his tight defense and that punishing jab.  Truax maintained an aggressive attitude throughout, but wasn’t able to penetrate Duran’s defense with any consistency.  Though Truax had his moments (particularly in the later rounds), the enduring images of this fight will be Duran’s left hand in Truax’s face and the smudge of blood around Truax’s nose.

Though one wag was heard to say unequivocally that Truax should never rematch Duran, I think the opposite.  Duran was a tough riddle for Truax mainly because Truax had such difficulty solving the jab.  Truax should work on countermeasures for that jab and once he has learned to cope with it, he should show the world his improvement.  Or at the very least, he should make time to spar with Duran.

In undercard action:

  • Adrian Martinez (2-0-1) defeated Trevor Marmon (1-1-1) in a rematch of their September 21st draw.  The first match between the two was a crowdpleasing slugfest with an inconclusive conclusion, but this one brought a decisive result.  Marmon started out strong and aggressive, but Martinez’s strong leads and counters sapped his strength and Marmon ran completely out of gas (and verticality) in the third.  The result was a 3rd round TKO, per world-class referee Mark Nelson.
  • Dennis Galarza, a 21 year old whippet from Orlando, whipped Celiel Castillo in another four-rounder.  Castillo was much shorter than Galarza, and looked physically very soft.  Galarza knocked Castillo down in the first and maintained his dominance for the duration, finishing up with 40-35 scores across the board.  Galarza improved his record to 2-0 while Castillo chalked up a loss in his professional debut.
  • Erickson Lubin wasted no time in thrashing his opponent, Luis Santiago.  Lubin, with a wedge-shaped shock of hair atop his head, hammered his unfortunate opponent for one minute before taking him out at 1:01 of the first.  It was Santiago’s first loss after four wins to inaugurate his professional career.  Lubin advanced to 2-0 with 2 KOs, and more to come if he continues to perform as he did tonight.
  • Javontae Starks moved to 8-0 with 5 knockouts with a split decision win against Limberth Ponce, whose record is now 6-1 with 4 knockouts.  This match sometimes looked like a boxing match, other times a war.  Starks is a beautiful boxer with a strong right hand, while Ponce, in a pinch, would resort to brawling tactics.  The split result is an accurate reflection of the nature of the bout; one could have had either man winning.  The only result that couldn’t conscientiously be forwarded was a scoring draw, since Starks scored a knockdown with a big right-handed counter at the end of the second round.
  • Lightweight prospect Tony Lee improved to 9-1 with 3 knockouts by gutting out a punishing unanimous decision against Willshaun Boxley, now 6-9 with 4 kayos.  Lee is a disciplined and cautious boxer, while Boxley is a flamboyant boxer-puncher who started his career 5-0 and has been in freefall ever since.  Boxley hadn’t fought in nearly two years, and was fighting over ten pounds above his ideal weight, but he showed guts and determination in his bout against a man who held nearly every advantage – height, activity, management.  Boxley’s only advantage was power, but it wasn’t enough to make Lee pay.  Lee boxed well, and punished Boxley mercilessly with a hard and insistent jab.
  • In a sloppy bout campaigned by novices, Damien Hill improved to 2-3 while pinning Nate Richardson (now 1-1) with his first loss.  A fight like this one poses a challenge to the writer, because there is no real narrative to offer.  “Hill hits Richardson.  Now Richardson hits Hill.  Hill hits Richardson again.”  At this level of competition a jab might be no straighter than a hook, and a hook can pass for a straight.  Richardson possesses plenty of aggression and toughness, but those are insufficient virtues for a professional boxer.  Hill is significantly taller, and a more accurate puncher, and that made the difference.

ESPN Friday Night Fights – Round-by-Round – January 3rd, 2014

Adrian Martinez (now 2-0-1) defeats Trevor Marmon (now 1-1-1) by TKO in round 3 of 4 rounds scheduled.

Round 1

About ten seconds in Marmon, a southpaw, makes the first offensive move, leading with the jab.  There’s not much to write home about until 30 seconds in, when Martinez counters a jab with a meaningful right that lands but does no appreciable damage.  All the action is tactical in nature until finally Marmon backs Martinez into a neutral corner and pulls the trigger, but does little before allowing Martinez to escape.  There’s precious little action here.  Marmon is the aggressor, with Martinez looking to counter.  Marmon backs him into the ropes, and for a moment there’s some nice mauling action, with Marmon working the body, but Martinez punches his way out.  Ten seconds to go, and I’m just noticing a red mark on Marmon’s left cheek, when finally Martinez lands a Big right hand that nearly knocks him down.  Marmon saves himself from a knockdown by holding onto Martinez’s hands, falling backwards but pulling Martinez forward, and finally regains his balance.

Round 2

Marmon is again the aggressor.  He leads with that right jab and scores a little bit until Martinez ties him up.  Martinez is trying to remember to jab.    Marmon comes forward, leading with a big left hook, and conects twice to Martinez’s body.  That hurt.  Martin is again backing up and looking to counter.  After a period of inactivity, Martin lands a rising hook to the belly of Marmon.  Now they’re shoulder to shoulder, with Marmon the better mauler.  But Marmon is slowing down, and Martinez is gaining traction.  Martinez fails to capitalize, however.  Marmon comes in at an awkward angle, and Martinez misses with a big power shot.  Suddenly it’s clear that Martinez has found a target in the body of Marmon, and he attacks it with great success, about five or six straight power shots finding their mark.  Bell, and round 2 is over.

Round 3

Marmon is undeterred by the pain doled out to him in the second, and comes right forward into Martinez to start the third.  Martinez is now scoring frequently with power shots, and Marmon is visibly losing steam.  Marmon comes forward, jabbing and connecting, but with no effect.  Martinez attacks the body with vigor, but referee Mark Nelson steps in and warns him for low blows.  Upon resumption of the bout, Martinez resumes his attack and lands several power shots which wobble Marmon.  Marmon looks like he’s being held up by Martinez’s shots.  Finally Marmon drops to the canvas, taking one more shot to the head on his way down.  Nelson waves the fight off, and it is all over.

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Celiel Castillo (now 0-1) is defeated by Dennis Galarza (now 2-0 with 1 kayo) after four rounds.

Round 1

Castillo looks notably soft for a small boxer.  The taller, leaner Galarza comes forward immediately, attacking with sharp jabs and power shots.  Castillo  throws back at him, but his shots are light and without effect.  Galarza is following, stalking Castillo, and finally catches him.  A left hook lands  hard and knocks Castillo right on his butt.  Castillo is up quickly, pouting and looking angry.  The fight resumes, and Galarza is the hunter.  He catches Castillo with a flurry that forces Castillo to cover up, but does no further damage.  Just before the bell Castillo feints and Galarza flinches – that might have been Castillo’s best moment of the round.

Round 2

Castillo attacks immediately at the start of the second, backing Galarza into the ropes and landing a bunch of shots, but Galarza counters effectively and bangs his way out.  In the snter of the ring, Castilllo lands a flush shot, but Galarza only sneers.  Galarza attacks again, backing up his much shorter opponent.  Castillo is showing a tougher beard than he did in the first.  But Galarza ccontinues to attack, and Castillo is wilting.  Lacking any visible advantage, all Castillo can do is back up, throwing those light punches up at his opponent.  Now Galarza tracps Castillo against the ropes and leans on him, forcing Catillo’s upper body between the ropes.  There’s a break, but the action after the break is the same.  Galarza stalks and sharpshoots while Castillo retreats.

Round 3

Galarza comes across the ring and attacks immediately.  He shouts when he punches, so his attack is announced as well as presented.  Castillo lands a counter left to Galarza’s head, but Galarza continues to press, trapping Castillo near a neutral corner and hurting him again.  Castillo covers up.  Now the scene repeats, with Galarza on the prowl.  There’s an odd moment when Catillo grapples his way behind Galarza and throws a punch at the bsck of Galarza’s head.  He’s warned by the referee.  Now Galarza is back on the attack, but he’s slowing down somewhat.  Castillo, emboldened, mounts a sustained attack for the first time.  It isn’t efffective, but it’s something.  Catillo attcks again, and Galarza freezes him momentarily with a counter left.  Now Galarza backs Catillo into the ropes, and Catillo lands  a single punch again.  I wouldn’t want you to get the wrong idea, though.  Castillo isn’t getting the upper hand; I just feel the need to point out whenever he lands one of those infrequent scoring punches.  I have Galarza winning all three rounds so far.

Round 4

Castillo knows his predicament, so he comes out aggressive in the fourth.  This opens up opportunities for Galarza, who scores with some well-timed counters.  Galarza is coming forward again; Castillo’s offense has petered out.  Galarza is fighting a more defensive fight now, jabbing and moving, protecting his lead.  Castillo comes forward again, landing four punches of a six punch combination.  Galarza again backs him up, and sharpshoots, landing hard to Castillo’s head.  But Galarza is boxing now, moving about and picking off Catillo.  Castillo is really trying, bless his heart.  But Galarza has his number right up to the end, scoring with well chosen left jabs and following with rights.  There’s the bell, and this fight is over.  It should be a shutout in Galarza’s favor.

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Intros: The crowd is on the smallish side, but very enthusiastic as Truax enters the ring.  The Target Center is resonating with the crowd’s vibrations.

Ossie Duran (now 28-11-3 with 11 kayos) and Caleb Truax (now 23-1-2 with 14 kayos) fight to a ten-round draw

Round 1

The fighters are moving quickly but rotating slowly to their left.  There’s a lot of movement and tentative jabs at the start.  Finally Truax taps duran twice with light jabs.  Rangefinders.  The first earnest punch of the fight is a right hook to the body of Duran.  Fifteen seconds later Truax lands two to the body – one on each side.  Truax backs into the ropes but Duran fails to attack, and the fight again moves to the center of the ring.  A voice in the crowd shouts “Knock his beard off!” and Truax grins.  It looks like he almost laughed.  Truax for the first time throws the 1-2 that served him so well against Don George.  Duran throws a big left hook to the midsection of Truax, which is blocked.  This has been a quiet first round.  Duran throws a looping overhand right that may have connected – it’s hard to tell.  Both men try to score just before the bell, but nothing of consequence was landed.

Round 2

Truax comes out jabbing in the second.  Single, double, double followed by a hook.  Duran is still playing it cool.  Both men are.  Now Duran shuffles forward and lands a left hand to the guard of Truax.  Truax is throwing multiple jabs and moving to his right.  There’s an exchange, but neither men  breaks the other’s guard.  Duran jabs, and Truax comes forward then ties up.  Truax is trying to poke that jab through Duran’s defense.  Duran comes forward again.  Truaxx throws a five-punch combination, with the final punch being the harddest.  It looked like that one landed.   Truax throws a big right that Duran blocks with his shoulder, Duran responds with a flurry.  Truax is boxing carefully.  There’s a clinch, and referee Mark Nelson warns Duran about hitting beihind the head.  The fighters are bouncing on their toes as the ten second warning sounds.  Duran attacks and lands a couple of power shots just before the bell.

Round 3

The crowd is urging Truax on, and he comes out and lands a right hook, then a left right away.  Duran throws back.  Truax is moving a lot, looking for an opening.  Now he lands with a left jab and a straight right.  Duran responds moments later with a hard jab to Truax’s face.  Duran comes forward with two jabs and a right hook.  Duran throws a right that impresses the crowd, but Truax blocked it with his left glove.  Truax jabs once high then hooks twice low.  Things are heating up.  Duran is unfazed, and comes forward with two good shots to Truax’s head.  Duran knocks Truax backwards into the ropes, but he attacks with hard shots and comes out.  Truax lands a jab but misses with a downward punch at a ducking Duran.  Bell and round.

Round 4

Truax is getting more aggressive as the fight wears on.  He’s throwing double jabs now, and finally a big right hand to Duran’s head.  Truax may be bleeding from the nose.  Duran is coming forward, throwing heavy wshots.  Duran lands a right hand, and Truax resopnds with a power shot that lands.  Duran throws a left, and Truax whacks him with a hard right to the body.  Truax comes in tight and mauls, but fails to score.  Truax lands a right to the head and a left below the beltline.  Duran attacks and Truax counters well.  Truax throws a left and then a right to the body, and the crowd likes it.  But Duran has a good jab, and he’s using it effectively.Truax lands with a good right, left, left.  Duran fires back.  Duran lands a short right hook to the head of Truax.  Duran continues to jab.  Truax is having trouble blocking that jab, but he’s determined and keeps countering to the bell.

Round 5

This round starts with more jabbing, but now Truax lands two good short rights that thrill the crowd.  Duran is still nominally the aggressor, but Truax is coming forward in spots.  Truax gets in cclose and lands some more sharp power shots.  there’s an exchange, and then referee Mark nelson warns Duran for hitting behind the head.  Truax is scoring more with his power shots, but Duran can always go back to that jab, and he does.  Truax leads with a big right but fails to follow up.  Duran throws a lab and then lunges in with a right, and Truax counters and hurts him.  But Duran, expressionless, shakes his head and comes forward again.  Duran looks a little more tentative – or tired – and the crowd senses things are turning in Truax’s favor.

Round 6

Truax is jabbing more at the start of this round.  Duran scores with a single let, then a single right.  A moment passes, and Truax throws a combination that scores.  Duran is tough as nails though, and comes forward again.  Truax attacks but misses, as Duran is gone when he gets there.  Truax finally hooks to the body and scores, but Duran has an answer for everything.  Duran leans forward and throws a right while balanced on one foot.  Truax throws back and lands two punches.  Now two more.  Now a hard Truax right to the body.  Duran is tired, but still coming forward.  Duran dodges a Truax punch, but Truax gets in close and lands several short hooks to the body.  Duran comes forward and lands, but Truax does the same in response.  Truax lands a big right to the body, Duran tries to respond and Truax flurries, scoring well.  Just before the bell Duran rallies, and one can’t help but admire the effort of both fighters.

Round 7

Truax has urgency as the round begins, jabbing a little and then throwing a combination.  Duran is so unfaed by Truax’s punches, it’s sometimes hard to tell what has landed.  Truax is busy.  Duran throws a left ahnd that lands, then ties Truax up.  Truax flurries and scores, but Duran punctuates the combo with a counter.  Truax is going to the body more.  Duran uppercuts Trua’s head.  Truax steps back and Duran pursues and scores.  Truax misses with a right hook but Duran doesn’t capitalize.  Truax scores with three punches of a five-punch combination, then a single right hook.  Duran is iron man – he comes forward again.    Truax again scores with a right to the head.  Duran is coming forward with single jabs, looking to score big.  Each man tries to land a combination just before the bell, but neither scores.

Round 8

Truax comes up short with a left hand, but batters Duran to the body and shoulders.  Duran comes forward and connects with  Truax’s head.  Truax is doubling-tripling the jab.  Now lands a wide right hook.  Duran continues to stand his ground, but Truax rallies and scores grandly with lefts and rights.  The crowd roars, but Duran responds by coming forward and landing stinging shots, battering Truax into the ropes.  Back in the center of the ring, Truax and Duran orbit to their left.  Truax goes right-head, left-body, and Duran counters.  Truax sores with short power shots, but Duran hurts him back.  Truax gets in close again, and again lands a hard short right.  Just before the bell, Duran scores a left to Truax’s head, then pulls a punch as the bell rings.

Round 9

The crowd stands and roars encouragement to Truax as the round begins, but tis round begins tactically.  Truax jabs, Duran jabs.  They get in close, and Truax throws then ties up  Duran is throwing single jabs, and they’re working.  Finally Truax counters and snaps Duran’s head back with an uppercut.  Duran turtles up for a bit, then comes out and throws.  Truax attacks and misses, and Duran clowns momentarily.  Duran comes in low, and Truax tries to counter at an awkward angle.  the pace is quickening.  Duran comes forward with a triple jab, and Truax answers with a flurry of power shots that hurt Duran and thrills the crowd.  Duran throws his hands up to say “I’m  not hurt,” but I’ve told you over and over what that means.  There’s a little give-and-take as the round ends.

Round 10

Duran looked a little wobbly at the end of the ninth, but he comes out jabbing sharply in the tenth.  Both men are moving to their right.  Then Truax stops and fires, scoring moderately.  Duran counters and lands.  Duran lands a left-handed superman punch, and Truax replies with a four-punch combination that scores.  Duran attacks and lands a one-two – hard.  Truax flurries.  Duran throws and lands a showy and hard single left.  Truax gets close and Duran punishes him to the body.  This fight is turning into a brawl.  Duran is going for broke, and that frees Truax to counter, which is a talent of his.  Both men are tired and are tying up more frequently.  Now breaking, Duran comes forward with a soft left and hard right.  Truax attacks back and hurts him.  Now with ten seconds to go in the fight, Duran bullies Truax into the blue corner where the fighters trade power shots on even terms until the bell rings.

I didn’t score this fight, but my sense is that it was even or a narrow win for Duran, who fought very well in spots.  Truax’s effort was more sustained, but he had fewer winning moments.

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Luis Santiago (now 4-1) is defeated by Erickson Lubin (now 2-0 with 2 kayos) by KO at 1:01 of the first round of 4 rounds scheduled.

Round 1

Lubin comes out aggressive from the word go.  He batters Santiago with big left hands and chases him from one end of the ring to the other.  Santiago goes down with a thud in the blue corner, and referee Scott Erickson waves his hands.  This fight is over.

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Rances Barthelemy (now 20-0 with 13 kayos) defeats Argenis Mendez (21-3-1 with 11 kayos), for the IBF Junior Lightweight Championship of the World, scheduled for 12 rounds

Round 1

This fight starts slowly, with both men feinting and jabbing softly.  Barthelemy throws a tentative uppercut (is there such a thing?) to the midsection of Mendez.  It might have scored well if it had been in earnest.  Mendez is coming forward and Barthelemy taking it easy until suddenly, with his back to the ropes, Barthelemy explodes in a furious assault that backs Mendez up, momentarily traps him against the ropes, and hurts him to the body.  Mendez’ brow is furrowed as the round continues.  Barthelemy follows him a bit and then hurts Mendez again to the body, and perhaps once to the head.  Mendez comes forward again, and Barthelemy is poking out a perfunctory jab, just trying to keep Mendez off.

Round 2

Mendez left jabs to Barthelemy’s body, and moments later  throws a right at Barthelemy’s shoulder.  Mendez comntinues to come forward, but is missing with most everything.  Barthelemy is backing up again, but he has a nice change of direction and definitely has Mendez on guard.  Mendez is continuing to pursue ineffectively.  Barthelemy throws a slow double jab, but he’s definitelly biding his time.  Another double jab by Barthelemy, and this time he brings it back low and slow.  Mendez gets closer and throws to the body of Barthelemy, but there’s little behind it.  Finally Mendez throws a powerful punch, but Barthelemy responds in kind.  Barthelemy explodes again and knocks Mendez down.  Mendez looks angry, and indicates he was hit in the back of the head.    Now Mendez is back up, and the action resumes.  Barthelemy scores with a good punch just before the bell, and then lands an enormous punch AFTER the bell which knocks Mendez out.  I repeat, that was definitely and obviously AFTER the bell.  Does no one else see this?  Barthelemy and his corner are celebrating deliriously.  Barthelemy should be disqualified for throwing that knockout punch after the bell.

Rances Barthelemy is your new IBF champion, and he did it by knocking his opponent out with a punch landed after the bell.  I am very disappointed.

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Limberth Ponce (now 6-1 with 4 kayos) is defeated by Javontae Starks (now 8-0 with 5 kayos by Majority Decision (57-56, 57-56, 56-57) after 6 rounds

Round 1

Starks, frequently a slow starter, is jabbing early.  Ponce is showing a lot of aggressiveness, but nobody is scoring yet.  Starks’ trunks seem to be riding up; he keeps pulling them down.  More jabbing from Starks.  Ponce finally comes in close, and Starks lands a glancing left counter.  Ponce is coming forward, feinting, moving around.  Starks is mostly just pivoting in the center of the ring.  These are all single jabs from Starks.  Now he finally throws a two-punch and then a three-punch combination.  Ponce continues to move.  Referee Gary Miezwa steps in to pull Starks’ trunks back up, which draws chuckles from the crowd, but Starks pulls them back down.  Ponce finally attacks, landing a couple of overhand rights.  Starks responds with an attack of his own, and sneaks one brutal right hand to Ponce’s body.  No doubt that hurt.  But Ponce defends himself with offense, attacking with a furiously that backs Starks into a neutral corner, and batters him.  Starks fires back, but the bell rings.

Round 2

The second round begins as the first one did, with feints by Ponce and jabsby Starks.  Ponce charges in and lands a single shot – Starks ties him up.  Starks coils up and throws a long straight right that connects.  Ponce rushes in and attacks back.  Ponce is moving backwards now, and Starks is avvancing behind that jab.  They get too close, and Ponce ties Starks up.  After the break, Ponce attacks with a fast and hard combination of four or five punches.  POnce and Starks throw simultaneous power shots, and both land.  Ponce continues to back up, then with seconds to go in the round, he attacks and Starks nails him with a rock-hard counter right.  Ponce goes down!  Ponce is up but the bell rings before Starks can do any more work.

Round 3

Ponce comes out looking slightly more tentative.  The look on his face is one of concern, not anger as in the first two rounds.  Starks is looking for his chance to counter as he did last round, and he is allowing Ponce to move in and out and attack.  Each time Ponce lands a pounch, Starks shakes his head and smiles.  If he isn’t toying with Ponce, he sure gives that impression.  Ponce is regaining his confience and attacking the body of Starks.  Ponce gives Starks the old shoeshine, but Starks counters with a hard right at an awkward, off-balance angle.  You don’t see that every day.  Ponce tries to maul Starks, but the two tie up and Starks slaps him to the body as the round expires.

Round 4

This round begins with Ponce circling and jabbing.  Now Starks comes forward, but Ponce throws a hard and effective 1-2 to stop his advance.  Ponce reverts to retreating, and Starks resumes following.  Starks bends at the waist to throw a punch, and Ponce counters with a hurtful shot that sets him up for mower powerr shots.  That’s Ponce’s best moment of the fight.  Starks throws a right to the body and a left to the head that lands cleanly.  Starks grimaces in a clinch and motions toward his head.  Possibly a head butt?  Now Ponce resumes his backwards strategy, and coming forward, Starks hits him with another one of those big right hands.  Starks is tall and slender and has a very long left jab that he follows with a wicked right hook.  Ponce’s face is drawn and blank as the round ends.  He’s still giving and taking, but he doesn’t have the concentrated look that you like to see on a fighter’s face.

Round 5

The bell rings for the fifth round, but the bout is paused for some dangling tape on Ponce’s wrist.  Ponce is looking a little better as this round begins.  Ponce comes forward and puts Starks in a headlock.  Now they’re fighting in a phone booth, and Ponce is throwing everything he can muster at Starks, landing thudding and slapping punches to the body.  Starks is a gifted counterpuncher, though, with a strong chin and great balance.  Ponce goes body-head and scores.  Ponce bulls in with his head down and lands a big right.  Now Starks picks a spot and rocks Ponce with a right.   Ponce is game, but Starks smacks him on the right cheek with a left hand.  Starks pokes Ponce with a light jab and Ponce goes off balance.  But again, Ponce finds a second wind just before the bell and throws an overhand right that lands solidly.  Starks will not put him away this round, as the round ends.

Round 6

Ponce comes out aggressive in the final frame, again throwing everything he can at Starks.  Ponce is determined byut wobbly.  Starks, with that long snaking jab, should be able to keep Ponce on the outside, but fails.  Ponce gets inside and lands two good shots to the head.  Starks felt those.  Starks lands a nice short hook to Ponce’s head, but Ponce counters.  Starks is going for it now, throwing a left and following with his biggest right, but misses.  Starks now throws a single right that catches Ponce by surprise.  Ponce flurries back.  Starks gets Ponce in a corner and lands two good shots, but Ponce doesn’t go down, instead skittering to his right and escaping.  Referee Gary Miezwa breaks the two fighters, and Ponce attacks immediately.  Starks gets free of Ponce, but then Ponce rushes in again and the two tie up until the bell rings.  That’s the fight.

Kudos to Ponce for his guts and determination.  He doesn’t have Starks’ athletic gifts, but he never gave up and he just might have pulled this fight out.

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Willshaun Boxley (now 6-9 with 4 kayos) is defeated by Tony Lee (now 9-1 with 3 kayos) by unanimous decision after 6 rounds

Round 1

Lee is busy early on, with a sharp jab that’s keeping Boxley on the outside.  But Boxley gets inside after about 30 rough seconds and lands a wildly looping right that catches Lee and sends him reeling.  Boxley is definitely the stronger man, though Lee has the advantage of length and quickness.  Lee is backing up, Boxley coming forward.  Boxley again lands a big right hand, but this time Lee comes back and after a moment scores with two good shots.  Boxley looks serene and confident as he stalks Lee.  He’s certainly making it hard for Lee to get comfortable.  Lee stands his ground for a moment, then comes forward with a jab.  Moments later Lee misses badly with a jab.  Then just before the bell, Boxley dodges two

Round 2

Lee has slowed things down this round.  Boxley is still ccoming forward.  Boxley ducks in, lands a loud right hand to the body, and disappears.  Lee connects with a glancing right to Boxley’s head, and Boxley laughs.  Lee clips Boxley with a good punch and Boxley ducks into the ropes, getting stuck between them.  Lee winds up and deliberately punches Boxley while he’s trapped.  No no.  Lee is scoring frequently against a rusty Boxley, but Boxley is having fun, clowning, and showing off.  Lee is throwing lefts at Boxley’s body and connecting hurtfully.  Boxley dodges a punch and nods theatrically.  He’s getting under Lee’s skin.  Boxley misses with a wide left hook and there’s a tie up.  After the fighters are broken up, there’s no time for any more fighting.

Round 3

Lee is getting more aggressive this round, throwing power shots and standing his ground.  Boxley hasn’t got the speed or quickness at 135# that he had a few years ago at 122#.  But he does have flair, and he shows it in coming forward and landing a couple of showing punches.  Lee is landing that left hand almost at will now, but Boxley persuades him to fight at close quarters and scores with a couple of good short punches to the body.  After a clinch Lee reverts to jabbing, but Boxley again pushes his way in and lands some hard shots.  Boxley is battering Lee!  Lee is tottering, and Boxley is walking in and rocking him.  but boxley runs out of gas and Lee comes back with a flurry of his own.  Boxley dodges two punches just before the bell.

Round 4

Lee rushes across the ring and jabs the heck out of Boxley at the start.  boxley has a sleepy look.  Is he acting or is he exhausted?  Boxley catches Lee with a left but doesn’t follow up.  Lee is scoring again with that mean jab.  Boxley wants to trade, but Lee walks forward and hits him with a nice double left.  Lee lands five straight punches.  This is hard for a friend of Willshaun Boxley to watch.  Boxley ducks a Lee punch, puts his forehead in lee’s chest, and thuds away with body shots.  There’s a brief clinch and boxley grabs the back of his head.  I don’t know what his complaint is.  Boxley traps Lee in a corner and forces him to clam up, throwing hard shots.  Lee gets away though, and again finds a home for that jab.  The fighters set up to trade, but the bell rings and the round is over.

Round 5

Boxley is trying to get in and out with a right handed power shot aoin the early going, but Lee’s length and quickness are stymieing him.  Lee slows down and that allows Boxley to land another single right.  Now Lee is bouncing away from Boxley, and Boxley is chasing, but he’s too off-balance to land anything solid.    Boxley scores with a good left hand to Lee’s forehead, chases him into a corner, misses with a punch, and elbows Lee in the head on the withdraw.  Lee is looking tired now.  Boxley lands an overhand right.  There’s a standoff, then Boxley comes forward.  Most of his punches have little mustard now, but he’s still trying.  Lee lunges forward and lands a strong left.    Lee throws a flurry of about eight punches, of which only the last one lands, but it’s a good one.  These guys are tired, very tired.  Conditioning could win it.

Round 6

This rounds starts with aggression from Lee.  He’s jabbing Boxley and bouncing him back.  Lee is up on his toes,now he’s showboating.  Boxleyt is trying to jab, but he’s just not long enough to make it work against Lee.  Lee comes forward and Boxley slips a punch, misses with a right, but connects with a left.  Lee is potshotting Boxley now, hurting him.  Boxley puts his hand out to jab, but no punch comes, and he lets it drop.  Lee attacks again, battering him into the ropes, hurting him again.  Boxley wants to brawl, and occasionally he can persude Lee.  He bulls Lee into the ropes and lands a collection of power shots.  Ten seconds to go, and Boxley clowns.  Lee tries to connect, but can’t muster much of an attack.

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Damien Hill (now 2-3) defeats Nate Richardson (now 1-1-1 with 1 kayo) by split decision after 4 rounds

Round 1

This looks like a sloppy one from the start.  Hill comes out leading with jabs, hooks, uppercuts, wahtever.  The shoorter man, Richardson is trying to take the initiative, but having trouble getting close and landing.  Hill leads with a straight right.  Richardson backs him intoa  corner and scores, but neither man is a slugger.  Hill, fighting southpaw, is getting chased around.  Richardson gets in close and scores nicely to the body, but Hill counters and then turns him around and attacks back.  Hill is finding his range, and lands one flush power shot that resounds through the now mostly empty arena.  His corner shouts “Where’s your power, Damien?”  Time winds down and the round ends.

Round 2

Richardson comes out with plenty of aggression, and he has a tendency to lead with his head.  Don’t be surprised if there’s a cut before this one is over.  Hill back sup until his back is against the ropes and Richardson finds him there, landing some good shots.  This fight doesn’t have a ton to offer, but both fighters are game.  Richardson follows Hill into a trap and gets countered.  Richardson lands a left-right to Hill’s body.  Richardson continues to pursue, but again Hill counters him and scores.  Richardson has more aggression than is good for him.  And yet, Richardson finally gets the upper hand for a moment and flurries with nearly twenty punches from all angles.  Hill throws the last few punches of the round.

Round 3

Richardson again comes out on the attack, and this time Hill is less effective in countering.  Hill does sneak in a punch here and there, though.  He seems to be at his best when his opponent’s attack peters out.  Richardson pins Hill against the ropes and fires an extended volley, but Hill escapes and heads for the center of the ring.  As these guys use up their legs, they become less mobile and the fight becomes more entertaining.  Richardson is initiating most of the exchanges, and scoring occasionally.  Hill is doing a fair job of countering in spots, but usually with only one punch.

Round 4

Hill’s corner wants him to know this is the final round.  About 20 seconds in Richardson scores with a body shot, but Hill counters well and may have hurt him.  Richardson comes forward again, and finishes a mostly ineffective combination with a single right.  Richardson is squaring up to his opponent, and it’s leaving him wide open.    Richardson finds Hill against the ropes and both men windmill for a moment.  Now they’re in the center of the ring, and Richardson scores with a single left hook to Hill’s ear.  It rocks Hill but doesn’t visibly hurt him.  There’s another exchange that ends with Hill scoring with a left.  Hill times a Richardson punch and counters well, then presses his advantage as the last seconds tick away.  Richardson survives the round.