Minnesota Boxing Scene: Upcoming Events (February 17)

It’s been a busy winter for the Minnesota boxing scene, and more exciting stuff is in the works through this spring.  Check out what’s on the agenda so far:

  • Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters of Duluth (21-2 with 16 kayos) will have his first title fight on February 23, facing veteran Carl Daniels (50-11 with 32 kayos) for the minor WBC African Union title for which he is eligible because he was born to missionary parents in Madagascar.  The fight is expected to be televised locally, and the undercard wil feature Minnesotans Phil “The Drill” Williams, Gary Eyer, and RJ Laase.  More details will follow.
  • St Paul’s Jason Litzau (23-1 with 19 kayos) fights featherweight champ Robert Guerrero (21-1 with 14 kayos) on February 29 in Lemoore, CA.  At stake is Guerrero’s IBF championship belt.  The fight promises to be entertaining, and will be seen on Showtime’s Shobox program.
  • Matt “The Predator” Vanda of Saint Paul (37-5 with 21 kayos) will fight Sebastian “Double Trouble” Demers (23-1 with 9 kayos) in Montreal on March 8.  No belts are on the line in this one, but a win would do much to recharge Vanda’s flagging career – Vanda’s record is a pedestrian 3-3 in his last six bouts.
  • Mohammed “The Dark Destroyer” Kayongo of St Paul (by way of Kampala, Uganda) is reportedly looking to return to the ring in April following a yearlong absence.   Minnesotaboxing.com reports that Kayongo (13-2 with 2 kayos) is looking at a return on April 5 in Kansas, and a search of boxrec.com shows that there is indeed a card with several unfilled slots, scheduled for that date in Mayetta, KS.
  • The event of the year in Minnesota may be the April 26 card at Graham Arena in Rochester which currently lists seven bouts, and which already features Raphael Butler of Rochester, Bobby Kliewer of St Paul, Van Goodman of Minneapolis, Dave Peterson of Osseo, Wilshaun Boxley of Minneapolis, Joey Abell of Champlin, and Corey Rodriguez of St Anthony, all of whom you have read about on this page.  Only one fighter (Van Goodman) has an opponent named; all the rest are TBA.  It’s good to see so many of the promising young names of Minnesota professional boxing on the same card.  Here’s hoping that more events like this one are seen locally in the coming months, because it could only help our scene.

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