Good things are happening in Minnesota boxing. We have exceptional talents active in multiple divisions, and off-reservation events are taking place with some regularity. But things could be better. Here are some daydreams from the Fistic Mystic – some of them are surely going to happen, others are less likely, a few are very unlikely or nearly impossible.
Anthony Bonsante -vs- John Duddy – Not everyone will agree, but I think Bonsante fought very credibly against Duddy in their first match. Bad luck and a bad cut affected his performance and unfortunately, a stoppage became necessary.
The Fistic Mystic says: Bonsante is smarter than Duddy, and Duddy, despite his head-turning record, is overrated. In a rematch Bonsante wins and gains attention, prestige, and earning power.
Wilshaun Boxley -vs- Wilton Hilario – Wilshaun Boxley is a hungry new pro with a 3-0 record, while the “Pretty Warrior” Hilario has been missing in action since his disappointing draw with the mediocre Juan Carlos Martinez nearly a year ago.
The Fistic Mystic says: These guys are Minnesota’s best super featherweights today, and the winner of this matchup would see a significant benefit from the win.
Raphael Butler -vs- “Fast” Eddie Chambers – I know, it’s awfully ambitious – but it isn’t my idea, it’s Butler’s. According to www.minnesotaboxing.com Butler’s team has announced that if Butler gets past Otis Tisdale on April 26, they’ll be gunning for a match with Chambers next.
The Fistic Mystic says: Give the man what he wants.
Andy Kolle -vs- Anthony Bonsante – Bonsante has already dismissed the idea of a fight against Kenny Kost, saying that Kost is too inexperienced and his record lacks lustre. Kolle’s record is more glamorous than Kost’s (16-1 compared to 14-3) and he is also interested in taking on The Bullet.
The Fistic Mystic says: A win against Bonsante would be a bigger coup for Kolle than his recent win against Matt Vanda was.
Jason Litzau -vs- Cristobal Cruz – Litzau is coming off a punishing loss to Robert Guerrero, and could use a win. Cruz is a busy and durable but light-punching veteran who flailed his way to a questionable decision against the inexperienced South African slugger Thomas Mashaba in his last fight, a win that catapulted him to the top ten in the Boxrec rankings. Bonus: Cruz isn’t a southpaw.
The Fistic Mystic says: This is as close as Litzau will come to a perfect matchup in the top ranks of the featherweight division.
Matt Vanda -vs- Sebastian Demers – Vanda is the only man on this list whose dream matchup is a reality. Vanda is fighting to salvage his career, in danger of being derailed by recent losses to Bonsante, Kolle, and Kost. He faces the light-punching (9 kayos in 23 wins) French-Canadian on Saturday night, April 5 in Montreal.
The Fistic Mystic says: Stay tuned.
Zach Walters -vs- Hugo Pineda – The light heavyweight Walters has lost twice in his career; once to a cruiserweight and once to Pineda. That cruiserweight promptly retired, probably realizing that he would never post a better result than a win against the Jungle Boy. But Pineda soldiers on, at 36 years old boasting a 39-4 record.
The Fistic Mystic says: It would be nice to see Walters avenge his only loss in the light heavyweight division, and the aging Pineda remains “out there.”