Upcoming Events, Minnesota Boxing Scene – July 19, 2008

None of this information is new, but you may not have seen it all in one place before.

  • Shakopee’s middleweight professional boxer Anthony Bonsante (31-9) is scheduled to face up-and-coming Haitian prospect Adonis Stevenson (11-0) in a 10-rounder on August 1 in Montreal.  The fight is a co-featured bout along with middleweights Sebastien Demers (25-1) -vs- Fulgencio Zuniga (20-2) and will be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights program.
  • Andover-based Seconds Out Promotions will be co-promoting an event at Grand Casino Hinckley on August 29 with Los Angeles-based Goossen-Tutor Promotions.  The event has been titled “Undefeated” and will feature knockout artist Phil Williams of Minneapolis (8-0 with 8 kayos) against Marcus Oliveria (13-0-1 with 10 kayos) and Caleb “Golden” Truax of Osseo (7-0 with 4 kayos) against Stephan Pryor (10-3-1 with 7 kayos).  Local fighter Willshaun Boxley (3-0 with 2 kayos) continues the “undefeated” theme, while Mohammed Kayongo (13-2 with 10 kayos), Jon Schmidt (5-1 with 4 kayos), Van Goodman (2-1-1 with 2 kayos), Brad Laffin (4-2 with 4 kayos) and Kirstie Davis (3-1 with 3 kayos) help to round out the card.  Former St Paul resident Antonio Johnson (7-0 3 kayos), now of Oakland California, has told the Fistic Mystic that he also expects to be on this card.
  • Fortune Bay Casino in Tower, Minnesota is expected to host an event on August 31.  The only confirmed name on that card is Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters of Duluth in the feature, though speculation is that this might be a good chance for former Minnesota featherweight titleholder Darby Smart of Chisholm to get back in action after a 23-month layoff.
  • ESPN’s Dan Raphael has predicted that St Paul’s Matt Vanda (38-7) will get his rematch with Mexico’s Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (37-0) following Chavez’s controversial win on July 12, which ended with Chavez’s hometown crowd in Hermosillo, Mexico pelting him with cups, bottles, beer and ice after the decision was announced.  Chavez’s camp now claims that he was ill going into the first fight, while Vanda’s cutman Jim Maurine has posted on the Minnesota Boxing Forum that Chavez’s head trainer visited Vanda in the locker room to tell him that he had won the fight. (http://minnesotaboxingforum.aceboard.com/274221-1022-4215-1-SPLIT-DECISION.htm)
  • Both Anthony Bonsante and Matt Vanda are tentatively scheduled to fight in separate matches on September 20 at Treasure Island Casino in Red Wing.  No opponents have been named, and the only name on the undercard is new pro Ceresso Fort of St Paul, who is 1-0 with 1 kayo after defeating Ray Walker of St Paul in a bout contested at light heavyweight in his professional debut on June 13.

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