- The two most highly regarded middleweights in Minnesota right now are Anthony Bonsante and Andy Kolle, both of whom have beaten Matt Vanda
- Bonsante has in the past expressed his desire to fight Kolle (for instance, when he was called out by Zach Walters)
- Bonsante lost a fight to super middleweight Adonis Stevenson in embarrassing fashion on Friday night
- Kolle is well rested following his convincing June 7 win against Jonathan Reid
It seems like the two are on a collision course. Zach Walters can’t still be pushing for a match with Bonsante – a win against Bonsante would do little to burnish Walters’ reputation because Bonsante is two weight classes below him and coming off a bad loss. Andy Kolle, on the other hand, is a middleweight. Kolle has said in the past that he would really like to get Bonsante in the ring, and Bonsante has been quoted by Jesse Kelley of Minnesotaboxing.com saying, “Obviously the fight to be made in Minnesota is Andy Kolle…I guarantee I can beat Kolle.” (interview published July 1)
Fighting a local middleweight makes sense for Bonsante, given that in the aftermath of the Stevenson fight, he’s lost much of his attractiveness as an opponent outside of Minnesota. But Bonsante is still the Minnesota middleweight titleholder, and that makes a fight against Kolle or Kost marketable.
The Fistic Mystic says: Will the big ears of Minnesota boxing hear this call for a Bonsante-Kolle match? Doubtless their big brains are already considering it, and they don’t need to hear it from me.