Here’s how things are shaping up to date (8-17):
- Anthony Bonsante and Matt Vanda are still officially scheduled to co-headline the event, and Bonsante (31-10 with 18 kayos) has confirmed to Jesse Kelley of Minnesotaboxing.com that despite his (sort of) KO loss to Adonis Stevenson on August 1, he will definitely appear on this card. No opponent has been named for Bonsante, but speculation is rampant. Bob Arum’s announcement of a tentative date for Vanda’s rematch with JC Chavez Jr (November 1 at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine, get it?) hasn’t yet nulled the September 20 appearance for him, but don’t be too surprised if it does. If Vanda (38-7 with 21 kayos) were to lose on September 20 it would tend to take much of the luster off him as an opponent for Chavez – and that could cost the Predator a lot of money.
- Raphael Butler’s name has been added to the Boxrec page for this event; an eight-rounder is on the schedule but no opponent has been named yet. Butler (31-5 with 24 kayos) is coming off a disappointing 6th-round kayo loss to “Fast” Eddie Chambers and hoping to get back to his usual winning ways.
- New pro Ceresso Fort (2-0 with 2 kayos) follows up his August 15 win with a September 20 appearance at Treasure Island. Fort is the next light heavyweight from Minnesota, and is looking to follow the path to prominence currently being blazed by Zach Walters and Phil Williams. The young man from the Rice Street Gym has yet to find out who his opponent will be.
- Antwan Robertson, who has had some difficulty finding opponents in his sparsely populated super flyweight class, is the only fighter on the bill whose opponent has been named. Robertson (4-0 with 3 kayos) is scheduled to face Zach Wolff of Wisconsin. If Wolff’s name sounds familiar to you, that’s probably because Wolff made his professional debut against Brad Patraw last spring, losing by a knockout. No word yet on whether Robertson has secured an opponent for August 31 at Tower.
- Brad Patraw, though not listed on Boxrec, is hopeful of appearing on that card. Patraw was disappointed at having to pull out of the August 15 card at Mack Daddy’s in Somerset after two hoped-for opponents were unavailable, has told the Fistic Mystic that “September 20 is looking like it’s going to work out.”