The atmosphere on Saturday night is guaranteed to be charged. There will be loyalists from various boxing camps, hardcore boxing fans hoping for a great show, and casual fans hoping for a scary knockout. There will be all the vulgar rituals that inevitably attend our beautiful sport: drinking, betting, shouting, swearing, and arguing. Cameras will be flashing, reporters taking notes, bloggers trying ineffectually to conserve laptop battery power, and perhaps even a few representatives of the mainstream press trying to understand the strange and unfamiliar spectacle that confronts them.
But most critically, there should be you.
I hope you’ve bought your tickets. I’m not predicting a sellout, but I have been told that sales are “ahead of all other past Hinckley shows.” And why not? The featured bout is a matchup of the most accomplished middleweight in Minnesota in the last ten years with one of the highest-profile young fighters to emerge from our state in any division in the last five years. The co-feature will showcase two talented small men putting their undefeated status on the line. And the undercard consists of four well-matched bouts.
What to watch for: Defending Minnesota middleweight champ Anthony Bonsante defends his belt against worthy challenger Andy Kolle. The winner will raise his profile and the loser will question the direction of his career. Super flyweight Antwan Robertson and featherweight Brad Patraw compromise and meet at 120# as they fight for the first time as pros – remember that Patraw gave Robertson two of the three losses of his amateur career. Ceresso Fort of Rice Street takes on rough and reckless Iowan Joshua Rodriguez. Gary Eyer makes the trip from Duluth to face old veteran Scott Robinson of Wisconsin. Brawler Tyler Gould returns to welterweight to fight division fixture Danny Schlienz. And newcomer Kasey Kluge makes his professional debut against winless Brandon Skinner of Nebraska.
- Anthony Bonsante (32-10 with 18 kayos) -vs- Andy Kolle (17-2 with 12 kayos), for the Minnesota state middleweight title, scheduled for 10 rounds
- Brad Patraw (4-0 with 3 kayos) -vs- Antwan Robertson (4-0 with 3 kayos), super bantamweights, scheduled for 6 rounds
- Ceresso Fort (4-0 with 4 kayos) -vs- Joshua Rodriguez (4-6 with 3 kayos), light heavyweights, scheduled for 6 rounds
- Gary Eyer (4-0-1 with 3 kayos) -vs- Scott Robinson (3-8-1 with 2 kayos), lightweights, scheduled for 5 rounds
- Kasey Kluge (0-0) -vs- Brandon Skinner (0-2), featherweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
- Tyler Gould (5-3 with 5 kayos) -vs- Daniel Schlienz (7-15-1 with 4 kayos), scheduled for 4 rounds