This card marks the return of boxing to the Target Center, and it comes with a loaded card.
What to watch for: Allen Litzau is a talented fighter, but Wilton Hilario‘s higher winning percentage and impressive knockout ratio tell a true tale. In his last bout Hilario didn’t always capitalize on his opponent’s lapses, but he did so often enough and with great enough effect to cause the opponent (Darrell Martin) to default to survival mode. In that fight Martin actually quit throwing punches for nearly an entire round, consequently the referee had no choice but to stop the fight. Litzau, by contrast, has lost three times in his career and his recent inactivity (1 fight in 23 months) doesn’t give me the warm fuzzies. Neither does the news from a well-placed source that getting down to featherweight territory has become a challenge for Litzau. Little brother Jason Litzau hopes to get back into the habit of winning more than a year after his last bout, an eighth-round knockout loss to world champion Robert Guerrero. Phillip Payne may not be a soft touch, but he has lost nine straight bouts. What can we say in praise of Payne? Well, he’s been losing to a pretty good class of opponents and he hasn’t been knocked out in his last four appearances. Hard charging Matt Vanda takes on North Dakota’s Tocker Pudwill, who lugs an impressive record and an accomplished pro career behind him as he re-enters the ring following 18 months of inactivity at the age of 37. Ceresso Fort of St Paul tries to follow his impressive March 28 win against Joshua Rodriguez with another one against Bobby Kliewer – his first-ever opponent with a winning record. Phil Williams hopes to find an opponent to take the place of Reggie LaCrete, who was forced out of their planned meeting after suffering a broken jaw. Exciting welterweights Jon Laboda and Patrick Cape make a compelling match. Gifted small man Derek Winston makes his long-awaited pro debut against winless Alex Stringer.
Allen Litzau (13-3 with 7 kayos) -vs- Wilton Hilario (10-0-1 with 8 kayos), super featherweights, scheduled for ten rounds, for the vacant IBA Americas super featherweight title
Matt Vanda (39-9 with 22 kayos) -vs- Tocker Pudwill (40-6 with 14 kayos), middleweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
Jason Litzau (23-2 with 19 kayos) -vs- Phillip Payne (16-22-1 with 8 kayos), featherweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
Ceresso Fort (5-0 with 5 kayos) -vs- Bobby Kliewer (9-7 with 4 kayos), middleweights, scheduled for 6 rounds
Phil Williams (10-1 with 9 kayos) -vs- TBA, light heavyweights, scheduled for 6 rounds
Don Tierney (0-0) -vs- David Duncan (0-1), light middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
Jon Laboda (4-0 with 3 kayos) -vs- Patrick Cape (5-4 with 3 kayos), welterweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
Derek Winston (0-0) -vs- Alex Stringer (0-3-1), super bantamweights, scheduled for 4 rounds