Matchmaker Cory Rapacz, working on behalf of promoter Midwest Sports Council (MSC) wants you to know that Phil “The Drill” Williams has signed to fight Matt Vanda at a 165# catch weight in the co-main event of a September 26 boxing card at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Williams, coming off an impressive 7th-round TKO win against former contender Antwun Echols, has talked freely of his willingness to fight anyone and his ambition to own a world title someday. A win against 40-9 Vanda would certainly advance his cause. “The Predator” Matt Vanda, long known for his willingness to engage any foe, is coming off a controversial April 18 win against Tocker Pudwill (40-6).
Said Rapacz on Friday morning, “We’re extremely excited to put this fight together. We received Phil’s signed contract late last night and are getting to work on the rest of the card right away. A match-up between a fighter from Minneapolis and a fighter from St. Paul is something that hasn’t yet been seen main eventing at the Target Center. Matt is ready to show that he is in fact the baddest man in the state and Phil is looking to become the new face of Minnesota boxing.”
Williams’ commitment to fight Vanda will at least temporarily squelch talk of a grudge match between Williams and Zach Walters of Duluth. Walters, billed as the “Jungle Boy,” improved his record to 24-4 with a second-round knockout of James Morrow in Duluth on Thursday night. Speculation had been rampant that Walters and Williams would fight in the fall.