Andy Kolle has been announced as the other half of the main event for the February 5th boxing card at First Avenue nightclub in Minneapolis. Kolle will face 29-15 Pat Coleman in a fight that he hopes will signal the beginning of a busier era for him. “I am just looking forward to getting back in the ring,” says Kolle. “My team has big plans this year, so I plan on starting the year off with a bang!” Concerning his lack of activity in 2009, Kolle is at once philosophical and optimistic: “Even though I wasn’t as active as I wanted to be after my victory over Bonsante, I look at it as a blessing in disguise because I was able to get in the gym and work on some different things.”
It’ll be the first appearance in the Twin Cities for Kolle since he defeated Matt Vanda in a close decision in November 2007, and it’ll be only the fourth time in his career that the 19-2 state middleweight champion ventures to the megalopolis.
The setting, a legendary music club at 1st Avenue and 7th Street (duh) in downtown Minneapolis, has operated in the same space under several different names since 1970. I’m told that the management of First Avenue have reached out to boxing promoters before but the small capacity of the hall (1500 skinny bodies) has been a stumbling block. As far as I know, this will be the first boxing show ever at this locale.
The Fistic Mystic says: With a nice mix of eager young prospects from Minneapolis and Saint Paul on the card, this intimate venue should be rocking as usual. Expect a crowd that is very local and extremely vocal.
In other news, John Hoffman is departing for Hawaii on Thursday, and he’s bringing Yancy Cuellar, Danny Schlienz, and Jesse Barbot with him. Hoffman, Cuellar, and Schlienz will box, while Hoffman says that “Barbot will be sun tanning.” The quartet will depart on Thursday and the fights happen on Sunday the 17th. Quote of the day: asked whether the Hawaii bout will be his last last pro boxing match, Hoffman winked: “I think so.”