Upcoming Boxing Event: December 18th at Target Center in Minneapolis

Target Center

Saturday night's event will be hosted by Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.

What to watch for: Expect Phil Williams to come out aggressive against Vanda this time – In two of his last three  matches he laid back or boxed cautiously in the early rounds and then looked strong when he became aggressive late in the fights.  Vanda hasn’t looked very predatory lately – he’s lost three out of four with the losses coming to tough competition but the one win was more laborious than it should have been against an undistinguished opponent.  Vanda will be fighting for a win, but he’ll also be fighting for his reputation.  Tony  Bonsante has always given fans plenty of bang for the buck – now The Bullet returns from 18 months of retirement to see whether there’s enough powder left in the horn for one last shootout.  Young veteran Bobby Kliewer will help Bonsante explore his limitations.  Bantamweights Brad Patraw and Antwan Robertson will trilogize their series of state title bouts – the series is currently split at 1-1.   Enigmatic Willshaun Boxley, possessor of high-level talent and a mediocre record, takes another tough challenge, facing once-beaten prospect John “Action” Jackson in a lightweight bout.  Jamal James will be opposed by Ryan Gronvold as he looks for his third straight dominating win in three professional bouts.  This year’s Upper Midwest Golden Gloves champion Jonathan Perez makes his professional debut against Randy Ronchi.  Tony Lee’s assignment is the dangerous David Laque, while light middleweight Don Tierney looks to augment his record against Bobby Butters Jr.

Matt Vanda (43-12 with 23 kayos) -vs- Phil Williams (11-3 with 10 kayos), super middleweights, scheduled for ten rounds

Anthony Bonsante (32-11-3 with 18 kayos) -vs- Bobby Kliewer (10-12 with 5 kayos), super middleweights, scheduled for eight rounds

Brad Patraw (6-3 with 4 kayos) -vs- Antwan Robertson (6-3-1 with 4 kayos), bantamweights, for Robertson’s Minnesota bantamweigh title, scheduled for six rounds

Willshaun Boxley (6-7 with 4 kayos) -vs- John Jackson (15-1 with 14 kayos), lightweights, scheduled for six rounds

Jamal James (2-0 with 2 kayos) -vs- Ryan Gronvold (1-5 with no kayos), welterweights, scheduled for four rounds

Don Tierney (3-1 with 1 kayo) -vs- Bobby Butters Jr (0-1), light middleweights, scheduled for four rounds

Tony Lee (1-0) -vs- David Laque (2-6-1 with 2 kayos), lightweights, scheduled for four rounds

Jonathan Perez (debut) -vs- Randy Ronchi (0-1), bantamweights, scheduled for four rounds

Kasey Kluge (debut) -vs- Joseph Negron (0-1), lightweights, scheduled for four rounds

The Fistic Mystic says: Every fight won’t be a winner, but there’s a lot here to like.  For my money the most interesting matches are Vanda-Williams and Boxley-Jackson.

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