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Some disorganized thoughts about tonights fights and what they mean, if anything…

Rob Brant’s emphatic destruction of Delray Raines means that we’re unlikely to see Brant fight in his home state of Minnesota for a while.  As Brant observed in his post-fight interview, nine of his first twenty professional fights have taken place at Grand Casino Hinckley.  But his next bout is already listed for May 21st in Las Vegas, and provided he wins that one, he’s probably off to bigger and better things.  If/when he does fight in Minnesota again, it’ll probably be in the distant future and at a larger venue in the Twin Cities.

Speaking of Brant/Raines, a person in the know was heard to say that the reason Raines was unable to continue after his first-round knockdown was a dislocated rib.  This writer has never experienced a dislocated rib (let’s keep it that way) but it is said to be one of the most painful conditions in human experience.  Hopefully a video playback of that short fight will become available soon, but until then, I have to say that I didn’t see Brant land a body punch against Raines, and to his credit Brant acknowledged that he didn’t remember throwing one.  So the rib injury must have been suffered in the event of the collapse following a head punch, not as the direct result of a punch.

The Fistic Mystic does not like to criticize our local boxing officials or the indispensable work that they do, but once in a while they do err, and the Amouta-Carter fight is one of those instances.  Two of the three judges scored that bout for Amouta, and though he fought admirably against the odds, so did Hiroo Onoda.  (Look him up.)  It’s a shame that George Carter Jr has to take a loss in this fight, because he certainly didn’t deserve it.  Hopefully a prompt rematch can be arranged.

Tonight’s six-rounder between Dennis Hogan and Angel Hernandez was brought to you by the roulette wheel.  First Hernandez was scheduled as an opponent for 12-1-1 Antonio Johnson of Saint Paul, who holds the Minnesota light middleweight title.  Johnson suffered an eye injury and dropped out of the fight; 18-5 Mohammed Kayongo, the man who Johnson beat for the MN title, was named as Johnson’s replacement.  But that match didn’t last long, as Kayongo withdrew for undisclosed reasons.  So 22-1-1 Dennis Hogan of Australia was named as the third dance partner for Hernandez.  Now Hernandez might have been perceived as the hapless opponent, but he clearly didn’t see himself that way.  Hernandez was an aggressive, stubborn, tough, and clever opponent for the well-regarded Australian, and he made the paper mismatch an entertaining brawl.  Kudos to both fighters, but particularly to Angel Hernandez!

Markus Morris earned his win against Mike Fowler, though.  Good job, Markus.  It looked to me like Morris had a definite size advantage, but it wasn’t just size that won this fight for him; this victory was earned by way of aggression and tempo.

Sometimes a boxer encounters an unexpectedly tough opponent early in his career.  This happened to Michael Carbajal when he debuted against future world champion (and virtual unknown) Will Grigsby back in 1989, and it happened to Cory Thompson tonight, when he stepped in the ring with Michael Thunder.  Thunder is shorter than Thompson and he looks a little soft in the body.  I don’t know Thunder’s amateur credentials, but Thompson was an Upper Midwest Golden Gloves champ who was thought by some to be Minnesota’s most sweet-boxing amateur a couple of years ago.  Thompson is also tall, lanky, quick, skillful, and very fit.  But Thunder was a tough and persistent opponent who wouldn’t lie down or go away.  I hope that rather than be discouraged, Thompson will be inspired to work harder and learn more, to further his career in pugilism.

Ryan Watson looked like a man while fighting a man tonight.  He took some big punches and kept coming forward.  I know that BJ Lacy thought the fight was stopped prematurely, and maybe I should be more sympathetic, but it must have been clear to onlookers (as it was to me) that Lacy was overmatched and outclassed by the big-shouldered youngster from Duluth.

Last of all, let me offer congratulations to Phillip Adyaka, a tough young man who has dealt with some hard luck.  Adyaka is a tiny bull of a fighter, diminutive in height and densely muscled.  That means that he’s always at a disadvantage in height and reach.  But Adyaka won his super featherweight bout with Dale Bennett tonight in impressive fashion.

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Round by Round Report: April 15th, 2016 at Grand Casino Hinckley

Philip Adyaka (now 5-6 with 3 kayos) defeats Dale Bennett (now 1-2 with 1 kayo) by TKO in round 2 of a super featherweight bout

Round 1

Bennett rushes to the center of the ring and mauls Adyaka.  He lands a number of plodding punches, but no damage is done.  Bennett is coming forward.  He isn’t a highly skilled boxer, but he’s aggressive, lunging.  Adyaka lands a hard counter, which cuts Bennett’s aggression by half.  Adyaka is beginning to take the initiative, coming forward and throwing a lot of power shots that miss.  Finally he lands – left or right I couldn’t see – and Bennett begins retreating.  Adyaka pursues, scoring with a couple of short, glancing lefts.  Adyaka scores well and wobbles Bennett, who collects himself quickly and wrestles Adyaka to the canvas.  But Adyaka is all offense now.  Adyaka lands a huge looping (left?) that drops Bennett, who is clearly distressed, tapping his chin and flexing his jaw.  Bennett rises, and there’s a brief delay while his mouthguard is reinserted.  The round ends as soon as “time in” is called.

Round 2

Adyaka rushes Bennett, swarming and landing power shots, battering him from one end of the ring to the other.  Adyaka’s right lands, and Bennett reels backwards into the ropes, but does not go down.  Adyaka slows the pace of his attack.  Now coming forward but looking to counter, Adyaka lands a number of power shots and Bennett goes down.  Adyaka follows Bennett into the red corner and batters him, and finally referee Mark Nelson stops the bout.  Nelson calls for the doctor.  There’s talk in Bennet’s corner of a broken or dislocated jaw.

Ryan Watson (now 2-0 with 2 kayos) defeats BJ Lacy (now 0-1) by TKO in round 2 of a cruiserweight bout

Round 1

This round begins tentatively.  Watson jabs, then Lacy jabs.  A few seconds more and there’s a halfhearted exchange, but no one is tagged.  Watson cautiously double-jabs, backs up, and Lacy lands the first earnest punch of the bout, a left to the body.  Watson comes forward out of the corner and loops a left hand over Lacy’s guard, popping him in the head.  Lacy backs up and tells the younger Watson, “come on.”  Both men are too cautious to attack, so this round is tactical thus far.  Lacy throws a two punch combo, but it is ineffectual.  Watson is letting his left hand hang low.  Lacy comes forward landing a left and then a hard right to the head, but Watson is unaffected and comes forward.  After a more active exchange from both men, Watson scores nicely with a one-two.  The fighters both try to score as the bell rings, which pleases the crowd.

Round 2

Watson is circling to the right.  Lacy comes forward and tries him, and Watson clobbers him, but it was evidently ruled a trip, because Lacy jumped up and there was no count.  Watson misses on a counter, then Lacy attacks and lands a hard left to the body.  Watson disengages, re-engages, and lands a stiff jab.  Then another jab and a follow right.  Now Watson attacks, backs Lacy into a corner with a huge barrage, and batters him there.  Lacy puts his head down and pushes forward, all the while getting beat around the head and shoulders.  Lacy tries to go on offense, but Watson’s boxing is too precise, and Watson scores with many power shots.  Though Lacy is still trying to fight back, referee Russell Mora seems to have decided that the bout is no longer competitive, because he stops the fight over Lacy’s incredulous objection.

Michael Thunder (now 1-1 with no kayos) is defeated by Corey Thompson (now 2-0 with 1 kayo) by Unanimous Decision (39-36, 39-36, 39-36) in four rounds

Round 1

Thompson opens with some jabs, then pauses, and then misses with a sweeping left.  Thompson  clearly doesn’t respect his soft-bodied opponent, because he’s coming forward, trying to score early with big power shots.  Thunder, for his part, is moving his head and throwing counters, and it is he who scores first.  Thompson is trying to figure out this riddle.  Thompson is missing with his punches, and Thunder’s counters are landing with some frequency.  Thompson tries working from close in, and lands a couple of hooks.  Now Thunder is coming forward, albeit slowly, taking the initiative.  This is more favorable to Thompson, who scores a few times.  Ten seconds to go in the round, Thompson leads with a straight right that lands cleanly, and as the bell rings, Thunder responds with a right that scores.  Thunder’s corner congratulates him, telling him that he wobbled Thompson, but I’m afraid I didn’t see that.

Round 2

Thompson, who is much more physically imposing than Thunder, is sent out by his corner, who instruct him to ‘win this round.’  After about 30 seconds Thompson takes the fight to Thunder, coming forward and landing a left, then a right hook to the head that drops Thunder.  Thunder is hurt and angry, and he gets up, but now Thompson is taking more risks to put this fight away.  Thompson attacks and lands, but Thunder connects with a hard counter.  Referee Mark Nelson breaks the fighters, and Thompson attacks again.  Thunder lands a shot as Thompson steps, and Thompson is off balance, falling into a neutral corner and catching himself on the ropes.  Thompson shakes his head, signifying that he wasn’t hurt.  Now a moment of hot action, with both men attacking and a number of power shots landing.  Thunder is looking ragged and tired now.  Thompson lands a flurry of power shots as the bell rings.

Round 3

The round opens with a left from Thunder that misses, and a counter left from Thompson that lands and moves Thunder.  Thompson is looking sharper now, and he comes forward, landing some hurtful shots, but also eating a big left from Thunder in the bargain.  Thunder tries to come forward,  and Thompson sharpshoots him, landing to the face and head.  Thunder, who looks tired, puts his head forward and bulls forward, but he and Thompson both miss.  Now an exchange, and Thunder lands firt, but Thompson lands harder.  Thunder scores with a single right.  Thompson throws a five  punch combination, landing the last three.  Thompson attacks Thunder’s midsection.  Thompson connects with a single jab.  Thunder finally responds, landing a soft right.  Thompson goes on the attack, but Thunder moves his head and counters with a hard shot that Thompson shakes off.  There’s another exchange as the bell rings.

Round 4

Thunder’s corner acts disgusted in between rounds, telling him it’s the last round, and he should ‘suck it up.’  Thunder starts this round coming forward, but a precise Thompson makes him miss and counters successfully.  Thunder comes forward, but Thompson steps forward and tags him.  There’s a wild exchange in which Thunder misses with all his punches and Thunder goes body-head.  Thunder continues to pursue, and lands two shots.  The two fighters clash, and Thunder lands two more.  Thompson is moving and circling, going forward and back.  Thompson attacks, and Thunder connects with a left hook to the head.  Thompson is tentative now, and Thunder connects again.  Thunder is breathing hard though his mouth, and Thompson attacks.  Thompson scored more, but Thunder did land a parting shot.  Thompson attacks again, and outlands Thunder, but fight fans appreciate that Thunder is game and does land another big straight right.  After a further exchange, the bell rings and the fight is over.

Markus Morris (now 8-2 with 4 kayos) defeats Mike Fowler (now 5-2 with 2 kayos) by unanimous decision after six rounds in a super lightweight bout

Round 1

Morris jabs, Fowler counters, and the fight is on.  Morris is chasing and Fowler retreats to the ropes, where Morris lands a right that buckles his knees, but Fowler seems alright and the fight continues.  Morris, emboldened, attacks and chases Fowler across the ring.  Morris catches fowler, but Fowler counters and mauls, tying Morris up.  Morris attacks and Fowler tries to jump away a la Mayweather, but Morris lands a right as Fowler springs backwards.  Morris attacks again, and there’s an exchange along the ropes near the blue corner.  Morris follows Fowler across the ring to the red corner and scores nicely, but back in the center of the ring Fowler lands a power shot, his best scoring shot of the fight so far.  Morris continues on the prowl, but Fowler ducks under a wide ranging hook.  Now Morris does the same, ducking a Fowler punch.  But Morris catches Fowler and as the round ends he lands one good punch.

Round 2

Morris is aggressive as the round begins, but Fowler wants to exchange now, and so they do.  Fowler is putting up a little stiffer opposition in round 2, hitting and sidestepping, popping Morris and moving away.  After 30 seconds of advantage fowler is stymied as Morris stands up to his attack, landing one counter.  Now the pace slows.  Morris triple jabs but misses.  Fowler lungers forward from the southpaw stance, landing a straight left that snaps Morris’s head back.  Morris comes forward and catches up with Fowler, landing a one-two.  Fowler comes forward, lands two single shots, ducks a counter from Morris.  Morris chases Fowler and lands a couple of glancing blows.  Fowler is inching forward with his hands down.  Morris is unable to land, there’s a tie-up, now Morris lands a left a fraction of a second after the bell.

Round 3

The pace is faster at the start of round 3, and lands with some success.  Fowler is warned by referee Russell Mora for head butting.  In an ordinary exchange Morris lands a left hook to the head that wobbles Fowler, and Fowler wilts under continued attack, finally going to his knees.  There’s an eight count, and the bout continues.  Now Morris attacks with abandon, chasing Fowler around the ring and missing more than he dconnects, but finally cornering Fowler against the ropes in the red corner and powering in a straight right that hurts Fowler.  Fowler looks damaged, but he recovers nicely and slickly dodges some more of Morris’s most earnest punches.

Round 4

Morris is in full attack mode as round 4 begins, backing Fowler into the ropes, but Fowler exchanges with him on even terms.  Fowler can be a pretty good fighter, in spurts.  Morris follows Fowler across the ring, landing a one-two, but Fowler gets away.  Morris chases him down again…Morris lands a straight right that bent Fowler back.  Some more shuffling around and Morris does it again.  Morris is trying to keep the pressure on, and it’s having the desired effect.  Fowler dodges a punch and throws a counter that misses.  Morris comes forward again and Fowler ties him up.  Morris punches out of the tie-up and lands two more, then Fowler fires back.  Morris and Fowler trade in a phone booth, but Fowler’s punches land with less authority.  There’s another tie up, and the bell rings just before Morris lands one more punch.

Round 5

Morris is chasing again in round 5.  Fowler tries to trade, and Morris pops him with a hard right hand.    Fowler is moving okay and looks alert, but his aggression is waning.    A Morris attack ends with a tie up, and Fowler’s corner yells at him “now is the time!”  Fowler attacks with good effect, makes Morris miss, then throws another combo that ends with a hard right hook to the body.  Morris continues to chase, traps Fowler against the ropes, and lands a straight, but Fowler is resilient.  Morris attacks again and Fowler retreats.  Morris attacs again, but Fowler makes him miss.  Tensconds left in the round, there’s an exchange of hard punches and Morris outlands Fowler, bouncing him backwards.  The two engage again as the bell rings.

Round 6

Fowler comes out aggressive and the two exchange, but the exchange ends badly, with a clash of heads.  Fowler is the more bothered. The fight resumes and Morris lands some hard shots in the red corner, hurting Fowler, but Fowler escapes.  Morris chases him down again and there’s a tie up.  More chasing and Morris lands a har left to the beak of Fowler.  Fowler is overmatched but game, and now the two are shoulder to shoulder, trading power shots in the center of the ring.  There’s a clinch, and a break.  Fowler lands a single hard left, ducks a Morris flurry, and runs away.  Morris chases and lands one left that snaps Fowler’s head back.  There is no artistry to this fight.  More mauling, and Morris lands another single shot.  As the ten second warning sounds, both men attack, but neither lands effectually.

RJ Laase (12-2) -vs- Ricky Smith (3-8), welterweights, scheduled for x rounds

No Result – this fight was canceled due to Smith’s failure to make weight

Dennis Hogan (now 23-1-1 with 7 kayos) defeats Angel Hernandez (now 17-18-1 with 13 kayos) by Unanimous Decision after 6 rounds (59-55 on all three scorecards) in a light middleweight bout

Round 1

Hernandez is the more active fighter in the earely going, probably recognizing that his best chance of victory is a lucky punch before he runs out of steam.  So Hernandez attacks and attacks, and Hogan sidesteps or dodges most of the punches.  After a lengthy wait, Hogn finally throws a couple of power shots that connect.  Hogan punches Hernandez into the ropes, but Hernandez rebounds and aattacks with urgency.  Hogan steps into an attack that stuns Hernandez against the ropes – when Hernandez just stands there, Hogan attacks with gusto and punches him out of his daze.  The remainder of the round consists of Hogan being sharper and Hernandez being tougher than expected.

Round 2

Hernandez comes out aggressive again, but Hogan counters his jabs with greater precision.  Hernandez does sneak in a hard left that scores for him, but Hogan grabs him and holds on, pounding Hernandez in the ribs until referee Mark Nelson calls a break.  Hernandez is looking for an opening, and attacks gamely, but Hogan deftly dodges a punch and attacks with far greater effectiveness.  Hernandez is showing that Hogan can be hit.  Hogan follows a retreating Hernandez and lands a rising right hook to the body, and Hernandez tries not to react.  Hernandez is fighting from the outside now, and Hogan is making more of an effective to catch him.  Hogan corners Hernandez and lands hard, flush shots that bend Hernandez over, but Hernandez explodes in an attack that pleases the crowd, even if it won’t influence the outcome of the fight.  There’s a break, and then a bell.

Round 3

Hernandez attacks at the bell, Hogan clinches, and there’s mauling until the ref calls a break.  In the center of the ring Hogan lands a looping right, then another one.  But Hernandez won’t go easily, and he comes forward again, flailing and landing.  Hogan comes forward and lands a right to the belly, then sidesteps Hernandez’s attempted counter.  Hernandez ducks into an attack, but it fizzles out.  Hogan is coming forward now, then tries to punch out of a clinch, landing something more than shoeshine but less than serious punches.  Hogan is inching forward, but Hernandez is a wily veteran and grabs his arm.  Hogan lands a right that sends Hernandez’s mouthpiece into my lap.  After a brief break the fight resumes, and Hogan’s superior timing is showing.  However Hernandez won’t back down, and does land a couple of scoring shots.  Hernandez comes forward, but Hogan counters and sends Hernandez reeling, then presses the attack as the bell sounds.

Round 4

Hernandez comes out jabbing hard.  Hogan comes forward, and there’s a hard exchange in which both men land good shots.  Another exchange ends with a headbutt, and Hernandez scurries across the ring complaining of a painfully injured brow.  After a brief interlude, Hernandez goes on the attack again, but Hogan reverses his momentum and presses forward.  The bodies clash, and another exchange devolves into a clinch.  Hogan comes forward and lands a hard right to the Hernandez’s side.  Hogan is looking to do real damage now.  Hernandez back into a corner then comes out with guns blazing, and both men land.  I couldn’t tell you who landed the better punch.  Both men circle right, then stop and Hogan comes forward.  Hogan punches Hernandez into a corner, but Hernandez bulls out again.  Hernandez, who knows a few tricks, lands a right hook and a left elbow just before the bell.

Round 5

Hernandez is out for blood in the sixth, lands a power shot, then powers forward and actually punches Hogan into a corner for the first time.  From Hogan’s perspective this fight has gone on too long already, and he’s coming forward again.  Hernandez lunges forward in an off-balance attack, and that would have been a good time for Hogan to score, but the moment passes.  Hogan is moving a lot now, forward and back, side to side, and lands a good scoring shot.  There’s a break and Hogan steps into a right hand that lands, but without much steam.  Another exchange ends with Hernandez landing and Hogan countering much harder, jolting Hernandez’s head.  Ten seconds to go, Hogan  double jabs and follows Hernandez, who fires forward just before the bell.

Round 6

Hernandez rushes forward with a furious attack and pops Hogan a good one, spraying sweat into the crowd.  Hernandez is jab-jab-jabbing, but he’s jabbing at Hogan’s hands.  Now Hogan attacks, step-jabbing and landing, then following with a good right to the body.  After a break Hernandez attacks and lands, but in an exchange Hogan knocks Hernandez’s mouthpiece out again.  Referee Nelson lets the exchange peter out before pausing the action for reapplication of protection.  In the next exchange Hogan lands a jab that snaps Hernandez’s head back, but soon after another exchange sees Hernandez exchange on even terms with Hogan.  Hogan seeks the momentum and attacks with hard, damaging punches to the head and espectially the body, scoring well.  Hernandez responds with an attack of his own and with about fifteen seconds left in the round Hogan knocks his mouthpiece out yet again.  The exchange continues and the round (and the fight) end before Nelson calls time.

Hernandez gave a good account of himself, but for harder and more effective punching Hogan should get the win.

Joe Amouta (now 5-1 with 2 kayos) defeats George Carter Jr. (now 13-2-1 with 7 kayos) by split decision (58-56 Carter, 58-56 Amouta, 58-56 Amouta) after six rounds in a super middleweight bout

Round 1

This bout begins with both fighters emphasizing caution and quickness.  The first effective punching doesn’t occur until, after 30 or 40 seconds of tactics, Carter backs Amouta into a corner, but the action is short-lived   Both fighters are feinting and feeling each other out.  Carter backs Amout into a corner again, but fails to make hay.  Back in the center of the ring Carter comes forward punching and lands a left to Amouta’s head, to which Amouta nods in respect.  The round ends with no further effective activity.

Round 2

Orthodox Amouta and southpaw Carter are jabbing tentatively in the early going, but Carter inches forward until he traps Amouta against the ropes and bangs him to the body.  Amouta is eager to rumble though, and after backing into the ropes again, he hammers Carter back with both hands.  Carter is using his shoulder and his weight to force Amouta to go places he doesn’t want to go, but he hasn’t visibly hurt Amouta.  Carter is a physical presence in this ring, but Amouta isn’t backing down, and even as Carter using great speed and quickness to land power shots to the head, Amouta doesn’t flinch.  Nevertheless, Carter is gaining the advantage here.  Here’s an exchange, and both men land once.  Amouta attacks at the ten-second hammer and for the first time forces Carter backwards, landing one and perhaps two power punches before the bell.

Round 3

Our fighters are stationary in the center of the ring, both jabbing for position.  Amouta inches forwar and lands a flush right to Carter’s head, then moments later does the same thing again.  Carter stands his ground and fires back.  Amouta steps forward and lands anotehre right, and then another.  Cartr terns him nto the ropes and lands a hard,, short right hook.  In an exchange Amouta seems to drag his foot and loses his balance, but Carter doesn’t capitalize on his momentary discomfiture.  More jabbing, and both  men are showing respect.  Carter rushes Amouta into a corner, but Amouta counters more effectively than Carter attacks.  Amouta launches a counterattack and wobbles Carter with a flush-landing punch.  Amouta is gaining confidence and feinting, covering up, coaxing…trying to lure Carter into an attack, but Carter withholds until the bell rings.

Round 4

Amouta is the more active and aggressive fighter at the beginning of the fourth, jabbing and lunging, trying to land.  Carter backs him into a corner and lands solidly, but Amouta shakes his head.  Carter is taller and looks bigger, and he is bullying Amouta into the ropes,then trying to create enough distance to land.  it works intermittently.  Break. Amouta comes forward and lands a straight right that buckles Carter’s knees.  Carter is sturdy though, and responds with equal aggression, though not equaling Amouta’s result.  The rest of the round includes much activity but little action, and produces no further scoring.

Round 5

Amouta is backing up, but suddenly changes direction and lands a left hook to Carter’s head.  Carter comes alive, attacking and scoring.  One senses that Carter is more physically gifted than Amouta, and his physical advanges need to be greater than Amouta’s stubborn toughness.  Carter shoulders Amouta into the ropes again, and begins to outwork him, effectively shoving Amouta to create enough space to land power shots.  Amouta gets free and circles to his right.  Both men attack at the same time, neither scores, and they tie up.  Break.  Carter is dancing and feinting in the center of the ring; he feels his advantage now.  Amouta tries to attack and score just before the bell, but Carter moves his head and nothing lands.

Round 6

The boxers sportingly touch gloves before beginning the sixth.  Carter is staying on the outside, jabbing and pawing.  Amouta comes forward and lands one hard straight right.  Carter responds with a flurry that scores.  More jabbing from Carter.  Carter tries to follow that right jab with a straight left, but Amouta dodges it.  Now in the center of the ring the two men trade, and Amouta gives ground to the bigger Carter.  They tie up in the ropes, break, and move to the center of the ring.  Amouta rushes forward and Carter ducks under his offense.  Amouta attacks again, and Carter counters with a right hook that scores.  Carter again pushes Amouta into a corner – Amouta turns him, but the referee steps in and breaks them.  Now they trade, and Amouta landed last and got the best of it.  Carter steps into a lead left hook and lands it.  Ten seconds to go, and the two wait until the last second to flurry, with Amouta landing the harder punch.  The fight is over.

Samoa Joe Amouta took the SD win in this bout, but the Fistic Mystic cannot countenance this result.  It is thought here that Carter was clearly the stronger and more effective fighter.

Rob “Bravo” Brant (now 20-0 with 13 kayos) defeats Delray “The Rainmaker” Raines (now 19-13-2 with 14 kayos) by TKO in round 1 to defend his WBA-NABA Middleweight title.  The bout is stopped by ref Mark Nelson at :55 of the first round.

Round 1

Raines tries to touch gloves, but Brant ignores his outstretched hand and rushes forward with a triple jab that misses.  Raines tries to attack but loses his balance, stumbling toward the ropes in Brant’s (blue) corner.  Raines shrugs, circles, and decides to fight from close in.  Raines attempts an attack, but Brant responds with a furious flurry to the head, and Raines drops.  Raines attempts to rise to his knees, then drops in obvious pain, holding his side.  His agonized grimace alarms referee Mark Nelson, who waves the fight off and motions for medical assistance.

Special thanks to Mike Loge of Unishippers for logistical assistance.

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Round-by-Round Report: August 28th, 2015 at Grand Casino Hinckley

Markus Morris (now 7-2 with 4 kayos) defeats Patrick Cape (now 6-12 with 3 kayos) by TKO at 1:54 of round one.

Round 1

The round begins with the fighters circling left.  Morris attacks first, catching Cape with an awkward punch, moving Cape’s head.  Cape escapes, no worse for wear, but Morris is the aggressor and resumes the attack.  Cape is is blocking Morris’s punches with his head in the early going.  Our fighters get into a phone booth and in a near-clinch Morris lands a solid left that drops Cape to his knees.  After the fight resumes there’s lots of rough stuff, with Morris landing lots of short hooks.  Cape is dropped again but beats the count, but looks a little disoriented in the neutral corner.  After another resumption, Morris attacks with purpose and Cape takes another short right, drops a third time.  Referee Mark Nelson stops the fight at 1:54 of round 1.

Raul Munoz (now 23-20 with 16 kayos) is defeated by Mohammad Kayongo  (now 18-4-1 with 13 kayos) by TKO at 2:14 of round 1

Round 1

Munoz starts out circling to Kayongo’s right.  Kayongo rotates to face his opponent.  Munoz throws several jabs to open the fight, but there’s no intent.  Munoz is moving, moving, moving.  Now Munoz steps forwar and lands one good left jab and moves out    Munoz is looking to score, but the next time he comes in Kayongo lands and chases him.    Munoz is moving, circling…he comes close again and Kayongo counters with a power shot.  ow the pattern is set, with Munoz stepping forward and Kayongo landing a wicked series of power punches.  Munoz looks wobbly for a moment, but collects himself and moves away.  One last time, the fighters close the gap, and Kayongo lands a killer combination of hooks to the body.  Munoz crumbles.  He’s grimacing as he rolls onto his back, and there’s no doubt it’s over.  Referee Gary Miezwa counts him out, and that’s a TKO win for the African Assassin.

Antwan Robertson (now 10-14-1 with 6 kayos) defeats  Philip Adyaka (now 4-6 with 2 kayos) by Unanimous decision after five rounds.  (48-47, 48-47,48-47)

Round 1

Adyaka leads things off with a snappy jab.  Both men feint, then both jab.  The fighters are measuring.  Robertson attacks like I haven’t seen him do in years, landing a one-two that scores nicely.  Robertson attacks again, but Adyaka counters.  Now Adyaka comes forward, landing a one-two.  Adyaka isses with a left hook and Robertson makes him pay with a double counter.  They tie up in the ropes, and breakk.  Adyaka is inching forward, leads with a triple jab, and scores.  Robertson is moving more, shuffling to his left.  Now Robertson retreats and gets into a corner.  Adyaka comes forward, but robertson runs.  They circle the ring, Adyaka finally attacking.  There’s an exchange that benefits neither man.  Ten seconds to go and Robertson tries to get busier, but Adyaka ties him up and lands several shots in the clinch.  The bell rings with Robertson trying to connect overhanded.

Round 2

Adyaka is coming forward in round two, the taller Robertson moving his feet to stay outside.  Now Robertson picks a spot and a clinch.    Robertson tries to touch and go, but gets caught by a left hook.  Adyaka comes forward, jabbing, and Robertson flurries then scoots.  Adyaka comes forward again and lands two of three power shots.  Robertson is staying outside, moving to hiss left.  Adyaka is looking for a big scores.  Robertson sticks and moves.  Adyaka steps in and lands a big left-right.    Adyaka steps forward and leads with a left hook that scores.  Adyaka is chasing, throws a double jab that bothers robertson.  Adyaka jabs and Robertson throws a counter that misses.  ten seconds to go, Robertson lands a hammering one-two.  There’s some shuffling, but no more offense before the sound.

Round 3

Adyaka is coming straight forward, leading with lunging jabs.  John Hoffman, in Robertson’s corner, keeps saying “He can’t tough you.”  But then Adyaka touches him with a serious one-two.  Robertson tries to swoop in, land, and move away.  Adyaka is getting closer, and there’s an occasional score, but …Adyaka finally gets inside and there’s a furious exchange.  Adyaka, bleeding from the mouth, rushes in and takes a big shot from Robertson.  His knees give, but he springs back up before hitting the deck.  Adyaka is infuriated, and comes forward again, throwing power shots.  Adyaka’s blood is on robertson’s shoulder and back.  Adyaka lunges forward, missing with wild power shots.  Robertson counters, landing a nice scoring shot.  Adyaka gets inside again, and Robertson ties him up.  They’re getting rough in there.  Miezwa tries to break them up, but Adyaka keeps throwing.  The bell rings.

Round 4

Adyaka comes looking for Robertson’s blood this round, and lands a number of power shots on Robertson’s guard.   Robertson is trying to keep him outside, but Adyaka’s aggression is hard to deny.  After a big flurry, Adyaka reins it in.  Adyaka tries to get inside, and Robertson lands a thunderous punch to the head that leaves Adyaka weak in the knees.  Adyaka is alert though, and resumes stalking Robertson.  now Robertson is glaring and flexing.  That kind of showboating can backfire.  Adyaka steps back and beckons Robertson, but Robertson isn’t biting.  Adyaka comes forward again, but Robertson stays away.  Robertson steps back one time to omany, gets his back into the ropes, and Adyaka catches him, but Adyaka can’t capitalize.  Ten seconds to go and Adyaka goes on the attack again, nearly ending up in a clinch, landing a left to the body at the bell.

Round 5

Ayaka knows he’s behind, and he’s looking for a big round.  Double jab, right hand from Adyaka.  Adyaka charges forward, Robertson has to leap out of the way and misses with a counter.  Tiny Adyaka, muscled like a bull, just can’t get inside on the lankier Robertson.  Adyaka comes forward with a triple jab but misses.  Adyaka charges forward again, landing several jabs to the body, but nothing showy.  Robertson seems content to run.  Adyaka traps Robertson against the ropes and lands two or three power shots to the body.  Coming forward again, Adyaka lands a big snapping right to the head.  Then again, and again.  Robertson retreats into a corner, Adyaka pursues and lands again.  This is Adyaka’s best round, as he has scored repeatedly on a shrinking Robertson.  The bell rings and both men turn away.  There is no evident love here.

The crowd boos the decision because they view this bout as a fight, instead of as a boxing match.  If it’s a fight, Adyaka wins.  Because boxing matches are scored like figure skating, Robertson wins.

George Carter Jr (now 12-0-1 with 6 kayos) defeats Ricky Smith (now 3-7) by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

Round 1

Smith and Carter meet immediately in the center of the ring, but they start out by pawing and feinting.  There’s a momentary pause, and Carter explodes with sudden power shots.  Smith is unfazed and scoots away.  Carter lands a power shot to the head, but Smith walks through it and clinches.  After the break, Carter attacks again with speed and power, but Smith is cagey and tough, refusing to be hurt.  Carter is forced to respect his opponent’s chin, if not his speed.  Smith dodges a left hook from Carter, and they clinch, then break.  Now there’s an exchange in which Smith actually lands a couple of punches, and for the first time this evening we’re going past the first round.  Bell.

Round 2

Smith looks more confident this round, poking the jab out and moving his head.  Carter is jabbing for measure.  There’s a break, then a clash that includes a bump of heads. Smith lands a right to the body before Miezwa breaks them up.  Carter is coming forward, looking for a big scoring punch, and bends Smith over with a punch to the midsection, but Smith doesn’t go down.  Smith is retrating and moving left, Carter is trying to put him away.  Smith’s corner tells him to “give him the business once in a while.”  Smith is holding his own this round.  He won’t hurt Carter, but he is scoring occasionally.  There’s another break, and Smith lands  ajab to the body.  Carter’s frustration is starting to show.  Smith dodges a punch and Carter growls in frustration.  Smith is showing some nifty moves, but one looks at that soft body and wonders how long he can keep it up.

Round 3

Carter is coming forward and loading up.  Smith is circling left.  Carter lands a flush shot to the head.  Smith responds with a glancing jab.  Carter’s speed and power are obvious, but his ring IQ is unfortunately not high.  Carter lands with a lead left that jolts Smith, but fails to follow up.  Smith is circling left again.  Carter misses with two jabs, but then lands two power punches.  Smith feints.  Carter throws a sweeping right that misses.  Smith throws a one-two that Carter ducks.  Carter is coming forward again, but Smith is proving hard to catch.  Now Smith comes forward with a triple jab, but nothing lands.  Carter with a left hook to the body.  Carter with a left jab to the head.  Smith is attacking ineffectually as the bell sounds.

Round 4

Carter is landing single shots to the body.  Now Carter flurries and lands a bomb.  The two meet in the center of the ring and trade, and the crowd cheers.   Carter continues to pursue and occasionally score.  Smith with a power punch to the head, there’s a rarity.  Carter comes forward and throws three punches, but Smith blocks.  Carter throws, Smith ducks, and Carter lands an overhand right.  There’s a close encounter and Carter is warned to keep his punches up.  Carter continues to press the action, and finally is rewarded when he lands, then lands again.    Smith jabs.  Carter steps into a left hook.  After a break, Carter attacks and lands big.  He follows Smith and lands several hurtful shots.  Smith, surprisingly, gets angry and trades with him.  Now the crowd is roaring!  Carter has his back to the ropes as the round ends, but seems unhurt.

Round 5

Carter is loading up, Smith pawing in the early going.  Carter steps forward and stabs a jab into Smith’s body, but Smith dances away, pounding his chest and belly.  The crowd likes the showmanship.  Smith leads with a left hook that misses and Carter reaches outside to land a right hook to the body.  Carter pushes Smith into the ropes, and Gary Miezwa breaks them up.  Carter is chasing, and lands a downhill right that leaves Smith wobbling.  The chase is on!  Carter is walking forward and throwing power shots, Smith is retreating, looking hurt.  Carter lands a big hook!  Smith, retreating, throws a straight right that lands flush.  Smith is an unlikely looking fighter, but he seems to hold up okay.  Ten seconds to go, Carter is lo0king to put Smith away, but Smith ties him up, then flurries with him as time expires.

Smith never had a chance in this physical mismatch, but he seems pleased to have frustrated his younger, fitter opponent, and the crowd is amused.

Cerresso Fort (now 18-4-1 with 12 kayos is defeated by Romon Barber (now 5-9 with 4 kayos) ; referee stops fight before the start of the sixth round

Round 1

The fight begins with tactical sparring, a lot of jabbing.  Barber is a tough guy, a gamer.  Fort hasn’t looked great the last few times out.  About midway through the round Fort steps into a jab that knocks Barber off balance, but when Fort pursues, Barber counters effectively and scores.  Barber is coming forward, but Fort is taller and stymies him for a moment.  When Barber gets inside, Fort ties him up.  Barber is getting more aggressive as the fight progresses, but Fort makes him pay.  There’s a near clinch, but they wrestle out of it, and the round ends.

Round 2

Barber comes right out to start the round, and though Fort at first proves hard to hit, Barber keeps charging in, and there’s a series of power shots, a tangle, and Fort goes down in the ropes.  Referee Mark Nelson pauses the bout to have a brief word with the combatants, and the fight resumes.  Fort is trying to stay ouside and  box.  Barber is trying to make it a war, coming forward and ducking.  Barber finally gets close and Fort ties him up.  After the break, Barber lunges forward and misses with a straight left.  fort’s footwork  and balance seem off.  Barber gets inside, throws a punch as he steps back, and rocks fort.  All of Fort’s movements seem compromised, from his exaggerated upper body movement to his clumsy feet.  Just before the round ends, Barber throws out a lead that Fort counters.

Round 3

Barber is eager to begin.  he comes forward and ducks a couple of sweeping lefts from Fort.  Fort jabs tentatively – that would have scored nicely if he’d put more behind it.  Barber is energetic, on his toes, coming forward.  Fort is jabbing and moving backwards.  Barber’s eagerness puts him in awkward positions, but Fort doesn’t take advantage.  Now they’re jabbing, with neither man taking the initiative.  Barber comes forward again, but Fort wards him off with a slow jab.  Fort is coming forward now, throwing wreckingball rights.  Barber ducks a bunch of them, but some connect, and the audience is impressed.  Barber comes forward again, but runs out of time in the third.

Round 4

Fort is jabbing to start the round, but Barber gets close enough to turn Fort’s head with a right.  Barber is coming forward again, and lands a big lunging left hook that staggers fort.  Barber has the definite advantage at this moment.  Barber continues to hunt his opponent.  Fort ties Barber up and walks forward, pushing the smaller Barber backwards and into the ropes.  this fight is devolving into a wrestling match.  Back in the center of the ring, Barber is dancing.  The fighters trade, and fort scores.  Barber hurts Fort with a power shot, chases him, and does it again!    Barber pursues Fort to the blue corner and lands a huge left that leaves Fort wavering, but the bell rings.  Fort does not look good.

Round 5

At the starting bell, Fort is called to a neutral corner to be inspected by the doctor.  The doctor nods at Mark Nelson, and the fight resumes.  Barber goes back on the attack, but Fort nullifies it momentarily.  There’s a clinch, and another break.  Fort is retreating, Barber coming forward.  Barber knows what’s been working, and he’s reluctant to take a backward step.  Barber steps into a counter left from Fort, a small victory for Fort in a fight that isn’t going well.  Barber comes forward again and eats a jab from Fort, but he again comes forward.  Barber steps forward and swallows a jab – Is Fort coming out of his stupor?  Barber continues to come forward, but he’s missing with those power shots this round.  Ten seconds to go, and Fort throws a big right, Barber ducks under it, and Fort nearly topples over.  This observer is concerned for Cerresso Fort’s health.

There’s some confusion in the ring.  Has the fight been stopped?  Yes, on the doctor’s advice referee Mark Nelson has stopped this bout.  Romon Barber wins.

Robert Brant (now 17-0 with 11 kayos) defeats Lekan Byfield (now 6-11-2 with 1 kayo) by TKO at 2:19 in round 3 of 8 rounds scheduled.

Round 1

Brant comes out immediately shooting a serious jab that connects.  Byfield, not to be intimidated, throws back.  Brant is staying in close, looking to put on a show.  Byfield steps forward with a one-two.  Brant responds in kind, flurrying as he comes forward.  Brant has a major league jab, and he is using it – a lot.  Brant pursues Byfield to the ropes, landing a left-right-right.  Byfield waggles his tongue as he retreats.  Brant doesn’t want to be shown up, so he turns on the juice, battering Byfield, but Byfield is a serious fighter.  Brant is taking some chances now, trying to trap and pummel his belligerent opponent.  Brant lands a series of power shots, punctuating the attack with a reaching left hook on a retreating Byfield.  byfield loses his mouthguard.  Action resumes for a few seconds before the bell, Brant scoring with hard shots.

Round 2

Brant comes forward, looking to score, and Byfield lands a left-right, two very good punches. Brant shakes it off and resumes thattack.  There’s a roving exchange, and Brant gets the better of it, sending Byfield reeling.  Byfield lands an uppercut.  Brant comes forward, leaves himself unguarded, and Byfield scores.  Brant fires a fusillade of hot power shots, and Byfield is hurt.  Brant chases Byfield into the blue corner and rocks him with a series of fast and hard punches from both hands.  Byfield escapes momentarily, but Brant clobbers him with a right.  Byfield barely kept his feet after that.  Brant is coming forward.  Byfield jabs to the body, then throws some arm-swinging punches that have no effect.  Brant continues to attack, and though Byfield blocks some punches, he absorbs more.

Round 3

Byfield comes out swinging.  He’s regained his swagger.  He’s better stop sticking his tongue out, or it’ll get mailed home.  Byfield lands several power shots on Brant – Brant comes forward.  Brant steps forward and eats a big right hand that buckles his knees, but his eyes are impassive and he regains his footing.  Byfield is fighting in close, and Brant wants to sharpshoot him.  Brant steps in again, but he’s stopped short by a series of punches from different angles.  Brant steps through the counters, batters Byfield from angry angles, and drops him with a big left to the head.  Byfield is up before the count, but he’s wobbly.  Brant jumps on him, cracks him like an egg, and Byfield stumbles across the ring while referee Gary Miezwa chases him, trying to catch him while waving off the fight.  It’s over, TKO for Brant.

Al Sands (now 15-2 with 13 kayos) is defeated by Phil “The Drill” Williams (now 15-7 with 14 kayos) at 2:36 in round 1 of ten rounds scheduled.  Williams becomes the new Minnesota State Cruiserweight Champion.

Round 1

Sands throws first tonight, jab, jab, jab, double jab.  Nothing connects.  Williams ducks and jabs, and lands to the body.  Everything is jabs to start with, then Sands finally follows a jab with a straight right.  Williams stabs his foot forward and jabs to the body.  For the first time Williams turns his hips and throws a right, but it grazes Sands’ body.  Williams gets inside and throws a combination, but Sands counters and scores.  Williams sticks a hard jab to Sands’ midsection.  Williams steps and throws a left hook that lands on Sands neck and shoulder and staggers Sands.  He hesitates just a moment, then jumps on Sands.  Williams pounds Sands without mercy, beating him from pillar to post, and Sands staggers toward the ropes and then collapses.  Sands is up quickly, but has to hold on to a rope to stop from falling over, and referee Mark Nelson calls it!  TKO win for Williams, and Minnesota has a new cruiserweight champion.

Two Minnesota Fighters to Perform on TV in April

On April 11th, Caleb Truax challenges Danny Jacobs in New York City for Jacobs’ WBA World Middleweight Title. (This title represents what we used to call #1 contender, as the actual WBA “SUPER CHAMPION” is Gennady Golovkin.) This event will be televised on NBC.

Then on April 17th we have Robert Brant -vs TBA at Grand Casino Hinckley. Brant is a boxing prodigy – won a national amateur title within a year of putting on the gloves for the first time. Rumors are circulating that Brant is hoping to fight another local middleweight with impressive amateur credentials. This event will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

Round-by-Round Report: February 6, 2015 at Grand Casino Hinckley

Rob Brant (now 14-0 with 8 kayos) defeats Ryan Davis (now 24-16 with 9 kayos) by TKO in round 1 of 8 scheduled.

Round 1

Brant comes out firing, eagerly throwing jabs and pursuing his retreating opponent.  Davis circles the ring in retreat, then gets low and tries to attack.  Brant counters and connects with a flurry of power shots.  he backs off once as Davis’s knees buckle, thinking Davis will crumble, but he doesn’t.  Back at it, Brant does put Davis down with another barrage.  Back on his feet, Davis absorbs another volley from Brant and takes a knee.  Davis has a resigned look on his face.  Back on his feet again, Davis can’t do anything to stop the advancing Brant.  Brant craters Davis’s head with a crippling right hook, and Davis goes down on his face.  Davis is on his knees and shaking his head as referee Mark Nelson waves off the fight.

Rondale Hubbert (now 9-0-1 with 5 kayos) defeats Gilbert Venegas (now 12-17 with 8 kayos) by Unanimous Decision after 8 rounds (79-73, 78-74, 77-75)

Venegas let it all hang out in this fight, and the crowd appreciates it.  There was even a sizeable contingent that booed the decision.  All in all, an entertaining fight that reveals Hubbert is not quite ready for prime time yet.

Round 1

Hubbert shows Venegas some respect, circling and feinting for a time before throwing and connecting the first one-two of the fight.  There’s a lot of circling and measuring going on here.  Venegas throws a straight right that tags Hubbert’s face.  More circling.  Venegas tries to get inside, but Hubbert goes to the body and lands twice.  Venegas looks like a guy who thinks he can win.  Hubbert circles to his right, and Venegas tags him to the body.  Venegas steps forward and lands again.  Now in the center of the ring, Hubbert connects with a right hook to the ribs.  Venegas continues to come forward, and lands a wide-ranging left hook to the head of Hubbert.  Ten seconds to go, and both men fail to score as time expires.

Round 2

Both men open with jabs and land simultaneously.  Hubbert is changing things up a little bit, stepping back and to his left, trying to land counters.  Hubbert throws a four punch combo, landing at least the last two, but they are soft punches.  More circling and Venegas scores a left jab to the head.  A moment later he steps inside and misses a big right uppercut..  Hubbert throws another combination, but Venegas is unimpressed.  Venegas backs Hubbert into the blue corner and lands his first really sharp punch, a looping right.  Hubbert moves away, and the two meet again in the center of the ring.  Now there’s a brawling exchange, and that seems to favor Hubbert.  Venegas pursues, and Hubbert lands a nice one-two.  Venegas throws three consecutive left hooks, all of which land, and the crowd says “Oooh.”  They’re trading as the bell rings.

Round 3

Hubbert begins the third round in the center of the ring, standing still, hoping to outfast Venegas.  Referee Mark Nelson calls time, but Venegas can’t (or doesn’t want to) call back a power shot that lands.  Nelson has Hubbert’s corner clean up his face.  Now they’re in the center again, lots of jabbing going on.  Hubbert knows he’s faster, and he’s going to exploit that advantage.  Hubbert tries to attack but slips and stumbles into his punch, and there’s a break.  Now Hubbert is circling and Venegas is following, trying to score with power shots.  Some are landing.  Venegas lands a nifty left jab.  More tactical trading, and Hubbert connects with two or three consecutive punches.  Venegas, coming forward, comes up short on a right hand, and Hubbert makes him pay.  Venegas is coming forward again, and Hubbert connects with two good shots, but then Venegas cracks him good.  Hubbert’s faces flashes with anger and he goes on a sustained and effective attack.  As the bell rings Hubbert barely restrains himself from throwing a combination while Venegas holds his hands behind his back and grins.

Round 4

Both men open with jabs.  Hubbert’s corner is telling him to do exactly that, but Venegas snaps a hard jab to his face.  The fight heads for a neutral corner where the fighters skirmish ineffectually.  Both men are throwing aggression to the wind and staking their claim on caution.  Jab, jab, soft jab.  Hubbert lands an overhand right.  Venegas comes forward and Hubbert lands one-two, then one-two again.  Venegas lands a good left jab that briefly stops Hubbert’s forward progress.  Hubbert throws a wide right, then a short left.  A photographer in front of me is yelling now.  Is he telling Hubbert to throw a big shot??  What the heck? Now they’re standing head to head and Venegas leads with a straight right.  That seemed to work, so he does it again.  Hubbert scores with two punches as the round comes to an end.

Round 5

Venegas is bouncing and moving now.  Leads with a left hook and bounces away, but it didn’t land cleanly.  Hubbert is thinking this through, feinting, throwing soft jabs.  Hubbert throws a nice four-punch combination and lands all four.  Now he connects with a big load-up hook.  Venegas is tough though, and keeps coming forward, even scoring on a counter.  Hubbert pops Venegas with a straight right to the cheek.  Venegas lands with a one-two that snaps Hubberts head back.  This fight is degenerating into a brawl, and the fans like that.  Venegas jabs Hubbert’s face, Hubbert throws back one-two, and Venegas  jabs again.  Hubbert hits the body, but that’s an aberration.  Hubbert goes one-two to the head again.  Venegas connects with a big left hook.  Hubbert attacks, Venegas lands big again.  Hubbert connects once, twice more as the bell rings.

Round 6

The fight resumes with the DJ asleep at the switch, music blaring for the first ten seconds of the round.  Hubbert connects with a big round right hook, then another.  Venegas is still coming forward and jabbing.  Hubbert has his hands down and is looking to jab.  Hubbert scores with a big right uppercut.  Venegas jabs, jabs, but Hubbert lands big again, and now again.  Venegas comes forward again, and Hubbert ducks a hook.  Venegas lands one big shot and Hubbert nods in appreciation.  Veegas goe to the body, then bac up to the head.  Venegas keeps coming forward, and Rondale has a hard time uncorking a power shot with his opponent right in his face.  There’s a ferocious exchange, with Hubbert getting the better of it, but Venegas is always ready and lands several times while Hubbert is resting up.

Round 7

As te bell rings, both fighters are already circling.  Hubbert is jabbing, but not with any conviction.  Venegas jabs back and gets through.  Venegas is moving a lot now, making it hard for Hubbert to unload.  Hubbert finally pokes a good jab into Venegas’s head, but doesn’t follow up.  There’s a momentary lull, then Hubbert attacks with a left jab and right uppercut.  There’s another single punch by Hubbert.  Venegas backs Hubbert up and lands a sweeping right hook across Hubberts visage.  A moment later Venegas lands again and Hubbert nods.  Venegas comes forward, Hubbert misses with a jab, and Venegas lands two glancing blows.  Hubbert lands two much harder punches.  These fighters are tired and it’s beginning to show.  There’s some mauling, but no effective fighting for the remainder of the round.

Round 8

Venegas is wearily blinking sweat out of his eyes as the round begins.  Venegas attacks first, landing twice, but now Hubbert explodes, landing with both hands and snapping Venegas’s head back twice.  It’s a dramatic scene as the fighters trade blows and the crowd roars.  Hubbert lands four straight jabs to Venegas’s face.  Venegas responds with a left-right-right-left.  Hubbert scores with a big hook.  Venegas wants to rumble though, and steps forward, throwing.  Hubbert goes left-right, and Venegas throws back.  Hubbert scores left-right again, and Venegas lands his best punch in some time, a left hook (I think) that moves Hubbert.  Hubbert shrugs it off and goes on the attack again, and these two are trading punches in the center of the ring as the bell rings.

Aaron “Gorilla” Green (now 16-0 with 14 kayos) defeats Matthew Greer (now 16-14 with 13 kayos) by TKO (doctor’s advice) between rounds 2 and 3.

Greer enters to AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” and it’s a joy to watch an EMT engage in some surreptitious headbanging.

Round 1

Greer sets the tone with a lot of movement and clever boxing.  He’s a big dude, and not what you would call svelte, but he looks reasonably fit.  Greer is attempting to be elusive, bouncing in and out, landing soft punches as the opportunity presents itself..  Green is mainly standing his ground, absorbing Greer’s not-to-hard shots.  Green, who is enormous, finally catches Greer and drops him.  Greer looks shaken, but gets up and rejoins the fight.  Green is in charge now, landing power shots – especially left hooks to the body – and taking only occasional counters from Greer.

Round 2

Greer is moving a lot now, trying to hit without getting hit.  Green is coming forward, landing some hard jabs and an occasional left hook.  Greer isn’t window dressing.  Green hits the body and hurts Greer, but Greer explodes with a volley of power shots, some of which do land.  Green’s corner is telling him now that it’s time to go to the head; they want Green to put his opponent away.  Green lands a long, hard jab to Greer’s head, and Greer looks wobbly.  Greer switches to southpaw and lands two glancing shots, Green counters and puts him down for a second time.  The fight resumes and Green comes forward, the bigger, stronger man, doing his work wit the left.  Green’s corner  tells him to finish Greer with an overhand right, but instead he throws hooks and an uppercut to the body.  Bell.

Round 3

As the bell rings to start round 3, referee Gary Miezwa waves off the fight.  He is standing in Greer’s corner as he does so.

Markus Morris (now 6-2 with 3 kayos) is defeated by Damien Hill (now 4-8) by Majority Decision after 6 rounds (57-57, 58-56, 58-56)

Round 1

Morris rushes across the ring, but his attack doesn’t immediately materialie.  There’s an exchange in the center of the ring, and Morris lands one loud, slapping shot that thrills the crowd.  Morris is coming forward, throwing power shots, especially right hands, to the body of Hill.  Now Hill escapes and Morris’s attack slows.  After some indecisive trading, Morris corners Hill and lands a good left hook, then a right uppercut that snaps Hill’s head back, then Hill scoots away to his left.  Hills is the deensive-minded boxer, and well he should be, as he is not a big hitter.  Now both men attack at the same time, and their feet tangle, but neither stumbles.  Morris is shuffling forward, looking for openings to the body.  Hill lands a nice left (a straight?) that moves Morris’s head.  There is no more meaningful boxing before the bell.

Round 2

Morris is first across the ring again, but Hill attacks first this time, first missing with a big right/left, but then connecting inside with a couple of power shots.  There’s more behind his punches this round.  After a brief lull Hill tries to renew his attack, but loses his mouthpiece.  In the brief pause that follows, Morris’s corner shouts at him: “Markus!  Come on!”  Morris nods.  Morris is attacking now.  He gets Hill in a phone booth, but nothing decisive lands.  Hills is circling slowly to his left, and Morris is trying to pick him apart from the outside.  Hill seems in shape tonight, and as a southpaw, he is a riddle to be figured out.  Near the end of the round Hill actually lands a big left followed by a right that sends Morris reeling into the ropes, but Morris quickly recovers and before long is attacking again.  Ten seconds to go and the fighters are trading – Morris has the power advantage, but Hill is throwing back and landing.

Round 3

Did anyone expect this fight to go three rounds?  Morris and Hill resume trading, Hill’s confidence growing as he finds openings and lands clean hooks.  Morris is coming forward again, and though he remains the faster, stronger man, he seems to be more restrained in the face of Hill’s counterattack.  The fight is now mainly in the center of the ring, though Hill will back up when Morris attacks.  Morris lands a left/right, Hill counters with a combination that lands, and Morris punctuates the exchange with a solid hook to the head.  Morris is shuffling forward again, Hill is moving his head and throwing combos while sliding to his left.  Morris throws a right and Hill lands a counter that puts him briefly off balance.  With ten seconds to go Hill steps on the gas, and Morris counters effectively with a two-punch combination.

Round 4

Hill comes out to rumble again, but Morris corners him and fires a fusillade of power shots that force him into a shell.  Hill escapes across the ring, and the two re-engage but referee Gary Miezwa steps in to warn Hill to keep his head and his punches up.  Morris resumes his come-forward attack, landing solid shots, but he seems overcautious, probably because his every attack is answered with a counter hook from southpaw angles.  Morris comes forward again, lands a one-two, and takes a glancing blow in response.  Morris is trying to answer the crowd’s (and his corner’s) encouragement to attack, attacking with abandon as the round closes.  Blood covers both mens’ faces now, but it’s hard to tell which one is bleeding.

Round 5

After a false start and possible head butt, the fighters reboot in the center of the ring, and Morris attacks furiously.  Hill knows his best shot is to stay inside and counter, and he is punishing Morris with with a volume of counters.  Morris is throwing big single shots and two-punch combinations, but Hill’s head movement and unconventional counters are taking their toll, and Morris slows.  He does look tired, but he is still dangerous to this opponent.  Morris is arm-punching now, while Hill continues to come forward.  Morris misses a sweeping right, Hill ducks, comes up, and counters.  Hill sticks a jab into Morris’s abdomen.  Morris is a gamer, for sure, as he comes forward for a final attack of the round, but Hill turns him around and traps him in a corner.  Neither fighter gains an advantage as round 5 ends.

Round 6

Morris tries to press the pace, but Hill stymies him in the early going with jabs and head movement.  Morris goes to the body, but his right hand is blocked by Hill’s glove.  Morris throws an extended volley, which doesn’t damage Hill, but certainly counts in the scoring.  Hill snaps a jab that turns Morris’s head at an angle.  Hill smiles.  Morris looks for an opening, finds none, and drops his hands and steps back.  Hill attacks, missing with a right jab but landing a straight right to the head, then he does it again.  Morris is trying to take charge, but Hill answers his every punch.  I venture to guess that Hill is going to score a big upset in the fight.  Morris and Hill go shoulder-to-shoulder for the remainder of the round, firing all their ammunition.  Both land some punches, but neither is hurt.

Curtis Erhorn (now 0-2) is defeated by Trevor “Triple T” Marmon (now 2-3 with 2 kayos) in round 2 of 4 rounds scheduled (Erhorn unable to continue)

Round 1

Marmon, always a rugged fighter, comes out aggressive, enticing Erhorn to trade int he center of the ring no less than 30 seconds after the start of the fight.  Erhorn begins retreating and circling to the right.  there’s an exchange, and Marmon lands a good body blow.  Erhorn now circels to the left, there’s an exchange, and a clinch initiated by Erhorn.  Back into the flow, Erhorn lands one big counter shot that shows he’s earnest.  There’s more circling some mauling, and a close-quarters exchange that sees Erhorn go down.  This is an ugly brawl, but that’s how Marmon prefers to fight.  After some more wild punches, the bell rings.

Round 2

Erhorn has decided to set the pace in this round, and he does land on Marmon.  How long will Marmon’s punch resistance last?  By my eyeballs that will decide this fight.  Marmon lands a straight to the midsection of Erhorn, and Erhorn loses some steam and some conviction.  Erhorn is still fighting, but Marmon is punishing him now with big shots, and Erhorn looks damaged.  Marmon’s attack slows, and Erhorn attacks wildly, landing one or two power shots, but after the fighters break, he is limping and looking like he wants out.  The fight is called.

Joe Amouta (now 3-1 with 2 kayos) defeats Thomas Allen (now 3-7 with 3 kayos) by TKO in round 2 of 4 rounds scheduled.

Round 1

Amouta is the aggressor almost from the start, pursuing Allen around the ring, sharpshooting from angles.  About midway through the first round Allen lands a big counter right, but that’s the exception to the rule.  Amouta returns to the chase, now mixing uppercuts in with a varied collection of jabs and hooks from all angles.

Round 2

The second round begins slowly, with Allen shooting a soft jab that connects but does no damage.  Amouta follows him tentatively, looking for an opening, finally trapping him against the ropes and pummeling with a multitude of power shots.  Allen escapes, rushes across the ring, and is confronted by Amouta, who pushes him, two-handed, to the mat.  That’s not a knockdown.  Action resumes and and Amouta finally catches Allen with a big combination, knocking Allen, senseless, to the canvas.  Referee Gary Miezwa begins to give Allen the courtesy of a count, but looking Allen in the eyes, waves off the fight.

Delorien Caraway (now 5-0 with 4 kayos) defeats Wes Ronchi (?) by TKO in round 1 of 4 scheduled

Round 1

Missed, with apologies.  It’s a long drive from Moorhead to Hinckley.

Next Minnesota Boxing Event: February 6th at Grand Casino Hinckley

Watch this website for a Round-by-Round account of the next big professional boxing show in Minnesota, the February 6th “Grand Friday Night Fights” event at Grand Casino Hinckley.

The evening will showcase two rising stars of the local boxing scene, middleweight Robert Brant (13-0) and light welterweight Rondale Hubbert (8-0-1) in steppingstone bouts against live bodies Ryan Davis (24-15-3) and Gilbert Venegas (12-16-4).  Also appearing on the card will be heavyweight Aaron “Gorilla” Green (15-0) in a comeback fight following an injury-related layoff and a nice matchup of former amateur standouts Brad Patraw (10-7) and Philip Adyaka (4-4).

Though I’ll be reporting from ringside, you should still buy tickets, because there is nothing in the world like a prizefight seen live.  I report here for the unfortunates who can’t attend, and for the diehards who want to recap what they saw in person.

The full card as it currently appears on boxrec.com appears below.

Robert Brant (13-0 with 7 kayos) -vs- Ryan Davis 24-15-3 with 9 kayos), middleweights, scheduled for 8 rounds

Rondale Hubbert (8-0-1 with 5 kayos) -vs- Gilbert Venegas (12-16-4 with 8 kayos), light welterweights, scheduled for 8 rounds

Brad Patraw (10-7 with 5 kayos) -vs- Philip Adyaka (4-4 with 2 kayos), featherweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Aaron Green (15-0 with 13 kayos) -vs- Matthew Greer (16-13 with 13 kayos), heavyweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Delorien Caraway (4-0 with 3 kayos) -vs- Colby Courter (6-5 with 5 kayos), welterweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Markus Morris (6-1 with 3 kayos) -vs- Damien Hill (3-8), welterweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Trevor Marmon (1-3 with 1 kayo) -vs- Kurtis Erhorn (0-1), light welterweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

Joe Amouta (2-1 with 1 kayo) -vs- Thomas Allen (3-6 with 3 kayos), super middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

This event is promoted by Rapacz Event Productions.

Live Boxing Round-by-Round from Grand Casino Hinckley, August 22nd, 2014

Rondale Hubbert (now 7-0-1 with 4 kayos) defeats RJ Laase (now 12-2 with 8 kayos), for the vacant Junior Welterweight title of Minnesota, by unanimous decision in 8 rounds (77-75, 78-74, 77-75)

Round 1

Hubbert literally ran across the ring at the start, jumping Laase and pummeling about the ring for ten seconds or so before Laase was able to wrench himself free.  Now Hubbert is bouncing and backing up, left hand at his waist,while Laase comes forward with his guard up, looking for an opening.  Laase is jabbing while Hubbert is raging.  Hubbert comes forward and lands one punch, then shoves Laase.  Hubbert is trying to win flashy while Laase sticks to basics.  Laase continues to shuffle forward and tags Hubbert with one right.  Hubbert skitters away.  Hubbert likes to walk flatfooted and throw bombs.  Laase gets close enough to throw a punch and Hubbert flails away at him.  Give this round to Hubbert on the strength of his furious opening.

Round 2

Hubbert rushes across the ring again at the start of round 2, but stops short and gets in his stance.  Lasse comes forward, then lands one gigantic right hand that has the crowd roaring.  Hubbert looks clear headed and he’s talking to Laase as Laase stalks.  Laase continues to come forward deliberately, firing crisp punches.  Hubbert is relying on spped, power, toughness, and bravado.  Laase misses badly with a punch and Hubbert punishes hi for the transgression.  Hubbert comes forward with rough tactics and scores.  Laase goes hook tot he body and it lands on the waistline of Hubbert.  Now Hubbert is moving side to side while Laase pursues.  Laase continues to stalk and jab, looking for an opening.  Hubbert throws a combination – four punches? – that rakes Laase’s face.  There’s no time for further action before the bell.

Round 3

Laase shoves a left jab in Hubbert’s face but misses the followup right.  Hubbert sticks his left out and Laase whacks it away.  Both men attack at the same time and there’s a headbutt mixed in with the simultaneous flurries.  No blood that I see.  Laase comes forward and Hubbert looks to counter, but Laase lands a good left.  Hubbert starts running his mouth and Laase sticks a fist in it.  Now there’s a rough, tumbling exchange that ends against the ropes in the blue corner.  Hubbert is wild and Laase is countering nicely.  Hubbert needs to slow things down and get back to fundamentals.  Laase lands three out of a four punch combination.  Laase nails Hubbert against the ropes as the ten second warning sounds, and Hubbert shakes his head, then attacks with fury but fails to score.  I’m sitting next to Hubbert’s corner, and one of his cornermen shakes his head and says “He’s a slippery motherfucker.”

Round 4

Laase commits to a one-two and Hubbert counters nicely, battering his face.  Laase tries to attack again and Hubbert nails him again.  Now it happens a third time.  Laase finally connects with a one-two.  Hubbert tries to score and Laase counters, then connects with a thundering roundhouse and the Duluth contingent loves it.  Hubbert throws another combination, but I wonder whether he knows that he’s tipping his attack with the faces he makes before he throws a punch.  Hubbert is coming forward on the attack, but now it’s Laase’s turn to counter, and he’s effective.  The noise in here is deafening.  Hubbert  takes a break and Laase tags him.  Hubbert tries to come forward and Laase lands another power shot.  Ten seconds to go, and Hubbert scores with a body shot.  I would be remiss if I failed to mention that Hubbert has gone to the body twice this round, with good results.

Round 5

Hubbert shots out the jab but he really wants to land the straight right, and he does.  There’s a good exchange in the middle of the ring.  Hubbert comes in reckless and gets hit to the body.  Now they’re jabbing in the middle of the ring.  Hubbert lands one left hook to the face.  Laase flurries, landing a couple of body shots and the makes a niftymove to duck two counters.  Hubbert tries to attack but Laase hits him in the gut.  Hubbert is playing raging bull now, and he is bullying laase.  Laaase needs to punch effectively moving backwards – and there he does it, landing two.  Laase gets the better of an exchange in the center of the ring, but Hubbert is tough and keeps coming forward, battering Laase.  Laase sidesteps a charging Hubbert and fires a body shot too low, catching Hubbert just above the groin.  Hubbert spends no more than a minutes recoving, then steels himself and the fight resumes.  The remainder of the fifth round is all Hubbert, on the attack, landing wild shots.

Round 6

Hubbert comes out strong, throwing punches that Laase catches on his arms.  Hubbert stands still, staring at Llase, then shrugs.  Laase ignores the gesture and keeps shuffling forward.  Now they’re brawling, and both men are landing big shots.  Laase is gonig to have a monster shiner on his left eye tomorrow, it’s already ugly.  Now Laase is coming forward, and or the first time he shoves Hubbert.  There’s a headbutt, and Hubbert is glowering.  Laase connects a jab to the jab, Hubbert resopnds with more power shots.  Hubbbert’s corner is frustrated that he’s loading up.  Laase lands a stiff jab, and now both fighters are talking.  Hubbert is bounding on his toes, Laase is still shuffling forward.  Hubbert tries to bull forward, but his attack is nullified by good defense.  Hubbert leads with a right, Laase counters with a right, but nothing comes of it.

Round 7

Hubbert comes out heavy again this round, lands a couple of bombs.  Laase, though tired and breathing through his mouth, continues to come forward.  Hubbert is doing a better job counter now than he has been.  Laase atttacks, but Hubbert is gone when he gets there.  Hubbert is showcasing his elusiveness, but finally Laase scores with a wide left hook to the ear.  Our fightersexchange again, and Hubbert’s corner is shouting that Laase has nothing left.  Hubbert is now trying to be first and last.  Laase flurries, and Hubbert resopnds.  The crowd begins an “RJ” cheer, and he responds with a bitter attack that results in a general melee.  Laase loses his mouthpiece, and there’s a brief pause while it’s reinserted.  Hubbert is being reckless in his pursuit of a knockout, and that gives Laase a chance to land a hard counter.  What a round, and what a fight!

Round 8

Hubbert rushes in and there’s an ugly moment where he finds himself stuck in Laase’s armpit.  Some exchanges, and it happens again.  Hubbert scores with a few shots, then bulls Laase across the ring and into the ropes.  Back in the middle of the ring there’s a good exchange.  Aside from one flush shot from Laase, that all went Hubbert’s way.  Laase comes forward and lunges with a jab, but Hubbert gets him back.  Laase comes forward again, and jolts Hubberts with a stiff left jab.  Hubbert looks sharper and fresher at this point, but Laase has a good chin and keeps coming and countering.  They’re going all out as the bell rings, and the crowd roars its appreciation.

Wayne Martell (now 25-5-1 with 15 kayos) is defeated by Jamal James (now 14-0 with 7 kayos) by TKO in round 1 of 10 scheduled.

Round 1

Martell is coming forward and swinging away at the beginning, but James is quick and is dodging most if not all of his punches.  James is waving that left jab but not throwing it, but then bam! Martell is down.  Martell is up instantly and shaking his head in disbelief, but that’s a knockdown.  James knows he’s got this, and he opens up on Martell immediately.  James is moving in and out, throwing double hooks, attacking with both hands.  Martell has seen better days, and he’s having trouble getting close.  Martell looks nicked up, but comes back aggressive and just as he connects on a punch to James, James puts him down again.  But the fight isn’t over.  Martell is up again and he wants to trade.  James gets him again with a left to the body and Martell is down again.  Once more he beats the count, but we know how this will end.  One more  engagement, and James puts Martell down again.  James throws one more punch as Martell is on his knees, and he’s lucky that one didn’t connect – it was close.  Martell gets up, but his eyes aren’t right, and referee Gary Miezwa rightly calls a stop to things.

Marcus Upshaw (now 17-13 with 8 kayos) is defeated by Robert Brant (now 12-0 with 6 kayos) by Unanimous Decision after eight rounds (77-75, 79-74, 77-75)

Round 1

The beginning of the bout was delayed momentarily as Upshaw casually got a drink from his trainer, then another drink.  

Brant comes out quick in this one, showing his great speed and good power.  Upshaw is not nothing.  He’s significantly taller than Brant, he can take a punch, and he has some skills.  Upshaw can jab, but he doesn’t fight tall against the shorter man.  The pace has slowed a bit since Brant’s showy start.  Now Brant is playing the surgeon, using two and three punch combinations to score.  Upshaw lands a good jab to the head or hook to the body here and there.  Brant is jabbing and moving, and throwing combinations from angles.  Coming forward, Brant throws a nice combination that’s so quick, when it’s over I don’t know whether it was three or four punches.  Bell.

Round 2

Brant rushes out, leading with three jabs.  Upshaw is trying to counter, shouting “yah!” with each punch.  Brant throws punches faster than I can record them, and he connects nicely, but he is getting hit more than you’d like, considering the disparity of talent.  Brant lands a one-two and Upshaw responds with at least one solid counter.  Now Upshaw throws three earnest punches and the last one lands solidly.  Brant is unfazed and continues to stalk him.    Brant splits Upshaw’s guard with a one-two, then a pause.  Upshaw is pushing the pace now, coming forward and landing respectably, especially to Brant’s left ribcage.  Two more jabs from Upshaw.  Brant counters, there’s a momentary exchange, and Brant sidesteps Upshaw and is left looking at Upshaw’s back.  The fight resumes and there’s a flurry from both men, then the bell.

Round 3

Upshaw opens the round jabbing, then Brant flurries with good power shots, but one well-placed counter left from Upshaw stops himi in his tracks.  Brant is coming forward again now, and lands one good shot out of a combination that snaps Upshaw’s head back and induces Brant to come fowrard more.  Upshaw tags him with an effective shot, and the pace quickens.  Both men are throwing freely now, and Brant lands a shot that draws “Ooooh” from the sellout crowd.  The pace slows again.  Brant throws a one-two that is blocked, but makes a lot of noise, and the crowd is impressed.  Upshaw is trying to comforward now, and Brant is mostly potshotting him, picking spots and hitting them.  upshaw attacks again, but and scores a couple, but Brant looks better as the round closes.

Round 4

Brant is throwing punches from the outside – too far away to be effective – but Upshaw, instead of staying outside and using his greater reach to score, is coming fowrard.  There’s a good exchange in the center of the ring – neither man has the advantage.  Brant gets inside and then backs out.  Upshaw tries come forward and Brant has his best moment of the fight so far, battering him with an extended combination that puts Upshaw off balance.  Upshaw regains his composure and attacks again, scoring nicely with short hooks.  Brant lands a left jab and then misses a left hook.  Now Brant steps in and lands a big left hook to the body that moves Upshaw, but I’m not sure he realizes he had Upshaw hurt and doesn’t press his advantage.  There’s another exchange as the round ends, and the crowd is getting into this fight.

Round 5

Upshaw is aggressive again in the fifth, coming forward and scoring with jabs and the occasional power shot.  Brant takes his turn, landing a number of good shots to the head and body – really digging the body – but then Upshaw comes alive for a brief but effective assault.  Now the two men are measuring each other, and resting.  Brant throws a three punch combination – only the second punch lands, but it’s a sharp right to the midsection of upshaw.  Brant scores well when he goes to the body.  Upshaw is up on his toes, bouncing and showing he’s game.  Upshaw is jabbing a lot now, and his jab is coming back lower and slower than it should.  Upshaw tries an attack at the close of the round, but Brant counters nicely and Upshaw looks weary as he zigzags back to his corner.

Round 6

The first punch of the sixth is a right from Brant, but Upshaw counters over the top and lands a shot on Brant.  Brant responds with a long flurry, tagging Upshaw to the head and body.   Brant is opening his hands up as he jabs.  With every left handed punch he drops his right, and that’s cause for worry.  But Brant is doing nice work in this found, attacking Upshaw and countering effectively when Upshaw tries to attack him back.  There’s a lull about midround.  Now Brant is bombing upshaw’s guard, and that impresses the crowd but won’t do much in the eyes of the judges.  Upshaw tries a wide right hook, but Brant counters up the middle.  Now Upshaw lands solid and snaps Brant’s head back, but Brant has the chin of a champion and goes back  on the attack as the round ends.

Round 7

Brant comes out coiled to land big shots, and he throws some nice combinations that land in the first thirty seconds of the seventh.  Brant comes forward off balance and leads with a right, but that won’t work.  now Brant is working the body hard, and his fans like what they see.  Upshaw takes advantage of a moment of rest, then comes forward with power shots, but Brant is blocking most of those with his gloves now.  Brant lands a jab here, another jab there.  A right to the head scores for Brant.  upshaw steps forward and Brant punishes him with a right.  But suddenly Upshaw explodes out of his guard to land a right to the head of Brant.    Both men step forard at the same time, and Brant coems out on top, taking advantage of Upshaw’s momentary befuddlement to score with a couple of shots.  Brant ducks an Upshaw right and the bell rings.

Round 8

Upshaw jabs twice Brant throws a one-two.  Upshaw starts coming forward again, but Brant is ready and pops good a couple of times.  Upshaw isn’t going away though, and he continues to throw with both hands.  Now they’re in a phone booth, now they’re at arm’s length.  Brant lands a jab, but has his following right blocked by a glove.  Upshaw is moving forward and to his right, and in mauling Brant, lands a good right uppercut to the chin.  Brant is lively and throwing harder punches, but Upshaw can still score.  Brant lands a good right hook to the head and follow sup with a flurry, but Upshaw responds with good work of his own.  Upshaw lands two big left hands, one to the body and one to the head of Brant, then backs Brant up.  Brant is retreating and jabbing.  Ten seconds to go, and brant comes alive, scoring with a sharp combination.  That’s the end of the fight, and it goes to the judges.  Though I would score it for Brant, this fight is close enough that it could go either way.

Galen Brown (now 42-28 with 25 kayos) is defeated by Phil Williams (now 13-6-2 with 12 kayos) in round 2 of 8 scheduled

Round 1

Two southpaws – this should be fun.  The bout begins with a feint by Williams and a jab by Brown.  After some feeling out, Brown comes in with a right hand, but ducks his head and covers up right away.  He’s respectful of Williams’ power.  There’s little action in the early stages, so Brown begins baiting Williams, dropping his hands, waiving his arms, and waggling his head.  Now Brown charges forward and traps Williams in a corner.  he may have landed a punch, I’m not sure.  But Williams counters.    Now they’re in the center of the ring again.  Williams lands a hard jab but doesn’t follow up.  Brown is circling, then he lunges forward and to his left, striking a glancing blow on Williams and disappearing behind Williams’ shoulder.  Despite the clowining Brown is in earnest, as he shows when he scores a clipping blow at the bell.  Brown’s corner is shouting “perfect round, perfect round.”  I think it went about as well as he could have hoped.

Round 2

Round two begins with a lot of waving hands and bobbing heads.  Brown is trying to come forward, and Williams is moving away and to his left.  Williams throws that hard jab of his, once, twice, but it doesn’t land solidly.  Williams is getting a little bolder, but Brown is experienced and larger than Williams, and is unfazed by anything Williams has done so far.  Brown is clowning again.  Both hasnds are at his waist.  Williams sticks his right hand out and measures the distance, but doesn’t throw.  Brown jabs and scores.  There’s a lot more movement without any action, and Williams drops his hands and stares defiantly at Brown.  Now as the round draws to a close Williams charges forward and clocks Brown with a shot that leaves him crosseyed.  Brown gets up in time and he’s game to go, but he looks unsteady and referee Gary Miezwa doesn’t like what he sees in Brown’s eyes and calls it a TKO.

Jonathan Perez (now 8-0 with 5 kayos) defeats Antwan Robertson (now 9-10-1 with 6 kayos) with by Unanimous Decision after 5 rounds: 50-45, 50-45, 50-45

Round 1

Perez throws a jab and thena  short-armed hook that miss Robertson.  Perez jabs and misses again, but then connects a single hook to the head of Robertson.  Perez seemed to have slipped and then turned his back on Robertson.  Robertson was charging in when referee Mark Nelson stepped in between.  Now there’s a lot of feints and ineffective punching.  Perez is making a show of lunging in with stomping jabs, but they don’t land.  Perez attacks wildly this time, but his punch is blocked.  Robertson is moving back and to his left, waiting for something.  Perez is coming forward, but Robertson is dodging his punches with some nifty moves.  Ten seconds to go and Perez flurries, but Robertson just grins at him.

Round 2

Perez comes forward at the outset, but Robertson counters with a big haymaker that misses its mark.  Perez comes forward again, and finally throws a four punch combination that may have scored.  Robertson is mugging and taunting now.  Has he been laying a trap, or is he just playing to the crowd?  Perez is cautious, working his way in.  Finally Perez connects with a big straight right, but then mars his progress by shoving Robertson hard into the ropes.  Perez is coming forward again, gaining confidence.  Robertson is the quicker man, but he is showing absolutely no offense.  In the last ten seconds Perez flurries, but from too far away to do any damage.

Round 3

Perez comes out aggressively jabbing, but a few seconds in the ref stops things to get something wiped off Robertson face.  On resuming the fight, Perez is showing less respect for Robertson, throwing punches with more intent, if not more frequency.  Perez attacks and overshoots Robertson, and there’s a tie-up.  Now Perez lands another good single shot.  Robertson sure isn’t showing much urgency.  The fighters circle slowly to their left in the center of the ring, Perez feinting and Robertson watching.  Perez is now coming fowrad,a nd lands one jab.  After a pause, he tries to flurry but his momentum is gone.  Despite what I said earlier, Perez is showing Robertson a great deal of respect.  Ten seconds to go, and Perez charges into Robertson, pinning him against the ropes, but both mens’ punches are smothered at close quarters.

Round 4

Initially it looked like Robertson would begin countering Perez in this round, but the workrate is still slow.  Perez is inching forward, and Robertson is inching backward.  Perez tries to attack, but gets tied up.  This is uncharacteristic of Robertson.  Perez is moving his hands plenty, but seldom connecting.  Perez comes forward and shoots a single jab.  Then another single jab.  Perez throws a showy uppercut witih his right.  It connects, but he doesn’t follow up.  Now the fighters are circling again.  Finally Robertson fires a lead right hand, but Perez sidesteps it.  Such a tactical fight.Perez attacks again, Robertson dodges again.  As the bell rings, Robertson is grinning at Perez.  I don’t know what he’s smiling about, because he is accomplishing little or nothing.

Round 5

The fighters touch gloves, and commence to jabbing.  Perez comes out of a crouch with a big right hookercut that misses.  Robertson is backing up again.  Perez throws a one-two that passes for a scoring shot.  Robertson is fighting for style points, but the don’t give style points in Hinckley.  Perez is crouching, prowling, coming forward, and lands a good right.  Now he lunges forward and lands another good right.  there’s a lull, and again Perez lunges forward.  Perez shoots a double jab, then a let hnd.  Perez gets too close, and finally Robertson counters.  Another jab and a wild right hand by Perez.  Perez lands a shot and Robertson counters.  Now Perez is rushing forward and Robertson is continualy backing up.  Perez tries to flurry and Robertson counters, landing one good right hand.  There’s the bell, and this sleper is over.

Mark Sainci (now 1-0 with 1 kayo) defeats Andrew Selvig (now 1-4  with 1 kayo) by TKO in round 3 of 4 scheduled

Round 1

Selvig comes out with the first punches, throwing soft jabs to test the waters.  Selvig decides he’s good to go and starts throwing power shots, then Sainci explodes on him, forcing him into a corner and landing multiple power shots.  Slevig escapesmomentarily, buSainci catches up with him on the ropes and flurries, finally catching him with a right handed haymaker that sends Selvig reeling.  Selvig is game, but Sainci is definitely the busier and harder hitting fighter in the early going.  Selvig is fighting with his back to the rropes, bleeding from the nose.  Selvig gets loose for a moment, but Sainci follows with is head down, throwing hooks and uppercuts as he pursues.  Sainci now has Selvig trappedin the blue corner. Selvig tries to tie him up but can’t get the job done.  Sainci resumes the chase, punding Selvig with power shots.  Selvig’s blood is rolling now, and the bell rings.

Round 2

Selvig scores first in the second, landing to the body and head of Sainci, but Sainci returns fire with more power.  Sainci’s right hook traveling a long distance to meet Selvig’s right-leaning head, but it’s doing the job.  After a brief tour of the ring, Selvig finds himself in a  neutral corner getting hammered again.  Selvig rushes across the ring to the far ropes, where Sainci catches him again, knocking him down and putting his mouthpiece out.  Slevig is up again, and throwing the best shots he can muster.  A stronger fighter might have Sainci in trobule, because Selvig is landing a good percentage of his shots, but Sainci is rough around teh edges.  Selvig comes forward and lands some light stuff. Sainci, taking a break, shoots back some soft shots in return.  This emboldens Selvig, who improves his workrate as round 2 comes to a close.

Round 3

Selvig resumes his attack in round 3, but Sainci comes forward hard, trapping him briefly in a corner and landing a big right hook.  Selvig escapes, but Sainci pursues and eventually catches him in a neutral corner where he lands several earnest power shots, and referee Gary Miezwa stops the bout.  Good stoppage.

 

Lucas St Claire (now 3-5 with 2 kayos) is defeated by Joe Lorenzi (now 3-5 with 3 kayos) by TKO in round 4 of 5 scheduled

Round 1

St Clair stays in the middle of the ring, Lorenzi circles to his left.  About thirty seconds in, St Clair scores with some power shots to the head, then the body.   St Clair is coming forward, landing clipping shots with the right and then flurrying.   Lorenzi is calm, but on his heels.  St Clair pursues Lorenzi to the ropes, where Lorenzi scores for the first time.  The pattern is Lorenzi is backing up and St Clair is pursuing.  A change of pace – St Clairs takes some steps back and then stop and fires, scoring again.  lorenzi is throwing occasional shots, but scoring only rarely here in the first.  St Clair bulls in with his ghead down and Lorenzi sticks a right handed upperscut into the body.  St Clair is less aggressive now.  There’s blood on St Clair’s soulder, but I cn’t tell where it came from.  The crowd begins to chant “Joey” as the round closes.  Lorenzi tries to close out strong, but doesn’t connect solidly.

 

Round 2

St Clair jabs coming in, then flurries with big power shots.  Lorenzi connets one left-handed lab, St Clair chases, and then there’s a big clash of heads.  Both men are hurt by the accidental headbutt.  Blood is flowing freely from Lorenzi’s brow.  After a quick inspection by the doctor, it’s time-in.  St Clair is flyurrying furiously again, but he isn’t hurting Lorenzi.  Lorenzi turtles up, lets St Clair throw a volne of punches, then lands one big left hook that brings the rowd to life.  St Clair is red faced and breathing hard.  St Clair tries to attack, but a counter shot from Lorenzi puts him down hard.  St Clair is up quicly, but then immediately goes down again from a left to the body.  Again St Clair is up quickly.  The action is fast now, and Lorenzi is timing and countering St Clair’s fading assault.  Ten seconds to go and the pace is slowed, both men auling and throwing single and double power shots.  The round ends with both men throwing caution to the wind, and both men scoring.

 

Round 3

There’s  a brief delay for water on the mat in St clair’s corner.  Now St clair is moving forward with more cautious backhanded jabs.  There’s an exchange and Lorenzi comes out ahead with a nice counter.  St Clair is coming in with his head down now.  There’s a risk of another bad headbutt.  Lorenzi is coming forward now.  St Clair is losing steam, but he has the presence of mind to tie Lorenzi up.  Lorenzi is on the attack now, St Clair blocks some punches and blocks others with head movement, then throws a quick five-punch flurry.  There’s mauling now, and St Clair scores with a one-two, but Lorenzi is definitely the fresher man now.  St Clair  leads with an upper cut and eats a hard counter.  As Lorenzi comes forward St Clair’s legs give out and he goes down, but we’ll call it a slip.  Lorenzi comes forward.  He’s attacking and connecting, but his punches lack snap.  There’s the bell, and that’s round 3.

 

Round 4

St Clair comes out raging in round 4, and backs Lorenzi up in the ropes, clubbing him with perhaps ten straight right hooks to the head and body.  Lorenzi comes out little worse for wear, and St Clair is tiring  Now Lorenzi comes forward and I can’t see what punch puts St Clar down, but he’s down.  St Clair is up again, but he’s wild.  His head movment is putting him off balance and he’s eating pjunches in bunches.  Lorenzo backs him into the blue corner and pummels him until referee Mark Nelson mercifully ends the bout.  TKO Lorenzi.