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Midwest Boxing Outlook: Mid-Winter 2010

Here are some things that I know that I know…

  • Of interest to those who saw Edwin Rodriguez and Aaron Pryor Jr win their fights with James McGirt Jr and Dyah Davis at Fargo’s Scheels Arena on November 13th: Rodriguez and Pryor face each other in a super middleweight bout tonight on ESPN.    Though Pryor (15-2 with 11 kayos) has a pronounced advantage in height and reach, those seem to be his only advantages over Rodriguez (17-0 with 13 kayos), a hot prospect approaching contender status, who will be widely favored.  The Friday Night Fights broadcast will originate from beautiful Key West, Florida.  Peter Manfredo -vs- Daniel Edouard tops the bill and the broadcast.
  • Joey Abell, who faces Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola in California on January 28th, will be accompanied on the road by fellow ACR Gym denizen Jon Schmidt (10-1 with 6 kayos).  Schmidt is slated to face former Olympian Shawn Estrada (10-1 with 9 kayos) of East Los Angeles in a six-rounder.
  • Seconds Out Promotions brings us an IBF light heavyweight title eliminator on February 4th.  The fight will feature Otis Griffin and Yusuf Mack.  At this time the Fistic Mystic has no information on the undercard.
    Emily Klinefelter (9-0 with 3 KOs)

    Emily Klinefelter (9-0 with 3 KOs)

  • On February 5th in Iowa City, Adam Pollack of Win by KO Promotions will present a mixed show with amateur Muay Thai (4-5 bouts) and professional boxing (6-8 bouts) at the Johnson County fairgrounds.  The show will be headlined, as usual, by one of the Klinefelter girls.  The one sure thing on the card so far is the main event, which will pit super bantamweight Emily Klinefelter (9-0 with 3 kayos) against Christina Ruiz (5-3 with 3 kayos).  Tickets are available at Sushi Kicchin at the Old Capital Mall or by calling Win by KO Promotions at 319-338-1633.  The fairgrounds is located at 4261 Oak Crest Hill Road in scenic Iowa City.
  • Hortons Boxing presents a once-postponed show in Duluth on February 12th.  It can be confirmed that the following fights have been inked: RJ Laase -vs- Hector Orozco (rematch), Al Sands -vs- Zach Ziegler, and Aaron Green -vs- Jordan Ziegler.  Gary Eyer hasn’t been matched yet but is still expected to appear on the card.
  • Philip Adyaka is now managed by Scott Tolzmann.  It was originally believed that Adyaka would fight Gary Eyer in Duluth on February 12th, but Adyaka is now penciled in opposite Jonathan Perez for the 26th of February at Grand Casino Hinckley.  As of Thursday night the Hinckley show was reportedly 99% confirmed.  The headlining bout there is the much-anticipated rematch of Caleb Truax-Phil Williams, which ended in a surprising Split Draw back in April of 2010.  In that fight Truax had swept the early rounds but Williams took that last couple of rounds with effective power punching – it looked like a decisive points win for Truax until the scores were read, but in the end it’s the scorecards that do the deciding.  Supporting that bout is an interesting mix of fighters from Seconds Out Promotions and Midwest Sports Council (MSC).  Could this signal an era of greater cooperation between the two promotions?  That’s an eventuality that this writer has persistently hoped for, and in print.

Jason Litzau -vs- Johnnie Edwards Round-by-Round

Jason Litzau (now 26-2 with 21 kayos) defeats Johnnie Edwards (now 15-5 with 8 kayos) by unanimous decision after 10 rounds.

Round 1

The round begins with 30 seconds of nothing…Litzau is failing to pop his jab and is diving inside unnecessarily.  The best shot of this round is a hook to the body by Edwards, as Litzau lands only one serious punch in three minutes.

Round 2

Edwards scores first with a wide left hook, but Litzau answers with a strong left to the chest that moves Edwards backwards.  Litzau is inside, outside, going everywhere and measuring but not pulling the trigger.  Toward the end of the round Edwards switches to southpaw, never a welcome sight fo Litzau.  This is another round in which nothing much happened – if I were scoring I’d have this Edwards up two round to none.

Round 3

Litzau corners Edwards right off the bat and starts dropping bombs, but Edwards escapes before long.  Litzau stuns Edwards with a left, backs off uncertainly, then pursues Edwards into the ropes and attacks.  Edwards goes down backwards through the ropes and lands on his behind, but the ref lets him get up and go without a count – no official knockdown.  Litzau flurries again as the round closes, but Edwards survives the onslaught.

Round 4

Litzau finally begins showing the jab, following the left jab with some hard rights.  Litzau continues to pick up the pace, scoring with left-rights and one nice left-right-left.  Edwardsmakes an adjustment, anticipates when Litzau will follow the jab with a power shot, and ducks under the hook.  Litzau is now bleeding from a cut high on his left eyelid, just beheat the eyebrow, but heedless of the blood Litzau continues to rumble.

Round 5

Edwards rushes out to attack Litzau but is stymied by a triple jab from Litzau.  Edwards then tries to start chopping wood but the two end up tangled, and Litzau tumbles backwards – no knockdown.  Now we have a clash of heads and Edwards goes down, but it’s Litzau who comes up bleeding from his left eye and nose.  Litzau finds a rhythm and goes 1-2 to the body, hurting Edwards.  The round ends with some infighting and a clinch.

Round 6

Litzau comes out looking to score and is opportunistic, scoring off the body and head of Edwards whenever they’re presented.  Edwards gets on his bike, using his legs and zipping around Litzau.  The two charge into each other, and in the clash of bodies Edwards collapses to the mat again.  Litzau is measuring, measuring, but not catching Edwards with anything flush.  Edwards is so intent on not getting hurt that he’s running, bobbing, ducking, and generating no offense whatsoever.

Round 7

Edwards, still attempting to avoid getting hit, ducks so low that his chin nearly scrapes the mat.  Exhausted, Edwards goes down again – and the referee mistakenly instructs Litzau to stop pushing.  Litzau’s cut is opened again, and though the blood is flowing freely he seems completely unfazed.  At 1:35 Litzau hurts Edwards with a three-punch combination.  Edwards is now flinching from all contact.  Litzau is getting tired or lazy – or he’s trying to bait Edwards – as his left hand is down by his waist.  Litzau scores again with a left to the body of Edwards.  Edwards, ever more tired, goes down again before the bell, but again it’s ruled a slip or a push.  But Edwards can’t keep his feet.

Round 8

The two men come inside, their bodies clash again, and they clinch.  In the clinch both men are pounding each other’s bodies.  Litzau is warned for hitting the back of Edwards’ head, but it’s the only target that Edwards presents now; he’s constantly running or ducking.  Litzau circles to his right, traversing almost the entire ring, while Edwards merely stands in place and pivots to face him.  Now they rejoin the battle, and the word is ‘inside.’  Litzau clearly knows that Edward won’t hurt him, and begins trying to trade with Edwards.  He’s happy to take a punch to land a punch, knowing that his shots are much more effective.  Edwards runs when he can and trades when he has to, but he knows that going toe-to-toe is a losing strategy for him.

Round 9

Edwards comes out charging, then puts his shoulder into Litzau’s abdomen and there he stays.  We have more infighting, and some roughhouse tactics from Edwards as he throws punches from all angles to hit any part of Litzau he can get to.  Edwards continues to make this fight ugly, as he has been doing for several rounds.  The referee breaks the two, but Litzau is so eager to rejoin that he’s charging back at Edwards as soon as the referee permits him to.  Edwards grabs Litzau’s left arm and refuses to let go, and round 9 comes to a welcome end.

Round 10

Litzau comes out swinging for the fences, and the crowd of Marines seems to appreciate the effort.  Edwards is grabbing, ducking, and holding.  Edwards tries bulling Litzau arond the ring, but in doing so prevents himself from generating any offense at all.  Litzau gets free and pursues Edwards, but Edwards runs and Litzau can’t find his range and so loads up on the right without ever throwing it.  Litzau scores with a hurtful left to the body of Edwards at :39.  Litzau is stalking Edwards, trying to manufacture a big finish, he comes forward and walks into a hook.  The no further offense to speak of in the tenth and final round, and the fight comes to a merciful close.


It may have taken him the first two rounds to figure it out, but Jason Litzau had all the advantages tonight.  Once Litzau came to life in the third, Edwards fought like a man who knows well that he’s less athletically gifted and talented than his rival – clutching, grabbing, ducking, running – emptying his bag of tricks to no avail.  Litzau certainly wanted to look good tonight, but he had an opponent whose strategy was to fight ugly, and some of that ugly got splashed on Litzau.  Hopefully this does nothing to dim Litzau’s career prospects, as we all know that Roy Jones Jr and the rest of the boxing world were watching him tonight.

The Fistic Mystic says: Sometimes even the most exciting fighters have to make a compromise; give up some showmanship in favor of effectiveness.  It was good to see Jason make through an entire fight without taunting or showboating – only focused on doing whatever it takes to beat his opponent.



Litzau Update January 2009

One bit of gossip making its way through the Grand Casino Hinckley event center last Saturday was that Seconds Out Promotions will be making a big announcement soon, and speculation soon developed that that announcement might involve Wilton Hilario and one of the Litzau brothers.

I talked to Bob Van Syckle, manager of the Litzaus, and he disavowed any knowledge of a deal in progress. I asked whether he had anything in the works. “I wouldn’t say there’s nothing going on, I am trying to get a date on ESPN, but since they canceled Wednesday Night Fights there’s a limited number of spots. I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from calling me, it’s not like I have anything nailed down.”

Van Syckle said that Jason Litzau’s injured arm is fully healed and Jason is in tremendous shape. “He’s been working out very hard, he’s got his weight down and he’s ready to go…he’s been running and he’s in shape, he can start sparring at any time.”