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Boxing Results: October 9th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis

Minnesota’s professional boxers gave local sports fans some relief in the midst of what is turning out to be an ugly weekend.  The Twins have been swept out of the playoffs by the Yankees (again), the Gophers lost their annual contest for Paul Bunyan’s Axe (again), but some effective hard work by a handful of fighters has given us something to smile about.  Results below are gleaned from preliminary reports from Jesse Kelley of Minnesotaboxing.com.

Caleb Truax (now 16-0-1 with 10 kayos) defeats Jonathan Reid (now 34-13 with 19 kayos by TKO in the 8th round of 10 scheduled.

Jon Schmidt (now 10-1 with 6 kayos) defeats Ryan Soft (now 2-2-1 with 1 kayo) by decision after [unknown] rounds.

Jeremy McLaurin (now 8-1 with 5 kayos) defeats Joel Flores (now 3-1 with 3 kayos) by split decision after [unknown] rounds

Ismail Muwendo (now 7-0 with 6 kayos) defeats Mike Maley (now 3-8 with 3 kayos) by knockout in the xth of [unknown] rounds scheduled.

Antwan Robertson -vs- Philip Adyaka apparently didn’t happen due to illness

Shane Dezee -vs- Zack Jensen no result has been reported.

Charles Meier -vs- Gavin Quinn was an exhibition.


Upcoming Boxing Event: October 9th at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis

What to watch for: Caleb Truax has an opportunity to shine against a tough but faded opponent in Jonathan Reid, who landed plenty of punches on Andy Kolle during their 2008 bout.  Truax can win with technical proficiency and great physical conditioning.  For Reid to win he probably needs to lure Truax into a slugging contest and land big shots, because exceptional speed, precision, and technicality have never been Reid’s attributes.  One cannot help but feel sorry for the faded veteran Reid, loser of 11 of his last 12 bouts dating back to 2004, whose countenance and demeanor betray little joy or enjoyment of boxing.  Jeremy McLaurin looks to rebound from a dismal showing in a scorecard loss against Hector Orozco last April.  If McLaurin takes the win this time it will be against fast, strong, unbeaten Joel Flores of Michigan.   Ismail Muwendo continues to build his record against record-builder opponents.  The one caveat with Mike Maley: though he has only three wins, all three have been knockout wins.  Jon Schmidt faces a live opponent in the strong and tough Ryan Soft, who may surprise some by providing a real test.  Watch for Schmidt to capitalize on Soft’s lack of discipline and loopy punching with straight punches up the middle and constant pressure.  Antwan Robertson hopes to snap a skid with a win against a winless opponent, but look out – the short and stocky Adyaka looked quite competent at times in an exhibition against Willshaun Boxley last November, and he appears to be in tip-top condition this time around.  Shane DeZee and Zak Jensen?  They’re both heavyweights.  Sorry, that’s all I can tell you, because that’s all I know about them.  Finally, Charles Meier was expected to face the less experienced Travis Perzynski, but that fight will not happen this time.   Instead, in what will probably be a more entertaining supporting event, Meier will exhibition against young Gavin Quinn.


Caleb Truax (15-0-1 with 9 kayos) -vs- Jonathan Reid (34-12 with 19 kayos), middleweights

Jeremy McLauren (7-1 with 5 kayos) -vs- Joel Flores (3-0 with 3 kayos), lighweights

Ismail Muwendo (6-0 with 5 kayos) -vs- Mike Maley (3-7 with 3 kayos), lightweights

Jon Schmidt (9-1 with 6 kayos) -vs- Ryan Soft (2-1-1 with 1 kayo), light middleweights

Antwan Robertson (6-3-1 with 4 kayos) -vs- Philip Adyaka (0-2), bantamweights

Shane Dezee (debut?) -vs- Zak Jensen (debut?), heavyweights

Charles Meier (4-1 with 2 kayos) -vs- Gavin Quinn (1-0 with no kayos), exhibition

The Fistic Mystic says: Though this isn’t a very glamorous fight card, it does include some treats for genuine boxing fans – the Schmidt-Soft fight should be a doozy, and any time is a good time to see the dazzling Ismail Muwendo in action.

Mark Nelson’s Next Gig


Muppet News Flash!

News Flash!


Mark Nelson has been named referee for the Nubohiro Ishida -vs- Rigobergo Alvarez WBA world light middleweight title fight in this Saturday night in the Mexican city of Tepic, Nayarit.

The fight will be contested on a typically indulgent Mexican fight card (nine bouts, including three for variations of WBA titles) on Saturday the 9th of October.  That means,  of course, that Nelson won’t be available to officiate at the Caleb Truax-Jonathan Reid event on the same night in his home state.

Things Are Looking Up.

After a long period in the dumps, the Upper Midwest boxing scene finally seems to be bouncing back.

  • Troy Lowry travels to Indiana for an October 2nd matchup with prospect Andy Lee.  Lowry is expected to serve as a trial horse for the 23-1 Irishman.
  • October 9th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis, Seconds Out Promotions presents an interesting little show.  Headlining this card is Caleb Truax testing himself against faded but still-tough Jonathan Reid of Contender fame.  Supporting bouts are said to include Ismail Muwendo, Jon Schmidt, Jon Schmidt, Jeremy McLaurin, Charles Meier, and Antwan Robertson against Miami-based Ugandan Phillip Adyaka.
  • October 28th is the date for the next Horton’s show in Duluth.  Though a couple of hot Minneapolis-based prospects have been pulled from the card, it still retains three pleasing puglists in Gary Eyer, RJ Laase, and the pro-debuting Al Sands.  The quality of the show will depend, as always, on the quality of the matchmaking.  The matchmaking is the question right now.
  • Jesse Kelley of Minnesotaboxing.com reports that Darby Smart (11-4 with 4 kayo) will face one-beaten prospect Tyson Cave November 6th in a ten-rounder in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • The night of November 13th may bring us a quality boxing show at Grand Casino Hinckley, depending on factors that few of us understand or even know about.  The powers that be in Hinckley, which recently has been ground zero for Minnesota boxing, will soon announce their intentions, one way or the other.
  • One the same date in Iowa City IA a boxing card featuring Emily Klinefelter and Liliana Martinez is scheduled to take place.  I’ll bring you more details as they become available, but for now only the main event is set.
  • Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, you know that St Paul’s Jason Litzau (27-2 with 21 kayos) is slated to fight Celestino Caballero in Las Vegas on November 27th.   Caballero, the WBA super bantamweight world champ, carries the burden of a 34-2 record (23 kayos) and the stigma of a man who no one wants to fight.  No one, that is, except Jason Litzau.  This event will be triple-headlined by Caballero-Litzau, Juan Manuel Marez -vs- Michael Katsidis, and Andre Berto -vs- Freddy Hernandez.  Though none of these bouts rise to the first magnitude of boxing matchups, all three pairings are compelling and together they ought to make for a rousing fight card.

The Fistic Mystic says: There’s all this coming up and more. Yes, there are some things that I know but I can’t say because (shhh!) they’re secrets. Just know that the people who will bring you all this want to bring you more besides.

Upcoming Fight: Andy Kolle -vs- Jonathan Reid (Kolle Talks)

Middleweight Andy Kolle, originally of Fergus Falls, now living in Duluth to be closer to his gym (Horton’s Gym), is scheduled to face “Contender” alum Jonathan Reid (34-9 with 19 kayos) on June 7 at Wessman Arena in Superior, Wisconsin.  Andy recently took some time to answer a few questions from the Fistic Mystic:


FM      I understand there was some difficulty finding an opponent the last time you were scheduled to fight (April 25).  In fact, that event was eventually canceled.  Tell me how that affected your life and your career.

AK      There’s a lot of things being talked about with that fight and the inability to secure an opponent, It’s just not my place to talk about the alleged reasons until they are proven true. As far as how it affected my life and career, it just made me hungrier. When I found out [about the cancellation] I was already on weight and ready to fight 10 hard rounds, the only thing that changed was my diet. I felt that I needed to take a few days off and enjoy life a little bit. The cancellation (or postponement) of my fight also affected me a little bit financially as well. Right now I don’t work so I rely on my fights to pay the bills – therefore, no fights = no money. With that being said the financial stress made me get in the gym and focus all my energy into my training. Believe me you will see a difference in my fight game come June 7th.

FM      Please tell me what you know about your next opponent, Jonathan Reid.  Have you watched video, or have you caught any of his fights on TV?

AK      I know he’s a crafty veteran with a good punch he also has the ability to counter punch fairly well. I haven’t watched a whole lot of his fights yet except what I saw on the Contender and youtube.com. My team watches the tape and they train me in specific ways to beat each fighter. I don’t usually watch a lot of tape (I’ll probably watch his fights once to try and find comparisons) for the simple reason that fighters fights different styles differently and I don’t want to overanalyze or anticipate something that might not even happen. I have 100% faith in my team and I trust the things they tell me are the tools I need for success. 

FM      How is training going?  Has the long layoff affected your preparation?  (Kolle’s last fight was a UD win against then 37-4 Matt Vanda in November 2007.)

AK      Training is going great. I know its kind of cliché but this has truly been the best training camp of my career. I’ve been in Duluth training ever since the beginning of January. Now, I obviously haven’t been training for this fight for that long but this was the first time in my career that I was constantly being coached and critiqued. Before now I was making weekend trips to Duluth during the time leading up to my fights. It was nice to be in the gym everyday working on different things and adding new weapons to my arsenal, as well as sharpening up existing ones. Another aspect of being up in Duluth is the challenge of my morning runs. Coming from Fargo [where Kolle lived until January of this year], which as you know is entirely flat, to Duluth is a huge change. Every morning Zach Walters, Tim Taggart, and myself push ourselves to the breaking point on hill sprints and other intense runs. That in itself gives me tons of confidence going into the fight with Reid. As far as the layoff goes, I just try and take the negative of not fighting and turn it into a positive, that I will be a fresh fighter with no injuries leading into this fight (unlike some of my previous fights).

FM      Can you tell me anything about your game plan?

AK      Sorry man, the only thing I can tell you about my game plan is to WIN! I don’t want to give anything away.

FM      You’ve moved to Duluth to further your career.  Can you tell me anything about your management situation or the big picture view of your future?

AK      The move to Duluth was a huge positive in my career. I feel that with the move and the team I have around me the sky is the limit. Winning this fight will definitely set the stage for big things to come.

FM      Andy, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions, and if we don’t talk again before June 7, best of luck in your big fight!