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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.

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Boxing Dreams: Minnesota’s Fantasy Matchups (Part 2)

It’s a known fact: bloggers are empty-headed know-it-alls.  It’s the empty-headedness that gives us such liberty to say anything.

Now consider these possibilities:

Jason Litzau -vs- Tyrone Harris – Litzau’s prospects are actually a little tough to sort out.  Harris is a nice match on paper, though – he has a good record and his worldwide standing is pretty close to Litzau’s.  But Harris is a couple inches shorter than Litzau and has less power, he’s been kayoed twice in his five losses, and he’s almost local (Michigan).  Litzau needs a good step-up fight, and this could be it.  Fly in the ointment: Harris is already penciled in against South Korea’s Ji Hoon Kim for February 12th.  Hopefully the promoter has Litzau’s number handy in case Kim falls out.

Andy Kolle -vs- Ronald Hearns – Two years ago I wanted Kolle to fight Gee Cullmer of Philadelphia, and that would still be a nice one to pad his record, but Cullmer hasn’t progressed as Kolle has.  Then I was agitating for a Kolle match with Harry Joe Yorgey, but Yorgey was demolished by Alfredo Angulo in early November, and there’s speculation out of Philly that the 32-year old Yorgey may choose to retire.  This leaves Hearns.  Hearns is 23-1 but doesn’t have nearly the resume that Kolle does, and didn’t look good in a loss to Yorgey earlier this year.  Bonuses #1 and #2: Hearns is an orthodox fighter and has a suspect chin.

Phil Williams -vs- Matt Vanda II – This one has already generated some talk, so why not?  Williams has told everyone who would listen that he could have gone another ten rounds in the first fight, and that if he had it to do over he would have unloaded on Vanda in the early rounds instead of waiting till late.  Vanda isn’t known for backing down from a challenge, but he may feel that there’s little reason to do it again.  Just the same, fight fans would like to see it, and that’s usually reason enough!

Willshaun Boxley -vs- Allen Litzau – Two confident fighters who must be disappointed with their recent results and who have already established the beginnings of a rivalry.  It’s ready-made!  This one seriously must be on some promoter’s to-do list, and I think  know whose!

Gary Eyer -vs- Jeremy McLaurin – Eyer (7-0-1 with 5 kayos) put himself on the statewide map by winning his thrilling battle with Levi Cortes on December 4th.  At the same time, he showed that he can get down to lightweight territory, weighing in at 133.5 for the Cortes fight.  McLaurin (5-0 with 4 kayos) just cut his ties with Seconds Out Promotions and seems to be looking for challenging fights to move him up the ladder.  This fight has the potential to be a real crowd-pleaser, and the two fighters’ undefeated records would look nice on a fight card.  Alternate plan: McLaurin -vs- Levi Cortes.

Javontae Starks -vs- Patrick Cape – The conventional wisdom says that this isn’t as much a matchup as it is a measuring stick.  Starks was understudy to Demetrius Andrade on the USA Boxing team.  Andrade made his professional debut against Cape a little over a year ago, winning by TKO in round 2.  It would be interesting to see how Starks performs against Cape, wouldn’t it?

The Fistic Mystic says: Before we ride off into the sunset, let’s review my proposals from last time (March 31, 2008) and see what actually transpired:

Anthony Bonsante -vs- John Duddy II – didn’t happen, and never will, because Bonsante is retired, and hopefully that’s a permanent state of affairs.  Duddy is less of a prize than he was back then anyway, since Billy Lyell deflowered him.  (Billy Lyell!)

Boxley -vs- Wilton Hilario – boy, this one is a long way off now.  Boxley is still a tough and talented fighter, but he’s lost three in a row.  Hilario is back on track and riding high, following his UD win against then 18-3 Leon Bobo in November.

Raphael Butler -vs- Eddie Chambers – this one happened, and frankly it wasn’t pretty.   Chambers, not a heavy-handed slugger by any stretch, TKO’d Butler in the sixth.  Chambers has gone on to win four subsequent bouts and is scheduled to face the younger Klitschko (Wlad) on my birthday (March 20th) in Germany.  Butler, by contrast, has gone 3-3 with a no-decision since, though he is on the record saying that two of the losses (a split decision and a majority decision to Homero Fonseca of Houston, in Houston) were gamey.

Jason Litzau -vs- Cristobal Cruz – this one hasn’t happen, and likely never will.  Cruz is the IBF world champ at 126#, and Litzau appears to have found a home at 130#.

Matt Vanda -vs- Sebastian Demers – This is another one that happened, and went poorly for the Minnesota guy.  Few Minnesotans saw it, but it was reported to have been an entertaining battle.  Vanda lost a landslide decision (shut out on all three cards) and has gone 5-3 since, but has continued to spring surprises on boxing fans (a close loss to Julio Cesar Chavez in 2008, a close win against Tocker Pudwill in 2009, the surprising win against Phil Williams at 165# in 2009) while Demers has gone 6-1 since.

Zach Walters -vs- Hugo Pineda II – Here’s another that will never happen.  This looked like a good revenge fight a year and a half ago, but that was before Walters lost three out of four starting with Shawn Hammack in August 2008.  Walters retired following his latest loss, and it’s for the better.  It’s good for a Minnesota kid to get out while the getting is good.

Want to talk it over?  Go to the Minnesota Boxing Forum for for discussion!

Boxing Results: April 18 at Target Center, Minneapolis

Results are below are deemed reliable but are subject to revision.  Wish I could have been there.

Matt Vanda (now 40-9 with 22 kayos) defeats Tocker Pudwill (now 40-7 with 14 kayos) by MD after eight rounds, middleweights, scheduled for 8 rounds

Allen Litzau (13-4 with 7 kayos) is defeated by Wilton Hilario (11-0-1 with 9 kayos) by TKO in the fifth round of ten scheduled

Ceresso Fort (6-0 with 6 kayos) defeats Bobby Kliewer (9-8 with 4 kayos) by TKO in the fourth round of six scheduled

Jason Litzau (24-2 with 20 kayos) defeats Phillip Payne (16-23-1 with 8 kayos) by TKO in the fifth round of eight scheduled

Jon Laboda (5-0 with 4 kayos) defeats Patrick Cape (5-5 with 3 kayos) by TKO after two rounds of four scheduled

Don Tierney (1-0 with no kayos) defeats Zach Schumach (unknown), by UD after four rounds

Derek Winston (0-0) -vs- Alex Stringer (0-3-1) is canceled for reasons unknown.

Phil Williams (10-1 with 9 kayos) -vs- Chance Western (1-1 with no kayos) is canceled because Williams, a light heavyweight, declined to fight Western, a super middleweight.

Upcoming Boxing Event: April 18 at Target Center

This card marks the return of boxing to the Target Center, and it comes with a loaded card.

What to watch for: Allen Litzau is a talented fighter, but Wilton Hilario‘s higher winning percentage and impressive knockout ratio tell a true tale. In his last bout Hilario didn’t always capitalize on his opponent’s lapses, but he did so often enough and with great enough effect to cause the opponent (Darrell Martin) to default to survival mode. In that fight Martin actually quit throwing punches for nearly an entire round, consequently the referee had no choice but to stop the fight. Litzau, by contrast, has lost three times in his career and his recent inactivity (1 fight in 23 months) doesn’t give me the warm fuzzies.  Neither does the news from a well-placed source that getting down to featherweight territory has become a challenge for Litzau.  Little brother Jason Litzau hopes to get back into the habit of winning more than a year after his last bout, an eighth-round knockout loss to world champion Robert Guerrero.  Phillip Payne may not be a soft touch, but he has lost nine straight bouts.  What can we say in praise of Payne?  Well, he’s been losing to a pretty good class of opponents and he hasn’t been knocked out in his last four appearances.  Hard charging Matt Vanda takes on North Dakota’s Tocker Pudwill, who lugs an impressive record and an accomplished pro career behind him as he re-enters the ring following 18 months of inactivity at the age of 37.  Ceresso Fort of St Paul tries to follow his impressive March 28 win against Joshua Rodriguez with another one against Bobby Kliewer – his first-ever opponent with a winning record.  Phil Williams hopes to find an opponent to take the place of Reggie LaCrete, who was forced out of their planned meeting after suffering a broken jaw.  Exciting welterweights Jon Laboda and Patrick Cape make a compelling match.  Gifted small man Derek Winston makes his long-awaited pro debut against winless Alex Stringer.

Allen Litzau (13-3 with 7 kayos) -vs- Wilton Hilario  (10-0-1 with 8 kayos), super featherweights, scheduled for ten rounds, for the vacant IBA Americas super featherweight title

Matt Vanda (39-9 with 22 kayos) -vs- Tocker Pudwill (40-6 with 14 kayos), middleweights, scheduled for 8 rounds

Jason Litzau (23-2 with 19 kayos) -vs- Phillip Payne (16-22-1 with 8 kayos), featherweights, scheduled for 8 rounds

Ceresso Fort (5-0 with 5 kayos) -vs- Bobby Kliewer (9-7 with 4 kayos), middleweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Phil Williams (10-1 with 9 kayos) -vs- TBA, light heavyweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Don Tierney (0-0) -vs- David Duncan (0-1), light middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

Jon Laboda (4-0 with 3 kayos) -vs- Patrick Cape (5-4 with 3 kayos), welterweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

Derek Winston (0-0) -vs- Alex Stringer (0-3-1), super bantamweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

Live Report: Bonsante-Kolle and Patraw Robertson

7:17pm – I’m sitting ringside with Willshaun Boxley, and he’s filling me in on how the world works.

7:34pm – The lights go dim and the crowd begins to murmur.

First bout of the evening:

Patrick Cape (now 5-4 with 3 kayos) defeats Daniel Schlienz (now 7-16 with 4 kayos) by KO in round 3 of 4 scheduled.

Schlienz enters the ring first, accompanied by AC/DC.  Cape follows to the strains of Tom Petty’s Won’t Back Down.

Round 1

 The bout begins with both men demonstrating their elusivity.  No punches landed in the first thirty seconds.  Cape bounces a right off of Schlienz with no effect.  Much feinting and ineffectual jabbing.  An overhand right lands for Cape, now a soft left hook to the midsection of Schlienz.  Another right.   Now Schlienz walks into a right, and he begins bleeding from the nose.  However, the expected aggression is generally lacking from both men.  Schlienz back Cape near to a neutral a corner, but Cape punches his way out.  Blood continues to flow from the nose of Schlienz, and another right hook lands for Cape.  Cape is showing a tendency to duck and punch at the same time.  Cape lands a right hook to the temple of Schlienz, and now a powerful right to the jaw.  This round ends with Schlienz failing to land a single meaningful punch.

Round 2

Schlienz comes out with intent, walking Cape down.    Cape is poking out jabs.  Schlienz lands his first hook of the fight, and the crowd says ‘Ooh.’  Schlienz back Cape into a corner, where Cape throws a power shot that buckles Schlienz’s knees, but the two tie up and Schlienz regroups.  More pawing, and Cape catches Schlienz coming in.  Cape lands a big right.  A good right hook lands to Schlienz’s midsection, and he returns the favor to Cape.  Cape lands a right hook to the ear of Schlienz, and now Schlienz is wide-eyed as he continues to stalk.  Cape seems too quick for Schlienz, punishing him as Schlienz tries to come forward.  Cape’s jab is coming on, Schlienz is becoming more tentative.  Now Schlienz lands a right hook to Cape’s jaw.  Cape is smiling as he surveys Schlienz’s bloody face.  An exchange of soft hooks ends this round.

Round 3

This third opens with much ducking and juking but few punches.  Schlienz throws the first punch of the around about fifteen seconds in.  Now Cape backs himself into a corner, then lands a right hook to Schlienz’ head.  A right lands to the body of Schlienz, then a right lands to the body of Cape and a few seconds later a right to the jaw of Cape.  Cape backs way back into a neutral corner and gets hit with a power shot, but he smiles and tries to pretend he didn’t feel it.  Now Cape backs into Schlienz’s corner and lands a good right.  Schlienz face is covered in blood.  Schlienz lands a hook to the body of Cape and hurts him, but Cape still looks like the stronger man.  Now a good right hook lands on Cape’s jaw.  Cape backs into a corner again, but this time comes out with both guns blazing, lands a series of power shots on Schlienz, and Schlienz goes down hard, the back of his head slapping the canvas hard.  Referee Gary Miezwa counts six, then stops the fight as Schlienz is clearly unable to sit up on his own.

Note: there seemed to be a bit of a rush to get Schlienz back on his feet before he was ready, and he wobbled back to his corner before plopping down on his stool.  Schlienz seems okay as he leaves the ring, but hopefully he’ll receive some medical care and a reasonable suspension before he’s allowed in a ring again.

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Second bout of the evening:

Gary Eyer (now 5-0-1 with 4 kayos) defeats Scott Robinson (now 3-9-1 with 2 kayos) by TKO in round 1 of 5 scheduled.

Scott Robinson enters the ring first, serenaded by some hippety hop music.  I’m not a fan (of the music).  Gary Eyer follows him in wearing his customary tie-dye outfit, serenaded by Culture Club’s ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’ – this is Eyer’s signature ring-entrance tune.

Round 1

Robinson rushes out to the center of the ring to engage, but Eyer lands the first punch.  Robinson deserves some credit for his aggressiveness, as he lands three left jabs in quick succession while coming forward.  Eyer bounces a monstrous right off of Robinson, but Robinson comes back with two good left hooks.  Now Eyer rings Robinson’s bell with a huge right hook to the temple, and another power shot lands as Robinson rushes backwards across the ring.  Both men still seem very confident, and neither respects the other’s power, but Eyer puts Robinson to the mat with several hooks and overhand punches.  Robinson rises and after a mandatory eight count he lands a glancing left hook to the temple of Eyer – Robinson seems genuinely unhurt, despite what we just saw.  Now Robinson lands a one-two, followed by a left hook to the body.  Eyer’s right finds Robinson’s ribs, and Robinson seems hurt but does not go down.  Eyer misses with a right and takes a Robinson punch to the face for his trouble.  Eyer follows up with a series of strong shots that put Robinson down on his his knees, his head and upper body protruding through the ropes.  Referee Mark Nelson is decisive in stopping the fight immediately, but Robinson, who seems very lucid, is incensed.  Fight over.

Third bout of the evening:

Cerresso Fort (now 5-0 with 5 kayos) defeats Joshua Rodriguez (now 4-7 with 3 kayos) in round 4 of 6 scheduled.

Rodriguez enters the ring to some non-descript pop music.  Fort is accompanied by a live rap performance by a black guy in Harry Caray glasses.

Round 1

The round begins with Fort, visibly larger than Rodriguez, landing multiple right hands, but taking a forehead to the temple when he gets too free and easy coming in.  Fort is confident to a fault, lunging and jumping forward as he throws.  Things slow down a bit, and now both men are conservative in their movements.  Fort lands a nice power shot, but Rodriguez is unmoved.  Mark Nelson sends Rodriguez to a neutral corner and asks Fort’s corner to cut some loose tape from a mitt.  Now Fort comes back out with a vengenace, landing repeated power shots to the head of Rodriguez, who looks aggravated but unhurt.  Fort’s left jab is now landing with regularity.  The two now begin circling, and Rodriguez catches Fort with a flurry as Fort attempts to come forward.  Fort responds with tremendous aggression, landing a series of power shots that snap Rodriguez’s head back repeatedly.  A lengthy lull at the close of the round ends with Fort landing a vicious right hook at the bell.

Round 2

Fort’s greater reach is clear, and he uses it – but not to full advantage, as Rodriguez occasionally catches him with a lead or a counter.  The two men trade in the center of the ring, Fort landing the last and hardest shot.  Fort bounces on his toes and switches up his feet a couple of times, then hits Rodriguez with a strong hook.  The two trade again, and again Fort comes out on top.  Rodriguez’s posture is changing; he’s beginning to hunker down even as he comes forward.  Fort lands a strong left hook, punching through his target, then does it again a few seconds later.  the two are moving more slowly now, and referee Nelson isn’t running so much to keep good angles.  In the last few seconds before the bell Fort lands two one-twos, and the round comes to an end.

Round 3

The pattern that’s emerging is that Rodriguez can land a lead here and there, but Fort makes him pay every time.  Fort pumps the jab a few times and it serves to emphasize how infrequently he’s been throwing it.  Now Rodriguez lands a strong left hook, but it’s a single punch.  Fort throws a  hard straight right that puts Rodriguez up against the ropes and draws blood from his nose.  Rodriguez continues to buy his offense at a heavy price, as Fort smears his blood around with lefts and rights.  Fort covers up and allows Rodriguez to bounce a couple of power shots off his forearms, and and emerges after twenty seconds of relative inactivity to land about five good power shots that clearly hurt Rodriguez.  A huge left jab to the face draws an audible grunt from Rodriguez.  With five seconds to go Rodriguez opens up and for the first time in a while lands a few punches without eating any counters from Fort.

Round 4

The combatants land simultaneous short rights, then commence to circling.  Fort connects with another good left hook, Rodriguez a good shot of his own, and Fort a good right that would knock out a horse.  Rodriguez backs into the ropes and takes a tremendous beating, Fort landing a series of six to eight power shots flush and undefended.  Mark Nelson stops the fight just before Rodriguez takes a knee, and Rodriguez, knowing that the stoppage is good, spits his mouthpiece out with pronounced disappointment.

INTERMISSION

Fifth bout of the evening:

Brad Patraw (now 5-0 with 3 kayos) defeats Antwan Robertson (now 4-1 with 3 kayos) by unanimous decision after 6 rounds

The orchestral theme to Superman heralds Antwan Robertson’s ring entrance, and Robertson enters the ring in full Superman regalia, including a red cape.  Wow – Antwan’s made a trip to the costume shop!  Now Brad Patraw bounces out of the locker room with a full mohawk.  In black stencil on the back of Patraw’s trunks is the word Kryptonite.  Looking good, guys.  The mood in this room is electric.

Round 1

The two men rush out to the center of the ring and touch gloves, and Patraw immediately goes on the offensive, roughing Roberton up and forcing a clinch.  Now the two begin to circle and feint.  Robertson charges forward but in doing so forgets to throw a punch, then backs off and lands a jab.  we have a clinch, some wrestling, and an angry warning from referee Gary Miezwa.  Robertson seems not fully prepared to deal with Patraw’s aggressiveness.  Now Patraw drops his right hand and swings it like a pendulum, daring Robertson to clock him.  It may be a little early for that, Brad.  The two are jabbing, ducking, and showboating.  Patraw lands a hateful right hook to the body of Robertson and Robertson follows ten seconds later with a straight right that throws Patraw off balance.  Patraw corners Robertson and lands a single right to the body.  As the round draws to a close Patraw chases Robertson down and lands a few more single punches, including one to the chin.

Round 2

Patraw hurries out and immediately lands a single right jab, and Robertson is on the retreat again.  Robertson is trying to out-quick and out-clinch Patraw, and lands a major right hook to the head.  Patraw responds with vigor.  Robertson does it again, landing another single right hook.  Patraw throws two punches to the back of Robertson’s head and is warned.  Now Robertson is smiling, and it looks more like glee than show.  Patraw lands another punch to the back of Roberton’s head, unseen by the referee.  Patraw corners Robertson and lands a good right hook, but that’s it for offense.  Robertson lands a straight right, again a single punch.  Robertson is boxing, Patraw is rushing in with aggression.  Miezwa puts a pause to the action so Patraw’s shoelace can be retied, and everyone in the crowd is shouting insructions to both fighters.  Patraw chases Robertson down throwing jabs that don’t land, then puts a right hook into Robertson’s ribs just before the round ends.

Round 3

The pace is beginning to slow in this one.  Patraw lands a wide left and a wide right, then lands a stinging right to Roberton’s ribs.  Robertson fights back in anger, landing two fierce hooks, then taunts Patraw.  Patraw is incensed, but tones things down and throws several jabs to the body.  A winging left hook lands for Patraw, then a jab to the face.  Robertson is doing a good job of protecting his body, and the two clinch again, ending in a wrestling match and an intervention by Miezwa.  Robertson has his right hand at his waist, Patraw drops his left.  Single punches are landing, and Robertson puts his head down and bulls forward.  Patraw puts Robertson in a headlock, angering the crowd.  Now Patraw batters Robertson into a corner, allows him to escape, chases him down again, and lands a couple of vicious hooks in the opposite corner of the ring.  Bell, and the round is over.

Round 4

Robertson lands a right and then throws his first three-punch combination of the fight.  Patraw is content to follow for a time, then corners Robertson and hurts him there.  Robertson escapes and runs, but is caught and hurt again.  Robertson appears distressed.  Patraw’s speed and technique are overcoming Robertson’s athleticism and taunting.  This round is going decisively in Patraw’s favor, and he begins to taunt Robertson by hanging his face out to be hit.  Robertson is unable to pull the trigger.  Exiting a clinch without the referee’s direction Robertson lands a good right to Patraw’s head, and the two circle and stare for the remainder of the round.

Round 5

Patraw lands a left hook.  Robertson is warned to keep his punches up, I did not see the cause for this warning.  Patraw is stalking, Robertson is retreating.  Patraw’s face is now expressionless as he is focused on his goal.  Miezwa pauses the fight again so that Patraw’s shoelace can be retied…again.  Do they offer a course in shoe-tying in the St Paul public schools?  Patraw lands a  strong hook to Robertson’s head.  Robertson is very athletic but seems to lack direction in the ring.  Robertson lands a huge right hook which causes Patraw to grin.  You know what a grinning fighter means – it means that hurt.  Patraw continues to press the action, and Robertson flinches at a feint for the first time as the round draws near its end.  Patraw lands two combinations that make Robertson grin, and the bell sounds.

Round 6

The early action in round six is nonstop and exciting.  Robertson obviously knows that he needs an knockout to win, and he is going for broke.  About midway throught the round there’s a lull in the action, and then Patraw fires back with three hooks that land.  Robertson has decided to retreat, but the ropes stop him and he’s caught again.  Robertson tries to spin out of a clinch and Patraw manages to halt his right hook before it lands to the back of Antwan’s head.  Patraw has Robertson hurt now, and with blood in the water he’s going for the kill.  Robertson is getting backed up and hurt, and he has no answer for Patraw.  Now a wicked Patraw left hook lands at the ten seconds warning, and Patraw charges forward, does a high-stepping dance, and lands a couple more power shots at the final bell.

Fifth and final bout of the evening:

Main Event: Andy Kolle (now 18-2 with 13 kayos) defeated Anthony Bonsante (now 32-11-3 with 18 kayos) by TKO in round 3 of 10 scheduled, to take away Bonsante’s Minnesota middleweight championship.

After two well-performed anthems (tribal and national), the entrances are delayed by an apparent altercation in the crowd.  What was that I said about a charged atmosphere?  Kolle’s signature ring-entrance music begins and the crowd erupts.  Kolle enters the ring in a shiny black plastic ensemble, shirt and shorts.  He brings an entourage with him, and they play to the crowd for a good two minutes as the music blares.  Now Bonsante’s contingent screams for their man as he approaches the ring to Sammy Kershaw’s I Got It Honest.  Something you don’t see every day: each man has his own  announcer – Greg Lowe for Kolle, Dan Cole for Bonsante.

Round 1

And they’re off.  Kolle starts pumping the right jab early, Bonsante takes a moment to get going.  First punch to land is a left jab from Kolle to Bonsante’s midsection.  The crowd begins to chant for Kolle, and Kolle lands a stiff left jab to Bonsante’s gut.  Bonsante charges in for the first time tonight but is unable to get inside.  Another try results in Kolle’s right elbow contacting Bonsnate’s nose, but no evident damage is done.  Kolle continues to jab and Bonsante is moving backward.  Now Bonsante lands a right hook and chases Kolle into a corner but departs without getting inside.  The two trade jabs from the outside, but neither is landing effectively.  Now Bonsante lands his first earnest punches of the night, a couple of angry right hooks, and the two clash and trade.  Bonsante is unable to stay inside for long, and the round ends with Kolle splashing another jab into Bonsante’s face.

Round 2

Bonsante lands a left jab to Kolle’s face, then gets inside and lands wide hooks to both sides of Kolle’s ribcage.  A clinch devolves into a Bonsante headlock, but the two part ways.  The two trade briefly, and Bonsante gets the better of it.  Bonsante is having some success with hooks to the body, but he leaves himself open and Kolle lands a strong left to his face.  Bonsante gets inside again and surprises Kolle with a left hook to the face.  Now Kolle is closing the distance, and that’s to Bonsante’s advantage.  Another left lands to Kolle’s head, and he responds with a three punch combination that misses completely.  Another three-punch combo also misses for Kolle.  Kolle is having trouble landing the jab, Bonsnate gets inside then stands up, briefly lifting Kolle off his feet.  Bonsante is tagged with a combination of three hard hooks to the face as the round ends, and he walks back to his corner looking annoyed.

Round 3

Early on it’s all Bonsante, but then the two begin to trade and Kolle lands several good hooks that hurt Bonsante.  The two circle and trade, then Kolle lands a hook that stuns Bonsante and a straight left that puts him out cold.  Referee Mark Nelson begins to count as Bonsante lies prone on his stomache with his butt in the air, and Bonsante suddenly comes to and rises to his feet.  After the mandatory eight-count Bonsante is unable to continue, and the fight is waved off!  Nelson stops the bout at 1:37 of the third round, and Minnesota has a new middleweight champion! 

Conclusion:  Bonsante grabs the microphone and graciously announces that Kolle is a good kid and hit him with a good left.  Bonsante says that he had a good run as state middleweight champ and that if he had to lose his title to anyone, he’s glad it was Kolle.  For his part, Kolle dedicates his win to the people of Fargo-Moorhead and asks that folks volunteer in the ongoing flood fight.

The crowd here tonight was great, and no matter who you supported, you should be glad for the great turnout, exciting atmostphere, and compelling bouts.

Note: Referee Mark Nelson explains his decision to stop the fight: “I almost told Bonsante to walk toward me, but then instead I decided to ask him a question.  I asked him if he was ready to continue and he said ‘No.’  I asked him again, are you ready to continue?  And he said ‘No” again.  Bonsante is an old pro and I’ve worked his fights before, and he knows what I expect of him.  I could have waved it off but I wanted to give him every opportunity to continue, and he wasn’t ready to go.  So I stopped it.

Word of Mouth: Report from Winnipeg

Chris HoltAntwan Robertson

Word on the street is that Minnesota’s representatives in Winnipeg compiled a record of 1-1-1 last night.

Chris Holt (14-9) and John McLean battled to a hard-fought draw, Patrick Cape (now 4-2 with 3 kayos) lost a decision to Sebastien Hamel, and Antwan Robertson (now 4-0 with 3 kayos) impressed with a 2nd-round kayo of Tim Watt.

Photos from www.minnesotaboxing.com

Minnesota Boxers to Fight in Winnipeg May 30

According to John Hoffman of Brothers Promotions, the following Minnesota-based fighters will see action on Friday May 30 in Winnipeg.

  • Chris Holt of Detroit Lakes (14-9 with 9 kayos) will face John McLean (3-18 with 1 kayo) in a super middleweight bout scheduled for 6 rounds.
  • Patrick Cape of Little Canada (4-1 with 2 kayos) will face Sebastien Hamel (7-13 with 1 kayo) in a light middleweight bout scheduled for 4 rounds.
  • Antwan Robertson of Anoka (3-0 with 2 kayos) will face Tim Watt (0-1) in a bout at 124# catchweight, several classes above Robertson’s usual super flyweight division.  This bout has been scheduled for 4 rounds.  Attentive readers may recall that Robertson and Watt were previously scheduled to fight May 8 at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay, an event that was canceled by the promoter.