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Boxing and Figure Skating

Quick, name a sport where the winner is determined by judges instead of by an objective scoring system.  If you said figure skating, you were right.  And if you said boxing, you were also right.

One of the great beauties of boxing is that it’s a one-on-one encounter, and either competitor can end it at any time, leaving absolutely no doubt about who’s the winner.  One of the great flaws of boxing is that if neither competitor is able to end it, the outcome is decided by judges.  Three of tonight’s boxing matches were decided by the judges, and in each case (Quinterio/Farmer, Amouta/Perzynski, Caraway/Rodriguez) there was a substantial contingent of fans and friends who were dissatisfied with the result.  This writer, in all candor, thinks that Farmer, Perzynski, and Rodriguez deserved the wins in those three bouts.

It’s risky business to make sweeping generalizations based on a small sample size, but Tony Palmisano looked like a promising up-and-comer tonight against MMAer BJ Lacy.  Palmisano is big, strong, and fast.  He’s also fit and good looking.  Of course one match doesn’t make a career, but give him a few more fights and Palmisano could become a fan favorite in Minnesota’s paper-thin cruiserweight division.

It was a heartwarming moment when RJ Laase, fresh from his one-round destruction of Jacob Fox, proposed to girlfriend Brittany Koller in the ring, in front of an enthusiastic and supportive crowd.  As you might expect, Laase was walking on air afterwards.  All talk was about desired rematches with Benito Tovar and Rondale Hubbert.  There were legitimate questions asked about the matchmaking between 12-3 Laase and 2-2 Fox, and perhaps those questions deserve to be answered, but for now, it’s easy to just be happy for such a talented and likable young man.

Veshaun Owens, you have been overlooked.  Coming into this bout you were 5-0 with 5 knockouts, but that was against dismal competition.  Tonight you faced a strong and difficult veteran in Romon Barber, and you dominated the match from beginning to premature end.  Is it time to move up to bigger and better things, Mr. Owens?  You made it clear that you think so when you asked for Mohammed Kayongo and Antonio Johnson in the near future.

Joe Amouta is an affable and likable man, and easy to cheer for.  Unfortunately I find myself the same position twice now, with young Amouta.  A year ago, on April 15th 2016, Amouta received an undeserved victory against George Carter Jr, and tonight he was gifted a split draw in a bout that it appeared he had clearly lost.  One onlooker argued earnestly that Amouta was displaying ring generalship and defensive mastery in this bout, when all I saw was a guy sucking wind and running.  I don’t mean to be unnecessarily harsh, and I know boxing is harder than it looks, but I thought that Travis Perzynski had thoroughly tamed Amouta in tonight’s bout.  I was astonished when the result was announced as a draw, and so was a very large and very vocal segment of the crowd.

It’s becoming clear by now that Delorien Caraway is a tremendous athlete with a limited repertoire.  Caraway is really good at loading up, springing lightning-fast attacks, and hurting opponents with limited numbers of unexpected punches.  Why does this work?  Because the punch that does the most damage is the one you didn’t see coming.  What happens, then, when Caraway faces an opponent who is calm, collected, and savvy enough to keep his eyes open and to anticipate the attack?  He’s stymied, that’s what happens.  Tonight Jerome Rodriguez was that calm, collected, and savvy opponent.  For unknown reasons the judges saw things differently, but to these eyes Rodriguez was the clear winner.

Live Round-by-Round, April 21st 2017 at Grand Casino Hinckley

Richard Quinterio (now 2-0 with 1 kayo) defeats Jeff Farmer (now 3-9 with no kayos) by Unanimous Decision after 4 rounds

Round 1

Farmer comes out at a frenetic pace, quivering with excitement, but does little work at first.  Quinterio lands the first punch, but Farmer counters effectively with a short right.  Moments later Farmer lands a hard left that moves Quinterio visibly.  In an exchange Quinterio stumbles backwards and  ends up on one knee, but referee Mark Nelson rules ‘no knockdown.’  Several fast-paced exchanges follow.  Quinterio lands solidly, sending Farmer reeling, but Farmer doesn’t go down.  Quinterio backs Farmer into the blue corner, but Farmer punches his way out.  Quinterio tries to step up the pace, but to little effect.  Now both fighters slow things down. After a break Farmer comes forward and lands a short right hook to the body.  In further exchanges Farmer lands more hard, short punches.

Round 2

Farmer misses a jab, then an overhand right.  Quinterio flurries furiously, landing but failing to affect his opponent.  Farmer is moving side to side.  Quinterio attacks and lands some glancing blows.  Quinterio scores with a power shot that drops Farmer.  Farmer is clearly upset, on his hands and knees.  After the count, Farmer looks a little unsteady and Quinterio comes forward throwing smoke. Farmer lands a single straight right.  Quinterio lands, then Farmer responds.  These two look evenly matched. Quinterio charges in, Farmer lands a hard right.  Quinterio attacks again, Farmer crunches a right hand to the body.  Quinterio winces for a split second, then goes on the attack again, but ineffectively.

Round 3

Farmer misses with a right but lands a good left.  Quinterio is tough as nails and comes forward again.  There’s a close exchange and possibly a clash of heads.  Some tactical pawing from both fighters, then Farmer comes forward and lands a good single shot.  Both men punch at the same time, Farmer is first to counter, landing hard to the head.  Quinterio is having a hard time avoiding Farmer’s one-two – especially the two.  Farmer scores a big left, tries to follow up, and misses.  Quinterio lands three right hooks in quick succession, energizing the crowd.  Farmer is unfazed and comes forward.  Farmer’s corner is calling for more work and more heart.  Farmer comes forward throwing lead rights, southpaw Quinterio is backing up throwing counters, and the bell sounds.

Round 4

The fighters touch gloves, then begin circling.  Farmer is coming forward, Quinterio dodges an attack and plays the matador.  Both men land some pitty pats.  Farmer lunges in with both hands flying.  Quinterio escapes, then comes forward, and lands a combination to body and head.  There’s a clinch and Mark Nelson tells Farmer to keep his head up.  Farmer rushes in, misses a right haymaker, Quinterio counters effectively, scoring impressively.  Farmer remains aggressive, missing more that he’s connecting, but finally landing another short power shot.  Both fighters look gassed, and they’re clinching now.  After another break Farmer lands a right but fails to follow up.   Farmer is coming foward, Qinterio countering.  Ten seconds left and both  men know they need to impress, so they battle across the ring, both connecting but Farmer scoring fractionally more.

Tony Palmisano (now 1-0 with 1 kayo) defeats BJ “The Beast” Lacy (now 1-2 with 1 kayo) by TKO in round 1 of 4 scheduled.

Round 1

The bout starts slowly, with both fighters missing jabs and hooks. Palmisano comes forward, and about 20 seconds into the fight, corners Lacy and lands some power shots.  Palmisano looks like a fighter as he stalks Lacy, landing power shots with both hands.  Palmisano corners Lacy again, scores, and then lets him escape.  Palmisano is aggressive and Lacy looks overmatched.  Palmisano rushes in again, and Lacy lands a solid punch for the first time in the fight.  Moments later Palmisano lands a big shot and Lacy lurches across the ring to the red corner.   The pace slows as Palmisano is picking his spots and Lacy is looking to counter.  With only seconds to go Lacy jabs at Palmisano, and Palmisano responds with a huge right hand!  Lacy is out on his feet, and he topples backward into his own (red) corner, his head crashes to the mat with a sickening smack, and referee Gary Miezwa might have counted to three before waving the fight off.

Celso “El Nino” Ramirez (now 6-0 with 6 kayos) defeats Ryan White Mountain (now 4-7-1 with ? kayos) by TKO in round 1 of 4.

Round 1

Long, lanky White Mountain is seeking to land the left jab at the start of the fight.  Ramirez is dancing on his back foot, looking for an opening.  Ramirez stuns White Mountain, but White Mountain responds like a warrior, trading punches with Ramirez until a shot sends him stumbling and falling into a neutral corner. My angle was bad – I didn’t see the punch that did the damage.  White Mountain lost his mouthpiece and was a little slow finding it and stuffing it back in his mouth.  He springs to his feet and bounces a few times, makes eye contact with referee Mark Nelson, and nods that he’s okay to continue.  The combatants re-engage and Ramirez tags White Mountain again, sending him reeling into the red corner.  Ramirez batters White Mountain until Nelson can let it go no longer, and stops the match.

RJ “T-Rex” Laase (now 13-3 with 9 kayos) defeats Jacob Fox (now 2-5 with 1 kayo) by TKO in round 1 of 6 scheduled.

Round 1

Fox lurches in first, trying to land a jab, but Laase responds with two-handed power and punishes him harshly for the effort.  The early going is brawling, and Fox manages to sneak in a hard hook that lands flush, but Laase is unimpressed and continues to attack.  There’s a quick knockdown – Fox is hurt, but jumps to his feet and the end will have to wait.  After some further mauling, Laase digs his left into Fox’s right side and it’s clearly over, as Fox writhes in agony on the mat.  Referee Gary Miezwa stops the fight, and we have a third straight 1-rounder!

After the fight is over, Laase thrills the crowd by proposing to his girlfriend in the ring.  She said yes!  Congratulations, RJ.

“Samoa” Joe Amouta (now 7-1-1 with 2 kayos) and Travis Perzynski (now 2-2-1 with 1 kayo) fight to a split draw in 6 rounds.  Scores are 58-57 Perzynski, 59-55 Amouta, and 57-57 (even).  The crowd boos the decision lustily.  The prevailing opinion seems to be that Perzynski deserved the win.

Round 1

Amouta jabs low to start things off.  Amouta throws left and right hooks that miss.  Amouta is taking the initiative here, but to little effect.  Perzynski lands a counter, the first earnest punch of the fight to find its mark.  Amouta connects with a couple of big hooks a few seconds apart, the second – a right – moves Perzynski a foot backwards.  Amouta is on offense while Perzynski is attempting some science. Amouta charges in and Perzynski sidesteps him, traps him in the corner, but lands only a single glancing right before Amouta escapes.  Amouta is using speed and quickness and Perzynski hasn’t found his timing.  The first round ends (a miracle!) with some ineffective trading.

Round 2

Amouta begins round 2 coming forward again.  Amouta is loading up for power shots while Perzynski gets low and tries to get to the body.  Amouta lands a right that shudders Perzynski, but Perzynski recovers quickly.  Amouta continues to attack and is landing with more frequency.  Perzynski isn’t overwhelmed exactly, but he seems non-plussed.  Amouta is circling to his left, then lunges in with a right hook, but it misses.  Perzynski’s corner is asking for a “shotgun jab,” but he’s tentative.  There’s a clash on the ropes but it leads to nothing.  Amouta lands an uppercut to Perzynski’s armpit.  Amouta chases Perzynski into a corner, but Perzynski comes alive, landing a couple of hard hooks to Amouta’s head and then flurrying to his body as the round ends.

Round 3

Perzynski is coming forward to start the third.  Amouta is backing up with his left hand low.  Amouta changes direction and pokes a thudding right hand into Perzynski.  Neither man scores for some time, then Perzynski lands a lightning quick jab but doesn’t follow up.  Amouta pops him back.  This is an unscientific boxing match.  Amouta lands a right, Perzynski finally throws a two handed combination and connects.  Both boxers are throwing indiscriminately, and though some punches land, nobody gains the upper hand.  Perzynski lands a very low percentage of his punches, Amouta only slightly higher.  As the round ends the fighters are trading punches near the blue corner, Amouta’s back to the ropes.

Round 4

The fighters continue to fight on more or less even terms, but for the first minute of the fourth Amouta is moving backwards.  Perzynski again looks tentative.  Amouta lands a right.  Perzynski follows but can’t catch him.  Amouta is making a fighting retreat and Perzynski’s corner is convinced that Amouta is exhausted.  Amouta showboats, staring at Perzynski’s corner, points that them, then suddenly lunges in and lands a right.  Perzynski just can’t reach him, and Amouta is playing it safe.  Amouta continues to back up, frequently changing direction, and occasionally throwing a single power shot.  Perzynski lands a couple of glancing punches to Amouta’s body as the clock runs out on this round.

Round 5

Perzynski comes out jabbing from a southpaw stance.  Amouta continues to retreat, throwing occasional counters.  Perzynski traps Amouta against the ropes and finally lands several hooks, but Amouta is shifty and experienced, and scoots away.  What an ugly fight to watch.  Amouta backs into the blue corner, but Perzynski is too tentative to let his hands go.  Perzynski tries to land one or two punches at a time, while Amouta potshots him.  In the center of the ring now, Perzynski lands a flush right that snaps Amouta’s head to the side with a spray of sweat, and the crowd cheers appreciatively.  Perrzynski lands again, but Amouta’s expression is impassive.  After some more mauling, Perzynski traps Amouta agains the ropes and batters him furiously with a barrage of lefts and rights.  The crowd is roaring.  Amouta isn’t out – he’s still turning with the punches and throwing back, but this is Perzynski’s best moment of the fight, and it lasts the remainder of the fifth round.

Round 6

Perzynski comes outaggressive and the action to start the sixth is entertaining, but now Amouta is running again.  Amouta suddenly changes direction and lands a big left hook that freezes Perzynski for a split second.  Perzynski resumes the chase while Amouta is sucking wind and actually running away.  Perzynski is pouring it on, but he can’t land cleanly on the more skilled an experienced Samoan.  Amouta stands still for a moment and Perzynski cracks him with a good right hook. Amouta wakes up and boxes the remainder of the round, and connects at least one solid power shot.  The crowd is cheering now, but mostly just to break the monotony.

Veshawn Owens (now 6-0 with 6 kayos) defeats Romon Barber (now 7-14 with 6 kayos) in round 1 of 6 scheduled.

Round 1

Owens is bobbing and jabbing to start the bout.  Barber isn’t intimidated, and throws a right.  Referee Gary Miezwa pauses the action momentarily to instruct Owens to keep his punches up.   Owens keeps up the fast pace for a few moments longer, but it isn’t sustainable, and Barber is a difficult and frequently underestimated boxer.  Owens is jabbing and throwing one-twos, trying to outquick Barber.  Barber is taking a beating but occasionally countering to score.  Owens traps Barber in the red corner and hurts him to the body.  Barber goes down, takes some deep breaths, and rises.  The action resumes, and Owens goes on offense, tagging Barber mercilessly to the head and body.  Finally a combination culminates with (I think) a right to the head and a left to the body, and Barber goes down slowly, remains down for a count of ten, and rises unsteadily as Miezwa waves the fight off.

After the fight Owens tells the crowd that his burning ambition is to fight Mohammed Kayongo next.  Of course Kayongo is scheduled to face world-ranked Carson Jones on May 5th, so we will see what develops.  **Update – I am told that Kayongo is injured and will not be fighting May 5th after all.**

Delorien “Lord” Caraway (now 9-1 with 5 kayos) defeats Jerome Rodriguez (now 7-7-3 with 2 kayos) by Unanimous Decision after 6 rounds.  Scores are 59-56, 58-56, 59-55

Round 1

The bout begins with a lot of fast feinting from Caraway, then he tries a couple of power shots that miss.  There’s an early clinch, Caraway punches on the break, but is not penalized as it was only once and appeared inadvertent.  Rodriguez is warned by Mark Nelson to keep his head up.  After some tactical movements Caraway clobbers Rodriguez and sends him reeling across the ring, to be caught by the ropes.  Caraway sticks his left hand in Rodriguez’s face and shoots some rights into him, and is instructed by Nelson not to hold his hand in his opponent’s face.  Caraway is determined to impress with speed and power.  Caraway does the bulk of the scoring in the first round with fast, wide hooks and overhand rights.

Round 2

Rodriguez comes out jabbing in round 2.  Caraway counters with hard hooks, forcing Rodriguez to hold.  Rodriguez is coming forward now, Caraway is countering with stinging hooks.  Rodriguez gains some confidence and chases a flustered Caraway into a neutral corner, scoring along the way.  Caraway is fast and confident, but he can freeze when pressed.  Rodriguez keeps coming, Caraway has found the jab to keep him outside.  Rodriguez gets inside the jab, lands a left hook, and Caraway counters with a couple of low left hooks that land on or below Rodriguez’s hip.

Round 3

Caraway is relying on his speed again in round 3, but Rodriguez looks to time him.  There’s some trading, and Caraway lands a right to the abdomen that bends Rodriguez halfway over.  Rodriguez shakes it off and keeps coming, but Caraway is concentrating on the body now.  Rodriguez is coming forward, taking his time, and lands a straight right to the body of Caraway.  Caraway stands his ground and them comes forward again.  Rodriguez seizes the initiative and is coming forward once more, looking for an opening.  Rodriguez isn’t particularly fast, but he knows when to flurry.  He scores with four or five punches with seconds to go – the bell rings before Caraway can respond.

Round 4

Rodriguez is inching forward, ducking under Caraway’s hooks, and landing occasionally.  Caraway stops backing up and stands up to Rodriguez, landing a couple of hard hooks.  Rodriguez is better than advertised, and Caraway’s face is starting to show some wear.  Rodriguez is beginning to pull away, although Caraway has lightning in his hands and can occasionally land dazzlingly fast power punches. Rodriguez is backing up, circling to his left, and jabbing.  Caraway pops him with a big straight right, and Rodriguez comes forward again.  Rodriguez scores well with a power combination, and the bell rings with Caraway trying to score back.

Round 5

Both men are tentative to start the fifth.  Rodriguez again inches forward shooting the jab, and catching Caraway rushing in, lands a jab and a follow-up counter.  Caraway shows a moment of energy, but he’s covering up more now. Rodriguez is controlling the middle of the ring, picking his shots, and punishing Caraway.  Suddenly Caraway comes out of his shell with a beautiful right hand that puts Rodriguez off balance.  The fight is turning into a back-and-forth battle now, with each man taking turns scoring. Caraway throws a single straight right to Rodriguez’s midriff in an otherwise uneventful stretch.  Rodriguez lands a couple more power shots, the bell rings, and Rodriguez weaves back to his corner with blood oozing from his nose.

Round 6

Caraway wants to end it all at once, but Rodriguez catches him in mid-flurry, snapping his head back. Caraway is dangerous backing up, but Rodriguez continues to come forward.  Caraway lands a right-left and grins.  Caraway lunges in and bangs heads with Rodriguez.  Now they’re mauling, grappling. Rodriguez creates some space and chases Caraway across the ring, popping jabs and scoring.  Caraway eats a right from Rodriguez and they clinch.  Ten seconds to go, the fighters trade, the bell rings, and they smile and hug.

This is one of those inexplicable bad decisions where one fighter dominates the bout and gets stiffed.  I can not fathom how anyone gave  Caraway the win, let alone all three judges.

Bye-bye, Ouch, Oops, Wow,Well Done,Oh Heck, Congratulations!

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.

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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.

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.

Horton’s January 8th Show in Duluth Rescheduled to February 12th

Late word out of Duluth is that due to an unspecified injury to an unidentified main-event fighter, Horton’s Boxing has rescheduled their January 8th event to February 12th.  The venue remains the same – Clyde Iron Works Restaurant and bar in Duluth.

A source with knowledge of the situation says that the lineup us expected to include RJ Laase, Gary Eyer, Al Sands, Aaron Green, and the long-awaited professional debut of Dustin Mason.