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Midwest Boxing Outlook: Mid-Winter 2010

Here are some things that I know that I know…

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

    Emily Klinefelter (9-0 with 3 KOs)

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

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

Bouts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Things Are Looking Up.

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

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

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

Truax & Co. to Fight at the Hyatt on October 9th

The drought appears to be ending.

Minnesota’s boxing scene has been dry as a bone since August 6th, when a crowd of mostly out-of-towners fought in front of an audience of mostly no-shows at Grand Casino Hinckley.  Since then, local fight fans have been treated to mostly speculation and disappointment.  The highlight of the last two weeks has been Corey Rodriguez’s draw in Cleveland, and until now there was nothing visible on the horizon.  But now it appears that early October will bring more than one professional boxing show to the Upper Midwest.

Tony Grygelko of Seconds Out Promotions has announced that the Hyatt Regency on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis will host a card featuring Caleb Truax on October 9th.  Supporting bouts have not been announced, but expect to see a roster of familiar names, possibly including Charles Meier, Jeremy McLaurin, Ismail Muwendo, and Jon Schmidt.

The other upcoming show?  I can’t tell you anything about it for two reasons, and the important one is that I hardly know anything about it myself.

Boxing Results: July 17th at the St Paul Armory

Results posted here are taken from Minnesotaboxing.com and Boxrec.com and are considered reliable.

Joey Abell (now 27-4 with 26 kayos) defeated Arron Lyons (now 11-9 with 8 kayos) by TKO (cuts) in the fourth round of ten scheduled.

Brad Patraw (now 6-3 with 4 kayos) was defeated by Vicente Alfaro (now 4-0 with 1 kayo) by TKO in the second round of six scheduled.

Gavin Quinn (now 1-0 with no kayos) defeated Ryan Stock (now 0-3) by unanimous decision after four rounds

Jose Hilario (now 3-0 with 3 kayos) defeated Matthew Borgan (now 0-1) by KO in the first round of four scheduled.

Bobby Butters Jr (now 0-1) was defeated by Travis Perzynski (now 1-1 with 1 kayo) by TKO in the first round of four scheduled.

Marty Lindquist (now 14-8 with 11 kayos) defeated Frankie Quinn (now 6-1 with 4 kayos) by TKO in the first round of four scheduled

Upcoming Boxing Event: July 17th at the St Paul Armory

What to watch for: Joey Abell looks to put history, sloppy defense, bad luck, and all excuses behind him by rematching with Arron Lyons, the man who gave him the first of his four career losses.  Abell has sometimes been considered one of the unluckiest men in boxing, but he’s been on a small roll lately and this match with Lyons is an opportunity to exorcise an old demon.  Jeremy McLaurin wants to get back on a winning track and he’ll have to go through gritty brawler David Laque to get there.  Brad Patraw and Vicente Alfaro make a compelling tactical matchup, and seem to promise an exciting bout.  Old-timers Marty Lindquist and Frank Quinn throw back to an earlier era – Jesse Kelley reports that the two were considered for a match back in the ’90s.  Also, slugging youngster Jose Hilario goes for career win number 3 against debuting Matt Borgen, Bobby Butters Jr makes his pro debut against MMA crossover Travis Perzynski, and Gavin Quinn debuts against winless Ryan Stock.

Joey Abell (26-4 with 25 kayos) -vs- Arron Lyons (11-8 with 8 kayos), heavyweights, scheduled for 10 rounds

Jeremy McLaurin (7-1 with 5 kayos) -vs- David Laque (2-5 with 2 kayos), lightweights, scheduled for 6 rounds  **FIGHT CANCELED**

Brad Patraw (6-2 with 4 kayos) -vs- Vicente Alfaro (3-0 with no kayos), bantamweights, scheduled for 6 rounds

Marty Lindquist (13-8 with 10 kayos) -vs- Frank Quinn (6-0 with 4 kayos), cruiserweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

Jose Hilario (2-0 with 2 kayos) -vs- Matthew Borgan (debut), light welterweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

Bobby Butters Jr (debut) -vs- Travis Perzynski (0-1), middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

Gavin Quinn (debut) -vs- Ryan Stock (0-2), welterweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

The Fistic Mystic says: I would have covered this event live, but my request for a press pass was rejected by the promoter.  So pay for a ticket and see it for yourself!

Vanda Reportedly Making a Move

Matt Vanda, the most famous and commercially successful prizefighter in Minnesota today, reportedly is set to cut his ties with trainer Ron Lyke and ACR Gym.  Vanda is expected to move across town to Johnny Johnson’s Rice Street Gym in Saint Paul.  Further, Vanda (42-11 with 22 kayos) is said to be eyeing a match with ACR-trained prospect Caleb Truax for the fall.  A match between veteran Vanda and the unbeaten Truax (15-0-1 with 9 kayos) seemed unlikely as long as both middleweights were training under the same roof at ACR.

The report has yet to be confirmed by Vanda or anyone associated with ACR Gym, but an independent source close to the situation tells me that the report is “one hundred percent true.”