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Upcoming Boxing Event: December 18th at Grand Casino Hinckley

What to watch for:  Jessie Nicklow tries to get his groove back after tallying a loss and a draw in his last two fights – to do it he’s got to beat hot prospect Fernando Guerrero.  For Guerrero’s part, a win against Nicklow would be the biggest of his career so far.  Philadelphia fighter Lanard Lane meets up with soft-tossing Morroccan Said El Harrak.  Jamar Patterson, who bailed on a match with Mohammed Kayongo back in July, gets another Minnesota chance against slugging Ohioan Shawn Porter.  Cerresso Fort has a date with another tough brawler – this time it’s Mike Davis of Minot, North Dakota.  Davis, a former welterweight, hasn’t been seen in the ring since his brutal KO of Jesse Barbot at Shooting Star Casino in October.  Javontae Starks, the next big thing in Minnesota boxing, looks to build himself up some more against tough Mike Culbert of Wisconsin.  Derek Winston gets a second chance to make a good first impression against winless Taide Torres of Milwaukee.  Winston’s pro debut was much anticipated, but he was unable to put away David Laque in his pro debut, thanks in part to an injured right hand.  Jeremy McLaurin faces undefeated Texan Darryl Hayes in his first match since signing a promotional deal with Midwest Sports Council.

  • Fernando Guerrero (16-0 with 13 kayos) -vs- Jessie Nicklow (19-1-2 with 7 kayos), middleweights, scheduled for 10 rounds
  • Said El Harrak (8-0 with 3 kayos) -vs- Lanard Lane (9-0 with 6 kayos), welterweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
  • Shawn Porter (11-0 with 9 kayos) -vs- Jamar Patterson (8-0 with 4 kayos), light middleweights, scheduled for 8 rounds
  • Cerresso Fort (8-0 with 7 kayos) -vs- Michael Davis (4-6 with 4 kayos), middleweights, scheduled for 6 rounds
  • Javontae Starks (1-0 with 1 kayo) -vs- Mike Culbert (1-0 with 1 kayo), light middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
  • Derek Winston (1-0 with no kayos) -vs- Taide Torres (0-1), featherweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
  • Jeremy McLaurin (5-0 with 4 kayos) -vs- Darryl Hayes (3-0 with 1 kayo), lightweights, scheduled for 4 rounds
  • Brad Patraw (6-1 with 4 kayos) -vs- TBA, bantamweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

Minnesota Boxing Scene: In Overdrive

These are heady days for the Minnesota fight scene.  Join me as I survey the the Minnesota boxing fan’s calendar…

  • November 4 at Camp Lejuene, NC Jason Litzau faces Johnnie “The LumberJack” Edwards (15-4 with 8 kayos) at 130# in a bout to be televised on ESPN2.  Following his seemingly effortless demolition of Verquan Kimbrough (then 21-1-2)  in August, a win here would appear to set Litzau up nicely for something bigger in the near future.
  • Willshaun Boxley takes on another big challenge November 6 when he meets Salvador Sanchez (16-3 with 8 kayos) in a six-rounder in Las Vegas.  Boxley has shown a ton of ambition in the past year, jumping up from the usual early-career patsies to face men with records of 12-7 (Boxley won by unanimous decision), 10-1 (Boxley lost by majority decision), and 10-1 (Boxley lost by unanimous decision).  Sanchez is a pretty good young fighter, but he may have bitten off more than he knows with Boxley.
  • November 13th at Grand Casino Hinckley we find a stacked card – by Minnesota standards anyway – presented by promoter Midwest Sports Council.  Phil Williams and Matt Vanda headline, supported by Wilton Hilario -vs- Leon Bobo, unbeaten prospect Cerresso Fort, Javontae Starks’ pro debut, and more.  Four bouts from this event will be televised on Fox Sports North immediately after the conclusion of the Minnesota Wild hockey game.
  • November 20th in St Paul we’ll see Caleb Truax fight the faded former WBC world title holder Carl “The Squirrel” Daniels (50-18 with 32 kayos) for some IBA Intercontinental hardware.  Daniels has lost seven straight and fourteen out of fifteen, but this fight will force him to train harder than he’s done in a long time – Daniels hasn’t fought below 170# in nearly two years.  A supporting bout gives this event a higher profile: young Welshman James Todd (2-1-1) meets Mohammed Kayongo (14-2 with 10 kayos) for an IBA welterweight title.  Todd’s supporters are talking about making the trip to St Paul to lend their support, and we all know that British boxing fans travel well.  (There has also been a rumor floating that Todd’s countryman Kerry Hope will face Robert Kamya on this card, but I haven’t confirmed that one with promoter Tony Grygelko of Seconds Out Promotions.)
  • The heavyweight bout that Minnesota has waited too long for headlines a December 4th event at Target Center in Minneapolis.  Joey Abell (25-4 with 24 kayos) meets his pal and fellow Minnesotan Raphael Butler (35-8 with 28 kayos) with the vacant Minnesota heavyweight title on the line.  Zach Walters faces Larry Sharpe, who is the man who beat the man (Bruce Rumbolz) who beat the man (Shawn Hammack) who beat Walters back in August of 2008.  Travis “Freight Train” Walker, Ronnie Peterson, Gary Eyer, and Dave Peterson also support this card.
  • No specifics are available at this writing, but Showtime will be in town on December 18 to televise a boxing event at Grand Casino Hinckley.  Expect some locals to get a boost from this show.

Shobox at Hinckley in December

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This writer has been hearing whispers lately about a possible Shobox date at Grand Casino Hinckley for December.  Now the first hint of a confirmation has appeared in the form of a listing on www.makeafight.com.



To date no names have been confirmed for this December 18th event, although a healthy mix of notable out-of-towners and locals is expected, with at least one local getting a well-earned opportunity to take a big step up.

Stay tuned for more information!

Willshaun Boxley Signs to Fight Chris Avalos on Showtime Sept 18

Willshaun Boxley has signed to face 11-0 (9 kayos) Chris Avalos on Friday, September 18 in Chumash, CA.  “The contract is signed and sent back already,” says Boxley.  “This fight is perfect all around.”

The fight with the 19 year old Avalos is contracted for a weight of 118# +1.  Boxley, whose highest fighting weight was 132# against  Barbaro Zepeda in February 2008, has a head-start on getting to weight, having trained diligently for a bout with William Hernandez that was first rained out after one round on August 8, and then canceled by a promoter after having been rescheduled for August 29.

Boxley well knows that after a lackluster performance in a loss to 11-1 Thomas Snow last June, and an indecisive 1-round match with Hernandez in August, a win would put his career back on track in short order.  “I’ve seen a tape.  He’s a great fighter.  He’s 11-0, 9 by ko, [but] who do you know that can knock Boxley out?  I will kayo him in five!”

The show is scheduled for September 18 at Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and is promoted by Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions.  Boxley expects to be accompanied to California by trainer Ron Lyke, cut man Jim Maurine, promoter Tony Grygelko, and by several fans, including one he identifies as a sponsor.  His date of departure has not been set yet.