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January 3rd Recap: A Wild Night in a Tame Town

On a snowy night in Minneapolis, Rances Barthelemy caught a lucky break, Argenis Mendez drew the opposite number, Ossie Duran spoiled the coming out party of the hometown hero, and Caleb Truax learned that he still has more to learn.

Rances Barthelemy and Argenis Mendez were matched for Mendez’s IBF Junior Lightweight trinket and the title that it represents.  Barthelemy, the challenger, won the bout under controversial circumstances.

The first round started slowly, with Mendez being respectful and tentative and Barthelemy testing the waters and evidently laying a trap.  After some soft jabbing and unexpectedly passive behavior, Barthelemy erupted about halfway through the first round with a ferocious attack that hurt Mendez.  In the second, Mendez was initially more active and tried to regain the initiative, but Barthelemy remained in control.  Finally Barthelemy exploded again and knocked Mendez down.  Then the end of the second was the beginning of controversy, as Barthelemy threw a right and a left well after the bell, and knocked Mendez out.  Though the referee and the TV audience didn’t hear the bell, numerous ringside observers and at least one IBF official in attendance confirmed to this writer that the knockout punch was thrown significantly after the chime.  Most up-to-date word is that an appeal will be  heard by the IBF, so hopefully the result can be changed to a No Contest and a rematch ordered.

In the Co-Main Event, Ossie Duran posed an unexpectedly tough test for rising middleweight star Caleb Truax, who was unable to solve Duran’s hard jab despite an admirable effort.  The end result was a unanimous draw, scored 95-95 by all three judges.

Duran is known to be a tough and experienced veteran, and he surely raised his stock by frustrating Truax with his tight defense and that punishing jab.  Truax maintained an aggressive attitude throughout, but wasn’t able to penetrate Duran’s defense with any consistency.  Though Truax had his moments (particularly in the later rounds), the enduring images of this fight will be Duran’s left hand in Truax’s face and the smudge of blood around Truax’s nose.

Though one wag was heard to say unequivocally that Truax should never rematch Duran, I think the opposite.  Duran was a tough riddle for Truax mainly because Truax had such difficulty solving the jab.  Truax should work on countermeasures for that jab and once he has learned to cope with it, he should show the world his improvement.  Or at the very least, he should make time to spar with Duran.

In undercard action:

  • Adrian Martinez (2-0-1) defeated Trevor Marmon (1-1-1) in a rematch of their September 21st draw.  The first match between the two was a crowdpleasing slugfest with an inconclusive conclusion, but this one brought a decisive result.  Marmon started out strong and aggressive, but Martinez’s strong leads and counters sapped his strength and Marmon ran completely out of gas (and verticality) in the third.  The result was a 3rd round TKO, per world-class referee Mark Nelson.
  • Dennis Galarza, a 21 year old whippet from Orlando, whipped Celiel Castillo in another four-rounder.  Castillo was much shorter than Galarza, and looked physically very soft.  Galarza knocked Castillo down in the first and maintained his dominance for the duration, finishing up with 40-35 scores across the board.  Galarza improved his record to 2-0 while Castillo chalked up a loss in his professional debut.
  • Erickson Lubin wasted no time in thrashing his opponent, Luis Santiago.  Lubin, with a wedge-shaped shock of hair atop his head, hammered his unfortunate opponent for one minute before taking him out at 1:01 of the first.  It was Santiago’s first loss after four wins to inaugurate his professional career.  Lubin advanced to 2-0 with 2 KOs, and more to come if he continues to perform as he did tonight.
  • Javontae Starks moved to 8-0 with 5 knockouts with a split decision win against Limberth Ponce, whose record is now 6-1 with 4 knockouts.  This match sometimes looked like a boxing match, other times a war.  Starks is a beautiful boxer with a strong right hand, while Ponce, in a pinch, would resort to brawling tactics.  The split result is an accurate reflection of the nature of the bout; one could have had either man winning.  The only result that couldn’t conscientiously be forwarded was a scoring draw, since Starks scored a knockdown with a big right-handed counter at the end of the second round.
  • Lightweight prospect Tony Lee improved to 9-1 with 3 knockouts by gutting out a punishing unanimous decision against Willshaun Boxley, now 6-9 with 4 kayos.  Lee is a disciplined and cautious boxer, while Boxley is a flamboyant boxer-puncher who started his career 5-0 and has been in freefall ever since.  Boxley hadn’t fought in nearly two years, and was fighting over ten pounds above his ideal weight, but he showed guts and determination in his bout against a man who held nearly every advantage – height, activity, management.  Boxley’s only advantage was power, but it wasn’t enough to make Lee pay.  Lee boxed well, and punished Boxley mercilessly with a hard and insistent jab.
  • In a sloppy bout campaigned by novices, Damien Hill improved to 2-3 while pinning Nate Richardson (now 1-1) with his first loss.  A fight like this one poses a challenge to the writer, because there is no real narrative to offer.  “Hill hits Richardson.  Now Richardson hits Hill.  Hill hits Richardson again.”  At this level of competition a jab might be no straighter than a hook, and a hook can pass for a straight.  Richardson possesses plenty of aggression and toughness, but those are insufficient virtues for a professional boxer.  Hill is significantly taller, and a more accurate puncher, and that made the difference.
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ESPN Friday Night Fights – Round-by-Round – January 3rd, 2014

Adrian Martinez (now 2-0-1) defeats Trevor Marmon (now 1-1-1) by TKO in round 3 of 4 rounds scheduled.

Round 1

About ten seconds in Marmon, a southpaw, makes the first offensive move, leading with the jab.  There’s not much to write home about until 30 seconds in, when Martinez counters a jab with a meaningful right that lands but does no appreciable damage.  All the action is tactical in nature until finally Marmon backs Martinez into a neutral corner and pulls the trigger, but does little before allowing Martinez to escape.  There’s precious little action here.  Marmon is the aggressor, with Martinez looking to counter.  Marmon backs him into the ropes, and for a moment there’s some nice mauling action, with Marmon working the body, but Martinez punches his way out.  Ten seconds to go, and I’m just noticing a red mark on Marmon’s left cheek, when finally Martinez lands a Big right hand that nearly knocks him down.  Marmon saves himself from a knockdown by holding onto Martinez’s hands, falling backwards but pulling Martinez forward, and finally regains his balance.

Round 2

Marmon is again the aggressor.  He leads with that right jab and scores a little bit until Martinez ties him up.  Martinez is trying to remember to jab.    Marmon comes forward, leading with a big left hook, and conects twice to Martinez’s body.  That hurt.  Martin is again backing up and looking to counter.  After a period of inactivity, Martin lands a rising hook to the belly of Marmon.  Now they’re shoulder to shoulder, with Marmon the better mauler.  But Marmon is slowing down, and Martinez is gaining traction.  Martinez fails to capitalize, however.  Marmon comes in at an awkward angle, and Martinez misses with a big power shot.  Suddenly it’s clear that Martinez has found a target in the body of Marmon, and he attacks it with great success, about five or six straight power shots finding their mark.  Bell, and round 2 is over.

Round 3

Marmon is undeterred by the pain doled out to him in the second, and comes right forward into Martinez to start the third.  Martinez is now scoring frequently with power shots, and Marmon is visibly losing steam.  Marmon comes forward, jabbing and connecting, but with no effect.  Martinez attacks the body with vigor, but referee Mark Nelson steps in and warns him for low blows.  Upon resumption of the bout, Martinez resumes his attack and lands several power shots which wobble Marmon.  Marmon looks like he’s being held up by Martinez’s shots.  Finally Marmon drops to the canvas, taking one more shot to the head on his way down.  Nelson waves the fight off, and it is all over.

Celiel Castillo (now 0-1) is defeated by Dennis Galarza (now 2-0 with 1 kayo) after four rounds.

Round 1

Castillo looks notably soft for a small boxer.  The taller, leaner Galarza comes forward immediately, attacking with sharp jabs and power shots.  Castillo  throws back at him, but his shots are light and without effect.  Galarza is following, stalking Castillo, and finally catches him.  A left hook lands  hard and knocks Castillo right on his butt.  Castillo is up quickly, pouting and looking angry.  The fight resumes, and Galarza is the hunter.  He catches Castillo with a flurry that forces Castillo to cover up, but does no further damage.  Just before the bell Castillo feints and Galarza flinches – that might have been Castillo’s best moment of the round.

Round 2

Castillo attacks immediately at the start of the second, backing Galarza into the ropes and landing a bunch of shots, but Galarza counters effectively and bangs his way out.  In the snter of the ring, Castilllo lands a flush shot, but Galarza only sneers.  Galarza attacks again, backing up his much shorter opponent.  Castillo is showing a tougher beard than he did in the first.  But Galarza ccontinues to attack, and Castillo is wilting.  Lacking any visible advantage, all Castillo can do is back up, throwing those light punches up at his opponent.  Now Galarza tracps Castillo against the ropes and leans on him, forcing Catillo’s upper body between the ropes.  There’s a break, but the action after the break is the same.  Galarza stalks and sharpshoots while Castillo retreats.

Round 3

Galarza comes across the ring and attacks immediately.  He shouts when he punches, so his attack is announced as well as presented.  Castillo lands a counter left to Galarza’s head, but Galarza continues to press, trapping Castillo near a neutral corner and hurting him again.  Castillo covers up.  Now the scene repeats, with Galarza on the prowl.  There’s an odd moment when Catillo grapples his way behind Galarza and throws a punch at the bsck of Galarza’s head.  He’s warned by the referee.  Now Galarza is back on the attack, but he’s slowing down somewhat.  Castillo, emboldened, mounts a sustained attack for the first time.  It isn’t efffective, but it’s something.  Catillo attcks again, and Galarza freezes him momentarily with a counter left.  Now Galarza backs Catillo into the ropes, and Catillo lands  a single punch again.  I wouldn’t want you to get the wrong idea, though.  Castillo isn’t getting the upper hand; I just feel the need to point out whenever he lands one of those infrequent scoring punches.  I have Galarza winning all three rounds so far.

Round 4

Castillo knows his predicament, so he comes out aggressive in the fourth.  This opens up opportunities for Galarza, who scores with some well-timed counters.  Galarza is coming forward again; Castillo’s offense has petered out.  Galarza is fighting a more defensive fight now, jabbing and moving, protecting his lead.  Castillo comes forward again, landing four punches of a six punch combination.  Galarza again backs him up, and sharpshoots, landing hard to Castillo’s head.  But Galarza is boxing now, moving about and picking off Catillo.  Castillo is really trying, bless his heart.  But Galarza has his number right up to the end, scoring with well chosen left jabs and following with rights.  There’s the bell, and this fight is over.  It should be a shutout in Galarza’s favor.

Intros: The crowd is on the smallish side, but very enthusiastic as Truax enters the ring.  The Target Center is resonating with the crowd’s vibrations.

Ossie Duran (now 28-11-3 with 11 kayos) and Caleb Truax (now 23-1-2 with 14 kayos) fight to a ten-round draw

Round 1

The fighters are moving quickly but rotating slowly to their left.  There’s a lot of movement and tentative jabs at the start.  Finally Truax taps duran twice with light jabs.  Rangefinders.  The first earnest punch of the fight is a right hook to the body of Duran.  Fifteen seconds later Truax lands two to the body – one on each side.  Truax backs into the ropes but Duran fails to attack, and the fight again moves to the center of the ring.  A voice in the crowd shouts “Knock his beard off!” and Truax grins.  It looks like he almost laughed.  Truax for the first time throws the 1-2 that served him so well against Don George.  Duran throws a big left hook to the midsection of Truax, which is blocked.  This has been a quiet first round.  Duran throws a looping overhand right that may have connected – it’s hard to tell.  Both men try to score just before the bell, but nothing of consequence was landed.

Round 2

Truax comes out jabbing in the second.  Single, double, double followed by a hook.  Duran is still playing it cool.  Both men are.  Now Duran shuffles forward and lands a left hand to the guard of Truax.  Truax is throwing multiple jabs and moving to his right.  There’s an exchange, but neither men  breaks the other’s guard.  Duran jabs, and Truax comes forward then ties up.  Truax is trying to poke that jab through Duran’s defense.  Duran comes forward again.  Truaxx throws a five-punch combination, with the final punch being the harddest.  It looked like that one landed.   Truax throws a big right that Duran blocks with his shoulder, Duran responds with a flurry.  Truax is boxing carefully.  There’s a clinch, and referee Mark Nelson warns Duran about hitting beihind the head.  The fighters are bouncing on their toes as the ten second warning sounds.  Duran attacks and lands a couple of power shots just before the bell.

Round 3

The crowd is urging Truax on, and he comes out and lands a right hook, then a left right away.  Duran throws back.  Truax is moving a lot, looking for an opening.  Now he lands with a left jab and a straight right.  Duran responds moments later with a hard jab to Truax’s face.  Duran comes forward with two jabs and a right hook.  Duran throws a right that impresses the crowd, but Truax blocked it with his left glove.  Truax jabs once high then hooks twice low.  Things are heating up.  Duran is unfazed, and comes forward with two good shots to Truax’s head.  Duran knocks Truax backwards into the ropes, but he attacks with hard shots and comes out.  Truax lands a jab but misses with a downward punch at a ducking Duran.  Bell and round.

Round 4

Truax is getting more aggressive as the fight wears on.  He’s throwing double jabs now, and finally a big right hand to Duran’s head.  Truax may be bleeding from the nose.  Duran is coming forward, throwing heavy wshots.  Duran lands a right hand, and Truax resopnds with a power shot that lands.  Duran throws a left, and Truax whacks him with a hard right to the body.  Truax comes in tight and mauls, but fails to score.  Truax lands a right to the head and a left below the beltline.  Duran attacks and Truax counters well.  Truax throws a left and then a right to the body, and the crowd likes it.  But Duran has a good jab, and he’s using it effectively.Truax lands with a good right, left, left.  Duran fires back.  Duran lands a short right hook to the head of Truax.  Duran continues to jab.  Truax is having trouble blocking that jab, but he’s determined and keeps countering to the bell.

Round 5

This round starts with more jabbing, but now Truax lands two good short rights that thrill the crowd.  Duran is still nominally the aggressor, but Truax is coming forward in spots.  Truax gets in cclose and lands some more sharp power shots.  there’s an exchange, and then referee Mark nelson warns Duran for hitting behind the head.  Truax is scoring more with his power shots, but Duran can always go back to that jab, and he does.  Truax leads with a big right but fails to follow up.  Duran throws a lab and then lunges in with a right, and Truax counters and hurts him.  But Duran, expressionless, shakes his head and comes forward again.  Duran looks a little more tentative – or tired – and the crowd senses things are turning in Truax’s favor.

Round 6

Truax is jabbing more at the start of this round.  Duran scores with a single let, then a single right.  A moment passes, and Truax throws a combination that scores.  Duran is tough as nails though, and comes forward again.  Truax attacks but misses, as Duran is gone when he gets there.  Truax finally hooks to the body and scores, but Duran has an answer for everything.  Duran leans forward and throws a right while balanced on one foot.  Truax throws back and lands two punches.  Now two more.  Now a hard Truax right to the body.  Duran is tired, but still coming forward.  Duran dodges a Truax punch, but Truax gets in close and lands several short hooks to the body.  Duran comes forward and lands, but Truax does the same in response.  Truax lands a big right to the body, Duran tries to respond and Truax flurries, scoring well.  Just before the bell Duran rallies, and one can’t help but admire the effort of both fighters.

Round 7

Truax has urgency as the round begins, jabbing a little and then throwing a combination.  Duran is so unfaed by Truax’s punches, it’s sometimes hard to tell what has landed.  Truax is busy.  Duran throws a left ahnd that lands, then ties Truax up.  Truax flurries and scores, but Duran punctuates the combo with a counter.  Truax is going to the body more.  Duran uppercuts Trua’s head.  Truax steps back and Duran pursues and scores.  Truax misses with a right hook but Duran doesn’t capitalize.  Truax scores with three punches of a five-punch combination, then a single right hook.  Duran is iron man – he comes forward again.    Truax again scores with a right to the head.  Duran is coming forward with single jabs, looking to score big.  Each man tries to land a combination just before the bell, but neither scores.

Round 8

Truax comes up short with a left hand, but batters Duran to the body and shoulders.  Duran comes forward and connects with  Truax’s head.  Truax is doubling-tripling the jab.  Now lands a wide right hook.  Duran continues to stand his ground, but Truax rallies and scores grandly with lefts and rights.  The crowd roars, but Duran responds by coming forward and landing stinging shots, battering Truax into the ropes.  Back in the center of the ring, Truax and Duran orbit to their left.  Truax goes right-head, left-body, and Duran counters.  Truax sores with short power shots, but Duran hurts him back.  Truax gets in close again, and again lands a hard short right.  Just before the bell, Duran scores a left to Truax’s head, then pulls a punch as the bell rings.

Round 9

The crowd stands and roars encouragement to Truax as the round begins, but tis round begins tactically.  Truax jabs, Duran jabs.  They get in close, and Truax throws then ties up  Duran is throwing single jabs, and they’re working.  Finally Truax counters and snaps Duran’s head back with an uppercut.  Duran turtles up for a bit, then comes out and throws.  Truax attacks and misses, and Duran clowns momentarily.  Duran comes in low, and Truax tries to counter at an awkward angle.  the pace is quickening.  Duran comes forward with a triple jab, and Truax answers with a flurry of power shots that hurt Duran and thrills the crowd.  Duran throws his hands up to say “I’m  not hurt,” but I’ve told you over and over what that means.  There’s a little give-and-take as the round ends.

Round 10

Duran looked a little wobbly at the end of the ninth, but he comes out jabbing sharply in the tenth.  Both men are moving to their right.  Then Truax stops and fires, scoring moderately.  Duran counters and lands.  Duran lands a left-handed superman punch, and Truax replies with a four-punch combination that scores.  Duran attacks and lands a one-two – hard.  Truax flurries.  Duran throws and lands a showy and hard single left.  Truax gets close and Duran punishes him to the body.  This fight is turning into a brawl.  Duran is going for broke, and that frees Truax to counter, which is a talent of his.  Both men are tired and are tying up more frequently.  Now breaking, Duran comes forward with a soft left and hard right.  Truax attacks back and hurts him.  Now with ten seconds to go in the fight, Duran bullies Truax into the blue corner where the fighters trade power shots on even terms until the bell rings.

I didn’t score this fight, but my sense is that it was even or a narrow win for Duran, who fought very well in spots.  Truax’s effort was more sustained, but he had fewer winning moments.

Luis Santiago (now 4-1) is defeated by Erickson Lubin (now 2-0 with 2 kayos) by KO at 1:01 of the first round of 4 rounds scheduled.

Round 1

Lubin comes out aggressive from the word go.  He batters Santiago with big left hands and chases him from one end of the ring to the other.  Santiago goes down with a thud in the blue corner, and referee Scott Erickson waves his hands.  This fight is over.

Rances Barthelemy (now 20-0 with 13 kayos) defeats Argenis Mendez (21-3-1 with 11 kayos), for the IBF Junior Lightweight Championship of the World, scheduled for 12 rounds

Round 1

This fight starts slowly, with both men feinting and jabbing softly.  Barthelemy throws a tentative uppercut (is there such a thing?) to the midsection of Mendez.  It might have scored well if it had been in earnest.  Mendez is coming forward and Barthelemy taking it easy until suddenly, with his back to the ropes, Barthelemy explodes in a furious assault that backs Mendez up, momentarily traps him against the ropes, and hurts him to the body.  Mendez’ brow is furrowed as the round continues.  Barthelemy follows him a bit and then hurts Mendez again to the body, and perhaps once to the head.  Mendez comes forward again, and Barthelemy is poking out a perfunctory jab, just trying to keep Mendez off.

Round 2

Mendez left jabs to Barthelemy’s body, and moments later  throws a right at Barthelemy’s shoulder.  Mendez comntinues to come forward, but is missing with most everything.  Barthelemy is backing up again, but he has a nice change of direction and definitely has Mendez on guard.  Mendez is continuing to pursue ineffectively.  Barthelemy throws a slow double jab, but he’s definitelly biding his time.  Another double jab by Barthelemy, and this time he brings it back low and slow.  Mendez gets closer and throws to the body of Barthelemy, but there’s little behind it.  Finally Mendez throws a powerful punch, but Barthelemy responds in kind.  Barthelemy explodes again and knocks Mendez down.  Mendez looks angry, and indicates he was hit in the back of the head.    Now Mendez is back up, and the action resumes.  Barthelemy scores with a good punch just before the bell, and then lands an enormous punch AFTER the bell which knocks Mendez out.  I repeat, that was definitely and obviously AFTER the bell.  Does no one else see this?  Barthelemy and his corner are celebrating deliriously.  Barthelemy should be disqualified for throwing that knockout punch after the bell.

Rances Barthelemy is your new IBF champion, and he did it by knocking his opponent out with a punch landed after the bell.  I am very disappointed.

Limberth Ponce (now 6-1 with 4 kayos) is defeated by Javontae Starks (now 8-0 with 5 kayos by Majority Decision (57-56, 57-56, 56-57) after 6 rounds

Round 1

Starks, frequently a slow starter, is jabbing early.  Ponce is showing a lot of aggressiveness, but nobody is scoring yet.  Starks’ trunks seem to be riding up; he keeps pulling them down.  More jabbing from Starks.  Ponce finally comes in close, and Starks lands a glancing left counter.  Ponce is coming forward, feinting, moving around.  Starks is mostly just pivoting in the center of the ring.  These are all single jabs from Starks.  Now he finally throws a two-punch and then a three-punch combination.  Ponce continues to move.  Referee Gary Miezwa steps in to pull Starks’ trunks back up, which draws chuckles from the crowd, but Starks pulls them back down.  Ponce finally attacks, landing a couple of overhand rights.  Starks responds with an attack of his own, and sneaks one brutal right hand to Ponce’s body.  No doubt that hurt.  But Ponce defends himself with offense, attacking with a furiously that backs Starks into a neutral corner, and batters him.  Starks fires back, but the bell rings.

Round 2

The second round begins as the first one did, with feints by Ponce and jabsby Starks.  Ponce charges in and lands a single shot – Starks ties him up.  Starks coils up and throws a long straight right that connects.  Ponce rushes in and attacks back.  Ponce is moving backwards now, and Starks is avvancing behind that jab.  They get too close, and Ponce ties Starks up.  After the break, Ponce attacks with a fast and hard combination of four or five punches.  POnce and Starks throw simultaneous power shots, and both land.  Ponce continues to back up, then with seconds to go in the round, he attacks and Starks nails him with a rock-hard counter right.  Ponce goes down!  Ponce is up but the bell rings before Starks can do any more work.

Round 3

Ponce comes out looking slightly more tentative.  The look on his face is one of concern, not anger as in the first two rounds.  Starks is looking for his chance to counter as he did last round, and he is allowing Ponce to move in and out and attack.  Each time Ponce lands a pounch, Starks shakes his head and smiles.  If he isn’t toying with Ponce, he sure gives that impression.  Ponce is regaining his confience and attacking the body of Starks.  Ponce gives Starks the old shoeshine, but Starks counters with a hard right at an awkward, off-balance angle.  You don’t see that every day.  Ponce tries to maul Starks, but the two tie up and Starks slaps him to the body as the round expires.

Round 4

This round begins with Ponce circling and jabbing.  Now Starks comes forward, but Ponce throws a hard and effective 1-2 to stop his advance.  Ponce reverts to retreating, and Starks resumes following.  Starks bends at the waist to throw a punch, and Ponce counters with a hurtful shot that sets him up for mower powerr shots.  That’s Ponce’s best moment of the fight.  Starks throws a right to the body and a left to the head that lands cleanly.  Starks grimaces in a clinch and motions toward his head.  Possibly a head butt?  Now Ponce resumes his backwards strategy, and coming forward, Starks hits him with another one of those big right hands.  Starks is tall and slender and has a very long left jab that he follows with a wicked right hook.  Ponce’s face is drawn and blank as the round ends.  He’s still giving and taking, but he doesn’t have the concentrated look that you like to see on a fighter’s face.

Round 5

The bell rings for the fifth round, but the bout is paused for some dangling tape on Ponce’s wrist.  Ponce is looking a little better as this round begins.  Ponce comes forward and puts Starks in a headlock.  Now they’re fighting in a phone booth, and Ponce is throwing everything he can muster at Starks, landing thudding and slapping punches to the body.  Starks is a gifted counterpuncher, though, with a strong chin and great balance.  Ponce goes body-head and scores.  Ponce bulls in with his head down and lands a big right.  Now Starks picks a spot and rocks Ponce with a right.   Ponce is game, but Starks smacks him on the right cheek with a left hand.  Starks pokes Ponce with a light jab and Ponce goes off balance.  But again, Ponce finds a second wind just before the bell and throws an overhand right that lands solidly.  Starks will not put him away this round, as the round ends.

Round 6

Ponce comes out aggressive in the final frame, again throwing everything he can at Starks.  Ponce is determined byut wobbly.  Starks, with that long snaking jab, should be able to keep Ponce on the outside, but fails.  Ponce gets inside and lands two good shots to the head.  Starks felt those.  Starks lands a nice short hook to Ponce’s head, but Ponce counters.  Starks is going for it now, throwing a left and following with his biggest right, but misses.  Starks now throws a single right that catches Ponce by surprise.  Ponce flurries back.  Starks gets Ponce in a corner and lands two good shots, but Ponce doesn’t go down, instead skittering to his right and escaping.  Referee Gary Miezwa breaks the two fighters, and Ponce attacks immediately.  Starks gets free of Ponce, but then Ponce rushes in again and the two tie up until the bell rings.  That’s the fight.

Kudos to Ponce for his guts and determination.  He doesn’t have Starks’ athletic gifts, but he never gave up and he just might have pulled this fight out.

Willshaun Boxley (now 6-9 with 4 kayos) is defeated by Tony Lee (now 9-1 with 3 kayos) by unanimous decision after 6 rounds

Round 1

Lee is busy early on, with a sharp jab that’s keeping Boxley on the outside.  But Boxley gets inside after about 30 rough seconds and lands a wildly looping right that catches Lee and sends him reeling.  Boxley is definitely the stronger man, though Lee has the advantage of length and quickness.  Lee is backing up, Boxley coming forward.  Boxley again lands a big right hand, but this time Lee comes back and after a moment scores with two good shots.  Boxley looks serene and confident as he stalks Lee.  He’s certainly making it hard for Lee to get comfortable.  Lee stands his ground for a moment, then comes forward with a jab.  Moments later Lee misses badly with a jab.  Then just before the bell, Boxley dodges two

Round 2

Lee has slowed things down this round.  Boxley is still ccoming forward.  Boxley ducks in, lands a loud right hand to the body, and disappears.  Lee connects with a glancing right to Boxley’s head, and Boxley laughs.  Lee clips Boxley with a good punch and Boxley ducks into the ropes, getting stuck between them.  Lee winds up and deliberately punches Boxley while he’s trapped.  No no.  Lee is scoring frequently against a rusty Boxley, but Boxley is having fun, clowning, and showing off.  Lee is throwing lefts at Boxley’s body and connecting hurtfully.  Boxley dodges a punch and nods theatrically.  He’s getting under Lee’s skin.  Boxley misses with a wide left hook and there’s a tie up.  After the fighters are broken up, there’s no time for any more fighting.

Round 3

Lee is getting more aggressive this round, throwing power shots and standing his ground.  Boxley hasn’t got the speed or quickness at 135# that he had a few years ago at 122#.  But he does have flair, and he shows it in coming forward and landing a couple of showing punches.  Lee is landing that left hand almost at will now, but Boxley persuades him to fight at close quarters and scores with a couple of good short punches to the body.  After a clinch Lee reverts to jabbing, but Boxley again pushes his way in and lands some hard shots.  Boxley is battering Lee!  Lee is tottering, and Boxley is walking in and rocking him.  but boxley runs out of gas and Lee comes back with a flurry of his own.  Boxley dodges two punches just before the bell.

Round 4

Lee rushes across the ring and jabs the heck out of Boxley at the start.  boxley has a sleepy look.  Is he acting or is he exhausted?  Boxley catches Lee with a left but doesn’t follow up.  Lee is scoring again with that mean jab.  Boxley wants to trade, but Lee walks forward and hits him with a nice double left.  Lee lands five straight punches.  This is hard for a friend of Willshaun Boxley to watch.  Boxley ducks a Lee punch, puts his forehead in lee’s chest, and thuds away with body shots.  There’s a brief clinch and boxley grabs the back of his head.  I don’t know what his complaint is.  Boxley traps Lee in a corner and forces him to clam up, throwing hard shots.  Lee gets away though, and again finds a home for that jab.  The fighters set up to trade, but the bell rings and the round is over.

Round 5

Boxley is trying to get in and out with a right handed power shot aoin the early going, but Lee’s length and quickness are stymieing him.  Lee slows down and that allows Boxley to land another single right.  Now Lee is bouncing away from Boxley, and Boxley is chasing, but he’s too off-balance to land anything solid.    Boxley scores with a good left hand to Lee’s forehead, chases him into a corner, misses with a punch, and elbows Lee in the head on the withdraw.  Lee is looking tired now.  Boxley lands an overhand right.  There’s a standoff, then Boxley comes forward.  Most of his punches have little mustard now, but he’s still trying.  Lee lunges forward and lands a strong left.    Lee throws a flurry of about eight punches, of which only the last one lands, but it’s a good one.  These guys are tired, very tired.  Conditioning could win it.

Round 6

This rounds starts with aggression from Lee.  He’s jabbing Boxley and bouncing him back.  Lee is up on his toes,now he’s showboating.  Boxleyt is trying to jab, but he’s just not long enough to make it work against Lee.  Lee comes forward and Boxley slips a punch, misses with a right, but connects with a left.  Lee is potshotting Boxley now, hurting him.  Boxley puts his hand out to jab, but no punch comes, and he lets it drop.  Lee attacks again, battering him into the ropes, hurting him again.  Boxley wants to brawl, and occasionally he can persude Lee.  He bulls Lee into the ropes and lands a collection of power shots.  Ten seconds to go, and Boxley clowns.  Lee tries to connect, but can’t muster much of an attack.

Damien Hill (now 2-3) defeats Nate Richardson (now 1-1-1 with 1 kayo) by split decision after 4 rounds

Round 1

This looks like a sloppy one from the start.  Hill comes out leading with jabs, hooks, uppercuts, wahtever.  The shoorter man, Richardson is trying to take the initiative, but having trouble getting close and landing.  Hill leads with a straight right.  Richardson backs him intoa  corner and scores, but neither man is a slugger.  Hill, fighting southpaw, is getting chased around.  Richardson gets in close and scores nicely to the body, but Hill counters and then turns him around and attacks back.  Hill is finding his range, and lands one flush power shot that resounds through the now mostly empty arena.  His corner shouts “Where’s your power, Damien?”  Time winds down and the round ends.

Round 2

Richardson comes out with plenty of aggression, and he has a tendency to lead with his head.  Don’t be surprised if there’s a cut before this one is over.  Hill back sup until his back is against the ropes and Richardson finds him there, landing some good shots.  This fight doesn’t have a ton to offer, but both fighters are game.  Richardson follows Hill into a trap and gets countered.  Richardson lands a left-right to Hill’s body.  Richardson continues to pursue, but again Hill counters him and scores.  Richardson has more aggression than is good for him.  And yet, Richardson finally gets the upper hand for a moment and flurries with nearly twenty punches from all angles.  Hill throws the last few punches of the round.

Round 3

Richardson again comes out on the attack, and this time Hill is less effective in countering.  Hill does sneak in a punch here and there, though.  He seems to be at his best when his opponent’s attack peters out.  Richardson pins Hill against the ropes and fires an extended volley, but Hill escapes and heads for the center of the ring.  As these guys use up their legs, they become less mobile and the fight becomes more entertaining.  Richardson is initiating most of the exchanges, and scoring occasionally.  Hill is doing a fair job of countering in spots, but usually with only one punch.

Round 4

Hill’s corner wants him to know this is the final round.  About 20 seconds in Richardson scores with a body shot, but Hill counters well and may have hurt him.  Richardson comes forward again, and finishes a mostly ineffective combination with a single right.  Richardson is squaring up to his opponent, and it’s leaving him wide open.    Richardson finds Hill against the ropes and both men windmill for a moment.  Now they’re in the center of the ring, and Richardson scores with a single left hook to Hill’s ear.  It rocks Hill but doesn’t visibly hurt him.  There’s another exchange that ends with Hill scoring with a left.  Hill times a Richardson punch and counters well, then presses his advantage as the last seconds tick away.  Richardson survives the round.

Boxley’s Day

UPDATE: Kielczewski defeated Boxley by unanimous decision in a six-rounder.  Reports indicate that Kielczewski tried hard to take Boxley out in the final frame but Boxley stayed tough and wouldn’t go down.

Minnesota-based smallweight fighter Willshaun Boxley is in New York at this hour, preparing for tonight’s match with unbeaten Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (8-0, 2 kayos) of Quincy, Mass.

Like Boxley, Kielczewski is a solid, well-built fighter.  Unlike Boxley, Kielczewski is a natural lightweight – Boxley has fought from 122 to 133#, but is a naturally smaller man.  Also unlike Boxley, Kielczewski is not a puncher; though unbeaten, he has stopped only two of his eight opponents.  Here’s the caviat for Boxley: Kielczewski compiled an amateur record of 118-26 and won the New England Golden Gloves twice, finishing as runner-up in his class at the 2008 Nationals.

Boxley, who bills himself as “The One,” is as always confident that he’ll perform well.  This time, however, Boxley is reluctant to predict an outcome on the rationale that predicting a knockout sets a fighter up to waste energy trying to end his fight early, while predicting a win by decision suggests a lack of confidence.

Minnesota Boxing: 2010 Year-End Pound-for-Pound List

The sport of boxing doesn’t often reward its devotees’ loyalty and emotional investment by producing yearned-for matches.  As a result, the greater part of being a boxing fan is speculating whether, all things being equal, one fighter could best another fighter in the ring.  That’s where pound-for-pound lists come in.

Here are the Fistic Mystic’s rankings of Minnesota’s best fighters regardless of weight class.  Last year’s ranking for each ranked fighter is in parenthesis following his record.  Unranked fighters are listed in alphabetical order.

  1. Jason Litzau – 28-2 with 21 kayos (1) – This spot was occupied by Litzau a year ago, and this year Litzau has widened the margin between number one and everyone else.  Since the 2009 rankings Litzau has added two more good wins to his ledger: a technical decision win against Rocky Juarez and a split decision (which should have been a wide unanimous decision) over Celestino Caballero.  No other Minnesota boxer can claim one so prestigious a win in 2010, much less two.
  2. Andy Kolle – 23-2 with 17 kayos (2) – Kolle maintains his position in the P4P rankings this year by virtue of style, rather than substance.  Though Kolle went 4-0 this year with two first-round TKOs, none of his wins came against substantial opponents.  The best of the four wins was a lopsided decision win against Matt Vanda in April, but Kolle had already defeated Vanda (albeit in less decisive fashion) back in 2007.  Kolle gets to keep his spot, but like all of Andy Kolle’s admirers, I’m hoping for something bigger and better in 2011.
  3. Caleb Truax – 16-0-1 with 10 kayos (6) – After fighting five times in 2008 and another five times in 2009, Truax began to experience the typical deceleration of career progress that many prospects encounter when they become known; it becomes more difficult to get them fights that are winnable, useful, and profitable.  So management has to be more selective, and fights become less frequent.  Since last spring it’s been well known that Minnesota boxing mainstay Matt Vanda would like a shot at Truax, and that would be one of the biggest events that the Upper Midwest boxing scene could produce in the next year.
  4. Joey Abell – 27-4 with 26 kayos (7) – The fighter called “Minnesota Ice” benefits from some shuffling in the rankings this year.  Abell didn’t do anything wrong in 2010, but he didn’t fight very much.  The fights he did have went according to plan; Abell dispatched overweight journeyman Josh Gutcher in the 2nd round in April and then avenged a loss by punishing Arron Lyons for four rounds in July.  Abell’s fans look forward to a career-defining moment on January 28th, when he’s schedued to meet former world title contender Chris Arreola in Temecula, CA.  With a win Abell could find himself finally making waves at the national level.
  5. Phil Williams – 11-3-1 with 10 kayos (5) – The banger from North Minneapolis didn’t have a great year, fighting only twice and going 0-1-1 in 2010.  Williams’ performance against 18-0-1 Donovan George in January was disappointing, but his April performance against Caleb Truax was more encouraging.  Truax piled up the early rounds but Williams came on late, scoring with heavy shots and looking like the stronger man in the last two rounds of the bout.  In a development that must have been hard for Williams to swallow, he had a third fight scheduled for December 18th but it fell out at the last possible moment when his opponent, Matt Vanda, was found to be under suspension in New Jersey, hence ineligible to fight in Minnesota.  The bout was changed from a prizefight to an exhibition, and reduced from ten rounds to six.
  6. Matt Vanda – 43-12 with 23 kayos (4) – Some fight fans think that Vanda is slipping.  I’ll reserve judgement for now, but I will point out that Vanda was only 1-3 this year, and that one win didn’t come against a great fighter.  If it turns out that Vanda’s career really is winding down, that’ll be too bad for local fight fans.  Few professional boxers exude more joy for the sport of boxing than Vanda – the pleasure that Vanda demonstrates in plying his craft reminds me of Johnny Tapia in terms of being a guy who just seems to love to fight.  On the other hand, one local boxing authority has privately expressed to me a fear that Vanda will “end up tragic.”  Whether Vanda’s failure to disclose his true professional status to the promoters of the December 18th show at Target Center is a step in that direction or merely an instance of profoundly poor judgement remains to be seen.
  7. Wilton Hilario – 12-2-1 with 9 kayos (3) – Hilario’s career trajectory illustrates just how difficult it is to rise and how easy it is to fall in the boxing world.  After going 0-2 in 2010 Hilario has seen his stock fall precipitously.  Hilario’s loss to Martin Honorio exposed some serious flaws in Hilario’s game, and his subsequent loss to Cuban prospect Luis Franco showed that Hilario is a slow (or reluctant) learner.  The good news for Hilario: nope, there is no good news yet.  If he’s serious about his boxing career Hilario needs to do some fast learning and get a couple of rebuilding wins.  If not, there are some nice paydays out there for a fighter with a record like his.  Now I don’t want to be unfair to a good fighter, so I will point out that Hilario’s two losses came to very tough competition – Luis Franco in particular is looking very good right now.
  8. Ismail Muwendo – 7-0 with 6 kayos (-) In hindsight, Muwendo should have been on this list a year ago.  My bad.  The “Sharp Shooter” is a real talent, a young man who has impressed in the prizefighting ring and earned the respect of other fighters in the sparring ring.  Muwendo reportedly sparred with Jason Litzau three or four times before Litzau’s defeat of Celestino Caballero, to the benefit of both men.  Expect to see Muwendo fight at the Hyatt on January 7th, provided an opponent can be located.
  9. Gary Eyer – 8-0-1 with 6 kayos (14) – Are you surprised to see Eyer rise so far in this year’s rankings?  To be perfectly honest, so am I. Eyer only fought once in 2010, but it was a dazzling 2nd-round win against Brad Patraw, who has since reclaimed the Minnesota bantamweight strap that he had previously lost to Antwan Robertson.  In that lone bout this year Eyer battered Patraw unmercifully, to the point that the only people in attendance who protested the stoppage were Patraw and his trainer, Johnny Johnson of the Rice Street Gym.  Eyer’s size (he formerly fought as a welterweight but has worked his way down to super featherweight) and his power have made him rather an unattractive match, but his manager Todd Bechthold and trainer Chuck Horton are too smart to bet so much hard-earned momentum on a risky opponent.  Eyer’s next fight is scheduled for February 12th, but no opponent has been announced yet.
  10. Corey Rodriguez – 5-1-2 with 3 kayos (10) – That Corey Rodriguez could maintain his position on the P4P chart after going 1-0-2 in 2010 owes something to the quality of his in-ring competition.  Rodriguez fought only once during 2009, losing a close decision to unbeaten Dave Peterson in Rochester.  C-Rod didn’t fight again for nine months after the loss, then packed three fights into five months.  Moving up to middleweight to face Charles Meier, a very respectable boxer and a bigger man than Rodriguez, Rodriguez got a majority draw.  Traveling to Cleveland to fight unbeaten Ohioan Dante Moore resulted in another draw.  Finally, Rodriguez made the trip up I-94 to Fargo and came within a whisker of knocking out tough journeyman Nick Runningbear, earning himself a wide unanimous decision win.
  11. Cerresso Fort – 10-0 with 8 kayos (17) – That an undefeated prospect like Mr. Fort could be ranked lower than Corey Rodriguez owes something to the quality of his competition, as well.  Fort seemed poised for good things as 2009 came to a close, though a close fight with Lamar Harris may have (should have) struck a note of foreboding in the hearts of supporters.  But in 2010 Fort fought only once, earning a unanimous decision in a four-rounder against 3-8 opponent Steve Macomber in California.  That’s it.
  12. Willshaun Boxley – 6-7-1 with 4 kayos (13) – Sometimes an athlete’s struggles against tough competition can establish the level of his talent even as he tallies a loss.  Consider Boxley a case in point.  Boxley’s record in 2010 was a dismal 1-4-1.  The cumulative record of his opponents, however, was 54-3.  Not only that, but at least one of Boxley’s losses (against Pier Olivier Cote) was an egregious miscarriage, booed by the fans and mocked by the television broadcast crew.  Fortunately, Boxley ended the year on a better note, ending an 8-fight winless streak with a win in Canada and then earning a draw against 15-1 John Jackson at Target Center.  Boxley is still as talented now as when he was 5-0.
  13. Dave Peterson – 12-0 with 7 kayos (8) – Missing in action for an entire year, Peterson is an enigma.  Eventually he’ll probably cash in on his record for a nice payday or two against impossible opponents.  Else he’ll retire undefeated.  Either outcome would be disappointing for Minnesota’s boxing fans.
  14. Mohammed Kayongo – 15-2 with 11 kayos (9) – Here’s another fighter who hasn’t been seen or heard from in a year.  This lanky welterweight seemed to be in a good place when he TKO’d James Todd at the Saint Paul National Guard Armory in November of 2009.  Since then his name has come up a couple of times as a possible opponent for bigger names, but nothing has developed, and Kayongo and former manager Scott Tolzmann have parted ways.
  15. Jon Schmidt – 10-1 with 6 kayos (-) – Schmidt fought just twice in 2010: a no contest against 6-1 Josh Crouch in June when Schmidt suffered a bad cut, and a points win against dangerous but limited opponent Ryan Soft in October.  Schmidt will take a major step up when he faces 10-0 former Olympian Shawn Estrada on the undercard of the Abell-Arreola event on January 28th in California.  Schmidt’s career has been undistinguished so far, but the young man with a reputation of a workout fanatic has a great opportunity to shine.  All of Minnesota should be pulling for Schmidt when the time comes.
  16. Javontae Starks – 4-0 with 4 kayos (18) – Young Starks has looked like a monster in the ring when he’s fought, but his opposition hasn’t been great and he has pulled out several fights in the last year.  Now it looks like Starks has severed ties with his original promoter, MSC, and is appearing on the January 7th card presented by Tony Grygelko’s Seconds Out Promotions.  Only time will tell what the future holds for this talented youngster.  If he had been more active this year, Starks would surely have advanced further up the P4P list than he did.
  17. Vicente Alfaro – 4-1 with 1 kayo (-) – A year ago only the most obsessive fight fans in Minnesota knew of Alfaro, but now he’s the owner of wins against Brad Patraw and former Olympian Ron Siler.  Alfaro also suffered his first loss in November, reportedly a one-sided beating at the hands of 11-0 Efrain Esquivias Jr in Ontario, CA.  Nevertheless, Alfaro remains nicely positioned to fight local small men like Antwan Robertson, Derek Winston, Gary Eyer, or even Ronnie Peterson.
  18. Brad Patraw – 7-3 with 4 kayos (12) -Patraw, fighting out of the Rice Street Gym, had an uneven 2010.  First he lost badly to Gary Eyer in April, then he faced off against Vicente Alfaro and lost a second straight fight by 2nd-round TKO (his third consecutive loss overall).  Finally, on December 18th, Patraw stopped his skid with a unanimous decision win in the rubber match between him and Antwan Robertson.  The win against Robertson was a carbon copy of the first fight between the two, which Patraw dominated.  Patraw has big ambitions, but he might be wise to use the Minnesota bantamweight title strap as an inducement to make fights with other local small men before trying to move up on a national level.
  19. Jamal James – 3-0 with 3 kayos (-) – With Javontae Starks seemingly out of the picture, you can expect MSC to push Jamal James as the next big thing in Minnesota boxing.  And why not?  James is a talented technical boxer who seems to have found power to go with his speed, precision, and slickness.  The junior welterweight from south Minneapolis also has a quirky personality.  Watch him bow and flourish in the ring before a fight and try not to smile!
  20. Hector Orozco – 3-6 with no kayos (-) – 2010 was Orozco’s best year as a pro.  As the new year dawned Orozco’s record was 1-4.  Orozco’s 2010 unfolded this way: first Orozco lost controversially to unbeaten Jeremy McLaurin, a stoppage due to a cut that was ruled a TKO.  In a rematch with McLaurin, though, Orozco befuddled his 7-0 opponent and took the win.  Next Orozco was rematched with 3-0 welterweight Danny Figueroa, by whom he had been beaten in a technical decision in 2009, and gained another win.  Finally, Orozco would take a loss to end up at 2-2 for the year courtesy of the blinding speed and punishing power of 6-0-1 prospect Michael Anderson.  The remarkable thing about Orozco is that all three of his wins have been against unbeaten fighters (Figueroa, McLaurin, and in 2009, RJ Laase).  In fact, the cumulative records of all of Orozco’s opponents at the time that he fought them was 37-7-1.  How good would this guy be if he were more selective of his opponents and a little more lucky in the ring?

Missed the cut:

Scott Ball – The middleweight from Rochester lost his only bout in 2010, to Marcus Upshaw, to go to 10-7 with 8 knockouts.

Anthony Bonsante – Came out of retirement to fight Bobby Kliewer after 20 months of inactivity.  Dealing with some stress in his personal life, Bonsante had hoped for a cathartic experience.  Instead he got a tough fight and was handed a humbling loss by a club fighter.

Raphael Butler – Only fought once in 2010, was outpointed by Canadian heavyweight prospect Neven Pajkic.  Butler felt he had earned the win and been cheated, but what losing fighter doesn’t think that?

Levi Cortes – After bursting on the scene with a gutsy performance against Gary Eyer a year ago, Cortes has been missing in action.

Danny Figueroa – This Hastings-based fighter is a genuine talent, but only fought once in 2010, losing to Hector Orozco.

Kenny Kost has reportedly been seen in the gym recently.  Kost, who hasn’t fought since losing to Hector Camacho Jr in the spring of 2008, should be expected to require a tuneup bout before getting into any serious scrap.

Tony Lee – Two fights into his professional career Tony Lee has an unblemished record.  His first fight, a win against Hector Orozco, I saw and was not too impressed.  His second fight, an all-action victory against scrappy David Laque, I didn’t see, but Lee got good reviews from everyone who saw it.  I expect good things from Lee in 2011, and you should too.

Antonio Johnson isn’t officially retired as far as anyone knows, but has only fought three times in the last three years, so what’s the difference?  Johnson hasn’t been seen or heard from professionally since notching his first loss (to Francisco Santana) in March of 2009.

Bobby Kliewer had lost four in a row and eight out of nine before shocking Anthony Bonsante in December.  That’s not to say that Kliewer is a bad fighter; the book on “Sweet Dreams” is that he’s a short notice opponent for good prospects.  A couple of wins in 2011 would get this young (23 years old) veteran a ranking a year from now.  He only just missed the cut this year.

Allen Litzau – I refer back to the elder Litzau’s entry from last year: “not a bad fighter, but no big wins in several years.   I’m hoping to see Allen fight and win several times in 2010.” There’s been serious talk of matching Litzau and Gary Eyer in Duluth.  Wouldn’t that be interesting?

Jeremy McLaurin fought three times in 2010, winning controversially against Hector Orozco, losing a rematch with Orozco, and winning impressively against 3-0 Joel Flores of Michigan.  I don’t know what to make of McLaurin.  He’s a likeable young man and a talented boxer, but I’m not sure he has the chin of a good prizefighter.  McLaurin has a lot of options, so expect to see him gain a couple of wins and get tested in the new year.

Jonathan Perez just turned pro a couple of weeks ago.  It’s too soon to give him a ranking, but with some good wins we could see him make a splash.  Having a promotional deal with MSC doesn’t hurt.

Antwan Robertson suffered through a 1-3 campaign this year, his only win coming against 0-1 William Bellcourt.  Robertson is a tremendous athlete, but that athleticism hasn’t consistently translated into success in the ring.

Derek Winston has only fought twice since turning pro in October of 2009, both times taking wins against difficult opponents, but has yet to show the kind of potential that built him a reputation as an amateur.  A cousin of Antwan Robertson,  Winston has talent and access to good sparring.  Some say that Winston is a better boxer than Robertson.  With a little luck and some more favorable matching, 2011 could be Winston’s year to make some noise.

Round-by-Round: December 18th at Target Center

Correspondent Joel Bauman

Guest Correspondent Joel Bauman

By Joel “Broomsticks” Bauman

Matt Vanda -vs- Phil Williams [ed: the featured bout of the evening, this fight was changed from a ten-rounder to a six-round exhibition due to a licensing issue on Vanda’s part.  Though no official reason has been given for licensing problem, rumors abound that Vanda failed a drug test in conjunction with his last bout, a loss to Ossie Duran in New Jersey on November 12th.]

Round 1

Early on Phil stays constant. Landing multiple jabs to the head.  Vanda answers back with a nice body body head combination. Williams continues to keep Vanda on the outside of his jab throughout most of the round.  Vanda slips past and lands a nice shot to the body.  They end the round with foreheads touching throwing short uppercuts and hooks.

Round 2

The round starts out with Vanda landing a nice head-body combination to set the pace.  Vanda continues to throw hard punch combinations landing shots to the head and body.  Phil answers with repeated jabs and pushes Vanda back into the ropes where he keeps the pressure on him picking his shots. Most of the round is spent with Phil having Vanda on the ropes picking his shots decisively with Vanda answering with hard three to four punch combinations.

Round 3

The round starts out with Vanda coming out the aggressor throwing many three to four punch combinations to the head and body. Phil answers with stiff jabs keeping Vanda at a distance and outside.  Vanda contninues to close the distance to land quick explosive body shot combinations.  Williams presses forward to put Vanda on the ropes again where he throws short arm punches to the head and body to finish the round.

Round 4

Williams comes out and lands a stiff jab and Vanda answers back with heavy hooks to the body.  Williams closes the distance and continues to throw short arm uppercuts and hooks while Vanda is against the ropes.  They break and Vanda lands multiple hooks and jabs with Williams answering with straights and uppercuts. The round ends with fighters exchanging unfriendly looks and statements that makes the ref step in to corner them.

Round 5

Williams comes out the aggressor taunting Vanda putting his hands down and landing multiple hooks.  Williams continues to push forward putting Vanda on the ropes where he lands short arm punches. Vanda answers with hard body and head combinations.  Both men getting action in on the exchange by the ropes. The round ends with Vanda against the ropes taking more short uppercuts answering with hard body combinations.

Round 6

Vanda comes out swinging landing a looping left hook right away that makes Williams taunt by dropping his hands. Both fighters now drop their hands to taunt each other.  Both fighters throw heavy shots and big punches keeping each other honest and making them stay elusive. At the end of the fight Williams connects with a big left hook that sends Vanda back to the ropes where he crowds him to look for the finish to end the round.

Scores: None; exhibition

Jamal James (now 3-0 with 3 kayos) defeats Ryan Gronvold (now 1-6) by TKO in round 1 of 4 rounds scheduled

Round 1

Each fighter comes out quick looking to find their distance. James lands early with a stiff jab. He starts to capitalize on his reach advantage backing Gronvold up with more jabs keeping him on his outside. Gronvold presses forward and gets tagged with a counter left hook that sends him back to the ropes followed by more hooks to the head and body. Gronvold regains himself and looks for the hold. As Gronvold makes his way forward he gets tagged with a big left hook that drops his hands and makes the referee step in to call it at 1:49 in the first round for James.

Anthony Bonsante (now 32-12 with 18 kayos) is defeated by Bobby Kliewer (now 11-12 with 5 kayos) by Split Decision after 8 rounds

Round 1

The match starts with Bonsante showing his elusiveness dodging a combination while answering with a stiff jab to the body. Both fighters are looking to find distance for their shots. Kliewer starts to work the jab and get the upper hand early.

Round 2

Kliewer starts to work his jab early in the round and presses Bonsante to the ropes to put him down. Bonsante rises to his feet and advances forward looking for a lunging combination and gets tagged with a counter right straight to bring him down again. Bonsante rises to his feet to finish out the round.

Round 3

Bonsante starts to show some aggressive nature early in the round and tags Kliewer with a stiff combination. Kliewer answers with more jabs looking to land his straight. Bonsante seems to have gained confidence and continues to push forward most of the round landing big hooks to the body Winning the close exchanges .

Round 4

Bonsante looks determined and comes out swinging landing a big combination to the head right away. Kliewer fights him off with 1-2 combinations to the head. Bonsante continues to press forward most of the round being the more aggressive fighter while Kliewer looks to counter.

Round 5

Both fighters come out exchanging jabs early. Bonsante continues to move forwards scoring a knockdown off a hook from a hold. Kliewer comes back aggressive and holds Bonsante. Bonsante lifts and drops him losing a point. Fighters exchange heavy combinations in the middle of the ring. The 10 second bell rings and Bonsante catches a straight to his right eye that sends him to the mat for an 8 count to end the round.

Round 6

Both fighters come out with Bonsante looking for jabs with Kliewer countering with straights. Bonsante continues to look for big punch combinations as Kliewer looks to capitalize on his straights and jabs. Bonsante starts to work his 1-2 and lands multiple combinations through the round.

Round 7

Bonsante comes out throwing some jabs followed by straights connecting with multiple combinations. Kliewer counters and steps forward landing some shots to make Bonsante look for the hold. Both fighters stay aggressive landing big shots to the body and head.

Round 8

Kliewer lands a nice 1-2 to start the round with Bonsante answering with a hook to send him back. Bonsante continues to push the pace landing many jabs and straights pushing Kliewer to the ropes and corners landing big punches. Kliewer continues to answer with counter straights. Both men exchange big shots all over the ring with Bonsante pushing most of the pace throughout the last round with Kliewer answering with counters.

Tony Lee (now 2-0 with no kayos) defeats David Laque (now 2-7-1 with 2 kayos) by Unanimous Decision after 4 rounds

Round 1

Both fighters are elusive right away with Lee breaking forward with big punches backing up Laque early. Laque begins to answer by moving forward trying to find his distance. Lee continues to keep the pressure on Laque throwing big punches

Round 2

Lee again comes out swinging with big shots and backing up Laque early in the round. While Lee comes forward Laque looks to score ducking and weaving looking for counters.

Round 3

This round shows to be the most promising for Laque as he comes out landing a combination to head and body early. Lee answers with more big shots and combinations to the head and body. Laque lands a big counter left hook in the middle of the round that makes Lee’s nose start to bleed. Laque starts t gain confidence, getting close and landing some big shots.

Round 4

Laque starts to pressure Lee and begins to gain confidence crowding Lee and landing some shots inside. Lee begins to retaliate with the same onslaught of head and body counter hooks backing up Laque yet again. Laque answers by keeping the pressure forward and his hands moving. Lee continues to look and land big hooks late in the round that land hard but don’t seem to bring Laque down. Laque moves forward to continue to pressure till the end of the round showing his heart.

Scores: 40-36 40-36 40-36, all in favor of Lee

Antwan Robertson (now 6-4-1 with 4 kayos) is defeated by Brad Patraw (now 7-3 with 4 kayos) by Unanimous Decision after 6 rounds.  Patraw regains the Minnesota State bantamweight belt that he lost to Robertson in October of ’09.

Round 1

Much respect shown by both fighters early with Brad being the first to move forward. Patraw is backing up Robertson with a lot of forward movement not giving him time to set his feet while sticking him with multiple hooks to the body. Robertson seems to be looking to find some distance to land some punches but continues to get crowded by Patraw. Patraw gets Robertson to the ropes throughout the round and lands multiple hooks to the head and body.

Round 2

Early Robertson comes forward making Patraw miss landing a counter right straight sending Patraw to the ropes. Robertson chases him but can’t seem to take advantage of the situation making Patraw have to hold. Patraw regains his composure and starts to move forward again landing more big shots to the body of Robertson. Robertson lands another big counter straight to let Patraw know he is still in the fight; however Patraw still is the more aggressive fighter keeping Robertson on his heels the majority of the round.

Round 3

Patraw begins to pressure early in the round landing some hooks to the body and head. Robertson starts to become passive trying to move more while Patraw continues to back him up with body shots and combinations. Robertson doesn’t seem to be throwing many punches and looks comfortable with Patraw being the aggressor. Robertson lands a few counter hooks and straights in the round, but most of the big shots are from Patraw.

Round 4

Both fighters meet in the middle early with Patraw coming out swinging. Robertson starts to let his hands go early but can’t seem to answer Patraw’s constant pressure as he continues to get backed up and and hit in the corner. Robertson holds and looks to land big hooks on the breaks landing few but he continues to get backed up against the ring throughout the round and hit hard in the body.

Round 5

Robertson starts to let his hands go early pushing the pace to back up Patraw. Patraw answers with big shots staying comfortable with his newly acquired slowed down pace. Robertson continues to press forward, looking for powerful combinations to the head and body while Patraw continues to stay and look comfortable. Patraw stays passive while focusing mostly on his movement, landing some jabs and straights to finish the round.

Round 6

Robertson comes out the aggressor with Patraw being elusive and defensive. Patraw starts to move forward backing up Robertson with body shots leaving himself open for a big counter. Patraw stumbles back with Robertson looking for the finish landing heavy shots on Patraw. Patraw regains himself and pushes Robertson back again. The round ends with Patraw landing shots on Robertson against the ropes to solidify his victory.

Scores: 59-55 59-55 59-55, all in favor of Patraw

Don Tierney (now 3-2 with 1 kayo) is defeated by Bobby Butters Jr (now 1-1) by Unanimous Decision after 4 rounds

Round 1

Butters startss to look to find the distance of his jab early while being the immediate aggressor. Tierney is picking his shots and is so far (early in this fight) being a defensive counter puncher. Butters gets Tierney up against the ropes early and looks to land big shots, however Tierney lands nice counters on the breaks. Butters puts his hands down to taunt and gets tagged with a right straight. The bad blood is eminent; however Butters seems to be pressing the action with big punches to the body and ribcage.

Round 2

Again Butters comes out being the aggressor with Tierney moving around the ring trying to create space, backing Butters up with stiff counters. Butters stays resilient in looking to land many hooks to the body with Tierney countering with many shots to the head. Butters continues to look for mostly body in round two while Tierney is looking to passively counter.

Round 3

Tierney starts out being the immediate aggressor; however, Butters backs Tierney up to the ropes and lands a nice left upper cut with Tierney countering hard with a straight right. This sends Butters back into the ropes where he lands another straight that forces Butters to hold. On the break, Butters presses forward to work for the body as Tierney continues to counter and land very hard straight rights that send Butters back to the ropes yet again. The bell rings as Butters regains himself from a hold.

Round 4

Both fighters come out early throwing big shots looking to win decisively against the other. Butters starts to taunt and gets back up to the ropes. Tierney continues to look to counter as the action slows. Tierney gets backed into the corner where he lands some big hooks that questionably downs Tierney with Tierney immediately rising to his feet landing a lunging straight right that lands while he begins to get counted. Tierney is upset about the call and both fighters meet in the center throwing a borage of punches to end the round.

Scores: 40-35 40-35 38-37, all in favor of Butters

John Jackson (now 15-1-1 with 13 kayos) and Willshaun Boxley (now 6-7-1 with 4 kayos) fight to a majority draw after 6 rounds

Prefight: A very intense staredown from both fighters.

Round 1

Jackson starts working the jab early keeping his hands high. Both fighters are looking to find their distance early. Boxley finds Jacksons early and continues to work it many times throughout the first. Jakcson is landing more combinations, while Boxley shows his power early with counter hooks and straights to the body. Very intense, action-filled first round.

Round 2

Jackson starts to look for the jab early. Boxley lands another hard straight to the body. Jackson starts to let his hands fly and lands a mean 4 shot combination. Boxley is moving forward while Jackson is looking to stick and move. More punches are being thrown by Jackson this roundl

Round 3

Boxley moves forward early landing another bod shot. Jackson lands a nice combination of 3.. Answered by jab to a hard hook that seemed to wobble Jackson. Both fighters are landing powerful shots. Jackson starts to move forward after he lands a nice combination of multiple shots to the head and body, and continues to move forward until the end of the round with Boxley landing nice counter hooks

Round 4

Jackson comes out and lands a nice two jab combination with a straight down to the body. With Boxley answering with 3 straight rights to the body. Both fighters are landing nice counters. Jackson seems to be the aggressor in these later rounds with Boxley landing nice counters in the exchange.

Round 5

Jackson comes out the aggressor pumping the jab and throws a nice right hook that landed. Boxley lands a nice counter shot and continues to look to counter throughout the round. Jackson is looking to let his hands fly landing big shots to the body backing up Boxley. Boxley is landing a nice counter 1-2 however that makes Jackson aware that he is still in the fight. Jackson continues

Round 6

Both fighters meet in the center looking for jabs and straights early with Jackson landing the cleaner shots. Jackson backs Boxley up to the ropes and lands powerful shots making Boxley hold him, Backson again gets him in the corner sending hooks to the body making Boxley hold. Jackson continues to be the aggressor Boxley landing nice shots on the break.

Scores: 57-57 57-57 58-56, Draw

Afterwards both fighters talk in the center of the ring

Jonathan Perez (now 1-0 with 1 kayo) defeats Randy Ronchi (now 0-2) by TKO in round 1 of 4 rounds scheduled

Round 1

Perez starts to push the action landing the first shots including a jab and a nice left hook to the body. Ronchi begins to look for counter shots and is seeming to respect the power of Perez’s punches.. Perez scores a knockdown in the first from a left hook. Perez lands another knockdown from a counter left hook to the head. Ronchi again makes it to his feet. Perez immediately comes out to look for the finish, lands a counter right straight to get the final knockdown at 2:31 of the first for the win.

Boxing Results: Seasons Beatings, December 18th, 2010 (Vanda, Williams, Bonsante, etc)

A blow-by-blow account of tonight’s proceedings will be posted as soon as it’s received from our correspondent at ringside, Joel “Broomsticks” Bauman.

Matt Vanda (43-12 with 23 knockouts) -vs- Phil Williams (11-3-1 with 10 knockouts), super middleweights, scheduled for 10 rounds – this fight was changed to a six-round exhibition due to “a licensing problem” that the promoters’ representative said was unknown to the promoter until 10am Saturday morning.  The licensing problem is said to be related to Vanda’s last fight, a wipeout loss to Ossie Duran in New Jersey on November 12th.

Jamal James (now 3-0 with 3 knockouts) defeats Ryan Gronvold (now 1-6) by TKO in round 1 of 4 scheduled

Anthony Bonsante (now 32-12 with 18 knockouts) is defeated by Bobby Kliewer (now 11-12 with 5 knockouts) by decision after eight rounds.

Tony Lee (now 2-0 with no knockouts) defeats David Laque (now 2-7-1 with 2 knockouts) by decision after 4 rounds.  Fight is said to be a thriller!

Antwan Robertson (now 6-4-1 with 4 knockouts) is defeated by Brad Patraw now (7-3 with 4 knockouts) by unanimous decision after six rounds.  Patraw reclaims the Minnesota State bantamweight title that he lost to Robertson in 2009.

Don Tierney (now 3-2 with 1 kayo) is defeated by Bobby Butters Jr (now 1-1 with no kayos), light middleweights, scheduled for 4 rounds

John Jackson (now 15-1-1 with 13 knockouts) and Willshaun Boxley (now 6-7-1 with 4 knockouts) fight to a majority draw after 6 rounds

Jonathan Perez (now 1-0 with 1 kayo) defeats Randy Ronchi (now 0-2) by TKO in round 1 of 4 scheduled

Minnesota Boxing Results for October 28th & 29th

Results are taken from Boxrec, Minnesotaboxing.com, and other reports.

Friday October 29th in Winnipeg:

Willshaun Boxley (now 6-7 with 4 kayo) defeated Josh Dahl (now 2-3 with no kayos) by TKO in round 5 of unknown scheduled rounds.

Antwan Robertson (now 6-4 with 4 kayos) was defeated by Nestor Bolum (now 9-0 with 1 kayo) by UD after 4 rounds*

* This fight was reportedly going to be an exhibition, however the result here is reported by at least two sources.  I’m trying to verify that it was in fact a legitimate prizefight and that the result is official.

Thursday October 28th in Duluth:

RJ Laase (now 5-1 with 3 kayos) defeated Andrew Selwig (now 0-1) by TKO in round 2 of 4 rounds scheduled.

Al Sands (now 1-0 with 1 kayo) defeated Dustin Block (now 0-1) by TKO in round 1 of 4 rounds scheduled.

Aaron Green (now 1-0 with 1 kayo) defeated Will Gillette (now 0-2) by KO in round 1 of 4 rounds scheduled

Tim Farmer (now 1-0 with 1 kayo) defeated Adam Rocka (now 0-1) by TKO in round 2 of 4 rounds scheduled