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Williams and Sands to meet August 28th in Highly Anticipated Match Up

Hincley, MN- Cruiserweights Phil Williams and Al Sands are slated to meet in Minnesota’s most anticipated boxing event of the year on August 28th at Grand Casino Hinckley. Both Williams (14-7-2) and Sands (15-1) are nationally ranked in the cruiserweight division, and boxing fans in the upper Midwest have been calling for the matchup for close to two years. A ... Read More »

Williams Scores KO1 Over El Amin

St. Paul, MN- Boxing fans in Minnesota were treated to a return from local knockout artist Phil Williams(12-5-1), who made an emphatic statement with his demolition of Shujaa El Amin (12-4) of Las Vegas on Saturday night for the WBU super middleweight title. Williams, over a year removed from his last bout, a stoppage loss to Andrze Fonfara in Chicago, ... Read More »

Weights From St. Paul, MN

Vacant WBU Super Middleweight title Phil Williams 167.4 vs. Shujaa El-Amin 167.4 Vacant Minnesota State Jr. Featherweight title Brad Patraw 122 vs. Vicente Alfaro 121.6 Al Sands 200.2 vs. J.J. Corn 194.6 Wilton Hilario 128.6 vs. James Owens 128 Robert Brant 160.8 vs. Keith Collins 161.4 Dan Moret 160.6 vs. Brandon Abrego ?? Jonathan Perez 124 vs Ruben Elias 123.8 Read More »

Brant Returns alongside Williams-El Amin Showdown in St. Paul

St. Paul MN- A long time Minnesota fan favorite will make his return to the ring after over a year long layoff, while a fast rising newcomer continues his ascent on the same card this Saturday night on a show loaded with local talent. Robert Brant (5-0) of Oakdale, will make his sixth venture to the ring when he faces ... Read More »

Truax Outlasts Vanda on Local Supershow

It was a classic. In a town that enjoys a classic brawl so few and far between, the Minneapolis Convention Center was treated to one for the storybooks when Caleb Truax finally met Matt Vanda with Minnnesota middleweight supremacy on the line. Minnesota boxing, for all intents and purposes waved goodbye to an icon, as Matt Vanda came up short ... Read More »

Rob Brant Makes Return February 9th

Minneapolis- In pursuit of his sixth professional win, the explosive Robert Brant( 5-0 3 ko’s) of Oakdale, MN will make his return to the ring on February 9th at the Crowne Plaza in St. Paul. Following National and world accolades at the amateur level, Brant is poised to keep a strong pace in 2013. In his next venture, he will ... Read More »

Weights and Quotes from Minneapolis

Sterling Entertainment Group in association with Fight Area 51 presents Pound for Pound II Saturday January 5th. Fighters weighed in Friday night and met with the media prior to Saturday’s show. Ismail Muwendo 132 – Anthony Nuponyi 128.6 Jamal James 146.6 – Patrick Boozer 145 Robert Brant 152.8 – Romon Barber 152.8 Jonathan Perez 116.8 -Brian Jones 118 Zach Wolff ... Read More »

Muwendo, James, Brant Set for Action Saturday Night

Minnesota’s next wave of fast rising, young, boxing stars will be on full display Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. The card is spearheaded by a featherweight clash for the ABO Mid-America title between the explosive Ismail Muwendo (11-0) and Anthony Napunyi (14-11). Fans have become accustomed to Muwendo’s lethal punching accuracy, complimented by his devastating power ... Read More »

Trio of Minnesotan Prospects to be featured January 5th at Hyatt Regency

Minneapolis, MN- Three of Minnesota’s strongest boxing prospects will continue their ascent to national level contention on January 5th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis. Ismail Muwendo(11-0) fresh off of a victory over Leon Bobo on October 27th will take on Anthony Napunyi (5-1) in an 8 round affair for the ABO Mid America featherweight title in the card’s ... Read More »

James Survives Stiff Test, Decisions Rodriguez

Shakopee, MN- Heralded prospect Jamal James(8-0) met his match Saturday night at Canterbury Park, in the form of in state rival Corey Rodriguez(5-3). James struggled to establish his height and reach advantage early on as Rodriguez pressed the issue. The Minneapolis native, James, remained on the back step into the middle rounds until a cut opened over the right eye ... Read More »

James Vs Rodriguez “Pound4Pound” Showdown to Air on

Twin Cities- As they approach the most significant local showdown of their careers, Jamal James(7-0), and Corey Rodriguez (5-2) are putting the finishing touches on training camps that will culminate in Saturday night’s anticipated 8 round junior middleweight Minnesota superfight at famed Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. Fight week festivities will kick off at Mystic Lake resort in the Dakota ... Read More »

James vs. Rodriguez to Headline “Pound 4 Pound” at Canterbury Park on October 27th

Highly touted Minneapolis product Jamal James (7-0) will take part in a crucial in-state grudge match on October 27, when He goes head to head with Corey “Collateral Damage” Rodriguez (6-2) at “Pound 4 Pound” at the famed Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, MN presented Fight Area 51 and Sterling Entertainment Group. James, training out of Circle of Discipline gym in ... Read More »

ShoBox Preview: What Can You Expect from Caleb Truax?


This Friday night boxing fans will watch former undisputed world beater Jermain Taylor(29-4-1) resume his quest for redemption on Showtime. Its chapter two in the Arkansas native’s comeback story, this time he’ll be taking on Caleb Truax (18-0-1) of Minnesota. (record scratch) Who? If you’re a boxing enthusiast, you’ll probably Google his name, skim his record, and gear up to ... Read More »

Vargas Outlasts Tyner in Ugly affair, Latimore Dodges a Bullet

Poise might have been the area that veteran Lanardo Tyner(25-7-2 15 ko’s) chose to target more than any other in his welterweight bout with prospect Jessie Vargas(18-0 9 ko’s), but the 22 year old showed composure beyond his years, and outlasted Tyner in an ugly ten round affair littered with fouls. Vargas opened up the fight long exchange in illegal ... Read More »

Jermaine White, The Midwest’s “Hawk”

Jermaine White

At the time of my interview with Jermaine White (17-4 9ko’s) being scheduled he was slated to face Vivian Harris in what would have been an opportunity to take a significant step forward, and kick off the second act of his career. White, the Chicago based welterweight, considers it the second act because he is returning from a hiatus with ... Read More »

A Feel Out Round with Middleweight J’leon Love

During a quiet Thursday afternoon workout inside of Las Vegas’ H.I.T. Factory an upbeat young fighter wears an infectious smile as he carries out the final part of his training session. He is rising prospect J’leon Love, a 10-0 middleweight who hails from Dearborn Heights, Michigan and walks with a demeanor that makes it clear, he’s excited to be here, ... Read More »

A Feel Out Round with Middleweight J’leon Love

During a quiet Thursday afternoon workout inside of Las Vegas’ H.I.T. Factory an upbeat young fighter wears an infectious smile as he carries out the final part of his training session. He is rising prospect J’leon Love, a 10-0 middleweight who hails from Dearborn Heights, Michigan and walks with a demeanor that makes it clear, he’s excited to be here, ... Read More »

Rigondeaux Knocks out Ramos to End a Lackluster Affair

Las Vegas, NV- Cuban star Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0 ) and previously undefeated American Rico Ramos(20-1) brought fans a forgettable show Friday night at the Palms in Las Vegas, for all but about 20 combined seconds of round one and six. Two meaningful exchanges was all Rigondeaux needed however to score a stoppage. An overwhelming majority of the bout saw both ... Read More »

Martin, Kennedy Fight to Majority Draw in Vegas, Ugas Batters Almaraz

Las Vegas, NV-Fans at Hard Rock Hotel’s “Joint” in Las Vegas were treated to Chris Martin and Teon Kennedy battling in close quarters for ten rounds Friday Night, but neither man was able to create distance on the scorecards, leaving a lack of closure for both camps. Kennedy(17-1-2) was aiming to bounce back strong from a loss to Alejandro Lopez ... Read More »


Teon Kennedy 121.5 – Christopher Martin 121.5 Yordenis Ugas 141.5 – Esteban Almarez 142 Gabino Saenz 125 – Gil Garcia 128 Shawn Nichol 122 – Jesse Magdaleno 122 Anthony Lenk 141.5 – Boyd Henley 142 Read More »

Rubio Stops Vanda in Front of a Star Studded Ballroom

While the top story from Friday’s boxing card at Mandalay Bay was the star studded audience, Marco Antonio Rubio put on an impressive display in front of some of his most famous peers. Rubio fired away at the game Matt Vanda, who couldn’t avoid the 1-2 combinations that Rubio was able to stick right through his defense. The always durable ... Read More »

Nishioka Beats Marquez with Impressive Showing in Late Rounds

Worldly culture was in a surplus at the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom on Saturday night when Rafael Marquez did battle with Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan, with Nishioka’s WBC Super bantamweight strap on the line. The hard hitting, and hard headed Marquez started the fight strongly, dictating the bouts methodical pace with well timed combinations, not without eating a number of ... Read More »

Sights and Sounds from Camp Mayweather

The Mayweather gym opened it’s doors to writers, photographers, and videographers alike this past Tuesday with it’s traditional pre-fight media day. The action kicked off with a workout from young, and undefeated prospect Jesse Vargas who worked the pads and heavy bag for the national and local media. Roger Mayweather fielded questions from the press at ringside, while p.r. specialist ... Read More »

Tarvis Simms looking for a big fight

Nearly one year ago Allan Green was featured by Showtime in what many considered a “bullpen” type of fight, before Green was asked to enter the Super Six Tournament. Green’s opponent that night, Tarvis Simms was brought in on short notice, and expected to play the role of a tune up. Simms had other plans. “I proved I can compete ... Read More »

Ishe Smith Challenges Fernando Guerrero on July 16

Memphis, TN- Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith(21-4) will keep his streak of challenging the best opposition alive when he goes toe to toe with middleweight prospect and NABO champion Fernando Guerrero(18-0) at the DeSoto Civic Center In Memphis, TN on July 16 on Showtime. Smith will again move up to middleweight to meet the hard hitting Guerrero. Smith will be fighting ... Read More »

A thank you note to the Greatest

I’m writing a letter, not because it’s the 50th anniversary of anything, not to celebrate a birthday or any other benchmark, not because I believe you will ever read this but because I believe I am one of millions of people that owes you a thank you. In a world where reality tv characters are pop culture icons, and we ... Read More »

Michael Perez Making T.V. Debut on May 14

Boxing can be a difficult field to make your name in, and even more difficult to crack the mainstream code, but at 20 years old Michael Perez will have an opportunity to lay the groundwork when he takes to the ring on May 14 at Paradise Theater in the Bronx. “Well I’m the first televised bout of the night on ... Read More »

McLaurin Reflects on Loss with No Excuses

Twin Cities, MN- Previously undefeated lightweight Jeremy Mclaurin(7-1, 5 ko’s) suffered a shocking unanimous decision loss to underdog Hector Orozco this past weekend in Hinckley, but the St. Paul based fighter wants to make it clear he plans to return with a sharpened focus. “I was just stuck in the mud all night, I have no excuses, I lost my ... Read More »

Javontae Starks Forced to Pull out of April 2 Bout, Aims for May Return

Minneapolis, MN- Minnesota’s top junior middleweight prospect and former national champion Javontae Starks(3-0 3 ko’s) suffered the first setback of his career this month when he was forced to pull out of his bout with Bobby Kliewer(10-9 6 ko’s) on April 2. Starks suffered a back injury while training alongside stablemate and former amateur elite Jamal James,who will make his ... Read More »

Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey: The Prefight Breakdown

This Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao will put his streak of brilliance on the line in one of the world’s most remarkable buildings. Four months ago the Dallas Cowboys’ brand new billion dollar stadium was poised to hold the long awaited showdown between Pacquiao and Mayweather, but it was not to be. While boxing fans from all four corners of the ... Read More »