This event could be called, night of tests. Almost all of the bouts on this card feature huge tests for some of Minnesota’s best boxing prospects. I love it!
This card is going to be fun. Generally you don’t hear a lot of chatter about more than maybe one or two fights on any given card. But MSC’s show this Friday night has been talked about from first fight to last. Honestly, I have not heard more conversation about an opening bout than Tim Taggard vs Sam Morales. Then there are the four TV fights that have everyone excited for Minnesota boxing.
Matt Vanda (41,9) vs Phil Williams (11,1) – This fight caused so much excitement the show sold out two weeks before its date. We already have written quite a bit about this one, and will have Keys to victory for Phil Williams tomorrow. – Remember this fight starts at 8:45 PM, right after the Wild game. It will be the third fight of the night for those in attendance.
Wilton Hilario (11,0,1) vs Leon Bobo (18,3,1) – This is a Main Event on most evenings. Hilario did not get his wish to fight Minnesota’s pound for pound best, Jason Litzau, but does get a safer test with a step up fighter. I am really looking forward to this one. While Bobo doesn’t seem to have much pop, only 3 KO’s, he has been in there with the highest of competition and if Hilario can take him down it will be a big boost for his career.
Cerresso Fort (7,0) vs Lamar Harris (6,3,2) – This fight is considered by many to be Fort’s biggest to date. For one, he’s on TV, for another, Lamar Harris may have 3 losses and 2 draws but the guy only seems to fight undefeated prospects. While I think Fort will take care of this one handily it will still be a nice step up the ladder.
Javontae Starks (debut) vs Dan Copp (1,1) – People can not wait to see what Javontae Starks can do as a pro. He was one of the nations best as an amateur and will now see how that translates into the pro game. From the video I have watched of him, he looks like he is built to be a professional. I have been ringside for both of Dan Copps fights. His first was against Jon Schmidt and he was soundly out boxed and TKO ed in the 3rd. Copp got his win against a fellow MMA guy when the two of them met in a boxing match. Starks should be able to use his boxing skills to make easy work of this fight, but Copp will bring it. He has a motor that keeps on running. Should be a fun one.
Tonight is weigh ins for the fight and The League plans to be there. I will try and put up some photos, weights, and hopefully a few quotes tonight.
10-26-09 Vanda vs Williams first glance
11-09-09 Matt Vanda, keys to victory