Donny “Drama” Tierney, He fights October 27 on SEG’s “Pound 4 Pound”

Below is a quick Q & A with one of Minnesota’s most fan friendly fighters. Donny “Drama” Tierney (5,5) always comes to fight! Drama is always in the running for fight of the night. His go for it style and no quit attitude in the ring has given him and impressive following that just keeps getting bigger each time he goes out. Tierney is set to fight on the undercard of “Pound 4 Pound” promoted by SEG at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee MN.

Tierney (right) Photo credit, Jesse Kelley,

Heard of several different opponents for your October 27 fight, do you know who will be standing opposite you?


I’m not sure who I’ll be fighting. I would love to fight Ronnie Peterson at 147, if he doesn’t want the fight, I hear we have others lined up. I’m in shape, workout  twice a day, so it really doesn’t matter. If my team wants it I’ll fight whoever they want.


The League has always been a fan of your fights, what do you think you bring to the table that always makes for a great fan experience? And how did you create such a great fan base?

You know, I don’t know why fans like my fights? Maybe cause I have no amateur experience and just took a pro fight and went on from there. I had a rough road in life and I’m thankful boxing came into my life, I don’t know where I’d be. I’m good to my friends and they all support what I do. They love to see me doing something positive.


Who do you train with and what is your primary gym?

I’ve been at next level combat in Woodbury and I’ve been training with Lenny McQuin, and Jesse Garza is getting on board, its all up hill from now on.


Your “go get it” style reminds some of MMA fighters, have you ever fought in the cage? Is that something you would ever do?

I have thought about it. If I had any other wrestling, jits, extra skills I would, but I still have a lot to learn in boxing. I’m learning in the pro game not too many fighters start there. I have a new team I never really had a full time team with me in 10 pro fights. This is the best camp I have ever had, and it’s coming in my 11th fight. I can’t wait to see how much I’ve improved.


What advise would you give a boxer just getting in to the sport?

My advise would be, you’re either in it 100 percent or find a new sport! Boxing is a sport, but you play baseball, you play hockey, you don’t play boxing! For myself, the skills are still getting there, but you have to have heart to make it in boxing! That’s what’s carried me through to where I am now.


How excited are you to be a part of “Corey Rodriguez vs Jamal James” card? Do you have a prediction for the main?

I’m pretty excited to be apart of this show, its good to see two of best go at it and not worry bout building their record. Jermey Boranberg of SEG did a great job getting this fight signed! Its by far worth the money to come watch the whole card, a lot of great fighters. I think it will go the cards and I say James will come out on top.


Is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

I would like to say to my fans, thank you very much for your support through the years, I would be nothing without all of you. I’ve been working my butt off and don’t plan on losing for a long time. New team and new Drama to come out, you are not gonna want to miss. And special thanks to my girlfriend Maria Kelly for the ups and downs and standing behind me through my career, much love.

Caleb “Golden” Truax (19,1,1) Knocks one out of the Park.

The Crown Plaza looked pretty full and I doubt anyone left without getting their dollars worth, only one fight didn’t make it the distance. Very well matched card by Cory Rapacz. Thoughts and opinions on last night’s action come from me as fan and watching with friends.

Antonio Johnson over Marcus Thompkins, Johnson won a wide UD over Thompkins. Antononio threw all kinds of un answered punches at Thompkins with little to no affect as Marcus stayed in his defensive shell most of the 8 rounder. I will admit, I gained a ton of respect for Thompkins as he made it all 8 and even opening up a bit towards the end. Although fans of Johnson were hoping for a stoppage, it was not to be.
Caleb Truax over Mickey Scarborough by punishing KO. The half a round was all Golden Truax. He put Scarborough on the matt a couple times before shutting the lights on him midway through the first.
Antwan Robertson Lost to Jake Backus, Backus won almost every round while being the aggressor and in most eyes, better technician of the sweet science.

Brad Heroff over Jon Barker by wide UD. “The Bully” Heroff was in charge of each of the 4 rounds. While Barker was game and landed on Heroff a few times, he just could not deal with Brad Heroff’s boxing skill.
Donny Tierney over Bruce Johnson by another wide UD. Drama Tierney was in charge for the full fight. As always in a Drama fight, it was quite fan friendly with center ring exchanges and loading up on punches while putting Johnson’s taunting to good use. Bruce Johnson stuck his tongue out, shook his head, and mocked Drama until Tierney’s dominance wouldn’t allow any more. Our pick for fight of the night…

Check out later today for a full report and Jesse Kelley’s handy work with the camera. I am sure he will have some great shots from last night’s action.

And as always Check out all the talk on The Leagues Facebook page I keep the web site as current as possible but honestly the page is the place to be.

Quote from Jeremy McLaurin on his May 12 Main event along with other news from around MN.

Jeremy McLaurin, Courtesy Jesse Kelley and MinnesotaBoxing.comQuote from Jeremy McLaurin (9,3) on his upcoming battle with Wilton Hilario (12,2,1)…”Very Happy for this opportunity fighting for the MN Super Featherweight Title. This is the perfect fight to showcase my talent in front of Family, Friends, Minnesota Fans and Sponsors. I would like to thank everyone that’s involved in making this happen. Wilton Hilario is just another person standing in the way of my goals. I will be ready to stay #1 in Minnesota at my weight class and dominant another good fighter May 12th and bring home this Title! Come out and be a part of HISTORY “NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS” Cause a new CHAMPION will be born!!!!” McLaurin

Aaron “Gorilla” Green’s comments will come later, when opponent is finalized.

Dustin “Bull Dog” Mason (3,0) will be fighting “Bad” Brad Patraw and had this to say….”I’ve been working real hard and am already on weight. I’d like to thank RDS and Brad for this opportunity.” Mason

Donny “Drama” Tierney has plenty to say but also wants to wait until things finalize.

Hoping to get quotes from Bad Brad and Tony Lee as well….


In other news….

Due to illness Bobby Deane will no longer be fighting on April 28 in Minot ND. Duluth’s Al Sands (2,1) will now be taking on Travis McCollugh (1,4), McCollugh is a nice pick for team Sands. Al is coming off of a knock out loss and McCollugh has not fought since 2009 in a KO loss to Nick Whiting (1,12) at the time.

Also, RJ “T-Rex” Laase, Andy “Kaos” Kolle, and Dustin “Bull Dog” Mason will all be getting together in Fargo to get some work this Friday….


Q&A with Donny “Drama” Tierney, he fights RJ “T-Rex” Laase April 7 at Wessman Arena in Superior WI.

Drama (right) landing a big right, photo courtesy of Jesse Kelley

Who introduced you to boxing and at what age did you start?

Tierney….I guess my family, they are all fighters. When I was young I use to go to the gym with my dad.



How many amateur fights did you have before turning pro?



Tierney….I only had 9 amateur fights when I was 11 and 12 then turned pro at 25. So I was out of the game for a long time in between.



Donny Drama is a great name, how did it come about?



Tierney….I guess a buddy of mine, Ryan, gave it to me even before boxing. Just about every day of my life there is Drama and I just learn to deal with it. I guess you get use to it.



You were in a tough battle your last fight, pulling out the UD. How do you feel coming off of that victory?



Tierney….I’ll tell ya, that was a tough one, and I was very sore it was a very close fight and I didn’t box like I work on. I’m done fighting mma fighters, I just brawl with em and know I shouldn’t. I’m also not fighting any higher weight then 147, they get to be big boys up there. I have a lot of respect for Nick Compton he did very well for his first fight.



I noticed Jason Litzau in your corner for that fight, is he one of your primary trainers? How much does all his big fight ring experience help you in going on the road to Superior WI?



Tierney….Jason is my cousin and his experience will help a ton if I stick to the game plan up there. It’s my experience that is the problem we have to solve it quick we just both know I’ll never quit i don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing though. As of him being my main guy in the corner, he has his own career to mange but I love him there and he will be there as much as possible.



How do you feel about coming in to RJ “T-Rex” Laase’s home for this fight?



Tierney….I feel great!!! Honestly, I always look at myself as the opponent in every fight, so this one is no different. It will be a war and I’m happy to be apart of it.



What do you know about Laase’s style, or him as a fighter in general?


Tierney….I have a lot of respect for RJ, and I’m thankful for the fight. Every punch he throws is a big punch, we will have to see how good I take em and hope to walk threw em then I’ll have a good night!



What is the biggest reason fans should come out to a Donny Drama fight?



Tierney….You never know what your gonna get. I know that every fight I get better. Now I have my family helping me and Bad Brad. I feel better everyday. Remember, I basically came back to the gym at 25 and 2 months later took a pro fight won and went from there, you don’t see fighters doing that everyday.



Anything you would like to add?



Tierney….I would like to thank Todd and RJ for the fight, and a fight I will bring. I hope the card does well also and a lot of people attend. I know it’s not easy promoting a show and fighting, there is a lot of work behind it. So good luck and come support!

RDS Boxing’s first solo promotion comes tonight. Aaron Green, Tony Lee, and Cerresso Fort will all be featured.

Aaron "Gorilla" Green

RDS Boxing’s first promotion will be taking place tonight. The key members of the promotional team have been around the game for quite some time, but in the past had always been partnered with another promotional company. Boxing fans in the Midwest have been starved for professional boxing action over the last couple of years and have the remaining members of RDS to thank for half of the action over that time. Right now, they are also the only active promotion in MN. I say all of this, because fans need to get out and support live action while they can and maybe be apart of getting more boxing on the calendar.


Tonight’s fights…. I believe this card originally was to boast 6 action packed fights, however, as is true all too often in this sport, the business of boxing got in the way of a few fight possibilities. Brad Patraw was slated to be on this card but when his original opponent fell out, his team would not approve several options given to them by matchmaker Cory Rapacz. As of a little over a week out I know team Patraw was given options of Dustin Mason and others but did not want to face them with only a week to prepare. I have heard rumors that there should be some fun surprises tonight to add to the 4 official fights.


Cerresso Fort 158 vs. Cheyenne Ziegler 161 – Fort can be a very exciting fighter with vicious aggression at times. Not sure if Ziegler can handle more than a couple rounds of Cerresso, but will admit I don’t think I have ever watched Cheyenne go.
Aaron Green 267 vs. John Moxey 220 – I Will always pay to see Gorilla Green go, he is worth the price of admission. Jesse Kelly of added more interest to this fight with his write-up on Moxey. Moxey may be 5 inches shorter and 50 pounds lighter but talks as though Green should be the one worried, he even mentions David vs Galiath. I see Green ending this early, I like Moxey’s moxy, but feel Aaron has a ton of skill and potential.
Tony Lee 135 vs. Joel Flores 135 - I see this as fight of the night and should go the distance. Lee has a ton of talent and will want to one-up what Jeremy McLaurin was able to do in his victory over Flores.
Donny Tierney 152 vs. Nick Compton 153 - One word, Action.

Press Release, Andy “Kaos” Kolle to headline Feb. 5 event.

      Andy Kolle to Headline February 5 at First Avenue in Minneapolis


For Immediate Release

               Minneapolis, MN-  Minnesota’s middleweight champion is slated to make his return to the ring this February. Andy “Kaos” Kolle(19-2 14 ko’s) will take on Pat “The Cat” Coleman (29-15 20 ko’s) on February 5 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN.

Courtesy Walters Photography, all rights reserved

Courtesy Walters Photography, all rights reserved


                Kolle is coming off of a highlight reel knockout of Anthony Bonsante in March, and an impressive stoppage of Anthony Shuler in June. Although Kolle has been inactive for six months he insists that February 5th presents an opportunity to not only get back into action, but turn some heads in the Twin Cities.

“I am really looking forward to getting back into the ring, it has been too long! It has been a few years since I have fought in the Twin Cities so I can’t wait to come and show the boxing fans there what I got. I don’t know much about my opponent but that is nothing new to me so I will be ready for whatever he brings to the table”

                Kolle vs Coleman will be promoted by Midwest Sports Council in association with RDS Company and will bring boxing to the venue made famous by Prince in the mid 80’s. In addition to the anticipated return of Andy Kolle heralded prospect Javontae Starks(2-0 2 ko’s) will do battle for the first time in his native Minneapolis when he takes on Matt Ellis(2-1) in the co-feature. Starks’ MSC stablemate Jeremy McLaurin(6-0 4 ko’s) will also be in action against Brandon Quintana (2-4).

                Decorated amateur Tony Lee(1-0) is slated to fight Javier Segura, while fellow prospect Jose Hilario takes on Hector Orozco. Rounding out the card will be Donny Tierney (1-1) taking on Andrew Kato, and Zach Schumach(1-2-1) taking on Lenny McQuen in his professional debut.

The Event will be 18+ and Tickets are available at

Contact: Brett Mauren (publicist)

“Unfinished Business”, Results / Guess Who’s Back

All photos courtesy of snaplocally.comjason_litzau2




The Midwest Sports Council and the Target Center worked together to put on the best show of 2009 thus far. It’s hard to imagine getting any better than their last effort with Kolle/Bonsante, but this card was entertaining top to bottom. The 3,595 people in attendance witnessed the fulfillment of a feud, the mighty return of Jason Litzau, and a very controversial decision in Vanda/Pudwill. This is what live boxing is all about. The two biggest highlights for me were Allen Litzau vs Wilton Hilario and Jason Litzau’s furry.


Donny Tierney UD (38,37/38,37/38,37) over Zach Schumach – What a great start to the night. This was boxer vs brawler. Donny used his obvious boxing skill advantage to keep control throughout most of this fight. Zach brought the action and looping bombs, but it was not enough to beat the slicker boxer.


Jon Laboda TKO between rounds 2 and 3 over Patrick Cape – Round one had Cape looking to unleash his big right hand, and he had some success, taking the round in my opinion. The second round came with Laboda tearing into Capes body and mind. Following round two, Cape’s corner decided their fighter had felt enough.




Jason Litzau TKO round 5 over Phillip Payne – The crowd was going crazy for Litzau as he entered the ring. Once in the ring and the bell rung, Jason began to ring a different bell, Payne’s. This fight was all Jason and I can see why most local fight fans see Jason as cream of the crop. I understand that Payne’s record was lacking, but what a come back fight for Jason. Fast hands is not nearly descriptive enough to talk about the artillary Litzau was throwing. I give Phillip credit for making it to the 5th, as Jason was on him at every turn, popping him to every portion of his body above the waist.




Cerresso Fort TKO round 4 over Robert Kliewer – This would have been fight of the night on many occasions. Bombs away could describe the action between these two Rice Street Gym fighters. Fort didn’t look as impressive in this victory as he had in Hinckley but Kliewer makes all fights look a little different due to his style. I give Kliewer credit for making it as far as he did with the monsters Fort was throwing. I had Fort taking every round until the stoppage.




Wilton Hilario TKO round 5 over Allen Litzau – Rounds 1 through 3 were all action as these two rivals showed their dislike for one another. Both Allen and Wilton were landing big shots on each other. Wilton’s straight right had Allen seeing stars early on. After round three my notes just say WOW. Come round 4, the wear and tear seemed to be getting to Litzau, and Wilton was clearly in control of both the 4th and 5th rounds. Round five started with Hilario and Litzau charging each other, firing off punches, then Wilton again was doing the giving until the fight was mercifully stopped. The crowd was not happy with the stoppage but those at ringside all agreed. This is one of those fights that did live up to the hype and will stay in peoples memories for a long time. Great fight.




Matt Vanda MD (76,76/77,75/77,75) over Tocker Pudwill – According to the crowd, the writers, Vanda and his Corner’s reaction, the judges were watching a different fight. After it was through, I was able to talk to Anthony Bonsante and Jake Wagner, who were both broadcasting the nights events, and they both had it for Tocker by a landslide. At best this could have been a draw, but two judges giving Vanda the win by two points is beyond me. The fight itself was entertaining. The first 4 rounds I easily gave to Tocker because of his activity and reach. It just didn’t seem like Vanda could figure out how to get inside. Tocker had great defense and in those first 4 rounds didn’t get touched by much. The second half of the 8 round affair was a much closer bout. Vanda definitely landed the bigger punches and had Tocker hurt on a few occasions. I could have scored the last four for Vanda, giving him a draw but didn’t. I had Tocker winning by 2 points. This fight did show why people love Vanda– he shows no fear, and he is always on the prowl. If he had fought the whole fight like he did the last four rounds, I don’t know if it would have gone the distance, but I’m sure that had something to do with Tocker. A lot of credit needs to be given to Vanda for understanding the slight given to Tocker. He immediately offered Tocker a rematch and Vanda didn’t stay for the post fight interview. Tocker’s people were heard saying that they would take a rematch, just not in Minnesota.


What a night at the Target Center. I cannot wait for their next boxing event. There was not a fight on the card that wasn’t fun to watch. The Midwest Sports Council did a great job on lining up the cast for 2009′s best show to date.



Press Release, Updated Fight Card for “Unfinished Business”

Matt Vanda [won 39 (KO 22) + lost 9 (KO 1) + drawn 0] v. Tocker Pudwill [won 40 (KO 14) + lost 6 (KO 3) + drawn 0]– 8 rounds – 160 lbs.


Wilton Hilario [won 10 (KO 08) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 1] v. Allen Litzau [won 13 (KO 7) + lost 3 (KO 2) + drawn 0]– 10 rounds – 130 lbs.


Cerresso Fort [won 5 (KO 5) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 0] v. Bobby Kliewer [won 9 (KO 4) + lost 7 (KO 5) + drawn 2]– 6 rounds – 160 lbs.


Jason Litzau [won 23 (KO 19) + lost 2 (KO 2) + drawn 0] v. Phillip Payne [won 16 (KO 08) + lost 22 (KO 4) + drawn 1] – 8 rounds – 132 lbs.


Phil Williams [won 10 (KO 9) + lost 1 (KO 1) + drawn 0] v. John Turner is nolonger on card – 6 rounds – 175 lbs.


Jon Laboda [won 4 (KO 3) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 0] v. Patrick Cape [won 5 (KO 3) + lost 4 (KO 3) + drawn 0] – 5 rounds – 147 lbs.


Donny Tierney [Pro Debut] v. David Duncan [won 0 (KO 0) + lost 1 (KO 1) + drawn 0] – 4 rounds – 152 lbs.