Jungle Boy Boxing looks to be putting together a pretty nice little show for Black Bear Casino… The main event should be fireworks and a lot of fun… Both Eyer and Franklin are known for putting on a show… Franklin is coming off of a nice run of fights and Eyer is ready to step up the competition again… Good Fight… Also, one of Minnesota’s best prospects Ismail Muwendo (12,0) is slated to fight. Al Sands (8,1) will be stepping in with Lucas St Clair (2,1), St Clair has not entered the ring since 2010, but has stayed busy in the cage… Nice work so far by Jungle Boy… boxrec April 27 Jungle Boy Boxing
Here are the full results from boxrec.
As expected this show brought some serious rounds and action!! It is unfortunate the Vikings/Packers playoff game happened to be played at the same time, as I am sure would-be fight fans missed out on some quality boxing… Brad Heroff had stoppage of the night as he battered Wolf until the fight was mercifully stopped in the 4th. Fight of the night was close between Brant/Barber and Hultin/Watt…. Again, on many cards 3 or 4 of these fights could have been fight of night!
As expected Ismail Muwendo (12,0) won a wide UD over Anthony Napunyi, Mr. Napunyi extends his losing streak to 8.
While being the co-feature, this fight was the main in most peoples minds… Jamal James (9,0) won a wide UD over Patrick Boozer (5,2). Most observers had this one closer than the judges but a UD was deserved for the slick fighter from C.O.D. boxing gym. Jamal James was able to outbox Boozer for the majority of the fight, but boozer was game and probably landed the harder shots… Fun fight.
Robert Brant (5,0) won by wide UD over a very game Roman Barber (3,3). Brant had Barber hurt early and often, more so in the 2nd through 4th rounds. Brant seemed to stick to his superior boxing skills to finish out the fight and afterwards word was he suffered some sort of injury to his hand. While Brant was the clear victor, Barber got in some bombs of his own and made things interesting, he went for in the 6th and final round, but Brant’s experience and ring savvy was obvious… Great fight!
Jonathan Perez (5,0) made easy work of Brian Jones, putting him down 3 times….
Tyler Hultin (4,1,1) won by UD over Stephen Watt (1,1)… Fight of the night in most peoples mind and had the ball room at its loudest levels.. Hultin looked the fighter most know him to be, shaking off his last outing and putting on an all around show… The Hitman used his boxing skill and years of experience to win over a VERY game Watt.. Watt was bringing bombs for all 5 rounds while Hultin was throwing and landing bombs of his own. The Hitman Hultin used the perfect mix of crowd pleasing action and boxing skill!! Hats off to both men! What a fight!
Brad Heroff (2,0) got rid of Zach Wolff in the final round of this 4 rounder…. Very impressive outing for Heroff as he sharp shot and boxed… Also landing power shots with authority… Nice fight for Heroff and KO of the night!!
Robert Daluz (13,43) over Tomi Archambault (2,3) by UD… Tomi may have won this with more gas in the tank..
Dan Kiser (1,0) won by UD over Donald Williams (0,1) in both men’s debut…
This is a loaded month for boxing and it all starts Saturday night. Full fight line-up as it stands. This card features some really nice match-ups… Rob Brant (4,0) is stepping up his competition in facing Romon Barber (3,2) who won his last fight after losing a tough fought battle with Corey Rodriguez…. Another nice fight is Jamal James (8,0) vs Patrick Boozer (5,1). James is coming off his biggest victory to date in defeating Rodriguez and considered by most as Minnesota’s boxer of the year for 2012. Brad Heroff (1,0) vs Zach Wolff (0,2) should be fun and go all 4. The nights most interesting and exciting fight just might be Tyler Hultin (3,1,1) vs Stephen Watt (1,0). Hultin is coming off his first defeat and entering for the first time at a more natural and lower weight of 154. Watt’s only boxing match was a first round KO of durable Silas Ortley… Expect fireworks in this one. The main event features hard hitting Ismail Muwendo (11,0) vs Anthony Napunyi (14,11). Muwendo has yet to be tested and Napunyi is coming off a 7 fight losing streak, and hasn’t tasted victory since 2008. Here is MinnesotaBoxing.com’s story on Saturday’s event.
Jesse Kelley did another nice write-up on Jamal James / Boozer fight, MinnesotaBoxing.com.
February 9′s event is coming together nicely, The Main event will feature Raphael Butler (35,12) against Jeremy Williams (45,5,1) in a battle for the WBU heavyweight title! The co feature pits another of Minnesota’s heaviest hitters, Phil Williams (11,5) vs Sujjay El-Amin (12,6) for the WBU super middleweight world title… Plenty of power to close out the show in these two fights…
The undercard features a nice bantamweight Minnesota title fight between Antwan Robertson and Vicente Alfaro… Also on the undercard will be Rob Brant, Wilton Hilario, among others. It also looks like Al Sands will be fighting on this card as well.
The biggest bummer for this card is Hilario vs Muwendo being off, that could have stole the show… Boxing!!!
News from the last week: Al Sands (6,1) vs TJ Gibson’s (1,4) MN cruiserweight title fight is off, it is unclear at this time when Sands will return to the ring but we assume it will be on his trainer’s and promoters card, when Jungle Boy Boxing has their pro am show Feb 1…… That bad news was turned into even better news, as MinnesotaBoxing.com reported that Ismail Muwendo (11,0) will be facing Wilton Hilario (12,3,1) in a huge showdown on February 9′s card in Saint Paul MN. Talk about making lemons into lemon aide!!
Here is a list of January’s shows and their Boxrec bout lists as they stand today….
January 5, SEG, Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN….. bout list.
January 19, Omega Presents, Truax/Vanda, Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN…. bout list.
January 25, RDS Boxing, Kolle/Fort, Hinckley Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN …. bout list. This event was thought to be on Fox Sports North, but it did not work out…
Here is the bout list for January 5th’s event. More details as they come, this is the most recent list, boxrec has yet to be updated to reflect these changes. While this card may lack in star power it wont lack in action or rounds… Look for more details as well as interviews with some of the combatants as the fights approach..
Tyler Hultin (3,1,1) vs Stephen Watt (1,0) 154lbs 5 rounds…. This should be a good one. Hultin is coming off of his first defeat. As usual, he was in the fight of the night but on the losing end of the decision. The loss could be a blessing in disguise as the size difference was huge in his last fight. Watt’s only fight was a first round stoppage of Silas Ortley. Hultin too has fought Ortley winning by way of UD… Look for fireworks and another good chance of fight of the night in this one.
Jonathon Perez (4,0) vs Brian Jones (0,4) weight? 4 rounds….Perez is a skilled fighter and can bring some excitement, and three of Jones losses have come by stoppage, this one has KO of the night written all over it.
Brad Heroff (1,0) vs Zach Wolff (0,2) weight? 4 rounds…. Heroff won his first fight by wide UD, Wolff’s two losses were to Patraw and Jake Backus. This is another fight that could be interesting, I think we may see some high action here..
Brad Patraw (9,4) vs Robert DaLuz (13,43) weight? rounds?…. Patraw is coming off victory and injury. Bad Brad showed toughness as he won his last fight while finishing things off with a broken hand. Last we saw DaLuz he was stopped by Sharp Shooter Muwendo in the 4th. Records aside, this could steal the show…
Robert Brant (4,0) vs Romon Barber (3,2) weight? 6 rounds…. Brant is really good…lol, last we saw Barber was when he faced Corey Rodriguez losing by way of UD. In his last fight he won a split decision against a (2,0) fighter… The problem here is, Brant is really good… three of his four wins have come by stoppage, two of those in the first round.
Jamal James (8,0) vs Patrick Boozer (5,1) 147lbs 6 rounds…. James is coming off the biggest win of his young career. We don’t know much on Boozer, but he is coming off his first loss in his first step up in competition, losing by way of UD in a 6 rounder. I’d expect Boozer to bring all he has to get back to his winning ways. Jamal James is one of the states best at welter and I think this could be a fun one.
Ismail Muwendo (11,0) vs TBD…. Muwendo has one punch knock out power, and lets face it, thats always fun…
Omega Presents ended 2012 in a much needed way, really fun event! There were a couple nice shows in 2012, but plenty of time to go over the past year through the rest of November and December as there are no more pro shows until January 2013.
We plan on posting our picks for (Regionally):
Show of the year….
Fight of the year…
Fighter of the year…
Feel free to add your thoughts in comments if you feel strongly… To be honest this was not a great year for regional boxing, but things look to be picking up!
On the Calendar for 2013: MN Commission Calendar in Bold
January 5 SEG, Rob Brant, Jamal James, Ismail Muwendo, Perez???
January 19 Omega Presents, Truax, Schmidt, Meier???
late january casino show?
Feb 9 Diamond Gloves Boxing,
and word of something in Fargo in Feb…
All promotions have big plans for 2013 and I expect things to get back to the form of a few years back.. At least hope so!
Talked to Brad Patraw and his hand is healing well from surgery and he expects to fight January.
Andy Kolle is on the mend and expects to fight in January/February. (Fort at 154?)
RJ Laase is getting ready to begin training after his surgery and he too expects action in January/February.
I would guess the January and February cards should start filling up. News of who is fighting on each show should start getting hammered out.. Stay tuned!!
MNBoxingLeague.com not only gives opinion, interviews, and regional boxing coverage on our site, we also manage several fighters. (this is made clear in our about page, and the page that is labeled, Our Boxers, lol). We have no say in how fighters are ranked just as no promoter or other managers and trainers do. When talking rankings we will always put a * by guys we manage (or try to)… And as we are human, this could affect how we feel on the rankings of others with guys fighting in the same weight class locally. Unlike certain promoters who proclaim champs and number one rankings, our ego’s do not fly that high. Some may say close, but those are pretty high reaches even for this loud mouth.. lol…
The biggest question in local rankings will come at welterweight. Jamal James (8,0) just won a controversial UD victory over Corey Rodriguez (6,3,2). The fight was stopped early due to cut caused by head butts. The fight was at a catch-weight of 152. On the official October Rankings *RJ Laase (9,1) was listed as top welter. Does Jamal James’ fight at 152 put him ahead of *Laase in MN’s rankings? That will be up to those making the decision. An argument can be made both ways. 152 is not welter, but Rodriguez is by far the toughest fight either James or *Laase has fought. Obviously, with the rankings just coming out it is hard to tell how the committee will view these type fights. Its not like before rankings, where fighters did not have a regional weight class to try and gain ranking ground. So from those in the *Laase camp, since James chose to fight outside of welter, it should not affect welter rankings. As Laase’s manager I tend to lean that way but would completely understand a rankings jump while RJ remains idle and has surgery. Had *Laase been able to fight earlier this month and won, my feeling would be stronger in he keeping his top spot… Again, the rankings are more for the fans and building interest locally. Both Jamal James (8,0) and *RJ Laase (9,1) have goals beyond local rankings. Our view is…. no matter how this ends up, it will be hard to truly argue decision…
A more interesting local ranking to look at will be at cruiser. At this time we do not manage anyone at that weight and do not have a dog in the race. Depending on how you read the rules of rankings and how people were ranked for October, there could be all kinds of changes… Harley Kilfian, now (9,12) was ranked #1, followed by TJ Gibson (1,3) at #2 (due to his KO of Al Sands.) Sands (6,1) had the third spot. Sands just soundly beat Kilfian and will jump him in the rankings in our opinion. His team has made it very clear they want to stay clear of his one loss, Mr. Gibson, Cant say we blame them. Here is where it gets interesting, the commission allows for fighters who fight outside of MN or fight here frequently to be ranked. Jordan Shimmell, now (5,0) has fought here and will be doing so frequently. Olanrewaju Durodola (10,1) just fought in Shakopee, MN on Saturday as well and now lives in MN, training with Scott Tolzmann and stable-mate of Ismail Muwendo… So while Zach Walters, Al Sands trainer and promoter is proclaiming #1 ranking for skipping a rematch with TJ Gibson, there are a couple guys who may, in most eyes deserve a higher ranking than Sands, Gibson and Kilfian.. Both Olanrewaju Durodola (10,1), just fought and won at 197 and Jordan Shimmell (5,0), (Shimmell is a tougher sell as he has yet to fight under 200 and planning to campaign there does not count as being there) will probably have the biggest national impact, and they should not be overlooked in our opinion..
The fact that the rankings are being discussed and even argued are proof, its good for Minnesota boxing no matter your thoughts on how fighters are ranked. Bottom line, all in top five can fight for title and only one title is taken. Caleb Truax Holds the middleweight belt… So if your guy is in the top five, that pretty much is all that matters!!! And most prospects are looking to clean out their state and get ranked nationally… Good stuff!
You know a show is pretty good when only complaint is that there may have been too many fights. The show got a bit of a late start but once the action got going it was a very well-matched and fun card to watch.
“Bad” Brad Patraw fought an exciting fight putting Sanders down a number of times in the process. MinnesotaBoxing.com is reporting that Patraw broke his hand in this fight.
Cory Rodriguez got a UD win, Meier vs Benson may have been fight of the night and a ended in a draw. Perez is a star in the making, his second round KO of Philip Adyaka was action packed and impressive, also in running for fight of the night.
Sands (5,1), Green (7,0), and James (7,0) did what they had to, given the opponents put in front of them. Sands fought a debut MMA guy and James had an (0,1) guy, in SEG’s defense both were last minute replacements and Sands opponent was actually a step up from who they were supposed to face. And again, credit goes to Green,Sands, and James for finishing things off early with their overmatched foes.
Ismail Muwendo vs Robert Da Luz was the main. Da Luz is now on a 15 fight losing streak. Muwendo had all four rounds in my opinion but Da Luz came to fight for a couple rounds. Calling him a gate keeper may be a stretch as he didnt come with his own corner and that gate must be wide open as 15 in row have run through it. That said, Muwendo showed all the reason’s we like him. Sharp shots and big power. He is huge at that weight.
All in, hats off to SEG for one of the more entertaining nights of boxing this year. For full coverage and pictures, check out MinnesotaBoxing.com latter today. My opinions come from live stream. Have two sick kids. Listened to Caleb Truax and Dan Cole’s blow by blow. Truax has some great input on the ins and outs of the game both in and out of the ring. He also was very honest in his thoughts on some of the pretty records without learning a ton. Really good hearing that from him. Truax has taken one of the best roads to his position, almost always stepping up competition with each fight. Most in the midwest could learn from that approach. Just my two.
Here is a really nice piece on one of Minnesota’s finest 130 pounders. Ismail “Sharp Shooter” Muwendo (9,0) is headlining a packed card this Saturday night at the Crown Plaza in Saint Paul, MN. Also featured on this card are Aaron Green, Jamal James, Robert Brant and much more. Watch the news piece on Muwendo here. For tickets, get in touch with your favorite fighter or go to sterling entertainments web site.