Quick hits.. Caleb Truax, Andy Kolle, Jason Litzua….

Schedule Update 8-5-13 top most recent updates from MinnesotaBoxing.com

….August 10, Seven Clans Casino, Thief River Falls, MN – Rez Promotions
Details are limited but it looks like the main event will be heavyweight Charles Goodwin of Bemidji vs Mahoud Aburia. The co-feature has Van Goodman taking on John Moxey in another heavyweight bout. Michael Faulk also see’s action.
August 16, Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN – Rapacz Promotions
The Return of the 3 Musketeers as they were known as kids, Jason and Allen Litzau plus Antonio Johnson fight on the same card. Plus Aaron Green, Rob Brant vs Harley Kilfian, Brad Patraw vs Dusin Mason, David LaQue and more.
September 6, Grandma’s Sports Garden, Duluth, MN – Jungle Boy Boxing
Al Sands headlines against TBA plus a 10 round bout featuring Johnny Garcia [16-1] vs Gilbert Venegas [12-9-2]. Amateur boxing will kick off the night.
September 13, Minneapolis Convention Center, Mnpls, MN – Seconds Out Promotions
Golden Caleb Truax returns fresh off a dominant ESPN performance to take on tough boxer Osumanu Adama in the nights main event. Also, the state lightweight title rematch between Tony Lee and Jeremy McLaurin. The two slugged it out for 8 rounds and came out with a draw last June.
September 21, Wildcats Hockey Arena, River Falls, WI – Peek -A- Boo Promotions
Pro-Am boxing action brought to you by former boxer Boyd Davis.
September 28th, Anoka Armory, Anoka, MN- Valhalla Combat Sports
Valhalla Combat Sports Gym is promoting a boxing card which features Stephen Watt taking on Cheyene Ziegler. Damion Hill and heavyweight MMA fighter Brad Scholten are also on the card. There will be 8 fights in all.

August 16 brings boxing back to Hinckley, Featured will be Jason Litzau taking on Robert Osiobe, Robert has spoiled some home fighters days! Robert Brant takes on Harley Kilfian who is going back to a better weight after bulking up to fight Al Sands  and as expected going from 165 to 193 was too much. Brant is moving from the 150 to 168 for the catch-weight. Very interesting in our opinion. Bravo should be able to outbox Kilifian, and has spent plenty of time at the high 160′s. Dustin Mason and Brad Patraw is years in the making, looking forward to that one. Nice work by matchmaker, Cory Rapacsz, for getting it done. Green should be able to walk through Stacy Frazier who has lost 10 of his 11 last fights, most by early stoppage. All in, could be a fun little show.

September 6 brings another Jungle Boy Boxing show. Its a pro am with three pro fights, two debuts and Al Sands… After Sands called out John Moxey, who was already under contract to fight on a different show, he and his manager barged into Joe Lorenzi’s gym while Joe was teaching a kids class and offered him a contract. Guess they don’t believe in going through promoters and managers. Joe had already given his word to fight Sept 13. But the bright side. TJ Gibson said he would let Sands try and redeem himself from his TKO loss at the hands of Gibson (1,4) on September 6. Also, both Moxey and Lorenzi have said they would love to face Sands after their obligations and are free in October. Jungle has Black Bear Casino date mid October. Also, don’t forget Phil Williams has said he’d take on Sands any time.

T-Rex has pushed Sept 13 due to too many fights and monster weekend of boxing, never easy decision, but probably a wise one with a very full September. 

September 13, T-Rex Promotions, featuring Andy “Kaos” Kolle, Winston Anderson, Joe Lorenzi, and possibly Gary “Stone Cold” Eyer. More details as they come. The Promoter, RJ “T-Rex” Laase is in the middle of negotiates for a fight of his own.

September 21, Seconds Out Promotions, The return of “Golden” Caleb Truax after his incredible ESPN appearance taking out Don George with relative ease. Also featured Jeremy McLaurin vs Tony Lee two. They last fought to a draw and the 135 belt stayed vacant, don’t expect that this time. Rumors have some more very exciting fights on tap for this card.

This past Friday Seconds Out Promotions put on some nice competitive fights. 2 draws! Unfortunately I was on vacation and did not catch the action live. But from reading and seeing some video, Phil “The Drill” Williams can be in any fight if he sets his mind to it. Corey Rodriguez was in another war. What a warrior. Joey Abell took out Maurenzo Smith in 2, Aaron Green went a full 6 for a UD win, winning every round.

Results from this past Friday’s card

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Results from Friday July 26th at Mpls Hyatt Regency

Phil Williams (12-5-2) Vs Derrick Findley (20-10-1)

Corey Rodriguez (7-3-3) Vs Gilbert Venegas (12-9-4)

Joey Abell (29-6) Vs Maurenzo Smith (11-7-2)
Abell by TKO 2:06 in 2 round

Mohammed Kayongo (17-2) Vs Fred Thomas (1-12-2)
Kayongo by TKO 1:45 in 3 round

Phillip Adyaka (2-4) Vs Jim Sharp (0-5)
Adyaka by TKO 2:01 in 3rd

Full results from boxrec.

You can also read about the fights here at MinnesotaBoxing.com

Below is video of the Corey Rodriguez fight.



Minnesota Boxing Dates….

Due to many factors we have not been as on top of things on our site as we would like…. Below are upcoming regional events we know about.. Although we have legged a little on our web site our FB page has stayed busy, if you have not already, please Follow MNBoxingLeague on facebook.

Upcoming Regional Pro Boxing…..

March 9….. SEG, we have no details at this time other than we expect to see Jamal James, Robert Brant, Jonathan Perez….

March 15…. RDS, Hinckley Grand Casino, featuring “Sir” Cerresso Fort (15,0,1), Aaron “Gorilla” Green (10,0) and more…

March 15…. Jungle Boy Boxing, Grandma’s sports bar, Pro Am, no details on what pros…

April 13…. T-Rex Promotions, Wessman Arena, Superior WI… more details coming..

May 18…. Omega Presents, Minneapolis/Saint Paul MN…. Featuring “Golden” Caleb Truax (21,1,1), Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell, Charles Meier, Javontae Starks and more..

Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell set to retire after 9th round TKO loss?

Abell suffered another tough set-back last night with a hard-faught TKO loss. He said on his Facebook page this was it for him and he would now retire. Very hard to make that kind of decision so close to a tough fight, but if he does, we thank him for the great memories and wish him the best in his future…. Here is the story on last night’s fight from fightnews.com

97,94 Truax / 96,94 Williams / 95,95 It’s a draw

Photos by SnapLocally.com


Truax (left) Williams (right), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Truax (left) Williams (right), Courtesy SnapLocally.com


In front of a full house at the St Paul Armory, “Golden” Caleb Truax and Phil “The Drill” Williams did something nobody predicted would happen, they fought to a draw. To the fans point of view this decision was split among party lines, both sides feeling their guy got robbed. I even pulled some of the professional fighters in attendance and it was an even split as to who they thought had won the fight, again following their party lines. My vantage point was somewhat obstructed so I could not give a completely accurate scoring myself. Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell  finished his destruction of Josh Gutcher in exciting fashion at 55 seconds of the second round. Ismail “Sharp Shooter” Muwendo lived up to his moniker with precise strikes until his fight was stopped after the 5thround. Full results below. Stay tuned for more on the Truax/Williams fight from Laura Zink.


Derek Winston exhibition Jake Backus – This was one of the more spirited exhibitions I have seen. I think if Winston would use his length more he would be a very tough foe.


Meier (left) Copp (right), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Meier (left) Copp (right), Courtesy SnapLocally.com


Charlse Meier over Dan Copp (UD 40,36/ 39,37/ 40,36) – This was a pretty fun fight. Meier was able to control things when he stuck to his boxing and using his jab. To Copp’s credit he was very game in this fight, he did much of the pressing and was able to land a fair amount of his punches.


Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Courtesy SnapLocally.com

James Owen over Antwan Robertson  (UD 40,36/ 39,37/ 40,36) – Superman vs Batman, Robertson came to the ring in his customary Superman attire while Owen was sporting a Batman T. From opening bell until the final moments of the fight Batman controlled the ring. As soon as both fighters entered the ring it was clear to me that Robertson was the much smaller man and Owen took full advantage of that in forcing almost all the action and stalking Robertson around the ring for pretty much the entire fight.




Zach Juusola over Shaine Emmons (Arm Bar)


Travis Reddinger over Elias Jones (Ground and Pound)




Muwendo (right) Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Muwendo (right) Courtesy SnapLocally.com


Ismail “Sharp Shooter” Muwendo over David Laque (Ref stopped the fight after the 5th) – Muwendo continues to impress me hugely. Laque looked quite a bit bigger to me but that did not stop Muwendo from dishing out punishment over the 5 rounds the fight lasted. Ismail Muwendo was sharp as ever with his jabs and pretty much whatever else he threw. I think it was only Laque’s size advantage that kept him on his feet throughout. I dont think it will be long before we hear much more from Sharp Shooter.


Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell, Courtesy SnapLocally.com


Joey “Minnesota Ice’ Abell over Josh Gutcher(Stopped 55 seconds into the 2nd round) – Not too much to say about this fight. Abell is just a man amongst boys in most cases when he enters the ring. One only needs to look at Abell as he enters the ring to know what separates him from so many. Abell seemed like he would knock Gutchers head off with every strike landed. Ice stunned Gutcher on several occasions with varying punches from jabs to straight lefts, hooks and you name it, almost every throw could have been a game ender.


Truax (left) Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Truax (left) Courtesy SnapLocally.com


“Golden” Caleb Truax Draw Phil “The Drill” Williams (Draw 97,94 T/ 96,94 W/ 95,95) – This was a much different fight than I expected. Phil Williams learned his lesson against Matt Vanda and decided to let his hands go during his fight with Truax. Early in the contest it seemed Truax’s superior boxing skill would win the day but as the rounds went on and Williams kept increasing his offense the fight grew very close. Like I have stated before from my vantage point I would not feel comfortable giving any score other than I saw it as a close fight. The two biggest things I took away from this one is, Phil Williams was able to learn from prior mistakes and used his full arsenal in this fight, and Caleb Truax has a chin, a very good chin.


Again, stay tuned for Laura Zink’s peice on the fight.

Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell Interview, Abell fights April 23 in St. Paul MN and May 29 in Africa

Joey Abell, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Joey Abell, Courtesy SnapLocally.com


Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (25,4) is set to face Josh Gutcher (18,11) April 23 at the St. Paul Armory as part of the Truax/Williams show. Minnesota Ice also has a date at Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium in Kampala Uganda May 29. Coming off the controversy from his last fight December 4, Ice is looking to get back into the ring in a big way. Minnesota’s heaviest hitter took some time to answer a few questions from The League below.


M….Its now been more than 4 months since your fight with Butler, do you have any final thoughts from that night?



Joey Abell

Joey Abell


No not really, I have put that behind me. I try and learn from my mistakes but a lot of what happens in the ring is instinct, adrenalin, and or rage. Thats why your taught to follow the ref’s instructions.

M….Do you see a rematch with Butler in your future?


Abell….I don’t think so. There hasn’t been any interest from either camp since the fight and a bit of hostility still exist. I would certainly fight Butler again if the terms were right.

M…. Has it been difficult waiting and watching as the various changes  have happened with your upcoming fight in Africa?


Abell….It has been difficult both mentally and physically. I have been training hard for months now and thats very tough on the body. You should only train hard for 4 weeks before a fight, so as the date keeps getting pushed back I have to continue to train. Hopefully we have it right now and I am ready for the next two fights.


M….At first it sounded as though you may face Francois Botha, do you think you may get a shot at the winner of Botha/Holyfield?



Abell…. That depends on what happens tonight in Las Vegas. If its a snoozer probably not, but it could end up very exciting and a match with Botha in Africa (should he win) might be a huge draw because he is from South Africa and he has a huge following.

M….Tony Grygelko informed us that your contracts have been signed for a fight May 29 in Africa, will you still be fighting Al Cole? If so, how much motivation will be gained from your first fight with him?



Abell….The May 29th date should be good. We just signed the contract and I have received some up front money. Money is usually a good indicator if the fight is on. Al Cole is still the opponent and I am extremely motivated to fight him again. He was a bit cocky after the last fight and I look forward to fighting 10 three minute rounds if it lasts that long.

M…. How close do you think you are to getting at some of the top guys in the heavyweight division?


Abell….Our plan is move into that category after four more fights following Africa. We expect to start challenging in the top twenty in less than a year.

M….Given the madness of December 4 and all that happened, how eager are you to get back to the business of boxing on April 23?



Abell….I am very anxious, its been too long for me. I love boxing, the crowds, and of course the money.

M….Do you know much about your opponent?


Abell….Just from clips that are available on the internet. He has fought some quality opponents and I am definitely not taking him lightly. I have learned that lesson.


M….You are one of the fighters frequently spotted at boxing events here in Minnesota, are there any MN guys you are particularly interested in following?


Abell…. I am a huge boxing fan and especially like to watch Minnesota Boxers. Its kind of a club here because its still in its early stages of development. Caleb is of course fun to watch because we train at the same facility. It has been a bit frustrating though trying to get good matches and crowds in Minnesota. I am not sure if its because we don’t really have experienced and established promoters or the fan base just isn’t here. I suspect its the former.


M….How busy of a year do you see for yourself?


Abell….We are planning on 3 or more fights after the Africa fight. Maybe 1 of those will be overseas but nothing is firm yet.

M…. Where do you hope to be a year from now in boxing?


Abell….Well assuming I keep winning, I expect to be challenging the top twenty in the heavyweight division. I have no interest in being a club fighter so I will keep looking toward the top and see how far I can go.

M….I have always been hugely impressed with your power, but in a recent interview with Tony Grygelko, he said your speed is very hard to match in a big man. What would you describe as your greatest strengths in the ring?



Abell…. I think my biggest asset as a heavyweight fighter is my athleticism, being able to move in the ring gives me a great advantage over the slower heavyweights.

Tony Grygelko (Seconds Out Promotions) answers questions about Caleb Truax, Joey Abell and MN Boxing

Tony Grygelko (second from left), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Tony Grygelko (second from left), Courtesy SnapLocally.com


M….Seconds Out Promotions has been very busy the last couple years, how hard has it been putting so many shows together?


Tony Grygelko…. Our team has put a tremendous amount of hard work in over the years and there has been struggles along the way but we have never stopped our progression towards becoming not just the best fight promotion in the Midwest but to be considered one of the best in the world. Our endeavor has been no different than any other company trying to make it in this volatile economy and we have been able to keep growing because we understand that in today’s market you need to be innovative and have the ability to change the mold of the industry that you are working in. We have branched into promoting hybrid events which have included both boxing and MMA, along with launching into the MMA market as a whole. We have provided true value to our fighters that we have represented and most of all, we have provided our fan base with some of the most exciting events that Minnesota has ever seen.


M…..You are now quite active in MMA as well as boxing. I am a fan of both sports but that does not always seem to be the case with boxing fans and MMA fans, why do you think that is? And do you thinking working with both sports helps fans from the other to gain more understanding and enjoyment from each combat sport?


Tony Grygelko…. What I see with MMA is a younger age demographic that has a hunger for a high impact and fast paced sport to fill their entertainment needs and that is exactly what MMA  brings them but I think we have witnessed a big change in the fight fans over the year. By exposing the younger demographic to the sport of boxing we have created a more complete fight fan who comes to both of our events to enjoy the explosive matchups. 

M….What is the story with Joey Abell’s fight in Africa, is that fight still happening?


Tony Grygelko…. It sure is! We just signed the contract yesterday and the fight will now be taken place on May 29th.

M….I have talked with several fighters who have felt Abell’s power and they all confirm it to be world class, what do you see in Joey Abell’s future?


Tony Grygelko….  I think Joey has all of the attributes to become a champion and his power is like nothing most people in boxing have ever seen but I the most over looked skill that Joey has is his speed. There is nobody in boxing today that is as big as Joe that can match his hand speed.

M….”Golden” Caleb Truax, what comes to mind?


Tony Grygelko….  Total package!! Not just a the total package of a boxing champion but the total package of a amazing person. He dedication to self improvement is what makes him very special. The kid is truly “Golden”!


M…. I along with many others have noticed Truax’s rapid growth over the last year, what do you attribute that to?


Tony Grygelko….  It’s because he understands that he is only as good as the people he surrounds himself with. He has great people in his corner that make consistent efforts to help him and Caleb understands the value of them. When I say people in his corner I don’t just mean his management or his trainers, it’s also his family, friends, and most of all his fans!

M….I thought Kerry Hope was a great victory for Truax, what are your thoughts from that fight and Kerry Hope as a fighter?


Tony Grygelko…. I think we saw exactly what we wanted to see. Caleb was in a tough fight that challenged him to learn after each round, that’s the type of fights you need are building towards a championship.  Kerry Hope could have beaten any other middleweight in the state that night, he just happened to run into the best of them all.


M….You guys answered many a fans request by putting on Truax vs Williams, how did this fight come together?


Tony Grygelko….  Well Caleb and Phil are in my mind the best middleweights in the state. I know Phil has struggled over his last couple of fights but he has now found a new focus and I believe we are going to see a new Phil Williams on April 23rd.

M….What do you see this fight doing for its winner?


Tony Grygelko….Well I would love to see Kolle step up and fight either one of these fighters. I don’t think he could last one round with fighters that possess the power that both Caleb and Phil have. Remember the Paul Williams fight!!! I really don’t think that fight will happen so I think the winner of the April 23 fight will look to get out on the national scene.


M….Do you have the rest of the card rounded out? Or any hints as to what other fights we may see?


Tony Grygelko….Well we had Marcus LeVesseur and Mike Richman slated to compete in MMA action but they had the UFC tryouts and well let’s just say they won’t be able to fight on the 23rd.  As for the boxing we are looking to put Jon, Charles, and Ismail to a test. We are also happy to announce that we will have Antwon Robertson and Derek Winston on the card. Both these fighters are original products of Lyke’s Boxing Gym.


M….The last couple of years have been quite active in Minnesota boxing, how do you see boxing in our state?


Tony Grygelko….I think we rate up there with some of the most active states. We certainly have the talent and the fans to be considered the best state of boxing. Hell we are the Midwest right? As my good friend Roger Mayweather always says… The best fighters come from the Midwest!


M….What are some things you think Minnesota boxing fans have to look forward to?


Tony Grygelko…. Well lets all come out and support the two best Middleweights in the state on April 23 and at that event I have a real big announcement to make for June!


M…. How would you rate Minnesota’s fighters? Any guys you are excited about?

Tony Grygelko….The best fighters come from the Midwest!
If I was going to dip into the vast talent pool here in Minnesota I would want to work… I’m not telling!


Well if you look at the true 8 weight classes in boxing you could say Minnesota is talent rich.


Antwan Robertson


Vincente Alfaro


Ismail Muwendo

Lt Weight

Jason Litzau


M Kayango


Caleb Tuax

Lt Heavy

Marcus Oliveria


Joey Abell



Fighter that I am the most excited about is Cerresso Fort. I think with the right team this kid could be very good. I think he has made some move recently that has shown the he really is ready to start making some big steps with his career. I wish him the best of luck!


M….Thanks for sharing with our readers. Is there anything you would like to add?


Tony Grygelko….Don’t forget to get your tickets for the St Paul Brawl. Tickets are available at www.ticketweb.com

Seconds Out Promotions, Press Release


Truax to Battle Rival Phil Williams April 23!


For Immediate Release


truaxwilliamsSt. Paul, MN (April 6, 2010) – Highly touted super middleweight Caleb “Golden” Truax will meet in-state rival Phil “The Drill” Williams at the St. Paul Armory Friday, April 23, in the main event of Seconds Out Promotions’ “St. Paul Brawl”.


A flawless 14-0 with 9 knockouts, Truax is amongst the top up-and-comers in the Midwest. The Osseo, MN native stopped five of his last seven opponents, most recently outpointing well regarded Kerry Hope in the World Boxing Federation’s Fight of the Year.


Williams, a dynamic power puncher, looks to get back on track following two recent setbacks. At 11-3 with 10 KO’s, Williams owns knockout victories over former title challenger Antwun Echols, underrated Marcus Upshaw, and twice decked unbeaten contender Marcus Oliveira before coming up short. A resident of Minneapolis, MN by way of Queens, NY, Williams is confident he will tarnish Truax’ perfect record.


Truax and Williams meet over ten rounds for local bragging rights, as the Minnesota State Super Middleweight title will be up for grabs.


In the eight round co-feature, cement fisted heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell battles 31 fight veteran Josh “The Griz” Gutcher of Albia, IA. A fan favorite based out of Coon Rapids, Abell sports a 25-4 record with 24 wins by knockout. Having fought in the U.S., Sweden, Canada and Saint Lucia, Abel is globally recognized as a devastating puncher.


Unbeaten featherweights Ismail Muwendo and Gustavo Espinoza meet over four rounds, while crowd favorites Jon “Iron Man” Schmidt, Charles Meier, Derek Winston and Antwon Robertson will appear in separate bouts against opponents to be announced.


With mixed martial arts’ interest at an all time high, Seconds Out added three special attraction MMA bouts to the card. Middleweight Jedidiah Jones meets Isiah Mahto in a highly anticipated three round rematch, while well regarded locals Travis Reddinger and Zach Juusola meet opponents TBA.


Tickets for the “St. Paul Brawl” are $25 for general admission and $75 for VIP and are available at ticketweb.com. Doors to open at 7 pm. The first bell is slated for 8.


The St. Paul Armory is located at 600 Cedar Street St. Paul, MN 55101.



When retired professional boxer Tony Grygelko found himself unable to stay out of the gym, he realized that his passion for boxing was undeniable. At age 29, Grygelko formed Seconds Out Promotions. By utilizing the vast boxing knowledge of world-class trainer Ron Lyke, Grygelko and Seconds Out quickly became a hit.



Through determination, integrity and hard work, Seconds Out strives to become a top promotional firm by giving young fighters the ability to showcase their talents to a worldwide audience, along with offering fans the highest quality of entertainment. Seconds Out is committed to recruitment and development of the best and brightest young fighters to help achieve our mission.



Seconds Out Promotions’ current stable of pugilists includes undefeated prospects “Golden” Caleb Truax, Marcus Oliveria, Michael Faulk, Ismail Muwendo, dynamite fisted Heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell, Willshaun Boxley, Charles Meier, Jon “The Ironman” Schmidt, and Mohammed Kayongo.



For more information, go to www.soboxing.com

From JoeyAbell.com / Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell vs Al “Ice” Cole


It was announced today that Joey will be fighting Al Cole in May of this year in Nelson Mandela Stadium for a 12 round WBF heavyweight title.   This will be ICE’s biggest fight to date and certainly draw the largest crowd he has ever fought in front of.  Mohammed Kayongo, the African Assassin, will also be joining ICE fighting professionally for the first time in his homeland.  He is the #1 rated welterweight in Uganda.  The fight will be promoted throughout Africa and will be offered on  gofightlive.tv .  Nelson Mandela himself was invited along with many heads of state from surrounding African countries.  Flight/hotel packages will be available soon and will be posted.

Coming in May-2010


Minnesota ICE vs ICE Cole


Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium, Kampala, Uganda