Gary “Stone Cold” Eyer

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Eyer/Patraw, April 2 at Hinckley Grand Casino on the undercard of Kolle/Vanda. Gary “Stone Cold” Eyer has been on many a boxing fans minds since his last fight December 4 2009. His fight with Levi Cortes was voted by most to be Minnesota fight of year. Those in Duluth have always known how much heart and toughness the man who comes to the ring to “do you really want to hurt me” has. Eyer’s fight with Cortes proved that to many beyond Duluth. I asked Eyer about his April 2nd opponent, “Bad” Brad Patraw and his answer was that he thought Patraw a brave, slick, skilled boxer. He also added that he hoped he was too brave for his own good. Below is our conversation.

 

Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

M….You made a real splash with your last fight, most people had Eyer/Cortes as fight of the year in Minnesota for 2009. Looking back at that fight, what are your thoughts now?

 

Eyer….That was a tougher fight then I was expecting, Levi can fight and when he fights again I’d like to be there to watch it. I’m a fan of his, I like his style I’m glad I won and I learned a lot from that fight, I needed that fight it made me a better boxer.

 
M….How has training camp been going?

 
Eyer….It’s been the best camp, I hope it pays off with a win.

 

M….You weighed in at right around 132 for your last fight, how hard is making 126?

 

Eyer….It’s not fun, it’s just a little more hard work, but I feel good. I’m right where I want to be and I have high hopes of making 122 and 120 in the feature. Ill know if I can make those weights after this fight.

 

M….Do you plan to spend most of your time in the 120′s?

 

Eyer….I hope to be in the 120s for a long time, it’s kinda nice being the bigger guy in the fight and as I get the chance to fight longer fights, 8 rounds 10 rounds making the 126 and lower should be easier to do.  I feel being as small as I can get is my best chance at making a nice boxing career for myself.

 
M….There had been talk of a showdown between you and Jeremy McLaurin, is that a fight you would like?

 

Eyer…. Ill fight Jeremy as long as I get the right number of rounds and the right $ for the fight. It would be a risky fight but for sure a good one.  I’d like to see him fight Boxley or Levi.

 

M….Have you spent any time watching his fights?

 

Eyer…. I’ve seen a few of his fights. I like the match up with him, it should go a few rounds at least, so we both will learn things from this fight, getting the much needed rounds of experience.

 
M….I have heard you mention Patraw before as somebody you would like to fight, how excited are you to get it?

 

Eyer…..I’m pretty pumped. This is the one fight I really feel like I can win and he can fight. So I’m in a fight that I think I can win on the biggest card of the year and we both wanna steal the show and have fight of the night and possible fight of the year.

 
M….Many fans think this could be another real barn burner for you, how do you see this fight?

 

Eyer….I think its gonna be a skillful fight. The better boxer is going to win by out boxing the other guy with some good exchanges that should get the crowd going nuts.

 
M….You help coach Horton’s gym amateurs, do you have any predictions for their upcoming Golden Gloves tournament?

 
Eyer….It’s Al Sands year. Jarred Guerrero can punch, it was awesome to see what he did in his last fight, and Mark Pogorelskin is getting better and better he has the best chin out of all the guys. he will do well.

 
M….Have there been any talks of out of state fights in your near future?

 

Eyer….Yeah I cant wait for them. Ill be ready.

 
M….Andy “Kaos” Kolle VS Matt Vanda, what comes to mind?

 

Eyer…. The best fight I have ever seen in person and they are going to repeat it.

 
M….Why should people get out to this event?

 

Eyer…. It’s gonna be one of the best cards of the year with a good chance of being number 1 in the end.

Best of 2009

I am sorry for being so slow in getting this up. 2009 was quite a ride for The League. Our first year covering Minnesota’s boxing scene had it all, big time ups and big time downs. As the year went on the more I respected each fighter I covered. I watched Caleb Truax progress from the first time I covered him last January to his most recent fight this past November. The Truax of today would kick the butt of Truax from a year ago, that guy learns from every fight. I started out the year not really having a high opinion of Matt Vanda, today he is one of my favorite fighters. Ismail Muwendo and Jeremy McLaurin probably made the biggest impressions on me as new fighters. Gary Eyer proved what I already believed, he has one of he biggest hearts and body shots in the state. Andy “Kaos” Kolle is for real. Jason Litzau is still the man in Minnesota. We were able the watch some of Minnesota’s best fighters of the decade hang up their gloves, Zach Walters and Anthony Bonsante maybe didn’t get to go out as they wanted, but did so on their own terms. Below is our year-end awards.

 

Fighter of the year

Matt Vanda

Matt Vanda

1. Matt Vanda

2. Jason Litzau

3. Caleb Truax

4. Wilton Hilario

 

Fight of the year

Gary Eyer (right), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Gary Eyer (right), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

1. Gary Eyer vs Levi Cortes

2. Matt Vanda vs Ted Muller

3. Caleb Truax vs Kerry Hope

3. Dave Peterson vs Corey Rodriguez

3. Antwan Robertson vs Brad Patraw 2

3. Cerresso Fort vs Lamar Harris

 

Most important fight of the year

Andy Kolle and Anthony Bonsante, Photo Courtesy Walters Photography, all rights reserved

Andy Kolle and Anthony Bonsante, Photo Courtesy Walters Photography, all rights reserved

1. Andy Kolle vs Anthony Bonsante

2. Matt Vanda vs Phil Williams

 

KO of the year

1. Andy Kolle’s KO of Anthony Bonsante

2. Ismail Muwendo’s KO of  Josh Jungjohann

3. Marcus Oliveira’s KO of Otis Griffin

 

Biggest show of the year

Matt Vanda working the body, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Matt Vanda working the body, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

November 13 at Hinckley Grand Casino

 

Prospect of the year – new pro this year

Ismail Muwendo, courtesy SnapLocally.com

Ismail Muwendo, courtesy SnapLocally.com

1. Ismail Muwendo

2. Jeremy McLaurin

 

Fighters of the decade

Zach Walters

Anthony Bonsante

Matt Vanda

 

Minnesota’s top P4P

Jason Litzau last April at the Target Center, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Jason Litzau last April at the Target Center, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

1. Jason Litzau

2. Andy Kolle

3. Caleb Truax

4. Wilton Hilario

5. Matt Vanda

The Fight – December 4th 2009, by Laura Zink

 

The Fight – December 4th 2009

By: Laura Zink

Photos by SnapLocally.com

 

Joey Abell (center) just after final blow, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Joey Abell (center) just after final blow, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

 

It was boxing. All of it: the promise, the grit, the terror, and the chaos. It was a night that no one saw coming.

 

The fight last night at the Target Center was more than anybody thought it would be… and for reasons that they never thought it could be. But it was, for everything that it was, a night of boxing that will be remembered in Minnesota boxing history forever.

 

Everything started out normal enough. The show began in a junior middleweight warm-up kick-started by a furious advance from a debuting fighter, Jacob Dobbe, who lost steam after the first round and was soundly out-boxed by a fighter, Saverino Garcia, who already had a pro fight under his belt.

 

Next, an enormous “Russian Giant,” Boris Shichporenok(6-1), grappled and socked an MMA fighter, Will Gillette (pro debut), as Gillette tried to barrel through the enormous reach, height, and 48 pound weight advantage of his competitor.

 

“He got 2 bowls of cereal and you only got one!” Gillette’s corner screamed during round one. “Move! Move! You got to make him work…but throw punches, too!”

 

And though Gillette moved, the “Giant” caught him with two lumbering head shots which sent Gillette flat on his stomach in 57 seconds of round 2. He got up and walked over to his corner, and much to Gillette’s surprise, the ref called the fight….and the crowd thunderously booed in disagreement.

 

“It’s time to switch the ref!” one member screamed. “The fight ain’t over!”

 

Then things began to get even more…unexpected.

 

Tony Lee (left) Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Tony Lee (left) Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

 

The much awaited pro debut of decorated amateur fighter Tony Lee began with a surprise for Lee which would only be heard from his corner. There was something his trainer did not tell Lee about his opponent, Hector Orozco (1-3).

 

I didn’t know that he was a southpaw coming into the fight,” Lee said after the fight. “Before the bell rung, I said, ‘He’s a f**king southpaw.’ Excuse my language. I am sorry. I said, ‘Otis, he’s a southpaw.’ And he just said, ‘Use your jab and do what you do.’ Otis knew that he was a southpaw, but he doesn’t want me thinking about it. Otis wants me to fight my fight. He knows that I think too much when I fight southpaws. And before the bell rung I said, ‘He’s a southpaw.’ He said, ‘Do what you do. Do Tony. Do Tony Lee.’ And after the fight, after the bell rung, I was mad as heck at Otis, and he knew it. I said ‘You didn’t say…’ and he was like ‘Hey man! We do what we do. That’s why I didn’t tell you. It’s because we do what we do. People need to adjust to you. It is a one man show…and tonight was your night. Now you know. You can do what you want.’ It was a good fight. He was tough. He was a southpaw. I hate southpaws. He has way more experience than me. It was his 5th fight and it was my 1st fight. He beat a guy who was 6 and 0. So I did good.”

 

His trainer’s surprise worked to Lee’s advantage. Using his remarkable speed and reflexes, Lee soundly out-boxed Orozco, and with a countering quick flash of rights, he even got Orozco down on his knee in the beginning of the fight.

 

“The first round he threw a wild right hand and I dipped under and hit him with a short right and a right cross and clipped him. It was a flash knock down. I didn’t even feel it go through my arm, but it was enough to put him down. That was a highlight for tonight. The second and third round I threw a few jabs that stung his head pretty good. The fourth round I felt like my hand was hurting. He hit me with a punch that hit my glove, so my hand started dropping, so I kind of gave it to him…I didn’t pick up the steam, but, all in all I dictated the fight and I controlled it.”

 

And a few more fights in, Gary Eyer (6-0-1) got a surprise of his own when he entered the ring for the battle of the undefeated against Levi Cortez (3-0). Eyer admitted to having no idea that Cortez’s pressure would be so constant…and so challenging.

 

img_3479“I really didn’t think that he was going to be like that,” Eyer said after the bout. “I thought that he was going to be a little bit easier. I thought that I was going to be able to use my reach and that he wasn’t going to be kind of awkward a little bit…I didn’t use all my arsenal…kinda made it hard. He’s good but he was holding a lot. Every time I got close to him, he grabbed me…and I was just trying to score little points, you know, to show that I was doing my best to try to win.”

 

And did Eyer ever have to work for it. The first two rounds were filled will looping overhand rights from Cortez and barreling tangles which tied Eyer up.

 

I was waiting for him to get tired,” Eyer said. “That’s what I thought. I thought that he was going to get tired in a 6 round fight. I thought, ‘he’s just gonna get tired eventually and then I’ll get him.’”

 

But Cortez didn’t get tired, so Eyer had to use sheer force of will to get through the pressure and the tangles so he could set up and unleash some of his shots. He found his chance in round 3 and shot a left hook through the furious advance of Cortez which sent Cortez to the canvas. But Cortez was not the kind of fighter who would let one knock down count him out, and as Eyer went in for the kill, Cortez tossed overhand shots and barreled in like a torpedo sending the two tumbling to the canvas and wrestling on the floor.

 

The left hook, I don’t know how that one happened,” Eyer commented about the first knockdown. “I just threw a hook and it landed good.”

 

But round 4 was clearly a struggle. Cortez landed a big 1,2 at the beginning of the round which sent Eyer’s head flying back.

 

Dance, Gary! Dance!” trainer, Chuck Horton, screamed from Eyer’s corner.

 

And as Eyer moved, he began to try to time Cortez, but the consistent furious advance sent the timing into a time warp, stifling blows before they could even register. But then, Eyer landed again. In round 5, Eyer gave Cortez a taste of his own overhand right, sending Cortez to the canvas again.

 

The second one, I was just like, ‘Ok. I’m not moving my head. I am not fighting as good as I should. This is gonna suck,’ And I just kinda said, ‘Eff it,’ and I said, ‘I’m just gonna time his overhand right with one of my overhand rights and I’m gonna get him.’ And…thank God. And you know, the first time I got him…it took forever to get back in there. It was like waiting, waiting, waiting. I woulda had him out….The second one, I definitely felt, yeah, that ‘you could’ve went down there.’ The first one? I don’t know how that happened.”

 

And for the sixth round, Cortez, bleeding from a split upper lip and a broken nose, and Eyer, bleeding from the mouth, clashed again and socked it out, Cortez with his overhands and tangling, and Eyer now fighting his way into and out of every advance. With the scent of blood in the air both fighters slammed at each other at 10 seconds out, pounding each other on the ropes until the final bell. And when the unanimous decision was called in his favor, Eyer, let out a sigh of relief, not due to the decision, but because he knew that he had just fought the hardest won fight in his entire career.

 

This fight was hard and I just…I’m definitely not cocky but, I will just say that it definitely humbled me,” Eyer commented. “Um…I’m just gonna train harder, and uh…I wouldn’t mind fighting him again.”

 

But don’t tell him that I will be throwing two or three punch combos at him the whole time…instead of just one shot….don’t tell him that,” Eyer joked. “I know how to fight him now.”

 

And then, after the joy and the glory and the fights rolled on, the crowd got a shock that few predicted or were even prepared for. When fans bought tickets to this fight, surely they did not expect to see the end of an era. But in the co-main event, it happened…and all due to the furious hands of Larry “The Razor” Sharpe (23-7). After a seven year pro boxing career, 29 professional fights, and a star-power which inspired a new era in Duluth boxing, Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters retired from boxing after being knocked down and then knocked out in 56 seconds of round one.

 

Larry Sharpe (right) ending the fight, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Larry Sharpe (right) ending the fight, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

 

I didn’t think that it was going to happen that fast,” Sharpe said after the fight. “In my mind I expected that I would bang to the body and apply the pressure and I would stop in about the fourth…that was my game plan. I thought that after I went to the body for the first few rounds that his hands would come down and I’d land some clean up top.”

 

I knew that he was a good boxer so I planned to come forward and apply pressure,” Sharpe continued. “I’ve gone 10, 12 rounds the last few years, so going 8 rounds, I wasn’t worried about my gas tank. I just put the gas on early and my plan was actually to go to the body more early on, but he stood in front of me a lot longer than I thought he was gonna and he was there for me to hit so…in training I was practicing going up with my shots because I knew he was a taller fighter…and they were landing. They were landing, and I could tell that he was hurt so I just went in for the kill.”

 

And if that weren’t enough shock for the fans to stomach, the main event threw everyone into a img_3717state of complete and utter confusion. In the first heavyweight Minnesota State Title fight in 32 years, the fight was ruled out after round 1 due to disqualification.  (It was changed to No Contest) After Raphael Butler got soundly rocked by Joey Abell in round one, something truly terrible happened. Just as Butler was pulling away from Abell and dropping his hands at the end of the round, Abell moved in and threw an uppercut and two shots to the head which made Butler go stiff and fall backwards onto the canvas. Dan O’Conner leaped into the ring and began pushing Abell and screaming at him. Ron Lyke jumped into the ring to defend his fighter as cornermen from all sides began storming the ring. Abell, stunned, did his best to try and break up the pile of battling cornermen. And Butler, as he began to awake from the knockout, lifted his head to see the dogpile tumbling out of control at his feet as he still lay on the canvas. And as everyone fell over each other and the fight began to peter out, it became clear that Abell didn’t know that he threw those final devastating punches after the bell. As Butler was getting up, Abell could be seen in his corner mouthing, ‘I didn’t hear it. I didn’t hear it.’ Butler, realizing that Abell clearly did not intend to hit him after the bell, took the mike and put his arm around Joey and telling the crowd, “It was an accident. We are going to do it again.” And the crowd, shocked by the events that had just taken place, resolutely booed and even broke out into a couple of fights of their own. But after the earthquake and the aftershocks in the crowd subsided, almost everyone, from the fans, to the fighters, to the commissioners, and even the employees at the Target Center stood there for a moment with mouths agape, dumbstruck at the events which has just transpired. It was a fight finish which was truly surreal.

 

But for all that last night was, the fight at the Target Center will not soon be forgotten. For many in attendance last night, that fight showed boxing for what it is: blood and guts. Equally critical in all its circumstances, be they high or be they low, boxing shows us what life looks like when it is stripped down to its most crucial characteristics. Be it greatest glory, the toughest challenge, the deepest upset, or the most unpredictable chaos, boxing makes us focus on life’s biggest moments, and in the most brutal detail, it shows us the things we want to see, the things we don’t…and the things that we just can’t look away from. And that fight at the Target Center last night had it all.

Madness, Mayhem, Retirement, and The fight of the year?

Photos by SnapLocally.com

 

Mayhem in the ring, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Mayhem in the ring, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Last night belonged to Gary “Stone Cold” Eyer and Levi “The Shark” Cortes. Their clash was definitely fight of the night and to many observers fight of the year. Dan “The Common Man” Cole labeled it fight of the year directly after the action. The heavyweight battle we had been waiting for turned into mayhem in the ring. Confusion rained as the first round came to close and Joey Abell landed a vicious combo to Butlers head after the round had ended, causing an all out brawl in the ring between corner men and others, even spilling into the stands. Just prior to this fight Zach Walters was taken down by a buzz saw in Larry Sharpe, and after it was over Walters and his team informed us he would be retiring from the sport. Below is a quick rundown of last nights action. Laura Zink will have a full report with comments from Larry Sharpe, Gary Eyer, Tony Lee and more.

 

Saverino Garciavs Jacob Dobbe – (UD 40,36/40,36/39,37 Garcia) – Jacob Dobbe started the fight off with heavy pressure and big shots, stalking Garcia around the ring. The effort Dobbe put into that first round seemed to have drained him for the remaining three. Garcia used superior boxing skill to pick apart Dobbe for the rest of the fight.

 

William Gillette vs Boris- (TKO 57 seconds of 2nd, Boris) – Gillette won the first round in my opinion and then tasted The Russian Giants power in the second. To some it seemed like a quick stoppage, and to me it seemed that maybe Gillette didn’t let the ref know he was ready to continue after being knocked down two times.

 

Tony Lee (left), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Tony Lee (left), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

Tony Leevs Hector Orozco – (UD 39,36/40,35/39,36 Lee) – Lee had Orozco down in the first round. He pretty much put on a boxing lesson for 3 rounds of 4. As usual Orozco was very game and continued to come forward for much of the fight. But the 4th round aside, Lee worked every legal portion of Orozco’s body. Very impressive pro debut for Lee. Laura Zink was able to catch up with Lee after the fight and will have his comments with her report later today.

 

Dave Petersonvs Silas Ortley – (TKO 1:22 of 4thround Dave) – Peterson had Ortley down 3 or 4 times in this fight, all from body blows. At one point Orley had to unload his cookies in the middle of the ring. Ortely started the fight throwing hard but very wide shots, and against a skilled fighter like Peterson it just left his body wide open. This was definitely not a pretty fight, but it was all Peterson in my opinion.

 

Gary Eyer (right), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Gary Eyer (right), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

Gary Eyervs Levi Cortes – (UD  58,54/57,55/57,56 Eyer) – Holy Cow! I said this would be the fight of the night, and it really lived up to that billing. Cortes started the first round like a man possessed. His relentless attack on Eyer left many wondering if if Eyer would make it out on his feet. Turns out we have another Minnesota fighter with a steel chin. Levi Cortes unloaded some bombs square on Eyers face but even as some seemed to stun Eyer they did not hinder his fight. Eyer put Cortes on the mat in the 3rd and 5th rounds and that probably was the difference in this fight. While Cortes was always on the attack and landing some bombs, Eyer seemed to land more punches and did a good job of working the body.  I had Gary winning 4 rounds to 2, but according to the judges scores those two knock downs decided the winner. Laura Zink talked with Eyer after the fight and will include that with her report later today.

 

Levi Cortes (left), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Levi Cortes (left), Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

Ronnie Peterson vs Tomi Archambault- (Ronnie retired on stool after second round on advice of dr, Archambault) – Archambault got his revenge and his W back in this one. To be honest it never seemed like Peterson was in the fight. I was told that the shoulder that Peterson had surgically repaired last year was re injured and on the Dr’s advice Peterson did not come out for the third round.

 

Larry Sharpe, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Larry Sharpe, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

Zach Walters vs Larry Sharpe - (TKO 57 seconds of 1rst round, Sharpe) – Sharpe told me prior to this fight he had a lot more pop at 170lbs and he showed that in this short fight. The bell rang and he just overwhelmed Walters with huge punches, putting Walters down two times before the fight was called. After the fight we were told that Jungle Boy would be retiring from the sport of boxing. Walters has as much going on outside of boxing and he will now focus on that. We will have more on Zach Walters later in the week. Laura Zink was able to get some comments from Larry Sharpe after the fight and will include in her report later today.

 

Abell landing final blow of bout, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

Abell landing final blow of bout, Courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

Joey Abell vs Raphael Butler- (Joey DQed for Knocking Butler out after the bell 1rstround) – Has been changed to a No Contest. – The first round had both fighters stunning the other with heavy shots, but the real action came after the bell. It is being reported that Abell and the ref did not hear the closing bell, and Joey Abell threw a huge combo on Butlers head, Knocking him out after the round had finished and Butler was not defending himself. This caused an initial ruling of DQ but later changed to no contest. It also cause something straight out of professional wrestling. Before the dust settled the ring was full with corner men and others in an all out brawl. Some were trying to stop the fighting while some were throwing down. The madness in the ring left one or two fights outside of the ring and in the crowd as supporters for Butler and Abell clashed.

Some comments and pictures from last night’s weigh-in. Abell/Butler tonight at The Target Center

Photos by SnapLocally.com

 

Joey Abell and Raphael Butler

Joey Abell and Raphael Butler

 

Are you ready for some bombs? Last night was like walking through a land of giants. The Russian Giant, Boris, came in at 280lbs, his new opponent William Gillette came in at 232. The main event guys Joey Abell and Raphael Butler came in at a combined weight of 500lbs. These four heavies make for 1000 pounds of fun. We posted all the weights from last night in our prior post. Below are some pictures and a few quotes from the combatants.

 

Raphael Butler

Raphael Butler

 

Raphael Butler – “I can’t believe so many people are picking Joey, they will see tomorrow.”

 

Joey Abell

Joey Abell

 

A member from team Joey Abell – “Joey is focused on this fight, his actions will speak for him.”

 

Zach Walters

Zach Walters

 

Zach “Jungle Boy’ Walters – “We are going to have some fun.”

 

Levi Cortes

Levi Cortes

 

Levi “The Shark” Cortes – “I always attack just like a shark.”

 

Tony Lee

Tony Lee

 

Tony Lee – “Its awesome to start my career in the Target Center. I’m going to live it up. The pro game offers me more time to set up my punches. I’m just coming to fight.”

 

Ronnie Peterson

Ronnie Peterson

 

I also asked “Golden” Caleb Truax for his thoughts on tonight’s huge show.

 

Truax – “Its cool to see the best heavies go, its been a while since that’s happened. Joey has looked great in training. I think Joey will take him into the later rounds, then take him out.”

 

Tony Grygelko – “I’m here to support Minnesota boxing.”

 

Dave Peterson

Dave Peterson

Gary “Stone Cold” Eyer

Gary “Stone Cold” Eyer was kind enough to have a quick Q & A with me before his big fight with Levi Cortes at the Target Center this Friday. Below is our conversation.

 

Gary Eyer (right), Photo courtesy of Walters Photography

Gary Eyer (right), Photo courtesy of Walters Photography

 

M…. You looked great a few weeks back at the Garden when you had your public workout, how has this training camp been?

 

Gary….Training has been great, I’ve done my road work and I get the best sparring in the gym. I spar everyone from the smallest kid to the biggest guy. The sparring paid off for the amateurs on the 19th, they looked good, and it will for me this Friday. This Saturday it will again pay off for our silver glove fighters.

 

M….What weight will your fight with Levi Cortes be at? 

 

Gary…. I thought I was fighting at 135 give or take a pound. Now it might be 139, so I’m just gonna split the difference and be 137ish.

 

M….You look lighter than I have seen you, have you noticed any improved quickness? 

 

Gary….I am way lighter then normal right now,  because I have kept myself in good shape.  I have not noticed being quicker because I train with big gloves on, so I think of my speed with the smaller gloves on and I know I’m fast enough to hit the guy I’m fighting. So I’m good.

 

M….Are you excited to be able to showcase your skills on Minnesota’s biggest stage?

 

Gary….Heck yeah, I’m pumped and a little nervous but I believe I will be alright.

 

M….How much do you know about Levi Cortes? 

 

Gary….I have never seen him before, one thing I’ve been told by everyone is that he comes forward, if that’s correct it should be a good fight.

 

M….Do you think being able to train at Horton’s new gym has help in getting ready for this fight? 

 

Gary….The new gym rocks. I really like the place and yeah every type of bag is up and a full ring. Without a doubt this gym is the best spot to get the best training.

 

M….For those in the twin cities that maybe haven’t seen you fight, what should they expect?

 
Gary….Winning is number 1, expect that i will give it my all.  It should be an exciting fight, but for that to happen I need the cooperation of the other guy, he needs to want it and he needs to go for it.

 

M….Who do you have winning the Abell/Butler fight?

 

Gary….I pick whoever weighs in the lightest, that’s who I’d put my money on.

 

M….Do you have any predictions on Zach Walters big fight?

 

Gary….Zach has all the skills to win, no one trains harder. I hope him and I get 1st round knockouts. I’d say Zach wins by ko/tko somewhere from the 4th to the end of the 6th round.

Fight of the night? Dec. 4 at The Target Center is loaded with possibilities.

People are taking notice of this fun card because of all the heavyweight fireworks that should happen. Joey Abell (25,4) vs Raphael Butler (34,8) is sure to please. But the undercard is also loaded with well matched fights that could steal the show. We will be going through some of these match-ups throughout this week leading up to Friday night’s fireworks. We also plan to have some interviews with the contestants of this highly anticipated event. (We had an interview lined up with Zach Walters by Laura Zink, but Walters decided he wanted his actions in the ring to do the talking.) Below is one of the fights that could steal the show.

 

Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer ready to unload.

Gary "Stone Cold" Eyer ready to unload.

 

 

VS

 

Levi Cortes unloading, courtesy SnapLocally.com

Levi Cortes unloading, courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

Gary “Stone Cold” Eyer (6,0,1) is looking to silence some of his critics. While having an undefeated record there are those that have said he has not fought anybody yet. His biggest wins have come against Scott Robinson, he did that in back to back fights. Eyer has not yet faced and opponent with a winning record, this Friday he gets his chance against fellow undeated fighter, Levi Cortes (3,0). For Cortes’s part, he has faced the stiffer of competition in his three fights.

 

I have had the pleasure of watching most of Eyer’s fights while only catching Levi Cortes’s most recent bout. What I have been told and saw for myself about Cortes, is that he is one tough customer. The time I did see Levi in action, he was non stop in your face and throwing with bad intentions on almost every exchange. After that fight I turned to Laura Zink and told her I cant wait to see this guy again. December 4th I get my wish, and its against another fighter that is must see for me.

 

Gary Eyer has more slickness to his game than his opponent, but is not afraid to stand in front and pick his guy apart. Eyer has some of the sweetest chopping body shots in the state and I think they will be on full display on Minnesota’s greatest stage. The styles of these two combatants make for sure entertainment in the ring when they square off. Look for Cortes to be on the attack from start to finish while Eyer uses his superior boxing skills to get angles and chop down his attacking foe. This is my pick to be fight of the night, don’t be surprised to see 6 full rounds of action.

Abell/Butler December 4 at the Target Center, You’re not going to want to miss this one.

Nothing stirs the imagination of fight fans like a heavyweight showdown, this card has two. There are a combined 84 knockouts between the four big fellas entering the ring. On top of  that, there is the return to the Target Center by Minnesota’s light heavyweight champ, Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters, who has 19 KO’s of his own. Judging from the crowds at the last couple shows, you may want to grab your tickets sooner rather than later. Below is the fight card.

 

targetpostersmallproofJoey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (25,4) vs Raphael “The Silencer” Butler (35,8)- Minnesota’s two best Heavyweights vie for the Title. All but one of Abell’s wins have come by way of knockout and Butler has 28 of his own. You like power, you like KO’s, you’ll love this one.

 

Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters (24,4) vs Larry “Razor” Sharpe (23,7) – Minnesota’s light heavyweight champ takes on Canada’s Larry Sharpe.

 

Travis Walker (33,3,1) vs Yevgeniy Shishporenok (6,1)- Another heavyweight bout. Walker has 27 KO’s and Boris “The Russian Giant” has KO’s in 5 of his 6 wins. This should be a fun one.

 

Ronnie Peterson (3,0) vs Tomi Archambault (0,1) -  This fight has revenge written all over it. When Peterson and Archambault first met October third, Tomi originally was giving the victory even though Ronnie had him down two times in a four round fight. North Dakota’s boxing commission reviewed the tapes and judges score cards and made that one a no contest. You can bet Archambault wants to get that W back and Peterson wants to leave no doubt as to who the better man is.

 

Gary Eyer (6,0,1) vs Levi Cortes (3,0)- This one just might take the night. Levi Cortes is a tough non stop fighter while Eyer isn’t going to back down from anyone. Look for fireworks and body shots. I really think this could turn into fight of the night.

 

Dave Peterson (11,0) vs Silas Ortley (4,7) – The Prodigy looks to stay unbeaten.

 

Saverino Garcia (0,0,1) vs Allante Davis (0,3) – One of these guys will leave with a W on their record.

 

I also believe Tony Lee is on this card facing  Hector Orozco but this fight is not listed yet.

Stone Cold vs Silky Smooth, Public Workout prior to Grandmas amateur boxing event this Thursday at the Garden.

Gary Eyer, Courtesy Walters Photography

Gary Eyer, Courtesy Walters Photography

 

“Stone Cold” Gary Eyer and Ronnie Peterson will be throwing down in a preview of what they got for December 4 at the Target Center. Eyer will be facing Levi Cortes and Peterson has his rematch with Tomi Archambault on the undercard to Joey Abell vs Raphael Butler.

 

It has also been rumored that there may be an announcement about Andy “Kaos” Kolle. Plus all the exciting amateur action we have become accustom to at a Horton’s amateur show.

“Stone Cold” Gary Eyer (6,0,1) to face the very tough Levi Cortes (3,0) Dec. 4

Levi Cortes, courtesy SnapLocally.com

Levi Cortes, courtesy SnapLocally.com

 

Below is Gary “Stone Cold” Eyer’s portion of the October 27 press conference  at the Target Center.  I must say this is our favorite of the three clips .

 

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