S.E.G. and Driller Promotions are bringing the goods to Boxing! The show is loaded with some of MN’s top talent. Really looking forward to Corey Rodriguez vs Michael Faulk. Will keep you posted as we learn more…
Cerresso Fort (13,0,1) won a split decision over Dave Peterson (13,1) last night. Both fighters put on a really good show. Fort seemed to dictate the action throughout landing the harder shots. Dave’s boxing skills were evident early and throughout until the 8th when Fort pretty much controlled things. I had Fort ahead in a close fight.
Jamal James (6,0) over Hector Orozco (5,12) by UD. James won almost every round on the judges score cards. Orozco was game as always and didn’t make it easy on Jamal James. If Jamal had any rust, Hector was knocking that off early in his relentless attack, James length and superior boxing skill was just too much.
Richard Hargraves (3,0) won by UD over Michael Faulk (2,2)
Al Sands (4,1) extended Kia Daniels (6,7) first round loss streak. Kia didnt want to be there from the get-go and went down after first touch…
I watched via ifan.tv stream. Go to MinnesotaBoxing.com for full results…. Jesse Kelley was there for all the fights.
Here is our predictions to Fort vs Peterson tonight in carlton and streamed GFL…..
Cerresso Fort (12,0,1) vs Dave Peterson (13,0) 8 rounds at light middle – I can think of ways both guys take this… Peterson is supposed to be the slicker fighter while Fort packs the bigger bombs. If pressed, we pick Fort by stoppage inside of 4, but would not be shocked if Peterson got a decision…. Like both fighters…
Al Sands (3,1) vs Kia Daniels (6,6) 6 rounds cruiser – Kia hasn’t made it out of the first in a few years… Should be easy work for Sands…
Michael Faulk (2,1) vs Richard Hargraves (2,0,1) 6 rounds – Both guys have potential. If Faulk works more than his D I think he takes an SD.
Jamal James (5,0) vs Hector Orozco (5,11) 6 rounds welter – James won a UD against Orozco last time out. That was the last time James has been in the ring while Orozco has stayed very busy. James wins by UD, unless Orozco can stay inside.
Davalance Depoe (debut) vs John Kingbird (debut) 4 rounds heavy – No idea, We dont know anything on either fighter….
Jerome LeBarge (debut) vs Matthew Karaja (debut) 4 rounds light heavy – No idea, grooming Sands next opponent?
Cory Thompson (debut) vs Stanley Lewis (0,5) 4 rounds – Thompson by first or second round stoppage…
Charles Goodwin (1,0) vs Cory Briggs (debut) 4 rounds – Goodwin early stoppage…
Here is the June 16 card as it stands today. Boxrec.com Hyatt, Minneapolis MN.
Jason Litzau (28,3) vs TBA 8 rounds
Brad Patraw (7,4) vs Dustin Mason (3,0) 6 rounds
Aaron Green (5,0) vs TJ Gibson (1,2) 6 rounds
Don Tierney (4,4) vs Bobby Butters (1,1) 5 rounds
Rob Brant (debut) vs Cheyenne Ziegler (3,7) 4 rounds
Silas Ortley (4,13) vs Stephen Watt (Debut) 4 rounds
Really looking forward to seeing Jason Litzau back in action in MN. Patraw vs Mason has been brewing ever since Mason turned pro, should be fireworks. Green vs Gibson may be Green’s stiffest challenge yet (Gibson KOed Al Sands last fall). Everyone is excited to see what amateur standout Rob Brant will do as a pro…..
Here is the June 23 card as it stands today. Boxrec.com June 23, Black Bear Casino, Carlton, MN.
Jungle Boy and Draw Events
Al Sands (3,1) vs TBA ? rounds
Cerresso Fort (12,0,1) vs Dave Peterson (13,0) ? rounds
Michael Faulk (2,1) vs Richard Hargraves (2,0,1) ? rounds
Davalance Depoe (Debut) vs John Kingbird (Debut) ? rounds
Jerome LeBarge (Debut) vs Matthew Karaja (Debut) ? rounds
Fort vs Peterson could be interesting, new weight for Fort and Peterson has only one fight since 2009. Sands will look to continue to rebuild from his stunning loss to Gibson last fall, his handlers got him a quick win and it will be interesting to see what they feel he is ready for. Faulk has been in training camps with some of the best, love to see what he has. The rest of the card is unknowns. Tried all the normal fight information sites but nothing, have to go and find out…..
Cory Rapacz (matchmaker for RDS) informed me last night that that June 16th show will feature most of the same fights secured for the May 12 show that was moved due to the main event falling off. This extra time will allow for a quality main event replacement….
Jason “The American Boy” Litzau (28,3) has said he is now fighting on RDS’s June 16 show at the Hyatt in Minneapolis MN… Without being informed by RDS or Cory Rapacz, I can only assume this will have something to do with the new main event…. But there are other exciting rumors out there as well.
Most of the the fighters that were to have fought May 12 are quite upbeat about the date change to June 16. A date move is much better than a date cancel. Green, Patraw, Mason, and Brant are all looking forward to taking care of business June 16….. Dustin Mason has told me he is going to maintain weight and take this time to even further sharpen his readiness…
Vicente Alfaro (5,1) is training hard looking to get in on one of these upcoming midwest cards. It’s been over a year since Alfaro has had the opportunity to display his skills in the ring and he is more than ready to be given that chance…
Jungle Boy Promotions card set for June 23 has not announced any new fights for their card. Cerresso Fort (12,0,1) vs Dave Peterson (13,0) will headline. Michael Faulk (2,1) is said to be fighting as well as Al Sands (3,1). Sands is coming off of a tune-up win and looks to be who the promotion is trying to build upon….
Still waiting on a time table for Andy “Kaos” Kolle’s (25,3) hand… We will keep you posted….
T-Rex Promotions still looking towards July/August for their next show…
Love major PPV fight weeks, Mayweather/Cotto only days away…. There are rumors of some MN guys fighting on the undercards of some of this summers biggest shows…. Hoping for details in the near future…
The Golden Age – November 20, 2009
By: Laura Zink
From start to finish, last night at the St. Paul Armory electrified the crowd and kept them screaming for more. The house was packed. And loud! Fans chanted for their hometown favorites, yelled and booed at their challengers, and hollered instructions like the entire room were working the corners. And by far, the loudest and most emphatic of all of those fans were the ones who came for “Golden” Caleb Truax…and they came by the busload.
“I can always feel it,” Traux said in the locker room after the fight. “Osseo, man, those are my people. They came with two party busses full of people and there was a ton of my friends and family here. They always support me.”
Clearly, that support at first did not extend to his challenger, Kerry Hope. Before Hope even entered the ring, he was showered with boos as the fans began to stand up and surround the ring yelling epithets of various colors and strengths at the Welshman. Hope, looking unaffected as he disrobed, looked over to the doorway where Truax would enter. And before Truax could even get out of the door, fans too turned their sights to that same threshold and began cheering and whistling vociferously, flooding the room with their support to shower it over their entering champion. Well, he wasn’t the champ quite yet…he still had to get past Kerry Hope, a man who was ready to take Truax into the deep and foreign waters of a ten round battle.
“I am glad it was a hard ten rounds because now I know what it takes to go that way,” Truax said after the fight.
From the start, Hope kept the pressure on Truax, walking him down and keeping him moving with jabs. Truax kept cool in the opening rounds, weathering Hope’s storming busyness, moving around him and finding openings for counters which had much more power on them than any of Hope’s constant advances.
“He’s tough man,” Truax said after the fight. “He came to fight; I knew he would. Just being out there with him for that week I knew that he was in great shape. I thought I boxed him well.”
But in the third round, boxing gave way to bashing. Just as Hope was working his way out of one of Truax’s advances, an awkward clinch resulted in a pretty colossal head butt, which halted the match and sent Truax over to the doctor for a significant tear over the right eye. Hope, who had suffered a harsh gash on the right side of his head, stood in the neutral corner and waited for his turn with the doc as blood streaked down his neck and shoulders, dripping down in tiny rivers all across his chest.
“I’ve gotten stitches before,” Truax said in the locker room after the bout as the doctor prepped his eye for stitches, “I’ve gotten hit with an 80 mile an hour fast ball before.”
The cut did take some of the steam out of the end of that round, but in the next 3 rounds both men picked up the pace, Hope relentlessly moving in, and Traux finding more openings for his relentlessly more powerful punches. But as the high-activity and rounds wore on, Truax began to look more and more tired, and clearly, Hope just didn’t.
“I think in 7,8, and 9 he came on and he was pushing it,” Truax said after the fight, “and then I thought I went back in and got it in the tenth round.”
But Hope definitely did not make that 10th round easy. With Hope’s corner screaming “C’mon! Keep punching Kerry!”, Hope landed a shot which bloodied Truax’s nose. Yet Truax, wanting to ensure his victory, kept pushing himself on through Hope’s advances, pushing Hope against the ropes and landing shots to the head and body. Hope, crafty and conditioned in his own right, landed a couple of flurries of his own in response. And in the final 10 seconds, Hope’s final advance was clinched out of existence. With three scores of 97-93, Truax was declared the WBF International Middleweight Champion by unanimous decision.
Before the Truax bout, fans got to see another soon-to-be WBF International champion step into the ring, “The African Assassin” Mohammed Kayongo. As his challenger, Welshman James Todd, was introduced to Kayongo by entourage: Ugandan-styled dancers entered the ring before him to dance to that nation’s rhythms as he waited for his challenger. Todd looked on from his corner as he stood before the Welsh flag held behind him by men in black suits. As the dancers parted and Ugandan traditional music gave way to hip hop, Ugandan flags, men with congo drums, and his fellow Ugandan fighters made their way to the ring. Todd, smiling at his corner and even dancing to Kayongo’s music, saw Kayongo, donning a white Mike Meyers facemask, leap over the top rope to enter the ring. But as the entourages, costumes, and flags were all put away the two men faced each other and put on a truly brutal fight.
With conga drums sounding solitary beats of encouragement to Kayongo, Kayongo took the lead in round one with a lightning fast uppercut. Todd covered up and tried to work his jabs to keep the pressure on. But as Todd began to land more jabs and straight rights, Kayongo began sensing his timing and ripping past Todd’s advances with powerful and fast counters. Tough and intent on keeping the pressure on, Todd tried to stay tight and move in with straight shots to the head, landing two nice shots in the middle of the round. But this tentative testing began to shift toward the end of the round as Kayongo led an exchange which sent Todd back to his corner at the bell with a swelling left eye.
Round 2, however, shifted the fight permanently for Todd. As Kayongo began to unleash more punches, Todd experienced a left hook which sent him to the canvas. Clearly stunned and foggy from the hit, the ref asked Todd if he wanted to continue. He nodded and walked back to center to finish the round.
“He doesn’t even know where the hell he is!” one crowd member screamed.
Todd, tough though obviously shaken punched and clinched his way through the rest of the round.
“He caught me with a left hook and I just don’t remember really recovering from that,” Todd explained after the fight. “I stuck in there and gave him a fight, but he kind of out-classed me in the end.”
That out-classing in round three took the form of body shots and bloody noses. Kayongo pounded at the sides of Todd’s body with hooks. Todd stayed tough and stayed in the fight, even going head-to-head for some close range brawling with Kayongo. Towards the end of the round, Kayongo went on a head-hunt, trying to seal the deal in the third, but a knocked out mouthpiece and a brief rest toward the end of the round made Kayongo have to wait until the 4th.
Between rounds ref Nelson warned Todd that he would have to “Start landing some damaging punches.” Todd swollen-faced, nodded and said that he would. He got back up and went in for the fourth but once the bell sounded, it was clear that Kayongo would get his wish from the previous round. As Todd was trying to keep his pressure game going, Kayongo resumed the head hunt from the previous round and by 2 minutes and 35 seconds of the fourth round, Kayongo landed 2 punishing straight shots which sent Todd over sideways like a falling tree. Ref Nelson waved his hands over Todd’s head, stopping the bout and hailing in Mohammad Kayongo as the new WBF International Welterweight Champion.
“I knew he could punch,” Todd said after the bout, “so I was just putting the pressure on him to break his heart, and when I tried to do that, he caught me with a left hook, and after that I didn’t really realize what I was kind of going through kind of a thing. He caught me with a good shot and it shocked me, and that is just the ways it goes. That’s what it is. This is boxing.”
“They said that this guy was coming forward, but I fight different styles so it really didn’t matter what style he was bringing in, and I was ready for anything,” Kayongo said after the fight. “He was kind of a one-dimensional guy. He was coming forward and I gave him different angles and I made him respond to my angles. That’s when I picked him apart and that was it. I just brought it in. I brought the whole package. I brought the speed. I brought the power. I did my job. I picked him apart, and just…that was it.”
“This title is big,” Kayongo continued. “This is an international title. It puts be in the first spot for contending for the WBF world title. And this is going to put me in top 20 WBC and IBF and WBA, so this is a really good title for me. It gives me some leverage.”
And before the crowd got riled up and played amateur corner for three quick finishing MMA bouts, Micheal Faulk took on Ryan Soft (and to a certain extent, some very loud Ryan Soft fans) in the first professional boxing bout of the night. Faulk went out looking to use his guard and land straight shots, but Soft, with aggressive looping attacks threw that plan off. Johnny Johnson began yelling for Faulk to attack the body. Faulk dug in and began to land body shots but one accidently went low. Soft’s fans booed as Soft scrunched his face and tried to walk it off. After a short breather, Soft’s brow lowered and he glared at Faulk. For the rest of the round, Soft threw punches with a vengeance, even landing one as the ref tried to separate them after the bell. Faulk threw one back, letting Soft know the intentional dirty play would not be tolerated.
“Well Ryan Soft turned out to be hard as heck,” Faulk said after the fight, “You know he wasn’t soft at all. I always tell people that I do things that are more convincing with guys that throw jabs, strait right hands a left hooks, but he was coming with the big wide punches and it was really hard. I mean, I tend to look for the big haymaker too, but when they are looking for the big haymaker I just have to sit up there with my hands up and pick my shots a lot better. I was tending to duck and slip a punch and get out of the way, so I would not be in a position to counter and I would get tangled up. I would end up grabbing him. It was kind of messy at the beginning.”
There were a lot of tangles in the beginning, and Soft’s fans had plenty to say about it. As the ref separated them during one of their clinches in round 2, a loud voice from the crowed screamed “Lay the f*&k down Faulk!” But as Soft kept advancing with his wide shots and bad intentions, Faulk weathered the storm, showing no indication that he would ever follow their advice. As Faulk began to pick up the pace in the fourth round, he threw as many shots as he could, in tangles, out of tangles, and the storm of Soft weather began to settle down as his efforts in the first couple rounds began to get the better of him. Faulk finished up the fourth strong, even landing the final combination at the end of the round. The scores, (which were very difficult to hear over the bassy pops of the microphone) were 39-37, 39-37, and unfortunately an inaudible third score, which were all in favor of Faulk’s victory.
“You know, I really felt pretty burned out and tired after the second round,” Faulk said after the fight. “But I felt that after about the fourth round, I felt like I got a little space in, and I felt like he slowed down. That’s what I always tell people: if a guy isn’t that fast and he is not really that good, after the first two or three rounds, he is not going to be fast anymore. He’ll kind of have that adrenaline in the beginning, and they tend to be real fast and quick with those heavy punches, but after those first two or three rounds, if you are not really quick, you are not quick no more. So I got that space I wanted, so even though I was pretty burned out and tired, I was able to nail him and hit him with a lot of good straight punches and a lot of clean shots and that is what got me the W for sure.”
What a night. “Golden” Caleb Truax passes what in my opinion was his biggest test to date. Not only did he show the ability to deal with a fighter who just doesn’t stop but he went 10 rounds for the first time. This Seconds Out Promotions show lived up to the challenge set by recent and upcoming shows. While only having three professional boxing matches, those three had enough action to fill a ten fight night. Along with the professional boxing, fans were also treated to three entertaining MMA fights. Below is a quick run down of last nights action. Laura Zink will have a full report with comments from Caleb Truax and some of the other fighters later today.
“Golden” Caleb Truax over Kerry Hope (UD 97,93/ 97,93/ 97,93) – What a fight! I have learned that I leave every show thinking that I have just witnessed one of the best fights of the year. But this one has to rank right up there. Hope pressured Truax throughout. Truax was able to show superior precision and power in this fight. While by my estimations Hope threw and landed more shots, Caleb Truax landed the more accurate and powerful. The first six rounds were probably the hardest to score in my opinion. I had this a close fight throughout but had no problem with how anybody scored it. There were those ringside that had Truax winning 8 rounds to 2, another had Truax winning the first six straight. I had it much closer than that, and a little closer than the judges, but again, for a fight like this its hard to complain about any one’s score whether it was 8 to 2 or 5 rounds a piece. (after going through my notes again I had it 6 to 4 in Truax’s favor) These guys gave it their all from start to finish. I think one of Hope’s corner men put it best. ” This was a great fight and I don’t have a problem with the decision”. He went on to say that when going to another’s home town, you need to convincingly take the fight. Truax proved again that he is the real deal and quite ready for what looks to be his next challenge, Andy “Kaos” Kolle. It was truly a great sight in the center of the ring after the fight. Truax had his hands in the air and the WBF belt around his waist. On the other side of things, Hope should have nothing to hang his head about, he stepped in there for the first time at 168 and gave Truax all he could handle for 10 solid rounds. Like I told Tony Grygelko after the fight, I really would like to see Hope again. Congratulations to the new WBF champ and I for one can not wait until he and Minnesota’s top middleweight square off in the ring.
Mohammed Kayongo over James Todd (TKO at 2:35 of the 4th round) – James Todd was pressing the action in this fight but could not overcome the superior power and speed of Kayongo. While Todd was pressing, Kayongo was picking him apart with great counters and power shot. Todd got stung in the 2nd round and never was quite the same until the fight was stopped in the 4th. Congratulations to Mohammed Kayongo on winning his WBF belt.
Michael Faulk over Ryan Soft (UD, could not hear the scores) – Another high action fight but Faulk’s superior boxing skills won this fight for him. Soft did most of the attacking but much of his shots were loopers and shoves. However, I had Soft winning the first and last round, but if pressed to pick a winner, I too would have given Faulk the nod.
Willshaun Boxley and Philip Adyaka had a lively exhibition without headgear. This was the only time I have seen Boxley fight where he was the bigger man and it looked like he loved every minute of it.
Marcus LeVessuer over Bruce Johnson (rear naked choke )
Isaiah Mahto over Jedidiah Jones (rear naked choke from the half guard)
Derek Abram over Gabe Wallbridge (ground and pound)
Stay tuned for Laura Zink’s full report later today.
U of MN Mascot Goldy to lead Caleb Truax on November 20!
For Immediate Release
St. Paul, MN – Unbeaten middleweight Caleb Truax will be led into the ring by University of Minnesota mascot Goldy on November 20 for his IBA Americas championship fight at the St. Paul Armory.
Truax, a 2006 graduate with a social sciences degree, will fight ten rounds for the first time and is pitted against former world champion Carl Daniels. With Truax’s most experienced opponent to date set to challenge him, Promoter Tony Grygelko knew there was only one way bring the electricity to an all time high for Caleb and his fans.
“Its great to have Goldy coming down for the fight”, said Grygelko. “Caleb has as much Gopher pride as anybody and a lot of his fans are alumni. Goldy has entertained millions of fans across the nation and is perfect to kick off a great fight.”
Osseo’s Truax, 13-0 (9 KO’s) and Daniels, 50-18-1 (32 KO’s), will battle it out in the main event of an exciting seven fight boxing/MMA hybrid card. Other local favorites on the card include Muhammad Kayongo, Derek Abrams and former amateur standout Michael Faulk among others.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and $55 for VIP. General admission for children under 13 is $5. Tickets to “The Golden Age” are available by calling 612-807-5547. Doors to open at 7 and the first bell is slated for 8 pm.
The St. Paul Armory is located at 600 Cedar Street St. Paul, MN 55101
Truax-Daniels IBA Title Fight Headlines November 20!
For Immediate Release
St. Paul, MN – Unbeaten Super Middleweight “Golden” Caleb Truax will vie for his first title Friday November 20 against former world champion Carl Daniels in the main event of Seconds Out Promotions’ “The Golden Era” live from the St. Paul Armory.
Truax, 13-0 (9 KO’s), has been impressive thus far during his young career. The Osseo, MN native stopped five of his last six opponents, including an impressive TKO over veteran Patrick Perez in July.
Daniels, of St. Louis, MO, is a former WBA Junior Middleweight champion and fought the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Julio Cesar Green, Julio Cesar, Laurent Boudouani and Chad Dawson. The 69 fight veteran is Truax’ most experienced foe to date.
The Truax-Daniels matchup is scheduled for ten rounds, with the winner claiming the IBA Americas Super Middleweight championship.
In the co-featured bout of the evening, hard hitting Welterweight Muhammad “African Assassin” Kayongo of St. Paul returns following a one year absence to challenge James Todd of the United Kingdom. Kayongo, 14-2 (10 KO’s) and Todd, 2-1-1 (1 KO) are scheduled to do battle over 10 rounds for the IBA Intercontinental Welterweight title.
Kayongo-Todd is expected to be far more competitive than it looks on paper, as the latter was an elite amateur, former member of the Calzaghe Training Camp and now part of the illustrious Talon Boxing Camp in Big Bear, CA.
Former amateur star Michael Faulk of St. Paul takes on Ryan Soft, 1-0-1 (1 KO), of North Dakota in a four round Junior Middleweight bout. Faulk, 1-0 (1 KO), was rated the #2 amateur in the nation by USA Boxing.
Middleweights Charles Meier, 3-1 (2 KO’s), and Josh Rodriguez, 4-10 (3 KO’s) will meet over four rounds. Marvin Rodriguez, 2-2 (1 KO), challenges Silas Ortey, 4-7 (3 KO’s), also in a four round Middleweight affair.
Super Bantamweights Felix Martinez of Bloomington, MN squares off against Ugandan Phillip Adyaka in a four rounder. Martinez and Adyaka are both looking for their first professional victory.
Mixed martial artist Derek Abrams meets Caleb Wolf over three 5 minute rounds in the Featherweight (145 lb) division and Welterweight Jedidiah Jones makes his debut against an opponent TBA, also in a three rounder.
Lightweight prospect Jeremy McLaurin, 5-0 (4 KO’s), and local favorite Jon “The Iron Man” Schmidt, 9-1 (6 KO’s) are slated to appear in separate bouts.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and $55 for VIP. General admission for children under 13 is $5. Tickets to “The Golden Era” are available by calling 612-807-5547. Doors to open at 7 and the first bell is slated for 8 pm.
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, Jeremy McLaurin, 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