Laase went to (11,1) and Wayka to (16,12)….
Laase went to (11,1) and Wayka to (16,12)….
RJ Laase spoke with the Duluth News Tribune about his April 13 Wessman arena show… Here is the link to the full story, Full story from Duluth News Tribune. Below is excerpt from article…
“We want Ray to get a real test. We don’t want another Fargo incident happening,” Laase said. “I’m 100 percent confident we’ll be able to get a good fighter lined up, and we’re willing to pay a little extra for it. We still have plenty of time to find a quality guy.”
Dubbed the “War at Wessman,” this is the third fight for Laase’s T-Rex Promotions, but the first the 24-year-old Laase will not fight on.
“I want to see if this is something I want to do in the future, when I’m done fighting, and this will help me work out the kinks,” Laase said. “I also want to see the show I put together. The last two fights that I’ve put together, I’ve been in the locker room till the end of the night, so I didn’t get to see or enjoy any of it. This is my trial and error.
Tomorrow night, Duluth Minnesota’s, RJ “T-Rex” Laase (10,1) steps into the ring in Hinckley, MN for the second time. Nobody can forget his thrilling bout against then undefeated Justin Jones. In that fight Jones was the aggressor and Laase was the master. Non stop action with RJ winning by UD.. Many calling it early candidate for fight of the year! This time out T-Rex is granting James Wayka (16,11) his wish. Wayka has asked to fight Laase and the two were set to fight last October before Wayka pulled out. There has been some gamesmanship leading up to the fight and tonights weigh-in may be interesting… They fight tomorrow night, March 15, Hinckley Grand Casino! Below is a Q & A we had with T-Rex Laase.. Follow MNBoxingLeague on facebook and twitter. We are still working on our twitter, but FB is very active…
Many have said your fight with then undefeated Justin Jones is early candidate for fight of the year, what are your thoughts on that bout?
Laase….The Jones fight was a very fan friendly fight. To have people talking about MN fight of the year is a cool. We both left everything we had in the ring that night. I started out strong early, he came rallying back midway through and I shut the show down at the end.
How did it feel to go 8 rounds of live action?
Laase….I learned A LOT. I worked my butt off last camp as I do before every fight. I put in many more miles to prepare for those extra 2 rounds that I’ve never seen before. I’ve been sparring 8 straight with rotating fresh sparring partners for these last two camps to prepare for anything that might be presented in front of me.
You and Jason Hendrickson have been working together for over a year and a half, the progression has been noticeable, what has Jason brought to the table to bring your game to another level?
Laase….Jason couldn’t have been anymore of a perfect match for me. He knows what I do well and what I don’t do so well. Though he has really made a point to correct my mistakes he has never neglected on keeping what I do well polished. He has a good eye on catching mistakes my opponents make and we work on what to do to capitalize on those mistakes.
Uppercut boxing gym in Minneapolis and Lorenzi’s Boxing in Duluth have been your primary spots for training, how much has all the different types and sizes of sparring partners helped you grow in the ring?
Laase….I think it has helped me tremendously. I’ve been in with some of the best fighters the state has to offer. Better opposition brings out the better in you.
James Wayka (16,11) asked to fight you in October of 2011, and now he gets his shot.. How much do you know about Wayka and what should fans expect to see from your fight?
Laase….I’ve watched all the footage there is available on him. He’s been known to be a crafty boxer at times. He’s got the experience record wise on me, but I’m younger, hungrier, and overall believe I’m a better fighter than him. He may be the “bigger” guy but I’m confident that my conditioning, speed and power are on a whole other level right now. As for every fight I expect a win. No matter if it’s a KO or goes to the cards I vision my hand being raised as my name is announced.
Aside from your fight with Wayka, you’ve also been working on promoting a show in Superior, WI at Wessman arena. While you are not fighting on the show, how do you maintain focus on two very time consuming tasks and the pressure that comes with them?
Laase….The first two shows I promoted I fought on. I think some would agree I handle pressure quite well. The nice thing about the April 13th show is that I’ve been working on the show since the Monday following the Jones fight. I have a lot of stuff already taken care of way ahead of schedule on this show so I can really focus on my March 15th showdown with Wayka. The week before the fight I block out RJ the promoter and focus 100 percent on RJ the fighter.
What made you decide not to fight on your show?
Laase….A few different reasons; 1, I want to be able to sit back and enjoy the product I put together for once. 2, If I can’t see the mistakes or good things from the show first hand I won’t be able to fix what needs to be done. 3, I want to see how well a show does with out me on it. I don’t plan to fight forever and promoting is a second passion of mine that I want to continue to do after I hang em up. I need to make sure it’s something I can do successfully with out being the “draw”.
March 15, aside from your fight what should fans be looking forward to?
Laase….Another stellar show from RDS Boxing! Fort and Green on any card is always worth catching.
How would you like to see 2013 play out for T-Rex and T-Rex Promotions?
Laase….The goal is to stay healthy, active and get that 15th win. Which means a busy 8 months. As for the promotion I want to make my return to the twin ports on my September Wessman show.
Only a few more days of heavy sparring for those fighting March 15, Hinckley Grand Casino, Hinckley, MN… RJ “T-Rex” Laase (10,1), Aaron “Gorilla” Green (10,0) and “Sir” Cerresso Fort (15,0,1) all featured… Also fighting in Hinckley will be, former MN Viking, Ray Edwards vs Van Goodman, Winston “Nasty Time” Anderson, Rondale Hubbert and more… Follow MNBoxingLeague on facebook and twitter. We are still working on our twitter, but FB is very active…
Duluth, MN’s T-Rex was called out by James Wayka (16,11,1) and they should put on a great show…
Gorilla Green will get in the ring with Raymond “King Kong” Ochieng (24,16,3)… King Kong is virtually the same size as Mr. Green… Should be some heavy hitting action… Green has been getting work in with Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28,6) as he prepares for March 15.
Cloquet, MN’s, Nasty Time Anderson (2,0) takes on Branden Cluever (1,0) at 140 pounds.
Duluth’s show is a pro/am featuring two pro fights, Boxrec, Jungle Boy Boxing.… Duluth’s Al Sands will be featured along with Brad Herroff of Saint Paul, MN.. Sands trainer/manager/promoter, Zach Walters has said Al will be making a big step up in competition but his opponent is still listed as the dreaded TBA….. Hopefully they do bring in a live body for Mr. Sands, again he is a rock solid 200 pounds with power and length… He is now (7,1) but never really tested other than his loss to TJ Gibson… Bringing in out of shape 40 year old welterweights and middleweights will make the record look nice but does nothing for experience… Brad Herroff looked great his last time out and at (2,0) we expect him to give another thrilling performance… Follow MNBoxingLeague on facebook and twitter. We are still working on our twitter, but FB is very active…
March 15 in Hinckley, MN has been matched for a while with some intriguing fights. Borec RDS Boxing.
James Wayka (16,11,1) asked for Duluth, MN’s RJ “T-Rex” Laase (10,1) after Wayka lost to Kaos Kolle at 154 pounds… Saying he wanted to fight at his stronger weight in the 140′s…. Aaron “Gorilla” Green (10,0) is fighting King Kong, a man who may even be bigger than Mr. Green… Another fight MANY are talking about, former MN Viking, Ray Edwards facing his second live opponent in Van Goodman… A statement will made, Edwards can prove he is a real challenge at heavy and ready to take it to the next level.. (Mr. Green?) or Goodman can stamp his name on national news… Two undefeated greenhorns in the ring, Winston “Nasty Time” Anderson (2,0) vs Branden Cluever (1,0)… “Sir” Cerresso Fort (15,0,1) in the main event… Duluth’s Joey “The Don” Lorenzi, Rondale Hubbert and more…
Look for some great amateur boxing at Clyde Iron tonight in Duluth, MN… Joe Lorenzi of Lorenzi’s boxing has matched a great night of fights… There will also be some pro boxers in the house.. T-Rex will be enjoying the action. Both He and Joe Lorenzi fight March 15 in Hinckley, MN… They will have tickets for their pro fights… March 15, Hinckley Grand Casino, features, Duluth’s RJ “T-Rex” Laase (10,1), “Sir” Cerresso Fort (15,0,1), Aaron “Gorilla” Green (10,0), Cloquet’s Winston “Nasty Time” Anderson (2,0), Duluth’s Joey “The Don” Lorenzi and much more….Follow MNBoxingLeague on facebook and twitter. We are still working on our twitter, but FB is very active…
Laase got some great sparring last night with Anthony Rose at Uppercut Boxing Gym in his prep for his March 15 fight with James Wayka in Hinckley, MN…. Rose boxes this Friday in Duluth… Lorenzi’s Boxing at Clyde Iron… Follow MNBoxingLeague on facebook and twitter. We are still working on our twitter, but FB is very active…
Laase (10,1) is coming off the biggest victory of his young career after beating then undefeated Justin Jones in Hinckley, MN, January 25…. For the latest Follow MNBoxingLeague on facebook and twitter.
So far March 15 at Hinckley Grand Casino looks to have; “Sir” Cerresso Fort (15,0,1), Aaron “Gorilla” Green (10,0), RJ “T-Rex” Laase (10,1) and more… We also expect to see Ray Edwards, Winston Anderson, and Joe Lorenzi… More information as it comes…
Laase….I feel great! I haven’t been able to breathe through my nose this good since I was 11 years old, (prior to boxing).
Laase…..Everything happens for a reason. You can’t change what happens, just stay focused and keep chasing your destiny.
Laase….I plan to stay at 140lbs. I work harder to make 140. Hence I feel like I put my body through the most I can to be at top physical form. Not saying I’m ruling 147 out of the picture but that’s up to my management team to worry about.
Laase…..I’m not to worried about the state ranking or titles. It’s a great concept! I truly feel I’m the best in the state at 140 and can bang with the best at 147. If all goes well I’d like to claim that 140 title so I don’t have to hear “so and so is the champ…” But never fought me.
Laase…..I’ve lost before, and defiantly don’t want to again. In all honesty it can set back the most promising fighter mentally and physically. I have no doubt in my mind a win over Jones will discourage him from making the most out of his career. I’m living proof of this, but it’s something that he’ll have to worry about after Friday.
Laase….I feel very content with this camp. I started out at 173lbs… Yes, I was a balloon! This camp I’ve had the best sparring I could ask for, no major injuries and have put more miles in than any other camp in the past. I will be ready!
Laase….If all goes as planned,yes I will be. Boxing is boxing. Hands break, noses break and cuts happen. I pray I don’t have an issue with any of those.
Laase….It’s a fight and I’m prepared to go all 8 and win on the cards. But for some reason I feel something special in my hands. I know I have the power and speed to catch him early.
Laase….Thank you Todd, Jason and all the guys that gave me rounds to help me prepare for this fight. Thank you Bob and Cory of RDS Boxing for making this fight possible. Shout outs to all that bought tickets! Duluth with most definitely be in the house showing love to TREX!!
I was late in trying to get an interview with Vanda, but here is what he did tell me..
When asked why Caleb Truax (20,1,1) for his last fight? Matt Vanda (44,14) responded…”Why Caleb, they called me out.. They asked for the fight and now they’re going to get it” Truax and Vanda meet this Saturday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center…
Below is Mr Aaron “Gorilla” Green (8,0) and RJ “T-Rex” Laase (9,1).. This is their last week of camp… They both fight on the Kolle/Fort undercard January 25…