Boxing last May in Reno, future fights this August in Minneapolis

Occasionally, working with recreational boxers through Fighting Chance/Boxing For Life takes me to other states, affording the chance to see other boxing scenes.  On Friday, May 4, after nearly two months of heavy work with a client in Reno, NV, I had the chance to attend a night of professional…

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Fighting Chance/Boxing For Life Summer Fun

As we reach the middle of summer, I am enjoying the last quarter of my first year keeping an office in Element Gym, 655 N. Fairview Avenue in St. Paul. I’m here Monday through Saturday with weekday hours of 11 to 8, but often here earlier and later. It’s great having…

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Mia ‘Saint Paul’ Wanna: personal trainer, bodybuilder, motivator

Mia ‘St. Paul’ Wanna grew up on the West Side of St. Paul and has been a personal trainer in the Twin Cities for the last few years. Her interest in sports and physical fitness began in early childhood and encouragement from her mother launched her down the road that,…

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James Wins as veteran Cherry, Minnesota Fighters shine at Armory

by Jake Walther © Friday night, April 13, 2018 marked 45 years since a boxing match was held at the Minneapolis Armory.  The newly renovated, reopened and quite extravagant field house venue packed around 3,500 fans with emotions on full display, creating tension between different fighter’s factions throughout the night.  It…

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Gold Room, a legend lost, and brain health; November went by fast

On Saturday, November 4, I drove to Hawley, MN to be a guest coach for a day at The Gold Room Boxing Club. The club was started a few years ago by Minnesota boxing writer Ben Tighe. Frustrated with the need to drive his sons excessive miles three days a…

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It’s been a long time

It’s been over a year since I interviewed Dalton Outlaw, owner and head coach of Element Gym. A lot has happened since we sat down in his office and talked, covering the history of his boxing career, how he ended up owning such a great gym in St. Paul, and…

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Emmett Joseph Yanez, great trainer, great man

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, Emmett Joseph Yanez died. He taught me to box when I was 10 years old and was a presence in my life for 37 years. I knew that when he died it would hit me hard, but it hurt a lot more than I expected.…

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Rope Burns In The Corner

Note: Boxersandwritersmagazine has been less active in the last year. Fortunately, circumstances have changed to allow for more frequent publishing. Below is a book review written last year. Please enjoy and expect more Boxing writing that pulls no punches soon. Yesterday I finished reading Rope Burns: stories from the corner,…

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Pat Russo keeps pushing to expand cops and kids

Pat Russo read a sign one day that slightly altered his direction, leading to a future of helping many young people alter their direction on a daily basis. “I was recruited in the police academy and I saw a sign on the wall to join the NYPD boxing team,” Russo…

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Truax fights tough to draw, Barthelemy wins IBF sulperfeatherweight title

Current USBA middleweight champion, Minnesota’s Caleb “Golden” Truax, fought to a draw in a very close and rugged battle with Ossie “the Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran Friday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. In a rare occurrence, the judges, all from Minnesota, arrived at a unanimous decision, each scoring the…

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