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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Frustrating circumstances can’t dim credit due to Hill

I have to say that the article I published earlier today chronicling the experience of my first professional fight more than 19 years after ending my amateur boxing career focused a great deal on the things I did wrong and on challenging circumstances I faced leading up to the fight.…

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I lost a frustrating professional boxing match but am happy I fought

I lost a frustrating professional boxing match on Saturday, October 19 at Black Bear Casino on the Fon Du Lac Chippewa American Indian Reservation against a junior middleweight named Damion Hill. After an accidental head butt from Hill opened a cut over my right eye requiring 15 stitches, the fight…

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‘Golden’ Truax’s performance solid enough to crumble Fort

Caleb Truax defeated Cerresso Fort via 4th round TKO to win the vacant USBA middleweight championship on September 21. In so doing he disproved my contention that his fast victory in the fight was not a forgone conclusion. It’s gone, that’s for sure, and it concludes any doubt that Truax will…

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Truax-Fort not cut and dry as some may want it to be

I have not been able to keep up with the large amount of professional boxing activity in the Twin Cities and larger Minnesota community in recent months, but I have to publish some brief observations about the Seconds Out promotion happening Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.…

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After more than 19 years (yours truly) the literary pugilist is back in the ring

It is no secret to those who know me that I have always been good at both boxing and writing and that I’ve always wanted to do both. It’s no secret that I believe my long term future in boxing includes training boxers as well as writing about them and…

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Williams, Rodrigues break even with draws, Koyongo and Abell get KOs, Adyaka a win

Super Middleweight Phil ‘the Drill’ Williams was held to a draw by Derrick ‘Superman’ Findley Friday night at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Minneapolis on Friday night. The ambidextrous Williams opened the fight in the southpaw stance and won the first round with good movement behind the jab, not…

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Yes ‘Sir’, Cerresso Fort adjusted style for Patriotic Punchout Victory

St. Paul, Minnesota’s Cerresso Fort, 17-1-1, 11 KOs, easily defeated Marcus Upshaw, 15-10-2, 7 KOs, of Jacksonville, FL with an 8 round unanimous decision Saturday night at Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. The fight was a rematch to settle their 6 round draw from September 2011 in Tampa, FL.…

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About King of the Ring

This page is named for the last man to train me as a boxer, Dennis Presley. He also trained my contemporary, Will Grigsby, who eventually became International Boxing Federation (IBF) World Junior Flyweight Champion twice, and World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Junior Flyweight Champion once. That’s quite an accomplishment, considering…

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White Collar Brawlers guided by Country and Blimp

In early March I visited Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, NY to speak with James ‘Country’ Thornwell and Delen ‘Blimp’ Parsley, the world class professional boxing trainers featured in the Esquire Channel’s White Collar Brawlers series. Every episode of the series chronicles two white collar professionals in a friendly office rivalry,…

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