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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Patriotic Punchout Promises even matchups, exiting Action, Walters says

Jungle Boy Boxing’s Patriotic Punchout this Saturday, July 6, features two heavy hitting Minnesota boxers in important fights at critical stages of their careers. The first is Ceresso Fort of St. Paul in a middleweight rematch with Marcus Upshaw of Jacksonville, FL, the second Al Sands of Duluth in a…

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Truax knocks out George, Convention Center card makes exciting Friday Night Fights

On Friday night Osseo native Caleb Truax took a major step in his professional boxing career by knocking out Donovan George in the 6th round of their scheduled 10 round middleweight bout at the Minneapolis Convention Center, broadcast on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. While the experienced and hard hitting George was…

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Headliners Weigh In, Friday Night Fights Set for Convention Center

The headliners on tonight’s card at the Minneapolis Convention Center should provide an exciting show for viewers of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, and the local card will bring some much awaited entertainment for local boxing fans. The official weigh-ins took place last night at the Hilton Garden hotel in downtown…

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Friday Night Fights to feature local talent

This Friday, June 21, Seconds Out Promotions brings ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights to the Minneapolis Convention Center as Minnesota State Middleweight champion Caleb Truax fights Chicago’s Donovan George. Also featured on the card is a Minnesota state lightweight championship fight between St. Paul natives Tony Lee and Jeremy McLaurin,…

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Literary Pugilist no longer at rest

Literary Pugilist no longer at rest  (An additional explanation for a writer’s return to the ring) It’s time to publish another update on my return to the ring with further elaboration on why I choose to fight at this time. As I prepare to compete after a 19 year layoff…

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