Weigh-ins complete, competitive fights set for Saturday night at St. Paul Armory

Joey Abell weighed in at 245 pounds for tommorow night’s rematch with his nemesis, Arron Lyons, who tipped the scale at 238. Vincente Alfaro and Brad Patraw each weighed 119 1/2 pounds for a match with such competitve promise it’s too hard to predict a winner. Frank Quinn, who’s returning…

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Burrell Bad News for first opponent

Burrell Bad News for first opponent one half of Roca’s twin protegés wins on Duran-Vanda undercard Deano ‘Bad Newz’ Burrell of New York won his professional boxing debut on November 12 in a Lightweight bout at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. He scored a 2nd round TKO over…

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Abell seeks Revenge, Minnesota favorites fight in St. Paul at the Armory

This Saturday night Minnesota heavyweight Joey Abell seeks to avenge his first loss with a rematch against Arron Lyons, of Las Cruces, NM. Abell was 9-0 when he lost to Lyons more than four and a half years ago, on December 1, 2006, via 1st round TKO in Philadelphia, PA.…

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Bert Sugar on Four Letter Word Cigars at Gleason’s Gym

Just before the September 28 Golden Boy Promotions press conference with Oscar De La Hoya at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, I got the chance to speak with the premier boxing journalist of today, Bert Sugar. We had a great exchange. I reminded Bert that we’d first met in…

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McComas’ Experience pulls him through, Sheahan misses with valiant effort

On Saturday night, February 20, St. Paul’s Steve McComas proved why he has won three Master’s Division Ringside International Light Heavyweight Championships when he pulled out a close victory over Bill Ruscher from New Jersey. Ruscher was tough and obviosly won the first round, but McComas reversed the momentum in…

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Cotto Proves Prowess, Foreman Braves Punishment till Inevitable End

On Saturday night, June 5, Miguel Cotto proved that those dismissing him from top level professional boxing were wrong. Becoming a World Champion once again, he took the World Boxing Association (WBA) 154 pound Light Middleweight title with a 9th round TKO of Yuri Foreman. It seemed Foreman was on…

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Boxers and Writers Reports on former contender Olajide, Jr. and Aerospace Boxing Fitness Gym

Former Middleweight Contender Michael Olajide, Jr., right, poses with Mark Connor. In late February I traveled to New York City on business for the National Writers Union/UAW Local 1981 (www.nwu.org). Because there are so many opportunities in both the literary and the pugilistic worlds in New York, the city the…

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Gleason’s Gym Companions pick Foreman, Boxers and Writers Magazine leans guardedly towards Cotto

It’s almost 8 P.M. Central , or 9 P.M. Eastern on Saturday, June 5, 2010, which means in a little over an hour the HBO broadcast of Yuri Foreman’s World Boxing Association Light Middleweight title defense against former World Boxing Organization Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto begins at the new Yankee…

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Tareq Azim Lives Family Legacy with Afghani Women’s Boxing Federation, Hope of Mother, and a Desire to Give

Tareq Azim has learned to apply the basics of success from one area in his life to another, fulfilling a responsibility he accepts to represent himself, his family, and their country of origin in a dignified manner. He does so through the exercise of his talents in boxing and other…

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Meet up with Breland prompts plan to discuss career as boxer, trainer, transition between the two

While supporting Minnesota Masters Division boxers Ryan Sheahan and Steve McComas, who competed at the Gleason’s Gym Masters Clinic in Brooklyn, NY on February 20, I was able to speak briefly with Mark Breland, the 1984 Welterweight Olympic Gold Medalist and former professional World Welterweight Champion who now trains professional…

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