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Truax and Quillin weigh-in, ready for big fight at Armory

Friday, April 12, 2019—- Former IBF super middleweight champion Caleb Truax weighed in at 167.8 pounds at the Armory in downtown Minneapolis this afternoon, his opponent, former WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin stepping on the scale after him at 167.6 pounds. Physically speaking, it appears to be a nearly even…

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Rosario TKOs Hernandez, dazzles Armory crowd again

On February 23 Jeison Rosario of Miami, FL by way of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, defeated Marcos Hernandez of Fresno, CA with a 9th round TKO at the Minneapolis Armory. Just like last August, Rosario turned in the finest technical performance of the night, delighting fans there to see Anthony…

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February victory leaves James looking for title shot

On Saturday, February 23 at the Minneapolis Armory, WBA number 3 welterweight and Minneapolis native Jamal James won a 6th round KO victory over Janer Gonzalez of Cartegena, Colombia. James, improving to 25-1 (12 KOs), looked arguably better than he ever has before. One must view his performance with great…

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Anthony Dirrell beats Yilidrim, regains WBC super middleweight title

On Saturday night, February 23, Anthony Dirrell of Flint, MI regained the WBC super middleweight championship of the world when he fought for the vacant belt against Avni Yilidrim of Istanbul, Turkey. Dirrell’s record improved to 34-1 (12 KOs), while Yilidrim diminished to 21-2- (12 KOs). The fight was stopped…

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James brings excitement as Dirrell, Yildirim battle for title at Armory Saturday

Friday, February 22, 2019 Weigh-ins were held at 1 o’clock this afternoon for the Premier Boxing Champions card at the Minneapolis Armory tomorrow night. Minneapolis’ own Jamal James, the number 3 ranked welterweight by the WBA, weighed in at 145. 8 pounds against the 146.6 pound weight of his opponent,…

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James headlines at Armory in February, Truax fights Quillan in April

On Thursday, January 3, a press conference was held at the Minneapolis Armory to announce that four nationally televised professional boxing cards will be held at the venue this year. The unprecedented number of nationally televised events in Minnesota will make 2019 a great year for Minnesota Boxing as world…

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Reconnecting with trainers and friends in New York

I closed the year with a trip to New York from October 22 to November 5 My trip was facilitated by Dan Barrett, a great friend I met three years earlier at Gleason’s Gym in New York. Barrett, an accomplished professional cellist who has composed chamber music works choreographed to…

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Brian Hirsch finds your weakness, builds your strength

Brian Hirsch specializes in analyzing athletic performance to find the area in most need of improvement, strengthening an athlete’s weakness so as to fully balance talents and maximize performance. He does this for personal clients as well as serious professional and amateur athletes, including regular work with the boxers at…

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Punches and Prayers follow Taylor from Mississippi to Manhattan

Ricky Ray Taylor is a colorful character, a man with powerful charm that easily disarms the most combative of hearts. He does this in his short, fast-paced memoir, Punches and Prayers: a fighter’s journey from the Gulf Coast to the Big Apple (Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.). In 206 pages he…

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Element boxers shine at first Fight Night fundraiser

Element Gym hosted an evening of amateur boxing followed by a viewing party of the Ganady Golovkin-Saul Alvarez middleweight championship fight on Saturday, September 15. It was a night of great fun as our Element boxers, Deonte Sampson, Lawrence Sanders, Phil Sherman and Brandon Beck, put on a great show…

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