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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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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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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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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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