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Welcome to the Jungle VI:
“The Cold War”
Fight List & What to watch for
**Got to www.ticketmaster.com or the Black Bear Ticket Office for tickets**
Al “Haitian Temptation” Sands 11-1 11KO vs “UNLV’s” Henry Namauu 10-7 5KO
Duluth, MN Las Vegas, NV
The COLD WAR professional boxing show will mark the date of Al Sands first MAIN EVENT Fight! Sands has been blazing through the competition and now holds the #7 rank in the US. He has also begun to catch the eye of the major boxing associations as a major player in boxing. Sands’ position in the boxing picture has changed from climbing the ranks to maintaining his current rank. His job is now to keep the other hungry fighters down and continue preparations for a shot for the world title. Each fight from now on is to prepare him for the major boxing opportunities that await him. Sands has yet to go the distance with any of his opponents, which is great, but we want him to get a full set of rounds to better his development. Henry Namauu could be just the guy to do it. Henry is a self proclaimed ‘gym rat’ in Las Vegas and has been fighting at a high level for several years. Namauu has been a main event boxer in him hometown of Las Vegas for several years. He’s boxed at Heavyweight, but fights best as a Cruiserweight. He’s still young and see a win over Sands as his ticket to a major title. This will be an exciting fight!
Jeremy “Lights Out” McLaurin 10-6-1 5KO vs Robbie “Pea Shooter” Cannon 13-8-2 6KO
Minneapolis, MN Festus, MO
-NABU Lightweight Title Fight-
This is a match between two light weight boxers the fans will LOVE. We saw Robbie Cannon upset Gary “Stone Cold” Eyer for the NABU Championship. Now Cannon will make his first defense of his title against Jeremy McLaurin. We know Cannon is a tough customer with fast hands and good combinations. Jeremy McLaurin is a smooth boxer/puncher that uses angles and range to land big shots. He’s got a wicked right uppercut he likes to use. McLaurin has boxed on major boxing cards around the US and is coming off a controvercial loss for the MN Lightweight Championship. McLaurin wants to win the NABU Title to use as a barganning chip to get a unification fight for the MN Title. This fight pins a busy boxer (Cannon) vs a tricky patient boxer (McLaurin) and with the NABU Title on the line we will see the BEST out of these two. What these guys have in common they have both boxed out of their home states in big venues around the US. They have seen how big things can get and shown they are fearless to take a risk. This will be a fun fight to watch, but you can be glad you are not a judge because both these guys have the heart of a champion and will hold NOTHING BACK.
Corey “Collateral Damage” Rodriguez 8-3-3 3KO vs “The Unrisen” BJ Tomlinson
Minneapolis, MN Waterloo, IA
Corey Rodriguez had a great showing last time out at Black Bear and is eager to go again! He has a good following that will travel and have supported him throughout his career. Across the ring will be BJ Tomlinson who poses a REAL Threat. BJ has only three professional boxing fights, but holds three Iowa State Golden Gloves Championships. Since the start of his pro career he has been widely avoided by boxers in the surrounding area till now. Rodriguez is a clever boxer and smooth puncher. Tomlinson holds explosive speed and power. This will be a great match!
“Sir” Charles Meier 8-2-2 3KO vs Stephen “TNT” Watt 2-2 1KO
St. Paul, MN Minneapolis, MN
Charles Meir is a boxer whose dreams in the ring seem to live on and on and on. In his last time in the ring he beat Tyler Halton (5-1) who was an Upper-Midwest Golden Gloves Champ prior to turning pro. During his 12 pro fights he’s boxed almost every up n comer in the state, beating or getting a draw with all but 2. He has a smooth boxing style and great timing. Meier is a master of picking his moments to attack his opponent and knows what punches to use. His best shot is a wicket right uppercut. Watt is a boxer we saw at The Fall Brawl. He boxed the far more experienced Corey Rodriguez and in spite of his speed and power advantage came up short on the judges’ cards. Watt sees this fight as an opportunity to bounce back into the scene with a STATEMENT! A win over Meier could land him a rematch with Rodriguez or other big fights in the state. Watt is hungry and when he is hungry good things happen for him. After his first loss, Watt won his next fight with a stellar 1st round KO! Size for size these two are even. Youth goes to Watt, Experience goes to Meier. Punching Power to Watt, Ring Awareness to Meier. Watt has to let his hands go is he wants a win. Meier’s job is to stop him in his tracks. This fight is great!
Markus “Hooch” Morris 1-0 0KO vs Andre “The Diva” Tieva 0-0 0KO
Duluth, MN Northfield, MN
Markus Morris made his pro debut on our last show and beat a highly regarded professional Muay Thai Kickboxer, Kou Lee (13-4 Muay Thai Kickboxing record). His win sent a message into the MMA circle where other notable up n comers want to test their skills. Andre Teiva is an MMA fighter with a boxing/Muay Thai Kickboxing focus and wants to show he’s got what it takes to be a successful cross over fighter with boxing. Teiva holds a 7-0 MMA record and competed as a power lifter prior to fighting. He’s been actively fighting for 3yrs. Markus has 4 years of amateur boxing behind him and his skills continue to develop. In his last fight he showed he’s got guts and mental toughness. The nerves of boxing his first pro fight on a big stage got to him a bit and he’s looking to show an even better version of himself his next fight now that his debut is behind him. Teiva is a pressure fighter that cuts the ring off to smash combinations on the ropes. Markus can brawl too, but that would be a mistake with Teiva so he will have to box smart and use angles to get passed this challenge. There will be a lot of opportunities for back and forth exchanges in this fight. It could be THE FIGHT OF THE NIGHT!! We will see.
Dustin “Bulldog” Mason 5-1 4KO vs Jacob Fox 1-0
Stillwater, MN Fort Yates, ND
Dustin Mason has had a tumultuous start to his pro career. After coming to Duluth to get started he was drawn back to North Dakota to be close to family. From there he had a couple pro fights he had a lay off and changed mangers to join Jesse Garza out of the Twin Cities. In his first fight with Garza Mason took a huge step up to face Brad Patraw only to come up short. He was quick to bounce back and took a fight out of state to win a unanimous decision in Iowa. Fox is an amateur veteran boxer that is known for his counter punching skills and technical precision. He recently had a successful pro debut and is waiting no time taking tough fights. As an amateur boxer Fox had 60 fights with 2 trips to the nationals in tournaments. He was a quarterfinalist in the National Golden Gloves Tournament. Mason has a solid skill set as well and favors bombing combinations. It’s not unusual to see Mason lead and counter with power punches devastating effectiveness. This is a fight that pins the bomber vs the technically slick boxer. It could be a chess match or it could be brutal war of wills. We’ll find out soon enough!
Cody “Menace” McManigal 0-1 vs Anthony “Nasty” Dunaski 0-3
Wadena, MN Minneapolis, MN
This is a match between two boxers looking for their first win. McManigal has a stellar amateur career with over 100 fights! You can guarantee these guys will work as hard as two undefeated fighters to keep their unblemished record, for them it’s their first WIN. McManigal lost his pro debut, and was left high n dry by the people that brought him into the pros. Walters picked up McManigal looking for a sparring partner for Gary Eyer last summer and told him he’d like to give him another shot at his pro career. Dunaski is a pro that has been matched with tough young prospects in each of his pro fights. He was never given a shot vs an equally matched opponent. This is a level fight on all terms. Both boxers are limited as pros, but can turn the corner to show better when they train hard and get matched at their level. This is a big opportunity for both. It should be a war! Let the hungrier boxer win!
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