MINNEAPOLIS HOSTS FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS IN JUNE
Press Release: On Friday, June 21, 2013, from the Minneapolis Convention Center, ESPN2 will broadcast an IBF 130-pound elimination bout between Florida-based Cuban Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (18-0, 11 KOs) and Thailand's Fahsai "Mountain Boy" Sakkreerin (39-3-1, 21 KOs) in a twelve-round IBF title eliminator. The winner gets the right to face IBF champion Argenis Mendez. In the co-feature, local middleweight "Golden" Caleb Truax (21-1-1, 12 KO) faces Chicago's Don "Da Bomb" George (24-3-2, 21 KO) over ten rounds. Tickets can be purchased through www.sofights.com.
The 26-year-old Barthelemy stands 5 foot 11 inches for a 130-lb fighter, with punching power and toughness to go with it. The Cuban standout was a former highly decorated amateur. He was last seen in the ring in January, when he scored a unanimous 12-round decision over surprisingly game Canadian Arash Usmanee.
The 31-year-old Sakkreerin stands 5 foot 7 inches and, with 43 career fights, will enjoy a huge advantage in experience over Barthelemy. Sakkreerin's last ring appearance was a "stay busy" TKO2 over Robert Rubillar in March.
The 29-year-old Truax's only career loss was a decision to former world champion Jermain Talor, in which Taylor had to come off the canvas. He stands 6 feet tall and compiled a record of 24 wins and 8 losses as an amateur boxer. In 2006 he was the USA Boxing State Champion, the Region 1 Champion, and the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Champion.
The 28-year-old George stands 6 feet tall and is known for his powerful right hand. George was last seen in a draw against David Lopez in March (on ESPN Friday Night Fights). Despite having only 32 amateur fights (28-4), George won the Chicago Golden Gloves and Chicago Park District Tournaments and won bronze medals at the 2003 US National Junior Olympics and the 2003 US Under-19 championships.
"This is a fantastic night of boxing with a 12-round elimination bout for a world championship in the main event between two of the world's top 130-lb fighters," said Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. While "Mountain Boy" Sakkreerin is a lesser-known commodity over here, he's well known in Asia as a very tough fighter. Rances is coming off a closer-than-expected performance in his last fight, so he'll be looking to return to his dominant form. I expect both main event fighters to show up ready for all-out action. They both know what's on the line. The winner will fight for a world championship."
"The co-main event between one of our local heroes, Caleb Truax and Donovan George will be huge for fight fans in this area, added Tony Grygelko, Founder of Seconds Out Promotions. "Caleb is a very hard puncher and so is Donovan, so we don't expect a distance fight. It will be bombs away in there. This will be a good old-fashioned middleweight war and I'm very happy to be promoting it for Minnesota fight fans."