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August 21, 2014


Press Release: Friday Night's card at Grand Casino Hinckley in Minnesota is expected to be a sell-out. The night's eight-round main event will be for the vacant Minnesota junior welterweight championship as Duluth's RJ "T-Rex" Laase (12-1) takes on Rondale "Give Em Hell" Hubbert (6-0-1) from Minneapolis. Neither fighter has been down or hurt in their careers, but both are promising fireworks on Friday.

Laase said, "I'm excited to be back in action. I look forward to giving everyone a dominant performance over a very credible opponent and stake my claim as the best 140-pound fighter in my region."

Hubbert said, "I'm ready for war and I'm in the best shape of my career. I expect a great challenge but there's no doubt in my mind I'm coming out on top. "

In the night's first featured bout, Robert "Bravo" Brant (11-0) of St. Paul, MN will look to keep his momentum growing as he takes on Marcus Upshaw (17-12-2) of Miami, FL in an eight-round middleweight bout.

Brant, a former Golden Gloves National Champion said, "I have worked extremely hard for this and fully understand this is my toughest fight to date. I haven't even thought about what's next for me as Marcus Upshaw has been the only thing in my sights. I'm ready to protect and collect."

The night's chief support will feature the sixth appearance at Grand Casino Hinckley for Minnesota fan favorite and welterweight champion Jamal "Shango" James (13-0) of Minneapolis. James will be taking on North Dakota's experienced veteran Wayne Martell (25-4-1) in a ten-round welterweight bout.

James said, "We had a great camp and a lot of hard work was put in. I am excited to put on a show in what I like to refer as 'my house' Grand Casino Hinckley. They've always taken care of me there and I appreciate it. I'm also looking forward to my first ten-round bout and meeting my opponent in the ring. I'm not underestimating him but THIS IS MY TIME!"

The scheduled seven fight card that also features undefeated bantamweight Jonathan Perez vs. state rival Antwan Robertson and Phil Williams vs. Galen Brown in a cruiserweight battle.

The first bout begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Limited tickets for the event are still available from or the Grand Casino Hinckley Box Office.

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