Punches were thrown, blood was spilled and knockouts recorded when Brothers Boxing Club of Anoka hosted its first-ever hometown Golden Gloves boxing event Sept. 30.
The action – 10 bouts in all – took place in an outdoor ring set up in the parking lot between Serum’s Emporium and Courtside Bar and Grill on Jackson Street.
Athletes from boxing clubs in Minneapolis, River Falls, Fargo, Detroit Lakes and St. Cloud took the ring and fought boxers from the host club, Brothers Boxing of Anoka.
Action saw three technical knockouts (TKO). One for Jesus Puente (Uppercut Boxing, Minneapolis); one for Amar Kovacevic (Red River Golden Gloves in Fargo); and one for Brothers Boxing’s very own Byron Brown.
The day’s main event had Brothers Boxing Club’s Meri Stewart faced-off against Shelby Pickard of Uppercut Boxing.
Stewart landed punch after punch and outpointed her opponent to earn the win.
In the end, the tale of the tape showed five wins for Brothers Boxing Club athletes, one by Byron Brown who won by TKO and another by Jordan Meuleners who knocked out his opponent. And of course, Stewart, the main event winner.
(For complete results, see Tale of the Tape sidebar, printed here, below.)
“This was a great day. Good turn out. Good work in the ring. No one’s hurt. Great day,” said Craig Quinehan, who brought his son to watch the action.
Fans traveled from as far away as Wisconsin and North Dakota to support the athletes.
“I’ve been to probably 30 or 40 of his matches, but this is the first one that you didn’t have to pay to get in,” said Maddie Dahlin, who came from Detroit Lakes to cheer on her boyfriend, Christian Anvik, who outpointed his opponent in the eighth bout of the day.
That’s right: tickets to the match were free of charge, but as Brothers Boxing founder and trainer John Hoffman said, “Brothers’ Boxing has no revenue… or financial support of any kind. We do not have membership fees or dues. All of the work done by the Brothers Boxing team is 100 percent voluntary.”
And so, before the Sept. 30 Golden Gloves boxing event, 16 sponsors purchased ringside tables and helped cover the cost of the event.
“We are so grateful for all of our sponsors. Thank you so much for showing your support and making this event possible,” Hoffman said to the crowd of 300 or so boxing fans gathered for the event.
To learn more about Brothers Boxing, send a note to John Hoffman ([email protected]) or call him at 763-381-1033.
Tale of the Tape
Results of the USA amatuer boxing event presented Sept. 30 by Brothers Boxing Club of Anoka:
Bout 1: Clint Daligdig (St. Cloud Boxing and Wrestling Club) outpointed Killer Jackson (Brothers Boxing Club, Anoka)
Bout 2: Jesus Puente (Uppercut Boxing, Minneapolis) stopped (TKO) Daniel Pozarnsky (Red River Golden Gloves, Fargo)
Bout 3: Joe Raymond (Brothers Boxing Club, Anoka) outpointed Emilio Bustamante (Brothers Boxing Club, Anoka)
Bout 4: Amar Kovacevic (Red River Golden Gloves, Fargo) stopped (TKO) Reggie Lewis Jr. (Brothers Boxing Club, Anoka)
Bout 5: Mario Bustamante (Brothers Boxing Club, Anoka) outpointed Eian Sargent (Detroit Lakes Boxing)
Bout 6: Byron Brown (Brothers Boxing Club, Anoka) stopped (TKO) Jacob Church (Peek-a-Boo Boxing, River Falls, Wis.)
Bout 7: Darrel Bachmeier (Red River Golden Gloves, Fargo) outpointed John Sullivan (Brothers Boxing Club, Anoka)
Bout 8: Christian Anvik (Detroit Lakes Boxing) outpointed Joey Suda (Red River Golden Gloves, Fargo)
Bout 9: Jordan Meuleners (Brothers Boxing Club, Anoka) knockout win over Brevin Becker (Detroit Lakes Boxing)
Bout 10: Meri Stewart (Brothers Boxing Club, Anoka) outpointed Shelby Pickard (Uppercut Boxing, Minneapolis)
Sue Austreng is at [email protected]