Boxing returns to North Dakota!

By Cory Rapacz


Boxing returns to North Dakota!

On Saturday, February 26, Playmakers Pavillion hosted professional  boxing in Fargo, North Dakota.  The five-bout card
was set up to showcase some of Minnesota and North Dakota's top young talent, featuring two Minnesota state champions, middleweight Chris Holt and featherweight Darby Smart and North Dakota middleweight Andy Kolle. All three won their respective bouts in a successful return for professional boxing to the State of North Dakota.

The evening kicked off with Fargo's own undefeated middleweight
prospect Andy Kolle taking on Brandon Busse.  Kolle was dominant from the start of the fight, quickly ending the bout in the first round with several beautiful combinations.  Kolle is a good looking prospect that everyone in the area looks forward to seeing develop over the next few year.

In the semi-main event Minnesota featherweight champion Darby Smart took on Timmy Lindgren, who tried to rough up Smart. However,  Smart outclassed Lindgren in each round with crisp counter punching and superior ring generalship.  Smart got in some good work and won by scores of 40-36 on all three judges' cards.

The main event featured Minnesota middleweight champion Chris Holt against overmatched Canadian import Megal Munoz of Winnipeg.  Holt tried to be flashy and dominated the match from start to finish scoring an easy second round KO. Other results: Butch Hajicek  KO2  Nick Whiting; Jason Aacker W4 Boyd Davis (unanimous deicision).

Boxing's return to Fargo generated a nice sized crowd and the North Dakota fans are hoping to see Fargo's Andy Kolle get a shot at Chris Holt in what promises to be an exciting middleweight match-up.