Litzau looking to get Smart

Minnesota featherweight title at stake


Litzau looking to get Smart

By Drew James

ACR Boxing and Future Star Promotions will join forces June 4th to bring Minnesotans one of the most anticipated title fights in recent state history. Allen “The American Boy” Litzau, the eldest of St. Paul’s fighting Litzau Brothers, will take the biggest step of his young career this Saturday when he faces off with undefeated, Minnesota state featherweight champion, “The Wild Irishman” Darby Smart at the CR Sports Bar in Coon Rapids, MN. In a card dubbed “It Finally Happens,” Litzau will finally get a shot at the state title and more importantly, the man, he’s been chasing for well over a year now. Litzau, 7-1 (4 KOs), is a veteran of more than 150 amateur fights and won Midwest Golden Glove titles in four different weight classes. He has fought twice this year, including in February when he notched a big win on ESPN2. Despite being nearly ten years younger, Litzau is considered by far the more experienced fighter of the two. Smart, 8-0 (3 KOs), will be making the first defense of the title he won back in December of 2004. Turning pro at late the age of 32, Smart has wasted no time, as it took him only four fights to win the state title and he's already fought three times in 2005. Like most Irish fighters, Darby had an extensive amateur career having fought more than 100 amateur bouts, and like Litzau, he has bloodlines in boxing as both his brother and father used to box. To say there is bad blood between these two would be an understatement as both fighters and their supporters haven’t been shy about laying the badmouth on one another. In fact, Litzau is on the record as saying he’d retire if he loses to Smart.

The co-feature is a terrific match-up of young Minnesota junior middleweights, as Buffalo’s Joe Lynch takes on Rochester’s Scott Ball. Lynch, 5-1 (2 KOs), is coming off a televised victory over Chicago’s Trinidad Garcia and the twenty year old is considered by many as Minnesota’s next breakout prospect. Ball, 21, 5-0 (5 ko), has the superior record but hasn’t yet had to face the quality opposition Lynch has.

Kenny Kost is scheduled to fight for the first time since he stunned Olympian Gold medalist Andre Ward in a losing effort back in February. Kost, 8-1 (5 ko), will be fighting Winnipeg’s Kareem Chartrand in a six round super middleweight bout. Chartrand, 4-2 (1 ko), is coming off a loss to rising Canadian middleweight prospect Matt O’Brien.

In heavyweight action, Matt “The Swinging Swede” Anderson, will be fighting the debuting Dusty Ironshield. Anderson, 4-3 (4 ko), is coming off a sensational, come from behind, knockout victory, over previously undefeated Brad Laffin. Also, Nigerian heavyweight, Innocent Otukuwu looks to get his career back on track as he takes on journeyman Marcelo Aravena. Otukuwu, 11-4 (2 ko), most recently lost to heavyweight prospect Malcolm Tann.

There will be a total of seven bouts scheduled with the first fight starting at 7:00 PM. Tickets range from $25 GA - $75 Ringside. For ticket info, call ACR Boxing at 763-712-5868 or visit the official website of The Litzau Brothers at