Minnesota’s junior middleweight star, Matt Vanda, seems haeded for yet another chance for redemption. According to sources connected to Team Freedom, Vanda is close to finalizing a fight against Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas, 86-7 (70 Koss), at the spacious Target Center on June 24, 2005 in downtown Minneapolis. This will be Vanda‘s first time fighting at the Target Center, which holds a capacity of more than 18,000. The last time Vanda, 33-1 with 21 KOs, was seen nationwide was on ShoBox when little known Armando Velardez stunned the previously undefeated prospect by knocking him out in the eighth round. All together, 2004 was a rough year for “The Predator”, who had just as many fights outside the ring as he did inside it. First, he broke ties with his longtime trainer and promoters, Tommy and Brian Brunette, just days after a controversial win over Sam Garr. Later that month, Vanda would face felony charges after he was arrested on weapon and drug possession.
Eventually the charges were dropped and Vanda returned to the ring for two more wins. Now he is looking to land a title shot by the end of the year. Yory Boy Campas is also looking to get his career back on track as he hopes to upset Vanda in front of what should be one of the largest crowds in recent Minnesota boxing history. Since his TKO loss to Oscar De La Hoya in 2003, Campas is 6-1, including an impressive first round KO over Anthony Shuler as well as a loss to Eric Regan. This show will be the fifth and by far the biggest Minnesota show promoted by Team Freedom. Also rumored to be on the card is former WBA light middleweight champion Santiago Samaniego.