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Weigh-In Set For Aug. 23 eve of Nationally Televised Friday Night of Boxing at the Historic Minneapolis Armory

Jamal James & Caleb Truax are local headliners for a mega 13 bout card


August 23, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS,MN (August 22, 2018) – Local world-ranked boxers Jamal “Shango” James and “Golden” Caleb Truax will tip the scales at the Minneapolis Armory on Aug. 23, a day before they step into the ring for a nationally televised night of boxing at the historic venue.

Other fighters taking part in the 13-bout card will also be on hand for the traditional weigh-in event, which is open to the media. The weigh-in will be held at the General’s Hall in the Amory starting at 3:00 p.m. Fighters will be available for interviews.

James, of Minneapolis, boasts a 23-1 professional record and is ranked No. 3 in the world at welterweight by the World Boxing Association. He hopes to continue his ascent in the division with a win over Mahonry Montes (35-7-1) of Mexico.

Former IBF Super Middleweight champion Truax, of Osseo, will make his Armory debut in a showdown against upset-minded Fabiano Pena (15-10-1).

Both fighters said they are ready, but they are not taking their opponents lightly.

“I’ve been on TV numerous times,” James said. “Anyone that takes a fight with me, I know they are coming to fight. They are not just coming to lay down. I take every fight like it’s a championship fight.”

Truax described his opponent as “a tough guy from Brazil” who is “going to come to try to upset the applecart” on Truax’s home turf.

“I have to be ready. I have to take him 100 percent seriously and treat it like it’s a world title fight, because if I get the through this fight, the next fight may be a world title fight. I have to go about my business and get him out of there,” Truax said.

The show is presented by Premier Boxing Champions with broadcast partners FS1 and FOX Deportes.

Few if any local cards in the last 30 years can match the local star power that will step through the ropes that night. Doors open at 5:00pm –first TV fight starts 5:30pm.

In two other featured bouts, veteran Willie Monroe (22-3) of Rochester, New York, will face once-beaten Immanuwel Aleem (18-1-1) of Richmond, Virginia, and unbeaten Jamontay Clark (13-0) of Cincinnati will square off against Jeison Rosario (15-1-1) of the Dominican Republic.

Undefeated welterweight Celso Ramirez (7-0), a native of Mexico who now makes his home in Minneapolis, will face Willie Jones (5-1) of Tampa, Florida. Ramirez wowed a packed house at the Armory on April 13 with an impressive knockout victory over veteran Brandon Baue.

Also making his second visit to the Armory is 6’ 6” super welterweight prospect Sebastian Fundora (9-0), who outlasted Ve Shawn Owens of Minneapolis last April in a bruising all-action bout. The “Towering Inferno” will take on tough Antonio Urista (10-2) of Lansing, Michigan.

Steeped in boxing tradition, the Armory has hosted fights featuring all-time greats that include Sugar Ray Robinson, Henry Armstrong and Fritzie Zivic, and local legends such as Glen Flanagan and Jack Gibbons.

Weigh-in and news conference

What: The Minnesota Boxing Commission will conduct weigh-ins and medical physicals for all fighters on the August 24 card. In addition to the weigh-in, all fighters will be available for media interviews.

When: Thursday, August 23, starting 3:00pm at General’s Hall in the Minneapolis Armory.

Where: The Armory, 500 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55415 * The Armory’s primary doors on the 6th street side or main box office side of the building will be open with easy access to our news conference.

Tickets: Tickets for the August 24 card are on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at or The Minneapolis Armory box office located at 500 South 6th St. in Minneapolis. The Box office is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 11:00am –to 6:00pm more information is available at

Fans can live stream the fights on the FOX Sports app, available in English or Spanish through the FS1 or FOX Deportes feeds. The fights are available on desktop at and through the app store, or connected devices including Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku. In addition, all programs are also available on FOX Sports on SiriusXM channel 83 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app.

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