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Williams vs. vanda on December 18th

Minneapolis, MN- Two Minnesota pugilists who have never been shy to accept a challenge will square off in a Minneapolis vs. St. Paul rematch December 18, when Phil Williams takes on Matt Vanda at Target Center. The card will bring boxing back to Target Center with an exciting line up of other in-state grudge matches, pitting Minneapolis area fighters with St. Paul area fighters.

While Vanda picked up a split decision victory over Williams last November, “The Drill” vows to be better prepared, and far more active in his second opportunity.

“I’m not going to really comment on how I plan on doing it, but I’m going to do a lot of things differently. I feel like I’m going to make the most of the opportunity, and get the win this time around.” Williams said.

The heavily publicized first meeting between Williams and Vanda was Minnesota’s highest grossing boxing event in 2009, and was viewed throughout the region on Fox Sports North.

Vanda made headlines last week, publicly announcing his desire to take on middleweight prospect Caleb Truax. While Truax’s team has shown little interest over the past six months in a rematch with Phil Williams, an offer was made to Vanda and Truax earlier this month to meet December 18th. Reports say that Vanda accepted terms while Truax turned the in-state grudge match down.

“I’m excited to take on the best in order to become the best around here. I’m not going to try to duck or dodge my way to the top. I’ve wanted this rematch for a while, and I’m ready to get in with Truax again too whenever they’re ready.” Williams commented on the Minnesota middleweight scene.

The North Minneapolis native, Williams, made his last ring appearance in April when he battled the undefeated Truax to a ten round draw. Vanda will take on fellow veteran Ossie Duran on November 12th prior to starting camp for Williams.

Article posted on 28.10.2010



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