By Johnny B’
After going the entire year of 2011 without a professional boxing show in the state of Wisconsin, Saturday evening’s event, September 15th was the state’s third professional show of 2012. Ronnie Laase promoted the event at the Wessman Arena in town of Superior and he was also the part of the main event! Ronnie, known better as RJ Laase did much of the work, from assisting in to getting the venue and paperwork needed, to helping in finding boxers for the matches, while still finding time to stay in good enough shape to halt fellow welterweight Tyler Ziolkowski in the second round of the scheduled 8 round main event.
RJ Laase, from Duluth Minnesota, raised his record to 9-1 with 6 KOs while Ziolkowski, from St. Joseph Missouri fell to 14-17 being stopped for the 14th time in his 31 bout career.
The undercard featured four additional bouts, all scheduled for four rounds. Cruiserweight Joe Lorenzi came into his bout 0-5-1 and found himself on the winning side for the first time, as he stopped debuting Tom Greylak in the second round.
Super middleweight Rob Brant upped his record to 3-0 (2 KOs) halting Eli Smith at 1:22 of the first stanza. Smith likewise, was making his pro debut.
In a match of welterweights who were both making professional debuts, Rondale Hubert made quick work of Justin Gauthier as referee Mark Nelson halted the bout at 52 seconds of the first round as Hubbert overwhelmed the overmatched Gauthier.
The one bout that did make the distance, was a battle between middleweights. Nick Compton earned his first win and evened his professional log at 1-1 with a majority decision over veteran Silas Ortley who’s record fell to 4 -15. Judges scores were, 38-36 from Mike Fitzgerald and Bob Lynch while veteran judge Dennis Nelson saw the bout even at 37-37