Hincley, MN- Cruiserweights Phil Williams and Al Sands are slated to meet in Minnesota’s most anticipated boxing event of the year on August 28th at Grand Casino Hinckley.
Both Williams (14-7-2) and Sands (15-1) are nationally ranked in the cruiserweight division, and boxing fans in the upper Midwest have been calling for the matchup for close to two years. A deal was finalized for the boxers to meet at Grand Casino Hinckley, which should draw a large contingent for both fighters, as Sands hails from Duluth, and Williams represents Minneapolis.
“It’s a fight I’ve been wanting for a while now. I’ve been calling him out, and now we’re finally going to make it happen.” Said Williams.
Former WBU super middleweight champion Williams made his cruiserweight return last August when he notched a highlight reel knockout of Galen Brown. His only loss in the division came in December when he was stopped by the number one ranked prospect in the country Jordan Shimmel in Chicago.
“A matchup with Sands was at the forefront of our priority list when we moved Phil up to cruiserweight. Records aside, I think Phil’s experience and power against Al’s size and athleticism should make for a matchup that excites the fans.” Said Williams’ advisor Brett Mauren.
Sands has established a loyal fan base in the Twin Ports area since debuting in 2010, and picked up the state’s cruiserweight title in 2013, in addition to an NABA cruiserweight title. His 81% knockout rate has propelled him to a #8 ranking nationally by Boxrec.com
The fight is presented by Cory Rapacz and Grand Friday Night Fights. Tickets go on sale on July 3rd at 10am at grandcasinomn.com, and are priced 35$ general admission, 50$ reserved, 100$ ringside, and 600$ ringside table.