St. Paul, MN- Boxing fans in Minnesota were treated to a return from local knockout artist Phil Williams(12-5-1), who made an emphatic statement with his demolition of Shujaa El Amin (12-4) of Las Vegas on Saturday night for the WBU super middleweight title.
Williams, over a year removed from his last bout, a stoppage loss to Andrze Fonfara in Chicago, had the look of a new man as he dropped El Amin through the ropes roughly a minute into the bout. El Amin was able to rise to his feet, but only to taste a series of devastating right hands from Williams who would not let up until referee Mark Nelson halted the action for a first round TKO.
While the bout was short lived, the buzz at St. Paul’s Crowne Plaza had staying power. Friends and fans of Williams stuck around to pose for pictures with the newly crowned WBU champ and his hardware.
Saturday night also saw a shutout pitched by Minnesota’s hottest boxing prospect in Robert Brant (6-0), who made target practice of Keith Collins over six rounds. Brant expressed frustration with not being able to stop Collins, who spent most of the bout in retreat mode, but was able to impress the crowd with crisp combinations, and dazzling hand speed.
Also in action was cruiserweight prospect Al Sands(7-1) who wowed fans with his destruction of JJ Corn in round two. Corn had no answer for the imposing size and athleticism of Sands when referee Scott Erickson had seen enough, calling for a halt to the action at 2:28 of round 2.
Super featherweight Wilton Hilario (13-3) returned to the win column with a hard fought victory over James Owens (4-7). Vicente Alfaro captured a state super bantamweight title with his unanimous decision win over Brad Patraw, and Jonathan Perez stopped Reuben Elias in round two.