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Jeff Kolpack, Published November 06 2010

Fergus Falls boxer Kolle scores knockout at ShoBox event

It took Andy Kolle about a half hour to leave the Scheels Arena boxing floor on Friday night. A hoard of friends and fans made it a celebratory gauntlet for the fighter.

As for the ShoBox junior middleweight undercard fight, it was over in 2 minutes, 57 seconds, and there was no doubt about the punch that sent Francisco Osorio to the canvas.

“I knew it was over. I felt the jaw crumble,” Kolle said. “It’s like hitting a home run in baseball. You just know.”

He almost immediately jumped up on the corner of the ring and saluted the crowd. The first-round knockout was the 17th of his career. The Fergus Falls, Minn., native, now training in Duluth, Minn., improved to 23-2.

He did it with two punches, really.

The first, an overhand left, landed near the back of Osorio’s neck, a shot that Osorio’s trainer, Francisco Scott, said weakened his fighter’s legs. Osorio, however, regained some confidence and briefly cornered Kolle while landing a couple of punches.

“He didn’t hurt me,” Kolle said. “I think he thought he hurt me.”

Kolle escaped, regrouped, and then ended it three seconds before the end of the round with an overhand left. Osorio appeared to get up as the bell rang, but referee Eddie Obregon stopped it.

“He got hit flush,” Obregon said. “He had no bearing or balance … and it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Scott said he wished Obregon would have given his fighter another round, but he also said he had no argument with the decision. There was no visible damage to Osorio’s face outside his locker room 45 minutes follow the fight.

“The ref is the boss,” Scott said.

It was an impressive win for Kolle in front of the Showtime boxing people, who Kolle hoped took notice.

“Hopefully it will open up some doors,” he said.

As for the Showtime televised fights, super middleweight Aaron Pryor Jr. improved to 15-2 with a unanimous decision over Dyah Davis. Pryor opened a cut above Davis’ eye in the sixth round and was firmly in command in the later rounds.

Junior middleweight Marcus Johnson toyed with Kevin Engel for two rounds, then put the screws to the St. Louis fighter in the third. Engel made it to the bell, but the referee ended it there, which improved Johnson to 20-0.

The main event, which pitted Edwin Rodriguez against James McGirt Jr., was in progress as this edition of The Forum went to press.

Undercard

Junior middleweight

Corey Rodriguez, Minneapolis, unanimous dec. over Nick Runningbear, Minot, N.D.

Welterweight

Jamal James, Minneapolis KO Wes Ronchi, Superior, Wis., first round.

Antwone, Smith, Miami, TKO, Martinus Clay, Wilson, N.C. fifth round.

Middleweight

Ishe Smith, Las Vegas, TKO Alexander Quiroz, Cartagena, Colombia, third round

Junior middleweight

Andy Kolle, Fergus Falls, Minn., KO Francisco Osorio, Cartagena, Colombia, 2:57, first round.

Showtime fights

Junior middleweight

Marcus Johnson, Houston, TKO Kevin Engel, St. Louis, third round.

Super middleweight

Aaron Pryor Jr., Cincinnati, unan. Dec. Dyah Davis, Coconut Creek, Fla.


Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the

Saturday Morning Sports Show, 9-11 a.m.

on WDAY-AM (970).

He can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia