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Wadena Boxing Club gearing up for Dec. 17 card

The Wadena Boxing Club is gearing up for a Dec. 17 card at the National Guard Armory with a mix of proven talent and young hopefuls.

Veteran Boxing Coach Bob Tubandt likes the conditioning of 120-pounder Neil Janson, who recently wrapped up his final season of cross country running for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines.

Sean Dunblazier is just 15 but the 185-pounder is already in his third season of boxing.

Competing at 142 for Wadena will be Shane Motschenbacher and Charles Carpenter. Motschenbacher has the edge in experience with eight bouts.

Tubandt will have John Johnson ready to go at 140. Johnson has had eight fights.

Jose Perez is being groomed to fight at 212. Tubandt rates Perez, who has had five bouts, as a strong fighter with both talent and promise.

"He can hang in there to the end with anybody," Tubandt said.

Tubandt has liked what he has seen from 140-pounder Cody McManigle this season. The veteran fighter has been focused.

"He just has all kinds of talent," Tubandt said.

The Wadena club will put Cole Cottrell in the ring at 165. Cottrell is out for his second season.

Rounding out the group is 114-pounder Kevin Harper who proved his talent in the ring by winning an Upper Midwest title last year.

Tubandt has four female boxers led by 122-pounder Taylor Geiser and 142-pounder Kira Ollila. Geiser has a reputation for tearing her opponents up in the ring.

Julie Jackson and Anissa Mench will fight at 103 and 112 for Wadena.

Tubandt has Silver Glovers Albert Boldt and Matt Umland going this weekend on a card in Cass Lake.

Boldt will be fighting at 115. The former Silver Gloves National qualifier has been looking sharp in practice.

"He trains hard and he's very smooth," Tubandt said.

Umland has developed a reputation in his young career for giving his opponents a run for their money in the ring.

"When he loses he always loses very close," Tubandt said.