Sands-Williams War of Words Re-Ignited

Boxers Had Confrontation After Sands' Fight Jan. 22nd

Friday night, Duluth boxer ‘The Haitian Temptation’ Al Sands got back in the win column and broke what he called “The Hinckley curse” with a 2nd round TKO of Gary Tapusoa.

Sands, the NABA U.S. Cruiserweight Champion, knocked Tapusoa down twice in the 2nd, which led referee Mark Nelson to stop the fight.

Afterwards, Sands said he would have rather fought Phil ‘The Drill’ Williams, who took Sands’ Minnesota State Cruiserweight title in August.

Williams, who was at ringside. jumped on to the ring apron, and told Sands a rematch would be on Williams’ terms.

“80/20 (purse) split, and I’ll knock your (expletive) out again,” Williams told Sands.  “Knock that (expletive) out.  That chin glass.”

Sands–Williams I ended in the 1st round, when Sands put his arms on the ropes during the standing 8–count following a knockdown.

The disappointing finish is why Sands wants to fight Williams again.

“For me, he doesn’t even need to put his belt up, I just want a fair fight, and I don’t want the fight to be called because of my arms on the ropes,” said Sands.  “He can call it what he wants, but I want my rematch.  We’ll see if he’ll be the champion I was and come up to my backyard to defend his title.”

Sands’ team said there will likely be at least one more tune-up fight before a rematch between Sands and Williams.

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