Boxing: Duluth’s Sands to fight for cruiserweight title Friday night

Huffman also returns to the ring as part of professional boxing card in Hinckley.

Al Sands
Duluth boxer Al Sands works out in this file photo. Sands is scheduled to fight Marcus Oliveirs for the American Boxing Federation USA cruiserweight title during a bout scheduled for Friday night in Hinckley, Minn.
Clint Austin / Duluth News Tribune / File

HINCKLEY, Minn. — Duluth boxer Al “Haitian Temptation” Sands takes on Marcus Oliveira for the American Boxing Federation USA cruiserweight title in the main event of a scheduled eight-bout professional boxing card Friday night at Grand Casino Hinckley.

Sands (21-4-1, 18 KOs), who turned 35 last week, hasn’t fought since dispatching Minneapolis boxer Phil “The Drill” Williams with a unanimous decision in Hinckley Jan. 17, 2020.

Oliveira (28-6-1, 22 KOs) lost his last bout via unanimous decision to J’Leon Love Dec. 18, 2021, at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Oliveira, 42, is listed as being born in Appleton, Wisconsin and living in Mayetta, Kansas.

Duluth boxer Danny “Lionheart” Huffman also returns to the ring as part of the card and already for the second time in his young career, the 24-year-old is fighting a rematch, this time taking on Jessie Addison in a scheduled six-round bout.

Huffman (5-1-1, KO) and Addison (2-4-1, KO) fought to a draw Aug. 8, 2019, at the Myth in Maplewood, Minnesota. Addison, 31, of Indianapolis, lost his last bout by technical knockout to Antonio Perez Dec. 11, 2021, at Zembo Shrine Auditorium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


Huffman avenged his only loss in his last bout, earning a six-round unanimous decision over Minneapolis boxer Nicholas Compton in their rematch Oct. 22 in Hinckley.

“This will give Danny an opportunity to erase the blemish and move forward knowing he’s the better boxer,” trainer Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters said. “This is also Danny’s second six-rounder which keeps him on track climbing the ranks.”

Walters said Huffman, a 2015 Duluth Denfeld graduate, has an “overwhelming” local fan base. He was given tickets to sell as part of the fight purse and was cleaned out within a week.

“This is great considering it’s an out-of-town event,” Walters said. “There are lots of opportunities for Danny following this fight. Some are local Minnesota fights and then onto national-caliber fights. I hope to get a home show for him later this year. Nothing locked down yet, but that’s the plan.”

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