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Boxing: Sands to fight Saturday in Germany for WBA international cruiserweight belt

Duluth boxer to fight undefeated German Huseyin Cinkara.

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Al “Haitian Temptation” Sands lands a left jab in his rematch with Minneapolis boxer Phil “The Drill” Williams in Hinckley Jan. 17, 2020, avenging a loss to Williams from five years earlier. Sands will fight undefeated German boxer Huseyin Cinkara for the WBA international cruiserweight title Saturday in Ludwigshafen, Germany.
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DULUTH — Duluth boxer Al “Haitian Temptation” Sands will fight undefeated German boxer Huseyin Cinkara for the WBA international cruiserweight title Saturday in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

It is the same fight scheduled for July but was postponed because Cinkara tested positive for COVID-19.

The fight, scheduled for 10 rounds, will be at Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, also known as Eberthalle, an indoor arena located in Ludwigshafen that can accommodate crowds of more than 2,000.

Sands, 35, the American Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion, trained out of Front Street Training Center in Barnum in preparation for this bout.

Mike McKean serves as Sands’ co-manager and head coach of the Haitian Temptation Boxing Team while John D’Auria serves as Sands’ co-manager and assistant coach.

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“We had really good sparring sessions this training camp,” D’Auria said. “We had former world champion Caleb Truax and other professional Minnesota boxers, heavyweights Cayman Audie and Colton Warner, and a few others.”

In his last bout, March 26 in Göppingen, Germany, the 37-year-old Cinkara (18-0, 15 KOs) defeated Marek Prochazka by first-round TKO.

Sands (22-4-1, 19 KOs) is coming off a knockout of Marcus Oliveira to seize the ABF cruiserweight title in the main event of a professional boxing card Feb. 18 at Grand Casino Hinckley. Prior to that, Sands hadn’t fought since earning a unanimous decision over Minneapolis boxer Phil “The Drill” Williams in Hinckley Jan. 17, 2020, avenging a loss to Williams from about five years earlier.

Sands’ age, or the layoff, apparently hasn’t mattered.

This isn’t Sands' first European bout. He fought Yury Kashinskyin Dec. 15, 2015, in Ekaterinburg, Russia, suffering an early knockout, and he fought Krzysztof Wlodarczyk Oct. 6, 2018, in Zakopane, Poland, losing by an early TKO.

The 6-foot-2 Sands was born in the Caribbean nation of Haiti before being adopted at 18 months. After briefly attending Duluth East he lived with a foster family in Floodwood, where he competed in football, basketball and track and field and was a state meet qualifier in the long jump and triple jump.

Sands made his professional boxing debut Oct. 28, 2010, knocking out Dustin Block in the first round as part of a boxing card at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth’s Canal Park.

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