Jamal James struggled to fight his kind of fight, hit the canvas (albeit questionably) and absorbed as much punishment as he has in his pro career. But in the end, the Minneapolis native’s 18th career fight ended the same way as the previous 17: with his hand raised in victory.
By now, Jamal James is used to playing the tree to a bunch of would-be lumberjacks. Redwood-tall for the 147-pound division at 6-foot-2, James has grown accustomed to dudes coming at him like human hatchets in an attempt to chop him down to size.
They shoot from the womb in North Face jackets. They talk funny. The men all dress like Paul Bunyan while the women sport the dimensions of Babe the Blue Ox. These are but a few of the stereotypes that blanket Minnesotans like snow does their home turf at least 13 months out of the year. But how much truth is there to these clichés? We thought we’d ask a local boxer, Jamal James, to find out.
How heady hip-hop and an African god of thunder play into the type of fighter Jamal James has become
“Shango” is on the phone explaining what “Shango” means. Hint: Think of a different version of Thor, and with a double-headed ax in place of that big-ass hammer as weapon of choice.
Caleb Truax is looking to rebound after being knocked out for the first time in his career. Fernando Guerrero is hoping to gain some traction after splitting his last four fights.