Best Boxer (2011)

Jason Litzau

In Minnesota's burgeoning boxing scene, no fighter has made a bigger connection than St. Paul's Litzau (28-2). In November 2010, "the All-American Boy" further earned his stripes on the national stage by putting stars in the eyes of former WBA and IBF super bantamweight world champ Celestino Caballero at the MGM Grand in Vegas. Litzau was a 13-to-1 underdog in that bout, and the win was so respected by the pugilist set that it was recognized as "Upset of the Year" by Ring magazine. Now recognized as the number-one super featherweight (130 pounds) in the country and number four in the world by the respected rankings at, the 27-year-old Litzau has been a man searching for an opponent of late. He has yet to debut in '11, namely because quality opponents are now wary of facing him. Such is boxing. It has also been more than two years since he has dueled in his home state, and while it will prove a challenge for local promoters to mirror the kind of dollars he's getting at West Coast venues, the Twin Cities ring community can hope Litzau's delays will open an opportunity for him to fight here while in his prime.


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