The Beast returns to Butler!
By Benny Henderson Jr. Doghouse Boxing (July 1, 2008)  
It has been nearly three years since heavyweight contender Brian Minto 30-2 (19) has fought in his hometown of Butler, PA, but come this Wednesday night at Pullman Park, “The Beast” returns home as he defends his WBA Fedecentro heavyweight title against the hard hitting John Poore 20-2 (18) on ESPN’s WNF.

Minto, a Butler native made his debut in the fall of 2002 winning his debut with a second round KO over Leroy Loscar. The former football player excelled as a fighter defeating all in his pathway, but came into the lime light when he had a come from behind tenth round knock out win over tough guy Vinny Maddalone, which was ESPN’s candidate for knock out of the decade.

Minto ran into a stumbling block when he lost his first bout from the hands of the former heavyweight title holder Tony Tubbs, but picked back up and went on the winning track once again defeating Maddalone in seven rounds on the under card of Roy Jones Jr. vs. Antonio Tarver III on Pay Per View.

Minto’s hard nose style has packed the arenas and had the fans wanting more, his slugging style earned Minto Ring Magazine’s 2007 “most fun to watch” fighter.

Brian jumped the pond and headed over seas in November of 2006 to take on the former heavyweight title challenger Axel Schulz, all though Brian was being brought in as a name opponent for Schulz to feed on, Minto proved to be the spoiler beating down Schulz in six rounds sending the German back into retirement.

Minto would again travel abroad, but this time would fall to defeat by the hands of the hometown judges, losing out to Luan Krasniqi with a unanimous yet controversial decision.

Since his last loss, Minto has went on a three fight win streak, Lunsford, Polley and Van Sickle all fell out to the Beast in the opening round, Minto also earned himself the WBA Fedecentro heavyweight title and a number twelve ranking in the WBO along the way.

His quest to a heavyweight crown continues this Wednesday when he takes on “Big” John Poore, Poore is coming into the bout riding a three fight win streak as well.

Minto fans are ready for some serious leather swapping, the park has already sold out in what will be Pullman Park’s first major sporting event in fifty years. Minto is poised for Poore and is ready to return home with a big win for his hometown fans.

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