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Gronvold goes distance in pro boxing fight

It's been awhile since Detroit Lakes' Ryan Gronvold stepped into the competitive boxing ring, but his return resulted in a solid comeback.

Despite losing a four-round decision to Fargo's Zach Shumak in the Shooting Star Casino's "Tomorrow's Champions" boxing card Saturday, Gronvold entered the fight in good shape and was able to go toe-to-toe with the North Dakota fighter.

"I landed a lot of good jabs and didn't get hit hard by him," Gronvold said. "I would have been better off moving around more, but I just got into fight mode.

"Overall I'm happy with how I boxed, it just sucks I lost the decision."

Gronvold's best round came in the first, where his jabs were his best weapon. He avoided Shumak's punches, while landing his own.

But Gronvold's feet were not as active in rounds two and three, which resulted in more landed punches by Shumak.

"He got me some, but he didn't hurt me at all," Gronvold included.

The third round was much of the same, as the DL fighter tried to fight his way inside, but Shumack was able to defend his attacks off well.

"He didn't want to fight inside," Gronvold said.

Shumack pulled out the four-round decision.

As far as making another return to the fight squared circle, Gronvold left that up in the air.

"You never know."

Brian Wierima
Detroit Lakes Newspapers Sports Editor for the last 15 years. St. Cloud State University graduate, who hails from Deer Creek, MN.