Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Al 'The Haitian Temptation' Sands successfully defended his Minnesota state cruiserweight title this past Friday night, knocking out Harvey Kilfian in the eighth round at Grandma's Sports Garden, and now he plans on taking a little time off before his next big fight.
"My big thing is just to relax," Sands said when asked what's next in his career. "Like I said, I've doubled the number of rounds in my entire career. I plan to enjoy the summer, you know, just get back to Al instead of being the Haitian Temptation. I plan on having some fun this year."
Those comments came two days after Sands defended his state title for the first time, a fight in which he was bloodied and knocked down by Kilfian, but one that he's happy with overall.
"No champion doesn't get knocked down," Sands said. "We got down, we made it back to our feet, we made it through the round, and once again got the chance to sit in the corner and have our coach, Chuck, be the voice of reason and help me calm down."
The Floodwood, Minn. native also owns the NABA-US Cruiserweight title, sporting a (14-1) professional record with 13 of those wins coming by way of knockout.