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‘Hitman’ prepares for next assignment

Published 10:48am Thursday, January 31, 2013

When there is a contract put out on you, the Hitman won’t stop until the job is done.

That is the motto that Tyler ‘Hitman’ Hultin lives by when he steps into the ring. Hultin started boxing in 1998 as an amateur in Fergus Falls.

Since becoming a professional boxer 2009, Hultin has put up an impressive 5-1 record with three knockouts as a middleweight.

Hultin’s next fight will be at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds Arena as a part of Winter Brawl in Fargo on Feb. 9, where he will take on Cheyenne Ziegler. Ziegler brings with him a 3-9 record, but should not be overlooked as he has fought a bevy of good young fighters including Cerresso Fort and Steve Martinez.

In preparation for the fight, Hultin has put a lot of miles in — both on his feet and in a car. Training in Fargo, Fergus Falls, Alexandria and the Twin Cities, Hultin works on distance running for weight loss, incline running for power and stamina and sprints for speed and recovery. Training also includes weight training with kettle bells and sparring with fellow fighters.

“Training camp has been right on track for this fight,” added Hultin.

Hultin is pushed every session by his coach and father, John, technique coach Eric Hennington, second cornerman and brother, Tanner Hultin. His sparring partners aren’t any walk in the park as he takes on fellow Fergus Falls pro Andy ‘Kaos’ Kolle, R.J. ‘T-Rex’ Lasse and several other hard hitting partners.

“My team has done their research and we are ready for him,” Hultin said. “It’s going to be a really nice card full of exciting fights.”

The event also brings a few celebrities to the F-M area as former Minnesota Viking Ray Edwards will be fighting on the card and WBA and IBF light heavyweight and WBA cruiserweight champion Virgil ‘Quicksilver’ Hill will be making an appearance at the event.

There will also be several other fights including the debut of Cody McManigle from Wadena, Rondale Hubert, Dustin ‘BullDog’ Mason and a few amateur bouts.

When asked how he was given the nickname, Hitman, Hultin said it was something his dad came up with. “He always said ‘when you fight, you don’t stop until the assignment is done.’ So it just stuck from that point on.”

The boxer knows that he didn’t get where he is today without some help and would like to thank all the fans, friends and family for supporting him. “I would like to thank my mom, Lorie, my girlfriend, Samantha Schultz, my manager, Todd Bechthold and all the people who help me prepare for my fights.”

When he is not busy preparing for his next fight, Hultin enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing and hiking. He works as a seed tech in Fargo, but hopes one day that he can call boxing a full-time job.

“Boxing is always a full time job, I’ve come to realize. One day, I hope to call the sport I fell in love with, boxing, my only profession.”

The cost of Winter Brawl is $50 for VIP and $25 for general admission to the bouts. The doors will open at 4 p.m. with the amateurs getting the show underway at 5 p.m. The Pro showcase will begin at 8 p.m.

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