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Tacoma's Gavronski to face Hart in battle of super middleweight world contenders in Atlantic City

Mike Gavronski is headed to America's Playground.

Gavronski (24-2-1, 15 KOs) will take his biggest step towards a potential world title shot when he faces super middleweight contender Jesse Hart (24-1, 20 KOs) in the 10-round co-featured event during TopRank Boxing on ESPN, Aug. 19 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Headlining the card at the new Ocean Resort Casino will be a main event between heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings (23-2, 13 KOs) and Alexander Dimitrenko (41-3, 26 KOs).

Both fights will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes at 10 p.m. ET. The entire card will be streamed live on ESPN+ beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

The bout between Gavronski, ranked No. 11 by the World Boxing Association, and Hart, who is ranked third in the world by the WBC and 10th by the IBF, will be for Hart's North American Boxing Federation super middleweight championship.

"This is what you live for,' Gavronski said. "Hart is a tough guy who can do a lot of nice things. I just think I can do them a lot better. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. I am willing to fight anybody. I love the challenge."

Gavronski, a native of Tacoma, Wash., will bring a five-bout unbeaten streak into his showdown with Hart.

"This is a huge test for Mike, but it's one we believe he's ready for," promoter Brian Halquist said. "The winner of this fight places himself in a great position to fight for a world title the next time out. That has been what Mike has worked his whole career towards, to have that opportunity to challenge for a world title and it's now right there in front of him. This is why we promote. To give these a chance to fight at the world level and to win a title."

The 32-year-old Gavronski is 4-0 with a no contest since losing to Dashon Johnson on Nov. 7, 2015. During his current streak, Gavronski has notched victories over the previously undefeated Jake Carr, former contender Brian Vera, Quinton Rankin and knockout specialist Thomas Awimbono.

"Gavronski is a good test. He's durable, and I know this fight will be great for boxing and boxing fans," said Hart, whose only career setback came last September when he lost a decision to undefeated Gilberto Ramirez in a bout for the WBO Super Middleweight title.

Hart has since won his last two fights, knocking out Awimbono in February and defeating Demond Nicholson by seventh-round TKO in a bout for the NABF super middleweight title in March.

Before during pro in 2010, Gavronski was a local amateur sensation. Training with the prestigious Tacoma Boxing Club, he was a three-time Tacoma Golden Gloves champion, winning the 165-pound title three consecutive years (2006-2008) and earning the prestigious Tacoma Golden Boy title, which is presented annually to the tournament's most outstanding boxer, in 2008.

Tacoma Boxing Club, Gavronski's first gym, has a history of producing world champions and gold medalists. Tacoma natives Ray Seales, Leo Randolph and Davey Armstrong all captured Olympic Gold, while Randolph, Johnny Bumphus, Rocky Lockridge and Freddie Steele all captured world titles.

Gavronski made his pro debut on Jan. 9, 2010, defeating Darren Anzai by TKO at the Emerald Queen Casino.

He has fought 12 times at the Tacoma venue, posting a remarkable record of 11-1-0 with 6 KOs.

After opening his career with a record of 14-0-1, Gavronski faced future WBC Silver middleweight champion Tureano Johnson for the vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title on July 11, 2014. Johnson would win by decision.

Gavronski responded to the setback by winning his next six bouts, including a victory over highly regarded journeyman, Dashon Johnson.

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Steve Forbes promotes Portland card Aug. 25th
By Ricardo Ibarra

Former IBF Jr. lightweight world champion Steve "2Pound" Forbes will delve into the promotional side of the fight game once again, staging the second show of his recently formed company 2Pound Sports and Entertainment on Saturday August 25th, at the Jackson Armory in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. Working with partner Christina Lunzman, Forbes aims to build on the success of their inaugural event, which took place last December, and continue to gain more exposure for Portland area boxing. The pair have lined up a promising five-fight card for their follow-up show, featuring young talent from around the Pacific Northwest.

Headlining the card will be undefeated regional prospect Steven "Hands of Gold" Villalobos (9-0-1, 8 KOs) taking on Leonel Jimenez (5-23-1, 4 KOs), of Eagle Pass, Texas, in a seven round welterweight match-up. Villalobos, of Burlington, Washington, is an aggressive banger who is currently on a three-fight knockout streak. He last fought in June, stopping Visalia, California's Jose Leon in the first round. Jimenez, who has twenty-nine-fights under his belt, also fought his most recent bout in June, taking a six round split decision win over Ali Tareh. 

The semi-main event will feature an anticipated rematch between two seasoned Northwest journeymen as Ricardo Maldonado (8-8-1, 1 KO), of Arlington, Washington, faces off with Salem, Oregon’s Marcos Cardenas (6-7-1, 2 KOs) in a six round Jr. welterweight fight. The two first squared off last September in what was an absolute war, with Maldonado taking a five round unanimous decision win.

In other bouts, slick Tacoma prospect Andre Keys (7-1, 3 KOs) will step back into the ring in search of his seventh consecutive win in a six round Jr. middleweight contest against an opponent to be announced soon; former Oregon amateur stand-out Blaiwas Eaglepipe (1-0) will face-off with the pro debuting Juan Huerta in a five round Jr. lightweight tilt; and in a four round lightweight contest, hard-nosed banger Felipe Medina (0-3) will take on Greg Cruz, who is making his pro debut.  

Tickets to the event can be purchased online at For more information visit or the 2 Pound Sports and Entertainment Facebook page.

Undefeated Cabrera-Mioletti to face Cardona in main event of Battle at the Boat 117

TACOMA, Wash. – Undefeated junior lightweight Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti will look to continue his quest towards a top 20 world ranking when he faces Isaias Martin Cardona in the main event of Battle at the Boat 117 on Sept. 8 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.

The 129-pound contest is scheduled for 10 rounds and highlights the six-bout card, which also includes an intriguing semi-main event between fan favorite Jorge Linares and Seattle's Shae Green.

"I've been promoting boxing for three decades and Giovanni is without question one of the most gifted young fighters I have ever seen," promoter Brian Halquist said. "He's a talent, and he’s headed towards great things. This is a chance for the Pacific Northwest boxing fan to see one of the sport's future stars in action."

Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Preliminary bouts will start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Cabrera-Mioletti has been flawless during the early stages of his career, posting a perfect 12-0 record.

Over his last four fights he has beaten three previously undefeated fights in Elijah Pierce, Ray Lampkin, Jr. and Roberto Meza. Cabrera-Mioletti's other victory over that span was against former Global Boxing Union world lightweight champion Tyrone Harris.

In his last outing on June 9, Cabrera-Mioletti bested Pierce, who entered the fight with a spotless 8-0 record, by unanimous decision, appearing as the 97-92, 97-92, 100-90 winner on the judge’s scorecards.

This came on the heels of his victory over a then 11-0 Lampkin. In what may be his best career performance so far, Cabrera-Mioletti defeated Lampkin, who had never been on the canvas before in his career, by second-round TKO (2:46).

Cabrera-Mioletti's other win in 2018 came on Jan. 13 when he beat Harris by unanimous decision.

"Gio is a special fighter and he's looking to make that jump up in class and fight the best boxers in the world. This is the next step towards him doing that," Halquist said. "This will be a great test for him. Cardona won’t back down. So it should shape up to be an excellent main event."

Cardona brings a 24-13-0 record with 16 KOs into the fight. He last fought on May 4, losing to undefeated Pablo Vicente.

Cardona, who opened his career winning his first 16 fights with 11 coming by knockout, has fought an undefeated fighter seven out of his last 20 career fights. Included on the list is current NABF featherweight champion Manny Robles III (16-0) and World Boxing Association intercontinental lightweight and World Boxing Council continental Americas lightweight champion Ryan Martin (22-0). 

He has also squared off against Omar Douglas, who was 17-2 when they faced each other, Winston Campos (27-3-5), and former World Boxing Organization NABO featherweight champion Gamalier Rodriguez (24-2-3).

"Cardona has obviously been in the ring with some of the best fighters in the world," Halquist said. "In this sport, to get to the top guys you have to first get by the Cardonas of the world. These guys are the gatekeepers. It's the next step Gio has to make."

Highlighting the undercard will be a 5-round bout in the 138-pound weight division between Linares (4-1) and Green (1-0-1).

A second 5-round contest, this at 147 pounds, will be contested between Yakima’s Andres Reyes (7-3-1) and Portland, Oregon’s Sean "Beast of War" Gee (4-8).

Undefeated 138-pounder Cris Reyes (3-0) will look to stay perfect when he faces Keith Wolf (0-1) in a 4-round clash.

Rounding out the card will be a 142-pound matchup between Andres Garcia Albaca (debut) and Luis DeAlba (debut) and a 127-pound fight between Juan Gomez (1-0) and Marco Flores (1-1).

Battle at the Boat 117 will feature the VIP experience with 3rd Row Seats being discounted to $75 per ticket. All fans seated in in the VIP section (rows 1-3) will have an exclusive access point and a dedicated server to help create a true VIP experience.

Battle at the Boat 117 is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions. For more information, please visit and the Battle at the Boat Facebook page.

Battle at the Boat 117 Card
10 Round Main Event – Junior Lightweight
Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti (12-0-0, 3 KOs) vs. Isaias Martin Cardona (24-13-0, 16 KOs)
5 Round Bouts
138 pounds: Jorge Linares (4-1-0) vs. Shae Green (1-0-1)
147 pounds: Andres Reyes (7-3-1), vs. Sean Gee (4-8-0)
4 Round Undercard Bouts
140 pounds: Andres Garcia Albaca (debut) vs. Luis DeAlba (debut)
138 pounds: Cris Reyes (3-0-0) vs. Keith Wolf (0-1-0)
127 pounds: Juan Gomez (1-0-0) vs. Marco Flores (1-1-0)




Updated December 30th, 2017. The Pacific Northwest Rankings. See which NW fighters make their debut and which ones move up or down in this edition of the rankings. Let the discussion begin - there is a bit of movement in the newest rankings, and some inactive fighters have been dropped.

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Brian Halquist and the Emerald Queen Casino

Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti goes the distance to defeat Elijah Pierce in a battle of unbeatens

June 9th, 2018

Bisla Boxing and Langley City Boxing Pro-Am Night of Titles

Shelly Barnett and Palvir Atwal claim titles on an acton packed card

May 25, 2018

White Delight Promotions and the Rogue Valley Rumble

Wilson defeats Aguilar for NABA title

March 3, 2018

House of Fury at the Coeur d'Alene Casino

Ferguson notches another win to remain unbeaten

March 1, 2018

Steve Forbes 2 Pounds Sports

Weston continues to win, Jefferson scores 3rd straight KO as boxing returns to Portland, Oregon

December 9th, 2017

Hard Knocks Promotions in Kalispell, Montana

Ferguson Continues to Improve, Claims WBC Title Belt

October 28th, 2017

2018 Fight Schedule *

August 25th 2Pound Sports, Portland, Oregon

September 8th Battle at the Boat 117, Brian Halquist Promotions at the Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma Washington

September 22nd Rogue Valley Rumble, White Delight Promotions at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Medford, Oregon

October 13th House of Fury Coeur d'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho

November 17th Battle at the Boat 118, Brian Halquist Promotions at the Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma Washington

*Subject to Change

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