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Pacific Northwest Boxing and the city of Tacoma lost a great man July 13th with the passing of Morris McCollum - Mr Mac. He was an important man in the Tacoma Athletic Commission, and for a number of years he was a ringside judge for professional boxing events in the state. We at BoxingProspects will remember Mr Mac as the guy who always wore a smile and a stylish suit, always had a kind word to offer, and genuinely liked people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his co workers and customers. I'm certain there's a ten count at an event in the future to commorate his life. Click HERE for the News Tribune story.
Read the Review, then Read the Book. Brian D'Ambrosio has written an outstanding biography of Marvin Camel a Native American workd Champion from Montana. This book is a must read for all fans of boxing as well as fans of a story about a man who proves that hard work and dedication can lead to success.
In a surprising move, the Tacoma Boxing Club has been told to relocate after 36 years being housed at the Al Davies Boys and Girls Club in Tacoma. The Boys and Girls Club plans to add a second basketball court in the area currently home to the boxing rings. What this means is that the most successful amateur boxing program in the state must find a new home, and soon. You can read the story from the Tacoma News Tribune HERE. If you can help, follow THIS LINK to the club's GoFundMe page and contribute to keeping the successful program alive.
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Ferguson steps up against Petranyi in Montana July 27th
By Ricardo Ibarra
Facing off with the most experienced opponent of his young career, Pacific Northwest cruiserweight Patrick Ferguson (7-0, 7 KOs) will take on seventy-seven fight veteran Zoltan Petranyi (55-22, 18 KOs) on Thursday, July 27th at the Boxing and Bulls Outdoor Grounds in Hays, Montana, headlining a nine bout pro/am card organized by Silver Wolf Fight Promotions.
Ferguson, a former USA National amateur heavyweight champion, has been on a successful run since turning pro last April, racking up a seven fight knockout streak and scoring six of those within two rounds, including a first round KO of former world title challenger Rubin Williams in August of last year. The Spokane, Washington fighter is currently ranked #16 in the NABF rankings and last fought in March, defeating journeyman Skylar Thompson by second round stoppage.
Petranyi, of Budapest, Hungary, has been a pro for over twenty-one years and faced some notable competition, including former heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs (L KO 1 03-27-15) and one-time heavyweight title contender Danny Williams (L TKO 3 06-04-2005). The former Hungarian National and UBO European heavyweight title holder has been on an upswing since losing to Briggs in 2015, winning his last four fights, three of which took place this year. Most recently, he scored a second round TKO win over Istvan Lantos in his native Hungary in May.
Ferguson and Petranyi will meet in a scheduled ten round fight with four additional pro bouts and four amateur fights making up the entire line-up.
In the remaining pro contests, power punching Steven Villalobos (4-0, 4 KOs), of Federal Way, Washington, will look to keep his four fight knockout streak alive against Desmond Johnson (0-3), of Winnipeg, Canada, in a four round Jr. middleweight bout; Billings, Montana's Melvin Weaselboy (1-0, 1 KO) will take on Billy Martin (0-1) in a four round heavyweight tilt; Eric Simonton (1-1, 1 KO), of Billings, will take on Houston, Texas' Stephan Nava (0-5) in a super middleweight match-up scheduled for four; and finally in a six round welterweight scrap, Mike Tutt (10-3-1, 4 KOs), of Biloxi, Mississippi battles Houston’s Starr Johnson (5-27-1, 4 KOs).
Dubbed 'Battle in the Little Rockies,' the show will take place on the Fort Belknap Reservation the day before the kick-off of the annual Milk River Indian Days Powwow organized by the Aaniih and Nakoda tribes, who also run the tribal commission overseeing the boxing event. For ticket information visit Silver Wolf Fight Promotions’ Facebook page.
Super middleweights Gavronski-Hirsch main event Battle at the Boat 112
Super middleweights Mike Gavronski and Tony Hirsch will face off in the main event at Battle at the Boat 112 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. on Saturday, Sept. 9.
Gavronski brings a record of 23-2-1 with 14 KOs into the 10-round bout, while Hirsch sports a record of 22-6-2 with 9 knockouts.
The main event will be one of six fights on the card, which will also feature a semi-main event between Andres Reyes (7-2-1, 2 KOs) and Andre Keys (3-1-0, KO).
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Preliminary bouts will start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Gavronski has been razor sharp in his last three bouts with wins over previously undefeated Australian champion Jake Carr, knockout artist Thomas Awimbono and Quinton Rankin, who he bested by unanimous decision in his most recent fight on June 3.
“Mike made his professional debut here in 2010 and has fought at the Emerald Queen 11 times,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “He’s never looked better than he has in his last three fights. He has really shaped up his game and is on the verge of cracking the top 20 world rankings.”
Gavronski, a native of Tacoma, is 10-1 in his 11 career fights at the Emerald Queen Casino with his only setback coming in 2015 against Dashon Johnson in a bout for the vacant WBA-NABA United States super middleweight championship.
Since that defeat, Gavronski has gone a perfect 3-0.
Hirsch brings a nine-fight unbeaten streak into the main event, last losing on Aug. 17, 2013.
Super lightweights Reyes and Keys highlight the undercard.
Reyes has had his power on full display during his last two contests, posting early knockout victories over Will Hughes and Jacob Szilasi, while Keys, a multiple-time national amateur champion, will attempt to extend his current winning streak to three.
The undercard will also feature undefeated Richard Vansiclen (4-0) facing Frankie Orr in a clash of 175 pounders and Ricardo Maldonado meeting Marco Cardenas in a 140-pound match-up.
Battle at the Boat 112 will feature the VIP experience with 3rd Row Seats being discounted to $75 per ticket. All fans seated 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 112 is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions. For more information, please visit www.halquistproductions.com and the Battle at the Boat Facebook page.
Battle at the Boat 112 Card
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017
10 Round Main Event – 168 pounds
Mike Gavronski (23-2-1, 14 KOs) vs. Tony Hirsch (22-6-2, 9 KOs)
5 Round Semi-Main Events
145 pounds: Andres Reyes (7-2-1, 2 KOs) vs. Andre Keys (3-1-0, KO)
140 pounds: Ricardo Maldonado (7-6-1, KO) vs. Marco Cardenas (6-6-1, 2 KOs)
4 Round Undercard Bouts
180 pounds: Richard Vansiclen (4-0-0, 3 KOs) vs. Frankie Orr (1-2-0)
140 pounds: Niko McFarland (0-4-0) vs. Shae Green (1-0-0)
170 pounds: Tommy Turner (4-7-0, 3 KOs) vs. Cole Milani (2-5-0, 2 KOs)
UPDATED January 27th The Pacific
Northwest Boxing 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.
updated December 21, 2016
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2017 Fight Schedule *
July 27 Battle in the Little Rockies, Fort Belknap, Hays, Montana, Silver Wolf Fight Promotions
September 9: Battle at the Boat 112 Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington Brian Halquist Promotions
October 14: The Brawl at Harmony Hall V, Olympia, Washington, PNW Promotions
November 18: Battle at the Boat 113 Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington Brian Halquist Promotions
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