Welterweights Clash at Battle at the Boat 106 Main Event
Presented by Brian Halquist Productions, the six-bout card also features the return of fan favorites Isaac Tadeo and Jeremy McCleary.
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Preliminary bouts start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Battle at the Boat 106 and all future Battle at the Boat events will feature the all new 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.
Green (11-4-0, 4 KOs) will make his 2016 debut in the 10-round contest, having last fought on Dec. 29, 2015 when he fought undefeated Miguel Cruz in a televised bout on FS1.
Local boxing fans should be very familiar with Green, a native of Vancouver, Wash., as a third of his professional bouts have taken place at the Emerald Queen Casino. He won his pro debut locally in 2010 and has registered victories in his last two contests in Tacoma and four of five overall.
Chicas, who fights out of San Francisco, brings a record of 14-2-0 with 7 KOs into the main event. Chicas is coming off a TKO victory over Bilal Mahasin on Jan. 23.
The undefeated Tadeo (7-0-0, 3 KOs) thrilled the EQC crowd at Battle at the Boat 105 on March 26 when he defeated Chad McKinney by unanimous decision. Tadeo, a resident of Auburn, Wash., squares off against hard-hitting Tommy Turner (4-5-0, 3 KOs) in a six-round middleweight bout.
The immensely popular McCleary, a super featherweight from Enumclaw, Wash., faces Giovanni Mioletti in a four-round clash. McCleary sports a record of 8-2-0.
“Isaac and Jeremy are by far two of the most popular boxers we’ve ever had fight here, and we are talking 20 years and 100 plus shows. So, that’s saying a lot,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “The reason the fans love them is because they give everything they have when they step into that ring. The crowd respond to that. You can always tell when one of them is fighting on a card because the noise level goes through the roof. It’s going to be deafening to have both of them fight on the same night. Buy your tickets fast because these guys have strong followings.”
Additional bouts include Tacoma’s Andre Keys facing Antonio Neal, Damian Savino squaring off against Will Marshall and Andres Reyes taking on Marco Cardenas.
Battle at the Boat 106 Card
Some Sad News on May 25th as Mr. Tacoma, Stan Naccarato Passes
From Halquist Promotions
To say Stan Naccarato was instrumental to the success of the Battle at the Boat boxing series would be an understatement.
A former multiple-time chairman of the state boxing commission and two-time President of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, Naccarato was at the forefront during the series’ infancy.
“Stan was there from the start doing a lot of the heavy lifting as we were looking to get things rolling,” said Brian Halquist, president of Halquist Productions, the organization which runs Battle at the Boat. “He sold tickets. He was our ring announcer. He was invaluable, just a jack of all trades.”
The inaugural Battle at the Boat took place on July 9, 1997. Naccarato was the ring announcer for the opening bout – a heavyweight clash between Eric “Butterbean” Esch and Scott Lindecker.
The fight went exactly 80 seconds with Esch scoring a victory by knockdown. Naccarato’s involvement would last much longer.
“The interest in boxing in the Pacific Northwest was nonexistent 20 years ago. Stan played an incredibly large role in not only getting things rolling, but also helping us growing the series since its inception,” Halquist said. “We have now done more than 100 shows at the Emerald Queen and we are the nation's longest-running tribal casino professional boxing series, and Stan’s contribution to all of that is enormous.”
Naccarato, who’s involvement in boxing stretches seven decades and touches nearly any figure in Washington state’s rich boxing history, would be the Battle at the Boat ring announcer for the next dozen years, serving as the announcer for multiple world title bouts and televised broadcasts.
“Stan would show up at the events and it seemed like he knew everyone. The fans would cheer for him just as much as they did the boxers,” Halquist said. “He was just so passionate about Tacoma and sports. He was such a great ambassador for both. This was the perfect venue for him.”
Known affectionately as “Mr. Tacoma,” Naccarato passed away on May 25 at Tacoma General Hospital. He was 88.
“Today is a sad day for Tacoma as we lost one of our great leaders,” said Emerald Queen Casino GM, Frank Wright. “Stan played such an important role for all age groups and all of their sports activities. Knowing its importance, he was always there to support and played a huge role in raising funds for the boys and girls clubs. Tacoma was everything to Stan and he will be dearly missed.”
“We were with him at the hospital the other day and he was cracking everyone up, saying “Look at those shoes,’” said Halquist, referring to Naccarato’s iconic catch phase which he would use to describe the ring card girls at Battle at the Boat.
“There will not be another one like Stan. He will be greatly missed.”
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