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Congratulations to Aubrey Morrow, selected as the Western Region Fighter of the Year by Canadian Boxiana. Read about that HERE. We certainly agree with GM Ross in the selection of Morrow.
Gavronski to headline Battle at the Boat’s 100th show from the EQC on Saturday, March 28th
Brian Halquist Productions is proud to announce a very special night of fights, as the Battle at the Boat series celebrates its 100th show on Saturday, March 28th live from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
Headlining this milestone event will be hometown favorite, Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (16-1-1, 10KOs) vs. Maurice Louishomme (8-1-1, 4KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight clash. This historic night will feature a number of thrilling matchups, showcasing the most talented up and coming fighters in the Northwest today and is sure to be talked about for years to come.
When Mike Gavronski steps in the ring, fans know not to blink. Gavronski has been a staple at recent Battle at the Boat events, first appearing at the EQC back in 2010. Since then, the talented Tacoma native has fought all over the country, including bouts in California, Oregon and Illinois just to name a few. His exciting style mixes elite footwork with heavy hands, creating a unique blend of speed and power that his opponents have learned to fear. Looking to extend his current win streak to three, Gavronski faces a tough test in Maurice Louishomme of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Louishomme has fought tough in his young boxing career with his last suffering his only setback against 2012 Ukrainian Olympian Ievgen Khytrov.
Also featured will be undefeated sensation Jeremy McCleary (6-0) of Buckley, Washington. The talented 20 year old will look to keep his undefeated streak alive in a rematch against native Oregonian, Corben Page. It will be McCleary’s first contest of more than four rounds and with all of his professional victories going the distance, the three time local Golden Gloves champion has proven that cardio won’t be an issue.
Keeping with the theme of talented local fighters, Yakima’s Marcelino Pineda (4-1, 4K0s) will be featured on the card as well. Pineda, who has knocked out all four opponents he’s defeated, will look to add another highlight reel knockout to his resume as he takes on skilled veteran Paul Mpendo.
Rounding out the featured bouts of the night will be another name familiar to boxing fans, as Vancouver, Washington’s Jason Davis makes his long awaited return to the Battle at the Boat stage, taking on Daryl Gardner in a 4-round super welterweight contest.
“This really is a truly special show for us. Over 18 years ago we were going to do one show and that one show has developed into the premier boxing series on the west coast. Number 100 and we’re going strong. I’m ready to start on the second hundred. I’m still young!” laughed promoter, Brian Halquist.
For almost 20 years, Battle at the Boat has been the premier showcase of boxing talent in the Pacific Northwest. The show has been featured on Showtime, HBO, ESPN, ESPN 2, DirecTV, Fox Sports and even garnered international exposure on Telemundo, Univision and Azteca. Battle at the Boat veterans have gone on to headline numerous events around the world, capturing world titles in the process. Boxing stars that have made their appearance on Battle at the Boat cards include:
Vic Darchinyan (40-7-1, 29 KOs)
Kenny Ellis (35-7-3, 24 KOs)
Emmit Linton (33-6-2, 15 KOs)
Kinsley Ikeke (27-3-0, 14 KOs)
Chad Van Sickle (23-9-3, 12 KOs)
David Torres (21-3-2, 13 KOs)
Vernon Forrest (41-3-0, 29 KOs)
Carlos Baldomir (49-16-6, 15 KOs)
Zahir Raheem (35-3-0, 21 KOs)
Tickets for this historic night are on sale now at the Emerald Queen Casino box office as well as all Ticketmaster locations and start at only $25. Fans are encouraged to get their tickets early, as this highly anticipated event will sell out. Doors open at 6:00PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:00PM. Battle at the Boat is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions. For more info, please visit www.halquistproductions.com as well as the Battle at the Boat Facebook page.
Click HERE for Ricardo Ibarra's coverage of the Smoker in Heppner Oregon and the story of Kola Willingham's win over Siagigi Hinstatake.
Dashon Johnson returns to Canada to compete at Gloved Up Promotions’ “Rumble at the Rink” on May 2. Read more HERE
If you have the ability, help these young boxers out. We all know Chauncey and the amazing work he does training and advocating for his folks.
My name is Chauncy Welliver. I am a former professional boxer now running an amateur boxing team.
We lucked out recently and had the national championships for amateur boxing in our city of Spokane, WA. In the nationals we entered one of our heavyweights, Pat Ferguson, with the minimum amount of fights needed to enter the tournament. He fought against all odds, nobody expected him to win a fight. He WON THE ENTIRE TOURNAMENT!!! First Spokane boxer to win this tournament in 51 years. On top of that he won the tournaments "Most Outstanding Boxer." First ever from our great city. Newspapers and online media have tagged him "the Real Rocky Story."
My gym BoxFit is producing some great talent and will continue to do so with the right experience for our boxers.
In less than 2 years we have a national champion male and #5 USA ranked female.
We hope to send the team to the World Championships in Kansas City, MO August 5 through 8.
What we would need help with is travel, hotel, food and entry fees for boxers. With this being an amateur tournament all costs comes out of pocket so we are seeking support to help make this dream a reality.
Every little bit helps and every dollar will go for the 2015 World Championships.
Contribute at Go Fund Me by clicking HERE
Jennifer Hamann made her professional debut as a boxer on July 11th on the undercard of the ESPN2 show that featured Tureano Johnson amd Mike Gavronski. Hamann scored a unanimous decision win over Ariel Beck in that fight, but her biggest fight was come six days later. Hamann has been diagnosed with a brain tumer, and must undergo treatment.
Treatmrnt for such tumors is expensive. Jennifer can use the support of anyone willing to help her out. For more information, and to help out, please go to Jennifer's Go Fund Me site.
Sue Fox and WBAN have initiated a petition to the International Olympic Committee asking them to increase the number of weight divisions in Women's Boxing for the 2016 Olympic Games. Please add your name to the petition and help to increase the number of women athletes who will have an opportunity to compete on the international stage. Access the petition HERE.
Part One of an article explaining how the commissions in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho and British Columbia determine whether to approve proposed bouts.
UPDATED February 11th 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. It has been suggested that we add a Men's Pound for Pound category. Send us an email with your suggestions.
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2014 Fight Schedule *
March 21, 2015 Corpuz Boxing Amateur Event in Toppenish Washington
March 28 Emerald Queen Casino Brian Halquist Productions and The 100th Battle at the Boat Tacoma Washington
April 11th, 2015 Ballard Elks Pro-Am Event
April 11th 2015 Hard Knocks Fight Promotions, Kalsipell, Montana
April 11th 2015 WhiteDelight Promotions, Medford, Oregon
May 2, 2015 Strawson Boxing, Nanaimo British Columbia
May 30 Emerald Queen Casino Brian Halquist Productions Tacoma, Washington
August 15 Emerald Queen Casino Brian Halquist Productions Tacoma, Washington
November 7 Emerald Queen Casino Brian Halquist Productions Tacoma, Washington
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