Battle at the Boat 100

March 28, 2015

Brian Halquist and the

Emerald Queen Casino

Mike Gavronski has a knack for going the distance in fights. He has fought all ten rounds in his last three fights. He was scheduled to fight ten rounds against Maurice Louishomme, but Gavronski's plan was to work harder in the early portions of the fight in order to work fewer rounds. Louishomme had been to the Pacific Northwest before; he scored a TKO win over Richard Langley in '08, before a layoff of nearly five years. Since returning to the fight game in 2013, Louishomme has lost once, by TKO in January.

Gavronski was the busier fighter in the opening round. He walked Louishomme across the ring and fired shots to his head. Then, when Louishomme leaned out of the way, Gavronski shot his right to his body. Louishomme started to close the distance between the two men as the round drew to a close, and in doing so he was able to land body shots. The second round was wild. Gavronski caught Louishomme with a right hand early in the round and send him to the canvas. Louishomme was stunned, took the count and rose. Gavronski tried to jump on him, throwing heavy shots, but in doing so he left himself open. In the midst of flying punches, Louishomme landed a left that dropped Gavronski. He too seemed a bit stunned, but he rose and continued. The two men landed more shots as the round drew to a close. The round ended with Louishomme's back to the ropes and Gavronski landing to the body.

The pace of the third round was slower, and that stands to reason considering what each man endured in the second. Neither fighter was looking to step in too close, choosing instead to find an opportunity to shoot punches to the other's body. As the round neared the final minute, Gavronski aimed a few punches toward Louishomme's head, but Louishomme was effective in blocking many of them. The early portions of the fourth round were slow of pace as well. At the midpoint, Gavronski began to find a target on Louishomme's head and he shifted the momentum in his favor. Gavronski landed a powershot right to Louishomme's head just before the bell sounded to end the round.

Louishomme spent much of the fifth round moving backwards as Gavronski walked him down throwing his jab to the body and looking to land his right to the head. Louishomme was not as effective in answering with punches of his own, and he began to look a bit tired. In the final fifteen seconds of the round Louishomme stepped toward Gavronski and landed a series of punches to his body. Louishomme's fifth round rally signaled a change for the sixth round. Louishomme kept the pressure on Gavronski, making him back up and step away from punches. Gavronski could not find space to throw his right, and that gave Louishomme room to score with his jab.

Louishomme looked as if he would control the seventh round in much the way he had the sixth until Gavronski caught him with a few shots to the head. An uppercut in the final minute wobbled Louishomme's legs a bit and then Gavronski jumped on him. With Louishomme's back to the ropes, Gavronski landed a right that knocked Louishomme stumbling back in to the ropes. Gavronski followed that with two more shots in rapid succession and as Louishomme crumbled to the canvas the referee stepped in to call an end to the fight.

Gavronski would score the knockout victory at 2:55 of round seven.

Gavronski's shoots his left through Louishomme's defense

A right uppercut that landed flush signalled that the end was approaching

Gallardo backed McCleary in to the ropes and finsihed him with the right

Jeremy McCleary had been cruising through four round fights on his way to an unbeaten record. Marcello Gallardo's path to a winning record has not been quite as easy, as he has faced some tough competitors in the last year, losing once and fighting to a draw twice. McCleary entered the ring to the cheers of his hometown fans. Gallardo would soon change the tone of the cheers.

Gallardo was the aggressor at the opening bell. He was busier and throwing the heavier punches. McCleary was able to slip most of them, but Gallardo's pressure kept McCleary from doing much more than throwing his jab. The second round was close. McCleary began to follow his jab with his right, and that kept Gallardo from throwing as many powershots. Gallardo did not let up in the pressure and he stayed in front of McCleary, throwing his right over the top of McCleary's defense as often as he saw openings.

Gallardo's pressure began to take a toll on McCleary in the third. Early in the round Gallardo caught McCleary with a right to the body, and McCleary hit the canvas, but it was ruled a slip because Gallardo had stepped on McCleary's foot. Nevertheless, that sent a message that Gallardo was going to up the pressure and look to knock McCleary down again. Gallardo landed a series of right hands over the course of the next minute. That onslaught kept McCleary from throwing many punches, let alone land anything damaging. At 2:45 of the round Gallardo landed a thunderous right that knocked McCleary to the canvas. He rose and took the count, and had to hold escape the round. McCleary's corner worked to clear the fighter's head before the start of the fourth, but it was evident as he stepped in to answer the bell that he did not have the legs to fight tough enough to hold Gallardo at bay. Gallardo knocked McCleary across the ring and when McCleary's back hit the ropes Gallardo landed four hard rights that forced the referee to jump in to stop the fight.

Gallardo scored the knockout win at 19 seconds of the fourth round.

In his last outing, Marcelino Pineda lost a tough battle to Will Hughes. Pineda would probably tell you that he did not look his best in that fight. He needed to have a night where he could get back on track and sharpen his boxing skills. Fighting a journeyman like Paul Mpendo could do that, or due to Mpendo's experience, fighting a man like him could just as easily pose problems.

The opening round saw both men trying to determine what tactic the other would use. Both initially tossed jabs in the other's direction, but until Pineda stepped in close enough to land a few stingers, neither was scoring often. Once Pineda found the range for his jab, Mpendo began to move more effectively and he was able to slip out of trouble. Pineda's jab was his weapon of choice early in the second round, and he used it quite effectively. He began to shoot his right to Mpendo's body as well, and that too scored. Mpendo relied almost exclusively on his left, and as the round drew to a close he was able to land a few times to Pineda's body.

The pace of the third round was quicker. The men fought in close through the early portions, trading body shots and covering up to stop shots to the head. As the round approached the final minute, Mpendo pinned Pineda on the ropes and began to score with body and head shots. Then Pineda skillfully turned Mpendo, placing his back to the ropes, and scored with body shots. Pineda took a half step back and fired a left at Mpendo's head that buckled his knees. Pineda followed that with a right that dropped Mpendo to the canvas.

The fight was stopped at 2:51. Pineda scored the knockout victory.

Mpendo shoots his right over Pineda's defense

Reyes lands his left to Maldanado's head

 

Andres Reyes and Ricardo Maldanado faced each other in a four round lightweight bout. Both men exhibited good boxing skills in what was a close fight.

The fighters exchanged jabs in the first round, and each of them was able to land and score. There were times when they threw powershots, but because each had the ability to slip out of trouble, neither could do much damage with them. The second round was also close. Reyes was the busier fighter, pumping his jab and looking for moments to follow it with a body shot. Near the end of the round Reyes launched a few shots at Maldanado's head, and he caught him.

The powershot took the place of the jab in the third round as both men tried to inflict some damage. The round was close, and when the men stepped in tight to exchange shots, it became tougher to determine who scored more often. Near the end of the round Maldanado caught Reyes with a hard shot to the chin. Reyes was momentarily stunned, and needed the time between rounds to clear his head. While the pace of the fourth round was slower than the previous three, the men did not stop throwing the powershots. In this round however, the powershot was usually preceded by a jab or two.

At the end of four rounds all three judges concurred. Reyes won the unanimous decision victory behind the score of 39-37

Jason Davis has stepped in to face some tough opposition, and he has not had the opportunity to stay as busy as he may want in the ring, so facing Daryl Gardner, a man early in his career seemed a good choice. Davis has proven to be a smooth tactician, able to adapt to another's style, and Gardner, well he likes to slug it out. Stylistically, the fight looked interesting.

Gardner has proven to be a fast starter. He answers the opening bell throwing wide and heavy right hands, landing some while sending the message that he carries a bit of power. Davis was patient. He threw his jab, but he had to keep moving backward to stay just out of Gardner's range. Gardner controlled the early portions of the second round, again behind wide looping powershots. While some did land, Davis was able to slip or block many of them. As the round closed Davis fell in to a rhythm behind his jab. The round was close and ended with the fighters trading punches.

The rhythm Davis established in the second carried in to the third and he began to wear Gardner down. Looking slightly tired, Gardner still threw heavy shots, just not as many of them. Davis scored often with the jab in the final round. Gardner could not counter effectively, and when Davis stepped in close and landed body shots and uppercuts, Gardner had to resort to trying to score with one big punch.

At the end of four rounds one judge scored the fight 39-37 for Davis; the other two scored it even at 38. The fight ended in a majority draw

Davis and Gardner slugged it out in close

Gee blocks Avelar's right

 

Sean Gee made his professional debut in a four round fight against Omar Avelar. As interesting as the fight was, the folks working Gee's corner proved almost as entertaining. While his cornerman stepped in the ring between rounds, outside he was assisted by two young women in short shorts, small striped tops, one with blue hair.

Gee threw his jab and followed it with his right when the opportunity presented itself. Avelar also threw his jab, but little else until late in the round when he began to add the right to his arsenal. The style changed to begin the second round as the men met in the center of the ring and began to slug it out. That tactic did not gain either man an advantage, and so they stepped back and resorted to the jab, which swung control in Gee's favor. Late in the round, as the men found themselves in close again, they fell back in to a furious slugfest.

Gee's right hand scored often in the third round. He was quicker than Avelar and he was able to step in, land a few punches and step back before Avelar could retaliate. Avelar did land a few scoring punches in the closing moments of the round, but he could not do enough to slow Gee. Gee showed some toughness in the fourth round as Avelar scored with the right placed firmly to Gee's chin. Gee withstood the punches and fired back.

At the end of four rounds one judge scored the fight 39-37; the other two scored it 40-36, all in favor of Gee who would claim the unanimous decision victory

Oh - Those Ring Card Girls ...

The Battle at the Boat series continues with the 101st Battle in May 2015

How they make the crowd come alive

As part of the celebration of the 100th Battle at the Boat, a number of the fighters and those associated with the fight game were introduced to the crowd.