Battle at the Boat 98

November 15, 2014

Brian Halquist and the

Emerald Queen Casino

Mike Gavronski stepped back in to the ring to face Gerardo Ibarra in the ten round main event. This was Gavronski’s first trip back since a disappointing loss to Tureano Johnson in July. Ibarra entered the ring coming off a 10 round loss in June. Both men have scored impressive knockout wins, and have tasted defeat only once.

Gavronski was the busier fighter in the opening round. He kept his jab in Ibarra’s face and moved effectively to keep Ibarra at a distance that made it difficult to land any punches. Ibarra and his team made a few adjustments between rounds and Ibarra had a better second round. He was able to step in close and shoot his jab, making contact with Gavronski. At the mid point of the round, Gavronski began to walk Ibarra down, and that proved effective.

Gavronski continued to walk Ibarra down in the early portions of the third round. While he did that, he fired his left and touched Ibarra’s chin a number of times. As the round drew to a close, Ibarra stepped toward Gavronski, and in close, Ibarra was able to land a series of punches that slowed Gavronski’s assault. Ibarra continued to gain some momentum in the early portions of the fourth round, scoring behind his jab and a quick right. Gavronski stepped back to create distance again, and when he did so, his longer reach enabled him to regain control of the round. near the end of the round, a Gavronski jab opened a cut over Ibarra’s eye.

The fifth round was quite close. Gavronski continued to be the busier fighter, throwing more punches, most of them jabs. Ibarra was unable to get close enough to land a lot of punches, though those he did land were heavy. Gavronski found himself moving to stay out of trouble as the round closed. In the sixth round Gavronski kept moving, most often stepping toward Ibarra and throwing his jab at Ibarra’s head. Gavronski also began to throw looping right hands at Ibarra, making him aware of the power shot.

The seventh was another close round. Ibarra landed a number of heavy shots, and that stopped Gavronski from coming forward. While Gavronski threw more punches in the round, Ibarra landed with more power. Ibarra tried to continue his heavy handed assault in the eighth round, but Gavronski would not let him get in close. Ibarra moved well enough to keep Gavronski shooting jabs at a moving target, but in so doing he was unable to land many shots of his own.

Ibarra worked to close the distance in the ninth round. That kept Gavronski from taking advantage of his reach, and also allowed Ibarra to connect in close. The tenth round was quite similar. Ibarra fought in close and landed heavy punches while Gavronski tried to maintain enough distance to land his jab without being caught.

After ten rounds two judges scored the fight 97-93, the third scored it 96-94 all in favor of Mike Gavronski who would claim the unanimous decision win.

Gavronski lands over the top

Gavronski lands a right to Ibarra's body

Morrow's jab connexts to Sevilla-Rivera

We saw Aubrey Morrow in July in Nanaimo, and he looked quite impressive in scoring a third round TKO. Cameron Sevilla-Rivera fought on the last Boat card, and scored an impressive, though hard fought unanimous decision win to remain unbeaten. The matchup would pit Morrow’s power against Sevilla-Rivera’s quick hands.

Fight fans were not disappointed in the first round action. The men fought in close, firing jabs and body shots. As the round wound to a close, Morrow began to step toward Sevilla-Rivera, forcing him to cover up and throw fewer punches. The second round picked up where the first left off as Morrow tried to use his reach and his jab to set Sevilla-Rivera up for the power shot. Morrow landed one of those power shots at the midpoint of the round when he caught Sevilla-Rivera to the head with a hard right hand. The punch dropped Sevilla-Rivera, who appeared slow to rise, but when he did stand up Sevilla-Rivera was able to catch and stun Morrow as the round closed. Though he did not negate the knockdown, he closed the gap in the score.

Morrow took control of the fight in the third round. He dropped Sevilla-Rivera about a minute in to the round with another right to the head. Again, Sevilla-Rivera rose and for a time fought gamely. Shortly after the knockdown, Morrow pinned Sevilla-Rivera on the ropes, and it appeared, after Morrow landed a flurry of punches, that Sevilla-Rivera crumbled to the canvas. The referee ruled he had slipped and the fight continued. Morrow again jumped on Sevilla-Rivera and when Morrow landed a heavy body shot. Sevilla-Rivera dropped to his hands and knees. The referee began the count, Sevilla-Rivera looked up for a moment and tried to rise, but he could not beat the count.

The fight came to an end at 2:24 of the third round. Morrow scored the knockout victory while Sevilla-Rivera tasted his first loss.

Will Hughes had not been in the ring since 2008. When he was fighting, he had an impressive record, scoring knockouts in three of his four fights. Marcelino Pineda has been active lately, and he too has been impressive with all four of his wins coming by way of the knockout.

The opening round was close mostly because both men were able to effectively throw the jab and follow that with shots to the body. The action was fast and hard for the entire three minutes. Pineda gained a slight edge at the close of the round when he landed a few shots to Hughes’ head. The second round was also packed with good boxing action. The men traded heavy punches, and while Pineda gained the edge early in the round, momentum swung to favor Hughes as the round came to a close.

A lot of punches were thrown in the third round. Hughes landed more damaging shots, and that kept Pineda from settling in to a rhythm that would enable him to throw scoring punches. Pineda looked a bit worn down in the fourth, perhaps from the punches Hughes had landed, perhaps because he was fighting at a weight lower than he desired. Hughes did not let up, and in the middle of the round, he landed a series of big blows that staggered Pineda.

At the end of four rounds, all three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Will Hughes who would score the unanimous decision win.


Hughes finds a target on Pineda's chin

Robinson loads up his left against Gardiner

The four round bout featuring David Robinson and Daryl Gardiner was a showcase in contrasting styles. Gardiner is a hard swinging, heavy hitting man that looks to score a knockdown with every other punch. Robinson is a patient, tactical boxer that uses his reach to keep an opponent at bay.

In the opening round Gardiner chased Robinson around the ring seeking an opportunity to land heavy punches. Robinson was quick enough to move away from trouble, though in doing so he was not able to fire back at Gardiner and slow his attack. Near the end of the round Gardiner was able to tag Robinson with a couple of good shots which slowed his movement a bit. Robinson had a better second round as even though he moved around the ring, he was able to square up on occasion and fire a long jab at Gardiner. As the round drew to a close, Robinson coupled the jab with a right, and those combinations kept Gardiner from jumping in close.

Finding success in the combination, Robinson made that his weapon of choice in the third round. Gardiner did jump in to close the distance, and when he did, he threw heavy handed punches, but too many of them were off line misses. By the fourth round Robinson had settled in to a rhythm and in that he was able to throw punches and move out of Gardiner’s reach. Gardiner did his best to chase him down, but he could not connect like he had in the opening round.

After four rounds, one judge scored the fight even at 38, the other two scored it 39-37 in favor of Robinson who would claim the majority decision win.


After an impressive amateur career, Canadian Adam Querido made his professional debut against Washingtonian Mickey White. This fight, like a few others on the night, would be a match of differing styles. Querido would use his height advantage and his jab while White would rely on his size and heavy hands from the outside.

At the opening of the fight, as often is the case with heavyweights, the two men circled the ring, sizing each other up and looking for an opportunity to fire on the other. It was Querido that launched the first salvo, a quick and straight left jab that briefly touched White’s chin. White lumbered out of reach as he looked to land his wide looping right hand, loaded with power. White did a bit more boxing in the second round, but he had no defense for Querido’s jab. Time and again Querido was able to land his left, and it most often landed on White’s nose. By the end of the round, White’s nose was bloodied and his pace had slowed.

There were two stoppages in the third round. The first came after Querido landed a big right hind to White’s ribs, and while stunned, it appeared as though White asked the referee to signal the doctor to check out his ribs. The doctor did check White, but he said he should continue. White did get a few moments respite. the second stop came when Querido lost his mouthpiece, and that too gave White time to catch his breath. After that stop Querido went to work with his jab and landed it a number of times to White’s face. When White had no answer, the referee had no choice but to step in to stop the fight.

Querido would claim his first professional win, a TKO , at 2:52 of the third round.

Querido's jab did most of the damage to White

Vinson's left catches Hatton coming in

The night’s opening bout matched two fighters looking for their first win. Benny Vinson lost a tough fight to up and comer Jeremy McCleary while Jeff Hatton’s loss came at the hands of Maurice Lee, a fighter who remains unbeaten. So looking at this as a match of fighters without a win would be misleading.

There was a lot of quick action in the opening round. Both men threw enough punches to make a compubox counter sound like a teletype in a power surge. If there was an advantage to be gained, it may have rested with Vinson who appeared to land heavier shots. The second round was little different. Both men were set on rapid fire. Hatton mixed in the occasional uppercut in the round, and behind that he was able to score. Vinson was not as accurate with all of his shots, though he still was the one with more power.

In the third round Vinson returned to the power game and behind a flurry of punches he knocked Hatton against the ropes. Once Vinson had Hatton stationary, he launched a bevy of blows that Hatton could not answer.

The referee stepped in to stop the fight at 1:31 of the round and declared Vinson the TKO winner.

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