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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.
Mike Gavronski to Headline May 30th Halquist Productions Show
By Ricardo Ibarra
Brian Halquist Productions returns to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington Saturday May 30th, with what is shaping up to be one of the best local cards to take place at the venue in the last few years. Already this year, Brian Halquist and match-maker Andy Nance have put together two highly entertaining shows featuring some of the best regional talent in tough match-ups. This upcoming card, which will be the one hundred and first installment of the long running Battle at the Boat series, will follow suit with six intriguing bouts, highlighted by local fighters.
In the ten round main event top Northwest Super Middleweight prospect Michael Gavronski looks to set straight one of the blemishes on his record against Los Angeles' Tyrell Hendrix. Early in Gavronski's career, with only two fights under his belt, Gavronski battled Hendrix to a four round majority draw in a closely contested fight that saw both fighters hit the canvas in the first round. Now both, with much more experience at a vastly higher level, will meet once again in an opportunity to claim the win each man feels eluded him four years ago.
This will mark the fourth consecutive time Gavronski has headlined at the Emerald Queen. Being a Tacoma native, the venue has served as a great spot to rebuild his career momentum after his lone defeat last year at the hands of top Middleweight world title contender Tureano Johnson in a fight televised by ESPN2. Gavronski has rattled off three straight victories since, all in front of his hometown fans, and looked impressive doing so. He hopes to add his eighteenth victory and continue to move towards another meaningful fight in the near future.
Hendrix, meanwhile, is looking to rebound from a string of recent losses. The tough L.A. based fighter, who was at one point a highly touted prospect himself, has taken on some tough challenges against some of the better up-and-comers in the game in recent years, losing two of his last three fights. A testament to the level of competition he's faced in his recent fights, though, is the fact that Hendrix' last five opponent's had a combined record of 62-1 and included fighters such as Jesse Hart, who will be featured on the Mayweather-Pacquiao undercard. He hasn't shied away from a challenge yet, and he will certainly have one in front of him come May 30th.
The semi-main event features an interesting stylistic match-up between two skilled Northwest favorites. Heavy-handed Marcelino Pineda, of Toppenish, Washington, will take on slick boxer Virgil Green, of Vancouver, Washington in a fight that already has Northwest boxing aficionados excited over the prospect of a great fight. Pineda is a popular brawler who has claimed all of his victories by knockout, his most recent of which was a fourth round stoppage of tough chinned war-horse Paul Mpendo.
Green, meanwhile, is a cagey boxer with a rangy jab, excellent footwork and fast hands. In his most recent fight he put on one of the most disciplined performances of his career, scoring an impressive clear-cut victory over Will Hughes in a fight many thought would be a much closer encounter. Now the Vancouver native steps up to welterweight to take on a hardnosed aggressor who may be able to pull Green into a brawl. In the past Green has had a propensity to abandon his rangy jab and lateral movement, choosing instead to stand his ground and trade when pushed to do so by an aggressive opponent, a tendency that has perhaps led to him losing fights that many felt he could've easily won had he boxed. Pineda will certainly be the type to push the fight towards a brawl and those familiar with both fighters are counting on these two engaging in an intense war of wills.
Perhaps the most fascinating fight on the card is a five round lightweight battle between two undefeated fighters who are quickly escalating their prowess in the 135 lbs. ranks. Portland Oregon's Ray Lampkin, Jr. will seek to claim his eighth professional win when he faces off with the tenacious Andres Reyes, of Yakima, Washington.
Lampkin, who is a quick and crafty boxer, has kept busy these last few months, racking up three straight wins since November. That was a big change from early last year when the promising prospect's career had seemed to come to a standstill. Starting in mid-2013, Lampkin was having a hard time staying active. Although he had fought his third and fourth pro fights on ESPN2 cards, drawing high praises for his fan-friendly style, he ran into a string of inactivity afterwards, going almost a year and a half without a fight. But starting with an important victory over Ricardo Maldonado last November, Lampkin has kept on a roll, going 3-0 in five months. Lampkin will look to keep his streak alive when he takes on the ambitious challenge of his young opponent.
Reyes has been taking major steps up since he initiated his pro career and surprising detractors with impressive wins. In his professional debut he took on an experienced and well-respected pro with eight fights on his record, a move many questioned as perhaps too soon. Reyes proved he was ready, securing a decision win and making observers in the area take notice. In his most recent bout he took another widely criticized step-up in competition, taking on the highly respected Ricardo Maldonado and again pulled out a surprising and impressive win. The youngster from central Washington is proving his merit and, with only three bouts on his record, showing he can compete with the best in the region. In Lampkin, Reyes once again takes a major step-up, facing the fighter widely regarded as the best lightweight in the region and one of the most promising hopefuls to come out of the Northwest in a while. Much is riding on this fight for both fighters and they know it.
Tacoma fan favorite Jason Davis will take on Spokane's Daryl Gardner in a Jr. Middleweight rematch. The two fought to a draw last March in a wild, free-swinging brawl that had the crowd screaming from the sound of the first bell. They will fight in a four rounder that is expected to deliver another action-packed affair.
Two other bouts will round out the undercard, including a Middleweight bout between Alaska's Fatlum Zhuda and British Colombia's Dave Robinson.
Brian Halquist Productions' Battle at the Boat 101 will take place Saturday, May 30th at the Emerald Queen Casino I-5 showroom in Tacoma, Washington. Tickets to the event are on sale now and can be purchased at the casino box office or at ticketmaster.com.
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.
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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 April 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. 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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