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Louis Rose Cruises to Victory Against Dashon Johnson at The Emerald Queen Casino

by on Aug.25, 2014, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair


Rose (left) fires at Johnson.

Rose (left) fires at Johnson.

Leading up to the 97th installment of the long running Battle at the Boat series at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, the card encountered more problems than are usually the norm. Problems can always be expected when putting on a boxing show, but in this case both the main event and co-feature that had been originally planned fell apart and, with days left for the event to take place, the Halquist Productions team was left scrambling to pull together an acceptable main event. I

t came down to the wire, but on Wednesday night they pulled it together with what on paper looked like a very interesting match-up between a seasoned journeyman and an up and coming young prospect. In the ten round headline bout crafty once beaten prospect Louis Rose (11-1-1 3KO’s 168 lbs.) took on the highly experienced Dashon Johnson (15-16-3 5KO’s 167 lbs.).

Unfortunately what looked like a fight that would deliver fireworks failed to live up to expectations. Over the course of ten rounds, Rose easily dictated the tempo, outworking his opponent at range and occasionally pressing forward with combinations. Johnson, meanwhile, seemed content to allow Rose to set the pace and control the action. The bout took on a slow and mild rhythm for the most part, which drew boos from the crowd. The fighters, though, continued to fight at the same pace, never truly engaging in anything meaningful. In the end Rose easily secured the win via scores of 99-91, 98-92, and 98-92, adding his eleventh win as a a pro and his third win this year. Johnson, meanwhile, adds a sixteenth fight to his loss column and turns in a performance vastly inconsistent with the reputation of being a tenacious competitor he has built over the years in both boxing and MMA. He is currently under contract with the UFC and has a fight scheduled to take place under that promotional banner in Brazil on September 13th .

Sevilla-Rivera lands his left.

Sevilla-Rivera lands his left.

Thankfully the show had many saving graces, one of them being the co-featured match- up between undefeated local favorite Cameron Sevilla-Rivera and Cheney, Washington’s Dave Courchaine. Sevilla-Rivera was riding a four fight knockout streak and hoped to add his fifth, but Courchaine proved to be the toughest competitor he’s fought so far.

The fight got off to a quick start with both fighters shooting hard jabs at each other, looking to find openings for their power shots. It was Sevilla-Rivera (5-0 4KO’s 161 lbs.) who found his mark first with a snapping straight right to the chin. The Tacoma native slowly began to open up, landing more hard straight rights. Courchaine (2-5 2KO’s 159.5 lbs.) took it well and fired back, but it was Sevilla-Rivera who was the more precise puncher. Over the course of the four round fight Sevilla-Rivera controlled the action with a crisp Page 1 of 3Page 2 of 3jab and solid combinations in the pocket. He aggressively looked for the knockout, but Courchaine proved to be a tough fighter with a tricky defense. Sevilla-Rivera was never able to get a sustained rally going. All three judges scored the fight 40-36, giving Sevilla- Rivera his first decision victory as a pro.

McCleary (right) steps into the pocket.

McCleary (right) steps into the pocket.

Undefeated Jeremy McCleary put on an impressive display of boxing skill in his four round shutout victory over Tigard, Oregon’s Benjamin Vinson. McCleary (5-0 131.5 lbs.), of Buckley, Washington, used good lateral movement and a snapping jab to control the range and set up openings for his varied arsenal. Vinson (0-1 135 lbs.) was a tough fighter, trying to close the gap throughout the fight, but his aggression only served to give McCleary more openings for his counter punches. McCleary easily controlled the bout en route to his fifth win as a pro. All three judges scored the fight 40-36. In a fight between two fighters better known for their MMA careers.

Orr (left) and Hallman trade.

Orr (left) and Hallman trade.

North Bend, Washington’s Frankie “The Battlegoat” Orr spoiled the boxing aspirations of UFC veteran Dennis Hallman. From the outset Orr (1-1 178.5 lbs.) was the busier and more accurate fighter, firing awkward combinations in close before maneuvering his way to the outside. He quickly gained control of the range and flow of the fight and never lost it. Hallman (0- 1 190 lbs,), who holds an impressive professional MMA record of 66-14-2, was making his boxing debut and never quite found his comfort zone. He fell into a rut of simply following Orr around the ring and, while he finally unloaded and did find some success in the final moments of the fight, he never truly mounted any kind of a meaningful attack. The final tallies read 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37 all for Orr who adds his first win in the boxing ring.

Daryl Gardner (2-3 1KO 158 lbs.), of Cheney, Washington, scored a mild upset, stopping the previously undefeated Tacoma native Harrison Bevens (2-1 161 lbs.) in the third round. Bevens came into the fight aggressive and confident, immediately opening up with hard power shots, but in the process of doing so he made several crucial mistakes that cost him his undefeated record, most notably exposing his chin. As he pressed forward, winging away with wild, looping punches, he dropped his hands and left his chin raised high in the air. Gardner, who is a much better fighter than his record would suggest, quickly exposed the shortcoming, cracking Bevens with a brutal left hook, dropping him on the seat of his trunks. Bevens made it up rather quickly, but he was visibly shaken.

In the second round both fighters exchanged some heavy leather, but Gardner was quickly able to once again drop Bevens with a right as Bevens came in with his chin exposed. In the third round a series of flush rights wobbled Bevens badly, prompting referee Joel Scobie to wisely step in and save Bevens from any further punishment at 1:37 of the round.

Fairbanks, Alaska’s Jon Jackson (2-0 177 lbs.) added his second consecutive win with a four round unanimous decision win against Puyallup’s Taki Uluilakopa (0-1 175.5). Uluilakopa was an aggressive fighter with a good right, while Jackson preferred to box on the outside. Both fighters had their moments in the bout, but it was the lateral movement and effective straight rights that carried the fight for Jackson. The judges’ scored read 40- Page 2 of 3Page 3 of 335, 39-36, and 39-36.

The best fight of the night was the evening’s opener between Klamath Falls, Oregon’s Cole Milani and Olympia, Washington’s Zach Marti. Marti (0-1 161 lbs.), who was making his pro debut, had a tough time finding his rhythm against the taller and rangier Milani (2-1 2KO’s 158 lbs.) in the first round. Milani used his long jab and lateral movement to slightly gain the upper hand in that round. In the second, though, Marti began to take over the fight with hard effective counter shots and double and triple left hooks in close. Both fighters engaged in some intense exchanges, but Marti appeared to be the more successful fighter, mixing his punch output well, working to the head and body. By most accounts coming into the final seconds of the last round Marti was on his way to claiming his first win as a pro when, with seconds left on the clock, Milani unloaded with a vicious left hook-right hand combo that landed flush as Marti pulled back with his hands down, sending him crashing to the canvass. Referee Joel Scobie did not bother to count as Marti was out before he hit the mat.┬áMilani adds his second and most exciting win as a pro at 2:56 of the fourth round.

Brian Halquist and the Halquist Productions team return to the Emerald Queen Casino October 4th with an MMA show. The 98th installment of the Battle at the Boat will take place November 15th. Tickets to both events are now on sale and can be purchased at the Casino box office or at Page 3 of 3


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