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Northwest Talent Highlights Saturday’s Battle at the Boat 101 in Tacoma, WA

by on May.29, 2015, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

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This Saturday’s Battle at the Boat 101 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington is being met with quite a level of anticipation from Pacific Northwest fight fans. Tickets are reportedly going fast and with good reason; Brian Halquist and his Halquist Productions team have lined up one of the most intriguing cards in recent memory with six well-matched fights featuring some of the best fighters in the region. This year has already been a successful one for Halquist with two exciting  shows that drew increasingly larger crowd and early indications are that this one may top both.

In the main event, Tacoma’s own Michael Gavronski (17-1-1 11KO’s) will look to continue his climb back up the 168 lbs. ladder and claim a victory over former rival Tyrell Hendrix (11-6-2 4KO’s) of Los Angeles, California. The two fought to a draw back in April of 2011 in a closely contested four round bout televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Now, three years removed from their first encounter and both with much more experience at a higher level of competition, they will meet in a ten round super middleweight fight to settle any argument as to who is the better fighter.

The semi-main event is an intriguing five round match-up featuring a classic clash of styles.  Power punching banger Marcelino Pineda (5-1 5KO’s) will take on the skilled and crafty Virgil “Black Mamba” Green (10-3 3KO’s) in a fight that has drawn a lot of attention from local fight fans.  Pineda, who has claimed every one of his victories by knockout, is coming off a very impressive win over proven warhorse Paul MPendo. His come forward style has garnered a lot of attention and built him a large fan base in the Tacoma area. Stylistically he will have a tough task come Saturday night.

Vancouver, Washington’s Green is known for being a crafty fighter with a long jab, quick hand speed and schooled presence in the ring. In his last fight he put on one of the most disciplined performances of his career, boxing his way to an impressive clear-cut victory over Will Hughes. His lateral movement, diligent defense and constant work off his jab played a major part in his last victory and Green will need to put on that type of performance to turn away the challenge of the always dangerous Pineda. Fans are expecting a great fight when these two step into the ring.

Perhaps the most anticipated fight of the card is the five round match-up between slick, undefeated and fast rising lightweight prospect Ray Lampkin, Jr. (7-0 2KO’s), of Portland, Oregon and young up and comer Andres Reyes (3-0), of Yakima, Washington. Lampkin, who is the son of former world title contender and Roberto Duran foe Ray Lampkin,  has already turned in two victories this year and will look to add another to his seven fight undefeated record. Many local ringside experts are expecting a stern challenge from his ambitious opponent, though.

Reyes, who is only twenty-one years old and three fights into his professional career, is taking a major step up in competition very early in his career. It should come as no surprise, though. The young man fought an experienced and respected fighter with eight pro fights under his belt in his pro debut and impressed a lot of people when he scored a win. Both he and his team have a lot of confidence in his abilities. Those abilities will certainly be put to the test this Saturday night.

Tacoma fan favorite Jason Davis (12-10-2 3KO’s) will take on Spokane’s Daryl Gardner (2-5-1 2KO’s) 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. A four round Welterweight bout will feature another good contrast of styles between crafty boxer-puncher Sean Gee (1-0), of Portland, Oregon, and come forward banger Antonio Neal (3-1 3KO’s) of Sunnyside, Washington. Locals Guillermo Maldonado and Bobby McIntyre will get the show started.

The doors at the Emerald Queen Casino I-5 showroom are scheduled to open at 6pm, with the first fight set to start at 7pm. Tickets to the event can be purchased at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and all Ticketmaster locations. For more information visit

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