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Gavronski Scores Decisive Win Over Hendrix at the Emerald Queen

by on Jun.01, 2015, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair


Gravonski, at right, lands his left hook.

Gavronski, at right, lands his left hook.


The Pacific Northwest’s top Super Middleweight hopeful continued his career resurgence last Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington with an impressive win over a durable opponent. Headlining Brian Halquist Production’s Battle at the Boat 101, Mike Gavronski scored a ninth round TKO of over Los Angeles’ Tyrel Hendrix. The two had fought once before, battling to a draw in a closely contested affair that was televised on ESPN2′s Friday Night Fights. Gavronski left no doubt this time, punctuating the rivalry with a vicious barrage.

From the outset Gavronski (18-1-1 12KO’s 166.5 lbs.) set out to impose his range and quickly did so with stiff jabs and lateral movement, taking early control of the fight. Throughout the first two rounds he effectively worked off his jab and unloaded with precise combinations while avoiding his opponent’s retaliatory swings, racking up points while taking little in return.

In the third round he picked up his work-rate and began to find a home for his right hand with greater regularity. Early in the round, one of those rights caught Hendrix (11-7-2 4KO’s 166.5 lb.s) flush on the chin and seemed to put him in some trouble. Gavronski pressed, letting his hands go with a flurry of punches and landing a number of hard, flush shots, clearly looking for an opportunity to end the fight. Hendrix proved to a be resilient fighter, though, returning fire with his own assault and catching his opponent with a series of thudding blows. In their first fight this had been where Gavronksi had run into trouble. After knocking Hendrix down in the first round of that bout, Gavronski had pressed wildly, leaving himself open, catching a shot and going down himself. This time out he would not make that mistake, though. As the pace intensified and Hendrix regained his composure, Gavronksi pivoted out of the pocket and brought the fight back out to the center of the ring, where he could take control from a distance. The move proved a smart and effective one as Gavronksi took away the opportunities Hendrix was finding in close and instead brough the fight back to where he could unload and move without taking unnecessary punches.

For the next four rounds Gavronski maintained a disciplined attack, working at range and controlling the tempo of the fight. Hendrix remained a determined competitor and found some success with aggressive flurries when he was able to get in close, but Gavronksi was the busier and more accurate fighter.

In the eighth, Hendrix mounted a sustained rally and seemed to have Gavronski in some trouble. The first two minutes were his best in the fight as he pressed with overhand rights, pushing back his opponent and landing a lot of leather. By late in the round, though, Gavronski was back in control, weathering the attack and storming back with hard and fast aggression in close. After a few intense exchanges he was able to take the fight back out to the center of the ring and once again keep Hendrix at the end of his punches.

In the ninth, a counter right-left hook combination staggered Hendrix, buckling his knees and leaving him in a very vulnerable position. As Hendrix started to fall, the ropes seemed to hold him up for a moment, but a follow up assault finally dropped Hendrix to the canvas. Hendrix was up at seven, but he was clearly in no condition to continue. Referee Louis Jackvony wisely stopped the fight at 2:03 of the ninth round.

The victory was an impressive one for Gavronksi, who adds his eighteenth win as a pro.  He fought a disciplined and well executed fight, showing continued improvements. He and his team have been working hard on fixing key aspects of his game and the difference is showing with each time out. With the victory Gavronski adds his fourth straight win since suffering his only loss and gains the win against Hendrix that eluded him four years ago. Hendrix, meanwhile, drops his third fight in a row and his seventh overall.

The semi-main event of the night was one of the most anticipated fights on the card, but it ended much sooner than most thought it would when Vancouver, Washington’s Virgil “Black Mamba” Green (11-3 4KO’s 146 lbs.) stopped Marcelino Pineda (5-2 5KO’s 145.5 lbs.), of Toppenish, Washington, in the first round. A hard left hook to the side of the temple caught Pineda as he pressed in close and deposited him on the seat of his trunks only a minute into the bout. Pineda made it up fairly quickly, but wobbled in the corner, prompting referee Terrance Moody to wave it off at 1:03 of the round.

The win marked one of the most impressive performances for welterweight prospect Green. The fighter has had a number of ups and downs in his career, but he has made major improvements in the last year and has now scored two meaningful wins in his last two fights. His team hopes to take a major step up in his next fight.

Lampkin, at left, goes to the body.

Lampkin, at left, goes to the body.


In a very intriguing match-up pitting two undefeated Northwest favorites against each other, Portland, Oregon’s Ray Lampkin, Jr. secured a majority decision win over Yakima, Washington’s Andres Reyes. Fans were expecting an intense, skilled war of wills and that is exactly what the crowd got.

Lampkin (8-0 2KO’s 136 lbs.), pressed the action early, pushing his young opponent back with crisp one-twos out of a southpaw stance. Reyes (3-1 135 lbs.), meanwhile, maneuvered around the ring, snapping back his counter straight rights. The action picked up quickly as both began to land on each other with greater frequency, firing off hard, determined flurries, making for some violent exchanges. Late in the first round a cut opened up along the left eye of Reyes.

The fight continued at a fast pace with both fighters letting their hands go in close, trading momentum and drilling each other with unyielding aggression. Lampkin appeared to have an edge in the first two rounds with the quicker and more accurate combinations, but Reyes came back in the third with a busier work-rate. Reyes lost a point for a push down in the forth. Down the final stretch of the fight Lampkin seemed to have an edge with the more precise and effective punching. The final tallies read 49-45, 48-46, and 47-47, giving Lampkin the majority decision and his eighth win as a pro.

After the fight, talk quickly centered around a possible rematch. The two teams seemed open to the idea, which is great news for fans. As good as this fight was, there is a very good chance these two will meet again soon.

Vancouver, Washington’s Jason Davis (13-10-2 3KO’s 152.5) and Spokane, Washington’s Daryl Gardner (2-6-1 2KO’s 153 lbs.) fought in a Jr. Middleweight rematch of a bout that ended in a draw last March. The first time out the fight was close, with both engaging in a wild back and forth brawl that left local fans clamoring for a rematch. This time out Davis was able to secure a clear-cut win with one well placed right hand.

In the early going of the fight, Gardner was having a very successful start, out hustling his opponent and landing at a much higher rate with awkward but effective overhand rights. Davis seemed reserved early on, pressing but not throwing much. As the second round was coming to a close, though, Davis finally unloaded with a mother of a right hand to the chin, dropping Gardner as the bell sounded to end the round. Gardner was up fairly quickly, but wobbled too much for the referee’s taste. The fight was waived off at 3:08 of the second round.

Portland, Oregon’s Sean “Beast of War” Gee claimed a majority decision win over Antonio Neal, of Granger, Washington, in an intense, back and forth brawl. Gee (2-0 142 lbs.), who is a slick boxer-puncher, came out looking to box, stepping in and out of the pocket with accurate right hook-straight left combos out of a southpaw stance. For most of the first round he out-worked his shorter opponent, but Neal (3-2 3KO’s 145 lbs.) remained undeterred, pressing the action and landing a few well-placed body shots.

Neal began to close the gap with greater regularity in the second round, cutting off the ring well and stepping in with thudding shots to the mid-section. Gee, though, showed his grit and stood his ground, engaging in some fierce exchanges in the pocket. The fight remained close down the final stretch, with both trading momentum and making many of the rounds hard to score, but other than the last round, Gee appeared to have a slight edge, winning the majority of the rounds with the more precise punching. Two judges scored the bout for Gee 40-36, while the last judge scored it 38-38.

The show opened with Enumclaw, Washington’s Guillermo Maldonado making a successful entrance into the professional ranks with a four round unanimous decision over fellow novice Robert McIntyre, of Spanaway, Washington. Maldonado (1-0 161 lbs.) was the aggressor from the start, pressing the issue with stiff straight rights, while McIntyre (0-1 164 lbs.) seemed content to move around the ring and wait for opportunities to counter. McIntyre was able find some success late in the first round and in the third, but the busy and aggressive nature of Maldonado dictated the pace of the fight and secured him the win. The official tallies read 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37.

It was another successful night for Brian Halquist Productions with six entertaining fights that left a very satisfied crowd. The Battle at the Boat at the Emerald Queen Casino continues to be one of the longest running continuous boxing shows in the country and the premier venue for boxing in the Pacific Northwest. The 102nd Battle at the Boat is scheduled for August 15th.




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