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Gavronski Destroys Carr in Six

by on Sep.12, 2016, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair

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Mike “Image Me” Gavronski (21-2-1, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten Australian Jake Carr (11-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington, rebounding in devastating fashion from only his second career loss. In the super middleweight main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 107, Gavronski dropped Carr with a devastating right-left combo in the sixth and forced the stoppage moments later with a barrage of unanswered right hands.

Gavronski, who had not fought since his loss to Dashon Johnson for the WBA-NABA US 168 lbs. title last November, set the tempo early, working his jab from range and following up with occasional right hands. Carr did his best to cut the distance in the early rounds, but Gavronski remained disciplined, boxing well and gradually increasing his output as the fight went on. (continue reading…)

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Australia’s Carr Faces Gavronksi in Tacoma this Saturday

by on Sep.09, 2016, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

 

This Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, Australian super middleweight prospect Jake Carr (11-0, 4 KOs) will take on Tacoma’s own Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (20-2-1, 13 KOs), breaking a year long hiatus from the sport in his first foray into the U.S. The bout will serve as the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ 107th installment of the long-running “Battle at the Boat” series.

Carr, who is originally from Victoria, Australia, recently made the move to the U.S. and currently resides in Los Angeles, working with well known trainer Justin Fortune. In his four years as a pro, the highly touted Australian has racked up eleven straight wins and captured the Australian 168 lbs. championship, defeating Serge Yannik for that title in his fifth pro bout by unanimous decision. He went on to make three successful defenses of the belt. Carr will be looking to shake off a year’s worth of ring rust, having fought his last bout in August of last year, scoring a sixth round TKO win over Togasilimai Letoa. (continue reading…)

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Apostol Stops Gee in Third on PNWPB Promotions’ ‘Brawl at Harmony Hall 1′

by on Jul.01, 2016, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair

 

Apostle and Gee trade.

Apostle and Gee trade.

In an exciting Jr.welterweight fight that capped off Pacific Northwest Professional Boxing Promotions’ inaugural card on Saturday night at Harmony Hall in Olympia, Washington, Moldovan native Piotr Apostol (3-0, 1 KO), now fighting out of Renton, Washington, stopped Portland, Oregon’s Sean Gee (3-4) in the third round.

The action got off to a fast start with both fighters engaging in the center of the ring and slamming each other with vicious shots in close. The early portion of the first was close, but as the round wore on Apostol found a rhythm, taking a half step back as Gee pressed and countering effectively with one-twos, giving him an edge. (continue reading…)

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Chicas Claims Close Unanimous Decision over Green

by on Jun.13, 2016, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair

 

Chicas (in blue) presses the action.

Chicas (in blue) presses the action.

TACOMA, WA — San Francisco, California’s Johnathan Chicas (15-2, 7 KOs) added his second consecutive win since coming back from an eighteen month long hiatus on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Fighting in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 106, Chicas overcame a bad late-round cut and the long-ranged attack of Vancouver, Washington’s Virgil “Black Mamba” Green (11-5, 4 KOs) to edge out a close ten round unanimous decision victory.

After a tentative first round in which both fighters fought at a measured pace, seemingly gauging what the other’s approach would be, Chicas began to come on in the second, closing the distance and unloading with effective overhand rights in close. Both fighters traded momentum in the third round with Green trying to establish his jab and find openings for his long right hand, while Chicas kept up the pressure and found success late in the round with thudding left-right hook combos. As the round wound down Chicas began to land the more damaging blows clinching the round with the harder and more effective shots. (continue reading…)

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Hernandez Claims Seventh Round Win in Tacoma

by on Mar.29, 2016, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair

 

Miranda and Hernandez mix it up.

Miranda and Hernandez mix it up.

Phoenix, Arizona’s Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs) claimed a seventh round victory over journeyman Dionisio Miranda (22-15-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. In the super middleweight main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 105, Hernandez turned in a workman-like performance, methodically breaking down his opponent before Miranda made the decision to retire on his stool after the seventh.

For the first four rounds Hernandez employed an aggressive but patient approach, stalking behind stiff jabs and following up with straight rights and left hooks in close. Miranda, of Miami, Florida, tried to use his jab and movement to keep the fight at range, but Hernandez did well cutting the distance and working his way in close with steady pressure. In the fifth a hard right stunned Miranda late in the round. (continue reading…)

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