Tag: Mike Gavronski
By Ricardo Ibarra
Photos by Mike Blair
TACOMA, WA — Brian Halquist Productions celebrated their milestone 100th Battle at the Boat this past Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino. The long running series has remained the premier venue for boxing in the Pacific Northwest for nearly two decades and continues to give fans some of the best fights featuring local talent and national stars. For this monumental 100th edition, promoter Brian Halquist and match-maker Andy Nance lined up six well-matched, exciting fights that featured some of the best prospects in the region. In the main event, the very popular Mike Gavronksi returned for his third consecutive headline bout at the venue and claimed a hard-fought seventh round TKO over the quick and crafty Maurice Louishomme in a highly entertaining fight.
At the outset Gavronksi (17-1-1 11KOs 162.5 lbs.), who usually employs a tactical approach early in his fights, came right at his opponent, firing off hard power punches and landing with some hellacious one-twos. He was clearly thinking knockout as he pressed vigorously, letting his hands go with shots from all angles. Louishomme (8-2-1 4 KOs 159 lbs.) was at first put on the defensive, but as the first round came to a close he was responding with some heavy leather of his own, making for a some intense exchanges. (continue reading…)
TACOMA, WA, March 26, 2015 – After more than 18 years of showcasing the best up and coming boxing talent the West Coast has to offer along with many televised fights including 11 world title fights, Battle at the Boat’s 100th show is set to kick off this Saturday, March 28th, live from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, with the first contest scheduled for 7:00PM.
Headlining this historic night of fights will be the highly anticipated bout between Tacoma’s own Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (16-1-1 10KO’s) and Maurice Louishomme (8-1-1 4,KO’s) of Colorado Springs, Colorado in a 10-round main event. Gavronski has been on a roll as of late, winning dominant decision victories in each of his last two contests. Louishomme has made a mark in his early boxing career with a crowd pleasing style along with the courage to take on any challenger that comes his way with his only loss coming against 2011 Gold Medalist at the World Championships, Ievgen Khytrov. (continue reading…)
Photos and Story By Ricardo Ibarra
What was to be a showcase night for up and coming Northwest heavyweight prospect “Vicious” Vincent Thompson turned into a tougher than expected assignment against journeyman Giovanni Sarran last Saturday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington. Fighting in front of a packed house of local fans and headlining Roy Englebrecht’s Fight Night Club, Thompson had to work to earn his victory over his resilient opponent, boxing his way to a hard-earned six round unanimous decision victory.
From the outset of the bout it was clear that Thompson (13-0 2KO’s 243lbs.) looked to impose his will over his opponent and end matters quickly. As the first bell sounded, he quickly rushed Sarran (3-5 1KO 229 lbs.) and unloaded with hard power shots to the head and body, pushing him back and punishing him along the ropes. For three minutes Thompson battered Sarran, hurting him on several occasions and seemingly having him on the verge of a stoppage. Nearing the end of the round, Thompson cornered Sarran, prompting the referee to issue a standing eight-count when a barrage of punches had him sitting on the ropes to avoid the onslaught. As the first round came to a close the overwhelming consensus among ringside observers was that the fight would not go much longer. (continue reading…)
Knockouts the Theme of the Evening; Middleweight War Thrills Fans
Report by Kerstin Broockmann
Photos by Scott Dray
CHICAGO, IL, December 16, 2011 — In the final card of the year, 8 Count Productions continued its tradition of introducing promising fighters to Chicago fight fans, featuring a number of prospects and the pro debut of 2011 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion Paul Littleton. The event was packed with explosive action, with the young boxers seeming to vie for who could achieve the quickest knockout. Andrzej Fonfara gave his fans what they were shouting for, and middleweights Viktor Polyakov and Foster Nkodo showed the grit that brought them to a showdown of undefeated prospects.
The first fight of the evening featured Oakland, Tennessee’s Curtis Lee Tate (252 lbs.,3-3, 3 KO’s) against Hannibal, Missouri’s Lance Edward Gauch (280 lbs., 3-4, 3KO’s) in a four-round heavyweight bout that promised not to go the distance, given the knockout records of the participants. The first round started slow, with Tate finding his range with a jab. When Gauch started countering with uppercuts, the fighters switched to some inside fighting. Tate seemed to have the sharper punches at the outset, but Gauch began looking for and finding targets, especially for his heavy right hand. Near the end of the round, Gauch’s punches began to take their toll, though Tate rallied at the end. (continue reading…)
CHICAGO, IL, December 14-, 2011 — 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has put together a sensational six bout undercard for Windy City Fight Night 20 set for this Friday, December 16th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.
“Our goal is to keep the fans fully entertained the entire evening. Many are coming for the main event to see Andrzej Fonfara but we’ve put together an exciting undercard card full of terrific fights,” said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. (continue reading…)