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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. (continue reading…)

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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

Battle at the Boat 101 Poster

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. (continue reading…)

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Lampkin Claims Northwest Lightweight Title with Victory over Maldonado in Oregon

by on Nov.10, 2014, under Boxing News

Story and photos by Ricardo Ibarra

 

Lampkin, at right, bangs his way into the pocket.

Lampkin, at right, bangs his way into the pocket.

With a packed house of rabid supporters cheering him on, Portland, Oregon’s Ray Lampkin Jr. shook off a years worth of rust and claimed the vacant lightweight Northwest title last Friday night at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon. In the headline bout of the Ringside Tickets Inc. card, Lampkin scored a decisive five round unanimous decision win over the well-regarded Ricardo Maldonado.

Lampkin (5-0 1KO 135lbs.), who had been inactive for well over a year, appeared reserved and tight in the first round , not letting his hands go as quickly as he usually does, seemingly feeling out his opponent, trying to find his comfort zone. Maldonado (4-2 1KO 133 lbs.), who’s remained fairly active over the past year, worked well in that round, snapping a stiff jab in his opponent’s face, keeping him on the outside and at the end of his punches. (continue reading…)

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Klimov Edges by Molina on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

by on Jun.10, 2013, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photos by Mike Blair

 

Klimov, at right, fires the right up the middle at Molina

Klimov, at right, fires the right up the middle at Molina (photo by Mike Blair)

As is the nature in boxing, for the championship hopes of one fighter to be elevated, most often the hopes of another must be stifled. Such was the case last Friday night at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Washington as undefeated Andrey Klimov defeated the resurging John Molina Jr. via a close ten round majority decision, placing himself in line for a title shot while slowing the progress of the once highly tauted Molina.

In the headline bout of the ESPN Friday Night Fights televised card, Klimovsk, Russia’s Klimov (16-0 8KO’s 137.5 lbs.), and Covina, California’s Molina (25-3 20KO’s 137.5 lbs.) delivered a closely fought, back and forth fight, with both combatants having their moments. Early on in the bout it was Klimov’s jab and quick lateral movement that dictated the pace of the fight. For the first three rounds Klimov moved in and out of the pocket and fired off hard right hands to the chin, tying his opponent up when he got to close. Molina pressed forward, but seemed confused as to how to shorten the gap and stay close enough to do damage. (continue reading…)

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Jose Hernandez Outboxes Oluoch in Tacoma

by on Apr.07, 2012, under Boxing News, Guest Columnists

Hernandez Pressures Oluoch

Hernandez Pressures Oluoch

By Ricardo Ibarra
Photo by Malisa Callahan

Showcasing his skills in front of a nearly sold-out crowd, lightweight prospect Jose Hernandez used slick boxing skills and a consistent work rate to entertain the fans and out point Kenyan native Peter Oluoch last Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. The bout headlined the 86th installment of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat, the longest running boxing series in the Pacific Northwest.

From the opening bell Hernandez, of Fort Worth, Texas, set the tempo of the bout, moving laterally and snapping his jab in the face of his opponent. Hernandez maintained control throughout the early rounds, easily out landing and countering the onrushing Oluoch with crisp one-two combinations. (continue reading…)

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