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Johnson Squares Off with Cardona this Friday at the EQC

by on Jan.15, 2016, under Boxing News

By Ricardo Ibarra

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Current WBA-NABA US Super Middleweight Champion Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson is set to return to the ring this Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. In his first fight back since his title winning effort against Mike Gavronksi last November, Johnson will headline Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 104, taking on the hard hitting Izaak Cardona in the ten round main event.

A long time journeyman with a wealth of experience against top-tier opposition, Johnson (18-19-3, 6 KOs), of Escondido, California, recently overcame a six fight losing steak, racking up three wins in a row, two of those wins against notable opponents. His successful string began last May when he won a six round unanimous decision over journeyman Chris Aucoin. He followed that up in August with an eight round unanimous decision victory over Mexican prospect Elias Espadas to claim the California State Jr. Middleweight title. His unbeaten run culminated in November when he stopped rising prospect Mike Gavronksi in the eighth round, avenging an earlier defeat to the Tacoma native and laying claim to the 168 lbs WBA-NABA US title. It was a career reviving win for Johnson and one that had eluded him for some time. Johnson will look to add another victory to this recent streak when he faces the hard hitting Cardona.

Colorado Springs, Colorado’s Izaak Cardona (14-3, 14 KOs) is a hard hitting puncher who has claimed all of his victories within the distance. He’ll be looking to bounce back from only the third defeat of his career, an eight round decision loss to unbeaten Roamer Alexis Angulo in August of last year. Prior to that fight, Cardona had been on a five fight winning run, scoring all but one of those wins inside two rounds. The main event will take place at the 168 lbs limit.

A total of six fights are scheduled featuring Pacific Northwest fighters.

In a five round Jr. Lightweight match-up, skilled banger Marcello Gallardo, of Renton, Washington will look to rebound from two consecutive losses when he takes on Seattle’s Rob Diezel. Last March Gallardo (5-3-2, 2 KOs) upset previously unbeaten local prodigy Jeremy McCleary, stopping him in the fourth round. Since then he’s taken two major steps up in competition, losing in both attempts to unbeaten prospects Vic Pasillas (four round UD loss in May) and Christopher Diaz (six round UD loss in June). Diezel (9-6, 3 KOs), meanwhile, will fight for the first time since September of 2014.

Quick fisted local fan favorite Jeremy McCleary will look to continue his rebound from his lone defeat when he takes on the very capable Marcos Cardenas in a five round match-up. McCleary (8-1) is on a two fight winning run since suffering his first professional setback at the hands of Marcelo Gallardo last March, notching decision victories over Benjamin Vinson and Heath Cline. Cardenas (4-5, 1 KO), meanwhile, last fought in November of 2014, losing a close split decision to Andres Reyes. They will meet at the Lightweight limit.

Yakima, Washington’s Isaiah Najera, fresh off an impressive showing at Battle at the Boat 103 last November, will take on Nestor Hernandez of Seattle in a four round Jr. Bantamweight bout. Najera (2-1) showcased an impressive array of skills in his last fight, boxing very well in an exciting four round unanimous decision win over Chris Wheaton. Previous to that fight, Najera defeated former amateur stand-out Antonio Santa Cruz, cousin of current WBA Featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz, via four round majority decision in Los Angeles last August. Hernandez will be making his pro debut.

Crafty boxer-puncher Zach Cooper, of Seattle, will seek his first win in almost three years when he takes on the win-less Will Fernandez in a four round Welterweight match-up. Cooper (2-1-2, 2 KOs) lost his last fight, dropping a four round Unanimous decision to Diego Padilla in May. He was held to draws in his two bouts before that. Fernandez (0-3), meanwhile, is searching for his first professional win having lost all three of his pro fights.

A four round Middleweight fight between amateur stand-outs Andre Keys, of Tacoma, and Hawaii’s Lexus Pagampao, rounds out the card. Pagampao reportedly had an amateur record of 49-1. Both fighters are making their pro debuts.

Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 104 is scheduled for Friday January 15th at the Emerald Queen Casino I-5 Showroom. Door are scheduled to open at 7pm with the first fight set to start at 8pm. Tickets are on sale at the casino box office and all Ticketmaster locations.

 

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