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Gavronski Dominates Awimbono in Tacoma!

by on Nov.24, 2016, under Boxing News

Gavronski dominates Awimbono in Tacoma

By Ricardo Ibarra

Photo by Mike Blair

Gavronski lands his jab.

Gavronski lands his jab.

TACOMA, WA — Super middleweight prospect Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (22-2-1, 14 KOs) continued his career resurgence on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, adding a second consecutive win to his twenty-two fight win column, thoroughly out-boxing Accra, Ghana’s Thomas Awimbono (25-5-1, 21 KOs) over ten rounds in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 108″.

 Gavronski used his jab and lateral movement to set the range early in the fight, patiently working at a distance and picking off Awimbono with occasional straight right hands as the Ghanaian pressed forward. Maintaining a steady pace, Gavronski easily racked up points in the first half of the fight, keeping the aggressive minded Awimbono at the end of his punches.
 In the seventh, Gavronski stepped up his aggression, staying in the pocket and unloading with vicious right hand-left hook combos. The move gave Awimbono more opportunities to land and he capitalized, finding his mark with thudding overhand rights. Late in the round Awimbono, who up to this point had proven to have a solid set of whiskers, baited Gavronski by feinting being hurt after a vicious right hand found his chin and, as Gavronski stepped in, unloaded with a wild barrage. The two engaged in a wild exchange to close out an exciting round.
 Gavronski went back to boxing in the eighth, finding his rhythm and not ceding control of the fight until the final bell. The final scores read 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92, all for the local crowd favorite.
 ”What a tough guy,” said Gavronski of his opponent after the fight. “Great chin and he just kept coming. I was proud to have a fight with a tough man like that. Someone like that is always going to give you solid work and it was exactly what we needed.”
 Gavronski, who recently stepped into the WBC rankings at #39, came back from a ten month layoff two months ago to claim a sixth round TKO win over previously unbeaten Australian prospect Jake Carr, rebounding from a November loss to Dashon Johnson for the WBA-NABA US 168 lbs. title. Now with a pair of wins under his belt in the last two months, he and his team will look to keep his momentum going
 ”We had a lot of work to do,” said Gavronski, “and we still have a lot we need to work on but hopefully with the right thought process and the right building blocks we can put some wins together and keep moving forward. Now it’s up to Sam DiTusa and the rest of my team, but I think we’ll have a bigger fight soon.”
 Awimbono, who fought in the U.S. for the first time, suffers his first loss in over six years and his fifth overall.
 The semi-main event of the night featured a much anticipated Jr. welterweight rubber match between Andres Reyes (5-2-1), of Yakima, Washington, and Salem, Oregon’s Marcos Cardenas (6-5-1, 2 KOs). The two had fought in 2014 with Reyes coming back from a first round knockdown to take a four round split decision, and again this past June in a close four rounder that ended in a majority draw. Cardenas evened the score in their third meeting, taking a unanimous decision win in an action packed six round affair. Reyes had an edge in the first two rounds, looking sharp as he used his quicker hands to move in and out of the pocket with brisk combinations. In the third, though, Cardenas, who up to this point had continued to stalk even as he was getting outworked, began to take advantage of his opponent’s tendency to drop his hands and pull back after firing, connecting with well-timed right hands.
 In the fourth round Cardenas rocked Reyes with a right hook in close and sent him to the canvass with a follow up left hook. Reyes was up at four and appeared to get his composure fairly quickly, storming back at Cardenas as the action was allowed to resume, swapping heavy leather in the pocket. As the bell to end the round sounded, Cardenas caught Reyes with a left hook and dropped him once again, but it was ruled by the referee that the punch landed after the bell and therefore no knockdown was called.
 The two engaged in some vicious exchanges in the final two rounds, but Cardenas, with his unrelenting pressure and harder, more accurate punching was the more effective fighter. All three judges scored the bout 59-54 for Cardenas.
 Tacoma’s Andre Keys (3-1, 1 KO) used a crafty defense and quick offense to out-land Yakima’s Nate Serrano (4-5-2, 3 KOs) over four rounds, taking a unanimous decision win. Serrano pressed the fight at the start, unloading with a barrage of body shots, but Keys covered up well and countered effectively with sharp straight rights and left hooks in close. By the second Keys had found his rhythm, working at range with one-twos and covering up and countering when Serrano made his way into the pocket. While Serrano kept pressing in the final two rounds, the hand-speed and superior defense of Keys were too much for him to overcome. The official scorecards read 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37. The bout was contested in the Jr. middleweight division.
 In another Jr. middleweight match-up, Seattle, Washington’s Zach Cooper (5-2-2, 3 KOs) claimed a four round split decision victory over Antonio Neal (4-7, 3 KOs), of Sunnyside, Washington. Neal had an upper-hand in the first round, working well in close, drilling Cooper with hard shots to the body, but in the second round Cooper stepped up his output and began to land with solid hooks to the head and body. After a head-butt opened up a cut over Cooper’s left eye, the Seattle native appeared to get a sense of urgency and stepped up his aggression more, bringing the fight to Neal. In the final two rounds, the two traded in close, but it was Cooper who was getting the better of most exchanges. Two judges scored the fight for Cooper with scores of 39-37, with the last seeing it 39-37 for Neal.
 Slick boxer Giovanni Cabrera-Mioletti (4-0, 1 KO), who is originally from Seattle but now resides in Chicago, put his fast hands and crafty foot work on display in a Jr. welterweight bout, outboxing Niko McFarland (0-2), of Auburn, Washington, over four rounds. Mioletti, who is just as comfortable boxing out of a southpaw stance as he is orthodox, used lateral movement and quick jabs to control the action, unloading with occasional three and four punch combinations in close. McFarland kept pushing forward, trying to stay in the pocket long enough to do damage, but Mioletti was too crafty for him, using angles to find openings and use his opponent’s aggression against him. The final tallies read 40-36 all around.
 In the opening bout of the night, Yakima, Washington’s Carlos Villanueva (1-0) showed some solid boxing skills, winning every round on his way to a unanimous decision win over Jose Rocha (0-2), of Selah, Washington in a four round heavyweight match-up. Villanueva took control from the outset, using an aggressive but measured approach, maneuvering his way in close with stiff jabs and unloading in the pocket with accurate left hooks and straight rights. Rocha had some spurts of success in the first, but seemed to run out of steam fairly quickly, allowing Villanueva to control the majority of the action down the stretch. All three judges scored the bout 40-36.
 Brian Halquist Productions will be back at the Emerald Queen Casino January 28th for Battle at the Boat 109. Tickets can be purchased at the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.
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