By Shamus Young at ringside
Raymundo Beltran, 23-4, dominated David Torres, 22-2, en route to a seventh round TKO at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The fight was at a catchweight of 138 pounds. In the co-main event, lightweight Francisco Reyes moved to 4-0 with a six round unanimous decision over Darren Darby, now 5-8-2. Also, heavyweight George “Monk” Foreman III easily moved to 5-0 with a first round stoppage of Yul Witherspoon, now 1-3.
Raymundo Beltran, 23-4, dominated David Torres, 22-2, en route to a seventh round TKO at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Torres, whose active style has made him a fan favorite at the EQC, applied the pressure early. Beltran was able to use a snappy jab and good footwork to dictate the distance of the fight and neutralize the early attack. Torres threw many more punches, but few of them landed. Beltran countered with accurate hard shots. By the third round, Beltran found success with a left hook, which he could land at will. This eventually created opportunities for a stiff right cross. The game Torres kept wading forward throwing punches, but Beltran made him pay on the way in. At the very end of the sixth round, a clean left hook wobbled Torres, but the bell rang before Beltran could capitalize. At the start of the seventh, Torres seemed to have recovered, but midway through the round, a straight right to the temple took Torres’ legs, and a double left hook combo from Beltran sent Torres to the canvas. Torres beat the count, but Beltran finished in style, pinning Torres on the ropes and unleashing a five punch combination. Torres was out on his feet by the third punch, but still took two more hard head shots before referee Louis Jackvony could jump in and stop the fight. There was a tense moment as Torres lay on the canvas motionless, but after a few minutes he sat up and left the ring under his own power. The fight was at a catchweight of 138 pounds. Time of stoppage was 2:20 of the seventh.
In the co-main event, lightweight Francisco Reyes moved to 4-0 with a six round unanimous decision over Darren Darby, now 5-8-2. Reyes pressed the action throughout; Darby tried to counterpunch, but threw too few punches to win rounds. Reyes squared up quite often, which gave Darby his few good moments in the fight. Reyes also tired out in the last two rounds, making them closer than they should have been. Judges had it 58-56 and 60-54 twice. Fightnews had the fight 58-56 for Reyes.
Heavyweight George “Monk” Foreman III easily moved to 5-0 with a first round stoppage of Yul Witherspoon, now 1-3. This fight was a mismatch, and as soon as Witherspoon was hit, he flinched and turned away from punches. Foreman at least ended the crowd’s misery by dispatching things quickly. Time of the stoppage was 2:39.
Super middleweight Mike Gavronski won his pro debut by technical knockout over Darren Anzai, also making his pro debut, in a bout scheduled for four. Both fighters had first-fight jitters, but both seemed more skilled than the average first timer. Anzai won a close first round working off a jab. Gavronski won the second with smooth combination punching. The third round was evenly matched until Anzai crumpled from a liver shot. Anzai barely beat the count, and Gavronski went right back to the body, dropping Anzai again. Referee Jeff Macaluso stopped the fight at 1:43 of the third, on advice of the corner.
In another match of fighters making their debuts, featherweight David Clark stopped Rob Diezel in one wild round. Seconds after the opening bell, Diezel hit Clark in the face and he stumbled backwards and landed on his rump. Referee Louis Jackvony called that a slip. Shortly after, Clark hit Diezel in the face, and he stumbled and touched his gloves to the canvas. Jackvony also called that a slip. Towards the end of the first, Clark dropped Diezel with a clean, hard shot. Diezel beat the count, and didn’t seem hurt, but after some ten seconds of action, Diezel’s corner requested the action be stopped. Time of stoppage was 2:47.
The opening bout was that rare beast– an exciting heavyweight fight. Arron Lyons, 11-7-1, took a hard fought six round unanimous decision from Andreae Carthron, 3-5-2. Both guys were small heavyweights who were in shape and active through the fight, in which there were few clinches and both boxers were stunned. Carthron just wasn’t active enough to win rounds, playing defense and letting Lyons outwork him. Carthron was awarded a knockdown in the fifth by referee Jeff Macaluso on what seemed to be a push. Judges scored the fight 58-56 and 59-55 twice. Fightnews had the fight 60-55 for Lyons.
The card was the 75th installment of the Battle at the Boat series presented by Brian Halquist Productions and the Emerald Queen Casino.