Brian Halquist Productions and the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, will start their 14th year of pro boxing on January 9. The main event will feature jr welterweight David “El’ Torrito” Torres (21-1, 13 KOs) vs. Raymundo Beltran (22-4, 14 KOs) in a ten-rounder. Also on the card will be George “Monk” Foreman III (4-0, 4 KOs), son of former three time heavyweight champion George Foreman. Also in action will be local fan favorite Walter “2 Guns” Wright (13-3, 7 KOs), best known for appearing on “The Contender” reality television show, 2008 Olympic alternate David “Thunder” Clark (who is trained by Freddie Roach), 3 time Tacoma Golden Gloves champion Mike Gavronski in his pro debut.
The Battle at the Boat started on July 9, 1997 in a big circus tent when the Emerald Queen Casino was on a riverboat located on the Tacoma tide flats. On that night Tacoma’s Emmett “Laser” Linton faced Jose “Shibata” Flores for the IBA light middleweight world title. A sold out crowed watched the fight and the series was launched.
Showtime, HBO, ESPN, ESPN 2, Telemundo, Fox Sports Network, Univision, Direct TV, and Azteca have all broadcast Battle at the Boat shows from the Emerald Queen Casino. Fights from the series have been shown nationally and internationally.
In July of 2007, The Battle at the Boat saw Vernon Forrest face Carlos Baldomir for the WBC super welterweight title which aired on HBO. It was dubbed one of the biggest fights in Washington State history and definitely lived up to its hype, as Vernon Forrest defeated Carlos Baldomir by unanimous decision to lay claim to the vacant world title.
Shortly after that, ShoBox celebrated their 100th telecast on November 2nd 2007 at the Emerald Queen Casino. On that night, heavyweights Eddie Chambers and Calvin Brock fought to a 12 round Split Decision victory for Chambers.
On August 2nd, 2008 Showtime came back to the Emerald Queen Casino to present the Dmitry Kirillov-Vic Darchinyan IBF Super Flyweight Title fight. Vic Darchinyan dominated from the very start and was able to score a 5th round KO to take the title from Kirillov.
The fight series will continue into 2010. Five fights have been scheduled for the year. “We were only planning on doing one show back in 1997,” Halquist said. “Thirteen years later we are still going strong. It’s been an incredible run and we are looking forward to many more shows in the future. This series has taken on a life of its own. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this.” Halquist said, with a smile on his face.
Tickets ($30, $60, $100) are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office 1-888-831-7655 and at all Ticketmaster outlets.
2010 Battle at the Boat Schedule
January 9th, 2010: Battle at the Boat 75
April 3rd, 2010: Battle at the Boat 76
June 19th, 2010: Battle at the Boat 77
August 28th, 2010: Battle at the Boat 78
November 13th, 2010: Battle at the Boat 79