By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Middleweight prospect Mike Gavronski remained unbeaten with a dramatic sixth round KO of Tyrone Selders Saturday night at the second installment of Little Creek Casino’s “Fight Club Northwest” series in Shelton, Washington. Though Gavronski was pitching a shutout, the fight was competitive through five rounds. When Gavronski, the Tacoma native by way of Chicago used his jab he controlled the action. Selders pressed the action throughout and was able to get a quick right hands in at times. The tide turned in round five when Gavronski began throwing right hand leads followed by short hard left hooks which swelled up the Texan’s eyes.
Each fighter was in great condition and the fight was waged at a very fast pace. Both had a solid body attack, and fought well on the inside.
At the end of round five Gavronski began seizing control as he was putting classic three-punch combinations on Selders at the bell. A few seconds into round six Gavronski turned over a short right hand which travelled no more than six inches, landing square on Selders chin. Selders went down and was obviously hurt. That he made it wobbly to his feet was a testament to Selders’ grit. As the eight-count was made, it was apparent that Selders was through for the night, but he said the right things to convince the referee to let the fight continue. Gavronski made quick work of Selders with accurate rights and left hooks which put Selders down again. The count this time reached 10 and the fight was over. With the win, Gavronski moves to 12-0-1, 9 KOs. Selders falls to 8-6, 6 KOs.
The semi-main event proved to be nothing more then a sparring session for Seattle super middleweight Eddie “The Boss Man” Hunter (7-9-3, 3 KOs) as he left jabbed his way to a unanimous decision over LA native Leshon Sims. Hunter moved in an out behind his jab and set down for occasional flurries to Sims tall body. Sims seemed to expect Hunter to brawl with him and was lost when Hunter came out moving and boxing. All three Judges scored the fight 39-37 for Hunter.
Never was the term “Pier 6 Brawl” more appropriate then during the four round cruiserweight war between Seattle’s Eric Dahlberg (2-0, 1 KO) and Michigan’s Jamel Reynolds (1-1, 1 KO). Reynolds was down in round one, Dahlberg in round two, and I don’t know how either survived the beating they put on each other. In rounds three and four, Dahlberg’s conditioning took over and he was able to take control and win a unanimous decision.
Marquise Weston is a four-time Tacoma Golden Glove champion and he brought that wealth of experience into his pro debut against rugged Jeremy Marchek from Lansing, Michigan, also a pro debuter. The enormous size advantage for Weston (He is 6’6″, Marchek barely 5’9″) made the fight entertaining for the fans who naturally took up the “Rocky” chant for the outgunned Marchek. The reality of the matter is that Weston is a skilled athlete who has very good skills and will be interesting to watch progress. Weston used his long jab with frequent flurries and a hard body attack to keep Marchek off of him. Marchek had his time late in the fight as he walked down Weston and swung hard hooks at his head, Final scores were 40-36 all around for Weston.
Ricardo Maldonado improved to 2-0 with a hard-earned decision over Matt Flores (0-2) in a four round lightweight contest. Flores was the faster, crisper fighter, but Maldonado continually pressed the action and stayed dedicated to the body attack which did slow Flores in the fourth round. Scores were 39-37 twice and 38-38 for Maldonado who took the majority decision.
The opening four round welterweight fight pitted LA’s Peter Haro (3-1, 2 KOs) against Omar Avelar (2-5). Avelar was game throughout and had brief success early with wild overhand rights, but Haro’s experience came through as he took control in round two and boxed nicely and then loaded up with right uppercuts and left hooks to land Avelar on the canvas twice. Avelar’s corner saw enough midway through round four and waved the white flag.
The evening’s fights were presented by Roy Englebrecht Promotions and have solidified The Little Creek Casino’s “Fight Club series” in the Northwest. The series has two more dates planned this year.