Kingsley “Sharp Knuckles” Ikeke (25-3, 14 KO‘s) returns to the Emerald Queen Casino to face Mark “The Machine Gun” Woolnough (19-5, 6 KO’s) for the NABA Super Middleweight Title on Saturday. Doors open at 6:00 p.m, first fight 7:00 p.m. The Ikeke-Woolnough fight promises to be a war. Two veteran fighters, fighting for a belt and a world ranking. Ikeke is no stranger to Northwest boxing fans, as he has come to Tacoma twice, and KO’d local favorites Emmett Linton and Kenny Ellis. “Ikeke has beaten two of our fighters. It will be nice to finally be on his side,” said promoter Brian Halquist.
On June 20th, Ikeke defeated Tacoma’s Emmett Linton at Battle of the Boat 72. After that fight promoter Brian Halquist inked Ikeke to a promotional contract. “If you can’t beat them join them. I know it’s a corny saying but it‘s really true in this case,” said Halquist. “I really liked what I saw in Kingsley. He has an incredible work ethic and he’ll fight anybody.”
“It’s amazing how well-liked Ikeke has become. He loves fighting in Tacoma, and we are proud to make the Emerald Queen Casino his new home,” said Halquist. “Ikeke-Woolnough is a great fight. The winner will be in the mix of the Super Middleweight division. Mark Woolnough has fought much of his career on the Battle at the Boat cards. I really respect Mark, I know how tough he is. This fight will be one of the best fights of the year” said Halquist
Lateef Kayode (7-0, 6 KO’s) VS. Leo Bercier (8-9-1, 4 KO’s)
Freddie Miller (1-0-1) VS. Vincent Thompson (Pro-Debut)
Francisco Reyes (2-0, 2 KO’s) VS. Daniel Floyd (Pro-Debut)
Bakthuu Otgonchuluun (2-0, 1 KO) VS. Manuel Ortega (1-1)
Tickets are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office (253-594-7777) and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Ticket Prices: $75 – $40 – $25 Doors open at 6:00 p.m, first fight 7:00 p.m. Get up to date information at: www.Halquistproductions.com