Seattle, WA (August 16, 2012) – Halquist Productions has finalized their lineup for “Battle at the Boat 88.” The card is taking place at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA on Saturday and features a total of six action-packed matchups.
Tickets are still available on ticketmaster.com or by visiting the Emerald Queen box office.
Topping the bill is an intriguing ten round lightweight contest between Fort Worth, TX’ Jose Hernandez and Robert Osiobe of Ughelli, Nigeria. Both fighters, who are yet to decline a difficult challenge, look to make a statement by emerging victorious.
Hernandez, 13-5-1 (5 KO’s) and Osiobe, 12-5-4 (6 KO’s), faced Luis Ramos, Rances Barthelemy, Matt Remillard, Sharif Bogere, Michael Angelo Perez, Evgeny Gradovich and Spend Abazi among others. The likable lightweights combined to face an incredible 15 unbeaten opponents, going the distance in 14 of those bouts. Unlike the majority of their matches, this is a showcase opportunity for both fighters on a level playing field.
Easily the most talked about local matchup in recent memory, the six round co-feature pits Yakima’s favorite son Nate Serrano against Portland OR’s Osvaldo Rojas in a highly-anticipated rematch. Serrano, 4-1-1 (3 KO’s) went toe-to-toe with Rojas, 6-2-2 (2 KO’s), on June 2 in a bout that ultimately ended in a draw and both are promising to emerge victorious this time around.
The rest of the undercard features locals in four round bouts, which are expected to take place before a packed house on fight night. Omar Cruz, a Moses Lake, WA resident who’s also a mixed martial artist, meets Kelso, WA’s William Fernandez. A second battle featuring Washington State natives will see Andres Ramos (Eltopa) challenge Frank Mendez (Longview), while Visala, CA resident Jose Leon squares off against Jesse Udhe of Lakeside, MT. Gabriel Pineda, who hails from Hillsboro, OR, meets Matthew Flores, the pride of Twin Falls, ID, to round off the card.
“The local feel is something I really enjoy,” said promoter Brian Halquist. “Some of these fighters are from non-boxing states and don’t have the same opportunity as guys from places like New York, California or Texas. I’m excited about this card on multiple levels, from the main event, to the Serrano-Rojas rematch and of course the preliminary matches. In fact, it’s usually the undercard fights that are often the best, so I advise all ticketholders to get to the venue early.”
Doors open at 6 pm and the opening bell is scheduled for 7.
During the last 23 years, Halquist Productions built a reputation in the boxing world for their loyalty, honesty and integrity. In 1997, Halquist Productions ran their inaugural “Battle at the Boat” series, which remains successful to this day. Halquist Productions promoted many world title bouts and their fight cards have been seen on ESPN, HBO and Showtime.