Battle at the Boat 97 Results Cole Milani defeats Zach Marti via KO at 2:56 of Round 4 *Main event moved to 2nd fight* Main event- Louis Rose defeats Dashon Jackson via unanimous decision (99-91,98-92,98-92) Jon Jackson defeats Taki Uluilakepa via unanimous decision (39-36,39-36,40-35) Jeremy McCleary defeats Benny Vinson via unanimous decision (40-36 x3) Daryl Gardner defeats Harrison Bevens via TKO (referee stoppage) 1:37 of round 3 Featured bouts: Frankie Orr defeats Dennis Hallman via unanimous decision (40-36,40-36,39-37) Cameron Sevilla-Rivera defeats Dave Courchaine via unanimous decision (40-36 x3)
Professional boxing returned to the Northwest for an action packed seven bout card at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA.
In the main event, Dashon Jackson and Louis Rose fought a tough back and forth battle that had many great moments in the fight and hadnt it been moved to the second fight of the night, would have lived up to main event hype and a great finish to the night of fights. In the first 2 rounds, Rose had quick jab combos that kept Jackson from landing shots of his own and didnt find his timing until the later rounds. It was round 4 where Jackson turned the fight around and answered with some vicious combos of his own mixing his shots to the body and head. Rose took the fight back in the later rounds using his quickness to score more punches landed and keeping Jackson out of reach giving Louis Rose the unanimous decision win in the anticipated main event.
In the highly anticipated featured bout, Dennis Hallman, UFC and MMA veteran made his boxing debut against local MMA fighter Frankie Orr. Orr may have come in as the underdog, but against Dennis Hallman, Orr showed no signs of timidness. Hallman spent most of the time on the outside of exchanges trying to get his timing down, but Orr gave Hallman no room to find his timing first 2 rounds. Last 2 rounds, Orr controlled the ring by pushing the pace being the aggressor out striking and landing more significant strikes which was enough to get a unanimous decision on a true legend.
Local prospects Jeremy McCleary and Cameron-Sevilla Rivera had the fight they were looking for Saturday night. Jeremy McCleary had a dominate performance from start to finish. McCleary picked apart Vinsons striking using his superb footwork to stay out of way of Vinson’s punches which made Benny Vinson have to come to him. McCleary answered the offense aggression staying in the pocket and landing uppercuts and vicious combos that were fast and significant throughout the fight giving him the final decision. Cameron-Sevilla Rivera fought Dave Courchaine who stayed on the outside to avoid Rivera’s one punch knockout power for most of the fight. Rivera used his speedy jab to keep Courchaine’s timing off making it quite difficult to take control of the ring. Throughout the rest of the fight, Rivera kept controlling the exchanges and made Courchaine stay on the defense the rest of the fight giving Cameron Rivera another one in the column.