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Gavin: Witter looks old and small; Battle of the Boat; DeMarco

British boxing Welterweight title challenger Frankie Gavin weighed in at 10st 6lbs and champion Junior Witter weighed in at 10st 6 1/2lbs at the official weigh-in today.

Gavin and Witter clash tomorrow night (Thursday 1st November) at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

Unbeaten Birmingham ace Gavin is confident heading into the biggest fight of his career against the former World Boxing Council (WBC) World Light-Welterweight Champion.

“I came in a pound under the weight and I feel fantastic,” said Gavin.

“I’m shocked how old and small Witter looked when we squared up for the head-to-head,”

“It’s now just a case of relaxing and focusing on the fight tomorrow night and producing the goods,”

“I’ve never been so confident going into a fight and it’s the biggest one of my career.”

Bradford switch-hitter Witter says he’ll retain his British title against the young star.

“I’m really happy with the weight, I’m fit and ready to take Gavin out,” Said Witter

“This fight is all about me and what I do in the fight, not Gavin, that title is staying with me,”

“I’ll decide what round I take him out in and he’ll never have felt the power that I’m going to be hitting him with.”

“Battle at the Boat” Prepares for its 89th Show!

Tacoma, WA (October 31st, 2011) – Brian Halquist Productions has finalized the card for Battle at the Boat 89 set for Saturday, November 3rd at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Ticketholders can expect to see a bonus fight this time around with a 7th fight included on the card aside from the normal 6.

Tickets are still available through or by visiting any Emerald Queen Casino box office.

Headlining the card will be proven welterweights that are looking to move their way up the rankings. Vitaliy Demyanenko (21-0-0, 12 KO’s) will be taking on Damian Frias (19-5-1, 10 KO’s) in the main event that will surely feature lots of power with both fighters combining for 22 KO’s out of their 40 career victories.

Demyanenko has not yet had a fight where he hasn’t been dominant and will attempt to keep his record perfect against one of the toughest opponents he has yet to face. Frias is coming off a decision loss to the 7th ranked light middleweight in the world, Carlos Molina. Before that loss, Frias had 3 straight TKO victories and will attempt to mount another winning streak to his record come November 3rd.

Promoter, Brian Halquist, is thrilled about the main event taking place. “This is a classic main event that is no doubt made for TV. Fans are going to be in for a treat when these two step into the ring.”

The most highly anticipated undercard is no doubt the bout featuring Portland, OR native Ray Lampkin (1-0-0) and Yakima, WA’s Randell Corpuz (2-1-1). Lampkin was once a very promising amateur prospect with 4 golden gloves awards and the son of former NABF lightweight champion, also Ray Lampkin. Corpuz is your classic hard-nosed fighter that comes out swinging from the start and doesn’t stop until the bell rings.

The rest of the undercard will be full of 4 round bouts packed with local talent. John Jay Mount (Elmo, MT) will be squaring off against Daryl Gardner (Spokane, WA) who will be making his pro debut. Coming fresh off a knockout victory in his last fight, Marcelino Pineda (Toppenish, WA) will be up against Dex Montenegro (Issaquah, WA). Landon Horseman (Yakima, WA) will be making his highly anticipated debut when he steps into the ring with Cory Vom Baur out of Spokane, WA. The two youngest fighters on the card, Vidal Cruz (Toppenish, WA) and Omar Avelar (Lummi, WA) will be battling it out for a victory. Rounding up the card will be a battle of debuts between Juan Carlos Rodriguez (Spokane, WA) and Angel Diaz (Moses Lake, WA).

“I’m extremely excited about all of these promising amateurs making their debut on Saturday. This is the largest crop of local boxing talent that we have had in years. These guys are studs and are going to be fun to watch as they develop as pros,” said Brian Halquist, about the quality of the undercard.

Doors open at 6 pm with the first fight scheduled for 7.

Halquist Productions has built a strong brand of boxing known throughout the world. Aside from the “Battle at the Boat” series, Halquist Productions has promoted shows that have been seen on ESPN, HBO, and Showtime. Coming up on its 89th show, “Battle at the Boat” continues to be the most respected and successful boxing promotion in the Northwest.

Antonio DeMarco on LAST CALL

Despite Hurricane Sandy’s best efforts, the Swami and crew are still up and kicking with some big interesting guests in the fold this week. Armed with co-host GAIA, it’s wild and controversial two hours of LAST CALL on This week’s guests include:

-WBC Lightweight boxer ANTONIO DEMARCO ( stops by the show to talk trade with the Swami on the heels of his HBO Main Event fight with Adrien Broner on November 17th in Atlantic City. The Tijiuana native opens up about fighting Broner on HBO, how their styles match up, recapping his fight with Jorge Linares, and how his promoter, Gary Shaw, plans to protect him from any weight issues during the weigh in.

-Flyweight boxer SHARON GAINES stops by the show to dish with GAIA & the Swami about her lengthy career in and out of the squared circle. The Las Vegas trainer gives insight into the women’s boxing scene, her toughest opponents, what made her get into boxing, insight on how contracts and fights are made, and what she still wants to fight after all these years.

All of this plus much more only on LAST CALL on Friday, November 2nd from 11 to 1 a.m. Eastern time/8 to 10 p.m. Pacific time.

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