Van Sickle Defends Dec. 4th at Battle at the Boat

01.11.04 - Undefeated WBC CAC Cruiserweight title holder Chad Van Sickle (18-0-2, 10KO’s) will face Ogden, Utah’s Gary Gomez (12-4-0, 5KO’s) in the 34th installment of the Battle at the Boat, December 4, 2004 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA.

Van Sickle won the WBC CAC belt in a unanimous decision over Luke Munsen (16-3-0, 11KO’s) on July 30 of this year in front of a sell out crowd and the largest ESPN2 audience in over two years (752,466 U.S. households tuned in garnering a 0.9 rating).

“We’re excited for this fight”, said promoter Brian Halquist. “We know Gary is a very physical, tough kid. Chad’s training camp is going well. He’s with his conditioning coach/nutritionist David Grisaffee every morning and his trainer Mathis Hill every evening. In between the two, he is doing his roadwork,” Halquist continued.

Gomez knocked out Seattle’s undefeated cruiserweight Michael Sams (12-1-3, 3KO’s) on March 27th of this year.

“Gomez called me out on some of the internet sites”, said Van Sickle. “Sometimes you should think about what you are asking for. I know he’s coming to fight and I’ll be ready”, Van Sickle said.

Rankings for the undefeated Van Sickle are as follows:


as well as being the current SBC CSC Cruiserweight champion.

Van Sickle has five wins with no losses this year. “The ESPN2 fight in July was very exciting for the crowd and legions of fans that watched the fight on television”, Halquist said. “Chad knocked Munsen down in the 8th only to get caught by a big shot in the 9th. Chad got up, finished the fight – that was amazing. Chad always finds a way to win. He has the biggest heart of any fighter I’ve seen. We’ll be stepping up the competition in 2005”, said Halquist.

Tickets are $75/$40/$20 and available at Ticketmaster and at the Emerald Queen Casino.

Article posted on 31.10.2004

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