Ghana’s Thomas Awimbono will make his U.S. boxing debut on Nov. 19 when he faces fellow super middleweight Mike Gavronski in the main event of Battle at the Boat 108 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
It’s been nearly seven years since the 25-year-old Awimbono (25-4-1, 21 KOs) last tasted defeat. After losing by decision to undefeated Thomas Oosthuizen, who is currently ranked among the world’s top 10 light heavyweights, in a bout for the WBA Pan African super middleweight crown, Awimbono has been on a tear, winning 18 consecutive fights with 17 of those victories coming via knockout.
Awimbono’s resume also features a decision loss to Martin Murray, another top 10-ranked boxer who lost to Gennady Golovkin in a contest for Golovkin’s WBA Super World middleweight championship just last year.
“Anyone who has won 18 straight fights definitely deserves some attention, but the way Awimbono has piled up these victories has been incredibly impressive,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “The guy has power. We’re excited to have him make his U.S. debut at the Battle at the Boat.”
In 2002, Thomas Awimbono participated in the Commonwealth Games representing his home country of Ghana. Awimbono lost in the quarterfinals to Paul Smith by a very controversial 17-21 score that put the judges’ agenda in question.
Awimbono will face no slouch when he competes for the first time in the United States as Gavronski brings a stellar 21-2-1 record with 14 knockouts into the 10-round affair.
“Gavronski will stand toe-to-toe with anyone,” Halquist said. “Awimbono is a dangerous puncher and Mike doesn’t back down. Those are the type of matches that the fans love.”
This marks the 10th career bout for Gavronski at the Emerald Queen Casino. The Tacoma-native has won nine of those bouts locally with his last win occurring on Sept. 10 when he KO’d previously undefeated Jake Carr, a former Australian super middleweight champion who was making his U.S. debut in their fight.
“Mike looked about as good as we’ve ever seen him last time out,” Halquist said. “It’s a very intriguing bout because both of these fighters are looking to crack the top 10. This can be looked at like an elimination bout. Whoever wins takes another step closer to their goal of fighting for a world title.”
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Preliminary bouts start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Battle at the Boat 108 will feature the all new VIP experience with 3rd Row Seats being discounted to $75 per ticket. All fans seated in in the VIP section (rows 1-3) will have an exclusive access point and a dedicated server to help create a true VIP experience.
The six-bout card will also feature a semi-main at 140 pounds between Yakima’s Andres Reyes (5-1-1) and Marco Cardenas (5-5-1), a 149-pound contest between Tacoma’s Andre Keys (2-1) and Nate Serrano (4-4-2), a 153-pound bout between Zach Cooper (4-2-2) and Tony Neal (4-6) and undefeated Giovanni Mioletti (2-0) taking on fellow 135-pounder Chance Gabriel.
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Battle at the Boat 108 Card
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016
10 Round Main Event – 168 pounds
Mike Gavronski (21-2-1, 14 KOs) vs. Thomas Awimbono (25-4-1, 20 KOs)
6 Round Semi Main Event – 140 pounds
Andres Reyes (5-1-1) vs. Marco Cardenas (5-5-1, 2 KOs)
4 Round Undercard Bouts
149 pounds: Andre Keys (2-1-0, 1 KO) vs. Nate Serrano (4-4-2, 3 KOs)
135 pounds: Giovani Mioletti (2-0-0, 1 KO) vs. Chance Gabriel (pro debut)
153 pounds: Zach Cooper (4-2-2, 3 KOs) vs. Antonio Neal (4-6-0, 3 KOs)
Heavyweights: Jose Rocha (0-1) vs. Carlos Villanueva (pro debut)