The 10 dates feature five boxing and five mixed martial arts events with CageSport MMA kicking off its 2017 season with CageSport 44 on Feb. 25, 2017.
Battle at the Boat, the nation’s longest-running tribal casino professional boxing series, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in July. The inaugural installment of the event took place on July 9, 1997 when Emmett Linton fought Jose Flores for the International Boxing Association super welterweight championship.
“It really is remarkable how much staying power the Battle at the Boat boxing series has had. We’ve had more than 100 shows over two decades. It really is a testament to how much the sport of boxing is beloved in the Pacific Northwest,” Halquist said, “And the MMA shows just continue to get bigger and better every year. We’re very excited for 2017. It’s going to be an incredible year for combative sports in Washington.”
Additional 2017 Battle at the Boat events will take place on March 18, June 3, Sept. 9 and Nov. 18, while the Feb. 25 CageSport MMA event will be followed with shows on April 22, July 15, Oct. 14 and Dec. 16.
The Battle at the Boat has hosted several world title bouts, including Vernon Forest’s victory over Carlos Baldomir for the WBC Super Welterweight championship on July 28, 2007, Vic Darchinyan defeating Dmitri Kirillov by knockout for the IBF Super Flyweight title on Aug. 2, 2008 and Showtime’s World Bantamweight semifinals on Dec. 11, 2010 where Abner Mares captured the WBC belt with a victory over Darchinyan and Yonnhy Perez reclaimed the IBF crown with a victory over Joseph Agbeko.
The boxing series has garnered international exposure as events from the Emerald Queen Casino have been broadcast on Showtime, HBO, ESPN, ESPN2, Direct TV, Fox Sports Net, Telemundo, TeleFutura, Univision and Azteca.
Brian Halquist Productions added MMA to its resume in 2008 when it promoted StrikeForce at the Tacoma Dome. The record-setting event featured Bob Sapp, former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith and multiple-kickboxing world champion Rick Roufus.
StrikeForce at the Dome proved to be a huge success, breaking the states gross gate receipts record and drawing 7,500 fans – the most for an MMA event in state history – and served as the foundation for CageSport.
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