The World Boxing Association-NABA United States super middleweight championship will be on the line when Mike Gavronski squares off against Dashon Johnson in the main event of Brain Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 103 on Nov. 7 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.
The title fight will be a rematch for the two super middleweights as they went the full 10 rounds in a thrilling bout on Jan. 9 with Gavronski winning by unanimous decision, appearing as the 98-91, 98-91, 95-94 winner on the judge’s scorecards.
“Both of these guys leave everything they have in the ring when they fight,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “They will battle. That was certainly the case when they fought the first time. Both landed huge punches in an action-fueled bout. We expect the sequel to be even better.”
The 29-year-old Gavronski (20-1-1, 12 KOs) has been unstoppable in his hometown of Tacoma, posting a perfect record of 7-0 at the Emerald Queen Casino.
Gavronski made a name for himself locally as an amateur when he captured three Tacoma Golden Gloves championships before turning pro five years ago. He made his pro debut on Jan. 9, 2010 at the Emerald Queen, defeating Darren Anzai by third-round TKO.
Unbeaten through his first 14 fights, Gavronski suffered his only loss to date on July 11, 2014 when he dropped a 10-round decision to current WBC Silver middleweight titlist Tureano Johnson in a match for the vacant WBC Continental Americans middleweight title.
Gavronksi responded by winning his next six bouts, including a 10-round unanimous decision over Laatekwei Hammond on Aug. 15 at the Emerald Queen.
“The Emerald Queen Casino crowd loves Mike not because he’s simply a Tacoma native, but because of what he does each and every time he steps into the ring,” Halquist said. “Mike always puts on a show. He never backs down and has an iron jaw.”
Gavronski’s mettle should once again be tested against Johnson (17-19-3, 5 KOs).
Johnson rebounded from his loss to Gavronski to win his last two contests, including a unanimous decision over Elias Espadas in his most recent bout on Aug. 27.
Johnson is also a former MMA fighter, posting a career record of 9-2-0 while appearing on two UFC Fight Night cards.
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticket Master Outlets. Doors open at 6 p.m. with preliminary bouts starting at 7 p.m.
The semi-main event features a clash of powerful middleweights when undefeated Isaac Tadeo (5-0-0, 3 KOs) faces Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (6-1-1, 5 KOs) in a bout that should showcase plenty of power as the two fighters have combined to KO 8 of their 13 opponents.
In the featured undercard bout, Jeremy McCleary of Buckley, Wash., and U.S. Army veteran Heath Cline meet in a battle of featherweights.