TACOMA, Wash. – A razor-sharp Dashon Johnson claimed the vacant WBA-NABA United States Super Middleweight championship by defeating Mike Gavronski by TKO in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions Battle at the Boat 103 Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.
The bout was stopped by the ringside doctor 1 second into the ninth round.
Johnson (18-18-3, 4 KOs) floored Gavronski late in the eighth round with a right. A dazed and bloodied Gavronski was able to get to his feet and survive a late flurry and managed to make it out of the round, but the bout was waved off at the start of the ninth, giving Johnson a victory in their rematch and the championship.
Gavronski (20-2-1, 13 KOs) won the first meeting against Johnson by unanimous decision on Jan. 9.
The rematch saw a much more active Johnson control the pace of the fight from opening bell.
Gavronski suffered a cut to the right side of his head early in the first round due to an accidental headbutt.
A solid left hook by Gavronski in the seventh round was his best punch up to that point. The shot perked the crowd up, but also seemed to ignite Johnson, who continued to be the aggressor in the bout leading to the knockdown the following round.
Isaac Tadeo (6-0-0, 3 KOs) remained undefeated by scoring a thrilling six-round unanimous decision over a game Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (6-2-1, 5 KOs) in the semi-main event. The judge’s scored the 158-pound bout 58-56, 58-56, 60-54.
Tacoma’s Will Hughes and Chicago’s Sean Gee put on a slugfest in their four-round light welterweight contest, with both figthers taking turns teeing off on the other with little defense being offered up.
Hughes (5-3, 3 KOs) emerged as the victor (40-36, 40-35, 40-35).
Also on the undercard Isaiah Najera (2-1-0) defeated Chris Wheaton by unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) in a match-up of 117 pounders, while Fatlum Zhuta (1-0-1, KO) made short work of Daryl Gardner with a first-round knockout (1:26).
Boxing returns to the Emerald Queen Casino on Jan. 15 when Brian Halquist Productions presents Battle at the Boat 104.
For more information please visit www.Halquistproductions.com.
Battle at the Boat 103 results
WBA-NABA US Super Middleweight title
Dashon Johnson (18-18-3, 4 KOs) d. Mike Gavronski (20-2-1, 13 KOs)
158 – Isaac Tadeo (6-0-0, 3 KOs) d. Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (6-2-1, 5 KOs)
140 – Will Hughes (5-3-0, 3 KOs) d. Sean Gee (2-3-0), unanimous decision (38-35, 38-36, 38-36)
127 – Jeremy McCleary (8-1-0) d. Heath Cline (0-6-0), unanimous decision (40-35, 40-35, 40-35)
160 – Fatlum Zhuta (1-0-1, KO) d. Daryl Gardner (2-7-1, 2 KOs), knockout (first round, 1:26)
117 – Isaiah Najera (2-1-0) d. Chris Wheaton (0-2-0), unanimous decision (40-35, 40-35, 40-35)