Tacoma boxers Keys, Jefferson headline Battle at the Boat 124

Tacoma will be well represented when Battle at the Boat returns to the Emerald Queen Casino on Saturday, Nov. 9 as two of the City of Destiny’s rising boxing stars will headline the event.

Tacoma natives Andre Keys and Nick Jefferson will fight in the main event and semi-main event at Battle at the Boat 124, respectively.

“It took a long time to get here,” the undefeated Jefferson said about his first appearance fighting on the nation’s longest-running tribal boxing series. “I’m very excited to be fighting in front of my home crowd.”

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Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Preliminary bouts will start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Keys (11-1-0, 5 KOs) will face Manuel Monteiro (7-1-0, 7 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight main event, while Jefferson (10-0-0, 5 KOs) squares off against a yet to be determined opponent in a six-round super lightweight semi-main event.

“We’ve been promoting fights at the Emerald Queen in Tacoma for more than 20 years and it’s always exciting to see the local talent appear on the card, but with Andre and Nick it’s even more special because they are two of the sport’s rising young stars in the Pacific Northwest who I’ve seen fight on the local amateur scene since they were kids,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “They are two of the most decorated amateur boxers Tacoma has produced over the last 25 years and they’ve both successfully made that transition into the pro game. Both are on the cusp of big things in this sport.”

Both Keys and Jefferson are products of the Tacoma Boxing Club with each fighter claiming numerous amateur titles, including multiple Tacoma Golden Gloves championships.

Keys is no stranger to fighting at the Emerald Queen Casino has he has fought six times at the Tacoma venue, including in his pro debut on Jan. 15, 2016. Keys is 5-1 all-time while fighting on a Battle at the Boat card and has won his last 10 fights.

He went 5-0 in 2018 and has fought once this year, defeating Antonio Neal by unanimous decision on Aug. 3.

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Monteiro, who fights out of Las Vegas, is looking to rebound from his first career setback. Monteiro lost a slugfest against undefeated Cris Reyes in the main event of Battle at the Boat 123 on Sept. 7.

The two undefeated fighters went toe-to-toe for the nearly the entire 10 rounds, each throwing a high number of punches, before Reyes won by TKO midway through the final round in what could be the fight of the year at Battle at the Boat.

Prior to that loss, Monteiro was a perfect 7-0 with all his wins coming by knockout, including three in 2019 alone.

While Keys and Monteiro are making their Battle at the Boat returns, Jefferson will be fighting on the series for the first time in his career.

Jefferson made his pro debut on June 24, 2017, knocking out Alex Eastman. He would register three more wins by KO to kick off his career.

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Jefferson has fought three times in 2019, defeating Steve Chad McKinney in his last fight on March 24.

Keys, Monteiro ready for Battle at the Boat 124 main event

 

One fighter is looking to rebound from his first career loss. The other is attempting to continue his lengthy winning streak.

There will be no shortage of subplots at Battle at the Boat 124 when Andre Keys (11-1) and Manuel Monteiro (7-1) clash in the main event on Nov. 9 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.

Keys, 28, will be fighting in front of his home crowd and appearing in his first Battle at the Boat main event. Monteiro, who fights out of Las Vegas, made is local debut at Battle at the Boat 123, losing to undefeated Cris Reyes in what was one of the best fights at the venue in 2019.

“This is going to be an outstanding main event,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “Andre hasn’t lost in nearly three years and Manuel showed everyone last time out what he is made of during his fight with Cris Reyes.”

Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Preliminary bouts will start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Monteiro brought a perfect record into his main event against Reyes on Sept. 7, winning all seven of his bouts by KO.

The two undefeated fighters simply put on a show, each throwing an incredibly high number of punches throughout the contest. Monteiro, however, suffered his first setback after being knocked out midway through the 10th and final round.

He is now prepared to get back in the win column.

“Training is going well,” Monteiro said. “The crowd was great when I was there last time. I can’t wait to be back. The fans should expect another great show. It’s showtime.”

While Monteiro was introduced to the Tacoma fight fans for the first time, Keys has been a member of the local boxing community since he was a kid.

Fight fans of the Pacific Northwest amateur boxing scene are very familiar with Keys’ work as few fighters from the area over the two decades have been as successful in the amateur ranks as Keys, a former national amateur junior champion and a five-time Tacoma Golden Gloves titlist.

He has successfully transition into the pro ranks as evident by his 10-fight winning streak.

“Training has been tough. (I’ve had) a lot of extra workouts, more rounds of sparring, new sparring partners,” Keys said. “My coaches have kept me busy.  This is my first 10-round match and I want to be fully prepared in front of my hometown.”

Keys last fought at the Emerald Queen Casino on Nov. 18, 2017, defeating Sean Gee by unanimous decision. He is 5-1 all-time at Battle at the Boat, including posting a win in his pro debut on Jan. 15, 2016.

Although already a gifted boxer two years ago, fans should expect a more polished, experienced Keys when he steps into the ring this time around.

“I would say in the last 18 months Andre has most improved in his ring presence and generalship. Headlining in Portland, Oregon this year and winning a decision in Vegas on a televised card were all growth opportunities,” said Keys’ trainer Nathaniel Glenn. “What impresses me the most about Keys is his willingness to reach his goals and understanding his role in a team dynamic. In the ring, his use of a power jab is awesome.”

Keys will be fighting for the second time in 2019. He defeated Antonio Neal by unanimous decision in his last fight on Aug. 3.

“I look to display my generalship and establish the pace early. Once I find my distance, I want to test his chin,” said Keys when asked what fans should expect to see on fight night.”

Tacoma will be well represented when Battle at the Boat returns to the Emerald Queen Casino on Saturday, Nov. 9 as two of the City of Destiny’s rising boxing stars will headline the event.

Tacoma natives Andre Keys and Nick Jefferson will fight in the main event and semi-main event at Battle at the Boat 124, respectively.

“It took a long time to get here,” the undefeated Jefferson said about his first appearance fighting on the nation’s longest-running tribal boxing series. “I’m very excited to be fighting in front of my home crowd.”

Battle at the Boat 124 is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions. For more information, please visit the Battle at the Boat Facebook page and www.halquistproductions.com

Battle at the Boat 124 Card

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019

10 Round Main Event – Welterweight

Andre Keys (11-1) vs. Manuel Monteiro (7-1)

6 Round Semi-Main Event – Super Lightweight

Nick Jefferson (10-0) vs. TBD

 

4 Round Undercard Bouts

Heavyweights: Dylan Potter (1-1) vs. Jared Torgeson (1-3)

140-pounds: Marco Garcia (debut) vs. William Parra-Smith (3-4)

172-pounds: Juan Jackson (2-1) vs. Alex Cazac (1-2)

147-pounds: Nick Vasquez (debut) vs. Jose Cervantes (debut)

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