Boxing Series kicks off 2016 Friday at the Emerald Queen Casino
TACOMA, Wash. – Dashon Johnson and Izaak Cardona both appeared fit and ready for their super middleweight main event at Battle at the Boat 104 during Thursday’s weigh-ins at the Emerald Queen Casino.
Johnson (18-19-3, 4 KOs) tipped the scales at 166 pounds, while Cardona (14-3-0, 14 KOs) came in at 167. Johnson and Cardona’s 10-round bout headlines the six-fight card, which takes place Friday at the Tacoma Casino.
Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 104 will have a special start time with doors opening at 7 p.m. and preliminary bouts starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticket Master Outlets.
Prior to the weigh-ins, Johnson, who served as Manny Pacquiao’s main sparring partner prior to Pacquiao’s historic bout against Floyd Mayweather, was presented the WBA-NABA United States Super Middleweight championship belt – a title he won during his last bout on Nov. 7 when he upset Mike Gavronski by ninth-round TKO.
“The fact that Freddie Roach brought on Dashon to be Pacquiao’s main sparring partner in preparation for his fight against Mayweather is more proof that he is a very special fighter,” promoter Brian Halquist. “His 50/50 record is very deceiving. Dashon is a fighter who is always in shape and will take any fight even with only a 24-hour notice which he has done for us before. Cardona is huge puncher, 14-3, 14 KOs. So, those guys matchup as good as any fight out there. This is going to be a war that the Northwest fight fans will enjoy to start our 2016 season.”
Jeremy McCleary (133 pounds) and Marco Cardenas (132) square off in a super featherweight co-main event.
Additional bouts on the Battle at the Boat 104 card include Rob Diezel (126) and Marcel Gallardo (126); Zach Cooper (147) and Will Fernandez (145.5); Andre Keys (157) and Lexus Pagampao (157); and Isaiah Najera (113.5) and Nestor Hernandez (111.5).
Battle at the Boat 104 is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions. For more information, please visit halquistproductions.com and the Battle at the Boat Facebook page.
Battle at the Boat 104 Weights
(10 rounds) Dashon Johnson (166) vs. Izaak Cardona (167)
(5 rounds) Jeremy McCleary (133) vs. Marco Cardenas (132)
(5 rounds) Rob Diezel (126) vs. Marcelo Gallardo (126)
(4 rounds) Zach Cooper (147) vs. Will Fernandez (145.5)
(4 rounds) Andre Keys (157) vs. Lexus Pagampao (157)
(4 rounds) Isaiah Najera (113.5) vs. Nestor Hernandez (111.5)
ABOUT BRIAN HALQUIST
Brian Halquist Productions is the Northwest premiere fight promotion company creator of the famed "Battle at the Boat" boxing series promoting more than 19 years and over 100 fights at the Emerald Queen Casino. BHP has also built the largest professional MMA series on the USA’s west coast with “CageSport MMA” nearing more than 50 fights. Brian Halquist Productions has promoted events for ESPN, ShowTime and HBO and featured on Showtime's historic boxing event in St Lucia, West Indies. Brian Halquist Productions has been promoting fights and concerts for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest.