Battle at the Boat and CageSport MMA returns to the Emerald Queen Casino
TACOMA, Wash. – Brian Halquist Productions will begin its 20th year of combative sports at Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino in 2016. Halquist and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians announced 10 dates for 2016 – beginning on Jan. 15 with the 104th installment of the Battle at the Boat professional boxing series.
The 10 dates feature five boxing and five mixed martial arts events with CageSport MMA kicking off its 2016 season with CageSport presents SFL on Feb. 20, 2016.
“The boxing and MMA programs have taken on a life of their own over the years. Fighters from all over the world have fought on the shows, including many world title fights that were broadcast nationally and internationally," Halquist said, "but on the same hand we are blessed to have so much talent in the Northwest. We are so fortunate to have so many quality fighters in the five-state area.”
Additional 2016 Battle at the Boat events will take place on March 26, June 11, Sept. 10 and Nov. 19, while the Feb. 20, 2016 CageSport MMA presents SFL event will be followed with shows on May 7, July 30, Oct. 22 and Dec. 17.
The Battle at the Boat is the longest-running tribal casino professional boxing series in the United States and 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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Brian Halquist Productions 2016 Combative Sports Schedule
January 15 – Battle at the Boat 104
February 20 – CageSport MMA presents SFL
March 26 – Battle at the Boat 105
May 7 – CageSport MMA presents SFL
June 11 – Battle at the Boat 106
July 30 – CageSport MMA presents SFL
September 10 – Battle at the Boat 107
October 22 – CageSport MMA presents SFL
November 19– Battle at the Boat 108
December 17 – CageSport MMA presents SFL
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 20 years and 150 fights at the Emerald Queen Casino. BHP has also built the largest professional MMA series on the USA’s west coast with “CageSport MMA” promoting over 40 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.