A title, a top 10 world ranking and continued domination in his hometown will all be on the line when Mike Gavronski steps into the ring on Nov. 18.
Gavronski will fight Andrew Hernandez for the vacant WBA-North American Boxing Association Super Middleweight championship in the main event of Battle at the Boat 113 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
Gavronski, currently ranked No. 5 by the NABA, No. 5 by the USBA and No. 2 by the NABF, has been simply unstoppable over the last year, going a perfect 4-0 while placing himself on the verge of a top 10 world ranking in the process.
Gavronski is 24-2-1 with 15 KOs and is coming off a dominating performance over Brian Vera on Sept. 9, winning by TKO. It was Gavronski’s 11th victory in his hometown of Tacoma in 12 career fights.
“I love fighting in front of the Tacoma fans, fighting in front of my friends and family, but also fighting in front of people who haven’t see me before and turning them into new fans,” said Gavronski, who signed a multiple-year promotional contract with Brian Halquist Productions in October.
After winning numerous amateur titles, including a pair of Tacoma Golden Gloves championships, Gavronski made his professional debut on Jan. 9, 2010 at the Emerald Queen by defeating Darren Anzai by TKO.
He brings a four-fight winning streak into the title contest, also defeating Quinton Rankin, Thomas Awimbono and Jake Carr – four fighters with a combined 48-7-3 record.
Gavronski was a product of the Tacoma Boys Club as an amateur, a program that produced Olympic Gold Medalists Leo Randolph and Sugar Ray Seales along with future world champions Rocky Lockridge and Johnny Bumphus.
A victory over Hernandez will go a long way in Gavronski’s path towards becoming the City of Destiny’s newest world titlist.
“I’m excited, not just for myself, but for Tacoma,” said Gavronski about Tacoma which also the hometown of former World Middleweight Champion Freddie Steele, among other historical standouts. “This city has a great (boxing) tradition. I’m looking to add to it.”
Gavronski is coming off his strongest 12-month stretch during his pro career, ending KO artist Awimbono’s 18-fight winning streak, Australian champion Carr’s 11-fight winning streak, and a three-fight winning streak by Vera, who owns a victory over former WBC World Super Welterweight Sergio Mora.
“Mike has been incredible over the last year,” Halquist said. “He’s now in the conversation for a top 10 world ranking. An NABA title victory will place him right on the doorstep of fighting for a world title in 2018.”
Hernandez, a former WBA-NABA USA Middleweight champion, is 19-7-1 with 9 KOs. His lone Emerald Queen Casino fight came on March 26, 2016 when he defeated former world title contender Dionisio Miranda.
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.
The main event will be one of six fights on the card, which will also feature a semi-main event between Andre Keys (4-1-0, KO) and Sean Gee (4-6-0) and a battle of unbeaten 169-pounders in Fatlum Zhuta (4-0-1, 3 KOs) and Kian Heidari (1-0-1).
Battle at the Boat 113 will feature the VIP experience with 3rd Row Seats being discounted to $75 per ticket. All fans seated in in the VIP section (rows 1-3) will have an exclusive access point and a dedicated server to help create a true VIP experience.
Prince Ranch Boxing (PRB) has signed managerial agreements with four standout prospects from Mexico, super-featherweight Edwing Davila (16-0, 9 KOs), featherweights Isaac Avelar (13-0, 8 KOs), Mexico Featherweight titlist Daniel Colula (12-1-2, 3 KOs), and female Mayran Salazar (6-2). All fighters were signed to Damien Vazquez' "Sugar Promotions" and will fight constantly in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
"Signing talent from Mexico is a vital piece to my operation," said Greg Hannely. "Our goal here at Prince Ranch Boxing, is to have a solid foundation of fighters from Mexico, in addition to having great talent from America. Sugar Promotions will be having multiple shows in Mexico in the next twelve months, so as a promoter, they are a perfect fit for my fighters."
Sugar Promotions had their first show last week in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Their next show will be scheduled before the end of 2017.
"Davila, Avelar, Colula and Salazar are very popular in Mexico and Sugar Promotions is happy to sign them to promotions agreements," stated Oscar Vazquez. "Our next show happening in December will be announced shortly. I have big plans for Sugar Promotions moving forward."
Undefeated all-action welterweight prospect Tyrone 'Pretty Boy' James, (5-0, 3 KO's), of Elmont, NY faces veteran Daniel Sostre, (13-14-1, 5 KO's), in a six round clash on Saturday, November 11 from Long Island's NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on the non-televised portion of the HBO World Championship Boxing tripleheader, it was announced by Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing.
The 26-year-old James, whose father played professional football, has quickly impressed local fight fans since his pro debut in November 2015, including his last four victories at famed venue, The Paramount in Huntington, New York.
"I'm very excited to be fighting so close to home and on such a huge card. As soon as Joe DeGuardia called to offer me the opportunity I jumped at it," said James. "I was at the first boxing card in July at the Coliseum and knew I wanted to fight there. It's a great place for my family and friends to see me in a bigger venue."
"Sostre has fought a lot of tough fighters and has more experience than me but I'll be ready on November 11 for victory," continued James who works in the Nassau County Sanitation Department.
Stated DeGuardia, "This is an excellent opportunity and a true test for Tyrone and we're thrilled to announce his addition to this sensational card. He has a very crowd-pleasing style and his last four fights at The Paramount have shown that local boxing fans want to see more of him. We look forward to another great performance from him on November 11."
Sostre, a native of Highland, NY, has fought a long list of top contenders and prospects over his twelve-year career including Wale Omotoso, Mikael Zewski, Raymond Serrano, Gabriel Bracero, Ray Robinson and Mykal Fox.
The HBO World Championship Boxing event is headlined by a 12-round middleweight showdown between Daniel 'Miracle Man' Jacobs taking on Luis Arias and rising heavyweight Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller squaring off with Mariusz Wach in the co-main.
In the opening bout of the telecast, Long Island fan favorite Cletus 'The Hebrew Hammer' Seldin battles Roberto 'Massa' Ortiz in a highly anticipated 10-round junior welterweight clash.
The one to watch, 25-year-old knockout sensation Shohjahon "Descendant of Tamerlane" Ergashev has been added to the untelevised undercard of the Saturday, November 11, Danny Jacobs vs. Luis Arias and Jarrell Miller vs. Mariusz Wach boxing event at NYCB LIVE: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.
Jacobs vs. Arias and Miller vs. Wach are presented by Matchroom Boxing USA, in association with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Salita Promotions and Roc Nation Sports. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, NYCBLIVE.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Coliseum.
Considered one of the best current prospects coming out of Central Asia, the popular Ergashev (9-0, 9 KOs) is a former four-time national champion in his home country. As a professional, the dangerous southpaw has won his last five fights in the first round.
"I came to the US to show that I am the best fighter in the world," said Ergashev. "I look for the knockout in every fight and November 11 is no different. It's my biggest stage and I will put on a show!"
To prepare for his six-round showdown, Ergashev is training at Kronk Gym in Detroit with well-known Javan SugarHill Steward, who says he is looking fearsome in sparring.
"He's a big puncher, with good athleticism and great potential," said Steward. "I look forward to working with him and seeing him develop in the talent-rich junior welterweight division."
Promoter Dmitriy Salita says although Ergashev is a new name in the United States, he is already well-known in his Uzbek community.
"Shoh has the power, skills and charisma to be a star in boxing," said Salita. "He has a very loyal fan base as well. Although it's his first fight in the US, he will have hundreds of people from his community in New York City and from around the country, and even from Russia, coming to support him on November 11."
In his last appearance, in June at the Floyd Mayweather Boxing Academy in Zhukovka, Russia, Ergashev needed less than a minute to knock opponent Sunatollo Rakhmatulloev down twice and stop him at 0:50 of the first round.
In other action that night, undefeated New York City police officer Dimash "Lightning" Niyazov (12-0, 5 KOs) born in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, now residing in Staten Island, NY, will also fight in a six-round lightweight bout on the non-televised portion of the undercard.