After a slow start Mike Gavronski moved ahead to defeat Andrew Hernandez for the WBA-NABA title at Battle of the Boat 113. The bout had trouble since the weigh-in when Hernandez brought his own gloves, not allowed in any state. Gloves for any championship must be new and unopened. Hernandez refused to fight unless he could wear his gloves. He said they matched his trunks. He wanted to look good and coordinated with his outfit. He should have been more concerned about winning the fight. In order to let the fight proceed, Gavronski agreed to let him wear the gloves claiming he would beat him regardless of what he wore. And he did.

Gavronski started the bout slowly throwing only occasional shots with a certain lack of speed. One judge gave Hernandez, who put up a decent fight, the first 4 rounds. As the fight progressed Gavronski started to find his rhythm improving both his speed and his combinations. By the 8th round he was firing with regularity when, near the end of the round, both men tumbled to the canvass. Hernandez claimed he was pushed and he could not continue because Gavronski had fallen on his leg. At least that was his final answer. When he first fell he said he had hurt his him. His corner yelled at him to say he had obviously made a mistake and he had injured, or broken, his foot or ankle. Apparently the pain was traveling throughout his body, and even out of his body as it raced through his corner men, then back into his mind, his leg, his ankle, then his foot. It seemed an obvious attempt to win by foul. Something about the injury was foul, that was certain.

The referee had not called a foul and there was some confusion as to how to settle the dispute. If the injury was legitimate (cough) and no foul was called the bout should have been a no-contest. The crowd would have torn down the casino had that been done. The started chanting “Mikie, Mikie.” After conferring with the commission the referee declared an unintentional foul and the outcome went to the scorecards. Gavronski won by split decision. Hernandez threw the best punch of the night with his lips as he spit an 8-footer in Gavronski’s face as he passed. Gavronski went after him but was held back by his corner men. Had Hernandez thrown a few of those shots with his fists instead of his lips the outcome might have different. His coordinated outfit did not look that good, anyway. Gavronski looks good in anything, especially his new belt.

In a sloppy fight and fairly boring fight, Tacoman Andre Keys won a unanimous decision over Portland’s Sean Gee. Both men were fairly inaccurate with their overly conservative punches. Generally both men are more exciting and more active. They just did not seem to get into the fight.

Eduardo Torres brought his enemic 1-1-0 record against the powerhouse Steven Villalobos and his 6-0-0 record, all wins by knockout. Villalobos has earned his unblemished record by fighting street bums and has-beens. Perhaps he thought the 1-1-0 Torres would be another easy victory. Not so. Although he put Torres down in round 3, Torres was back up and with a smile on his face. Torres continued to look relaxed and confident. By round 4 Villalobos was gassed. Had the fight been scheduled for 6 rounds rather than 5 he probably would have lost. The best he could manage was the split draw, thanks to the knock down. Overall it was a great fight and one of the best of the night.

Austin Springer looks just like Toney Zale. Unfortunately he does not fight like him. He threw few punches through the 3 rounds before losing by TKO. Jorge Linares had trouble settling down and remained wild throughout the fight.

Cameron Sevilla-Rivera managed to put down Kian Heidari in round 2 to earn a split draw. The fight was action-packed from the beginning and fun for all.

Niko McFarland earned his first win by defeating Keith Wolf at 1:24 of round 3. Wolf, an MMA fighter, thought he would try his hand at boxing. He did a decent job before being put away. MMA fighters are used to being on the canvass, just not being counted out.

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