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BOXING: Battle at the Boat 89 | PHOTOS
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Only two weeks after coming off a unanimous decision victory in Oklahoma City against Roberto Valenzuela, Vitaliy Demyanenko jabbed and hooked his way to a nail-biting split decision victory over Damian Frias in Battle at the Boat 89, held Nov. 3 at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. (SEE PHOTOS)
Two judges scored in favor of Demyanenko (97-92) (95-94), while the other judge scored in favor of Frias (96-93). The big moment in this fight was halfway in the 7th round when Demyanenko landed a left hook to the cheek of Frias that knocked him down. Frias was able to get back up after taking all 10 seconds to stabilize. When the round resumed, Demyanenko attacked Frias with a barrage of combos that put Frias on the ropes and in serious danger of another knockdown. Knowing the fight was close, Frias amped up his power in the 10th round and was centimeters from landing a devastating uppercut that possibly could have ended the fight, but the last minute attempt for a knockdown was avoided by Demyanenko.
Demyanenko keeps his record perfect as it improves to 22-0-0 with 12 knockouts. Frias drops to 19-6-1, all losses coming via decision.
Portland, Ore., resident Ray Lampkin continued his comeback to boxing after a five-year layoff with a unanimous decision victory over Yakima native Randell Corpuz in the semi-main event. Both fighters brought a huge fan base to the Emerald Queen Casino.
Lampkin and Corpuz had plenty of pre-fight drama and it showed in the ring. Throughout all four rounds, both fighters were matching each other in tempo. Corpuz showed an excellent chin as he took a number of shots, but was not phased one bit. Corpuz landed his fair share of shots as well, but Lampkin refused to go down. In the 3rd round, Corpuz got a hold of Lampkin and tossed him through the ropes. The animosity only intensified after that as Lampkin was inviting Corpuz to land a free shot.
The judges scored the bout 40-36, 39-37, and 39-37, all in favor of Ray Lampkin, as he improves his professional record to 2-0-0.
Battle at the Boat 89 had six debuts with the most impressive one being Daryl Gardner when he went up against Jon Jay Mount (1-0-0). Gardner came out swinging from the opening bell and put on a show for the full crowd in attendance. Gardner knocked Mount down early in the 1st round, in which he was able to recover. Immediately after the round resumed, Gardner attacked again and knocked him down, and did it for a third time after he got back up. After the three knockdowns in 30 seconds, the fight was stopped and Gardner was awarded the TKO victory 1:28 into the 1st round.
The rest of the undercard featured high paced action. Landon Horseman had a good debut fight with a unanimous decision victory. After a knockout victory in his debut fight at Battle at the Boat 87, Marcelino Pineda continued where he left off with a TKO, 36 seconds into the 2nd round. Omar Avelar and Carlos Rodriguez also left with victories.
Halquist Productions returns to the Emerald Queen Casino on Dec. 1 for CageSport XXII. Battle at the Boat 90 opens up the 2013 schedule with the event on Jan. 5.
• Main event: Vitaliy Demyanenko def. Damian Frias. Judges scored the fight 97-92, 93-96, 95-94
• Semi main event: Randell Corpuz vs. Ray Lampkin def. Randell Corpuz. Judges scored the fight 40-36, 39-37, 39-37
• Carlos Rodriguez def. Angel Diaz, TKO, 2:34 in round 1
• Omar Avelar def. Vidal Cruz, TKO, 3 minutes into round 3
• Daryl Gardner def. Jon Jay Mount, KO, 1:28 in round 1
• Marcelino Pineda def. Dex Montenegro, TKO, 36 seconds into round 2
• Landon Horseman def. Cory Vom Baur. Judges: 37-39 (unanimous decision, four rounds)