The Brian Halquist Productions 2018 professional combative sports schedule at the Emerald Queen Casino is now official with both CageSport MMA and Battle at the Boat continuing at the Tacoma venue.
“We started Battle at the Boat right here at the Emerald Queen 20 years ago,” promoter, Brian Halquist said. “It’s our home, and we couldn’t be more pleased to continue promoting at the entertainment capital of the Northwest in 2018.”
The 10 shows will alternate between five Battle at the Boat pro boxing events and five all-professional CageSport MMA events.
Battle at the Boat is the nation’s longest-running tribal casino boxing series, holding its inaugural event on July 9, 1997 at the Emerald Queen Casino. A total of 23 world champions have fought on a Battle at the Boat card, including Vernon Forrest, Yonnhy Perez, Vic Darchinyan, Abner Mares, Sergey Kovalev, Joseph Agbeko and Evgeny Gradovich.
The series will hold its 113th edition next Saturday, November 18th. Headlining in the main event is local favorite, Mike Gavronski (24-2-1, 15 KOs) taking on Arizona’s Andrew Hernandez (19-7-1, 9 KOs) for the WBA-NABA Super Middleweight Title.
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.
CageSport, the only all-professional MMA promotion in Washington, held its inaugural show at the Tacoma casino on June 7, 2008. More than 20 athletes who have fought for CageSport have gone on to fight for the UFC, including former world champion Miesha Tate, Anthony Hamilton, Julianna Pena, Michael Chiesa and Trevor Smith.
The 2018 dates for Brian Halquist Productions begins on Friday, Jan. 12 with the 114th installment of the Battle at the Boat professional boxing series. CageSport MMA will begin its 2018 season on Feb. 10 with CageSport 49. The series will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with CageSport 51 on July 21.
“We have built an incredible history at the Emerald Queen Casino,” Halquist said. “We are just going to add to that legacy in 2018. Combative sports is very much alive in the Pacific Northwest.”
Additional 2018 Battle at the Boat events will take place on March 17, June 9, Sept. 8 and Nov. 17, while the Feb.10 CageSport MMA event will be followed with shows on April 28, July 21, Oct. 13 and Dec. 15.
For more information please visit www.Halquistproductions.com.
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticket Master Outlets.
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Brian Halquist Productions 2018 Combative Sports Schedule
Jan 12, 2018: Battle at the Boat 114
Feb 10, 2018: CageSport MMA 49
March 17, 2018: Battle at the Boat 115
April 28, 2018; CageSport MMA 50
June 9, 2018: Battle at the Boat 116
July 21, 2018: CageSport MMA 51
Sept 8, 2018: Battle at the Boat 117
Oct 13, 2018: CageSport MMA 52
Nov 17, 2018: Battle at the Boat 118
Dec 15, 2018: CageSport MMA 53