|Boxing Results: Robert Osiobe bests Jose Hernandez; Rojas conquers Serrano in Tacoma
By Media Report (August 20, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Tacoma, WA - Grizzled veteran Robert Osiobe of Nigeria
made his “Battle at the Boat” debut a successful one by scoring a
razor-thin majority decision over Forth Worth, TX’s Jose Hernandez
Saturday evening in Tacoma.
The 88th edition of “ Battle at the Boat” was promoted by Halquist Productions and took place at the Emerald Queen Casino.
evenly-matched contest between tough lightweights, both men boxed
patiently during the first nine rounds, counterpunching for the
majority. Osiobe and Hernandez each landed some solid shots, most
notably a hard jab that knocked out the Texan’s mouthpiece. In the
closing stanza, an aggressive Osiobe and efficient Hernandez fought in
close quarters hoping for a knockout, but the final bell left the bout
in the judges’ hands.
Scores were 96-94 twice and 95-95.
improves to 13-5-4 with 6 knockouts. Hernandez, who dropped a number of
close decisions, falls to 13-6-1 with 5 wins by knockout.
OR native Osvaldo Rojas, 7-2-2 (2 KO’s), took an impressive decision
over fan favorite Nate Serrano, 4-2-1 (3 KO’s) in the six round
welterweight co-feature. Rojas and Serrano, of nearby Yakima, WA,
previously fought to a scintillating six round draw on June 2, but this
time the visitor took control.
Rojas, who brought a group of
vocal fans down Interstate 5 with him, fought most of the contest from
the outside and did so successfully against his shorter foe. Serrano did
his best to keep the fight in close quarters however Rojas had a good
amount of momentum. In the fifth, Serrano was buzzed by a multi-punch
combo but battled back hard in the sixth.
All three judges ruled in Rojas’ favor by the tally of 59-55.
what turned out to be the most exciting match of the evening, Visalia ,
CA ’s Jose Leon scored a gutsy second round TKO over Kalispell , MT
resident Jesse Uhde. Uhde appeared en route to scoring an impressive
victory early on, decking Leon with a hard hook in the opening round.
Early In the second, Leon was rocked again with another hook and his
glove touched the canvas, but the tides ultimately turned. Moments
later, Leon connected with a strong shot to Uhde’s face that put him
down. Uhde got up on unsteady legs and stumbled into the referee,
forcing him to stop the bout at 43 seconds of round number two.
Leon ups his record to 3-1-1 with 2 KO’s, while Uhde slips to 2-2 (1 KO).
other undercard action, locals Omar Avelar of Moses Lake, WA and Eltopa
, WA ’s Andres Ramos scored impressive victories. Portland ’s Gabriel
Pineda also emerged victorious.
“This was a very exciting card,”
said promoter Brian Halquist. “We had a lot of hungry fighters on this
card and everybody fought extremely hard. I’m definitely impressed with
what I saw.”
Halquist Productions returns to the Emerald Queen
September 29 with a stacked MMA card followed by “ Battle at the Boat
89” on November 3.
Information about both events will be available shortly.
the last 23 years, Halquist Productions built a reputation in the
boxing world for their loyalty, honesty and integrity. In 1997, Halquist
Productions ran their inaugural “ Battle at the Boat” series, which
remains successful to this day. Halquist Productions promoted many world
title bouts and their fight cards have been seen on ESPN, HBO and
Contact: Matt Yanofsky (Publicist) – 551-206-0578 @kopublicity or Twitter.com/kopublicity
Marin McCauley (Event Coordinator) – 253-486-2141
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