Zahir Raheem vs. Santos Pakau on March 23rd in Tacoma, WA

Tacoma, WA (February 28th, 2013) – After a brief layoff, Zahir Raheem will make his way into the ring when Halquist Productions brings Battle at the Boat back to the Emerald Queen Casino for the 91st time. In the main event, Raheem (31-3-0) is scheduled to fight Spokane’s Santos Pakau (28-7-2) in a 10 round thriller that will have fans excited to see Raheem once again take a run at a world title fight.

Tickets for Battle at the Boat 91, scheduled for March 23rd, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Emerald Queen Casino box office or online via Ticketmaster.

Raheem recently signed a long term promotional agreement with Halquist Productions and fans can look forward to seeing him fight in Battle at the Boat main events at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA throughout 2013. “I’m very excited for one and I’m proud to be a part of such a good team in Halquist Productions,” said Raheem when asked about how he’s feeling about getting back in the ring.

King Raheem shook the boxing world in 2005 when he earned Ring Magazine’s “Upset of the Year” after defeating a prime Erik Morales who was coming off a victory over Manny Pacquiao. After Raheem defeated Morales, he and his management team found it difficult to find a big name opponent as Raheem was ready for his title shot, but no worthy opportunities were coming his way.

After a 2 year layoff from his last professional boxing match, Raheem his ready to start his title run fresh with Halquist Productions. The first step in the process will be taking on Santos Pakau on March 23rd

“We’re very excited to bring Raheem back to boxing. He’s had some huge victories throughout his career. We’ll fight him at the Emerald Queen Casino a couple of times and see what happens after that,” said promoter, Brian Halquist, about the signing of Zahir Raheem.

In the semi-main event, local up and comer Marcelino Pineda (3-0-0, 3 KO’s), fighting out of the Round 3 Boxing Club in Toppenish, WA will step into the ring with British Columbia’s, Dave Petryk (3-3-1). This will be Pineda’s 4th appearance at the Emerald Queen Casino. Pineda is coming off a 1st round TKO victory at Battle at the Boat 90. Petryk will be making his 2nd appearance on Battle at the Boat card after coming off a close decision loss in early 2012.

Along with the two headliners, four other action packed bouts will take place throughout the night. The Battle at the Boat has turned into the longest running boxing series at any tribal casino in the United States and has become the premier boxing promotion in the Northwest. Halquist Productions has promoted numerous title fights that have been showcased on every major sports network in the nation including: ESPN, ESPN 2, HBO, and SHOWTIME. For more information about Battle at the Boat 91 and all other Halquist Production events, please visit www.halquistproductions.com

USA Boxing’s 2013 International Calendar Set to Include Eighteen Events Across the Globe

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s National Team athletes will enjoy a busy schedule in 2013 as the organization works to prepare the United States’ top athletes for the world’s best Olympic-style boxers. The 2013 International Calendar is slated to include 18 different international events, the most for USA Boxing since 1988.

With the hiring of USA Boxing International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque last year, USA Boxing has placed an increased emphasis on international competition and Coach Roque and the High Performance staff has created a calendar of events that will provide Team USA with valuable international experience.

“Creating a strong and effective international calendar is a key component of USA Boxing’s high performance plan and we believe that the 2013 calendar that Coach Roque and our staff has developed will give our athletes the valuable experience they need to be successful against the world’s best Olympic-style boxers,” said USA Boxing Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski.

Team USA started the year with an impressive performance at the Independence Cup as the squad’s eight athletes won seven medals at the tournament, including gold medals by flyweight Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) and light welterweight Erickson Lubin (Kissimmee, Fla.). Prior to traveling to the Dominican Republic, the team joined Coach Roque at the Olympic Training Center for the first of several educational training camps planned for 2013.

The 2013 AIBA Men’s World Championships, October 4-20 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will highlight the elite men’s international schedule in the fall. The elite male winners from the 2013 USA Boxing National Championships next month will represent Team USA in Kazakhstan. Prior to traveling to Kazakhstan, the team will take part in as many as seven training camps and four international competitions in Ukraine, Chile and Puerto Rico to prepare them for the diverse styles they will see at the World Championships.

The junior men (15-16-year-olds) will compete in World Championships action in 2013 as well; with their premier event taking place August 17-26 in Kiev, Ukraine. The junior males earned their berths at the inaugural Junior World Team Open in January. They will enjoy the opportunity to participate in an unprecedented five preparatory training camps prior to traveling overseas. In addition to the training opportunities with Coach Roque, the young boxers will travel to two international competitions, gaining experience against top boxers from Europe and their counterparts in south, central and north America.

Following the debut of women’s boxing at the Olympic Games, the female boxers in both the junior and elite age divisions will enjoy numerous training and competitive opportunities in 2013. For the first time, USA Boxing will host a training camp solely focused on junior females prior to a tournament in Finland in March. They will participate in a training camp later in the spring as well.

Although the Women’s World Championships only take place in even-numbered years, the elite women will still compete in international tournaments both in Europe and closer to home in central America. The U.S. team enjoyed great success at the 2012 Continental Championships and the elite women will return to the event in May in Venezuela in addition to competitions in central America later in the summer. Additional competitive opportunities are currently being finalized for late 2013 to give the elite women beneficial international experience opportunities.

The 2013 International Calendar is subject to change and the rosters for all of USA Boxing’s international events will be released shortly before each competition.

USA Boxing, as the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing, is the United States’ member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).


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