December 28, 2017
December 28, 2017
Manny Perez

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BRIAN HALQUIST PRODUCTIONS will kick off its 2018 season on Friday January 12 with ‘Battle at the Boat 114’ at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.

The six-bout card will feature a 10-round main event between welterweights John Jackson and Manny Perez, and the return of Walter “2 Guns” Wright.

Jackson is coming off a victory over Tyrone Harris on May 13. Jackson also holds wins over Reynaldo Hurtado, who once fought for the IBF bantamweight championship, and Ricardo Medina.

“I’m really looking forward to fighting at the Emerald Queen, one of the premier boxing venues in North America, and in front of their enthusiastic fans,” Jackson said. “Manny Perez is a tough, hard-nosed fighter, and the fans will get the same in me, as I always come to rumble and give every bit of myself. I’m training hard, as this opportunity means so much to me.”

Perez has won six out of his last seven fights, and three consecutively, with his only setback coming in a decision loss to the undefeated Jose Ramirez.

Perez’s most recent victory came against Behzod Nabiev on July 9. He has also defeated Edgar Santana, who fought Lamont Peterson for the IBF super-lightweight title in 2014. Perez followed up his win over Santana by overcoming Jose Miguel Cotto.

“I know Manny Perez is a known tough guy, and so am I,” Jackson said. “I got the edge in power, but Manny Perez can take it. This will be a good one for the fans to watch.”

Seattle’s Walter Wright, a former four-time Tacoma Golden Gloves champion and 2001 US amateur championships finalist, returns to the ring following a near five-year hiatus.

Wright won 11 consecutive fights between 2003 and 2006, leading to his appearance on the ESPN reality show The Contender (season 2), where he participated in the welterweight tournament and became one of the show’s stars.

Wright defeated Andre Eason in the first round, before losing to future two-time IBF super-welterweight champion Cornelius Bundrage by decision in the semi-finals.

This will mark Wright’s 12th career fight at the Emerald Queen Casino. He has an all-time record of 10-1 (6) at the Tacoma venue.

Highlighting the undercard will be a pair of undefeated fighters in Jorge Linares and Fatlum Zhuta.

Linares will face the debuting Journey Newson in a four-round 140lb bout, while Zhuta squares off against Kian Heidari in a clash of super-middleweights.