Tacoma Boxers Keys & Jefferson Headline
Battle At The Boat 124 On Nov. 9
Tacoma will be well represented when Battle at the Boat
returns to the Emerald Queen Casino on Saturday, Nov. 9 as
two of the City of Destiny’s rising boxing stars will
headline the event.
Tacoma natives Andre Keys and Nick Jefferson will fight in
the main event and semi-main event at Battle at the Boat
“It took a long time to get here,” the undefeated Jefferson
said about his first appearance fighting on the nation’s
longest-running tribal boxing series. “I’m very excited to
be fighting in front of my home crowd.”
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all
Ticketmaster Outlets. Preliminary bouts will start at 7 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Keys (11-1-0, 5 KOs) will face Manuel Monteiro (7-1-0, 7
KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight main event, while
Jefferson (10-0-0, 5 KOs) squares off against a yet to be
determined opponent in a six-round super lightweight
“We’ve been promoting fights at the Emerald Queen in Tacoma
for more than 20 years and it’s always exciting to see the
local talent appear on the card, but with Andre and Nick
it’s even more special because they are two of the sport’s
rising young stars in the Pacific Northwest who I’ve seen
fight on the local amateur scene since they were kids,”
promoter Brian Halquist said. “They are two of the most
decorated amateur boxers Tacoma has produced over the last
25 years and they’ve both successfully made that transition
into the pro game. Both are on the cusp of big things in
Both Keys and Jefferson are products of the Tacoma Boxing
Club with each fighter claiming numerous amateur titles,
including multiple Tacoma Golden Gloves championships.
Keys is no stranger to fighting at the Emerald Queen Casino
has he has fought six times at the Tacoma venue, including
in his pro debut on Jan. 15, 2016. Keys is 5-1 all-time
while fighting on a Battle at the Boat card and has won his
last 10 fights.
He went 5-0 in 2018 and has fought once this year, defeating
Antonio Neal by unanimous decision on Aug. 3.
Monteiro, who fights out of Las Vegas, is looking to rebound
from his first career setback. Monteiro lost a slugfest
against undefeated Cris Reyes in the main event of Battle at
the Boat 123 on Sept. 7.
The two undefeated fighters went toe-to-toe for the nearly
the entire 10 rounds, each throwing a high number of
punches, before Reyes won by TKO midway through the final
round in what could be the fight of the year at Battle at
Prior to that loss, Monteiro was a perfect 7-0 with all his
wins coming by knockout, including three in 2019 alone.
While Keys and Monteiro are making their Battle at the Boat
returns, Jefferson will be fighting on the series for the
first time in his career.
Jefferson made his pro debut on June 24, 2017, knocking out
Alex Eastman. He would register three more wins by KO to
kick off his career.
Jefferson has fought three times in 2019, defeating Steve
Chad McKinney in his last fight on March 24.
Additional Battle at the Boat 124 bouts include a
heavyweight contest between Dylan Potter and Jared Torgeson,
a 140-pound fight between William Parra-Smith and Marco
Garcia, a 172-pound fight between Juan Jackson and Alex
Cazac and a welterweight clash between debuting boxers Nick
Vasquez and Jose Cervantes.