Keys Puts Winning Streak On The Line
Against Williams At Battle At The Boat 125
Andre Keys will look to win his 12th consecutive fight when
he returns to the ring in January, but to accomplish that he
will have to defeat his toughest opponent to date in former
world title contender Dannie Williams.
Keys and Williams will main event Battle at the Boat 125 as
Brian Halquist Productions will kick off its 2020 Battle at
the Boat boxing series with a special Friday night edition
on Friday, Jan. 17 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma,
Wash. Event will start at 8 pm with doors opening at 7 pm.
Keys, a native of Tacoma, brings a 12-1 record into the
10-round welterweight bout, while Williams, who fights out
of Saint Louis, is 23-3.
“This is an excellent main event to kick off the New Year
with,” said promoter Brian Halquist. “Andre has been
climbing the rankings and is coming off his biggest win to
date. He really looked razor sharp the last time out and a
victory over Williams would be a huge step towards getting
him closer to a world ranking.”
Tickets are on sale now and available through the EQC box
office and all Ticketmaster Outlets. Preliminary bouts will
start at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
The six-bout card will also feature a 6-round semi-main
event between Antonio Neal and Niko McFarland in the light
welterweight division. Additional undercards bouts include a
heavyweight contest between undefeated Nick Mills and
Michael Johnson and a fight between Jose Cervantes and Cody
Keys, a former national amateur champion and multiple-time
Tacoma Golden Gloves champion, is coming off an impressive
10-round victory on Nov. 9 when he handed Manuel Monteiro
just his second loss.
The win improved Keys’ all-time record at the Emerald Queen
Casino to 6-1. He has not lost a fight in nearly four years.
Standing in his way of his 12th straight triumph will his
toughest test to date in Williams, who is coming off a win
over Ronald Rivas.
Williams opened his career 12-0 with one of his earliest
victories coming at the Emerald Queen Casino. He suffered
his first loss to Eloy Perez by unanimous decision in a bout
for the vacant World Boxing Council United States
featherweight title in September of 2009 at the Playboy
Mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Williams responded to that loss by winning his next nine
fights. Highlighting that winning streak was a win over
Manual Leyva by KO in a contest for the interim World Boxing
Council Continental Americas lightweight championship.
His two other career setbacks occurred in title fights. He
lost to Henry Lundy in a fight on ESPN for the NABF
lightweight title in 2012 and to John Molina Jr. in a bout
for the World Boxing Organization NABO lightweight title in
the main event of ESPN’s Night Fights in 2013.
Additional bouts at Battle at the Boat 125 include a
170-pound fight between Juan Jackson and Joe Aguilar and a
136-pound contest between Louis De Alba and Marco Garcia.