Undefeated super middleweight Jake Carr (11-0, 4 KOs) will make his United States debut at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on September 10 in the main event at Battle at the Boat 107. Carr, who captured the Australian super middleweight championship in 2013, will face hometown product Mike Gavronski (20-2-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round bout, which could catapult the victor into a top 10 world ranking. The 24-year-old Carr currently trains out of Justin Fortune’s Fortune Gym in Los Angeles.
“The experience over here has been amazing so far. We have had some very high quality sparring and training and I’ve been improving with every session,” Carr said about working with Fortune, a former heavyweight contender and fellow Australian countryman. “All of my training camps have been very good, but where this experience has differed is that I’m training with a lot higher quality fighters, in a country where boxing is very popular. It is a great feeling.”
Carr, whose father, Rod Carr, was a former Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBG) champion and the inaugural Commonwealth super middleweight titlist, has been unstoppable so far as a professional, capturing the Australian super middleweight crown in his sixth career fight and making three successful title defenses.
Carr’s last fight came on Aug. 8, 2015 when he knocked out Togasilimai Letoa in the sixth round and while he failed to fight over the next 12 months, he has certainly kept himself busy in the sport as he made his transition to the United States.
For the last quarter of 2015, Carr worked with Fortune, sparring out of Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club.
“Despite the quiet year I haven’t stopped training hard and I’ve kept myself 110% dedicated to my sport,” Carr said.
Looking to put the first blemish on Carr’s record will be Gavronksi, who brings his own lofty resume into the affair.
Gavronski, a native of Tacoma, has become a fan favorite at the Emerald Queen by winning five consecutive fights at the Tacoma casino over a one-year span. His winning streak ended in his last outing, however, when he lost to Dashon Johnson on Nov. 7. The contest, which was for the WBA-NABA USA super middleweight championship, was a rematch from their Jan. 1, 2015 fight, which Gavronski won.
Gavronski’s only other career setback occurred against current WBC Silver middleweight champion Tureano Johnson two years ago when Gavronski lost by decision in a bout for the vacant WBC Continental Americas middleweight title.
“This is one of those fights where the winner will have opportunity to get ranked in the world ratings and a fight away from a top ten ranking,” said promoter, Brian Halquist. “This is a very important fight for both fighters considering what’s at stake.”