Battle at the Boat Coverage for May 14th, 2005 Fight Card Lineup

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Over the past 56 years, Advisor/Ring Announcer, Stan Naccarato talks about all the decades of the sweet science of boxing. When he first began, and after the war, he met a young kid: Rocky Marciano. Marciano served at Fort Lewis in Washington State. Marciano just started to box professionally, and asked Stan a few tips for the ring. Stan always helped the young fighters get going. Rocky went on to never loose a fight with a perfect 49 fights and 43 knockouts.

Stan Naccarato continues to announce in the ring every month for the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle of the Boat. You might meet him in the ring on May 14, 2005 at the new boxing battles. The EQC plans a packed event, so get to the battle early. He thinks that everyone should look over the fight card coming up, and notice Kenny Ellis returns again to the ring. He will be fighting the main event at the Emerald Queen Casino's Battle at the Boat XXXVII on Saturday, May 14 th at 168 pounds.

A two-time President of the Tacoma Athletic Commission, Stan always dedicated his life to sports in the community through promotion and fund-raising. He sponsored the national champion Stanley Shoemen team in 1956, he led the effort to save baseball in Tacoma in 1972, he was chairman of the drive to purchase grass sod in Stadium Bowl, he was a key figure in the successful Tacoma Dome bond issue campaign, he chaired such events as the Shuck's Grand Prix, and the Thunder Sunday Hydro races, served as chairman of the Washington State Athletic Commission, and has been involved as a chairman and master of ceremonies for the Golden Gloves boxing event for over 56 years which has generated over $500,000 during that same time. Stan Naccarato - Stan has served 25 years under five governors as State Athletic Commissioner. He is-was General Manager of the Tacoma baseball team in the Pacific Coast League. Stan has 3 World Series rings as a player for the Cincinnati Reds Professional Baseball Team. What Stan gives to the Emerald Queen Casino’s boxing matches is unparalleled in the field of sports. Stan affects the way of life today, and continues to impact the lives of many professional athletes in the years to come.

Stan’s kids work in the celebrity-draped restaurant in the Tacoma area called Pacific Grill and The Beach House. Both sons are in the Hall of Fame for Chefs. Gordon Naccarato and Steven Naccarato opened their first Tacoma restaurant venture. Named one of Food & Wine magazine's Top Ten New Chefs, Gordon Naccarato has been cited as the best chef in South Puget Sound. The Beach House is constellations beyond any other South Sound restaurant and one of the best restaurants to open in a decade. Jeanne Naccarato, Stan’s wife, made the Hall of Fame for golfing in 1999, and again showing that the family is indeed the professional quality of the entire family. All the family is members of the local Sons of Italy and actively participates in the community, even beyond building boxing in the northwest.

Stan sees the main event with interest. He has seen the fighter Kenny Ellis in the ring before. He remembers the great boxers like Irish Pat McMurtry and Freddy Steele in the Washington area. He sees bright promise in Kenny Ellis. The Emerald Queen Casino is proud to sponsor this fight card. Frank Wright the casino manager continues to look for top talent to place into the events. Frank Wright works with Brian Halquist to pack in the crowds.

Kenny Ellis (33-6-2, 22ko's) wondered if he would continue his boxing career after losing to Troy Rowland in June of 2004. Ellis took the fight on short.

"We watched tape of Troy and felt like this was a great fight for Kenny" said Ellis's promoter Brian Halquist. "Unfortunately, we found out two things: 1) Troy was a good fighter with a heart of gold and 2) Kenny can't perform when he has to cut twelve pounds in twenty-four hours" Halquist said.

Ellis lost fair and square to Rowland and Kenny would take this defeat harder than any of his career. For the next four months, Ellis stayed out of the gym, contemplating retirement. "I was kind of lost" Ellis said. "I didn't train like I could have and maybe took the fight a little easy. But, I think I needed a break to reenergize my career". Ellis got the fire back both mentally and physically, moved back into the home of his conditioning coach and nutritionist, David Grisffi and started back at a three-a-day workout.

"I needed to get away. My son was born in February and I fell back in love with life,” Ellis said. "The loss humbled me; the birth of my son humbled me. I can't run around with my buddies now. I work out and then go home to my family. I am rejuvenated and ready to return,” Ellis continued.

"Kenny is a world class fighter,” Halquist said. "We will get a couple of fights under his belt and then look for a major fight".
Dr. de Beauchamp


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