Name: Brian Halquist
Hometown: Tacoma, Washington, USA
Promoting Record: click
Based out of Tacoma, WA, USA, Brian Halquist (Brian Halquist Productions; Halquist Productions) presents his "Battle of the Boat" shows at the Emerald Queen Casino, on the Puyallup Nation's Reservation. (He infrequently promotes boxing shows at other local Washington state Indian Reservations--such as the Swinomish Indian Reservation in LaConner, WA.)
According to a December 30, 2012 press release:
- In 1997, Brian Halquist Productions was contacted by casino manager, Frank Wright, about doing a show at the newly built Emerald Queen Casino (EQC). Call it fate, but Halquist Productions had been contacted a day earlier by Bob Arum’s Top Rank. Arum and company had a problem; 10 days before a scheduled world title fight, the original venue had issues and they were looking for a new home for the Emmett Linton vs. Jose Flores world title fight. Halquist explained the situation to Wright and a few minutes later, Frank called Halquist back and said it’s a go. What better way to promote a show? Linton was a Tacoma native and with some long days in the coming week, the show could be pulled off.
- The two faced one problem. The EQC didn’t have a venue at all. That changed later in the day when Wright found a gigantic tent that could fit 2,500 people. Chairs, lighting, seats…. Well an entire venue would be put together in those 10 days and the first Battle at the Boat would be in the books. That was Wednesday July 9th, 1997. Linton would have a no contest and the four round famous Butterbean would treat Northwest boxing fans to a 4th round knockout win over Scott Lindecker. The show was actually called Quarrel at the Queen followed by the next show that was called Slaughter on the Water. When the two planned the third show, both parties agreed that one name would suffice and they went with Battle at the Boat 3, signifying the riverboat that was located right next to the tent.
- Official Web site