George Foreman III begins his second year as a professional boxer with a bout Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.

Foreman III, the son of former heavyweight world champion George Foreman, meets Yul Witherspoon in a special attraction, four-round, heavyweight bout.

This will be the 75th “Battle at the Boat” professional boxing card since it was inaugurated by Brian Halquist Productions during 1997.

Foreman III, who goes by the nickname “Monk,” has a record of 4-0 with four knockouts.

“I’m continuing to learn with each fight,” said Foreman III, who had no amateur bouts and turned pro during June of this year.

“I’m working on many areas when I’m in the gym; then I’m applying what I’m learning in my fights,” said Foreman III, who graduated from Rice University in his hometown of Houston.

“We’re just taking it one fight at a time,” said his father.

The 26-year-old Foreman III made his professional debut June 6 in Kinder, La., and knocked out Clyde Weaver during the first round.

The second bout for Foreman III was a second-round technical knockout of George Burrage July 31 in Las Cruces, N.M.

The third fight for Foreman III was a first-round technical knockout of Marvin Ray Jones Sept. 26 in Kinder.

The most recent outing for Foreman III was another first-round technical knockout, this time of Bradley Moss Nov. 14 in Cut Off, La.

The 6-foot-5-inch Foreman III weighed 237 pounds for his first two bouts and 230 1/2 for his past two fights.

Witherspoon, from Eunice, La., has a record of 1-2 with no knockouts.

Also on the card Jan. 9 will be David Torres (21-1, 13 KOs) of Othello, Wash., against Raymundo Beltran (22-4, 14 KOs) of Phoenix in the 10-round super lightweight main event; Walter Wright (13-3, 7 KOs) of Seattle against an opponent to be determined in a six-round super welterweight bout; Francisco Reyes (3-0, 2 KOs) of Seattle against Darren Darby (5-11-3, 2 KOs) of Vancouver, B.C., in a four-round lightweight bout; Mike Gravronski (pro debut) of Tacoma against Darren Azeie (debut) in a four-round super middleweight bout; and Dave Clark (debut) of San Diego against Rob Diezel (debut) in a four-round bantamweight bout.

Tickets for the card Jan. 9, are priced at $30, $60 and $100 and available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office, by calling the box office at 888-831-7655 and at all TicketMaster outlets.

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