Saturday, June 24, 2017


By: Jonathan King From The Clinch Report, Courtesy of Bash Boxing

Photos courtesy of Kyte Monroe/Bash Boxing and Willie Romero/Team Estrada

As donations poured into one room during a silent auction to raise money for fallen fighter Daniel Franco, the sweet science was on display in the other at Exchange L.A. Nightclub in Downtown Los Angeles for another installment of Bash Boxing’s DTLA FIGHTS. With six of the eight scheduled bouts reaching the judges scorecards, the hotly contested fights kept the crowd engaged and on their feet for pretty much the entire evening.

Here are the results: 

In the main event of the evening, undefeated prospect Jessy Martinez (7-0) survived an early knockdown to continue his undefeated reign against a very tough Vincente Guzman (3-6-1). But it was one heck of a back and forth war.  Guzman came out firing, looking to teach the boxer how to brawl. And for at least one round, Guzman was giving the Outlaws Boxing Gym prospect an education in the finer arts of dirty boxing. At range, Martinez dazzled with his jab and worked nicely behind several punch combinations. However, when Guzman closed the distance, his power shots scored heavily up against the ropes. 

Late in the fight, a tiring Guzman kept being tagged by Martinez in the pivotal 4th round. Guzman’s response was to keep holding and pushing Martinez around the ring, prompting several warnings from veteran referee Lou Moret. 

In the 5th round, Guzman was showing more fatigue as he clinched Martinez and escorted him from one end of the ring to the other. Then it appeared Guzman kneed Martinez in the groin. Referee Lou Moret raised his hands and signaled that the fight was over. While it first appeared the referee disqualified Guzman, after an explanation, Moret declared Martinez the winner via knockout due to Guzman’s lack of competitive effort.

Winner: Jessy Martinez via Knockout 2:34 of Round 5

French import Jaber Zayani (9-0) started the evening off, picking up a clear unanimous decision over Mike Fowler (5-9). After a rather back and forth first round, Zayani came to life in the second and sent a statement with a huge left hook that sent Fowler’s mouthpiece flying. 'Money Mike' (Fowler) did his best to get inside for the rest of the bout, but the reach of Zayani was just too much to overcome.

Winner: Jaber Zayani via Unanimous Decision (40-36 on all three scorecards)

Crossing over from the sport of Mixed Martial Arts in a la Conor McGregor, Derion 'DC' Chapman stepped between the boxing ropes for the first time to face off with fellow debuting fighter Kevin Vasquez. Neither one of them wasted any time feeling the other out as punches in bunches came from both fighters early and often. A second round flash knockdown by Chapman planted Vasquez momentarily. But the young upstart from Wildcard Boxing Club was eager to get back at Champan as he quickly rose and stormed forward aggressively after the referee’s count. As the third round came to a close, the surging Vasquez began to find his range and continued his scoring in the final round, however Chapman had already built up enough credit with the judges to win the fight.

Winner: Derion 'DC' Chapman via Unanimous Decision (39-36, 39-36, 40-35)

Local fan favorite Bryan Flores (6-1) returned to the Bash Boxing ring after suffering his first professional loss in his preceding bout to take on Jordan Marriott (1-2-1). Early on it became apparent that Flores was looking to throw heat and a straight right hand found Marriott’s chin flush before the back of Marriott’s trunks found the canvas. Quickly rising on unsteady legs, Marriott was able to survive the round and the fight, mostly relying on defense, counter punching, and movement to stay away from the oncoming Flores. In the final round, a surging Flores seemed to be off balance and fell, but the referee scored it a knockdown as Marriott did appear to be throwing a punch at the time. Making the judges math that much more complicated in this interesting 4 rounder, Flores nevertheless cruised to a majority decision victory.

Winner: Bryan Flores via Majority Decision (38-36, 38-36, 37-37)

Ruben Campos (2-0) made it 2-for-2 at DTLA FIGHTS as he followed his sizzling pro debut KO of Gary Michaels on the March DTLA show with another solid performance. This prospect out of the same South El Monte gym as Bash Boxing favorite Arnold Barbosa showed the same eagerness as his pro debut as he charged across the ring to meet his opponent Paul Huguez (0-3) with immediate heavy leather to the body. As the fight continued, Campos seemed to settle down but the sound of his punches told a much different tale than that of his opponent’s. Each punch landed with an echoing thud that elicited a huge crowd response as the sound reverberated throughout the Exchange LA. Nightclub. While Campos continued to pick Huguez apart, the huge weight gain overnight by Huguez allowed him to hang in there. The finish evaded Campos as Huguez proved to be a tough customer despite Campos securing the unanimous nod from the judges.

Winner: Ruben Campos via Unanimous Decision (40-36, 40-36, 39-37)

In one of the co-featured events of the evening, Wildcard Boxing product and local legend for both good and bad reasons, Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman (10-2-2) made his return to Los Angeles to take on tough and durable Matthew Murphy (2-13-3). Although his record may say differently, Murphy came to fight and Wohlman found that out early on in the first round. For all four rounds, the back and forth battle featured the classic boxer vs brawler match up. Over time Wohlman would find pugilistic success with a repetition of jabs while Murphy would storm back and make it a dogfight with his continued aggression. As the bout came to a close the judges couldn't seem to agree, with one seeing the fight for Wohlman, another scoring the bout for Murphy, and the third seeing the fight as a draw.

Decision: Split Decision Draw (40-36 for Murphy, 39-37 for Wohlman, and 38-38)

Undefeated rising female star Seniesa Estrada (9-0) made extremely quick work of her overmatched opponent, Rachel Sazoff (0-3), dropping her twice inside of the first minute of the first round. The skill differential was clearly obvious as Estrada rushed across the ring and blitzed her foe with a blurring combination. To her credit, Sazoff, who lasted all four rounds in her previous bout versus Marlen Esparza, rose from the first knockdown and looked to exchange. Sazoff quickly found herself horizontal again as an Estrada hook removed all equilibrium. The second knockdown was all the referee needed to see as two hands were waived and Estrada earned her easiest victory to date. 

Winner: Seniesa Estrada via KO :38 of Round 1

In the last swing bout of the evening Miguel 'Mickey' Alcantara (2-0) danced his way around Javier Cepeda (0-6) coasting to a unanimous decision victory. Cepeda did his best to turn the battle into a dogfight, but the footwork of Alcantara proved to be the key ingredient of his destructive recipe. Alcantara continually cut angles to create openings, often leaving Cepeda with no answer. The win keeps the young prospect Alcantara’s record pristine.

Winner: Miguel Alcántara via Unanimous Decision (40-36 on all three scorecards)

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Thank you for all of your support for tonight’s Silent Auction to help raise money for Daniel Franco and his family. 

We now have over 50 items including autographed items by:

Floyd Mayweather
Conor McGregor 
Mike Tyson
Canelo Alvarez
Gennady “GGG” Golovkin
Manny Pacquaio
Sergey Kovalev
Andre Ward
Lennox Lewis
Juan Manuel Marquez
Miguel Cotto,
Ronda Rousey
Vasyl Lomachenko
Oscar De La Hoya
Floyd Patterson
Will Smith (as ALI)

And many more…

There all also WBC replica title belts signed by Tommy Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, and Mike Tyson, Trunks and gloves signed by Duran, Leonard, and Hearns, a fight worn glove signed by Paulie Malignaggi, autographed canvases signed by Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao, a Raging Bull Poster signed by Jake La Motta, along with a slew of t-shirts, official programs, and other rare memorabilia. 

If you are unable to make it to the show but would like to help the Franco family in their time of need, please visit and share the Go Fund Me link below:

Thank you for your support. 


Dear Friends, 
I fell into the boxing business by sheer luck over 12 years ago when a world class boxer came to me for legal advice and then wanted me to become his manager. I have been fortunate to represent multiple World Champions in both boxing and MMA over the years. 

But if you have been “in” the boxing business long enough, the incredible highs are unfortunately met with some extreme lows. The same boxers who I witnessed first hand getting their hand raised as Champions, have spent time in hospitals due to head trauma from a bout. Sitting there in the waiting room of a hospital hoping that my fighter’s brain injury is not serious and life threatening is a horrible trade off for the joys of victory experienced with that same fighter. 

Bash Boxing

On June 10th, a close member of the Bash Boxing family, Daniel Franco, was injured in a boxing bout and underwent two emergency surgeries to stop brain bleeds and relieve pressure in his brain. Daniel was in a medically induced coma until a few days ago when doctors brought him out of a coma and his breathing tube and IV tubes were removed. Daniel has been transferred from ICU to a regular hospital bed. 

Daniel Franco has fought on 4 of my shows, most recently on March 23rd at the same venue as tonight‘s DTLA Fights show. He is a beautiful kid, was an outstanding student, always put his family and friends first, and was always a pleasure to have on any show. Daniel will remain at Mercy Medical Center in Iowa for several months until he can be transferred to a rehabilitation hospital where he faces a long road to recovery. 

Upon learning about Daniel’s injury and battle to stay alive, the usual passion and dedication I invest into my shows disappeared. Thoughts of cancelling tonight’s show circled in my head. But I knew if Daniel could speak, he would have told me to fight on…much like he is doing right now. 

The Franco family now faces medical bills that will reach the seven figures. During tonight’s show, we will be holding a silent auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the Franco Family. There will be autographed gloves and photos from boxing’s biggest stars past and present including Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Canelo Alvarez, GGG, Sergey Kovalev, Manny Pacquiao, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, and others. I have donated over 20 items from my personal collection and we thank others who have donated as well. 

If you are unable to make it to the show but would like to help the Franco family in their time of need, please visit and share the Go Fund Me link below:

Bash Boxing

Thank you for your support. Many boxers, cornermen, and members of the California State Athletic Commission participating in tonight’s show are directly affected by this tragedy and will be at Exchange LA with Daniel Franco and the Franco family in their thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017



Bash Boxing

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Seniesa Estrada
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Jessy Martinez
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Zachary Wohlman

The OFFICIAL WEIGH IN for DTLA FIGHTSprofessional boxing show at EXCHANGE L.A. NIGHTCLUB in Los Angeles, Cailfornia has taken place.
8 Bouts are now official.
Doors open at 5:45pm, First bout at 6:30pm.
Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.

Steve Bash

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Miguel Alcantara
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Bryan Flores

Monday, June 19, 2017

CXF 8: Cali Kings – A recap of the non-tournament bouts

By: Andrew • Photos By: The Clinch Report

California Xtreme Fighting presented CXF 8: Cali Kings, featuring the first round of an eight man tournament to crown the CXF Lightweight King of Cali. In this recap, I take a look at the non-tournament bouts from CXF 8. If you’re an MMA fan who has been bored by the UFC lately, you’ll want to check this show out.
This event was streamed live on the Fite TV app. For wrestling fans, there’s a vast array of content to choose from. For us combat sports fans, it has tons of MMA, grappling, and striking events. The cost of the show was $15, and so far I’ve been able to watch the replay without any problems. I highly recommend fans of MMA check out future CXF events the Fite TV app if they carry their events again.
Judges at cageside were Larry Landless, Ron McCarthy Gene LeBell. All bouts were sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.
Milton Arguello (Pro MMA Record: 0-1) vs. Chris Mendoza (Pro MMA Record: 0-0)
Arguello came into this looking to earn his first professional MMA victory. Mendoza came into this making his professional MMA debut. Both fighters were caught up in a clinch early on that allowed Arguello to score a takedown on Mendoza. Arguello would proceed to take the back of Mendoza. He would use this to set up a Rear Naked Choke that put Mendoza to sleep at 1:13 of Round 1. Good stuff by Arguello in this one. While Mendoza lost the fight, he deserved a lot of credit for showing huge heart by not tapping out in his pro debut.
Milton Arguello defeated. Chris Mendoza via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:13 of Round 1 (Referee: Frank Trigg)
Milton Arguello improves to 1-1, Chris Mendoza falls to 0-1.
Pious Enilolobo Jr. (Pro MMA Record: 1-0) vs. A.J. Bryant (Pro MMA Record: 4-2)
The start of the fight saw Enilolobo work over Bryant with some kicks in the first minute. Enilolobo would use a Superman Punch to set up a takedown and then take the back of Bryant, who was able to defend against Enilolobo’s grappling. Enilolobo scored a second takedown and began working for an Armbar on Bryant. A.J. Bryant was able to defend against Enilolobo’s submission attempts though, and made a comeback by landing several strikes before putting Enilolobo away via TKO in the first round. This was a really fun scrap. Bryant looked really well rounded during the fight with his grappling and striking. Great win for A.J. Bryant.
A.J. Bryant  defeated Pious  Enilolobo Jr. via TKO (Strikes) at 3:45 of Round 1 (Referee: Mike Beltran)
A.J. Bryant improves to 5-2, Pious Enilolobo Jr. falls to 1-1.
Leon Shahbazyan (Pro MMA Record: 4-0) vs. Gabriel Green (Pro MMA Record: 4-2)
Both fighters came out swinging in the first round, with Shahbazyan being pressed up on the cage by Green. Green would unleash a flurry of punches on Shahbazyan, while Shahbazyan landed strikes from a Thai Clinch. As the fight progressed, Green landed several punches but was dropped by Shahbazyan during a striking exchange that saw them both end up on the ground. Referee Frank Trigg called a brief timeout for an accidental strike while both fighters were grounded.
After both fighters were reset in Shahbazyan’s guard, Shahbazyan locked in a deep Triangle Choke on Green, and was able to turn into a Mounted Triangle Choke. Despite Shahbazyan having it locked in, Green was able to escape the submission attempt. Green would continue to move forward during the striking exchanges, throwing punches and a knee to the midsection that dropped Shahbazyan for a first round finish.
This was another fun bout and was the best non-tournament fight on the card. Both guys had a wild and exciting brawl. Gabriel Green was able to weather the storm of Shahbazyan’s offense and came through with a great victory. Despite being defeated, Shahbazyan had a really impressive performance. Hats off to both fighters for this one.
Gabriel Green defeated Leon Shahbazyan via TKO (Strikes) at 3:23 of Round 1  (Referee: Frank Trigg)
Gabriel Green improves to 5-2, Leon Shahbazyan falls to 4-1.
Sergio Perez (Pro MMA Record: 1-0) vs. Isaac Velasco (Pro MMA Record: 1-3)
This was a really quick bout. Perez scored a takedown on Velasco in the opening minute of the fight. He would then use that to get a Rear Naked Choke for a submission victory in less than two minutes. Perez had a near-flawless performance here with tons of patience and poise. He did a great job at working his game plan and controlling Velasco’s back to set up the submission. Very impressive stuff.
Sergio Perez defeated Isaac Velasco via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:50 of Round 1 (Referee: Mike Beltran)
Sergio Perez improves to 2-0, Isaac Velasco falls to 1-4.
Kyle Estrada (Pro MMA Record: 4-3) vs. Benji Gomez (Pro MMA Record: 6-7)
The pace of the fight was a lot slower than the other bouts. Both fighters had an extended feeling out process throughout the first two rounds. Estrada controlled the center of the cage for most of the bout, while Gomez used footwork to look for openings on the outside. Both fighters received a warning from referee Fraak Trigg midway through the second round for the lack of action in the fight. Gomez would try to steal the second round by throwing wild shots and attempting a takedown before it came to a close.
Both fighters came out more aggressive in the final round. While Estrada continued to control the center of the cage, Gomez was able to be more active and landed some strikes. The final minute of the last round saw Gomez land some strikes and finish the final round more aggressively than Estrada.
Andrew’s Score: 29-28 for Estrada. I thought he won the first two rounds by controlling the fight and stick with an intelligent game plan. The second round could’ve gone either way, but I had it in favor of Estrada. Gomez had an impressive third round. Despite the loss, this one could’ve gone either way.
Judges’ Scores: 29-28 for Estrada
Kyle Estrada defeated Benji Gomez via Unanimous Decision (Larry Landless: 29-28, Ron McCarthy: 29-28, Gene LeBell: 29-28) (Referee: Frank Trigg)
Kyle Estrada improves to 5-3, Benji Gomez falls to 6-8.
Edmen Shahbazyan (Pro MMA Record: 2-0) vs. Dejon Daniels (Pro MMA Record: 0-1)
The opening moments of the fight saw Shahbazyan rock Daniels with a punch. Shahbazyan would take the fight to the ground shortly after this. He would work over Daniels with some heavy ground and pound for the most bout before referee Mike Beltran put a stop to it. The fight was controlled by Shahbazyan the entire time, who had a great performance here to earn a quick victory.
Edmen Shahbazyan defeated Dejon Daniels via TKO (Strikes) 2:58 of Round 1 (Referee: Mike Beltran)
Edmen Shahbazyan improves to 3-0, Dejon Daniels falls 0-1.
Overall thoughts
While Estrada vs. Gomez wasn’t the sort of fight that would appeal to most fans, the non-tournament fights on CXF 8 were very entertaining. As I said above, Leon Shahbazyan vs. Gabriel Green fight was the best non-tournament fight. Both guys showed tons of heart. Both fighters deserve tons of credit for going out there and putting on a show.If you’re the type of MMA fan who feels the UFC has been lackluster recently, I highly recommend you check this show out.  The people over at Team Lights Out and Bash Entertainment have a really great product with CXF.
The CXF 8: Cali Kings replay is available now the Fite TV app.

CXF – 17 June 2017 – Results

By: Andrew • Photos By: The Clinch Report

Prelim Bouts
Bantamweight Fight: Milton Arguello defeated. Chris Mendoza via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:13 of Round 1 (Referee: Frank Trigg)
Lightweight Fight: A.J. Bryant  defeated Pious  Enilolobo Jr. via TKO (Strikes) at 3:45 of Round 1 (Referee: Mike Beltran)
165lbs. Catchweight Fight: Gabriel Green defeated Leon Shahbazyan via TKO (Strikes) at 3:23 of Round 1 (Referee: Frank Trigg)
Featherweight Fight: Sergio Perez defeated Isaac Velasco via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:50 of Round 1 (Referee: Mike Beltran)
128lbs. Catchweight Fight: Kyle Estrada defeated Benji Gomez via Unanimous Decision (Larry Landless: 29-28, Ron McCarthy: 29-28, Gene LeBell: 29-28) (Referee: Frank Trigg)
Middleweight Fight:: Edmen Shahbazyan defeated Dejon Daniels via TKO (Strikes) 2:58 of Round 1 (Referee: Mike Beltran)
Tournament Bouts
CXF King Of Cali Tournament First Round – Lightweight Fight: Roosevelt Roberts defeated Dominic Clark via Submission (Guillotine) at 1:47 of Round 1 to advance in the CXF King of Cali Tournament. (Referee: Frank Trigg)
CXF King Of Cali Tournament First Round – Lightweight Fight: Richard LeRoy defeated Jalin Turner via TKO (Strikes) at 4:18 of Round 3 to advance in the CXF King of Cali Tournament. (Referee: Mike Beltran)
CXF King Of Cali Tournament First Round – Lightweight Fight: Darren Smith Jr. defeated Thor Skancke via TKO (Strikes) at 2:45 of Round 1 to advance in the CXF King of Cali Tournament.  (Referee: Frank Trigg)
CXF Interim Lightweight Championship – King Of Cali Tournament First Round – Lightweight Fight: Shohei Yamamoto defeated Joshua Jones via TKO (Strikes) at 0:23 of Round 1 to advance in the CXF King of Cali Tournament and to become the CXF Interim Lightweight Champion. (Referee: Mike Beltran)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

While fans attending tonight's California Extreme Fighting (CXF) professional mma show at Burbank Marriott Convention Center in Burbank receive their own hard copy of the one-of-a-kind MMA NEWS newspaper/program, fans from all over the world can now have a sneak preview electronic version including the bout card for today. 

CXF 8: Cali Kings presented by Lights Out Promotions, and Bash Entertainment, takes place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Burbank Marriott Convention Center located at 2500 Hollywood Way in Burbank, California.

A CXF event is always certain to be a near capacity one if not a sell out, with General Admission tickets being sold out first. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door. 

Doors Open at 6:00pm; First Bout at 7:00pm. 

All bouts are subject to change.